Massive tax debt, divorce, the death of your brother, the collapse of your business… its enough to drive anyone mad. Ben McDaniel experienced all these things yet teetered on the edge of his sanity. To regroup he took a long sabbatical at his parents vacation home in Florida. During this period of recovery he rediscovered his lost passion of SCUBA diving. At Vortex Springs he began to log many hours of diving in order to gain an advanced certification. Vortex Springs had a checkered history. In the 90s, it has claimed the lives of many divers who thought themselves skilled enough to explore the deepest depths of the underwater cave. In order to prevent more deaths a gate was put up and a sign was posted at the entrance to ward off individuals who thought to highly of their own capabilities. McDaniel was one of those individuals. On August 18th he dove down into the abyss and never resurfaced. Most people immediately assumed he was simply another life to be claimed by the underwater cave but others suspect a variety of theories including murder and that maybe he even could have framed his own death to escape the burden of his previous life.
Around the same time that reports of the Mothman were surfacing, another mysterious creature had been sighted nearby. Encounters with a strange creature now known as Indrid Cold, a humanoid creature with strange features including an unusually large, frozen grin, were spreading around the area. While sightings were not as prevalent as with the Mothman, they were no less unsettling. Sometimes Cold would simply stare at passers-by, other times he would give chase and even engage in conversation. Just about everyone reports feeling at best, uncomfortable, at worst horrified for their life. However it is unclear at this time whether or not Cold actually possessed any nefarious intent or whether he was simply observing humankind. Furthermore no one truly understands Cold’s purpose for visiting our planet or whether or not this was even an alien in the first place. While some witnesses claim that Cold revealed all to them and even took them to their home planet, other simply report being terrified. Could this mysterious “Grinning Man” be an alien from another planet or even a government “Man in Black”? Is he a single entity or a community or species? Or was Point Pleasant West Virginia simply a hot spot for paranormal activity at time?
In this episode of Strange Matters the sudden and mysterious disappearance of Thelma Krull is discussed. Thelma was a 57 year old grandmother living in Winnipeg, Canada. On the morning of July 11th, 2015, she left for her usual morning walk. At some point in her walk along quiet neighborhood roads and local parks, something unexpected must have happened. As a result, Thelma Krull would never be seen again.
The case of Thelma Krull is strange and unusual in several ways. It is rare that an established member of the community could just vanish during the day while walking along public pathways. Leaving virtually no evidence or clues behind, both family members and Law Enforcement were left with nothing but speculation on what happened to the missing woman. To this day there is still no definitive answer as to what caused the sudden and unexplained disappearance of Thelma Krull.
Listen to this special collaborative episode between Strange Matters, Don’t Break the Oath, Zeng This, and Knock Once For Yes Podcasts! Each of the podcasts and their host discuss a number of local urban legends, mysteries, and unexplained events.
From a morbid group of sisters who had a dark reputation for murder, a cemetery vampire, unexplained UFOs, and some ghostly hauntings, check out this episode to hear a range of interesting and creepy stories!
Big thanks to the hosts of Don’t Break the Oath, Zeng This, & Knock Once For Yes podcasts for working with us on this episode!
The Keddie Cabin Murders is a disturbing quadruple homicide that took place in Keddie, California. This infamous unsolved crime involves the murder of several family members in a cabin in the late night of April 11, 1981. This brutal murder case is notorious not just for its dark and gruesome nature, but also for the fact that many believe the investigation was a failure and the main suspects were allowed to be let go despite the large amount of evidence against them.
Sue Sharp and her five children had recently moved from the east coast to California following a troubled marriage. Sue would rent a cabin in the sparsely populate Keddie area, a run down town in a county that had a rampant drug problem. On the morning of April 12, Sheila, the oldest daughter, returned to the family cabin. Sheila never could have imagined that when the door opened she would find three bloody corpses laying in the main room. Even more disturbing, her younger sister Tina was no where to be found.
The police investigation has been noted as being quite poor and incompetent, law enforcement missing physical evidence and ignoring other pieces that should have been looked at further. The following interrogations of the primary suspects was handled in a confusingly half hearted way, the men who were thought to have been the culprits were allowed to simply leave without any follow up actions to their shady statements made about the crime. To this day the mystery of the Keddie Murders is still unsolved, but the continued work into the case has many hopeful that someday we will finally get the full story on what happened in that cabin on that fateful night.
The follow up episode in the series discussing the mysterious Montauk Project! This episode covers the amazing and wild experiments that took place in the project’s main base of operation, Camp Hero. The Montauk Project remains one of the most daring and comprehensive secret military programs in history: experimenting in time travel, teleportation, time travel, psychic abilities, and even contact with Aliens.
The Montauk Project is a rumored series of experiments that took place in Montauk, NY in the 1970s and 80s. A follow up to the previous Philadelphia Experiment, researchers hoped to achieve even greater feats. Stationed at Camp Hero, the Montauk Project operated in secret to push the boundaries of human knowledge, experimenting in psychological warfare, manipulation of time and space, and dealings with extraterrestrial lifeforms. Despite the wondrous claims of the project, very few sources of information and witness accounts exist as evidence.
Did the military secretly experiment with time travel and mind control, even using alien technology? Or is the entire project simply a hoax or myth? Listen to the story of the Montauk Project and come to your own conclusion!
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