This episode of Strange Matters covers the dark and disturbing series of deaths known as the Bridgend Suicides. Over the course of several years, dozens of people, mostly young adults and teens, would suddenly and without warning take their own lives. Almost of all these deaths were caused by hanging. The story of the Bridgend Suicides spread globally due to the heavy media involvement, as news spread across the world of the mysterious and deadly trend that was plaguing this small Welsh town.
In this episode of Strange Matters the cryptic and mysterious Shugborough Inscription is discussed. The basis of the Shugborough Inscription are 10 letters carved onto a structure known as the Shepherd’s Monument, a mystery onto itself. Though this sequence of letters may not seem all that intriguing at first glance, the Inscription has launched dozens of wild and diverse theories that have been proposed in the hundreds of years since its creation.
The Shepherd’s Monument was commissioned by Thomas Anson and built on his estate in Staffordshire, England. The exact reason behind his inspiration for creating the monument is unknown, as is the explanation for the inscription carved into the base of this monument. Over the years, many people have pondered the mysterious nature behind these letters, and have come up with a wide variety of theories. Are these letters a code, perhaps leading to a hidden treasure? Could they be a secret message that only members of a secret society would understand? Many believe the letters are meant to spell out a cryptic phrase or saying. Or is the whole thing simply a joke that a 18th century prankster thought of. The possibilities are nearly endless as all the popular ideas and explanations for the Shugborough Inscription are covered in this history-mystery episode!
“On a crisp December day in 1910, Dorothy Arnold walked out of the pages of life and left behind her a mystery that outdoes fiction. There have been a thousand theories, a million rumors- but not one shred of real evidence which might explain where she went, how she went, or why.” This newspaper quote perfectly summarizes the unsolved disappearance case of Dorothy Arnold, the heiress of a wealthy New York family, who vanished suddenly and without explanation.
Dorothy Arnold was a well known and liked socialite of a prestigious family. The young woman had aspirations of becoming a writer, though all of her submitted works came back rejected. Dorothy was secretly carrying out a romantic relationship with an older man, against her family’s wishes. On one fateful day in December of 1910, Dorothy said farewell to her mother and left the house to go shopping. The distinguished Arnold family would never see her again.
The mystery of this cases revolves around the bizarre question, how does a woman simply vanish while walking along a busy city street in the middle of the day? There are far more questions than answers in this intriguing mystery: Did Dorothy run away? Was she abducted, kidnapped, or murdered? Did her secret lover have anything to do with her disappearance? Was Dorothy’s depression too great to continue living? Almost any theory is as plausible as any other due to the complete lack of evidence and clues following the young lady’s disappearance.
Listen to this episode of Strange Matters and hear all about what was called at the time the most famous Missing Persons case in American History!
In this Strange Matters Short the legend of the ancient creature known as the Sirrush is discussed. This dragon-like beast was heavily featured through the great city of Babylon. The Sirrush was an obscure creature that was nearly lost to time, and widely believed to be merely a myth. However, after its rediscovery there have been new theories and explanations that would instead claim that the mysterious beast was in reality an actual living animal!
Was the Sirrush a descendant of the dinosaurs, a leftover of an extinct species? Perhaps a rare breed that was brought to Babylon from a distant land? Or are all the new theories a fantasy, and the truth remains that the Sirrush is, and has always been, simply a made up myth or legend created by the ancient people of Mesopotamia. Check out this Strange Matters Short and hear all about this strange and interesting creature!
In the winter of 1985, a young nurse named Debbie Wolfe left her shift at the hospital and headed back to her secluded cabin in the woods. When she did not show up to work the next day, a search began to find the missing woman. A few days later, a bizarre and unusual discovery would start off an investigation into one of the strangest deaths you could imagine.
In this episode the death and subsequent investigation of Debbie Wolfe is covered. This unique death is made interesting by the fact that the police and detectives working the case were quite adamant that the whole thing was just a complete accident, while Debbie’s family and friends were convinced that foul play was involved in some way. As more clues and pieces of evidence were found following Debbie’s untimely death, the amount of new questions raised would quickly outgrow what few answers were found.
Was the death of Debbie Wolfe just a freak accident that somehow seems to defy much of the evidence found? Or was there a mystery killer involved setting the whole thing up? Listen to this episode and hear for yourself about all the unbelievable twist and turns that followed the mysterious death of Debbie Wolfe.
The Bennington Triangle is a region in Vermont that has gained some notoriety in the past due to a number of people that suddenly disappeared there under mysterious circumstances. In a five year span from 1945 to 1950, the Bennington area saw a bizarre string of people vanishing, seemingly without cause or explanation. What could possibly be the reasoning behind these strange disappearances?
In this episode of Strange Matters the history of the Bennington Triangle and the surrounding area is discussed, as well as covering all the main missing person cases that the region is known for. The possible theories and explanations for each mystery is also covered.
Is it possible that there is some type of connection between the unsolved incidents, or is it just a series of unfortunate events? Check out this episode to hear all about these bizarre cases of mysterious disappearances!