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One Strange Thing

History • True-crime • Society-and-culture

Searching the nation’s news archives for stories that can’t quite be explained. One Strange Thing unfolds regional tales of the mysterious, the paranormal, the unexplainable, and the delightfully weird.

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The Vampire

Nov 23 • 25:25

Since 1981, the story of The Mineral Point Vampire has been an established point of spooky pride in Wisconsin monster lore; on this episode, we sink our fangs in to explore the odder points of the alleged creature sightings. ...

Introducing This Is Actually Happening

Nov 22 • 08:31

What would you do if a singular moment changed your life forever? This is Actually Happening is a weekly podcast from Wondery that brings you extraordinary true stories of life-changing events told by the people who lived them. You’ll hear from an Indian-American woman who was kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked man, and then assaulted by her kidnapper and an accomplice. The...

The Raptors

Nov 9 • 26:59

Small-town Illinois is hit by an airborne scourge, and a young boy claims to have taken flight; are the creatures high in the sky birdzillas, thunderbirds, common turkey vultures, or something else altogether? ...

The Clowns

Oct 26 • 29:15

This Halloween episode, we follow the phantom clown phenomenon to its beginning: the 1980s, where sightings cropped up in cities across the United States, and the fears of children caused quite the stir--and a serious problem for local van owners. ...

The Demon

Oct 12 • 30:30

 In this super-sized October treat, we explore the legend of one of the United State’s more elusive cryptids: the Dover Demon, who made a one-night-only appearance in 1977. ...

The Freeze

Sep 28 • 27:01

On one frigid December night in 1980, a stranded Minnesotan named Jean Hilliard earned a title no one would ever want: the Frozen Girl....

The Monster

Sep 14 • 27:33

In Texarkana, it’s said a mysterious creature roams the states’ borderlands; whether you call it The Fouke Monster, It, or The Boggy Creek Monster, this reportedly reticent cryptid decided to stir up some trouble—and excitement—in 1971....

Introducing Suspect

Sep 1 • 06:40

A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even...

The Pits

Aug 31 • 28:58

In 1954, Washington state was hit by a mysterious plague—not of locusts, but of something far more concerning to insurance adjusters. Was the so-called “Seattle Windshield Panic” really a mass hysteria, or something altogether stranger. . . and more widespread? ...

The Castle

Aug 17 • 27:33

Boyce Gulley was a man with a deadly illness, and a vision: he would build a sandcastle in the desert, one that would never wash away....

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