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The Conspirators Podcast

The Conspirators is a bi-weekly show dedicated to the dark and disturbing stories from history your teacher never told you about. On the show I discuss unsolved mysteries, serial killers, survival stories, strange disappearances and other bizarre true events from the past.

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Ep. 69 - The Rock

Alcatraz. It's the most infamous prison in American history, and it will forever be tied to the most famous prison escape in history as well. In this episode we tell you the complete history of the...

Ep. 68 - The High Priestess of Blood

One of the darker aspects of some religions, is ritual human sacrifice. Mexico is one of those countries that is steeped in tradition, but some of those traditions are drenched in blood. Hear the s...

Ep. 67 - The Plague Island

There are thousands of islands scattered across the globe, and many of those islands contain dark and terrifying stories of their own. In this episode we tell you some of these stories, including t...

Ep. 66 - The Cabin in the Woods

Hollywood caught on long ago that one of the ideal settings for a horror movie is the isolated cabin in the woods. But in real life, many murders have occurred in such cabins far away from prying e...

Holiday Minisode - The Truce

Here's a special holiday minisode for all my listeners. It's the true story of the remarkable event that occurred on Christmas 1914, along the western front of World War I. Notes: https://www.smit...

Ep. 64 - The Crossing

In 1873, three women were trapped on a tiny island of the coast of Maine with a vicious axe murderer, in a true story that seems like something straight out of a horror movie.

Ep. 63 - The Last Witch Trial

England's official laws regarding the prosecution of witches date back to the 1600s. Those laws would be responsible for the persecution and deaths of at least 4,000 people in the Middle Ages. Thos...

Ep. 62 - The Monster of Florence

The city of Florence, Italy is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. It's also the birthplace of a terrifying serial killer who helped inspire the fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter. The ...

Bonus Minisode - The Ghost Ships

As a special Halloween treat, here's a special bonus mini episode, featuring myself and a special guest, my son, Nate Hale, Jr., another entirely fictional identity. In this episode we tell you the...

Ep. 61 - The Last Exorcism

Most major religions around the world have some concept of demons and hell. The history of exorcism is both tragic and terrifying. In this episode we tell the true story that inspired the book and ...

Ep. 60 - The Devil's Business

In the conclusion of our three-part series on Charles Manson and the Manson Family, we discuss the events surrounding the Tate-LaBianca murders, as well as the subsequent arrest and trial of the mu...

Ep. 59 - The Family

This is the second part in a special three-part series on Charles Manson and the Manson Family murders. In part one we discussed Charles Manson's upbringing. In this episode we discuss the group of...

Ep. 58 - The Gardener

Throughout history there have been certain crimes that have shaped a generation. This is the first in a special three-part series on the life and crimes of Charles Manson. The brutal murders commit...

Ep. 57 - The Spirit Board

Throughout history, many cultures around the world have claimed to have had people who could contact the spirits. In the late 19th century, during the height of Spiritualism, a Baltimore novelty an...

Ep. 56 - The Blackout Ripper

During World War II, the German Luftwaffe began a massive bombing campaign over London and the surrounding British countryside known as The Blitz. By night, London would shut off all the city light...

Ep. 55 - The Cannibal Plateau

In the winter of 1874, prospector Alfred G. Packer headed out into the Colorado mountains with a group of five other men. Only Packer returned alive. According to stories, either Packer was a despe...

Ep. 54 - The Red Canoe

In 1916, a series of deadly shark attacks occurred along the Jersey shore. This is the true story that some people say inspired Jaws. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theconspiratorspodcast ...

Ep. 53 - The Great Detective

Without a doubt, the greatest detective in literature is Sherlock Holmes. When the world’s most foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes was found strangled to death, he left behind a mystery that may ha...

Ep. 52 - The Hunger Doctor

Starvation is a terrible way to die. This is the true story of Linda Hazzard, a quack doctor who lived in Washington in the early 20th century. Hazzard’s bizarre treatments may have resulted in as...

Ep. 51 - The Eaters

The true stories of Charles Domery and Tarrare, two men whose insatiable hunger needs to be heard to be believed. Each of these men were able to eat insane amounts of food, and very possibly...

Ep. 50 - The Annihilator

A full three years before Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of London, there was another vicious serial killer who terrorized people in the city of Austin, Texas. The killer known sometimes as Th...

Ep. 49 - The Departed

A recent National Geographic poll showed that more than 77 percent of the public believes that aliens from another planet have visited the earth at some point in history. It’s disturbing enough whe...

Ep 48 - The Carrier

New York in the early part of the 20th century was struck by a typhoid epidemic. An investigator managed to track down the unlikely cause, a 37-year-old cook named Mary Mallon. Although would go on...

Patreon Minisode 1 - The Sultan's Palace

In New Orleans in the 1800s, a mysterious Turkish Sultan moved into a lavish mansion in New Orleans’s French Quarter. Legend has it that a bloody massacre occurred  and no one knows who did it....

Ep. 47 - The God Machine

In 1853, a reverend named John Murray Spear attempted to do something shocking. He believed he was receiving messages from spirits beyond the grave, who gave him instructions on how to build a mech...

Ep. 46 - The Kiss of Death

One common legend that appears over and over in many forms throughout cultures around the world, is the legend of the vampire. Listen to hear some vampire stories from history, including the real u...

Ep. 45 - The Falling Star

In 1932, actress Peg Entwistle made a name for herself in Hollywood. But it wasn’t because of any movie role. Peg gained worldwide infamy by jumping off the Hollywood sign to commit suicide. And ev...

Ep. 44 - The Phantom

In 1946, the town of Texarkana was terrorized by a serial killer who stalked people parked in lover’s lanes at night. This mysterious madman has been the inspiration for countless songs, movies, bo...

Bonus Episode: Interview with Ed Dentzel of Unfound Podcast

In this special bonus episode, I interview Ed Dentzel, host of the Unfound podcast. In this interview, Ed and I discuss some of his most interesting missing persons cases and what it takes to creat...

Ep. 43 - The Boys on the Ice

In 1868, the cargo ship The Arran set sail for Quebec, Canada from Greenock, Scotland. Unknown to the captain, on board were a group of seven young stowaways. What happened to those boys is the...

Ep. 42 - The Call

Without a doubt the telephone is one of the greatest inventions in human history. But the invention also has a dark side. Listen to hear several true stories from history of unsolved murders, stran...

Ep. 41 - The Stain

You can often judge a society by how it treats it’s least fortunate members. In particular, the disabled and the mentally ill. Throughout history, people with mental illness have been shuttered awa...

Ep. 40 - The Man Eaters

In 1896, the British decided to build a railroad across their colony in Africa. An Army colonel named John Henry Patterson was brought in to supervise construction of a railroad bridge across the T...

Ep. 39 - The Evangelist

During the early 20th century, America was caught up in a growing spiritualist movement that swept the nation. One hotspot for seances and new religious movements during the 1920s was Detroit. Ther...

Ep. 38 - The Lonely Hearts

The first lonely hearts ads were published in 1695, just five years after the first newspapers were created. Almost from the very beginning, there have been criminals who have used these ads to pre...

Ep. 37 - The Witch Hunters

Throughout history there have been many self-appointed witch hunters who dedicated themselves to wiping out the minions of Satan. Hear the strange stories of witch hunts throughout history, includi...

Ep. 36 - The Bennington Triangle

During the 1940s and early 1950s, a string of strange disappearances occurred around Glastenbury Mountain in Vermont. Theories range from alien abduction, to Bigfoot, to dimensional gateways, to a ...

Ep. 35 - The Dangerous Mind

One of the great myths about serial killers perpetuated by books and the movies is that they’re all criminal geniuses like Hannibal Lecter. In truth, the criminal mastermind is extremely rare. Back...

Ep. 34 - The Bad Boy

In 1958, 19 year old Charles Starkweather and 14 year old Caril Anne Fugate, set out on a murder spree that shocked a nation. Was Caril an innocent victim, or was she as violent as...

Ep. 33 - The Hex

Logic tells us curses aren’t real. Yet history is full of instances that make you scratch your head and wonder. Hear some of the strange true stories, including the legend of King Tut’s curse, the ...

Ep. 32 - The Long Walk

Back in 1927, an immigrant named Lillian Alling grew fed up with life in the United States, and she decided she would return to her homeland no matter what. What happened next is one of...

Ep. 31 - The Tourist Trap

Back in 1912, on a warm June night in the little Iowa town of Villisca, an unknown madman murdered eight people with an axe. Learn the horrifying true story of the Moore family murders, and...

Ep. 30 - The Island of the Dead

Although there’s no accurate count, it’s estimated there are about 100,000 islands scattered around the globe. Sometimes, remote islands have been used to hide dark secrets, and stories of absolute...

Ep. 29 - The Night Lincoln Died

We’ve all heard the story about how John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater. But did you ever hear the story about the men who drove a mummy around the U.S. claim...

Ep. 28 - The Deceivers

Throughout history, there have been a number of shadowy groups dedicated to the art of deception and murder. Today, we have a name for these people. We call them assassins. Hear the true story of...

Ep. 27 - The Devil Inside

H.H. Holmes was the alias of one of America’s first serial killers. In Chicago in the late 1800s, he built an enormous “murder castle” where he may have killed as many as 200 people.  ...

Ep. 26 - The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

In survival stories, we often play the “what if” game, and wonder what we would do differently under the same circumstances. Here are two true stories of people lost in the jungle, including the re...

Ep. 25 - The Burning

On Christmas Eve, 1945, the home of George and Jennie Sodder was destroyed by fire. George, Jennie and four of their ten children managed to escape unharmed. But five more of the Sodder children my...

Ep. 23 - The Secret Agent

Long before the Zodiac Killer terrorized southern California, there was another similar string of murders in which a bizarre killer stalked and murdered people at local lover’s lanes then sent taun...

Ep. 22 – The Unfriendly Skies

On April 7, 1994, FedEx Flight 705 took off on a routine flight from Memphis to San Jose. What happened next was anything but routine though. A rogue FedEx employee attempted to seize control of...

Ep. 21 - The Bloody Benders

It’s bizarre enough when a single serial killer is terrorizing the community. But an entire family of serial killers is almost unheard of. In 1843, in rural Kansas a family of serial killers known ...

Ep. 20 - The Wych Elm

In 1943, a group of teenage boys in England’s Hagley Woods discovered a woman’s skeleton inside the trunk of a gnarled old wych elm. Was it a bizarre occult murder? Or was it another type...

Episode 19: The Prince of Humbugs

P.T. Barnum was many things in life–a showman, a con artist, a politician, and much more. This is the amazing true story of the man who managed to hoax the world.   Notes: www.history.com/news/10-t...

Episode 18: The Death of Poe

The story of what happened to Edgar Allan Poe in his final days has endured for centuries. In his final days, the writer disappeared for days, then mysteriously reappeared delirious and lying in th...

Ep. 17 – The Beast

For three years during the mid 18th Century, the Gevaudan region of southern France was terrorized by a real life monster. To this day, no one knows precisely what the creature was, or where it...

Ep. 16 - The Living Dead

For centuries there have been stories of people who were buried alive. These are the macabre true stories of people who were declared dead and buried, even though they really weren’t.   Notes: http...

Ep. 15 - The Cannibals

In 1961, millionaire Michael Rockefeller disappeared in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Did he drown as the official stories claim? Or did he suffer a much more grisly fate at the hands of native...

Ep. 14 – The Saint

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold. History has many tales of people who took the act of revenge to a whole new level. In this episode hear the stories of The...

Ep. 13 - The Bone Wars

In the mid-1870s two of the most prominent paleontologists in the world, Edward Drinker Cope and O.C. Marsh, waged an epic and often ridiculous war against one another. This is the bizarre true sto...

Ep. 12 – The House Guest

Have you ever been home alone and felt like you were being watched? Here are two stories of people whose killers may have been living with them unaware victims for months. Notes: http://modernnotio...

Ep. 11 - The Resurrectionists

During the 18th century in Britain, there was a thriving business in black market body snatching. An enterprising duo named Burke and Hare took the practice to its next logical conclusion, but murd...

Ep. 10 - The Untouchable

The true story of the Cleveland Torso Murders, and legendary lawman Eliot Ness’s investigation into the murders. Although officially the killer was never caught, did Ness actually discover the murd...

Ep. 9 - The Dark Side of the Moon

The strange true story of Jack Parsons, one of the co-founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and fathers of modern rocket science, as well as the member of a black magic sex cult with ties...

Ep. 8 - The Empress of Floreana

The strange true story of The Galapagos Affair. On a tiny tropical island, a self-described “Baroness” mysteriously vanished after running afoul of a small group of settlers.  Was it murder? Notes:...

Ep. 7 - The Love That Would Not Die

http://thoughtcatalog.com/christine-stockton/2014/10/a-man-dug-up-the-corpses-of-29-girls-turned-them-into-dolls-and-lived-with-them-in-his-bedroom/It’s hard to let your loved ones go after they di...

Ep. 6 - The Book of Secrets

The Isdal Woman of Norway and the Somerton Man of Australia are two of the most famous unsolved crimes in history. Who were these mysterious people? No one knows. Here are their stories. Notes: The...

Ep. 5 - The Girl on the Water

In 1961, an 11-year-old girl named Terry Jo Dupperault narrowly escaped death at the hands of a clever killer who murdered her entire family. Then she was forced to survive on her own clinging to...

Ep. 4 - The Axeman

On the night of March 19, 1919, all the dance halls and bars and nearly every home in the city of New Orleans was blasting jazz all through the night. But this wasn’t any ordinary...

Ep. 3 - The Heiress

Episode 3: The Heiress In 1968, a Detroit woman discovered she was adopted. Her quest for the truth about her past would lead her down a path leading to an automotive fortune and dark secrets...

Ep. 2 - The Monster Studies

Psychologists have been experimenting on humans for as long as the profession has been around. But what happens when the experiment goes too far? Listen here and find out about...

Ep. 1 - The Glow

Death has always followed the nuclear industry in one way or another. Usually those deaths are accidents, but in some cases it’s murder. Listen to the stories of murdered Russian spies,...