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MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

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The Strange, Dark & Mysterious delivered in podcast format.

Follow the MrBallen Podcast on Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes publish twice a week—every Monday and Thursday. Prime members can listen to new episodes 1-month early and all episodes ad-free on Amazon Music. Wondery+ subscribers can listen ad-free in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.


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Just after 11 a.m. on a fall day in 2003, a crime scene analyst named Anna Cox was standing in the middle of a horrific crime scene inside of an apartment near Tampa, Florida. At her feet was a dead body in a pool of blood, and moving all around her were dozens of police officers and other investigators taking photos and collecting evidence. But none of those things or those other people stood out to Anna, because right now, the only thing she could think about was what she saw on the wall. She had never seen anything like this before... well, except for in movies, but no, sure enough, when she walked up to the wall, she realized that the thing that was on the wall was very real. And very, very disturbing. Possibly more disturbing, at least psychologically, than the dead body nearby. And it would be this discovery on the wall that would lead police to one of the coldest killers in Florida history.For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Today's podcast features 3 "underwater diving" horror stories. The audio from all three stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel, which is just called "MrBallen," and has been remastered for today's podcast.Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:#3 -- "Leaf Blower" -- A diver is contracted to raise a sunken boat (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/242QjjilqIE?feature=shared)#2 -- "Swiss Cheese" -- Divers explore an underground lake (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/ZUkAkMJ9c18?feature=shared)#1 -- "Berth #6" -- This story is physically uncomfortable to listen to (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/RF1syl8x6kU?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
One November night in 2004, in a tiny town in Alaska, a state trooper was responding to a call about a potential car accident. He eventually reached the isolated logging road where the accident supposedly happened, and sure enough, he saw a smoking vehicle that had clearly gone off the road. The trooper quickly got out of his vehicle and rushed down to the car to see if there was anyone he could help. But when he go there and looked inside the car, at first he was just confused. But then, he looked into the backseat, and he recoiled in horror. This was no car accident. This was something else...For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Hit

The Hit

2024-01-1133:363

Today’s podcast features 3 crazy stories about political assassinations and professional hits. And today’s podcast features 3 stories that demonstrate that. The audio for all three stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel and has been remastered for today's episode.Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:#3 -- "Bug Bite" -- A reporter feels a pain in his leg and assumes its just a bug bite (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/ny_s07D-LT8?feature=shared)#2 -- "Professional Job" -- This needs to be a movie (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/phJD8mb0Tfs?feature=shared)#1 -- "Dispatch" -- One of Japan's darkest moments, caught on live TV (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/vj_auGTlcLA?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In the summer of 2014, a man named Mark Porter sat in the small lobby of a quick service oil change garage. As he waited for his oil change to wrap up, he sipped a cup of coffee and looked out the window. But a minute later, a strange man walked into the shop and despite there being plenty of empty seats, the man sat down right next to Mark. Mark thought this was odd, but he tried not to over think it and just kept on sipping his coffee. The strange man started talking to Mark, just small talk, and Mark responded politely. But when his car was finally done, Mark was very relieved to grab his keys and get out of there. As Mark drove home, he couldn't help but feel like that strange guy was off in some way, there had to be a reason why he just randomly sat down next to Mark despite the open seats, and then why had he tried so hard to strike up a conversation? It all just seemed very odd but by the time Mark got home, he had forgotten about the guy. However, the guy had not forgotten about Mark, because Mark was right to be suspicious. That strange man had a very specific reason for doing what he did, and it was about to have massive ripple effects.For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. And today’s podcast features 3 stories that demonstrate that. The audio for all three stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel and has been remastered for today's episode.Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:#3 -- "Crush Injury" -- 3 brothers discover a secret staircase in the woods (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/sx14YtiLFIM?feature=shared)#2 -- "Long Lost Daughter" -- An unbelievable coincidence in London (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/sj1nh-qnv0E?feature=shared)#1 -- "Sparks Fly" -- Even more bizarre than the event that nearly killed this man, is what happened afterwards (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/dIcBvNbHKTs?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On July 16, 2011 in Colusa County, California, 7-year-old Fabian Ayala sat in his father's truck while his dad worked on a farm nearby. Suddenly, the ground starting to shake, and the windshield inside the truck shattered, sending glass flying onto Fabian. Fabian closed his eyes and tried to protect himself with his arms, and then finally when all the shaking stopped, he leapt out of the truck and looked around to figure out what had just happened. But when he looked down the road in front of him, he saw something on the ground that at first he just couldn't believe was real. But as he got closer, he realized it was, and he knew what he was looking at would haunt him for the rest of his life.For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Dybbuk Box

The Dybbuk Box

2023-12-2843:052

Far and away the two scariest parts of this story are one, when Jason brings the Dybbuk Box home and he goes to bed that first night, and then two, the following night what Jason sees in his living room is just horrifying.Story name, preview & link to original YouTube video:#1 -- "Dybbuk Box" -- The famous 2003 Dybbuk Box event (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/Bf_9w1vpq50?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
This story is a fan favorite that was previously published as Episode 8.On Christmas Eve in 1992, an 18-year-old woman named Danita Gullette stepped outside of her place of work into the freezing Dayton, Ohio night air, and began walking toward her mother's house. After a few minutes, Danita decided to call her mother to ask her something that couldn't wait until she arrived. So Danita stopped at a payphone, slipped a few coins into the phone's coin slot, then dialed the number she knew by heart. At her mother's house, the phone started to ring, but when Danita's sister picked up the receiver, the phone was silent. Around the same time, the Dayton police received a call about a disturbance at a payphone in town. This would be the start of one of the most incomprehensible crime sprees in American history.For 100s more stories like this one, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @MrBallenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Have you ever had the overwhelming feeling that something or someone was watching you? Well, today’s podcast features 3 stories that will have you checking your house for intruders before you go to sleep. The audio for all three stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel and has been remastered for today's episode.Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:#3 -- "Never Alone" -- A father notices writing in his daughter's closet (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/8z07gs6D9E8?feature=shared)#2 -- "Awful Routine" -- Man finds something unexpected in his attic (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/vARuVoqbQL0?feature=shared)#1 -- "Stripes" -- One of the most popular "spooky" stories on Reddit (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/W5U1vyQr_IY?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On the night of August 22nd, 2004, in an extremely affluent neighborhood in Florida, millionaire lawyer John Sutton dragged himself across the floor of his bedroom. He couldn't see anything, and his head was in agonizing pain, but somehow, someway he still managed to pull himself up to his feet, and then he staggered his way through the house and made it out the front door to safety. However, there was still someone else in the house behind him. Moments later, a Miami SWAT team entered John's house, and they would make a horrifying discovery in the guest bedroom – one that would stun the wealthy South Florida community, where John and his family had lived and worked for over four decades.For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Beyond the Veil

Beyond the Veil

2023-12-1436:55

There are certain stories that legitimately just seem too strange to be true, and today’s story is definitely one of those. But when you get to the end of the story, you will see that a major American educational institution fact-checked this story really aggressively, and it held up... it really happened. So, go into today’s very wild story with an open mind.Story name, preview & link to original YouTube video:#1 -- "Beyond the Veil" -- Some stories legitimately seem too strange to be true… and today's story is definitely one of those (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/21pIWH_Kspg?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Late one night in the spring of 1937, a young woman stumbled into her apartment building, drunk after a long night of partying with friends. She made her way up the steps, and reached her apartment door. And after she opened it up, she stepped inside, and her little dog ran up to her and she gave it a little pat, and then she walked toward her bedroom. But the moment she stepped foot into that pitch black room, something felt off. It was too quiet. But before she could figure out what was going on, something heavy came flying out of the darkness and hit her on the face. For a moment, the woman just stood there stunned. Then a second later, hands emerged from the darkness.For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
No Way Out Vol. III

No Way Out Vol. III

2023-12-0731:301

Today’s podcast features 3 stories that involve people who were trapped – with “no way out.” The audio for all three stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel and has been remastered for today's episode.Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:#3 -- "Shattered Glass" -- One of the worst disasters in sports history (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/oon2bSZoGVs?feature=shared)#2 -- "Minivan" -- How quickly things can go wrong (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/WWWWMdm9ZY4?feature=shared)#1 -- "The Tomb" -- The worst way to die (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/7JPEtNglQ4o?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
One summer day in 1978, a man came home from work to his house in a nice neighborhood in Illinois. He went inside the front door and called out to his wife, but she didn't call back. The man looked around the house and was annoyed that it was so dirty. His wife had said she was going to spend the day cleaning, and it seemed like she had not. But after searching the house, he had not found his wife yet, and so he stared to wonder if she was okay. The only place left to check for her was in the basement, so he opened the door and began walking down the stairs. When he got down there, he would come face-to-face with a nightmare.For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dead Man's Riddle

Dead Man's Riddle

2023-11-3038:111

Today’s podcast features 3 mysterious stories with uncrackable clues. The audio for all three stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel and has been remastered for today's episode.Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:#3 -- "John Doe" -- Man stays home alone to watch the Super Bowl... what he does next is hard to believe (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/phJD8mb0Tfs?feature=shared)#2 -- "Single Blow" -- Man thinks someone is out to get him (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/phJD8mb0Tfs?feature=shared)#1 -- "Riddle Me This" -- The FBI has a world-class code breaking team, but sometimes the riddles they come across are impossible to crack, so they appeal to the public for help (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/Kv2wCsWqrNs?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
What happens when armed home invaders break into a residence thats owned by a man who has a black belt in karate, he keeps hundreds of guns stashed all throughout his house, and he also has a doomsday shelter specifically in case somebody breaks into his house? Well, the result might surprise you.For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Against All Odds Vol. II

Against All Odds Vol. II

2023-11-2334:091

Today’s podcast features 3 stories about people who, by all accounts, should have died… but didn’t. The audio for all three stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel and has been remastered for today's episode.Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:#3 -- "Harrison Okene" -- Fisherman is in the bathroom when boat capsizes (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/qO6EAw8kVpA?feature=shared)#2 -- "I Got This" -- A woman wakes up in a death trap (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/yPE84ZJBJWk?feature=shared)#1 -- "Candy" -- Girl somehow survives 2 horrific ordeals back to back (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/U36jtuJVBjQ?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
At around 9:00 PM on September 13th, 2006, a college student walked towards her friend’s apartment in the small town of Valley City, North Dakota. She walked up the steps and was about to knock on her friend's door, when she was hit with this really powerful chemical smell. She looked around wondering where the smell was coming from, and that's when she realized it was coming from her friend's apartment. More confused than worried, the friend knocked on the door, but there was no answer. So she reached down and tried the handle, and it was unlocked, so she opened the door. And when she looked inside, she began to scream.For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Silent Killer

Silent Killer

2023-11-1636:251

Some of the world’s worst killers are not human, and today’s podcast features 2 stories that demonstrate that. The audio from both of these stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel and has been remastered for today's episode.Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:#2 -- "A Few Drops" -- A seemingly meaningless event turns into a nightmare for one world renowned chemist (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/q86aQiINdyo?feature=shared)#1 -- "Unknown Unnatural Hazard" -- As scary as it sounds, the most terrifying part about it, is that it could happen again somewhere else at any time (Original YouTube link -- https://youtu.be/aZt-5czd6cA?feature=shared)For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallenIf you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Comments (402)

Len Conyers

So happy to see this many available episodes on Castbox...

Feb 18th
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Denise Nichols

when this happened and there was comments by " professionals " that what the reactions by hospitals employees was similar to group hysteria. Gimmina a break !° I couldn't believe they tried to pull that !!! I was so angry! I call B.S. !Gives me a headache every time I hear this baloney. smells like covering thy azz !

Feb 15th
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bob caygeon

did ballen sell out and go strictly to scAmazon?

Dec 27th
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Lenora Thorium

This is the most terrifying thing ever

Dec 24th
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Carl David Bankes

Was this recorded in a 1925 recording studio the production is awful

Oct 26th
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bob caygeon

Too bad he sold out to Bezos. The whole Prime thing was not worth $200/yr anyway, and there's a boatload of free pods out there.

Aug 15th
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Aria S.P

The more I learn about Japan war crime in WW2, the more I believe they weren't victims of war at the end, they deserve that 😑

Aug 6th
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Jared Botting

.mm. 2 hc0⁰the first qq a

Jul 13th
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Jared Botting

77io

Jul 13th
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Jeanie Fields

hey John it's too bad we have to have an amazon to enjoy YOUR Podcast

Jun 11th
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Jade Flynn

God forbid he wants to get paid to do this! You all work for free? How noble.

May 1st
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Andrew Wombold

I made sure to unsubscribe on YouTube! thanks for putting these podcast behind a paywall .

Mar 21st
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Kayla Downing

You really need to come back no one wants to switch

Jan 17th
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Sharon Campbell

I don't know why my episode listing only shows 7 episodes..could anyone help me on that??

Dec 13th
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Christiaan Bosma

used to be my go to show but I'm not paying Amazon more money just for this show. highly disappointed you decided to just chase Amazon's money instead of caring for your fans. really love the content you put put and can't understand you wanting to restrict your audience to only people who can pay.

Dec 10th
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Ari C

crocs can climb trees. that's all I'd be thinking about

Nov 20th
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Comrade Talls

Sold out to the Amazon Overlords. No new episodes here and all but a few of the old episodes were taken down.

Nov 17th
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Sweet Lime

New to this podcast, like it a lot so far! but why do I only see like 6 episodes??

Nov 16th
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Nikk Nakk

without a doubt the best channel

Nov 15th
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Andrew Wombold

so there's a pay wall now or is my app fucked up?

Nov 10th
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