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Author: Richard MacLean Smith

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Unexplained is a haunting and unsettling bi-weekly podcast about strange and mysterious real life events that continue to evade explanation. A story-based show mixing spoken-word narrative, history and ideas - often to terrifying effect - that explores the space between what we think of as real and what is not; where sometimes belief can be as concrete as ‘reality,’ whatever that is…

More info at www.unexplainedpodcast.com and on twitter @unexplainedpod and facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast
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Robert Courtney was an upstanding Kansas City pharmacist and family man who was deeply devoted to his church. Courtney owned and operated two pharmacies and was perceived as an innovative businessman. His wealth was apparent to people in Kansas City in the 90’s— he lived in a $700,000 home and collected sports cars. It all came crashing down in 2001 when an oncologist discovered that Courtney had been diluting chemotherapy medications. She tipped off the FBI and the Courtney investigation became the FBI’s number one priority in 2001 up until 9/11. Courtney claimed that he started diluting the medication to pay a $600,000 IRS bill and to honor his pledge of $1 million to his church. But his greed, and the fact that he got away with it, led him to dilute more and more medications. In the end, over 98,000 prescriptions were diluted, over 4,000 patients were affected and almost 200 people died as a result. One of the most shocking aspects of this whole story is that it took 10 years for Courtney to get caught and if it weren't for one woman, he would still be working as a pharmacist today. How is that possible? We explore that question along with the even scarier question: Could this happen again? Listen today at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-opportunist/id1551162705  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Many are fascinated by Heinrich Himmler and the National Socialist German Workers' Party's (NSDAP) association with the occult.  It is an association that in ways, along with the term 'Nazi,' has clouded one of the fundamental truths about Himmler and the NSDAP.  Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
By all accounts, Robert Taylor wasn’t a man prone to exaggeration. Certainly, encounters of the strange were the furthest thing from his mind when he headed out to work on the outskirts of Livingston, in Scotland, one chilly morning in November 1979.  Soon, it would be all people would want to talk about... Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The issue of relying on the memory of individuals to recall events in criminal matters, particularly eye-witnesses to a crime, is one that continues to plague the criminal justice system. Pioneering psychologist Elizabeth Loftus, who's spent the last fifty years looking into the subject, has arguably done more than anyone to help us understand why.  Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Part Two of S05 Episode 16: Built On Shifting Sands The discovery of George Jayne's phone number among the belongings of Pat Blough, Ann Miller, and Renee Bruhl, found at the Indiana Dunes State Park, takes the story of their disappearance on a wholly unexpected path... Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In July 1966, a Park Ranger for the Indiana Dunes State Park came across a blanket of sandy belongings that had been left behind on the beach by three young women. And so began one of the greatest mysteries the American Midwest would ever know. Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In 1975 in Ukraine, a quarry worker found a strange, black spherical object buried in a seam of clay eight meters below the surface. Some believe it was nothing more than a gallo - a type of antiquated ironing tool made of glass. Others however believed it was something a little more interesting... Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In January 1986, a strange object was witnessed crashing into a mountain in a far eastern region of the then Soviet Union. Described by some as Russia's Roswell, analysis of the crash site is also said to have revealed intriguing similarities with one of the world's greatest mysteries involving something falling to earth from space...  Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
WARNING: Please be advised this episode contains disturbing and graphic scenes of torture. Parental discretion is advised. In Scotland, England, and Wales, one powerful individual's fear of witchcraft almost single-handedly set off a series of witch panics throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, resulting in the torture and death of thousands of innocent people.  And it all began one stormy night back in 1589... Featuring the story of King James VI and the North Berwick Witch Trials Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In 1595, just outside the town of Tyldesley in Lancashire, in the northwest of England, two children started exhibiting worrying signs they had become possessed by demonic spirits.   The strange and sinister case of the Lancashire Seven had begun... Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
One real-world locked-room mystery that has enthralled and mystified some of the world’s best crime writers from PD James to Raymond Chandler, occurred only a few years before Artemus Oggeltree’s death, in Liverpool, England back in 1931. It was as Chandler himself described, “the impossible murder because [the main suspect] couldn’t have done it and neither could anyone else...” Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The locked-room mystery in literature is widely thought to have originated with Edgar Allan Poe’s shocking and disturbing The Murder in Rue Morgue published in 1841. In 1935, in a hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, a real-life locked-room mystery occured, as compelling and strange as any fiction...  Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It is thought that neighbours of the Evangelista family were reluctant to help the investigation into their murder, due to fear of reprisal from the culprit.  Or more pertinently, fear of reprisal from La Mano Nera, or the Black Hand, who many suspected was ultimately responsible for the murders. But who were The Black Hand and were they even real at all? Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Part Two of S05 Episode 12: Prophet and Loss Police cast their net ever wider in their effort to find a culprit for the brutal murder of the Evangelista family, drawing increasingly dark and strange connections to the case, but will any of it lead to an answer? Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On July 3rd, 1929, a horrific discovery was made at 3587 St Aubin Street, home to Santina and Benny Evangelist and their family. What ensued, was one of the most bizarre murder mysteries in US history...  Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Some have speculated that Flight MH370 fell prey to Malaysia and Indonesia's own version of the Bermuda Triangle. The theory stems from a proposed connection with another equally haunting story, the disputed origin of which is almost as mysterious as the story itself... Featuring the chilling tale of the SS Ourang Medan.  Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The search continues... Part Two of S05 Episode 11: Destination Unknown  Featuring the story of Malaysia Airways Flight MH370 Go to twitter @unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A plane is missing... Featuring the story of Malaysia Airways Flight MH370 Go to twitter@unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A closer look at the mysterious RAF Rudloe Manor... Go to twitter@unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The otherworld of Welsh mythology, known as Annwn, is said to be populated with a vast array of creatures including fairies and mottled ridged serpents.  It is also said that there is one place more than any other where the bridge between our world and theirs is at its thinnest. That place, is the Berwyn Mountains... Go to twitter@unexplainedpod, facebook.com/unexplainedpodcast or unexplainedpodcast.com for more info. Thank you for listening. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Brad Horton

What a load of hippie bullshit. Go ahead, ignore boundaries and fences, pretend that borders and property and trespassing laws don't exist, and you'll find out pretty quickly that the "fallacy of tradition" has teeth.

May 5th
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Apr 28th
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Jennifer Siegle

it's easy to see how someone could confess to a crime they didn't even commit. imagine how many people have ended up in prison and are 100% innocent

Apr 5th
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Sadaf Amiri

i love your voice and stories;They are a wonderful combination

Mar 5th
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Kaity Strong

this podcast is called unexplained. this story has been explained for a very long time. disappointing and makes me question the authenticity of the other stories.

Mar 3rd
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For The Love Of a HORSE

I have to say as far holding my interest and patience, which I sadly lack, this episode is very interesting. In the way of "REALLY!!??" I give credit where credit is due so kudos, slap on the back, here's a toast to you. I love the uptight, don't crack a smile, laced up folk from across the way. Thee BEST..when you can get one of them to laugh and they don't want to. If you travel to that region, find a real pub. Looks like a living room. Set yourself next to one that is older. Thats it. You WILL remember that time forever.

Mar 2nd
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Michael lynn

Is this the episode that advertisements are not stuck in the middle? NO. This is the episode with three advertisements in the middle. I am done with this podcast, it's such a shame. It has the potential to be a number one podcast, but the advertisements are too much.

Feb 21st
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Patrick Lary

hello from virginia! just want to say that unexplained is in my top 3 favorite podcasts, along with dark histories and radio rental! I love the fact that you don't do alot of talking and get right down to it. this and the indepth uninterrupted story telling separates you from the rest of the pack. my only critiques are I wish they were longer and you give yourself credit,( which is well earned), so much that it makes me think of donald trump always letting everyone know how great he thinks himself to be. me and I donald j trump bla bla bla. please don't take insult because that's not what I mean by it. I just don't like thinking about the great destroyer of my nation when I'm trying to drown out the noise and relax. looking forward to the next great story. stay safe.

Feb 14th
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Emily Mcminn

listening to this guy say "kitty poo club" was the highlight of my day

Feb 12th
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saima salam

I listen to other podcasts that cover the same stories, yours I love the most. And your words at the end of this one blew my mind away. ❤❤❤🙏🙏🙏

Jan 31st
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A Gannon

That poor orphan child should have been left with the FAMILY and not sent back to the orphanage. Sorry not sorry, that was genuinely WRONG. Poor little girls, both.

Jan 31st
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Samden Hymstein

Holy shit, dude. Shut the fuck up with all the ads. They comprise 40% of the episodes now. Done with this shit show.

Jan 27th
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Kain Kenny

The Teladoc ad is soooooo annoying when binge listening 😩

Jan 22nd
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Kain Kenny

Who sings the folk song at the end of the episode????

Jan 20th
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Mar

there should be a content warning on this.

Jan 17th
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Sadaf Amiri

I love your voise and your stories

Jan 16th
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Evelyn Rose

Well, that was terrifying.

Jan 16th
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A Gannon

I have been privileged to have held, in gloved hands, a copy of the original, anonymous version of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. It was small and slim, the paper yellowed. It didn't look like much, and it was so very light. My hands were shaking. Incredible moment.

Dec 24th
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mia blu

I've wanted to chime in on this for sometime. I have loved this podcast since it's inception...I have been a patreon supporter and purchased Richards book! I have to say that it was a bit rediculous the loooong hiatus he took from this podcast due to the pandemic. While I understand and appreciate this is Richard's livelihood, he is also beyond fortunate to be able to support himself with a podcast! I have always loved the podcast but found it unfair for him to completely stop production for many months...surely he could have created a few short or teaser episodes or done SOMETHING to show his supporters that he cares about more than making $$.

Nov 19th
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ARN

This story always fascinated and scared me. You told it perfectly. unfortunately I am alone ... 😩

Nov 17th
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