On a quite literally bewitching episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — beguiling paranormal talk with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we welcome one of our favorite novelists, J.D. Horn, of the Witching Savannah series fame, who is launching a new series, Witches of New Orleans (dude digs witches), with the publication of The King of Bones and Ashes on January 23. J.D. Top of Hour 2; at Hour1, Joel and Eric review the week’s paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
On an episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and Dr. Clarissa Cole — so hot it melted my keyboard, we tackle the crucial topic of immigration law and policy in America with immigration legal advocate Susan Celsor. We speak with SusanTop of hour 2; Hour 1, Joel and Eric review the latest and strangest True Crime headlines.
Is there any topic more contentious in America in 2018 than immigration? Who should be let in? Who should be kept out? How many immigrants are too many? The U.S. is literally the melting pot of the world – is that a good thing or a bad ting? Even if you agree that certain countries are “shitholes,” aren’t the real problems the governments of those countries and the crushing weight of history rather than the people who yearn for a better life in America? Do we need a wall? What would it accomplish? Is anyone other than the American taxpayers — really — going to pay for it? What is DACA and who are the Dreamers? How do we block terrorists, criminals, and miscreants from penetrating our borders while welcoming who aspire to the American Dream?
On this episode we talk with author, You Tuber, Paranormal investigator Steve E. Asher. Steve fills us in on locations such as the Kentucky State Penitentiary. We also talk about his you tube channel "The House Of Asher" Where fear is king. Steve discussed what scares him and how fear has motivated some and hindered others.
On a chilling episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — paranormal talk with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we welcome haunted house survivors James and Amanda Kashery. James has had experiences in six different homes in his lifetime. We chat with James and Amanda at Hour 2; Hour 1, Joel and Eric review the most edifying paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
On a fascinating and historical episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and Dr. Clarissa Cole — we investigate the recent release of government JFK assassination papers, an extraordinary meeting of American Mafia bosses in 1957, the despised French Vichy government of World War ll, and key presidential pardons with journalist and author Lorraine Boissoneault. We speak with Lorraine at Top of hour 2; Hour 1, Joel and Eric review the week’s freakiest True Crime news.
On this edition of we talk with former FBI special agent John DeSouza. Join us as we talk about UFOs, Ghosts, Bigfoot & Government cover ups oh my! "JOHN DESOUZA (X-Man) was an FBI Special Agent for over 25 years and collected the real life "X-Files."
John DeSouza unravels mysteries that elude investigators restricted to the purely material world.
The truth of the paranormal revealed itself to the author through his own supernatural experiences and those of innumerable others across many professional fields. The author lives in the great Southwestern United States and devotes himself to paranormal research and writing." So sit back relax and take yet another journey in to high strangeness.
On a festive and wintry edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we revel in weird Christmas customs, the evolution of Santa Claus, and the recurrent War on Christmas with Gerry Bowler, foremost Yuletide historian and author of The World Encyclopedia of Christmas, Santa Claus: A Biography, and most recently, Christmas in the Crosshairs: Two Thousand Years of Denouncing and Defending the World’s Most-Celebrated Holiday. Gerry joins us top of hour 2; Hour 1 Joel and Eric ponder the new year’s most edifying paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
Though in simplest terms, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus and the salvation of mankind, a bewildering and bizarre assortment of customs have evolved around the world throughout the history of our most important holiday. Among them are the pooping log of southern France and northern Spain; the peasant pooper in Catalonian nativity scenes; werewolves and Christmas; Christmas witches; kidnapping the baby Jesus; Mari Lwyd, the party animal horse skull of Wales; the astonishing mutation of Santa Claus; mistletoe; the Yule log, Krampus, and the tenaciously recurring War on Christmas.
We kick off 2018 on After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime Wednesdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — with a preview of season 3 of Discovery’s hit True Crime cold case series KILLING FIELDS with exec producer Faith Gaskins. We speak with Faith at 10pE; at 9pE, Clarissa, leads us through the bran new year’s weirdest True Crime headlines.
On Thursday, January 4 at 9 PM ET/PT, Discovery will head to Isle of Wight County, Virginia to investigate a brutal cold case in the third season of the network’s hit true-crime series KILLING FIELDS, this time subtitled “Murder Isle.”
Isle of Wight is an isolated Virginia farmland community near the Chesapeake Bay, but the quiet community was marked by a gruesome homicide its residents cannot forget. In the summer of 2004, 28-year-old Carrie Singer was found beaten to death and half naked in a field. But who would have wanted her dead? And why could they never connect any DNA with the actual crime?
On a darkly revealing episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — scintillating paranormal talk radio Thursdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we welcome legendary paranormal researcher and author Nick Redfern to discuss his latest book, Shapeshifters, and their insidious impact on our real world. We talk with Nick at Top of Hour 2; Hour 1 Joel and Eric review the latest freaky paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed and ponder yet another Halloween come and gone.
Shapeshifters: Morphing Monsters & Changing Cryptids
When most people think of shapeshifters, they think of the werewolves and vampires of mythology and pop culture, but the truth is much more disturbing and dangerous. According to legendary paranormal researcher and author Nick Redfern, shapeshifters are real, they come in all kinds and sizes, and they have existed for countless millennia. This mind-boggling, fascinating guide invites you to meet shapeshifters in their many and various forms, from were-cats and blood-suckers to aliens, djinn, fairies, Wendigos and Men in Black. Discover legends and lore from around the world and experience first-hand encounters with shape-changing beasts that lurk in the night. Nick Redfern takes you deep into their domain, opening your eyes to paranormal secrets and cryptozoological wonders.
For example, in Japan, a shapeshifter is called Kitsune, or a fox. In addition to shifting into the form of an attractive human, a Kitsune can also take the form of a tree or the moon. Based on current research by monster hunters, creatures that are prevalent in popular culture, such as the Loch Ness monster, might actually be shapeshifters. In Native American lore, the coyote is regarded as a shapeshifting trickster.
According to Redfern, shapeshifters are creatures of the real world, lurking in the shadows, waiting until the right time to strike, reveling in their love of human torment.
On a spectacularly spooky and seasonal Halloween edition of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — we examine four sensational crimes committed on Halloween as profiled and analyzed by Dr. Cole. In the show’s first hour we review recent Halloweentime crimes in the headlines. Be sure to stop by Dr. Cole’s site The Criminal Code for more fabulous writing about heinous deeds.
If you grew up during the 70’s and 80’s, it may be easy for you to remember the panic about adults giving children candy that was somehow sabotaged (razor blades, etc). In fact, it got to the point where many kids only went to more highly controlled Halloween gatherings at churches and between friends/relatives because paranoia had reached such a fever pitch. But was all the fear and suspicion warranted, or was it more urban myth than reality?
Unfortunately, on the Halloween of 1974, the unthinkable truly did happen when 8-year-old Timothy O’Bryan died after ingesting poisoned Pixy Stix. Worst of all, it occurred in the small town of Deer Park, Texas, not some large metropolis where crime is somewhat expected.
It turned out that the fruity sugar filled Pixys were somehow laced with cyanide. Additionally, when authorities collected the candy from the other O’Bryan children, it was discovered that all of their Pixy Stix had been poisoned as well – they just hadn’t consumed them yet! When the police examined the remaining straws, they discovered that the tops had been carefully opened and some of the candy contents poured out. Then, the top two inches were refilled with potassium cyanide powder.
Who committed this heinous act?
Martha MoxleyMartha Moxley
Martha Moxley, a beautiful blonde teenager from Belle Haven, Connecticut, was last seen on All Hallowed Saints’ Eve at a neighbor’s house in 1975. She was just 15-years-old. Sometime between 9:00 and 11:00pm that evening, she left the neighbor boys’ house to go home (which was only 150 yards away).
But Martha never made it.
Her body was found beneath a tree in her back yard with her jeans and underwear pulled down. She’d been beaten so brutally with a golfclub (a 6-iron) that the shaft had shattered. Then a piece of that club was used to skewer Martha through the neck.
Local police grilled everyone in the surrounding areas, including transients off of the nearby highway. But no one was admitting anything, and the gated community of Belle Haven wasn’t exactly known for crime. In fact, the 6-iron used as a murder weapon was from an part a very expensive Toney Penna set… which just happened to belong to the neighbor boys’ recently deceased mother.
Indeed, Tommy (17-years-old) and Michael (15-years-old) Skakel were the last people to see Martha Moxley alive. And, Martha had written in her diary that Tommy had “tried to get to 2nd base” with her in the past. So, obviously, the police had some solid suspects in the case. There was just one problem.
They were related to the Kennedys.
David BerkowitzSon of Sam? Satanic Cult? None of the Above?
Sometime in the early hours of Halloween 1981, Manhattan couple Ronald Sisman and Elizabeth Platzman were murdered in their Chelsea apartment. The young couple was severely beaten before being shot in the head, execution-style, with the apartment completely ransacked. The police initially believed that Mr. Sisman may have known his murderer, since there was no sign of forcible entry to the apartment and that drug money may have been the motive, but then the case took a turn for the bizarre. A prison informant claimed that one of his fellow inmates had predicted the crime weeks before it actually happened. That inmate turned out to be the “Son of Sam” killer, David Berkowitz.
Berkowitz had long been rumored to be involved with a satanic cult that helped him with some of the murders. According to the informant, Berkowitz had told him that his cult was planning to enter a residence near Greenwich Village (Chelsea would qualify for that) on Halloween to carry out a ritual murder. When questioned, Berkowitz claimed that Sisman had video footage of one of the “Son of Sam” shootings and was planning to hand it over to the authorities in exchange for dropping some drug charges, but not evidence was ever found to support Berkowitz’s claims. He did, however, provide an eerily accurate description of Sisman’s apartment. The killings are still unsolved to this day.
Cindy SongPenn State Disappearance
Penn State grad student Cindy Song disappeared after leaving a party on Halloween night, 2001. It was a Wednesday, and Cindy and two of her girlfriends, Stacy Paik and Lisa Kim, showed up at their favorite bar dressed in costumes. According to Lisa, Cindy wore a rabbit outfit. “She had bunny ears and a tail that she had bought. It was a very cute outfit. It wasn’t like a sexy outfit. It was a very cute outfit. That was her thing, she was very cute. She liked to look cute.”
The girls partied until 2 a.m. Afterwards, they stopped at a friend’s to play video games for a few hours and arrived home at 4 a.m. Stacy dropped Cindy off at her apartment, waved goodbye and drove off. She never saw Cindy enter her apartment and has not seen her since. Unfortunately, neither has anyone else.
Brian Sprinkle was a detective for the Ferguson Township Police Department at the time of Cindy’s disappearance. “It seems like she just vanished into thin air,” he said. No trace of her has ever been found and the case has taken a number of bizarre twists, and for a while, the investigation focused on a man named Hugo Marcus Selenski.
Selenski had been arrested after five corpses were found in his backyard. A police informant linked Selenski and another man to Cindy, claiming the duo had kidnapped, raped, and murdered her. To make things even weirder, the other man named in the kidnapping was found dead – in Selenski’s backyard. More bodies have been found there, but none have been proven to be Cindy, and the case remains open.