Adam Selzer was born in Des Moines and now lives in Chicago, where he writes humorous books by day and researches history, ghost stories and naughty playground rhymes by night. After sixteen published books, including the acclaimed Smart Aleck's Guide to American History and I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It, he is just famous enough to have a page on wikipedia.
His most recent novel is Play Me Backwards. In 2015 he will have two new nonfiction books; one on silent film production in Chicago (Flickering Empire, co-written with Michael Glover Smith, Columbia University Press) and one on Abraham Lincoln ghostlore (Ghosts of Lincoln, Llewelyn).
He is pretty sure he's the subject of the song "You're So Vain."
In a stimulating, perplexing, but revealing edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen & Greg Bakun — we learn about real life “vampyres” with the author of the Silently novel series, Douglas Robinson. We talk with Douglas Top of hour 2. At Hour 1, Joel & Greg Bakun joins us for a special remote live broadcast from the Things That Go Bump event at the haunted Palmer House Hotel in Sauk Centre, Minnesota! Featuring owner of the Palmer Kelley Freese. Speakers Ryan Headley, John Marson, Natalie Tritz Fowler, Suzanne Worthley.
Douglas Robinson and Real Vampyres
Douglas Robinson is a Christian writer who has spent a lifetime pondering the existence of real “vampyres.” Robinson has had vampyric people “on his heart” since he was eight years old. Oddly, he doesn’t remember seeing vampire shows or movies until he moved from Chicago to Alabama and saw the gothic daytime serial Dark Shadows for the first time at the age of thirteen. He started disassembling the occultic elements early; such as, no reflection in a mirror. He said, “You are in a physical body, you have mass, and you are not the Invisible Woman. Therefore, you have a reflection.” Between praying, thinking, and reading – their condition finally made sense to him over time: these are people who must drink blood to live.
Robinson’s Silently series of novels — currently Silently Comes the Night and Rites of Passage — deals with blood drinking people and includes scenes where the characters drink blood, hunt for blood, kill for blood, or shed blood, but these are living people with a vampyric medical condition. They are neither undead nor occultic. These people survive as best they can under difficult and bitter conditions. Any that survive any length of time become efficient predators. When most people hear the word “vampire” they think of an undead creature who sleeps in a coffin by day and drinks the blood of the living by night. Robinson uses the alternate spelling “vampyr” to denote a physically-changed person who is living, not undead, and who must drink blood to survive.
The Silently series is about a vampyric girl named Majken who was born in the winter of 1698. The modern-day part of the storyline began in 1993 and ends about 1999. The historical part of the storyline delves into her past and other characters from the mid-1600’s onward. When we meet Majken she has come to the city of Trenton seeking a new life. She meets Thomas, a young college student, but Thomas does not know who or what his girlfriend really is. Thomas is exposed to her blood during her fight to save his life and he becomes vampyric also. The storyline is about their relationship in the modern-day and historically about Majken’s life from the early eighteenth century.
On this addition of after Hours AM, we come to you live from the wold famous Palmer House! Join us as we tak with both the owner of this historical marvel and several of the speakers from Things That Go Bump MN latest event!!
On this addition of After Hours AM / Deeper Cuts Hour 1. We talk about our big event coming up at the world famous Palmer House in sauk center mn. We also cover creepy imaginary friends and your kids!! Hour 2. We talk with author Michael J. Worden. Mike, is "The Murder of Richard Jennings: The True Story of New York's First Murder for Hire." More about Mike "Michael Worden is a police sergeant and author who has redefined the genre of true
crime with his new book, The Murder of Richard Jennings, by delving into the case
with a unique, fresh approach. He began researching several true historical crimes in the
fall of 2009, and has demonstrated an almost obsessive need to obtain information.
"These historical crimes are fascinating slices of our history," Worden recently said
about his research. "I want to tell the story of the crime in a way that no one else has.
The whole picture needs to be presented - the back story, the crime, the aftermath, and
even follow the players in the years after they faded from the headlines."
Worden wants to ensure that his books are historically accurate and relevant while also
being entertaining and fun to read. "The books, including the first one (The Murder of
Richard Jennings - now in print) will be thoroughly documented and noted," he said.
He continued, "but I am doing that in a way which is not dry and boring. I don't want
readers falling asleep the first five pages into the book. I don't want them to be able to
put it down!"
Michael also has said that his books are unique because he is seeking out the locations
of crime scenes, execution sites, burial sites, and other locations relevant to the various
crimes, and reexamining the cases from a unique point of view as a police detective. He
is also stubbornly seeking out images and portraits of the people involved."
On a cutting edge edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — scintillating paranormal talk radio every Thursday 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we dive down the virtual reality rabbit hole with NextVR CEO David Cole, whose brand new program Paranormal Evidence immerses viewers in an investigation of wildly haunted locations, beginning with the Pennhurst Asylum. We talk with David at 10pE; at 9pE Joel and Eric review the week’s top paranormal news and peer intently through the veil.
The line between paranormal reality and virtual reality just got very blurry. Paranormal Evidence is a brand new virtual reality investigation TV series exploring unexplained phenomena reported at wildly haunted locations, beginning with the notorious Pennhurst. The original program developed by NextVR immerses fans in the investigation as events unfold around them. The engineering team at NextVR designed and built a proprietary VR camera system to capture full spectrum footage in the pitch-dark environment, enabling the audience to see things imperceptible by even the investigators.
A team of investigators, led by Jack Kassewitz who has years of investigative journalism and linguistics experience, selected Pennhurst Asylum for the premiere of Paranormal Evidence with one goal: to capture evidence of what is lurking in the dark. Known as one of the most haunted locations in North America, Pennhurst opened in 1908 to care for children with severe mental and physical disabilities. In the decades to follow, the isolated facility also housed society’s outcasts and criminals, became dangerously overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed. After nearly a century of controversy and accusations of abuse and neglect, the institution was finally closed. Unexplained occurrences have been reported for years, including strange voices, slamming doors, shadowy figures, and visitors grabbed by unseen hands.
On this addition of After Hours AM with Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen & DR. Clarissa Cole. Hour 1. We cover all the true crime headlines of the day. Hour 2. In the recent years we have lost several shinning stars. Robin Williams, Chris Cornell and just recently Chester Bennington to suicide. We tackle the very serious epidemic of depression & suicide. With Doreen Marshall, Ph.D. "As a psychologist with experience that spans clinical, educational, and professional settings, Dr. Doreen Marshall has been engaged in local and national suicide prevention work for more than 10 years.
Since joining AFSP in 2014, Dr. Marshall has expanded AFSP’s menu of education programs for both clinicians and general audiences, and revamped the infrastructure to improve program delivery through a nationwide network of chapters. She is also leading a new initiative to develop programs for people who have suffered from suicidal thinking or who have survived a suicide attempt. Marshall fosters partnerships with mental health organizations, such as with the National Council for Behavioral Health to train people across the country in Mental Health First Aid, and oversees the development of new programming, including clinician trainings in Attachment-Based Family Therapy and K-12 educator trainings such as the Signs Matter program."
On this terrifying but thought provoking episode of After Hours AM / Deeper Cuts. Hour 1 we welcome Ryan Headly John Marson to the show. Ryan & John are the founders of Things That Go Bump MN. Ryan & John get us all up to speed on the great upcoming event at the world famous Paler House. Then Carin Smurl "Strange things happened in the Pennsylvania duplex where Janet and Jack Smurl lived. The family claimed that a TV burst into flames, scratches appeared on walls, and toilets flushed by themselves. They also heard footsteps and music from unplugged radios while empty rocking chairs swayed, and experienced foul odors permeating the place, and drawers opening and closing by themselves. Their daughter, Carin Smurl, is speaking out on how the family tried to get help from the Scranton Roman Catholic Diocese."
In an awe-inspiring and reassuring edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we speak with psychic medium and author Kristy Robinett about her new book, Messages From a Wonderful Afterlife, which reveals the signs loved ones send us from the beyond. Kristy joins us Top of Hour 2; Hour1 Joel and Eric review the week’s most amazmo paranormal news.
Psychic medium Kristy Robinett‘s new Messages From a Wonderful Afterlife (Llewellyn, Aug 8) expands on her previous book, It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, wherein she shares more personal experiences and stories from clients of how our loved ones – including pets – are communicating from the other side. This reassuring book teaches readers how to identify “heaven hellos” from those in the afterlife and interpret the signs and symbols that often appear, such as finding coins or feathers; feeling an invisible touch or shiver down your spine; seeing a shadow out of the corner of your eye; smelling a familiar scent; hearing your deceased loved one’s voice; being visited by a special animal or insect.
Messages from a Wonderful Afterlife also provides advice on taking care of yourself while you’re grieving and supporting others through times of hardship. With Kristy’s guidance, you’ll become more aware of your loved ones in spirit and be assured that they’re always with you.
In the book’s intro, Robinett writes, “Death is so hard on the living. Some believe death is the ultimate defeat. I dare to disagree and often explain to my clients that I sometimes envy those who’ve crossed over because they are the ones who are truly living.
Kristy Robinett“My own first taste of death came when I was just three years old and an older lady came to me in spirit to tell me that my grandma was going to die. I simply passed the message on to my mom, unknowing that dying was a horrible thing. The response that I received was a spanking. When my grandma passed just a few months later, and my predictions and communication with the Other Side was truer and real, my parents decided to enroll me early into the local Lutheran school. Not only would it keep me busy but they hoped that it would eradicate whatever demons that I was in communication with. To their dismay, I still saw, heard, knew, and sensed, but instead of expressing that I saw life after death, I stopped passing along the messages. I began to understand that what was normal for me wasn’t normal for everyone.”
Kristy Robinett is a psychic medium, international author, and inspirational speaker. In addition to giving readings and teaching workshops, she uses her psychic skills to assist with police investigations and keep tabs on her husband and kids. Kristy lectures across the country and is a frequent media commentator, appearing on Investigation Discovery’s Restless Souls, Fox News, ABC News, Coast to Coast, and more.
She writes the A Happy Medium blog for Patheos and is the author of several books, including Tails from the Afterlife: Stories of Signs, Messages, and Inspiration from your Companion Animals (Llewellyn, March 2018); Messages From a Wonderful Afterlife: Signs Loved Ones Send from Beyond; It’s a Wonderful Afterlife: Inspiring True Stories from a Psychic Medium; Forevermore: Guided in Spirit by Edgar Allan Poe; Messenger Between Worlds: True Stories from a Psychic Medium; Higher Intuitions Oracle; Ghosts of Southeast Michigan; and Michigan’s Haunted Legends and Lore.
On a macabre but righteous edition of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — Wednesdays 9-11pE with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and our secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — we delve into Investigation Discovery’s THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD with subject and star of the show Graham Hetrick. We speak with Graham Top of hour 2; Hour 1 Clarissa illuminates the week’s top True Crime headlines.
THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEADID
While detectives search for clues among the living, Graham Hetrick — a coroner and medical death investigator — uncovers the secrets of the dead. In Investigation Discovery’s THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, Hetrick shares the most compelling homicide cases from his 26 years as the Coroner of Dauphin County, Pa., telling the tales of those who can’t. Through complex forensic analysis, he and his team uncover the secrets that every body holds, providing physical information crucial to solving homicide cases. Hetrick returns with more clues to unravel in the 10-episode second season of THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, which premiered July 17 and runs Mondays at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.
Through compelling interviews, dramatic re-enactments, and storytelling by Hetrick himself, each episode of THE CORONER: I SPEAK FOR THE DEAD recounts one of Hetrick’s cases starting from the moment he is called to the scene of the crime. Hetrick lets viewers in on every aspect of his investigation until he determines the cause of death and, ultimately, helps law enforcement deliver justice for the victims and their families.
In the season two premiere, “First Cut is the Deepest,” Hetrick works to solve the case of a beloved family man who was stabbed to death in his Harrisburg, Pa., home. After career Army soldier Sam Gore is found by his pregnant fiancée, Hetrick uses his expertise in blood spatter analysis to deduce that not only was the killer able to get into close proximity to Gore, but the stab wounds might indicate a trained killer. Now it’s up to Hetrick and homicide detectives to put the puzzle pieces together and figure out who in Gore’s inner circle held a deadly grudge.
“Touch Me and Die” aired Monday, July 24 at 10/9c
Thirty-two-year-old Bob Curley is admitted to the E.R. in Hershey, in excruciating pain, suffering from hallucinations and significant hair loss. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, doctors are unable to save him. Curley is young and in good health, so doctors are baffled as to what caused his death, until they get the results of a shocking toxicology report. Curley has been poisoned with a substance banned for commercial use in the United States since the 1960s. Now it’s up to Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick to use a rare forensic technology method to determine exactly when Bob was poisoned, and who was responsible.
“Internal Trauma” airs Monday, July 31 at 10/9c
Eighty-six-year-old Goldie Snyder, a fixture in Harrisburg’s fishing community, is found brutally murdered and sexually assaulted in the bait shop she opened with her late husband in the 1940s. Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick and his team are called in to investigate. The nature of Synder’s wounds indicates to Graham that her killer was someone with intense rage who had likely killed before and, unless they stop him, will kill again.
“Clues from the Body” airs Monday, August 7 at 10/9c
When the badly decomposed body of Marcus Garner is found with bullet wounds in a dilapidated Harrisburg garage, Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick is immediately called to the scene. Graham must use a science called forensic entomology – and the common housefly – to develop not only a timeline for the murder but the identity of the person who murdered this street-smart family man.
The Coroner Graham Hetrick
About Graham Hetrick
Graham Hetrick has certified over 13,000 deaths, investigated approximately 600 homicides and participated in about 3,000 autopsies since being elected coroner of Dauphin County, PA over 25 years ago. Hetrick discovered his calling as a child, living above the family funeral home built by his father: Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home in Harrisburg, PA.
In addition to being a coroner, Hetrick is a thanatologist, medico-legal death investigator, forensics consultant, grief counselor, and former funeral director. He has advanced training in blood pattern analysis, crime scene management, forensic sculpting, and shallow grave recovery. He is also an adjunct professor at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, teaching courses on forensics and anatomy. Hetrick is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American College of Forensic Examiners, the Pennsylvania Coroner’s Association, the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigators Association, and The National Coroner/Medical Examiner Advisory Board.
"I was born August 12, 1970 in the small suburban town of Greensburg in Southwestern Pennsylvania. I currently reside in Jeannette, Pennsylvania. I've had a life long interest in the strange and unusual. Being a fan of Horror and Science fiction movies, I spent a good portion of my childhood watching films and television from this genre. I also spent a lot of time in my local school and public libraries educating myself on the supernatural and unusual world around us. I read books, magazines and newspaper articles on all things paranormal. I grew up watching shows like In Search Of, The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, The Munsters and The Addams Family on TV.
In the year 1980, two films would inspire me to begin to closely study monsters and unusual animals. Legend of Boggy Creek and Creature from Black Lake became my catalysts to studying the Bigfoot Phenomenon. From that point, my broad focus on the paranormal turned to Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, The Yowie, and other strange man-like creatures. In 1983, I met my mentor Stan Gordon at the Greengate Mall in Greensburg at a UFO/Bigfoot display, From that point forward, I was so impressed with the display, I began to follow Stan's work very closely in the local media and he became my mentor which I consider him to this day. I went back to the library and read old archived newspapers about Stan's work and the cases that occurred and were investigated in my home town. For 19 years, I researched and educated myself on the Bigfoot Phenomenon; not only locally, but nationally and globally
In 1997, after attending a Bigfoot Conference in Ohio, I decided to begin investigating claims and reports of Bigfoot sightings in Pennsylvania for my own curiosity. I formed the Southwestern Pennsylvania Bigfoot Study Group and became a volunteer field researcher for the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization- the BFRO. I was appointed the point of contact for Pennsylvania by Matt Moneymaker. In 1998, I met fellow Pennsylvania Researchers Steve Anderson and Henry Benton and in early 1999 became a member of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society.
In 2000, I was appointed the Director of the PA Bigfoot Society. a position I held until August 2014 when I resigned from the group to pursue independent research. In May 2016, I founded and am the director of the Pennsylvania Cryptozoology Society, a new group of volunteers investigating strange animal and cryptid cases in Pennsylvania and surrounding statees. During my 19 years of active field research, I have been involved in assisting with or personally investigating close to 300 cases not only in Pennsylvania but across the country."