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.
It's that time of the year again. Halloween is upon us,This year we here at After Hours AM have compiled two of the scariest interviews for your your scary listening pleasure!
Interview 1. Bob Cranmer, a former army officer and former political figure in the City of Pittsburgh. Tells us his tale of demon infestation and subsequent battle with the forces of evil!
Intervew 2. Adrea Perron, "My name is Andrea Perron. I am the eldest daughter of Roger & Carolyn Perron. I have four sisters: Nancy, Christine, Cynthia and April. My birth date: October 10, 1958…the only one of five siblings to be born in Rhode Island. I was just two months old when my parents bought our first home in Willimantic, Connecticut, where all my sisters came into the world. A burgeoning family required more space so we bought a larger home in Cumberland, R.I. when I was six. Living in a suburb of Providence proved disquieting. After six years my mother decided her girls required a place in the country in which to grow and thrive.
In June of 1970 she found a glorious farm, then she and my father moved mountains to buy what was known as the old Arnold Estate; two-hundred acres of land with a big barn and a farmhouse; plenty of space to spread out and explore Nature. It was the perfect place to raise a family, according to the owner, though he failed to disclose a crucial element of the experience he endured as an occupant. The day we moved in, he told my father: “…leave the lights on at night.” A rather cryptic message. Thus began an incredible odyssey; a supernatural excursion through dimensions of time and space as the history of its characters from the ages began to reveal themselves to seven mortals who could not conceive of and never anticipated such events transpiring in our lives."
In a Halloweeny and evocative episode of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — scintillating paranormal talk radio with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen, — we unveil the man behind the image with Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive writer and director Eric Stange. We talk with Eric Top of Hour 2; at Hour 1 Joel and Eric We play new CreepyPasta ghost tales for your Halloween listening pleasure. Plus news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
In American Masters’ Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive, writer and director Eric Stange draws on Edgar Allan Poe’s ineffable imagery and taut plots to tell the real story of the legendary author and poet’s life. The dramatic documentary film features Kathleen Turner as narrator and award-winning actor Denis O’Hare (This Is Us, American Horror Story) as Poe; and explores the misleading, deeply entrenched caricature of Poe as morbid alcoholic madman, not unlike the narrators of his horror stories. This caricature is thanks, in large part, to a high-profile obituary filled with falsehoods, written by his literary rival Rufus W. Griswold. The film reveals the way in which Poe tapped into what it means to be an American and human being at the dawning of the modern age.
Fiercely intelligent and determined to re-invent American literature, Poe was an influential literary critic and magazine editor, inventor of the modern detective story, and refiner of the science fiction genre. Yet, he is remembered primarily for a dozen horror stories and his narrative poem “The Raven.” Fittingly, Poe died under mysterious circumstances, but the real question at the heart of this film is why Poe continues to be one of the most popular writers in the history of Western literature, and one of the most misunderstood. The film premieres nationwide Monday, October 30 at 9 p.m. on PBS and will be available to stream the following day, Halloween, via pbs.org/americanmasters and PBS apps.
Filmed in Boston Harbor’s historic Fort Independence at Castle Island, Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive combines dramatized re-enactments with O’Hare of key moments in Poe’s life, readings from Poe’s works by O’Hare, Oscar-nominated actor Chris Sarandon (The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Princess Bride, Dog Day Afternoon) and actor Ben Schnetzer (Snowden, Goat, Pride) and interviews with authors including Marilynne Robinson (Gilead), Matthew Pearl (The Poe Shadow), Jeffrey Meyers (Edgar Allan Poe: His Life and Legacy) and Zach Dundas (The Great Detective), and director Roger Corman (Poe film cycle including House of Usher) .
On a burningly topical edition of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime Wednesdays with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen we dig into the flood of sexual abuse and assault accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and talk treatment for Weinstein and his ilk with Association For The Treatment Of Sexual Abusers Executive Director Maia Christopher. We talk with Maia hour1; at Hour 2 Joel and Eric will review the week’s top True Crime news.
After the Weinstein accusations hit the fan, The LA Times has compiled a list of at least 30 prominent men accused of sexual misconduct. Here’s some of the better known names and what they have been accused of:Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein began his meteoric fall from grace after the New York Times and then the New Yorker published stories alleging decades of sexual harassment and payoffs. Additional women immediately began sharing their stories, accusing the producer of sexual misconduct, including rape. Weinstein was quickly fired from the Weinstein Co., which he co-founded. Many have condemned and moved to distance themselves from the former executive, including Amazon Studios and the motion picture academy, the latter of which expelled Weinstein from its membership.
After the Los Angeles Times published an article saying 38 women accused director James Toback of sexual harassment, more than 200 other women contacted The Times with similar allegations about him. The women’s accounts portray James Toback as a man who, for decades, sexually harassed women he hired, women looking for work and women he just saw on the street.
According to these women, Toback would approach them, offer up his credentials and say he could make them a star. Then, in a hotel room, a movie trailer or public park, meetings framed as interviews or auditions quickly turned sexual, they said. Toback has denied the allegations.
Comedian Bill Cosby is awaiting a retrial for sexual assault allegations relating to a 2004 incident involving former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand. More than 50 other women have made similar claims against Cosby, though most of the claims have passed their statutes of limitations.
Roger Ailes was ousted as the chairman and top executive of Fox News when a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by former anchor Gretchen Carlson led to reports that he approached multiple other women for sexual favors in return for opportunities to advance their careers.
Advertisers bailed when reports surfaced that Bill O’Reilly and Fox News had paid $13 million in settlements against women who have accused him of sexual harassment since 2002. This quickly led to O’Reilly being fired from the network that many felt had been built around him.
In addition to the leaked 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape that included audio of Donald Trump bragging about making unwanted sexual advances on women, including grabbing them by their genitals, multiple women have accused Trump of varying levels of sexual misconduct. He has denied all allegations and has since been elected president of the United States.
Other familiar names include Casey Affleck, R. Kelly, Steven Seagall, Anthony Weiner, Mike Tyson, Roman Polanski, and dozens more.
Maia Christopher is the Executive Director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). Focusing on preventing sexual abuse through understanding and interrupting the behaviors of people at risk of offending, ATSA specializes in disseminating research, defining and supporting effective treatment practices and promoting evidence base policies. Ms. Christopher started her work providing treatment services and developing treatment protocols for individuals who have offended sexually and non-sexually. She spent 19 years providing treatment services to incarcerated individuals that committed violent offenses in the Correctional Services of Canada and Washington State Department of Corrections. Ms. Christopher has presented extensively in the areas of practice guidelines of sex offender treatment, collaborating with community stakeholders invested in successful offender reintegration and policy pertaining to sexual offending. She is a member of the Violence Prevention Alliance, a network of World Health Organization Member States. She has served as President of the National Coalition to End Sexual Violence, is the Chair of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center Advisory Committee and is a member of Prevent Connect Advisory Committee.
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
ATSA is an international, interdisciplinary, non-profit organization dedicated to making society safer by preventing sexual abuse. ATSA encourages sound research, effective practice, informed policy, and comprehensive prevention strategies, all designed to create safer communities.
Represents 3,000 members from 20 countries.
Has 25 chapters in the United States and one in the Netherlands.
Sets practice standards and issues practice guidelines for individuals who treat adults and adolescents who have sexually offended or are at risk to offend.
Produces a code of ethics for practitioners.
Produces the highly ranked peer-reviewed journal, Sexual Abuse.
Contributes to the development of sound public policy and evidence-informed legislation through amicus briefs, legislative responses, and educational efforts.
Provides continuing education classes taught by internationally known experts to help practitioners gain and maintain up-to-date training on evidence-based best practices.
Hosts the world’s largest annual research and educational conference focused on issues related to the treatment and management of people who sexually offend.
ATSA promotes the philosophy that empirically based assessment, practice, management, and policy strategies will enhance community safety, reduce sexual recidivism, protect victims and vulnerable populations, transform the lives of those caught in the web of sexual violence, and illuminate paths to prevent sexual abuse.
We prevent sexual abuse through: effective assessment, treatment and management of individuals at risk to sexually abuse. collaboration on comprehensive prevention strategies. sound research and education. informed public policy. ATSA believes in evidence based assessment, practice, management, and policy strategies will enhance community safety, reduce sexual abuse recidivism, protect and honor individuals at risk of harm, and transform the lives of all people caught in the web of sexual violence.
36th Annual Research and Treatment Conference
This conference offers symposia, workshop presentations, poster sessions, discussion groups, and advanced clinics relating to issues in both victim and perpetrator research and treatment. All sessions, with the exception of posters, have been approved for Continuing Education credits. Each presentation will provide information and training based on cutting edge research development and clinical application. The format is designed to best facilitate interaction with and learning from some of the most advanced practitioners and researchers in the field of sexual abuse.
The goal of the 36th annual Research and Treatment Conference is to advance the knowledge and skills of professionals providing services in the field of sexual abuse. With interdisciplinary approaches, the sessions will present current and relevant research and explore the implications for its use in clinical intervention, proactive intervention techniques, and the implementation of solutions to advance the scope of sexual abuse treatment, management, and prevention.
On this addition of After Hours AM / Deeper Cuts, Joel & Greg talk with the one only Mystic John Culbertson. About John: A minister is a member of the clergy who attends to the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of a person.
Metaphysics means beyond the physical world and is used as a catch-all phrase to describe any or all of the following subjects: ESP, Dreams, Mysticism, World Religions, Astrology, Tarot, Numerology, Positive Thinking, Reincarnation, Meditation, Transpersonal Psychology, Parapsychology, the Paranormal, New Thought, New Age, Self-Help, Mind/Body/Soul Connection, and Enlightenment Studies.
In other words, a metaphysical minister is someone that attends to the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of other people through the knowledge and use of these subjects and skills.
While everyone is on their own spiritual path – some people need and want a guide to help them discover or better understand their path and life.
Rev. John Culbertson has been proudly and professionally helping people apply spiritual principles and techniques to improve their lives since 1998.
When you call Rev. John Culbertson you are calling someone who has spent his entire life, since he was a child, studying and applying spiritual principles. He has helped people throughout the world and chances are he’ll help you too.
On this thunderous edition of After Hours AM/America’s Most Haunted Radio — epic paranormal talk with hosts Joel Sturgis and Eric Olsen — we charge headlong into horror-metal gods GWAR’s mythos and new album THE BLOOD OF GODS with band lead guitarist Pustulus Maximus. We talk with Pustulus Top of Hour 2; Hour 1 we review the week’s freakiest paranormal news from the America’s Most Haunted Twitter feed.
GWAR’s new album, their 16th and first since the death of frontman Oderus Urungus, is being hailed by critics — whose families were, frankly, threatened — as the greatest sonic event since the Big Bang. THE BLOOD OF GODS chronicles the massive battle between GWAR and all the forces that oppose them. Along the way, the band challenges the sins of humanity from politics, pollution, and organized religion, to fast food, and factory farming. Humans are shown as what they are: a parasitic disease that must be eradicated before they suck the planet dry!
The story of GWAR is carved across the history of this barren and hopeless planet, but GWAR themselves are not of this world. Long ago, the beings who would become the rock band GWAR were part of an elite fighting force, the Scumdogs of the Universe. For eons, they served as thralls to a supreme being known only as the Master. But one by one, each future member of the band earned a glaring reputation for being an intergalactic screw-up. And so, they were banished, sent away on a fool’s errand to conquer an insignificant dirtball floating in a dark corner of the universe, the planet Earth. Once here, GWAR shaped the face of the globe, destroying and rebuilding the natural world, and giving rise to all of human history. Aliens to some, gods and demons to others, our erstwhile Scumdogs bred with apes to create the human race.
On a riveting, heartbreaking episode of After Hours AM/The Criminal Code — True Crime Wednesdays with hosts Joel Sturgis, Eric Olsen, and secret weapon, forensic psychologist Dr. Clarissa Cole — we talk with legendary criminal investigator and retired Miami Beach Detective Sergeant Joe Matthews, who solved the Adam Walsh murder cold case and dozens of others. He is the co-author of Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America. We speak with Joe Top of Hour 2; Hour 1, Clarissa leads us through the week’s most interesting and bizarre True Crime news.
Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America
Bringing Adam Home:The Abduction That Changed America, co-written with Les Standiford, begins with Adam’s abduction and ends with the Hollywood, Florida PD closing the case 27 years later. Essentially, the Hollywood PD had all the information they needed to implicate serial killer Ottis Toole in the murder. However, the lead investigator on the case, who only had three years experience on the police force, strongly believed that a Walsh family friend was the culprit. It seemed as if this lead detective did everything in his power to disprove the fact that Toole was the killer including not processing evidence, such as photographs of the inside of Toole’s car where he reportedly murdered Adam and kept his body parts. Joe Matthews was involved in the case from the very beginning, as he was hired by the Hollywood PD to be a polygrapher. However, he was dismissed early on when he started questioning the methods of the police. Later, after John Walsh had risen to fame, he and Matthews crossed paths again and Matthews was finally allowed to do the investigation the way it should have been done in the first place.
The evidence against Toole was strong. First, Ottis Toole often admitted to the crime both to family members, friends, and the police. He did recant once, however this is very common especially after a confession to the authorities where the perpetrator knows exactly what punishment they’re facing. Ottis Toole went on to say that he didn’t mean to recant and he recounted details about the murder that only the murderer would know. Additionally, there were actually witnesses that saw Toole and his very specific car at the scene of the crime on the day that it happened. There was a lot of blood evidence inside of Otis Toole’s car that the police inexplicably lost. But the nail in the coffin was a photograph that was taken of the back seat floorboard of the car. The photo was of a bloody face print that was left on the carpet by Adam’s severed head. Incidentally, before the photographs were found by Matthews, unprocessed in police evidence, Ottis Toole had admitted to putting Adams severed head on the back floorboard of his vehicle and transporting it to where it was discarded and eventually found. Were it not for Matthews dogged resolve, the case would likely still be open and cold.
Tonight on After Hours AM / Deeper Cuts Joel & Greg have the pleasure to talk with Rev. Tim Shaw. About Tim Shaw, Tim Shaw is Founder and CEO of Sean Thomas Productions. He is an accomplished Photographer who also enjoys Backwoods Primitive Trekking, Flintknapping, Urban Exploration and is also a skilled Traditional Leather-worker. Tim has authored "The Ghosts of Buffalo; Spirits, Murder, And Mayhem In The Nickel City,” Co-Authored “Haunted Rochester, and has contributed a chapter in Marla Brooks wonderful book "Animal Spells And Magick". In E.R. Verner's "Haunted Asylums" Tim has written both the Introduction as well as shared photographs from various locations. His photography also appears in Verner's newest release "Haunted Prisons." In his work "Please Talk With Me, The True Story Of The C2D1 Haunting" Tim has researched and written about one of the most devastating negative haunting in the Western New York region. It serves as the official companion book to a movie of the same name! In 2015 he finished an exciting new book of spirit channeled and inspired writings along with his photography in his latest book "The Dogma Of.....ME,” which was published by Dark Moon Press. His writings have been included in a Just Released Title....” Lost Whispers, A Collective Allegory Of Haunted America.” Tim has been featured on The SyFy Channel's "Ghost Hunters" (The Well of Horror),The Discovery Channel's "Ghost Lab" (The Betrayal/Fort Niagara), "CBS Radio"(The Wake Up Call, By The Soul, For The Soul, The Astral Bag Lady, and The Psychics Next Door), "Paranormal NY", Spike Network’s "Ghost Ops" (Fort Mifflin/William Howe), Deftone Pictures Studio's "Ombis", "To Catch A Soul", and "A Grim Becoming", The Award Winning "Marsh Creek Tramp," as well as Core Productions Documentary "John Zaffis, The World Within". Most recently he has been featured on Destination America’s hit show “Paranormal Lockdown” ( The Hinsdale House episode). Presently he and Eric Charles are filming an exciting new web series entitled “Curiosity.”
We wrap up our coverage of MN Paracon 2017, We sit down with Steve Gonzales, Grant Wilson of "Ghost Hunters",Tory Belleci of "MythBusters" Brad & Barry Kling of "Ghost Lab", Tennessee Wrath Chasers Chris & Porter from the hit show "Haunted Towns" and Marc Tetlow of "Ideal Management" & Lindsey Senter of "Senter Stage Events"!