The history of rock music is littered with tragic deaths and strange legends, and on this episode of 13 O’Clock, Tom and Jenny are going to examine some of the most fascinating mysteries of rock and roll, from Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon syncing up to The Wizard of Oz; from the “accidental” deaths of Brian Jones and Bobby Fuller to the persistent myths that Elvis didn’t die in 1977 and was perhaps channeled by a man named Orion; from the bizarre proclivity of rock stars to die at the age of 27 to the possibility that Sammy Hagar was once abducted by aliens (which would explain a lot), it’s a darkly whimsical journey through the byways and oddities of musical history. Just take those old records off the shelf and sit and listen to episode 69 by yourself.
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Ever since the late 1990s, there have been a bunch of strange disappearances and deaths of college-age white men that have taken place in 11 different states in the northern half of the U.S. In almost all cases, when the bodies are eventually found, the deaths are ruled as accidental drownings. But two investigators, Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte, believe that there might be a serial killer, or even a gang of serial killers, responsible for the deaths of these young men. On this episode, Tom and Jenny return to the true crime well and examine the mysterious Smiley Face Murder Theory and weigh the evidence on both sides: were these men murdered by a psycho or psychos? Or did they just accidentally drown after drinking too much? Put on a happy face and settle in for the criminally fascinating episode 68.
Song at the end: “Smiley Faces” by Gnarls Barkley.
On this ghostly episode, we’re returning to our study of paranormal cases featured on the program A Haunting. This time we examine the infamous Sallie House in Atchison, Kansas, specifically the two-year residence of the Pickman family, who allegedly experienced objects moving around and catching fire, the sighting of apparitions, physical attacks, and strange personality changes. The haunting at the Sallie House has been attributed to the ghost of a seven-year-old girl and perhaps that of her angry mother, but accounts differ, and Tom and Jenny discuss the case and the way it was portrayed on A Haunting, trying to get to the bottom of the mystery. Put all your teddy bears in a circle and commune with the spirit of episode 67.