In 1959, in a remote area of the Ural Mountains in Soviet Russia, the bodies of nine hikers were discovered under very unusual circumstances. Bizarre details of the scene, such as oddly cut tents, lack of clothing, unexplained injuries, radioactivity, reported fireballs in the sky, and various other anomalies have inspired countless conspiracy theories about what happened to the unfortunate young people, ranging from secret KGB weapons testing to an alien encounter to tribal murder to an attack by the fearsome Russian Yeti. On this episode of 13 O’Clock, Tom and Jenny delve into the mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, discussing the various theories and trying to recreate a plausible scenario that could account for all the strange clues found at the site of the tragic deaths.
Aleister Crowley is one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century. Known as “The Great Beast 666” or “The Wickedest Man in the World,” facts and rumors about Crowley’s occult shenanigans have become so intertwined that it’s now impossible to separate the reality from the legend. On this episode, Tom and Jenny examine some of their favorite facts, anecdotes, myths, and conspiracies about Crowley, including the possibility that he was a Jack the Ripper copycat killer who carried out the Curse of King Tut, that he fought off a female vampire sent to attack him by a rival, that he might have been Barbara Bush’s father, that his writings were the inspiration for Scientology, and that he once helmed a disastrous mountaineering expedition that ended in four deaths.
Jenny and Tom explore some of the stranger outposts of human memory. First, they discuss the so-called Mandela Effect, whereby many people seemingly remember certain historical facts “incorrectly.” Is the past changing in subtle ways? Are some people overlapping from alternating timescales? Is there a glitch in the Matrix? Or is human memory simply faulty and fallible in various predictable ways?
In the second segment, they delve into the eerie case of the Pollock Twins, sometimes put forth as solid evidence for reincarnation. Were these famed girls really the reborn iteration of their dead sisters?
In between, Tom and Jenny also digress into a few of their own amusing childhood memories, involving Evel Knievel, child drunkenness, and the possibility of being one’s own grandpa.
The inaugural episode of 13 O’Clock delves into the case of Doris Bither, the woman whose alleged poltergeist attacks were the basis of the 1982 film The Entity. In the second half of the show, we explore the many conspiracy theories and hidden meanings behind Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, The Shining.