Ain't It Scary? with Sean & Carrie

Ain't It Scary? with Sean & Carrie

He’s skeptical. She’s spooky. Together they explore the unknown, unsolved, unbelievable, and just plain weird. With a shared passion for history and the truth, Sean & Carrie realized they could bring their different perspectives to the world of crime, the paranormal, and the inexplicable. Sean’s sharp eye on the logical and Carrie’s open mind to the unexplainable combine in every episode for an informative hour with a lighter touch.

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June 30, 2022 88 min

In the second of our two-part series on the best-known, most widely dramatized haunting case in American History, we finally get to the ghosts! On December 18, 1975, George and Kathy Lutz moved into the house at 112 Ocean Avenue. Twenty-eight days later, they fled the house, leaving most of their belongings behind. This week, Sean takes us through the amazing “true” story, as told to us by the Lutzes through author Jay Anson. Prepa...

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The Amityville Horror is one of the most publicized hauntings in American history. But 13 months before the Lutz family's short and spooky stay in the famous house on Ocean Avenue, the real horror came - in the form of six grisly murders, in one night, under one roof.

In the first of a two-part series, Sean gives us a primer on the horror behind the horror - the tragic deaths of the DeFeo family, and the "comedy" of erro...

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On part two of our two-part Slender Man series, we dive into the very real consequences of this modern legend of a monster with the infamous "Slender Man Stabbing" case.

In May 2014, 12-year old Payton Leutner was discovered, injured and bleeding, on the outside of the woods in her native Waukesha, Wisconsin. Payton had an unbelievable story to tell law enforcement: she had been attacked and stabbed by her two preteen friend...

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Is it possible for an online meme-turned-urban legend to become...real?

That's the question we ask this week as we investigate the origins of Slender Man, an eerie, faceless monster known to have been created on the Something Awful forums in June 2009. While Slender Man's origins are traceable, his reach has extended much further than even his long limbs and tentacles could have possibly ever expected.

Do some people really b...

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June 2, 2022 63 min

Between 1967 and 1971, the small city of Stamford, Connecticut was terrorized by a little-known serial killer. A total of five Black women were strangled - most with their own brassieres - and dumped within a 750-yard stretch of the Merritt Parkway. While a colorful local character was eventually arrested and prosecuted for the crimes (sound familiar?), doubts linger to this day about who was behind these women's fate.

This week...

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May 26, 2022 49 min

Among the legends of allegedly cursed objects, stories of cursed jewelry and gemstones reign supreme. There's something mystical about these items, which often fall into the hands of the extremely wealthy, famous, and powerful - from bone-fide royalty to your run-of-the-mill tycoons and socialites.

But can these gaudy possessions really be cursed? We cover the stories of 4 of the most possessed possessions, including:

  • The Delhi P...
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    Even among all the creative execution methods mankind has dreamed up over the years, the Guillotine stands out, raising nightmares of show trials and cutting (ahem) an imposing silhouette. Originally created as a more “humane” capital punishment, the head-chopping machine soon became synonymous with the bloodthirsty excesses of the French Revolution.

    This week, Sean takes us through the history of “Madame la Guillotine” - from its B...

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    In March 1998, the Bradley family - dad Ron, mom Iva, son Brad, and daughter Amy - embarked on a "trip of a lifetime": a luxurious cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas, sailing between Puerto Rico, Aruba, and Curacao on a whirlwind vacation of carefree fun and family time.

    Three days into the trip, 23-year-old Amy vanished from the cruise, never to be seen again.

    ...Or was she?

    We discuss all the clues in this baffling case, inc...

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    This week we dive into one of the most persistent legends of secret U.S. military experimentation - the famed Philadelphia Experiment.

    In the fall of 1943 - so the story goes - highly classified government tech made the destroyer escort USS Eldridge completely invisible - and, as an unexpected side effect, displaced it in time and space and left it sitting 200 miles away in Norfolk, Virginia for several minutes before snapping back...

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    In November 1987, one of the weirdest moments of TV history happened right underneath the noses of the Chicago viewing public.

    That night a mysterious figure wearing a full-head "Max Headroom" mask invaded the broadcasts of local Chicago TV stations WGN and WTTW. Initially, on WGN, the masked marauder was only able to cut in for about 30 seconds before the transmission was re-seized by network engineers...but on WTTW, which ...

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    April 21, 2022 78 min

    Inspired by the new hit show "Our Flag Means Death", we're covering the most famous pirate in history: Blackbeard!

    At the dawn of the 18th century, the Caribbean was ruled by roving bands of seaborne criminals who robbed and murdered with impunity. The British colony of the Bahamas even lost an entire island to pirate occupation as Nassau became home base for all of the most famous criminals ever to sail the seas.

    Of all ...

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    April 14, 2022 53 min

    After a long month of axe-murder mayhem, Carrie takes a break from the grim and gory to tell a strange tale about what may be the most adorable cryptids of all time!

    The Fresno Nightcrawlers first came on the scene in security camera footage from 2007, when a California homeowner named José checked his tape from the night before only to find one of the strangest pieces of video evidence the world has ever seen.

    On the tape was 2 crea...

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    Axe Season 2022 comes to a close with the end of our discussion of Bill and Rachel James' 'Man From The Train' theory. We follow our proposed serial murderer from his probable several-year stint in prison to his roving, cross-country murder spree - a spree that will claim dozens of victims as the axeman tears a path from Virginia, to Texas, to Seattle, all the way to - in 1912 - Villisca, Iowa. We might even tie in anot...

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    We’re rounding out Axe Murder Month with two weeks on Sean’s favorite solution to last week’s unsolved mystery, the 1912 axe murders in Villisca, Iowa: the roving serial-murderer theory proposed by famed baseball writer Bill James in his 2017 book “The Man From The Train.”

    This week Sean spends a long time raving about Bill James, and then weaves the tale of a 19th century East Coast murder spree stretching from Massachusetts to Flo...

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    Sometime in the overnight hours of June 9-10, 1912 in the tiny town of Villisca, Iowa, eight people - including six children - were killed by an intruder, with an axe, in cold blood. The case caused a national uproar and years of investigation...and it remains unsolved to this day.

    This week, Sean takes us through the facts in one of the most infamous axe murders in American history, and some of the principal suspects throughout the...

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    Sean has officially declared March to be axe murder month - much to the chagrin of March-born Carrie - and so we begin a multi-part series on horrific axe murders! Well, in like a lion, out like a lamb, as they say.

    Our first part focuses on one of the most famous early unsolved murder sprees in American history. From 1910 to 1911, and again from 1917 to 1920, New Orleans' famous French Quarter was stalked by a madman with a lus...

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    Union Cemetery sits at a crossroads, almost 400 years old, with headstones scattered across its area spanning centuries of New England history. From the first settlers from the New Fairfield Company to the most recent citizens of Easton, Connecticut, Union Cemetery is home to the final resting places of hundreds of locals...and several spirits.

    Why has Union Cemetery and its surroundings been the site of not one, not two, but at lea...

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    March 3, 2022 61 min

    We're singin' more sea shanties on the finale to our 2-part series on ghost ships! This week Sean rounds things out with two twentieth-century tales of ships turning up abandoned at sea, their crew and passengers vanished without a trace.


    First, MV Joyita recalls last week's Mary Celeste affair with a drifting vessel whose crew never should have dropped their lifeboats. Then, the twists and turns of the Carroll A. Deerin...

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    February 24, 2022 72 min

    In this first of two nautical episodes, Sean introduces us to three of history’s eeriest ghost ships.


    First, the Flying Dutchman sets the stage (and sails) for all ghost ships to come. Then, the passengers and crew of the Mary Celeste vanished on the way across the Atlantic, leaving no trace behind. Finally - the steamship Valencia meets a watery grave, only to find its way into local legends.


    Come back next week for some phantom shi...

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    February 17, 2022 72 min

    "A long, long time ago, I can still remember..." February 3rd, 1959. Three of the brightest stars in the rock 'n roll galaxy - Buddy Holly, the bespectacled frontman of the Crickets; Ritchie Valens, the first crossover Latino artist in rock; and JP "The Big Bopper" Richardson, a famous DJ making waves with his first hit records - boarded a small plane after the eleventh show on the Winter Dance Party tour to ski...

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