Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked

Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked Podcast

Spooked features true-life supernatural stories, told firsthand by people who can barely believe it happened themselves. Be afraid. Created in the dark of night, by Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts, including Radiolab, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and many others. © WNYC Studios

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Jennifer Percy was just a young graduate student researching PTSD, but the closer she got to understanding the inner workings of one soldier’s trauma, the more she lost her own footing in reality. For more, check out her book: Demon Camp. Producer: Nancy LópezSound Design: Pat Mesiti-Miller...

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Sharp Tooth Boy
Bonnie Blagg and her two friends call for Bloody Mary in the mirror on her dresser during a middle school sleepover. Bonnie thinks nothing of it until a ghost boy with long, sharp, bloody teeth appears in her bedroom every single night after that. Produced by Chris Hambrick Original score by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Sanaa Khan Happy Friday the 13th! There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all, download the Luminar...

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Tales from the Smokehouse
Cursed cat bones. Dead dogs. A haunted pond. Master storyteller Todd Narron is our tour guide as we explore the mysterious, spooky American South. Todd’s memoir is Country Stories of Ghosts and Bad Men. STORIES  "Barbara Nichols Pond" Ever since a little girl died a watery death, the kids in Johnston County steer clear of the pond. Years later, Todd thinks that she might just be avenging her untimely end. Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Renzo Gorrio "The Cat Bone Curse" Todd’s uncle was one ...

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Mrs. Hagstrom
When supernatural forces come for her kids, Curtis’s mom stands strong. Mrs. Hagstrom may be the meanest Spooked ghost yet. Don't listen alone... Curtis’s memoir is Shadow of Fear.  Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Leon Morimoto Artwork by: Sanaa Khan Season III has RISEN! There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all, download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.  Season 3 Episode 2...

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Mrs. Hagstrom
When supernatural forces come for her kids, Curtis’s mom stands strong. Mrs. Hagstrom may be the meanest Spooked ghost yet. Don't listen alone... Curtis’s memoir is Shadow of Fear.  Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Leon Morimoto Artwork by: Sanaa Khan Season III has RISEN! There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all, download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.  Season 3 Episode 2...

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The Thin Place
Martin is a paramedic. He has a gift for saving peoples' lives. He also has another, darker, gift--one that he doesn’t want to use.  Thank you, Martin Moseley, for sharing your story with us. Martin is a longtime Spooked listener.  Produced by: Eliza Smith Original Score: Renzo Gorrio Artwork by: Sanaa Khan Season III is ALIVE!! There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all, download the Luminary mobile app or go to...

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Spooked Season III Trailer
Spooked Season III is upon us! It’s bigger, badder, and scarier than ever. We’ve got new episodes with terrifying tales to keep you up at night... The first episode drops next week, Thursday, 8/22/19. Don't listen alone... All 26 episodes will be available on Luminary. Download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com...

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The Night Whistler
Cheryl and her kids move into a new home, and notice a mysterious presence.  First they pretend it doesn’t exist. Then, they try to befriend it. And finally, they run from it. Cheryl’s memoir is Hot Dog Wars, Family Skeletons, and a Ghost. Producer: Erika Lantz Original Score: Leon Morimoto...

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The Intruders
La Posada What happens when great-great-granddaughter of one of America’s most famous ghosts goes looking for answers?  Find out more about the ghost and the life of Julia Staab in Hannah’s book American Ghost. Producer: Anna Sussman and Hannah Nordhaus.Original Score: Renzo Gorrio   You’re Gonna Get Scratched Alex, Ryan, and AJ break into an abandoned house… and realized the place was never truly vacated. This story was produced by Josh Swartz and the rest of the team at Endless Thread. Endless Th...

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Under The Stairs
The Basement: When one of Daniel’s kids started seeing ghosts, he was scared. When two of his kids started seeing ghosts, he was petrified.  Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Leon Morimoto   Under the Stairs: Mido discovers that the former tenants of her apartment left some breadcrumbs behind. Producer: John Fecile Original Score: Leon Morimoto...

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Skagway
Skagway is a tiny, remote town in Alaska. The population of living souls hovers around 1,000. And by all accounts, there may be just as many souls stuck behind, haunting the place. Frances: Cori suspects she’s got a second roommate who she can’t see, and who may very well be contacting her from beyond the veil. Lydia: The wait staff at the Red Onion Saloon in Skagway, Alaska uncover the tragic story of their notorious ghost, Lydia.  Producer: Eliza Smith Original Score: Leon Morimoto...

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Holy Ghost
The Possession: When Sara falls into a near-coma, her grandmother calls on a coven of witches to ward off the evil forces ensnaring her. Producer: Sara Finnerty And Katya Apekina   Original Score: Renzo Gorrio   The Healing: Paul Templer almost died as a child, but he was saved by a seemingly magical woman. Now, he’s hoping to save someone very special to him from the same fate. Producer: Erika Lantz Original Score: Leon Morimoto...

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Ghost Town
The Mine: California is gold country. Gold miner Shannon Poe has been in a lot of scary situations. He’s run headlong towards a cougar, fallen out of trees, and been caught in a shootout. But nothing quite compares to what he experienced in an abandoned gold mine last fall. See the Ghost Mine video here and here. Producer: Adizah Eghan Original Score: Leon Morimoto The Mission: An empty old church. An open door. A sight no one will believe. Jenni realizes that history is still very much alive when visi...

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Hush
Libby: Jennifer and her daughter Taylor both know their family home is haunted… but they don’t want to share that secret, even with each other. Producer: Eliza Smith Original Score: Bells Atlas   No Voy a Tener Nietos: Maria’s mother always wanted a son. And when Maria had a son, of her own, her mother didn’t get enough time with him. So when she died, she made sure to came back to be with her beloved nieto. Producer: Shaina Shealy...

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Something In The Walls
The Visage: A man is hired to do remodel work on a notorious haunted house. But something inside the house doesn’t want anything to change. Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Leon Morimoto   Decorations:  Paintings start appearing on the walls. Dark, odd, and disturbed. All Nic knows is, something sinister is at work. Producer: John Fecile Original Score: Leon Morimoto...

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Smells Like Teen Spirits
The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist:  When Tom Ross was a teenager, he took a ski vacation with his aunt and uncle. Little did he know, there was something waiting for them at the chalet.  Check out Jenny Ashford’s book, The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist, which she wrote about Tom’s experience. Producer: Nancy Lopez Original Score: Leon Morimoto   The Moonshiner’s Daughter: Growing up in rural Tennessee, Alex felt at ease, even though she and her dad were in the middle of nowhere. Until one day, when she s...

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The Perfect Tenant
The Perfect Tenant Steven LaChance and his kids were starting over. They had a new house, and they were ready for a new beginning. The only thing was, their landlady was a bit…different. Get more information about Steven’s work and his book, The Uninvited, on his website. Producers: Liz Mak and Erika Lantz Original Score: Renzo Gorrio   Ghosty Little kids say that they see scary things all the time: monsters under the bed, clowns in the storm drains. And if their parents know better, they dismiss th...

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37 Seconds
Stephanie told her doctor that she was going to die before her pregnancy was over, and he wouldn’t listen. She told her husband, and he wouldn’t listen. She tried to tell her friends--they wouldn’t listen either. But she knew for sure that death was coming for her. Be sure to check out Stephanie’s book 37 Seconds. Producer: Adizah Eghan Original Score: Renzo Gorrio...

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Creepy Crawly
The Birds As a little boy in Richmond, Virginia, Ray Christian raised pigeons. One summer those pigeons led him to a little boy who wasn’t able to speak, yet somehow spoke volumes.   Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Leon Morimoto   The Taxidermist Santa Cruz Taxidermist Tracey Margaret Barrow can stomach just about anything when she's working with a dead animal, except when it starts to move on its own... You can learn more about Tracey’s adventures in roadkill on her Instagram and Facebook: @TM...

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The Iron Gate
When Dallas Sanchez was stationed in Iraq, he saw danger every single day.  But one night on patrol, when his small kill team took over a house in Baghdad, an unseen force had a message for them: Get. Out. Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Leon Morimoto...

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Restless
The Curse of Mr. Smith: Every time Randi’s grandma looked out her kitchen window, she’d see him, standing on the lawn: Mr. Smith. Who was Mr. Smith? What did he want? And why was he so sad? This story comes to us from a listener, Randi Skaggs. Producer: Eliza Smith Original Score: Leon Morimoto   The Angel of Death: When Ron was working at Overbrook, one of New Jersey’s oldest and most notorious asylums, he knew the place was… off. Little did he know that he would see something there that would change ...

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The Wraith
As a kid, Teresa could see dead people. Family members, friends. Until one day, she met a stranger who had come back from the other side with a message for her. Teresa Moorleghen is the founder of Coastline Pilates in Santa Cruz. She still sees dead people. Original Score: Leon Morimoto Producer: Nancy Lopez Season 2 Episode 1...

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Spooked Season II Trailer
It's coming. It's bigger and badder and all-new... Spooked Season II. From Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios, host Glynn Washington pushes back the veil to bring you stories from real people battling the forces of the night. Subscribe now to get a new Spooked episode every week leading up to Halloween....

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Final Act
Stories:  "Cowboy Whiteout" - Valerie is lost in a snowstorm in rural Montana. She thinks she might not be able to get out, when she sees two headlights coming to her through the storm. Help is on the way--she hopes. Valerie’s story comes to us from the book Trucker Ghost Stories, edited by Annie Wilder. Production: Eliza SmithOriginal Score: Leon Morimoto "Flesh-Eating Bacteria" - An apprentice mortician spends his first night alone with a body and finds out how the dead can possess the living. A true st...

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Lost
Stories:  "Cat Scratch Fever" - A family moves to a new apartment, only to discover that they’re not the only ones living there. This story comes to us from a listener, Kat Difronzo, and her brother, Mike, and father, Fred. Producer: Eliza SmithOriginal Score: Renzo Gorrio "Invisible Children" - What happens when you spend your life savings on a dream house, and find out someone else’s family already lives there?  Explore the full story in Kathleen Mcconnell’s book, Don’t Call Them Ghosts. Producer: Ann...

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Knock, Knock
Stories: "Clown Zombie" – When a carnival in Mexico turns dark, young Oscar Mendoza finds out why he should not have laughed at the clowns. This story first appeared on the podcast Real Ghost Stories Online. Check them out at RealGhostStoriesOnline.com. "Polaroid Phantom" – We’ve got a ghost story with photographic evidence. See the pics for yourself: SeeingThingstheBook.com; more pics here....

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The Summoning
Stories: "Spirit on the Board" - What happens when a group of kids conjure a spirit?Story:  Andrea C.K.Producer: Eliza SmithOriginal Score: Pat Mesiti-Miller  "The Seance" - A long-lost love comes to town for a visit, and he's been dead for years. To hear the original full-length version that first appeared on KCRW’s UnFictional, check out their webpage. Producer: Bob Carlson, host of Unfictional "Dollhouse" - Ali came home one night after surgery and was shocked. Her grandmother was waiting in the livin...

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Unholy Water
Stories: "Devil’s Water" - Attempting to dig the family well in rural Michigan, Glynn's family comes up dry--until Daddy cuts a deal with the Devil. Original Music: Pat Mesiti MillerStory: Glynn Washington   "Hot Water" - What’s really out there, waiting for you in the dark? Three college girls went camping in New Mexico to relax. What they found will terrify you. Original Music: Leon MorimotoProducer: Liz Mak...

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The Black Rose
Stories: "Great Aunt Rose" -  When Christina McKenna’s cruel aunt comes back from the grave to make amends--she’s not sure if she can forgive. Read more about Christina’s childhood in Ireland in her book, My Mother Wore A Yellow Dress. "The Unicorn Prince" - Every year, Maria's aunt bought her a doll for her doll collection. But this year, the doll is unlike any Maria has ever seen. This story comes to us from our Spooked listener Maria Serratore-Gunter....

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A Friend In The Forest
Stories: "A Boy Named Thomas"  Shane Dunphy spent years working with kids as a social worker. He’d seen it all until he met a little boy named Gregory. For more, get Shane Dunphy’s book The Boy They Tried to Hide. Producer: Nancy LópezOriginal Score: Pat Mesiti-Miller...

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The Shadow Men
Witch Cage: A woman buys a medieval jail… and tries to make it her home. To hear more about her experiences, check out Vanessa Mitchell’s book, Spirits of the Cage: True Accounts of Living in a Haunted Medieval Prison, co-written with Richard Estep. Vanessa’s also written a second book, in her own words. Secrets of the Cage, which delves deeper into the history of the prison, comes out soon. The Cage Medieval Prison, as featured in this piece, is up for sale. For direct inquiries, contact Vanessa at vanes...

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Possession
Stories: Indonesian Ghost Show When a TV crew shows up to film a ghost show their disrespect angers the gods. Special thanks to Haryo Bhama, who was a producer on the popular Indonesian reality show, Masih Dunia Lain. Thanks, too, to Arzia Tivany Wargadiredja, who wrote an article for Vice about the show. Production: Liz MakOriginal Score: Leon Morimoto Daikon Susan's dog Daikon kept giving signs that an intruder was haunting her old Victorian in New Orleans. Then one night in October, the intruder cr...

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The Curse
Stories: "La Bruja" Your family is cursed--who you gonna call? La Bruja. Nestor Gomez is a storyteller based in Chicago. You can find him on Twitter @soloyochapin and at his website: nestorgomezstoryteller.com Production: Adizah Eghan Original Score: Leon Morimoto...

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Borderlands
There are some places where different worlds overlap. Welcome to the Borderlands. Stories: "Border Boogeyman" - Back in the 90s, Rocky Elmore worked as a border patrol agent, just East of San Diego. He did night patrol--and out there, in the pitch black, he was never sure if he was completely alone.  Be sure to check out Rocky’s book, Out on Foot: Nightly Patrols and Ghostly Tales of A U.S. Border Patrol Agent. "The Seer" - The trouble began in Sri Lanka, when Chandra’s aunt woke up one day and couldn’t...

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Lost In Time
There are good reasons in some places that the signs warn to stay on the path. On Spooked we ignore the warnings, jump the fence, peek through the keyhole and open up the dark closet. Stories:  "Time Warp Saloon" -  The neon sign blinks at the roadhouse bar. The jukebox plays an old tune as the bartender shouts,  "Last Call." Just one more. Why not? What could it hurt? This story came to Spooked from Jim Harold’s Campfire Podcast, hosted by Jim Harold, check it out at JimHarold.com "Love Letters...

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The Watcher
There are times when you are supposedly all alone.  And then you see her, him or it out of the corner of your eye...watching. "Houdini’s Promise" - Can a pact between two brothers survive death? "The Night Mother" - It’s the middle of the night. You’re not even 15, and you’re home alone with your little brother. You’re waiting for your mom to come home.  What would happen if she didn’t make it? "Voice In The Woods" - When the voice says "Stop" you stay perfectly still.  And when the voice says "Run!"...

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Spooked Trailer
From the creators of Snap Judgment and WNYC studios, a new podcast that pushes back the veil. Real stories from real people battling the forces of the night.  Subscribe now!...

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