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With a lifelong interest in the paranormal, combined with his love of broadcasting and technology, podcaster Jim Harold shared some of his spookiest stories from the world of the strange and unexplained. Harold detailed the experiences a man named Lindsey had as a boy while visiting a friend at a house he had never been to before. While in the attic, Lindsey noticed a little girl with hair over her face standing alone in the corner, Harold reported. She did not respond to requests to play and when she moved it appeared like a jerky flipbook animation, he added. The girl eventually vanished and Lindsey and his friends realized they had been trying to play with a ghost, Harold said.
He recounted the story of a young record executive visited in her dreams by a musician who demanded his last recording be finished, as well as the supposed true account of a woman named Velma who received a call from her deceased grandfather. According to Velma, sometime after missing her grandfather's funeral the phone rang and a muffled voice sounding eerily similar to her grandfather's was on the other end. The voice called Velma by a unique family nickname, she hung up the phone, picked it up again and the voice was still there, Harold revealed. "She's absolutely sure it was [her grandfather]," he added.
Harold shared a creepy story from Australia about a young physician who had been confronted by the supernatural at the hospital where he worked. One evening the doctor heard a knock on his door and a voice calling out to come to an emergency. Upon investigation the physician found there was no one there and no emergency to attend to, Harold said, adding that a doctor next door also heard the knocks and voice. The next day a nurse told the young physician what he experienced has happened to others there since the hospital is haunted, Harold revealed.
Today in Strangeness:
On this date in 1671, Thomas Blood nearly pulled off one of Britain's most famous crimes: stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. His elaborate plot was foiled at the last minute when the subdued guard's son made a surprise visit to his father. Shockingly, Blood was pardoned for his crimes by the King of England for reasons which are still debated to this day.
Tonight's Show, Saturday, May 9:
"There is currently more scientific evidence to the reality of near death experience (NDE) than there is for how to effectively treat certain forms of cancer," states radiation oncologist Dr. Jeffrey Long. He joins Connie Willis (email) to present the strongest argument yet for the underlying truth of those who have died and returned to share their tales. First hour guest, Cliff Barackman, currently serving as the host of Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet, presents updates on the elusive creature.
From 6-10pm PT, Coast Insiders can hear an Art Bell: Somewhere in Time show from 5/7/01 when Patch Adams shared his view that medicine and greed go hand-in-hand.