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Saturday, August 01, 2015
CoastZone: Night Terrors & the Hat Man - Open Lines
In the first half of Friday's program, George welcomed paranormal researcher Heidi Hollis for a discussion on night terrors as well as an entity known as the 'Hat Man.' She described night terrors as a variety of strange experiences which seem to occur when a person is in the stage between being asleep and awake. According to her, someone who experiences the phenomenon may "bolt up in bed, scream, moan, mumble, or thrash about with their eyes open." While scientists theorize that night terrors are simply a natural phenomenon caused by a conflict between the brain and the body during sleep, she suggested that there may be a paranormal element to the strange experiences. To that end, Hollis noted that she has received "perhaps thousands of emails" from people who report waking up from a night terror episode and "there usually is something in the room creeping up on them."
She also provided an update on her research into the 'Hat Man,' an unsettling entity that is typically described as wearing a Zorro-esque hat. Hollis stressed that, unlike Shadow People, the Hat Man is a solid being that usually appears at night and can walk through walls. Hollis also revealed that she has recently begun to receive reports from Hat Man witnesses who claim that he has a "helper figure," usually in the form of an old woman or the Grim Reaper, which follows direction from the entity. This development lends credence to Hollis' belief that "if there is a hierarchy of demonic beings out there, he is indeed the one on top." However, Hollis declared that Hat Man and other entities' penchant for visiting people at night indicates that "these things are cowards" since they refuse to meet during waking hours when victims are more alert and able to better counteract their evil energy.
During Open Lines, Cassandra in Oregon shared a bizarre story from when her mother was a child. One night, she got out of bed and went to the sink to get a drink. As she was turning on the faucet, she looked up at the window and saw an "old, scary, wrinkly, evil, grinning" witch looking down at her from outside. The woman then slammed her head into the window and smashed it so hard that the glass embedded itself in the concrete of the kitchen floor. "She's told me this my whole life, over and over," Cassandra said, "and it just gives me the chills to think what is out there." Other callers during the evening included Phyllis, who recalled her inadvertent visit to a Satanic worship session, and Mike in San Luis Obispo, who vividly recounted being abducted by aliens. Additionally, a few callers responded to George's request for tales of people acting crazy, including Tom in Alabama, who told the story of a seemingly mild-mannered co-worker who suddenly snapped and threw acid on one of his colleagues.
Today in Strangeness:
On this date in 1985, a man drowned at a lifeguard pool party in New Orleans, celebrating their first drown-free season...But the deft daredevil Ivy Baldwin, age 82, successfully crossed the Grand Canyon on a tightrope for the 88th time (1948).
Tonight's Show, Saturday, August 1st:
Host Dave Schrader (email) welcomes Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, who was convicted of three murders and spent nearly eighteen years on death row, for a discussion on his time in prison, how he was eventually released and how his wife, Lorri Davis, spearheaded a full-time effort toward her husband's release from prison. In the first hour, author and crime researcher, Diane Fanning, will detail the terrible story of a killer who made his way across the country for two decades, letting others take the blame for his crimes including a mom in Illinois who Diane was able to get exonerated.
From 6-10pm PT, Art Bell: Somewhere in Time journeys back to June 16, 1995, when Art celebrated his 50th birthday with a plethora of birthday wishes and greetings. It was a night of open lines fun with a twist of birthday sweetness.