MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

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Benjamin Bernard
 Aug 16, 2022
sweet! I've been listening/watching the YouTube Mr. Ballen, now I get even more excellently told true stories. still hard to believe from a Navy Seal. thanks!

Karina
 Jul 22, 2022
I have been listening to Mr. B for quite a while now, and I love all of his content. He has a way of making the story more real and gives feeling to it. He obviously does a lot of research and he tells it like it is.

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The Strange, Dark and Mysterious delivered in podcast format.


Episode Date
Episode 57 -- "The Worst Death Story on the Internet"
00:37:30

Today’s podcast is about "places you CAN'T GO, and people who went anyways..." This will be a "top 3" style episode, so you’ll hear three unique stories back to back, with each story being more intense than the last. The audio from all three stories has been pulled from our main YouTube channel, which is just called "MrBallen," and they have all been remastered for today's podcast.

Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:

  • #3 -- “A Harmless Stream" -- A group of young people decide to make a late night hike through a dangerous forest. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bvMIHUVkVE)
  • #2 -- “Magellan" -- The worst "death story" on the internet. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx14YtiLFIM)
  • #1 -- "Boilermakers" -- A college freshman finds an off-limits door on his campus. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJCY3JaCZAw)


For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

If you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballen


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Main Sources:

#3: A Harmless Stream

1) Sara Hulphers write up https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=96070&page=1

2) Background info on Sara Helpers https://www.recordcourier.com/news/2001/dec/19/young-woman-remembered-for-spreading-love-and-joy/

3) Friend of Sara Hulphers posted a memorial video  @Tim Cash  -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyXAT5jiBfA

4) Lawsuit information, Sara Hulphers story https://www.deseret.com/2004/1/30/19809438/yellowstone-burn-victim-s-lawsuit-tossed

#2: Magellan

1) Write up about case -- https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/12132620.firm-guilty-after-oilman-is-crushed-to-death/

2) BBC write up on case -- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/3041529.stm

3) Detailed research paper on what happened -- https://www.researchgate.net/publication/46215038_Business_Organisation_Precarious_Employment_and_Risk_Transfer_Mechanisms_Death_in_the_Offshore_Oil_Industry

4) Wikipedia page on "Jackup Rigs" which is what Magellan was -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackup_rig

5) Wikipedia page on "Roughnecks" -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roughneck

#1: Boilermakers

1) This story was suggested by Reddit user: Keesey_bake on our subreddit r/mrballen

2) "Report of Findings" is the official 38 page report on what happened to Wade -- https://www.purdue.edu/uns/x/2007b/070702RimkusFinal.pdf

3) "Body identified as missing Purdue student Wade Steffey" -- https://www.purdue.edu/uns/x/2007a/070320PoliceSteffey.html

4) "Report details Steffey's death, doesn't surprise University officials or family members" -- https://www.purdueexponent.org/campus/article_6a475dcf-3ccd-5524-a693-3f96269a443b.html

5) "UPDATE: Officials say missing Purdue student fatally shocked in utility room" -- https://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news/update-officials-say-missing-purdue-student-fatally-shocked-in-utility-room/article_27294988-dfce-5b38-b9bc-1438fbc087b9.html

6) "01/13/07: Wade Steffey, 19, West Lafayette, IN" -- https://footprintsattheriversedge.blogspot.com/2007/04/011307-wade-steffey-19-west-lafayette.html

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Aug 25, 2022
Episode 39 -- "Don't Get in the Water"
00:35:40

Today’s podcast is about "places you CAN'T GO, and people who went anyways..." This will be a "top 3" style episode, so you’ll hear three unique stories back to back, with each story being more intense than the last. The audio from all three stories has been pulled from my YouTube channel, which is just called MrBallen, and they have all been remastered for today's podcast.

Story names, previews & links to original YouTube videos:

  • #3 -- “The Limpopo" -- There is a waterway in South Africa that locals refuse to go near. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7cwHK5gVR8)
  • #2 -- “No Way Out" -- What a worst case scenario looks like in the rugged Top End of Australia. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tul0S0xFzh8)
  • #1 -- "Black Water" -- A tale so terrifying, it was adapted into 2 major motion pictures. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQDnwbav-cE)


For 100s more stories like these, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

If you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballen


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Main Sources:

#3: The Limpopo

1) A story on the Darwin Awards blog: https://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2010-01.html

2) Wikipedia page for Limpopo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limpopo_River

3) Crocodiles feasted on bodies of migrants: https://www.scotsman.com/news/world/crocodiles-feasted-bodies-migrants-1539879

4) Croc victims didn't even scream -- https://www.news24.com/news24/croc-victim-didnt-even-scream-20100104

5) Wikipedia for Crocodile River -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodile_River_(Limpopo)

#2: No Way Out

1) YouTube channel "Video Dust" uploaded this video about the "No Way Out" story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAusFIi6DBI

2) Dailymail writeup: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4146144/Model-Ginger-Meadows-eaten-alive-saltwater-crocodile.html

3) Fine Fishing writeup: http://www.finefishing.com/1freshfish/aawhereto/australianewzealand/croc.htm

4) AP News writeup: https://apnews.com/article/2ea84bf69308f118cbb1fb4b537ef944

#1: Black Water

1) Most detailed account of the entire event -- https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/jan/19/weekend.barbaramcmahon

2) Blog article that gives additional color -- https://medium.com/@bmovchris/eaten-alive-five-killer-croc-attacks-b5af9870b41b

3) List of dangers in the Northern Territory of Australia -- https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-01/nts-long-list-of-potential-killers/5779022

4) List of similar attacks (this was number 8 on the list) -- https://listverse.com/2015/04/28/10-real-stories-that-became-terrifying-horror-films/

5) Talks about how everything in Top End is trying to kill you -- https://rooftopantics.com/deadly-animals-northern-territory-australia/

6) NBC's coverage of the story, short blurb -- https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna3791626

7) BBC's coverage of the story, short blurb -- http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3342657.stm

8) Wikipedia page for Top End of Australia -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_End

9) Wikipedia page for 2007 horror movie "Black Water" -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Water_(2007_film)

10) Wikipedia page for 2007 horror movie "Rogue" -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_(2007_film)

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Jun 23, 2022
Episode 37 -- "Do you know how to get to Bells Canyon?"
00:34:20

Today’s podcast features two separate, unique, stories that are both themed around the same thing, strange events that took place in the wild. The first story you will hear is called, “The Russian Death March,” and it’s about an event that was so terrifying, the one person who survived it could not speak when she finally stumbled, bloody and terrified, out of the forest. The second story you will hear is called, “Bells Canyon,” and it’s one of, if not the most, talked about episodes in the entire MrBallen content catalogue; It is about a solo hiker who comes face to face with a very strange nighttime visitor


DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from two popular videos on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The first story, "The Russian Death March" is from a video of the same name. (Here is the link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vGtcfJOPOY). The second story, "Bells Canyon" is the top video inside of a Top 3 style video called, "Top 3 SCARIEST true stories | Spooky Stories Part 2." (Link to that video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k402yukZAxE)

For 100s more stories like these, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

If you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballen


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Main Sources:

Story 1: The Russian Death March

1) Dyatlov Pass info -- https://dyatlovpass.com/hamar-daban

2) "AUGUST 1993 HAMAR DABAN GROUP KOROVINA. THE MOST MYSTERIOUS ACCIDENTS IN DOMESTIC TOURISM" -- https://zizuhotel.ru/en/registraciya-ip/avgust-1993-hamar-daban-gruppa-korovinoi-samye-tainstvennye-neschastnye-sluchai-v/

3) "Hamar-Daban tragedy (English subtitles)" -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnYphRRF71M

4) Wikipedia page for Lake Baikal -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Baikal

5) Wikipedia page for Khamar Daban -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khamar-Daban

Story 2: Bells Canyon

1) Reddit post discussing Bells Canyon encounter (User gave written permission to use their story) -- https://www.reddit.com/r/LetsNotMeet/comments/gjr66c/a_strange_man_hunted_me_through_a_national_park/

2) The Reddit post about Bells Canyon was written by -- https://www.reddit.com/user/ValyrianJedi/

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Jun 16, 2022
Episode 23 -- "The Headless Valley"
00:28:57

Located in the northwestern section of Canada lies an 11,000 square mile stretch of untouched wilderness called the "Nahanni Valley" (aka "The Headless Valley"). This area is virtually inaccessible, as there are no roads, trails or other obvious access points. It is full of large dangerous animals, steep cliffs and brutal weather conditions. And it is believed to be haunted. Today's episode is based on the first hand accounts of the people who have actually found a way inside this valley and lived to tell the tale. What they saw and experienced is truly terrifying.

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from a popular video on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The video is called "The Valley of Headless Men" (Here is the link to the video -- https://youtu.be/wF2fa2nY0oo)

For 100s more stories like this one, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

If you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballen

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Main Sources:

1. "Mysteries of the Nahinni Park Reserve in Canada" -- https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/2018/2/21/mysteries-of-the-nahinni-park-reserve-in-canada

2. "The Mysterious Valley of the Headless Corpses" -- https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/10/the-mysterious-valley-of-the-headless-corpses/  

3. "Legends of the Nahanni Valley" -- https://mysteriesofcanada.com/nwt/legends-of-the-nahanni-valley/  

4. "Nahanni" -- https://www.nfb.ca/film/nahanni/  

5. "The Obsession of Albert Faille" -- https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1962/10/6/the-obsession-of-albert-faille  

6. "The Valley of Headless Men -- Nahanni Canada" -- https://buildfutureenergy.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/the-valley-of-headless-men-nahanni-canada-mystery-legend-hollowearth-hmmm-interesting/  

7. "Top 10 Lesser Known Mysteries" -- https://listverse.com/2010/09/25/top-10-lesser-known-mysteries/  

8. "The strange deaths of David Horesay and Frederick Hardisty in the Northwest Territories" -- https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/david-horesay-frederick-hardisty  

9. "Canada: NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: Home of Devils?" -- http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,854301,00.html  

10. "Canada, The Valley of the Headless Men" -- https://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread787656/pg1 

11. "Legend of Deadmen Valley" -- https://spectacularnwt.com/story/legend-deadman-valley  

12. "The Legend of Deadmen Valley" -- https://markozen.com/2017/07/24/the-legend-of-deadman-valley/  

13. "13 Day Nahanni River Class" -- https://canoenorthadventures.com/adventures/new-nahanni-classic  

14. "The Yukoner" -- https://www.yukoner.com/Yukoner11pdf.pdf  

15. "The Haunting History of This Canadian National Park" -- https://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/canada/experiences/news/the-haunting-history-of-this-canadian-national-park

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Apr 28, 2022
Episode 17 -- "This Island Has a Dark Secret"
00:18:12

During World War 2, there was a horrific incident that occurred on a small island in the Pacific Ocean. At the time, the details of exactly what happened on this island were made top secret. But in 2004, the US government decided it was time for the public to know the truth. Not only is the story of the Chichijima Incident unbelievable, but the twist at the end will genuinely shock you, especially if you are an American.

DISCLAIMER: This podcast is the remastered audio from a popular video on my "MrBallen" YouTube channel. The video is called "This island kept a dark secret until 2004" (Here is the link to the video -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB9-eS44A_8)

For 100s more stories like this one, check out my YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

If you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballen

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Main Sources:

1. Blog post: "Chichijima incident-Cannibalism in WWII and George H.W. Bush’s remarkable survival." -- https://dirkdeklein.net/2016/06/30/chichijima-incident-cannibalism-in-wwii-and-george-h-w-bushs-remarkable-survival/

2. 9 News write up: "The Chichijima incident: George HW Bush's extraordinary WWII survival story" -- https://www.9news.com.au/world/chichijima-incident-george-hw-bush-extraordinary-wwii-survival-story/b8edd905-c63b-409f-971b-23f08e533389

3. All That's Interesting write up: "Inside The Chichijima Incident, George H.W. Bush’s Harrowing Escape From Cannibal Enemies During World War II" -- https://allthatsinteresting.com/george-bush-cannibalized-chichijima-incident

4. Inside Hook write up: "Horrors of History: How George H. W. Bush Dodged Cannibalism Death in WWII" -- https://www.insidehook.com/article/history/the-horrors-of-history-the-cannibalism-of-chichijima

5. Find a Grave "Marvelle William Mershon" -- https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9206627/marvelle-william-mershon

6. Find a Grave "ENS Floyd Ewing Hall" -- https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9204880/floyd-ewing-hall

7. Find a Grave "2LT Warren Earl Vaughn" -- https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56134288/warren-earl-vaughn

8. Chichijima Incident Wikipedia page -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichijima_incident

9. "Torture, Execution, and Cannibalism on Chichi Jima, and George HW Bush's Narrow Escape" -- https://www.pacificatrocities.org/blog/torture-execution-and-cannibalism-on-chichi-jima-and-george-hw-bushs-narrow-escape

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Apr 07, 2022