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Ain't It Scary? with Sean & Carrie

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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… read more

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Ep. 90: The Amityville Horror, Pt. 1 - Murder on Ocean Avenue

June 23rd, 2022


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 …

Ep. 89: Slender Man, Pt. 2 - The Slender Man Stabbing

June 16th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 88: Slender Man, Pt. 1 - The Origins

June 9th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 87: The Stamford Bra Murders

June 2nd, 2022


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 …

Ep. 86: Cursed Jewelry

May 26th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 85: The Guillotine and the Reign of Terror

May 19th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 84: The Disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley

May 12th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 83: The Philadelphia Experiment

May 5th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 82: TV Mysteries - The Max Headroom Incident & Other Signal Hijackings

April 28th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 81: Blackbeard

April 21st, 2022


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, …

Ep. 80: Fresno Nightcrawlers

April 14th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 79: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 4 - The Cross-Country Murders

April 7th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 78: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 3 - The Man from the Train

March 31st, 2022


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, …

Ep. 77: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 2 - The Villisca Axe Murders

March 24th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 76: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 1 - The Axeman of New Orleans

March 17th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 75: The Hauntings of Union Cemetery

March 10th, 2022


Union Cemetery sits at a crossroads, almost 400 years old, with headstones scattered across its area spanning centuries of New England history. From …

Ep. 74: Ghost Ships, Pt. 2

March 3rd, 2022


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 …

Ep. 73: Ghost Ships, Pt. 1

February 24th, 2022


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 …

Ep. 72: The Day the Music Died

February 17th, 2022


"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 …

Ep. 71: Herb Baumeister

February 10th, 2022


This week we take a look at Indiana's most prolific serial killer, Herb Baumeister. After a string of disappearances of gay men in the Indianapolis …

Ep. 70: Flat Earth

February 3rd, 2022


In the incredibly polarized times we're living in, it's comforting to know there are some things we can all agree on, even if it's just the shape of …

Ep. 69: The Winchester Mystery House

January 27th, 2022


In 1886, Sarah Winchester - widow of William Winchester, the son of the founder of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company - took her $20 million inheritance ($550 million in today's money), moved from Connecticut to …

Ep. 68: The Strange Death of Edgar Allan Poe

January 20th, 2022


In October 1849, now-legendary horror and suspense writer Edgar Allan Poe was found in a tavern in Baltimore, delirious, with clothes that didn't appear to be his and no concrete answer for where he'd been since he left …

Ep. 67: Hudson Valley UFOs (w/ the NY Mystery Machine podcast)

January 13th, 2022


This week, we're teaming up with our friends at the New York Mystery Machine podcast for a crossover look at UFOs and abductions in the Hudson Valley!

Adam and Christina from NYMM join us for part 1 of the saga as Sean …

Ep. 66: The Springfield Three

January 6th, 2022

Graduation Night, 1992.
Suzie Streeter and Stacey McCall arrive home to Suzie's mother Sherrill's house in a giddy daze. They're finally done with …

Ep. 65: Santa Claus - Dark Origins

December 30th, 2021

We're back from the sick bay and rounding out the holiday season with some Yule-tide cheer this week! Sean takes us through the folklore and …

Holiday Greetings from Ain't it Scary

December 23rd, 2021

Happy holidays from your favorite ghoulish couple! No, not Gomez and Morticia...okay, maybe second favorite, then.
Due to health reasons we …

Ep. 64: Deaths on Everest

December 16th, 2021

The weather outside is frightful...but not as frightful as the weather on Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world and highest point on …

Ep. 63: Mercy Brown & the New England Vampire Panic

December 9th, 2021

In 1892, 19-year-old Mercy Brown's corpse was exhumed and her vital organs were ritually burned by Exeter, Rhode Island townsfolk convinced the …

Ep. 62: "Paul is Dead" - The Beatles Death Conspiracy

December 2nd, 2021


In honor of the Beatles documentary Get Back premiering over Thanksgiving on Disney+, Carrie takes us through one of her favorite conspiracies of all …

Ep. 61: Paul John Knowles - The Casanova Killer

November 25th, 2021

Plenty of trigger warnings apply as Sean takes us back to the grim world of serial killers with the human string of misadventures known as Paul John …

Ep. 60: America's Most Haunted Hotels

November 19th, 2021

Hotels are places of transition, whose rooms have seen intense passions, furious hatred, great joys, deep sorrows, and even murder. Not surprisingly, hotels are also places that seem to attract the spirits of their …

Ep. 59: Valiant Thor

November 11th, 2021

On March 16th, 1957, a Venusian named Valiant Thor landed his flying saucer in Alexandria, Virginia. After meeting Dwight Eisenhower and Richard …

Ep. 58: The Salem Witch Trials, Pt. 3 - The Executions

November 4th, 2021


Here we are at the long-awaited final episode in our Salem Witch Trials series. What is there to say aside from that on this episode we examine the …

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: "Ain't it Kitschy?" Ep. 1 - Halloween Novelty Songs (Patreon Preview)

October 28th, 2021

What does that mishmash of an episode title mean? Well, gentle listeners, this week in honor of the approaching All Hallow's Eve we are taking a short break to prepare our intense final episode of our "Salem Witch …

Ep. 57: The Salem Witch Trials, Pt. 2 - The Accused

October 21st, 2021


In this 2nd part of what's become a 3-part series, we dive deeper into the tragic events of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials and how the hysteria began to rapidly spread across Salem and beyond - now in the guise of dozens …

Ep. 56: The Salem Witch Trials, Pt. 1 - The Accusers

October 14th, 2021


We've finally come to our long promised two-parter on one of Carrie's pet interests, the Salem Witch Trials!

In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, tensions …

Ep. 55: Werewolves!

October 7th, 2021

Halloween is SPOOKY SEASON, and Sean is kicking us off with a howlin' all-werewolf episode! We take a whirlwind tour of the mythology and history of …

Ep. 54: John Dale Cavaness - Murder in Little Egypt

September 30th, 2021

Dr. John Dale Cavaness was a beloved small-town doctor and respected member of his community, so there was a public outcry when he was accused of murdering his own son, Sean, for insurance money in 1984. It didn’t come …

Ep. 53: Jamestown Cannibalism - America's First Horror

September 23rd, 2021

Jamestown, Virginia was the first successful English settlement in North America (for the first UNsuccessful one, go check out our episode on …

Ep. 52: John Titor, Time Traveler

September 16th, 2021

In 1998 - then again, in 2000 - our world got a hero, born of another reality. A man who traveled through time to warn us of coming catastrophe. Or, …

Ep. 51: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood

September 9th, 2021

Natalie Wood was one of the biggest film stars of the late 50s and early 60s, starring in such classics as Miracle On 34th Street while still a child …

Ep. 50: Roast 2 Roast AM

September 2nd, 2021

If you're looking for a well-researched, yet grisly story told with a wink and a laugh...well, we have 49 other episodes we can recommend. To …

Ep. 49: Henry VIII - Portrait of a Serial Killer

August 26th, 2021

King Henry VIII. Beheader of wives. Noted fat guy. Lover of turkey legs. 
Henry the 8th has become a punch line, known for his break with the Roman …

Ep. 48: New England UFOs

August 19th, 2021

For almost as long as America's been a country, there have been stories of strange lights and objects zipping around the North American skies. This …

Ep. 47: Haunted Theaters

August 12th, 2021

Theaters are places of intense emotion - the laughter of a hilarious comedy, the love of a romantic musical, the tears of an affecting tragedy. It's no wonder that these magnets for, well, drama, tend to be some of the …

Ep. 46: Satanic Panic, Pt. 4 - Pizzagate & QAnon

August 5th, 2021

Satanic Panic is having something of a renaissance these past few years, and that's where we're ending our four-part series today! 
Once again, whispers are flying around of a vast underground conspiracy of child abusing …

Ep. 45: Satanic Panic, Pt. 3 - The West Memphis Three

July 29th, 2021

For part 3 in our tour of Satanic hysteria, it's 1993 and the ritual abuse panic of the '80s is coughing its last gasp in Arkansas!
Faced with the horrific murder of three young boys, West Memphis law enforcement, media …

PARACONN SPECIAL: Interview with ParaConn Founders Charles Rosenay & Nick Grossmann

July 22nd, 2021

In lieu of our normal episode this week, enjoy an interview with ParaConn co-founders Charles Rosenay & Nick Grossmann!  ParaConn is Connecticut's FIRST paranormal convention! We'll be guests at the convention this …

Ep. 44: Satanic Panic, Pt. 2 - Dungeons & Dragons & Heavy Metal (w/ Nick Salese)

July 15th, 2021

Let the panic continue! Last week we showed you the origins of the 1980s Satanic Panic within a rash of alleged Satanic sex rituals at daycare centers. This week, Unloaded Questions co-host and our actual D&D …

Ep. 43: Satanic Panic, Pt. 1 - Ritual Abuse & McMartin Preschool

July 8th, 2021

July is the month for Satanic Panic, and Sean kicks off our four-part series with a look at the cases that set the tone for ritual abuse hysteria in …

Ep. 42: Hysterias!

July 1st, 2021

Throughout the many years humans have been on this Earth, we've always been prone to one problem (among many): mass hysterias.
Mass hysterias are …

Ep. 41: Gettysburg Ghosts (w/ Paul Ferrante)

June 24th, 2021

It's our very first guest star episode! 
On this ep, Paul Ferrante - author of the "T.J. Jackson Mystery" paranormal YA series and dad/dad-in-law to …

Ep. 40: Hollow Earth

June 17th, 2021

If you're like us, you couldn't focus on the two leads duking it out in Godzilla vs. Kong... because you just kept thinking, "Wait, they said 'Hollow …

Ep. 39: The Disappearance of Lisanne Froon & Kris Kremers

June 10th, 2021

While hiking the Pianista trail near Boquete, Panama in April 2014, Dutch tourists Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers vanished, seemingly without a trace. Searches by local and Dutch authorities turned up nothing, and hope …

Trailer: Ain't it Scary? with Sean & Carrie

June 9th, 2021

Trailer for the podcast Ain't it Scary? with Sean & Carrie
With a shared passion for history and the truth, Sean & Carrie realized they could …

Ep. 38: The Dark Side of Disney

June 3rd, 2021

Walt Disney built an empire on family-friendly entertainment that’s grown into a modern titan of the industry - and today we’re climbing all over its seamy underbelly. Gross!
Sean zig-zags us through rumors about Walt …

Ep. 37: The "Crying Boy" Curse

May 27th, 2021

In 1985, U.K. tabloid The Sun started a frenzy of fear when they published a series of articles about a cursed mass-produced painting - dubbed "The Crying Boy" - that had been found at the sites of dozens of house …

Ep. 36: The Fermi Paradox, Pt. 2

May 20th, 2021

The Fermi Paradox is the apparent contradiction between the high probability of advanced alien life in the universe - and the total lack of evidence for it here on Earth.
In the conclusion to our two-part series, Sean …

Ep. 35: The Fermi Paradox, Pt. 1

May 13th, 2021

Are we all alone in the universe? There are hundreds of billions of galaxies - the largest hold trillions of stars, the smallest a few hundred …

Ep. 34: The Lost Cosmonauts

May 6th, 2021

Turin, Italy. 1960.
Two enterprising young brothers have rigged up their own radio equipment to listen in on the Soviet Russian unmanned rocket …

Ep. 33: Patty Hearst

April 29th, 2021

This week Sean gives us a closer look at famed heiress-turned-hostage-turned-bank-robber Patty Hearst, and the tragic hippie Communist morons in the …

Ep. 32: Haunted Cemeteries, Pt. 2

April 22nd, 2021

This week we complete our two part series on the most haunted cemeteries in the entire world!
From the gateway to hell in Stull, Kansas, to the story …

Ep. 31: Haunted Cemeteries, Pt. 1

April 15th, 2021

This week on the podcast we begin a two part series on the most haunted cemeteries in the entire world!
From the cursed grounds of an accused witch's murder in Salem, Massachusetts, to the site of possibly the most …

Ep. 30: Charles Cullen, "Angel of Death"

April 8th, 2021

This week, Sean takes us through the twisted tale of depressive serial killer nurse Charles Cullen.
Cullen confessed to killing "around" 40 patients …

Ep. 29: Renaissance Poisons & Hygienic Horrors

April 1st, 2021

The Renaissance was a time of enlightenment, opulence, and all-around cultural rebirth. However, that’s not all it was. It was also a time of …

Ep. 28: The Hinterkaifeck Murders

March 25th, 2021

This week it's back to the world of the grim and unsolved, as Sean takes us through the facts of one of the most chilling unsolved crimes in German …

Ep. 27: Is Elvis Alive?

March 18th, 2021


The King isn't dead. At least, that's what some people think.

Elvis Presley died on August 16th, 1977, after a myriad of health problems culminating …

Ep. 26: The Phantom Dark Age

March 11th, 2021

What if we weren’t living in 2021? What if we were really living in…1724?
That’s the premise behind the “Phantom Dark Age” theory, which claims that …

Ep. 25: The Kennedy Curse & the Chappaquiddick Incident

March 4th, 2021

Is it possible for a whole family to be cursed?
Some people think so. In fact, there's one particular family in United States history many have …

Ep. 24: The Betty & Barney Hill Abduction

February 25th, 2021

Let's go back to 1961 for the first major UFO abduction story in American history - the Betty & Barney Hill Incident!
During a dark night in rural New Hampshire, Betty & Barney Hill (and their pet dachshund, …

Ep. 23: The Keddie Cabin Murders

February 18th, 2021

April 12, 1981. Keddie, California.
Sue Sharp, her teenage son John, and his friend Dana Wingate are found brutally murdered in the Sharp family's …

Ep. 22: Haunted Dolls

February 11th, 2021

Remember the comfort a childhood stuffed toy brought? Carrying it around everywhere, taking care of it, cuddling it like your own baby? Something …

Ep. 21: Deadly Illusions

February 4th, 2021

Magic acts are all about doing extraordinary things with a wink and a nod to the audience, letting them know that the unbelievable is, indeed, possible. The audience is held spellbound by the illusion, yet always with …

Ep. 20: Lake City Quiet Pills

January 28th, 2021

We've hit 20 episodes! This week, Carrie is taking us through a mid-2000s internet mystery - that of
When the moderator of a …

Ep. 19: Count von Cosel & His Mummy Bride

January 21st, 2021

In this episode we’re taking a trip to pre-WWII Key West, Florida - a place beyond laws, full of unbelievable characters.
One of these characters is …

Ep. 18: The Bridgeport Poltergeist, Pt. 2

January 14th, 2021

On part 1 of this 2-part series we met the Goodins, a small family that was beginning to experience terrifying poltergeist activity in their home on …

Ep. 17: The Bridgeport Poltergeist, Pt. 1

January 7th, 2021

New year, new boo’s! We’re bringing it back home for a local ghost story centered in Bridgeport, Connecticut - right in our own backyard.
The Goodins moved into their home on Lindley Street hoping for a quiet, …

Ep. 16: The Curse of King Tut's Tomb

December 31st, 2020

Let’s take it back, wayyyy back…back to Ancient Egypt! On Episode 16 Carrie’s telling us the story of King Tutankhamun, aka Tut, the boy king of Ancient Egypt. But even more interesting than the story of his life is …

Ep. 15: Lesser-Known American Cryptids

December 24th, 2020

Bigfoot. The Mothman. The Jersey Devil. These are the big bad boys of American Cryptid Folklore. But what about the B Squad? Or even…the C Squad?
In …

Ep. 14: The Death of Princess Diana, Pt. 2

December 17th, 2020

In Part 2 of this series, Carrie goes into the major conspiracy theories surrounding Diana, Princess of Wales’ tragic and sudden death.
Was her death really an orchestrated assassination by one or more governments? If …

Ep. 13: The Death of Princess Diana, Pt. 1

December 10th, 2020

Diana, Princess of Wales, was known as the “People’s Princess”, and her tragic death in a car accident in 1997 caused shockwaves to ripple throughout the world. In the first of this 2-part series, Carrie explores the …

Ep. 12: Time Slips

December 3rd, 2020

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’…into the past! On episode 12 Sean brings us several stories of regular people who, on a seemingly normal …

Ep. 11: Hollywood Horrors, Pt. 2 - Haunted Hollywood

November 26th, 2020

We’re here at episode 11 for part 2 of our HOLLYWOOD HORRORS series - Haunted Hollywood! 
Ahh, Hollywood. The home of incredible highs of stardom…and …

Ep. 10: Hollywood Horrors, Pt. 1 - Cursed Films

November 19th, 2020

We’ve hit double digits, baby! In celebration of episode #10, Carrie begins another double: a two parter on HOLLYWOOD HORRORS! 
Part 1 is all about films that were supposedly cursed - likely because of their content - …

Ep. 9: Tamam Shud - Mystery of the Somerton Man

November 12th, 2020

Episode 9 brings us the mysterious case of the Somerton Man - an Australian “John Doe” found deceased from unknown causes on a beach, without much in his pockets but a scrap of paper emblazoned with the words “Tamam …

Ep. 8: The Real Candy Man

November 3rd, 2020

Ahh, the post-Halloween malaise, full of nauseating amounts of discount candy and grey November days. It’s the perfect time to uncover the truth …

Ep. 7: George Adamski & Orthon of Venus

October 27th, 2020

In episode 7 Sean guides us through the lesser known (but still incredibly strange) story of George Adamski, the first reported extraterrestrial contactee in U.S. history. Did Adamski really pal around with a being …

Ep. 6: The Lost Colony of Roanoke

October 20th, 2020

For episode 6, Carrie took a journey back through American history to investigate the enigma of the lost colony of Roanoke: the first substantial …

Ep. 5: Spontaneous Human Combustion

October 13th, 2020

On episode 5, Carrie takes Sean through centuries of history to dissect one of the weirdest phenomena of all time—spontaneous human combustion, a.k.a when people burst into random flame, seemingly for no apparent …

Ep. 4: D.B. Cooper

October 6th, 2020

In episode 4, Sean takes us on a deep dive into a sky dive—1971’s so-called “D.B. Cooper” plane hijacking. On November 24th, 1971, a man calling …

Ep. 3: Phantom Writers - The Watcher

September 29th, 2020

For episode 3 Carrie dove deep into a strange tale out of New Jersey: The Watcher, who wrote one family creepy and vaguely threatening letters until they left town. Who was the Watcher? What was their motive? Why were …

Ep. 2: Connecticut Legends and Lore, Pt. 2

September 22nd, 2020

On part 2 of our series, we chat about 4 more legendary locations and people in the CT area worth discussing—the spooky Dudleytown, the unsettling Fairfield Hills State Hospital, the tragic Leatherman, and the just …

Ep. 1: Connecticut Legends and Lore, Pt. 1

September 15th, 2020

On our very first episode and part 1 of our series, we dive into two of the most intriguing legends from the state of Connecticut—the legendary “mutants” The Melonheads, and the notoriously haunted Remington Arms …
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