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Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked

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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 Studios, in partnership with KQED & PRX. It is hosted by Glynn Washington. Spooked drops…WEEKLY! We have held back the d… read more

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The Watcher

September 7th, 2017



"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 …

Lost In Time

September 8th, 2017



"Time Warp Saloon" -  The neon sign blinks at the roadhouse bar. The jukebox plays an old tune as the bartender shouts,  "Last Call." Just …


September 14th, 2017



"Border Boogeyman" - Rocky Elmore worked as a border patrol agent and out there, in the pitch black, he was never sure if he was …

The Curse

September 21st, 2017


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 …


September 28th, 2017



"Indonesian Ghost Show" - When a TV crew shows up to film a ghost show their disrespect angers the gods.

"Daikon" - Susan's dog Daikon …

The Shadow Men

October 1st, 2017


Witch Cage: A woman buys a medieval jail… and tries to make it her home.

Phantom Border Agent: A border agent encounters his long-dead colleague in …

A Friend In The Forest

October 5th, 2017


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.

The Black Rose

October 9th, 2017


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 in her book, My Mother Wore A Yellow Dress.

Unholy Water

October 13th, 2017


Stories: " Devil’s Water" - What happens when your god-fearing family agrees to dance with the dark side in a moment of desperation.

"Hot Water" - Three girls planned a relaxing trip to a remote hot springs, and ended …

The Summoning

October 15th, 2017


Stories:  "Spirit on the Board" - What happens when a group of kids conjure a spirit?

"The Seance" - A long-lost love comes to town for a visit, and he's been dead for years. Produced by Bob Carlson and KCRW's …

Knock, Knock

October 21st, 2017


Stories: "Clown Zombie" - What happens when you make a happy clown very, very angry.

"Polaroid Phantom" Two men discover that the ghosts in their …


October 24th, 2017


Stories: "Cat Scratch Fever" - Something is here, scratching, clawing its way out of the darkness... 

"Invisible Children" - What do you do when you find three ghost children living in your attic? 

"Pastor’s Oil"  - …

Final Act

October 26th, 2017


Stories: "Cowboy Whiteout" - A woman gets an unlikely savior when she’s lost in a snowstorm.

"Flesh-Eating Bacteria" - A mortician-in-training has his worst shift yet.

"Big Al" - A caregiver gets a visit from one of …

The Wraith

August 7th, 2018


Teresa can see dead people. And she’s not afraid… until she meets HER.


August 9th, 2018


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?

The Angel of Death: When …

The Iron Gate

August 15th, 2018


Iron Gate: An American soldier takes over an empty house in Baghdad and encounters the one threat he is powerless against.

Creepy Crawly

August 23rd, 2018


The Birds: As a little boy in Richmond Virginia, raising pigeons, Ray Christian made a friend with the same hobby. But there was something mysterious about Ray’s new pal.

The Taxidermist: When Tracey started doing …

37 Seconds

August 29th, 2018


37 Seconds: Stephanie Arnold was pregnant with her second child, and she couldn’t have been more excited. Until she got her first premonition.

Be …

The Perfect Tenant

September 5th, 2018


The Perfect Tenant: Steven LaChance found the perfect home… or, did the home find him?

Ghosty: When your kid tells you she’s just seen a ghost, you might want to believe her.

Smells Like Teen Spirits

September 13th, 2018


The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist: Tom Ross finds evil lurking in the most unlikely place: a California ski chalet.

The Moonshiner’s Daughter: Alex …

Something In The Walls

September 20th, 2018


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.

Decorations:  Paintings start appearing on the walls. Dark, odd, and …


September 27th, 2018


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

No Voy a Tener Nietos: Maria’s mother always wanted a son. And when Maria …

Ghost Town

October 4th, 2018


The Mine: California is gold country. Miner Shannon Poe discovers that not every abandoned gold mine has been vacated.

The Mission: An empty old …

Holy Ghost

October 11th, 2018


The Possession: When Sara appears to be cursed, her grandmother calls on a coven of witches for the cure.

The Healing: When it comes to miracles, …


October 17th, 2018


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 …

Under The Stairs

October 19th, 2018


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.

Under the Stairs: Mido discovers that the former tenants of her apartment left …

The Intruders

October 23rd, 2018


La Posada: What if your great-great-grandmother comes back from the dead, but doesn’t visit you?

You’re Gonna Get Scratched: Three kids go inside an abandoned house… turns out, it’s not empty.

The Night Whistler

October 25th, 2018


The Night Whistler: Cheryl decided that she could make the best out of living in a haunted house. Nothing bad could happen if she made friends with …

The Thin Place

August 22nd, 2019


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.

Mrs. Hagstrom

August 26th, 2019


When supernatural forces come for her kids, Curtis’s mom stands strong. Mrs. Hagstrom may be the meanest Spooked ghost yet...

Season III is ALIVE!! There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week …

Tales from the Smokehouse

September 2nd, 2019


Cursed cat bones. Dead dogs. A haunted pond. Master storyteller Todd Narron is our tour guide as we explore the mysterious, spooky American South.

Thank you, Todd Narron, for sharing your stories with us! If you want …

Sharp Tooth Boy

September 13th, 2019


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 …

Portal - Snap Bonus

September 19th, 2019


Jennifer Percy was just a young graduate student researching PTSD, but the closer she got to understanding the inner workings of one soldier’s …


September 30th, 2019


When Maribel loses her little brother Santi, her very best friend in the world, she learns that love is sometimes stronger than death. We travel to Mexico for this very special Spooked tale. 


October 10th, 2019


You know the most haunted places. The houses, the castles, the hotels. And you know the most haunted objects. The mirrors, the necklaces, the dolls. …


October 29th, 2019


Lopaka and his adopted father don’t get along. That is, until forces from beyond the veil intervene.

The Trespassers

November 14th, 2019


When it comes to the supernatural: don’t poke the bear. Don’t kick the hive. Don’t mess around. Because, when it comes to the supernatural: you’re gonna get what’s coming for you.


March 13th, 2020


Betsy keeps seeing a young girl at night in her room. She stands at the end of Betsy’s bed and stares at her. She comes back, over and over: night after night; year after year. Betsy knows she wants something, but she …

The Fog

April 3rd, 2020


Blair can’t see his hands in front of his face. He can’t see the ground beneath his feet. He’s not in the dark: he’s in a thick cloud of fog. And then, a voice emerges from the mist. This story comes to us from …

Campfire Tales VII

August 13th, 2020


Get warmed up for Season V! 

Take Me Home

August 21st, 2020


You are on your smoke break at Walmart. You look down and see a box: inside is a ceramic lamb with a note around its neck asking you to take it home. Do you: a) burn it; b) throw it in the trash, or c) take it home?

Teacher’s Pet

August 28th, 2020


Kristen Cortez is a new teacher in beautiful Los Gatos, California. From her classroom window, she can see rolling, golden hills. Redwood trees. The …


September 14th, 2020


David’s family has owned the same plot of farmland in North Carolina for over 300 years. As he gets older, he starts to realize that some family …

The Haunting of Radio Centro

October 2nd, 2020


Everyone who works at Radio Centro knows it’s haunted. But Guillermo, the host on the station’s paranormal show “Tell it Tonight” is about to discover that he has psychic powers that make him susceptible to the …


October 5th, 2020


Lee’s great grandfather, his grandfather, and his father have all seen him: the shapeshifter. They know this man has the power to curse them, to hurt them. Lee wonders: is this man coming for him too? 

Don't Wanna Fright No More

October 19th, 2020


When singer/songwriter & former frontwoman of the Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, comes up against a hostile spirit in her home, she has to decide: who’s going to get to stay? Brittany... or the ghost?

Friends on the Other Side

August 21st, 2021


Sometimes, spirits reach out and ask us for help. And sometimes, they reach out to give us what we need, too.


Night Nurse

Dennis is a nurse, a helper. But when spirits of former patients reach out to him, …

A Murder of Crows

August 27th, 2021


Birds talk to each other about everything -- where to find food, where to roost, when to migrate. What messages might they have for us?


The …

Fright at the Museum

September 4th, 2021


Jen is about to start an internship at a museum. But this isn’t a typical museum… It's built inside two old, historic mansions. By this time, the …

Green Demon

September 11th, 2021


When Austin’s dad starts having night terrors, the family thinks it’s just nightmares -- but Austin thinks something else is going on. He soon discovers that there is an actual demon plaguing his father… and Austin must …

Flora and the Fox

September 18th, 2021


When Flora heads to China to spend time with family for the summer, she realizes her young cousin is acting weird. Almost like he’s someone… or something else entirely.

Thank you, Flora, for sharing your story with us!


September 25th, 2021


Bill is home from college, on his way to meet his girlfriend, when his car swerves off the road…

Corporal Cummings

October 2nd, 2021


It’s 1967. Jerry has been drafted and just landed in Vietnam. He keeps meeting another young soldier, Cummings… and every time they run into each …

Romeo & Juliet

October 26th, 2021


A pair of star-crossed lovers encounter the paranormal in fair Wisconsin, where we lay our scene.

Thank you, Kelsey Brennan & Andy Truschinski, for sharing your story with Spooked!

Produced by Zöe Ferrigno, …

Dismal Falls

August 19th, 2022


There are some places, deep in the woods, far away from civilization, that are magical. Chuck is hiking deep in the Appalachian woods when he stumbles upon one of these places: Dismal Falls. But Dismal Falls isn’t all …

Dad and the Three Caskets

August 25th, 2022


Spooked's own Annie Nguyen shares her family’s ghost story. When her father got the call from his siblings and cousins back in Vietnam, asking him to help them find their ancestors’ missing caskets, he got on the first …

Los Chaneques

September 9th, 2022


Saulo knows the stories about the mischievous creatures who lurk in the forests and beaches of Oaxaca. But one night a hunt for turtle eggs becomes a …

Matt's Flat

September 23rd, 2022


Matt is calm, peaceful, and very chill, but his apartment has a dark past. On one rainy night in Birmingham, his flat mate finally makes herself …

Hotel Hell-o Dolly

October 7th, 2022


Hotels and dolls can be full of charm — others are horrifying and cause alarm.


Hotel Hell

Kimberly was expecting a luxurious hotel room. …

Pali Lookout

October 21st, 2022


It’s March 1980, and best friends Lopaka and Sean decide to ditch class and head to the Pali Lookout, a tourist destination just outside of Honolulu …

The Sinkhole

October 28th, 2022


One day, while out landscaping his yard, Moses reaches into the dirt and pulls out a handful of bones. He wants to find out who they belong to. But …


November 11th, 2022


After the birth of her second child, Elijah, Sabrina starts to wonder if she’s brought home more from the hospital than just her new baby.

Thank you, Sabrina, for sharing your story with Spooked!

Produced by Zoë …

Season VIII Trailer

April 5th, 2023


Starting Friday, April 7th Spooked drops…WEEKLY! We have held back the darkness long enough and at long last… Spooked will be available for free on ALL podcast platforms.

Episodes will drop every week on Friday! …

Dead End

April 7th, 2023


When we meet darkness and our road grows dim, sometimes a spirit finds us and helps guide us towards the path we’re meant to take… or avoid.

Spooked episodes now drop every week on Friday! Featuring brand new stories …

The Deer Stand

April 14th, 2023


Dan is a hunter. His favorite place in the world is his deer stand: a platform 20 feet up in an ancient tree. One day, Dan is sitting up in the tree when he sees something that changes his life forever.

Episodes now …

Always Be Polite

April 21st, 2023


John Henson, a Southern Cheyenne Native American, is the go-to person when friends and family need their homes smoked off. But when he encounters a stubborn and angry cat-like entity, he has to dig deeper than ever …


April 25th, 2023


Some roads are long and some roads wind. Some roads show you things you’d never think you’d find…

Pee Afraid

April 28th, 2023


Dr. Aammton Alias has a work retreat in the jungle. And when he gets there… he’s gotta go.

Spooked episodes now drop every week on Friday! Featuring brand new stories -- along with episodes previously available only by …

The Big Sleep

May 5th, 2023


Jen wakes up in a strange hospital with mysterious caretakers. Her only way out? The shot.

Thank you, Jen and Robin, for sharing your story with the Spooked!

Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Leon Morimoto, …

Northspur Storm

May 12th, 2023


Kathy and her kids leave a busy life in Southern California to live in a little cabin in the woods, without electricity. But then, strange things start happening. It seems Kathy and her children aren’t the only …

Earth Angel

May 19th, 2023


Alfia is studying to be a nurse, but she soon discovers that science isn’t everything and a higher power is at work.

Thank you, Alfia, for sharing your story with us!

Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Sudi …

Weeping Painting

May 26th, 2023


Omar thinks he know his grandma. Until one day, he finds a scary portrait in her bedroom… and it’s looking at him.

Thank you Omar for sharing your story with Spooked, all the way from Mexico!

Leonel Garza gave Omar …

Smell Ya Later

June 2nd, 2023


After Laura’s husband gets a fatal diagnosis, he promises to contact her from beyond the grave. But how will she know it’s really him?

Thank you, Laura Packer, for sharing this special story with Spooked. Laura’s a …

The Inkwell

June 9th, 2023


Just because someone’s passed over, doesn’t mean they’re not still watching over you.


The Tapeworm

Richie “Tapeworm” Herrera ran one of the most badass tattoo parlors in Chicago. It was haunted, and he didn’t …

Keep It Pono

June 16th, 2023


If you live in Hawaii, you know that if you see the ancient Night Marchers of the King’s Guard, you bow in reverence. And you don’t look them in the eye, under any circumstances. But Obake, Dee, and Joe Bones? They …

Out of Body

June 23rd, 2023


Tiyi just wants to get away from the man in the closet. What happens next changes her life forever.

Thank you, Tiyi Schippers, for sharing your story with us! You can find more of her creepy tales on YouTube.

Original …

Wind and Fog

June 30th, 2023


Howling wind. Swirling fog. What lurks in the mist? To whom is the wind calling?

Route 666

Michael Kilpatrick is coming home from the venue, celebrating a great show. He’s taking a familiar road. But tonight, the …

Pinky's Place

July 7th, 2023


Josh moves into an old hotel in Pittsburgh to help his family renovate it. As he starts to experience things he can’t explain, it quickly becomes …

Burning Look

July 14th, 2023


He’s a happy, all-American, baseball-loving kid. Then the fires start.

Many thanks to storyteller for sharing his experiences!

Original score by Yari Bundy, produced by Anne Ford, artwork by Teo Ducot

Episodes drop …


July 21st, 2023


Pati is really young when she loses her best friend and isn’t sure she’ll ever see him again. Until one day, he shows up, asking to play.

Thank you, Pati, for sharing your story with Spooked!

Produced by Annie Nguyen, …

Three Sickles And A Roomba

July 28th, 2023


Diana knows that the little girl she keeps seeing in her house is a ghost. But what she doesn’t know is if this ghost means her family any harm.

Thank you, Diana, for sharing your story with Spooked!

Produced by …

Las Muñecas

August 4th, 2023


Francisco finds a doll in his pocket every single day. And every single day, he gets sicker and weaker. He needs to get rid of these dolls... before …

Big Man

August 11th, 2023


When the Big Guy shows up, you keep your mouth shut. Be afraid…

The Succubus

August 18th, 2023


You’ve heard of “Sexual Healing” but have you heard of a sexual demon? This week on Spooked, we take you to the Hollywood Hills to meet a demonic …


August 25th, 2023


Arin is living with his parents and siblings in Washington state when some of his long-forgotten childhood memories start coming back to him.

BIG thanks to, Arin and Mallory, for sharing your story with us here at …

Night at the Aquarium

September 1st, 2023


On Kevin’s night shift at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, things get wet, wild, and very very weird.

BIG thanks to Kevin Wright and the magical Monterey Bay Aquarium. Thanks also to KAZU Radio in Monterey, California for …

The Steakout

September 8th, 2023


Things can seem to creep and lurk in the dark — especially when you’re on duty.


Night Watch

When Dave took on the graveyard shift at the station, he saw all kinds of stuff. But he never saw anything quite …

Lunger's Row

September 15th, 2023


Some folks live in haunted houses. The ghosts get cozy, they move in and they don’t move out. But what if your whole neighborhood is haunted?

Thank …

Tattoo Exorcism

September 22nd, 2023


Traditional-Filipino-tattoo practitioner, Lane Wilcken, is never scared when ancestral spirits visit during tattoo sessions. He knows that those spirits, the ones that are just stopping by, aren’t the ones you have to …

Brick and Mortal

September 29th, 2023


Sometimes the spirits we encounter are benevolent and kind — like guardian angels. And sometimes, they wait, and watch, and wish us ill.


The Domovoi

October 6th, 2023


Sure, you’ve heard of a gnome, a troll, a sprite, an orc, a Babadook, a centaur, a tomten... but have you ever heard of a Domovoi? 

Thank you, …

The Lighthouse

October 13th, 2023


The Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast on the Oregon Coast used to be a lightkeeper’s home–and it has a reputation for being very haunted. So Spooked producer, Zoë Ferrigno, went to investigate.

Original score by …

Lady Grim

October 20th, 2023


Sherry and her husband keep seeing a hooded figure around their farm in Nova Scotia. She isn’t a ghost. She’s there to collect souls.

Thank you, …

Creature Feature II

October 27th, 2023


When a creature shows itself, wonder fills you, terror compels you, but which will you follow? Two friends in the countryside, and two men at sea are …

The Woods Have Eyes

October 31st, 2023


Nate and Keith love to explore the forests in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, hunting for stones and crystals to add to their collection. But …

Pet Cemetery

November 3rd, 2023


When Ray was a kid, he took care of all the animals in his neighborhood… even after they were gone.

Thanks, Ray, for sharing your story with us! Ray’s podcast, What’s Ray Saying, returns next week! Enter a world of …

The Banker

November 10th, 2023


When Antonio and his sister Anita were growing up in Texas, their family didn’t have much money. That’s why they were so excited to move into their very own home, even if it was a little run-down. It turns out, the home …

These Boots Are Made For Stalking

November 17th, 2023


What happens when everyone in the family can see the same specter… but they don’t tell each other for years?

This story contains explicit language - sensitive listeners please be advised.

Thanks to Michelle, Sherri, …

Las Tres Cruces

November 24th, 2023


It’s the 1990s in Popoyán, Colombia. Twenty-year-old Humberto and his two best friends Jairo and Mauricio set off for an adventure in the woods. They …

The Rocking Horse

December 1st, 2023


When Elizabeth was 19, she got a job as an au pair for an 11-year-old girl named Amy. The girl and her parents lived on a horse farm in rural Georgia …

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