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The Secret Room | True Stories

119 EpisodesProduced by Ben HammWebsite

What's the one secret you've never told anybody? Welcome to The Secret Room, a podcast about the true stories no one ever tells. Hosted by Ben Hamm.

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118. Promised Land

June 23rd, 2020


Spencer was determined to flee his home country as a teen.  It’s a story of cunning and determination to make a better life.  

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117. The Take Down

June 9th, 2020


It’s Renee vs. the Drug Kingpin in a Percocet showdown of the ages!  Hear what goes on behind the scenes in a real narco undercover op. 

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116. Explosive Indictment

May 26th, 2020


Mike stands accused of a terrible crime.  Can a man gain redemption for a crime not committed? 

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115. Veiled Conception

May 12th, 2020


Susan is the secret daughter of a public figure.  It’s a story of wealth, bribery, deceit and Jesus.   

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114. Trafficked

April 28th, 2020


A story of sex, drugs, money and violence. Lisa can’t forgive herself for helping the man who said he was her friend. 

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113. Too Much Butt!

April 14th, 2020


Kris started a business 12 years ago with her ex. It’s a venture she can’t tell her husband about!    

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112. Inside

April 7th, 2020


A moment inside pandemic life in this extra edition of The Secret Room. 

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111. La Casper: On The Streets

March 31st, 2020


Maria made hard choices to fix her young life. It’s a tale of gangs, drive-bys and an El Camino. 

In pictures:  A map of the territory Maria's gang claimed.  Also the Jack-in-the-Box burger joint that was Maria and S's …

110. Boys and Cars

March 17th, 2020


A pair of high-octane secrets sure to get your engine purring! 

Pictures: Jordan with his Nissan Maxima and wife.  Also Dave’s parking lot and the house he grew up in! They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and …

109. Mournful Return

March 4th, 2020


Something terrible happened to Sarah’s mom, and she doesn’t know what to do with what she’s learned. 

In pictures: Sarah's mom standing in the front door of her house on a Google Street View image.  Also, the last …

108. Border Town

February 18th, 2020


A woman helped cover up a horrific tragedy in a Mexican border town when she was young, and it haunts her to this day.

In pictures:  See Vane in her …

107. Gone

February 4th, 2020


Jan made up an enormous lie to explain how her perfect relationship ended.  She even told it to her kids, her sister and the man she later met and …

106. Rage

January 21st, 2020


There’s something in Larry’s past that women he dates have a right to know, but he’s kept it a secret from most of them. In pictures:  See Larry on his wedding day and at the bar he used to work at.  They're waiting …

105. Father's Demise

January 7th, 2020


Everyone thought Holly’s dad died in an accident.  Now, ten years later, she’s discovered the truth.  Hear why she can't tell her family.  

In …

104. Underdogs

December 25th, 2019


We produce 26 episodes of this podcast each year.  But we get hundreds of secrets.  Many are shorter and just can’t fill a whole episode.  And that …

103. Collared

December 10th, 2019


A woman tells us about the devastating impact spending seven years in an underground community had on her.

See pictures:  Rose and her partner now; …

102. Special Announcement

December 3rd, 2019


We've been working on a special project for you behind the scenes.  Quietly, diligently, secretly toiling for eight months.  It’s involved a lot of …

101. Shortcut To Success

November 26th, 2019


Mina's step dad saved her from a life of ruined due to scholastic failure.  The first stop was an old, decaying building in Istanbul.

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100. Don't Call Me Hero

November 12th, 2019


A former cop doesn’t tell anyone her true feelings about receiving a lifesaving award.

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99. The Skin I'm In

October 29th, 2019


Nicole has a secret disease she says is kinda gross. How she hides it and the heartbreaking toll it takes on her. 

Here are Nicole and her husband, …

98. The Caretaker's Downfall

October 15th, 2019


Evan was federally investigated for something he did while caring for an autistic child.  He meant no harm, but he paid a heavy, heavy toll. 

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97. Fire Follows Me

October 2nd, 2019


Kelly and her friends caused a horrific explosion and fled the scene. No one was ever brought to justice. Kelly describes the terrible events of that evening and the devastating blows karma has dealt her and her family. …

96. Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

September 17th, 2019


A 2 a.m. phone call plunged Lindsay into a deep hole of sex and drugs. She confesses for the first time in 17 years the terrible path she traveled …

95. Death Row Devotion

September 3rd, 2019


Jen feels empathy for a convicted murderer she saw on a reality TV show.  Find out what happens when love blossoms on Death Row, and the one thing that Todd did that devastated her.

See pictures of Jenn, Todd and a …

94. A Fox's Tale

August 20th, 2019


Bird did something terrible on her way home from work one day.  It impacted a lot of lives, and she told a lie so that she wouldn’t be blamed for …

93. The Fox's Den

August 7th, 2019


Shelley tells us about how an invitation to a closed bar landed her in jail, and much worse.  That night still haunts her eight years on. 

Shelley sent pictures of her at Derrick’s bar; with her "piece of shit car;” and …

92. Guilt Born of Innocence

July 24th, 2019


“My secret is I feel ashamed about something my parents made me do when I was a kid.  I'm really lucky my cousin survived it.”  

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91. Hidden Face

July 10th, 2019


A young woman tells us why she alters her appearance.  Her friends, classmates, teachers and even her boyfriend don't know what she really looks like.  The reason she hides her appearance will surprise you. 

See Jane's …

90. On the Lam

June 26th, 2019


"My name is Sarah and my secret is I went on the run from the law when I was 17; I spent some time in jail, but thanks to a twist my criminal record isn’t connected to me.  Some might say I’m still on the lam…but I …

89. Grave Legacy

June 11th, 2019


Kendall keeps her sick ex-husband's secret from their daughter. She only knows half of it, and revealing even that could have dire consequences. …

88. Objectum Sexual

May 29th, 2019


Joey comes out to family about a sexual orientation that is unlike any other.  Joey falls in romantic love with objects.

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87. My Fake Science

May 15th, 2019


Thomas tells us how his father's high expectations led him to pursue a demanding career he neither wanted nor was highly skilled at. At a pivotal moment at university he made a calamitous choice that undid years of …

86. My Catfish Wrecked Me

May 1st, 2019


Brie let her catfish into some dark corners of her life - at her own peril. And when she tells you her catfish’s real identity, the truth will astound you as much as it did Brie.  

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85. I Was a Teenage Catfish

April 17th, 2019


Amber catfished teenage boys for three years.  But can a catfish have real feelings?  And if she does, how does that work out?  Amber tells us who …

84. The Only Survivor

April 3rd, 2019


What’s the worst thing a loved one has ever done to you?  Rachel tells us about two relationships that collide and the terrible things that people …

83. A Cut Too Deep

March 19th, 2019


One summer night 20 years ago, when he was just a kid, Matt’s parents had an encounter on the staircase.  An encounter he blames himself for to this day.


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82. My Daughter's 50 Siblings

March 6th, 2019


How would you react if an unethical doctor's behavior gave you a huge and beloved family?

In this episode June explains how it is that her daughter …

81. Despicable Houseguest

February 20th, 2019


Would you tell an over-the-top obnoxious and drunk house guest to get out?  What if he was your best friend's husband?  You will not believe what …

80. Once A Daughter Now A Stranger

February 6th, 2019


In order to manage the deep resentment she feels toward her mom, Hannah lies to her family about something very important.

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79. My Horrible Wish That Came True

January 23rd, 2019


We explore Ashley’s complicated family dynamic and the challenges a sister faces when the brother she loves dearly has severe addictions.  When Ashley reveals her secret you might wonder about its consequences and …

78. Street Secrets

January 21st, 2019


In our last Sunday feed I present a look back at some of our favorite Street Secrets from 2018.  

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77. I Secretly Recorded My Boyfriend

January 7th, 2019


Jo hopes her boyfriend never discovers that she records him.  Because if she did the world she’s constructed with those recordings would collapse in …

76. Celebrity Chicken Caper

December 24th, 2018


Today we peek into the secret lives of the rich and famous with a story that lands at the intersection of celebrity and . . . chicken!  A celebrity demands five live chickens be delivered to his New York City loft, but …

75. A YouTube Star's Confession

December 10th, 2018


YouTube star Brittani Louise Taylor confesses the lie she told her viewers.  Today she tells Ben what she did and why she’s kept it a secret…until …

74. When I Was a Broke and Destitute Teen

November 26th, 2018


Tracy tells her harrowing tale of survival when she was a broke and destitute teen. Stories her mother never knew.  Stories shared here for the first time.

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73. My Fascination with Death

November 12th, 2018


Quinn's dark preoccupation lead her to an unusual career.  Today she lifts the curtains to show us what really happens to the dead as they're prepared for their final journey.

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72. My Brother from Beyond

October 29th, 2018


Louise’s brother Jessie was everyone’s best friend.  So she had to conceal her happiness when he died.  Louise tells us about their complicated relationship and the unexpected things that have happened since he passed.

71. Sarah's Daydreams

October 15th, 2018


Sarah's daydreams are so vivid they've crept into her reality.  We learn how they manifest in the real world; and Sarah explains why she keeps them secret.

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70. I Left My Mother Homeless

October 1st, 2018


The story of an unbreakable spirit in which a young woman is forced to make a decision that will haunt her the rest of her life.

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69. The Sitter and the Assailant

September 17th, 2018


Natalie's bizarre story of a two-pronged family betrayal and a kid who was like her brother. Sexual Assault Hotline (USA): 800-656-HOPE …

68. The Reverend's Other Secret

September 3rd, 2018


Reverend Dave revealed in Ep. 53 that he had an X-Rated Tattoo.  But he called Ben recently to tell him he missed an important follow up question; …

67. A Murderous Bond

August 20th, 2018


Tai tells why she feels partially responsible for the murder committed by her best friend when they were 15. And there's a twist…

66. A Degree of Uncertainty

August 6th, 2018


Brittany bluffed her way through her final thesis. Everyone thinks she graduated but Brittany's not so sure. It’s a story where both student and teacher were cheating.

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65. Dangerous Curiosity

July 23rd, 2018


Laura tells us how she was dramatically busted while cheating with a married man.  Then she went back for more.  What happened next will amaze you.


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64. My Daughter's Famous Father

July 9th, 2018


Should a young woman with incurable cancer reveal the name of her daughter’s movie star father?


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63. Dishonorable Discharge

June 25th, 2018


Why Molly received an dishonorable discharge from the military and how she's able to keep it a secret.


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62. Decorum

June 11th, 2018


Today’s show explores how people behave, or shouldn’t behave, in very different situations. We hear tales of operating rooms, a vibrator and food.

61. One Summer Night in Kentucky

May 29th, 2018


The surprising consequences for an accidental criminal.  And what one friend does when another makes a terrible mistake.


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60. My Secret Career

May 14th, 2018


CJ’s first step into the professional world faltered a bit.  It was a misstep he had no intention of revealing, ever, until a remarkable coincidence 8 months later forced his hand.  


59. Friendship, Betrayal and Red Stripe Beer

April 30th, 2018


Caitlin says she betrayed her best friend.  But you might think Caitlin was the friend betrayed.  It’s a tale of deception that cuts two ways. 



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58. Secret Brothers

April 16th, 2018


Today a story about two secret brothers.  Jessica explains exactly what that means and how it's possible. The path to discovery at 39 years of age …

57. Mafia Princess

April 2nd, 2018


Sally joins us from Athens to tell us about her love affair with a Mafia kingpin in the early 90s. Hear the surprising way her romance started, what it was like inside the syndicate and how she got out.



56. Father of Mine

March 18th, 2018


The complicated and intensely personal chain of events that have led Jessica to keep her father's death a secret.



First up is a picture of Jessica's bio-dad looking really dapper in a sharp suit and red …

55. FGM: Aisha's Story

March 5th, 2018


One woman's experience with female genital mutilation (FGM) and how it's impacted her life.  A story of perseverance and triumph.

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54. Dominatrix

February 20th, 2018


Patty tells us stories from the edge when she put herself through graduate school as an escort and dominatrix.


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53. The Reverend with the X-Rated Tattoo

February 5th, 2018


Reverend Dave's secret tattoo reveals a former secret that upended his life.


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52. The Long Goodbye

January 22nd, 2018


When should Emily reveal her condition to people she's dating?  She's in a difficult position and bears all the responsibility. 

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51. A French Fry Secret So Nice...

January 8th, 2018


Niky comes clean with a high school secret her mom will hear for the first time when she downloads this podcast.


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50. A New Year's Eve to Forget

December 28th, 2017


Today, The New Year's Eve tale of a good woman scorned.  And, is a hot dog a sandwich? Susie asks Twitter!

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49. Accidental Gay Escort

December 11th, 2017


Max's amazing story of how he stumbled into a profession he never dreamt of.


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48. Bank Alarm & Attempted Murder Part 2

November 28th, 2017


Tom tells us what happened when he tripped the alarm at his father’s bank in 1964.

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47. From Porn to Google

November 13th, 2017


Paul's story of an unexpected and secret career path.  It's appropriate only for people comfortable with frank discussion about the inner workings of …

46. Shadow People

October 30th, 2017


Dahlia Beta and listeners share secrets about a haunted house, a ouija board and Shadow People. Also a throwback to an interview about a seance gone very, very wrong. Boo!


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45. Attempted Murder Part 1

October 23rd, 2017


Rachel opens up about an attempted murder charge and the unusual way it was handled in the courts.


PICTURES: First up a picture of Rachel and her two siblings.  Next, a picture of Rachel mugging for the camera …

44. Sex Offender

October 9th, 2017


Creed tells us about life in prison and how he copes with unjustly being labeled a sex offender. 

Susie tells us her personal story about a creeper who advanced on her when she was 13.


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43. Married to a Sex Offender

September 25th, 2017


The heavy personal toll borne by a man and his family for a miscarriage of justice.


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42. Arson: A Love Story

September 4th, 2017


“Not many people knew he was a drugging, drinking, bookmaking impregnator.” Kathy's husband may have burned down the house, but it's not all that went up in flames.  This encore is presented while Ben is on vacay.  But …

41. Bipolar

August 21st, 2017


Elaine’s secret has cost her a job. It’s cost her friends too.  Today she tells us about her trips to the mental ward and the toll it’s taken on her …

40. Unspeakable

July 31st, 2017


The terrible things a man did to his kids, his wife and himself.  It's a secret three decades in the making.

Pictures: Disneyland 1981, Carole, with …

39. Addiction

July 12th, 2017


Chris’ sideways story about being addicted to one of the worst drugs out there.  Bath Salts. It’s bad, heavy stuff.  And yeah, it made him to some crazy shiz.

Pictures: The house where Chris did bath salts and got …

38. Baptismal Secret

June 26th, 2017


A woman's teenage quest for love and the lengths she went to secure it.

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37. My Husband's Creepy Bestie

June 12th, 2017


One Halloween night Nina had a sexual encounter on her friend’s couch.  And it was with her husband’s creepy bestie.  See a picture of her sexy Halloween costume at


36. Twitter Troll / Virgin...ish 2

May 28th, 2017


Ben speaks with a Twitter troll.  Hope has set up a phony Twitter handle to target one man.  What she does and why are revealed. See one of her …

35. Virgin...ish 1

May 15th, 2017


Marie tells a secret about her vagina and the way men react to it.  Also, more fish tales inspired by our last episode on Toxic Friendships. 

Read Marie's NSFW blog, "Virginish" at

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34. Toxic Friendships

May 1st, 2017


Dependency and desire control two friendships.  Also, man-on-the-street secrets at the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C. (April 29, 2017).


33. A Haunting Revelation

April 17th, 2017


A seance gone wrong leaves a woman with a secret she can never reveal.  It all went down in an old mansion’s chauffeur quarters above the garage.

32. Tattoo Secret

March 29th, 2017


Mark’s tattoo reveals a secret that if exposed, would completely change his world. 

And it’s our first anniversary so of course Dahlia Beta stops …

31. Good Sister

March 13th, 2017


The devastating tale of a woman's deeds, and why her sister can't quit her. 

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30. My Klepto Ex-Husband

March 1st, 2017


Today a story of former loves. One woman dreams of the man she left; the other drives her ex’s getaway car!

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29. How My Father Met the Bee Gees

February 14th, 2017


Co-host Dahlia Beta just learned a secret long held by her father.   She files this report today, for the secret room.

28. Season 3 Trailer (Testimony)

January 31st, 2017


You are not alone.  Secrets make the world go 'round. 

27. Bristol / Dahlia's Big Reveal

January 18th, 2017


A man must invent a second girlfriend; and Dahlia reveals our biggest secret to date! 

26. Sarah Says "Bye"

December 22nd, 2016


Sarah reveals how she said bye to her dad before he died.  Only her fiancee knows.  Also: Your holiday secrets!  Ho ho ho. 

25. Caleb's Caper

December 13th, 2016


In their teens Caleb and his Appalachian posse pulled off the scam of their lives, and no one ever snitched. Not even Crackhead Johnny.

24. Bad Brother

December 1st, 2016


One woman sees her brother on a police wanted poster and another escapes from a Russian prison.

23. The Hairapist

November 15th, 2016


What do roast beef, a speeding ticket and a hair dryer have in common? Our hairapist tells you today. And Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz reads a secret.

22. Nindaddy's Secret

October 31st, 2016


A woman unravels a secret about her father that her family kept quiet for decades. By contributor Tree Mabry.

21. Ben's Challenge

October 23rd, 2016


In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution we offer this encore story about a brave man and a phone ringing in the dead of night.

20. Adoption Prank

October 11th, 2016


A man steals a year of his brother's life and Dahlia checks in from Italy. 

19. The Lunch Lady

September 30th, 2016


Ivan discusses how he used to take food from the cafeteria, how the lunch lady turned a blind eye, and how he paid her back.

18. Arson: A Love Story

September 19th, 2016


"Not many people knew he was a drugging, drinking, book-making impregnator."  It's the Season 2 premier of The Secret Room.  Pod on!

17. Season 2 Trailer (In a World...)

August 29th, 2016


In a world teetering on the brink of collapse, two friends must learn a secret.  A secret that stands between order and chaos.  Ben Hamm and Dahlia …

16. Proof of Life

June 24th, 2016


Proof of life.  Secret whispers.  Keeping the feed alive.

15. Season 1 Finale: Speeding Ticket

May 30th, 2016


A speeding ticket, a brother in prison, and Ben and Dahlia go on and on. 

14. Sober

May 23rd, 2016


A woman shares why she can't tell her family she's sober.  Also, your guilty TV pleasures!

13. Good Sister

May 16th, 2016


The devastating tale of a woman's deeds, and why her sister can't quit her. 

12. Voices

May 9th, 2016


A woman with schizophrenia reveals how she tells real voices from hallucinations. 

11. A Decision

May 2nd, 2016


A woman reveals the most profound decision of her life and why she can't tell her mom.

10. Ashley Madison Gentleman

April 27th, 2016


A man's affair with a younger woman has an unexpected impact on his marriage. Ben & Dahlia sign up on a dating website for married people! 

9. Imaginary Girlfriend

April 18th, 2016


A woman takes on a secret persona online; one her friends would never imagine. Also: True date stories.

8. Harassed

April 11th, 2016


Shelly's boss invited her to his hotel room at a conference far from home.  It was one of a number of inappropriate advances he made.

7. National Secrets/Whisper Gallery

April 4th, 2016


We explore the nature of government secrets and visit the Whisper Gallery in NYC.

6. Ben's Challenge

March 28th, 2016


A story about a brave man and a phone ringing in the dead of night.

5. Secret Marriage/Epic Trip

March 21st, 2016


Quinn’s secret six-week marriage. And Maria takes an epic birthday trip her parents will never know about.

4. How My Father Met the Bee Gees

March 14th, 2016


Co-host Dahlia Beta just learned a secret long held by her father.   She files this report today, for the secret room.

3. Celebrity Make Up Artist

March 7th, 2016


A celebrity make up artist reveals how some celebrities torture her on set, and how she gets back at them.

2. Exhibitionist

February 29th, 2016


A man with a rather racy secret; and a veteran who took matters into his own hands, and kind of regrets it.  On this episode of The Secret Room.

1. Revenge

February 22nd, 2016


A jilted lover seeks revenge online. What she did, why she regrets it and how a coffee mug is a daily reminder are all revealed in this episode of The Secret Room.



Welcome to The Secret Room (Trailer)

February 20th, 2016


There's a new place to share secrets. Ben Hamm & Dahlia Beta explore the stories no one ever tells. Welcome to The Secret Room.

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