Fake Teens Part VII: The Messiah

Before moving on to 2011, I have one last fake teen tale for you. I've saved the most unsettling one for last, probably because I don't even like thinking about it. Please proceed with caution.Place: Kurim, Czech RepublicTime: May 10, 2007In some ways, Moravia is the perfect setting for a tale of Gothic horror. The... Continue Reading →

Fake Teens Part III: Predatory Fake Teens

Our next four fake teens had darker motives than just recapturing their lost youth.Two-Time MormonIn 1994, a young Mormon known (by request) only as Jessica was serving her church mission in Santa Monica when she met a sad and bedraggled homeless boy, 15-year-old Scott Davion. He said he had left his home state, New York,... Continue Reading →

Hoaxes From Space: The Montauk Project

Continued from The Philadelphia Experiment Part II: Along Came BielekMeet Me in MontaukWhen Al Bielek was recruited into the Montauk Project (then called the Phoenix Project) in the '50s, it had just been transferred from the Navy to the Air Force and divided into two separate, but loosely connected, programs: Electromagnetic mind control experiments, and... Continue Reading →

Perils of Paranoia: Remember the Alamo

Perhaps you have run across the website Spiritually Smart in your online travels. It was a sprawling and exhaustive archive of Jesuit perfidy, Catholic misdeeds, and general paranoia, established and maintained by a young Long Island native who renounced his Catholic upbringing after reading some Chick tracts and the outrageously bogus stories of Alberto Rivera.... Continue Reading →

Ghostbusters Part IV: Ed and Lorraine Warrens’ Other Notable Cases

Dolls, wolves, and perverts. Oh my. At long last, this is the final post of the psychic detectives/ghostbusters series (you can read the other posts by clicking on Psychic Detectives or Ghostbusters in the sidebar menu). Enjoy! The Smurl Haunting The following information comes primarily from The Haunted, a 1988 book written by Scrantonian Herald... Continue Reading →

Two Cases of Satanic Ritual Abuse, 20 Years Later

How have claims of Satanic ritual abuse held up over the past two decades? Generally, not well. There have been retractions, apologies, and debunkings in many of the high-profile cases of the '80s and '90s. And I think we can learn a lot from how the accusations were handled then, compared with how they look... Continue Reading →

Pants Afire Award: Casey Anthony

The year's first Pants Afire Award goes to Casey Anthony, the mother of murdered 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, for telling the most (and most easily discovered) lies in the shortest amount of time. I don't usually pay attention to these high-profile missing child cases, because they're only the tip of the iceberg. Every year, thousands of... Continue Reading →

Did False Reports Trigger the Raid on the Texas Polygamists?

This month, over 400 infants, children, and teens were removed from the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) community in Eldorado, Texas, by Child Protective Services. There had been reports of underaged girls being forced to marry much older men. Specifically, a 16-year-old girl named Sarah phoned a Texas women's shelter to report that she was... Continue Reading →

Anthony Godby Johnson, the Invisible Boy

Boy Wonder Tony Johnson was a dreamchild: A kid who excelled effortlessly in school, never accepted handouts, and was determined to better himself, despite having a childhood that might have made Dickens blanch. What follows is Anthony Godby Johnson’s story as he told it in his 1993 memoir, A Rock and a Hard Place: One... Continue Reading →

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