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Thinking Sideways Podcast

Devin, Joe and Steve have always been curious. Though they don’t have any formal education to guide them, they sit down every week to discuss unsolved mysteries of all kinds: weird noises, strange website and horrific suicides that look a lot like murders. They take a skeptical approach, but never discount the truly odd nature of the world.
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Dec 31, 2015
In 1991 Danny Casolaro supposedly committed suicide in his hotel room. He had been researching a cabal that he had started calling the Octopus. Did they knock him off or did he take his own life after realizing that he had been chasing smoke for over a year?
Dec 24, 2015
For generations people have been singing the tale of Frosty the Snowman- but who was he really? We investigate a few avenues that might turn this cold case into a damp spot.
Dec 17, 2015
The Lost Galleon of Pearls, the Poverty Island Treasure, Lasseter's Reef—three fabled tales of fantastic wealth which was, er, kind of lost track of.
Dec 10, 2015
Three generations of the Bamber family died in the family farmhouse in August 1985, in a case which came to be called the White House Farm Murders, one of the most notorious crimes in modern British history. Was it a murder/suicide? Or just straight-up murder? Thirty years later, the case is still controversial, and still unsolved.
Dec 3, 2015
In 2009, u/2-6 posted on Reddit that u/ReligionOfPeace had passed away. It was later discovered that u/ReligionOfPeace, aka "Milo" owned the domain for a site called "That Old Guy's Image Hosting". But when another Reddit user innocuously checked the source code of the site, it launched one of Reddit's longest-lived unsolved mysteries.
Nov 26, 2015
Josh Gibson is remembered as one of the best and strongest hitters in the National Negro League. The stories say he hit one out of Yankee Stadium in 1930 or 1934. Is it possible to do that and if so did he really do it?
Nov 19, 2015
For two years Anne Frank & her family, and four other people, lived in hiding in rooms behind a business in Amsterdam--until one day in August 1944 when German and Dutch police showed up and arrested them. Who was the rat?
Nov 12, 2015
Skinwalker Ranch in Utah is known as one of the weirdest places in the world, touting more than 100 paranormal reports in the last 20 years. Is this ranch as plagued with activity as some suggest? Or is the story blown wildly out of proportion?
Nov 5, 2015
According to lore the Soviet Union launched people into space who never made it back to earth alive. Not wanting to lose face in the space race the existence of these cosmonauts was covered up. Did the Soviet Union really send people into space never to return or is this all a flight of fancy?
Oct 29, 2015
On January 26th 1966 Jane, Arnna, and Grant Beaumont left their home to go play on the beach. When the children didn't come home two hours later as expected their mother was unhappy but not overly concerned. When they hadn't returned home 5 hours later the family called the police. Though there were many witness reports of the children no evidence was ever found to explain what happened to them. Where did they go and, more importantly, who took them?
Oct 22, 2015
In March 1922, all 5 members of the Gruber family, and their maid, were brutally murdered with a pickax. Then the killer proceeded to hang out at the farm with 6 dead bodies for the next several days. Who did it and why?
Oct 20, 2015
In 2008, a group of investigators went public with a story they'd been looking into since 1997, involving more than 45 deaths. If true, the theory is that one of the most prolific serial killers ever is currently on the loose, killing athletic college-aged men. But the links between these 45 deaths are thin, at best, and the argument for the Smiley Face Killer might not be as strong as many think.
Oct 15, 2015
On Christmas Eve 1945 the Sodder family home caught fire, only 4 of the 9 children made it out. After the fire was extinguished no bodies were found leading the family to believe that the children had been taken before the fire started. Were they or was this just the wishful thinking of grieving parents?
Oct 8, 2015
In September 1960, four teenagers camping on the shores of Lake Bodom in Finland were brutally attacked as they were sleeping in their tent, by a person or persons unknown. Three of them died. The murders remain unsolved to this day.
Oct 1, 2015
In June of 1992, recent high school grads Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall returned to Suzie's house at 2am after a night of post-graduation celebration. The plan was to stay the night with Suzie's mom, Sherill Levitt. Then all three vanished.
Sep 24, 2015
John Bingham, known as Lord Lucan, was a charismatic noble with expensive tastes and a gambling habit who separated from his wife in 1972 and lost custody of his children in 1973. On November 7th, 1974 someone killed the children's nanny and attacked Binghams's wife. The Lord was heard from briefly the following day and then disappeared. Where did he go?
Sep 17, 2015
A man calling himself Peter Bergmann showed up in the Irish coastal town of Sligo in June 2009. Over the following 3 days he carefully erased all evidence of his identity, after which point his body was found on a beach north of town, dead of unknown causes.
Sep 10, 2015
In 1926, Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days. The official report is that her disappearance was due to "out of body amnesia". Where did she go? What did she do? Those 10 days remain a mystery to this day, and questions swirl: does she really not remember anything?
Sep 3, 2015
Frederick Cook claimed to be the first man to climb to the peak of Mt. McKinley in 1906, in 1909 he claimed to have made it to the North Pole in the spring of 1908. Arctic explorer Robert Peary launched a campaign against Cook and soon no one believed he had done it. In the last several decades people retracing their steps have begun wonder if he really did it. Was Cook really successful or was he a great fraud?
Aug 27, 2015
David Sneddon's last message to his family was an email from China saying that he was heading to Tiger Leaping Gorge. After an investigation several weeks later Chinese authorities concluded that Sneddon had died somewhere on the treacherous trail... but his family thinks otherwise.
Aug 20, 2015
In 1966, stories began to emerge coinciding with a slew of UFO sightings regarding a man named Ingrid Cold. Cold was said to have communicated with a number of people about a variety of topics. Telepathically. And never losing the giant, unsettling grin on his face.
Aug 13, 2015
Stanley Kubrick produced and directed the iconic film The Shining, released in 1980. Crowds at the time were terrified and/or confused by the film, today it is a classic. But what was really going on with Kubrick's version of the story? There are a host of theories suggesting why Kubrick produced the movie and what it's actually about. And we have an inside scoop.
Aug 6, 2015
Roberto Calvi, who was nicknamed "God's Banker" because of his ties to the Vatican, was found hanged beneath Blackfriar's Bridge in London in 1982. Police ruled it a suicide--but was it really?
Aug 4, 2015

In 1981 Shergar was named European Horse of the Year for his victories on the track. On February 8th, 1983, eight armed men showed up at the stables where Shergar was kept as a stud and stole him for ransom. They never got a single pound and the horse was never found. Why?

Jul 30, 2015
Discovered in 1898, the 200 lb Kensington Runestone is, as the name suggests, a stone covered in runes. What makes this stone so interesting is that it was found in Minnesota, USA. Though the authenticity of this out of place artifact has been hotly debated, if real, the stone provides evidence that in 1362, Scandinavian explorers would have been the "first" to discover the new world, almost 100 years before Columbus.
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