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A Study of Strange

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For lovers of true crime, mysteries, and outlandish tales of strangeness, join host Michael May as he and a guest study stories of the unknown each week. A Study of Strange attempts to debunk common misconceptions and encourages each guest to “play a role” in the storytelling process. Guests include entertainment industry insiders, friends, weirdos, randos, and more! Michael May is a filmmaker and performer known for producing films like GHOSTS OF THE OZARKS, 12 HOUR SHIFT, FUN SIZE HORROR a ...
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Fuel for the Future

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“Fuel for the Future” is your journey into automotive history, passion, and innovation. Driven by America’s Automotive Trust and hosted by Michael May, this is the go-to podcast for car enthusiasts, history buffs, tech aficionados, and anyone with a love for the open road. Each episode takes you on a unique exploration of the ever-evolving world of automobiles - from vintage classics that shaped our past to communities of car enthusiasts, and the designs fueling our future. Our stories and i ...
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The most terrifying concept you might come across in true crime is The Smiley Face Killers. A theory that proposes a killer or group of killers with victims across the country. Their calling card; a smiley face. The idea has been popular in true crime content for over a decade, but it still haunts those that seek answers to the deaths of loved ones…
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Amanda and Christine Barker are picking up the torch in honor of their late father, Steve Barker, a beloved car collector, racer, and enthusiast. Steve was the heart and soul behind weekly gatherings at "Barker's Barn". Amanda and Christine are working to continue the legacy by hosting gatherings at the barn, organizing car shows, and more. On this…
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We delve into the provocative case of Todd Geib, whose disappearance in the summer of 2005 led to a chilling mystery. Three weeks after he left a party, Todd was found floating in a secluded lake and authorities quickly concluded an accidental drowning. Yet, with a plethora of peculiar details and unanswered questions surrounding his death, specula…
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We probe into the provocative mystery of Barry and Louise Berman's unsolved homicide that cast a shadow over a tranquil area of the Mojave Desert in 1986. The Bermans vanished during a romantic retreat, their abandoned truck the only trace left behind. Author and journalist Doug Kari of "The Berman Murders: Unraveling the Mojave Desert's Most Myste…
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Welcome to a spine-chilling mini episode of "A Study of Strange," where we dive into one of strange history's most unsettling cases - the real-life event that inspired the 1973 cinematic horror masterpiece, "The Exorcist." Join us as we study the story of Roland Doe, a 13-year-old boy from Saint Louis, whose experiences in 1949 turned from the unex…
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“The Dealer: How One California Dealership Fueled the Rise of Ferrari Cars in America” covers the rise and fall of the US’ top Ferrari dealership in the 1970s and ‘80s. Author Jim Ciardella befriended Brian Burnett who co-founded the dealership, and creates a riveting account that you’d only expect from a Hollywood movie. Brian’s passion for cars i…
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The first recorded shark attacks in history were part of a group of deadly strikes that occured in New Jersey in 1916. Four deaths occured in a matter of 12 days, and the fallout included panic and a new fear of sharks. The events terrified the community and later inspired Peter Benchley to write JAWS. The shark attacks were not just deadly but ver…
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What is a car enthusiast? No one is more qualified to discuss this topic than the host of "Cars Yeah". The podcast has over 2000 interviews with every kind of automotive enthusiast possible. Mark brings years of experience and a sincere passion for cars to the show. Visit Cars Yeah at carsyeah.com Listen at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/car…
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In 1921 screams were heard coming from Carl Großmann’s apartment. Neighbors quickly called the police who arrived to catch Großmann in a frightening, murderous act that caused the papers to label him The Berlin Butcher. Großmann is a notorious serial killer but his claim to fame today (selling sausages made of human meat) may be entirely made up. O…
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We commemorate the birthday of automotive pioneer Henry Leland, a pivotal figure in American history and the founding father of luxury car brands Cadillac and Lincoln. Born on February 16, 1843, Leland's contributions to engineering, manufacturing, and the automotive industry were not just revolutionary; they set the standards for quality and preci…
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Dive into the baffling disappearances of two prominent figures in basketball history: Urgel "Slim" Wintermute and Bison Dele (Brian Williams) in this MINISODE. From different generations and under different circumstances, the two big-men are linked by their strange disappearances while sailing. Join our Substack and support the show! Theme Music by…
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Welcome to another thrilling episode of "A Study of Strange," where we peel back the layers of the unknown and the mysterious. Today we're joined by an incredibly talented writer, Alexandra Grunberg, and we attempt to delve deep into the cloudy myths, legends, and history that surround one of America's most enduring tales: The Lost Dutchman Mine. F…
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We delve into the perplexing and unsolved murder that took place at the President Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri in January 1935. The victim, Roland T. Owen, was found alive but severely beaten, strangled, and stabbed in his hotel room. What makes this case even more bizarre is that Owen claimed that nobody attacked him. Joining us for this episode…
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Towards the end of the first world war, a German U-boat, SM UB-85, was captured off the shores of Northern Ireland. The sub was found on the surface, its crew on deck, and willingly surrendering. Legend has it that the German soldiers told the crew of the British Patrol boat that they were attacked by a monstrous sea creature, and the sub was damag…
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In this episode of "A Study of Strange," we venture into the Santa Lucia Mountains of California to explore the legend of the Dark Watchers: silhouette type beings that do nothing but observe. These eerie figures have been a part of Californian folklore for hundreds of years, leaving many to wonder about their origins and reality. With special gues…
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The original dune buggy is the often copied but never outdone, iconic Meyers Manx. Created in 1964 by engineer, artist, and boat builder Bruce Meyers, the Manx helped define 1960s California culture. Built upon a shortened VW Beetle chassis, and seen in hit Hollywood movies, it’s commonly forgotten that the Manx is also steeped in racing heritage h…
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In this episode, join David Madeira, CEO of America's Automotive Trust, and his good friend Jeff Goldberg, as they share tales of their motorcycle journeys including the riveting story of venturing up the world’s highest motorable road. They are part of a core group of motorcyclists that have driven through some of the world's most challenging terr…
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In addition to our first episode about the 2023 Great Race, we dive deep into the sensational 1908 Great Race which featured six cars racing around the world from New York to Paris. Our guest is Jeff Mahl whose great-grandfather, George Schuster, won the event while driving a 1907 Thomas Flyer. The race was full of adventure, drama, fighting, cheat…
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Avants is a growing brand and the ultimate community for car enthusiasts. On this episode, the Avants’ podcast hosts, Nick Bergeron and Dan Putnam, hang out and discuss their passion for automobiles and the community. “Fuel for the Future” is presented by State Farm Insurance, Driven By America’s Automotive Trust, and Hosted by Michael May. Importa…
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In the inaugural episode of America’s Automotive Trusts’ podcast, we delve into the exciting world of the XCup division of The Great Race, a fierce competition in classic cars of endurance, precision, and accuracy that covers thousands of miles. The XCup is composed of highschool and college age students who compete for scholarships. But the race i…
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Driven by America's Automotive Trust, “Fuel for the Future” is your journey into automotive history, passion, and innovation. This is the go-to podcast for car enthusiasts, history buffs, tech aficionados, and anyone with a love for the open road. Coming soon to all podcast platforms. Learn more at https://www.americasautomotivetrust.org Hosted by …
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The most notorious account of poltergeist activity in Canada is said to have started in 1878. Esther Cox was a young woman who began hearing unexplainable noises, such as knocking and scratching sounds, in her bedroom at night. Soon These events escalated into objects moving, physical attacks, and fires starting on their own. The paranormal events …
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The deaths of Arnold Archambeau and Ruby Bruguier are a tragic and controversial mystery that occurred in South Dakota in 1992. The couple were driving early one morning when they hit black ice and their car flipped. Both left the wreck, with Bruguier's cousin still inside the vehicle, and then disappeared. Months later their bodies were found near…
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On July 10th, 1967, 25 year old mother of three, Leota Camp, was found by her young children, stabbed and bleeding in a small bedroom of the family’s home in Des Moines, Iowa. There was no sign of a robbery, forced entry, or sexual assault. In short, there doesn't seem to be a motive, and the attack happened when family and neighbors were within ea…
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Considered to be the first American serial killers, Micajah and Wiley Harpe were born in North Carolina in the mid to late 1700s and became notorious for their violent crimes in Kentucky and Tennessee. They are known for committing a series of brutal murders. We dive into the fascinating and dark history of the Harpe Brothers, exploring their lives…
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Inventor Louis Le Prince was the first person to create a motion picture, but before he got a chance to exhibit his camera he mysteriously disappeared in 1890. No one has ever solved the case and theories range from suicide to an assassination by rivals such as Thomas Edison. Enjoy our first ever Minisode! Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/astudyofs…
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Agatha Christie was a world-renowned author of crime fiction, and her vanishing in 1926 made headlines around the globe. For 11 days, she was nowhere to be found, and theories about her disappearance were rampant. Was it a publicity stunt? A case of revenge? Or something more sinister? It's alleged that Agatha Christie never spoke of those 11 days,…
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Albert Ostman's shocking encounter and kidnapping by a family of Sasquatch in 1924 is still a hotly debated topic. Was he telling the truth? Did he really spend almost a week living with Bigfoot? Are Bigfoot real? Maybe a six year old kid, and budding cryptozoologist, will have an answer. Is this an appropriate story to share with my son? Probably …
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Before the infamous Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts, the majority of witch accusations and executions in North America took place in Connecticut. But, the Connecticut Witch Trials were once forgotten by history, and some details, records, and accounts are still largely unknown. Can the terrifyingly absurd witch trials teach us anything about hu…
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In part 2 of “Are Zombies Real?”, we discuss accounts of zombification in Haiti. These include the dramatic experience of Clairvious Narcisse which inspired “The Serpent and the Rainbow”, the strange zombie tale of Felicia Felix-Mentor, and more. Writer/Director, Mali Elfman, of the new film NEXT EXIT, and producer of the film BIRTH/REBIRTH joins t…
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