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E89: The Takenouchi Manuscripts + The Tomb of Christ

E89: The Takenouchi Manuscripts + The Tomb of Christ

December 9, 2019

The Takenouchi Manuscripts, allegedly discovered in the 1930's, describe how Japan was once the very centre of all civilization, ruled over by the gods who created mankind to work as farmers for them. The Manuscripts detail millions of years of human history, telling of how humans eventually rebelled against the gods and began to elect their own world officials and act in defiance to their once mighty rulers. These bizarre documents also explore the story of Jesus Christ, who is said to have spent his final days in Japan after casually swapping places on the cross with his brother, Isukiri.

In the first episode of our very special holiday schedule, we discuss the Takenouchi Manuscripts and the story of Jesus in Japan.

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E88: The Shroud of Turin

E88: The Shroud of Turin

December 2, 2019

The Shroud of Turin is a piece of linen cloth bearing the image of a bearded man resembling the traditional Catholic image of Jesus Christ. The Shroud is thought by many to be the actual burial linen of Jesus of Nazareth, having been left behind by Jesus after the Resurrection. In the years since its discovery, the Turin Shroud has consistently generated controversy and heated debates between the religious and secular scientific communities. Over the years, the Shroud has been proven to be both a medieval era forgery and a genuine 2,000 length of linen - it is so controversial that even the Catholic Church is hesitant to accept its legitimacy.

In this episode of Big, If True, Matt and Kayla discuss the last days of Jesus Christ, the history of the Shroud of Turin, and the many scientific tests that have proven and disproven its legitimacy.

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E87: The Ark of the Covenant

E87: The Ark of the Covenant

November 25, 2019

The Ark of the Covenant is one of history's most famous lost objects. The Ark was built after God commanded Moses on Mount Sinai to build it to his exact specifications in order to hold the Ten Commandments. The Ark accompanied the Israelites on their journey to the Promised Land, being housed in a mobile shrine known as the tabernacle. Throughout the Old Testament, the Ark brings good fortune to the Israelites, helping them in battle and clearing the way for them when obstacles are encountered on the way to the Promised Land. Once in Canaan, The Ark of the Covenant was passed down from king to king until the Babylonians took Jerusalem - after this, mentions of the Ark are few and far between.

In this episode of Big, If True, we discuss the history of the Ark of the Covenant, breaking down the stories of Moses, Aaron, and Joshua, as well as exploring the many locations where the Ark might currently be.

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E86: The Lost Colony of Roanoke

E86: The Lost Colony of Roanoke

November 18, 2019

In March 1584, Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to Sir Humphrey Gilbert, allowing him to explore and settle areas of the New World that had yet to be claimed by the Spanish. What followed were several disastrous attempts to form settlements, with colonists being met with shipwrecks, food shortages, hostile aboriginals, and disease. In 1587, Governor John White finally established what was supposed to be the first permanent English settlement in the New World at Roanoke Island. In August 1587, White was forced to leave the Roanoke colonists behind in order to sail back to England for supplies and reinforcements, and to inform the Queen about the complications the colonists had run into. A series of unfortunate events led to White being unable to return to the New World until 1590. Upon his return, White could find no trace of the colonists - what happened to the Roanoke colonists is still unknown today.

On this episode of Big, If True, Matt and Kayla discuss the lost colony of Roanoke, including the long history of colonization attempts, theories about what happened to the lost colonists of Roanoke, and much more.

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E85: The Iran-Contra Affair

E85: The Iran-Contra Affair

November 11, 2019

In November 1986, the Reagan administration became embroiled in the Iran-Contra Affair, a scandal that saw the National Security Council secretly selling weapons to the newly hostile regime in Iran, using the profits of these sales to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. The scandal would haunt the Reagan administration for years, and create further disillusionment in the American people about the priorities and intentions of their government and intelligence agencies. In this episode of Big, If True, Matt and Kayla discuss the Iran-Contra Affair, breaking down the histories of Nicaragua and Iran, and detailing the events that led to the conspiracy being leaked to the public.

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E84: The Green Children of Woolpit + The Green Man

E84: The Green Children of Woolpit + The Green Man

November 4, 2019

During the reign of Stephen, King of England, the small English village of Woolpit reported the strange arrival of two green children who spoke a foreign language and appeared alien in nature. The story of these children is documented in historic texts from the medieval period, and has puzzled historians for hundreds of years. Hundreds of years later in rural Pennsylvania, a disfigured blind man named Raymond Robinson would become the stuff of legend, after being observed walking the local highways at night by local teens. Raymond would become known as the "Green Man" or "Charlie No-Face", with locals telling stories about a ghoulish figure who stalked the roads late at night, searching for his next victim.

In our first ever double header episode, Matt and Kayla discuss the Green Children of Woolpit and the "Green Man" Raymond Robinson.

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E83: The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

E83: The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

October 28, 2019

On July 1st, 1976, 23-year old Anneliese Michel died in her home after having gone through 67 exorcism sessions over a ten month period. In the lead up to her exorcism, the young woman had experienced horrifying visual and audible hallucinations, phantom smells, near-catatonic periods, and other extreme behaviour. The events that led to Anneliese's death have been hotly debated in the years since, with many unanswered questions still existing. Was Anneliese Michel truly possessed by a power demon, or were underlying and undiagnosed mental illness the true cause of her misery? In the final episode of our Spooktober series, Matt and Kayla discuss the exorcism of Anneliese Michel, including the events that led to the exorcism, the sessions themselves, and the aftermath of her death.

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E82: The Circleville Letters

E82: The Circleville Letters

October 21, 2019

In the mid-late 1970's, residents of Circleville, Ohio began to receive disturbing anonymous letters with deeply personal information about their everyday lives and salacious accusations about their deepest and darkest secrets. After some time, the Circleville letters would indirectly lead to the death of Ron Gillespie, husband of Mary, the original recipient of the letters. What followed Ron's death has become one of the most famous unsolved mysteries in modern American history. On this week's episode of Big, If True, Matt and Kayla discuss the mysterious Circleville Letters, diving into the many twists in turns of the story, the suspected Circleville writers, and the aftermath of the events.

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E81: The Salem Witch Trials

E81: The Salem Witch Trials

October 14, 2019

The Salem witch trials were some of the most notorious events to take place in early Colonial America. From February 1692 to May 1693, twenty people from the communities of Salem, Salem Village, Ipswich, and Andover were accused of witchcraft and subsequently executed. In addition to those who were found guilty and executed, hundreds of others from the area were accused of witchcraft, with many of them being arrested for their alleged crimes. All of these cases relied almost entirely on the use of spectral evidence and the testimony of teenagers, with little to no evidence of "witchcraft" ever being found. The witch trials in Salem are some of the most famous examples of the dangers of mass hysteria, and the reasons for why they took place has been heavily debated by historians. This week, Matt and Kayla discuss the Salem witch trials, breaking down the timeline of events, talking about modern witch hunts, and much more.

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E80: A Brief History of Witchcraft

E80: A Brief History of Witchcraft

October 7, 2019

Since the dawn of man, humans have revered and feared those who claim to be able to influence the world around them through occultism. These alleged practitioners of magic were a major part of many ancient and early modern civilizations, playing important roles in the fields of science and medicine, bringing good fortune to citizens, and informing royalty. As the popularity of Catholicism spread throughout Europe, the image of the witch became much more sinister, seeing witches directly aligned with Satan, who commanded them to use their magical abilities for evil. This reshaping of the witch mythology led directly to the European witch hunts, a period that saw thousands of innocent people die in horrific ways. In this week's episode of Big, If True, Matt and Kayla dive into the history of witchcraft, specifically taking a look at witchcraft from ancient times to early modern Europe.

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E79: Alien Arrival

E79: Alien Arrival

September 30, 2019

For more than a hundred years, humans have been fascinated with the idea of making contact with extraterrestrial life. Today, experts almost unanimously agree that alien life exists somewhere in the universe. Successful contact with intelligent alien life would change every aspect of our lives, potentially giving us access to revolutionary information, technology, medicine, science, and more. On the flip-side, making contact with alien life could potentially spell the end of the human race, unwittingly bringing unprecedented death and destruction to Earth. In this week's episode, Matt and Kayla have a casual discussion about alien arrival, including what actions the world's governments might have to take, how humans would react, and much more.

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E78: The Roswell Incident

E78: The Roswell Incident

September 23, 2019

In July 1947, something strange crashed on a ranch outside of Roswell, New Mexico. Those who came into contact with the object described it as looking like nothing they had ever seen before, with foil-like material that sprang back to its original shape no matter what was done to it, and wooden beams that were impervious to fire and cutting. Rancher William Brazel, who found the object, brought it into Roswell shortly after its discovery, prompting military response. After a short period of media frenzy, the military revealed that the object was simply a rather common weather balloon featuring a radar reflector. In the years since, the Roswell Incident has lingered in the minds of those who want to believe we came into contact with something extraterrestrial that summer, sparking dozens of theories, books, films, and television shows in the process.

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E77: Robert Pickton

E77: Robert Pickton

August 26, 2019

Robert "Willy" Pickton, also known as the "Pig Farmer Killer", is perhaps Canada's most notorious serial killer. Pickton grew up on a pig farm in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, which he would eventually inherit and run with his siblings. In his adult years, Robert allegedly developed a crack cocaine addiction, as well as a penchant for picking up sex trade workers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. By 2002, Robert Pickton had brutally murdered up to 49 of the women he had picked up, feeding them to his pigs and burying their remains on his farm. In the final episode of our Killer Canucks series, we cover Robert William Pickton, one of Canada's most prolific serial killers.

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E76: Bruce McArthur

E76: Bruce McArthur

August 19, 2019

For more than forty years, Bruce McArthur lived a completely normal life, raising a mostly functional family and working as a relatively successful salesman. In the early 2010's, his seemingly normal life spiraled into nearly a decade of murder and sadism. Between 2010 and 2017, Bruce McArthur terrorized Toronto's gay community by murdering eight men in the Church and Wellesley area. McArthur, who worked as a landscaper, dismembered the bodies of his victims and hid them in plain sight. In 2018, he was finally apprehended, becoming one of Canada's most famous serial killers. In the penultimate episode of our Killer Canucks series, we discuss the life and crimes of Bruce McArthur.

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E75: Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka

E75: Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka

August 12, 2019

Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, the "Ken and Barbie Killers", are without a doubt Canada's most famous serial killers. On the outside, the couple seemed to have it all - good looks, steady jobs, and an undeniable romantic chemistry. Unbeknownst to everybody around them, both Bernardo and Homolka were sexual sadists who pushed each other to the limit. Between December 1990 and April 1992, the pair raped and killed three teenage girls, capturing nearly every moment on video. The details of their gruesome crimes continue to shock Canadians to this day, and their subsequent criminal trials generated some of the most newsworthy moments of the time. In the eighth installment of our Killer Canucks series, we discuss the life and crimes of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.

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E74: Peter Woodcock

E74: Peter Woodcock

August 5, 2019

Peter Woodcock, one of Canada's youngest serial killers, shocked the city of Toronto with his brutal crimes. In the mid-1950's, Peter would bike the streets of Toronto in search of his next victim - his preference was children under the age of 10. His crimes would very quickly escalate from sick sexual games to murder, which would eventually land Peter in the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre. Though he was incarcerated, Woodcock proved to the world that nothing could stop him from living out his sick fantasies. In the seventh episode of our Killer Canucks series, we take a look at the life of Peter Woodcock, "the serial killer they couldn't cure."

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E73: William Patrick Fyfe

E73: William Patrick Fyfe

July 29, 2019

William Patrick Fyfe, more famously known as the "Killer Handyman", terrorized the city of Montreal over a twenty year period from 1979 to 1999. Fyfe's victims would inadvertently let the killer into their homes for routine maintenance work, allowing him to strike when his victims were at their most vulnerable. In addition to committing up to nine murders, Fyfe also claims to have been responsible for a series of serial rapes in Montreal during the 1980's, committed by a man known only as the "Plumber". In the sixth episode of our Killer Canucks series, we take a look at the notorious crimes committed by William Patrick Fyfe, Canada's "Killer Handyman".

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E72: Elizabeth Wettlaufer

E72: Elizabeth Wettlaufer

July 22, 2019

Killer nurses, usually nicknamed "Angels of Death" have been documented since the dawn of the profession. Canada's Elizabeth Wettlaufer is one of the world's most famous killer nurses, having preyed on nursing home patients throughout the province of Ontario over a span of nine years. Wettlaufer's weapon of choice was insulin, which allowed her to kill or injure her elderly patients with little to no risk of ever being caught. In the fifth episode of our Killer Canucks series, we take a look at Canada's very own "Angel of Death", Elizabeth Wettlaufer.

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E71: Gilbert Paul Jordan

E71: Gilbert Paul Jordan

July 15, 2019

Gilbert Paul Jordan, known to many as the "Boozing Barber" or the "Alcohol Murderer", is one of Canada's most unique serial killers. Rather than taking a traditional approach to murder, Jordan would have his victims drink to the point of blacking out, and then would proceed to pour alcohol down their throats. Gilbert Paul Jordan preyed on women in downtown east side Vancouver, paying them to stay the night and continue drinking with him. In the fourth episode of our Killer Canucks series, we tell the truly unique story of Canada's "Boozing Barber".

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E70: Wayne Boden

E70: Wayne Boden

July 8, 2019

Wayne Clifford Boden moved to Montreal, Quebec in the midst of Expo 67, being initially enamored by the hustle and bustle of city life. Boden would quickly turn his attention to the young women of Montreal, charming them with his quiet, polite nature and his natural good looks. Unbeknownst to these young women, Boden had other intentions. From 1969 until 1971, Boden, known to police as the Vampire Rapist, would strike fear into the heart of Montreal with his vicious crimes. In the third episode of our Killer Canucks series, we talk about the life of Wayne Boden, Canada's Vampire Rapist.

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E69: Allan Legere

E69: Allan Legere

July 1, 2019

Allan Legere, commonly known as the Monster of the Miramichi, is one of Canada's most notorious serial killers. After being sentenced to life in prison for murdering a shopkeeper in 1986, Legere escaped from a New Brunswick hospital. His escape was followed by over 200 days of unpredictable terror, as Legere looked to wreak as much havoc as possible - it would end with the brutal deaths of four more innocent people, and leave thousands around Miramichi in a state of panic. In the second episode of our Killer Canucks series, we talk about the life and crimes of Allan Legere, the Monster of the Miramichi.

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E68: The Highway of Tears

E68: The Highway of Tears

June 24, 2019

The Highway of Tears is a 724 km stretch of road that runs between the cities of Prince George and Print Rupert, British Columbia. Since 1969, dozens of women and children have been murdered or gone missing on or near the highway, often leaving law enforcement dumbfounded. Many serial killers and opportunists have made their long-lasting mark on the highway, unintentionally aided by government and law enforcement institutions that refuse to take action. On this episode of the podcast, we cover the highway's many tragedies, its origins, and the people who have attempted to address the problems that have led to so many tragic deaths and ruined lives.

If you have any information regarding any of the women or girls who have been murdered or gone missing on the Highway of Tears, call the E-PANA tip line at 1-877-543-4822, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Read more about Ray Michalko's book "Obstruction of Justice: The Search for Truth on Canada's Highway of Tears" here.

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E67: Michael Jackson (Part Two)

E67: Michael Jackson (Part Two)

June 17, 2019

On June 25, 2009, pop icon Michael Jackson died suddenly at the age of 50, just weeks away from the launch of his retirement tour. In the months prior to his death, Jackson had become addicted to propofol, a powerful anesthetic which he used as a sleep aid. On the eve of his death, Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, administered it and a number of other drugs in order to help Michael sleep. After a series of events led to Dr. Murray leaving the room and becoming distracted, Jackson died in his sleep. Murray would later be sentenced for manslaughter, serving two years before retreating to a much quieter life.

The bizarre circumstances surrounding his death and his many years as an unpredictable entertainer led to the creation of many conspiracy theories. In the second part of our Michael Jackson episode, we discuss a number of these conspiracy theories, the lead-up to Jackson's death, the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, and much more.

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E67: Michael Jackson (Part One: More Thoughts)

E67: Michael Jackson (Part One: More Thoughts)

June 17, 2019

Two weeks after recording the first part of our Michael Jackson episode, Matt and Kayla present a new side to the allegations against Michael Jackson. In this special bonus presentation, your hosts cover a wide range of topics including potential inconsistencies and lies told in the critically acclaimed documentary Leaving Neverland, pose tough questions about the allegations, and discuss Evan Chandler and the first accusations leveled at Jackson.

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E67: Michael Jackson (Part One)

E67: Michael Jackson (Part One)

June 10, 2019

Michael Jackson stands as one of history's most legendary musicians. His legacy is one of innovation, style, philanthropy, and the willingness to bridge societal gaps. Though his track record of excellence in the world of music is undeniable, a number of disturbing allegations about Jackson's personal life exist - namely that he has sexually abused up to five young boys. Accusations have been made against Jackson in 1993, 2003, 2013, and 2014, leading to a great deal of public debate about what really happened in Jackson's bedroom - was the iconic pop star a sexual predator, or was he simply the victim of extortion and character assassination?

In the first part of our two-part episode about Michael Jackson, we discuss the history of sexual abuse allegations made against Jackson, the evidence presented, and the arguments against.

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