Big, If True
E42: JFK Assassination (Part One)

E42: JFK Assassination (Part One)

November 19, 2018

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy ushered in an era of hope in the United States, working to mend relations with the Soviet Union, refusing to invade Laos and Cuba, and promising to further social benefits for all Americans. Before Kennedy could begin to make good on his promises, he was killed while visiting Dallas, Texas, allegedly by a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald. Since 1963, the world has scrutinized the assassination of JFK and the subsequent killing of Oswald, implying that the truth is far darker than what the official story alleges.

In the first part of our JFK Assassination series, we take a look at the lives of both John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald leading up to November 22, 1963.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: He Was a Friend of Mine by The Byrds

E41: The Montreal Screwjob (feat. Adam Contant)

E41: The Montreal Screwjob (feat. Adam Contant)

November 12, 2018

On November 9, 1997, the face of the professional wrestling industry changed forever when Vince McMahon, owner of the WWF, pulled a fast one on his biggest star of the era, Bret "Hitman" Hart. The events are now known as the Montreal Screwjob, and have been widely debated by professional wrestling fans and conspiracy theorists alike. Did Vince McMahon truly screw Bret Hart, or was Hart a victim of his own ego? Find out as Matt, Kayla, and our special guest Adam Contant from the Wrasslun Show Network tackle the Montreal Screwjob.

Thanks again to Adam for being a guest on Big, If True. You can find great content from the Wrasslun Show Network every day of the week over at https://wrasslunshownetwork.com/, or on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/wrasslunshow.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: Heel Turn 2 by The Mountain Goats

E40: Pro Wrestling Conspiracies

E40: Pro Wrestling Conspiracies

November 5, 2018

The professional wrestling industry dates back to the 1800's, where travelling carnivals built on traditional strongman acts. Despite the modernization of the wrestling industry, many of its carnival roots can still be observed through the many hucksters, cheats, and opportunists working within it. We cover a small sample of pro wrestling's less savory stories, including the shady events surrounding the death of Bruiser Brody, writer Vince Russo's alleged role as a double agent, and the possibility that "Macho Man" Randy Savage had a secret affair with his bosses teenage daughter.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: Be a Man by Macho Man Randy Savage

E39: Top 5 Fears + Spooky Stories (feat. Cole Fournier)

E39: Top 5 Fears + Spooky Stories (feat. Cole Fournier)

October 29, 2018

*Please excuse the less than stellar audio quality in this episode - we ran into some unexpected technical difficulties.

The Halloween season is the perfect time of year to celebrate all things spooky and macabre - what better time to discuss our absolute worst fears? Cole Fournier of the Super Fun Time Trivia Podcast joins Big, If True to tell some spoopy ghost stories and discuss his worst fears with Matt and Kayla, alongside some chilling listener stories.

Thank you to Cole for joining us, and to all those who submitted spooky stories, suggestions, and feedback. You can check out the Super Fun Time Trivia Podcast at www.superfuntimetrivia.com, and check out Cole's music at www.colefournier.bandcamp.com, or on Spotify, iTunes, and other music streaming platforms by searching for Cole Fournier.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult

E38: Denver International Airport

E38: Denver International Airport

October 22, 2018

*Please excuse the less than stellar audio quality in this episode and the next - we ran into some unexpected technical difficulties.

The Denver International Airport is one of the largest airports in the entire world, hosting more than 60 million travelers every single year. Despite having a relatively clean history, the DIA is host to a number of conspiracy theories which say that world elites are behind the construction and management of the airport, possibly to house the rich and powerful in the event of a nuclear annihilation, or to house mass quantities of civilians in times of civil unrest. Is the DIA the host of secret societies and bad actors, or is it just another normal airport? Find out on this week's Big, If True.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver

E37: Robert the Doll

E37: Robert the Doll

October 15, 2018

At the turn of the 20th century, a young boy named Robert Eugene Otto was gifted a peculiar doll by a family member. The boy and his doll became the best of friends, with the doll adopting the name "Robert", holding conversations with the boy, and according to servants of the Otto family, even walking around the home. Soon, Robert the Doll began terrorizing the Otto family and their employees, bringing with him a path of destruction and terror that made him one of the most famous haunted dolls in history. Is there any truth to the haunting of Robert the Doll, or can it all be chalked up to the imaginations of those who interacted with it? Find out on this week's episode of Big, If True.

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Music: Barbie Girl by Aqua

E36: The Hinterkaifeck Murders

E36: The Hinterkaifeck Murders

October 8, 2018

In 1922, a family of five and their new maid were savagely murdered in their German farmhouse during the midst of a crippling recession that directly led to the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazi Germany. The killer is shown to have stayed in the attic of the Gruber family home for some time before committing the murders, coming and going completely undetected, and even taking items belonging to the family. Were the Gruber's murdered by a spurned ex-lover, or did a husband return from the dead to exact his revenge on a wife who had long since moved on? Find out as Big, If True's Spooktober series rolls on.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: Black Paint by Death Grips

E35: The Monster of the Andes

E35: The Monster of the Andes

October 1, 2018

Spooktober is finally here as the Big, If True podcast takes on one of the scariest serial killers in modern history - Pedro Lopez, the "Monster of the Andes". Matt and Kayla discuss Lopez's upbringing and the events that would elevate him from a simple street kid to one of the most prolific killers in history, as well as dive into the many times he was captured and subsequently released because of a fatally flawed justice system.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: Psycho Killer by Talking Heads

E34: Osama bin Laden

E34: Osama bin Laden

September 24, 2018

In the final part of our brief series on the September 11th attacks and their aftermath, Big, If True explores the life and death of the supposed mastermind of the terrorist plot - Osama bin Laden. Matt and Kayla talk about Osama's upbringing in one of Saudi Arabia's richest non-royal families, the leadup to the creation of Al-Qaeda, and bin Laden's whereabouts after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Did Osama bin Laden die quietly in the years following 9/11, or was the now famous SEAL Team Six raid truly responsible for his death? Find out on this week's episode of Big, If True!

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song) by The Lonely Island

E33: 9/11 (Part Two)

E33: 9/11 (Part Two)

September 17, 2018

In the second part of our very special two part episode, Matt and Kayla take on the many (many) 9/11 conspiracy theories. We talk about a variety of theories, including the idea that the events of September 11th were part of a massive government conspiracy, that the towers were brought down through a covert controlled demolition, and that there's more than meets the eye with the collapse of World Trade Center 7, the crash at the Pentagon, and United 93's unfortunate end.

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Music: Politik by Coldplay

E33: 9/11 (Part One)

E33: 9/11 (Part One)

September 10, 2018

The Big, If True Podcast takes on one of the most consequential events in modern American history - the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. In the first part in our very special two part episode, we take a look at the "official story" behind the tragic events. Matt and Kayla also talk about the lead up to the events and set the precedent that would be required for the attacks to take place, share their own personal 9/11 stories, and break down the events of the day as they happened.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: My Blue Manhattan by Ryan Adams

E32: Operation Mongoose

E32: Operation Mongoose

September 3, 2018

Matt and Kayla wrap up the Summer of Truth series with one final trip to Cold War-era Cuba, discussing Operation Mongoose - the CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro and other high ranking Cuban officials through a series of extremely ridiculous means. Along the way, we talk about the lead up to the creation of the Cuban Project, Robert Kennedy's involvement in overseeing Operation Mongoose, the CIA's many (many) failed attempts to kill Castro, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and much more.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: President Kennedy by Son House

E31: Texarkana Moonlight Murders

E31: Texarkana Moonlight Murders

August 27, 2018

The Big, If True Podcast takes on the Texarkana Moonlight Murders in the penultimate episode in our Summer of Truth Series. Matt and Kayla cover the entire timeline of the murders and attacks by the Phantom Killer, talk about the victims, suspects, and the mass hysteria that overtook the town of Texarkana. Also covered are two brief cases that may have connections to the Moonlight Murders, as well as both versions of the film The Town That Dreaded Sundown.

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Music: Texarkana Moonlight by The Bad Detectives

E30: Operation Northwoods

E30: Operation Northwoods

August 20, 2018

The hosts of Big, If True take an in-depth look at one of the most disturbing proposed false flag operations in the history of the United States - Operation Northwoods. The plan called for the staging of various attacks on American soil by the Castro-led Cuban government in order to give the US a legitimate reason to wage war with Cuba, and proposes sinking ships, attacking unchartered flights, sinking refugee boats, and holding mock funerals for non-existent victims. Matt and Kayla also talk about false flag events and their long history, and briefly touch on how to spot a potential false flag.

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Music: False Flag by B.o.B

E29: Watergate

E29: Watergate

August 13, 2018

Big, If True's Summer of Truth continues as your hosts take on one of the most significant events in US political history - the Watergate scandal. They talk about the rise to power of President Richard Nixon, the lead up to the events in question, the break in at the Watergate complex, and the subsequent cover up by the Nixon administration. Also covered is the groundbreaking investigative journalism of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Nixon tapes, Deep Throat, the Rose Mary Stretch, and much more.

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Music: I'm So Bored with the USA by The Clash

E28: Bay of Pigs Invasion

E28: Bay of Pigs Invasion

August 6, 2018

The Big, If True Podcast takes on the Bay of Pigs Invasion in the latest installment of the Summer of Truth series. Matt and Kayla take on the rise to power by Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, the United States' subsequent reactions, and the plans drafted by the CIA to overthrow the Castro regime. They break down the failed Invasion in painstaking detail, talk about Dwight D. Eisenhower and JFK's thoughts towards the new Cuban government, and touch on the CIA's penchant for overthrowing foreign governments.

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Music: Bay of Pigs by Civil War

E27: Azaria Chamberlain

E27: Azaria Chamberlain

July 30, 2018

The Summer of Truth continues as Matt and Kayla talk about the dingo-related disappearance of 10-week old Azaria Chamberlain at Australia's Ayers Rock, and the subsequent trial by media of her parents, Lindy and Michael. They break down the details of the case, from the initial coroner's inquest all the way to the sentencing of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain, along the way talking about media crusades, the validity of scientific evidence, and dingoes.

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Music: The Witnesses by The Paradise Motel

E26: Unit 731

E26: Unit 731

July 16, 2018

The Big If True Podcast's Summer of Truth rolls on as we discuss the horrific events that took place within Unit 731 - a biological and chemical warfare testing unit that conducted live tests on human beings during World War II. We cover the strained relationship between Japan and China during the period, the buildup to Unit 731's establishment, Surgeon General Shiro Ishii, the crimes committed within the Unit, and even talk about the exploitation movie Men Behind the Sun.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: The Breeding House by Bruce Dickinson

E25: Jimmy Savile

E25: Jimmy Savile

July 9, 2018

The Big, If True Podcast continues its Summer of Truth series as your hosts take on the true story of Britain's Jimmy Savile - a superstar DJ, television host, and philanthropist turned serial sexual predator. We discuss Savile's level of fame in the UK, his connections to the Royal Family and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as well as the major scandal that broke soon after his death involving the BBC and Savile's many sex crimes.

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Music: I Left My Heart In Papworth General by Half Man Half Biscuit

E24: Goldwater

E24: Goldwater

July 2, 2018

The Summer of Truth continues on the Big, If True Podcast as your hosts take on the nefarious events that took place by President Lyndon B. Johnson and the CIA during the 1964 U.S. presidential election. We discuss the history of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, the political landscape in 1964, and LBJ's illegal use of the CIA and FBI to spy on his opponents campaign throughout the summer of '64.

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Music: Hello Dolly by Carol Channing

E23: Purple Aki

E23: Purple Aki

June 25, 2018

The Big, If True Podcast delves into the world of urban legends as they discuss the bizarre legend of Purple Aki. We talk about the horrific and absurd nature of the story, as well as dive deep into the life and times of the alleged subject of the legend - Akinwale Arobieke.

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Music: Living Next Door to Aki by Dean Marsh (www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4ihnqRU-jU)

E22: Bermuda Triangle

E22: Bermuda Triangle

June 18, 2018

The Big, If True Podcast takes on the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, a triangular area in the Atlantic Ocean with points in Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. We discuss the idea of the Bermuda Triangle and where exactly it originated, dive deep into the long history of tragic and unexplained incidents within the Triangle, and talk about the many theories revolving around disappearances and deaths within it.

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Music: Triangle by Gordon Lightfoot

E21: D.B. Cooper

E21: D.B. Cooper

June 11, 2018

The Big, If True Podcast takes on the immortal legend of D.B. Cooper, the mysterious fugitive who hijacked a plane in 1971 on Thanksgiving Eve for $200,000 in ransom - only to never be seen again. Your hosts talk about the timeline of events from the hijacking to the exhaustive search for Cooper, discussing a variety of key suspects, theories about Cooper's current whereabouts, and even talk about a convoluted conspiracy theory or two.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: Hoe Cakes by MF Doom

E20: Area 51 (Part Two)

E20: Area 51 (Part Two)

June 4, 2018

In the second part of our very special two-part episode, your hosts travel back to Area 51 and closely examine some of the many conspiracy theories surrounding the alleged United States Air Force base. We cover more history of Area 51, and dive into bizarre stories like J-Rod, the famous Bob Lazar whistleblower story, and cover Art Bell's most famous Coast to Coast AM call.

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Intro/Disclaimer: Josh McLellan

Music: Animal Farm by Clutch

E20: Area 51 (Part One)

E20: Area 51 (Part One)

May 28, 2018

In part one of our first ever two part episode, the Big, If True Podcast takes on the immortal Area 51 conspiracy theory. Your hosts talk about the enduring nature of the Area 51 conspiracy, the true history of the top secret US Air Force base - including the testing of high-tech spy planes like the Lockheed U-2, A-12, and D-21, as well as the scope of the security measures taken by the government in order to protect Area 51's privacy. Tune in next week for part two, where we discuss the many conspiracy theories involving Area 51.

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Music: E.T. by B.o.B. (feat. Lil Wayne)