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Unexplained

Richard MacLean Smith

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Unexplained is a bi-weekly podcast about strange and mysterious real life events that continue to evade explanation. A show about the space between what we think of as real and what is not. Where the unknown and paranormal meets some of the most radi...Show More

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S03 Episode 2 pt3. Extra: The Ring

13:06 | May 8th, 2018

Perhaps more than anything, what grips many people about the case of Johnny Frank Garrett 9as explored in S03 E02 is the revelation that shortly before Garrett’s execution he had written a visceral and passionate final letter placing a curse on all t...Show More

S02 Episode 1: Whispers in the Trees pt.2

29:22 | Feb 8th, 2017

Part Two of Episode 1: Whispers in the Trees. Where we return to the midlands in the winter of 1943 as the Worcestershire police try to unravel the mystery of the skeleton found in an old wych elm tree. More info at www.unexplainedpodcast.com an...Show More

S04 Episode 3: I See You

34:50 | Feb 15th

On June 4th 2014 Derek and Maria Broaddus bought a $1.3 millon mansion in the affluent town of Westfield, NJ. Then a sinister letter arrived in the post. Their purchase hadn't gone unnoticed and The Watcher was keeping tabs... Go to @unexplainedpod,...Show More

S04 Episode 2 Extra: Dog Star

27:12 | Feb 8th

In April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth. What is less well known however is the story of those other animals who helped pave the way for his extraordinary feat, and one in particular who beat him to it, as the first senti...Show More

S04 Episode 02: Coming to You Live

29:14 | Feb 1st

During one of the most turbulent and innovative decades in human history, four teenagers encounter something unexpected near the village of Saltwood in Kent, England, while making their way home from a dance. The year is 1963 and something strange i...Show More

S04 Episode 01 Extra: Account Closed

12:40 | Jan 25th

In this week's extra episode we take a brief look back at the life of self-styled ghosthunter Eddie Burks and his most famous case.

S04 Episode 1: Alone With Everybody (Pt 2 of 2)

29:20 | Jan 18th

At the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons in the shadow of the Pen y Fan peak, sits a large stone house. Named Heol Fanog, or Road to the Peaks, for one couple who moved there in 1989 the house was everything they had ever dreamed of. Little did the...Show More

S04 Episode 1: Alone With Everybody (Pt 1 of 2)

28:15 | Jan 11th

At the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons in the shadow of Pen y Fan, sits a large stone house. Named Heol Fanog, or Road to the Peaks, for one couple who moved there in 1989 the house was everything they had ever dreamed of. Little did they know,...Show More

SEASON 4 TRAILER

00:33 | Jan 1st

Sometimes eerie, Sometimes strange, Sometimes terrifying. Always Unexplained. Join me Richard MacLean Smith, when we return for season 4, on January 11th 2019, as we continue to explore those, dark, unsettling spaces between what we think of as re...Show More

Halloween Special 2018 - Unexplained Audiobook Extract

21:58 | Oct 31st, 2018

2018's Unexplained Halloween Special is an extract from the new Unexplained Audiobook, settle in as as we follow a group of learned women and men on the hunt for ghosts...

S03 Episode 12 Extra: This New Puritan

19:06 | Oct 16th, 2018

The elevation of the figure known as Jack the Ripper to perversely mythological proportions owes much to a new type of journalism that emerged around the same time as the Whitechapel murders; and there was one among all in the industry who for better...Show More

S03 Episode 12: The Square (Pt.2 of 2)

23:36 | Oct 2nd, 2018

WARNING: This episode contains scenes of an extremely graphic and violent nature which may distress some listeners (not suitable for children). Part 2 of S03 Episode 12: The Square On the night of August 30th 1888, a great fire raged under storm clou...Show More

S03 Episode 12: The Square (Pt.1 of 2)

29:20 | Sep 25th, 2018

WARNING: This episode contains scenes of an extremely graphic nature which may distress some listeners. On the night of August 30th 1888, a great fire raged under storm clouds in an East London dockyard, turning the sky blood red. Bolts of lightning ...Show More

S03 Episode 11 Extra: Hare Raising

14:42 | Sep 18th, 2018

The beguiling Oak Island mystery brought to mind another much-publicised treasure hunt of an eminently more gentle variety, though it is a story no less interesting because of it. This is the extraordinary story of Masquerade... Go to @unexplainedpod...Show More

S03 Episode 11: Into the Abyss (pt.2)

28:23 | Sep 11th, 2018

S03 Episode 11: Into the Abyss (pt.2) In 1795, Donald MacInnes is a farmer working on Oak Island, a small land mass just off the coast of Nova Scotia. While walking through a clearing one morning, he discovers a strange circular impression on the gro...Show More

S03 Episode 11: Into the Abyss (pt.1)

24:33 | Sep 4th, 2018

In 1795, Donald MacInnes is a farmer working on Oak Island, a small land mass just off the coast of Nova Scotia. While walking through a clearing one morning, he discovers a strange circular impression on the ground. What he finds underneath it, will...Show More

S03 Episode 10 Extra: This Message Will Self Construct

13:08 | Aug 28th, 2018

WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF INJURY. In last week's episode we looked at the beguiling case of Shanti Devi, a young girl from Delhi who believed she had lived before in a past life. For many, their sense of identity is tied up in a strong ...Show More

S03 Episode 10: Here is Always Somewhere Else

28:13 | Aug 21st, 2018

When 3-year-old Shanti Devi becomes convinced she has lived a past life, her parents naturally assume it is just a childish game. Today her story is considered by many to show nothing less than absolute proof of reincarnation. Go to @unexplainedpod o...Show More

S03 Episode 9 Extra: Forever, forever, ever?

12:42 | Aug 14th, 2018

Humans have long speculated on the concept of an afterlife, however it is only fairly recently that we have attempted to study the possibility of it scientifically. This week's extra dips a little toe into the intra-world of the Near Death Experience...Show More

S03 Episode 9: Come Talk to Me

30:48 | Aug 7th, 2018

In the summer of 1958 in Mölnbo, Sweden, EVP pioneer Friedrich Jürgenson was attempting to record the sound of birdsong in his garden. What he captured instead would change his life forever. Go to @unexplainedpod or www.unexplainedpodcast.com for mor...Show More

S03 Episode 8 Extra: The Voices of Energy

11:38 | Jul 31st, 2018

This week's Unexplained Extra takes a closer look at the phenomena known as Instrumental Transcommunication - the process of supposed communication with the dead or discarnate through electronic devices. Go to @unexplainedpod or www.unexplainedpodcas...Show More

S03 Episode 8: REPEAT INPUT UNTIL END

32:22 | Jul 24th, 2018

In the autumn of 1984, in the village of Dodleston on the border of England and Cymru, something peculiar is occurring. When Ken Webster brings a computer home as a favour for a friend, little did he know he would soon be communicating with an appare...Show More

S03 Special Episode: Richard MacLean Smith Q & A and Book Reviews

37:53 | Jul 17th, 2018

With Unexplained the book due out on October 25th 2018, a number of people have asked me what books have inspired me and the show. Rather than list them I thought, why not talk about them instead. In tandem with a question and answer session I review...Show More

Q & A announcement for Tuesday 17th July 2018

01:24 | Jul 12th, 2018

Since the announcement of the unexplained book which is due out on October 25th, a few people have been asking me for a reading list of books that have inspired me and the show. So in place of an Extra episode for next Tuesday July 17th 2018 I though...Show More

S03 Episode 7: Shadowplay

32:06 | Jul 10th, 2018

The 2017 film Verónica, directed by Paco Plaza, tells the story of a teenage girl from a suburb in Madrid, who dies in terrifying circumstances after fooling around with a Ouija board. Many may have seen the film, but did you know it was based on a d...Show More

S03 Episode 6 Extra: Chupa Chupa

20:26 | Jul 3rd, 2018

In last week’s episode, Shores of the Unknown we explored the west Wales flap of 1977. Amazingly, it wasn't nearly the most peculiar supposed UFO incident of that year. S03 Episode 6 Extra: Chupa Chupa features the extraordinary story of the Brazilia...Show More

S03 Episode 6: Shores of the Unknown

32:26 | Jun 26th, 2018

1977, in the village of Broad Haven in Wales, a bizarre episode at the local primary school sets off an extraordinary series of events, unparalleled in the history of the British UFO experience; a series of events that remain to this day, very much u...Show More

S03 Episode 5 Extra: When Apples Fall

16:24 | Jun 19th, 2018

In the world of parapsychology, it has long be supposed that apparent poltergeist activity, if it were to exist at all, is not the malevolent workings of the deceased but rather the result of telekinesis – the potential ability of an individual to ma...Show More

S03 Episode 5: Banggerreng

31:50 | Jun 12th, 2018

In January 1998 a curious set of events besieged the tenants of 90 Mcminns Drive in Humpty Doo, Northern Australia. It has been described as one of the country's most compelling and terrifying cases of a poltergeist haunt. Go to @unexplainedpod or ww...Show More

S03 Episode 4 Extra: There's No Place Like Home

10:58 | Jun 5th, 2018

As interest in all things ancient Egyptian grew in the wake of the rediscovery of Tutenkhamun's tomb in 1922, so too did the number of people claiming to have lived a previous life during the time of the Pharoahs. There was one person however whose p...Show More

S03 Episode 4: From Eternity to Here

42:44 | May 29th, 2018

It's 1922 and two men are on the hunt for something so incredible, if they were to find it, it would likely be considered the greatest archeological find the world had ever known. But at what price? S03 Episode 4: From Eternity to Here tells the extr...Show More

S03 Episode 3 Extra: The Brockley Spectre

13:02 | May 22nd, 2018

In last week’s episode Under the Asphalt, we came across some strange goings on taking place inside Frankham House - part of a south London housing estate - in the 1970s. It brought to mind another south London ghost that is alleged to have plagued a...Show More

S03 Episode 3: Under the Asphalt

27:56 | May 15th, 2018

Considering there have been settlers based around the area of London for over 5000 years, it's hardly surprising that under all that concrete we find many remnants of those that have come before us. But what comes of those whose remnants have been di...Show More

S03 Episode 2: Lex Talionis (Pt. 2 of 2)

26:34 | May 1st, 2018

Part 2 of S03 Episode 2: Lex Talionis (Warning: contains scenes of a distressing nature) A 2014 study concluded that over 4% of people sentenced to death in the United States of America, have been convicted for crimes they did not commit; Some mi...Show More

Unexplained Book Trailer

00:56 | May 1st, 2018

I’m extremely excited to share the news that over the last year I have been working on a book, featuring ten new real-life events from around the world which continue to evade explanation. Each chapter will go deeper than I have on the podcast into n...Show More

S03 Episode 2: Lex Talionis (Pt. 1 of 2)

25:11 | Apr 24th, 2018

Part 1 of S03 Episode 2: Lex Talionis (Warning: contains scenes of a distressing nature) A 2014 study concluded that over 4% of people sentenced to death in the United States of America, have been convicted for crimes they did not commit; Some mi...Show More

S03 Episode 1 pt3. Extra: Cameron

13:24 | Apr 17th, 2018

For the last episode We Are the Witchcraft, we took an in-depth look into the extraordinary life and death of pioneering rocket scientist and magician Jack Parsons.  In this week's Extra episode we take a closer look at the no less extraordinary life...Show More

S03 Episode 1: We Are The Witchcraft (Pt. 3 of 3)

39:20 | Apr 10th, 2018

The final instalment of S03 Episode 1: We Are The Witchcraft (Contains adult themes) John Maynard Keynes described Isaac Newton as the last of the magicians; the last person of science for whom the gnostic mysteries still held some sway. In 1914 ...Show More

S03 Episode 1: We Are The Witchcraft (Pt. 2 of 3)

40:02 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Part 2 of We Are The Witchcraft (Contains adult themes) John Maynard Keynes described Isaac Newton as the last of the magicians; the last person of science for whom the gnostic mysteries still held some sway. In 1914 another scientist and magicia...Show More

S03 Episode 1 pt.1 Extra: Crowley Recap

27:32 | Mar 27th, 2018

When Jack Parsons first heard the name Aleister Crowley he could scarcely have known how much it would change his life. But who was the man once dubbed the wickedest Man in the world? With pt. 2 of We Are The Witchcraft due out on Tuesday April 3rd...Show More

S03 Episode 1: We Are The Witchcraft (Pt. 1 of 3)

46:28 | Mar 20th, 2018

John Maynard Keynes described Isaac Newton as the last of the magicians; the last person of science for whom the gnostic mysteries still held some sway. In 1914 another scientist and magician was born. Jack Parsons would go on to help establish NAS...Show More

Unexplained Season 03 Trailer (Season starts Tuesday 20.3.18)

10:39 | Mar 14th, 2018

Join me, Richard MacLean Smith, as we return to the spaces between what we think of as real and what is not. Unexplained Season 03 begins Tuesday 20th March 2018. See @unexplainedpod or www.unexplainedpodcast.com for more details

Halloween Special 2017

38:24 | Oct 31st, 2017

If on Halloween you come across a looped branch of briar-thorn sticking up from the ground, you might decide to creep through it three times in the devil’s name. Then afterwards cut a piece of it so that you might take it home and place it under your...Show More

S02 Episode 5 Extra: Child Be Strange

21:58 | Jul 18th, 2017

In the last episode Roads to Knowhere, we found ourselves circling a small, concreted patch of England on the southern boundary of Yorkshire, known as the Stocksbridge Bypass. This seemingly unassuming stretch of road is considered by some to be th...Show More

S02 Episode 5: Roads to Knowhere

37:58 | Jun 17th, 2017

The A616 is a road in England running from the town of Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire to Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. In 1987 building began on a small stretch of the road that would later become known as the Stocksbridge Bypass, a stretch ...Show More

S02 Episode 4 Extra: The Sound of Fear

22:38 | May 17th, 2017

For the last episode, When the Snow Melts, we took an in-depth look into the unsettling mystery often referred to as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. The incident details the mysterious deaths of nine hikers as they attempted a challenging trek through ...Show More

S02 Episode 4: When the Snow Melts pt.3

46:00 | May 10th, 2017

With five of the students' bodies now recovered from Kholat Syakhl mountain, rumours begin to circulate about just what exactly might have caused their deaths. Meanwhile, with four of the students still unaccounted for, lead investigator Lev Ivano...Show More

S02 Episode 4: When the Snow Melts pt.2

33:10 | Apr 26th, 2017

It is February 25th 1959, and Igor Dyatlov and his team, due back in their home town of Sverdlosk on February 13th have not been seen since January 28th. When their last movements are traced to a mountain known as Kholat Syakhl, or Dead Mountain, a ...Show More

S02 Episode 4: When the Snow Melts pt.1

38:40 | Apr 12th, 2017

On Friday January 23rd 1959, a story begins from out of the foothills of the Ural Mountains. A story that is perhaps the most extraordinary of all the stories featured on this show so far. A chilling and profound mystery that remains to this day Un...Show More

S02 Episode 3 Extra: 6EQUJ5

17:32 | Mar 29th, 2017

In last week’s episode, The Final Flight, we looked at the tragic story of Australian Training Corp pilot Fred Valentich and his mysterious disappearance one evening in October 1978. In a famous last communication between Fred and Air Traffic Contr...Show More

S02 Episode 3: The Last Flight

31:15 | Mar 15th, 2017

It has been calculated that the likelihood of the human race being the only sophisticated life form in the milky way is a one in sixty billion chance. The milky way is one of 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe. The following story is co...Show More

S02 Episode 2 Extra: My Name is John

11:32 | Mar 1st, 2017

In last week’s episode, Time Out of Joint, we looked at two incidences of a supposed time slip. In both stories we find ourselves questioning the validity of someone’s belief that they unwittingly stepped back into the past. But what, instead, if ...Show More

S02 Episode 2: Time Out of Joint

33:14 | Feb 22nd, 2017

It has long been accepted that time as we know it, or at the very least in the sense that we experience it, is not what it seems. There are two accounts of alleged time-slips that took place in Britain in the 1950s. Writer and long time member of ...Show More

S02 Episode 1 Extra: Operation Cone of Power

10:02 | Feb 15th, 2017

In last week’s episode, Whispers in the Trees, we looked at the unsettling mystery of the skeleton found inside the hollowed-out trunk of an old Wych Elm tree. In 1945, Dr. Margaret Murray suggested a possible occult link to the crime. As fancifu...Show More

S02 Episode 1: Whispers in the Trees pt.1

27:06 | Jan 25th, 2017

Traditionalists consider the real Black Country to only include the region just West of Birmingham where the 30ft coal seam comes to the surface - a product of once living trees, compressed and buried for millions of years, returning to the surface l...Show More

Unexplained Halloween Special 2016

24:04 | Oct 31st, 2016

The Exorcist, released on December 26th 1973, is for many the most iconic horror film of all time. From William Freidkin’s masterful direction, to Blatty’s profound and personal script to the intensely evocative use of Mike Oldfied’s tubular bells, ...Show More

Unexplained Live at The London Podcast Festival

52:08 | Oct 25th, 2016

By 1952, the shadow of the Second World War continued to permeate deep into the fabric of British society. It had left many people changed and caused significant upheaval to a great many families. Families like the Glynn and Jones’ of number 1 Byro...Show More

London Podcast Festival and Season 2 Announcement

04:04 | Aug 23rd, 2016

I'm very excited to announce that I'll be appearing at this year's London Podcast Festival for more info about this special live version of the show and to buy tickets go to: http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on/unexplained#.V7yiN46TNho

S01 Episode 10 Extra: Who Aiwass (Season 1 Sign-Off)

19:40 | Jun 30th, 2016

In last week’s episode, The Spaces that Linger, we journeyed to the grounds of Boleskine House on the banks of Loch Ness in the highlands of Scotland. Although the house has long been the subject of dark intrigue, it is best known for its association...Show More

S01 Episode 10: The Spaces that Linger

30:34 | Jun 16th, 2016

The world of horror is littered with unnerving locations, places that both draw from and have in turn seeped into the public imagination. For many there is one place in particular that continues to fascinate like no other in the UK. For its combinat...Show More

Unexplained Bonus Episode: William, An Origin Story

25:35 | Jun 2nd, 2016

With Unexplained on a short break until June 16th, here is something to fill the time... A short story about a strange boy called William. (Parental Guidance: some scenes of graphic horror) More info at www.unexplainedpodcast.com and on twitter @u...Show More

S01 Episode 9: Dawn of the Head

28:48 | May 19th, 2016

Throughout history we have attributed worth and sentiment to inanimate objects, things that when looked at out of context or without the language to understand their worth would otherwise appear completely insignificant. But what of those objects...Show More

S01 Episode 8 Extra: Into the Myst

08:42 | May 12th, 2016

In last week’s episode, When the Light Fades, we looked at the haunting tale of the Lightkeepers of Eilean Mór. The island was often referred to as ‘the other country’, a place where a mysterious otherworld had touched with our own mortal world. I...Show More

S01 Episode 8: When the Light Fades

35:36 | May 5th, 2016

Of all the unexplained mysteries I have come across there is one that has for me left the most indelible impression. As far as mysteries go you couldn’t invent a better story. A story that has over time led to some of the most extraordinary of specu...Show More

S01 Episode 7 Extra: Hands Off

14:15 | Apr 28th, 2016

In last week’s episode, Ghosts in Time, we looked at the strange occurrences that took place in the 1920s at Borley Rectory in Essex, England. What intrigues me most about the story is its slight air of credibility due to the reputable character o...Show More

S01 Episode 7: Ghosts in Time

19:54 | Apr 21st, 2016

For all the many elements that constitute the paranormal, there are few things quite as evocative as the notion of ghosts. There are of course the ghosts that we carry with us in our daily lives, memories of those we have loved and lost or perhaps...Show More

S01 Episode 6 Extra: The Ultimate Price

11:52 | Apr 14th, 2016

In last week’s episode, Demons in Suburbia, we looked at the tragic story of Michael Taylor and in the process touched on the notion of free-will. The degree to which any of us can be truly held accountable for our actions is a complex and controve...Show More

S01 Episode 6: Demons in Suburbia

24:30 | Apr 7th, 2016

The notion that free-will might be nothing more than an illusion is a little unnerving to say the least. For some, it might merely be seen as a fascinating quirk of life. But for others, a lack of free-will might speak of something else entirely, ...Show More

S01 Episode 5 Extra: Can You Hear What I Hear

09:19 | Mar 31st, 2016

For last week's episode, What Hides Beneath, we looked at the infamous K-219 incident and wondered at the many mysteries of the vast ocean deep. Some believe a strange underwater sound, known as a Quacker, may hold the key to unlocking the mystery. ...Show More

S01 Episode 5: What Hides Beneath

24:43 | Mar 24th, 2016

For all the myths and stories that have sprung from the sea, fantastical tales of monsters and mermaids, there remain those that make no allusions to metaphor, whose place is not for the pages of the poet or the psychologists couch but exist merely a...Show More

S01 Episode 4 Extra: The Victorian Ghostbusters

11:20 | Mar 17th, 2016

For last week's episode, Where Darkness Plays, we touched briefly on the supernatural theories of the eminent Sir William Barrett. In 1882 Sir William had been a founding member of a fascinating collective known as the Society for Psychical Researc...Show More

S01 Episode 4: Where Darkness Plays

23:06 | Mar 10th, 2016

Fear, it would seem, is a powerful primal emotion. So potent that it can even make us afraid of things that may not even exist. But then again, just because we can't see something, it doesn't mean it isn't there… Featuring the terrifying Pontefr...Show More

S01 Episode 3 Extra: Heaven's Gate

12:40 | Mar 3rd, 2016

In Unexplained Extra episodes we look at the stories that for one reason or other didn't make it onto our show. For last week’s episode, Do You See What I See, we came across a story that demonstrates the sheer power of belief and how one man’s in...Show More

S01 Episode 3: Do You See What I See

23:20 | Feb 25th, 2016

The stories we tell can often be said to reveal certain truths about ourselves, and yet, the notion of truth is the most elusive of things. For the residents located near Howden Moor in the North East of England, the strange events that occurred o...Show More

S01 Episode 2: Resurrected Dreams

24:04 | Feb 11th, 2016

It could be said that all stories are ultimately about one thing – death. None more so than the stories we tell each other concerning what awaits us after life. It is a theme that can be found in stories told across every community and culture, fro...Show More

S01 Episode 1: Opening the Gate

22:12 | Jan 28th, 2016

Since the dawn of communication we have shared stories about imaginary beings; entities such as demons, angels, monsters and fairies. But what if they weren’t stories at all? What if these entities were real, existing right next to us, right now, w...Show More