Series: Unnatural Acts in the Natural State

Arkansas is well-known for its diamonds, bluegrass, and specific pig-like mascot, as well as a myriad of other things. But, below the surface of quartz, and spinach, Arkansas has produced some of the most perplexing crimes and mysteries the world has ever seen. From a hitchhiking murderer to a supposed sasquatch, Trey Youngdahl shares all of the quietly whispered stories of the Unnatural Acts in the Natural State in this new True-Crime/Horror podcast.

Episode 10: SUPERNATURAL- The Mena Poltergeist

Have you ever heard a bump in the night? Maybe you felt like someone was always watching you? Many of these occurrences have logical explanations. Sometimes it’s just the wind or your mind playing tricks on you. Sometimes, you may be having an encounter with a true-to-live ghost- whether you believe it or not. Well,…

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Episode 09: TRUE CRIME- The West Memphis Three

During the 80’s and 90’s, satanic panic was sweeping the nation. Everything from burglary to graffiti was being blamed on so-called “satanists” and “occultists”, even when the claims were unsubstantiated. Then in 1993, when three eight-year-old boys are ruthlessly murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas, three teenagers are blamed, supposedly killing the children as part of…

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Episode 08: TRUE CRIME- Old Mike

Could you imagine driving past a corpse every day? What about growing up with one on display in close proximity to you? Well, in the small town of Prescott, Arkansas, a real human corpse was left out on display right on the roadside for over 60 years! Who was this man? Why was he left…

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Episode 07: SUPERNATURAL- The Fouke Monster

For centuries now, stories of an anthropomorphic, ape-like creature have have been shared all across the states. Though these stories date back to indigenous tribes, among the most famous of these stories is that of the Fouke Monster. This story describes an encounter between a man named Bobby Ford, and a giant 7 foot monster…

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Episode 06: TRUE CRIME- Tony Alamo Part 2

This is part two of Unnatural Acts’ coverage of Tony Alamo, an evangelical street minister turned cult leader who ran labor camps for both adults and children in Arkansas. Among the unspeakable things he did to people other than the labor abuse was physical abuse, mental abuse, straight up brainwashing and much, much worse. Big…

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Episode 05: TRUE CRIME- Tony Alamo Part 1

Tony Alamo was an evangelical street minister turned cult leader who ran labor camps for both adults and children in Arkansas. Among the unspeakable things he did to people other than the labor abuse was physical abuse, mental abuse, straight up brainwashing and much, much worse. This is part one of a two-part series, so…

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Episode 04: SUPERNATURAL- The Crescent Hotel, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”

The notoriously haunted Crescent Hotel is not only a staple of Eureka Springs, but of Arkansas in general. Did you know that a quack, self-proclaimed doctor named Norman Baker scammed hundreds of dying cancer patients into coming from all over the world, only to end up being slowly poisoned? The Crescent was the playground for…

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Episode 03: TRUE CRIME- The Rise and Fall of Frank Flynn, The Crime Boss of Hot Springs

Hot Springs, Arkansas is known nationally for Oaklawn, the horse-racing enterprise and gambling facility. But, gambling used to be very illegal in Hot Springs and it was all controlled by one sinister man. From a violent shooting from the mayor, to the outlaw confederate general who was employed to eradicate gang activity, in this episode…

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Episode 02: SUPERNATURAL- The Gurdon Light

For nearly a century, the residents of Gurdon, Arkansas have borne witness to an enigmatic orb, or ball of light, floating near the train tracks. Could it possibly be the spirit of a railroad worker who was decapitated on the railroad tracks, or could it be energy emitted by the abundant quartz crystals beneath the…

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Episode 01: TRUE CRIME- James “Red” Hall

If you knew what was good for you, you wouldn’t be picking up hitchhikers. There have been an estimated 500 hitchhiking murders on the interstate since 1979 (https://wandrlymagazine.com/article/hitchhiking/). Imagine a more safe time though, suppose the 1940’s. Would you consider picking up a hitchhiker then? Well, if you answered yes, then you would’ve been at…

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