1. The Original Night Stalker Tape
There have been three individuals in the U.S. and the U.K. who either the press or the police have dubbed the “Night Stalker.” The audio above is a voicemail left one the answering machine of the original Night Stalker who was active between 1979 and 1986. During that time, this unknown individual murdered ten people (possibly many more) in Southern California. I say unknown because despite leaving DNA evidence at several of his crime scenes this man was never caught.
It’s believed that he started out by robbing single women who lived along in first story apartments. From there he moved on to rape and the murder of couples, not simply single women. In one instance he was known to have brought a German Shepard missing a toe to the scene of a crime where he fed it the victim’s left over Christmas turkey. In another attempted murder he chanted “I’m going to kill them” over and over to himself as a couple remained tied up in the next room. Several times he was chased by the police or other individuals only to ultimately escape.
He was believed to be between 26 and 30 years old at the time of the murders which would make him most likely somewhere in his 60s today.
2. David Parker Ray’s Toybox Recordings (very graphic and upsetting)
This is a recording of a transcription of the very real tape’s contents. Ray forced the women he abducted to listen to it while bound. The corporate fashion in which he discusses the tape itself at the beginning, as if it’s an instructional tape on using Microsoft Word, shows a cold detachment that’s hard to believe.
Ray is suspected of having murdered up to sixty people from Arizona and New Mexico but he was never convicted of one single murder. He was called the Toy Box killer because he kept his victims in what amounted to a torture dungeon inside a trailer home which reportedly cost $100,000 to put together and included a gynecologist’s table, whips, pulleys, saws, and an electricity generating device among other implements.
Ray was only found out after one of his victim’s escaped. Previous victims then also began to come forward, some noting that they had previously believed their memories of torture to only be nightmares. Ray had used both sodium pentothal and phenobarbitol to induce an amnesiac state in some of his victims.
Ray died in prison in 2002 in 2002. He had operated his torture chamber from the 1950s until 1999.
3. The Jonestown Tape
“We didn’t commit suicide, we committed an act of revolutionary suicide in protest of an inhumane world.”
Calling his group “apostolic socialists” Jim Jones, called Dad by many of his followers, led his community in suicide in 1978. Having practiced “mock” mass suicides many times previously, at least some of the residents of Jonestown likely believed that this was fake as well. However, suffering from extreme paranoia and the ill effects of drug abuse, Jones’ suicide order on November 18th, 1978 was real. By the end of the day, over 900 members of Jones’ church including Jones himself were dead from drinking Flavor-Aid mixed with cyanide. Jones himself died from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
4. The Last Flight of Vladimir Komarov
Vladimir Komarov was a Russian cosmonaut who died during re-entry on April 24th, 1967. After noting that a number of his craft’s systems didn’t function at all including half the craft’s solar panels, Komarov was finally able to attempt re-entry only to discover that the craft’s parachutes wouldn’t deploy either. Tragically, it appears that Komarov agreed to take this mission despite having no faith in the craft’s design because he didn’t want his back-up pilot to die.
5. Recording of the “Weepy-Voiced” Serial Killer
“I’m sorry for what I did to Compton.”
Paul Michael Stephani was responsible for killing four women in Minnesota between 1980 and 1982. After killing each woman, Stephani called police and either reported or confessed to the murders without identifying himself. After killing Kimberly Compton, he phoned police and said “God damn, will you find me? I just stabbed somebody with an ice pick. I can’t stop myself. I keep killing somebody.”
6. The WKCR Incident
Supposedly recorded in 1994 or 1995, “the Old Tape” as it’s called is purportedly of a hijack of Columbia University’s WKCR 89.9 radio signal. The primary voice on the audio is reading what appear to be obituaries including the name of Robert Oppenheimer, considered to the be father of the atomic bomb.
Real or not, the audio is undeniably eerie.
7. Ghost Tape Number 10
“My friends, I come back to let you know that I am dead! I am dead! It’s Hell, Hell! It is a senseless death! How senseless! Senseless! But when I realized the truth, it was too late. Too late. Friends, while you are still alive, there is still a chance you will be reunited with your love ones. Do you hear what I say? Go home! Go home, my friends! Hurry! Hurry! If not, you will end up like me. Go home my friends before it is too late. Go home! Go home my friends!”
Ghost Tape Number 10, also known as “The Wandering Soul,” was produced by the United States military during the Vietnam War as a psychological operations tool against the Viet Cong. It was played after night had fallen out along the edge of the U.S. perimeter in order to frighten Northern Vietnamise soldiers into believing that their comrades who hadn’t received proper burials would be condemned to wander the Earth after their death, a common superstition at the time.
8. The Swedish Rhapsody Numbers Station
Used primarily during the Cold War, numbers stations existed for the express purpose of broadcasting numbers code to spies openly over short wave radio signals. The spy could tune into the correct short wave frequency and receive a numerical code which they could then interpret over a one-time use code pad. Other nations listening in had no way to break the code since only the transmitter and recipient held the key to decoding it and the numbers changed constantly.
I can’t imagine what it would have been like to hear this for the first time while simply scanning for some music or news.
9. The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
Anneliese was a German girl who underwent the rite of exorcism in 1975. At the age of 16 she was diagnosed with epilepsy and depression. She was eventually prescribed the anti-psychotic Aolept, similar to Chlorpromazine, whose side effects do not seem to explain anything in the audio recording.
She soon began to complain of hearing demonic voices and both her and her family became convinced she was the subject of demonic possession because of her inability to be near religious objects and seeming hallucinations. After initially denying her family’s request for an exorcism, the Catholic Church went on to perform 67 separate exorcisms but none of them improved her condition or alleviated the supposed six devils living inside her.
She died a year later with the cause of death listed as starvation. A full transcript of the exorcism tapes can be found here.