Studio Minuit Paranormal - True Stories

It's inexplicable, incomprehensible, unimaginable, it's Paranormal!There are fascinating stories that take us to the limit of rationality, into the unexplainable, the disturbing. Popular culture is full of stories about these unsolved yet authentic mysteries that intrigue us all by their extraordinary dimension: the Bermuda Triangle, the Yeti, the Loch Ness monster, the curse of Tutankhamen, the statues of Easter Island, unexplained disappearances and so many other cases that sometimes seem irrational. "Paranormal, True Stories" tells you all these incredible stories, taking care to decipher the different theories on each of these cases. In this podcast, we also provide the latest scientific and historical advances that allow us to form an opinion on these different true stories that seemed inexplicable for a long time, and that for some will remain so.

The Demons of Anneliese Michel
The Demons of Anneliese Michel (00:18:08)
In the past, it wasn't uncommon to have to deal with the Devil on one or several occasions of a one's life time. He tempted poor sinners, sowed disorder and spread disease. Rationalism has defeated many diabolical manifestations and today, Lucifer and his henchmen appear more seldom. Still, well into the twentieth century, they were events that resisted scientific and medical explanation, appearing to most observers as damn right demonic. We might recall one case in particular from the 1970, that of Anneliese Michel : her voice recorded during the numerous exorcisms she underwent has a disturbing effect on many. Could it really be the Devil who spoke through this young girl ?
The Thirteen Crystal Skulls
The Thirteen Crystal Skulls (00:13:54)
From the moment Europeans first set foot on what they would eventually call the Americas, their plundering was insatiable. Latin America and its riches crossed the Atlantic to enrich a few powerful people : land, ressources, forests, animals and humans were either exploited on the spot or brought back to Europe. By the 19th century, pre-Columbian art too had become very popular among European art collectors and museums . All the more so when it carried mysterious legends from ancient times...
The Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle (00:13:16)
It is said that European ships disappeared in the Sargasso Sea as early as the 16th century... Even Christopher Columbus's caravels encountered difficulties there. Its paradise islands did not have a good reputation among the first Europeans who attempted the American adventure. They named Bermuda the Devil's Island...
The Beast of Gévaudan
The Beast of Gévaudan (00:19:40)
The Gévaudan district in Languedoc, in the south of France, is a region of ancient mountains covered in forest. In the second half of the XVIIIth century, it was a place to breed cattle. Life was hard and the people were poor, if not say miserable. It is the children who guarded the herds. They prevented them from straying and being eaten by wolves. On these mountains, wolves were part of everyday life. Frightening, sure, but the villagers knew how to defend themselves against these predators who fear men, as much as they're feared by them...
The Cecil Hotel
The Cecil Hotel (00:10:15)
On the morning of February 19th, 2013, at 640 Main Street in Los Angeles, several guests at the Cecil Hotel complain about the awful taste of the water coming out of the faucets. A maintenance employee, sent immediately to the bathrooms, can only confirm : you wouldn't dip the tiniest toe in that murky water. He climbs to the roof to check the tanks and discovers a young woman in one of them, lifeless. Naked, she floats on the surface while her clothes have sunk to the bottom of the tank...
The Curse on Pont-Saint-Esprit
The Curse on Pont-Saint-Esprit (00:12:15)
The summer of 1951 began in a promising way : in the aftermath of the Second World War, France was slowly recovering, rebuilding its cities and reviving agricultural production to solve the food shortage, all with a smile on their faces, convinced that the worst was in the rearview mirror. In the small town of Pont-Saint-Esprit in Southern France, preparations are underway for the feast of the Assumption of Mary : long tables are laid, dishes are prepared and hunger is to be generally satisfied at least for one evening. One forgets to watch out for the evil that lurks in the sleepy countryside and that is about to strike...
The Ghost of Castle Veauce
The Ghost of Castle Veauce (00:13:44)
During the 16th century, a strange legend is born in the castle of Veauce, in the Auvergne region of France. One day, the local lord does one of his vassals a favor by hiring his 13 year old daughter as a maid. As the years go by, Lucie - that's the girl's name - grows up and becomes so beautiful that the lord falls under her spell, despite the fact that his wife is known to be extremely jealous. But he has no time to quarrel with Madame : his duties dictate he go to war with his neighboring rival...
Robert the Doll
Robert the Doll (00:12:05)
On the eve of his inauguration as 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush sends a letter to a certain Robert. He presents him his best wishes for the end of year celebrations, and thanks him in advance for not bringing bad luck to his term of office, or to the whole country he has to lead. The letter is sent to Key West, Florida, to the mailbox of the Fort East Martello Museum. There, the envelope joins a thousand others on the wall of a glass cage in the heart of one of the main rooms. Inside is a doll, sitting on a small wooden chair: three apples high, a stuffed puppy on its lap, its head dressed in a white cap and its straw body in a rag. Two black beads instead of eyes, hollowed out in the middle of a smooth and cold face, pierce you with her gaze if you dare to touch them. It is important to know that this doll, named Robert, has a dark past: it's an old story, which inspired the Chucky doll from the movies, and has been making the United States tremble for decades, even in the Oval Office of the White House...
Rasputin
Rasputin (00:13:02)
On a starry night in January 1869, a meteor flies over a small village in the Siberian countryside. According to legend, its passage would herald the birth of an exceptional being. Shortly after, Grigori Efimovitch Rasputin comes into the world. To say that this little man and his fiery gaze are exceptional is an understatement. His contemporaries would see in him a healer, a prophet, a charlatan, a pilgrim guided by faith, a beggar wallowing in debauchery, an emissary of God or of the Devil... Whatever people may think, the story of this peasant's son, who would come to whisper in the ear of the Tsar himself, is already a miracle.
Suspicious Deaths in Dyatlov Pass
Suspicious Deaths in Dyatlov Pass (00:12:06)
The Urals, the great mountain range separating Europe from Asia, has many charms for those who wish to practice mountaineering. There is no lack of mountains and passes to challenge the courage of hikers who dare to face it. In winter, the harshness of its climate makes it an inhospitable region, almost a desert. There are however many candidates for the ascent. But one day in February 1959, a group of hikers died there in circumstances so tragic that they suggest that strange activities were taking place...
The Roswell Incident
The Roswell Incident (00:16:44)
July 3rd, 1947. The summer sky over New Mexico in the southwestern United States is stormy. Flashes of lightning streak through the night and thunder rumbles. In the early morning, Mac Brazel discovers metal debris strewn on the ground of his ranch in Corona. Unable to identify them nor to understand their origin, he shows them to his neighbors, the Proctors. They can't identify them either. By mutual agreement, they decide to show them to Sheriff George Wilcox. Just as intrigued, the latter alerts the Roswell military base, which sends two soldiers to examine them : Major Jesse Marcel and Captain Sheridan Cavitt. On July 7th, 1947, they themselves recover more debris and bring it back to the base.
The Demons of Anneliese Michel