Ep 15 | TRANSCRIPT



00:00.912

ANNOUNCER

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00:22.012

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01:09.150

NARRATOR

In October of 2011, 4 college students disappeared in the woods near Porter Township Pennsylvania while researching a documentary on children’s author Jakob Stanley. They remain missing to this day. Last month their recordings appeared online. In an effort to aid in the investigation, the families of those missing have agreed to release the following sound files. If anyone has information on those missing or the identity of the person or persons who uploaded these files, please use the contact information provided. Anything submitted may be used in future episodes. Certain materials referenced in this podcast, including the published works of Jakob Stanley, are currently protected under U.S. copyright law and may be redacted. For legal reasons, some names have been withheld and voices altered. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the podcasters and participants, and do not represent the official policy or position of the Iphigenia County Police Department of Porter Township Pennsylvania or its associates. This podcast contains adult themes and language. Listener discretion is advised.


02:16.725

PROFESSOR WHITAKER

Folder labeled: “015 Rough Files, Episode 15 - Tell Me a Story: The True Life of Jakob Stanley.”


02:32.460

PODCAST INTRO SEQUENCE


NEWS ANNOUNCER

WN [BEEP REDACTED] TV New York.


MUSIC: [80’s NEWS INTRO THEME]


NEWS ANCHOR ‘83

If your child has been to a school book fair recently, chances are they came home with one of this author’s scary books-


MUSIC: [80’s SUNDAY TALK SHOW THEME]


SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW HOST ‘81

Our guest’s first anthology leapt to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list -


MUSIC: [LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW INTRO APPLAUSE]


LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST ‘86

- Thank you. Thank you! Over the past few years, he has become a household name -


MUSIC: [PODCAST THEME]


PUBLIC RADIO HOST ‘92

- Bridging the gap between Alvin Schwartz and Stephen King -


TV PREACHER

- The devil is among us, friends.


CONGREGATION

AMEN!


TV PREACHER

He’s among us, in the form of a writer. -


SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW HOST ‘81

- The book might have struggled during it initial release in 1977, but now “Tell Me A Story: Under the Bed That’s Over My Head”, has skyrocketed -


ALSC COMMITTEE REP

- So many parent organizations complained that his work was too sophisticated for children-


TV PREACHER

- He has infiltrated your homes, and your children’s minds-


PUBLIC RADIO HOST ‘92

- His second macabre anthology “Tell Me A Story: Moonless Sky and Other Friends” sold out from bookstores in mere minutes. Becoming a controversial -


NEWS ANCHOR ‘83

- Stanley's books ranked on the American Library Association’s “100 Most Frequently Challenged Books” from 1981-1993 -


TV PREACHER

- Stanley’s books promote disobedience, violence and the occult! Lord have mercy -


PUBLIC RADIO HOST ‘92

- The 3rd volume in his “Tell Me A Story” collection “The Floor That Creaks, the Closet That Speaks and the Tip Toes That You Walk On” was released in 1986 to mass acclaim -


ALSC COMMITTEE REP

- All that fussing, just made his work more popular -


TV PREACHER

- Check your children’s rooms, check their bookshelves, check their back-packs! -


YOUTUBER

- I do think his final book, released in ‘99, “TMAS: The nightmare, The Dream and the Places Between,” was by far his best work.-


PUBLIC RADIO HOST ‘92

- His work has been described as “subversive” and “dark,” I simply describe it as genius.


SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW HOST ‘81

- It is my pleasure to introduce -


LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST ‘86

- Please welcome -


PUBLIC RADIO HOST ‘92

- Ladies and gentleman, please welcome -


SUNDAY MORNING TALK SHOW HOST ‘81

- Jakob Stanley.-


LATE NIGHT TALK SHOW HOST ‘86

- Mister Jakob Stanley.


PUBLIC RADIO HOST ‘92

- Author, Jakob Stanley.


[Applause.]


MUSIC: [POD THEME SYNTH]


04:11.550

AVERY/NARRATOR

Little to nothing is known about the life of this elusive author. And since 1999 Jakob Stanley seems to have completely dropped off the face of the earth. Until a short two-line obituary appeared in a small town paper, over a year ago.


TOLEN/NARRATOR

From BOO Labs and Red Cup Media, I'm Tolen Reid -


AVERY/NARRATOR

And I'm Avery Fischer, this is TELL ME A STORY: THE TRUE LIFE OF JAKOB STANLEY.


SFX: RJ and Tolen are trudging through the dense woods, the ground crunches under their feet.


04:47.100

TOLEN

Damn it, I had to delete all that to save space.


RJ

Is it working to your liking now?


TOLEN

I mean I would kill for more memory. It’s worth the investment.


RJ

Gimme back my phone.


SFX: Tolen passes the phone back to RJ. The walkie button clicks.


RJ (CONT’D)

Sorry about that, Tolen is bitching about my phone.


SFX: Walkie Beep.


CHUCK

Good to know he really gets what’s truly important right now.


SFX: The walkie button clicks.


RJ

You both still doing alright?


SFX: Walkie Beep.


05:10.575

CHUCK

Uh, I’m fine... Avery is-


AVERY

HUH?!


CHUCK

Focused. ... I think she’s gonna have the entire series completed before you get back.


SFX: The walkie button clicks.


RJ

Both their priorities are questionable right now.


SFX: The walkie button clicks.


TOLEN

Wow, this fire damage is wild. All here, and over there, was not open like this before.


SFX: The walkie button clicks.


RJ

At least he knows where we’re going.


TOLEN

Oh wait, no this way.


SFX: The walkie button clicks.


RJ

At least I think he knows where we’re going?


SFX: Walkie Beep. The signal cuts out and distorts Chuck’s voice.


CHUCK

I sure as shit hope so.


SFX: The walkie button clicks.


RJ

Chuck?


CHUCK

RJ?


RJ

I think the walkie is losing signal.


SFX: Walkie Beep. The signal is even worse - you can barely make out Chuck’s voice.


CHUCK

RJ?


RJ

Chuck?


CHUCK

I think the walkie is... losing signal.


SFX: The walkie button clicks.


RJ

Chuck?


CHUCK

RJ?


SFX: A few pops and static, but no Chuck.


SFX: The walkie button clicks.


RJ

Chuck?


SFX: A few pops and static, but still no Chuck.


06:07.650

RJ (CONT’D)

Well, that’s just fantastic.


TOLEN

Don’t worry we’re almost there.


RJ

This has been way longer than a mile.


TOLEN

“Mile or so.”


RJ

What?


TOLEN

I said it would be “a mile or so”.


RJ

You know, Tolen, I’m really glad you feel good enough after such a horrible car accident, to have an argument over semantics with one of the people you almost killed. It’s really great.


06:34.650

RJ (CONT’D)

My God I need to pee.


TOLEN

Hop a squat, I don’t mind.


RJ

Thanks for the permission, but I’m not gonna “hop a squat.”


TOLEN

Why not? When in the woods the world is your toilet.


RJ

The world is not your toilet! Fucking hell, how much further?


TOLEN

It should be-


SFX: Suddenly, there is rustling in the woods around them; they go silent.


TOLEN (CONT’D)

Did you hear that?


RJ

Yes.


TOLEN

You don’t think it’s-


RJ

Jakob Stanley stalking us in the woods? No, no I do not.


TOLEN

I wasn’t gonna say that.


RJ

Shhh!


SFX: The wind picks up. Then silence.


TOLEN

Well, whatever it was, it’s gone now.


WALLACE

What in the wild, wild world of sports are you kids doing out here?


SFX: RJ and Tolen jump.


RJ

Shit!


TOLEN

Jesus Christ!


WALLACE

Take it easy now!


RJ

What are you doing out here?


07:32.950

WALLACE

I was checking for storm damage. We got hit with one hell of a S.O.B. last night and a bunch of my trees came down around the house and I wanted to make sure nothing was hitting the power lines. Now, what in the hell are you guys doing out here?


TOLEN

Sorry, sorry, we just - We were on our way to your place and we got into a car accident.


WALLACE

Oh no! Is everybody okay?


RJ

We’re alright, Avery and Chuck bore the brunt of it.


WALLACE

Shit. Where are they?


TOLEN

They’re still at the car.

RJ

We were walking to your place to call for an ambulance.


WALLACE

They ain’t unconscious or anything?


TOLEN

No, they were fine, just not up to the walk.


RJ

I wouldn’t say they were fine, they definitely need a hospital... but they were cognizant.


WALLACE

Shit, well, okay. Best get moving.


SFX: Wallace starts walking in a different direction then the one they were walking.


08:16.525

TOLEN

Wait. I thought your place was that way.


WALLACE

Sorry son, but you were walking in the wrong direction.


RJ

Goddamnit, Tolen.


SFX: The recording stops abruptly.


SFX: Wallace, RJ and Tolen trudge through the woods to Wallace’s home, where there is a very annoying set of wind chimes.


08:28.600

RJ

- I would have never realized there was a house over here.


WALLACE

Yeah, that’s kinda the point. I left all this over grow a bit. Like having that bit of nature right outside your door, you know what I mean?


TOLEN

I am so glad you found us.


WALLACE

I’m glad I found you too, buddy. And here we are. Tolen, take my truck keys and start’er up for me.


SFX: Wallace tosses Tolen his truck keys.


08:50.922

TOLEN

Will do.


WALLACE

RJ let me show you where the bathroom is, and I’ll call for the ambulance.


SFX: Wallace opens the door and holds it for RJ as she enters.


RJ

Thank you.


SFX: The door slams closed behind Wallace. Tolen goes to the truck and starts it up.


TOLEN

Fuck. ...


SFX: Tolen taps on the dashboard nervously.


TOLEN (CONT’D)

Fuck.


SFX: Again, Tolen taps on the dashboard nervously.


TOLEN

Okay. Okay...you’re okay... Okay...okay, you’re okay... okay. Okay...you’re okay... So, we were walking, uhm, from the crash site... and Wallace found us. And now, we’re at his house and I’ve started up his truck and RJ and Wallace are calling for an ambulance. And then we all drive back out to Avery and Chuck... whenever ... they... are... done. Come the fuck on guys! I would have never found this place. ... Seriously Avery, if Wallace had not shown up when he did, shit. ... Avery, I am so sorry. I’m sorry about the accident... I’m sorry about everything. ... UH! Come on, guys!


SFX: RJ’s cell phone falls off the seat to the floor board.


TOLEN

Son of a-


SFX: Tolen reaches down and pats around the phone trying to find it. Suddenly, the driver’s side door swings open. Startled Tolen bumps his head on the steering wheel while sitting up.


TOLEN

Shit.


WALLACE

Scooch over.


SFX: The phone is still on the floor of the cab, Tolen slides over to the passenger side. Wallace gets in, the car seat’s springs squeak under his weight. He closes the truck door.


SFX: Wallace tosses a paper bag on the dash.


12:24.162

TOLEN

Where’s RJ?


WALLACE

She’s gonna wait here for the police.


SFX: The car pulls out of the driveway and they hit the road.


TOLEN

What’s in the bag?


WALLACE

Some sandwiches, thought you might be hungry.


TOLEN

Oh... thanks.


SFX: The roads are rough and the truck gets tossed about a bit. Then, it starts to rain again.


WALLACE

Well, that’s just perfect.


TOLEN

Don’t worry. They’re sitting in the car.


WALLACE

Hum?


TOLEN

Avery and Chuck. We didn’t roll it or anything, they can sit inside the car. So, the rain isn’t-


WALLACE

What?


TOLEN

Oh, I thought... Never mind. Sorry.


TOLEN

Uh, Wallace?


WALLACE

Yeah?


TOLEN

I’m not sure we’re... going in the right direction.


WALLACE

These roads at night can be a bit confusing if you’re not familiar.


TOLEN

Huh.


WALLACE

Also you gotta keep your eye out for deer.


TOLEN

What?


WALLACE

They are everywhere around here.


TOLEN

Uh.


WALLACE

Are those deer? Up there over on your side?


TOLEN

What? Where?


SFX: BAM. Wallace slams on the car breaks and the recording cuts off.


SFX: The rain starts coming down hard as Avery and Chuck run through the woods calling out to Tolen and RJ.


AVERY

TOLEN? ... RJ?


CHUCK

TOLEN!?


AVERY

TOLEN? ... Shit, there is no way in hell they found this place.


CHUCK

I know, it’s really hidden back here.


AVERY

TOLEN?


CHUCK

RJ?! ... TOLEN?


AVERY

Wait, is that it?


14:06.600

CHUCK

Yeah.


AVERY

Like the home of a Hobbit militia.


CHUCK

Okay, okay hold on.


SFX: Chuck and Avery pull under a tree to shield from the rain.


AVERY

Alright, how we doing this?


CHUCK

There’s a screen door on that side of the house that doesn’t have a lock on it.


AVERY

Okay so, we just... break in?


CHUCK

Rather ask for forgiveness than permission.


AVERY

No right, right. Uh. Ah, is there another way in or out?


CHUCK

Front door, but there’s a bunch of shit in front of it, so he doesn’t use it.


14:34.350

AVERY

Okay, so ha ha ha, uh... Ready?


CHUCK

Ready.


SFX: Chuck and Avery scramble to the side of the house. Chuck carefully opens the screen door, and they both enter Wallace’s house. The wind chimes outside continue to be heard inside the quiet house.


SFX: Avery bumps into the kitchen table, and stubs her toe.


AVERY

Shit.


CHUCK

Shhh!

SFX: Suddenly, they hear a muffled scream coming from the basement beneath them.


AVERY

That’s RJ.


CHUCK

Basement.


SFX: Avery and Chuck run to the basement door and scramble down the wooden steps loudly.


AVERY

RJ?


SFX: RJ screams through a gag in her mouth.


SFX: Chuck pulls the chain on a lone hanging light bulb. It pops on with an electric hiss.


AVERY

Oh my God.


SFX: Avery and Chuck rush over to RJ, who is gagged and tied to a wooden chair.


15:50.200

AVERY (CONT’D)

Oh my God. Look at your eye. Oh my God!


CHUCK

Where is Wallace? Is he here?


SFX: RJ screams “Uh-uh” through the gag. Avery starts to try to remove the gag, as Chuck starts untying RJ from the chair.


AVERY

I’m so sorry it’s caught in your hair. Here we go, here we go. ... Honey, I am so sorry, here. Here we go.


SFX: The gag peels off RJ's face and she desperately tries to catch her breath.


CHUCK

Are you sure Wallace isn’t here?


AVERY

Where is Tolen?


RJ

He... he left with Wallace... I don’t know where. - Can you please get me untied.


CHUCK

Trying. This knot is fucking-


RJ

Is there anything behind me?


AVERY

No. Why?


SFX: RJ flings herself backwards breaking the wooden chair.


CHUCK

Damn girl.


AVERY

Well, that’s one way to do it. Jesus Christ!


CHUCK

Are you ok? What happened?


AVERY

Here let me, Chuck can you...


SFX: Avery and Chuck dive to the floor pulling pieces of the wooden chair away and help RJ get untied.


RJ

Wallace found us in the woods... Tolen had gotten us lost. We got back here and Wallace gave Tolen the keys to start up his truck. I came in to use the bathroom and Wallace was going to call for an ambulance. When I came out of the bathroom, Wallace... Wallace cold cocked me... I was out for a few seconds and I woke up tied to the chair and Wallace was running up the stairs.


AVERY

I’ll fucking kill him.


RJ

I heard Wallace get in the truck with Tolen and take off.


16:58.377

AVERY

So he just took off with Tolen in the truck?


CHUCK

What the fuck is happening?


AVERY

What the fuck is happening?


RJ

Not that I am not grateful, but what made you guys come after us?


AVERY

Uh, we reviewed more of the video file from the night Wallace brought us dinner. He didn’t know we were filming, and there was just weird shit. And it seemed like he deliberately took the manuscript. And maybe the memory cards.


RJ

What the hell?


17:23.697

CHUCK

And he probably drugged us too.


RJ

That fucking cider!


AVERY

Shit! And remember he brought some for Deb and Loretta. Fuuucck... that’s probably why we couldn’t find them when we got up.


RJ

Oh no.


CHUCK

We were hoping to get to you before you got here, but...


SFX: RJ is now free from the ropes.


RJ

What the hell is his end game here?


AVERY

We gotta call the cops.


CHUCK

There’s a phone in the kitchen.


AVERY

Hold on there’s just one more... alright. RJ, you good?


RJ

Yeah, let’s get this fucker.


AVERY

Okay, okay. Chuck will you? Alright. Count of 3, one, two, three.


SFX: Chuck and Avery help RJ to her feet.


AVERY (CONT’D)

Yep, yep you're good. Come on, you're good.


SFX: Chuck, Avery and RJ climb the stairs.


SFX: Chuck dives for the kitchen phone. She picks up the receiver.


18:21.700

CHUCK

It’s dead.


AVERY

What?


SFX: Avery crosses and tries the phone.


AVERY

I will kill that man.


RJ

What the hell?


AVERY

What?


SFX: RJ grabs a pass card hanging from a hook in the living room. The chain it is attached to jingles.


RJ

Why does he have a pass card for the Mendenhall Gate? [BEEP] had one hanging from his key chain.


AVERY

The fuck?


CHUCK

Guys?


AVERY

Oh, fuck. What now?


CHUCK

What the hell is all this?


SFX: Avery and RJ enter the living room.


18:46.975

RJ

These are all the boxes from Jane’s place and the FMC.


SFX: Chuck knocks the lid off of one of the boxes.


CHUCK

Shit.


AVERY

What?


CHUCK

This one is empty.


AVERY

Wait, what?!


SFX: They start frantically opening the boxes.


AVERY (CONT’D)

No no nonononononono. ... Empty.


RJ

Empty.


CHUCK

Empty.


RJ

Empty.


AVERY

Empty.


CHUCK

This one has a few of the drawings from the FMC.


RJ

Empty.


AVERY

Empty.


CHUCK

Oh, no. ... The fireplace.


SFX: Avery and Chuck scramble over to the fireplace, the fire is low, but still burning. RJ keeps checking boxes.


AVERY

That shit stain.


RJ

What the hell?!


AVERY

Is anything salvageable from in there?


SFX: Chuck takes the poker and jabs at the burning embers.


CHUCK

No, not really.


AVERY

Fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck.


CHUCK

Look, he didn’t get to these yet.


SFX: Avery, Chuck and RJ sit on the floor and begin looking through the pile.


AVERY

Anyone seeing the manuscript?


RJ

Just a bunch of illustrations...


CHUCK

Lots of... L.L. Randolph stuff.


RJ

Yeah. All of these are Randolph.