Ep 5 | Transcript


00:00:04

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.


00:00:20

NARRATOR

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.


00:01:13

PROFESSOR WHITAKER

Warning. This episode discusses suicide. For support and resources please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or your local crisis center. ... File labeled: “005 Rough Cut, Episode 5 - Tell Me a Story: The True Life of Jakob Stanley.”


SFX: Avery turns on the mic and plays with the settings.


00:01:38

AVERY

Testing this out, can I hear myself. Can you hear me? Check, check. Test, test.


SFX: Avery is climbing a treacherous stairwell at the Mendenhall Institute. It sounds like a crypt.


AVERY NARRATOR

Okay, so today we are going to do something a little different... Chuck and Tolen are with Wallace and the search party looking for Jane, and since RJ and I are without transportation, we have decided to do some background on the Mendenhall Institute as we now know Stanley owned the land its on,... and coincidently within walking distance - shit ... Ah, and because RJ can talk her way into anywhere, we’re actually inside the belly of the beast itself. So, we’re also gonna shoot a quick episode of RJ’s ghost hunting show BOO. Ah, and we will hopefully not die in the process. Whooo! Alright, let’s get haunted.


00:02:44

[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]


00:04:25

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: The loud ticking of a massive grandfather clock welcomes us back to the Homestead. The room feels empty and still except for a few pops coming from a fire in the fireplace.


00:04:57

AVERY/NARRATOR (CONT’D)

Loretta Moyer is the all powerful, matriarch of the Porter Township Moyer clan. She is well versed in the history and folklore of this town, especially the Mendenhall Institute.


RJ

(off mic)

You can go ahead.


LORETTA

What am I saying here now?


RJ

(off mic)

Introduce yourself... what you’re gonna talk about-


AVERY

(off mic)

And the verbal consent.


LORETTA

Hello. My name is Loretta Leigh Moyer and my family has run the Homestead in Porter Township, PA for generations. And today I am going to be talking about the Mendenhall Institute and the story of Patient #349.


AVERY

(off mic)

And the verbal consent.


LORETTA

Oh. And I approve this message.


[The 3 start to crack up.]


LORETTA (CONT’D)

That wasn’t it.


AVERY

(off mic)

And I consent-


LORETTA

No, I got it...

And I consent...


[They giggle again.]


AVERY

(off mic)

We have a release you can sign.


LORETTA

Ha, good, cuz that’s the best you’re gonna get.


[They laugh.]


00:06:12

RJ/NARRATOR

Upon first glance, Miss Loretta seems like a stereotypical gran, but if you talk to her for more than 5 minutes... you realize that she’s anything but. Miss Loretta is completely fascinated by all things macabre. And 100% believes in ghosts. Like, there is not a doubt in her mind. Also, she has great weed.


AVERY/NARRATOR

In our previous episode, Miss Loretta told us about the Mendenhall Institute’s hidden underground tunnel system that connected to a massive crematorium used to burn the bodies of their patients.


SFX: Low Beep and click.


AVERY

Note: Insert more on the religious sect “The Order of the Light,” or “The Light of His Word” or “The Light.” Note over.


SFX: Low Beep and click.


RJ/NARRATOR

Miss Loretta is gonna provide a bit more detail on the stories of abuse within the Institute and the local ghost story of Patent #349.

SFX: The fireplace pops in the background.


00:07:11

LORETTA

Such a terrible thing, people dumping their family members there. Just disgusting.


RJ

(off mic)

That place seems absolutely terrifying.


LORETTA

It was. And it still is... In all the years it was open, thousands and thousands of people died in their care.


AVERY

(off mic)

Yikes.


LORETTA

Can you imagine the weight of all that? All those souls just piling up, and piling up, and piling up. I think that psychic weight is what made the dam burst.


RJ

(off mic)

How do you mean “the dam burst”?


LORETTA

When patients started escaping. That place was up and running for over 60 years, and for over 60 years no one gave it a second thought. They were doing “God’s work” there. You wouldn’t have even imagined anyone would’ve ever wanted to escape. They were safe there. They were cared for. They had everything they needed. Hell, it even looked like a damn palace.


AVERY

(off mic)

But patients began escaping?


LORETTA

Ya...starting in like ‘62, ’63. Few times a year, 4 or 5 of uhm would break out. Now, that might not sound like a lot, but remember no patients had ever run away from there before.


RJ

(off mic)

And where would they go?


00:08:28

LORETTA

Some got lost in the woods trying to climb the ridge. Most got funneled into town where they’d get scooped up and taken back. It wasn’t even until ‘77, ‘79 before people finally started paying attention and actually listening to those poor creatures. I only ever heard bits and bobs... But it’s all so horrible. Strapping patients to wheel chairs, so they couldn’t run... removing their teeth, so they couldn’t bite... binding their hands, so they couldn’t fend for themselves... feeding them with tubes down their throats.


RJ

(off mic)

Shit.


LORETTA

Not even allowed the dignity of eating their own food.


AVERY

(off mic)

Damn.


LORETTA

They had to know, those rich folks. They had to know they were sending their family members off to die... and they just didn’t care.


RJ

(off mic)

Miss Loretta, should we take a little break?


LORETTA

No, no, no girls, I’m fine. I am.


AVERY

(off mic)

Uh, well why don’t we change gears for a bit? Yeah? How about you tell us the story of patient #349?


RJ

(off mic)

I might’ve actually heard this one before?


00:09:50

LORETTA

“Don’t go out to the wood dear friends, the wind doth howl and the branch doth creak, summoning the lady far up at Great Peak. And if you hear the ring of her bell, she will drag you straight to hell.”


AVERY

(off mic)

That’s similar to “Lady Bell” from Stanley’s first book?


RJ

(off mic)

Right.


LORETTA

I don’t know it from any book, that’s just something the kids round here used to say... on nights like tonight... when the wind whips through the woods... It was 1962, a beautiful, raven haired young woman, broke free from the asylum and ran for miles through the woods, barefoot in the snow. Her feet slashed by the underbrush, cut a red path through the fields of white. Once she reached the highest ridge on Great Cliff’s Peak, she set her sites on a gnarled oak. And there, she strung herself up from the highest branch... and hanged herself.


SFX: The wind picks up outside.


LORETTA (CONT’D)

Because of the way the wind shot up the side of Great Cliff’s Peak, it made her nightgown billow out wide. And through the night it froze hard... outstretched... collecting the falling snow. Police who were first on scene said she looked like a great white bell, ... with her bloody feet swinging back and forth in the wind... up high in the oak, looking down at the Mendenhall. That oak has been known as the Bell Tree ever since.


RJ

(off mic)

Oh man.


00:11:34

LORETTA

And on cold nights, when the wind is strong and cuts through the hollow like a blade, you can hear the faint sound of a ringing bell... echoing for miles through the valley.


SFX: A faint sound of a bell rings in the distance.


RJ

(off mic)

Full. Bod. Chills. ... I have a million more questions.


AVERY

(off mic)

Oh my God yes. What happened when the Mendenhall closed?


RJ

(off mic)

You said they didn’t find anyone? Not even staff?


AVERY

(off mic)

What else do you know about The Light?


RJ

(off mic)

Shit yeah, what’s the deal with The Light?


DEBBIE

(from upstairs)

Ma, you still up?


LORETTA

Oh, balls.


DEBBIE

(from upstairs)

Come on.


LORETTA

Best get yourselves upstairs!


SFX: Avery and RJ begin collecting their sound equipment in a hurry as Deb approaches.


DEBBIE

(from upstairs)

Bedtime for Bonzo.


AVERY

(whispering)

Thank you, Miss Loretta!


RJ

(whispering)

Thank you, Miss Loretta!


AVERY

(whispering)

Goodnight!


LORETTA

(whispering)

Goodnight girls-


RJ

That was awesome!


SFX: The mic cuts off.


MUSIC: [TRANSITION]


AVERY/NARRATOR

And now for something completely different. Here is an excerpt from our shoot at the Mendenhall for RJ’s show BOO.


SFX: “BOO” Intro Sting


SFX: Avery and RJ are standing outside in front of the main building of the Mendenhall.


00:12:33

RJ

It is literally the most terrifying building I have ever seen.


AVERY

Uh, yup.


SFX: “BOO” Intro Sting


RJ

It there anyone here?


SFX: There is a beat of silence, we only hear the creepy basement and echos of their breath.


MUSIC: [BOO THEME]


RJ/NARRATOR

We are all comprised of matter and energy.


CHUCK

What was that?!


RJ

I didn’t hear anything?


SFX: A crashing sound comes from the corner of the basement.


CHUCK

Well, did you freaken’ hear that?!


RJ/NARRATOR

So, if the Law of Conservation of Energy - the basic tenet of thermodynamics - is true, what happens to our energy after we die...


RJ

ORBS!


CHUCK

Oh, hell no.


RJ/NARRATOR

If it cannot simply... disappear?


RJ

Did you see that?


RJ/NARRATOR

We want to know.


CHUCK

Ahhh, nononononono!!!


RJ/NARRATOR

This is Charles Young and I am RJ Álvarez and this is “BOO... Beyond Our Observation.”


CHUCK

Nononononono! AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!


RJ

Chuck come back.


SFX: “BOO” Sting.


SFX: They set up for their interview with the caretaker of the Mendenhall. The Mendenhall is cavernous and echoey.


RJ (CONT’D)

(off mic)

We set?


AVERY

(off mic)

Good to go.


RJ

(off mic)

Avery!


AVERY

(off mic)

What! I have tiny hands, they get cold.


RJ

(off mic)

Those are Chuck’s!


AVERY

(off mic)

She’s not using them.


[The caretaker [BEEP/name redacted] approaches and clears his throat.]


CARETAKER

(off mic)

Y’all ready for me.


RJ

(off mic)

Yes of course.


SFX: BOO Transition Sting.


00:14:13

RJ (CONT’D)

Well, we are now meeting [BEEP] the caretaker here at the Mendenhall Institute. How are you [BEEP]?


CARETAKER

Good, good.


RJ

Let’s talk the history of this building, when was it built?


CARETAKER

Construction started in 1897 and opened in 1901.


RJ

And it was run by a religious sect called, The Order of the Light, or The Light?


CARETAKER

I don’t think I know about that.


RJ

Okay, and it was open as a psychiatric hospital?


CARETAKER

Psychiatric institute.


RJ

Ah. Is there a big difference between the two?


CARETAKER

Ha. Probably not. Can’t say I know about that either.


RJ

How many patients lived here?


CARETAKER

At any one time, there could be 400-800? After WWI got up to over 2 thousand.


RJ

Wow.


CARETAKER

Yeah.


RJ

And it was an operating hospital until when?


CARETAKER

It stayed opened until 1981.


RJ

Really?


CARETAKER

Yes ma’am. But the patient count went way down at the end.


RJ

And, why did they close?


CARETAKER

The place just seemed to run its course.


AVERY

(off mic)

We interviewed Miss Loretta at the Homestead last night.


CARETAKER

Ah. So, how much do you know?


AVERY

(off mic)

Enough to know this place didn’t just run it’s course.


CARETAKER

Oh, so there you go. [laughs uncomfortably] Uh. The main office is this way.


SFX: He turns and starts walking down a long echoey hallway.


AVERY

(off mic)

Uh, okay.


SFX: BOO TRANSITION STING


SFX: RJ and the caretaker sit in the main office of the Mendenhall, Avery continues to film.


00:15:53

RJ

Have you experienced anything here?


CARETAKER

Not sure how to explain it. But sometimes you can get caught up in these feelings that don’t seem like yours.


RJ

How do you mean?


CARETAKER

Ah, it’s like you’re just going about your day and one second you’re fine, the next, you’re sad, or you’re angry, then suddenly you feel like laughing. Then as quick as it hits, it stops and you’re back to yourself.


RJ

So, a strong emotional energy... certain areas trigger overwhelmingly strong emotions?


CARETAKER

I suppose you could put it like that. Yeah.


RJ

Do you ever get the feeling that you are not alone here?


CARETAKER

Oh. Yeah. Yeah.


RJ

But, you often work here by yourself? Do you ever have any problem coming in here, being alone with all this... energy?


CARETAKER

No, no. It’s fine. I feel bad for uhm.


00:16:56

RJ

For who?


CARETAKER

Whoever’s here.


SFX: Suddenly, there is weird sound like burst of air. RJ and Avery are startled.


AVERY

(off mic)

Bah!


RJ

What was that?


CARETAKER

Ha, oh I was gonna warn ya. You see they had this pneumatic tube system in the walls here.


AVERY

(off-mic)

A what?


CARETAKER

A pneumatic tube system. It’s used to send messages and medicine through the Institute. It’s really old, so from time to time there are these bursts of air that can be a little startling. Don’t mind it.


SFX: Suddenly there is another weird sound like burst of air.


RJ

HA! Yeah, that is a bit startling.


CARETAKER

There are all these stories about how the staff would play tricks on one another, send random things through the system.


RJ

Like what?


CARETAKER

Uh, you know like sending water balloons... Uh, cake. Even dirty baby diapers. [laughs] Can you imagine requesting a sedative from the pharmacy, and getting a mess of doot instead. [giggle snort] ... But yeah, all that horse play really messed up the system.


AVERY

(off mic)

Wait. There were babies here?


CARETAKER

Oh yeah, full nursery wing on the top floor.


RJ

There was a nursery here?


CARETAKER

Yes.


RJ

I thought this facility was only for adults.


CARETAKER

It was. The nursery was mostly for the children of the patients who lived here.


RJ

Huh.


CARETAKER

Sometimes women would show up pregnant - other times, patients would get together here, and one thing would lead to another. People’s people.


AVERY

(off mic)

Right.


RJ

Can we shoot up there?


CARETAKER

Uh...


AVERY

(off mic)

Absolutely not.


RJ

Avery, that’s what we’re here for.


AVERY

(off mic)

Uhm, I’m not here for that. I didn’t sign up for baby ghosts.


RJ

You’re worse than Chuck.


AVERY

(off mic)

Feel free to go up there with all the ghost babies, I am not interested.


RJ

(off mic/under breath)

But, you agreed to-


AVERY

(off mic)

I agreed to the tunnels, that is my max on freaky.


CARETAKER

Ah, you girls don’t need to fuss about it. That area’s closed off. I can’t take you up there anyway.


RJ

Oh no, really?


CARETAKER

Yeah, floor’s not safe.


AVERY

(off mic)

Thank God.


SFX: BOO Transition Sting.


SFX: RJ and Gregor stand in the dining hall of the building, Avery continues to film. The dining hall is even more massive than the entrance, with high vaulted ceilings that makes every sound reverberate throughout your body.


00:18:37

RJ

We’re now in the massive dining hall of the Mendenhall Institute.


CARETAKER

Grand Dining Room.


RJ

Excuse me, Grand Dining Room.


CARETAKER

Over that way is the kitchen and in this area is where they had the rows of tables. The floors and walls are hand-cut marble, and all these archways are gold leaf.


RJ

And those windows!


CARETAKER

The stained glass windows were brought over from France. There are 37 along the east wall and 14 along the west. All the statues and pillars were imported from Europe.


RJ

Breathtaking.


AVERY

(off mic)

... What’s this emblem on the floor?


RJ

(reading)

“Similia similibus curentur”?


AVERY

(off mic)

What does that mean?


RJ

I’m not sure-


[Gregor clears his throat.]


CARETAKER

The owner hired a restoration team to try to bring the Mendenhall back to it’s former glory - well at least the best they could. Took almost 10 years.


AVERY

(off mic)

By owner you mean Jakob Stanley? Or sorry, Russell Stanley?


CARETAKER

Yeah, Russell... Ah, Mr. Stanley.


RJ

This would be a good time to introduce my lovely BOO Berries to Avery Fisher. Not only is she assisting me today, but she’s heading a docu-series on the writer Jakob Stanley. Avery, do you have any questions for [BEEP]?


AVERY

(off mic)

Really? Okay thanks.


SFX: RJ passes Avery a mic.


AVERY (CONT’D)

Uhm, did you ever know anything about the Stanleys? They evidently lived on the property?


CARETAKER

Oh, ... the old Stanley farm house.


RJ

(off mic)

Yeah.


CARETAKER

I’m not from here, but as far as what I know, the Stanley family were some of the first locals to work here... I think since it opened.


AVERY

They worked here?


CARETAKER

That’s how they came to live in that house.


RJ

(off mic)

No way.


AVERY

Do you know what they did here? For the Institute?


CARETAKER

I would guess maintenance? The Docs and nurses lived in the buildings on the main grounds.


00:20:31

RJ

(off mic)

So, why were they still in that house? If no one in the family worked here anymore?


CARETAKER

Can’t say for sure. Maybe the family had been living there so long at that point, the Mendenhall just let them stay.


AVERY

How altruistic of them. Uhm. So, then Jakob Stanley bought all the Mendenhall property, in its entirety?


CARETAKER

Right when the Mendenhall closed in ‘81.


AVERY

But, before that point, the Stanley family didn’t own any of the land, or the house?


CARETAKER

Got it all in one big chunk.


AVERY

Huh.


RJ

(off mic)

Okay.


AVERY

I mean, I get why he would buy the land his house was on, but why this place? And then pay the money to restore it?


RJ

(off mic)

I don’t know... but, I mean, if I had the money to buy a haunted asylum... I would absolutely do it.


AVERY

But, would you restore the buildings? Take care of the grounds?


RJ

(off mic)

Yes, of course.


AVERY

Hummm.


SFX: BOO Transition Sting.


SFX: We are basement level at the connecting point of all of the Institute’s tunnels. There is a slight electrical buzz that is almost soothing.


00:21:31

RJ

[BEEP] why don’t you tell us where we are right now?


CARETAKER

Right now, we are in the underground tunnel system that connects all the buildings here at the Mendenhall.


RJ

But what is this specific location?


CARETAKER

Ah, this is called the “cross roads.”


AVERY

It’s a real interesting shape.


CARETAKER

It’s where all the tunnels intersect.


RJ

There are 5 triangular pillars pointing out from the center of the room, and on either side is a tunnel that... crosses over its nearby tunnel... shooting off in different directions.


AVERY

Huh, ... it’s a big star.


RJ

Oh, yeah... if you looked down at it from above.


CARETAKER

And, uh, this was all here before the Mendenhall was built.


RJ

How do you mean?


CARETAKER

These tunnels were here for ages, so the Institute just designed the entire facility’s lay out around them. Gave the staff an easy way to get around.


00:22:28

AVERY

Huh. Was there another structure here they demo-ed before building?


CARETAKER

No, I think the site was clear, just the tunnels.


AVERY

Hum, that’s weird.


CARETAKER

This is the exact center of the 9 main buildings. The tunnels all meet here together... giving this juncture, uh, it’s 5 sided shape.


AVERY

There are 10 tunnels.


CARETAKER

Huh?


RJ

10 tunnels?


CARETAKER

Yeah, yeah.


AVERY

Buff, it smells like bad dirt... can dirt go bad?


RJ

And 10th connects to?


CARETAKER

Ah, it heads out to Great Cliff.


AVERY

Right.


SFX: BOO Transition Sting.


RJ

So, BOO Berries, we have motion sensors in each of the tunnels, body cams are on, EMF meter in hand and ghost box on deck. And we are going dark in 5...


CARETAKER

Going dark?


RJ

4...


AVERY

For the night vision camera.


RJ

3...


CARETAKER

Uh...


RJ

2...


AVERY

I don’t like it either.


RJ

One! LIGHTS OUT!


SFX: Electrical buzz drops out.


CARETAKER

Oh, Jesus Christ.


00:23:35

RJ

(to ghosts)

If there's anybody in the room right now can you give me a couple of knocks, or taps? Anybody here?


SFX: Distant rustling sound... possibly conversation.


AVERY

Is that voices?


RJ

What did you hear?


AVERY

It was like a... I don’t know, it was from down over there to the right?


CARETAKER

Mighta’ be like a bird or a rat.


AVERY

Rats? That’s awesome. We got bats up in here too?


CARETAKER

Oh yeah.


AVERY

Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool.


RJ

(to ghosts)

I'm really sorry that you’ were in pain here... and I'm asking you if it would be okay, if you could just talk to us for a little bit?


CARETAKER

That light over there, it turned on.


RJ

The motions sensor in the northern tunnel has fluttered on.


00:24:27

AVERY

Where does that tunnel lead too?


CARETAKER

Uhhhhhh.


RJ

Okay, so I'm now going to put the EMF meter on and this will pick up energy of anybody else here.


CARETAKER

How does that work?


RJ

They detect the fields released by moving electrically charged objects, so if there is a spike, here in the signal, that’s a change in electrical current, which indicates a spirit.


AVERY

But, in real life what’s that used for?


RJ

Locate harmful EMF radiation, from like appliances and stuff.


AVERY

So, ghosts or life threatening radiation. Great.


SFX: Distant sound... could be nothing.


RJ

Does anybody hear that noise?


AVERY

I didn’t hear anything?


RJ

(to ghosts)

Don’t be afraid, come and talk to us.

(to Avery) Avery, are you experiencing any cold spots? AVERY No. It’s actually crazy warm down here, I have to take this off. [glove in mouth] Gimme a sec. SFX: Avery removes gloves and jacket. SFX: Distant “breathing.” RJ Wait, wait wait. AVERY What? RJ Shhhh... shh... What was that noise - did someone just breathe really loudly? AVERY No - SFX: The “wind” howls... RJ Oh shit! What was that? AVERY Was that you? Are you screwing with me? RJ No, I’m not doing anything, are you? AVERY NO! Jesus Christ, I ain’t doing shit. RJ I'm going to turn on the BOO box right now, running at 300 channels per millisecond. AVERY The “BOO Box”? RJ A ghost box, spirit box... it randomly scans through FM and AM frequencies to pick up the spirits’ words in the white noise. (to ghosts) So, this is a tool that will help you communicate with us. SFX: The spirt box goes on, it is loud and jarring, rapidly switching through frequencies. CARETAKER Good God! 00:25:57 AVERY That is so LOUD! RJ I know right. AVERY Ohhh, I hate it. RJ (to ghosts) Can you tell us who is in this tunnel with us right now, please? ... Do you like us being here? ... Can you tell me who you are please? ... We just want to communicate with you. We mean you no harm. AVERY Oh weird...[BEEP] would you mind waving your arms around right now? CARETAKER Yeah... uh...why am I waving? AVERY Huh. It looks like it’s snowing near you. SFX: RJ lowers the volume on the spirit box and crosses to Avery. RJ Let me see... Oh wow... yeah those are orbs! Did you feel anything just now, because there are a lot of orbs floating around you in a spiral. SFX: The caretaker screams and bolts down one of the halls, taking off upstairs. RJ (CONT’D) [BEEP]! AVERY RJ, will you turn that damn thing off. SFX: RJ turns off the Spirit Box. RJ (calling after him) We didn’t mean to scare you! AVERY (calling after him) Please come back. RJ (calling after him) It’s ok, it was just a few... orbs. AVERY We should go. RJ Oh, I’m sure he’s fine. SFX: A loud echoey guttural throaty burst of sound belches from down the hallway that leads to the Palmer Funeral Home like a mummy from a crypt. It has vibrating hmmm that lingers. AVERY RJ? ... RJ? SFX: A sound similar to heavy footstep approach. AVERY (CONT’D) NOPE! NOPE-NOPE-NOPE-NOPE-NOPE-NOPE-NOPE-NOPE. SFX: They bolt, rattling equipment shaking on their straps as they run. RJ AVERY! Your jacket! AVERY There are other jackets! SFX: The mics suddenly cut out. MUSIC: [BOO THEME] 00:27:37 AVERY/NARRATOR To find out what happened next, please check out RJ’s ghost hunting show BOO! on [BEEP] and follow BOO at [BEEP]. SFX: BOO Transition Sting. MUSIC: [POD THEME] SFX: Avery and RJ are recording narration in their Homestead room. [RJ is chuckles.] AVERY You ready? RJ Yeah. AVERY Alright. [RJ is chuckles.] AVERY/NARRATOR Okay. After an extremely exhausting day, we are finally back at the Homestead. RJ/NARRATOR Exhausting, but phenomenal! The Mendenhall Institute! I mean come on! AVERY/NARRATOR And last night, that stuff from Miss Loretta? RJ/NARRATOR I know. I am still shooketh’. And The Light? What the hell is that shit about?! AVERY Ah. We smell cult right? RJ Definitely. AVERY/NARRATION Oh. And her story about patient #349... Stanley had to have based “The Lady in the Bell” on that. Whether it’s just folklore or truth it definitely colored his work. Especially the first book. RJ Well, ... he did live on the property? AVERY Ah, what do you mean? RJ Maybe he saw... her? Hanging... in the tree? AVERY Uhhh. It’s a bit of a leap, we don’t even know if it really happened, but if it did happen... I guess anythings possible? SFX: RJ grabs a map and palaces it on the table in front of them. RJ Look, here is their house... and over here... is Great Cliff’s Peak. AVERY Huh. 00:29:12 RJ How old would he have been? AVERY In ‘62, uh... about 12? I mean we have his journals from that time, so we can review them. RJ Oh! AVERY But, there might not be much there there, know what I mean? RJ Well when we get the guys back, and more sets of eyes, maybe we can find something more definitive? AVERY/NARRATION Uh, speaking of which, we are still waiting to hear back from Tolen and Chuck. RJ I really hope they found Jane. AVERY Yeah, me too. AVERY/NARRATION Well dear listeners, Debbie has kept a little something in the oven for us, so we shall bid you adieu. SFX: RJ and Avery begin shutting down equipment. RJ (off mic) We should try to find that Bell tree if we can. AVERY (off mic) I would be down for tha- SFX: The mic cuts off. SFX: The mic pops on. It is being manhandled as levels are adjusted. SFX: Avery hits play on a VM message from Tolen. AUTOMATED VOICE (over phone line) You have one new message. New voice message: TOLEN (over phone line) Hey, it’s me... Uhm... We didn’t find Jane. Most of the town showed up, did a full grid search of the woods and there was no sign of her anywhere. The next county over is lending their highway patrol helicopter tomorrow...so. I know we barely know this woman, but I can’t help but feel... responsible for her. ... I don’t know, I don’t know. There is this unrelenting pit of guilt in my stomach. “Unrelenting Pit of Guilt: the Tolen Reid Story”. Ha-ha beat you to it. Sorry. Wallace is allowing us to crash here again. He even made us dinner. In this moment, I love him more than my own mother. We’ll get up as early as we can and head back to the Homestead. I don’t think we’re helping by staying here. Ah, I wish we had better news, but anyways... we’ll see you in the morning. SFX: Avery hangs up the phone. AVERY Damn it- SFX: Avery roughly cuts off the mic. 00:31:22 PROFESSOR WHITAKER End of file labeled: “005 Rough Cut, Episode 5 - Tell Me a Story: The True Life of Jakob Stanley.” 00:31:38 NARRATOR The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the podcasters and participants. 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. [MUSIC AND CLOSING CREDITS] 00:32:05 ANNOUNCER “Tell Me a Story: The True Life of Jakob Stanley” is a biweekly podcast produced by Silvia Whitaker. Please, rate, review and subscribe. 00:32:15 ANNOUNCER (CONT’D) If you have information on the missing, know the identity of the person or persons who uploaded these files, have a theory about the case, or have had your own unexplainable experiences in Iphigenia County, Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. 00:32:32 ANNOUNCER (CONT’D) Please record a message via our website. Messages may be used in future episodes. Voices, will be altered and names redacted to protect your anonymity. Episode 6 will be released Wednesday, February 9th.

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