Dark Adaptation

Dark Adaptation Podcast explores all things macabre, mysterious, and downright dark. Join Brianna for episodes full of intrigue, information, and entertainment! While we typically dive into lesser-known stories or Canadian cases, we do cover well-known cases and stories, too. For those more ”popular” cases that you thought you knew, we promise we’ll deliver so much information and intrigue you’re guaranteed to learn something new. And that’s not all - you’ll also experience a unique, cosmic twist from our special guest host, Steph, who delves into the charts and skies of those people and places we’ve heard of a million times. Our other guest host, Paige, is also featured on some episodes to bring us into the world of cryptids and folklore.

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Monday Nov 13, 2023

16-year-old Mekayla Bali was last seen on the afternoon of April 12, 2016, in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. That morning, she went to school as usual but left shortly after arriving. Before she vanished, she sent her friends cryptic messages, made calls to unknown recipients, and her movements through town were strange. She even returned to school briefly before taking off again. There’s no evidence that she met up with anyone or that she left town on a bus or by other means, so what happened to Mekayla Bali on that sunny spring afternoon?
If you have information about Mekayla Bali's disappearance, please contact:
F Division RCMP Historical Case Unit 1-833-502-6861; 639-625-4111; saskmissingpersons@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. Reference Case#: 2016430186
Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or online at https://www.canadiancrimestoppers.org/submit-a-tip/submit-a-tip
Send email to the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains at: canadasmissing-disparuscanada@rcmp-grc.gc.ca; or
Reach out through contact details on the Bring Mekayla Bali Home website
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Monday Nov 06, 2023

People in Riverside California were left reeling when they heard the shocking news of a horrible crime committed in the usually peaceful neighbourhood of La Sierra South. Each detail they learned was more horrifying than the last. A teenage girl abducted; a law enforcement officer killed in a shootout; and 3 members of the beloved family found dead. Little did everyone know this story was much bigger, and it originated 2,600 miles away in Virginia with an absolute monster named Austin Lee Edwards.
Articles for Online Safety:
Kids Safety Online: Parental Control and How to Protect Your Kids Online
KidsHealth.org
Unicef.org
ProtectKidsOnline.ca
WebMD – Signs of Catfishing
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Monday Oct 30, 2023

What better way to close out the spooky season than with our special guest Paige for another iteration of Cryptids and Folklore. This episode, keep an eye out for the dark figures lurking at the edges of your vision—shadow people and sleep paralysis demons that have haunted the human psyche for centuries. We delve into the eerie lore surrounding these elusive entities, pulling back the veil between the known and the unknown.
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Monday Oct 23, 2023

Brianna got sick and had to take an unexpected hiatus, so, the new plan for October is an in-depth coverage of a true crime case with all 3 parts being released at once! We appreciate your patience and your loyal listenership, so we're making it up to you the best we can. Now, on with the show...
On October 2, 1996, in the small town of Waurika, Oklahoma, 16-year-old Heather Rich snuck out of her bedroom in the middle of the night to see a friend. She never returned home and for 7 agonizing days, her parents did everything they could to find their daughter. Meanwhile, on the evening of October 9, a Texas rancher and his granddaughter saw something floating in Belknap Creek. Assuming a calf had slipped into the river upstream and drowned, he shot the body twice to sink it. The next morning, he realized the calf was still floating in the creek. Upon closer inspection, he realized this wasn’t the body of a drowned calf – it was the body of a person…
 
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Monday Oct 23, 2023

Brianna got sick and had to take an unexpected hiatus, so, the new plan for October is an in-depth coverage of a true crime case with all 3 parts being released at once! We appreciate your patience and your loyal listenership, so we're making it up to you the best we can. Now, on with the show...
On October 2, 1996, in the small town of Waurika, Oklahoma, 16-year-old Heather Rich snuck out of her bedroom in the middle of the night to see a friend. She never returned home and for 7 agonizing days, her parents did everything they could to find their daughter. Meanwhile, on the evening of October 9, a Texas rancher and his granddaughter saw something floating in Belknap Creek. Assuming a calf had slipped into the river upstream and drowned, he shot the body twice to sink it. The next morning, he realized the calf was still floating in the creek. Upon closer inspection, he realized this wasn’t the body of a drowned calf – it was the body of a person…
 
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Monday Oct 23, 2023

Brianna got sick and had to take an unexpected hiatus, so, the new plan for October is an in-depth coverage of a true crime case with all 3 parts being released at once! We appreciate your patience and your loyal listenership, so we're making it up to you the best we can. Now, on with the show...
On October 2, 1996, in the small town of Waurika, Oklahoma, 16-year-old Heather Rich snuck out of her bedroom in the middle of the night to see a friend. She never returned home and for 7 agonizing days, her parents did everything they could to find their daughter. Meanwhile, on the evening of October 9, a Texas rancher and his granddaughter saw something floating in Belknap Creek. Assuming a calf had slipped into the river upstream and drowned, he shot the body twice to sink it. The next morning, he realized the calf was still floating in the creek. Upon closer inspection, he realized this wasn’t the body of a drowned calf – it was the body of a person…
 
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Monday Oct 09, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving, and welcome to the "Brie spent all week writing an episode and then got sick and now we're releasing a Best of" episode! For our listeners, don't worry! We promised you 5 episodes this month, and by god you're gonna get it... just not today. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this throwback classic.---
It’s Halloween night in 1957. Betty and Peter Fabiano had turned out the lights in their home in Sun Valley, California. They had just gotten comfy in bed when they heard the doorbell ring. It was past 11 p.m., and they hadn’t had trick-or-treaters in hours. They probably looked at each other, debating who would go answer the door, when the doorbell rang again. Betty watched as Peter got out of bed and headed down the stairs. She heard him answer the door saying, “Yes? Isn’t it kind of late for this sort of thing?” She couldn’t make out the response of the person at the door – she just heard a strange voice that sounded to her like a woman impersonating a man. Suddenly, she heard a pop, then a thump, then silence. As she hurried downstairs to see what was happening, she heard a car outside speed off into the night, the screeching tires faded into the screech of her own terrified screams as she looked down at Peter, who was sprawled out on the floor, unconscious, with blood pouring out of his chest…
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Monday Oct 02, 2023

In 1958, the Herrmann family experienced a strange and inexplicable haunting, which catapulted them into the limelight after various newspapers and magazines began writing stories about the bizarre happenings - bottles popping open, porcelain figurines being thrown across the room, bookcases being turned end over end... Join us as we discuss the Herrmann Family Haunting and the steps they took to try and figure out what was going on in their suburban home. Was it a poltergeist? Psychokinesis? An elaborate hoax? You be the judge.
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Saturday Sep 30, 2023

In 2005, Eddie Tillman was a 14-year-old boy living in Brooklyn with his loving mother and sisters. On August 10, his mother dropped him off at summer school, gave him some lunch money, and watched as he entered the school. That was the last time she saw her son. Two months prior to his disappearance, he came out as gay and his family accepted him into loving arms. After his disappearance, his mother learned he was communicating with men online. Are one of these men responsible for his disappearance? Are the police correct when they say he ran away? What really happened to Eddie Tillman?
If you have any information about the disappearance of Eddie Tillman, who has been missing from Manhattan’s Lower East Side in New York City since August 10, 2005, please contact the New York Police Department Missing Persons Squad at (212) 694-7781.
Sources:
Missing & Unidentified
NamUs
Charley Project
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The Vivid Faces of the Vanished
Gay City News
Pix 11
Doe Network

Monday Sep 25, 2023

We know we left you hanging at the end of Part One, so in Part Two of our episode discussing Erin Chorney's case we jump right into the major crime technique the RCMP and the Brandon Police Service utilized to help progress their investigation into Erin's disappearance... 
 
The technique used was an elaborate and controversial one known as a Mr. Big sting operation. Sure, this technique is outlawed in other countries, but here in Canada we love utilizing this audacious tactic.
 
Tune in to Part Two to hear all about this sting operation and what it did for the police's investigation.
 
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