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The Mystery of Hellfire Pass: Part Three – A possible solution to the mystery?

From the archives, Paul Chambers and Robert Bartholomew round off their investigation into the ‘Phantom Sniper of Esher’

The Mystery of Hellfire Pass: Part Two

From the archives, Paul Chambers and Robert Bartholomew consider some theories as to the identity of the ‘sniper’s’ of Hellfire Pass

The return of a myth: Satanic ritual abuse and the sacred status of Argos

In June 2020, the Dutch radio program Argos brought false claims of satanic ritual abuse back into mainstream discourse.

The Mystery of Hellfire Pass: Part One

From the archives, Paul Chambers and Robert Bartholomew investigate the Phantom Sniper of Esher, in their look at the Mystery of Hellfire Pass

Searching for Cressie, the Crescent Lake Monster

From the archives, Benjamin Radford recounts the story of his search for Cressie, a monster that never was

Havana Syndrome: a primer for skeptics in an age of alternative facts

Are the symptoms of so-called Havana Syndrome really caused by secret sonic weapons and covert chemical attacks, or does the answer lie in psychology?

Is there really a recent spike in cases of spiking by injection?

Recent media reporting over the risk of being spiked by injection has caused a great deal of anxiety, without any real evidence that such an epidemic exists.

Recovering memories: The truth is, the Satanic Panic never really went away

The Satanic Panic never really ended in the 1980s - it continued to rumble along, waiting for a spark to reignite it back into full moral panic.

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