In the winter of 1959, nine experienced hikers died in a remote section of the Ural Mountains. The mysterious nature of these deaths was compounded by the cloak and dagger nature of the Soviet government. Details of the event were kept under lock and key until the collapse of the Soviet Union in August of 1991. In the records we found that the nine victims were found scattered all over the mountainside in various states of undress and having suffered all manor of injury from deep frostbite to sever internal damage and missing tongues. This mystery became so ubiquitous throughout Europe and Asia that, in 2019, the Russian government officially reopened the investigation. While we may never know what happened on that snowy mountainside, one thing we certainly do know is..


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Hosts Ryan and Jordan deliver terrifying tales of the paranormal and break them down for your listening pleasure.