This week, we’re exploring the frigid depths of one of the most popular tourist destinations in Northern California: Lake Tahoe. This favored vacation spot for the rich and famous, including The Rat Pack, JFK, and Marilyn Monroe is surrounded by a shocking amount of mystery. Dubbed Tessie by the locals over 50 years ago, the Lake Tahoe monster is seen half a dozen times a year by tourists and local business owners. This frequently found fiend is said to be between 10 and 80 feet long, having a large, serpentine body “as wide across as a barrel,” and coloration ranging from jet black to turquoise. The lack of photographic evidence is offset by the incredible depth of native folklore that places it high in the pantheon of beings revered by the Washoe and Paiute tribes. Strap in for a wild ride with..


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Postmortem Mutilation


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