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The Night Owl Podcast
2 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Announcement: A Night Owl Pause
Hi listeners, You may have noticed my absence over these last few weeks as I’ve been taking a break for my physical and mental well-being. It is with a heavy heart that I announce this break will continue for longer than originally planned. For reasons that won’t be discussed, the show will be taking a six month hiatus. My team will continue to upload new content to our Patreon page during this break that include: Q&A sessions with Sara and Alexis, as well as previously unreleased audio from various cases. That being said, I know you have been anticipating the release of Episode 31: The Gaslight Baker Theatre Part II. It is on the way, but will, unfortunately, not be ready for release by midnight tonight. We will work to get this episode to you in the not too distant future, but ask for your patience and understanding as we move through these next months. Your kind words of love and support have not gone unrecognized, and I hope that you continue to support the show during this time of much needed rest and self-care. 2020 has been so challenging for so many people out there and I just want to wish everyone a Happy New year and send my love. The show will continue on, there are just life circumstances that have made it impossible for me to continue at this moment. But I know my true night owls out there are with us, they support us, and they will stay restless as usual awaiting our return. All the best, you host, Stephen
3 minutes | Dec 4, 2020
Night Owl Update and Announcement - Dec 2020
Dear Night Owls, I know we don’t have an episode for you quite yet, but we wanted to take time to wish you all a happy holiday season and let our local Austinites know about our upcoming Holiday Spirits event on December 19th. Due to the challenging new times, ticket sales have been unexpectedly low, so we need to sell 40 more tickets to this event before this Sunday, December 6th to make the event possible. Being candid here, I’m struggling to keep the show going during this pandemic. I’ve pushed myself hard to maintain the show as best as I could, but investigating during these times is far more challenging with a lot more obstacles and to be quite honest, it’s been hard to figure out a quality way to record new investigative episodes during this time. Also, the mental and physical tax that this pandemic has had on me personally, outside of the show, is something I can’t simply keep ignoring. So, I wanted to personally address all you awesome Night Owls who have and continue to be such loyal supporters of the show, and say thank you for sticking with us and being understanding of this challenging time. The show is going to make it, I just need a little more time to figure out best new practices in this new normal, as well as some time for self-care. Please, if you’re around the Austin area, I encourage you to grab your tickets to Holiday Spirits before this Sunday Dec 6th, and help make this event possible to support our show during this challenging time. You’ll also be supporting Pioneer Farms, local artisans and businesses and food trucks by coming out. Not to mention our team members Alexis and Sara will both have booth sphere for their own practices, City Alchemist and Metaphysicalu, so you can visit with them and say hi from a distance! Also, we still need volunteers as well so if you’d like to donate your time and come help the night owl team out, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit https://www.thenightowlpodcast.com/events-1/holiday-spirits for tickets. Happy haunted holiday everyone, and we’ll be back soon! Stick with us, stay tuned, and most of all...stay restless. Stephen Belyeu & The Night Owl Team
57 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
EP 30: Gaslight Baker Theatre - Part I
Lockhart is a picturesque small Texas town, infamously dubbed the BBQ capital of Texas because of it’s long-standing establishments serving some of the best in the state. But Lockhart’s more than just a popular day-trip destination for many Texans looking for some good brisket. The history of the town dates back to the 1840’s and includes early Comanche raids, brave Texian settlers, and rowdy cowboys driving longhorns up the Chisholm trail. If the walls of the many still-standing buildings of downtown Lockhart could talk, we can only imagine the stories they’d tell. But in tonight’s episode, one such building appears to have a voice. Many voices actually. The Gaslight-Baker Theater is located in the heart of downtown Lockhart, and many in the community have had strange personal experiences in the building. It is believed that the theatre is haunted by numerous specters, and these paranormal residents have each been given their own unique name. The "Laughing Lady" whose laughter has been heard by man. "Colonel Baker", the original owner of the theatre, is believed by many to watch over the building and cause mischief ever so often. Then there’s the elusive, more ominous presence unanimously believed to haunt stage right, oddly named “Other Guy” by the staff and patrons of the theatre. So get and ready and join Stephen and the team as they pack up their gear, hit the road, and travel to Lockhart, Texas to uncover more details about the undocumented hauntings of the historic Gaslight Baker Theatre.
60 minutes | Aug 30, 2020
Campfire 10: Helltown
Many of us are drawn to mystery. Whether that be an unsolved murder, a mysterious disappearance, or for the paranormal enthusiasts, haunted places and legends. Tonight’s campfire iIs a combination of all the above. It’s a story of an abandoned ghost town in the middle of nowhere. A mystery surrounding the town’s population's sudden disappearance. Evidence of satanic rituals and sacrifices being held in the town’s abandoned buildings. And a group of eager teenagers who venture there, hoping to have paranormal experience of their own. In 2012, Conner and a group of high school friends, including his close friend Blake, decided to take a trip, five hours away from their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, to visit and explore the abandoned streets and buildings of the legendary Helltown. What starts off as a thrilling night with friends in a mysterious town fraught with spooky legends, quickly turns into a nightmare that still haunts Conner and many of his friends to this day. Grab a coffee or a whiskey, gather round the fire, and let’s take a trip to Helltown, Ohio. Photo Credit: Alex Azabache
77 minutes | Apr 26, 2020
EP 28: Mattie's - Part I
The Night Owl team has investigated a lot of unique Austin establishments on this show. Restaurants and bars that are housed in buildings that are historic landmarks or perhaps built over historic land. In this episode, Stephen is contacted by a restaurant and wedding venue that he’s never heard of before. A place called Mattie’s at Green Pastures. And although the place has recently gone through some renovations, this location’s history is one of the most interesting he’s come across. Even more intriguing were the strange reports on the premises - activity mostly believed to be linked to the spirits of two young children. Phantom voices, laughter, touching, and more reputedly, children’s handprints forming on windows where no children are allowed. But above all this, the reports that had Stephen most excited to learn more about Mattie’s were two separate eyewitness accounts of seeing a full-bodied apparition of an adolescent girl. The Night Owl team will take on yet another hidden haunt, this one nestled in a quiet, eclectic Austin neighborhood, harboring a long standing history and spectres seemingly clinging to the past.
64 minutes | Nov 10, 2019
Campfire 8: Cautionary Tales
Haunted objects, a spirit of a serial killer, and a hotel so haunted it's guest book has been deemed "The Book of the Dead" - these are the tales of tonight's campfire. Warning: Tonight’s Campfire episode is a cautionary tale. Stories from people who continually search for answers that might shed light on the eternal question - are ghosts real? Come join the Night Owl by the fire and let’s get transported to three haunted sites, each with its own haunted history. One such place is Zach Bagans' Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, a place filled with supposed haunted objects and a sign posted to warn people of the dangers of entering such a haunted space. Another site is the Historic Jefferson Hotel in Jefferson, Texas, where guest encounters are so common they’ve created a guest log full of personal experiences the staff refer to as “The Book of the Dead". And lastly, the Magnolia Hotel in Seguin TX is place with so much history and haunts the current owner has stated she loves it when people say, "If only these walls could talk, here at the Magnolia…they do.” Cozy up, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of whiskey, and join us by the fire. VACANCY A couple years ago Holly and two of her friends decided to celebrate her birthday by traveling from Austin to Shreveport to hit up a casino for the first time. But on the way there, they discovered there was a hotel in Jefferson, Texas that was reputedly haunted. So Holly and her friends decided, let’s get a room. And There were plenty available at this historic hotel nestled on a small side street of this Texas ghost town. Holly didn’t know it, but she was about to get the scariest birthday present of her life. THE WARNING Alyssa Onyx is a gothic fashionista and gothic home decor/designer currently living in Austin Texas. She has been connected to, and interested in, the paranormal since the age of 2. But one late July night in a 170 year old hotel, Alyssa found that what started out fun, quickly turned horrific when she encountered the spirit of a notorious Texas serial killer within the walls of the Magnolia Hotel in Seguin, Texas. STOWAWAYS From cemetery tours under the light of a full moon to visiting multiple haunted locations by limo hearse, Jennifer's interest in the paranormal has taken her to numerous haunted locations. But when she and friend planned a trip to Vegas, and decided to visit Zak Bagans' Haunted Museum, she could never have predicted what would result from entering a building with so many haunted objects. She's spent her life pursuing the paranormal, but it never crossed her mind in her quest, one day, something might pursue her.
67 minutes | Oct 27, 2019
EP 24: Origins - Part I
Host Stephen and fellow paranormal investigator Alexis met while attending A&M University in Corpus Christi. They were both studying film and quickly realized they had similar tastes in cinema - horror. They soon became friends and began watching scary movies and discussing cinema together. But it didn’t take long for them to discover they had another common interest - ghosts. Their nights of watching horror movies shifted to nightly road trips to desolate south Texas towns with haunted graveyards and hanging trees. Their ameteur days of paranoral investigating started out so innocently, yet was so illegal. They trespassed onto private property so many times they're surprised someone didn’t wind up shot or dead. But as you can tell now, they've both come a long way. And although their individual paths have veered slightly down this road, their paths remained within the same realm, the realm of the supernatural. So now at the beginning of this new season, Stephen and Alexis have been reflecting on their past and came to appreciate their early beginnings. Those private, personal experiences they had as kids, long before they knew one another, and were surprised at how much of their lives has been guided down similar tacks. In this episode, they are both excited to share some of the more intimate encounters they had growing up, encounters that quite honestly are the defining moments for them and their pursuit of the paranormal. These stories are truly the origin of The Night Owl Podcast.
88 minutes | Sep 29, 2019
EP 23: Murder House - Part III
In this final installment of the Murder House series, Stephen and the Night Owl team continue their journey trying to help Martin and his family make sense of the unsettling phenomena they are experiencing in their home - which was the site of a recent, unsolved double homicide prior to their arrival. After a strange turn of events, uncovering that the activity Martin has been experiencing may have nothing to do with the murders, but instead an older male presence tied to the property, the team left with the hope that they'd helped this family start moving in the right direction for dealing with what’s been affecting them so negatively in the home. But shortly after the first visit with Sara, Stephen began getting texts and calls from Martin and could sense fear, anger, and nervousness in his voice. The activity hadn't stopped. It had gotten worse. Inevitably, the team is put through their most grueling investigation to date, traveling out of town for four more visits, as they try to get a handle what’s really going on in this home, why the male presence is fixated on Martin, and what, if any role, the murders might play in this unsettling case.
54 minutes | Jun 9, 2019
Campfire 6 - The Night of the Ghouls
THE GOLDEN GHOULS I know you all hunger horrifying stories, thirst for true tales of terror, so in tonight's campfire, we're not only sharing more ghost stories with you, these stories will be told by a delightful trio of like minded ladies who are just as fascinated with the paranormal we are. Alyssa, Emily and Kyley are the hosts of The Golden Ghouls Podcast, a paranormal podcast covering all things unexplained. The ghouls inject a healthy dose of comedy into every episode, and it’s quite refreshing, because sometimes, it’s nice to explore the darker side of this strange world we live in, with a sense of humor. These ghouls do it perfectly and we've really been enjoying their show. But tonight, for this campfire, we're turning the mic on these three ladies and asking them each to share their most memorable personal experience that sparked their interest in the paranormal. Emily shares her experience when she was 16 and visited the infamous Stanley Motel on a family vacation. Kyley recounts an experience in her teens when she and a daring group of friends dared visiting the abandoned Danvers State Hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts which was host a dark and morbid history treating the insane. And lastly, Alyssa tells a much more personal story that involves her family, a tragic loss, and the haunting that came after. The Golden Ghouls is a paranormal comedy podcast created by ladies who love ghosts and all things spooky. Hosted by Alyssa Minnis, Emily Alston, and Kyley Smiley, they cover unexplained happenings, with a dash of humor for good measure. Check out their podcast at www.thegoldenghouls.com BRUISES & NIGHTMARES In this live recording from a Night Owl Podcast event on October 11th, 2018, Austin comic Melody Shifflet recounts a horrific experience she had living in a home in East Austin home live on stage. Struggling to find a place to call home, keep her day job at a local cafe, and buckle down and finish high school, Melody's new home and strange roommates led to haunted nightmares, mysterious bruises and ultimately, possession. You can follow Melody and keep tabs on her comedy shows and events in and around Austin on Instagram @melodyshifflet or on Twitter @smelodysnifflet
60 minutes | Apr 28, 2019
EP 18: Pioneer Farms - Part I
In this episode, Stephen and the team are kicking off a new investigative series at Pioneer Farms, a living history museum and historic site situated along the banks of Walnut Creek in North Austin. The property was once home to an actual pioneer homestead dating back as far as 1844, and prior to that, archeological evidence revealed that a Tonkawa tribe inhabited the area that runs along the creek as well. Now, the many volunteers reenacting the daily pioneer activities on this 90 plus acre farm are wondering if maybe they aren’t the only ones reliving the past on this property. Unlike any of their other cases, Pioneer Farms will prove to be one of the most challenging cases for the Night Owl team, as not only does the site have approximately ten historic buildings and sites on it, but it also sits on nearly one hundred acres of land that once a Tonkawa Native American encampment, and even had part of the famous Chisholm Trail cutting through the property. So get ready listeners, this series will be rich with both history and haunts.
60 minutes | Mar 24, 2019
EP 17: Buenos Aires Café - Part III
In this episode, Stephen and the team conclude their investigation into the paranormal claims at Buenos Aires Café. Join them as they embark on the tedious journey of uncovering this buildings colorful history and try to assemble the many missing pieces to this case's complex puzzle. Meanwhile, Sara and Alexis try to help Paola with the energy in her cafe by working on appeasing the spirits and learning a proper cleansing for the space. And lastly, in his archived audio files, Stephen discovers a hidden clue to the mysterious happenings in this old building - a clue that links directly back to one of the current employees of Buenos Aires Café. What he discovers forces him to get Sara involved and what happens next leads to one of the most impactful validations Sara has made on the show to date.
49 minutes | Jan 13, 2019
Campfire 1: The Devil's Backbone
“The Devil’s Backbone” Years ago, when they were only teenagers, good friends Brian, Seth, Ryo and McCall would spend many nights hanging out, playing video games, and getting high on sugar. Siblings Seth and McCall’s parents had decided to build a ranch home on an undeveloped plot of land in the Texas Hill Country that just so happened to be on the edge of a stretch of highway known as The Devil’s Backbone. Sightings, voices, and general strangeness was commonplace, but on one dark and stormy night on Seth’s 17th birthday, these four friends would experience a night they would never forget. Now, years later and all adults, they’ve come together to tell you about the many odd experiences they each had in this ranch home, and how they all believe they encountered something otherworldly during their time growing up on the edge of The Devil’s Backbone. “Man of My Dreams” When Jennifer got back from backpacking around the world, she needed a quick place to squat and recoup her finances in Austin, Texas. She was thrilled to find a cheap house on the East side of town with some roommates. However, when everyone else in the house slowly moved out, and she had the place to herself, she started to sense something wasn’t right. Jennifer shares a harrowing tale of her time living in alone in this East Austin home where an oppressive presence began entering her dreams and torturing her. It wasn’t until family and friends started reporting the same dream to her that she began to worry, and fear for her life. Photo Credit: Jake Blucker
62 minutes | Nov 25, 2018
EP 14: A Haunting on Main Street - Part II
In this episode, the team returns to Buda to further investigate the unexplained reports surrounding Old Town Buda Antique Mall. Staff and patrons have reported strange happenings including objects relocating or being thrown, phantom smells throughout the building, an uneasy feeling commonly felt on the 2nd floor, and even sightings of figures on surveillance cameras and in the windows at night. Stephen and his team now return and have some of their very own experiences while Sara puts her ability to the test in a building full of objects with unique histories. Stephen continues to do a deep dive into this case and tracks down two of the paranormal investigators that investigated this shop in the past. They recount their experiences and even share some of their findings, including voices captured on their recording devices. So join Stephen and the team again as they navigate the many reports and findings to make some very interesting connections that might just validate some of the activity experienced at this antique shop in Buda, Texas.
46 minutes | Aug 26, 2018
EP 11: The Restless - Part III
In the final chapter of “The Restless” series, Stephen, Sara, Alexis and Franklyn must put their heads together to figure out what’s really happening to this young couple in New Braunfels, Texas. With activity heightening, rather than subsiding after a small cleansing ritual, Stephen and the team fear they might have angered the spirit and put Amanda and Paul in danger. Join Stephen and the team as they gear up and travel back to confront this darker presence oppressing Amanda and Paul, discover new physical evidence that Franklyn has captured on video, and finally do what they can to enlist the help of a local Native American Medicine Man. This case takes the team back to New Braunfels two more times with the hope that they might provide peace for this family, help them regain control of their new home, and for once in their time here, get some rest.
45 minutes | Jun 24, 2018
EP 9: The Restless - Part I
In this episode, the Night Owl Podcast dives into unfamiliar territory, investigating, for the first time, a private residence in New Braunfels, Texas. It’s the home of a husband and wife who have reached the end of their rope. Recently having purchased the home, within weeks, the couple began hearing and seeing things they could not explain. Loud noises coming from their living room at night, full-bodied apparitions appearing in front of them, and even object levitation. The activity has continued to progress throughout their first year there, so much so that they are unable to sleep or feel comfortable in their very own home. Join host Stephen Belyeu along with two of his fellow ghost hunter friends, as he takes a road trip to New Braunfels to investigate these claims and see if they can provide the couple with any answers. Photo provided by @bentorresphoto
90 minutes | May 27, 2018
EP 8: The Clay Pit - Part III
In this episode, Stephen and Sara return to The Clay Pit for two more investigations. Sara pushes the spirits to give her more answers while Stephen starts connecting the dots to this mystery by means of research and more interviews. He discovers a secret about the tunnels in the cellar that coincides with Sara’s visions, Sara gets a name for the little boy spirit, and a startling new discovery is made regarding the fire Sara keeps having visions of in the building. Sara also faces the mirrors once more, discovers a new intelligent spirit who’s been hiding from us this whole time. A spirit that evokes fear in both Steadman and April and may be connected to their deaths. And to make matters even more interesting, a new photograph surfaces that appears to have captured this elusive spirits in one of the upstairs mirrors.
35 minutes | Dec 24, 2017
EP 3: The Tavern - Part II
Host Stephen Belyeu dives deeper into the stories surrounding The Tavern, a historic bar in Austin, Texas. Join him and clairvoyant Sara as they attempt to uncover the truth behind the activity that's haunted this building for decades. Are the stories about Emily, the murdered child, true? Or is this a fabricated story that has grown out of late night storytelling by patrons and staff at the bar? Or could something else be haunting this bar that no one really knows the truth about? Listen and find out.
38 minutes | Nov 18, 2017
EP 2: The Tavern - Part I
One of Austin's oldest bars has, what the staff refer to as, a prankster spirit who likes to hide objects from the staff, play with electronic equipment, make unexplainable noises, and even throws things in the kitchen and bar. The tragic murder of a young girl named Emily has the staff believing she may be the prankster behind all this mischievous behavior. A creepy drawing done by a child claiming to see Emily and also an old pair of girl's shoes that were found during 2003 renovations of the building add to the credibility of these tales. Listen in as the staff tell us what's happening at The Tavern.
36 minutes | Oct 24, 2017
EP 1: Ink, Coffee & Spirits
A local Austin tattoo shop has things mysteriously moving in the night, its employees feeling uneasy, and sightings of an angry woman in their shop window after hours. But when a clairvoyant happens by one evening, this story takes an unexpected turn. RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 30, 2017
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