This week on The Gralien Report Podcast, listener emails set the mood for the strange as we probe for details regarding the appearances of strange mystery beings, including some commentary on the recent (and bogus) Discovery special on the “Russian Yeti”, as well as a report of a strange sighting of a “grinning man” seen in California.

Then in hour two, we turn our attention to one of the most disturbing cases we’ve heard about all year. Two young girls–both age 12–led a third 12-year-old girl into the forest, where she was held down and stabbed nearly twenty times… why? The misguided girls explained that their horrific actions had been meant as a “proxy” for an urban legend character called the Slender Man, and that by committing the heinous act of killing one of their peers, they could “prove the skeptics wrong.”

Author David Weatherly joins us to try to make sense of this tragedy, and discusses not only the folklore associated with Slender Man, but also the role parents must play in the lives of their children, and the potentially harmful interests they may have.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

5 Replies to “6.3.14. Slender Man & Strangeness on The Gralien Report Podcast

  1. Hey guys, Love the show. I’ve been a listener for sometime now. I’m a collector of strange things and your show has really helped my hoarding…er…hobby. This latest episode thought made me pause. When you were speaking on the slender you mentioned a “toper.” I’m not sure I’m even spelling right. I’m assuming from your conversation it means giving form to something by belief. Is that right? Where can I learn more about this?

  2. I think everyone should have the pleasure of having their paranormal stories read by Micah Hanks! And Caleb, your comments on the shamans and storms and David Paulides’ research were very interesting and a new angle to me.

    Here’s a link to the blog post which contained the ‘grinning man’ story:

    The story is towards the end of the post, under the picture of me in front of the red door.

    Looking forward to Nick Redfern on next weeks’ show!! steph

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