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The Confessionals

The truth is stranger than fiction. The Confessionals Podcast explores the true stories of witnesses to the world of unexplained phenomena. As an interview-based podcast, host Tony Merkel holds conversations with everyday individuals who share their unique experiences crossing paths with the unexplainable and with dedicated researchers delving into realms of high strangeness.

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Recent Episodes of The Confessionals


653: Super Soldier's Teleportation

653: Super Soldier's Teleportation

In episode 653: Super Soldier's Teleportation, James Szubski, from episode 591: 
The Secret Guardian of Hanford, shares spine-tingling tales of paranormal encounters in the region. Inheriting Margie's Outdoor Store, James has collected over 300 reports of strange phenomena, including sightings of Sasquatch, UFOs, and a mysterious black panther creature. Notably, there are accounts of an 11-foot-tall Sasquatch-like being. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to James's story. With a military background that endowed him with extraordinary physical and cognitive abilities, he navigates the rugged terrain with ease, almost as if her were a real life Captain A...

Episode 21 May 2024 1h, 41m and 18s


RELOADED | 355: Reality Tripping

RELOADED | 355: Reality Tripping

In Episode 355: Reality Tripping, we are joined by Chris, who shares a number of fascinating experiences in which the reality of his life was redefined. He describes dreams and visions of things to come; seeing the same things that others witnessed when they were all under the influence of hallucinogens; and how once while in this state, he was able to affect his wife in a sexual manner. Chris also shares his UFO experiences, out-of-body experiences, how he was shoved by a dark figure, and interaction with witchcraft that led to his wife becoming his ex-wife. Through his stories, we...

Episode 20 May 2024 1h, 21m and 42s


Members Preview | 652: Ancient Dogmen

Members Preview | 652: Ancient Dogmen

In episode 652: Ancient Dogmen, Seth Vandebrooke joins for a mind blowing show, in which he unravels the untold history of the Cynocephali, or dog-headed men, in a captivating exploration that spans over 3,300 years. He dives into the depiction of these creatures on the 16th-century Piri Reis map and scrutinizes ancient texts that debate their human or animal nature. Seth discusses how these beings are one of the most thoroughly documented cryptids, connecting them to the Nephilim of biblical lore. He also examines the Catholic Church's discourse on the potential salvation of these creatures through Christ. Highlighting the importance of historical...

Episode 16 May 2024 19m and 9s


651: Expedition Bigfoot With Russell Acord

651: Expedition Bigfoot With Russell Acord

In episode 651: Expedition Bigfoot With Russell Acord, Russell and Tony dive into the transformative encounters he's had with fans at various conferences, sharing how these encounters have a profound effect on their lives. On "Expedition Bigfoot," he explores the adrenaline-filled adventures of filming in untamed wildernesses, capturing the essence of mystery and danger that comes with the terrain. Russell passionately advocates for a humane approach to researching cryptids, insisting that it's possible to collect evidence without causing harm. His tales from the field are filled with spine-chilling encounters with the inexplicable, each story intensifying his resolve to conquer his fears...

Episode 14 May 2024 2h, 3m and 59s


RELOADED | 260: Ghosts, Aliens, Bigfoot, and Enoch

RELOADED | 260: Ghosts, Aliens, Bigfoot, and Enoch

On Episode 260: Ghosts, Aliens, Bigfoot, and Enoch, we talk to two different people about their experiences. First,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3b4tTY9bss on the show, Karl shares with us about a Victorian-era entity he used to see, as well as what seems to be an extraterrestrial encounter. This leads to a conversation about abductions and even bigfoot. Following Karl’s interview, we speak to Emma who was visited by a shadow man for upwards of six years, and whose encounters would last for hours! As we talk, we get on the topic of the extra-canonical bo...

Episode 13 May 2024 1h, 8m and 40s


Encountering The Squatchella

Encountering The Squatchella

In this episode, Blurry Creatures, Ninjas Are Butterflies, Expanded Perspectives and The Confessionals join forces to discuss the inception of Squatchella, a unique festival celebrating the world of paranormal podcasts. They get into the quirky beginnings of this concept, how it came to life, and the spirit of collaboration among different podcasters. The conversation is light-hearted and filled with humorous anecdotes, showcasing the camaraderie and creativity within the paranormal podcast community. As they share their personal experiences and the evolution of their shows, the discussion becomes a fascinating exploration of the unseen and mysterious forces they cover in their podcasts.<...

Episode 10 May 2024 1h, 27m and 53s


Members Preview | 650: Cryptid Kin Connection

Members Preview | 650: Cryptid Kin Connection

In episode 650: Cryptid Kin Connection, Steven recounts a spine-chilling encounter with a cryptid during a hunting trip, including harrowing tales from the woods, a lethal encounter involving a dog, and a mysterious Bigfoot-like entity stalking him. He then explains the experiences of Janice Carter, who asserts ongoing interactions with Bigfoot on her family’s land and describes the familial relationship that Janice and the Bigfoot have. Steven then pivots to broader Bigfoot research, touching on eerie phenomena such as unexplained disappearances and otherworldly sounds captured on film. They then discuss the Missing 411 connection and explore notorious hotspots like Rafter, Star Mo...

Episode 9 May 2024 20m and 13s


649: Lilith and The Fallen

649: Lilith and The Fallen

In episode 649: Lilith and The Fallen, Bo, from The Bump Podcast, dives into the mystifying legend of Lilith, a figure steeped in demonic lore and occult mysteries. Historically referenced in arcane sources like the Zohar and the Babylonian Talmud, Lilith's narrative intertwines with the saga of the Fallen, or Watchers—celestial beings who defied the heavens by mating with mortal women, imparting to them esoteric wisdom and advanced technologies. Portrayed as a succubus, a vampire, and the sinister strangler of infants, Bo explains Lilith's dark allure, which is, magnified by her association with owls, creatures symbolizing her mysterious and nocturnal na...

Episode 7 May 2024 1h, 19m and 19s


RELOADED | 52: Wes Germer's Bigfoot Encounter

RELOADED | 52: Wes Germer's Bigfoot Encounter

In this reloaded episode of The Confessionals, we revisit a monumental moment with special guest Wes Germer from Sasquatch Chronicles. Coming right off the world premiere of the new documentary "Sasquatch and the Missing Man," starring Wes Germer himself, this episode takes on an extra layer of excitement and significance. Wes shares his intense Bigfoot encounter, shedding light on the mysterious world of Sasquatch. His appearance not only marks a celebration of our podcast’s journey but also honors the very person who inspired Tony to start The Confessionals. Join us for this thrilling episode where intrigue meets inspiration.

Episode 6 May 2024 1h, 50m and 24s


Sasquatch and the Missing Man | LIVE PREMIERE

Sasquatch and the Missing Man | LIVE PREMIERE

Sasquatch and the Missing Man
Watch the Live Premiere on REPLAY here: https://www.moment.co/sasquatch
Teaser Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3b4tTY9bss

Description: Tony Merkel and his film crew venture to the scene of the terrifying Bigfoot encounter that launched Wes Germer's massive podcast Sasquatch Chronicles, uncovering a mystery far more shocking than anything they could have imagined.

Episode 5 May 2024 1m and 25s

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