MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

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The Strange, Dark & Mysterious delivered in podcast format.

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After surviving a near-death experience in Afghanistan, John Allen turned to storytelling. The Navy SEAL, better known as MrBallen, discovered his passion for true crime. MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories explores chilling stories and cryptic mysteries.

MrBallen is all too familiar with horror stories. His deployment in Afghanistan ended abruptly when a grenade bounced off his shoulder. The blast sent shrapnel flying into his hips and legs. Momentarily deaf and blind, he was sure he would bleed to death. Medics kept him alive. While recovering from his injuries, he turned to social media. He rose to popularity after sharing military stories on platforms like TikTok. But stories of his own experiences and time in the service soon became discussions with different interests.

MrBallen decided to explore the realms of a new topic on YouTube. It began with a short video in 2020 that discussed unsolved mysteries. It was an immediate success. His subsequent stories of serial killers and unexplainable disappearances gripped the Internet. His stories had become so captivating that he moved toward longer video content. The mini-documentaries expanded into MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories in 2022.

The podcast covers a myriad of true crimes. These include shocking thrillers and unexplainable disappearances. The episodes are so intense that they come with warnings. They are not for the fainthearted.

Listeners can join MrBallen for biweekly episodes. New episodes release every Monday, and bonus episodes come out on Thursdays.

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Episode 171 - "The Bell Witch Haunting"
Episode 171 - "The Bell Witch Haunting"
One night, four young brothers were sleeping in their bedroom in their little house in Tennessee, when they started to hear what sounded like a rat gnawing on one of their bedposts. So, the two oldest brothers climbed out of their bed to go find this rat, but the second their feet touched the wooden floor, the gnawing sound stopped. The boys checked the room, they checked the bedposts, there was no sign of any rat. And so eventually, the two oldest brothers just kind of shrugged it off and got back in bed. But when they closed their eyes again, the gnawing sound filled the room again. Except this time, it was louder and more frantic. Little did they know, these sounds were just the beginning of a multi-yearlong nightmare that they and the rest of their family would have to endure. Their terrifying story is known as “The Bell Witch Haunting,” and it is considered to be one of the most frightening documented hauntings of all time. And today, I’m going to share their story with you. Story name, preview & link to original YouTube video:#1 -- "Bell Witch" -- One of the most terrifying documented hauntings of all time (Original YouTube link -- 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballenSee Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at