The Strange, Dark & Mysterious delivered in podcast format.
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.