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Stories After Dark

Stories After Dark

By Stories After Dark
A narrative podcast on Philippine true crime and mystery stories. For episode references and more information about the show, please visit storiesafterdark.ph.
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The Murder of The Dawn's Teddy Diaz (1988)
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The Dawn is an award-winning Filipino rock band that was catapulted into fame in 1986 through their song "Enveloped Ideas." But two years later, when they were at the height of their popularity, one of their members, Teddy Diaz, was killed in a robbery gone wrong. Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CSs4nX8BqUq / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
21:26
August 18, 2021
Fermin Tobera and the Watsonville Riots (1930)
In 1930, a five-day riot in Watsonville, California led to hundreds of Filipinos getting injured and a young Filipino farm worker named Fermin Tobera receiving a fatal shot in the heart. Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Donate to Noel Quintana's GoFundMe: gofund.me/98ac2db9 / Donate to Juanito Falcon's GoFundMe: gofund.me/7234e6b2 / Donate to Vilma Kari's GoFundMe: gofund.me/b385ce1c / Episode photos: instagram.com/p/COAlfi3LZEX / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
18:15
April 23, 2021
The Exploitation and Death of Rosario Baluyot (1986/1987)
In 1987, a girl named Rosario Baluyot died from a blood infection caused by something that was supposedly left lodged inside her by a foreign man who hired her for sex work seven months before. Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CNu9VdLr4hd / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
21:27
April 16, 2021
The Murder of Lilian Velez (1948)
Lilian Velez was a rising star in the 1940s whose pairing with Narding Anzures, her leading man in two films, became a hit with moviegoers. He didn't take it well when he wasn't cast in that role again in her next movie. Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CMt5srdrPgL / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
14:27
March 23, 2021
The Dangers of Momo Challenge Videos on YouTube (Interview with Antonia Markiewitz and Lara Kobilke)
The Momo Challenge caused a worldwide panic in 2018, spreading through WhatsApp and YouTube, making parents fear for the lives of their children. It was eventually dismissed as a hoax, with YouTube initially saying they saw no evidence of videos promoting it on the social media site. But the existence of the videos and the dangers they presented particularly to children were undeniable. This is a snippet of my conversation with researchers Antonia Markiewitz and Lara Kobilke who in one of their many studies looked into the effects of the Momo Challenge and other suicide-related content on YouTube. Listener discretion is advised due to discussions of suicide in this interview. • Listen to the full episode on Patreon where you can also support the show: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / WHO's guidelines on responsible suicide reporting: https://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/resource_media.pdf / ReportingOnSuicide.org's best practices and recommendations: https://reportingonsuicide.org/wp-content/themes/ros2015/assets/images/Recommendations-eng.pdf / Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CMR8ssqrrGo / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
06:32
March 11, 2021
Leping ni Ama (Listener Submission)
In this personal essay by listener DM Gasparillo Adil II, he shares childhood anecdotes about his late father's 𝘭𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨, a twin-spirit that's part of Maguindanaon folklore. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CLVeqitrEe3 / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
20:28
February 17, 2021
The Momo and Blue Whale Suicide Challenges
In February 2019, 11-year-old CJ Bautista killed himself and when his mother checked his phone, she found messages from a classmate and recent online searches about a "suicide game" called the Momo Challenge. Listener discretion is advised due to discussions of suicide in these stories. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CK8byAxLeSG / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
17:49
February 07, 2021
Christine Lee Silawan: Murdered and Disfigured (2019)
In 2018, 16-year old Christine Lee Silawan became the object of a man's obsessive desire through Facebook. She ended up brutally murdered the following year when they finally met in person. Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CKZtsF5rKvc / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
25:46
January 23, 2021
The Murder of Nida Blanca (2001)
In 2001, multi-awarded actress Nida Blanca was found murdered inside her car in San Juan, Metro Manila and suspicion fell on her American husband Rod Strunk based on the confession of mercenary Philip Medel. Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CJQDBnrrZaR / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
38:12
December 26, 2020
The Murder of Jennifer Laude (2014)
Trans woman Jennifer Laude was killed by US serviceman Joseph Scott Pemberton in a motel in Olongapo, sparking outrage among the LGBTQ community and putting the spotlight back on the Visiting Forces Agreement which previously became controversial in the 2005 Subic rape case. Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CDr2CieJpF_ / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
21:35
August 09, 2020
The Demonic Possession of Clarita Villanueva (1953)
In May 1953, before newspapers around the world heavily featured the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, their attention was on an 18-year old girl named Clarita Villanueva who was locked up in the Old Bilibid Prison. For two weeks, she kept on screaming that she was being attacked by two demons until American pastor Lester Sumrall came to exorcise her. • This story was suggested by listener Sam Lichauco via email. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/CA0L9HTJHyo / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
21:13
May 30, 2020
The Abduction and Murder of Kae Davantes (2013)
25-year old advertising executive Kae Davantes went out with her friends one Friday night in 2013. She was found dead the next morning, an hour away from both her house in Las Piñas and Bonifacio Global City where she was last seen. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B_9rYvkpoQ2 / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
17:34
May 09, 2020
Mount Makiling and Its Guardian Spirit Maria Makiling
Out of the more than 600 hundred mountains in the Philippines, Laguna's Mount Makiling, though technically a dormant volcano, is probably the most popular in terms of folklore, with a multitude of stories about the "diwata" or fairy who guards it. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B-YBKPjnOHU / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
11:09
March 30, 2020
The Ozone Disco Fire (1996)
In 1996, hundreds of young people flocked to Ozone Disco along Timog Ave. in Quezon City, Metro Manila, not knowing that most of them would no longer come out of the nightclub alive. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B-CiQKXHOAU / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
18:23
March 22, 2020
The Baguio Massacre (2014)
Everyone was shocked when news broke out in 2014 about a massacre committed in the barangay of Kayang-Hilltop in Baguio City. Five people were killed, four of them only minors, in what has been considered a city with one of the lowest crime rates in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B8_4IexHLQu / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
13:07
February 25, 2020
Gil Perez: The Legend of the Mysteriously Transported Soldier (1593)
A Spanish soldier guarding the governor-general's palace walls in Manila suddenly feels exhausted and decides to rest against the wall with his eyes closed for a bit. When he next opens his eyes, he is outside a different palace thousands of miles away in Mexico City. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of part of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B7yn-tun9Ei / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
14:41
January 26, 2020
Avelina Teodoro and Constancia Pineda: Schoolgirl Backstabbing (1929)
In 1929, the Court of First Instance of Pampanga sentenced Avelina Teodoro to life imprisonment for stabbing Constancia Pineda to death. That the murder was so cold-blooded or that it was committed by a female wasn’t even the most shocking thing about the case. It was the fact that both the criminal and her victim were only 16 years old. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B5x92VPHF_8 / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
08:43
December 07, 2019
Cosette Tanjuaquio: Kidnapped for Ransom (1964)
15-year old Cosette Tanjuaquio was in her bedroom one Monday night when four men came in her aunt's house in Quezon City where she was staying and abducted her. She wouldn't be found until 83 days later, purely by accident. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B45Zu3QHfXu / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
33:20
November 15, 2019
Loakan Road and Balete Drive: Haunted Philippine Roads
Loakan Road in Baguio and Balete Drive in New Manila are two of the most popular haunted roads in the Philippines, and they both involve a tree and a "kaperosa" or white lady. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B4SzXidnJY1 / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
09:46
October 31, 2019
The Hanging Coffins of Sagada and Other Filipino Funeral Customs
More than 2,000 years ago, the Igorots of Sagada began their burial tradition of hanging coffins, which survived despite most of the Philippines being converted to Christianity by the Spanish. Today, the hanging coffins, "lamay," "pasiyam," "babang luksa," and "pamahiin" (superstitions) such as"sukob" and "pagpag" are some of the many funeral customs that Filipinos are known for. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B3DGO_JnL7a / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
18:28
September 30, 2019
The Abduction and Rape of Maggie de la Riva (1967)
Maggie de la Riva is a beautiful and talented Filipina actress who at just the age of 23 had already starred in more than 30 films. She was abducted and raped by four young men in 1967 but instead of staying silent, she decided she wasn't letting them get away with it. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B2fTv2YnMOS / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
24:27
September 16, 2019
Ronald Bae and the Kawit Mass Shooting (2013)
No one could have known that on January 4, 2013, just several days after 7-year old Stephanie Nicole Ella died from a stray bullet in Caloocan and 26 people were killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in the United States, another incident of indiscriminate gun firing would happen, much less in the quiet neighborhood of Tabon I, Kawit, Cavite. Seven people died and thirteen others were injured when they were shot by drug-addled Ronald Bae, a 41-year old former barangay councilor with a dark and mysterious past. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B2AP5EDHz0Q / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
13:53
September 04, 2019
Antonio Sanchez and the Rape-Slay of Eileen Sarmenta and Allan Gomez (1993)
Mary Eileen Sarmenta was a 21-year old U.P. Los Baños student who was brutally raped and, with her schoolmate and friend Allan Gomez, murdered by ex-mayor Antonio Sanchez and his men in 1993. For this crime, Sanchez was sentenced to seven counts of reclusion perpetua or a maximum of 40 years in prison, but a 2019 Supreme Court ruling that R.A. 10592 be applied retroactively threatens to allow his early release due to good behavior. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B1onShlnRZ9 / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
20:55
August 26, 2019
Dominican Hill Retreat House/Diplomat Hotel: One of Baguio's Most Haunted
Going to Baguio in Benguet often means visiting the usual touristy spots of Burnham Park, Botanical Garden and Mines View Park. But for thrill seekers, an abandoned building on a hill offers not just a breathtaking panoramic view of the city but also possible sightings of Dominican friars and nuns beheaded during the World War II. This is the story of the century-old Dominican Hill Retreat House, formerly known as the Diplomat Hotel, one of the most notoriously haunted places in the Philippines. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B1UGNghnKj2 / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
13:43
August 18, 2019
Lucila Lalu: The Philippines' First Chop-Chop Lady (1967)
This is the first documented case of a "chop-chop lady" in the Philippines, that of 28-year old Lucila Lalu whose body parts were scattered all over Manila in 1967. There are four suspects, all alleged to be the victim's lovers, plus one more that only recently emerged, possibly linking the crime to the infamous Black Dahlia case. • Listener discretion is advised due to the graphic nature of this story. • Episode photos: instagram.com/p/B02nzsxg_X7 / References: storiesafterdark.ph / Facebook page: facebook.com/storiesafterdarkph / Twitter: twitter.com/afterdarkph / Support the show on Patreon: patreon.com/storiesafterdark / Share your feedback, case suggestions and personal stories: storiesafterdarkph@gmail.com
27:14
August 07, 2019