Ain't It Scary? with Sean & Carrie

He’s skeptical. She’s spooky. Together they explore the unknown, unsolved, unbelievable, and just plain weird.

With a shared passion for history and the truth, Sean & Carrie realized they could bring their different perspectives to the world of crime, the paranormal, and the inexplicable.

Sean’s sharp eye on the logical and Carrie’s open mind to the unexplainable combine in every episode for an informative hour with a lighter touch.

True Crime
Ep. 117: Titanic, Pt. 3 - A Deep Ocean of Secrets
80 min
Ep. 116: Titanic, Pt. 2 - A Night to Remember
67 min
Ep. 115: Titanic, Pt. 1 - Ship of Dreams
74 min
PATREON PREVIEW: The Curse of the Bambino
29 min
A Quick Update from Sean & Carrie
1 min
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Ain't it Scary? Saves Christmas
57 min
Ep. 114: Gun for Hire - The Bumbling Assassinat...
64 min
Ep. 113: Gef the Talking Mongoose
79 min
Ep. 112: A History of Human Sacrifice
96 min
Ep. 111: Graveyard Love - Zack Bowen & the Murd...
75 min
Ep. 110: Eternal Hunger - The Life of Tarrare
60 min
Ep. 109: The Haunting of the Presidents
64 min
Ep. 108: Famous Last Words
82 min
Ep. 107: The History of Halloween
61 min
Ep. 106: The Enfield Poltergeist
65 min
Ep. 105: The Connecticut Witch Trials
77 min
Ep. 104: The Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe
88 min
59 min
Ep. 103: Jack the Ripper, Pt. 4 - The Conspirac...
80 min
Ep. 102: Jack the Ripper, Pt. 3 - The Suspects
72 min
Ep. 101: Jack the Ripper, Pt. 2 - The Murders End
88 min
Ep. 100: Jack the Ripper, Pt. 1 - The Murders B...
82 min
Ep. 99: Andrew Basiago & Project Pegasus
67 min
Ep. 98: Ghosts and Gore of the Tower of London ...
72 min
Ep. 97: The Order of the Solar Temple
74 min
Ep. 96: Weird Appalachia - The Flatwoods Monster
59 min
Ep. 95: Badlands of Peking - The Murder of Pame...
97 min
Ep. 94: TWA Flight 800
84 min
Ep. 93: Fire in the Sky - The Travis Walton Abd...
68 min
Ep. 92: Medical Quackery & Snake Oil Salesmen
70 min
Ep. 91: The Amityville Horror, Pt. 2 - The Haun...
86 min
Ep. 90: The Amityville Horror, Pt. 1 - Murder o...
53 min
Ep. 89: Slender Man, Pt. 2 - The Slender Man St...
62 min
Ep. 88: Slender Man, Pt. 1 - The Origins
55 min
Ep. 87: The Stamford Bra Murders
60 min
Ep. 86: Cursed Jewelry
47 min
Ep. 85: The Guillotine and the Reign of Terror
85 min
Ep. 84: The Disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley
70 min
Ep. 83: The Philadelphia Experiment
69 min
Ep. 82: TV Mysteries - The Max Headroom Inciden...
65 min
Ep. 81: Blackbeard
75 min
Ep. 80: Fresno Nightcrawlers
50 min
Ep. 79: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 4 - The Cross-Cou...
73 min
Ep. 78: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 3 - The Man from ...
81 min
Ep. 77: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 2 - The Villisca ...
73 min
Ep. 76: Axe Murder Fever, Pt. 1 - The Axeman of...
70 min
Ep. 75: The Hauntings of Union Cemetery
Is Union Cemetery in Easton, CT the most haunted cemetery in America?
70 min
Ep. 74: Ghost Ships, Pt. 2
We're singin' more sea shanties on the finale to our 2-part series on ghost ships! This week Sean rounds things out with two twentieth-century tales of ships turning up abandoned at sea, their crew and passengers vanished without a trace. First,...
58 min
Ep. 73: Ghost Ships, Pt. 1
In this first of two nautical episodes, Sean introduces us to three of history’s eeriest ghost ships.First, the Flying Dutchman sets the stage (and sails) for all ghost ships to come. Then, the passengers and crew of the Mary Celeste vanished on...
69 min
Ep. 72: The Day the Music Died
"A long, long time ago, I can still remember..." February 3rd, 1959. Three of the brightest stars in the rock 'n roll galaxy - Buddy Holly, the bespectacled frontman of the Crickets; Ritchie Valens, the first crossover Latino artist in rock; and JP...
72 min
Ep. 71: Herb Baumeister
This week we take a look at Indiana's most prolific serial killer, Herb Baumeister. After a string of disappearances of gay men in the Indianapolis area throughout the early 90s, the police investigation eventually leads to an apparently...
63 min
Ep. 70: Flat Earth
In the incredibly polarized times we're living in, it's comforting to know there are some things we can all agree on, even if it's just the shape of the planet we live on. Right?This week Sean digs into the history of Flat Earth belief and...
67 min
Ep. 69: The Winchester Mystery House
In 1886, Sarah Winchester - widow of William Winchester, the son of the founder of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company - took her $20 million inheritance ($550 million in today's money), moved from Connecticut to California, and began a project that...
51 min
Ep. 68: The Strange Death of Edgar Allan Poe
In October 1849, now-legendary horror and suspense writer Edgar Allan Poe was found in a tavern in Baltimore, delirious, with clothes that didn't appear to be his and no concrete answer for where he'd been since he left Richmond, Virginia almost a...
95 min
Ep. 67: Hudson Valley UFOs (w/ the NY Mystery M...
This week, we're teaming up with our friends at the New York Mystery Machine podcast for a crossover look at UFOs and abductions in the Hudson Valley! Adam and Christina from NYMM join us for part 1 of the saga as Sean introduces us to the Hudson...
75 min
Ep. 66: The Springfield Three
Graduation Night, 1992. Suzie Streeter and Stacey McCall arrive home to Suzie's mother Sherrill's house in a giddy daze. They're finally done with high school, and they have summer - and their whole lives - ahead of them. The next day they're heading...
78 min
Ep. 65: Santa Claus - Dark Origins
We're back from the sick bay and rounding out the holiday season with some Yule-tide cheer this week! Sean takes us through the folklore and traditions that inspired our modern-day American Santa Claus, from pagan ritual sacrifices to jolly old St....
58 min
Holiday Greetings from Ain't it Scary
Happy holidays from your favorite ghoulish couple! No, not Gomez and Morticia...okay, maybe second favorite, then. Due to health reasons we unexpectedly have to take a break this week (fingers are crossed that Omicron hasn't come down our chimney) but...
4 min
Ep. 64: Deaths on Everest
The weather outside is frightful...but not as frightful as the weather on Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world and highest point on Earth! In honor of the chilly season we're taking a dangerous journey to explore the most horrific...
86 min
Ep. 63: Mercy Brown & the New England Vampire P...
In 1892, 19-year-old Mercy Brown's corpse was exhumed and her vital organs were ritually burned by Exeter, Rhode Island townsfolk convinced the recent consumption victim was a vampire, feasting on her surviving younger brother's life force from the...
71 min
Ep. 62: "Paul is Dead" - The Beatles Death Cons...
In honor of the Beatles documentary Get Back premiering over Thanksgiving on Disney+, Carrie takes us through one of her favorite conspiracies of all time: "Paul is Dead". This conspiracy theory, which spread across the globe like wildfire beginning...
103 min
Ep. 61: Paul John Knowles - The Casanova Killer
Plenty of trigger warnings apply as Sean takes us back to the grim world of serial killers with the human string of misadventures known as Paul John Knowles. After killing (probably) 20 people on a cross-country crime spree, Knowles was dubbed the...
75 min
Ep. 60: America's Most Haunted Hotels
Hotels are places of transition, whose rooms have seen intense passions, furious hatred, great joys, deep sorrows, and even murder. Not surprisingly, hotels are also places that seem to attract the spirits of their former tenants.  From a golf course...
63 min
Ep. 59: Valiant Thor
On March 16th, 1957, a Venusian named Valiant Thor landed his flying saucer in Alexandria, Virginia. After meeting Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon at the White House, Thor would live in an a luxury apartment in the base of the Pentagon for the...
73 min
Ep. 58: The Salem Witch Trials, Pt. 3 - The Exe...
Here we are at the long-awaited final episode in our Salem Witch Trials series. What is there to say aside from that on this episode we examine the worst miscarriages of justice in the whole hysteria: the 20 innocent people executed on blatantly vague...
95 min
HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: "Ain't it Kitschy?" Ep. 1 - ...
What does that mishmash of an episode title mean? Well, gentle listeners, this week in honor of the approaching All Hallow's Eve we are taking a short break to prepare our intense final episode of our "Salem Witch Trials" series and dropping in a...
54 min
Ep. 57: The Salem Witch Trials, Pt. 2 - The Acc...
In this 2nd part of what's become a 3-part series, we dive deeper into the tragic events of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials and how the hysteria began to rapidly spread across Salem and beyond - now in the guise of dozens of arrests and hearings with...
99 min
Ep. 56: The Salem Witch Trials, Pt. 1 - The Acc...
We've finally come to our long promised two-parter on one of Carrie's pet interests, the Salem Witch Trials!In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, tensions were already high. The Puritan colonists were struggling through the "Little Ice Age" devastating their...
77 min
Ep. 55: Werewolves!
Halloween is SPOOKY SEASON, and Sean is kicking us off with a howlin' all-werewolf episode! We take a whirlwind tour of the mythology and history of werewolves (including skinwalkers and the Rougarou) before tackling real life monsters like Gilles...
94 min
Ep. 54: John Dale Cavaness - Murder in Little E...
Dr. John Dale Cavaness was a beloved small-town doctor and respected member of his community, so there was a public outcry when he was accused of murdering his own son, Sean, for insurance money in 1984. It didn’t come out until his trial that...
74 min
Ep. 53: Jamestown Cannibalism - America's First...
Jamestown, Virginia was the first successful English settlement in North America (for the first UNsuccessful one, go check out our episode on Roanoke) - but it came close to failing completely many, many times. The worst of these failures being the...
71 min
Ep. 52: John Titor, Time Traveler
In 1998 - then again, in 2000 - our world got a hero, born of another reality. A man who traveled through time to warn us of coming catastrophe. Or, maybe, just one more Internet meme spun out of control. A man calling himself John Titor first faxed...
76 min
Ep. 51: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was one of the biggest film stars of the late 50s and early 60s, starring in such classics as Miracle On 34th Street while still a child and continuing on to acclaimed roles in Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, West Side...
92 min
Ep. 50: Roast 2 Roast AM
If you're looking for a well-researched, yet grisly story told with a wink and a laugh...well, we have 49 other episodes we can recommend. To celebrate our big 50th episode, we wanted to do something a little different.  Coast to Coast AM, the cream...
78 min
Ep. 49: Henry VIII - Portrait of a Serial Killer
King Henry VIII. Beheader of wives. Noted fat guy. Lover of turkey legs.  Henry the 8th has become a punch line, known for his break with the Roman Catholic Church over his obsession with Anne Boleyn and gradual decay into a stinking, ulcerating...
99 min
Ep. 48: New England UFOs
For almost as long as America's been a country, there have been stories of strange lights and objects zipping around the North American skies. This week, we've chosen some particularly intriguing tales from the New England states - Massachusetts,...
79 min
Ep. 47: Haunted Theaters
Theaters are places of intense emotion - the laughter of a hilarious comedy, the love of a romantic musical, the tears of an affecting tragedy. It's no wonder that these magnets for, well, drama, tend to be some of the most haunted places in the...
61 min
Ep. 46: Satanic Panic, Pt. 4 - Pizzagate & QAnon
Satanic Panic is having something of a renaissance these past few years, and that's where we're ending our four-part series today!  Once again, whispers are flying around of a vast underground conspiracy of child abusing Satanists. But this time, it's...
91 min
Ep. 45: Satanic Panic, Pt. 3 - The West Memphis...
For part 3 in our tour of Satanic hysteria, it's 1993 and the ritual abuse panic of the '80s is coughing its last gasp in Arkansas! Faced with the horrific murder of three young boys, West Memphis law enforcement, media and the community at large...
115 min
PARACONN SPECIAL: Interview with ParaConn Found...
In lieu of our normal episode this week, enjoy an interview with ParaConn co-founders Charles Rosenay & Nick Grossmann!  ParaConn is Connecticut's FIRST paranormal convention! We'll be guests at the convention this weekend (July 24 and 25) in Ansonia,...
58 min
Ep. 44: Satanic Panic, Pt. 2 - Dungeons & Drago...
Let the panic continue! Last week we showed you the origins of the 1980s Satanic Panic within a rash of alleged Satanic sex rituals at daycare centers. This week, Unloaded Questions co-host and our actual D&D Dungeon Master Nick Salese joins us in the...
97 min
Ep. 43: Satanic Panic, Pt. 1 - Ritual Abuse & M...
July is the month for Satanic Panic, and Sean kicks off our four-part series with a look at the cases that set the tone for ritual abuse hysteria in the 1980s. From the 1980 bestseller Michelle Remembers to the more than four-year-long satanic sex...
92 min
Ep. 42: Hysterias!
Throughout the many years humans have been on this Earth, we've always been prone to one problem (among many): mass hysterias. Mass hysterias are sociological and psychological phenomena that transmit collective illusions of threats (whether real or...
72 min
Ep. 41: Gettysburg Ghosts (w/ Paul Ferrante)
It's our very first guest star episode!  On this ep, Paul Ferrante - author of the "T.J. Jackson Mystery" paranormal YA series and dad/dad-in-law to our very own Carrie and Sean - stops by to talk ghosts. The ghosts of Gettysburg, PA, that is! The...
74 min
Ep. 40: Hollow Earth
If you're like us, you couldn't focus on the two leads duking it out in Godzilla vs. Kong... because you just kept thinking, "Wait, they said 'Hollow Earth' just now, right? Like, 'The Hollow Earth,' like it's a place?" This week, Sean takes us...
66 min
Ep. 39: The Disappearance of Lisanne Froon & Kr...
While hiking the Pianista trail near Boquete, Panama in April 2014, Dutch tourists Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers vanished, seemingly without a trace. Searches by local and Dutch authorities turned up nothing, and hope began to fade that the girls...
88 min
Trailer: Ain't it Scary? with Sean & Carrie
Trailer for the podcast Ain't it Scary? with Sean & CarrieWith a shared passion for history and the truth, Sean & Carrie realized they could bring their different perspectives to the world of true crime, the paranormal, conspiracies, aliens,...
0 min
Ep. 38: The Dark Side of Disney
Walt Disney built an empire on family-friendly entertainment that’s grown into a modern titan of the industry - and today we’re climbing all over its seamy underbelly. Gross! Sean zig-zags us through rumors about Walt Disney’s involvement with Nazis,...
102 min
Ep. 37: The "Crying Boy" Curse
In 1985, U.K. tabloid The Sun started a frenzy of fear when they published a series of articles about a cursed mass-produced painting - dubbed "The Crying Boy" - that had been found at the sites of dozens of house fires. In each of these instances,...
60 min
Ep. 36: The Fermi Paradox, Pt. 2
The Fermi Paradox is the apparent contradiction between the high probability of advanced alien life in the universe - and the total lack of evidence for it here on Earth. In the conclusion to our two-part series, Sean focuses on the Fermi Paradox...
84 min
Ep. 35: The Fermi Paradox, Pt. 1
Are we all alone in the universe? There are hundreds of billions of galaxies - the largest hold trillions of stars, the smallest a few hundred million. It seems impossible that there wouldn't be civilizations out there, some of them far more advanced...
81 min
Ep. 34: The Lost Cosmonauts
Turin, Italy. 1960. Two enterprising young brothers have rigged up their own radio equipment to listen in on the Soviet Russian unmanned rocket launches during the Cold War Space Race. But they pick up something they never expected...something the...
53 min
Ep. 33: Patty Hearst
This week Sean gives us a closer look at famed heiress-turned-hostage-turned-bank-robber Patty Hearst, and the tragic hippie Communist morons in the radical left "Symbionese Liberation Army" who turned a 19-year-old art history major into a fanatical...
72 min
Ep. 32: Haunted Cemeteries, Pt. 2
This week we complete our two part series on the most haunted cemeteries in the entire world! From the gateway to hell in Stull, Kansas, to the story of a vampire king in London, England, to crying statues in Savannah, moving coffins in Barbados, and...
67 min
Ep. 31: Haunted Cemeteries, Pt. 1
This week on the podcast we begin a two part series on the most haunted cemeteries in the entire world! From the cursed grounds of an accused witch's murder in Salem, Massachusetts, to the site of possibly the most adorable ghost ever in Edinburgh,...
59 min
Ep. 30: Charles Cullen, "Angel of Death"
This week, Sean takes us through the twisted tale of depressive serial killer nurse Charles Cullen. Cullen confessed to killing "around" 40 patients over 16 years at 7 different hospitals before he was arrested in 2003. Some say he may even have...
71 min
Ep. 29: Renaissance Poisons & Hygienic Horrors
The Renaissance was a time of enlightenment, opulence, and all-around cultural rebirth. However, that’s not all it was. It was also a time of poisonous murders, toxic cosmetics, and hygienic horrors bad enough to make your hair stand on end…or maybe...
61 min
Ep. 28: The Hinterkaifeck Murders
This week it's back to the world of the grim and unsolved, as Sean takes us through the facts of one of the most chilling unsolved crimes in German history - the Hinterkaifeck murders. On the night of March 31, 1922, on a remote farm outside of...
63 min
Ep. 27: Is Elvis Alive?
The King isn't dead. At least, that's what some people think.Elvis Presley died on August 16th, 1977, after a myriad of health problems culminating in cardiac arrest. Or...did he?Some fans posit that the King of Rock 'n Roll actually faked his own...
69 min
Ep. 26: The Phantom Dark Age
What if we weren’t living in 2021? What if we were really living in…1724? That’s the premise behind the “Phantom Dark Age” theory, which claims that Holy Roman Emperor Otto III inserted 300 years into history that never even happened. Why would Otto...
64 min