Episode 123: Who Watches the Watchers: Shadow People

Shadow People are an international phenomenon. As far as paranormal experiences go, seeing a fleeting dark figure in you peripheral vision, or waking up to a sensation of being unable to move as a dark figure stares at you, or seeing a dark silhouette in a spooky building; are very common happenings. However there is definitely more to these mysterious entities than meets the eye. Join us this week as we discuss the particulars of shadow people. From the Dark Watchers of Big Sur, to the Hat Man and his minions, to possible omens associated with true crimes, to the dark influence of Walking Sam on the Pine Ridge Reservation; we will do our best to unravel the seemingly simple question, what are they?

Guest Story Tellers: Our Amazing Listeners

Music Credit: Purple Planet Music




“Walking Sam”, A Urban Legend Like “Slender Man”, Might Be Inciting Multiple Teen Suicides In A South Dakota Lakota Community – Bustle

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young – NYTs

Legendary Native American Figures: Stick Indians – Native Languages

Indian Legends from the Northern Rockies By Ella Elizabeth Clark

Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth, Legend and Folklore By Theresa Bane

What’s the scariest Native American legend? – Askreddit

Tsiatko and Seatco – AAA Native Arts

Stick Shower Indians – WSU.edu


Yakama Literature – Indigenous People

The Ste-ye-hah’ mah (Spirit hidden under the cover of the woods), or the Stick-Shower Indians, or the Stick-Indians.

Types of Shadow People – What They Are And What They Want – Parational

Big Sur is home to shadowy figures – or at least people who see them. – Monterey County Weekly

December’s Child: A Book of Chumash Oral Narratives edited by Thomas C. Blackburn

In Search of the Dark Watchers – Santa Barbara Independent

Big Sur’s “Dark Watchers” Subject of Sumptuous Book By Thomas Steinbeck and Artist Benjamin Brode – Steinbeck Now

Brocken Spectre – Atmospheric Optics

Shades of grey: What is the brocken spectre? – BBC News

The Big Grey Man of Ben MacDui – The Scotsman

Coast to Coast AM – Shadow People

Slenderman and Shadow People – Best of Coast to Coast AM – 3/20/17

Unraveling the Many Mysteries of Tituba, the Star Witness of the Salem Witch Trials – Smithsonian

Tituba, Reluctant Witch of Salem: Devilish Indians and Puritan Fantasies By Elaine G. Breslaw

Blackness and the Demon in Medieval and Early Modern Europe – Jon Kaneko-James

Heidi Hollis


Iroquois Creation Myth, 1816 – History Matters

Shadow People – Reddit

The Charley Project – Cynthia Jane Anderson

The Charley Project – Tara Lossett Cossey

Crime Watchers – Cynthia Jane Anderson

The Doe Network – Case File 287DFOH

Richard Helwig – LA Times

`Stalemate’ in Cases of 4 Missing Girls / Psychologist’s book revives suspicions about Oakland man – SF Gate

Vanished: Missing Girls Mystery – ABC News

Is an urban legend encouraging South Dakota Sioux teens to take their own lives? – The Daily Dot

Walking Sam, Janay Jumping Eagle and Pine Ridge Reservation – Rivals Forums

TIL that the Lakota tribe has their own version of the Slenderman legend called “Walking Sam”, who wears a stovepipe hat and tries to make you commit suicide. – Reddit

What exactly are shadow people? – Reddit

Any Thoughts On Cindy Anderson? – Unsolved Mysteries Message Board

I just found out what Shadow People are. I’ve been able to see them since I was 7. – Reddit

There Are Actually Several Classes Of Shadow People, And They All Want Something Different From You – Ranker

Demonology- The Shadow People – Are You Spiritual Blog

Mysterious Shadow People – Are They Alien Entities, Time Travelers Or Interdimensional Beings On A Mission? – Message to Eagle

Pain on the Reservation – NYTs

Walking Sam – Thunder Butte

Native Americans Combat the Suicide Spirit – Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Struggles With Suicides Among Its Young – NYTs

Indian Reservation Reeling in Wave of Youth Suicides and Attempts – NYTs

Journey to the spirit world by suicide – Lakota Country Times

Suicide State Of Emergency On Pine Ridge Reservation – Native American Roots


Dear Michaela

Native Americans Facing Highest Suicide Rates – Lakota People’s Law Project

Suicides Among American Indian/Alaska Natives — National Violent Death Reporting System, 18 States, 2003–2014 – CDC

Suicide on the Great Sioux Nation – Truth Out

Creepypasta Land Wiki

Bigfoot, Big Man and Walking Sam – Cryptomundo



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