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Serial Killers, Ghosts, and Bigfoot

San Lorenzo Valley, California

Deep in the Santa Cruz mountains is a cluster of towns...

San Lorenzo Valley is an area where psychics, mystics, bigfoot, aliens, ghosts, mobsters, and serial killers are cultural cornerstones. But gentrification is threatening that history and its tourism.

Written by: Josh Hallmark

Researched by: Josh Hallmark

Produced by: Josh Hallmark

Edited by: Josh Hallmark


People Featured:

KENN SUGIYAMA: Kenn and I have been friends since I was eighteen. He was one of my first gay friends, and we've shared a rather sordid history, including being scammed by the same con artist. When I was twenty, Kenn and I spent a weekend at the Brookdale Lodge, a notorious haunted hotel with a scandalous and mysterious history. In this episode we try to remember through the years and some mind-altering substances what exactly happened that strange, strange night.

MARYANNE PORTER: Maryanne is the founder and lead paranormal investigator of the Santa Cruz Ghost Hunters. She is also the author of Haunted Santa Cruz, which is being released by Arcadia Publishing in mid-September. We chatted about her explorations of the San Lorenzo Valley and why its community is so eccentric and accepting.

LISA ROBINSON: Lisa and her family have lived in Boulder Creek since 1990. She is the board president for the San Lorenzo Valley Historical Museum. She is also the Volunteer Collections Manager at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum and volunteers at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, and at the Genealogy Room of the Santa Cruz County Library. She is a member of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) Landmark Committee, and is the chair of the Santa Cruz MAH Publications Committee. Her other interests include miniature model building, genealogy, local archaeology and all forms of digital media development. She is a member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME).

MICHAEL RUGG: Michael is the founder and operator of the Bigfoot Discovery Project & Museum. He is a former digital artist, who worked with Apple and Atari throughout the 80s and 90s. His first bigfoot sighting was as a teen, and he has been collecting information and artifacts ever since.

MEGHAN COSTELLA: Meghan is a health care coordinator who recently relocated from the San Lorenzo Valley to Washington state. She was also my best friend in high school. I spent much of my high school and early college careers torturing and terrifying her by dragging her around Brookdale and the Brookdale Lodge. This podcast interview was the first time we'd talked in over fifteen years.


Music by:

• Dave Depper

• Future Islands

• Podington Bear

• Maps and Diagrams

• Duke Ellington

• Aaron Mist

• David Szesztay

Music courtesy of Free Music Archive


Topics: San Lorenzo Valley, California, Boulder Creek, Felton, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Brookdale Lodge, Bigfoot, Bigfoot Museum, Edmund Kemper, Herbert Mullin, Serial Killers, John Linley Frazier, Santa Cruz


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