PODCAST

TELL ME A STORY: THE TRUE LIFE OF JAKOB STANLEY

Silvia Whitaker

In October of 2011, 4 college students disappeared in the woods near Porter Township, Pennsylvania while researching a documentary on children’s author Jakob Stanley. Recently, their recordings appeared online. In an effort to aid in the investigation, the families of those missing have agreed to release the recovered sound files. ”Tell me a story: The True Life of Jakob Stanley” is a serialized, found-footage, biweekly horror podcast. /// The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the podcasters and participants, and do not represent the official policy or position of the Iphigenia County Police Department of Porter Township, Pennsylvania or its associates. ///

”AMERICA UNANSWERED” | Bonus Episode
VIDEO PREMIERES TONIGHT AT 8PM! LINK BELOW. This week we are breaking from the recovered files of “Tell Me a Story: The True Life of Jakob Stanley” to share an episode of the 1985 investigative TV series “America Unanswered.” The show’s producers have granted us permission to re-air the program in the hopes that this episode entitled “Following The Light - Pennsylvania’s Croatoan,” will aid in the investigation by providing insight into the relatively unknown religious sect "The Light" who ran Porter Township's Mendenhall Institute. Video episode premieres tonight May 18th, link goes live at 8PM EST: https://www.jakobstanley.com/america-unanswered To view the episode please go to our YouTube Channel. https://youtu.be/kbVHIMYrJ_0 Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartradio, Amazon, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. www.JakobStanley.com Special thanks to the team of “America Unanswered”: Adam Files, Hope Cartelli, Jeff Lewonczyk, Morgan Zipf-Meister, Stephanie Cox-Connolly & Basil Lewonczyk-Cartelli Produced by: Silvia Whitaker Additional Mixing & Mastering and Music Composed by: Patrick Shearer Research Team: Iracel Rivero, Rocio Mendez, Jordan Tierney, Hope Cartelli, Jeff Lewonczyk, Rebecca Comtois, Morgan Zipf-Meister, Stephanie Cox-Connolly, Christopher Yustin, Alyssa Simon, Adam Files, Pete Boisvert & Basil Lewonczyk-Cartelli Episode transcripts available here: www.jakobstanley.com/transcripts Follow us on Twitter: @InappropriateF & Instagram: @jakobstanleypodcast ATTENTION Upon learning that we received new audio from our podcast tip line, the police have formally requested time to review the new material before we share it with the public. I have informed the Iphigenia county police department that they have until September before I release these newly recovered sound files. We will return with these new episodes starting September 7th. In the interim, we will be updating this podcast feed with messages received via our tip line and any additional developments. So, stay tuned.
Yesterday
31 mins
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/// Episode 10 Notes: THX Chuck, love the team work. | BIG NEWS. Whitaker got confirmation that there IS an unpublished Stanley manuscript! We don't seem to have it in our stuff from Jane's, but it friggen exists. ///END/// The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the podcasters and participants, and do not represent the official policy or position of the Iphigenia County Police Department of Porter Township Pennsylvania or its associates. *If you have information on the missing or have had your own unexplainable experiences in Iphigenia County, Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Please record a message via our website's tip line. Messages may be used in future episodes. Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartradio, Amazon, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. www.jakobstanley.com Produced by: Silvia Whitaker Additional Mixing & Mastering and Music Composed by: Patrick Shearer Research Team: Iracel Rivero, Rocio Mendez, Jordan Tierney, Christopher Yustin, Alyssa Simon, Rebecca Comtois, Adam Files & Pete Boisvert Episode transcripts available here: www.jakobstanley.com/transcripts Follow us on Twitter: @InappropriateF & Instagram: @jakobstanleypodcast ATTENTION Upon learning that we received new audio from our podcast tip line, the police have formally requested time to review the new material before we share it with the public. I have informed the Iphigenia county police department that they have until September before I release these newly recovered sound files. We will return with these new episodes starting September 7th. In the interim, we will be updating this podcast feed with messages received via our tip line and any additional developments. So, stay tuned. We will soon be releasing a special video episode courtesy of the television program “America Unanswered.” The show's producers are allowing us to re-air the episode “Following The Light: Pennsylvania’s Croatoan” in the hopes it will help provide insight into the relatively unknown religious sect The Light, who ran Porter Township's Mendenhall Institute. Audio will also be released via the podcast feed. *Don't forget to try out Newsly - https://newsly.me and use promo code JAK0BSTANLEY for a one month free premium subscription!
Apr 6 2022
31 mins
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/// Episode 9 Notes: Twice? Fine. - We are trapped here at the Homestead getting verbally thrashed by Whitaker, while RJ and Avery break into Stanley's mausoleum. This is as detailed as you're gonna get. ///END/// The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the podcasters and participants, and do not represent the official policy or position of the Iphigenia County Police Department of Porter Township Pennsylvania or its associates. *If you have information on the missing or have had your own unexplainable experiences in Iphigenia County, Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Please record a message via our website's tip line. Messages may be used in future episodes. Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartradio, Amazon, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. www.jakobstanley.com Additional Mixing & Mastering and Music Composed by: Patrick Shearer Research Team: Iracel Rivero, Rocio Mendez, Jordan Tierney, Christopher Yustin, Alyssa Simon, Rebecca Comtois, Adam Files & Pete Boisvert Episode transcripts available here: www.jakobstanley.com/transcripts Follow us on Twitter: @InappropriateF & Instagram: @jakobstanleypodcast ATTENTION: Having come to the end of the recordings in our possession, we had intended for the next episode - episode 10 - to be our last. However, this week we received new source recordings anonymously uploaded to our podcast tip line. So, this ain't over yet. Also, we will soon be releasing a special video episode courtesy of the television program “America Unanswered.” The show's producers are allowing us to re-air the episode “Following The Light: Pennsylvania’s Croatoan” in the hopes it will help provide insight into the relatively unknown religious sect The Light, who ran Porter Township's Mendenhall Institute. Audio will also be released via the podcast feed.   *Don't forget to try out Newsly - https://newsly.me and use promo code JAK0BSTANLEY for a one month free premium subscription!
Mar 23 2022
30 mins
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/// Episode 4 Notes: Today was batshit. | First up, hungover as hell, we wake up to find the entire Homestead crawling with locals. Evidently, there was a fire that started in the woods near Jane's and the town is in panic mode. RJ and I stayed here to help out, Tolen and Chuck took supplies out to the firefighters. RJ and I tried to low-key pump Debbie and Miss Loretta (the owners of the Homestead) for any Stanley family information. (Note: Few bits of conflicting info.) I hope Jane is ok. Tolen and Chuck are staying at Wallace's tonight to help the search party tomorrow. ///END/// The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the podcasters and participants, and do not represent the official policy or position of the Iphigenia County Police Department of Porter Township Pennsylvania or its associates. *If you have information on the missing or have had your own unexplainable experiences in Iphigenia County, Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Please record a message via our website's tip line. Messages may be used in future episodes. Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartradio, Amazon, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. www.jakobstanley.com Additional Mixing & Mastering and Music Composed by: Patrick Shearer Research Team: Iracel Rivero, Rocio Mendez, Jordan Tierney, Christopher Yustin, Alyssa Simon, Rebecca Comtois, Adam Files & Pete Boisvert Episode transcripts available here: www.jakobstanley.com/transcripts Follow us on Twitter: @InappropriateF & Instagram: @jakobstanleypodcast
Jan 12 2022
30 mins
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/// Episode 3 Notes: YES, again. | This morning Jane was several hours late, so we did not get to the camper van until way after we planned. But it still was cool as shit. There wasn't much there, but there were some folios containing a few illustrations, might be from the same guy who did his last book... a few VHS tapes.. etc. Met Jane's neighbor, he said he would try to get the camper running for us. BUT that means another night at the Homestead. 2night we are making Tolen buys us all of the alcohols. ///END/// The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the podcasters and participants, and do not represent the official policy or position of the Iphigenia County Police Department of Porter Township Pennsylvania or its associates. *If you have information on the missing or have had your own unexplainable experiences in Iphigenia County, Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Please record a message via our website's tip line. Messages may be used in future episodes. Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartradio, Amazon, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. www.jakobstanley.com Additional Mixing & Mastering and Music Composed by: Patrick Shearer Research Team: Iracel Rivero, Rocio Mendez, Jordan Tierney, Christopher Yustin, Alyssa Simon, Rebecca Comtois, Adam Files & Pete Boisvert Episode transcripts available here: www.jakobstanley.com/transcripts Follow us on Twitter: @InappropriateF & Instagram: @jakobstanleypodcast
Dec 15 2021
28 mins
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Dec 1 2021
30 mins
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The following is the podcast description as written by its creators: /// TELL ME A STORY: THE “TRUE” LIFE OF JAKOB STANLEY is a documentary about the life of beloved 1980s children's author Jakob Stanley, whose collections of horror short stories and poems outsold every other children’s book for almost two decades. As his mainstream popularity waned, Stanley's work, now out of print, reached cult status among a community of die-hard horror fans. The reclusive Jakob Stanley seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth ... until a short two-line death announcement appeared in a small town Pennsylvania paper. ///END/// The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the podcasters and participants, and do not represent the official policy or position of the Iphigenia County Police Department of Porter Township Pennsylvania or its associates. *If you have information on the missing or have had your own unexplainable experiences in Iphigenia County, Pennsylvania, we want to hear from you. Please record a message via our website's tip line. Messages may be used in future episodes. Please rate, review and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeartradio, Amazon, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. www.jakobstanley.com Additional Mixing & Mastering and Music Composed by: Patrick Shearer Research Team: Iracel Rivero, Rocio Mendez, Jordan Tierney, Christopher Yustin, Alyssa Simon, Rebecca Comtois, Adam Files & Pete Boisvert Episode transcripts available here: www.jakobstanley.com/transcripts Follow us on Twitter: @InappropriateF & Instagram: @jakobstanleypodcast
Nov 17 2021
40 mins
Trailer | Tell Me A Story: The True Life of Jakob Stanley