These Are Your Stories #36 – A Private Eye Moment

I love a story that presents us with a unique point of view. I received the following email from a professional gumshoe. I thought, how cool is that! While it is not a long story it does show us some of what the modern private detective’s job is like.  So, here is the email from Sargent Jason Aims – California Highway Patrolman ret.

A Private Eye Moment

After my retirement in 2009, I became bored and decided to take on odd jobs from a local detective agency. I get to pick the cases I work on, but there are times they will call and ask me to fill in. This was one of those times.

The case was a stolen identity. Most of the time there is not much we can do to help the victims of this type of crime, but in this case, the perp was known and my agency was hired to follow her and catch her using fake ids or credit cards. I took over from another detective about 3pm in the afternoon. 

Our agency uses cars that on the outside are, shall we say, low-key.  However, inside they have the very latest gadgets. There are hidden cameras everywhere. There are microphones, lots of different kinds from the old standby parabolic type to a laser scope that will blow your mind. The car will lock up tighter than Fort Knox and it is bulletproof. To top it all off a custom computer system runs everything and is tied back to the home office. The cigarette lighter has been replaced and it serves as a two-way switch. Turn it right and everything starts to record and the home office is notified. Smash it down and you just hit the panic button. The police and the home office are on their way.

We were doing an old-fashioned stake-out of a motel where the perp has been staying. I settled in and after about an hour the passenger door opened. A large Latino man got into the car and sat down. I reached over and turned the cigarette lighter to the right. 

We had a rather heated exchange. Basically, he wanted me gone or I would be killed. I told him to open the glove box. He did so and that revealed a small monitor. After a moment it came to life with a picture of the man and a description of his latest crimes. Also, that he had a bounty and was wanted for armed robbery and assault. The look on his face was priceless. He tried to open the car door, but I had locked it and had my 38 in my hand. After two more minutes, the police were there and the man was in custody. The last thing he asked was how did I know. To which I said, I didn’t. 

I don’t know whatever happened to him. In the end, we did catch the girl using a stolen credit card and she is currently in jail serving ten years. I was the lead witness in that one.

Jason Aims – Orange County, CA.

I love this story, simple but yet quite descriptive. In my head, I can hear the banter between you two and can imagine the tension and relief when the police arrived. Were you as calm as you sounded? Thank you Sargent for your story and I am happy you remained safe.

This Week’s Podcast:
On the program this week we will debut a brand new segment called Our Amazing Stories. I am excited about this one and I can’t wait for you to hear it. The first installment will come from the life and times of John F Kennedy and his adventure aboard the PT-109. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

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RAS #523 – Number 500

This is the last week before the new year and I am taking the week off. For the first time in quite a while, we will have a replay of a past show. What we have is my favorite episode from 2021. the 500th episode of Ron’s Amazing Stories. What can I say about this week’s show other than to thank you for allowing me to continue to bring these to you each week. If you would have told me in 2011 that I would still be making podcasts in 2021 I would have said that I highly doubt it. However, here we are and there are so many people to thank for making this all happen. On this show, we play another round of Ghost Story Throwdown with Sylvia Shults. If you don’t remember the last one, they’re a lot of fun and this time we have a special guest who, I might add, is quite the character. So please press that play button and enjoy our 500th attempt to entertain you!

Stories Include – The Broken Wheel, Lake Superior Never Gives Up It’s Dead, The History Of Battle Ground, The Sigma Phi Fraternity Ghost, The Slocum House, The Cremation Aboard the Swift, and Park Hill Cemetery Strangeness.

About Sylvia Shults:  Sylvia is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and strange. Her non-fiction works include Ghost of the Illinois River, Fractured Spirits, 44 Years in Darkness, Hunting Demons, The Spirits of Christmas, and her latest release Fractured Souls. All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more at her WordPress Home Page.

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On The Podcast This Week – A Mystery

Happy New Year From Ron's Amazing Stories.

Happy New Year from Ron’s Amazing Stories. This is the last week before the new year and I am taking the week off. For the first time in quite a while, we will have a replay of a past show. What we will do is have my favorite episode from 2021. Now comes the mystery part. I am not going to say here which episode I have chosen. So, you will have to tune in on Thursday to find out. I promise that you won’t be disappointed. 

You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

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RAS #522 – The 2021 Christmas Special

On Ron’s Amazing Stories this time we are presenting a follow-up to what we played on last week’s show. Call it A Christmas Carol – Part Two, with a twist. Sylvia Shults and I are going to take and turn the classic story on its head with real ghost stories, Victorian oddness, Historical observations, and much more. We have skits, gripping discussions, and a whole lot of fun. So press that play button, this is going to be something special.

Featured – Ghost Stories With Sylvia with Slyvia Shults

Ghost Stories With Sylvia

Sylvia is a Librarian, Author, and Ghost Hunter. She has spent a lifetime in the pursuit of the weird and strange. Her non-fiction works include Ghost of the Illinois River, Fractured Spirits, Fractured Souls, 44 Years in Darkness, Hunting Demons, The Spirits of Christmas, and her latest release Book Of The Dead. All of her books are available on Amazon and you can find out more about her on her WordPress Home Page.

Also, on her website, you can order the 2022 Days Of The Dead calendar. You get an incredible ghost story for each new month. If you are interested in a signed copy of her new book Days Of The Dead you can order it on her website.

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These Are Your Stories #35 – Grandpa’s A Christmas Ghost

Our story for this time was sent in by Rod Sterling. Yes, you read that right but Before you think it might be a story from the famous creator of The Twilight Zone his last name is actually Serling. Rod Serling writes to us from Seattle, Washington and this story first appeared in RAS #415 – Grandpa’s Christmas Ghost.

Grandpa's A Christmas Ghost

Hello Ron, I have a Christmas story for you that is a real head-scratcher. My family and I have tried everything we can think of to debunk it, but there isn’t an answer as to how this could have happened. We have all sworn under oath that it was not a prank and I tell now exactly what happened on December 25th, 2018.

My Grandfather passed away two years ago two days before Christmas. Needless to say, the family was devastated and in that year, 2017, we didn’t have much to celebrate about. My grandpa loved Christmas. He had a full beard and would don a Santa suit to hand out all of our presents. It didn’t stop there, he would go to hospitals, retirement homes, and even would play Santa for the local Christmas parade each year. All of that ended the day he died. Or did it?

Last year we decided that he would be part of our Christmas and that we would not let his passing be the end. We set up his suit next to the tree with a picture of his face in place. It was wonderful and we could all feel his presence and we even spoke to our self-made mannequin-like he was grandpa. 

We all sat around the tree to open our gifts. Instead of having grandpa do the honors we each took a turn handing them out and it went very well. At the end we stopped and went around the room, each of us telling a story about grandpa or what he meant to us. 

Next came Christmas dinner. It was as good as ever and soon we were chatting and enjoying the Christmas season like never before. At the end of dinner, we all decided from that time on Grandpa would become a Christmas tradition. That is when we heard the crash come from the living room. We all ran to see what had happened and found grandpa face down on the floor. We laughed and propped him back up. My brother made the comment that grandpa could never hold his liquor. 

At this point, we kind of broke into groups. One playing games at the dinner table, another chatting, and still another playing with our gifts. I was out in the kitchen helping my wife set up her brand new Nutri Ninja, something she has wanted for years. Then out of the blue came another crash from the living room. Grandpa had fallen again.

This time we are all a little shaken because there was no reason this should happen. In fact, we had added a little more “sturdiness” to the mannequin, but here he was face down on the floor once again. Of course, no one was in the room and amazingly everyone was accounted for during the accident.

We came to the end of the night and we all gathered at grandpa for one last time to say goodnight. While we all stood there. Grandpa wavered and fell flat on his face while we all watched in astonishment. No one touched him or was even close. While I didn’t hear it, two people said that they clearly heard some laughing as he fell.

Nothing else happened. Grandpa never fell again and we kept him up until after New Year’s eve. I don’t know what to make of all this. We tried to find an explanation but never did. I do know that we plan to have grandpa for this coming Christmas. I will write to you after the season to let you know if grandpa comes back for another visit.

Rod Sterling – Seattle, Washington

I connected with Rod to see if Grandpa was still part of their Christmas in 2021. I was told that not only is he still part of their festivities every year but in 2020 he fell again. They can’t wait to see if they have a repeat performance this Christmas Day.

This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week we will be presenting a follow-up to A Christmas Carol, with a twist. Sylvia Shults and I are going to take and turn the classic story on its head with real ghost stories and much much more. So, please be there, and tell your friends all about it. This is going to be something special. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

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