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The Secret Room | True Stories

Ben Hamm

Society & Culture, Personal Journals, Storytelling, Podcast, Story, Stories, True

4.4 • 2.4K Ratings

Overview

What's the one secret you've never told anybody? Welcome to The Secret Room, a podcast about the true stories no one ever tells. Hosted by Ben Hamm.

225 Episodes

221. The Complicationship

Lizzie was a teaching assistant at a university in South Africa who found herself captivated by a once-famous, older student. Their clandestine connection unfolds amidst a whirlwind of butterflies and complexities. Lizzie tells us about the ups and downs and where it led her. AURA Go to AURA.com/PROTECTION for a 14 day trial plus a check of your data to see if your personal information has been leaked online, all for FREE. BEIS Visit BEISTRAVEL.com/SECRET to get 15% off your first purchase. HATCH Visit hatch.co/SECRET to get $20 off and free shipping! PICTURES See pictures of Lizzie and John in Cape Town They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and X. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED In one week on our premium show: an unbelievable yet all-too-real online scam and its heartbreaking consequences. Hear the harrowing tale of a 79-year-old mother who believes she's in a relationship with none other than country music star Kenny Chesney. And fake Kenny wants mom’s money. It’s a secret of love, trust, and vulnerability in the digital age. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom, Apple Podcasts or Spotify. There’s a free trial! ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2024

220. I Almost Married a Skinhead

Skyler’s odyssey into adulthood was a perilous journey from foster homes to skin heads where disappointment waited at every turn. Today she shares her secret coming of age story. HATCH Visit hatch.co/SECRET to get up to 20% off and free shipping. PICTURES See pictures of Skyler, her third foster house and her high school. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Remember The Secret Room episode “Wild Child” where Lee found herself involuntarily sent to wilderness therapy? We have a related secret on the next Unlocked. Kristen grew up in a devout household and bravely revealed her sexuality as a teenager. Her mom whisked her off to a remote wilderness camp to separate her from her girlfriend. You’ll be astonished by the hardships she endured, and her mom’s reaction when she got back.” The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a free trial at patreon.com/secretroom, Spotify and Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 28 May 2024

219. Hole 14

Ben’s guest, also named Ben, volunteered for a top secret stakeout on a golf course. His mission: catch a moonlight marauder. A comical series of events leads to an unexpected arrest! BEIS TRAVEL BEISTRAVEL.com/SECRET to get 15% off your first purchase HATCH Visit hatch.co/SECRET to get up to 20% off and free shipping! PICTURES See Ben spinning some sand on the course; and with his good friend who passed. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and X. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Jo is back from episode 218 “Power Dynamic.” Susie asks her how she feels about paying off her house all these years later, and if she has she spoken with Bill in recent years? The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

218. Power Dynamic

Jo came into six figures in cold hard cash which she used to make a better life for her family. And even though she doesn’t regret what she did to get it, she can’t utter a word about it to anyone. BEIS Go to BEISTRAVEL.com/SECRET to get 15% off your first purchase. HOMECHEF Get 18 Free Meals, plus Free Shipping on your first box, and Free Dessert for Life, at HomeChef.com/SECRET. Must be an active subscriber to receive free dessert. STORYWORTH Thanks StoryWorth. Get $10 off your first purchase at StoryWorth.com/secret. PICTURES See pictures of Jo with her kids, Jo’s house and the massage table. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and X. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED On the next Unlocked, Chloe from episode 216 “How I Got My New Rack,” is back. When her career in New York's fashion industry was flagging she made ends meet as a dominatrix! That job led to one outlandish situation after another until ultimately she ended up in a job she knew nothing about, which she was told to fake. It's a hilarious follow up told in only the way that Chloe can tell it. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

217. Tangled Ties

When Gina’s toxic best friendship with MJ came to an abrupt end, she was left with a pile of feelings she couldn’t share. If she did, she would lose even more than she already had. HATCH Visit hatch.co/SECRET to get $20 off and free shipping! HOME CHEF Get 18 Free Meals, plus Free Shipping on your first box, and Free Dessert for Life, at HomeChef.com/SECRET. Must be an active subscriber to receive free dessert. PICTURES See Gina and MJ. Also, Gina’s childhood home, the night of the club fight, their last picture together, and Gina’s tattoo They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Kai is your average busy professional. But one night during the Covid 19 pandemic lock down her life changed. She went to a gas station convenience store and became consumed with the nighttime activity. Now, just about every day after work, she goes to the store and watches. She's witnessed tragedy, heartache, crime. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

216. How I Got My New Rack!

Ben’s guest Chloe had one goal in mind. A goal that seemed so out of reach…until it wasn’t. But just how she got her new boobs will make you think twice…. PICTURES See before and after pictures of Chloe on social. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Remember Zane and his intergalactic adventure in episode 215 Digital Heist? On the next unlocked Zane’s back and he brings his mastermind brother Dan with him! Dan continued the mission after Zane bowed out for an even bigger payout. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. Hosted by Susie Lark. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

215. The Digital Heist

Zane executed an intergalactic heist with an early form of digital currency. It’s a sprawling adventure of rocket ships and asteroid mining he’s kept secret for two decades. BETTER HELP The Secret Room is sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. HOME CHEF Get 18 Free Meals, plus Free Shipping on your first box, and Free Dessert for Life, at HomeChef.com/SECRET. Must be an active subscriber to receive free dessert. PICTURES See pictures from Eve Online, and the garage where it all went down. Also, Zane, Mick and Dan pose for an iconic pic. See also Cairo the parrot and mom’s dog hamming it up, and the famous picture of Zane on his pilgrimage to CCP HQ in Reykjavik. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Trouble, from episode 212 “His Name Was Trouble,” is back for an exclusive interview with Susie. Episode 212 was the story of the mixed-race psychiatric nurse who fell in love with her patient Trouble, who happened to be a ranking member in a white supremacist gang. He tells us what Angela might have gotten wrong in her interview with Ben. He also tells us about his relapse after prison, and how he won over Angela’s dad. Host: Susie Lark. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

214. The Hangaround

Charlee and her boyfriend held up her ex at gunpoint, giving him a life-or-death ultimatum. It’s a high stakes secret that marked the moment Charlee took back control of her life. DIPSEA Get a 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret. HOME CHEF Get 18 Free Meals, plus Free Shipping on your first box, and Free Dessert for Life, at HomeChef.com/SECRET. Must be an active subscriber to receive free dessert. PICTURES See Charlee with Jed and with Carl. We also have a picture of the gas station where the hold up took place. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Remember our recent episode “His Name was Trouble” about the mixed-race psychiatric nurse who fell in love with her patient, who happened to be a ranking member of a white supremacist gang? Angela joins Susie on the next Secret Room | Unlocked. They talk about how Trouble got away from those gang members who tied him up to a tree. She also tells us how their families managed to unite and overcome generational racism. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, some of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder.

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

213. Kill Bill

Ben’s guest Mars formed a chat group of women out to get one man. A man that had done each of them wrong. What he did and how they got their revenge is her secret. BETTERHELP The Secret Room is sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. PICTURES See pictures of the bunny ranch where Mars worked, the sex club, and of course Mars herself. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Vicky from I Was a Child Psychic is back with more hilarious tales of imaginary predictions. She also tells about how her mom eventually got busted for her deserted mother’s pension, and what happened to her in women’s prison! The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

212. His Name Was Trouble

Angela crossed ethical lines when she fell in love with a patient. Complicating matters, she was a woman of color and he was a white supremacist facing 20 years in prison. DIPSEA Get a 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret. PICTURES See the prison where Trouble was incarcerated. Also, Angela and Trouble and their kids. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and X. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Jeremy from our recent episode "To Die Young" is back to respond to the outpouring of support his story received on social media and GoFundMe. He also addresses comments from people who said he got one thing wrong. Has it changed the way he feels about telling his wife the truth? Find out with host Susie Lark in just one week. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

211. I Was a Child Psychic

Ben’s guest Vicky was a child psychic. And when she flexed her youthful powers, the adults in her life listened with rapt attention. Now all grown up, Vicky’s here to tell her story BETTERHELP The Secret Room is sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret PICTURES See Vicky and her mum, the church, and the home she lived in with her mum that was paid for with the Deserted Wives Pension. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Vicky will will be back soon, but first Sarah from episode 207 “Escape From Gili T” is back to address all the buzz around her episode. She’ll respond directly to a number of social media reactions. Also a new adventure from her trip about corrupt cops and an orphanage …and there’s more to her breakup with her ex back home. Is Sara still traveling and living it up? The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a free trial at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

210. To Die Young

Jeremy’s secret is that he is living with a terminal condition. No one knows except for his medical team. Not even his family. Today Jeremy tells us why he’s keeping this devastating secret to himself. If you want to hear Jeremy’s other appearance on the podcast, download Episode 169 “Show Trial.” You can donate to Jeremy’s care at GoFundMe.com/Jeremy-From-TSRP. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret PICTURES See pictures of Jeremy, his partner and their boy They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Eralyn from Sugar Rush is back with a long awaited update. Eralyn had turned to a sugar baby website to make ends meet while taking care of her special needs kid. But she had no idea where life would take her after being paired with a very abrupt man, or the devastating impact it would have on her life. Listen back to Episode 158 “Sugar Rush” and then hear the update in one week on The Secret Room | Unlocked. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. And there’s a free trial ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producer: Jessica Garcia, Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

209. Dig the Hole Deeper

Christy tells us how a cop unknowingly helped her cover up a crime! That, and a collection of other short secrets to round out the year. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Unlocked will be back with Sarah from “Escape from Gili T” on January 16th. There are more shenanigans you must hear. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 26 December 2023

208. Carma

Sam was the perp in a mailbox hit and run. It’s the misadventures of a bad driver’s odd quest to right her own “carma.” DIPSEA Get a 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret STORYWORTH Get $10 off your first purchase at StoryWorth.com/secret PICTURES See the victim mailbox on a cinder block; then restored to its former glory; Sam; and the car wreck. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Sam joins Susie Lark to tell us about three more mailboxes she murdered. She also shares more on her quest to top up her credit score karma. What a tale! The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 12 December 2023

207. Escape From Gili T!

Sarah tells Ben about the frenetic post-grad backpack trip she took through SE Asia. It’s the story of one woman’s solo adventure, and how she got exactly what she wanted, for better or worse. STITCH FIX Get 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix. StitchFix.com/SECRET. PICTURES See Sarah with Haley, Josh and Lou in Bangkok and Bali. Also, Sarah’s famous friendship bracelet and the iconic picture of Josh and Haley on the trash heap! They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and X. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED An Unlocked original. Zizi’s uncle left Nigeria for a new life in Germany. But in an effort to protect him, his family never told him about a series of tragedies back home. Hosted by Susie Lark. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producer: Aaron West, Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 28 November 2023

206. For the Love of Adventure

Josh and his wife had international careers, surviving jungles, paramilitary groups, you name it. But nothing had prepped them for the conditions of their final job, which were so harsh they had to resort to extreme measures to get out. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret. STORYWORTH Get $10 off your first purchase at StoryWorth.com/secret. PICTURES See pictures of Josh and fam on the world stage. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Josh is back with even more crazy globe trekking near misses and mishaps. Join host Susie Lark for this hilarious follow up. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 14 November 2023

205. I'm the Mole!

An army private stationed in Afghanistan got involved in some hi jinx with her fellow soldiers. What they never found out was that she would become a mole. It’s Melody’s unexpected story of love and war during her brief military career. STITCH FIX Get 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix. StitchFix.com/SECRET. PICTURES See Melody on deployment and evidence of hi jinx! They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Melody is back to talk about her military friend Charlie the Rock, who was literally … a rock. And about the highs and lows of being deployed with your spouse. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2023

Introducing: What Was That Like

Today we’re recommending a podcast that’s a natural fit for Secret Room listeners: What Was That Like, hosted by Scott Johnson. It’s about real people in unreal situations. Today’s episode is “Victoria’s Neighbors Brought Horrible News.” You can see all Scott’s episodes on this page. Binge them now and learn more at WhatWasThatLike.com. The Secret Room will be back in a week with a fresh episode about a military prankster stationed in Afghanistan. Ben

Transcribed - Published: 24 October 2023

204. The Candy Bar Blackmail

A student got the goods on Sloane and blackmailed her. Hear why Sloane wouldn’t change a thing, and neither would her blackmailer. DOOR DASH Get 50% off your first DoorDash order up to a $20 value when you use code Secretfall at checkout. STITCH FIX Get 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix. StitchFix.com/SECRET. PICTURES See Sloane and Max at school and graduation. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Sloane is back in one week on Unlocked to share more thoughts about Chad Bell and to tell a story about some mysterious letters that were distributed that involved both of them. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 17 October 2023

203. The Accidental Nudist

Cristina tells us about a very odd job she took when she was younger. Her friends were shocked but curiosity got the best of her, and now she’s ready to tell all. BETTER HELP The Secret Room is sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret. PICTURES See Cristina, her travel companion and The Hollow Bottom in some epic pictures right now. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Jude from “The Nazi Connection” and “The Juice and the Squeeze” is back with updates and to respond to social media posts about her secret. Hosted by Susie Lark. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 3 October 2023

202. Honest to a Fault

Trace reveals a blockbuster secret that, if revealed, could destroy her relationship with the loving woman who raised her. She’s held the secret for 25 years and tells all on The Secret Room. BETTER HELP The Secret Room is sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret. DOOR DASH Get 50% off your first DoorDash order up to a $20 value when you use code Secretfall at checkout. STITCH FIX Get 25% off when you keep everything in your Fix. StitchFix.com/SECRET. PICTURES See Trace with Gram and Pat. Also, the house where she lived at 6. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Trace joins Susie Lark to talk about what happened with Gram and Patrick after the divorce, and about an evening with her aunts that was filled with revelations The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 19 September 2023

201. The Juice and the Squeeze

Jude concocted an elaborate scheme to deal with her obnoxious neighbors. Her plan required a burner phone and revealing her privates. But did she get what she wanted? Let’s find out. BETTER HELP The Secret Room is sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. DOOR DASH Get 50% off your first DoorDash order up to a $10 value when you use code SECRET at checkout. THE FARMER’S DOG Get 50% off your first box at thefarmersdog.com/secret. PICTURES See pictures of Jude, her complex and the rescued doggo. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED A man tells how he got inducted into an honorary society ... by mistake! How it happened and what he did about it will surprise you. Susie Lark hosts. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 5 September 2023

200. Escaping Officer Mom

Jacki tells us about her mom’s wrongful and fantastical accusation against her. It leads to devastating consequences for Jacki and a young man, not that she cared. Link in bio. Catch up on Jacki’s writing and comedy at jackikane.com! BETTERHELP Sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. THE FARMER’S DOG Get 50% off your first box plus free shipping at thefarmersdog.com/secret. HELLO FRESH Go to HelloFresh.com/50secretroom and use code 50secretroom for 50% off plus free shipping! PICTURES See Officer Mom, Jacki (then and now), the party house, and her parents. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED On the next Secret Room | Unlocked, Jacki’s back to talk to me about the last time she saw her mom, and how she was still up to her old shenanigans. And she tells us more about Dad’s second life, and what ultimately happened to Troy. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 22 August 2023

199. A Life Stolen

Heidi knows her son was the victim of a premeditated murder, but she can’t prove it in court. It’s the story of a life stolen by a wicked, evil person. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. BETTER HELP Sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DOOR DASH Get 50% off your first DoorDash order up to a $10 value when you use code Secret at checkout. THE FARMER’S DOG Get 50% off your first box at thefarmersdog.com/secret.p> PICTURES Heidi sent us pictures of herself and with Devon. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Heidi’s back to tell us about an unlikely plan she has to get Devon’s case reopened. Maybe Heidi can find some justice after all.“ The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producers: Mamma C and Anna LucasMusic and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 8 August 2023

198. Macabre Inspo

Sarah shares the morbid event that drove her to secretly pursue a new career without telling her family, her friends or her husband. BETTER HELP Sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/Secret. THE FARMER’S DOG Get 50% off your first box plus free shipping at thefarmersdog.com/secret. HELLO FRESH Go to HelloFresh.com/secretroom50 and use code secretroom50 for 50% off plus free shipping! PICTURES See pictures of Sarah geared up to fight fires, on her motorcycle, her tattoo art and with her husband. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Sarah’s back to tell us about a dark period in her teen life. She used drugs and attempted suicide. But it was the surprise opportunity for a tattoo apprenticeship that turned her life around. Susie Lark hosts The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 25 July 2023

197. The Farm Hand

Amanda thinks a fatal accident on the farm was not as much of an accident as her fiancé said it was. Hear the evidence and see if you agree. BETTERHELP Sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. FARMER’S DOG Get 50% off your first box plus free shipping at thefarmersdog.com/secret. MASTERCLASS Get 15% off unlimited access to every class at masterclass.com/secretroom. PICTURES See pictures of Amanda, the farm; Matt in a tractor; and her crap apartment They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Sage went to a doctor who was supposed to help her migraines, but what she didn’t know was that his specialty was to give scripts to addicts. And it did a number on her. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com. PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producers: Lauren Watkins and Anna Lucas. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 11 July 2023

196. On the Backs of Turtles

Dustin kept a childhood secret from his dad for thirty years. The dumb, cruel thing he did as a kid led to the most heartwarming event of his life. BETTER HELP Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. HELLO FRESH HelloFresh.com/secretroom16 and use code secretroom16 for 16 free meals plus free shipping! MASTERCLASS Secret Room listeners get 15% off unlimited access to every class at masterclass.com/secretroom. PICTURES See Dustin, his brother, his Dad and the ring Dustin got him. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Dustin’s back with more delightful lessons from his Dad. Susie Lark hosts. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 27 June 2023

195. Camila's Balloon Dreams

Camila got mixed up in the wild and strange party balloon community and might just have had an affair with one of its biggest celebrities. It’s a secret that really pops and she is ready to spill. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. BETTER HELP Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. FARMER’S DOG Get 50% off your first box plus free shipping at thefarmersdog.com/secret. PICTURES See pictures of Camila and her balloon creations! They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Camila joins Susie to tell us about another community she was inducted into as a teen: she calls it a culty church. And you’ll never believe what she did that got her kicked out. It drops in just one week. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producers: Embry Hakeem, Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 13 June 2023

Risk!

Today I want to introduce you to Risk! A podcast any fan of true stories will love. I love it, and I’ve even seen the show live. In today’s Best Of, Host Kevin Allison introduces an amazing compilation of stories that will make you want to hit subscribe ASAP. And I encourage you to do so; there’s so much more waiting for you. Enjoy and you’re welcome! Ben RISK! Today’s show. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2023

194. A Perfect Little Beach Town

Ali tells us the story of her complicated and heartbreaking relationships with two men. Where it leads comes as a complete surprise, to all of them. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. MASTERCLASS Secret Room listeners get 15% off unlimited access to every class at MasterClass.com/secretroom. PICTURES See pictures of Ali, her ex and her baby. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Katarina joins Susie to talk about the extreme religious group she grew up up in. Her parents kept her isolated from everyone on the outside. Her mother held a belief so extreme, even those within the inner circle outcast her. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producer: Allison Kelly, Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 30 May 2023

193. Wild Child Part 2

“Wild Child Part 2:” We find out Heather’s fate, and hear more shocking details of Lee’s wilderness training. And Lee will tell us what it was like to reunite with her family. Is the trust lost forever? Wild Child part 2 drops in just two short weeks. . DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. PICTURES See Lee making fire, with Heather, and a group hug with her fam when it was all said and done. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Lee is back with host Susie to talk about what life was like back home with her parents after graduation. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producer: Allison Kelley, Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2023

192. Wild Child Part 1

Lee tells Ben how her parents kidnapped her in a last-ditch effort to change the course of her life two weeks before her 18th birthday. It’s something she can never fully forgive them for. BETTER HELP Sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. THE FARMER’S DOG Get 50% off your first box plus free shipping at thefarmersdog.com/secret. PICTURES See Lee’s fire kit, Lee in uniform, the program’s home base and Lee with her parents. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Evan joins Susie with a secret from when he was enlisted in the military, years ago. What happened one night out with the boys over the Mexican border had a profound impact on his self-identity. He met a girl, but what she introduced him to was the last thing he ever expected. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producer: Allison Kelley, Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2023

191. Friend in Greed

Sasha tells us about a calculating grifter who took over her uncle’s life, but did he get away with the spoils? DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. FARMER’S DOG Get 50% off your first box plus free shipping at thefarmersdog.com/secret. PICTURES See Sasha, her family and her uncle. She also proudly sent a picture of the Bose radio she stole from Jamie, that she still uses today. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Sasha’s back with a fresh secret. A falling out with a best friend was followed by an unexpected major life event. She showed support publicly, but what she did behind the scenes is another story. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com. PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producer: Allison Kelley. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2023

190. Baby Face

Amber worked covertly to catch child predators in elaborate sting operations. It’s a story of bravery motivated by heartbreak. BETTER HELP Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. ROCKET MONEY RocketMoney.com/secret. It could save you hundreds a year. PICTURES See pictures of Amber with Tony and at the fake apartment home. There’s also a picture of the actual Redbox. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Host Susie Lark brings you an amazing story of one man’s obsession with fake celebrity nudes. He takes it to a whole new level. It’s basically his life. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Do you have a magniloquent secret to share? Ohhh, so fancy! Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producer: Allison Kelly. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2023

189. Ashes to Ashes

After Mary’s mom died in a house fire 8 years ago, a series of startling clues led her to believe she was murdered by a member of her own family. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING Follow THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING wherever you listen to podcasts. You can listen ad-free on the Amazon Music or Wondery App. PICTURES See pictures of Mary posing with her mom; the burned house; and a selfie. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Next time on unlocked tells Susie about the time he joined a college comedy group, and ended up pulling a highly revealing prank for the senior project. Join me for an original interview that bares all! The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Do you have a secret for the podcast? Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producers: Allison Kelley. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2023

188. A/S/L

Holly’s mom and sister teamed up on a bold catfish scam. It was fun and games for a while, until all hell broke loose. BETTER HELP Sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. PICTURES See pictures of Holly and her big sister; her childhood home; and today with her step daughter and husband. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED After Holly did the interview with Ben she talked with her sister all about the elephant in the chat room….and she comes back to tell Susie her sister’s perspective. Join producer Susie Lark for this fascinating deep dive into today’s episode. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Submit your secret at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producers: Allison Kelley and Jessie Rose. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2023

187. The Nazi Connection

“The Nazi Connection” drops Tue night. Jude’s DNA kit revealed an intricate set of secrets snatched from the grave. They upended her understanding of her family, her religion and her origin. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. ROCKETMONEY RocketMoney.com/secret. It could save you hundreds a year. PICTURES See pictures of Jude with her Dad and her beloved Oma. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Susie talks to a woman whose postpartum depression was only the beginning of the challenges she faced after giving birth. It’s a complicated story of mental health struggles and an impossible family dynamic. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Submit your secret at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 21 February 2023

186. California Schemin'

Amy got scammed like you cannot even imagine. What would you do if someone you were close to moved in on your friends, your life and your money showing utter contempt for anything that didn’t have to do with himself? Well hold on, as Amy tells us how one man turned her life upside down … and not in a good way. BETTER HELP Sponsored by BetterHelp. Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. PICTURES See pictures of Amy, Chris and James in Los Angeles. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Amy is back with special guest James to dig even deeper into the story. Susie hosts a roundtable where James shares surprising new perspectives. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Would you like to submit your secret to the podcast? Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com. PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2023

185. Pimped

Bea tells Ben how her ex-husband pimped her out into a life of prostitution. She was rescued by a john, but he turned out to be even worse. It's been a decade long conflict you'll find hard to believe. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. ROCKET MONEY RocketMoney.com/secret. It could save you hundreds a year. PICTURES See pictures of Bea in the navy and with her ex and the marine. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Bea's back in one week to dig even deeper into her relationship with the marine, and to talk about where it could be going. Also, what exactly does Bea know about Baphomet?! Well, it might have something to do with a previous appearance on the podcast! Find out on Unlocked The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 24 January 2023

184. The Shank

Esteban embezzled money from a man he was in a prison race riot with. It was just a part of his journey seeking a better life. Esteban tells us about his life in and out of prison. It will open your eyes. ROCKET MONEY RocketMoney.com/secret. It could save you hundreds a year. PICTURES See pictures from prison, Esteban as a boat maker, addressing his high school and with his partner. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Esteban is back on the Secret Room | Unlocked in just one week. He and host Susie Lark talk about how he pulled off 12-hour tattoo sessions behind bars, and about where he hopes his seminary studies will lead. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom or on Apple Podcasts. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com. PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Sound Engineer: Marco. Shadow Producers: Jude and Lentil. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 10 January 2023

183. Gummy Street Secrets

Your favorite street secrets and guest from 2022. Fall in love with Tim all over again. He concocted a hilarious plan to pass a urine test that could jeopardize his career. ACORN TV Get your first 30 days free by going to acorn.tv with promo code secret. ROCKETMONEY RocketMoney.com/secret. It could save you hundreds a year. PICTURES See Tim’s drug test results, the lab and sporting goods store from his secret. Pictures are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED A woman who shoplifts so much it’s a part of her budget. She does not intend to stop. It’s an original interview. Susie Lark hosts. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes YOUR SECRET Do you have a secret to share? Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 27 December 2022

182. Mother of Accusations Part 2

In Part 2 Alice tells us what happens when her mom accuses her of trying to murder her. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. FEALS Visit Feals.com/SECRETROOM for 50% of your first order, plus free shipping. ROCKETMONEY RocketMoney.com/secret. It could save you hundreds a year. STORYWORTH Get $10 off your first purchase at StoryWorth.com/secret,p> PICTURES See pictures of Alice and others from her story. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Alice talks in depth with host Susie Lark about her stepmom’s role and how it’s impacted their lives. And at press time we’re hoping Alice’s stepmom will be on the show too! The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Submit your secret directly to your podcast host. Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Sound Engineer: Marco. Shadow Producers: Nil! Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2022

181. Mother of Accusations Part 1

Alice sits down in The Secret Room with a weight on her shoulders that can never be fully lifted. It’s the story of a mother’s utter betrayal of her daughter. What on earth would you do if the person you're supposed to trust most in the world accused you of attempted murder? STORYWORTH Get $10 off your first purchase at StoryWorth.com/secret,p> ROCKETMONEY RocketMoney.com/secret. it could save you hundreds a year. PICTURES See pictures of Alice and others from her story. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED There’s an original interview called “Mother May I” waiting for you. Susie interviews Shannon about the mom who did not appear to be who she really was. And next is the episode we promised you last time but had to delay. Remember Kayla from Ep 175 “Daddy's Daughter” and how the image of her perfect family was shattered by the results of a DNA kit? She told Ben she had been planning to meet her bio dad for a while but hadn't made the connection yet. Well, they finally met up, and Kayla's back to tell Susie how it went. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Submit your secret directly to your podcast host. Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Sound Engineer: Marco. Shadow Producers: Nil! Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 29 November 2022

180. Strip Search

Neil pays a high price for what he did on a carefree summer night. The degrading events he endured and how he tried to make everything right are his story. BETTER HELP Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. I HEAR FEAR Prime Members can listen to the Amazon Music exclusive podcast, I Hear Fear, in the Amazon Music App. Download the app today. PICTURES See pictures of Neil, Rachel and his band! They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Remember Kayla from Ep 175 “Daddy's Daughter” and how the image of her perfect family was shattered by the results of a DNA kit? She told Ben she had been planning to meet her bio dad for a while but hadn't made the connection yet. Well, they finally met up, and Kayla's back to tell Susie how it went. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com to be considered for the show. PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2022

179. Reluctant Mom

A woman is thrust into a harrowing journey to protect the daughter she didn’t want. It’s about her secret regrets of motherhood, and the push and pull of family and the actions of two men. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/SECRET. FEALS Go to Feals.com/secret for 50% of your first order, plus free shipping. PICTURES See Anna with her daughter and Steve. Also, a picture of her escape vehicle! They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Remember when Anna told Ben that she met Steve on Whisper? Well, there’s a whole story behind that and she’s back in a week to tell us all about it. Join Susie Lark for The Secret Room | Unlocked. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Do you want to submit your secret for the show? Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Sound Engineer: Marco. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2022

178. A Cult of One

Delilah is approached by a guru on her religious campus. She tells us the shocking abilities she was trained to learn. BETTERHELP Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. STORYWORTH Get $10 off your first purchase at StoryWorth.com/secret. PICTURES See Delilah and one of her pets. Also see the tree veil which peered into another dimension. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Delilah’s classmate is back to spill what he knows about the exorcism! The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Submit your secret by clicking “share a secret” at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 18 October 2022

177. Pop Star: Heartbreak

Part 2, conclusion. Alex finishes his story about a whirlwind romance he had with an Indonesian pop star. It’s a story of star-crossed lovers, a touch of fame, and this week, heartbreak. DIPSEA Get a 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret. FEALS Become a member and get 50% off your first order with free shipping at feals.com/secretroom. PICTURES See pictures of Alex and his family today. Also, Café Trieste, site of the first kiss. And there’s also a picture of Dinda strumming guitar. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Alex’s wife tells host Susie Lark about her take on the story. And Alex reveals the last ever communication he had with Dinda. The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Submit your secret by clicking “share a secret” at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 4 October 2022

176. Pop Star

Alex tells us about a whirlwind romance he had with an Indonesian pop star. It’s a story of star-crossed lovers, a touch of fame, and heartbreak. BETTER HELP Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.com/secret. PICTURES See pictures of Alex today, and Café Trieste, site of the first kiss. And there’s also a picture of Dinda strumming guitar. They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED Kayla from Daddy’s Daughter is back to talk with Susie Lark about her hopes and fears when meeting her bio dad next month. And don’t worry, she’ll be back to tell us how it went! The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Submit your secret by clicking “share a secret” at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Shadow Producer: Horchata. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 20 September 2022

175. Daddy's Daughter

Kayla discovers a hidden family secret both her grandfathers took to the grave. What she discovered changed her family dynamics for better, and worse. DIPSEA Get a 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/secret. FEALS Go to Feals.com/secretroom and you'll get 50% off your first order with free shipping. PICTURES See pictures of Kayla and her sister…and a picture of the DNA kit results that rocked their world! They are waiting for you on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Handle: @secretroompod. THE SECRET ROOM | UNLOCKED An update from one of our most popular episodes. Remember Kay from Ep 122 “Daughters?” She told us the tragic story of how her abusive ex-partner ripped her daughters away from her. Now Kay’s back with two of her girls to tell us about how things have been going since being reunited, and their paths growing into adults. Don’t miss it. And in the following Unlocked, today’s guest Kayla’s back to tell Susie about her very first meet up with her bio dad! This was a show notes exclusive. Aren’t you glad you read this!? The Secret Room | Unlocked is yours when you support your favorite indie podcast that could with a membership at patreon.com/secretroom. ALL OUR SPONSORS See all our sponsors past and present, and their offers, many of which are still valid: secretroompodcast.com/codes FACEBOOK DISCUSSION GROUP There's even more fun at The Secret Room Podcast Facebook Discussion Page! Just ask to join, all are welcome. :) YOUR SECRET Do you have a vituperative secret to share? Click "Share a Secret" at secretroompod.com! PODCAST TEAM Producer: Susie Lark. Story Development: Luna Patel. Sound Engineer: Marco. Shadow Producers: Buttercup. Music and Theme: Breakmaster Cylinder. LISTENER SURVEY Take our Listener Survey at SecretRoomPod.com!

Transcribed - Published: 6 September 2022

What Was That Like

Surprise appearance! The next episode of the Secret Room isn’t due for a week. But I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce you to a podcast that I love. It’s called “What Was That Like?” and just like the Secret Room, guests share intimate, personal stories. I know the host, Scott Johnson, and he has true empathy for his guests, giving them wide berth to tell their stories. I know a lot you already listen to What Was That Like, but I bet many of you haven’t found it yet. Scott and I are recommending each others podcasts to our audiences, and it’s about time because it’s a perfect match. Hear people share their extreme experiences, first hand, with Scott Johnson on What Was That Like, available on any podcast app or whatwasthatlike.com. Today I present one of my favorites, “Danny Found a Baby in the Subway.” Enjoy! Ben

Transcribed - Published: 30 August 2022

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