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This week on the Ominous Origins podcast, we discuss an unsolved mystery that starts like a punchline and ends like a nightmare.

Brian Shaffer walked into a bar…and he never came out. Or he did? Either way, he was never seen again. Yeah, the story of Brian Shaffer, an American medical student at Ohio State University, is an interesting one. We explore the facts surrounding his mystrious disappearance while out partying with friends.


The story of Brian Shaffer goes (cheat notes version) something like this. He was a med student who went bar hopping with a couple of friends the night before he was meant to leave for a spring break vacation with his girlfriend. However, once the end of the night rolled around, he was nowhere to be seen.

Neither friend he was with recalled seeing him past a certain point, and the CCTV, which was rather extensive given the high crime rate of the area, only spotted him entering the bar. It never showed him leaving. Brian was never seen or heard from again.

Of course, there are a bunch of theories, like he ran off because he couldn’t handle the recent death of his mother. It’s been suggested that he was kidnapped, though no ransom was ever requested. It’s possible he left wearing a disguise. There are countless theories, but that’s all they are: theories.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the case is that his best friend, Clint, refused to take a polygraph test. It makes one think. But it’s also hard to believe he did anything nefarious as there’s no evidence of Brian leaving the bar, or Clint being seen with him at the end of the night.

To hear the full story, and more in-depth theories, you’ll just have to listen to the podcast.



Ominous Origins

Welcome to the Ominous Origins Podcast, a Horror Shots production. If you were previously a fan of the Horror Shots Podcast, this is the same great show with the same compelling content focused on myth, mysterious creatures, unexplained events, spooky stories — and even some of the strangest and most disturbing true crime stories. As always, our goal is to entertain, but also to enlighten with short, well-researched episodes on a variety of fascinating topics.

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