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Ominous Origins

Sharks get a bad rap, but they rarely kill humans. In the case of Michelle Von Emster, they may have been blamed for human malfeasance.

When a body washed ashore near San Diego, California, it was a mystery as to what happened. With missing limbs and pieces of flesh torn from the body, many assumed it was a vicious shark attack. But upon closer inspection, that may not have been the case.

Many autopsies and a few reexaminations later, a shark attack was ruled out. So what happened to Michelle Von Emster that fateful day in April of ’94? Was it a tragic accident or something much more nefarious? Tune in for all the sad and sordid details.


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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