6. Devils Gate

Matt discusses the Devils Gate Reservoir in Pasadena, California which is an alleged gateway to Hell and home of one of the creepiest tunnels that Matt has ever heard of. The likely true history of this location, which involves a rocket scientist’s sex magic rituals, is more bizarre than the urban legends. Matt also explains how he researches claims made by non-Native people regarding Native American beliefs. 

This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.

A transcript of this episode is available here.

Show Notes:



Mack Ray Edwards

Alistar Crowley

L Ron Hubbard

Jack Parsons




Moon Child

Colorado Street Bridge / Suicide Bridge

Enchanted Forest/Cobb Estate

Ursula K Le Guin

datura plant

Definition of a “Cult”: a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object, a relatively small group of people having religious beliefs or practices regarded by others as strange or sinister.

cult of the saints

California Native American Heritage Commission

The Controversy of Boy Scouts and Native American traditions

Lore TV Show


Mojo hand

gris-gris bag

More Sources/Links:

Atlas Obscura

L.A. Almanac

L.A. Taco

Timeout L.A.

The Los Angeles Beat

California State University Northridge Sundial

Weird California

Only In Your State

Victor Huesta’s Devils Gate video

Oddity Odyssey’s Youtube video

Paranormal File’s Video


Bean, Lowell John and Charles R. Smith. 1978. Gabrieleno, in Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 8: California. Pages 538-549. Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 

Dickey, Colin. 2016. Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. Penguin Books, New York, NY.

Kroeber, Alfred L. 1976. Handbook of the Indians of California (reprint of 1925 work). Dover Publications, Inc. New York, NY. 

Smith, David. 2011. Class III Cultural Resources Inventory, Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal and Management Project, Pasadena, California. Prepared for the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. Chambers Group, Inc, Santa Ana, CA.

Music in this episode was preformed by Matt Armstrong.

If you have a story about a ghost, some bit of folklore, or anyting else you want to share, please contact me.

Photo credit: Wood photo created by wirestock – www.freepik.com

Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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