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The Sounds of Hell in Siberia: Truth, Urban Legend, or Religious Propaganda?

Updated on May 21, 2014

Sounds from Hell? May disturb some listeners.

Did the team drill straight into Hell?
Did the team drill straight into Hell? | Source
Newpaper prints featuring Dr. Azzacove
Newpaper prints featuring Dr. Azzacove | Source
Churches still  CD's of Hell Sounds today. You can get your copy for just $12.99!
Churches still CD's of Hell Sounds today. You can get your copy for just $12.99!
Jan and Paul Crouch- leaders of the Trinity Broadcasting Network during the "Sounds of Hell Ministry"
Jan and Paul Crouch- leaders of the Trinity Broadcasting Network during the "Sounds of Hell Ministry"

Siberia 1989

A team of Russian scientists under the direction of Dr. Azzacove claimed that they recorded the sound of damned souls trapped in the eternal pit of Hell when they dropped a microphone into the nine mile deep borehole in Siberia. A packet of sensory equipment along with the microphone were dropped into the hole to test what could be heard deep in the surface of the Earth. Not only were the "eternal screams of the damned" recorded, the team of scientists claimed that their thermometers recorded temperatures at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

“As a communist I don’t believe in heaven or the Bible but as a scientist I now believe in hell,” said Dr. Azzacove. We are absolutely convinced that we drilled through the gates of hell!“ ~ Finland Newspaper, Ammenusastia

The discovery was soon news across the world. Immediately in the United States, the Trinity Broadcasting Network discussed the sound clip on its evangelical channels proclaiming the clip was the ultimate proof of the existence of Hell and pleaded with the American people to repent for their sins. (The recording would not be released to the public until 2002). The Church quickly printed flyers, pamphlets, booklets, and distributed them as weapons against Satan. Telethons were held on national television requesting donations from Christians nationwide as the Church wanted to get the word out to the rest of the world despite the fact that no evidence had been obtained.

Countries around the world watched in awe as the United States took the news release as an active call to war against evil. Others found the American people to be brainwashed in matters of religion. One such researcher was Norwegian scientist Åge Rendalen who wondered just how gullible Americans were.

A few weeks later, Finnish and Russian newspapers printed a letter submitted by Rendalen that claimed many of the scientists working at the borehole quit their jobs out of fear. Further expeditions into the borehole awoke the paranormal entity within the hole. Workers claimed that a demon with massive wings arose from the borehole with a plume of smoke and flames with the words "Я победил." This translates to "I have conquered," in Russian. The owner of the borehole stated the remaining workers left at the site were so distraught by the demon's visit that it was necessary to give each one a pill to erase their short term memory of the event.

Immediately, the Trinity Broadcasting Network got a hold of this new information. They added photos to their fliers and brochures featuring a large pit with Satan himself rising in a torrent of fog and escalated their public cries that Satan had indeed shown himself to the world.The Evangelism spread as Christians everywhere succumbed to the terror of the thought of Satan rising from the center of the Earth.

Later, Rendalin publicly contracted his statement. In his own words he admitted:

“None of it is true. I fabricated every word of it. Religion is no excuse for being careless with the truth. A simple phone call would have been enough to expose the bogus information I supplied….I must confess I share in full the general public’s disgust with these media preachers, who long since tired of preaching the Christian gospel, and in its place substituted a National Enquirer style gospel of cheap sensationalism….” (Hanegraaff 6).

After this announcement, the science world looked into this situation for empirical evidence that would prove or disprove the sounds of hell from Siberia. It has scientifically been proven to be a hoax possibly fueled by propaganda by the Trinity Broadcasting Network which has affiliates in the United States.. and near Siberia.


Other Thoughts on The Sounds from Hell

Hell Sounds Debunked

After scientific investigation into the Hell Sounds, it was obvious the story was nothing more than hoax for the following reasons:

- There is no borehole in Siberia. The Kola Borehole is located in Russia.

- The original story was reported in the Finnish newspaper named Ammennausastia. After investigation it was determined there was no newspaper with this name. Instead, the it was discovered to a brochure created by an Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Network with questionable ties to the Trinity Broadcasting Network. A brochure was mailed to a Texas member of the Trinity Broadcast Network who shared it with the Crouch family.

- There is no microphone available today (and certainly in 1989) with the capacity to withstand temperatures of 2,000 degrees fahrenheit. Even at the officially recorded temperature of 360 degrees fahrenheit, the equipment would have melted.

- Later when the sound clip was released to the internet, a digital inspection determined the sound is nothing but loops of sounds with screaming placed on top of it. The sounds are thought to be fabricated from clips from a popular 1970s horror video as described in the video to the right.

The Trinity Broadcasting Network

Founded in 1973, The Trinity Broadcasting Network was a televangelist network started by Tammy Faye Bakker and Jan and Paul Crouch. The union lasted for two years and Tammy Faye and her husband Jim Bakker left to start their own network. The Crouch family struggled to keep their network alive and nearly went bankrupt.

The Network turned around financially in 1989 seemingly from the viewer's outpouring of donations in response to telethons held on to the Hell Sound's sermons which drove even non-Christians to seek religion out of fear. The network went from bankrupt and today has a budget surplus of more than $800,000,000 (Beaumont 2).

The Trinity Broadcast Network remains under sharp criticism from many in the Christian world for convincing viewers they will be blessed according to the financial gifts they give to the church. This Prosperity Gospel is shared in many churches and members are taught to believe that when their spiritual leaders obtain the massive wealth as the Crouch's have, it is a sign that the leader is in great favor with God.

The Network suffered a serious blow to its reputation in 2004 when Paul Crouch was sued by former employee Enoch Lonnie Ford for wrongful termination after being fired after the two ended an alleged homosexual relationship. Crouch and Ford settled the termination suit in a private hearing for $425,000. Crouch was unable to silence Ford on the matter but pointed out that his credibility was questionable as he was a convicted child molester.

In 2012, more controversy within the Network was unveiled when Crouch's granddaughter and and financial officer Brittany Koper accused Jan and Paul Crouch of embezzlement and exposed their extravagant spending which includes luxury jets and an RV designed as a glamour home for Jan's pets. The case is currently being investigated by the Federal Government.

Who Profited from the Church's Propaganda?

Headlines about TNB's Paul and Jan Crouch
Headlines about TNB's Paul and Jan Crouch | Source
Profit statement from TNB's Evangelical Ministry in 2002.
Profit statement from TNB's Evangelical Ministry in 2002.
The humble home of a man of God? One of eleven of the Crouch's homes.
The humble home of a man of God? One of eleven of the Crouch's homes.

Conclusion

While many have forgotten about these proposed sounds of Hell, it is interesting to note that further study into this phenomenon has yet to occur. With today's advances in technology an auditory expedition of the core of the Earth could expel the rumours surrounding these sounds and provide comfort to those with concerns. Whether the Sounds of Hell in Siberbia are a true, an urban legend, or propoganda started by churches to increase their offerings, it is something each reader must decide for himself.

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Sources Used:

Hanegraaff, Hank. Frauds, Fictions, Fantasies, and Fabrications. The Christian Research Institue. Available http://www.equip.org/articles/frauds-fictions-fantasies-and-fabrications/.

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Orange County Register, May 2012. Trinity Broadcasting Network. Available: http://truthandgrace.com/TBN.htm

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Beaumont, Peter. Trinity Broadcasting Network ‘funds owners’ exorbitant lifestyle’. The Observer. 23 March 2012. Available: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/23/trinity-broadcasting-network-funds-owners-exorbitant-lifestyle/

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Wikepedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_Broadcasting_Network

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I have seen a few movies based on this idea. Definitely creepy.

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      Annon21 2 years ago

      This siberian hell sound is not true , but I believe hell is exist even in earth, it's because the action and reaction system, some people do bad thing so other feel angry about it and want revenge, this negative energy floating and affected the surroundings , so what is hell? Hell is a place filled with many negative energy so this energy make a bad actions happen more easy and good actions happen less / rare , it affect someone thoughts and actions

      While Heaven is opposite of this , people do good things and less have bad thoughts and won't likely to do it, because the surroundings is good and good energy affecting it

      Hell and Heaven exist in earth, but it's not far, it is in your mind

      It's not someone judge you to go to heaven or hell , you carved your own destiny, more negative energy you made, you will face it someday

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      Andy 3 years ago

      Just religious propaganda by scaremongering religious nutcases but another thought occurred to me. If say it was real why didn't the Soviets just throw a nuclear warhead down the hole? Nuke hell, Hell destroyed, everyone goes to heaven sorted.........!!!!

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      Tammy 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Wiccan Sage. It was introduced to me by someone who really believed it was true. It sickens me that churches especially take advantages of the believers. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Fascinating stuff. I don't believe in hell, and I never believed this story but I have known some people who positively believe it. I did not know it was debunked like this, so that's good to know. So sad when religions prey on people's beliefs. Great hub.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Old Albion. I appreciate that. This is something that I just felt compelled to expose.

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      Graham Lee 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Tammy. A great piece of work. It left me feeling Quite disturbed. Full marks for research and presentation. All in all a first class expose.

      Voted up and all.

      Graham.

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      Alise- Evon 4 years ago

      Very well-written report- makes us all aware of the need to do some research on whatever we hear or read in the media because various forms of propaganda (if such is what this really is) doesn't only happen surrounding Christian themes.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      It is so sad that there are people who call themselves Christians, yet can try to deceive people for their own monetary advantage. I had never heard of this recording until now, not sure how I missed all this at the time, but glad I did. Voted up and interesting. :)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I didn't pay much attention to this news story because it sounded so fabricated--like something from a gossip newspaper. And it's interesting that it could have been propaganda used to line the pockets of the unscrupulous, as well. Very interesting. Voted up.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading gmwilliams! It is a shame that a church can prey on their members this way.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Great hub. I have read about this "legend" in a book by Alice Turner whch discusses the history of hell and I also saw it in the documentary, The Gates of Hell. The "sound" reminds one of a bar and/or a club on Friday and Saturday night. A great hoax to lure to more gullible among us. So sad that many people fell for this hook, line, and sinker!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Lol B. Leekley. This church is quite a circus! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      P. T. Barnum lives.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi tammy! I like how you left it up to us to decide that these people should be strung up by their thumbs! It's amazing how the public gobbles up this stuff without thinking through the realities--like the microphone not melting, etc. Nice job of presenting what really happened. Voted Up and Interesting

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Very funny Alex. Now that you have pointed that out.. I see what you mean. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent suggestion PDXKaraokeGuy. Thanks for sharing that!

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Tammy:

      "The only really authentic person in this whole situation seems to be Dr. Assacove.."

      Something about that name strikes me as suspicious.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      "Deep thoughts PDXKaraokeGuy. The thoughts of a Hell have been used for a very long time to control society. The Catholic church tried to use it on the Protestants. The Protestants in turn used the fear of Hell to control their own society by writing things like "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God" which was intended to scare them into being good citizens in the New Land. It continues on and on. I believe in God but I think that believers need to be wary of anything that comes between them and God. This means all other human beings (that are not God) and even the Bible, which is written by man. Every society has a "Bible" and each one can make you question whether or not it is a tool to control people in a society. I feel pretty much as you do and I don't think any one of us will get to Heaven through another human being or through any church."

      I really believe if Jesus is so fantastic (and I think He is), tell people about HIM and He should be enough. there's no reason to scare the hell out of us by talking about hell. Talk about Jesus and let the chips fall where they may.

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      PADDYBOY60 4 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Kinda disturbing, and interesting at the same time.

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      Chen 4 years ago

      Wow... that was really well done. That story has always been interesting. You traced it back and presented the facts very well. The idea that a microphone in 1989 could pick up sounds from hell from a hole in the ground without further investigation from scientists has always baffled me too. Seems if they were really onto something, it would have gotten more investigation.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Iswaryaa22. I appreciate you reading it. It is easy to see how Christians were scared into donating money!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      This is the most intriguing piece of information I have ever read on HubPages! When I read the first half of this engaging hub, I was totally scared only to get relieved to learn that it is just the propanganda. But irrespective of truth or myth; old news or recent news, it would remain a mystery and there are chances that the scientists will come back to do more research on this phenomenon. It is sad that such dishonesty and corruption exist even in the holy places! Here you did a wonderful job! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & socially shared

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much John Sarkis. It is great to see you. This is eerie even if it is a hoax. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Tammy, and what a great hub this one is -eerie but very informative and well written.

      Yes, I believe that we really can't say for certain what exists out there. We must be respectful of things we do not know.

      Voted up and enjoy your day

      John

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Martie. This is very upsetting to both Christians and Non Believers. It is just wrong for people to capitalize on fear. Thanks so much for reading and stopping by.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Excellent hub, Tammy! Information well presented.

      My personal opinion: Whether the Sounds of Hell in Siberbia are a true, an urban legend, or propoganda started by churches to increase their offerings, it is DAMN UPSETTING with the potential to scare millions into a state of devastating angst where they can be manipulated and indoctrinated by any Dick, Tom and Harry.

      Voted up, interesting, informative and well-presented :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for stopping by James Watkins. There have been a few that haven't heard of this.

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      James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

      This is a fascinating story. I had never heard anything about it. Thank you for the good read.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      LOL! Thanks for stopping by Epi and for always making me smile!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....actually there are two sounds of hell for me - at work where I co-exist with members of the living dead on night shift - lol - and when I do not receive any comments from the lovely Tammy - which is I must admit a fate worse than hub-death - lol - sending you warm wishes at 7:28am lake erie time

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      That is a very interesting point of view AlexK. You make me want to read up on these theories. You are pretty much right about that.. I don't think the Bible should be a straightjacket. LOL

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Thanks Tammy. If I remember I will have to look this up. I understand some alleged spirit communications say we make the afterlife we expect. Apparently the next world is full of sleeping people who did not believe in an afterlife.

      Your comment on being wary of what comes between you and God is something like the Quaker philosophy, which takes the Bible as a guide not a straitjacket.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You follow the school of realism AlexK. This philosophical route says that afterlife will be each person's mental picture of what they think it to be. I would have to read up on it to give you an intelligent response, but it has to do with the metaphysical projection of our deepest inner thoughts. Great response!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Deep thoughts PDXKaraokeGuy. The thoughts of a Hell have been used for a very long time to control society. The Catholic church tried to use it on the Protestants. The Protestants in turn used the fear of Hell to control their own society by writing things like "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God" which was intended to scare them into being good citizens in the New Land. It continues on and on. I believe in God but I think that believers need to be wary of anything that comes between them and God. This means all other human beings (that are not God) and even the Bible, which is written by man. Every society has a "Bible" and each one can make you question whether or not it is a tool to control people in a society. I feel pretty much as you do and I don't think any one of us will get to Heaven through another human being or through any church.

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      When I was child a priest told me the Bible tells us hell exists but does not say anyone is in it.

      I regard Hell as a state of mind, as in Geothe's faust where asked why he is not in Hell Mephistophelese replies "Why this is Hell nor am I out of it"

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Tammy, my ncle, a respected pastor, and myself both believe that hell is a propaganda used by the church to control the populace. If one reads the Bible closely, it would reveal that hell is actually annihilation. There is heaven for followers of Jesus and there is nothingness for those that reject Him. Eternal damnation is not a biblical idea, but a church idea. There is no burning in a lake of fire, there is only salvation or death. The fact that churches continue to use fear to gain followers makes me ashamed to be associated with the church.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Farmer Rachel. The internet has really changed people's abilities to pull of such hoaxes.

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      Rachel Koski 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Interesting hub! I tend to agree with those who believe that the "Hell sounds" were fabricated, and that the whole story is a hoax. But, I guess there's room in the world for unexplained things to happen! Great hub. Voted up etc. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much KevinC. I appreciate your visit.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Not a great bedtime story Mama Kim! I appreciate you reading and commenting on this scary material.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Nell Rose. When these are perpetrated by people we trust, it can spread fear and panic like wild fire.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You are right AlexK. You know, it almost sounds like the same way the government is governed. You make some great points!

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      KevinC9998 4 years ago

      This is not normally the type of hub that I would read but you got me with a great title hook. Nice job, voted up and interesting, Kevin

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Not something I wanted to listen to before bed... thanks for that ^_^

      Very interesting story. I knew nothing about this. You wrote it all out very well! voted up, interesting and shared ^_^

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi tammy, how spooky is this? I was actually reading this in a magazine the other day! I had never heard of it before, but as I was reading I thought, yeh right! lol! fascinating story though, in a sense it reminded me of the panic in the streets when the war of the worlds was first read out over the radio and people believed it to be true, great stuff and chilling too, even though it proved to be fake, great hub, nell

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      We will make progress when we realise our leaders are not perfect and put in checks and balances to make sure (1) They are unable to abuse their power and (2) They cannot stick their snouts in the trough.

      We also need to learn to think critically, something religious leaders detest.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks mollymeadows! It is criminal how much the Crouch's have taken from their trusting viewers. You are absolutley right though. We can't trust our religious leaders to be anything other than human beings. They are capable of greed and sin like everyother human. Great thoughts. I appreciate you sharing them.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Hi Tammy! Thanks for this article -- it's a public service. I had heard of the story of Paul Crouch being sued but the rest of it was news to me. I'm not surprised, though. The church has long been prey to charlatans who take advantage of the trusting.

      I'm a Christian myself, and I think Christians should be the first to expose fraud in the church. If more of us were willing to vet the organizations we give to, these hucksters would soon be off the air and out of a job. My two cents.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You are right about that Oscarlites. We know more about other planets like Mars than we know about what really makes up the core of our own planet. I do think there is spiritiual significance, as much as I think it is dangerous to make stuff up! There is so much research out there showing that the center of the Earth may be hollow. It really does seem like we are going to have to wait and see. You wrote an excellent response.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Alex, play nice with Kelley.. she is an awesome person. Sadly, your sarcasm and cynicism are so on track when it comes to the attitude of the modern world.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading Kelleyward. Hank Hanegraff is a great, down to Earth, non-senstationalist. I really enjoy his work. The sounds of this video aren't pleasant so I don't blame you. You make an excellent and intelligent argument! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I hope not Alex, but I know you are right. People are still sending money to these people and they have an 800 million dollar surplus. Sad...

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Lord De Cross. It has a sense of hilarity to it when you step back and look at. It is also reminiscent of the War of the Worlds trick when people fell for that radio program. Great thoughts. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Rob Schneider. It amazes me there are still televisied evangelical marathons still drawing funds after all of these scandals. I didn't know about Jimmy Swaggart. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Oscar Jones 4 years ago from Alabama

      just as a comment, since I don't know much about this "find" ( all evidence that hints of scientific is referred to in archeology as a "find", though I don't know if it includes "live" evidence) anyway, in my readings of the bible, the books of Isaiah, and other historical books, there is great and much referrence to the earth, to the belly of the earth, and to it producing groanings.. one passage speaks that in the last times the earth would groan with labor.. with the condition of the earths surface, and habitation of humans, and much use of the earths resources and how that effects the earths core, Siesmology has stepped up in recnt years to do just what you are talking about, to "read" and read the earths movements, noises, internal transmissions, and much much more, however they may be looking for slightly different results as their work is primarily to warn meteoologists and other scientists of actual upheavelsw and unsteadiness of the geosphere. they also use it to find and record the location of earths resources. MUch importance is being put on "what's down there" so I am not doubting that there could be spiritual significance as well, giving scriptural and historical cannonized referral to it.. one place it said , the earth swallowed up her dead.. God does not lie.. but if so, then also the day will come that all the dead that are called will arise and be lifted to the heavens.. how it will happen, we must wait and see, right? good post!!!

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Kelley, you are out of touch with the real world. If it makes money ANYTHING Is acceptable, and truth is what makes money, not what corresponds with reality.

      (Sarcasm OFF cynicism OFF for now )

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      I used to listen to Hank Hanegraaff "The Bible Answer Man", frequently. I've also read many of his books. This is a fascinating hub. I didn't listen to the "sounds of hell", because I think I'll find it too disturbing, even when it's not real. It drives me mad to think that people would use propaganda like this to make money. When it comes to talking about eternal life, I think money should never be a factor. Voted up, awesome, and shared! Great work Tammy!

      Kelley

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Interesting news about the religious scammers in the USA. No point in exposing them because the sheep will just blot the facts out of their minds.

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      This was hilarious and funny. Not much impressed by what they provoked in their follower's minds. Jim Jones did it, politicians and candidates still do it. So, these hoaxes will never stop. Great research Tammy! You took your time, and it paid off!

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      RobSchneider 4 years ago

      That's Tammy Bakker of Jim and Tammy Bakker fame. I used to follow their bizarre ministry with perverse fascination and thought maybe American evangelical Christians would wake up a little after the sex scandal and Jim's imprisonment.

      That was more or less the same era that Jimmy Swaggart got caught out with a prostitute. One of his former ministers was pissed off because Swaggart outed his affairs. In retaliation, the minister put his son and son-in-law on stakeout at the Travel Inn in New Orleans and they caught him red-handed (well, it wasn't his hand that was red, but you get my point).

      The sounds of hell in Siberia can't hold a candle to the sounds of absurdity in America.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I agree with that very much Alastar but it seems no matter what, no one can stop the general public from "drinking the kool-aid." :(

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Tammy. I lived around the Bakker PTL phenom at its height and believe you me could a whole host of true sad stories be told about that situation. It pains me to see people falling for these purveyors of religion and sending in what little they have to fatten the lifestyles of these self-serving proselytizers. If only people would take responsibility for their own actions and choices in this life, instead of going with the quick forgiveness fix with these types, the world would be a better place for all.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Alastar. Coming from you that is a real compliment. The further I got into this research, the more sickening the information got regarding TBN and the Crouch family. There is a bunch of garbage going on I didn't type because it wasn't relevant, but it would blow their funders minds. One could only hope people will quit sending donations to this group and its affilliates. Perhaps when litigation is done on this case this year people will actually see them for what they are. Nothing would surprise me about this organization. I appreciate your visit and your very educated comment!

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Tammy I've read several articles in different places on this and yours is the best yet. People believe what they want to believe. This was a hoax if there ever was one which was debunked in the 90s. The screams are indeed from a B-movie horror. TBN ran with it and made a bundle off the hysteria. Those are the facts. And for what its worth-- I don't know if this is true but some researchers report occult-like symbolism all through the TBN organization. That would be easier to believe than microphones picking up Hell noises.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I am so glad you have returned to the wonderful world of Hubpages! There are so many theories involved in this situation. The only really authentic person in this whole situation seems to be Dr. Assacove.. if those were his words. The man is a scientist, he had no ties to any of these groups and would have no reason to lie. Many people who know these miners have stated on radio shows and etc.. that their family members really did hear these things. I just wish they would do a real scientific experiment today with better equipment so we could all know for sure. You presented some great thoughts!

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      poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      Wow! I had never heard of this. I will admit the recording did freak me out. I have been away from the hubs for too long and am really glad I picked such a juicy one to return on. Wow again. You sure can work up a scary and then dissect it. Most impressive! While the part about the microphone melting and the guy's retraction was compelling, one could also argue a communist government could have compelled him to make the retraction. The only way I could really argue the melting point would have to be one of faith, witch is not considered logical by most. However, if it were really hell, perhaps God decided not to let the mike melt. Who knows? It is riveting to contemplate.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks AlexK2009! The blind will follow the blind like a lemur off of a cliff in so many venues. This is a great point AlexK! Thanks for stopping by!

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      AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      Great deconstruction of a hoax.

      It amazes me how religious believers accept things like this on evidence so thin a feather could fall on it and break it.

      But the same thing happens in politics.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Glimmer Twin Fan! It is a thought provoking subject for sure. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Interesting food for thought tammyswallow. A hub that will keep me thinking for a while.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting CClitgirl. I didn't know about that Native American code, but it does make sense. I love learning about the way they did things and took care of the planet. Makes you wonder how this country would look today if the pilgrims had adopted their green and respectful ways. Excellent thoughts!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I agree tigerbaby777. There can be evil lurking in churches that aren't true. I guess those that are true wouldn't be in such fear to begin with. Great thoughts!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I like what billybuc said - great writing and presentation. This is great for Halloween, by the way. I can just see teenagers playing this video to their kid brothers and sisters. Ha!

      So...this reminded me of a Native American code of conduct I read somewhere that it's really bad to drill into the earth because by doing so, Earth will find a way to get back at you. Creepy.

      In any case, egads...the gullibility is sad and it makes me crazy that there are so many who would use fear to control others. Sheesh...I can't believe this kind of stuff still goes on in the 21st century. You'd think we'd be past all this by now. :\

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      tigerbaby777 4 years ago from Nampa

      Great hub though! I enjoyed reading it and especially liked the fact that it was a hoax to bring out the uneducated unread bible thumpers.

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      tigerbaby777 4 years ago from Nampa

      I think that, in reality, most churches read from the bible and don't make up their own agenda to money grub like SOME stations. God is real. Some like to capitalize on fear.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for commenting Tiger Baby. I didn't hear about this when it first came out, but I never followed those evangelistic tv shows. Many networks outside of the Trinity Broadcast Network decided not to air the sounds of Hell as proof or even mention it all. Many of the more conservative churches were never taught about this epidemic.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Billybuc. I think readers are smart enough to draw their own conclusions. There was no internet during this time period and so many people trusted in the leaders of the church to present truthful information. Today we can check something out if it doesn't sound right. Thank you so much for reading and for your thoughtful comment.

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      tigerbaby777 4 years ago from Nampa

      I'm a Christian, go to church every week, listen to only Christian stations, I have never heard of this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is a magnificent job of writing. You managed to make these people look like idiots but you never really said a word about their lack of scruples or character.....exquisitely subtle in your approach, Tammy! Instead of calling them all charlatans, you left us with the evidence so we could do the name-calling. LOL Great work!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      That is funny Alcosin! I think the reason the sound clip wasn't released for so long because it is such poor quality. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      If that was supposed to be the sound of hell, it wasn't even good enough for a Saturday morning cartoon. Hollywood does a much better job of it. Sounded like a wild party that my neighbors were having. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Shea! It would have scared me too. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this Faith Reaper. I think if we were meant to experience this on Earth, we wouldn't need to have faith. Great thoughts!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I like Art Bell too. This is how I heard of this well from Hell. I think he is the reason I love to be scared today. Thanks so much for reading and commenting TToombs!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for adding your special insignia of hilarity Fpherj48. I normally don't belly laugh when reading comments, but Leroy's Big Bad Saloon.. that is too funny. I guess 800 million dollars can't buy a good hairdo. Thanks so much for reading and commenting and making my day!

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      shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

      really cool hub! you did a great job putting this together. when i was 14, that recording would have made me pee my pants. @ 50, not so much!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much Thomas. I found it interesting too. Yes.. Jan Crouch is quite a scary site. I think it would scare people more if she came out of the hole. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Tammy, this is a very interesting hub to say the least. You have done a great job with it. As a Christian, I do believe in Hell as the Bible, God's Word tells us, and that we are eternal beings. We will be spending eternity in either Heaven or Hell. Now, whether those were the sounds of Hell, I have no clue, but doubt it. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Tammy, I used to love it when Art Bell would run a program on the sounds of hell. He did the serbian one and the jackson hole one as well. It made for some scary late night listening. Great hub, thanks for debunking! :)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wow....here I am...all alone in Hell. Ha! story of my damned life.

      Anyway.....since I don't buy any of this sort of hoopla, I will say that the entire story...with the exception of some scientists digging a hole....is the result of overly-active, drama-prone, attention-seeking dingbats.

      Basically, my unscientific opinion is that they drilled into the next town, situated in a valley and dug right through the back door of "Leroy's Big Bad Saloon and Arcade".....during Happy Hour.

      This is entertaining, intriguing......B U N K. But fun to read...thanks Tammy!

      The only thing that really scares me is JAN CROUCH......Woooooo! that is one hokey-lookin wanna-be Street-Walker!! and Paul ain't no Brad Pitt, that's for sure.......Together they look like the Poster Couple for Match dot Com rejects.........Woo-HOO!!!!!

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      ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Tammy,

      Extraordinarily creepy! I should say that the sounds didn't disturb me nearly as much as that picture of Jan Crouch. I see where Tammy Faye got her style...lol.

      Very interesting read my friend!

      Thomas