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July 13, 2019
Blood Báthory Part 2
We love to hate our villains as much as we love to love our heroes.  And many of us have a morbid fascination with some of history's most sinister characters, perhaps as a means of understanding the darkest aspects of human behavior.  But as is regularly the case, the truth behind the real nature and actions of historical figures we can only glean from the reporting of others in that age and often many years after.  Even official accounts are just a widely agreed upon set of assessments by a group of people, each with their own biases and personal opinions.  In other words, one person's villain can be another's hero, or at least grossly misunderstood.  In the case of Elizabeth Báthory, the authorities finally took action against one of their own, leveling upon her a judgment that could appear both lenient and harsh, but in either case, revealing an investigation that would forever brand her as one of the evilest people in antiquity with her name living on in infamy.  Whether or not the testimony against her had any truth to it at all or what the real motivation for her incarceration was, is still debated by historians and researchers.  What is clear is that misery, violence, and torture were part of the norm for her time.  Some would argue that the stories about her were exaggerations, and her deeds merely accepted practice by the aristocracy of the day.  But does normalcy justify a person's acts of any era?  Where is the unacceptable line of behavior, regardless of the epoch or social status?  History has judged Elizabeth Báthory. How will you? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/7/19/blood-bathory-part- (http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/5/25/ep-144-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-6-conclusions-with-bob-gimlin) 2
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120 min
June 22, 2019
Blood Báthory Part 1
Countess Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian noblewoman and one of the most wealthy and powerful aristocrats in eastern Europe during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.  Together with her husband Ferenc Nádasdy, a military hero known as the Black Knight of Hungary, Báthory held numerous estates, lands, and villages.  She also currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the most prolific female serial killer and most prolific murderer of the western world.  Báthory had been accused in the testimonies of over 300 witnesses and survivors of some of the most horrific tortures and murders imaginable before she was arrested, even by medieval standards.  Her victims were her maidservants and lesser noble protégés, all girls, with some as young as ten years old.  Years after her death, a legend had formed that Báthory had even routinely bathed in and possibly drank the blood of her virginal victims, believing that the pureblood had retained her beauty.  Some claim that Báthory's story became the partial inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula, along with her more famous sanguinary neighbor, Vlad the Impaler.  But were any of the accusations against Báthory true?  Was she merely a victim herself of a political and gender-biased conspiracy aimed at confiscating her riches and properties?  As we'll learn once again, the truth behind our legends is often shrouded in a fog of conjecture misting through a forest of unknowns.  Join us tonight as we examine the case of Elizabeth Báthory who, regardless of her actual guilt or innocence, will be forever known as, "The Blood Countess." Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/6/21/blood-bathory-part-1 (http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/5/25/ep-144-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-6-conclusions-with-bob-gimlin)
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110 min
June 16, 2019
Lyle Blackburn – Cryptid Hunter
To really study the paranormal, any good researcher will tell you one must get out in the field to investigate the sightings, and that is especially true when it comes to cryptozoology.  This is precisely what our interview guest has done.  Lyle Blackburn is a full-time author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas, whose life-long fascination with legendary creatures has led him to write several acclaimed books, including Momo: The Strange Case of the Missouri Monster, The Beast of Boggy Creek, and Lizard Man.  Lyle is a frequent guest on radio programs such as Coast to Coast AM and has been featured on numerous television shows like Monsters and Mysteries in America, Finding Bigfoot, and Strange Evidence, as well as other programs airing on the Animal Planet, Destination America, Discovery Science, and A&E channels.  In addition, Lyle is a regular contributor for the monthly horror magazine, Rue Morgue.  Lyle can also be heard as the frontman for his rock band Ghoultown, along with narrating/producing several Small Town Monsters documentaries, including Terror in the Skies, Boggy Creek Monster, The Mothman of Point Pleasant, and Bray Road Beast.  When he’s not chasing cryptids and writing about them or performing with his band, Lyle can be found speaking at various cryptozoology conferences and horror conventions around the United States.  Tonight, we sit down with Lyle to discuss his books and his thoughts about some of the most chilling encounters with bizarre and frightening creatures ever reported. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/6/15/ep-146-lyle-blackburn (http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/5/25/ep-144-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-6-conclusions-with-bob-gimlin)
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87 min
June 8, 2019
Brandon Massullo and The Ghost Studies
Does some element of us exist after we die?  Is it possible that a message in a dire time of need could reach a loved one across vast distances without the aid of electronic or mechanical means, with a form of psychic energy either just before or after death?  Could our emotional spirit be so intense in a moment of crisis that it leaves an imprint or echo that can reverberate in the ether and be heard, seen or sensed again and again?  There have been many reported cases where this seems to have happened, and you may have seen such stories in the news or even have one from your own family.  Don't you wish scientists would study these examples in a search for answers to some of the most significant questions of all?  Well, some scientists are because this type of occurrence falls under the field of parapsychology and we're fortunate enough this evening to speak with Brandon Massullo.  Brandon is a clinical therapist and parapsychologist with graduate degrees in clinical counseling from the University of Toledo and psychological research methods from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK.  His research at the University of Edinburgh centered on neurobiological correlates of ghostly encounters, and he studied within the Koestler Parapsychology Unit at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of author and international lecturer, Dr. Caroline Watt.  Brandon has been fascinated by paranormal phenomena for 20 years and has been a participant and featured speaker in numerous paranormal forums and events.  Join us for a fascinating discussion of his research into the possibility that our cries, or at least some form of our being, may linger beyond our earthly existence. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/6/7/ep-145-brandon-massullo-and-the-ghost-studies (http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/5/25/ep-144-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-6-conclusions-with-bob-gimlin)
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97 min
May 26, 2019
The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 6: Conclusions with Bob Gimlin
Join Forrest & Scott for the final part of their epic series on the veracity of the Patterson-Gimlin Film in this conclusions episode that features and interview with 87 year old Bob Gimlin himself.
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145 min
May 20, 2019
The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 5
There are a few researchers for whom the Patterson-Gimlin Film has sparked a life-long quest to analyze its mystery and the possibility of Sasquatch. Concerning the preservation of the actual film itself, no one has done more to secure its integrity than William “Bill” Munns. While the original 16mm Kodachrome Color-Reversal film shot by Roger Patterson has since gone missing, Munns built a mobile High Definition digital film scanner and with exclusive permission from Patterson’s widow Patricia, has painstakingly scanned every frame of her first generation copy at 5K resolution, even discovering an additional two frames at the beginning, making the total count 954 frames in total. Bill Munns has spent most of his long career in filmmaking and creating special makeup effects, starting as a makeup artist with Universal Studios in 1969\. He created full body suits for fictional creatures such as “Swamp Thing” and “The Beastmaster,” and so he brings to the PGF controversy well-established expertise in the fabrication of various creature costumes. Munns also has spent the last 22 years doing computer graphics, which positioned him well to do the image analysis of the PGF film frames. So he is uniquely well-qualified to analyze evidence consisting of 16mm film, and showing what many suspect is just a human in a fur creature costume. Tonight we sit down with Bill Munns for an interview in which he discusses his process, analysis and his conclusions which lead him to believe the film to be authentic. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/5/19/ep-143-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-5
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128 min
May 12, 2019
The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 4
It's easy for the uninformed, casual observer to make a declaration on a website's Comments Section, but what do the experts think about the Patterson-Gimlin Film? If we look to science to provide answers about the subject in the PGF, then we should consider the evaluations of physical anthropologists who specialize in primate morphology and authorities in biomechanics and bipedal locomotion. Fortunately, the academics and costume professionals who did weigh in ignored the gossip about character and focused only on the film. Unfortunately, most of the scientific community wouldn't bother giving the film any consideration and those that were asked to, dismissed it outright after limited viewing with no careful examination. What's interesting is that the few scientists who did analyze the film thoroughly and gave a favorable conclusion did so with a detailed report, while those that were doubtful about its authenticity had more superficial observations or disagreements about the other scientists' findings. This is to say there doesn't appear to be a point-by-point scientific argument disproving the creature's existence. Perhaps the most widely acceptable objective scientific review is akin to anthropologist David J. Daegling's assessment, generalized as, although the film's subject is compelling, the possibility of a hoax cannot be ruled out. But if it is a hoax, then the film must show a human in a suit, which then leads to the question, how could such a convincing costume be fabricated, especially by a layman? For that answer, who better to ask than the professionals in that field, the Film and TV Special Effects creature creators? Please join us for the fourth installment of our series on the PGF as we hear from the experts. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/5/12/ep-142-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-4
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229 min
May 5, 2019
Bonus: Jorma Taccone and Chaka
Tonight, we have a special bonus episode for you, a commercial-free interview with a very talented writer, director, and performer who has actually worn a sophisticated ape-like costume for a Hollywood feature film and lived to tell about it. You may know Jorma Taccone from the wildly popular comedy trio, “The Lonely Island.” Along with Andy Samberg and Akiva Shaffer, the three have gone on to produce some of the most memorable and hilarious “Digital Shorts” for Saturday Night Live and their feature films, comedy albums and live performances have garnered them millions of fans. But what you may not know about Jorma is that he portrayed the loveably goofy primate-like character “Chaka” for the 2009 film “Land of the Lost,” inspired by the original 1974 children’s television series. While you might think hopping around in a monkey suit for a movie would be fun (certainly Jorma thought so at first) it turns out the hours-long, daily application of the Special Effects makeup was mind-numbingly tedious, and the performance while wearing it was physically grueling and exhausting. We’ll hear from Jorma about his experience with a professional, expensive, skin-tight costume, some funny anecdotes about shooting the movie, and his thoughts on the appearance of the creature from the Patterson-Gimlin Film. As many experts have stated, if the subject in the PGF was actually just a man in a costume, that costume was one of the best that’s ever been made. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/5/4/ep-bonus-jorma-taccone-and-chaka
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45 min
April 29, 2019
The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 3
When indirect evidence of an extraordinary event defies conclusive debunking, then the easier route for some critics is to attack the presenter of the evidence. Naturally and unfortunately, Roger Patterson's integrity and thus his credibility came under scrutiny and assault as a means of discrediting the film itself. Another common tendency in dealing with an incredible incident is to accept outright the allegations of a purported hoaxer or associate as a way of comfortably coping with a disturbing possibility which can then be safely set aside. In the case of the Patterson-Gimlin Film, there are two central claims that suit this purpose for those who doubt the film's authenticity. Bob Heironimus claimed he was the one who wore an ape suit for the film, given to him and made by Patterson. Philip Morris of Morris Costumes claimed he sold his standard gorilla costume to Patterson, who may have modified it for the filming. These assertions were enough for many to put the matter to rest, except one must consider that there are significant discrepancies between the details of the Heironimus and Morris stories, leading to an improbability that they were describing the same outfit. So, the question remains, between these three gentlemen, who do you believe, or rather, whose story is more comfortable for you to believe? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/4/28/ep-141-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-3
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118 min
April 21, 2019
The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 2
What if you had spent years searching for something elusive, something you believe existed that most didn't, and then one day you finally happened to capture it on film? What would be your immediate next steps if you wanted to present it to the world? In the days before instant media uploads to the internet, where would you take the film and who would you show it to first if you wanted to be taken seriously? Roger Patterson had thought he and Bob Gimlin had captured irrefutable proof of Bigfoot, next to bringing the beast itself out of the woods. Little could he realize that every action and claim going forward from that moment of filming would be analyzed and criticized for the rest of his life, in addition to his integrity. Whether out to prove authenticity or a perpetrate a hoax, in either case, the reaction to the film was predictable. From the few scientists who bothered to look, to the curious public, some believed, some scoffed, some didn't know what to think. What we know now from Patterson and Gimlin's story, is that indirect evidence is not enough for most, you need to produce a body, but even then there are those who will refuse to believe. What we also know is that for Patterson, and in turn Gimlin, providing this film as evidence turned out to be much more trouble than a benefit and much more than they bargained for. Realizing what these men went through, if you were to one-day capture extraordinary evidence, would you think twice about sharing it? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/4/20/ep-140-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-2
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122 min
April 14, 2019
The Patterson-Gimlin Film Part 1
Skeptics and believers alike will always demand proof of paranormal claims. But what happens when extraordinary and therefore controversial evidence is offered? When it comes to one of the most popular and enduring legends of a cryptid, that of North America's Bigfoot or Sasquatch, we have an answer. On October 20, 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin were about ten days into a horseback trip near Bluff Creek, northwest of Orleans, CA. Patterson had heard of Bigfoot activity in the area and hoped to film some evidence with a 16mm motion picture camera. Around 1:30 p.m. that day, Patterson got his wish, and much more than he bargained for in the long run. As the pair rode around an upturned tree stump, they suddenly spotted what appeared to be a massive, ape-like beast quickly walking away from them. As Patterson struggled to free himself from his startled and fallen horse, he managed to start filming while running towards it, capturing almost one minute of an unexplainable creature who has since been affectionately nicknamed "Patty." What resulted was a film clip that has been scrutinized nearly as much as the Zapruder film and became the iconic image of what the public envisions when they think of Bigfoot. Attempts have been made to call into question Patterson's character and in turn, the likelihood that he would perpetrate a hoax of this encounter. But this tactic doesn't address the heart of the matter and answer the question, just what is that creature on the film? The Patterson-Gimlin film has never been satisfactorily debunked, which is why it is still hotly debated to this day. There are only two logical conclusions about the film itself: either it remains one of the greatest hoaxes of all time, or the film actually captured a Bigfoot. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/4/13/ep-139-the-patterson-gimlin-film-part-1
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128 min
March 23, 2019
Loftus Hall Part 2
As it is said with legends, when you separate the wheat from the chaff, there is often a kernel of truth in them. So what is the truth about Loftus Hall? Whether the Devil himself came to visit this prominent family who can say with certainty, but it seems accurate that the real Anne Tottenham suffered so great an instance of emotional trauma that it left her to wither in a catatonic state for the rest of her short life. There may even be proof that she remained seated for years, staring out the window of her favorite room, waiting for her bewitching love to return. What is also known is that some occult force had disturbed the family and staff of the house so greatly and frequently thereafter, that Protestant nobility had broken with fierce tradition to seek help from a local Catholic priest. The much-beloved Father Thomas Broaders was called upon to exorcize the demonic presence and was successful, mostly. What remains true today is that Loftus Hall is a grand attraction, scarred by its history and haunted by a love lost. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/03/22/ep-137-loftus-hall-part-2
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158 min
March 17, 2019
Loftus Hall Part 1
Loftus Hall is considered one of the most haunted residences in Ireland. But what made it that way? If you believe the local legend, it started when a mysterious stranger visited the Hall one dark and stormy night. During a game of cards, he would enchant the young mistress of the house. But with his true nature discovered, he would flee most violently and mystically, leaving the woman scarred for life. They would both routinely haunt the house since. If you believe the legend, then what drew the dark visitor to the Hall? Was it the fate of this noble family or could it have been the history of bloodshed on this land for a thousand years or more? Tonight, we examine the charmed, Irish history of Loftus Hall and the tale of a handsome devil who comes to call. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/03/16/ep-137-loftus-hall-part-1
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110 min
March 9, 2019
Dyatlov Pass Update 1
Most everyone familiar with the tragedy of Dyatlov Pass believes that whatever mysterious and strange event occurred, not all of the details have been shared by the Russian government. Tonight, we speak with Keith McCloskey, author of two books about the subject, "Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident" and "Journey to Dyatlov Pass: An Explanation of the Mystery" who has also traveled to the site for his research. We'll hear about his hypotheses and the current state of his efforts to petition the Russian courts to reexamine the case and declassify any previously unreleased information. We first spoke with Keith for our coverage on the Flannan Isles Lighthouse mystery and trust that he will bring the same diligent investigation and keen observations into solving this unfortunate riddle once and for all. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/3/9/ep-136-dyatlov-update
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91 min
February 24, 2019
Sarah and the Spider Woman
When people see horrific apparitions of a supernatural nature, what are they really seeing and what could be causing these images to appear? Could it be that the demons and terrors some people have witnessed sometimes come from a strange symptom of a rare medical condition? This seems to have been the case with tonight's guest, Sarah, who was seeing beings and elements more associated with demonic possession, a haunting or even a psychological disorder, rather than with a physiological illness. It might seem easy to say all supernatural occurrences are nothing but a byproduct of a medical ailment, but many people have also reported seeing and interacting with horrific specters similar to what Sarah was seeing, who have no medical issues. We are left to wonder then, on a case by case basis if seeing something supernatural is from a medical cause, a spiritual cause, or perhaps a combination of both. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/02/23/ep-135-sarah-and-the-spider-woman
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111 min
February 17, 2019
Gremlins
Our legends and folklore must begin somewhere, and if not from the creative imagination of a single individual then perhaps they are born from the collective experiences of a particular group. While it is difficult to trace the exact nascency of certain legends, we may be able to get a clearer idea of where a specific mystical being came to be known, the gremlin. The British pilots and aircrew of the Royal Air Force during the WWI and WWII eras began to experience baffling and inexplicable problems with their aircraft and missions. Wires that appeared to have been chewed through, sand particles found in machinery where none should be, punctures and damage that was incomprehensible were just some of the numerous mysterious problems they encountered. But with no known cause, blame fell to the gremlin a mischievous goblin-like entity said to inhabit the skies and aerodromes of the RAF and who delighted in causing trouble for airmen. Although rationality would suggest the gremlin was an invention of highly-stressed personnel looking for a comical and morale-boosting scapegoat for their problems, there are reports from veterans who claim to have seen these destructive imps in action. If true, then we must wonder if the creature creates the legend or if the legend creates the creature. Join us as we examine the discovery of a 20th-century folktale which just may be related to the ancient Wee Folk of nature. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/02/15/ep-134-gremlins
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143 min
February 10, 2019
The Betz Sphere Part 4
As we close this final chapter on the story of the Betz Sphere, we've all been given a rare and exclusive glimpse into what happens when an impossible object becomes known to the world. We've seen what can happen to a regular family that only sought to find answers about its purpose. We've seen how authorities and officials behave when they too are mystified about an item that most are satisfied to dismiss as discarded industrial junk; their public stance hiding personal and professional curiosity. We've seen how the news media tries to answer the questions we all have but falls short, leaving the real story untold and yet retold again and again with incorrect or incomplete information because that's all the public is allowed. Most importantly, we've all now seen inside this mystery but are once again reminded that when it comes to High Strangeness, the answers we receive we may not understand. In the end, what we can safely conclude is that the Betz Sphere may or may not have come from an alien world, but it was evidently created in a secret place the populace is not allowed to know. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/02/09/ep-133-the-betz-sphere-part-4
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254 min
February 2, 2019
Bonus: Earhart's Plane Found? Update with Bill Snavely
82 years ago Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan vanished. Since then millions of dollars have been spent at the behest of countless researchers in an attempt to find her. In all of that time, only one of those researchers has found an aircraft. Our audience knows that researcher as Bill Snavely. He was a guest on our show back in May of 2018 and now he's back to report on what the team he assembled found on their first in-depth expedition to Buka.
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26 min
January 28, 2019
The Betz Sphere Part 3
For something that many would claim was just a misplaced piece of industrial equipment, the Betz Sphere attracted a lot of serious attention, some official, some dubious and some a bit of both. Despite the initial vague or dismissive statements from the US Navy and noted scientists such as Dr. J. Allen Hynek that were reported by the news media, they were determined to continue seeking answers from it. The interest didn't stop with our government either, as mysterious foreign agents had shown up and expressed a keen interest in obtaining the orb. Subterfuge, manipulation both social and scientific, a disproportionate offer of a large sum of money, and even a possibly related assault all seem like a lot of effort to obtain an old discarded valve ball. Never before seen photos of the sphere posted with this episode on all of our social media. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/01/27/ep-131-the-betz-sphere-part-3
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139 min
January 20, 2019
The Betz Sphere Part 2
With every paranormal event or object, there are the questions of how did this happen or what was this thing? But the equally important issue is, how would this affect me? Because when something seemingly impossible happens, we have no context unless it had interaction with somebody. It becomes meaningful when we ponder the implications to our own human experience. As much as the Betz Sphere created a scientific mystery it also created a family story. Tonight, we're fortunate to present an exclusive interview with a member of the Betz family who was there to witness the entire ordeal and who has generously agreed to share their family story and set the record straight. Someone or something secretive created this sphere and while its operation and purpose remain unknown to the public, how it became known to the world and how that affected their lives is their story alone. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/01/20/ep-131-the-betz-sphere-part-2
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117 min
January 14, 2019
The Betz Sphere Part 1
Sometimes people come into our lives that change everything. Sometimes that change can come from an object. In March of 1974, the Betz family of Fort George Island, Florida found such an object, while investigating their property for wildfire damage. It appeared to be a shiny steel ball, measuring 7.96 inches in diameter and weighing 21.34 pounds. Being a simple, yet so out-of-place item in the middle of nowhere, it caught the attention of the eldest Betz son Terry, who took it home as a souvenir. The family, and eventually the rest of the world, would soon learn that this was no ordinary metal ball. The sphere would demonstrate highly unusual properties, like rolling that would indicate self-guidance, vibrating and emitting high-pitched frequencies, and a strange magnetic quality. These actions would be witnessed not only by the family but by the military, scientists and news media, all eager to determine who made this thing and why. While most authorities would go on record as believing the sphere was human-made, all would admit that it was no doubt weird, and no group could come forward to claim it was positively theirs. In the end, it would not be the sphere so much that would change the lives of the Betz family, but the people who were interested in it. As one might expect, if you possess an item that breaks the laws of physics, some organizations will go to great lengths to acquire it. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2019/01/13/ep-130-the-betz-sphere-part-1
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116 min
December 23, 2018
The Near-Death Experience Part 2
Researchers have now documented thousands of personal accounts from Near-Death Experiencers. Logic would suggest that it's unlikely that all NDE stories are fabrications and that at least some of these experiences are real and accurately described. And if so, then examining the commonly experienced features of the NDE seem to indicate that these defining perceptions are universal, while remaining a uniquely relevant and personal occurrence to the individual. Most NDE experiencers have described sensations like being in a tunnel leading to a brilliant light, floating away from our bodies, reuniting with deceased friends and loved ones, of a peaceful and loving communion with a higher power, while some have described a hellish event. On the other hand, skeptics would argue that these features are standard because the human brain is the same for everyone. Some researchers have claimed to produce these sensations by external stimuli, such as electric current, extreme G-force, and psychoactive drugs, or conclude that these perceptions are merely scenes of a final movie played by a dying brain starved of oxygen. In the second part of our discussion of the Near-Death Experience with Richard Hatem, we discuss the points of this debate, and whether the skeptical viewpoint can fully explain the phenomenon or if it falls short of an explanation of the personal context of these experiences. At the heart of this debate is the question of whether consciousness is a product of the physical brain or if it can reside apart from the body. If consciousness exists independently of the brain and this could be scientifically proven, then the possibility of living beyond our physical world – the reality of an Afterlife, changes the debate and how we think about our own lives. Perhaps this is something that can never be proven, something we are not meant to know, but those that have gone through an NDE will tell you that it has changed them, usually for the better. To them, the NDE was a message, and whether a good or bad experience, it was a message of hope or a reminder that redemption is possible, and that a greater awareness awaits us. And what message could be better at the close of an old year and the beginning of a new one? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/12/23/ep-129-the-near-death-experiience-part-2
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137 min
December 16, 2018
The Near-Death Experience Part 1
The question that every one of us has at least wondered about at some point in our lives, is not if UFOs and aliens exist, or where's Bigfoot, or even if ghosts are real (although that question is connected) but a question about the biggest mystery of all: "What happens to us after we die?" You may not care about the other unknowns, but death comes for us all, and whether or not there's an afterlife, we'll all know in due time. It's the grandest question there is, because it may lead to all other answers. Any evidence of an afterlife may seem beyond our view to most of us; however, there seems to be a great abundance of credible accounts from people who may have seen a glimpse of what awaits us on the Other Side. These people have either been in a state of "Clinical Death" or some unusual physical circumstance and upon recovering, claim to have experienced something known as a Near-Death Experience, or, an "NDE." Tonight, we sit down with our good friend, screenwriter Richard Hatem, who has studied the subject extensively, to discuss the fascinating and distinctive characteristics of the phenomenon. In Part One of our two-part series, we first look at the researchers, definitions and a few case studies of the NDE. Before you think you can dismiss these numerous anecdotes as coming only from a particular type of attention seeker, consider that these testimonies come from the believer, the agnostic and the atheistic alike, from people of all faiths and walks of life, with stories of striking similarity from every culture, and going back to when people first started dying. These Experiencers were all profoundly affected, their lives changed, and the commonalities of their experiences would suggest that this ultimate truth doesn't care what you believe, and indeed a reality beyond the one we know does exist. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/12/15/ep-128-the-near-death-experiience-part-1
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144 min
December 10, 2018
Hosting Horror with Joe Bob Briggs
The Horror Movie genre, like any other genre of cinema, has its classics and its forgotten, its masterpieces, and its failures. But while the highbrow, serious films enjoy praise or at least critical analysis from the intellectual set, lowbrow horror offerings are often ignored by the academic-minded critics and in many cases even despised. Not so from our guest tonight, pop-culture icon, author, performer, and movie reviewer, Joe Bob Briggs. Joe Bob (John Irving Bloom) has made a name and a storied career for himself, starting first as a newspaper journalist and then finding himself adopting the persona of "Joe Bob Briggs." Joe Bob is a Texas "good ol' boy" who watches B-grade (and much lower) horror movies with you and as your "Horror Host," has a lot of funny and thought-provoking things to say about them, as well as commenting on what they reveal about our culture. What Joe Bob has taught us, is that watching even the most schlocky of shock cinema doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure, because even films below the grade of A can also reflect who we are as a society, and like it or not, have their place. Joe Bob Briggs is the movie critic for the rest of us. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/12/7/ep-127-hosting-horror-with-joe-bob-briggs
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100 min
November 19, 2018
The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 4
What we'd heard is that witnessing a single paranormal event can change one's life. What we know now is that this is true and often it happens when you're least expecting it. It also doesn't matter if the experiencer receives validation from others of their encounter because they don't need anyone to tell them what they experienced. On the other hand, we'd all like to share our stories with like-minded individuals, partly to gain some comfort in thinking that we've not gone insane and also to learn more about what happened to us. In that regard, tonight, in the final installment of our series on the Sallie House, we'll hear from our last two interviewees. First, Dr. Sean Daley, a professor of anthropology who has done extensive paranormal investigations at the Sallie House will discuss the overwhelming evidence he and his team have collected there. Next, we'll also hear from Taylor Pickman, whose parents Tony and Debra were on the receiving end of the most intense activity while living there. It appears that the house isn't done with them yet. Our experience at the Sallie House has been a milestone for us on this podcast, and whatever your feelings about this story, we hope that you'll continue this journey of exploration and understanding with us, with minds a little more open to the possibility of the impossible. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/11/18/ep-126-the-sallie-house-ghost-in-the-machine-part-4
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179 min
November 12, 2018
The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 3
When it comes to the Paranormal and Supernatural, everyone wants proof.  And yet, not everyone can seem to agree on what would constitute this proof.  So what about evidence that might lead to proving the existence of a spirit world?  Well, not everyone can seem to agree on what is considered actual evidence either.  Since the invention of technologies like photography, and audio & video recording, there have been many purported instances of these recording capabilities capturing occurrences of a spectral world interacting with our own.  For many, this is still not enough.  We certainly didn't expect to get any evidence ourselves when we visited the Sallie House on July 20, 2018.  But now that we've captured something that at least could be considered anomalous with our audio recorder, we want to know exactly what it is and how it got there.  While we may never get a definitive answer as to what that sound is we captured, what we know is how hearing it made us feel.  We've also received a wide range of responses from listeners who have told us how hearing it themselves has affected them.  Some have perceived within the audio file a sense of rage, frustration, and sadness, and some merely regard it as random static.  Those perceptions have spurred their own emotional responses, ranging from fear and queasiness to even anger because some listeners can't accept it as anything but noise.  In some ways, it doesn't matter to us what that audio may be or if there are no words in it because a message was felt, loud and clear. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/11/11/ep-123-the-sallie-house-ghost-in-the-machine-part-3
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253 min
October 31, 2018
The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 2
Belief is a very personal thing. Challenging beliefs can lead to war amongst nations or a war within one's self. Having to reconsider what we believe about our spirituality or lack thereof, can be a very disquieting exercise but often a fruitful one as it leads to growth. But what obligation does the believer have to convince the non-believer of their story? Does it matter if the believer doesn't care what you think? In a way, our egos and skepticism protect us from feeling the discomfort when considering the impossible, because if the impossible is possible and we're not in control of our world, then who, or what is? If an experience like what you might find at the Sallie House can change your beliefs and thus change who you are as a person, how would you handle it? If one day you're challenged to stand up for your beliefs, what will you do then? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/10/30/ep-124-the-sallie-house-ghost-in-the-machine-part-2
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147 min
October 29, 2018
The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 1
Houses are supposed to be warm and inviting, friendly, a place where we can feel safe in their presence, just like people are supposed to be. But as much as we would like to hope all people are shining examples of those qualities, we know all too well some people are not, and it is the same with houses. Houses can have personalities, just like people, and sometimes those personalities are a spirit of joy and sometimes those personalities house a spirit of darkness and mystery. And then there are unique houses, like the one in Atchison, Kansas which has had so much reported supernatural activity within it, that it has become notorious for being the most haunted house in the most haunted town in Kansas. But is it the house itself or what passes through it and keeps returning that gives it its character? The house in question is known as the Sallie House, getting its name from the spirit of an eponymous little girl that is said to dwell there. Sometimes it is thought that Sallie plays harmless pranks on visitors and sometimes, something more sinister than pranks. While we may not know what goes on in the spirit realm, what seems to be true is that once you experience the spirit of a place, you can feel drawn to return, and in turn, that spirit may want to revisit you. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/10/28/ep-123-the-sallie-house-ghost-in-the-machine-part-1
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236 min
October 21, 2018
Mysterious Deaths along the 37th Parallel
Most of the encounters with Bigfoot that you hear about seem benign, frightening to be sure, but more awkward and penumbral than violent. However, as we'll soon learn, that's not always the case. Our guest tonight is UFO and Paranormal Field Investigator Chuck Zukowski. For the past 30 years, Chuck has been researching and investigating a wide range of phenomena within the realm of the paranormal, everything from UFO evidence & abductions, to animal mutilations, ghosts, and of course, Bigfoot. Utilizing his background as a former Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the El Paso County, Colorado Sheriff’s Department, "Chuck approaches every investigation from a skeptical point of view looking for any known possibility before claiming otherwise. He also implements new and innovative field experiments from time to time to enhance his investigations looking for new evidence." Having appeared on numerous radio and television programs to discuss his findings, Chuck has cataloged an astounding variety of experiences. But apropos of the Spooky Season, you're going to hear about a few that are so terrifying you may never go back into the woods again. GRAPHIC VIOLENCE PORTRAYED. LISTENER DISCRETION ADVISED. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/10/19/ep-122-mysterious-deaths-along-the-37th-parallel
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124 min
October 15, 2018
Yokai Horrors of Japan
The folkloric traditions of Japan are as rich and vibrant as the country itself, and this is especially true with their pantheon of supernatural characters collectively known as Yokai. The word Yokai in Japanese comprises two concepts: "Yo," meaning: bewitching; attractive; calamity; and "kai," meaning "a mystery, wonder or specter; apparitions; something mysterious or suspicious." There are so many types of Yokai, each with their own unique personalities, functions, and behaviors that it's assured both of those concepts are well-represented. Some Yokai are merely mischievous pranksters and can bring good fortune to those that encounter them. Others will surely bring a most gruesome death. Join us tonight as we speak with illustrator and author Matthew Meyer, creator of Yokai.com, as we explore the endlessly fascinating world of some of Japan's most popular and terrifying mythical creatures. But don't let your guard down too much, because as it's often said, there is some truth to the origin of most myths and deadly spirits know no borders. GRAPHIC VIOLENCE PORTRAYED. LISTENER DISCRETION ADVISED. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/10/13/ep-121-yokai-horrors-of-japan
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102 min
October 7, 2018
The Grim Reaper
When you hear the name, "The Grim Reaper," a very familiar image probably pops into your head. With the black robe and cowl, skeletal face and hands or the visage of a dour corpse, a threatening scythe, and hourglass at its last sands, this is the image the modern, western person thinks of when we personify death. But where did this visual come from? How do we know what death looks like? And since death has always been with us, isn't this image as old as that finality itself? One might think so, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Surely since there have been humans, we have wondered what becomes of us once we die, where do we go when we shuffle off this mortal coil, and how do we get there? What we have found is that yes, we have always created myths and put a face on death in order to help comprehend such an abstract and mysterious concept, but that face has morphed through the ages and varies by culture. In the ancient western world, the concept of a Grim Reaper was more of a psychopomp, a guide that takes the freshly departed to their place in the afterlife. But since we have doubts nowadays when it comes to a more universally accepted idea of an afterlife, perhaps the notion of a ghastly specter that merely extinguishes our spark when our time has come is more relatable. And he's just a mythic character, right? A cartoon? Well not if you ask some folks who claimed to have seen him and lived to tell about it. Whatever the truth, in one sense, in the end, it doesn't matter if you believe at the moment of death that we are whisked away to another realm or it's just "lights out." As the saying goes, whether king or pauper, a Grim Reaper comes for us all. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/10/06/ep-120-the-grim-reaper
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127 min
September 24, 2018
The Black Monk of Pontefract Part 3
You might not believe in ghosts, but it would be difficult to ignore all the furtive and orchestrated actions that were going on throughout the years at 30 East Drive, which continue to this day. Certainly, in some famous poltergeist cases, incidents could have been manipulated to gain attention for the prankster. However, unless you're contending that pre-teens have somehow gained Hollywood Special Effects level skills in every case, then some of the more bizarre and baffling examples of poltergeist activity would be worthy of investigation. Then what exactly, are the defining factors between a run-of-the-mill poltergeist and other types of spirit activity? Is a poltergeist more paranormal than supernatural? What are the rules? There are theories that poltergeist activity may be a physical manifestation of intensely directed energy emanating from people, mostly youth. As "fringe" as that may seem, then in some cases it might possibly be explained by science one day, that is, if enough scientists would be willing to endure the ridicule and ensuing damage to their reputations from their peers. However, the strange activity at 30 East Drive seems much more than that, not only because it continued long after the Pritchards left the house, but also because this energy appears to have a personality behind it, and there are indications that there's more than one spectral personality residing around the property. Whatever you think The Black Monk or "Fred" is, whether disembodied spirits or mischievous kids, this "Mr. Nobody" might not be anybody, but it sure seems like it's something. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/09/23/ep-119-the-black-monk-of-pontefract-part-3
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117 min
September 17, 2018
The Black Monk of Pontefract Part 2
Poltergeists are all fun & games, that is until they try to strangle you.  The actions of whatever force was interacting with the Pritchard family at 30 East Drive in Pontefract, England had seemed playful in a way, albeit disturbing and churlish at times.  It seemed there was a primary personality that was the source of the mischief they were experiencing and so consistent were its stunts that the family became familiar with this presence they called "Fred."  However, no one really knows what someone or something is capable of until it gets angry.  The family saw another side to Fred, or The Black Monk, when it violently attacked the daughter Diane Pritchard on the stairs, leaving red marks on her throat.  But was this the doings of their ol' gadfly pal Fred, or something much more sinister?  Join us tonight as we examine this escalation of poltergeist activity at the house and try to analyze this darker, malevolent nature of the Black Monk. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/09/16/ep-118-the-black-monk-of-pontefract-part-2
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83 min
September 10, 2018
The Black Monk of Pontefract Part 1
The quote, "Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days" is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. We assume the esteemed Mr. Franklin was speaking only of human guests, but it could also apply to the subject of tonight's show. Because the uninvited guest of 30 East Drive in Pontefract, England would prove to be more than an annoying visitor oblivious to hints or uncaring that they'd overstayed their welcome, it would show itself as a threat to the family's safety and sanity. In the mid-1960s and 70s, the Pritchard family who lived at that address experienced a visitor who was not only unwelcome but unseen, a capricious prankster whose sense of humor was offset by its sometimes vicious and violent power. Human beings have an astounding ability to endure hardships they are powerless against and eventually, this poltergeist presence came to be somewhat accepted, with the mother of the family, Jean, giving it the nickname "Fred." But what was this force in supernatural terms? Was Fred merely poltergeist energy in the general definition, a collective of entities, a demon, or the vengeful spirit of a condemned man? A local legend that a 16th century Cluniac Monk was tried and executed for a horrific crime on those grounds is the source for that last idea. Some have seen a dark, shadowy figure wearing a black monk's robe around the property and it has reinforced that notion. If that is the case, perhaps the Pritchards were the unwelcome visitors to the home of "The Black Monk." Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/09/08/ep-117-the-black-monk-of-pontefract-part-1
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113 min
August 26, 2018
Small Town Monsters
We met filmmaker Seth Breedlove at the Kent Stage for the 2018 Kent Paranormal Weekend symposium, where our first event was a screening of his film, The Mothman of Point Pleasant.  Needless to say, we were very impressed by his documentary on the subject and then later by Seth himself.  After a very pleasant chat in the lobby, we knew we had met a kindred spirit and had to get him on the show to discuss other works by his film production company, Small Town Monsters.  Tonight we discuss Seth's oeuvre of well-researched, fascinating and enjoyable documentaries, covering such topics as the Minerva Monster, the Beast of Whitehall, the Boggy Creek Monster, Mothman of Point Pleasant, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, the Flatwoods Monster, and his latest, The Bray Road Beast, as well as several upcoming projects.  We'll find out what captivates him about each incident and the creatures at their centers, what it was like to actually explore these towns, and what he thinks might be happening with all this High Strangeness.  Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/8/25/ep-116-small-town-monsters
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109 min
August 19, 2018
David Davies - Witness to Broad Haven
Anyone who has experienced what is considered a paranormal event will tell you that it's not easy to tell others about what you had witnessed, especially if that experience was dramatic and significant.  Testimony about such things is often met with ridicule, scorn and sometimes violence by those who feel threatened by such challenges to their reality.  Therefore it takes no small amount of courage and resolution to tell your truth and stick to it.  Such are the qualities that we believe make up the mettle of tonight's guest, David "Dave" Davies.  Davies has had to endure bullying and beatings since he first described what he witnessed for himself and what his classmates had seen landing on the playground of the Broad Haven Primary School in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1977.  For the 40 years since that close encounter, Davies has stood by his story with conviction and without embellishment or wavering, still ever willing to talk about his experience.  In fact, the sighting had made such an impact on him that he's spent the intervening years in a quest to find an explanation for what he'd seen.  Join us tonight as we hear from an eye-witness to one of the most well-observed UFO cases in history, The Broad Haven School UFO incident. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/08/18/ep-115-david-davies-witness-to-broad-haven
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89 min
August 11, 2018
Strange Tales from Wales & UFO School Days
So many popular culture misconceptions abound with stories of UFO sightings; that it's always some farmer, alone in his fields when an unidentified flying object appears. The "hayseed farmer" is an easy target to dismiss with ridicule and hubris. Sure, sometimes it is a farm, as it was in 1977 at the Coombs family farm in southern Wales, but it is far from the norm. And it wasn't a singular farmer who witnessed a UFO then, prominent townsfolk and a group of schoolchildren also saw bizarre craft and phenomena during a series of events that would become known as the Broad Haven incident. The Coombs family would also go on to experience High Strangeness that would rival the happenings at Skinwalker Ranch. If you still think that remote farms are still the most likely places for such incredible tales to emerge, you might be surprised that schoolyards also seem to be just as common for alien interactions, with notable cases happening all over the world, in countries like Australia, Zimbabwe, and Russia. Decades later, questions about these cases emerge: Were the goings on in Broadhaven, this "Flap," connected to the incident at Berwyn Mountain, three years prior? Does a "Welsh Triangle" exist? Why do otherworldly visitors want to communicate with our children? Is it because they are more likely to learn lessons we adults are too proud or stubborn to heed? Join us tonight as we examine these cases with a friend and fellow podcaster, Rob Kristofferson, host of Our Strange Skies, as we go in search of answers to these fascinating questions. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/08/11/ep-114-strange-tales-from-wales-ufo-school-days
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108 min
July 29, 2018
Roswelsh: The Berwyn Mountain UFO Incident
On January 23, 1974, villagers in the community of Llandrillo in the Edeirnion area of Denbighshire, northern Wales, experienced a tremendous jolt and noise a little after 8:30 p.m., akin to a magnitude 3.5 earthquake.  Highly strange, colored lights were seen over the surrounding hills at the same time.  Another unusual occurrence was that the British Military was immediately on the scene as if they were tracking the "geological event" in real time.  The official Ministry of Defence conclusion was that the event was caused by a simultaneous earthquake and meteor impact, with the meteor being the cause of the freakish light show.  However, a meteor impact that would cause a shock of that magnitude would have left a visible crater, which was not found.  And of course, there were reports by witnesses on the scene of the military carting off bodies and wreckage.  Does this sound familiar to you?  It did enough to some tabloid papers at the time who dubbed it, "The Roswelsh Incident."  What's your conclusion? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/07/29/ep-113-roswelsh-the-berwyn-mountain-ufo-incident
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99 min
July 13, 2018
Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 2
Many people enjoy a good mystery.  However, mysteries often leave us slightly disturbed and unsettled, because we're also always searching for answers and when we look for answers, we're sometimes comforted the most by the simplest explanations.  With the case of the Flannan Isle Lighthouse Keepers, most are willing to accept that a massive "Rogue Wave" swept the three men into oblivion.  But what if meteorological science matched against clues left from the scene could show that this theory may not be the most plausible?  What if several simple, yet extreme events combined to plunge this mystery into the depths of the unexplained?  Join us tonight as we interview Keith McCloskey, author of the book, The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eilean Mòr Lighthouse Keepers.  We'll discuss his in-depth research into the case and the possibility that the simplest explanations, while the easiest to accept, are often not where the real truth lies submerged. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/07/13/ep-112-mystery-of-the-flannan-isles-lighthouse
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159 min
July 7, 2018
Flannan Isles Special Announcement
Flannan Isles Part 2 is delayed. This is why.
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4 min
June 24, 2018
Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 1
In 1899, construction on the Flannan Isles lighthouse was completed, perched atop Eilean Mòr, one of the highest points in the Outer Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland. It would soon experience its first tragedy and an enduring mystery. For several days, it's light could not be seen and on December 15, 1900, the ship Archtor documented this concern in its log while heading to port in Leith. However, 11 days would pass before the lighthouse tending ship Hesperus would be able to dock at Eilean Mòr due to foul weather, for which the area is well-known. What they discovered, or rather, didn't discover, would lead to one of the biggest mysteries of this enchanted region. Serious storm damage was evident on the island, but nothing seemed amiss inside the lighthouse itself except for the fact that the three lighthouse keepers had vanished and would never be seen again.   Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/06/24/ep-111-mystery-of-the-flannan-isles-lighthouse
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94 min
June 17, 2018
Göbekli Tepe Part 3
Something or someone of great importance and influence had convinced and motivated these neolithic hunter-gatherers to put their way of life on hold and come together as a group to undertake such a tremendous project as Göbekli Tepe. This is likely the first time hundreds of prehistoric peoples had formed an organized collective in order to build a religious sanctuary. The work would've taken years to accomplish and the temple would be built upon for many centuries more. The result of this work is believed to have spurred civilization as we know it today. But what beliefs or legends could have generated such a monumental task?  In Part Three of our series, we examine the hypotheses put forth in Andrew Collins' book, Göbekli Tepe, Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden. With his comprehensive and detailed research, Collins goes beyond the boundaries of interpretation where Processual archaeologists would not stray. Could the memory of a global, natural catastrophe which nearly wiped out humanity be the impetus for creating a shrine to assuage the gods into sparing them more devastation? Could the builders have been directed by foreign and mysterious visitors who seemed to have knowledge of the heavens and history far beyond their own? If they did indeed fear destruction from the cosmos, then a connection from them to us could be made, because we're subject to those very same dangers. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/06/17/ep-110-gbekli-tepe
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145 min
June 10, 2018
Göbekli Tepe Part 2
What we've learned so far about Göbekli Tepe, is what it appears to be, which is that it is possibly the world's oldest sacred temple.  We think we know who built it: a collective of hunter-gatherers, who had not yet learned the skills of farming.  We also think we know approximately when.  But the answers to the questions of how and why and what did it all mean to these Neolithic peoples may not be so easily obtained.  In fact, since the 1960s at least in American archaeology, a debate still rages as to how far and by what methods archaeologists should proceed to interpret what they have dug up.  How closely should archaeology be tied to anthropology, how much informed speculation about their beliefs should be allowed and by whom?  Processual and Post-processual archaeology are two schools of thought within the field that currently define this debate.   Tonight we take a closer look at the art, the architecture, and the symbolism from Göbelki Tepe, and what it's lead archaeologist, Klaus Schmidt, thought about what it may have represented to our prehistoric ancestors.  We also get closer to an even grander question, did these ancient peoples know of events in earth's past that would blow our modern minds? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/06/10/ep-109-gbekli-tepe
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108 min
May 27, 2018
Göbekli Tepe Part 1
In 1963, archaeologists from the University of Chicago and Istanbul University examined a site known by locals as Göbekli Tepe, or "Potbelly Hill."  They dismissed the site at the time as merely a medieval cemetery due to the numerous slabs of stone thought to be grave markers.  However, in 1993, German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt, who was doing work at another Neolithic site in nearby Nevalı Çori, heard about the report and decided to investigate it for himself.  What Schmidt and his team would eventually discover would turn out to be one of the most astounding, mysterious and important archaeological discoveries in history.  Laying just below the surface was the earliest known sanctuary structure ever built by humans.  Somehow, a group of prehistoric hunter-gathers had managed to quarry massive slabs of stone from nearby outcroppings, some weighing as much as 7 to 10 tons with lengths of up to 18 feet.  They then moved them hundreds of feet into numerous circular configurations.  This was done without the use of wheels or animals and before the invention of metalworking, pottery or writing.  The earliest works found at the site date to over 11,000 years old, or around 9600 B.C., predating Stonehenge by at least 7000 years.  While we may not know yet what belief system would motivate these ancient, primitive peoples to undertake such a monumental task, the result of their unbelievable efforts may have led to a ground-breaking theory.  Instead of the previous view that the invention of the domestication of plants and animals led humans to develop civilization and with it, religious belief systems, the human desire to worship as a community may have led to farming and thus sparked civilization.  As researchers are still seeking answers as to what these people believed, there are those that think the answers may be far more mystical than what many are willing to imagine. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/05/26/ep-108-gbekli-tepe
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125 min
May 13, 2018
EVPs at the KPW
One of the highlights of our appearance at the Kent Paranormal Weekend was participating in our very first Ghost Hunt!  The event took place at the Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio which was first built in 1927 and since then has continued to host concerts, films, and various performances.  The theater is also host to a cast of characters who were once somehow connected to this historic theater and whose spirits remain there.  We explored the most haunted areas of the theater and tried our hand at documenting spirit activity, guided by experienced paranormal investigators Theresa Argie & Cathi Weber, known as The Haunted Housewives, Ray "Gooz" Goosby, Jeff and Susie from the North Canton Paranormal Detectives team, and theater owner Richelle Charlton.  One of the techniques we tried is trying to capture an "EVP" or an instance of Electronic Voice Phenomena, which some claim could be evidence of communication with the spirit world.  Electronic Voice Phenomenon are said to occur when a question is asked aloud in a haunted location, or even unprompted, and what sounds like a reply is heard in an audio recording.  Believe what you may, we're convinced this hunt captured something, and that when you call out into the void, you might get an answer.   Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/05/12/ep-107-evps-at-the-kpw
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185 min
May 6, 2018
Earhart's Plane Found?
Of all the hypotheses of what happened to Amelia Earhart and her Electra 10-E, William "Bill" Snavely, Jr.'s may be the only one that starts with a found plane and traces her route backward towards her last known contact point. Operating on a hunch that due to low fuel, Earhart may have decided to turn back to a viable landing strip, which would have taken her directly over the path of Buka Island, east of Papua New Guinea. While in Buka searching for clues, Snavely received a tip that an airplane had crashed in 1937 and still lays submerged off the coast in 100' of water. According to Snavely, only roughly 30% of Earhart's route has been searched and has yielded nothing, so why not search the remaining 70%? Taking that approach has found a plane that so far, matches the description of Earhart's Electra. If an expedition could be mounted to identify this plane more thoroughly, could it be that one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century will be solved once and for all? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/05/04/ep-106-earharts-plane-found
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141 min
April 22, 2018
Resurrection Mary Part 4
If Resurrection Mary is just an Urban Legend, merely another variation of the "Vanishing Hitchhiker" then her story is a common one, with similar descriptions found in folklore all over the world. If she is a spirit, then she's also not alone, because it seems people of every country have come forward with testimony of meeting a real "Lady in White." If these ladies are a myth, or if they're real, or some combination of both, why are they so universally elemental? Why is she so primal? Do we see her because of the folklore, or is there folklore because we've seen her? But whether spirits or an archetypal legend, what these women are eternally searching for is something lost, like a child or a future taken away too soon. What they want is to return to a happier time when all was right with their world, to return home, wherever and whatever that home may be, so they may finally rest in peace.   Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/04/21/ep-105-resurrection-mary-part-4
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127 min
April 15, 2018
Resurrection Mary Part 3
How many reported sightings of a particular ghost would it take before you started to believe that perhaps people were indeed interacting with something supernatural? Hundreds? Over a thousand? But you're looking for proof, you say. Well, what would be convincing proof for you? What about mysterious, spectral handprints melted and scorched into bronze bars that have resisted repair and coverup? Tonight in Part Three of our series, we examine the possibility that Mary may have left her indelible mark not only on the front gates of Resurrection Cemetery but also in the imaginations of Chicagoans ever since.   Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/04/14/ep-103-resurrection-mary-part-3
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86 min
April 9, 2018
Resurrection Mary Part 2
As you delve into the legend of "Resurrection Mary," you'll soon notice that the stretch of Archer Avenue from Resurrection Cemetery to the Willowbrook Ballroom is not the only piece of land that seems haunted, nor is it haunted just by "Mary."  It seems the entire locality has a supernatural quality to it, enough that Chicago's "Southwest Siders" have dubbed it "The Archer Triangle," in reference to the more famous one near Bermuda.  But what is it about this region that spurs so many reports of paranormal activity?  Is it the legacy of ancient Native American activity, the numerous cemeteries located here, or Ley lines and waterways?  Is it all an imagined coincidence or is there a more sinister force at play?  Tonight, we take a more thorough look at Mary's favorite haunts and examine why the spirits of the area appear to be so restless. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/04/08/ep-103-resurrection-mary-part-2
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133 min
March 26, 2018
Resurrection Mary Part 1
Legend has it, that sometime in the late 1920s or early '30s, a young couple was enjoying an evening of dancing at the Oh Henry Ballroom, later renamed the Willowbrook Ballroom & Banquets, located southwest of Chicago, IL. After an argument, the woman stormed out, deciding she'd rather walk home than spend another minute with her boyfriend. As she walked along Archer Avenue on a wintery night, she was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. Her bereaved parents buried her at nearby Resurrection Cemetery in the white ballgown and shoes in which she died. Ever since, people have reported either dancing with or giving a ride to a hauntingly beautiful young woman, with long blonde hair and blue eyes, dressed in a white gown, who at some point vanishes from their midst. Accounts of these spectral encounters have been so numerous over the years that the legend of "Resurrection Mary" is perhaps Chicago's most famous and beloved ghost story.  Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/03/25/ep-101-arcapalooza-part-2
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112 min
March 17, 2018
Special Announcement
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6 min
March 11, 2018
Arcapalooza Part 2
As we wrap up our 100th episode celebration with "ARCapalooza! Part 2" we'd like to thank the terrific people who have come together to form the Astonishing Research Corps for their efforts, friendship, and sharing their personal stories, demonstrating their generosity and a fair amount of bravery. We'd also like to thank another crucial member of this project, and that is you, our listeners. We're astounded, humbled, and most importantly grateful for the support you've shown with your continued listenership. It's why we keep going. We've always meant for this podcast to feel less like a lecture and more like a conversation between friends who share an interest in fascinating topics. With that spirit in mind, we hope you continue to feel like a part of this group of friends and a cherished member of the team. And now on to the next 100 episodes! Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/03/10/ep-101-arcapalooza-part-2
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159 min
March 4, 2018
Bonus Episode 2: Listener Q&A
Since it's no mystery that we can blather and prattle on for hours upon hours, it should come as no surprise that we ran long on Part One of our ARCapalooza 100th Episode Celebration!  The result is this commercial-free, Bonus Episode, where lead A.R.C. researcher Tess Pfeifle poses questions to us submitted by listeners.  We hope you enjoy this candid discussion where we talk about everything from our thoughts on show topics to producing the podcast. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/03/03/bonus-episode-2-listener-qa
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53 min
February 25, 2018
Arcapalooza Part 1
This podcast wouldn't be as complete or as much fun to work on if it wasn't for the help of a special group of volunteer contributors, collectively known as the Astonishing Research Corps, or ARC for short, who have now become good friends as well as valued collaborators. So we figured it would be fitting to salute their efforts on our celebratory 100th episode by having some of the ARC's founding members tell their own strange and mysterious tales. We hope you find their stories entertaining and engaging, which we believe also serve to reinforce an Astonishing Legends adage, that if you personally haven't had an encounter with the paranormal, you probably know someone who has. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/2/23/ep-100-arcapalooza-part-1
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130 min
February 19, 2018
The Tall Ones Part 3
So, what have we learned about giants? Our current understanding of human biology finds limits as to how tall a person can grow and can still be relatively healthy while enjoying an advanced age. This knowledge then places limits as to what the majority are willing to believe about the tallest humans throughout all history, that no one could have existed beyond 8 to 10 feet tall at the most. In the still-nascent field of archeology in the 19th century, excavations do seem to provide accounts of unusually large individuals in Europe and significant numbers of taller than average Native American tribal members here in the U.S., so perhaps whole communities could have been seen as giants by contemporary standards. However, there are those researchers and writers who believe, possibly spurred by those findings and the subsequent, apparent mishandling of artifacts by some museums and academic institutions, that there exists a conspiracy to keep evidence of beings beyond that range from the public, and that the even more massive giants of yore were real, and some may even live to this day. If this is true, then one must think about our definition of a real giant, and would that giant be a real human? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/2/18/ep-99-the-tall-ones-part-3
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143 min
February 12, 2018
The Tall Ones Part 2
What constitutes a "giant" in your mind? Certainly, people who are 6 to 7 feet tall are commonplace nowadays, unlike the Middle Ages, or even a hundred years ago. But what about someone who's seven feet tall or more? We may call them "giants" in jest, but it's not the same as when we think of the giants in our legends. A measurement of more than seven feet is rare, but there are plenty of healthy people living today in that range that prove it's not so legendary by our contemporary imagination. Rarer still is a human that's eight feet tall, but there has been one in recent history: Robert Pershing Wadlow stood 8' 11.1" tall (2.72 m) and weighed 490 pounds (220 kg) and showed no signs of stopping his growth at his untimely death in 1940 at age 22\. So it's possible that a height for a human can approach nine feet, but could any height beyond that be sustainable? Because taller than that and it seems we venture beyond not only what is biologically viable for the human body, but also what is believable. It still leaves us with the question, "What makes a giant?" And if a skeleton is unearthed that appears to have horns? Well, that is another matter altogether.   Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/2/11/ep-98-the-tall-ones-part-2
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100 min
February 3, 2018
Bonus: Interview with Dr Chris Cogswell, PhD.
Please join us for a special, commercial-free BONUS episode featuring an interview with senior Astonishing Legends Research Corps member, Chemical Engineer and newly appointed Director of Research for MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, Dr. Chris Cogswell, Ph.D. We originally interviewed Chris for our of Imminent Disclosure? Part 2 episode, but felt this congratulatory announcement and interesting discussion deserved its own segment. Chris explains how MUFON operates, what its aims are, and how through solid, scientific methodology they may continue and deepen this quest to find the truth behind the strangeness many of us are seeing in our skies. If you're interested in joining this adventure, you can use the Coupon Code JOIN25 to receive 25% OFF a One Year Basic Level Membership worth $60\. If you're a scientist or academic researcher, contact Chris at directorresearch@mufon.com to discuss collaborating with them with a Full Access Membership. Not only is Chris trying to help find the "Truth Out There," but he has his own show called the Mad Scientist Podcast along with his co-host and ARC "O.G." Marie Mayhew. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/2/2/ep-97-interview-with-dr-chris-cogswell-phd
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41 min
January 29, 2018
The Tall Ones Part 1
It's easy to imagine a version of ourselves that's gargantuan, magical, a hero that often plays the villain, a giant among the ordinary. Legends of giants doing as they please have been with us since the beginning and continue to fascinate us in cinema and sport. The idea of a giant is easy to entertain because either through genetics or rare disorders, extra-large humans have naturally lived throughout our existence. The idea that's not easy for the modern person to imagine, aside from a singular Goliath-like demigod here n' there, is the possibility of a race of giants having once existed, tribes of superhumans whose feats and physicality filled us with fear and wonder in antiquity. Yet with these tall tales being so pervasive worldwide, could it be that communities of giants were real or was it merely that the occasional taller than average human became the inspiration for myth? Join us tonight as we explore the mystery of legendary giants. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/1/28/ep-96-the-tall-ones-part-1
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87 min
January 22, 2018
Imminent Disclosure? Part 2
How "credible" does an eye-witness have to be before their account of an Unidentified Flying Object is taken seriously?  Whom would you think is the most credible sort of witness for this type of impossible craft, aside from the beings or forces that made them?  How about an elite jet fighter pilot from the US Navy, highly trained to identify every known aerial threat – known to a conventional military, of course.  Tonight, we sit down again for Part Two with our friend Rob Kristofferson, from the Our Strange Skies podcast to discuss in detail the eye-witness report and related consequences of David Fravor, USN Ret., former Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron VFA-41, who along with his Weapons Systems Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight engaged a target that behaved like nothing they could imagine.  After hearing about Fravor's account, you just might start to believe that "Secret Machines" do indeed exist... and your next thought will be, "...well then, who, or what is controlling them?"  Get ready for some "Soft Disclosure" everyone. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/1/21/ep-95-imminent-disclosure-part-2
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114 min
January 14, 2018
Imminent Disclosure? Part 1
The term "Disclosure" in the UFO community generally refers to the long-awaited event when the government, specifically the U.S. Government, finally tells the world that UFOs exist, along with everything they know about extraterrestrials, or so enthusiasts of the topic would hope. While we wouldn't suggest holding your breath until "Full Disclosure" happens, there has been an interesting, recent development worth noting. On December 17, 2017, the New York Times published a curious article titled, "Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program." Apart from the mild surprise that such a serious publication as the New York Times would bother running with any story that would give consideration to such a "preposterous" idea as UFOs being real, is the bigger surprise that from 2007 until 2012, $22 million dollars of U.S. taxpayer money was spent annually on something called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. Although funding for this program officially ceased in 2012, it was also revealed that the program still exists and continues to investigate credible reports of possible UFO encounters. Join us tonight as we sit down with friend, collaborator and fellow podcaster Rob Kristofferson, host of his own show called Our Strange Skies as we discuss the significance of a major revelation that there is a serious military effort to investigate what many believe is Science Fiction, but what some "in the know" think may be a threat against which we have no defense. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2018/1/13/ep-94-imminent-disclosure-part-1
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94 min
December 24, 2017
Yeti Part 3
Like so many cryptid mysteries, what one realizes is that the deeper you search for the answer of what the creature might be, you find what it represents is so much more than just a singular beast. Such was the discovery of tonight's guest, Professor Daniel C. Taylor, PhD., author of Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery. Dr. Taylor has spent 60 years of his life on a quest to solve the mystery of the Yeti, and that process has ultimately led to the foundation of a worldwide network and university dedicated to preserving not only the culture and ecology of the Himalayan region and beyond but it has also become a force for social change and preservation in other sensitive areas of the planet. But, if you just want to know if the Yeti is real or a legend, then consider the words of Dr. Taylor: "a legend doesn't leave footprints." The Yeti's prominence in the daily life of the peoples who inhabit the Himalayas makes it very real, and not just in a spiritual and cultural context. If you believe the Yeti exists, but just want to know what it is, you'll find that the question is lacking and that the answer indeed has more to do with the ecology of a mystery. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/12/23/ep-93-yeti-part-3
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86 min
December 17, 2017
Yeti Part 2
You've heard the eye-witness accounts of encounters with the Yeti, but can you believe them? The DNA of supposed Yeti "evidence" has been tested, and it's hard to argue those results, but how do we know those bits were really from a Yeti as locals know it? And speaking of what the locals know, the western world likes to take one answer and apply it to many questions, while the eastern world knows that there can be several answers to a question. The locals also know what they saw when it comes to the question of the Yeti, and if they are right, and we combine that with the results from the scientific analysis, could there then be several correct answers as to what a "Yeti" really is? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/12/16/ep-92-yeti-part-2
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97 min
December 11, 2017
Yeti Part 1
On November 8, 1951, noted mountaineer and adventurer Eric Shipton and Dr. Michael Ward were on an expedition to find an alternate route to ascend Mount Everest.  At approximately 17,500 feet and exploring a glacier near an Everest basecamp they came across a set of massive footprints that shouldn't have been there.  The only possible known creatures that they thought could have left such crisp footprints in the snow at that altitude were humans, bears or yaks, and they didn't look exactly like any of those to them, but more like a strange unknown barefooted hominoid.  Their Sherpa guides, however, knew exactly what had left those footprints, the legendary Yeti, known to the indigenous peoples of the region for at least hundreds of years, and was both feared and revered.  Shipton set the head of his ice ax next to the track, which measured about a foot long and 5" wide, and took a picture.  This photo, coming from such a well-regarded explorer, would help to forever leave an imprint in the collective imagination of the western world. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/12/10/ep-91-yeti-part-1
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78 min
November 19, 2017
Chasing Amelia Earhart with Chris Williamson
Join us tonight as we sit down with Chris Williamson, the project creator of Chasing Earhart. Chris, along with his wife Vanessa and their dedicated team of researchers and producers, has created a podcast and are working on a documentary all about legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart: her life, her persona, her fateful last flight and the controversy that surrounds her legacy. The result is that Chasing Earhart has rapidly become one of the definitive repositories of information and interviews of the authorities who continue to devote their lives to solving her disappearance. In our interview with Chris, we discuss the major researchers, their theories, and current investigations which aim to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/11/18/ep-90-chasing-amelia-earhart-with-chris-williamson
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135 min
November 12, 2017
Black Eyed Kids Part 3
Whether you choose to think of Black Eyed Kids as demonic entities or just unaccompanied children out by themselves late at night with full-sclera Contacts trying to scare people, one thing our research and the research of those who have written extensively on the subject has concluded, this is not just an internet hoax, no matter what you keep telling yourself.  Perhaps the only proof of their authenticity is also something that is unquantifiable: a deep down, primal fear upon meeting them that is so profound it is unrelatable and incomprehensible to those who have not experienced it.  In other words, when the real thing comes for you, you'll know.  Maybe, in the end, you don't believe any of the accounts of these encounters, or you choose to believe it's simply a misidentification leading to an exaggeration of unease.  That's fine.  Whatever you need to tell yourself to get to sleep.  But maybe one day you'll hear that late-night knock at your own door, and you'll wonder just what kind of evil awaits you on the other side. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/11/11/ep-89-black-eyed-kids-part-3
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125 min
October 29, 2017
Black Eyed Kids Part 2
The accounts of encounters with Black Eyed Kids vary with their observable details, except for two main factors: their dead, black eyes which you see and can never forget and the feeling of utter horror and doom which you will continue to feel every time you think about them. If the eyes truly are "windows to the soul" then these entities have no soul, or that soul resides in hell. Remember that the next time you hear a knock and think it's just a harmless kid or two, and all they want is some Halloween candy, or to use your phone, or a ride, or to come in and warm up, because what they will take is something you literally can't live without. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/10/28/ep-88-black-eyed-kids-part-2
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166 min
October 23, 2017
Black Eyed Kids Part 1
First, there's a knock. A very persistent knock, at your door, at your car window. Or maybe they stop you on a walk, on your way somewhere, when you're alone. They're just kids, right? And who doesn't want to help out kids in need? Except that these aren't like any kids you've met before. They're not like any humans you've ever met before, because what humans have you seen that have completely all-black eyes and fill you with an inexplicable dread? These kids don't want money (that's what humans want) and they really don't need to use your phone, even though that's what they mostly ask for. No. What they want is to get in. Into your house, into your car, into your space, to be near you. But, they need your permission first. Why? What are the rules? And what do they want when they get in? What they want is the only thing you possess of any real value – your soul. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/10/22/ep-87-black-eyed-kids-part-1
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109 min
October 16, 2017
The Bell Witch Part 2
Folklore can simply be described as beliefs, customs or legends handed down and preserved among a people. Some believe they are merely made up tales designed to entertain, while others believe folklore may be based on truths that have been gilded over the years by the oral tradition, yet their truth survives as valuable instruction or even a warning. Whether the legend of the Bell Witch was based on a real poltergeist event with the details being accurately preserved, or somewhat true but padded for effect, or wholly a lie spun to cover more humanly misdeeds, we'll likely never know. But before you dismiss the Bell Witch story outright, first think about your own family's stories or even how your own true tales you've told will be perceived through the lenses of bias and time. Will you be remembered as a faithful narrator or a liar? The purported entity called "Kate" may have left her legend behind for later generations to make that judgment but there are many who live in the area today that claim something may still be lingering. So before you bravely disrespect the legend of whatever it may have been, remember there is nowhere you can hide from a force that will gleefully visit misfortune upon you to make its point. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/10/15/ep-86-the-bell-witch-part-2
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182 min
October 9, 2017
The Bell Witch Part 1
Every family has their stories passed down from generation to generation, but most aren't as fantastical or have made as much of an impact on regional history as the legend of the Bell Witch. From about 1817 to 1821 in the Red River Community, now known as Adams, Tennessee, some sort of supernatural entity known as the "Bell Witch" was claimed to have terrorized the family of John Bell. The activity was not just confined to the Bells, but many in the area at the time reported instances of poltergeist annoyances like slapping and pinching that then progressed to pranks and premonition, then to beatings and even murder. If the story of the Bell Witch is just a family's "tall tale" then it's one of the most fascinating and enduring family legends in American history. If the Bell folklore is even remotely true, then the consideration of trying to keep your own family safe from an omniscient, deceitful, vengeful and violent entity that wants you dead, surely makes for one of the most frightening tales ever told. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/10/08/ep-85-the-bell-witch-part-1
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125 min
September 24, 2017
Castle Houska: Gateway to Hell (Part 2)
There are two connected, yet distinct traditions of weirdness concerning Houska Castle: its mysterious, violent and spotty history of purpose and ownership, and the reported sightings of horrific creatures and terrifying specters since its founding. Regarding the castle's originally intended design; whether it was really built to keep something from escaping rather than defense from outside forces, the lack of any definitive or comprehensive historical records will only lead to debate and speculation. However, those that have been inside the walls of this fortress and others in the region will tell you that Houska's architecture clearly doesn't seem to fit with the standard intentions. Regarding the encounters with frightening phantoms, if you believe places can be haunted, Houska Castle seems to be just that. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/9/22/ep-83-castle-houska-part-2
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133 min
September 17, 2017
Castle Houska: Gateway to Hell (Part 1)
The descriptor "Hell Hole" can currently describe anything from your first apartment to the workplace you dread, but where do we get that term? Ages ago, could there have been a hole that people believed led straight to the depths of hell itself? There are several sites in our world that could lay claim to that title, where the "veil" to the underworld seems a little "thin," but a historically solid contender would no doubt be Houska Castle, about 40 miles north of Prague in the Czech Republic. Tales of demonic beasts issuing forth from the chasm and visiting violence upon villagers and ghastly specters scaring those who roam the castle grounds have been known since the Middle Ages to the present, but what of the edifice itself? No matter what you believe about the folklore, what can't be denied is that the castle was not built for the usual reasons – instead of a fortification to keep people out, it was built to keep things in. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/9/16/ep-83-castle-houska-part-1
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104 min
September 9, 2017
The Hatem Files - Case #1
Tonight's show is... well... we don't know what it is, frankly.  What we can tell you is that friend and screenwriter Richard Hatem stopped by the Astonishing Legends studio, we ordered pizzas, made more than a few "Dirty Martinis" (at Rich's resolute insistence, which he then sent back several times to the bar until they met with his exacting and cruel satisfaction) and talked with great ardor and exuberance about everything paranormal and supernatural from the sublime to the silly, and apparently, this is the result.  Oh, and we eventually talk about the recent spate of Moth-Owl-Bat-Man sightings in the Chicago, IL metropolitan area, which was the primary reason for inviting him over in the first place.  For those of you who can embrace a rollicking discourse as a fresh change of pace, please enjoy.  For those of you expecting more conventional and disciplined fare, please accept our apologies.  ; ) Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/8/18/ep-82-hatem-files-case-1
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124 min
August 19, 2017
The Kelly Hopkinsville Encounter (Part 3)
It's easy to dismiss the entire Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter as the booze-fueled fantasy of a bunch of backward hicks who can't tell the difference between a goblin and an owl, or maybe you think it was an outrageous hoax perpetrated for cash. But before you begin telling people what they saw, or make assumptions based on character or class, just remember: unless you were there, you weren't there. These people didn't ask for this incident to happen to them, and they especially didn't ask for the notoriety or ridicule that followed. What the authorities at the time believed, and what many skeptics agree on in hindsight, is that the Sutton and Taylor families were genuinely terrified of something real, and yet even the most seasoned paranormal researcher can't definitively say by what or by whom. So maybe your educated reasoning doesn't allow for the possibility of otherworldly creatures? Well, that's fine, it's a natural human desire to make sense of the impossibilities of our strange world with rationalizations that we can comfortably live with. But as you do so, keep one more thing in mind: you can spend years or a whole lifetime developing and refining your rationale for disbelief, but it only takes one undeniable, paranormal experience to make you a believer. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/8/18/ep-79-the-kelly-hopkinsville-encounter-part-3
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119 min
August 13, 2017
The Kelly Hopkinsville Encounter (Part 2)
In Part Two of our series on the Kelly-Hopkinsville Encounter, we analyze the elements of the Sutton and Taylor families' story. Is the tale that ended up in the media what actually happened or were certain descriptions exaggerated to make the story more sensational in order to sell newspapers? Perhaps some details were misreported due to anxiety, faulty memories and the phenomenon of the "Telephone Game?" Or was it all a hoax and for what gain? What we find is that the story in its original and accurate telling is so bizarre, any further embellishment would be pointless and believe it or not, that's the story the families stuck to, which only serves to add more mystery to an already mysterious world. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/7/20/ep-79-the-kelly-hopkinsville-encounter-part-2
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77 min
August 7, 2017
The Kelly Hopkinsville Encounter (Part 1)
The 1950s was awash with incredible UFO sightings and purported alien encounters, but the Kelly-Hopkinsville Incident remains a highlight for the field of Ufology.  The report was significant not only because of the long duration of the event and a large number of witnesses but also because the frightening contact sparked a one-sided gun battle.  On the evening of Sunday, August 21, 1955, one of the occupants of the Sutton farmhouse, in the unincorporated area of Kelly north of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, reported seeing a saucer-like craft land a short distance away in a gully to the rear of the property. Moments later, the two families staying there claimed that a number of "strange little men" approached the house and peered through the windows, and one even tugged the hair of Billy Ray Taylor, the man who had first seen the craft land.  Understandably bewildered and fearing for their lives, Taylor, and another adult male, "Lucky" Sutton, fired round after round at the unwanted visitors from close range, all to little effect.  After about four hours of this awkward alien interaction, the families saw their chance to escape and rushed to police headquarters to get help.  The unusually large police response which resulted in a flurry of sensational news reports for years to come would cast this incident as one of the most bizarre and intriguing "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" ever to be included in UFO lore. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/7/20/ep-79-the-kelly-hopkinsville-encounter-part-1
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86 min
July 22, 2017
The Devil and Anneliese Michel: Exorcism on Trial (Part 3)
Was Anneliese Michel truly possessed by demonic forces, or was she suffering from a more earthly psychological affliction such as an extreme case of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with Scrupulosity, epilepsy, PTSD or Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis? Tonight we examine this case from the solely scientific, clinical angle with our interview of Dr. Jennifer Sy, Ph.D. of the Houston OCD Program. Dr. Sy is a licensed clinical psychologist with training in cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. She received a BA in Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and her MS and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wyoming. She has published on cognitive/behavioral mechanisms and exposure-based treatment of social anxiety, specific phobias, and panic. In the end, however, even with a diagnosis that seems to cover many of her symptoms, those who allow themselves to consider possibilities beyond flesh and blood may wonder if the truth of Anneliese Michel will remain forever hidden between the worlds of the natural and the supernatural. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/7/20/ep-78-the-devil-and-anneliese-michel-exorcism-on-trial-part-3
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85 min
July 14, 2017
The Devil and Anneliese Michel: Exorcism on Trial (Part 2)
When considering the answer to the question, "Who or what was responsible for the death of Anneliese Michel?" as with all mysteries it is best to consider every opinion, especially an informed one.  Tonight we interview Father John Duffey, author of the book, Lessons Learned: The Anneliese Michel Exorcism: The Implementation of a Safe and Thorough Examination, Determination, and Exorcism of Demonic Possession.  Father Duffey is a former priest for the New American Catholic Church and Chaplain for the American Legion and has been researching and investigating incidents of suspected demonic and other spiritual activity since 1999, and researching matters of human behavior and anthropology since 2002.  Father Duffey has formal training and experience in military law enforcement and anti-terrorism intelligence operations, general psychology, cultural anthropology, parapsychology, theology, and counseling.  He holds a degree in psychology from Auburn University (Honors) and will soon complete a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Wake Forest University. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/7/13/ep-77-the-devil-and-anneliese-michel-exorcism-on-trial-part-2
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146 min
July 8, 2017
The Devil and Anneliese Michel: Exorcism on Trial (Part 1)
The legal systems of Western societies have no place for, nor consideration of, the offenses of the spiritual world. Neither does the spirit world have regard for the laws of men. These factors make the case of the death of Anneliese Michel so fascinating, so compelling, so confounding and ultimately so tragic, that it remains one of the benchmark legal cases for determining negligent culpability in purported cases demonic possession. Anneliese was a German girl who was known in life for being very intelligent, shy, kind, generous and pious, but will always be known in death as an unfortunate soul who experienced a deteriorating malady so mysterious and devastating she ultimately succumbed to starvation. But who, or what, is to blame? Was it the severe affliction of an extreme case of epilepsy or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder having gone untreated, or was it the detestable work of the Devil himself? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/7/6/ep-76-the-exorcism-of-anneliese-michel-part-1
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127 min
June 24, 2017
The Jersey Devil: Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 2)
Southern New Jersey is steeped in the legend of The Jersey Devil, with the eponymous rascal inspiring everything from the names of businesses to stickers and T-shirts for tourists.  But as one "South Jersey" native has informed us, The Pine Barrens themselves may be nothing like what outsiders envision, with most of it being "lush, green and beautiful" and a joy to explore.  Also, maybe almost no one from the area believes the myth themselves.  However, it seems in the case of the legend of Jersey Devil – there are two distinct yet connected phenomenal elements at play: the ye olde myth, and the otherworldly thing that more than a few people swear they've encountered.  So what do you say to them?  Are you sure all they saw or heard was an owl, a stray African bat, a mutant goat havin' a laugh, or that good ol' well-worn chestnut the Sandhill Crane?  Because now these accounts become much like any other testimony of the paranormal; those who have not experienced it probably won't believe it, but those that have can never forget it. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/6/18/ep-75-the-jersey-devil-prince-of-the-pine-barrens-part-2
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June 16, 2017
The Jersey Devil: Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 1)
They say if you meet someone from New Jersey, Pennsylvania or New York, you don't ask them if they've heard of the "Jersey Devil," you ask them if they've had some kind of encounter with it. The legend of the curious cryptid is so prolific, they've no doubt heard of it, and if they've spent any time near the Pine Barrens of "The Garden State," more often than not you'll find they've experienced some evidence of the beast, or know someone who has. Folklorists say that there are more than 30 variations of the legend, but the main origin story of New Jersey's own "Official Demon" goes all the way back to 1735, and a Mrs. Leeds of Galloway, NJ, who upon a difficult delivery of her 13th child, exclaimed it might as well be a devil – which, if the tale is to be believed, you should never do. Since then, the story has been so popular that the idea of The Jersey Devil has made its way into movies, television, and video games, and is even the inspiration for the name of New Jersey's National Hockey League team. But why has this tale endured for at least 282 years? Is it because somehow the legend is just so fantastic that people can't forget it? Or is it because, as so many residents throughout the years have claimed, from New Jersey's eastern shores, through the mysterious Pine Barrens all the way to western Pennsylvania, something really is out there? Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/6/13/ep-74-the-jersey-devil
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105 min
June 10, 2017
Orfeo Angelucci: Secret of the Saucers
Most of us go on about our lives, enjoying the predictable routine of family, work, and if we're lucky, a little bit of leisure. Usually, nothing too out of the ordinary happens from day to day, and although it may seem dull, we forget it's also comforting. But if you're Orfeo Angelucci – aerospace worker, family man, thoughtful but average citizen, one day you get contacted by a race of advanced, extraterrestrial beings that reveal to you the secret of the universe, your purpose here, and the task ahead that would change his life forever. This was the incredible claim in Angelucci's book, The Secret of the Saucers, which tells the story of his contact with a pair of kind, ethereal entities, who want him to share their message of peace and love for the human race. But these warm greetings came with a warning: that we must change our harmful ways or else suffer the fate of the world that came before us. Spreading this message caused no small amount of ridicule and hardship for Orfeo and his family, but as the legends tell us, being a messenger to the world can be a blessing but also a curse and the challenge requires courage. Join us tonight as Rich Hatem returns to discuss Angelucci's wondrous story. Whether you choose to believe Orfeo or dismiss it all as a fanciful daydream, it's hard to deny that the message for Earth has real beauty in its truth. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/6/3/ep-73-orfeo-angelucci-secret-of-the-saucers
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141 min
May 27, 2017
Richard Hatem: Screenwriter of the Mothman Prophecies
Tonight we have a conversation with screenwriter and producer Richard Hatem, known for such Motion Picture and Television projects as The Mothman Prophecies, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Grimm, Damien, Supernatural, Witches of East End, The Gates and many, many others.  We discuss with Rich his approach to adapting John Keel's book, The Mothman Prophecies for the Big Screen, the larger concepts surrounding the events, his life-long interest in the paranormal and supernatural, as well as a lot of other cool stuff.   Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/5/25/richard-hatem-on-the-mothman-prophecies
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124 min
May 20, 2017
Pere Cheney: The Town that Disappeared
BACKGROUND: The logging town of Pere Cheney, Michigan once showed a lot of promise as a place where hardworking men and women of the late 19th century could raise a family — that is until two epidemics of diphtheria and devastating fires reduced it to a ghost town. And if you believe the accounts of some visitors to the nearby cemetery, Pere Cheney's tragic fate doomed it to be an actual town of ghosts; the playful ghosts of the children who fell victim to the disease. But who's to blame for the sad ending of this once thriving village? Surely something, or someone, must be the cause of the town's bad luck, and if you believe the local legends, that someone was a witch who cursed it right before she was hanged and buried in that very cemetery. Or maybe she was burned? Or maybe it wasn't a witch at all, but a banished unwed mother who cursed the lot of it just the same? Whatever legend you choose to believe, whether the cemetery of Pere Cheney is a playground of the damned or no more spooky than your average graveyard, those that have felt its chill can tell you that it only takes a little bit of haunting to put the fear in you. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/5/18/ep-71-pere-cheney
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101 min
May 11, 2017
The Sheriff and Outlaw Henry Plummer (Part 3)
The case of Henry Plummer represents the gray area between due process and necessary action, depending on whether you view a rise in criminal activity as a matter for the justice system no matter how lacking, or local imperium no matter how brutal.  In an interview with Frederick Allen, author of A Decent, Orderly Lynching: The Montana Vigilantes, we discuss his initial interest in the story, the motivations of the people involved, and the debate their actions spurred, then and now. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/5/10/ep-70-henry-plummer-part-3-interview-with-frederick-allen
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93 min
April 29, 2017
The Sheriff and Outlaw Henry Plummer (Part 2)
The dual nature of Henry Plummer's character would leave us questioning his legacy and the legitimacy of his ending.  Was he simply an honest lawman reluctantly entangled in the rougher aspects of frontier justice or a downright robber and murderer with a badge?  There are authors who believe he was solely one or the other but there also seems to be ample circumstantial evidence that he was likely some combination of both.  The problem of determining his guilt or innocence, set against the backdrop of a nascent legal structure for the American West, would stir a debate that we continue to struggle with today.  When it comes to the protection of our families and communities, what measures are we willing to accept to ensure our safety?  When does crime prevention and the ad hoc adjudication of those in authority become a miscarriage of justice?  Where is the line between the precepts of our more mature legal system and common sense and what measurement should guide our conscience to determine when a line has been crossed?  We all want what's fair in light of our personal convictions, but like every condemned man, all Sheriff Henry Plummer wanted was a little more time. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/4/21/ep-69-the-sheriff-and-outlaw-henry-plummer
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161 min
April 22, 2017
The Sheriff and Outlaw Henry Plummer (Part 1)
Henry Plummer was like so many young men who ventured into the frontier of mid-nineteenth century America; full of a spirit of adventure and eager to make their fortunes in the gold fields of the Old West.  Handsome, charismatic and ambitious, Plummer soon went from trying his hand at prospecting to a career in law enforcement and was even encouraged to enter California politics by his supporters.  Plummer's successes, however, were tainted by his foibles as it was noted that his evening activities sometimes put the wild in "Wild West."  A move to Bannack, Montana, and election as sheriff of the area promised to restore his career and reputation.  This fresh start at the bottom of Plummer's pan would prove to be just a flash, as the townsfolk would soon suspect his connection to the robberies and murders allegedly committed by a gang of Road Agents who came to be known as "The Innocents" and many speculated he might even have been the mastermind behind the purported crime wave.  But was Plummer actually guilty, or just guilty by association and a victim of circumstance and mob mentality?  Whatever the truth of the matter, Sheriff Henry Plummer eventually found himself at the end of his rope. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/4/21/ep-68-the-sheriff-and-outlaw-henry-plummer
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102 min
April 15, 2017
Remote Viewing and Flight 19
Despite what you may see in today's eye-catching, "Clickbait" internet headlines, so few mysteries are ever really "Solved!"  But what if we could get an image, an impression, a hint of a location even, some kind of clue as to what happened with some of the great mysteries of our world?  There might be a way.  We were fortunate enough to interview Remote Viewing instructor Lori Williams and one of her most gifted Viewers, Jed Bendix, who had some interesting insights into the last moments and possible final destination of Flight 19.  Of course, there are those who may scoff at Remote Viewing, relegating it to the outbox of the impossible along with anything associated with ESP, but the CIA and US Military didn't, spending 20 million dollars over 20 years to research and develop the technique.  No one may fully know why Remote Viewing works, but it's hard not to be astounded with some of the methodology's results.  In the end, however, for some, it doesn't matter what results are obtained if one doesn't believe the method to obtain them is possible. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/4/10/ep-68-bonus-flight-19-and-remote-viewing
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126 min
April 8, 2017
Flight 19 (Part 3)
The timeline of events leading up to the disappearance of Flight 19 suggest, as with so many tragedies, that it was not just one mistake responsible for the ultimate loss of 27 airmen, but a series of minor miscommunications and faltering.  This is perhaps due to the ordinary and routine nature of the training mission, one that was not far from home base and one that wasn't supposed to go so wrong.  But how could a seasoned flight instructor with combat experience and around 2500 hours of flying time to his credit become so disoriented, especially one who was familiar with the region?  Why couldn't a simple navigational error be corrected amongst the 5 pilots and crewmen?  Was there a general feeling of overconfidence in eventually correcting their course, or was there some unknown environmental force acting upon them, one that is suspected of the area?  We'll never know the answers to these questions, but what seems to be their most likely fate is that they finally ran out of fuel and ditched into the ocean.  However, we've discovered that the results of an imaging technique may provide a clue that this flight has a much more mysterious resting place than we can understand. Visit our website for a lot more information on this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/4/7/ep-67-flight-19-part-3
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134 min
March 25, 2017
Flight 19 (Part 2)
BACKGROUND At approximately 6:00 p.m. on 5 December 1945, an HF/DF signal fix was obtained for Flight 19, placing its location somewhere within a 100-mile radius off the east coast of Florida, but that would be the last trace of the squadron's existence.  It wouldn't be the last tragedy of this story.  Around 7:27 p.m., two Martin Mariner rescue planes were launched from NAS Banana River, FL to conduct a search.  Three minutes later, one of the planes, PBM-5 "Squadron Training No. 49" would send its "out report" over the radio, but it too would never be heard from again.  About 20 minutes later, a tanker cruising in the area, the SS Gaines Mills would report seeing an apparent explosion, with flames leaping 100 feet high and lasting for 10 minutes in the vicinity of where PBM-5 should have been.  The ship would search for survivors or floating wreckage but would find only a pool of oil and it is believed all 13 crew members aboard PBM-5 perished in that explosion.  At least with PBM-5, there is a likely explanation of their fate but with Flight 19, to this day there is none to be had.  The lingering question may sound simplistic, but it can be put before every speculative answer ranging from the commonplace to the paranormal -- "Where did they go?" Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: SQUARESPACE - It's what we used to make this cool looking website you're looking at right now!  Go to squarespace.com and use the promo code "LEGENDS" at checkout for 10% off any website subscription or domain purchase. Audible - Audible is a leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet.  Just go to audible.com/AL to get your choice of any audiobook for FREE with a 30-day trial membership. The Great Courses Plus: Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of FREE, UNLIMITED access OR just take out your phone and text the word LEGENDS to the number 86329.  To get the reply text, standard message and data rates apply. Harry's - Get a close, comfortable shave that's convenient and affordable. Go to harrys.com/alp to get their most popular Trial Set for FREE when you sign up.  Just pay a small fee for shipping. SHOW NOTES: Find extensive show notes, links and images at our website on the page for this episode: https://scott-philbrook.squarespace.com/al-podcasts/2017/3/23/ep-65-flight-19-part-2 The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 66 - "Flight 19 (Part 2)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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March 18, 2017
Flight 19 (Part 1)
BACKGROUND The fate of a US Naval training flight, designated as “Flight 19” remains one of the American military’s most enduring mysteries, but also one of the signature stories from the legendary region known as “The Bermuda Triangle.” On December 5, 1945, a squadron of five Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers departed Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida at 2:10 p.m. on what should have been a routine overwater navigation training exercise. After successfully completing their practice bombing runs and some course change maneuvers, the formation radioed that they were not sure of their location or heading. Several hours later it was clear that the squadron was lost and their situation was dire. Flight instructor Lt. Charles Taylor, USN would make his last transmission around this time and it would be the last he and his 13 airmen would ever be heard from again. A rescue operation was launched, but it too would suffer a terrible tragedy. Was this merely a series of unfortunate but explainable errors and Flight 19 simply fell victim to the natural danger of the sea, or would they be claimed by the purported treachery of the Bermuda Triangle? SURVEY! Please help us keep the show FREE! Go to podcast.study NOW and take this anonymous 5 minute survey. We're begging you! SPECIAL OFFERS FROM OUR SPECIAL SPONSORS: Blue Apron: Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing to receive 3 MEALS FREE on your 1st order, with FREE SHIPPING! The Great Courses Plus: Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of FREE, UNLIMITED access OR just take out your phone and text the word LEGENDS to the number 86329. To get the reply text, standard message and data rates apply. Please visit Podcast.study and take this 5 minute survey! It will help us keep the lights on! SHOW NOTES: Find extensive show notes, links and images at our website on the page for this episode: https://scott-philbrook.squarespace.com/al-podcasts/2017/3/17/ep-65-flight-19-part-1 The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 65 - "Flight 19 (Part 1)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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87 min
March 11, 2017
Electronic Fog
BACKGROUND We know that Distance = Rate x Time but when one of the variables of that equation is altered beyond reason by some unimaginable force of nature, the result can challenge what we think we know about the natural world. This was the experience of pilot Bruce Gernon, who believes he encountered a rare, yet natural phenomenon during a routine flight from Andros Island in the Bahamas to Palm Beach, Florida. Minutes after taking off from Andros (which also happens to be located within the legendary “Bermuda Triangle”). Gernon, along with his father who was acting as co-pilot and navigator and another passenger who was their business partner, found themselves rapidly being enveloped in a strange and powerful storm. A bizarre tunnel of clouds chased and formed around them, and by all objective and rational observations, appears to have warped spacetime itself. Gernon would later write about his theory of the experience calling the phenomenon, “Electronic Fog.” Could a severe weather anomaly be the cause of the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle, or is there a greater supernatural force causing the extreme weather? NOTE: Due to inconsistent character length restrictions across multiple podcast aggregator platforms, we are no longer publishing show note links with our actual audio files. However you will still be able to find all of them as well as pictures at our website. Here is the link for this episode: http://www.astonishinglegends.com/al-podcasts/2017/3/10/ep-64-electronic-fog Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access OR just take out your phone and text the word LEGENDS to 86329. To get the reply text, standard message and data rates apply. Make your next move in simple yet elegant website design with Squarespace. Go to Squarespace.com and use PROMO CODE - "LEGENDS" for 10% off any website subscription or domain purchase Find and hire the right people fast by posting to 200+ job sites and Social Media networks with ZipRecruiter. Go to ZipRecruiter.com/LEGENDS to post your job for FREE! The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 64 - "Electronic Fog" Produced by Scott Philbrook& Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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126 min
February 25, 2017
The Nazi Bell (Part 2)
Background The mystery of “The Nazi Bell” or “Die Glocke” is only surpassed by its reported potential. The Germans had the knowledge to build an atomic weapon in Otto Hahn, the chemist who first split the uranium nucleus in 1938. The next year the Nazis had control of Europe’s only source of uranium ore when they acquired the mine at Joachimsthal while invading the rest of Czechoslovakia. But was The Bell a device to aid them in enriching uranium-238? Many researchers of The Bell believe it was it’s own research project and given an even higher Top Secret classification than their atomic weapons program. When Germany surrendered in 1945, it was evident they were not able to bring their atomic weapon development to a successful conclusion, but was this because they were much more focused on creating a machine that would be a far greater solution to their goal of world domination, and did they fully know what they were dealing with? The glimpse inside Pandora’s Box is always both wondrous and deadly. Of the many questions surrounding The Bell, the two most important remain: If it exists today, where is it? And if it’s still being researched, could it, like uranium, change the world as we know it? NOTE: Due to inconsistent character length restrictions across multiple podcast aggregator platforms, we are no longer publishing show note links with our actual audio files. However you will still be able to find all of them as well as pictures at our website as we move forward. Future postings will contain 1 direct link to the show page. For the reason there's not one with this posting, see the next paragraph. Our new website should roll out some time this weekend! So if you go to our website and don't see the posting for this episode, give us a day or two as we transition to our brand new Squarespace website! Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: 1) Try a Harry's shaving trial set for FREE! Just cover the shipping. Go to Harrys.com, enter code LEGENDS at checkout. 2) The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of FREE, UNLIMITED ACCESS to over 500 courses and 8000+ lectures on a wide range of subjects. 3) Make Your Next Move in simple yet elegant website design with Squarespace. Go to Squarespace.com and use PROMO CODE - "LEGENDS" for 10% off any website subscription or domain purchase The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 63 - "The Count of Saint Germain, Part 3" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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118 min
February 18, 2017
The Nazi Bell (Part 1)
In August of 1997, Polish journalist, military historian, researcher and author, Igor Witkowski claims to have been shown classified prisoner interrogation transcripts of German SS General Jakob Sporrenberg by a Polish Intelligence agent. What Witkowski discovered seemed to be official evacuation protocols for a secret Nazi research project concerning a device named “Die Glocke” which he referred to as, “The Nazi Bell.” Given the highest top secret classification by the German WWII military of “Krieg Entscheidend” or “War Decisive” the Nazi Bell appears to have been a machine designed to produce nuclear energy or weaponry or become an engine for anti-gravity Field Propulsion, but with some startling, uncontrollable and lethal side-effects such as the disruption of the space-time continuum. Witkowski’s findings led him to write a seminal book on the subject, Prawda o Wunderwaffe or “The Truth About the Wonder Weapon” published in 2000. This, in turn, has led authors like Nick Cook and Dr. Joseph P. Farrell to expand on the subject in their own respective books. Tonight we speak with Igor Witkowski to discuss how he came about his research on The Nazi Bell, what he thinks it might have been capable of, and finally a hint as to what it might still become. Tonight's Quote: “It was classified from the very start as decisive for the war, and supposedly the most secret research project carried out during the entire war in Germany.” —Igor Witkowski, Polish journalist, military historian, researcher and author on the role of the "Nazi Bell" in World War II Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Truth About The Wunderwaffe by Igor Witkowski http://a.co/30s9meC The Hunt for Zero Point: Inside the Classified World of Antigravity Technology by Nick Cook http://a.co/cisrU1y The SS Brotherhood of the Bell: Nasa's Nazis, JFK, And Majic-12 by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell http://a.co/gw8pGlb Hitler's Suppressed and Still-Secret Weapons, Science and Technology by Henry Stevens http://a.co/3fBBDcg "Die Glocke" on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2lBHQnt What is Zero-Point Energy? Let Wikipedia explain it. http://bit.ly/2lUnGJC Wormholes - in astrophysics http://bit.ly/1kK0J6s Field Propulsion http://bit.ly/2lX5aNC Mystery of "The Flytrap" - YouTube documentary: http://bit.ly/2kSM2ze Interview with Dr. Joseph P. Farrell on The Paranormal Podcast #91, by Jim Harold "Nazis and the Bell" http://bit.ly/2lgE2sS Secrets of the Nazi Bell with Tim Ventura and Dr. Joseph Farrell http://bit.ly/2lX909b Die Glocke - The Nazi Bell on Unsolved Mysteries of the World blog http://bit.ly/2lt8G4h The Nazi Bell on Me Time for the Mind http://bit.ly/2l4x1gc Nazi Bell Uncovered - Behind the Myth http://bit.ly/2m6rvHM Above Top Secret Forum - Nazi Bell Debunked? http://bit.ly/2m6AcSr Jeff Rense on Die Glocke http://bit.ly/2lglGs8 Uranium - Twisting the Dragon’s Tail PBS documentary, Part 1 of 2 http://bit.ly/2ltYEjG Operation Paperclip http://bit.ly/1mmEG31 Operation Epsilon http://bit.ly/2lUujvz Alsos Mission http://bit.ly/2kSXbzT Operation Big http://bit.ly/2lUtkLV Operation Harborage http://bit.ly/2lu1qWk Walter Gerlach http://bit.ly/2ltSkJc Wernher von Braun http://bit.ly/1JKgp2g Jakob Sporrenberg http://bit.ly/2ltWZuK Hans Kammler http://bit.ly/2kyAoxm Martin Bormann http://bit.ly/2m6ALM3 Heinrich Müller http://bit.ly/2ltR3lx Heinrich Himmler http://bit.ly/1DLxbyL Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Make your next move in simple yet elegant website design with Squarespace. Go to Squarespace.com and use PROMO CODE - "LEGENDS" for 10% off any website subscription or domain purchase Blue Apron – Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals FREE on your 1st order, with FREE SHIPPING Find and hire the right people fast by posting to 200+ job sites and Social Media networks with ZipRecruiter. Go to ZipRecruiter.com/LEGENDS to post your job for FREE! The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of FREE, UNLIMITED ACCESS to over 500 courses and 8000+ lectures on a wide range of subjects. The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 62 - "The Nazi Bell" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Sound Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Sound Design byRyan McCullough; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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95 min
January 28, 2017
The Count of St Germain (Part 3)
There seems to be no doubt that the Count of Saint Germain existed, but how did he exist and for how long? There are levels to the incredulity of his story. It seems unlikely that one individual could possess so many varied talents, but the Count's most unlikely talent was living into his 80s while still looking to be in his 50s. If you're willing to go even further and believe the accounts of some of his contemporaries, then the Count was over 100 years old and lived well into the 19th century. Impossible you say? Then you might have even more trouble believing what many of those who had studied under him and some that continue to study his life believe, that the Count may have been hundreds or even thousands of years old, knew the ancient wisdom and secrets of life, and practiced the lost arts known only to the most enlightened beings. Whatever you choose to believe, a strong argument could be made that in his time and long after, he was actually the real 'most interesting man in the world'. Tonight's Quote: “He was, perhaps, one of the greatest philosophers who ever lived. The friend of humanity, wishing for money only that he might give to the poor, a friend to animals, his heart was concerned only with the happiness of others.” — Prince Charles of Hesse-Cassel on the Count of Saint Germain from his book, Mémoires de Mon Temps Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Jessie Desmond's Finding Count St. Germain blog http://bit.ly/2j9GX5p Direct to: Travis J. Dow & Pete Collman's History of Alchemy podcast http://bit.ly/2jym9Fe Travis J. Dow's collection of podcasts on Podcastnik, with Pete Collman http://www.podcastnik.com/ Get Kevin Pollak's/The Count's book, How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets And Stories From Stage, Screen, And Interwebs http://a.co/cz6ZQNZ Is the fantastic American actor and comedian Kevin Pollak The Count? Now we know! http://bit.ly/2iLrbRq Petter Amundsen and Erlend Loe: The Seven Steps to Mercy: with Shakespeare's Key to the Oak Island Templum http://a.co/5Z5XHQQ "The Real Doctor Who" excerpt from Tom Sleman's Mysteries of History and other works http://bit.ly/2kDewfO Thomas Sleman's book, Strange but True: Mysterious and Bizarre People, Who Were They and Where Did They Go http://a.co/d8ZQoBz Other books by Thomas Sleman http://amzn.to/2kbPqZi The Wandering Jew http://bit.ly/1WroKB4 Rabbi Isaac Luria, the father of contemporary Kabbalah http://bit.ly/2jz3Zob Kabbalah http://bit.ly/2jfBBZH The Tree of Life or the 10 Sephirot in Jewish Kabbalah http://bit.ly/2jzbHyx Theosophy http://bit.ly/2hgNZEE PDF of St. Germain's Most Holy Trinosophia http://bit.ly/2kcef6w PDF of St. Germain's Triangle Book http://bit.ly/2kcnJi3 Grimoire http://bit.ly/2joGWt0 Staff of Moses http://bit.ly/2kDuIOf The Invisibles: A History of Rosicrucians and How Elites Gained Knowledge... http://bit.ly/2kcoYxL Francis Bacon, The Count, the Supernova of 1604 and the 800 year spiritual cycle http://bit.ly/2kDLQrj Theosophy and Saint Germain on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2kdfp28 The Alchemy Web Bookshop http://bit.ly/2jfqqQK Ascended Master http://bit.ly/2imoeXb Rosicrucianism http://bit.ly/2jOiTbp Rosicrucian Trilogy: Modern Translations of the Three Founding Documents http://a.co/8PFlqR2 The alchemy website on levity.com http://bit.ly/2kbMCvs Alchemy on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2j9Bdc3 Prince Charles "Karl" of Hesse-Kassel http://bit.ly/2iLJ9Dh Franz Friedrich Anton Mesmer http://bit.ly/2jeO93t Paracelsus http://bit.ly/1dcj74e Giacomo Casanova http://bit.ly/2kDnZng Count Alessandro di Cagliostro http://bit.ly/2kCEUKS Affair of the Diamond Necklace http://bit.ly/2kcxn4p Madame Helena Blavatsky http://bit.ly/2ctFtmq Sirhan Sirhan http://bit.ly/2kDWpuc Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy http://bit.ly/2jfF4aK The Woman in the Polka Dot Dress http://bit.ly/2kwLEXl The Manchurian Candidate http://bit.ly/1Q5k39J Manly Palmer Hall http://bit.ly/2jGssW5 Edgar Cayce http://bit.ly/2k2DTbT Henry Steel Olcott http://bit.ly/2kdk7g9 Christian Rosenkreuz http://bit.ly/2kwQmVh Rudolph Steiner http://bit.ly/2957tHK Guy Ballard http://bit.ly/2kcPdUP Jiddu Krishnamurti http://bit.ly/1XbVhsP Elizabeth Clare Prophet http://bit.ly/2kdnlQW Frank Abagnale http://bit.ly/2kDS8qG Six Degrees of Separation http://bit.ly/1dtXYlJ David Hampton http://bit.ly/2jfCpOh Alan Conway - Colour Me Kubrick http://bit.ly/2joKTxD The Dread Pirate Roberts http://bit.ly/2kcJRci Age of Aquarius http://bit.ly/2jzfAUa Age of Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In from the musical, HAIR http://bit.ly/2k2va9r "Monatomic Gold" or "White Powder Gold" http://bit.ly/2kcoRT8 Some more claims of White Powder Gold http://bit.ly/2jyXP7H Discussion Group on David Hudson and White Powder Gold http://bit.ly/2jfD7eD The website for writer, researcher and "Alternative Historian" Laurence Gardner http://www.graal.co.uk/ Laurence Gardner on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2jGXH3F The Elixir of Life http://bit.ly/2ka0Cle The Philosopher's Stone http://bit.ly/2iLkr5U The Count of St. Germain, on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2jtpbK6 Saint Germain at the Theosophy Trust Memorial Library http://bit.ly/2kD1fUo The Polish Rider - did the Count sit for this possible Rembrandt? http://bit.ly/2kDBQ11 Iona Miller's website: The Triangle Book of St. Germain http://trianglebook.weebly.com/ The Count: The Adventures of St. Germain (fictional movie draft based on his lore) http://bit.ly/2kDF4Sg Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Try a Harry's shaving set for FREE! Just cover the shipping. Go to Harrys.com, enter code LEGENDS at checkout to also receive a FREE Post Shave Balm The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to over 500 courses and 8000+ lectures on a wide range of subjects Blue Apron – Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals FREE on your 1st order, with FREE SHIPPING Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance - Text the word "CRITICAL" to 82623 to make a difference to an adolescent or young adult with cancer. Data rates may apply. The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 60 - "The Count of Saint Germain, Part 3" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. 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January 21, 2017
The Count of St Germain (Part 2)
If you wished you could do all the things the Count of Saint Germain could do, meet all the people he had met, and learn all the secrets of life he seemed to possess, and on top of it all, have several lifetimes to employ your skills, what then? The question is, what would you do with these gifts? Would you be content to merely be the life of the party, or would you try and make a difference in the affairs of nations and enlighten humanity, even if it cost you your freedom or your once immortal life? Depending on your answer, the bigger question might be, does it take the right person to seek the mysteries, or do the mysteries seek the right person? Tonight's Quote: “I thought, with all due respect to Madame la Comtesse, that the devil had long since made a mantle out of the skin of this personage.” — Madame d’Adhemar’s maid, as she explained that the Count of Saint Germain was waiting to see her. From d’Adhemar’s book, “Souvenirs de la Marie Antoinette” published in 1836. Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Jessie Desmond's Timeline of the Count's appearances on her blog, Finding Count St. Germain http://bit.ly/2jhyNas Extraordinary savant, Daniel Tammett http://bit.ly/2jhuoEt The Oldest People in the World http://bit.ly/2ka0FgS Emma Morano, last person alive born in 1800s, turns 117 http://bit.ly/2ka1XIx Travis J. Dow's collection of podcasts on Podcastnik, with Pete Collman http://www.podcastnik.com/ Direct to: Travis J. Dow & Pete Collman's History of Alchemy podcast http://bit.ly/2jym9Fe Jessie Desmond's Finding Count St. Germain blog http://bit.ly/2j9GX5p The Elixir of Life http://bit.ly/2ka0Cle The Philosopher's Stone http://bit.ly/2iLkr5U The Count of St. Germain, on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2jtpbK6 Is the fantastic American actor and comedian Kevin Pollak The Count? - He kinda looks like him! http://bit.ly/2iLrbRq François-Marie Arouet, the man known as Voltaire http://bit.ly/1L0hapB The alchemy website on levity.com http://bit.ly/2kbMCvs Alchemy on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2j9Bdc3 Thomas Sleman's book, Strange but True: Mysterious and Bizarre People, Who Were They and Where Did They Go http://a.co/d8ZQoBz Other books by Thomas Sleman http://amzn.to/2kbPqZi Jacobite rising of 1745 http://bit.ly/2j4iY9B Major-General, Lord Robert Clive, aka "Clive of India" http://bit.ly/2ka14A2 Seven Years' War on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1Mm2WCo The Seven Years' War on The History Channel http://bit.ly/1LF0QLj Prince Charles "Karl" of Hesse-Kassel http://bit.ly/2iLJ9Dh Rosicrucianism on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2jOiTbp Étienne François, duc de Choiseul http://bit.ly/2ka4oea Joanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp http://bit.ly/2jhvuQR Catherine the Great http://bit.ly/1qaT3gM Biography of Catherine II, aka Catherine the Great http://bit.ly/1ELdg0B Peter III of Russia http://bit.ly/2jhAWmp Hotel de Ville, Paris http://bit.ly/1RW2U0W Napoleon III http://bit.ly/1FIvTFD Francis Rákóczi II, possible father of The Count of St. Germain? http://bit.ly/2jhwT9X The Bilderberg Group http://bit.ly/1N4LbqD Bilderberg Meetings' official website http://bilderbergmeetings.org/ Bohemian Grove http://bit.ly/1HZRwBF List of Bohemian Club members http://bit.ly/2ahiw5U Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge http://bit.ly/2iLFg16 The Ambrose Bierce Project http://bit.ly/1uoJBkH PBS Documentary: Uranium - Twisting the Dragon's Tail http://to.pbs.org/2jII66j Manhattan Project http://bit.ly/1K0ca3P Harry Shearer's film, Teddy Bear's Picnic http://imdb.to/2kahsQG Casebook on the Men In Black, by Jim Keith http://bit.ly/2jXmXmT Vlad III, aka "Vlad the Impaler" or "Vlad Dracula" http://bit.ly/1nkAxP0 Principality of Wallachia http://bit.ly/2j4sF7I Zuul the Gatekeeper, from Ghostbusters http://bit.ly/2jJgtdK Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging? http://bit.ly/2jXd4W1 Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Blue Apron – Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals FREE on your 1st order, with FREE SHIPPING The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to over 500 courses and 8000 lectures on a wide range of subjects Start 2017 off right for your business by getting the right people hired. Post jobs for free at ZipRecruiter.com/legends Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance - Text the word "CRITICAL" to 82623 to make a difference to an adolescent or young adult with cancer. Data rates may apply. The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 059 - "The Count of Saint Germain, Part 2" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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126 min
January 14, 2017
The Count of St Germain (Part 1)
Who's the most interesting person you've ever met? Can they play a musical instrument? Do they speak a foreign language? Are they a fine art painter? Have they traveled the world? Are they descended from royalty? Sure, maybe only a couple of those. But what if they were a concert level violinist who could also compose music? What if they could speak ten languages or more? What if it seemed they could produce precious gemstones and on top of that, were a military tactician who brokered diplomacy between nations? Impossible you say, for all of these talents and accomplishments to be contained within one individual? And yet all of these are the qualities and accomplishments claimed to be witnessed by the contemporaries of the man known mostly as the Count of Saint Germain. He was known by many names and for his many remarkable feats, but perhaps his most astounding accomplishment, as more than a few would claim, was to remain alive for several generations from the 18th century or earlier, into the 19th century and maybe even to this day. Tonight's Quote: “He is a man who never dies, and who knows everything.” — Voltaire, speaking about the Count of St Germain Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! PDF of The Count of Saint Germain by Isabel Cooper-Oakley (beware of typos) http://bit.ly/2imh7OD Finding Count St. Germain, a great blog by Jessie Desmond http://bit.ly/2j9GX5p Writer and mystic Manley P. Hall http://bit.ly/2jGssW5 Sanctus Germanus http://bit.ly/2jOa6Gy In Search Of episode, S2-E2 "The Man Who Would Not Die" http://bit.ly/1E4GzvT Louis XV, Friend to the Count http://bit.ly/2jGxlhK The Count of St Germain on Wikipedia (Decent Entry) http://bit.ly/2jtpbK6 Isabel Cooper-Oakley http://bit.ly/2jGnfNM Madame Du Pompadour http://bit.ly/2jgVQ8L The Great White Brotherhood (not rascist!) http://bit.ly/2jh3GPH Ascended Masters http://bit.ly/2imoeXb Alchemy http://bit.ly/2j9Bdc3 Chateau du Chambord http://bit.ly/1UNWiVv Rosicrucianism http://bit.ly/2jOiTbp Dreadcast - Hosted by our friend Shezhar Shah who guested on the show as Jude Law Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Blue Apron – Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals FREE on your 1st order, with FREE SHIPPING HARRY'S quality shaving essentials at an affordable price. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to over 500 courses and 8000 lectures on a wide range of subjects Start 2017 off right for your business by getting the right people hired. Post jobs for free at ZipRecruiter.com/legends The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 058 - "The Count of Saint Germain" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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113 min
December 17, 2016
2nd Chances
Sometimes we get a second chance and sometimes it seems we had no chance at all. What we can count on getting is a cycle of the heartwarming followed by heartbreak, the mundane punctuated with despair and assuaged by moments of joy. But greater than our earthly concerns, the cycle of life continues. Birth follows death as spring follows winter. And within this cycle, every once in a while just to keep it interesting, the wondrous happens. Whether you view the seemingly impossible as merely a coincidence, as a mistaken observation, or as proof that miracles do happen and that love never dies the choice is up to you. Which one sounds like more fun? Tonight's Quote: “It is not known precisely where angels dwell whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.” — Voltaire Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Forrest's favorite version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol http://bit.ly/2hDWXP0 Rod Hull and his Emu on the Hudson Brothers' Razzle Dazzle Show http://bit.ly/2h3JSgX Rod Hull on Wikipedia and his Untimely Death http://bit.ly/2hWN8rW Astronaut John Glenn, the first American to Orbit Earth http://bit.ly/2hG8XMR Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer http://bit.ly/2hPfDM9 Greg Lake on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2gTiaD8 Kingman, Arizona, 20 Miles West of Where Scott Broke Down http://bit.ly/2hG37ex Alcides Moreno's Miraculous Survival after a 47 Floor Fall http://nyti.ms/2gTj5n2 Fox News report on Alcides Fall http://bit.ly/2gJzcQM Guardian Story on his Recovery http://bit.ly/2gSHhHY The Splat Calculator http://bit.ly/2h90LUS Highest Freefall Ever Survived http://bit.ly/22za9CY Skydiver Survives 12,000 Foot Fall http://dailym.ai/2hWVeAD How to Fall 35,000 Feet and Survive: Popular Mechanics http://bit.ly/25ao7fW Amazing Old 'Desert' Magazine Article on the Hatbox Baby http://bit.ly/2hDyRBk The Hatbox Baby from Our Favorite Show, Unsolved Mysteries Wiki http://bit.ly/2h96ASp Pro Crime Writer's Blog Entry on the Hatbox Baby http://bit.ly/2gTnV3N Fascinating Arizona Republic Interview with the Hatbox Baby http://bit.ly/2hWSO5d Wordsmith Blog on 'Tunket' http://bit.ly/2hDxjar More on 'Tunket' http://bit.ly/2hCLbEm Tophet, the Origin Word for Tunket http://bit.ly/2hsgFN3 Tophet on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2h99oP4 Ma Dana of Mesa, Arizona http://bit.ly/2gSPtrF Newsreel of United 610 Crash http://bit.ly/2hDBHXc Wreck Chasers at the Crash Site http://cbsloc.al/1uXBr56 NY Daily News on the Spanish Fork Car Crash http://nydn.us/1E7e26p Officer Beddoes' Bodycam Footage from Crash Site (Warning: Emotionally Intense) http://bit.ly/2hCQjZ9 Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to over 500 courses and 8000 lectures on a wide range of subjects HARRY'S quality shaving essentials at an affordable price. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order Blue Apron – Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals FREE on your 1st order, with FREE SHIPPING Shari's Berries – Go to Berries.com, click on the microphone in the top right hand corner of the webpage and type in, ALPod to get delicious, decadent Shari's Berries delivered to you or someone you love! The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 057 - "2nd Chances" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2016 (last one of the year!) Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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98 min
December 10, 2016
Unhappy Endings
Life is fragile and an end comes for us all. But whether that end is labeled as mysterious, ironic, tragic, coincidental or altogether unremarkable, is something for those that survive us to decide. The path of life through the wilderness of our choices can be both rocky and smooth, so look where you're going because others will remember where you've been. Tonight's Quote: “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” — Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! List of Unusual Deaths on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1PAOw1q The 27 Club http://bit.ly/1eCnVla Draco the lawgiver http://bit.ly/1dhB4ih Nomodeiktes: Greek Studies in Honor of Martin Ostwald http://a.co/0G5UfUs Lawrence of Rome http://bit.ly/1IxWS4c Earl Sigurd the Mighty - the first Earl of Orkney http://bit.ly/1zRZJkE Máel Brigte of Moray http://bit.ly/2hg2DvM OrkneyJar - the heritage of the Orkney Islands http://www.orkneyjar.com Louis the VI of France - or "Louis the Fat" http://bit.ly/2hobU89 Philip of France (1116–1131) http://bit.ly/2hvHGMl Pepin the Short http://bit.ly/2h7ju6c The Cassowary http://bit.ly/2h3L9op Rod Hull and his Emu on the Hudson Brothers' Razzle Dazzle Show http://bit.ly/2h3JSgX Kevin Hart on his Ostrich encounter - WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE http://bit.ly/2glqtsY Affidavit about Daniel and Jabez Spicer from Thomas's Mass. Spy No. 676, April 1784 http://bit.ly/2hs34C3 The Spicer Bros. story in the Weekly World News http://bit.ly/2hmoQva The Spicer Bros. story in the book, Incredible But True http://bit.ly/2hsb71V Shays' Rebellion http://bit.ly/1Em1zQ6 Overview of the Shays' Rebellion battle for the arsenal http://bit.ly/2gjxzOL Isadora Duncan http://bit.ly/2gkcnD2 Edna Mode from The Incredibles - NO CAPES!!! http://bit.ly/1LIX5Te Robert Williams - 1st reported human killed by a robot http://bit.ly/2gKCN1T R.U.R. - the 1920 science fiction play by the Czech writer Karel Čapek http://bit.ly/1Ua78J2 Jimi Heselden - Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and owner Segway Inc. who fell off a cliff while riding one http://bit.ly/1SOZqSu Armin Meiwes and Bernd Brandes, a cannibal and his guest for dinner - WARNING: DISTURBING http://bit.ly/1ZH1BIl Gloria Ramirez - "The Toxic Lady" http://bit.ly/2geOFcp A possible chemical explanation for the death of Gloria Ramirez from FSI http://bit.ly/2gIl7E3 "The Toxic Lady" on Skeptoid by Brian Dunning http://bit.ly/2fYJdwB Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Find the right pair of glasses in the comfort and convenience of your own home, completely risk-free and with free shipping all around! Visit WarbyParker.com/LEGENDS MVMT Watches & Sunglasses - modern minimalism meets affordable quality. Go to mvmtwatches.com/legends to get 15% off with FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to over 500 courses and 8000 lectures on a wide range of subjects Blue Apron – Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals FREE on your 1st order, with FREE SHIPPING The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 056 - "Unhappy Endings" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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113 min
December 2, 2016
Astonishing Legends TV01
Astonishing Legends makes digital media and internet history with our first ever "live" YouTube streaming event! Frankly, we weren't sure any of it would work, so we really didn't announce we'd be doing it, but we thought it might be a fun way to interact with our listeners and answer some of their questions in a text chat stream, all while doing our usual rambling, digressing, and nervous stammering. We really appreciate our audience, so we hope you enjoy it. Depending on how much "flame mail we get, we might even try it again sometime! Tonight's Quote: "The internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had." — Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google. Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Images of the Black Knight Satellite on "Im-A-jur" *note to Scott ; ) http://bit.ly/2gMENu1 "The Ridges" Athens, OH Lunatic Asylum - story idea submitted by Andrew Murphy @MurphyRebels on Twitter http://bit.ly/2gsztLO The Ridges Mental Health Institution on Haunted Athens Ohio http://bit.ly/2gsudrr Dutch music promoter and his German girlfriend die of heatstroke in Joshua Tree desert http://dailym.ai/2gMGSGm Mystery Deepens Over Bones Linked to Amelia Earhart http://bit.ly/2fX5CrV TIGHAR's Earhart arm length analysis http://bit.ly/2enF2JR New Analysis Strengthens Claims That Amelia Earhart Died as a Castaway http://bit.ly/2gFN3Jb Gloria Ramirez - "The Toxic Lady" http://bit.ly/2geOFcp "The Toxic Lady" on Skeptoid by Brian Dunning http://bit.ly/2fYJdwB Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Anyone can make their own beautiful websites with Squarespace.com. Enter the Offer Code LEGENDS at checkout to receive 10% off MVMT Watches & Sunglasses - modern minimalism meets affordable quality. Go to mvmtwatches.com/legends to get 15% off with FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS Blue Apron – Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals FREE on your 1st order, with FREE SHIPPING HARRY'S quality shaving essentials at an affordable price. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order - FREE SHIPPING ENDS ON DECEMBER 9, 2016 SO ACT NOW! The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 055 - "Astonishing TV 1" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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105 min
November 22, 2016
The Mothman (Part 4B)
As we approach our Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, Astonishing Legends would like to thank our fantastic fans from all over the world with our final Part 4B of The Mothman series - the rest of the conclusions. Not only did we think this would make a good bonus for our listeners, but an undivided Part 4 would've been, shall we say, monstrous. Of all the things to be thankful for this holiday season, just remember that as weird as things are, they could always get weirder. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Tonight's Quote: “I have adopted the concept of 'Ultraterrestrials' — beings and forces which coexist with us but are on another time frame; that is, they operate outside the limits of our space-time continuum yet have the ability to cross over into our reality. This other world is not a place, however, as Mars or Andromeda are places, but it is a state of energy.” — John A. Keel, The Mothman Prophecies Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! THIS JUST IN: MAN POSSIBLY PHOTOGRAPHS MOTHMAN OFF HWY 2 IN POINT PLEASANT! http://bit.ly/2fX5CrV Jim Harold's Paranormal Podcast and Campfire podcast http://jimharold.com/ Jim Harold's Paranormal Plus Club - a membership site that's worth it! http://jimharold.net/ Brad Steiger being interviewed on Jim's Paranormal Plus Club (membership required) http://bit.ly/2gaJnhF Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters, and Beasts from the Darkside by Brad Steiger http://a.co/3ACfzyL Episode 10 - Chernobyl on the Eastern Border podcast http://bit.ly/2gDRrwn AnCivs - a blog on ancient civilizations and world history http://ancivs.com/ Hans Decoz and Stacey Nicholas' Numerology blog http://bit.ly/2fyZk1h Monkey-man of Delhi http://bit.ly/2fLVu7Q The Dancing Plague of 1518 http://bit.ly/1N2bzhW Ergotism http://bit.ly/2b0KS55 Stephen King On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft http://a.co/dqJm4J4 Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life http://a.co/j1gnlaw The legendary Fate Magazine http://www.fatemag.com/ True Magazine http://bit.ly/2gayLz6 John A. Keel http://bit.ly/2gfyX1y Brad Steiger http://bit.ly/2gfEmpi Ivan T. Sanderson http://bit.ly/1OBN7mu Gray Barker http://bit.ly/2gDBNkI Jack Hannah on Letterman http://bit.ly/2fjoTCF "Miners, not minors" from Galaxy Quest http://bit.ly/2fzF0wz Loren Coleman's list of people who have died in connection to Mothman http://bit.ly/2fXtuLw Gray Barker’s Book of Bunk Mothman, Saucers, and MIB by John C. Sherwood http://bit.ly/22xjKKJ Gray Barker's Secret by David Halperin http://bit.ly/2fXFcWp Mass Hysteria http://bit.ly/2fYZvpW Behavioral Contagion http://bit.ly/2fyu9py The Law of Vibration http://bit.ly/2g0pk7h Massive bird spotted in Alaska! http://cnn.it/2fH4HvP The legendary Piasa bird http://bit.ly/1UDEqwX Dalnegorsk, Russia http://bit.ly/2fYXpGH 11, 13 and 33 http://bit.ly/2f2hA25 Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs http://bit.ly/1lTtPgh Search for the Mothman documentary http://bit.ly/2fzoaPa Aperture hatch on the Millennium Falcon http://bit.ly/2fDuho9 NBC News article on Infrasound http://nbcnews.to/2g0fdkW Vic Tandy and infrasound on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2fzhEYP Vladimir Gavreau and his infrasound experiments http://bit.ly/2fEtCiO The Haunted Hum (infrasound) on Mythbusters http://bit.ly/2eMp1xr Adam Savage's Indiana Jones Sankara Stones stolen! http://bit.ly/2eE2vmM NICAP's The 1967 UFO Chronology - The Mother of All Sighting Waves http://bit.ly/2eUVIpL The Silver Bridge disaster - the collapse rendered in computer animation http://bit.ly/2eMl1gq Report on the Silver Bridge collapse by the West Virginia DOT http://bit.ly/2fExe4f Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse http://bit.ly/1VFh2T2 Colorized footage of the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse http://bit.ly/2fExTma Radiolab episode on Dreams http://bit.ly/2eUWQK4 Wake Up and Dream on Radiolab - confronting your fears with Lucid Dreaming http://bit.ly/11CdB5C Project MKUltra http://bit.ly/1ihJLqO Could a sonic weapon make your head explode? http://bit.ly/1un5Uty "Gaslighting" on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1sUQyvs Gaslight the movie (1944) http://imdb.to/2fDurvM Origin of the "Time exists" quote http://bit.ly/2g0gDfA Weather report for the day of Mrs. Roy Grose’s 4:45 a.m. UFO sighting http://bit.ly/2fcSyCx Linda Scarberry's obituary on Cryptomundo, one of the 4 original teenagers to see Mothman http://bit.ly/2eW9DwQ Silver Bridge http://bit.ly/2flwFjC Riverside Golf Club where Connie Carpenter saw the Mothman, formerly the Mason Co. Golf Course http://bit.ly/2eMpLDl I Love Lucy entertains the cosmos http://n.pr/2eh2I0c How far have human radio broadcasts reached into our galaxy? http://bit.ly/1qAd9iI Can our TV signals be picked up by other planets? http://bbc.in/2eW80PC Actinic Conjunctivitis http://bit.ly/2dRkXIu Defense Logistics Agency website http://www.dla.mil/ Defense Logistics Agency on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dRmAWv Chief Cornstalk http://bit.ly/2eMmVhW Chief Cornstalk's curse http://bit.ly/2dRmDl2 Lord Dunmore's War http://bit.ly/2eXAs2l Fort Randolph, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2fcSDGp The late Beau Shertzer, whose Bloodmobile was almost carried off http://bit.ly/2eBAQqh Men In Black in a Niagra Falls hotel lobby? http://bit.ly/2eBCIiR The 1966 Cadillac De Ville http://bit.ly/2dRoxSM Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2eXF6NS Gallipolis, Ohio http://www.cityofgallipolis.com/ Morse Code, for when you want to communicate with a UFO using your flashlight http://bit.ly/1zxQZNV Mothman and Other Curious Encounters by Loren Coleman https://amzn.com/B00AWBQF88 The Mothman Prophecies - A True Story by John A. Keel https://amzn.com/0765334984 The Mothman Prophecies - The Movie https://amzn.com/B0000648X0 The Woodrow Derenberger interview with Ronald Maines, Gen. Mgr. of WTAP https://youtu.be/5HxY4suVjSo Point Pleasant, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2euHGdZ Gallipolis, Ohio basecamp for John Keel and the Mothman Prophecies movie crew http://bit.ly/2e3aZpU Visit the Mothman Museum! http://bit.ly/2enKY4d Attend the Mothman Festival in beautiful Point Pleasant, WV! http://bit.ly/1pjsSMO Scott always stays at the Lowe Hotel when searching for Mothman! http://www.thelowehotel.com/ Point Pleasant's "TNT Area" where the Mothman dwells http://n.pr/2drLM5A Explosion and munitions risk at the "TNT Area" http://bit.ly/2eIfuJD Inside the Eerie TNT Storage Bunkers of West Virginia on Wired http://bit.ly/2e8qeyV The Mothman and Indrid Cold story on WeekInWeird.com http://bit.ly/2eI4OuC Mothman on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dQ3dhn 1st sighting of the Mothman according to the WV Dept. of Commerce http://bit.ly/2drIzTK The Grinning Man on TheNightSky.org http://bit.ly/2ej1G76 The Case of Indrid Cold on Forteania http://bit.ly/2ej0hNV Assessing Wikipedia's Accuracy on NPR http://n.pr/2elZZaH Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: HARRY'S quality shaving essentials at an affordable price. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order Anyone can make their own beautiful websites with Squarespace.com. Enter the Offer Code LEGENDS at checkout to receive 10% off The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to over 500 courses and 6000 lectures on a wide range of subjects MVMT Watches & Sunglasses - modern minimalism meets affordable quality. Go to mvmtwatches.com/legends to get 15% off with FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS. The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 054 - "Mothman Part 4B" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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64 min
November 17, 2016
The Mothman (Part 4A)
Do we only see what we can understand? And if we refuse or are unable to understand, are we then not seeing all of the elements of our reality? If beings and creatures from alternate realities truly exist, then what is their origin story? What is their purpose and what are we to them, or more to the point, what do they want with us? In Part 4A of our series on the Mothman of Point Pleasant, WV, we examine some of these questions and try to find conclusions of our own, outrageous though they may seem to be. Tonight's Quote: “I have adopted the concept of 'Ultraterrestrials' — beings and forces which coexist with us but are on another time frame; that is, they operate outside the limits of our space-time continuum yet have the ability to cross over into our reality. This other world is not a place, however, as Mars or Andromeda are places, but it is a state of energy.” — John A. Keel, The Mothman Prophecies Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Loren Coleman's list of people who have died in connection to Mothman http://bit.ly/2fXtuLw Gray Barker’s Book of Bunk Mothman, Saucers, and MIB by John C. Sherwood http://bit.ly/22xjKKJ Gray Barker's Secret by David Halperin http://bit.ly/2fXFcWp Mass Hysteria http://bit.ly/2fYZvpW Behavioral Contagion http://bit.ly/2fyu9py The Law of Vibration http://bit.ly/2g0pk7h Massive bird spotted in Alaska! http://cnn.it/2fH4HvP Dalnegorsk, Russia http://bit.ly/2fYXpGH 11, 13 and 33 http://bit.ly/2f2hA25 Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs http://bit.ly/1lTtPgh Search for the Mothman documentary http://bit.ly/2fzoaPa Aperture hatch on the Millennium Falcon http://bit.ly/2fDuho9 NBC News article on Infrasound http://nbcnews.to/2g0fdkW Vic Tandy and infrasound on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2fzhEYP Vladimir Gavreau and his infrasound experiments http://bit.ly/2fEtCiO The Haunted Hum (infrasound) on Mythbusters http://bit.ly/2eMp1xr Adam Savage's Indiana Jones Sankara Stones stolen! http://bit.ly/2eE2vmM NICAP's The 1967 UFO Chronology - The Mother of All Sighting Waves http://bit.ly/2eUVIpL The Silver Bridge disaster - the collapse rendered in computer animation http://bit.ly/2eMl1gq Report on the Silver Bridge collapse by the West Virginia DOT http://bit.ly/2fExe4f Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse http://bit.ly/1VFh2T2 Colorized footage of the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse http://bit.ly/2fExTma Radiolab episode on Dreams http://bit.ly/2eUWQK4 Wake Up and Dream on Radiolab - confronting your fears with Lucid Dreaming http://bit.ly/11CdB5C Project MKUltra http://bit.ly/1ihJLqO Could a sonic weapon make your head explode? http://bit.ly/1un5Uty "Gaslighting" on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1sUQyvs Gaslight the movie (1944) http://imdb.to/2fDurvM Origin of the "Time exists" quote http://bit.ly/2g0gDfA Weather report for the day of Mrs. Roy Grose’s 4:45 a.m. UFO sighting http://bit.ly/2fcSyCx Linda Scarberry's obituary on Cryptomundo, one of the 4 original teenagers to see Mothman http://bit.ly/2eW9DwQ Silver Bridge http://bit.ly/2flwFjC Riverside Golf Club where Connie Carpenter saw the Mothman, formerly the Mason Co. Golf Course http://bit.ly/2eMpLDl I Love Lucy entertains the cosmos http://n.pr/2eh2I0c How far have human radio broadcasts reached into our galaxy? http://bit.ly/1qAd9iI Can our TV signals be picked up by other planets? http://bbc.in/2eW80PC Actinic Conjunctivitis http://bit.ly/2dRkXIu Defense Logistics Agency website http://www.dla.mil/ Defense Logistics Agency on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dRmAWv Chief Cornstalk http://bit.ly/2eMmVhW Chief Cornstalk's curse http://bit.ly/2dRmDl2 Lord Dunmore's War http://bit.ly/2eXAs2l Fort Randolph, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2fcSDGp The late Beau Shertzer, whose Bloodmobile was almost carried off http://bit.ly/2eBAQqh Men In Black in a Niagra Falls hotel lobby? http://bit.ly/2eBCIiR The 1966 Cadillac De Ville http://bit.ly/2dRoxSM Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2eXF6NS Gallipolis, Ohio http://www.cityofgallipolis.com/ Morse Code, for when you want to communicate with a UFO using your flashlight http://bit.ly/1zxQZNV Mothman and Other Curious Encounters by Loren Coleman https://amzn.com/B00AWBQF88 The Mothman Prophecies - A True Story by John A. Keel https://amzn.com/0765334984 The Mothman Prophecies - The Movie https://amzn.com/B0000648X0 The Woodrow Derenberger interview with Ronald Maines, Gen. Mgr. of WTAP https://youtu.be/5HxY4suVjSo Point Pleasant, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2euHGdZ Gallipolis, Ohio basecamp for John Keel and the Mothman Prophecies movie crew http://bit.ly/2e3aZpU Visit the Mothman Museum! http://bit.ly/2enKY4d Attend the Mothman Festival in beautiful Point Pleasant, WV! http://bit.ly/1pjsSMO Scott always stays at the Lowe Hotel when searching for Mothman! http://www.thelowehotel.com/ Point Pleasant's "TNT Area" where the Mothman dwells http://n.pr/2drLM5A Explosion and munitions risk at the "TNT Area" http://bit.ly/2eIfuJD Inside the Eerie TNT Storage Bunkers of West Virginia on Wired http://bit.ly/2e8qeyV The Mothman and Indrid Cold story on WeekInWeird.com http://bit.ly/2eI4OuC Mothman on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dQ3dhn 1st sighting of the Mothman according to the WV Dept. of Commerce http://bit.ly/2drIzTK The Grinning Man on TheNightSky.org http://bit.ly/2ej1G76 The Case of Indrid Cold on Forteania http://bit.ly/2ej0hNV Assessing Wikipedia's Accuracy on NPR http://n.pr/2elZZaH Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: HARRY'S quality shaving essentials at an affordable price. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order Anyone can make their own beautiful websites with Squarespace.com. Enter the Offer Code LEGENDS at checkout to receive 10% off The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to over 500 courses and 6000 lectures on a wide range of subjects MVMT Watches & Sunglasses - modern minimalism meets affordable quality. Go to mvmtwatches.com/legends to get 15% off with FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS. The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 053 - "Mothman Part 4A" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Special thanks to Emily Gorey, Ross Woodward and Blonadine. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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88 min
November 10, 2016
The Mothman (Part 3)
At 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge which connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio, collapsed. Being rush hour in mid-December, the bridge was full of commuters on their way home from work and holiday shopping trips. The collapse sent 32 vehicles into the frigid waters of the Ohio river and 46 people lost their lives, with 2 bodies never to be found. The cause was as prosaic and understandable as it was tragic - a minute defect causing stress corrosion in a suspension eye-bar. However, what we may never understand is a connection some claim between the collapse and the first sightings of the Mothman, widely thought to be 13 months previously, to the day. Was there a warning that no one could comprehend? Even if a warning could be interpreted by someone who was starting to put all these strange puzzle pieces together, would their findings even be believed? Could this tragedy have been prevented, or was it inevitable? It might behoove us all to start taking notice, as correlations to sightings of bizarre creatures and catastrophes around the world continue to this day. Tonight's Quote: They’ve done it again. Those lousy bastards have done it again. They knew this was going to happen...and when. And they gave me all that bilge about a power failure. They knew. They just didn’t want me to be able to warn anyone. — John A. Keel, The Mothman Prophecies Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs http://bit.ly/1lTtPgh Search for the Mothman documentary http://bit.ly/2fzoaPa Aperture hatch on the Millennium Falcon http://bit.ly/2fDuho9 NBC News article on Infrasound http://nbcnews.to/2g0fdkW Vic Tandy and infrasound on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2fzhEYP Vladimir Gavreau and his infrasound experiments http://bit.ly/2fEtCiO The Haunted Hum (infrasound) on Mythbusters http://bit.ly/2eMp1xr Adam Savage's Indiana Jones Sankara Stone stolen! http://bit.ly/2eE2vmM NICAP's The 1967 UFO Chronology - The Mother of All Sighting Waves http://bit.ly/2eUVIpL The Silver Bridge disaster - the collapse rendered in computer animation http://bit.ly/2eMl1gq Report on the Silver Bridge collapse by the West Virginia DOT http://bit.ly/2fExe4f Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse http://bit.ly/1VFh2T2 Colorized footage of the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse http://bit.ly/2fExTma Radiolab episode on Dreams http://bit.ly/2eUWQK4 Wake Up and Dream on Radiolab - confronting your fears with Lucid Dreaming http://bit.ly/11CdB5C Project MKUltra http://bit.ly/1ihJLqO Could a sonic weapon make your head explode? http://bit.ly/1un5Uty "Gaslighting" on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1sUQyvs Gaslight the movie (1944) http://imdb.to/2fDurvM Origin of the "Time exists" quote http://bit.ly/2g0gDfA Weather report for the day of Mrs. Roy Grose’s 4:45 a.m. UFO sighting http://bit.ly/2fcSyCx Linda Scarberry's obituary on Cryptomundo, one of the 4 original teenagers to see Mothman http://bit.ly/2eW9DwQ Silver Bridge http://bit.ly/2flwFjC Riverside Golf Club where Connie Carpenter saw the Mothman, formerly the Mason Co. Golf Course http://bit.ly/2eMpLDl I Love Lucy entertains the cosmos http://n.pr/2eh2I0c How far have human radio broadcasts reached into our galaxy? http://bit.ly/1qAd9iI Can our TV signals be picked up by other planets? http://bbc.in/2eW80PC Actinic Conjunctivitis http://bit.ly/2dRkXIu Defense Logistics Agency website http://www.dla.mil/ Defense Logistics Agency on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dRmAWv Chief Cornstalk http://bit.ly/2eMmVhW Chief Cornstalk's curse http://bit.ly/2dRmDl2 Lord Dunmore's War http://bit.ly/2eXAs2l Fort Randolph, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2fcSDGp The late Beau Shertzer, whose Bloodmobile was almost carried off http://bit.ly/2eBAQqh Men In Black in a Niagra Falls hotel lobby? http://bit.ly/2eBCIiR The 1966 Cadillac De Ville http://bit.ly/2dRoxSM Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2eXF6NS Gallipolis, Ohio http://www.cityofgallipolis.com/ Morse Code, for when you want to communicate with a UFO using your flashlight http://bit.ly/1zxQZNV Mothman and Other Curious Encounters by Loren Coleman https://amzn.com/B00AWBQF88 The Mothman Prophecies - A True Story by John A. Keel https://amzn.com/0765334984 The Mothman Prophecies - The Movie https://amzn.com/B0000648X0 The Woodrow Derenberger interview with Ronald Maines, Gen. Mgr. of WTAP https://youtu.be/5HxY4suVjSo Point Pleasant, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2euHGdZ Gallipolis, Ohio basecamp for John Keel and the Mothman Prophecies movie crew http://bit.ly/2e3aZpU Visit the Mothman Museum! http://bit.ly/2enKY4d Attend the Mothman Festival in beautiful Point Pleasant, WV! http://bit.ly/1pjsSMO Scott always stays at the Lowe Hotel when searching for Mothman! http://www.thelowehotel.com/ Point Pleasant's "TNT Area" where the Mothman dwells http://n.pr/2drLM5A Explosion and munitions risk at the "TNT Area" http://bit.ly/2eIfuJD Inside the Eerie TNT Storage Bunkers of West Virginia on Wired http://bit.ly/2e8qeyV The Mothman and Indrid Cold story on WeekInWeird.com http://bit.ly/2eI4OuC Mothman on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dQ3dhn 1st sighting of the Mothman according to the WV Dept. of Commerce http://bit.ly/2drIzTK The Grinning Man on TheNightSky.org http://bit.ly/2ej1G76 The Case of Indrid Cold on Forteania http://bit.ly/2ej0hNV Assessing Wikipedia's Accuracy on NPR http://n.pr/2elZZaH Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus — Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to over 500 courses and 6000 lectures on a wide range of subjects Anyone can make their own beautiful websites with Squarespace.com. Enter the Offer Code LEGENDS at checkout to receive 10% off HARRY'S quality shaving essentials at an affordable price. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order Blue Apron – Home cooking never tasted so good or was so much fun to make! Go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals FREE on your 1st order, with FREE SHIPPING The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 052 - "Mothman Part 3" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Special thanks to Adam McCutcheon, Jess Corbin, and Chris Saunders. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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126 min
October 28, 2016
The Mothman (Part 2)
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Mothman! Well, we're pretty sure "Mothman" isn't any of those things, neither a moth nor a man, or some unholy combination of the two. If the descriptions by over 100 witnesses are accurate and the symptoms of seeing such a sight are related, then whatever this creature is, it's abilities may go beyond even what is considered possible for an earthly cryptid. Magical flight, a burning, mesmerizing gaze, and haunting dreams are some of his reported traits, but is clairvoyance also one of them? What if Mothman knew your fate, but wasn't capable or allowed to tell you? And for an even bigger stretch of the imagination, what if Scott goes "off the chain" in this episode? Now, this may all seem like silly balderdash to your sophisticated and skeptical nature, but what kind of hosts would we be if we couldn't deliver a tale of a real monster in time for Samhain? After all, it is Halloween. Tonight's Quote: “UFO’s do not seem to exist as tangible, manufactured objects. They do not conform to the accepted natural laws of our environment. They seem to be nothing more than transmogrifications tailoring themselves to our ability to understand." — John A. Keel, author of The Mothman Prophecies Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Weather report for the day of Mrs. Roy Grose’s 4:45 a.m. UFO sighting http://bit.ly/2fcSyCx Linda Scarberry's obituary on Cryptomundo, one of the 4 original teenagers to see Mothman http://bit.ly/2eW9DwQ Silver Bridge http://bit.ly/2flwFjC Riverside Golf Club where Connie Carpenter saw the Mothman, formerly the Mason Co. Golf Course http://bit.ly/2eMpLDl I Love Lucy entertains the cosmos http://n.pr/2eh2I0c How far have human radio broadcasts reached into our galaxy? http://bit.ly/1qAd9iI Can our TV signals be picked up by other planets? http://bbc.in/2eW80PC Actinic Conjunctivitis http://bit.ly/2dRkXIu Defense Logistics Agency website http://www.dla.mil/ Defense Logistics Agency on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dRmAWv Chief Cornstalk http://bit.ly/2eMmVhW Chief Cornstalk's curse http://bit.ly/2dRmDl2 Lord Dunmore's War http://bit.ly/2eXAs2l Fort Randolph, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2fcSDGp The late Beau Shertzer, whose Bloodmobile was almost carried off http://bit.ly/2eBAQqh Men In Black in a Niagra Falls hotel lobby? http://bit.ly/2eBCIiR The 1966 Cadillac De Ville http://bit.ly/2dRoxSM Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2eXF6NS Gallipolis, Ohio http://www.cityofgallipolis.com/ Morse Code, for when you want to communicate with a UFO using your flashlight http://bit.ly/1zxQZNV Mothman and Other Curious Encounters by Loren Coleman https://amzn.com/B00AWBQF88 The Mothman Prophecies - A True Story by John A. Keel https://amzn.com/0765334984 The Mothman Prophecies - The Movie https://amzn.com/B0000648X0 The Woodrow Derenberger interview with Ronald Maines, Gen. Mgr. of WTAP https://youtu.be/5HxY4suVjSo Point Pleasant, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2euHGdZ Gallipolis, Ohio basecamp for John Keel and the Mothman Prophecies movie crew http://bit.ly/2e3aZpU Visit the Mothman Museum! http://bit.ly/2enKY4d Attend the Mothman Festival in beautiful Point Pleasant, WV! http://bit.ly/1pjsSMO Scott always stays at the Lowe Hotel when searching for Mothman! http://www.thelowehotel.com/ Point Pleasant's "TNT Area" where the Mothman dwells http://n.pr/2drLM5A Explosion and munitions risk at the "TNT Area" http://bit.ly/2eIfuJD Inside the Eerie TNT Storage Bunkers of West Virginia on Wired http://bit.ly/2e8qeyV The Mothman and Indrid Cold story on WeekInWeird.com http://bit.ly/2eI4OuC Mothman on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dQ3dhn 1st sighting of the Mothman according to the WV Dept. of Commerce http://bit.ly/2drIzTK The Grinning Man on TheNightSky.org http://bit.ly/2ej1G76 The Case of Indrid Cold on Forteania http://bit.ly/2ej0hNV Assessing Wikipedia's Accuracy on NPR http://n.pr/2elZZaH Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: MVMT Watches & Sunglasses - modern minimalism meets affordable quality. Go to mvmtwatches.com/legends to get 15% off with FREE SHIPPING and FREE RETURNS. The Great Courses Plus - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to over 500 courses and 6000 lectures on a wide range of subjects Anyone can make their own beautiful websites with Squarespace.com. Enter the Offer Code LEGENDS at checkout to receive 10% off Mack Weldon - the most comfortable and well-made underwear, socks, shirts, undershirts, hoodies and sweatpants you’ll ever wear. Go to mackweldon.com and get 20% off using the promo code LEGENDS The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 051 - "Mothman Part 2" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Special thanks to Kirsten Labrozzi, Josh Prosper, and Chris Childs (apologies for misspellings, we have audio only). Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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118 min
October 20, 2016
The Mothman (Part 1)
All legends are local in a way, and when one local person tells a tale of a strange encounter, it can be a cause for skeptical snickers from the townsfolk. When more than a hundred people from the same region all see the same thing, it can lead to books, a major Motion Picture and even an annual festival. Such is the case with Point Pleasant, West Virginia and the Ohio River Valley's own "Mothman" — whose local sightings turned into national legend. There are several elements that contribute to the intense curiosity that still surrounds the stories of the Mothman, himself described as a winged, humanoid creature with glowing red eyes and a sympathetic, if mysterious nature. One of them is the sudden appearance of a friendly, inter-dimensional road tripper named Indrid Cold who just wants to get to know you better and may be searching for a cryptid on the loose . Another is the unsettling thought that these encounters may have portended a disaster that took the lives of 46 people exactly 13 months later. Tonight's Quote: “Human beings are under the control of a strange force that bends them in absurd ways, forcing them to play a role in a bizarre game of deception.” - — Jacques Vallée, Computer Scientist, Venture Capitalist and noted Ufologist Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Mothman Prophecies - A True Story by John A. Keel https://amzn.com/0765334984 The Mothman Prophecies - The Movie https://amzn.com/B0000648X0 The Woodrow Derenberger interview with Ronald Maines, Gen. Mgr. of WTAP https://youtu.be/5HxY4suVjSo Point Pleasant, West Virginia http://bit.ly/2euHGdZ Gallipolis, Ohio basecamp for John Keel and the Mothman Prophecies movie crew http://bit.ly/2e3aZpU Visit the Mothman Museum! http://bit.ly/2enKY4d Attend the Mothman Festival in beautiful Point Pleasant, WV! http://bit.ly/1pjsSMO Scott always stays at the Lowe Hotel when searching for Mothman! http://www.thelowehotel.com/ Point Pleasant's "TNT Area" where the Mothman dwells http://n.pr/2drLM5A Explosion and munitions risk at the "TNT Area" http://bit.ly/2eIfuJD Inside the Eerie TNT Storage Bunkers of West Virginia on Wired http://bit.ly/2e8qeyV The Mothman and Indrid Cold story on WeekInWeird.com http://bit.ly/2eI4OuC Mothman on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/2dQ3dhn 1st sighting of the Mothman according to the WV Dept. of Commerce http://bit.ly/2drIzTK The Grinning Man on TheNightSky.org http://bit.ly/2ej1G76 The Case of Indrid Cold on Forteania http://bit.ly/2ej0hNV Assessing Wikipedia's Accuracy on NPR http://n.pr/2elZZaH Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Post job offers to 100+ job boards and social media platforms with a single click. Try it for FREE at: ZipRecruiter.com/legends Anyone can make their own beautiful websites with Squarespace.com. Enter the Offer Code LEGENDS at checkout to receive 10% off The Great Courses Plus - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects HARRY'S quality shaving essentials at an affordable price. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 050 - "Mothman" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Special thanks to Jordan Pickering, Rey Castañeda and Sarah Cozzemero. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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89 min
October 6, 2016
Monsters Among Us
In tonight's episode, Scott interviews journalist, author, and Paranormal Investigator Linda S. Godfrey. We discuss her latest book, Monsters Among Us: An exploration of otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, and Odd Phenomena. Linda has appeared on numerous TV shows such The History Channel's Monster Quest, Inside Edition, Sean Hannity and of course as a guest on the Coast to Coast AM radio program. She is the author of over a dozen books, such as Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America, American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends and Sightings in America, and Weird Michigan. If after considering all of the encounters Linda has researched and all of the witnesses she's interviewed, you conclude that monsters are indeed among us, you must also come to terms with the idea that they're everywhere, and it might just be a matter of time until you see one yourself. Tonight's Quote: “The beast grabbed my ankle tightly, but I managed to slip away from his fingers that were turning into longer, more strong nails or paws of some sort.” — Linda S. Godfrey sharing the story of "The Torrance Werewolf" from her book, Monsters Among Us Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Linda S. Godfrey's website & blog https://lindagodfrey.com/ Pre-order Linda's book, "Monsters Among Us" from the publisher, Penguin Random House http://bit.ly/2duil6I Pre-order Linda's book on Amazon http://amzn.to/2dzg60o Pre-order Linda's book at Barnes & Noble http://bit.ly/2dNaRhl The Beast of Bray Road http://bit.ly/2e4baDy Tracking the Tulpa - Exploring the “Tibetan” Origins of a Contemporary Paranormal Idea http://bit.ly/2dtK6ih Native American Water Mythology http://bit.ly/2dwIv7y Linda featured on a segment of Sean Hannity's show http://bit.ly/2d4IM25 "The Legend of Michigan's Dogman" website http://bit.ly/2dN0QRe "The Michigan Dogman: Evidence 2008" from YouTube http://bit.ly/2dLZQYn Anubis on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1lMIoXb Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects MVMT Watches & Sunglasses - http://www.mvmtwatches.com/ Modern style and quality at an affordable price. Listen to the episode for details on a special offer for our listeners Post jobs for free at ZipRecruiter.com/legends The Great Courses Plus - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 049 - "Monsters Among Us" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.
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118 min
September 29, 2016
Choose Your Own Adventure
Tonight we are joined by an old friend of Scott's, David Sullivan, or Sully to his friends. Sully has had some interesting things happen in his life, especially when heard through the filter of Astonishing Legends. He relays a few stories that start out pretty light and get progressively darker and darker as the show continues, and by darker we mean real dark. So if you're in the mood for an episode that evokes images of rabies, fate, the forgotten dead and sociopathic behavior, tonight's episode is just for you. Tonight's Quote: “A scarecrow is just a hoodlum who marked the cards that he dealed, and pulled a gypsy switch out on the edge of Potter’s field. —Tom Waits, Potter’s Field 1977 Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing clickable URLs of each link to make things easier for our listeners! http://bit.do/cdcrabies http://bit.do/rabieswikipedia http://bit.do/milwaukeeprotocol http://bit.do/jeannaswebsite http://bit.do/jeannageise http://bit.do/radiolab_rodneyvsdeath http://bit.do/nightwingmovie http://bit.do/cujo_movie http://bit.do/toxoplasmosis http://bit.do/FrighteningRabiesVideo http://bit.do/BatSounds http://bit.do/BatSoundLibrary http://bit.do/SullysFormerApartment http://bit.do/WikiOnSullysOldCondop http://bit.do/story-of-John-Howland http://bit.do/ganache http://bit.do/Make-Ganache http://bit.do/BikePath-DUI http://bit.do/DavidWarner http://bit.do/The-Omen http://bit.do/wikipedia-HartIsland http://bit.do/Hart-Island-Project http://bit.do/Amazing-NYTimesArticle-HartIsland http://bit.do/10Things-Typhoid-Mary http://bit.do/TyphoidMary http://bit.do/Hart-Island-Old-Newspiece http://bit.do/DesecrationPenalCode http://bit.do/AmazingHartIslandPicts http://bit.do/1975NYTimes-Article Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Harry's shaving essentials. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order The Great Courses Plus - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects Check out Remarkable Lives, Tragic Deaths on iTunes, at Parcast.com/lives or anywhere you get your podcasts! Post jobs for free at ZipRecruiter.com/legends The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 048 - "Choose Your Own Adventure" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "ARC." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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111 min
September 15, 2016
Skinwalker Ranch (Part 3)
Could it be that impossible creatures and craft from unimaginable worlds are able to intrude upon ours at will? Real Estate magnate Robert T. Bigelow thought so and assembled a team of scientists and researchers to find out if "Skinwalker Ranch" could be a portal to all manner of weirdness. In order to obtain verifiable data, accepted scientific methods were applied to observation and analyzation at the Sherman family property, by Bigelow's newly formed National Institute for Discovery Science. Although they encountered a significant number of anomalies, ultimately they could provide no conclusive explanation for these bizarre events - as far as we know. It leaves us to wonder if the Scientific Method can be applied to paranormal events, however, a possible explanation regarding the origin of these incursions into our world might be found in the models currently being worked out in the field of Theoretical Physics and "The Theory of Everything." While our best minds "do the math" on the mechanics of our universe and existence, consider this: as frightening as any monster you could encounter at Skinwalker Ranch is the realization that there are aspects of our reality that are beyond our comprehension and control. Tonight's Quote: “Haven’t you ever had a dream?” — Billionaire Robert Bigelow, the current owner of Skinwalker Ranch and Bigelow Aerospace in an August 24th, 1999 Reno Gazette-Journal interview, after he was asked why he would invest hundreds of millions of dollars into space travel. Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Robert Bigelow's History http://bit.do/bigelowhistory The Valée-Davis Model http://bit.do/valleedavis George Knapp speaks at MUFON http://bit.do/georgeknappMUFON Flying Triangle Sightings http://bit.do/flyingtriangle MUFON vs Skinwalker http://bit.do/MUFONvsSkinwalker Bigelow Aerospace https://bigelowaerospace.com/ Bigelow Next Step Program http://bit.do/bigaeronextstep Bigelow BEAM Project http://bit.do/bigelowBEAM Jesse Ventura's Skinwalker Show http://bit.do/JesseVenturaSkinwalker The Redding War Ranch http://bit.do/ReddingWarRanch More on the Redding War Ranch http://bit.do/ReddingWarRanch2 The Black Forest Haunting http://bit.do/blackforesthaunting The Paracast Skinwalker Episode http://bit.do/paracastSkinwalkerEp Dr. Eric Davis http://bit.do/drericdavis Prof. Michio Kaku explains The Theory of Everything http://bit.ly/2cWKUvx Prof. Kaku: Michio Kaku: The universe is a symphony of vibrating strings http://bit.ly/1GTWo4a Prof. Michio Kaku explains the universe in a nutshell http://bit.ly/1g1Yl1i MUFON LA presents guest speaker George Knapp, 6-17-08 http://bit.ly/2c9IMKC Former MUFON Int'l Dir. James Carrion questions NIDS' intentions http://bit.ly/2cPtfRH The Strange History of Robert Bigelow, Who Just Sold NASA Inflatable Space Station Modules by Ken Lane http://bit.ly/2d1cu9v Pixies - Wave of Mutilation http://bit.ly/2cZlkBL Interview with US Army Colonel, Ret. John Alexander from OpenMinds.tv http://bit.ly/2cbHZMf Colonel Alexander's Amazing Website http://bit.do/colonelalexanderwebsite Werewolf, Wolfman, or Skinwalker? One man's account from CryptoMundo.com http://bit.ly/2cum3KH The Ranch from Hell by David Perkins on aliendave.com http://bit.ly/2bUhCan Photos of the abandoned Ute hotel & convention center at Bottle Hollow http://bit.ly/2c6yuNu Contact - The Movie: Talking with Hadden - Finding the Key http://bit.ly/1Qp5riL Contact - The Movie: "Want to take a ride?" http://bit.ly/2cagBM3 Peter Weyland's 2023 TED Talk http://bit.ly/1DnM7QD The Native American Puebloan people's ceremonial Kiva http://bit.ly/2cbI02I Skinwalkers - Who or What are They? from paranormal-encounters.com http://bit.ly/2cjh0Rs Chupas http://bit.do/chupas The Phoenix Lights http://bit.do/phoenixlightswiki Propaganda and Persuasion http://bit.do/propagandapersuasion Pseudocommunication http://bit.do/pseudocommunication Stuff You Should Know - Satanic Panic http://bit.do/sysksatanicpanic Orbs at Skinwalker http://bit.do/skinwalkerorb George Knapp Reddit AMA http://bit.do/knappAMA Waterbabies http://bit.do/waterbabies Bottle Hollow News http://bit.do/bottlehollownews Bottle Hollow Homicide http://bit.do/bottlehollowhomicide Fort Duchesne http://bit.do/FortDuchesne The 9th Calvary http://bit.do/ninthcalvary Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm Kelleher and George Knapp https://amzn.com/B000FCKKXU Skinwalker Ranch by Ryan Skinner and D.L. Wallace https://amzn.com/B00KBDFYKW Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch So Much? Brief overview from The Daily Beast http://thebea.st/1JDtjBt Comprehensive overview of Skinwalker Ranch from Altered Dimensions website http://bit.ly/1FnfiES Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber https://amzn.com/0061474185 Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 1 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2bTkwl8 Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 2 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2cgqwny Navajo Skinwalker legend http://bit.ly/2bL2L4l Skinwalker Ranch on Wiki http://bit.ly/2c2q3Vf 13 Stories of Encounters with Navajo Skinwalkers http://tcat.tc/2bKYvl8 Skinwalker Ranch: Apocalypse Close Encounters - a documentary by Marc Coppell http://bit.ly/2bSrceY Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects Stamps.com - Get a $110 Bonus Offer with postage and a digital scale! Click on the microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in LEGENDS Indochino - Go to Indochino.com and get ANY PREMIUM SUIT for just $389! That's up to 50% off. Enter LEGENDS at Checkout. Blue Apron - go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals free on your 1st order, with free shipping! The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 047 - "Skinwalker Ranch (Part 3)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; All Original Artwork by Chad Lewis, All Rights Reserved, Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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109 min
September 8, 2016
Skinwalker Ranch (Part 2)
If there are truly supernatural forces at work on the “Skinwalker Ranch,” they do not seem to have your best interests at heart. At the least, they seem to be indifferent to human concerns and endeavors, content to go on about their mysterious business and not above the occasional, seemingly magical prank, no matter the consternation or cost. At the worst, some entities may just want your animals or they may want the spark that gives you life. What the purpose is for their deeds and interactions we may never know nor ever fully understand, for it’s clear that their reasons are their own. Tonight's Quote: “In the end, I suspect that this intense concentration of 'paranormal' activity could point us all toward a new understanding of physical reality, something that is already being debated at the highest levels of modern science." — Colm A. Kelleher, co-author along with George Knapp of The Hunt for the Skinwalker Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Interview with US Army Colonel, Ret. John Alexander from OpenMinds.tv http://bit.ly/2cbHZMf Colonel Alexander's Amazing Website http://bit.do/colonelalexanderwebsite Werewolf, Wolfman, or Skinwalker? One man's account from CryptoMundo.com http://bit.ly/2cum3KH The Ranch from Hell by David Perkins on aliendave.com http://bit.ly/2bUhCan Photos of the abandoned Ute hotel & convention center at Bottle Hollow http://bit.ly/2c6yuNu Contact - The Movie: Talking with Hadden - Finding the Key http://bit.ly/1Qp5riL Contact - The Movie: "Want to take a ride?" http://bit.ly/2cagBM3 Peter Weyland's 2023 TED Talk http://bit.ly/1DnM7QD The Native American Puebloan people's ceremonial Kiva http://bit.ly/2cbI02I Skinwalkers - Who or What are They? from paranormal-encounters.com http://bit.ly/2cjh0Rs Chupas http://bit.do/chupas The Phoenix Lights http://bit.do/phoenixlightswiki Propaganda and Persuasion http://bit.do/propagandapersuasion Pseudocommunication http://bit.do/pseudocommunication Stuff You Should Know - Satanic Panic http://bit.do/sysksatanicpanic Orbs at Skinwalker http://bit.do/skinwalkerorb George Knapp Reddit AMA http://bit.do/knappAMA Waterbabies http://bit.do/waterbabies Bottle Hollow News http://bit.do/bottlehollownews Bottle Hollow Homicide http://bit.do/bottlehollowhomicide Fort Duchesne http://bit.do/FortDuchesne The 9th Calvary http://bit.do/ninthcalvary Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm Kelleher and George Knapp https://amzn.com/B000FCKKXU Skinwalker Ranch by Ryan Skinner and D.L. Wallace https://amzn.com/B00KBDFYKW Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch So Much? Brief overview from The Daily Beast http://thebea.st/1JDtjBt Comprehensive overview of Skinwalker Ranch from Altered Dimensions website http://bit.ly/1FnfiES Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber https://amzn.com/0061474185 Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 1 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2bTkwl8 Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 2 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2cgqwny Navajo Skinwalker legend http://bit.ly/2bL2L4l Skinwalker Ranch on Wiki http://bit.ly/2c2q3Vf 13 Stories of Encounters with Navajo Skinwalkers http://tcat.tc/2bKYvl8 Skinwalker Ranch: Apocalypse Close Encounters - a documentary by Marc Coppell http://bit.ly/2bSrceY Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects Stamps.com - Get a $110 Bonus Offer with postage and a digital scale! Click on the microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in LEGENDS Harry's shaving essentials. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 046 - "Skinwalker Ranch (Part 2)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; All Original Artwork by Chad Lewis, All Rights Reserved, Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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135 min
September 1, 2016
Skinwalker Ranch (Part 1)
Where do you go for your One-stop Shopping for the supernatural? Why the "Skinwalker Ranch" in northeastern Utah of course! It's got it all, including, but not limited to: Skinwalkers (naturally), UFOs, powerful poltergeists, deadly orbs, cryptids, cattle mutilation, interdimensional portals, disembodied voices, shadow beings and other assorted aliens, reptilian creatures, and hybrid wolf beasts, to name just a few. And all this for the low, low price of your grip on reality. It was a cost that would nearly be paid in full by the Sherman family, who owned the ranch for what must have seemed like an interminable two years, from 1994 to 1996. It was during this time that the Shermans not only lost 14 head of cattle and all of their pets but also their sleep and their understanding of the impossible. Join us for a trip to one of the most paranormal places on earth, won't you? Tonight's Quote: “We have to leave this place. We have to leave this place.” — Gwen Sherman, co-owner with husband Terry, of what became known as "Skinwalker Ranch." Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm Kelleher and George Knapp https://amzn.com/B000FCKKXU Skinwalker Ranch by Ryan Skinner and D.L. Wallace https://amzn.com/B00KBDFYKW Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch So Much? Brief overview from The Daily Beast http://thebea.st/1JDtjBt Communion: A True Story by Whitley Strieber https://amzn.com/0061474185 Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 1 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2bTkwl8 Is A Utah Ranch The Strangest Place On Earth? Part 2 of 2 from an article by George Knapp http://bit.ly/2cgqwny Navajo Skinwalker legend http://bit.ly/2bL2L4l Skinwalker Ranch on Wiki http://bit.ly/2c2q3Vf 13 Stories of Encounters with Navajo Skinwalkers http://tcat.tc/2bKYvl8 Skinwalker Ranch: Apocalypse Close Encounters - a documentary by Marc Coppell http://bit.ly/2bSrceY Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Stamps.com - Get a $110 Bonus Offer with postage and a digital scale! Click on the microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in LEGENDS Indochino - Go to Indochino.com and get ANY PREMIUM SUIT for just $399! That's up to 50% off. Enter LEGENDS at Checkout. Mack Weldon - Go to MackWeldon.com and use the PROMO CODE LEGENDS for 20% off of your order! The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 045 - "Skinwalker Ranch (Part 1)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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90 min
August 18, 2016
The Mary Celeste - Ghost Ship (Part 3)
Whatever the confluence of unfortunate events that caused those on board the Mary Celeste to abandon her, one can surmise two possible final fates for them: either they perished in a maelstrom of sudden violence, or they died a languishing death of attrition. These two perils every sailor must acknowledge for the sea is a merciless mistress, but too cruel to imagine for the likes of a mother and child. If you wish to contemplate the mystery of the Mary Celeste, you would do well to remember the saying, the sea does not give up her secrets and as we've seen, she will often not part with her dead. Tonight's Quote: “Duty is the great business of a sea officer; all private considerations must give way to it, however painful it may be.” — Lord Horatio Nelson Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Valletta Malta Tornado http://bit.ly/2belsPc Waterspouts http://bit.ly/2aX34ez Surface currents of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean http://bit.ly/2b0LWzP Ergotism http://bit.ly/2b0KS55 The Dancing Plague of 1518 http://bit.ly/1N2bzhW Dancing plagues and "Mass Hysteria" http://bit.ly/2b0KNZ6 Another article on the Dance Craze of 1518 http://bit.ly/1PWJp9V From The Lancet: A forgotten plague: Making sense of dancing mania http://bit.ly/IOJ4HQ The Trouble with Tribbles http://bit.ly/2b0HQYp The Stubby Squid - the cutest, googly-eyed squid you've ever seen! http://cnn.it/2beHcYo The ARC's Chris Cogswell's experiment with alcohol ignition - DO NOT ATTEMPT! http://bit.ly/2bunvME Chris Cogswell's The Mad Scientist Podcast http://bit.ly/2bzathn Solved! Chemist Dr. Andrea Sella and the Mary Celeste explosion http://bit.ly/2b0MK7C An Isopropyl Alcohol Explosion http://bit.ly/2b0KBJv Ancestry of Captain Benjamin Spooner Briggs http://bit.ly/2aXR1tx From Animal Planet - Diver attacked by Man-eating Super Squid! http://bit.ly/2bupQqU Giant squid attacks submarine - NOT Jules Verne's Nautilus http://fxn.ws/2bgkdy1 Giant squid attacks Russian fishing boat http://bit.ly/2bD76c8 Giant Squid (Architeuthis) footage, January 27, 2013 http://bit.ly/1UdNQgH Guy Fieri's recipe for Rhode Island Calamari http://bit.ly/2aU7MZg The mystery of the Australian sailboat The Kaz II http://bit.ly/2betpDL Australian Coroner ends the mystery of the Kaz II "Ghost Ship" http://bit.ly/2aXaxdI The ARC's Chris Cogswell's favorite ship graveyard http://bit.ly/1jPSTr9 Mary Celeste: The Greatest Mystery of the Sea - http://bit.do/MaryCelesteBook The World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries (Mysteries and Secrets) - http://bit.do/worldsgreatestmysteries Capt Kirk and the Zumwalt - http://bit.do/captainkirk The Smithsonian’s Take on the Mary Celeste - http://bit.do/smithsonianCeleste HMS Friday - http://bit.do/hmsFriday Maritime Superstitions - http://bit.do/maritimesuperstition The Captain of the Polestar by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - http://bit.ly/2avJYrN The Ship’s Cat - http://bit.do/shipscat Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Blue Apron - go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals free on your 1st order, with free shipping! Stamps.com - Get a $110 Bonus Offer with postage and a digital scale! Click on the microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in LEGENDS Indochino - Go to Indochino.com and get ANY PREMIUM SUIT for just $399! That's up to 50% off. Enter LEGENDS at Checkout. The Great Courses Plus - Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 044 - "The Mary Celeste - Ghost Ship (Part 3)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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August 11, 2016
The Mary Celeste - Ghost Ship (Part 2)
The mysterious disappearance of ten souls would not be the last of the misfortune to befall the ill-fated Mary Celeste. Insurance fraud, lost revenue, madness, and suicide would all become dreadful notches in the gunwale of her sad history, along with the premature deaths of three of her captains. Whether you believe in curses or not, often the best insurance is to leave fate untempted. Tonight’s Quote: “The sea has never been friendly to man. At most, it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.” — Joseph Conrad, novelist Show Links: We’ve found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Ancestry of Captain Benjamin Spooner Briggs http://bit.ly/2aXR1tx Giant Squid (Architeuthis) footage, January 27, 2013 http://bit.ly/1UdNQgH Guy Fieri’s recipe for Rhode Island Calamari http://bit.ly/2aU7MZg The ARC’s Chris Cogswell’s favorite ship graveyard http://bit.ly/1jPSTr9 Mary Celeste: The Greatest Mystery of the Sea – http://bit.do/MaryCelesteBook The World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries (Mysteries and Secrets) – http://bit.do/worldsgreatestmysteries Capt Kirk and the Zumwalt – http://bit.do/captainkirk The Smithsonian’s Take on the Mary Celeste – http://bit.do/smithsonianCeleste HMS Friday – http://bit.do/hmsFriday Maritime Superstitions – http://bit.do/maritimesuperstition The Captain of the Polestar by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – http://bit.ly/2avJYrN The Ship’s Cat – http://bit.do/shipscat Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Casper Mattresses – Go to CasperMattresses.com/AL and use the PROMO CODE AL to get $50 towards any mattress purchase. Terms and Conditions Apply Stamps.com – Get a $110 Bonus Offer with postage and a digital scale! Click on the microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in LEGENDS The Great Courses Plus – Go to TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends and get one month of free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects Mack Weldon – Go to MackWeldon.com and use the PROMO CODE LEGENDS for 20% off of your order! The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 043 – “The Mary Celeste – Ghost Ship (Part 2)” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “A.R.C.” for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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70 min
August 2, 2016
The Mary Celeste - Ghost Ship (Part 1)
The Mary Celeste is perhaps the most famous case of a "ghost ship." However, when it was discovered adrift on December 5, 1872, no ghosts were found nor any human form for that matter, not Captain Briggs, his wife, his two-year-old daughter, nor the seven crew members. They remain forever missing. But what caused them to vanish? Theories range from seaquakes to hazardous cargo, to a giant squid attack, and even aliens... yes, aliens. We're not saying it was aliens because we'd rather believe it was a giant squid. No matter what it was, the ship may have been doomed from the start, when seafaring superstitions were broken. Tonight's Quote: “The craft seemed possessed of the Devil to begin with, but where she got it I don’t know. I am sure it couldn’t have been from any of our good people.” — Dr. John W. Dewis, son of Joshua Dewis, the builder of the Mary Celeste, from The Story of the Mary Celeste by Charles Edey Fay Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Mary Celeste: The Greatest Mystery of the Sea - http://bit.do/MaryCelesteBook The World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries (Mysteries and Secrets) - http://bit.do/worldsgreatestmysteries Capt Kirk and the Zumwalt - http://bit.do/captainkirk The Smithsonian’s Take on the Mary Celeste - http://bit.do/smithsonianCeleste HMS Friday - http://bit.do/hmsFriday Maritime Superstitions - http://bit.do/maritimesuperstition The Captain of the Polestar by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - http://bit.ly/2avJYrN The Ship’s Cat - http://bit.do/shipscat Dogs know when the shakin's about to go down! - http://bit.ly/2aYEaIu Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: Harry's shaving essentials. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: LEGENDS at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order The Great Courses Plus TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends - One-month free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects Stamps.com - Get a $110 Bonus Offer with postage and a digital scale! Click on the microphone at the TOP of the homepage and type in LEGENDS Blue Apron - go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals free on your 1st order, with free shipping The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 042 - "The Mary Celeste - Ghost Ship (Part 1)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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86 min
July 19, 2016
The Coral Castle
Is it just a quirky rock sculpture garden, or a megalithic mystery that baffles engineers and scientists to this day? It seems to be both. How was a diminutive man in ill health able to accomplish such a monumental feat all by himself? Ed Leedskalnin, builder of the Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida would never say and he took the answer with him. We know of a few reasons why he made The Coral Castle his life's work, but as for how he made it, we may never know. Tonight's Quote: “I know how the Pyramids were built.” — Ed Leedskalnin, Builder of the Coral Castle Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Coral Castle's own website http://coralcastle.com/ Kristaps Andrejson's The Eastern Border podcast http://theeasternborder.lv/ Edward Leedskalnin and his Coral Castle in Florida from latvianhistory.com http://bit.ly/2a65Qyx Peter the Painter - Latvian gangster, revolutionary and purported comrade of Ed Leedskalnin http://bit.ly/2a8MTuP The 1905 Revolution in Latvia http://bit.ly/2alNXaZ The Incredible Mystery of Coral Castle by By Christopher Dunn From Atlantis Rising http://bit.ly/18uEvA3 Billy Idol's Sweet Sixteen http://bit.ly/18uEvA3 "Eds Coral Castle Quarry and Flywheel, Engineering Mystery Solved," by Scott Russell http://bit.ly/29OkvMt Episode of In Search Of - The Castle of Secrets http://bit.ly/29TmOhI Coral Castle: The Mystery of Ed Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge https://amzn.com/098421321X David Carr's Take on The Castle at Graham Hancock's Site http://bit.ly/2a6kxlp Coral Castle Busted - Interesting, But Not Magic by Sterling D. Allan http://bit.ly/2alLj5l Mapping The World Grid by David Hatcher Childress http://bit.ly/2a17xKR The Bimini Road http://bit.ly/29N8iUM Earth's Grid Systems - Science and Pseudoscience http://bit.ly/2alNRQC Metaphysics and Grids http://bit.ly/2a0kG8e Vile Vortex http://bit.ly/2alNXaZ Cymatics http://bit.ly/2a6CJYx Coral Castle's 9-ton revolving gate in action http://bit.ly/29Fsqx3 Secret of the Sumerian Tablet, Part 1 http://bit.ly/29GVfW2 Lost Stone Cutting Technologies of Ancient Egypt - The Granite Box http://bit.ly/29Nb8tb Levitating Stones! http://bit.ly/29OvHZt Coral Castle Mystery 100% Solved with 1930's Film Footage! http://bit.ly/29GWHrJ Tom Waits - What's He Building? http://bit.ly/29OmPTC Pixies - Levitate Me http://bit.ly/29PxJVT Prof. Michio Kaku - "The Universe is a Symphony of Vibrating Strings" http://bit.ly/1GTWo4a Special Offers from our Special Sponsors: The Great Courses Plus TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/legends - One-month free, unlimited access to hundreds of courses on a wide range of subjects Harry's shaving essentials. Go to harrys.com and enter the promo code: ALP at checkout to receive $5.00 off your order Blue Apron - go to blueapron.com/astonishing to get 3 meals free on your 1st order, with free shipping Casper mattresses & bedding - go to casper.com/AL and enter promo code AL at checkout to receive $50 towards your mattress Mack Weldon - Men's undergarments and more. Go to mackweldon.com and enter promo code LEGENDS to receive 20% off your order Parachute bedding & bath. Go to parachutehome.com/alp and enter promo code ASTONISHING at checkout to receive $25 off your first purchase The Dark Myths Collective http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 041 - "The Coral Castle" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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107 min
July 12, 2016
The Sludge Entity (Part 2)
There's no greater fear for a parent than their child being harmed and when that child faces a threat, they'll do whatever they have to to protect them, from this world into the next. Whatever that threat is, it had better beware. Tonight's Quote: “We had been through this step before. We know what it’s like to get into that fight or flight mechanism and when it comes to your children, you fight. — "John" the father of "Jack" from The Sludge Entity, Part 1 Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The original interview with John and Deborah on HGR's Higher Consciousness Radio http://bit.ly/2a2Zv2R Who ya gonna call? James Sangster's team at Houston Ghost Research! http://bit.ly/2a34sJb Spirit Remediation Consultants - Training & Certification for dealing with Spiritual Crisis in Paranormal Investigation http://bit.ly/29DPOts Help! I'm Haunted!: Dealing with Ghosts: Ghost Hunter Edition by James Sangster http://bit.ly/29e3isC Lori Lee Nelson, Spiritual Medium, Paranormal Investigator and member of the HGR team http://bit.ly/29tqJ26 Debi Chestnut, the Paranormal Researcher and author whom John first contacted http://bit.ly/2a3wYdv John's Favorite Book from their Recommended Reading. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) http://bit.do/JohnReco Other recommended reading and viewing by Houston Ghost Research, the team that worked to help Jack. http://bit.do/HGR_RecoReading Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven https://youtu.be/XycBLF6kWuY "My name is Legion, for we are many." http://bit.ly/29J0BVz The Dark Myths Collective! http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 040 - "The Sludge Entity, Part 2" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Original artwork by Chad Lewis; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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99 min
July 4, 2016
The Sludge Entity (Part 1)
When your loved one is seriously ill, you take them to the doctor. But what do you do when you've taken them to every doctor, specialist and holistic healer you could see, ran every recommended test and all the professionals can tell you is something is definitely quite wrong, but no one can tell you why or what to do about it? This was the case with our guests John and Deborah, whose son Jack was so sick and getting worse that they sought answers where most wouldn't consider looking. Tonight's Quote: “In this generation, like so many others, people have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we must fight against him.” — Pope Francis Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! John's Favorite book from their recommended reading, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). http://bit.do/JohnReco Help! I'm Haunted!: Dealing with Ghosts: Ghost Hunter Edition by James Sangster http://bit.ly/29e3isC Other recommended reading and viewing by Houston Ghost Research, the team that worked to help Jack. http://bit.do/HGR_RecoReading The Dark Myths Collective: The Dark Myths Collective! http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 039 - "The Sludge Entity, Part 1" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Original artwork by Chad Lewis; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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47 min
June 14, 2016
The Delphos Ring (Part 2 of 2)
What happens when a single event turns out to dominate your life, and for everyone else who isn't a close friend, it's all they want to know about you? Only the Johnson family knows what happened or didn't happen to them, and regardless of what people believe or don't believe, all you can do is to go on living your life as best you can. Except you'll never look at the world the same way again. Tonight's Quote: “Mrs. Johnson noted an immediate numbing at her fingertips. She rubbed her hand against her leg in an attempt to remove the dirt, and that portion of her leg also became numb.” - Ted Phillips in his Case Histories report of the Flying Saucer Review, February 1972. Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Twitter Account for Odd X, a fun follow! https://twitter.com/Odd_X 1984 HBO Documentary on UFO’s which discusses the Cash Landrum Incident and more, featuring Dr. Stanton Friedman as well as J. Allen Hynek http://bit.do/HBO_UFO_Doc UFO Casebook on the Lonnie Zamora Incident http://bit.do/zamoraufo Spontaneous Shark Pregnancy http://bit.do/pregnantvirginshark The Delphos Wolf Girl http://bit.do/wolfgirl The Dark Myths Collective: The Dark Myths Collective! http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 038 - "The Delphos Ring, Part 2" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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87 min
June 7, 2016
The Delphos Ring (Part 1 of 2)
When it comes to the paranormal, people always say they want proof. Well, on Friday, November 2nd, 1971, evidence of what many believe to be "proof" of an Unidentified Flying Object touching down on the Johnson family farm in Delphos, Kansas appeared on the ground and would remain for a very long time. A crusty "ring" in the dirt and damage to the adjacent flora was left behind after the Johnsons described seeing a strange, brightly lit and noisy hovering craft of some kind leaving their property and disappearing into the night sky. This ring and the broken branches apparently in the path of this object would exhibit forensic properties that were not entirely explainable. The incident is still considered one of the best instances of a Close Encounter of the 2nd Kind: "A UFO event in which a physical effect is alleged." Whatever it was that left whatever it left, we can be certain of this — Ron Johnson will always remember this 2nd of November. Tonight's Quote: “Ronald Johnson doesn’t know what it was, but it rumbled, whistled like a jet or the high whine of tires on the freeway and shot into the sky and left a glowing ring behind on the ground.” — Page 2 of the Salina Journal, Friday, the 5th of November, 1971 Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The account from NICAP - the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena http://bit.do/nicapdelphos Journalist Robert Trussell's report of the incident in the Kansas City Star http://bit.do/trussell Excerpt from the book The Utah UFO Display: A Scientist Brings Reason and Logic to Over 400 UFO Cases http://bit.do/UtahUfoDisplay The Delphos case in the Flying Saucer Review - only 20 Pence! - in 1972 http://bit.do/flyingsaucerreview The Delphos landing: new evidence from the laboratory by British chemist Erol A. Faruk, Ph.D. http://bit.do/drfarukarticle The Compelling Scientific Evidence for UFOs by Dr. Erol A. Faruk http://bit.do/drfaruksbook Elvis sighting in Kansas! http://bit.do/elvisinkansas Article on the Delphos Ring from the Salina Journal newspaper, part 1 http://bit.do/delphosarticle1 Salina Journal article, part 2 of 3 http://bit.do/delphosarticle2 Salina Journal article, part 3 of 3 http://bit.do/delphosarticle3 The Delphos incident on the Science Channel http://bit.do/sciencechanneldelphos "Delphos has a wealth of interesting stories" from the Capital-Journal http://bit.do/delphosfacts Article on the Delphos Ring from the ufoevidence.org website http://bit.do/ufoevidenceorg Overview of the Delphos incident from the ufocasebook.com website http://bit.do/ufocasebook The Dark Myths Collective: The Dark Myths Collective! http://darkmyths.org Credits: Episode 037 - "The Delphos Ring" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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70 min
May 18, 2016
Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery (Part 3, but really Part 4)
In death, The Somerton Man remains a mystery. But what was he in life? A Russian spy? Was he a black market racketeer, a professional dancer on holiday, an estranged lover saying goodbye one last time, or perhaps a combination of all of the above? Tonight in our final episode on the mystery of The Somerton Man, we look at most of the major theories put forth, and until that day a breakthrough in the case comes to light, we say, Tamám Shud… It is finished. Tonight’s Quote: “Please be advised that a search of these prints through the Identification Division of the FBI has failed to disclose any record. Sincerely Yours, John Edgar Hoover.” — Excerpt from a January 1949 Letter to the Adelaide Police Commissioner obtained by Professor Abbott through the Freedom of Information Act regarding the Somerton Man’s Fingerprints. Show Links: We’ve found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Dark Myths Collective: The Dark Myths Collective! http://darkmyths.org SIGN THIS PETITION FOR EXHUMATION OF THE SOMERTON MAN SO HE CAN BE PROPERLY LAID TO REST! http://bit.do/somerton Show Links: The website for the fantastic historical action novels of A. L. Sowards http://bit.ly/1WCcM7k Professor Derek Abbott’s primary source material on the Somerton Man case http://bit.ly/1pOYPVf Malcolm Gladwell’s article in the New Yorker on Kim Philby http://bit.ly/1uf1gAO Kim Philby, British double agent, reveals all in secret video http://bbc.in/1V3bFw7 Thomas Boghardt’s article on the Cambridge 5 on spymuseum.org http://bit.ly/1rQC4Bo The Cambridge 5 end up as “hopeless drunks” http://bbc.in/1Oz4vxS Article on Cold War Australia, The Petrov Commission, and Operation VENONA http://bit.ly/1TmRJCI Description of the roles of the GRU and the KGB as Soviet intelligence agencies http://bit.ly/1TeVnk7 Miliary Tuberculosis on Wiki, which may have caused some of Somerton Man’s symptoms http://bit.ly/1qsKbmu Profits Over Patriotism: Black Market Crime in World War II Sydney by Timothy Blum http://bit.ly/1Xlttm7 The Grave of the Tamám Shud Man on Atlas Obscura http://bit.ly/1YxwQoL The California Sunday Magazine article featuring Professor Abbott http://bit.ly/1JwbxhD The South Australia Police Historical Society’s newsletter Hue and Cry – scroll down to see their blurb on TSM http://bit.ly/1TWKvEd Christopher Andrew and the Strange Case of Roger Hollis on Quadrant Online http://bit.ly/1TWKvEd Gordon Cramer’s Blog on the Tamam Shud Mystery featuring the technique of “Micro Writing” http://bit.ly/1NwhtMK Nick Pelling’s blog on the Somerton Man – Note: his servers are being updated due to high traffic so check back if currently unavailable! http://bit.ly/1TYEh73 Pete Bowes’ blog on The Somerton Man http://bit.ly/1WC6PXw Adelaide’s The Advertiser article examines Micro Writing and the code http://bit.ly/1TjSKvo AV Club’s article on “Tamán Shud” http://avc.lu/22evm4L ABC documentary on the case, Part 1 of 3 (click on other YouTube links to get parts 2 & 3 once finished) http://bit.ly/1Xw5kcR Mike Dash’s article The Body on Somerton Beach on Smithsonian.com http://bit.ly/1xUb8kV The UK’s Daily Mail article with a Somerton’s “Love Child” angle http://dailym.ai/24WjvtQ Huffington Post – On the Trail of the Somerton Man http://huff.to/1ID8nqM A little bit about the code and Abbott on Phys.org http://bit.ly/1KDq8qj The New Yorker article on The Science of Ricin http://bit.ly/1qpOMWo Could You Diagnose Ricin Poisoning? on MedPage Today http://bit.ly/1ThsX3A The Sarin Gas Attack in Japan and the Related Forensic Investigation http://bit.ly/1YxFK5E Acute Liver Failure Caused by Amanita phalloides Poisoning http://bit.ly/200iYDS Australia’s Most Poisonous Plants on Australian Geographic http://bit.ly/1NwlJM8 “Lady Killers” article in The New Yorker by Emily Anthes http://bit.ly/1qpQx6b Credits: Episode 036 – “The Somerton Man, Part 3: The Theories” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “A.R.C.” for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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147 min
April 29, 2016
Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery (Part 2B)
We wrap up most of our interview with Professor Derek Abbott in Part 2B of The Somerton Man series, where we learn that when you engage a mystery, the mystery can engage you. Tonight's Quote: "Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,Before we too into the Dust descend;Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie,Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and—sans End!" Quattrain 23 from Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Dark Myths Collective: The Dark Myths Collective! http://darkmyths.org SIGN THIS PETITION FOR EXHUMATION OF THE SOMERTON MAN SO HE CAN BE PROPERLY LAID TO REST! http://bit.do/somerton Show Links - Links are the same as Part 1 as similar material is covered. New Links will appear for final Part 3 on Theories. Link to purchase Gerry Feltus' book, "The Unknown Man: A Suspicious Death at Somerton Beach" http://bit.ly/1YGiX7m One of the better of MANY websites devoted to the case http://bit.ly/1UEn83I A HuffPo Article on the case by Professor Abbott who's interview will be heard in Part 2! http://huff.to/1ID8nqM Another solid article at Phys.org about the case that discusses DNA findings http://bit.ly/1KDq8qj Much of Professor Abbott's collected knowledge on the Case http://bit.ly/1pOYPVf Audio Book versions of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam http://bit.ly/1pOZ42P There are many more links to come, but we are saving some for the other parts of the series http://bit.ly/1R2hTZi Part 1 of Littlemore Special http://bit.do/bYXLj Part 2 of Littlemore Special http://bit.do/bYXLC Part 3 of Littlemore Special http://bit.do/bYXLN
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109 min
April 20, 2016
Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery (Part 2A)
As with any great mystery, it can turn some individuals into steadfast researchers and citizen detectives, dedicating years to a quest for answers.  We were lucky enough to interview one such person, Professor Derek Abbott of the University of Adelaide in Australia.  In addition to teaching Electrical Engineering at the University, Professor Abbott also has a background in Physics, biomedical engineering, complex systems, and probability theory, which can involve the fields of cryptography and forensics.   He first became interested in the Somerton Man case around 1995, and then fully immersed himself in an effort to crack the cryptography aspect in 2007, even enlisting the aid of some of his students as a school project.  In Part Two of our series, Professor Abbott gives us an overview of the story, then shares some of his findings and conclusions.   Tonight's Quote: “Yes, this man has someone to love him.  He is known only to God.”  — Captain E.J. Webb of the Salvation Army at The Somerton Man’s Funeral, as cited in Gerald Feltus’ book, The Unknown Man Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Dark Myths Collective:  The Dark Myths Collective!  http://darkmyths.org SIGN THIS PETITION FOR EXHUMATION OF THE SOMERTON MAN SO HE CAN BE PROPERLY LAID TO REST! http://bit.do/somerton Show Links - Links are the same as Part 1 as similar material is covered. New Links will appear for final Part 3 on Theories. • Link to purchase Gerry Feltus' book, "The Unknown Man: A Suspicious Death at Somerton Beach"  http://bit.ly/1YGiX7m • One of the better of MANY websites devoted to the case   http://bit.ly/1UEn83I • A HuffPo Article on the case by Professor Abbott who's interview will be heard in Part 2! http://huff.to/1ID8nqM • Another solid article at Phys.org about the case that discusses DNA findings http://bit.ly/1KDq8qj • Much of Professor Abbott's collected knowledge on the Case http://bit.ly/1pOYPVf • Audio Book versions of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam http://bit.ly/1pOZ42P • There are many more links to come, but we are saving some for the other parts of the series http://bit.ly/1R2hTZi • Credits: Episode 034 - "The Somerton Man, Part 2" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short.  Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.  #somertonman #tamamshud
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99 min
March 17, 2016
Tamam Shud: The Somerton Man Mystery (Part 1)
Of the six questions — who, what, when, where, how and why — we only know three when it comes to the mystery of "The Somerton Man." What and where: a middle-aged man found dead on Somerton Beach, which borders the Adelaide, Australia, suburb of Glenelg. When: he was found by passersby at 6:30 a.m. on December 1, 1948. As for the remaining questions, authorities, academics, authors, Australians and curious citizens the world over have been seeking answers ever since. The mundane yet mysterious items found on his person and in an unclaimed suitcase (thought to be his) at the Adelaide railway station would yield few clues and many more questions. He had no wallet or identification, and all the tags on his clothing were meticulously removed. Investigators had virtually nothing to go on, except for one intriguing thing: a scrap of paper torn from the last page of a first edition translation of eleventh-century poetry, the Rubaiyat of Omar Kayyam, which was found rolled up in the man's watch pocket. On it were the words, "Tamám Shud," meaning "ended" or "finished" in Persian, and giving this mystery its other renowned moniker: "The Tamám Shud Case." When the book from which the page was torn surfaced some time later, there appeared to be an unbreakable coded message written on one of the last pages. Further adding to the mystery, there was the assessment by a senior pathologist that the victim most likely died from an untraceable poison. Whether "The Somerton Man" was just a napping tourist with a degenerative disease, a jilted lover out to end it all, or a Cold War spy whose mission had been terminated, we may never know. This is Part 1 of our our 3 Part in-depth series on The Somerton Man Tonight's Quote: 'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays: Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays, And one by one back in the Closet lays. - A selected quatrain from Edward Fitzgerald’s 1st edition translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Dark Myths Collective! http://darkmyths.org SIGN THIS PETITION FOR EXHUMATION OF THE SOMERTON MAN SO HE CAN BE PROPERLY LAID TO REST! http://bit.do/somerton One of the better of MANY websites devoted to the case http://bit.ly/1UEn83I A HuffPo Article on the case by Professor Abbott who's interview will be heard in Part 2! http://huff.to/1ID8nqM Another solid article at Phys.org about the case that discusses DNA findings http://bit.ly/1KDq8qj Much of Professor Abbott's collected knowledge on the Case http://bit.ly/1pOYPVf Audio Book versions of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam http://bit.ly/1pOZ42P There are many more links to come, but we are saving some for the other parts of the series http://bit.ly/1R2hTZi Credits: Episode 033 - "The Somerton Man" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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91 min
March 16, 2016
The Somerton Man MiniCast PROMO!
New Episode Friday 3.18.16! Audio of a quick promo of our pending episodes on The Tamam Shud: Somerton Man Mystery. Associated Video of Promo here - http://bit.do/somertonpromo2
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2 min
February 27, 2016
The Pearl of Siberia
What's down there? Lost treasure? Legend has it. 20% of the world's unfrozen freshwater sitting on 4.3 miles of sediment? Science confirms it. What about humanoid creatures almost 10 feet tall, wearing silvery suits with helmets out for a deepwater swim, who don't care to be messed with? Well... yes — if you believe a report from the Soviet military. Unbelievable as this sounds, this story is only one of many frequently occurring reports of supernatural events at this magnificent body of water. Lake Baikal has a long history of being known as Russia's hotspot for all manner of unexplainable anomalies, like UFO & USO sightings (Unidentified Submerged Object), glowing orbs, spirits, Bermuda Triangle-like phenomena, melted rings in the ice three miles wide which are seen from space, and of course, a lost race of amphibian giants. But what else would you expect from the oldest, deepest, and most voluminous lake on earth, known as "The Pearl of Siberia?" Tonight's Quote: “It reflects like an optical instrument and responds to changes in the weather so sensitively that it seems like a part of the sky rather than of the land.” - Author Ian Frazier on Lake Baikal from his book, Travels in Siberia. Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! FIRST The Dark Myths Collective: The Dark Myths Collective! http://darkmyths.org The Nighttime Podcast http://apple.co/1LO2fMz The Eastern Border http://apple.co/1RxKyFk Our Fake History http://apple.co/1TfWe3e Show Note Links: Lake Baikal on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1OCfb88 Lake Issyk-Kul on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1RuwkVH Article from the Siberian Times: "Aliens and UFOs at world's deepest lake" http://bit.ly/20YMFoj Mysterious giants inhabit Eurasian lakes (part I) http://bit.ly/1TJl4rY Mysterious giants inhabit Eurasian lakes (part II) http://bit.ly/1oNUvp8 Seagull Magazine "Newcomers from the depths of Lake Baikal" - Use Google Chrome to translate this Russian website http://bit.ly/1peoWEQ Another Mark Steinberg article for Seagull Magazine - Use Google Chrome to translate this Russian website http://bit.ly/1pepgn3 Anomalies, mysteries and places of Lake Baikal - Use Google Chrome to translate this Russian website http://bit.ly/1OCeFa2 Russian website overview on Lake Baikal highlights - use Google Chrome to translate page http://bit.ly/1QMqUZw "Dead alien found in UFO hotspot in Russia" http://bit.ly/1T2ugYv CNN Slideshow: "Lake Baikal, the jewel of Siberia" http://cnn.it/1n3eluI Underwater bases and ancient civilizations http://bit.ly/1OCgfc8 "Metallic spheres found in Siberia are of alien origin?" http://bit.ly/1WPG0M8 "Thirsty UFOs" http://bit.ly/1XQFEpu Will o' the Wisp http://bit.ly/24tPvWO Categories of a "Close Encounter" http://bit.ly/2112DOD Dr. J. Allen Hynek - UFOlogist pioneer http://bit.ly/1TEJgua The legend of "Ihtiander" http://bit.ly/1QjiJ4N A Journey to Lake Baikal http://amzn.to/21yrtaQ The Study of UFO's in the Soviet Union http://bit.ly/1WPH6rf Remember Tunguska? http://bit.ly/2113fDY Lost Treasure in the Lake? http://bit.ly/1XQGl2b Threats to the Pearl http://bit.ly/1QMtdeQ Jeremy Hsu's Article about the Rings http://bit.ly/1Td54yJ Some Amazing (if not verified) Facts about Baikal http://bit.ly/1TJnve3 See Episode 4 of 'What on Earth?' http://amzn.to/1oNYGBx Do Whirlpools Really Change Direction in the Opposite Hemisphere? http://huff.to/1WPHNRn UFO's in Siberia http://bit.ly/1oNYQc3 The Underwater UFO Base in Malibu. Real or not? http://huff.to/1ssaSY8 The Legend of Lake Baikal Hotel http://bit.ly/1QmvWpT Something We Didn't Mention, But Worth Considering! http://bit.ly/21oM1WE A Solid Scientific Article on Baikal http://bit.ly/1KRFUmt On Russian Naval Reports of USO's http://bit.ly/24tQeYf The Fires http://bit.ly/1S7FFVU Did Christopher Columbus See a USO/UFO? http://bit.ly/1Lkd1PM A Scientific Paper on Magnetic Anomalies in the Baikal Rift Zone http://bit.ly/1Ruz4CH Will Baikal Become an Ocean? http://bit.ly/1VJJmzS The Nerpa http://bit.ly/1VJJvmW A Stonehill Article On It All http://bit.ly/1T2xPxH Prof Anthony Lights Methane on Fire in Alaska http://bit.ly/1Nbope7 Credits: Episode 032 - "Lake Baikal" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing Astonishing Research Corps. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved. #lakebaikal #uso #ufo #siberia #mysteries
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107 min
February 4, 2016
Polybius Ultra
Our ancient ancestors spoke of a legendary place -- where the young and young at heart could test their skills against a magical, electronic device, using strategy, and their reflexes at 25¢ a pop. These wondrous havens were called "Video Arcades" and these hulking machines were called "Video Games." Believe it or not kids, it was the only place you could play a decent-looking, somewhat sophisticated video game, housed in a heavy, laminated wooden cabinet, because at the time the only thing you could play on your "push-button" phone was the tune, "Mary Had a Little Lamb." There is another legend however, that at least in one or more of these Video Arcades in Portland, Oregon in 1981 A.D., there lurked a mysterious Arcade Game called "Polybius" and it had a much more nefarious purpose than to provide amusement and rook a kid out of a short stack of quarters -- it may have been there to try its hand at brainwashing you, and then report its findings to a sinister government agency. There were reports of players who suffered terrible side effects from the visual phantasmagoria of the gameplay, like severe headaches, nausea, memory loss, nightmares, an aversion to playing any video games afterwards and in some extreme cases, suicide. But were these reports true? Did this diabolical game ever exist? Was the legend of Polybius just an "Urban Legend?" One thing we do know is true, prior to the legend of Polybius, a secret government agency really did try to zap unsuspecting people's brains and take notes. Tonight's Quote: “The obvious objective of video games is to entertain people by surprising them with new experiences.” - Miyamoto Shigeru, the "Father of Modern Video Games" and Co-creator of The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers and many more. Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! "The Cosmos' Most Ridiculously Implausible Videogames: Polybius - the most mysterious game of all time?" an article by Jason Helton http://bit.ly/1JZlNST "Polybius: Video Game of Death" by Brian Dunning from his Skeptoid Podcast #362 http://bit.ly/1SZ8eFN "Polybius: Portland's Own Seizure-Inducing Mystery Game" an article by Richard Grunert in Willamette Week http://bit.ly/1PVKKRB Polybius, the real Greek historian http://bit.ly/1Pjh2Aa Text of Original Polybius Comments from Steven Roach and Cyber Yogi http://bit.ly/20HOSpY The Simpsons and all it's Math http://bit.ly/1mqpuEw Duane Weatherall's Interview with Steven Roach http://bit.ly/20s6U2K Power Gloves & Tinfoil Hats: Case #001 http://bit.ly/1S1SnWB Download the Supposed ROM of the Game. PC Required http://bit.ly/23Ka7tA Interview with Ed Rotberg about Battlezone and the Military http://bit.ly/1SZaGMi Vector vs Raster http://bit.ly/1UMB2Pr Another Good Summary Article http://bit.ly/1NRnZXj Halcyon Days The Book http://bit.ly/1nOykP7 TEMPEST http://my.ign.com/atari/tempest BATTLEZONE http://my.ign.com/atari/battlezone Episode 031 - "Polybius" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.
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95 min
January 19, 2016
Kincaid's Cave of the Grand Canyon
On March 12, 1909, The Arizona Gazette published an article titled, "G. E. Kincaid Reaches Yuma." It was a short, mildly interesting announcement that Mr. "Kincaid" was only the second person to make the perilous boat trip down the entire course of the Colorado River, starting from Green River, Wyoming and eventually reaching Yuma, Arizona. A feat worthy of mention in the papers of course, but aside from stating that he took over 700 photographs and "Some interesting archaeological discoveries were unearthed," there was not much indication of the news which was to come next. Twenty four days later, on April 5, 1909, the newspaper ran a follow-up to their first article on the adventurous Mr. Kincaid, except this time it was full, front-page coverage on just what discoveries he'd unearthed previously. This article (also uncredited) reported that along with "G.E. Kinkaid" (his name now spelled with a "k") a "Professor S.A. Jordan" and a team from the Smithsonian had investigated what appeared to be a large network of tunnels and rooms, some filled with ancient mummies and artifacts that did not appear to be from the Western Hemisphere. And that was the end of the story. No further stories were printed by the newspaper, no knowledge by the Smithsonian about any such expedition, and no one knows if "Kinkaid" or "Jordan" ever existed, let alone the cave itself. That leaves us with two questions: is this story real, and if real, what would be the implications to world history? Tonight's Quote: "First, I would impress that the cavern is nearly inaccessible. The entrance is 1,486 feet down the sheer canyon wall. It is located on government land and no visitor will be allowed there under penalty of trespass." "G.E. Kincaid," Explorer, referring to a cave full of anomalous artifacts he discovered in the Grand Canyon. Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URLs, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URLs next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! THE DEVIL IN THE DINER - http://bit.ly/1T0vNNv -- An animated short by Peter Sabatino & Zeke O'Donnell and the first video on our newly launched YouTube channel as mentioned in the intro of this episode. Blog entry containing a photocopy image of the first AZ Gazette article to mention "G.E. Kincaid" http://bit.ly/1V2PzGA Text of the 1st Arizona Gazette article that mentions "Kincaid's" trip, from The Isis Journals website http://bit.ly/1JVQkkc Text of the 2nd AZ Gazette article describing "G.E. Kinkaid's" find http://bit.ly/1PiJnpk "Canyonitis: Seeing evidence of ancient Egypt in the Grand Canyon" by Philip Coppens http://bit.ly/1NgNPnc Article on io9 about Kinkaid's Cave http://bit.ly/1nuIUdH David Hatcher Childress' article on the Kinkaid Cave http://bit.ly/1JdJlTw "The Location of Kincaid's 'Cave' Revealed" by Jack Andrews http://bit.ly/1KnT70v Ancient American magazine http://bit.ly/1P1s28C "Egyptian Grand Canyon Connection" - article by CNY Artifact Recovery http://bit.ly/1Qaakig “Looks Like a Mulhatton Story” from the Grand Canyon Historical Society newsletter by Don Lago http://bit.ly/1SZozt3 Hoaxes of Joseph Mulhattan http://bit.ly/1OBATdI "Joe Mulhatton" article in The Chicago Tribune, dated April 22, 1891 http://trib.in/1PBSSR0 Larry Walters, the "Lawn Chair Pilot" http://bit.ly/23aOMt7 Reprints of the Gazette's articles and brief commentary from Jason Colavito http://bit.ly/1RQ0tBQ Jason Colavito's critical view of the legend http://bit.ly/1JdJlTw John Wesley Powell http://bit.ly/1Zx3Ht0 Brief history of the Smithsonian Institution http://s.si.edu/1OtSVBA Cataldo Mission http://bit.ly/1Kodc6M The El Tovar Hotel http://bit.ly/1OsSbvz The Mississippian Culture of North America http://bit.ly/1ZxDbzy Russell Burrrows' Cave http://bit.ly/1P1KJt3 Aztalan State Park in Wisconsin http://bit.ly/1OsSbvz Ivan Terence Sanderson, biologist and adventurer http://bit.ly/1OBN7mu Scott Wolter talks about trying to find "Burrows Cave" http://bit.ly/1Ot31lb The Missoula Floods, a.k.a. The Spokane Floods http://bit.ly/1KnF0YS "Beringia" or the Bering Land Bridge http://bit.ly/1Qa6S7j * Little Ice Age http://bit.ly/1Qa6S7j Discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb http://bit.ly/1JyH3rg Bes, Egyptian Nile Valley deity http://bit.ly/1P1sh3I "Ancient Egypt in America" by Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer http://bit.ly/1Qk6Bkk "American Drugs in Egyptian Mummies" by S. A. Wells http://bit.ly/1uCZt4J Ancient Egypt and King Joseph in America? http://bit.ly/20aWfG4 Credits: Episode 030 - "Kinkaid's Cave" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016, All Rights Reserved.
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107 min
December 19, 2015
The KGC: An American Conspiracy (Part 3)
They had lawyers, guns and money, as well as cartographers and engineers, tradesmen, politicians and professionals of all station, all embedded in American society and the money in the earth itself. One day these would all be needed by the Knights of the Golden Circle and if the people, their skills and their ideals would not survive the generations then their amassed fortune would. And here is where one legend intersects with another: The Lost Dutchman Mine and the Knights of the Golden Circle. Was the Lost Mine a massive KGC treasure cache? It's treasure may never be found, but those that have gone looking may have found its sentinels, and along with it, an often mysterious demise. Tonight's Quote: "...The secessionists of (El) Monte are only awaiting the withdrawal of troops from Los Angeles before they commence operations..." Edwin A. Sherman, San Bernardino County Newspaper Editor in a letter to Union Army General E. V. Sumner, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Division Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URL's, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URL's next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Tom Kollenborn Blog - http://bit.ly/1UMwc4Y Kollenborn on Elisha Reavis - http://bit.ly/1UMwyIR James Tufts, Inventor of the Arctic Soda Fountain - http://bit.ly/1TVwLII El Monte RV - http://bit.ly/1IeYe7K Adolph Ruth - http://bit.ly/1RYItni Jacob Waltz 1 - http://bit.ly/1T7HxeU The Lost Dutchman Mine - http://bit.ly/1KXM1UN The Peralta Stones - http://bit.ly/1T7HCiI Don Miguel Peralta (not a real person) - http://bit.ly/1T7HFej The Baron of Arizona - http://bit.ly/1QRvi6V James Addison Reavis - http://bit.ly/1UMxEnS
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134 min
December 7, 2015
The KGC: An American Conspiracy (Part 2)
The Confederate Army’s losses at the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July 1863 marked a turning point in America’s Civil War, one that was not favorable for furthering the cause of “Southern Independence.” With the hopes of an overall military victory for the Confederacy now beginning to fade, the clandestine leaders of the KGC took the movement fully underground, secreting not only their commands and communications, but also their amassed wealth and weapons. There is sufficient circumstantial evidence to suggest that significant amounts of gold and silver as well as armaments had been collected by the KGC from agents, members and sympathizers, but that then begs the question, where did it all go? If a vast, non-centralized network of money and guns needed to be kept from the hands of a dominant and soon to be victorious Union government, what methodology could a secret organization use to hide it all, and who and what system could be trusted to find it again when it was needed? Part Two of our series on the Knights of the Golden Circle takes a look at where they may have gotten their gains, and what legendary names, famous and infamous, may have helped them. Tonight’s Quote: “It’s my damn story, and if they don’t believe it I’m not gonna worry about it, damn it. Pardon my French.” – Bob Brewer Show Links: We’ve found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URL’s, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URL’s next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Maximilian I, of Mexico - http://bit.ly/1IOid7P Jesse Woodson James - http://bit.ly/1CLN084 J. Frank Dalton - http://bit.ly/1OJm4JY Forum on the KGC from treasurenet.com - http://bit.ly/1IOrDAp Link to Del Schrader’s “Jesse James Was One Of His Names” on Amazon - http://amzn.com/B0006CEQ4I Article on Betty Dorsett Duke and Jesse James - http://bit.ly/1m62IDv Blog entry on Orvus Lee Howk, a.k.a. Jesse James III - http://bit.ly/1YT3y4C “Was Orvus Lee Howk Really a Barnhill, as Dalton Claimed?” by Philip Kromer - http://bit.ly/1m63nF1 “What You Didn’t Know About John Wilkes Booth & Jesse James” by Mark Owen - http://bit.ly/1OcKEy5 Credits: Episode 028 – “Knights of the Golden Circle – Part 2” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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86 min
November 23, 2015
The KGC: An American Conspiracy (Part 1)
America in the mid-nineteenth century was still a very young nation in the process of finding its own identity, its states not yet fully or harmoniously united. Differing ideas on what methods of production and government its inhabitants should employ were fomenting into a house divided and would lead to one of the bloodiest and devastating civil wars any country could experience. Leading up to America's Civil War, various factions were coalescing into numerous political parties and regional movements, with ideological lines drawn largely on the issue of slavery. The struggle for America's southern states' self-determination gave rise to a secret society known as the Knights of the Golden Circle, whose members were determined to gain power, wealth and influence for their cause either within the Union, or if necessary as their own autonomous territory. The birth of the United States as a nation would indeed be a painful and traumatic experience, the pangs of which would be felt and remembered to this day, and the hopes for the rise of the South kept alive perhaps more than the average American knows. Tonight's Quote: “No matter what secrets may be given to me by a 57, if given as the secret of a 57 and because I am one, I will hold the same sacredly in my own knowledge, and never re-communicate it, even to a 57, unless authorized so to do by the brother whose secret it is.” - KGC Initiation rites for their 3rd degree, within which membership was kept from all other members of the organization. (Published anonymously in 1861) Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URL's, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URL's next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! Knights of the Golden Circle on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1NjC5aa Article on the KGC from the Texas State Historical Association http://bit.ly/1XjMJNt "An Authentic Exposition of the Knights of the Golden Circle" by a Member of the Order http://bit.ly/1OaGZ8m Report of the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army on the Order of American Knights, from 1864 http://bit.ly/1kP9A87 "Solving Lincoln's Assassination" - a blog posting by Steven Hager http://bit.ly/1ScpjbM Albert Pike, Freemasonry and the KGC http://bit.ly/21c7zTJ Albert Pike http://bit.ly/1QCVbIJ Clement Vallandigham http://bit.ly/1PIYQ7K Robert Rhett http://bit.ly/1I9xO1r John A. Quitman http://bit.ly/1jf5rIL Benjamin McCulloch http://bit.ly/1NKI81Y William Walker http://bit.ly/1PUzDFS Copperhead political faction http://bit.ly/1QZ59U9 The Young America political movement http://bit.ly/1HheKUa The Fire-Eaters political faction http://bit.ly/1P1GQW5 Credits: Episode 027 - "Knights of the Golden Circle" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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63 min
October 27, 2015
Shadow People
They watch us. They wait. Lurking in the shadows or in bright daylight, from afar, in the corners of our eyes or in our very own bedrooms, staring directly at us, sometimes with eyes of red fire. They observe us and learn our behavior or they try to choke the breath and souls from our bodies. But why are they here and what do they really want with us? Or are their sightings and interactions just a physiological or psychological anomaly, Hypnogogic or Hypnopompic Isolated Sleep Paralysis, a trick of the light, perhaps a wayward spark causing an electrical stimulation of the brain's left temporoparietal junction? Maybe this phenomenon is only one of the many unfortunate side-effects of a methamphetamine bender, but then why do sober and healthy people also see them? Join us tonight as we explore what these uninvited paranormal intruders might be, perhaps either interdimensional or bioelectrochemical and why they seem to enjoy the abject terror they instill in us in our 2nd Annual Halloween Special. If these spectral watchers are real, one thing is certain: they feed off our deepest, darkest fear. Tonight's Quote: “The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?” - Edgar Allen Poe Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URL's, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URL's next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! A very general overview of Shadow People on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/1jH5sGz Induction of a Shadow Person via local electrical stimulation in the brain http://bit.ly/1kDGEPX Art Bell radio episode on YouTube about Shadow People http://bit.ly/1jHfGqs The Daily Mail Article Scott Referenced on the Documentary, 'The Nightmare' http://dailym.ai/1Ly2QDW The Film, The Nightmare http://bit.ly/1MPGDiz An article from the website Odd Xtreme on Black Eyed Kids http://bit.ly/1NteSz5 "Floaters" in the eye's vitreous humour http://bit.ly/1PK7PFq The Grinning Man and Indrid Cold http://bit.ly/1bX3Y0f The Tulpa - a Tibetan Buddhist thoughtform creature https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulpa The Golem http://bit.ly/1kDKRD8 David Weatherly's books "Strange Intruders" and "Black Eyed Kids" http://bit.ly/1LUTSSA Ghost Hunters International star Susan Slaughter describes her encounter with a Black Eyed Kid to David Weatherly. http://bit.ly/1Rw4qaD The Slender Man http://bit.ly/1OOrbsI Jason Offutt's Shadow People Blog http://bit.ly/1OT5vfk Shadow People article by author Jason Offutt http://bit.ly/1O0iaNa Accounts by 15 people on their encounter with the "Sleep Paralysis Demon" http://tcat.tc/1qflsNu Interesting letter from a scientist named "Alex" on his SP encounters http://xfin.tv/1KxCzS8 Shadow People and the Djinn from Psychology Today website http://bit.ly/1MiutV3 A critical look at the Shadow Person phenomenon from SKEPTOID http://bit.ly/1Miv2y7 reddit thread about a current encounter possibly with Indrid Cold http://bit.ly/1Miv2y7 Webpage on how to deal with Shadow Person encounters http://bit.ly/1Wbmgqf The Horla - a short horror story by Guy de Maupassant http://bit.ly/1LQlIMf Credits: Episode 026 - "Shadow People" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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77 min
October 9, 2015
Kidnapped by Bigfoot: The Albert Ostman Story
Some tales are tall tales, and some tales involve an ape-like creature that stands over 7 feet tall and weighs around 700 pounds. Such was the tale of Albert Ostman, who claimed that in 1924, while on a leisurely prospecting trip in British Columbia, Canada, he was kidnapped in the middle of the night by a Sasquatch, or what is more commonly known as "Bigfoot." While some folks might be quick to dismiss Mr. Ostman's story as a stretch of the truth by no small means, it's hard to deny the folksy charm and curious wonder his tale invokes, whether tall tale or sober testimony. Tonight's Quote: “ I have learned from experience that a modicum of snuff can be most efficacious.” Fictional Character Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen on escaping from a monster. Show Links: We've found that some sites are not showing these links as clickable unless they are URL's, so until those outlets improve their show notes section, we are providing actual URL's next to the clickable description of each link to make things easier for our listeners! The Original Ostman Article - http://bit.do/OstmanArticle Albert Ostman's tale as told to author John Green, on a great site with other "Bigfoot Classics" - http://bit.do/ostmanstory An Actual Interview with Ostman on YouTube - http://bit.do/ostmanyoutube Russian Yeti at Dyatlov? - http://bit.do/dyatlovyeti Snowboarder Bigfoot Incident - http://bit.do/snowboarderbigfootincidentbc The Story of Muchalot Harry (also kidnapped!) - http://bit.do/muchalotharry Mike the Dog, Bowser Hotel Barmaid - http://bit.do/mikethedog A Mike the Dog Bowser Geocache - http://bit.do/mikethedogGEOCACHE Bowser, BC - http://bit.do/bowserbc Bowzer from Sha Na Na - http://bit.do/bowzer Toba Inlet, BC - http://bit.do/tobainletbc Baron Munchausen - http://bit.do/munchausen Gigantopithecus - http://bit.do/Gigantopithecus Why Bigfoot CAN'T Be Gigantopithecus - http://bit.do/ArgumentAgainstGigantopithecus Grover Krantz Talks About Cripplefoot - http://bit.do/KrantzCripplefoot Great Berkeley Museum Exhibit of Cripplefoot Casting - http://bit.do/CripplefootCast Patterson-Gimlin Shoot Location - http://bit.do/PattersonGimlinGoogleMaps Patterson-Gimlin Coordinates (not clickable, cut and paste to Google Earth): 41.4402000°, -123.7019167° Patterson-Gimlin Film Stabilized (The BEST one) - http://bit.do/PattersonGimlinStabilized Bad Bob the Albino from Judge Roy Bean (Adult Concepts) - http://bit.do/BadBob Episode 025 - "Kidnapped by Bigfoot: The Albert Ostman Story" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved. #bigfoot
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95 min
September 18, 2015
Dyatlov Pass (Part 2 of 2)
Background: Part 2 of our Special on Dyatlov Pass:  On January 27, 1959, a group of outdoor enthusiasts, known as "tourists" in Russia, consisting of seven men and two women, mostly students and graduates of the Ural Polytechnical Institute (which is now the Ural Federal University) left the village of Vizhay in the northern Ural Mountains on a two-week ski trek, through a region called Sverdlovsk Oblast, the "gateway to Siberia" in Russia.  In Russia a "tourist" is a serious outdoorsman. The goal was to reach Otorten Mountain at the end of their journey.  Their planned route would rank as a "Category III," the most difficult classification for a hiking expedition in winter, which if successful, would qualify them as "Masters of Sport."  On February 1st as they started to move through a mountain pass on their last leg of the trip, bad weather and decreasing visibility forced them off course, and the group decided to make camp on the eastern slope of a small mountain called Kholat Syakhl by the indigenous Mansi peoples, which translates to "Dead Mountain" due to the area's lack of wild game.  Sometime during the night of February 2nd, the group suffered an unimaginably terrifying ordeal, sealing their fate.  When they hadn't been heard from by February 20th, a search party was formed to look for the missing youths.  On February 26th the search party reached their camp and what they found would bring more questions than answers.  It appeared as though something had scared the hikers so badly, that they panicked and ripped a hole in the side of their tent in order to escape, shoeless, into - 20º F (-29º C) snowfall.  It was determined by Soviet authorities that the group had met with a "compelling unknown force" causing them all to flee and ultimately die of exposure with some also suffering significant internal injuries such as broken ribs and fractured skulls.  There have since been many theories put forth as to what this force actually was, but we may never know what was so horrific that it caused this group of experienced adventurers to take leave of their senses and take their chances in the deadly wilderness.  Following the incident, the mountain pass was named "Dyatlov Pass" in honor of the group's leader, Igor Dyatlov. Tonight's Quote: "An unknown compelling force should be considered the cause of the hiker's deaths." - Lev Ivanov, Lead Prosecutor, Dyatlov Pass Incident Show Links: (Links work best in iOS on iTunes or on our webpage at astonishinglegends.com) Archive of a very comprehensive website about the whole Dyatlov story Supplemental documentation and analysis of the incident Dyatlov Pass on Wiki Terrific archive of all the photos from the group, in English and Russian Forum on the Dyatlov incident - in Russian - you'll need a browser that can translate Donnie Eichar's "Authors at Google" interview about his book, "Dead Mountain" Book Review of "Dead Mountain" Song: Pixies "Wave of Mutilation" from the album, "Doolittle" YouTube vid about Dyatlov - text pulled from Wiki entry but has good photos Interesting story about a family living isolated for 40 years in Siberia Russian Yeti at Dyatlov? Snowboarder Bigfoot Incident Nazi UFO's Foo Fighters More on the Foo Fighters Even more on Foo Fighting The Actual Foo Fighters (Because you were expecting that right?)   Credits: Episode 024 - "Dyatlov Pass (Part 2)" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle.  Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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60 min
September 12, 2015
Dyatlov Pass (Part 1 of 2)
Background: On January 27, 1959, a group of outdoor enthusiasts, known as 'tourists' in Russia, consisting of seven men and two women, mostly students and graduates of the Ural Polytechnical Institute (which is now the Ural Federal University) left the village of Vizhay in the northern Ural Mountains on a two-week ski trek, through a region called Sverdlovsk Oblast, the "gateway to Siberia" in Russia.  In Russia a 'tourist' is a serious outdoorsman. The goal was to reach Otorten Mountain at the end of their journey.  Their planned route would rank as a "Category III," the most difficult classification for a hiking expedition in winter, which if successful, would qualify them as "Masters of Sport."  On February 1st as they started to move through a mountain pass on their last leg of the trip, bad weather and decreasing visibility forced them off course, and the group decided to make camp on the eastern slope of a small mountain called Kholat Syakhl by the indigenous Mansi peoples, which translates to "Dead Mountain" due to the area's lack of wild game.  Sometime during the night of February 2nd, the group suffered an unimaginably terrifying ordeal, sealing their fate.  When they hadn't been heard from by February 20th, a search party was formed to look for the missing youths.  On February 26th the search party reached their camp and what they found would bring more questions than answers.  It appeared as though something had scared the hikers so badly, that they panicked and ripped a hole in the side of their tent in order to escape, shoeless, into - 20º F (-29º C) snowfall.  It was determined by Soviet authorities that the group had met with a "compelling unknown force" causing them all to flee and ultimately die of exposure with some also suffering significant internal injuries such as broken ribs and fractured skulls.  There have since been many theories put forth as to what this force actually was, but we may never know what was so horrific that it caused this group of experienced adventurers to take leave of their senses and take their chances in the deadly wilderness.  Following the incident, the mountain pass was named "Dyatlov Pass" in honor of the group's leader, Igor Dyatlov. Tonight's Quote: "I wonder what awaits us in this hike? Will anything new happen?" - Zina Kolmogorova from her last diary entry. Show Links: (Links work best in iOS on iTunes or on our webpage at astonishinglegends.com) Archive of a very comprehensive website about the whole Dyatlov story Dyatlov Pass on Wiki Terrific archive of all the photos from the group, in English and Russian Russian website about Dyatlov Forum on the Dyatlov incident Donnie Eichar's "Authors at Google" interview about his book, "Dead Mountain" Book Review of "Dead Mountain" Song: Pixies "Wave of Mutilation" from the album, "Doolittle" YouTube vid about Dyatlov - text pulled from Wiki entry but has good photos Interesting story about a family living isolated for 40 years in Siberia Russian Yeti at Dyatlov? Part 1 of "Golden Symphony" Ellorsith on BandCamp Credits: Episode 023 - 'Dyatlov Pass (Part 1)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle.  Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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78 min
August 29, 2015
The Fermi Paradox
Background: While having lunch near the Los Alamos National Laboratory one day with the likes of Edward Teller, "father of the nuclear bomb" Nobel Prize winning physicist Enrico Fermi wondered out loud (after the topic of recent UFO sightings came up) "Where is everybody?"  Basically what he meant was, if the universe is so seemingly infinite and old, and it's mathematically probable that other star systems have developed intelligent life like ours has, and it's also theoretically possible that an alien civilization with tens or even hundreds of thousands of years of technological advancement could have made it to our galaxy by now, even with sub-lightspeed travel, why haven't we seen any aliens yet?  Tonight, in one of our more conversational shows, we take a broad look at the paradox that bears his name.  By the way, supposed UFO sightings are commonly reported around atomic activities. Tonight's Quote: “It is surely unreasonable to credit that only one small star in the immensity of the universe is capable of developing and supporting intelligent life. But we shall not get to them and they will not come to us.”― P.D. James, The Children of Men Show Links: Jon Stewart Interviews Elizabeth Kolbert In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt's YouTube video on "The Fermi Paradox" Enrico Fermi The Fermi Paradox Frank Drake The Drake Equation Arecibo Message Song: Frank Black - "Parry the Wind High, Low" (WARNING - F Bomb!) Jill Tarter The Hubble Deep Field Image The TED Blog: "Peering Into Space" The TED Radio Hour featuring Jill Tarter and Brian Greene Jill Tarter's full TED Talk regarding SETI Space Travel in Ancient Art (Site is in German so visit with a browser that does translation.) "Why Aren't The Aliens Here Already?" - an article by Adam Frank on NPR's 13.7 blog Former Lockheed "Skunkworks" director Ben Rich and some interesting confessions Tardigrades/Water Bears Above Black: Project Preserve Destiny The CARET Documents Ezekiel and the Wheel The Nuremburg UFO Battle The Basel Switzerland Incident Seth Shostak's Piece in the NY Times about Contacting Other Civilizations If you are unable to click links, visit our website.  Credits: Episode 022 - 'The Fermi Paradox' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design.   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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70 min
August 12, 2015
Oak Island Money Pit Part 3
If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  Legend: Pirate treasure?  English, French or Spanish military plunder? The secret Rosicrucian works of Sir Francis Bacon and therefore also the possible original missing folios of Shakespeare?  Or perhaps the greatest sacred antiquities lost to history, such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Longinus or the menorah from King Solomon's temple?  Or maybe it's all just natural geological processes forming a sinkhole, plain and simple?  These are just some of the theories of what could be down in the infamous and mysterious "Money Pit" on Oak Island, Nova Scotia -- thought by many to be one of the greatest archeological mysteries of North America, and possibly the world. Background: Part 3 of our series picks up from where we left off in Part 2, which covered the years between 1867 and 1965.  Part 3 starts after the tragic accident that befell the Restall crew on August 17, 1965 and continues with the history of the Money Pit up until the present day.  Now that you'll know the entire timeline of the events of the Money Pit's mysterious history, Part 4 will cover all of the major theories of what is or was, down there. Tonight's Quote: "This project, when we get through with it, may or may not make us rich.  But at least we will have solved one of the world's greatest mysteries." ~ David Tobias, one of the founders of the Triton Alliance, Ltd. in 1969 along with Dan Blankenship. If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  Nova Scotia Ashley Morgan's website that covers the main points of the Oak Island story Oak Island Treasure website Google Maps Location of Oak Island The Reader's Digest Article that Inspired the Current Treasure Hunters Ken Polsson's Chronology of the Oak Island Treasure Hunt In Search Of on Oak Island Is Oak Island A Hoax? Credits: Episode 020 - 'Oak Island Money Pit Part 3' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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76 min
August 12, 2015
Oak Island Money Pit Part 2
If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  Legend: Pirate treasure?  English, French or Spanish military plunder? The secret Rosicrucian works of Sir Francis Bacon and therefore also the possible original missing folios of Shakespeare?  Or perhaps the greatest sacred antiquities lost to history, such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Longinus or the menorah from King Solomon's temple?  Or maybe it's all just natural geological processes forming a sinkhole, plain and simple?  These are just some of the theories of what could be down in the infamous and mysterious "Money Pit" on Oak Island, Nova Scotia -- thought by many to be one of the greatest archeological mysteries of North America, and possibly the world. Background: Part 2 of our series on the elusive Money Pit on Oak Island continues from where we left off in Part 1, which covered the initial discovery of the pit in 1795 up to 1867.  Part 2 covers the dissolution of The Oak Island Eldorado Company (later known as the Halifax Company) in 1867 up until a fateful day in 1965, when the island would claim its next four victims in just a matter of minutes.  Tragic as this was, this did not deter the line of treasure seekers from that moment until the present day, even though local legend claims the island will take one more life before it will give up its secrets. Our App on iOS at the App Store - Here And on Google/Play - Here If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  Nova Scotia Ashley Morgan's website that covers the main points of the Oak Island story Google Maps Location of Oak Island The Reader's Digest Article that Inspired the Current Treasure Hunters Ken Polsson's Chronology of the Oak Island Treasure Hunt In Search Of on Oak Island Is Oak Island A Hoax? Credits: Episode 018 - 'Oak Island Money Pit Part 2' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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76 min
August 12, 2015
Oak Island Money Pit Part 4 - The Theories
If you can't click on these links, visit our astonishinglegends.com.  Legend: Pirate treasure?  English, French or Spanish military plunder? The secret Rosicrucian works of Sir Francis Bacon and therefore also the possible original missing folios of Shakespeare?  Or perhaps the greatest sacred antiquities lost to history, such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Longinus or the menorah from King Solomon's temple?  Or maybe it's all just natural geological processes forming a sinkhole, plain and simple?  These are just some of the theories of what could be down in the infamous and mysterious "Money Pit" on Oak Island, Nova Scotia -- thought by many to be one of the greatest archeological mysteries of North America, and possibly the world. Background: Now that you've heard Parts 1 through 3 (hopefully!) covering the entire history and timeline of the Oak Island Money Pit, Part 4 covers most all of the theories out there of who could've built it, what they put down there and why. Tonight's Quote: "...I’ll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I’ll drown my book." ~ Prospero, from William Shakespeare's (or Sir Francis Bacon's?) The Tempest; Act 5, Scene 1, Page 3 If you can't click on these links, visit our website. Apologies for this show being late, our computer died. In an effort to get it posted asap, we've published it even though we are still adding links to the show notes. Visit our webpage for this episode in a few hours for more links than you see listed below! Captain William Kidd The Knights Templar Pope Clement V The Kensington Runestone Nicolas Poussin The First Nations tribe of the Mi'kmaq of Canada's Atlantic Provinces A skeptical investigation of Oak Island by Joe Nickell Christian Rosenkreuz Rosicrucianism The pillars of Solomon's Temple, Boaz and Jachin Robert Fludd Lecture on Spiritual Alchemy and The Great Work Sir Francis Bacon Credits: Episode 021 - 'Oak Island Money Pit Part 4' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design , Special Thanks Tess Pfeifle  Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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183 min
July 7, 2015
Oak Island Money Pit Part 1
Legend: Pirate treasure?  English, French or Spanish military plunder? The secret Rosicrucian works of Sir Francis Bacon and therefore also the possible original missing folios of Shakespeare?  Or perhaps the greatest sacred antiquities lost to history, such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Longinus or the menorah from King Solomon's temple?  Or maybe it's all just natural geological processes forming a sinkhole, plain and simple?  These are just some of the theories of what could be down in the infamous and mysterious "Money Pit" on Oak Island, Nova Scotia -- thought by many to be one of the greatest archeological mysteries of North America, and possibly the world. Background: In 1795, a young Nova Scotia resident named Daniel McGinnis rows out to Oak Island, not far from the mainland to check out what he thinks are strange green lights floating amongst the non-native oak trees that cover the island.  By most accounts, his attention is drawn to a sawed-off limb on a large tree in a clearing, from which a ship's block and tackle are hanging.  Directly below the pulley he finds a 12 foot circular depression in the soil, and immediately thinks this must be a location for buried pirate treasure. Even though the boys related the details of their remarkable discovery to friends, neighbors and relatives, they could find no one to help them with their quest, because of local legends and superstitions. The hunt continues to this day, and many tantalizing clues have emerged from the multitude of holes in the ground as well as the island's surface.  Theories abound as to what enlightened mind could devise such an ingenious feat of engineering, and what group of dedicated souls sworn to secrecy could carry it out.  One thing is certain, some folks went to a lot of trouble to hide something pretty important. If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  Nova Scotia Ashley Morgan's website that covers the main points of the Oak Island story Google Maps Location of Oak Island The Reader's Digest Article that Inspired the Current Treasure Hunters Ken Polsson's Chronology of the Oak Island Treasure Hunt In Search Of on Oak Island Is Oak Island A Hoax?
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75 min
May 30, 2015
Collections and Connections
Have you ever collected anything?  Have you ever been a fan of anything or anyone?  If so, how serious were you about it, how far would you go to obtain a collectible and what would be your most treasured "gets?" Background: After our cold open on Charly Charlie, Scott sits down for a discussion with Astonishing Legends' own intrepid reporter in the field, "Master" Marc D'Andre (you'll find out who called him "Master" later in the episode) to find out about two of his passions: movies and the occasional autograph, letter or interaction from some of his favorite actors and personalities.  Some of Marc's memorable encounters include: the great Robert DeNiro; a phone call from 80s & 90s heartthrob Kelly LeBrock (The Woman in Red, Weird Science); from Star Wars - Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing & Anthony Daniels, and a heartfelt and inspiring correspondence with character actor, Steve James (To Live and Die in L.A., the American Ninja series). Tonight's Quote: "I hope this doesn't sound pompous, but I don't think of myself as famous.  Whatever fame I've got has come through what I've done and associations of things I've done." - Peter Cushing If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  Charly Charlie The Catholic Church's Position on Charly Charlie Vidiots Vidiots Saved 3 Days After Marc's FB Post (Pictured at our Website) Shishito Peppers Night of the Creeps Tom Atkins Kelly LeBrock Peter Cushing Steve James Steve's Website   Final Observations:  Fame and celebrity in our culture are curious things.  On the one hand being famous can make an actor seem quite familiar to the average citizen, while at the same making a personal interaction with them a rare and exclusive occurrence for us mere mortals, especially in the days before the internet.  However, much like the world of the paranormal, if you cast an inquiry out into the void, you just might get a response, whether it's Kelly LeBrock or Charlie Charlie. Credits: Episode 017 - 'Collections and Connections' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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54 min
May 16, 2015
Are We Ever Alone?
Have you ever taken a camping trip by yourself? A trip to get away? Were you alone? Are you sure? Background: Tonight we interview retired Emergency Room Physician and now published author Dr. Richard J. Goldstein who took a simple little camping trip by himself a while back and found that he was not welcome at the campsite he chose. Tonight's Quote: “Ghosts could walk freely tonight, without fear of the disbelief of men; for this night was haunted, and it would be an insensitive man who did not know it.” ~ John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  Haunted Places in New Mexico Jemez Mountains Holy Ghost Campground Chaco Canyon National Geographic's Goo Rain Video  Gutenberg Project Link of The Elephant's Child by Kipling Maria's of Santa Fe Final Observations:  Years ago, Richard J Goldstein encountered something that he cannot explain and that still haunts him to this day. Do you think that we know all that there is to know about life, death and what exists beyond the realm of our comprehension? If this story doesn't make you second guess whatever you already believe then you are way ahead of the rest of us. Credits: Episode 016 - 'Are We Ever Alone?' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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68 min
May 2, 2015
Spring-Heeled Jack
Legend: In 1837, someone or something leapt into history in nine foot bounds, assaulting women and men, breathing fire and tearing at their clothes. What exactly was Spring-Heeled Jack? Background: Tonight we're diving into the history of Spring-Heeled Jack. We're going to take a look at one of the most detailed research papers ever done on him and try to figure out just who or what he might have been. Join us as we unravel the various sightings and take a look at all the plausible explanations that have been put forth over the years and then you can decide for yourself if Spring-Heeled Jack was super natural or a cunning hoax followed by copycat hoaxing for over 150 years. Tonight's Quote: "He also has spring-heeled or india-rubber soled boots, for no man living could leap so lightly, and, I might say, fly across the ground in the manner he did last night.’ ~ GHR Davidson (Greater London Citizen, 1872) If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  Mike Dash Mike's Definitive Paper on Spring-Heeled Jack Spring-Heeled Jack on Wikipedia Was Mass Hysteria Responsible for Jack? A Recent Case of Mass Hysteria You Might Remember from the News The Wikipedia Entry on Steampunk and it's Anachronism's as Mentioned by Forrest Spiritualism, an Influence on the Zeitgeist and Mindset of the Time The Industrial Revolution, Another Possible Influence on the Minds of Witnesses The Red Barn Murder The Incredible Mystery of the Coral Castle A Gutenberg Link to a 1903 Book Detailing A Spring-Heeled Jack Assault (scroll to page 27 as annotated in the right column) Final Observations:  Even if some of these sightings can be explained as exaggerated or explainable by other means, what is at the root of what witnesses first saw all of those years ago that could jump over nine feet in the air? Perhaps that first sighting or the first few were the only real sightings and if so what was it? I lean towards a mechanical contraption of some kind, although I can't imagine it's design and Forrest leans in the direction of something super natural. Credits: Episode 015 - 'Spring-Heeled Jack' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.  Photos: All images Public Domain. Various Spring-Heeled Jack Photos from Penny Dreadful Covers and Portrait of the Marquess of Waterford, a possible Suspect.
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44 min
April 17, 2015
What's Gotten Into You?
Legend: Technically an invasive species has to kill off a pre-existing species to meet the definition of being invasive. After you hear this episode, we'll be you'll agree there are some things though that should be classified as invasive no matter what. Background: Tonight we talk with two guests. One who may never spend the night in New York City with a window open again, and another who although his Texas doctor was ultimately shot to death by a jealous husband, has a story about a visit to his practice a few years earlier that eclipses that event. Tonight's Quote: "Two-legged creatures we are supposed to love as we love ourselves. The four-legged, also, can come to seem pretty important. But six legs are too many from the human standpoint. ~ Joseph W. Krutch (Author, Critic, Naturalist) If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Super Cockroach! The Emerald Cockroach Wasp The Ceti Eel of Star Trek Fame, or Khan's Best Friend Candiru The European Chafer Guinea Worm Disease (Not For the Faint of Heart) The Earwig Worm Removed from Woman's Brain after Eating a Pork Taco? That Thing We Seem to Never Get To   Interesting Facts Jerry Browning's father was Master Chief Petty Officer on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) for 3 years. The Forrestal was named for the first Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal. Mr. Forrestal was the gentleman who multiple witnesses claimed showed up on Saipan to either rescue Amelia Earhart and her navigator, or if determining they were dead, perpetrate a colossal cover-up. Listen to our two part special on Amelia Earhart if this intrigues you. Jerry's doctor, Dr. Kenneth Dooley was gunned down on July 4th, 1984 by Fort Worth District Fire Chief Joe Dinkins after he found out Dr. Dooley was having an affair with his wife Paula, whom he also shot and killed. Dinkins is set to get out of prison soon, and Dr. Dooley's widow just passed away in February of this year. Credits Episode 014 - 'What's Eating You?' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved. Photos: Jerry Browning, copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 - All rights reserved, New York's Super Cockroach - AP, Candiru PD, Ceti Eel Courtesy Khan Noonien Singh, Earwig and European Chafer (June Bug) - PD, Article on Dr. Dooley's Murder (Newspaper Archives)
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77 min
March 20, 2015
The Laughing Indian
Legend: There are many different levels of torment that some ghosts seem to offer, but what could be worse than mocking? Background: When our guest was 12 years old and home alone in upstate New York he experienced an encounter with something heard but not seen. Was it real? What would you have done? Listen to his tale and try to decide if you could have handled it differently. Stories If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  Woodstock, New York The Lenape Tribes of the Eastern US The Mahican Tribes The Magic Meadow An Article on The Magic Meadow A Blog Entry on the Magic Meadow (The Campfire) The Buddhist Monastery Neighboring the Magic Meadow  Interesting Facts: There is a Buddhist Monastery neighboring the Magic Meadow. The woods surrounding the meadow are filled with Buddhist shrines were many offerings are routinely made. For well over 100 years, people have been making journeys to the meadow to make offerings of all different kinds. Credits: Episode 013 - 'The Laughing Indian' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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41 min
March 7, 2015
John Titor and Other Time Travelers
Legend: Time traveler stories have abounded throughout history, but one of the most enduring ones of the past hundred years is the legend of John Titor, a man from the year 2038 who's story of how time travel works proves to be plausible. Background: There are more than few recent stories of folks appearing out of town in old photos or even a Chaplin film and we will visit the most famous of them. Even the guy who found a wormhole while fixing his kitchen sink. If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  The Blue Dress The 25 Best Time Travel Movies Stories of Time Travel - Including John Titor The Solway Firth Spaceman JohnTitor.com The Patent for Titor's Time Machine The Y2038 Problem Schrodinger's Cat Definition of Akimbo Is Everyone a Time Traveler When They're On a Plane? John Titor on Pinterest The C204 Time Displacement Machine Some Background on the 5100 More on the 5100 Current Day Info on IBM's Project Chameleon? More on Chameleon Interesting Facts: There are many UNIX embedded systems that do not keep track of time as it is not relevant to their operation. These machines are not threatened by the Y2038 problem. I was completely wrong about the pronunciation of IMGUR. I apologize to Forrest. Imgur (pronounced /ˈɪmədʒər/like image-er; imager[2] and stylized as imgur) Credits: Episode 012 - 'John Titor and Other Time Travelers' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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81 min
February 19, 2015
The Flirting Ghosts of Norway
Legend: In the 1890's an illicit affair centered around a hotel in Norway ends badly. Are the departed lovers still hanging around the original section of the hotel's top floor? Background: Marc Brugnoni and Marisol McIlvain work for a large travel and entertainment company in their marketing department. This means they frequently are sent to exotic locations around the world to produce high-end filmed content to inspire people to come and visit. On this 2013 trip to the Geiranger Fjord in Norway, they both experience something unexplained in their rooms and their denial of the events drop away when it comes up just prior to the beginning of the next shooting day at breakfast, and that wasn't the end of it. Stories: If you can't click on these links, visit our website.  The Geiranger Fjord Geiranger, Norway The Hotel Union Geiranger More on the Hotel The Hotel Union Oye The Munch Museum in Oslo The Maya Illusion The Radiolab Episode - Seeing in Tongues Credits: Episode 011 - 'The Flirting Ghosts of Norway' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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53 min
February 6, 2015
The Cackowski Intruder
Legend: A spirit visits two siblings multiple times a week for several months during their highschool years. Neither one of them knew it was happening to the other. Background: Comedy and Improv performers, writers and producers, Liz and Craig Cackowski were both visited by something almost nightly for over a year when they were in highschool. It visited them in nearly the identical way several nights a week. They never spoke of it to anyone until 10 years later when they were both out with friends telling ghost stories and Liz found out that her brother had been visited by the same spectral being that haunted her 8 years after him. Stories: If you can't click on this link, visit our website.  Woodbridge, Virginia History of Woodbridge Welcome to the town of Occoquan Wikipedia on Occoquan The House on the Hill in Occoquan Liz Cackowski on Wikipedia Craig Cackowski on the Thrilling Adventure Hour Website Craig doing an interview at Comic Con Sleep Paralysis Hypnagogia Hypnopompic The Intruder from the Dream Dictionary A Stanford Professor's take on Intruders in Dreams Credits: Episode 010 - 'The Cackowski Intruder' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.  photos: The Cackowski Home Copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 All Rights Reserved, The Poltergeist Movie House, The Hallway Outside the Kid's Rooms, Copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 All Rights Reserved, The Cackowski Mirror Wall, Copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 All Rights Reserved, Liz Cackowski Photo by Joe Pugliesi for The Hollywood Reporter, Craig Cackowski photo from Box Angeles Podcast Episode #13, Featured Image - 'The Nightmare' by John Henry Fuseli; Public Domaiun
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73 min
January 22, 2015
The Birds, The Psychic and Ollie the Crime-Fighting Dog
Legend: Bird flies at the window, death knocks at the door. According to legend, if a bird crashes into a window in your house and dies from the collision, it is a portent that someone close to you is going to die. Background: Can someone who's passed away send the living messages by manipulating our world and even other living things in it? That's what Eric Robinson says happened to him and his entire family and when you hear the details, you'll have a hard time drawing a different conclusion. Stories: If you can't click on this link, visit our website.  Eric's story starts out with the passing of his mom in 2004 and the events that lead up to that and followed it as well. A Great List of Eerie Bird Superstitions Bird Flies at the Window, Death Knocks at the Door Moses Maimonides The Wikipedia Page on Maimonides Hervey Medellin The Crime The Arrest of the Perpetrator Interesting Fact:  On the day that Lucille Ball's dad passed away from Typhoid Fever, a bird flew into her house becoming trapped and knocking down a picture. After that event, she had a fear of birds (ornithophobia) for the rest of her life. She didn't even like to see them flying outside and forbid the use of wallpaper with birds on it everywhere she went. Credits: Episode 009 - 'The Birds, the Psychic and Ollie the Crime-Fighting Dog' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design   Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.  photos: Bird Smack by Scott Philbrook Copyright 2015 All Rights Reserved, Robinson Family photo (from Left, Eric's sister, Eric, and his mom about a month before she passed, Copyright Eric Robinson 2015 All Rights Reserved, Eric's Dad's Barbershop via Google Streetview, Moses Maimonides public domain, Ollie the dog, Copyright Eric Robinson 2015 All Rights Reserved, Hervey Medellin and the man who killed him.
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72 min
January 9, 2015
The Devil in the Diner
Background: Have you ever encountered someone other-worldly? Someone who seemed to exude a dark charisma that frightened you with their ability to be so magnetic? Legend: Talented comedy writer, Paula Pell, joins us in this episode for a glimpse over her shoulder at an event from her past that while fleeting, was so poignant it stuck with her for the rest of her life. A chance crossing of paths with what on the surface seemed to be a man, but upon closer inspection felt like much, much more than that. Stories: If you can't click on this link, visit our website.  This story is a personal one and it took place years ago so there are not many images to offer with this particular posting, but we are including at least a link Paula's IMDB page. The crux of this story is in the interview. We hope you enjoy! Happy New Year! Paula's IMDB page with her credits Credits: Episode 008 - 'The Devil in the Diner' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.
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39 min
December 20, 2014
A Krampus Christmas
All pictures from The Running of the Butt Mandle in Bertchesgaden, Germany, Dec 6th 2014. Photos property of Astonishing Legends/Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014 - All Rights Reserved Background: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Krampus? Every part of the world has different traditions at the end of the year. Have you ever stopped to think about the origins of those traditions? Ever stop to think they might be Pagan in nature? Well we not only stopped to think about it, we dove into it and came back with some amazing information, bolstered with an iPhone movie taken only days ago in Germany at one of the strangest, but most interesting traditions of them all, The Krampus! Legend: Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for The Krampus on the front porch waiting for the bad kids so he could kidnap them in the basket on his back and take them away. Stories: If you can't click on these links, visit our website. We've got some good stuff for this one.  Chuck Jones, born in the regions of Mr. F.M. Burgess. Perry Futard (yes I mispelled that on purpose to aggravate Forrest) A link to one of our inspirations, Jim Harold and Scott's favorite show of his, Campfire. Friends of the show, George and Ashley have agreed to share their video from The Running of the Butt Mandle, shot just days ago on December 6th, 2014, clicking this link will put it in your downloads folder, don't worry, it's only 20MB and about 1 minute long. Kindle version of Mary Beth Crain's book, 'Haunted Christmas'. The Venture Brothers - A Very Venture Christmas Credits: Episode 007 - 'A Krampus Christmas' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.  photo sources: All photos by Astonishing Legends, Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.
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51 min
December 11, 2014
Celebrity Cemetery
Background: Marc D'Andre our Correspondent at Large, is back with one of his special tours of the final resting place of not only Marilyn Monroe, but countless Hollywood icons of film and television. Put your headphones on and be transported to the park with Marc as he tells you a little bit about its residents who are probably all going to be glad to know you still care about them. Legend: A large collection of some of the most famous people in the world have been put to rest in this small, unassuming cemetery that is nearly impossible to find if you don't know exactly where it is. Stories: Links for this episode, compiled and curated by Marc D'Andre. If you can't click on these, visit our website. The Park on Wikipedia On Natalie Wood Rebel Without a Cause Trailer w/Natalie Wood A recent article looking into Natalie's death On Bob Crane The Private Passions of Bob Crane Bob's Official Website On Eddie Albert The Green Acres Opening Interesting Fact: While we weren't looking for him, we also stumbled across Jay Sommers at Pierce Brothers. He is buried a short walk from the star of the show he created, based somewhat on an old radio show that he worked on 15 years prior, called "Granby's Green Acres". On Richard Conte Godfather Wiki On Roy Orbison Roy performs 'Pretty Woman' not too many years before he passed away at a concert backed by music giants On Jim Backus Jim's last TV appearance, as Mr. Howell, in an Orville Redenbacher commercial with 'Lovey' from Gilligan's Island Backus as Mr. Magoo On Frank Zappa Frank talks about drugs On Dorothy Stratten Dorothy on Carson from 1980 A people magazine article on Peter Bogdonavich and Dorothy (We linked to both of these in our first show as well) On Carl Wilson Carl performs 'God Only Knows' in a small setting. On Dominique Dunne A People Magazine article on Dominique from 1983 A Vanity Fair article from 1984 about her dad and the case On James Coburn Bruce Lee training at home with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Coburn. James Coburn on The Muppet Show On Peggy Lee Peggy Lee, 'Is That All There Is?' Peggy Lee and the Benny Goodman Orchestra, 'Why Don't You Do Right' 1942 Peggy Lee on the Judy Garland show singing 'I Like Men' in a duet with Judy On Janet Leigh 1995 Article on Janet Leigh in the New York Times about Psycho The infamous 'Psycho' shower scene On Ray Bradbury His official website The Wikipedia page on him A short film on Mr. Bradbury On Carrie Hamilton The Wikipedia page on her An anti-drug PSA she made when she was younger On Eric Douglas The Wikipedia page on Eric An Interview with Eric On Karl Malden An Interview with Karl Malden Karl Malden's monologue from 'On The Waterfront' On Walter Matthau The Trailer for 'The Bad News Bears' Walter's monologue for Jack Lemmon when Jack received the AFI lifetime achievement award On George C. Scott A HuffPo piece on Mr. Scott The movie trailer for 'Patton' On Merv Griffin The Wikipedia page on Merv Buy 'The Merv Griffin Show' An LA Times article from the Wednesday before this posting (12.10.14) Don Rickles and Mr. T on the Merv Griffin Show On Farrah Fawcett Farrah Fawcett: A Life in Pictures (Time Magazine) Vanity Fair on Farrah On Rodney Dangerfield Rodney on bio.com Some of Rodney's best jokes The movie trailer for 'Ladybugs' On Peter Falk A great article on Falk and Cassavettes Falk from 'The In-Laws" On Carroll O'Connor The 'Dean Martin Celebrity Roast' of Carroll O'Connor An article about the death of Carroll's son On Billy Wilder 'The Paris Review' on Billy Wilder The end of 'Some Like It Hot', written and directed by Wilder On Jack Lemmon Roger Ebert interviews Jack Lemmon What role Walter Matthau really wanted to play A great scene from 'Grumpy Old Men' On Sage Stallone An article about Sage and Sly The Wikipedia page on Sage On Dean Martin Martin and Lewis, 'Singin' in the Rain' Dean Martin, Ted Knight & Tim Conway On Burt Lancaster Roger Ebert interviews Burt Lancaster Movie trailer for 'Birdman of Alcatraz' On Marilyn Monroe Vanity Fair on Marilyn Monroe Crime Library on her death Her Life Magazine covers from '52 to '62 On Richard Poncher The bid on the slot above Marilyn at Pierce Brothers Crypt remains unsold On Buddy Rich Buddy's appearance on 'The Jerry Lewis Show' Buddy on 'The Muppet Show' On Christopher George A great review of 'Pieces' A scene with Christopher from 'Pieces' On Mel Torme´ The Wikipedia page on Mel Mel's music streaming On Swifty Lazar A Hollywood Reporter piece on Swifty Cher and Swifty at the Oscars in 1986 On John Cassavettes The New York Times on Cassavettes Roger Ebert on Cassavettes On Eva Gabor Some great quotes by Eva Eva as Mystery Guest on 'What's My Line?' with Jim Backus as a bonus! On Armand Hammer The Straight Dope on Armand Hammer and Arm & Hammer The Wikipedia page on Armand Hammer On Don Knotts The New York Times on Knotts bio.com on Knotts Don Knotts as The Nervous Weatherman On Truman Capote A Vanity Fair Article on Truman And another Capote and Groucho Marx on Dick Cavett On Heather O'Rourke Snopes.com report on the strange deaths surround the 'Poltergeist' movie Bio.com on the 'Poltergeist Curse' On Groucho Marx Some great Groucho quotes Cemetery Guide on Groucho   Interesting Fact: People often leave tokens of love and appreciation on gravestones. Sometimes they leave change. Although the origins of this are muddy, some believe that if you leave some change, the deceased will grant you a wish. Others believe in the change as an offering that dates back to being able to pay the toll to be ferried across the River Styx by Charon (Greek Mythology). Credits: Episode 006 - 'Celebrity Cemetery' Produced by Scott Philbrook,Forrest Burgess, & Marc D'Andre, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.  photo sources: all photos by Scott Philbrook for Astonishing Legends.
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42 min
November 27, 2014
Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 2)
Legend: Did Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan live short lives as castaways, or were they lost at sea after running out of fuel and ditching their Lockheed Electra 10E? Maybe they were taken prisoner, interrogated and eventually executed by the Japanese in Saipan? If none of those are right, maybe Amelia changed her identity and lived her days out as a woman named Irene Bolam who settled down in New Jersey? This episode is part 2 of a special about aviation's most famous disappearance of all time, that of Amelia Earhart. Stories: Normally we break these down a little more, but it's Thanksgiving Day and I've got to get in the kitchen. All links as promised from this episode are below. If you can't click on these, visit our website. Triangulating Amelia's last radio signals, Youtube. TIGHAR's Smoking Gun, Artifact 2-2-v-1, The Aluminum Panel The 1991 LA Times Article by Paul Dean discounting 2-2-v-1 Earhart and Noonan's Take-off from Lae, Papua New Guinea. TIGHAR's Wire & Rope Movie Mike Campbell's Blog, Earhart Truth. TIGHAR's Debris Field Analysis TIGHAR on the Bevington Object Prepping the Electra for the trip. The In Search Of on Amelia Earhart The SS Norwich City The Consolidated PBY on Wikipedia TIGHAR's PBY Rebuttal, posted just days ago TIGHAR's page on the Norwich City shipwreck. TIGHAR on feasibility of Betty Klenck hearing Amelia. A diagram of Betty Klenck's shortwave radio antenna. Betty Klenck's notes from the day she thought she heard Amelia. SKIP on CB Radios. Documentary, Earhart's Electra. World of Mysteries Documentary supporting Elgen Long's hypothesis. The Chater Report. Flight Route Map Nauticos Mike Campbell's Book, The Truth at Last on Amazon. Richard Martini's Film, Earhart's Electra on Amazon. Earhart on Saipan, Martini and Mike Harris' website.  Credits: Episode 005 - 'Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 2)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.
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122 min
November 14, 2014
Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 1)
Background: Amelia Earhart is one of the most famous aviators in the world and she flew into the history books in July of 1937 when she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Lae, Papua New Guinea for Howland Island. They never made it. Come with us on part 1 of this 2 part special while we take you back to what her life was really like in the years leading up to her vanishing. Legend: There are dozens of theories about Amelia's disappearance, most of which don't hold water, but there are three or four that any one of which proven true would make for one of the most fantastic tales ever told. This episode is about aviation's most famous disappearance of all time, Amelia Earhart. Stories (Links work best in iOS on iTunes or on our webpage at astonishinglegends.com) On Amelia Earhart: The Wikipedia Page on Amelia Her Official Website A great History Channel Page on Amelia The 99's Her Lockheed Electra 10E Special Her Lockheed Vega 5B Interesting Facts: Contrary to popular belief, Amelia was considered by many, including close friends, not to be a great pilot. Paul Mantz supposedly cited pilot error after their failed take-off in Hawaii (he later died of pilot error himself). Her lack of finesse was also apparent on various occasions when she would compete in air races and finish far in the field with a bouncy landing in front of all the spectators. No one on Earth ever doubted her courage however.  On Fred Noonan: The Wikipedia Page on Fred A History Channel Page on Fred Interesting Facts: Noonan had reportedly wanted to open a navigation school and saw his participation in the circumnavigation as a way to generate interest. Unfortunately he was lost at sea.  On Paul Mantz: Wikipedia Page on Mantz Youtube Video showing Paul Mantz's final fatal accident. Interesting Facts: Paul Mantz became a movie stuntman and died filming 'Flight of the Phoenix'. Credits: Episode 004 - 'Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 1)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.
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47 min
October 30, 2014
Greyfriars Kirkyard Halloween Special
Welcome to episode 3 of Astonishing Legends! This episode is about the most well documented ongoing physical haunting in the world at the legendary Greyfriars Kirkyard Links for folks who are interested! (Links not clickable in all podcast apps, visit our website if they aren't working for you.) The Kirkyard - The Wikipedia entry on Greyfriars Kirkyard. Greyfriars Bobby - The Wikipedia page on Bobby. The Disney Movie. Covenanter's Prison - On Covenanters. A memorial to the battle. Bloody George Mackenzie -  The Wikipedia page on Bloody George. Interesting Fact about Mackzenzie: He had several male children, but every single one of them died before they could father a child.  The Black Mausoleum - Pictures of the source of evil.  The Battle of Bothwell Brig - Wikipedia page on the battle. St. Giles Kirk - The High Kirk of Scotland, where it all started.  Plague Masks - Fun visit from the Doctor? City of the Dead Tours - Website Outstanding Book if you're interested in this story - The Ghost that Haunted Itself, by Jan-Andrew Henderson      AL003
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65 min
October 17, 2014
Queen Mary & The Haunted Valentine
Welcome to episode 2 of Astonishing Legends! This episode is about the floating hotel that the RMS Queen Mary has become and how she treats a couple of guests who've selected her for a romantic Valentine's Day getaway.  Links for folks who are interested! (Links not clickable in all podcast apps, visit our website if they aren't working for you.) The RMS Queen Mary - The Wikipedia entry on the Queen Mary.. The award for the fastest Atlantic crossing by a cruise ship, the Blue Riband. A timeline of her history from the Hotel website.  Some amazing older photos of her. The Queen Mary during World War II from the Hotel Website. A great article on rogue waves, including the one that hit the Queen Mary. A brief page on hauntings aboard her. There are many hundreds of websites on this. Here's a page detailing WWII troop crossings, aboard her. More amazing photos of her history.   John Pedder & Watertight Door 13 - A brief site discussing the death of John Pedder at watertight door #13.   The Munich - The Munich and the story as it's understood about her sinking.   The HMS Curacoa - Here's the wikipedia entry on the HMS Curacoa.   Indrid Cold -  A good page on Indrid Culd.   The Poseidon Adventure (original 1972) - One of the best original disaster movies there is, inspired by the Queen Mary and her brush with capsizing.    AL002
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45 min
October 2, 2014
Hollywood Ending
Welcome to the first episode of Astonishing Legends! This episode is about what The City of Angels gives back when you come here seeking fame and fortune and includes a death tour among the Hollywood Hills with a visit to a particularly macabre destination at the end.  Links for folks who are interested! (Links work best in iOS only on iTunes or on our webpage at astonishinglegends.com) Full URL's shared at bottom of text if your podcast app doesn't show them as clickable. On Dorothy Stratten -  A fan site dedicated to Dorothy.  The Wikipedia entry on Dorothy. An interview with Peter Bogdanavich from People Magazine in 1989 about Dorothy. Dorothy on Johnny Carson in 1980. Pictures of Dorothy and Paul Snider, the loser pimp and her murderer.  More on Dorothy and Paul and her Death. Interesting Fact: Sleazeball Paul Snider had to get Dorothy's mom to sign a waiver so he could have her professionally photographed nude when he 'discovered' her in Canada because she was underaged. Paul, strangely, was also friends with Max Baer (Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies), and Max, at one point dated Sharon Tate.  On the Manson-Tate Murder and 10050 Cielo Drive - 10050 Cielo Drive, the infamous house. The Wikipedia entry on Sharon Tate. This day in History (History Channel) Sharon Tate. Find-a-death on Sharon Tate. Interesting Fact: Trent Reznor was the last resident of the house before it was torn down and the address was changed. He recorded 'The Downward Spiral' here in fact, in a studio he named 'Le Pig' as an homage(?) to the murder. He reportedly had not thought much of being in the house past it being a part of 'American Folklore', in his words, until he met Tate's sister by chance and she asked him point blank if he was trying to capitalize on her death. He ultimately moved out before the house was torn down, but he took the front door with him and uses it at the new version of his recording studio to this day. On Lana Turner and Johnny Stompanato - The Wikipedia entry on Lana Turner. The Wikipedia entry on Johnny Stompanato. The Wikipedia entry on Lana's daughter, Cheryl. Lana & Johnny - Crime Library Link The Daily Mirror Newspaper from that day.   On Yvette Vickers -  The Wikipedia entry on Yvette Vickers.  A People Magazine Article on Yvette. HuffPo on Yvette's cause of death. A good blog entry on Yvette. Another article. An amazing intimate portrait with Yvette as told by someone who knew her personally. Interesting Fact: Paul Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward was none too pleased with Yvette's on set chemistry with Newman during the filming of HUD and saw to it that she was nearly cut out of the film entirely. This happened to Yvette more than once, who herself confessed to being flirty, but most certainly not a tramp and completely monogamous when she was with someone. Jealousy in Hollywood can be a true monster and it's fair to say that it contributed to the death of all of the starlets featured in this episode of our show.  Connections: Max Baer was friends with and briefly dated Sharon Tate. Sharon Tate was murdered in the house that Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon lived in after they got married. Cary broke up with Yvette Vickers to marry Dyan.  http://www.dorothystratten.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Stratten http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20119405,00.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SahoSvAAbH4 http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/s/Dorothy%20Stratten/dorothy_stratten.htm http://www.franksreelreviews.com/shorttakes/stratton.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10050_Cielo_Drive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Tate http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/actress-sharon-tate-found-murdered http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/t/tate/tate_murders.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lana_Turner http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Stompanato http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Crane http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/famous/lana_turner/8.html http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedailymirror/2008/04/johnny-stompana.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvette_Vickers http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20487308,00.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/13/yvette-vickers-cause-of-d_n_861762.html http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2011/05/09/kansas-citys-yvette-vickers-from-playmate-to-mummy http://www.theweek.co.uk/people-news/5801/%E2%80%9850-foot-woman%E2%80%99-starlet-may-have-been-dead-year http://www.john-odowd.com/writings/remembering-my-friend-yvette-vickers-page-2/  AL001
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