Ep: 68 The Sheriff and Outlaw Henry Plummer

 
 
Location: The town of Bannack, Montana, now a ghost town you can visit, with many buildings still standing.  Nearby is the still-lively ghost town of Virginia City, Montana, which hosts public festival events, Old West reenactments, and well-preserved historical displays.
 

Background:

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.

 

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Ep: 67-1 BONUS: Flight 19 and Remote Viewing

 

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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.

 
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Ep: 67 Flight 19 (Part 3)

 
 

Approximate radio triangulation of Flight 19's last known position based on their course of 270º 

 

Background

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.

 

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Ep: 66 Flight 19 (Part 2)

 

Patrick Air Force Base, formerly US Naval Air Station, Banana River, where a Martin Mariner rescue plane, PBM-5 "Squadron Training No. 49" would launch from and soon go missing itself.

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?"

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Movie of Google Earth routing of Navigation Problem Number One as well as a very loose and generally untrustworthy map of the route Flight 19 might have taken before disappearing. I failed to mention the location of the Martin Mariner's purported explosion in this audio, but you can clearly see the placemark for it on the map. NOTE: For the first several days, this video had no audio. Well now it's back, it's longer and I'm blathering on all the way through it. - Scott

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Ep: 65 Flight 19 (Part 1)

 

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport, formerly US Naval Air Station Ft. Lauderdale, where Flight 19 departed from on December 5th, 1945.

 

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?

 

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Ep: 63 The Nazi Bell, Part 2

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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?

 

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Ep: 62 The Nazi Bell, Part 1

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Background: 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

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Ep: 61 The Kecksburg Incident

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1 ) Regional/Pennsylvania and Multi-state Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Director, John Ventre; 2) This is a replica model of what was described by eye-witnesses as the craft that crashed in Kecksburg. This styrofoam model was made for the episode about the event on the television program, Unsolved Mysteries. After the show's production, the town's representatives asked the producers of Unsolved Mysteries if they could keep the model and put it on display and the producers agreed. It currently resides on a pedestal near the town's Volunteer Fire Department station. Photo credit: "Navy2004" under CC BY-SA 3.0. 3) Photo Credit: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's website. This is the General Electric Mark II Missile Re-entry Vehicle thought by John Ventre and Owen Eichler to be the actual item that crash-landed in Kecksburg, PA. From the Smithsonian's webpage description: This is an unflown Mark 2 reentry vehicle (RV) that carried the nuclear warhead atop the U.S. Air Force Thor intermediate-range ballistic missiles and early test versions of the Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Made by General Electric, the blunt nose is copper and the rest of the metal is stainless steel. It is the only operational "heat sink" RV the United States employed and was designed to protect the warhead from the tremendous heat generated during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere by absorption. This artifact was transferred by the U.S. Air Force Museum to the Smithsonian Museum in 1975. The copper cladding on the vehicle is what is thought to have given the trailing fiery tail the green coloring; 4) A vintage USAF photo of an unused Mark II RV in its holding rack on display; 5) An image of what some believe the crashed object was, a Russian space probe called Kosmos 96; 6) Photograph showing object's smoke trail over Royal Park, Michigan on December 9th, 1965 at 4:43 p.m. E.S.T. by Richard Champine. 2 miles east of Pontiac, Michigan. The Photo was taken approximately 45 seconds after the fireball passed.

 

Background:

So often the event of a mysterious object falling to earth has too few witnesses or leaves no evidence, but this is not the case with the "Kecksburg UFO Incident" unless you ask the US Army. On December 9, 1965, a fiery object streaked across the afternoon skies over at least six US states and Ontario, Canada and was seen by thousands, with many claiming it even seemed to be under "intelligent control." The object crash-landed in the woods near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, where first-responders and local eye-witnesses said it looked like a giant acorn with some reporting strange lettering around a band near the bottom that resembled Egyptian hieroglyphs. If it was only a meteor as was first reported, then the Army and unknown government agents sure took an immediate interest in a commonplace astronomical event, cordoning off the crash site and hauling away the object and other possible items on flatbed trucks under tight security. So what was it? Tonight we ask Multi-state Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Director, John Ventre, who along with engineer and researcher Owen Eichler, have come up with a hypothesis that might be the most plausible explanation for the identity of this object, although of course some credible researchers still have questions.

Tonight's Quote:

“As a specialized aspect of its overall material exploitation program, Headquarters USAF has established Project Moon Dust to locate, recover and deliver descended foreign space vehicles.”

— The Betz Memo, November 3, 1961

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Ep: 60 The Count of Saint Germain, Part 3

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1 )The Wandering Jew by Gustave Doré. 2) Image of the inscription from The Count of St. Germain’s “Triangle Book,” which seems to be a collection of coded symbols related to alchemy or lost ancient wisdom. Notice the sigil of the dragon, a symbol significant in alchemy. 3) Sirhan Sirhan, the man convicted for the 1968 assassination of U.S. SenatorRobert F. Kennedy. To this day, Sirhan claims he had no memory of the event. Sirhan used to frequent an occult shop in New Orleans and is said to have always carried a copy of Madame Helena Blavatsky’s book, The Secret Doctrine. It is also said that it was the first book he asked for when imprisoned. 4) Isaac (ben Solomon) Luria Ashkenazi (1534 – July 25, 1572) was a foremost rabbi and Jewish mystic in the community of Safed in the Galilee region of Ottoman Syria. He is considered the father of contemporary Kabbalah, his teachings being referred to as Lurianic Kabbalah. 5) American comedian, impressionist, and actor Kevin Pollak, known for his roles in The Usual Suspects and A Few Good Men, and for his regular appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. There are those that believe he closely resembles the one known painting/engraving of The Count. 6) Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is best known for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages. Hall wrote the foreword for The Count’s book The Most Holy Trinosophia. “Acquisition of the Manly Palmer Hall Collection in 1995 provided the Getty Research Institute with one of the world’s leading collections of alchemy, esoterica, and hermetica.” 7) Rembrandt’s A Man in Armour, dated 1655; oil on canvas; now residing at the Kelvingrove Art Galler and Museum, Glasgow. Rudolf Steiner once identified Rembrandt’s painting “A Man in Armour” as a portrait of Christian Rosenkreuz, apparently in a 17th-century manifestation. 8) From Wikipedia: The Tree of Life is a classic descriptive term for the central mystical symbol used in the Kabbalah of esoteric Judaism, also known as the 10 Sephirot. Its diagrammatic representation, arranged in 3 columns/pillars, derives from Christian and esoteric sources and is not known to the earlier Jewish tradition. The tree, visually or conceptually, represents as a series of divine emanations God’s creation itself ex nihilo, the nature of revealed divinity, the human soul, and the spiritual path of ascent by man. In this way, Kabbalists developed the symbol into a full model of reality, using the tree to depict a map of Creation. 9) Jiddu Krishnamurti (11 May 1895 – 17 February 1986) was a philosopher, speaker, and writer. In his early life, he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization behind it. 10) Elizabeth Clare Prophet (April 8, 1939 – October 15, 2009) was an American New Age minister and religious figure, author, orator, and writer. 11) A visual interpretation of Christian Rosenkreuz (also spelled Rosenkreutz) “Frater C.R.C. (Christian Rosy Cross)” thought to be the legendary, possibly allegorical, founder of the Rosicrucian Order (Order of the Rosy Cross). He is presented in three manifestos that were published early in the 17th century. These were: Fama Fraternitatis; Confessio Fraternitatis and The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. 12) Edgar Cayce (March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) was an American Christian mystic who answered questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, and future events while in a trance. A biographer gave him the nickname, “The Sleeping Prophet.” A nonprofit organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment, was founded to facilitate the study of Cayce’s work. A hospital and a university were also established. 13) Count Alessandro di Cagliostro (2 June 1743 – 26 August 1795) was the alias of the occultist Giuseppe Balsamo ([dʒuˈzɛppe ˈbalsamo]; in French usually referred to as Joseph Balsamo). Cagliostro was an Italian adventurer and self-styled magician. He became a glamorous figure associated with the royal courts of Europe where he pursued various occult arts, including psychic healing, alchemy and scrying. 14) Helena Petrovna “Madame” Blavatsky (12 August [O.S. 31 July] 1831 – 8 May 1891) was a Russian occultist, spirit medium, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875. She gained an international following as the leading theoretician of Theosophy, the esoteric movement that the society promoted. 15) Late 60s or 70s artwork depicting the cultural and astrological Age of Aquarius. 16) Scott’s handiwork in Photoshop depicting a melding of Kevin Pollak and The Count’s visages.

 

Background:

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

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Ep: 59 The Count of Saint Germain, Part 2

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1 & 2 ) What is thought to be an image of the Count of Saint Germain. From Wikipedia: An engraving of the Count of St. Germain by Nicolas Thomas made in 1783, after a painting then owned by the Marquise d’Urfe and now apparently lost. Contained at the Louvre in France; 3 & 4) Isabel Cooper-Oakley 5) Francis II Rakoczy (The Count’s Father?) 6) Horace Walpole 7) Voltaire 8) Louis XV by Maurice Quentin de la Tour 1748 9) Louix XV by Rigaud 1730 10) Madame du Pompadour by Boucher 11) Rosicrucian Symbol 12) Prince Carl Hesse-Cassel 13 & 14) Chateau du Chambord 15) Alchemy

 

Background:

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.

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1 & 2 ) What is thought to be an image of the Count of Saint Germain. From Wikipedia: An engraving of the Count of St. Germain by Nicolas Thomas made in 1783, after a painting then owned by the Marquise d’Urfe and now apparently lost. Contained at the Louvre in France; 3 & 4) Isabel Cooper-Oakley 5) Francis II Rakoczy (The Count’s Father?) 6) Horace Walpole 7) Voltaire 8) Louis XV by Maurice Quentin de la Tour 1748 9) Louix XV by Rigaud 1730 10) Madame du Pompadour by Boucher 11) Rosicrucian Symbol 12) Prince Carl Hesse-Cassel 13 & 14) Chateau du Chambord 15) Alchemy

 

Background:

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

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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.

Ep: 057 Second Chances

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1 ) Rod Hull and his Emu, publicity shot 2) Astronaut John Glenn 3) Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer 4) Alcides Moreno Before his 47 Floor Fall 5 -6) The Groesbeck Dodge Caliber in the Spanish Fork River (Spanish Fork Police Dept).7-8) The Hatbox Baby (Sharon Elliott) just after she was found. 9) Sharon Elliott now.

 

Background:

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

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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.

Ep: 056 Unhappy Endings

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1 ) Sigurd the Mighty, the first earl of Orkney, displaying the head of his vanquished foe, Máel Brigte of Moray, also known as “Máel the Bucktoothed” or “Máel Tusk.” It was that wayward tooth that would ultimately be the downfall of Sigurd himself. 2) A depiction of Sigurd’s battle challenge to Máel Brigte, where each ruler was supposed to bring 40 men, but the treacherous Sigurd brought two men to a horse, doubling his chances. Sigurd’s demise indeed proved cheaters never prosper, or survive sepsis. 3) Draco the Lawgiver – c. 7th century BC legislator of Ancient Athens Greece. The term “Draconian” was coined due to his lack of understanding of mercy in meting out punishment, Killed by congratulatory haberdashery. 4) The young king Philip of France (1116–1131), son of King Louis VI “the Fat,” being killed by a boar. (British Library, Royal 16 G VI f. 309) Credit: By Chroniques de Saint-Denis – Royal 16 G VI, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11965944; 5) Depiction of the battle of Shays’ Rebellion, where Daniel Shays and 4000 followers tried to take the Springfield Armory by force, and ultimately overthrow the nascent U.S. government. It is where Jabez Spicer was fatefully shot through the same one or two bullet holes in his coat, that his brother Daniel was shot through 3 years earlier. 6) St. Lawrence of Rome, who while being flame-broiled by Emperor Valerian in 258 A.D., is said to have cheekily remarked to his grill masters, “I’m well done – turn me over!” This possibly apocryphal remark is what led to him becoming the patron saint of chefs, comedians, and firefighters. 7) A scene from the 1921 play, “Rossum’s Universal Robots” where the robots ain’t havin’ it; 8) From Wikipedia: U.S. WPA Federal Theatre Project poster for the production of “Rossum’s Universal Robots” by the Marionette Theatre, New York, 1939. It premiered on 25 January 1921 and introduced the word “robot” to the English language and to science fiction as a whole. 9) Isadora Duncan – dancer, choreographer, scarf and convertible enthusiast. Unlike Draco, this time killed by her own haberdashery; 10) The cassowary – one badass bird.

 

Background:

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)

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Ep: 055 Astonishing TV 1

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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

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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.

Ep: 054 Mothman Part 4B

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1 ) A man who had just moved to the Point Pleasant, West Virginia area for work claims he saw a creature jumping from tree to tree while driving along State Highway 2. He pulled over and snapped some photos. Although he doesn’t wish to be identified, he claims the photos are unaltered and since he’s new to the area, was unaware of the Mothman legend. The photo is from a news story posted on Monday, 21 November 2016 by Charleston West Virginia’s WCHS TV Channel 8, the ABC affiliate in the area; 2) Author John A. Keel; 3) Zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson; 4) Author Brad Steiger; 5) Author Gray Barker.

 

Background:

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

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Ep: 053 Mothman Part 4A

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1 ) Copper thunderbird from the Smyth site, Amoskeag Falls, Manchester, New Hampshire. Source: Bouck and Richardson, 2007. 2) A frame from DC Comic’s Batman #63 (© 1951) featuring the supervillain “Killer Moth” (Drury Walker), who was ultimately defeated by Batgirl. 3) Thunderbirds at the Peterborough Petroglyph site. Source: Vastokas and Vastokas, 1973:93. 4) A glyph of the Native American Piasa. From Wikipedia: The Piasa or Piasa Bird is a Native American dragon depicted in one of two murals painted by Native Americans on bluffs (cliffsides) above the Mississippi River. Its original location was at the end of a chain of limestone bluffs in Madison County, Illinois at present-day Alton, Illinois. The original Piasa illustration no longer exists; a newer 20th-century version, based partly on 19th-century sketches and lithographs, has been placed on a bluff in Alton, Illinois, several hundred yards upstream from its origin. 5) Sketch: The Mothman Meets His End by our friend and fan of the show, illustrator Stacey Rozich, ©2015. Pen on paper medium – which is the back of L.A.’s Bigfoot Lodge Trivia Night answer sheet. See her professional portfolio here: http://www.staceyrozich.com/.

 

Background:

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

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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.

Ep: 052 Mothman Part 3

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1 ) An original depiction of the elderly man encountering the Mothman from Part 2 of the series custom created for Astonishing Legends by Chad Lewis. All rights reserved. Other images associated with the series have already been posted. There will be some new images with Part 4 – The Theories

 

Background:

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

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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.

Ep: 051 Mothman Part 2

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1 ) Earliest depiction of Chief Cornstalk from an 1872 Drawing in John Frost’s book Pictorial History of Indian Wars and Captivities (illustrator not cited) 2) Painting of Chief Cornstalk, source unfindable 3) A portrait of Chief Cornstalk 4) Plaque at Cornstalk Monument 5) Cornstalks Monument 6) A replica of Fort Randolph (both 4,5 & 6 By Kevin Myers at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,) 7) Bloodmobile in Point Pleasant PD 8) The Sheraton Niagara Falls where the MIB were seen. 9) A screenshot from the security video in the Sheraton Lobby 10) An alleged Man in Black taken in October 1966 in Elizabeth New Jersey by James W. Moseley 11) An alleged MIB Cadillac on the street in Elizabeth NJ where MIB showed up to question people about a UFO sighting. 12-15) The Silver Bridge as it stood before it collapsed. 16-24) The aftermath of the collapse of the Silver Bridge. Photographer unknown.

 

Background:

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

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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. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.

Ep: 050 Mothman

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1 ) Indrid Cold as portrayed for Astonishing Legends by Chad Lewis (all rights reserved) 2) The original article detailing the incident at the TNT plant. 3) John Keel as he looked back then. 4) The UK cover of Keel’s Mothman Book 5) Woodrow ‘Woody’ Derenberger being interviewed. 6-8) Various sketches by eyewitnesses and authors including Loren Coleman

 

Background:

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

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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.