Ep 75: The Jersey Devil - Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 2)

“When the horses heard the Devil scream, they’d carry on so you’d think they were gonna tear the barn down. You could hear the Devil scream a long way off when the horses would quiet down. People may say there’s nothing to it but I know darned well there is.”

– Amanda Sutts’ 1900 eyewitness account from Loren Coleman and Bruce G. Hallenbeck’s book, Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State

 
Location: Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  The Jersey Devil's territory isn't just confined to the coastal region of New Jersey's Pine Barrens.  Long before the "Leeds Devil" story became part of the local lore in the mid-18th century, the Native Americans of the Leni Lenape tribe had noted a strange creature in the area and named the nearby creek "Popuessing" meaning, "Place of the dragon."  Also according to Loren Coleman and Bruce Hallenbeck in their book, Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State, in 1677, Swedish explorers found strange footprints in the rocks near the same creek and renamed it "Drake Kill" – "drake" also meaning dragon.
 

Background: 

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.

 
 

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Related Books:

The Jersey Devil
By James F McCloy, Ray Miller Jr.
The Jersey Devil
By Hunter Shea
Phantom of the Pines: More Tales of the Jersey Devil
By James F. McCloy, Ray, Jr. Miller
The Flight of Dragons
By Peter Dickinson
 

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Credits:

Episode 75: The Jersey Devil – Prince of the Pine Barrens (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.

Ep 74: The Jersey Devil - Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 1)

“It was neither beast, nor man, nor spirit, but a hellish brew of all three.” 
– Vance Larner, writing in his diary about his encounter with the Jersey Devil in 1790.
 
 
Leeds Point, Galloway, New Jersey, United States.  As the most popular version of the legend of the Jersey Devil goes, Deborah Leeds (nee Smith) emigrated from England to marry Daniel Leeds in the mid-Eighteenth century.  When her 13th child was born, she cursed the difficult labor and the already impoverishing cicumstances of a brood of 12, and invoked the Devil.  The infant became a ghastly cryptid and has haunted the New Jersey Pine Barrens ever since.  Some legends have it as a "Mrs. Shrouds" as the beast's mother.
 

Background: 

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?

 

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Related Books:

The Jersey Devil
By James F McCloy, Ray Miller Jr.
The Jersey Devil
By Hunter Shea
The Flight of Dragons
By Peter Dickinson
Phantom of the Pines: More Tales of the Jersey Devil
By James F. McCloy, Ray, Jr. Miller
 

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Episode 74: The Jersey Devil: Prince of the Pine Barrens (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.

Ep 73: Orfeo Angelucci - Secret of the Saucers

“I had the uncomfortable feeling as they studied me that they knew every thought in my mind; everything I'd ever done and a vast amount about me that I didn't even know myself. Intuitively, I sensed that I stood in a kind of spiritual nakedness before them."

– Orfeo Angelucci, The Secret of the Saucers

 
Location: Approximate spot down by the Los Angeles River, where Orfeo Angelucci would have a converstaion with a brotherly extraterrestrial who would later reveal the secret of our planet and what Orfeo and the rest of us must do to ensure a peaceful fate.
 

Background:

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.

 
 

Related Books:

The Secret of the Saucers
By Ofreo M. Angelucci
Communion: A True Story
By Whitley Strieber
 

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Episode 73: Orfeo Angelucci – The Secret of the Saucers.  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.

Ep 72: Richard Hatem, Screenwriter of The Mothman Prophecies

"What do you look like?"
"It depends on who's looking."
Richard Gere's character, John Klein questioning the interdimensional being, Indrid Cold, from the 2002 motion picture, The Mothman Prophecies
 
Point Pleasant, West Virginia, where locals reported seeing an otherworldly creature, who would later become dubbed as the "Mothman."  John Keel's investigation into the incidents would later become a book as well as a motion picture.  
 

Background:

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 TerritoryGrimm, 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.  

 

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Related Books:

The Mothman Prophecies
Starring Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Shane Callahan, David Eigenberg, Ron Emanuel
JADOO
By John A. Keel
Our Haunted Planet
By John A. Keel
Disneyland of the Gods
By John Keel
 

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Episode 72: Richard Hatem, Screenwriter of The Mothman Prophecies.  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.

Ep: 71 Pere Cheney: The Town that Disappeared

“Where there is mystery, it is generally suspected there must also be evil.”

— Lord George Gordon Byron

 
The spot where the hopeful town of Pere Cheney, Michigan once stood, halfway between the current towns of Grayling and Roscommon.  All that's left standing are a few gravestones in the town's cemetery, since most have been vandalized and destroyed and the buildings have long since vanished.  You can still legally visit the cemetery during daylight hours, but you'll need to know exactly where it is, along with a vehicle with enough ground clearance and a bit of courage, of course.  But be forewarned — those that desecrate the graves of the dead will live just long enough to regret it. 
 

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.

 
 

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Episode 71: Pere Cheney: The Town that Disappeared.  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. 

Ep: 70 Henry Plummer (Part 3) - Interview with Frederick Allen

“The severest justice may not always be the best policy.”

- President Abraham Lincoln

 
Location: Nevada City, Montana.  Settled on June 6, 1863, it was one of two major commerce towns in the territory, along with its sister city, Virginia City, MT.  Presently, Nevada City has been restored as an Outdoor Living History Historical Museum and tourist attraction.
 

Background:

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.

 
 

Related Books:

The Vigilantes of Montana
By Thomas Dimsdale
Vigilante Days and Ways
By Nathaniel Pitt Langford
Idaho's Vigilantes
By William J. McConnell, James S. Reynolds
 

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Episode 70: The Sheriff and Outlaw Henry Plummer (Part Three) - Interview with author Frederick Allen.  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. Photos taken by Forrest Burgess, Copyright July, 2004.

    Ep: 69 The Sheriff and Outlaw Henry Plummer (Part 2)

     
     
     
    Location: Virginia City, Montana.  Considered a "Living Ghost Town," Virginia City offers visitors a well-preserved glimpse into the life of prospectors and pioneers of mid-nineteenth century America and was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1961.  The proposed original name for the town was "Verina" after the wife of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, by men whose loyalties lay with the Secessionists.  However, a Connecticut judge, G. G. Bissell, a Unionist, staunchly objected and recorded it as "Virginia City."
     

    Background:

    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.

     

     
     

    Related Books:

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    By Thomas Dimsdale
    Vigilante Days and Ways
    By Nathaniel Pitt Langford
    Idaho's Vigilantes
    By William J. McConnell, James S. Reynolds
     

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    Credits:

    Episode 69: The Sheriff and Outlaw Henry Plummer (Part Two).  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. Gallery slideshow photos by Forrest Burgess, taken July 2004, ©2004.  All content Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    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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    Related Books:

    The Vigilantes of Montana
    By Thomas Dimsdale
    Vigilante Days and Ways
    By Nathaniel Pitt Langford
    Idaho's Vigilantes
    By William J. McConnell, James S. Reynolds
     

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    Episode 68: The Sheriff and Outlaw Henry Plummer (Part One).  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.

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

     

    Background:

    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.

     
    Timeline
    By Michael Crichton
     

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    Episode 67-1 - BONUS - Flight 19 AND Remote Viewing 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.

    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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    Episode 67 - Flight 19 (Part 3) 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.

    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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    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.

     

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    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.

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    “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.

     

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    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.

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    “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 promot