Ep 110: Göbekli Tepe Part 3

Above image: "(KJV) illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible; illustrated by Gerard Hoet (1648–1733) and others, and published by P. de Hondt in The Hague; image courtesy Bizzell Bible Collection, University of Oklahoma Libraries"  Public Domain.

 
 
 

“Many people say I believe aliens built the pyramids. I don't. In fact, I'm not a supporter of the "Ancient Alien" hypothesis at all.  I think a lost human civilization is a much better explanation of the mysteries and paradoxes of ancient cultures.” – Graham Hancock, Author

 
 
 

Location:

Göbekli Tepe, ancient archaeological dig site, dated more than 11,000 years ago to about 9600 B.C. in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, about 7 miles (12 km) northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa.  

 

Background:

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. 

 

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Events:

 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival !  Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!     

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival!  Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

 

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ .  Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/   Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/.  Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!


 Come join Forrest, Marie Mayhew and Dr. Chris Cogswell in New Orleans for the   Podern Love   podcast convention,  August 10, 11, 12, 2018 !  Podern Love is a podcast listener's convention, for listeners, by listeners and originally suggested by members of the  Podcasts We Listen To Facebook Fan group .  You can see, hear, and interact with the hosts of your favorite podcasts, from all the genres you love: True Crime, history & mystery, wellness, popular culture, fictional storytelling, the paranormal and more!  Use  Promo Code   ASTONISHING  to get  10% OFF  admission to all the events.  Just go to   www.Podern.love   to  buy tickets , see the  lineup of speakers  and be sure to book your room at the  Intercontinental Hotel  through the  Podern.love  website's  link  to get a Special Group Rate of $129 per night plus tax, which is a great deal for a premium French Quarter hotel, and only available for attendees.  You're gonna want to be close to the action!  Hope to see you there!

Come join Forrest, Marie Mayhew and Dr. Chris Cogswell in New Orleans for the Podern Love podcast convention, August 10, 11, 12, 2018!  Podern Love is a podcast listener's convention, for listeners, by listeners and originally suggested by members of the Podcasts We Listen To Facebook Fan group.  You can see, hear, and interact with the hosts of your favorite podcasts, from all the genres you love: True Crime, history & mystery, wellness, popular culture, fictional storytelling, the paranormal and more!  Use Promo Code ASTONISHING to get 10% OFF admission to all the events.  Just go to www.Podern.love to buy tickets, see the lineup of speakers and be sure to book your room at the Intercontinental Hotel through the Podern.love website's link to get a Special Group Rate of $129 per night plus tax, which is a great deal for a premium French Quarter hotel, and only available for attendees.  You're gonna want to be close to the action!  Hope to see you there!

 

Suggested Listening:

Marie Mayhew, founding A.R.C. member and co-host of The Mad Scientist Podcast with Dr. Chris Cogswell has her own podcast now, called The Whatever Remains Podcast!  With sharp writing and in-depth research, Marie explores the worlds of international mystery, political intrigue, and vicious conspiracies, all with her fearless, inimitable style!  Search for her show on iTunes or wherever you get great podcasts or CLICK HERE to listen to episode #1 right now!

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 110: Göbekli Tepe Part 3.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 109: Göbekli Tepe Part 2

Photo credit: Liangtai Lin, used with permission CC BY 2.0.  Taken on June 18, 2012

 
 
 

“We used to think agriculture gave rise to cities and later to writing, art, and religion.  Now the world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization.” – Journalist Charles C. Mann, National Geographic Magazine, June 2011

 
 
 

Location:

Göbekli Tepe, ancient archaeological dig site, dated more than 11,000 years ago to about 9600 B.C. in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, about 7 miles (12 km) northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa.  

 

Background:

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? 

 
 

Related Books:

 

Events:

 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival !  Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!     

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival!  Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

 

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ .  Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/   Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/.  Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!


 Come join Forrest, Marie Mayhew and Dr. Chris Cogswell in New Orleans for the   Podern Love   podcast convention,  August 10, 11, 12, 2018 !  Podern Love is a podcast listener's convention, for listeners, by listeners and originally suggested by members of the  Podcasts We Listen To Facebook Fan group .  You can see, hear, and interact with the hosts of your favorite podcasts, from all the genres you love: True Crime, history & mystery, wellness, popular culture, fictional storytelling, the paranormal and more!  Use  Promo Code   ASTONISHING  to get  10% OFF  admission to all the events.  Just go to   www.Podern.love   to  buy tickets , see the  lineup of speakers  and be sure to book your room at the  Intercontinental Hotel  through the  Podern.love  website's  link  to get a Special Group Rate of $129 per night plus tax, which is a great deal for a premium French Quarter hotel, and only available for attendees.  You're gonna want to be close to the action!  Hope to see you there!

Come join Forrest, Marie Mayhew and Dr. Chris Cogswell in New Orleans for the Podern Love podcast convention, August 10, 11, 12, 2018!  Podern Love is a podcast listener's convention, for listeners, by listeners and originally suggested by members of the Podcasts We Listen To Facebook Fan group.  You can see, hear, and interact with the hosts of your favorite podcasts, from all the genres you love: True Crime, history & mystery, wellness, popular culture, fictional storytelling, the paranormal and more!  Use Promo Code ASTONISHING to get 10% OFF admission to all the events.  Just go to www.Podern.love to buy tickets, see the lineup of speakers and be sure to book your room at the Intercontinental Hotel through the Podern.love website's link to get a Special Group Rate of $129 per night plus tax, which is a great deal for a premium French Quarter hotel, and only available for attendees.  You're gonna want to be close to the action!  Hope to see you there!

 

Suggested Listening:

Marie Mayhew, founding A.R.C. member and co-host of The Mad Scientist Podcast with Dr. Chris Cogswell has her own podcast now, called The Whatever Remains Podcast!  With sharp writing and in-depth research, Marie explores the worlds of international mystery, political intrigue, and vicious conspiracies, all with her fearless, inimitable style!  Search for her show on iTunes or wherever you get great podcasts or CLICK HERE to listen to episode #1 right now!

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 109: Göbekli Tepe Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 108: Göbekli Tepe Part 1

Photo credit: Wikipedia Contributor Rolf Cosar, used by permission CC by SA-3.0

 
 
 

“Discovering that hunter-gatherers had constructed Göbekli Tepe was like finding that someone had built a 747 in a basement with an X-Acto knife.”  – Charles C. Mann, National Geographic Magazine, June, 2011

 
 
 

Location:

Göbekli Tepe, ancient archaeological dig site, dated more than 11,000 years ago to about 9600 B.C. in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, about 7 miles (12 km) northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa.  

 

Background:

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.

 
 

Related Books:

 

Events:

 Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival !  Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!     

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival!  Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!  

 

 And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ .  Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/   Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.  The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/.  Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!


 Come join Forrest, Marie Mayhew and Dr. Chris Cogswell in New Orleans for the   Podern Love   podcast convention,  August 10, 11, 12, 2018 !  Podern Love is a podcast listener's convention, for listeners, by listeners and originally suggested by members of the  Podcasts We Listen To Facebook Fan group .  You can see, hear, and interact with the hosts of your favorite podcasts, from all the genres you love: True Crime, history & mystery, wellness, popular culture, fictional storytelling, the paranormal and more!  Use  Promo Code   ASTONISHING  to get  10% OFF  admission to all the events.  Just go to   www.Podern.love   to  buy tickets , see the  lineup of speakers  and be sure to book your room at the  Intercontinental Hotel  through the  Podern.love  website's  link  to get a Special Group Rate of $129 per night plus tax, which is a great deal for a premium French Quarter hotel, and only available for attendees.  You're gonna want to be close to the action!  Hope to see you there!

Come join Forrest, Marie Mayhew and Dr. Chris Cogswell in New Orleans for the Podern Love podcast convention, August 10, 11, 12, 2018!  Podern Love is a podcast listener's convention, for listeners, by listeners and originally suggested by members of the Podcasts We Listen To Facebook Fan group.  You can see, hear, and interact with the hosts of your favorite podcasts, from all the genres you love: True Crime, history & mystery, wellness, popular culture, fictional storytelling, the paranormal and more!  Use Promo Code ASTONISHING to get 10% OFF admission to all the events.  Just go to www.Podern.love to buy tickets, see the lineup of speakers and be sure to book your room at the Intercontinental Hotel through the Podern.love website's link to get a Special Group Rate of $129 per night plus tax, which is a great deal for a premium French Quarter hotel, and only available for attendees.  You're gonna want to be close to the action!  Hope to see you there!

 

Suggested Listening:

Marie Mayhew, founding A.R.C. member and co-host of The Mad Scientist Podcast with Dr. Chris Cogswell has her own podcast now, called The Whatever Remains Podcast!  With sharp writing and in-depth research, Marie explores the worlds of international mystery, political intrigue, and vicious conspiracies, all with her fearless, inimitable style!  Search for her show on iTunes or wherever you get great podcasts or CLICK HERE to listen to episode #1 right now!

 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

CREDITS:

Episode 108: Göbekli Tepe Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 107: EVPs at the KPW

 
 
 

Cathi Webber, while conducting an "EVP" recording session at the Kent Stage on Saturday night, April 28, 2018 asks, "If Merle is present, Merle, did you like a Dark Roast on your coffee or did you like something a little lighter?”  Merle Mollenkopf, poet, long-time Kent Stage volunteer, Ghost Tour guide, and coffee aficionado, who passed away on February 27, 2013, responded, "Dark Roast." 

 
 
 

Location:

The Kent Stage in Kent, OH.  This historic theater, constructed in 1927, first presented "Talkies" or motion pictures that had the newly added feature of dialog & sound, as well as occasional vaudeville acts.  Today it hosts everything from musical acts to films and the Kent Paranormal Weekend, which features noted authors, researchers and presenters in the Paranormal field, and includes Ghost Walks and a Ghost Hunt because the theater is also notoriously haunted!

 

Background:

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 Phenomenon, which some claim could be evidence of communication with the spirit world. Electronic Voice Phenomena 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.  This hunt captured something we're convinced, believe what you may, and that when you call out into the void, you might get an answer. 

 
 

Checkout:

Roger and Jill Pingleton, listeners and new friends we met at the KPW and Ghost Hunt, have created some fun & fascinating paranormal-themed apps for mobile devices at their company, Streamside Studios!  Titles include Spirit Story Box and Paranormal Elements for Ghost Hunting and games like Cthulhu vs. Your Mom Gold, Cthulhu Beat, and Cthulhu emoji stickers!  Check 'em out here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/streamside-software-llc/id654856411

 

Related Books:

Connections From The Hereafter
By Jacqueline Davieau, Todd S. Schelat
The DisOrient Express
By Greg Lawson
Weird Ohio: Your Travel Guide to Ohio's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
By Loren Coleman, Andy Henderson, James A Willis
 

Suggested Listening:

Listen to Jim Harold's Live Show from the Kent Paranormal Weekend, Campfire #350, featuring spooky stories told by audience members, and a brief interview with our Paranormal Podfather, Jim!  Find it here: https://jimharold.com/campfire-live-kent-ohio-campfire-350/   While there, you can also listen to other episodes of his Campfire show in which you'll hear some of the scariest and most fascinating stories from real people, plus hundreds of interviews with all of the biggest names in the field of paranormal research on his Paranormal Podcast!  And if you're still looking for more, subscribe to Jim's Paranormal Plus Club for genre-specific shows, like True Crime, UFOs, the Afterlife, Conspiracies, Cryptids, Ancient Mysteries, and so much more!

 

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Ep 106: Earhart's Plane Found?

 
 
 

“It’s my opinion that if the plane was in the area already searched, it would have been found by now.” – William "Bill" Pennington Snavely, Jr. from his book Tracking Amelia Earhart, Her Flightpath to the End.

 
 
 

Location: Buka, Papua New Guinea

(From Wikipedia) Buka is located on the southern coast of Buka Island, in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, in eastern Papua New Guinea (country).  It is the capital of the North Bougainville District, and the interim provincial capital of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.  The city and Buka Island are separated from the northern tip of Bougainville Island by the Buka Passage. Both islands are in the northern Solomon Islands archipelago, and the only major ones not within the nation of Solomon Islands.

 

Background:

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?

 

Bill Snavely's book:

Tracking Amelia Earhart: Her Flight Path to the End, by William Pennington Snavely, Jr. 

http://specialbooks.com/aetrack.htm

 
 

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Episode 106: Earhart's Plane Found?  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 105: Resurrection Mary Part 4

Photo of the "Madonna of Bachelor's Grove" taken on August 10, 1991, by Judy Huff-Felz during an investigation of the Bachelor's Grove Cemetery by Dale Kaczmarek's Ghost Research Society.  Ms. Huff-Felz was using a 35mm Olympus camera with auto-wind loaded with infrared film, and a 35mm telephoto lens.  From a 2013 article by Ursula Bielski on ChicagoHauntings.com 

 
 
 

“Of the 28 versions in which the driver learns that the hitch-hiker suffered a violent death, thirteen are automobile accidents and in ten of these the girl or woman was killed precisely at the spot where she was picked up.”  – From "The Vanishing Hitchhiker" by Richard K. Beardsley and Rosalie Hankey, California Folklore Quarterly, October 1942

 
 
 

LOCATION: Resurrection Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleums, in the town of Justice, IL, southwest of Chicago, IL.  From the Willowbrook Ballroom (recently burned down) all the way along Archer Avenue leading to the cemetery is where most of the sightings of "Resurrection Mary" have occurred.

 

Background:

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.  

 

Reference Links:

 

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Weird Chicago (Haunted Illinois)
By Troy Taylor, Adam Selzer, Ken Melvoin-Berg
Just Kill Me
By Adam Selzer
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
By Jan Harold Brunvand
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 105: Resurrection Mary Part 4.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 104: Resurrection Mary Part 3

 
 
 

“She didn’t put her thumb out or nothing like that.  She just looked at my cab….she was a looker. A blonde.  I didn’t have any ideas or like that; she was young enough to be my daughter.  Twenty-one tops.” – An anonymous Taxi driver who went by "Ralph," after encountering Mary in 1979 as told to Chicago Suburban Tribune columnist Bill Geist

 
 
 

LOCATION: Resurrection Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleums, in the town of Justice, IL, southwest of Chicago, IL.  From the Willowbrook Ballroom (recently burned down) all the way along Archer Avenue leading to the cemetery is where most of the sightings of "Resurrection Mary" have occurred.

 

Background:

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.  

 

Reference Links:

 

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Weird Chicago (Haunted Illinois)
By Troy Taylor, Adam Selzer, Ken Melvoin-Berg
Just Kill Me
By Adam Selzer
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
By Jan Harold Brunvand
 

Suggested Listening:

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  • In addition to a respectable oeuvre of books on fascinating historical and ghostly topics, our interview guest Adam Selzer has a terrific new podcast all about strange and forgotten tales of history, true crime and so much more on the way!  Go to his website: cemeterymixtape.com to listen and subscribe today!  

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 104: Resurrection Mary Part 3.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 103: Resurrection Mary Part 2

Detail of some of the stained glass at the main mausoleum at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, IL, from the website, fantasyglass.net, where they list it as one of the "5 Best Stained Glass Pieces in the U.S."  From the website's listing: "Resurrection Cemetery is home to the largest stained glass window in the world. It is over 22,000 square feet and contains over 2,000 panels. It was created by Pickel Studio. At night the cemetery sometimes backlights the mausoleum and it looks stunning."

 
 
 
 

“And I didn’t see a face, it was just like...black there.  She had no face.”
Mark Rudnicki, eyewitness to "Resurrection Mary" from an exclusive interview in tonight’s episode.

 
 
 

LOCATION: Resurrection Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleums, in the town of Justice, IL, southwest of Chicago, IL.  From the Willowbrook Ballroom (recently burned down) all the way along Archer Avenue leading to the cemetery is where most of the sightings of "Resurrection Mary" have occurred.

 

Background:

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.  

 
 

Related Books:

Weird Chicago (Haunted Illinois)
By Troy Taylor, Adam Selzer, Ken Melvoin-Berg
Just Kill Me
By Adam Selzer
Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
By Jan Harold Brunvand
 

Suggested Listening:

 

  • In addition to a respectable oeuvre of books on fascinating historical and ghostly topics, our interview guest Adam Selzer has a terrific new podcast all about strange and forgotten tales of history, true crime and so much more on the way!  Go to his website: cemeterymixtape.com to listen and subscribe today!  

 

  • If you want to hear a great (and much more concise) take on the legend of Resurrection Mary, plus a large assortment of spooky tales about haunted places, creepy history, and forgotten folklore, all told in a narrative style by a real Ghost Tourguide, then you need to check out Mike Brown's Pleasing Terrors podcast!  Every two weeks, Mike will walk you through the dark shadows of reality and shine a light on the ghosts in the theater of your mind.  Go to Apple Podcasts or wherever you find outstanding shows and search for Pleasing Terrors, or click on, or copy n' paste this link into your web browser's locator: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pleasing-terrors/id1141063625?mt=2  Your imagination will never be the same!
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 103: Resurrection Mary Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 102: Resurrection Mary Part 1

Composite image of "Resurrection Mary" by Skye D. on flickr, used under Creative Commons license: Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)  No changes were made.

 
 

"Just take me up Archer."

– A ghostly passenger fitting the description of "Resurrection Mary," who had been offered a ride by a man known only as "Tony" on September 5th, 1980.  She soon vanished from his car.

 
 
 

LOCATION: Resurrection Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleums, in the town of Justice, IL, southwest of Chicago, IL.  From the Willowbrook Ballroom (recently burned down) all the way along Archer Avenue leading to the cemetery is where most of the sightings of "Resurrection Mary" have occurred.

 

Background:

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. 

 
 

Related Books:

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends
By Jan Harold Brunvand
 

Suggested Listening:

If you want to hear a great (and much more concise) take on the legend of Resurrection Mary, plus a large assortment of spooky tales about haunted places, creepy history, and forgotten folklore, all told in a narrative style by a real Ghost Tourguide, then you need to check out Mike Brown's Pleasing Terrors podcast!  Every two weeks, Mike will walk you through the dark shadows of reality and shine a light on the ghosts in the theater of your mind.  Go to Apple Podcasts or wherever you find outstanding shows and search for Pleasing Terrors, or click on, or copy n' paste this link into your web browser's locator: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pleasing-terrors/id1141063625?mt=2  Your imagination will never be the same!

 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

CREDITS:

Episode 102: Resurrection Mary Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 101: ARCapalooza! Part 2

 
 
 

"Well, we’re officially live.  We have 11 brave followers on Twitter and 66 likes on our Facebook Page.  Let’s see what happens.”
Scott Philbrook, in an email to Forrest, from Oct 1st, 2014

 
 
 
 
 

LOCATION: 

One of several possible locations rumored to be the mysterious recording "studio" known as "Blanket Forteana."

 

Background:

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!

 
 

Suggested Listening:

 

  • AL A.R.C. member and friend Rob Kristofferson has a brand new UFO-themed podcast, Our Strange Skies.  Rob brings a wealth of UFO and general knowledge of the paranormal to his show, as well as some captivating interviews with authorities in the field.  Click on the hyperlink or cut n' paste this URL into your web browser's search bar: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/our-strange-skies/id1324932558?mt=2.  If the truth ain't "out there" then it might be on Rob's podcast.  Listen and subscribe immediately! 
 

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By Stephen LaBerge, Howard Rheingold
 

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Credits:

Episode 101: ARCapalooza! Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

BONUS Episode 2: Listener Q&A

"Everything is Connected" artwork submitted by listener Zoe Boyd.  Copyright 2017.

 
 
 

Background:

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.  

 
 
 

Credits:

BONUS Episode 2 – Listener Q&A.  Moderated by Tess Pfeifle; Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 100: ARCapalooza! Part 1

"ARCapalooza!" poster art contributed by listener Francesca Waits.  Copyright 2018.

 
 
 

"Well, we’re officially live.  We have 11 brave followers on Twitter and 66 likes on our Facebook Page.  Let’s see what happens.”
Scott Philbrook, in an email to Forrest, from Oct 1st, 2014

 
 
 
 
 

LOCATION: 

One of several possible locations rumored to be the mysterious recording "studio" known as "Blanket Forteana."

 

Background:

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 for 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.

 
 

Suggested Listening:

 

  • AL A.R.C. member and friend Rob Kristofferson has a brand new UFO-themed podcast, Our Strange Skies.  Rob brings a wealth of UFO and general knowledge of the paranormal to his show, as well as some captivating interviews with authorities in the field.  Click on the hyperlink or cut n' paste this URL into your web browser's search bar: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/our-strange-skies/id1324932558?mt=2.  If the truth ain't "out there" then it might be on Rob's podcast.  Listen and subscribe immediately! 
 

Related Books:

Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming
By Stephen LaBerge, Howard Rheingold
 

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Credits:

Episode 100: ARCapalooza! Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 99: The Tall Ones Part 3

Image of a horned skull, often mistakenly thought to be that of a possible giant Nephilim, dated c. 1200 A.D. and originally unearthed during an archeological excavation in the 1880s at Spanish Hill, near Sayre and South Waverly, PA, led by the Rev. Dr. George Patterson Donehoo, Alanson Buck Skinner, and Warren King Moorehead.  However, this skull turns out to actually be a manufactured cult object, currently in the collection of the mysterious museum, Surnateum.  According to its curator, Christian Chelman, "It's not a giant skull but a human size ritual skull made for a Pan cult revival during the XVIIIth century at Painswick (Gloucestershire).  Yours, the Curator."  Visit www.surnateum.org to see a wealth of delightfully strange and wondrous objects!

 
 
 
 

"It is happening again."
– Carel Struycken

 
 
 

LOCATION: Castelnau-le-Lez, France where Georges Vacher de Lapouge discovered 3 massive bone fragments in 1890.  He estimated from the bone size that the human may have been about 11 feet and 5 or 6 inches tall (3.5 meters), and perhaps weighing as much as 1000 pounds (454 kg).  The find is now known as The Giant of Castelnau.

 

Background:

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?

 

Reference Links:

 

Related Books:

Anthropology: The Human Challenge
By William A. Haviland, Harald E. L. Prins, Dana Walrath, Bunny McBride
 

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Credits:

Episode 99: The Tall Ones Part 3.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; 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 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 98: The Tall Ones Part 2

Illustration of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox "Babe" by Astonishing Legends' resident artist Chad Lewis.  Go to www.chadlewisart.com to see more of Chad's fantastic artwork, or commission him to create an original piece!  Image copyright Chad Lewis Art 2016.

 
 
 

"It was taught by the wise men of the Sioux tribe that the earth was originally peopled by giants, who were fully three times the size of modern men.  They were so swift and powerful that they could run alongside a buffalo, take the animal under one arm, and tear off a leg, and eat it as they ran."
– "Buffalo Bill" Cody, from Last of the Great Scouts, written by Helen Cody Wetmore and first published in 1899