Conspiracies

Ep 122: Mysterious Deaths along the 37th Parallel

 
 
 

In the history of animal mutilations, ten thousand over the past fifty years -- nobody [has] ever been caught or arrested. Every single one of them was eventually deemed unexplained.

– Chuck Zukowski, paraphrased from page 43 of the Kindle Edition of Ben Mezrich’s book, The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway

 
 
 

Location:

Ouray, Colorado, where a psychic sensed a friendly Sasquatch encounter would occur, but instead it ended in terror.

 

Background:

Most of the encounters with Bigfoot that you hear about seem benign, frightening to be sure, but more awkward and penumbral than violent. However, as we'll soon learn, that's not always the case. Our guest tonight is UFO and Paranormal Field Investigator Chuck Zukowski. For the past 30 years, Chuck has been researching and investigating a wide range of phenomena within the realm of the paranormal, everything from UFO evidence & abductions, to animal mutilations, ghosts, and of course, Bigfoot. Utilizing his background as a former Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the El Paso County, Colorado Sheriff’s Department, "Chuck approaches every investigation from a skeptical point of view looking for any known possibility before claiming otherwise. He also implements new and innovative field experiments from time to time to enhance his investigations looking for new evidence." Having appeared on numerous radio and television programs to discuss his findings, Chuck has cataloged an astounding variety of experiences. But apropos of the Spooky Season, you're going to hear about a few that are so terrifying you may never go back into the woods again.

 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 122: Mysterious Deaths Along the 37th Parallel.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough and John Bolen 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 116: Small Town Monsters

 
 
 

“At that time, there was an adult crowd that took the whole satanic religion seriously.  Anything from teachers to possible law enforcement people being involved.  Yeah I guess some of their get-togethers from this one location were quite involved.  People would show up from around the world.” 

–  John Fredrickson, former Walworth County, Wisconsin Animal Control Officer, paraphrased from Seth Breedlove’s new film, The Bray Road Beast.

 
 
 

Location: 

Many small towns across America and all over the world have experienced their own unique "monsters" and have claimed them as part of their identity.  

 

Background:

We met filmmaker Seth Breedlove at the Kent Stage for the 2018 Kent Paranormal Weekend symposium, where our first event was a screening of his film, The Mothman of Point Pleasant.  Needless to say, we were very impressed by his documentary on the subject and then later by Seth himself.  After a very pleasant chat in the lobby, we knew we had met a kindred spirit and had to get him on the show to discuss other works by his film production company, Small Town Monsters.  Tonight we discuss Seth's oeuvre of well-researched, fascinating and enjoyable documentaries, covering such topics as the Minerva Monster, the Beast of Whitehall, the Boggy Creek monster, Mothman of Point Pleasant, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, the Flatwoods Monster, and his latest, The Bray Road Beast, as well as several upcoming projects.  We'll find out what captivates him about each incident and the creatures at their centers, what it was like to actually explore these towns, and what he thinks might be happening with all this High Strangeness.  

 
 

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Ep 115: David Davies – Witness to Broad Haven

 
 
 

Scott: "With all those decades of research is there anything that you felt like aligned with what you saw more than any other particular hypothesis?"

Dave: "No, absolutely nothing."

From our interview with eye-witness to the Broad Haven UFO Incident, Dave Davies

 
 
 

Location:

The Broad Haven Primary School, in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales, where eye-witness David Davies and a group of fellow classmates spotted a UFO landing nearby on the playground in 1977.

 

Background: 

Anyone who has experienced what is considered a paranormal event will tell you that it's not easy to tell others about what you had witnessed, especially if that experience was dramatic and significant.  Testimony about such things is often met with ridicule, scorn and sometimes violence by those who feel threatened by such challenges to their reality.  Therefore it takes no small amount of courage and resolution to tell your truth and stick to it.  Such are the qualities that we believe make up the mettle of tonight's guest, David "Dave" Davies.  Davies has had to endure bullying and beatings since he first described what he witnessed for himself and what his classmates had seen landing on the playground of the Broad Haven Primary School in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1977.  For the 40 years since that close encounter, Davies has stood by his story with conviction and without embellishment or wavering, still ever willing to talk about his experience.  In fact, the sighting had made such an impact on him that he's spent the intervening years in a quest to find an explanation for what he'd seen.  Join us tonight as we hear from an eye-witness to one of the most well-observed UFO cases in history, The Broad Haven School UFO incident.

 

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Our friend and a bright new mind in the field of Cryptozoology, Colin Schneider, "The Crypto Kid" has published his first book!  

Ramblings of Teenaged Cryptozoologists

By Colin Schneider & Tyler Houck

Click on the title above to purchase the book on Lulu.com.  The Ramblings of Teenaged Cryptozoologists will also be available on Amazon and elsewhere in the coming weeks!

 

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Countless attempts have been made throughout history to solve unexplained mysteries. Believers of the weird and wonderful have always reached for their go-to weapon – belief. Skeptics have tried time and again to use science to disprove mystery. Running to hide and cry behind things like evidence and knowledge.

However, paranormal legends have repeatedly punched science squarely in the fact gland before giggling and running off to continue to remain unexplained.

'The Unexplainers' is a new paranormal investigation team. Two agents of intrigue who form the perfect combination of skeptical former P.E. teacher Mike Bubbins and once chart-topping comedy rap artist, and self-proclaimed anti-skeptic John Rutledge.

Together, they charge themselves with one mission - to thoroughly unexplain the unexplainable. Their quest is simple, chance of success unlikely, their dedication to the cause questionable.  But one thing, however, is clear - if there is anything out there that is unexplained, they will definitely find, or not find, any or some of answers. Possibly.

 

Related Books:

The Watchers
By Neil Spring
The Uninvited: A True Story
By Clive Harold
The Welsh Triangle
By Peter Paget
Cosmic Crashes
By Nicholas Redfern
Berwyn UFO Incident
By Justin Tully
The Berwyn Mountain UFO
By George Dudding
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 115: David Davies – Witness to Broad Haven.  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 114: Strange Tales from Wales & UFO School Daze

 
 
 

“The thoughts came from the man.  From the man’s eyes.”

– Elsa, a student at The Ariel School in Zimbabwe describing a close encounter with an alien that 62 people witnessed in 1994.

 
 
 

Location:

Ripperston,  St Bride's BayWales site of Ripperstone Farm where the Coombs family experienced their own version of Skinwalker Ranch style encounters.

 

Background: 

So many popular culture misconceptions abound with stories of UFO sightings; that it's always some farmer, alone in his fields when an unidentified flying object appears.  The "hayseed farmer" is an easy target to dismiss with ridicule and hubris.  Sure, sometimes it is a farm, as it was in 1977 at the Coombs family farm in southern Wales, but it is far from the norm.  And it wasn't a singular farmer who witnessed a UFO then, prominent townsfolk and a group of schoolchildren also saw bizarre craft and phenomena during a series of events that would become known as the Broad Haven incident.  The Coombs family would also go on to experience High Strangeness that would rival the happenings at Skinwalker Ranch.  If you still think that remote farms are still the most likely places for such incredible tales to emerge, you might be surprised that schoolyards also seem to be just as common for alien interactions, with notable cases happening all over the world, in countries like Australia, Zimbabwe, and Russia.  Decades later, questions about these cases emerge: Were the goings on in Broadhaven, this "Flap," connected to the incident at Berwyn Mountain, three years prior?  Does a "Welsh Triangle" exist?  Why do otherworldly visitors want to communicate with our children?  Is it because they are more likely to learn lessons we adults are too proud or stubborn to heed?  Join us tonight as we examine these cases with a friend and fellow podcaster, Rob Kristofferson, host of Our Strange Skies, as we go in search of answers to these fascinating questions.

 

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Countless attempts have been made throughout history to solve unexplained mysteries. Believers of the weird and wonderful have always reached for their go-to weapon – belief. Skeptics have tried time and again to use science to disprove mystery. Running to hide and cry behind things like evidence and knowledge.

However, paranormal legends have repeatedly punched science squarely in the fact gland before giggling and running off to continue to remain unexplained.

'The Unexplainers' is a new paranormal investigation team. Two agents of intrigue who form the perfect combination of skeptical former P.E. teacher Mike Bubbins and once chart-topping comedy rap artist, and self-proclaimed anti-skeptic John Rutledge.

Together, they charge themselves with one mission - to thoroughly unexplain the unexplainable. Their quest is simple, chance of success unlikely, their dedication to the cause questionable.  But one thing, however, is clear - if there is anything out there that is unexplained, they will definitely find, or not find, any or some of answers. Possibly.

 

Related Books:

The Uninvited: A True Story
By Clive Harold
The Welsh Triangle
By Peter Paget
Cosmic Crashes
By Nicholas Redfern
Berwyn UFO Incident
By Justin Tully
The Berwyn Mountain UFO
By George Dudding
Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings
By Dr J. Allen Hynek, Philip J. Imbrogno, Bob Pratt
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 114: Strange Tales from Wales and UFO School Daze.  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 113: Roswelsh – The Berwyn Mountain UFO Incident

 
 
 

“One soldier, (under the pseudonym) James Prescott, was ordered to Llandderfel with four others and loaded two oblong boxes into their armoured truck. They then ferried the bodies back to the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment at Porton Down, under strict orders not to stop for anything" – Nick Redfern, paraphrased from his book, "Cosmic Crashes"

 
 
 
 

Background: 

On January 23, 1974, villagers in the community of Llandrillo in the Edeirnion area of Denbighshire, northern Wales, experienced a tremendous jolt and noise a little after 8:30 p.m., akin to a magnitude 3.5 earthquake.  Highly strange, colored lights were seen over the surrounding hills at the same time.  Another unusual occurrence was that the British Military was immediately on the scene as if they were tracking the "geological event" in real time.  The official Ministry of Defence conclusion was that the event was caused by a simultaneous earthquake and meteor impact, with the meteor being the cause of the freakish light show.  However, a meteor impact that would cause a shock of that magnitude would have left a visible crater, which was not found.  And of course, there were reports by witnesses on the scene of the military carting off bodies and wreckage.  Does this sound familiar to you?  It did enough to some tabloid papers at the time who dubbed it, "The Roswelsh Incident."  What's your conclusion?

 
 

Suggested Listening:

Check out Rhys Waters' podcast of his show, The Unexplainers called The Unexplainers Extra!  If you like our show, you're gonna dig The Unexplainers Extra podcast!  Here's a description of the show: 

Countless attempts have been made throughout history to solve unexplained mysteries. Believers of the weird and wonderful have always reached for their go-to weapon – belief. Skeptics have tried time and again to use science to disprove mystery. Running to hide and cry behind things like evidence and knowledge.

However, paranormal legends have repeatedly punched science squarely in the fact gland before giggling and running off to continue to remain unexplained.

'The Unexplainers' is a new paranormal investigation team. Two agents of intrigue who form the perfect combination of skeptical former P.E. teacher Mike Bubbins and once chart-topping comedy rap artist, and self-proclaimed anti-skeptic John Rutledge.

Together, they charge themselves with one mission - to thoroughly unexplain the unexplainable. Their quest is simple, chance of success unlikely, their dedication to the cause questionable.  But one thing, however, is clear - if there is anything out there that is unexplained, they will definitely find, or not find, any or some of answers. Possibly.

 

Related Books:

Cosmic Crashes
By Nicholas Redfern
Berwyn UFO Incident
By Justin Tully
The Berwyn Mountain UFO
By George Dudding
 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

CREDITS:

Episode 113: Roswelsh – The Berwyn Mountain UFO Incident.  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 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 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?

 

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

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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

 
 
 

LOCATION: Spanish Hill, near the communities of South Waverly and Sayre, Pennsylvania, where a supposedly 7' tall skeleton with horns and two rows of teeth was unearthed in the late 1880s from a pre-Columbian burial mound.

 

Background:

What constitutes a "giant" in your mind?  Certainly, people who are 6 to 7 feet tall are commonplace nowadays, unlike the Middle Ages, or even a hundred years ago.  But what about someone who's seven feet tall or more? We may call them "giants" in jest, but it's not the same as when we think of the giants in our legends.  A measurement of more than seven feet is rare, but there are plenty of healthy people living today in that range that prove it's not so legendary by our contemporary imagination.  Rarer still is a human that's eight feet tall, but there has been one in recent history: Robert Pershing Wadlow stood 8' 11.1" tall (2.72 m) and weighed 490 pounds (220 kg) and showed no signs of stopping his growth at his untimely death in 1940 at age 22.  So it's possible that a height for a human can approach nine feet, but could any height beyond that be sustainable? Because taller than that and it seems we venture beyond not only what is biologically viable for the human body, but also what is believable.  It still leaves us with the question, "What makes a giant?"  And if a skeleton is unearthed that appears to have horns?  Well, that is another matter altogether.  

 

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Episode 98: The Tall Ones 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 96: The Tall Ones Part 1

David and Goliath, oil on canvas painting by Guillaume Courtois, Date (1650 - 1660)

 
 
 

The eyes of that species of extinct giants, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.”
– Abraham Lincoln

 
 
 

LOCATION: Spanish Hill, near the communities of South Waverly and Sayre, Pennsylvania, where a supposedly 7' tall skeleton with horns and two rows of teeth was unearthed in the late 1880s from a pre-Columbian burial mound.

 

Background:

It's easy to imagine a version of ourselves that's gargantuan, magical, a hero that often plays the villain, a giant among the ordinary.  Legends of giants doing as they please have been with us since the beginning and continue to fascinate us in cinema and sport.  The idea of a giant is easy to entertain because either through genetics or rare disorders, extra-large humans have naturally lived throughout our existence.  The idea that's not easy for the modern person to imagine, aside from a singular Goliath-like demigod here n' there, is the possibility of a race of giants having once existed, tribes of superhumans whose feats and physicality filled us with fear and wonder in antiquity.  Yet with these tall tales being so pervasive worldwide, could it be that communities of giants were real or was it merely that the occasional taller than average human became the inspiration for myth?  Join us tonight as we explore the mystery of legendary giants.

 
 

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Ep 95: Imminent Disclosure? Part 2

Possible "AAV" or "Anomalous Aerial Vehicle" – Image from FighterSweep.com article, There I Was: The X-Files Edition by PACO CHIERICI 

 
 
 
“There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence.  And I spent millions and millions and millions – I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject.” 
– Robert Bigelow of Bigelow Aerospace and Skinwalker Ranch, on 60 Minutes, May 2017.
 
 
 

Possible location where two Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet pilots on a routine training mission, Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight encountered unidentifiable craft that behaved like no known objects.  

 

Background:

How "credible" does an eye-witness have to be before their account of an Unidentified Flying Object is taken seriously?  Whom would you think is the most credible sort of witness for this type of impossible craft, aside from the beings or forces that made them?  How about an elite jet fighter pilot from the US Navy, highly trained to identify every known aerial threat – known to a conventional military, of course.  Tonight, we sit down again for Part Two with our friend Rob Kristofferson, from the Our Strange Skies podcast to discuss in detail the eye-witness report and related consequences of David Fravor, USN Ret., former Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron VFA-41, who along with his Weapons Systems Officer Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight engaged a target that behaved like nothing they could imagine.  After hearing about Fravor's account, you just might start to believe that "Secret Machines" do indeed exist... and your next thought will be, "...well then, who, or what is controlling them?"  Get ready for some "Soft Disclosure" everyone.

 

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By Tom DeLonge, AJ Hartley
 

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Episode 95: Imminent Disclosure? 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 94: Imminent Disclosure? Part 1

Image from the New York Times article, Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense, December 16, 2017 

 
 
 
“I’m not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going, I think it’s one of the good things I did in my congressional service.  I’ve done something that no one has done before.” 
– Former US Congressman Harry Reid, who, the day before the New York Times story broke, Tweeted, “The Truth is Out There.”
 
 
 

Possible location where two Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet pilots on a routine training mission, Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight encountered unidentifiable craft that behaved like no known objects.  

 

Background:

The term "Disclosure" in the UFO community generally refers to the long-awaited event when the government, specifically the U.S. Government, finally tells the world that UFOs exist, along with everything they know about extraterrestrials, or so enthusiasts of the topic would hope.  While we wouldn't suggest holding your breath until "Full Disclosure" happens, there has been an interesting, recent development worth noting.  On December 16, 2017, the New York Times published a curious article titled, "Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program."  Apart from the mild surprise that such a serious publication as the New York Times would bother running with any story that would give consideration to such a "preposterous" idea as UFOs being real, is the bigger surprise that from 2007 until 2012, $22 million dollars of U.S. taxpayer money was spent annually on something called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.  Although funding for this program officially ceased in 2012, it was also revealed that the program still exists and continues to investigate credible reports of possible UFO encounters.  Join us tonight as we sit down with friend, collaborator and fellow podcaster Rob Kristofferson, host of his own show called Our Strange Skies as we discuss the significance of a major revelation that there is a serious military effort to investigate what many believe is Science Fiction, but what some "in the know" think may be a threat against which we have no defense.

 
 

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Episode 94: Imminent Disclosure? 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 90: Chasing Amelia Earhart with Chris Williamson

 
 
 
“Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning when first I considered going.  Once faced and settled there really wasn’t any good reason to refer to it.”
– Amelia Earhart
 
CE_AL-3-2.jpg
 
 
LOCATION: Garapan Prison, Saipan
 

BACKGROUND:

Join us tonight as we sit down with Chris Williamson, the project creator of Chasing Earhart.  Chris, along with his wife Vanessa and their dedicated team of researchers and producers, has created a podcast and are working on a documentary all about legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart: her life, her persona, her fateful last flight and the controversy that surrounds her legacy.  The result is that Chasing Earhart has rapidly become one of the definitive repositories of information and interviews of the authorities who continue to devote their lives to solving her disappearance.  In our interview with Chris, we discuss the major researchers, their theories, and current investigations which aim to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century.  

 
 

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Episode 90: Chasing Amelia Earhart with Chris Williamson.  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 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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Ep 58: The Count of Saint Germain

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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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Ep 36: The Somerton Man Mystery, Part 3 – The Theories

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1) Kim Philby, British-Russian double agent, and perhaps the most notorious and successful spy in the history of military intelligence. Is there a direct connection between Philby and the Somerton Man? 2) Donald Duart MacLean, British diplomat and one of the “Cambridge 5” spy ring. 3) Guy Burgess, British radio producer, intelligence officer, Foreign Office official and another member of the Cambridge 5. 4) Anthony Blunt, another Cambridge 5 member and Professor of Art History at the University of London, director of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures. His treatise on the French painter Nicolas Poussin, is regarded as a seminal work to this day. If you’ve listened to our Oak Island series, you’ll remember that Poussin painted the cryptic and mysterious Et in Arcadia ego which some believe may give clues as to what is buried at Oak Island. Everything is connected! 5) John Cairncross, thought to be the “Fifth Man” or the 5th member of the Cambridge 5. Some disagree as to his total involvement in the Ring of 5, although he publicly confessed to spying in 1951 and was named by both Blunt and Oleg Gordievsky and considered by some authorities as the most adept and successful of the ring. 6) Roger Hollis. Hollis was a British journalist and intelligence officer, and Director General of MI5 from 1956-65, who was also long-suspected of being a “mole.” Hollis was also in Australia around the time the Somerton Man was discovered , when he was part of the VENONA Project. This has fueled speculation that Hollis may have had something to do with The Somerton Man’s death and involvement with espionage. 7) The John Edgar Hoover letter obtained via the FOIA by Professor Abbott 8) TSM’s Fingerprints 9) The Tamam Shud Scrap found on TSM’s body 10) Jesstyn in her younger years. 11) Jesstyn’s Inscription to Alf Boxall in the copy of the Rubaiyat she gave him. 12) A Young Robin Thomson (TSM’s likely Son) 13) Robin again with his future wife, Roma. 14) Robin at the peak of his ballet days 15) Jesstyn’s School Photo 16) Robin and Roma when they toured together.(all personal photos courtesy of Professor Abbott 17) The Collection of Poetry Books with the Whitcomb & Tombs Rubaiyat from New Zealand 18) Listener Corryn Wilma who won the auction for us to get the books 19 – 36) Various photos of the W&T Edition of the Rubaiyat from New Zealand.

What you see additional are the Astonishing Legends copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam from New Zealand.

 

Background:

In death, The Somerton Man remains a mystery. But what was he in life? A Russian spy? Was he a black market racketeer, a professional dancer on holiday, an estranged lover saying goodbye one last time, or perhaps a combination of all of the above? Tonight in our final episode on the mystery of The Somerton Man, we look at most of the major theories put forth, and until that day a breakthrough in the case comes to light, we say, Tamám Shud… It is finished.

Tonight’s Quote:

“Please be advised that a search of these prints through the Identification Division of the FBI has failed to disclose any record. Sincerely Yours, John Edgar Hoover.”

— Excerpt from a January 1949 Letter to the Adelaide Police Commissioner obtained by Professor Abbott through the Freedom of Information Act regarding the Somerton Man’s Fingerprints.

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Episode 036 – “The Somerton Man, Part 3: The Theories” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “A.R.C.” for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 35: The Somerton Man Mystery, Part 2B

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1) Professor Derek Abbott of the University of Adelaide, Australia. Notice the stripes on his tie slant downward from left shoulder to right beltline, or “from heart to sword,” in the U.K. fashion. This is opposite of the tradition of ties manufactured in the U.S. and the opposite of the tie found on the Somerton Man, leading some to speculate that he may have been an American. 2) The famous ‘X Marks the Spot picture from years ago. 3) The same exact spot today. 4) That spot again, but looking south. 5) The same spot, looking straight northward on the beach towards Glenelg. 6) The funeral (featured in Part 1 as well) 7) John ‘Barb’ Dwyer 8) Sir John Burton Cleland 9) The Suitcase and it’s Contents 10) The Strathmore Hotel, where a strange man stayed just before TSM was found. 11) A portrait of how TSM might have actually looked 12) The Adelaide Museum where Paul Lawson worked (it’s had a facelift) 13) Neil Day, the deceased Jockey 14) The thread from the suitcase that matched the sewing repair on TSM’s clothes. 15) THE LAUNDRY MARKS 16) Looking for hairs in the bust of TSM 17) Alfred Boxall 18) Boxall’s copy of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

 

Background:

We conclude our interview with Professor Derek Abbott in Part 2B of The Somerton Man series, where we learn that when you engage a mystery, the mystery can engage you.

Tonight’s Quote:

“Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,

Before we too into the Dust descend;

Dust into Dust, and under Dust, to lie,

Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and—sans End!”

Quatrain 23 from Edward Fitzgerald’s translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

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Episode 035 – “The Somerton Man, Part 2B” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “A.R.C.” for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 34: The Somerton Man Mystery, Part 2A

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1) Professor Derek Abbott of the University of Adelaide, Australia. Notice the stripes on his tie slant downward from left shoulder to right beltline, or “from heart to sword,” in the U.K. fashion. This is opposite of the tradition of ties manufactured in the U.S. and the opposite of the tie found on the Somerton Man, leading some to speculate that he may have been an American. 2) The famous ‘X Marks the Spot picture from years ago. 3) The same exact spot today. 4) That spot again, but looking south. 5) The same spot, looking straight northward on the beach towards Glenelg. 6) The funeral (featured in Part 1 as well) 7) John ‘Barb’ Dwyer 8) Sir John Burton Cleland 9) The Suitcase and it’s Contents 10) The Strathmore Hotel, where a strange man stayed just before TSM was found. 11) A portrait of how TSM might have actually looked 12) The Adelaide Museum where Paul Lawson worked (it’s had a facelift) 13) Neil Day, the deceased Jockey 14) The thread from the suitcase that matched the sewing repair on TSM’s clothes. 15) THE LAUNDRY MARKS 16) Looking for hairs in the bust of TSM 17) Alfred Boxall 18) Boxall’s copy of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

 

Background:

As with any great mystery, it can turn some individuals into steadfast researchers and citizen detectives, dedicating years to a quest for answers. We were lucky enough to interview one such person, Professor Derek Abbott of the University of Adelaide in Australia. In addition to teaching Electrical Engineering at the University, Professor Abbott also has a background in Physics, biomedical engineering, complex systems, and probability theory, which can involve the fields of cryptography and forensics. He first became interested in the Somerton Man case around 1995, and then fully immersed himself in an effort to crack the cryptography aspect in 2007, even enlisting the aid of some of his students as a school project. In Part Two of our series, Professor Abbott gives us an overview of the story, then shares some of his findings and conclusions.

Tonight’s Quote:

“Yes, this man has someone to love him. He is known only to God.”

Captain E.J. Webb of the Salvation Army at The Somerton Man’s Funeral, as cited in Gerald Feltus’ book, The Unknown Man

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Episode 034 – “The Somerton Man, Part 2A” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “A.R.C.” for short. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.