Folklore

Ep 121: Yokai Horrors of Japan

 
 
 

“KA-TA-SHI-HA-YA, E-KA-SE-NI-KU-RI-NI, TA-ME-RU-SA-KE, TE-E-He, A-SHI-E-He, WA-RE-SHI-KO-NI-KE-RI”

– A magic spell from the Shugaisho Japanese encyclopedia that when chanted, will protect you from Hyakki Yagyo or the dreaded “Night Parade of 100 demons.”

 
 
 

Location:

The Gifu Prefecture of Japan, where some believe the legend of Kuchisake-onna may have began.

 

Background:

The folkloric traditions of Japan are as rich and vibrant as the country itself, and this is especially true with their pantheon of supernatural characters collectively known as Yokai. The word Yokai in Japanese comprises two concepts: "Yo," meaning: bewitching; attractive; calamity; and "kai," meaning "a mystery, wonder or specter; apparitions; something mysterious or suspicious." There are so many types of Yokai, each with their own unique personalities, functions, and behaviors that it's assured both of those concepts are well-represented. Some Yokai are merely mischievous pranksters and can bring good fortune to those that encounter them. Others will surely bring a most gruesome death. Join us tonight as we speak with illustrator and author Matthew Meyer, creator of Yokai.com, as we explore the endlessly fascinating world of some of Japan's most popular and terrifying mythical creatures. But don't let your guard down too much, because as it's often said, there is some truth to the origin of most myths and deadly spirits know no borders.

 
 
Gazu hyakki yagyo
By Toriyama Sekien
 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 121: Yokai Horrors of Japan.  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 120: The Grim Reaper

Above image is Death on the Pale Horse by Gustave Doré (1865). It is linked to Revelation 6:8 "The Lamb of God opens the seven seals of a book "written within and on the backside". After the opening of the fourth seal, Death rides into the world. He is the fourth knight of the apocalypse. Hell follows him." This work is in the public domain.

 
 
 

There is a Reaper whose name is Death
And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between.

— From the poem The Reaper and the Flowers by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. First published 1839, in his collection of poetry entitled Voices of the Night.

 
 
 

Location: 

Melaten Central Cemetery
Aachener Strasse 204
Cologne, Stadtkreis Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Home of one of many famous statues of the Grim Reaper (shown in our photos above). This particular statue features him holding an hourglass, but he has no scythe.

 

Background:

When you hear the name, "The Grim Reaper," a very familiar image probably pops into your head. With the black robe and cowl, skeletal face and hands or the visage of a dour corpse, a threatening scythe, and hourglass at its last sands, this is the image the modern, western person thinks of when we personify death. But where did this visual come from? How do we know what death looks like? And since death has always been with us, isn't this image as old as that finality itself? One might think so, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Surely since there have been humans, we have wondered what becomes of us once we die, where do we go when we shuffle off this mortal coil, and how do we get there? What we have found is that yes, we have always created myths and put a face on death in order to help comprehend such an abstract and mysterious concept, but that face has morphed through the ages and varies by culture. In the ancient western world, the concept of a Grim Reaper was more of a psychopomp, a guide that takes the freshly departed to their place in the afterlife. But since we have doubts nowadays when it comes to a more universally accepted idea of an afterlife, perhaps the notion of a ghastly specter that merely extinguishes our spark when our time has come is more relatable. And he's just a mythic character, right? A cartoon? Well not if you ask some folks who claimed to have seen him and lived to tell about it. Whatever the truth, in one sense, in the end, it doesn't matter if you believe at the moment of death that we are whisked away to another realm or it's just "lights out." As the saying goes, whether king or pauper, a Grim Reaper comes for us all.

 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 120: The Grim Reaper.  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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CREDITS:

Episode 116: Small Town Monsters.  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 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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Suggested Reading:

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.

 

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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.

 

Reference Links:

 

Suggested Listening:

 

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  

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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 112: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 2

 
 
 

"The seas around Scotland and the Scottish coastline itself have never been a place for the faint-hearted mariner." – Author Keith McCloskey

 
 
 

Location:

The lighthouse on Eilean Mòr, near the highest point in the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.  More pictures of the lighthouse can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/flannan  

 

Background:

Many people enjoy a good mystery.  However, mysteries often leave us slightly disturbed and unsettled, because we're also always searching for answers and when we look for answers, we're sometimes comforted the most by the simplest explanations.  With the case of the Flannan Isle Lighthouse Keepers, most are willing to accept that a massive "Rogue Wave" swept the three men into oblivion.  But what if meteorological science matched against clues left from the scene could show that this theory may not be the most plausible?  What if several simple, yet extreme events combined to plunge this mystery into the depths of the unexplained?  Join us tonight as we interview Keith McCloskey, author of the book, The Lighthouse: The Mystery of the Eilean Mòr Lighthouse Keepers.  We'll discuss his in-depth research into the case and the possibility that the simplest explanations, while the easiest to accept, are often not where the real truth lies submerged.

 
 

Related Books:

Stephen Liddell
By Stephen Liddell

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!


Suggested Listening:

 

 

  • The Legend of Wandering John – Marty White has a new show out called The Legend of Wandering John, about a young, orphaned man who is compelled into a quest to learn the mystery surrounding his missing father, but which will also possibly lead him to cross paths with an ancient immortal, blessed, or cursed, to wander this earth until the end of time. The journey will take "John" into the dark depths of the supernatural, all while being hunted by a sinister force of unimaginable evil. The Legend of Wandering John is a fictional, serialized story, told in order and released every two weeks. You can CLICK HERE to find it on Libsyn, or CLICK HERE to find it on iTunes. And remember, with every fictional story, there can be a lot of mind-bending truth to them...


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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

CREDITS:

Episode 112: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse 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 111: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse

 
 
 

We seemed to stand for an endless while,
Though still no word was said,
Three men alive on Flannan Isle,
Who thought, on three men dead.

– From the Poem, Flannan Isle by Wilfred Wilson Gibson

 
 
 

Location:

The lighthouse on Eilean Mòr, near the highest point in the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland.  More pictures of the lighthouse can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/flannan  

 

Background:

In 1899, construction on the Flannan Isles lighthouse was completed, perched atop Eilean Mòr, one of the highest points in the Outer Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland.  It would soon experience its first tragedy and an enduring mystery.  For several days, it's light could not be seen and on December 15, 1900, the ship Archtor documented this concern in its log while heading to port in Leith.  However, 11 days would pass before the lighthouse tending ship Hesperus would be able to dock at Eilean Mòr due to foul weather, for which the area is well-known.  What they discovered, or rather, didn't discover, would lead to one of the biggest mysteries of this enchanted region.  Serious storm damage was evident on the island, but nothing seemed amiss inside the lighthouse itself except for the fact that the three lighthouse keepers had vanished and would never be seen again.  

 
 

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!


Suggested Listening:

The Legend of Wandering John – Marty White has a new show out called The Legend of Wandering John, about a young, orphaned man who is compelled into a quest to learn the mystery surrounding his missing father, but which will also possibly lead him to cross paths with an ancient immortal, blessed, or cursed, to wander this earth until the end of time.  The journey will take "John" into the dark depths of the supernatural, all while being hunted by a sinister force of unimaginable evil.  The Legend of Wandering John is a fictional, serialized story, told in order and released every two weeks.  You can CLICK HERE to find it on Libsyn, or CLICK HERE to find it on iTunes.  And remember, with every fictional story, there can be a lot of mind-bending truth to them...


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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

CREDITS:

Episode 111: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse 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 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:

 

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:

  • Listen to our guest appearance on the Chasing Earhart podcast from our friends Chris and Vanessa Williamson!  Come hear us ramble on about all things Amelia Earhart, including our favorite theories and the latest news & developments, like Dr. Richard Jantz's recent findings on bones found on the island of Nikumaroro!  Click here for Part One and of course, we weren't done clogging Chris' hard drives to the brim, so here's a Part Two Bonus Conversation!  Subscribe today!
 

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http://darkmyths.org/

 

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:

 

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:

  • Listen to our guest appearance on the Chasing Earhart podcast from our friends Chris and Vanessa Williamson!  Come hear us ramble on about all things Amelia Earhart, including our favorite theories and the latest news & developments, like Dr. Richard Jantz's recent findings on bones found on the island of Nikumaroro!  Click here for Part One and of course, we weren't done clogging Chris' hard drives to the brim, so here's a Part Two Bonus Conversation!  Subscribe today!

 

  • 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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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

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
 

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  • 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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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 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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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

 
 
 

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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