Ghosts

Ep 128: The Near-Death Experience Part 1

Above painting is a panel titled Ascent of the Blessed from a polyptych by Hieronymus Bosch made between 1505 and 1515. It’s one of four panels collectively titled, Visions of the Hereafter. It is in the Gallerie dell'Accademia, in Venice, Italy. The others are Terrestrial ParadiseFall of the Damned into Hell and Hell.

 
 

Death in itself is nothing; but we fear 
To be we know not what, we know not where.

 
 

Background:

The question that every one of us has at least wondered about at some point in our lives, is not if UFOs and aliens exist, or where's Bigfoot, or even if ghosts are real (although that question is connected) but a question about the biggest mystery of all: "What happens to us after we die?" You may not care about the other unknowns, but death comes for us all, and whether or not there's an afterlife, we'll all know in due time. It's the grandest question there is, because it may lead to all other answers. Any evidence of an afterlife may seem beyond our view to most of us; however, there seems to be a great abundance of credible accounts from people who may have seen a glimpse of what awaits us on the Other Side. These people have either been in a state of "Clinical Death" or some unusual physical circumstance and upon recovering, claim to have experienced something known as a Near-Death Experience, or, an "NDE." Tonight, we sit down with our good friend, screenwriter Richard Hatem, who has studied the subject extensively, to discuss the fascinating and distinctive characteristics of the phenomenon. In Part One of our two-part series, we first look at the researchers, definitions and a few case studies of the NDE. Before you think you can dismiss these numerous anecdotes as coming only from a particular type of attention seeker, consider that these testimonies come from the believer, the agnostic and the atheistic alike, from people of all faiths and walks of life, with stories of striking similarity from every culture, and going back to when people first started dying. These Experiencers were all profoundly affected, their lives changed, and the commonalities of their experiences would suggest that this ultimate truth doesn't care what you believe, and indeed a reality beyond the one we know does exist.

 

Suggested Viewing:

Watch the show Rich Hatem is currently writing for, DC TITANS!!

https://www.dcuniverse.com/videos/titans/164/season-1

 
 

Related Books:

Deathbed Visions
By William Barrett
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 128: The Near-Death Experience Part 1.  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 126: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 4

Above image is an artist’s sculpture recreation of the threatening entity that Tony Pickman saw beside his bed

 
 
 

“I've never seen that house fail to produce, and I think it does that on purpose because it wants to bring people back.”

Taylor Pickman, in his interview with us from October of 2018

 

Video and Audio Clips

 

Scott’s reply to the “Swallow your soul” evP:

https://www.astonishinglegends.com/astonishing-legends/2018/11/20/the-swallow-your-soul-evp

 
 

Location:

508 N. 2nd Street, the address of what’s become known as the notoriously haunted “Sallie House,” the most haunted house in the city of Atchison, in the most haunted city in Kansas, and possibly the most haunted town in the United States.

 

Background:

What we'd heard is that witnessing a single paranormal event can change one's life. What we know now is that this is true and often it happens when you're least expecting it. It also doesn't matter if the experiencer receives validation from others of their encounter because they don't need anyone to tell them what they experienced. On the other hand, we'd all like to share our stories with like-minded individuals, partly to gain some comfort in thinking that we've not gone insane and also to learn more about what happened to us. In that regard, tonight, in the final installment of our series on the Sallie House, we'll hear from our last two interviewees. First, Dr. Sean Daley, a professor of anthropology who has done extensive paranormal investigations at the Sallie House will discuss the overwhelming evidence he and his team have collected there. Next, we'll also hear from Taylor Pickman, whose parents Tony and Debra were on the receiving end of the most intense activity while living there. It appears that the house isn't done with them yet. Our experience at the Sallie House has been a milestone for us on this podcast, and whatever your feelings about this story, we hope that you'll continue this journey of exploration and understanding with us, with minds a little more open to the possibility of the impossible.

 

Visit Atchison, Kansas!

“The Most Haunted Town in Kansas! Join us for a unique collection of tours and events that show history repeats itself every single day in the most unusual ways.”

  • Haunted History Trolley

  • Haunted Coach Tours

  • Murder Mystery Dinners

  • The Sallie House

  • Haunted Hop

  • Cemetery Walking Tours

  • Paranormal Investigations

  • History-Mystery Walking Tours … and more!

Follow the Sallie House and other spooky things in Atchison on

The Web: visitatchison.com/haunted-atchison

Twitter: @atchisonhaunted

Facebook: OfficialHauntedAtchison

Instagram: OfficialHauntedAtchison

For the Full Haunted Atchison Schedule, go to VISITATCHISON.COM

To book a tour, overnight stay at the Sallie House, paranormal investigation, or for more information, send an email to: tours@atchisonkansas.net

 
 
 

Sallie House Tour Information Materials

Posted here by permission from the authors, Sean M. Daley and Ryan Goeckner, all rights reserved.

 

Josh Louis of H.O.P.E. Paranormal translates what he thinks he hears on our Track 10 EVP from the Sallie House.

Join H.O.P.E. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hopeparanormal Spirit leads me to a Forensic Audio Expert who examines the DR60 recorder as Steve Huff and I conduct a Wild experiment with my Spirit Guide... #SpiritCommunication #Afterlife #Proof Steve Huff and I have been working together for the past 5 years finding there are many aspects of our journey similar.

 

Related Books:

Haunted Atchison The Collected Stories
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sallie House - Gateway to the Paranormal
Starring Robbie Thomas, Michael Esposito
 
 

SUGGESTED VIEWING:

Check out Josh Louis’ movie, Devil’s Tree: Rooted Evil, available on Amazon Prime:

Devil's Tree: Rooted Evil
Starring Maddy Curley, Eddie Kaulukukui, Roberto Escobar
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 126: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 4.  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 125: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 3

 
 
 

“I originally thought that it was a transducer overload, which translates into loud volume being recorded by a microphone that couldn't handle it. Based on my experience, that's how that sound would be created. I could not get the recorder to reproduce that type of a sound.”

Ed Primeau of Primeau Forensics on his first call to us after he received our recorder.

 
 
 

Location:

508 N. 2nd Street, the address of what’s become known as the notoriously haunted “Sallie House,” the most haunted house in the city of Atchison, in the most haunted city in Kansas, and possibly the most haunted town in the United States.

 

Background:

When it comes to the Paranormal and Supernatural, everyone wants proof.  And yet, not everyone can seem to agree on what would constitute this proof.  So what about evidence that might lead to proving the existence of a spirit world?  Well, not everyone can seem to agree on what is considered actual evidence either.  Since the invention of technologies like photography, and audio & video recording, there have been many purported instances of these recording capabilities capturing occurrences of a spectral world interacting with our own.  For many, this is still not enough.  We certainly didn't expect to get any evidence ourselves when we visited the Sallie House on July 20, 2018.  But now that we've captured something that at least could be considered anomalous with our audio recorder, we want to know exactly what it is and how it got there.  While we may never get a definitive answer as to what that sound is we captured, what we know is how hearing it made us feel.  We've also received a wide range of responses from listeners who have told us how hearing it themselves has affected them.  Some have perceived within the audio file a sense of rage, frustration, and sadness, and some merely regard it as random static.  Those perceptions have spurred their own emotional responses, ranging from fear and queasiness to even anger because some listeners can't accept it as anything but noise.  In some ways, it doesn't matter to us what that audio may be or if there are no words in it because a message was felt, loud and clear.

 

Visit Atchison, Kansas!

“The Most Haunted Town in Kansas! Join us for a unique collection of tours and events that show history repeats itself every single day in the most unusual ways.”

  • Haunted History Trolley

  • Haunted Coach Tours

  • Murder Mystery Dinners

  • The Sallie House

  • Haunted Hop

  • Cemetery Walking Tours

  • Paranormal Investigations

  • History-Mystery Walking Tours … and more!

Follow the Sallie House and other spooky things in Atchison on

The Web: visitatchison.com/haunted-atchison

Twitter: @atchisonhaunted

Facebook: OfficialHauntedAtchison

Instagram: OfficialHauntedAtchison

For the Full Haunted Atchison Schedule, go to VISITATCHISON.COM

To book a tour, overnight stay at the Sallie House, paranormal investigation, or for more information, send an email to: tours@atchisonkansas.net

 
 

Sallie House Tour Information Materials

Posted here by permission from the authors, Sean M. Daley and Ryan Goeckner, all rights reserved.

 

Josh Louis of H.O.P.E. Paranormal translates what he thinks he hears on our Track 10 EVP from the Sallie House.

Join H.O.P.E. on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/hopeparanormal Spirit leads me to a Forensic Audio Expert who examines the DR60 recorder as Steve Huff and I conduct a Wild experiment with my Spirit Guide... #SpiritCommunication #Afterlife #Proof Steve Huff and I have been working together for the past 5 years finding there are many aspects of our journey similar.

 

Related Books:

Haunted Atchison The Collected Stories
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sallie House - Gateway to the Paranormal
Starring Robbie Thomas, Michael Esposito
 
 

SUGGESTED VIEWING:

Check out Josh Louis’ movie, Devil’s Tree: Rooted Evil, available on Amazon Prime:

Devil's Tree: Rooted Evil
Starring Maddy Curley, Eddie Kaulukukui, Roberto Escobar
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 125: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 3.  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 124: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 2

 
 
 

“We have seen the Sallie House... and it has seen us.”

– Scott Philbrook

 
 
 

Location:

508 N. 2nd Street, the address of what’s become known as the notoriously haunted “Sallie House,” the most haunted house in the city of Atchison, in the most haunted city in Kansas, and possibly the most haunted town in the United States.

 

Background:

Belief is a very personal thing. Challenging beliefs can lead to war amongst nations or a war within one's self. Having to reconsider what we believe about our spirituality or lack thereof, can be a very disquieting exercise but often a fruitful one as it leads to growth. But what obligation does the believer have to convince the non-believer of their story? Does it matter if the believer doesn't care what you think? In a way, our egos and skepticism protect us from feeling the discomfort when considering the impossible, because if the impossible is possible and we're not in control of our world, then who, or what is? If an experience like what you might find at the Sallie House can change your beliefs and thus change who you are as a person, how would you handle it? If one day you're challenged to stand up for your beliefs, what will you do then?

 

Visit Atchison, Kansas!

“The Most Haunted Town in Kansas! Join us for a unique collection of tours and events that show history repeats itself every single day in the most unusual ways.”

  • Haunted History Trolley

  • Haunted Coach Tours

  • Murder Mystery Dinners

  • The Sallie House

  • Haunted Hop

  • Cemetery Walking Tours

  • Paranormal Investigations

  • History-Mystery Walking Tours … and more!

Follow the Sallie House and other spooky things in Atchison on

The Web: visitatchison.com/haunted-atchison

Twitter: @atchisonhaunted

Facebook: OfficialHauntedAtchison

Instagram: OfficialHauntedAtchison

For the Full Haunted Atchison Schedule, go to VISITATCHISON.COM

To book a tour, overnight stay at the Sallie House, paranormal investigation, or for more information, send an email to: tours@atchisonkansas.net

 
 

Sallie House Tour Information Materials

Posted here by permission from the authors, Sean M. Daley and Ryan Goeckner, all rights reserved.

 

Related Books:

Haunted Atchison The Collected Stories
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sallie House - Gateway to the Paranormal
Starring Robbie Thomas, Michael Esposito
 
 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

CREDITS:

Episode 124: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 2.  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 123: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 1

 
 
 

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home. – John Stuart Mill

 
 
 

Location:

508 N. 2nd Street, the address of what’s become known as the notoriously haunted “Sallie House,” the most haunted house in the city of Atchison, in the most haunted city in Kansas, and possibly the most haunted town in the United States.

 

Background:

Houses are supposed to be warm and inviting, friendly, a place where we can feel safe in their presence, just like people are supposed to be.  But as much as we would like to hope all people are shining examples of those qualities, we know all too well some people are not, and it is the same with houses.  Houses can have personalities, just like people, and sometimes those personalities are a spirit of joy and sometimes those personalities house a spirit of darkness and mystery.  And then there are unique houses, like the one in Atchison, Kansas which has had so much reported supernatural activity within it, that it has become notorious for being the most haunted house in the most haunted town in Kansas.  But is it the house itself or what passes through it and keeps returning that gives it its character? The house in question is known as the Sallie House, getting its name from the spirit of an eponymous little girl that is said to dwell there. Sometimes it is thought that Sallie plays harmless pranks on visitors and sometimes, something more sinister than pranks. While we may not know what goes on in the spirit realm, what seems to be true is that once you experience the spirit of a place, you can feel drawn to return, and in turn, that spirit may want to revisit you.

 

Visit Atchison, Kansas!

“The Most Haunted Town in Kansas! Join us for a unique collection of tours and events that show history repeats itself every single day in the most unusual ways.”

  • Haunted History Trolley

  • Haunted Coach Tours

  • Murder Mystery Dinners

  • The Sallie House

  • Haunted Hop

  • Cemetery Walking Tours

  • Paranormal Investigations

  • History-Mystery Walking Tours … and more!

Follow the Sallie House and other spooky things in Atchison on

The Web: visitatchison.com/haunted-atchison

Twitter: @atchisonhaunted

Facebook: OfficialHauntedAtchison

Instagram: OfficialHauntedAtchison

For the Full Haunted Atchison Schedule, go to VISITATCHISON.COM

To book a tour, overnight stay at the Sallie House, paranormal investigation, or for more information, send an email to: tours@atchisonkansas.net

 
 

Sallie House Tour Information Materials

Posted here by permission from the authors, Sean M. Daley and Ryan Goeckner, all rights reserved.

 

Related Books:

Haunted Atchison The Collected Stories
Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce
The Sallie House - Gateway to the Paranormal
Starring Robbie Thomas, Michael Esposito
 
 

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Episode 123: The Sallie House – Ghost in the Machine Part 1.  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 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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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 119: The Black Monk of Pontefract Part 3

Above image is the house at 30 East Drive, from the East Drive Paranormal Facebook page, associated with caretaker and lead paranormal investigator, Carol Fieldhouse.

 
 
 

“Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today, I wish, I wish he’d go away…”

Poet and Educator Hughes Mearns, from his poem, Antigonish, Published in 1922

 
 
 

Location: 

30 East Drive, Pontefract, England.  Where a 1950s style, 3-bedroom "Council House" was home to the Pritchard family, along with a very active poltergeist spirit Jean Pritchard eventually named "Fred" or as he is more notoriously known, "The Black Monk."

 

Background:

You might not believe in ghosts, but it would be difficult to ignore all the furtive and orchestrated actions that were going on throughout the years at 30 East Drive, which continue to this day. Certainly, in some famous poltergeist cases, incidents could have been manipulated to gain attention for the prankster. However, unless you're contending that pre-teens have somehow gained Hollywood Special Effects level skills in every case, then some of the more bizarre and baffling examples of poltergeist activity would be worthy of investigation. Then what exactly, are the defining factors between a run-of-the-mill poltergeist and other types of spirit activity? Is a poltergeist more paranormal than supernatural? What are the rules? There are theories that poltergeist activity may be a physical manifestation of intensely directed energy emanating from people, mostly youth. As "fringe" as that may seem, then in some cases it might possibly be explained by science one day, that is, if enough scientists would be willing to endure the ridicule and ensuing damage to their reputations from their peers. However, the strange activity at 30 East Drive seems much more than that, not only because it continued long after the Pritchards left the house, but also because this energy appears to have a personality behind it, and there are indications that there's more than one spectral personality residing around the property. Whatever you think The Black Monk or "Fred" is, whether disembodied spirits or mischievous kids, this "Mr. Nobody" might not be anybody, but it sure seems like it's something.

 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 119: The Black Monk of Pontefract 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 118: The Black Monk of Pontefract Part 2

Above image is from the 30 East Drive website, of a “blacker than black” shadow on the stairs of the house where a lot entity activity is said to occur. Could it be the Black Monk or one of the other spirits thought to reside there? Photo taken by visitor Craig L.

 
 
 

“I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.”

Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung in a 1919 address to the Society for Psychical Research in England

 
 
 

Location: 

30 East Drive, Pontefract, England.  Where a 1950s style, 3-bedroom "Council House" was home to the Pritchard family, along with a very active poltergeist spirit Jean Pritchard eventually named "Fred" or as he is more notoriously known, "The Black Monk."

 

Background:

Poltergeists are all fun & games, that is until they try to strangle you. The actions of whatever force was interacting with the Pritchard family at 30 East Drive in Pontefract, England had seemed playful in a way, albeit disturbing and churlish at times. It seemed there was a primary personality that was the source of the mischief they were experiencing and so consistent were its stunts that the family became familiar with this presence they called "Fred." However, no one really knows what someone or something is capable of until it gets angry. The family saw another side to Fred, or The Black Monk, when it violently attacked the daughter Diane Pritchard on the stairs, leaving red marks on her throat. But was this the doings of their ol' gadfly pal Fred, or something much more sinister? Join us tonight as we examine this escalation of poltergeist activity at the house and try to analyze this darker, malevolent nature of the Black Monk.

 
 

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Episode 118: The Black Monk of Pontefract 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 117: The Black Monk of Pontefract Part 1

Above image is from the 30 East Drive website, showing a dark shadow outside of Phillip's bedroom, some think might be the Black Monk himself.  Photo by house visitor Andy E.

 
 
 

“You’ve got the Devil in this house!”

Maude Peerce, Joe Pritchard’s sister after spending one night at 30 East Drive.  From the book, Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Hauntings by Colin Wilson

 
 
 

Location: 

30 East Drive, Pontefract, England.  Where a 1950s style, 3-bedroom "Council House" was home to the Pritchard family, along with a very active poltergeist spirit Jean Pritchard eventually named "Fred" or as he is more notoriously known, "The Black Monk."

 

Background:

The quote, "Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days" is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. We assume the esteemed Mr. Franklin was speaking only of human guests, but it could also apply to the subject of tonight's show.  Because the uninvited guest of 30 East Drive in Pontefract, England would prove to be more than an annoying visitor oblivious to hints or uncaring that they'd overstayed their welcome, it would show itself as a threat to the family's safety and sanity. In the mid-1960s and 70s, the Pritchard family who lived at that address experienced a visitor who was not only unwelcome but unseen, a capricious prankster whose sense of humor was offset by its sometimes vicious and violent power.  Human beings have an astounding ability to endure hardships they are powerless against and eventually, this poltergeist presence came to be somewhat accepted, with the mother of the family, Jean, giving it the nickname "Fred."  But what was this force in supernatural terms?  Was Fred merely poltergeist energy in the general definition, a collective of entities, a demon, or the vengeful spirit of a condemned man?  A local legend that a 16th century Cluniac Monk was tried and executed for a horrific crime on those grounds is the source for that last idea.  Some have seen a dark, shadowy figure wearing a black monk's robe around the property and it has reinforced that notion.  If that is the case, perhaps the Pritchards were the unwelcome visitors to the home of "The Black Monk."

 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 117: The Black Monk of Pontefract Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Scott Philbrook; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 107: EVPs at the KPW

 
 
 

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

 
 
 

Location:

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

 

Background:

One of the highlights of our appearance at the Kent Paranormal Weekend was participating in our very first Ghost Hunt!  The event took place at the Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio which was first built in 1927 and since then has continued to host concerts, films, and various performances.  The theater is also host to a cast of characters who were once somehow connected to this historic theater and whose spirits remain there.  We explored the most haunted areas of the theater and tried our hand at documenting spirit activity, guided by experienced paranormal investigators Theresa Argie & Cathi Weber, known as The Haunted Housewives, Ray "Gooz" Goosby, Jeff and Susie from the North Canton Paranormal Detectives team, and theater owner Richelle Charlton. One of the techniques we tried is trying to capture an "EVP" or an instance of Electronic Voice Phenomenon, which some claim could be evidence of communication with the spirit world. Electronic Voice Phenomena are said to occur when a question is asked aloud in a haunted location, or even unprompted, and what sounds like a reply is heard in an audio recording.  This hunt captured something we're convinced, believe what you may, and that when you call out into the void, you might get an answer. 

 
 

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Suggested Listening:

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

 

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Episode 107: EVPs at the KPW.  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.  

 

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