Hauntings

Ep 133: The Betz Sphere Part 4

The terrain pictured above is very similar and close to where the Betz Sphere was originally found. Photo courtesy of the Betz Family. Copyright 2019, Astonishing Legends, All Rights Reserved.

 
 

Wait a second Gerri, do you have a copy of the X-ray?”

“Do I ever, friend! I have the original! And from what I can tell, I’m not supposed to have it.”

– A Paraphrased exchange between Gerri and a Science Journalist and family friend who wrote an un-produced script about the Betz Sphere.

 

Link to the webpage showcasing the X-Rays of the Sphere:

https://www.astonishinglegends.com/xray

 
 

Location: Near Fort George Island, Florida

The approximate location where the Sphere was originally found in 1974. Note: the area in 1974 was largely unpopulated and undeveloped and has since seen significant growth.

 

Background:

As we close this final chapter on the story of the Betz Sphere, we've all been given a rare and exclusive glimpse into what happens when an impossible object becomes known to the world. We've seen what can happen to a regular family that only sought to find answers about its purpose. We've seen how authorities and officials behave when they too are mystified about an item that most are satisfied to dismiss as discarded industrial junk; their public stance hiding personal and professional curiosity. We've seen how the news media tries to answer the questions we all have but falls short, leaving the real story untold and yet retold again and again with incorrect or incomplete information because that's all the public is allowed. Most importantly, we've all now seen inside this mystery but are once again reminded that when it comes to High Strangeness, the answers we receive we may not understand. In the end, what we can safely conclude is that the Betz Sphere may or may not have come from an alien world, but it was evidently created in a secret place the populace is not allowed to know.

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 133 The Betz Sphere Part 4.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Bonus: Earhart's Plane? Update with Bill Snavely

 
 
 
 
 

Location: autonomous region of buka

Background:

For 13 years, Earhart researcher Bill Snavely has been pursuing a lead that no other person in his field has considered. In that pursuit, he’s been the only one to find a fully intact aircraft that under strict comparison to Earhart’s Lockheed Electra 10E, seems to have no differences. Since he first appeared on our show in May of 2018, he has assembled a team of unparalleled experts that have been to Buka and returned with startling new information. Now that team aims to return as soon as possible.

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CREDITS:

Episode post 133-bonus: A follow up to Bill Snavely’s team’s first expedition to Buka. Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 132: The Betz Sphere Part 3

 
 

“And all of a sudden a man grabbed her from behind around the neck. She fell off of the ottoman that she was sitting on and dropped the phone. She was screaming into the phone, "They're trying to get me! They're trying to get me!" – Paraphrased from our interview with a Betz family member, recounting an attack on Gerri Betz during the fervor surrounding the Betz Sphere.

 
 
 

Location: Near Fort George Island, Florida

The approximate location where the Sphere was originally found in 1974. Note: the area in 1974 was largely unpopulated and undeveloped and has since seen significant growth.

 

Background:

For something that many would claim was just a misplaced piece of industrial equipment, the Betz Sphere attracted a lot of serious attention, some official, some dubious and some a bit of both. Despite the initial vague or dismissive statements from the US Navy and noted scientists such as Dr. J. Allen Hynek that were reported by the news media, they were determined to continue seeking answers from it. The interest didn't stop with our government either, as mysterious foreign agents had shown up and expressed a keen interest in obtaining the orb. Subterfuge, manipulation both social and scientific, a disproportionate offer of a large sum of money, and even a possibly related assault all seem like a lot of effort to obtain an old discarded valve ball.

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 132: The Betz Sphere Part 3.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 131: The Betz Sphere Part 2

 
 

So the ball gets delivered back to her with something like a big manila folder. She opens the folder, and it's X-rays, and they are X-rays that show the inside of the ball, so it's the first time we see what we're looking at. –Paraphrased from a Betz family member’s interview with Astonishing Legends, January 2019

 
 
 

Location: Near Fort George Island, Florida

The approximate location where the Sphere was originally found in 1974. Note: the land in 1974 was mostly unpopulated and undeveloped and has since seen significant growth.

 

Background:

With every paranormal event or object, there are the questions of how did this happen or what was this thing? But the equally important issue is, how would this affect me? Because when something seemingly impossible happens, we have no context unless it had interaction with somebody. It becomes meaningful when we ponder the implications to our own human experience. As much as the Betz Sphere created a scientific mystery it also created a family story. Tonight, we're fortunate to present an exclusive interview with a member of the Betz family who was there to witness the entire ordeal and who has generously agreed to share their family story and set the record straight. Someone or something secretive created this sphere and while its operation and purpose remain unknown to the public, how it became known to the world and how that affected their lives is their story alone.

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 131: The Betz Sphere Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 130: The Betz Sphere Part 1

 
 

“They told me to put the orb the floor and give it a push. It rolled a ways and stopped. Then It turned by itself then rolled about four feet. It stopped. Then it turned again and rolled to the left about eight feet, made a big arc and came right back to my feet.”  - Lou Egner, photojournalist for The Jacksonville Journal

 
 
 
 

Background:

Sometimes people come into our lives that change everything. Sometimes that change can come from an object. In March of 1974, the Betz family of Fort George Island, Florida found such an object, while investigating their property for wildfire damage. It appeared to be a shiny steel ball, measuring 7.96 inches in diameter and weighing 21.34 pounds. Being a simple, yet so out-of-place item in the middle of nowhere, it caught the attention of the eldest Betz son Terry, who took it home as a souvenir. The family, and eventually the rest of the world, would soon learn that this was no ordinary metal ball. The sphere would demonstrate highly unusual properties, like rolling that would indicate self-guidance, vibrating and emitting high-pitched frequencies, and a strange magnetic quality. These actions would be witnessed not only by the family but by the military, scientists and news media, all eager to determine who made this thing and why. While most authorities would go on record as believing the sphere was human-made, all would admit that it was no doubt weird, and no group could come forward to claim it was positively theirs. In the end, it would not be the sphere so much that would change the lives of the Betz family, but the people who were interested in it. As one might expect, if you possess an item that breaks the laws of physics, some organizations will go to great lengths to acquire it.

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 130: The Betz Sphere Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2019 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.

 

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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.

 

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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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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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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
 
 

SUGGESTED VIEWING:

 

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CREDITS:

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 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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CREDITS:

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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The Dark Myths Collective  

http://darkmyths.org/

 

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."