Interviews

Ep 146: Lyle Blackburn – Cryptid Hunter

 
 

“When I was sitting in the car, I saw him from the neck down. He was outside the driver’s side window. After about two yards, he jumped on the roof. I saw hands, rough-looking black finger-nailed hands, sticking down from the windshield!”

– Chris Davis’ account of his encounter with the Lizard Man, from Lyle Blackburn’s book by the same name

 

Background:

To really study the paranormal, any good researcher will tell you one must get out in the field to investigate the sightings, and that is especially true when it comes to cryptozoology. This is precisely what our interview guest has done. Lyle Blackburn is a full-time author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas, whose life-long fascination with legendary creatures has led him to write several acclaimed books, including Momo: The Strange Case of the Missouri Monster, The Beast of Boggy Creek, and Lizard Man. Lyle is a frequent guest on radio programs such as Coast to Coast AM and has been featured on numerous television shows like Monsters and Mysteries in America, Finding Bigfoot, and Strange Evidence, as well as other programs airing on the Animal Planet, Destination America, Discovery Science, and A&E channels. In addition, Lyle is a regular contributor for the monthly horror magazine, Rue Morgue. Lyle can also be heard as the frontman for his rock band Ghoultown, along with narrating/producing several Small Town Monsters documentaries, including Terror in the Skies, Boggy Creek Monster, The Mothman of Point Pleasant, and Bray Road Beast. When he’s not chasing cryptids and writing about them or performing with his band, Lyle can be found speaking at various cryptozoology conferences and horror conventions around the United States. Tonight, we sit down with Lyle to discuss his books and his thoughts about some of the most chilling encounters with bizarre and frightening creatures ever reported.

 
 

Location:

Louisiana, Missouri, where a large, long-haired, man-like creature since known as “Momo” was spotted on multiple occasions by local residents.

 
 
 
Boggy Creek Monster
Starring Lyle Blackburn
Wood Knocks Volume 1: A Journal of Sasquatch Research
By David Weatherly, Lyle Blackburn, Nick Redfern, Ken Gerhard, Linda Godfrey
The Legend of Boggy Creek
Starring Vern Stierman, Chuck Pierce Jr., William Stumpp, Willie E. Smith, Lloyd Bowen
Boggy Creek
Starring Damon Lipari, Melissa Carnell, Shavon Kirksey, Stephanie Honore, Texas Battle
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 146: Lyle Blackburn – Cryptid Hunter.  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 145: Brandon Massullo and The Ghost Studies

 
 

“The Survival Hypothesis is looking at whether your consciousness, soul, spirit, memories, or personality go on after you die. For me, that is the most fascinating part of Parapsychology.”

Paraphrased from our interview with tonight’s guest, Brandon Massullo

 

Background:

Does some element of us exist after we die? Is it possible that a message in a dire time of need could reach a loved one across vast distances without the aid of electronic or mechanical means, with a form of psychic energy either just before or after death? Could our emotional spirit be so intense in a moment of crisis that it leaves an imprint or echo that can reverberate in the ether and be heard, seen or sensed again and again? There have been many reported cases where this seems to have happened, and you may have seen such stories in the news or even have one from your own family. Don't you wish scientists would study these examples in a search for answers to some of the most significant questions of all? Well, some scientists are because this type of occurrence falls under the field of parapsychology and we're fortunate enough this evening to speak with Brandon Massullo. Brandon is a clinical therapist and parapsychologist with graduate degrees in clinical counseling from the University of Toledo and psychological research methods from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK. His research at the University of Edinburgh centered on neurobiological correlates of ghostly encounters, and he studied within the Koestler Parapsychology Unit at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of author and international lecturer, Dr. Caroline Watt. Brandon has been fascinated by paranormal phenomena for 20 years and has been a participant and featured speaker in numerous paranormal forums and events. Join us for a fascinating discussion of his research into the possibility that our cries, or at least some form of our being, may linger beyond our earthly existence.

 
 
 
 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 145: Brandon Massullo and The Ghost Studies.  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: Jorma Taccone and Chaka

Above Image: Jorma Taccone, as the higher primate creature, “Chaka” from the 2009 motion picture, Land of the Lost

 
 
 

Background:

Tonight, we have a special bonus episode for you, a commercial-free interview with a very talented writer, director, and performer who has actually worn a sophisticated ape-like costume for a Hollywood feature film and lived to tell about it. You may know Jorma Taccone from the wildly popular comedy trio, “The Lonely Island.” Along with Andy Samberg and Akiva Shaffer, the three have gone on to produce some of the most memorable and hilarious “Digital Shorts” for Saturday Night Live and their feature films, comedy albums and live performances have garnered them millions of fans. But what you may not know about Jorma is that he portrayed the loveably goofy primate-like character “Chaka” for the 2009 film “Land of the Lost,” inspired by the original 1974 children’s television series. While you might think hopping around in a monkey suit for a movie would be fun (certainly Jorma thought so at first) it turns out the hours-long, daily application of the Special Effects makeup was mind-numbingly tedious, and the performance while wearing it was physically grueling and exhausting. We’ll hear from Jorma about his experience with a professional, expensive, skin-tight costume, some funny anecdotes about shooting the movie, and his thoughts on the appearance of the creature from the Patterson-Gimlin Film. As many experts have stated, if the subject in the PGF was actually just a man in a costume, that costume was one of the best that’s ever been made.

 
 

Location:

Researchers have re-located the site where Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin had their encounter with “Patty” the Sasquatch, on the banks of Bluff Creek around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 1967. Bluff Creek is a tributary of the Klamath River, about 25 logging-road miles northwest of the town of Orleans, in Del Norte County California. GPS coordinates provided by BIGFOOT’S bLOG website.

 
 
 

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CREDITS:

Bonus: Jorma Taccone and Chaka.  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 136: Dyatlov Update #1

 
 

“Relatives, the media and the public still ask prosecutors to determine the truth and don't hide their suspicions that something was hidden from them.”

Russian prosecutor’s spokesperson, Alexander Kurennoi

 

Background:

Most everyone familiar with the tragedy of Dyatlov Pass believes that whatever mysterious and strange event occurred, not all of the details have been shared by the Russian government. Tonight, we speak with Keith McCloskey, author of two books about the subject, "Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident" and "Journey to Dyatlov Pass: An Explanation of the Mystery" who has also traveled to the site for his research. We'll hear about his hypotheses and the current state of his efforts to petition the Russian courts to reexamine the case and declassify any previously unreleased information. We first spoke with Keith for our coverage on the Flannan Isles Lighthouse mystery and trust that he will bring the same diligent investigation and keen observations into solving this unfortunate riddle once and for all.

 
 
 

Location:

Dyatlov Pass” on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl in the northern Ural Mountains of the Russian Federation.

 
 

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We’re also excited to announce that the documentary features our friend Lori Williams and her Controlled Remote Viewing practice, which you can sign up to learn at intuitivespecialists.com. Lori was a part of our series on Flight 19 and has been interviewed on Coast to Coast AM numerous times.

 

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CREDITS:

Episode 136: Dyatlov Update #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 135: Sarah and the Spider Woman

 
 

“There was a spider woman on the stairs. Not the fun spider woman. She was like an old woman made of smoke and shadows and she had these very jagged spider legs coming out of her back. And she stood on our staircase and she just stared at me. She had the most angry face I’d ever seen.”

– Paraphrased quote from tonight’s guest, Sarah.

 
 
 

Background:

When people see horrific apparitions of a supernatural nature, what are they really seeing and what could be causing these images to appear?  Could it be that the demons and terrors some people have witnessed sometimes come from a strange symptom of a rare medical condition? This seems to have been the case with tonight's guest, Sarah, who was seeing beings and elements more associated with demonic possession, a haunting or even a psychological disorder, rather than with a physiological illness. It might seem easy to say all supernatural occurrences are nothing but a byproduct of a medical ailment, but many people have also reported seeing and interacting with horrific specters similar to what Sarah was seeing, who have no medical issues.  We are left to wonder then, on a case by case basis if seeing something supernatural is from a medical cause, a spiritual cause, or perhaps a combination of both.

 
 

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By Felicitas D. Goodman
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 135 Sarah and the Spider Woman.  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 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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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 127: Hosting Horror with Joe Bob Briggs

 
 

“If you hate what you're seeing, you call it sex and violence. If you like it, you call it 'romance and adventure.'“

Joe Bob Briggs

 
 
 

Location:

Joe Bob Briggs is a long-time resident of New York City, which is where he was speaking to us for this interview.

 

Background:

The Horror Movie genre, like any other genre of cinema, has its classics and its forgotten, its masterpieces, and its failures. But while the highbrow, serious films enjoy praise or at least critical analysis from the intellectual set, lowbrow horror offerings are often ignored by the academic-minded critics and in many cases even despised. Not so from our guest tonight, pop-culture icon, author, performer, and movie reviewer, Joe Bob Briggs. Joe Bob (John Irving Bloom) has made a name and a storied career for himself, starting first as a newspaper journalist and then finding himself adopting the persona of "Joe Bob Briggs." Joe Bob is a Texas "good ol' boy" who watches B-grade (and much lower) horror movies with you and as your "Horror Host," has a lot of funny and thought-provoking things to say about them, as well as commenting on what they reveal about our culture. What Joe Bob has taught us, is that watching even the most schlocky of shock cinema doesn't have to be a guilty pleasure, because even films below the grade of A can also reflect who we are as a society, and like it or not, have their place. Joe Bob Briggs is the movie critic for the rest of us.

 

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Joe Bob Goes To the Drive-In
By Joe Bob Briggs, John Bloom
 

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http://darkmyths.org/

 

CREDITS:

Episode 127: Hosting Horror with Joe Bob Briggs.  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.