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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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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.

Ep 138: Loftus Hall Part 2

Above image courtesy of Aiden Quigley, current owner of Loftus Hall and author Chris Rush, All Rights Reserved.

 
 

“The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.”

― Martin Luther

 

Background:

As it is said with legends, when you separate the wheat from the chaff, there is often a kernel of truth in them. So what is the truth about Loftus Hall? Whether the Devil himself came to visit this prominent family who can say with certainty, but it seems accurate that the real Anne Tottenham suffered so great an instance of emotional trauma that it left her to wither in a catatonic state for the rest of her short life. There may even be proof that she remained seated for years, staring out the window of her favorite room, waiting for her bewitching love to return. What is also known is that some occult force had disturbed the family and staff of the house so greatly and frequently thereafter, that Protestant nobility had broken with fierce tradition to seek help from a local Catholic priest. The much-beloved Father Thomas Broaders was called upon to exorcize the demonic presence and was successful, mostly. What remains true today is that Loftus Hall is a grand attraction, scarred by its history and haunted by a love lost.

 
 

Location:

Loftus Hall  – a large country house on the Hook peninsulaCounty Wexford, Ireland. Originally, on that site stood Redmond Hall.

 
 
 
 
 

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Episode 138: Loftus Hall 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 137: Loftus Hall Part 1

Above image courtesy of Aiden Quigley, current owner of Loftus Hall and author Chris Rush, All Rights Reserved.

 
 

“Here lies the body of Thomas Broaders.

Who did good and prayed for all.

And banished the Devil from Loftus Hall.”

– Epitaph on Father Thomas Broaders’ grave, 30 minutes north of the Hall in Horetown Cemetery, County Wexford

 

Background:

Loftus Hall is considered one of the most haunted residences in Ireland. But what made it that way? If you believe the local legend, it started when a mysterious stranger visited the Hall one dark and stormy night. During a game of cards, he would enchant the young mistress of the house. But with his true nature discovered, he would flee most violently and mystically, leaving the woman scarred for life. They would both routinely haunt the house since. If you believe the legend, then what drew the dark visitor to the Hall? Was it the fate of this noble family or could it have been the history of bloodshed on this land for a thousand years or more? Tonight, we examine the charmed, Irish history of Loftus Hall and the tale of a handsome devil who comes to call.

 
 

Location:

Loftus Hall  – a large country house on the Hook peninsulaCounty Wexford, Ireland. Originally, on that site stood Redmond Hall.

 
 
 

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Episode 137: Loftus Hall 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 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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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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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 134: Gremlins

Above original artwork by David Spencer. Follow him on Twitter @mischieffactory and check out his illustrations and designs for hire on his website: mischief-factory.com and also at: https://www.foliojr.com/david-spencer/

 
 
 

“I was a 22-year-old B-17 pilot and flight commander. I’m very aware of my surroundings, and as I go higher, I notice an unusual sound coming from the engine. The instruments went nuts. I look at my right and I see an entity staring at me. Then I look at the aircraft’s nose, and there’s another one, hanging in there. Dancing lizards.”

– Paraphrased account from WWII USAAF pilot known as “L.W.” From Cryptozoology News

 
 
 

Location:

Royal Air Force base Benson, one of three RAF aerodromes during WWII along with RAF Wick and RAF St. Eval, where the high-altitude Photographic Reconnaissance Units were stationed. The PRUs were among the first to popularize the Gremlins story amongst the British military.

 

Background:

Our legends and folklore must begin somewhere, and if not from the creative imagination of a single individual then perhaps they are born from the collective experiences of a particular group. While it is difficult to trace the exact nascency of certain legends, we may be able to get a clearer idea of where a specific mystical being came to be known, the gremlin. The British pilots and aircrew of the Royal Air Force during the WWI and WWII eras began to experience baffling and inexplicable problems with their aircraft and missions. Wires that appeared to have been chewed through, sand particles found in machinery where none should be, punctures and damage that was incomprehensible were just some of the numerous mysterious problems they encountered. But with no known cause, blame fell to the gremlin a mischievous goblin-like entity said to inhabit the skies and aerodromes of the RAF and who delighted in causing trouble for airmen. Although rationality would suggest the gremlin was an invention of highly-stressed personnel looking for a comical and morale-boosting scapegoat for their problems, there are reports from veterans who claim to have seen these destructive imps in action. If true, then we must wonder if the creature creates the legend or if the legend creates the creature. Join us as we examine the discovery of a 20th-century folktale which just may be related to the ancient Wee Folk of nature.

 
 

Related Books:

The Gremlins
By Roald Dahl
The Spirit of St. Louis
By Charles A. Lindbergh
Good Faeries/Bad Faeries
By Brian Froud
Gremlin Trouble Volume 1
By E. T. Bryan, Elizabeth Bryan
Gremlins
Starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Holliday, Frances Lee McCain
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 134 Gremlins.  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 129: The Near-Death Experience Part 2

Above image is from The Michael Teachings website

 
 

"Birth in the physical is death in the spiritual. Death in the physical is the birth in the spiritual."

Edgar Cayce

 
 

Background:

Researchers have now documented thousands of personal accounts from Near-Death Experiencers. Logic would suggest that it's unlikely that all NDE stories are fabrications and that at least some of these experiences are real and accurately described. And if so, then examining the commonly experienced features of the NDE seem to indicate that these defining perceptions are universal, while remaining a uniquely relevant and personal occurrence to the individual. Most NDE experiencers have described sensations like being in a tunnel leading to a brilliant light, floating away from our bodies, reuniting with deceased friends and loved ones, of a peaceful and loving communion with a higher power, while some have described a hellish event. On the other hand, skeptics would argue that these features are standard because the human brain is the same for everyone. Some researchers have claimed to produce these sensations by external stimuli, such as electric current, extreme G-force, and psychoactive drugs, or conclude that these perceptions are merely scenes of a final movie played by a dying brain starved of oxygen. In the second part of our discussion of the Near-Death Experience with Richard Hatem, we discuss the points of this debate, and whether the skeptical viewpoint can fully explain the phenomenon or if it falls short of an explanation of the personal context of these experiences. At the heart of this debate is the question of whether consciousness is a product of the physical brain or if it can reside apart from the body. If consciousness exists independently of the brain and this could be scientifically proven, then the possibility of living beyond our physical world – the reality of an Afterlife, changes the debate and how we think about our own lives. Perhaps this is something that can never be proven, something we are not meant to know, but those that have gone through an NDE will tell you that it has changed them, usually for the better. To them, the NDE was a message, and whether a good or bad experience, it was a message of hope or a reminder that redemption is possible, and that a greater awareness awaits us. And what message could be better at the close of an old year and the beginning of a new one?

 

Suggested Listening:

Our longtime podcast friend, Jordan Bonaparte has had a lot of success with his show, The Nighttime Podcast. Jordan covers all manner of strange & fascinating true tales, with a focus on Canadian paranormal mysteries, true crime, missing persons and everything in-between. Subscribe to Nighttime on Apple Podcasts or find The Nighttime Podcast wherever you get your awesome podcasts!

 

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 129: The Near-Death Experience 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 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.

 

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Deathbed Visions
By William Barrett
 

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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 122: Mysterious Deaths along the 37th Parallel

 
 
 

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

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

 
 
 

Location:

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

 

Background:

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

 
 

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Episode 122: Mysterious Deaths Along the 37th Parallel.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough and John Bolen Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 121: Yokai Horrors of Japan

 
 
 

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

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

 
 
 

Location:

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

 

Background:

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

 
 
Gazu hyakki yagyo
By Toriyama Sekien
 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 121: Yokai Horrors of Japan.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough and John Bolen Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 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  

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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 112: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 2

 
 
 

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

 
 
 

Location:

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

 

Background:

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

 
 

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Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the  Generation Why Podcast  at the  Elks Lodge  at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the  Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel  at the  Amelia Earhart Festival ! Like the  Discussion Panel , the event is free, but please go to  Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP  and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!

Meet & Greet Scott & Forrest and Aaron & Justin from the Generation Why Podcast at the Elks Lodge at 8:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, in Atchison, Kansas, in conjunction with the Chasing Earhart Project's Discussion Panel at the Amelia Earhart Festival! Like the Discussion Panel, the event is free, but please go to Chasing Earhart's Facebook page to RSVP and let 'em know you're coming – it's gonna be a blast!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the  Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel  along with many other much more distinguished guests at  Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium  for the  Amelia Earhart Festival , July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas. The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here:  http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/ . Get your tickets to the  Discussion Panel  here:  https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com  and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/  Come be a part of history!

And then Scott and Forrest will be on the Chasing Earhart Discussion Panel along with many other much more distinguished guests at Benedictine College's O'Malley Auditorium for the Amelia Earhart Festival, July 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas. The festival runs from Friday, July 20, to Saturday, July 21, and full details of events and schedules can be found here: http://visitatchison.com/event/amelia-earhart-festival/. Get your tickets to the Discussion Panel here: https://chasingearhart.app.rsvpify.com and check out the Chasing Earhart Project's Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/204863036728346/ Come be a part of history!


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The Dark Myths Collective  

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CREDITS:

Episode 112: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 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."