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Ep 21: Oak Island Money Pit (Part 4) – The Theories

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Pirate treasure? English, French or Spanish military plunder? The secret Rosicrucian works of Sir Francis Bacon and therefore also the possible original missing folios of Shakespeare? Or perhaps the greatest sacred antiquities lost to history, such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Longinus or the menorah from King Solomon’s temple? Or maybe it’s all just natural geological processes forming a sinkhole, plain and simple? These are just some of the theories of what could be down in the infamous and mysterious “Money Pit” on Oak Island, Nova Scotia — thought by many to be one of the greatest archeological mysteries of North America, and possibly the world.

Background:

Now that you’ve heard Parts 1 through 3 (hopefully!) covering the entire history and timeline of the Oak Island Money Pit, Part 4 covers most all of the theories out there of who could’ve built it, what they put down there and why.

 

Tonight’s Quote:

“…I’ll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I’ll drown my book.” ~ Prospero, from William Shakespeare’s (or Sir Francis Bacon’s?) The Tempest; Act 5, Scene 1, Page 3 Just a few of the links used for our research:

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Episode 021 – ‘Oak Island Money Pit Part 4’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Special Thanks Tess Pfeifle Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) Hermes Trismegistus; 2) Military Seal of the Knights Templar; 3) 8 pointed cross of the Knights Templar; 4) Pirate Flag commonly called “The Jolly Roger,” possibly appropriated from the Knights Templar Naval Flag and/or Masonic symbology; 5) “Grand Council Flag of the Mi’kmaq Nation” by Himasaram – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons, compared with the purported Templar/St. Clair (Sinclair) flag; 6) King Phillip IV of France, also known as “Phillip the Fair”; 7) Pope Clement V; 8) A manuscript illustration (c. 1350) alluding to the accusation of “obscene kisses” at the base of the spine by Templar initiates; 9) Jacques de Molay sentenced to the stake in 1314, from the Chronicle of France or of St Denis (fourteenth century). Note the shape of the island, representing the Île de la Cité (Island of the City) in the Seine, where the executions took place; 10) Philip IV ordering the burning of Knights Templar by Giovanni Boccaccio; 11) Jacques de Molay, 23rd and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar; 12) Statue of Prince Henry Sinclair; 13) The Temple of the Rose Cross, Teophilus Schweighardt Constantiens, 1618; 14) Square and Compass symbol of Freemasonry; 15) Christian Rosenkreuz (also spelled Rosenkreutz) founder of the Rosicrucian Order (Order of the Rosy Cross) 16) The Count of St. Germain; 17) Captain William Kidd, 18th century portrait by Sir James Thornhill; 18) An 18th-century depiction of Henry Every (or Avery), with the Fancy shown engaging its prey in the background; 19) A woodcut from “The Pirates Own Book” showing Henry Avery’s (or Every) ship, the Fancy engaging the Ganj-i-sawai; 20) The Chandos Portrait of William Shakespeare, attributed to John Taylor; 21) Portrait of Francis Bacon, by Frans Pourbus the younger (1617), Palace on the Water in Warsaw; 22) The Shepherd’s Monument in its rustic arch, on the grounds of Shugborough Hall in Staffordshire, England,; 23) The Shugborough relief, adapted from Nicolas Poussin‘s second version of The Shepherds of Arcadia; 24) Close-up of the Shepherd’s fingers partially covering the letters “N” and “R” on the Shugborough Monument’s inscription — could the “N” stand for Nova Scotia and covering the “R” turn “Arcadia” into “Acadia?”; 25) Sculpture of the mysterious “Bald-headed, smiling man” located at the top, left-of-center on the Shepherds Monument – could it be Shakespeare or Francis Bacon? 26) Shakespeare’s funerary monument, Holy Trinity Church,Stratford; 27) Self-portrait of Nicolas Poussin, 1650; 28) Nicolas Poussin’s second version of “Et in Arcadia ego” also known as “Les Bergers d’Arcadie” (The Shepherds of Arcadia) 1637-1638; 29) Nicolas Poussin’s painting of: The Four Seasons: Summer, or Ruth and Boaz, 1660–1664; 30) The 10 Sephirot from Jewish Kabbalah, arranged into the 3 columns, with the 22 Paths of Connection of three types.

Ep 20: Oak Island Money Pit (Part 3)

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Pirate treasure? English, French or Spanish military plunder? The secret Rosicrucian works of Sir Francis Bacon and therefore also the possible original missing folios of Shakespeare? Or perhaps the greatest sacred antiquities lost to history, such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Longinus or the menorah from King Solomon’s temple? Or maybe it’s all just natural geological processes forming a sinkhole, plain and simple? These are just some of the theories of what could be down in the infamous and mysterious “Money Pit” on Oak Island, Nova Scotia — thought by many to be one of the greatest archeological mysteries of North America, and possibly the world.

Background:

Part 3 of our series picks up from where we left off in Part 2, which covered the years between 1867 and 1965. Part 3 starts after the tragic accident that befell the Restall crew on August 17, 1965 and continues with the history of the Money Pit up until the present day. Now that you’ll know the entire timeline of the events of the Money Pit’s mysterious history, Part 4 will cover all of the major theories of what is or was, down there.

 

Tonight’s Quote:

“This project, when we get through with it, may or may not make us rich. But at least we will have solved one of the world’s greatest mysteries.” ~ David Tobias, one of the founders of the Triton Alliance, Ltd. in 1969 along with Dan Blankenship.

Credits:

Episode 020 – ‘Oak Island Money Pit Part 3’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) Heart-shaped stone found in 1967 under the beach at Smith’s Cove; 2) Portion of an old ship’s gunwale found in the swamp by Fred Nolan; 3) Head-shaped stone found at the center of the megalithic cross found on Fred Nolan’s property; 4) Head-shaped stone graphically enhanced showing the carving of a spearhead or dagger on its face; 5) Frederick Blair of the Oak Island Treasure Company pointing to Oak Island on a map; 5) Robert Dunfield in one of his large excavation pits; 6) View from Crandall’s Point looking towards Oak Island over the causeway; 7) Left to right: Craig Tester, Dan Blankenship, Marty Lagina and Rick Lagina from the History Channel show, Curse of Oak Island; 7) Old scissors thought to be of Spanish design from the 17th century, found by Dan Blankenship under the beach at Smith’s Cove.

Ep 19: Oak Island Money Pit (Part 2)

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Pirate treasure? English, French or Spanish military plunder? The secret Rosicrucian works of Sir Francis Bacon and therefore also the possible original missing folios of Shakespeare? Or perhaps the greatest sacred antiquities lost to history, such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Longinus or the menorah from King Solomon’s temple? Or maybe it’s all just natural geological processes forming a sinkhole, plain and simple? These are just some of the theories of what could be down in the infamous and mysterious “Money Pit” on Oak Island, Nova Scotia — thought by many to be one of the greatest archeological mysteries of North America, and possibly the world.

Background:

Part 2 of our series on the elusive Money Pit on Oak Island continues from where we left off in Part 1, which covered the initial discovery of the pit in 1795 up to 1867. Part 2 covers the dissolution of The Oak Island Eldorado Company (later known as the Halifax Company) in 1867 up until a fateful day in 1965, when the island would claim its next four victims in just a matter of minutes. Tragic as this was, it did not deter the line of treasure seekers from that moment until the present day, even though local legend claims the island will take one more life before it will give up its secrets.

 

Tonight’s Quote:

“There is a lot more to the true story of Oak Island and some day it will be told in full.” ~ Reginald V. Harris, past Grand Sovereign of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Nova Scotia, and author of The Oak Island Mystery.

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Episode 019 – ‘Oak Island Money Pit Part 2’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) Map showing Mahone Bay region; 2) Map showing land parcel allotments on Oak Island; 3) Piece of parchment with the letters “Vi” or “Wi” written with quill pen in India ink, found in the drilling debris by Dr. A.E. Porter on September 6, 1897; 3) Turn of the century painted postcard showing digging operations at the Money Pit; 4) Photo c. 1909 showing members of The Old Gold Salvage and Wrecking Co. featuring a 27 year old Franklin D. Roosevelt smoking a pipe; 5) Diagram of the stone triangle “sextant” first discovered near the south shore of Oak Island by Captain Welling and Frederick Blair in 1897; 6) Robert K. Restall’s map plan of the Pit Area from 1964; 7) Photo taken by Joy Steele of an Oak Island cove in 1931; 8) Part of an engraved stone sometimes known as the “H stone,” found by Gilbert Hedden at Joudrey’s Cove in 1936; 9) Fictional pirate treasure map from the book, Captain Kidd and his Skeleton Island, by Harold T. Wilkins, c. 1937; 10) Diagram of the possible flood tunnel system from Smith’s Cove to the Money Pit; 11) Large stone with man-made drilled hole, possibly found by Frederick Blair in 1895 or Gilbert Hedden in 1937; 12) Oak Island cove; 13) c. 1940s photo showing a boy standing over remnants of one of the shaft operations, possibly from Edwin Hamilton’s operation; 14) Aerial view of the Money Pit workings; 15) Turn of the century steam-powered “clam digger”; 16) Stones that were possibly used by the original diggers for surveying or marking the treasure location and one showing the Masonic “G” symbol, found by Dan Blankenship; 17) Diagram showing the depths at which items were found by various teams at the Money Pit.

Ep 18: Oak Island Money Pit (Part 1)

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Pirate treasure? English, French or Spanish military plunder? The secret Rosicrucian works of Sir Francis Bacon and therefore also the possible original missing folios of Shakespeare? Or perhaps the greatest sacred antiquities lost to history, such as the Ark of the Covenant, the Holy Grail, the Spear of Longinus or the menorah from King Solomon’s temple? Or maybe it’s all just natural geological processes forming a sinkhole, plain and simple? These are just some of the theories of what could be down in the infamous and mysterious “Money Pit” on Oak Island, Nova Scotia — thought by many to be one of the greatest archeological mysteries of North America, and possibly the world.

Background:

In 1795, a young Nova Scotia resident named Daniel McGinnis rows out to Oak Island, not far from the mainland to check out what he thinks are strange green lights floating amongst the non-native oak trees that cover the island. By most accounts, his attention is drawn to a sawed-off limb on a large tree in a clearing, from which a ship’s block and tackle are hanging. Directly below the pulley he finds a 12 foot circular depression in the soil, and immediately thinks this must be a location for buried pirate treasure. Even though the boys related the details of their remarkable discovery to friends, neighbors and relatives, they could find no one to help them with their quest, because of local legends and superstitions.

The hunt continues to this day, and many tantalizing clues have emerged from the multitude of holes in the ground as well as the island’s surface. Theories abound as to what enlightened mind could devise such an ingenious feat of engineering, and what group of dedicated souls sworn to secrecy could carry it out. One thing is certain, some folks went to a lot of trouble to hide something pretty important.

 

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Episode 017 – ‘Oak Island Money Pit Part 1’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Ep 17: Collections and Connections

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Legend: Have you ever collected anything? Have you ever been a fan of anything or anyone? If so, how serious were you about it, how far would you go to obtain a collectible and what would be your most treasured “gets?”

Background: After our cold open on Charly Charlie, Scott sits down for a discussion with Astonishing Legends’ own intrepid reporter in the field, “Master” Marc D’Andre (you’ll find out who called him “Master” later in the episode) to find out about two of his passions: movies and the occasional autograph, letter or interaction from some of his favorite actors and personalities. Some of Marc’s memorable encounters include: the great Robert DeNiro; a phone call from 80s & 90s heartthrob Kelly LeBrock (The Woman in Red, Weird Science); from Star Wars – Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing & Anthony Daniels, and a heartfelt and inspiring correspondence with character actor, Steve James (To Live and Die in L.A., the American Ninja series).

Tonight’s Quote:

“I hope this doesn’t sound pompous, but I don’t think of myself as famous. Whatever fame I’ve got has come through what I’ve done and associations of things I’ve done.”

– Peter Cushing

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Final Observations: Fame and celebrity in our culture are curious things. On the one hand being famous can make an actor seem quite familiar to the average citizen, while at the same making a personal interaction with them a rare and exclusive occurrence for us mere mortals, especially in the days before the internet. However, much like the world of the paranormal, if you cast an inquiry out into the void, you just might get a response, whether it’s Kelly LeBrock or Charlie Charlie.

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Episode 017 – ‘Collections and Connections’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Ep 16: Are We Ever Alone?

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Have you ever taken a camping trip by yourself? A trip to get away? Were you alone? Are you sure?

Background:

Tonight we interview retired Emergency Room Physician and now published author Dr. Richard J. Goldstein who took a simple little camping trip by himself a while back and found that he was not welcome at the campsite he chose.

Tonight’s Quote:

“Ghosts could walk freely tonight, without fear of the disbelief of men; for this night was haunted, and it would be an insensitive man who did not know it.”

~ John Steinbeck, Tortilla Flat

Final Observations:

Dr. Goldstein encountered something that he cannot explain and that still haunts him to this day. Do you think that we know all that there is to know about life, death and what exists beyond the realm of our comprehension? If this story doesn’t make you second guess what you might already believe then you are way ahead of the rest of us.

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Episode 016 – ‘Are We Ever Alone?’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Ep 15: Spring-heeled Jack

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In 1837, someone or something leapt into history in nine foot bounds, assaulting women and men, breathing fire and tearing at their clothes. What exactly was Spring-Heeled Jack?

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Tonight we’re diving into the history of Spring-Heeled Jack. We’re going to take a look at one of the most detailed research papers ever done on him and try to figure out just who or what he might have been. Join us as we unravel the various sightings and take a look at all the plausible explanations that have been put forth over the years and then you can decide for yourself if Spring-Heeled Jack was super natural or a cunning hoax followed by copycat hoaxing for over 150 years.

 

Tonight’s Quote:

“He also has spring-heeled or india-rubber soled boots, for no man living could leap so lightly, and, I might say, fly across the ground in the manner he did last night.’ ~ GHR Davidson (Greater London Citizen, 1872)

The Closest Modern Man has Come to Imitating Spring-Heeled Jack – Warning: The Music Stinks

Final Observations:

Even if some of these sightings can be explained as exaggerated or explainable by other means, what is at the root of what witnesses first saw all of those years ago that could jump over nine feet in the air? Perhaps that first sighting or the first few were the only real sightings and if so what was it? I lean towards a mechanical contraption of some kind, although I can’t imagine it’s design and Forrest leans in the direction of something super natural.

Credits:

Episode 015 – ‘Spring-Heeled Jack’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Photos: All images Public Domain. Various Spring-Heeled Jack Photos from Penny Dreadful Covers and Portrait of the Marquess of Waterford, a possible Suspect.

Ep 13: The Laughing Indian

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There are many different levels of torment that some ghosts seem to offer, but what could be worse than mocking?

Background: When our guest was 12 years old and home alone in upstate New York he experienced an encounter with something heard but not seen. Was it real? What would you have done? Listen to his tale and try to decide if you could have handled it differently.

 

Interesting Facts:

There is a Buddhist Monastery neighboring the Magic Meadow. The woods surrounding the meadow are filled with Buddhist shrines were many offerings are routinely made. For well over 100 years, people have been making journeys to the meadow to make offerings of all different kinds.

Credits:

Episode 013 – ‘The Laughing Indian’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Photos: The Brugnoni House, copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 – All rights reserved, Satellite Image of the House from Google Maps, Map of the Lenape Tribes Area from Wikipedia, Magic Meadow Campfire from MacFarlane’s Angelfire Blog, Lapowinsa – Chief of the Lenape Public Domain, Mahican Chief Etow Oh Koam Public Domain

Ep 12: John Titor and Other Time Travelers

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Time traveler stories have abounded throughout history, but one of the most enduring ones of the past hundred years is the legend of John Titor, a man from the year 2038 who’s story of how time travel works proves to be plausible.

Background: There are more than few recent stories of folks appearing out of town in old photos or even a Chaplin film and we will visit the most famous of them. Even the guy who found a wormhole while fixing his kitchen sink.

 
 
 
 

Interesting Facts:

There are many UNIX embedded systems that do not keep track of time as it is not relevant to their operation. These machines are not threatened by the Y2038 problem.

I was completely wrong about the pronunciation of IMGUR. I apologize to Forrest.

Imgur (pronounced /ˈɪmədʒər/like image-er; imager[2] and stylized as imgur)

 

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Episode 012 – ‘John Titor and Other Time Travelers’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Ep 11: The Flirting Ghosts of Norway

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In the 1890’s an illicit affair centered around a hotel in Norway ends badly. Are the departed lovers still hanging around the original section of the hotel’s top floor?

Background: Marc Brugnoni and Marisol McIlvain work for a large travel and entertainment company in their marketing department. This means they frequently are sent to exotic locations around the world to produce high-end filmed content to inspire people to come and visit. On this 2013 trip to the Geiranger Fjord in Norway, they both experience something unexplained in their rooms and their denial of the events drop away when it comes up just prior to the beginning of the next shooting day at breakfast, and it wasn’t over yet.

 

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Episode 011 – ‘The Flirting Ghosts of Norway’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

photos: The Hotel from their Website, The Hotel Dining Room, CC Licensed, Flickr User jeaneeem, Geiranger Fjord by Wikipedia Builder Ximonic (Simo Räsänen), Geiranger Fjord reverse with hotel, Andres Trepte, Waterfall at Geiranger Norway by Gary Bembridge

Ep 10: The Cackowski Intruder

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A spirit visits two siblings multiple times a week for several months during their highschool years. Neither one of them knew it was happening to the other.

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Comedy and Improv performers, writers and producers, Liz and Craig Cackowski were both visited by something almost nightly for over a year when they were in highschool. It visited them in nearly the identical way several nights a week. They never spoke of it to anyone until 10 years later when they were both out with friends telling ghost stories and Liz found out that her brother had been visited by the same spectral being that haunted her 8 years after him.

 

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Credits:

Episode 010 – ‘The Cackowski Intruder’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Photos: The Cackowski Home Copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 All Rights Reserved, The Poltergeist Movie House, The Hallway Outside the Kid’s Rooms, Copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 All Rights Reserved, The Cackowski Mirror Wall, Copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 All Rights Reserved, Liz Cackowski Photo by Joe Pugliesi for The Hollywood Reporter, Craig Cackowski photo from Box Angeles Podcast Episode #13, Featured Image – ‘The Nightmare’ by John Henry Fuseli; Public Domaiun

Ep 9: The Birds, The Psychic, and Ollie the Crime-Fighting Dog

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Bird flies at the window, death knocks at the door.

According to legend, if a bird crashes into a window in your house and dies from the collision, it is a portent that someone close to you is going to die.

Background:

Can someone who’s passed away send the living messages by manipulating our world and even other living things in it? That’s what Eric Robinson says happened to him and his entire family and when you hear the details, you’ll have a hard time drawing a different conclusion.

 

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Eric’s story starts out with the passing of his mom in 2004 and the events that lead up to that and followed it as well.

Eric's story starts out with the passing of his mom in 2004 and the events that lead up to that and followed it as well.

Moses Maimonides

Hervey Medellin

Interesting Fact:

On the day that Lucille Ball’s dad passed away from Typhoid Fever, a bird flew into her house becoming trapped and knocking down a picture. After that event, she had a fear of birds (ornithophobia) for the rest of her life. She didn’t even like to see them flying outside and forbid the use of wallpaper with birds on it everywhere she went.

Credits:

Episode 009 – ‘The Birds, the Psychic and Ollie the Crime-Fighting Dog’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

photos: Bird Smack by Scott Philbrook Copyright 2015 All Rights Reserved, Robinson Family photo (from Left, Eric’s sister, Eric, and his mom about a month before she passed, Copyright Eric Robinson 2015 All Rights Reserved, Eric’s Dad’s Barbershop via Google Streetview, Moses Maimonides public domain, Ollie the dog, Copyright Eric Robinson 2015 All Rights Reserved, Hervey Medellin and the man who killed him.

Ep 8: The Devil in the Diner

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Have you ever encountered someone other-worldly; someone who seemed to exude a dark charisma that frightened you with their ability to be so magnetic?

 

Legend:

Talented comedy writer, Paula Pell, of Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and now a new feature film called The Nest, joins us in this episode for a glimpse over her shoulder at an event from her past that while fleeting, was so poignant it stuck with her for the rest of her life. A chance crossing of paths with what on the surface seemed to be a man, but upon closer inspection felt like much, much more than that.

Stories:

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This story is a personal one and it took place years ago so there are not many images to offer with this particular posting, but we are including at least a link Paula’s IMDB page. The crux of this story is in the interview. We hope you enjoy! Happy New Year!

Credits:

*Episode 008 – ‘The Devil in the Diner’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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Ep 7: A Krampus Christmas

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All pictures from The Running of the Butt Mandle in Bertchesgaden, Germany, Dec 6th 2014. Photos property of Astonishing Legends/Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014 – All Rights Reserved

Background:

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Krampus? Every part of the world has different traditions at the end of the year. Have you ever stopped to think about the origins of those traditions? Ever stop to think they might be Pagan in nature? Well we not only stopped to think about it, we dove into it and came back with some amazing information, bolstered with an iPhone movie taken only days ago in Germany at one of the strangest, but most interesting traditions of them all, The Krampus!

 

Legend:

Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for The Krampus on the front porch waiting for the bad kids so he could kidnap them in the basket on his back and take them away.

Friends of the show, George and Ashley, agreed to share the video below from The Running of the Butt Mandle, shot just days ago on December 6th, 2014 in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Ashley was switched hard enough to have come away with welts on her leg during this procession.

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Video Courtesy: Ashley Wigglesworth

Forrest’s favorite horrifying version of A Christmas Carol.

The Venture Brothers

Forrest briefly discusses a strange connection between Christmas and The Venture Brothers.

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Episode 7 – A Krampus Christmas produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Scott Philbrook Sound Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014.  All Rights Reserved.

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Ashley Wigglesworth, copyright 2014

Ep 6: Celebrity Cemetery

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Gallery photo essay of Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park by Scott Philbrook. All Rights Reserved. These photos are arranged in an order that follows Marc's report. Most graves are self-explanatory, but some are unmarked. The unmarked graves with the 2 flower pots are Roy Orbison and his wife. The blank spot next to Lew Ayres that Marc is pointing at is Frank Zappa in a fully unmarked grave with no headstone of any kind. The large blank headstone with the hedges and grass is George C. Scott. Not all folks mentioned in the report are featured and we added Jonathan Harris from Lost In Space and of course Jack Klugman!

Background:

Marc D'Andre our Correspondent at Large, is back with one of his special tours of the final resting place of not only Marilyn Monroe, but countless Hollywood icons of film and television. Put your headphones on and be transported to the park with Marc as he tells you a little bit about its residents who are probably all going to be glad to know you still care about them.

 

Legend:

A large collection of some of the most famous people in the world have been put to rest in this small, unassuming cemetery that is nearly impossible to find if you don't know exactly where it is.

Stories:

Links for this episode, compiled and curated by Marc D'Andre. If you can't click on these, visit our website.

On Natalie Wood

On Bob Crane

On Eddie Albert

Interesting Fact:

While we weren't looking for him, we also stumbled across Jay Sommers at Pierce Brothers. He is buried a short walk from the star of the show he created, based somewhat on an old radio show that he worked on 15 years prior called, "Granby's Green Acres".

On Richard Conte

On Roy Orbison

On Jim Backus

On Frank Zappa

On Dorothy Stratten

On Carl Wilson

On Dominique Dunne

On James Coburn

On Peggy Lee

On Janet Leigh

On Ray Bradbury

On Carrie Hamilton

On Eric Douglas

On Karl Malden

On Walter Matthau

On George C. Scott

On Merv Griffin

On Farrah Fawcett

On Rodney Dangerfield

On Peter Falk

On Carroll O'Connor

On Billy Wilder

On Jack Lemmon

On Sage Stallone

On Dean Martin

On Burt Lancaster

On Marilyn Monroe

On Richard Poncher

On Buddy Rich

On Christopher George

On Mel Torme

On Swifty Lazar

On John Cassavettes

On Eva Gabor

On Armand Hammer

On Don Knotts

On Truman Capote

On Heather O'Rourke

On Groucho Marx

Interesting Fact:

People often leave tokens of love and appreciation on gravestones. Sometimes they leave change. Although the origins of this are muddy, some believe that if you leave some change, the deceased will grant you a wish. Others believe in the change as an offering that dates back to being able to pay the toll to be ferried across the River Styx by Charon (Greek Mythology).

Credits:

Episode 006 - 'Celebrity Cemetery' Produced by Scott Philbrook,Forrest Burgess, & Marc D'Andre, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.

photo sources: all photos by Scott Philbrook for Astonishing Legends.

Ep 3: Greyfriars Kirkyard Halloween Special

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From left to right: Greyfriars Kirkyard, The Covenanters’ Prison Sign, Bothwell Bridge Monument, George MacKenzie, Mackenzie Musoleum, Plague Doctor, St Giles Cathedral

Background:

Greyfriars Kirkyard is the graveyard surrounding Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located at the southern edge of the Old Town, adjacent to George Heriot's School. Burials have been taking place since the late 16th century, and a number of notable Edinburgh residents are interred at Greyfriars. The Kirkyard is operated by City of Edinburgh Council in liaison with a charitable trust, which is linked to but separate from the church.

 

Legend:

Greyfriars Kirkyard is known as one of the most haunted cemeteries in the world with a violent poltergeist (George MacKenzie) harming late-night visitors and a history of stolen bodies. The Covenanters’ Prison is connected to Greyfriars Kirkyard by a stone gateway and locked metal grate near MacKenzie’s mausoleum. It was once home to an estimated 1200 unfortunate members of a failed anti-government revolution in 1679. Conditions at the prison were so brutal that only 257 of the prisoners came out alive (a portion of whom escaped or pledged loyalty to the crown) four months after their mass incarceration.

This episode is about the most well documented ongoing physical haunting in the world at the legendary Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Stories:

On Greyfriars Bobby:

Interesting Facts: Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known in 19th-century Edinburgh for supposedly spending 14 years guarding the grave of his owner until he died himself on 14 January 1872. The story continues to be well known in Edinburgh, through several books and films, and a prominent commemorative statue and nearby graves act as a tourist attraction.

On Covenanter's Prison:

Interesting Facts: In November 1679 the remaining 257 men, who had been sentenced to transportation overseas, were taken to Leith and placed on board a ship bound for the American colonies; nearly all were drowned when this ship was wrecked in the Orkney islands (where there is a monument in their memory), but 48 of the prisoners survived.

On Bloody George Mackenzie:

Interesting Facts: Mackzenzie had several male children, but every single one of them died before they could father a child.

On The Black Mausoleum:

On The Battle of Bothwell Brig:

On St. Giles Kirk:

Interesting Facts: St Giles' Cathedral, more properly termed the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Its distinctive crown steeple is a prominent feature of the city skyline, at about a third of the way down the Royal Mile which runs from the Castle to Holyrood Palace. The church has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years. The present church dates from the late 14th century, though it was extensively restored in the 19th century.

On Plague Masks:

On City of the Dead Tours:

Interesting Facts: Founded in 1999, Black Hart Entertainment runs the world famous City of the Dead walks in Edinburgh – The Haunted Graveyard Tour, Underground City of the Dead and Double Dead Tours. All the walks are written and researched by the historical author and award winning novelist, J A Henderson – who has written non-fiction books on the Underground City, The Mackenzie Poltergeist and Haunted Edinburgh.

Outstanding Book:

Credits:

Episode 003 - 'Greyfriars Kirkyard Halloween Special' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Special guests 'Marty' & 'Alice' wish to remain anonymous. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.

Ep 2: Queen Mary & The Haunted Valentine

Ep 2: Queen Mary & The Haunted Valentine

The Queen Mary ship is a retired ocean liner that sailed for the Cunard Line between 1936 and 1967. Launched on September 26, 1934, the Queen Mary traveled 13 feet to the gallon, contained 40,000 hp turbine steam engines, 4 propellers weighing 35 tons each, and a 140 ton rudder weighing 81, 234 tons. Not only did the Queen Mary ship sail for three decades across the Atlantic entertaining its passengers, but also was used during World War II to escort over 800,000 troops more than 600,000 miles. Carrying on average 1957 passengers serviced by a crew of 1174, the Queen Mary ship has been recorded as one of the largest passenger liners ever built.