Ep 7: A Krampus Christmas


Photo Gallery:

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


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!



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.





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.

Photo Credits: 

Ashley Wigglesworth, copyright 2014

Ep 6: Celebrity Cemetery


Photo Gallery:

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!


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.



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.


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).


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 5: Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 2)


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From left to right: Richard Martini's team digs at Aslito Airfield, Garapan Prison in Saipan, Freckle Cream Jar from Nikumaroro/Gardner Island, Abandoned Earhart Light on Howland Island (built to guide her in), Mike Harris & Richard Martini at what's left of the Catholic Church on Saipan where Robert Wallack found the briefcase, Old aerial photos of Gardner Island/Nikumaroro.


In the final episode of our 2 part special on Amelia Earhart's disappearance, we're going to get you up to speed on everything you need to know about all the hypotheses surrounding her story. Believe it or not, unlike a lot of shows in the mystery genre, we are prepared to actually draw a conclusion at the end of our show that we feel comfortable standing by after thoroughly investigating all of the research that has gone into the disappearance. This episode runs 2 hours because we just couldn't get everything into it in less time and it's hard not to become obsessed once you start taking a look at what happened to Amelia.



Did Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan live short lives as castaways, or were they lost at sea after running out of fuel and ditching their Lockheed Electra 10E? Maybe they were taken prisoner, interrogated and eventually executed by the Japanese in Saipan? If none of those are right, maybe Amelia changed her identity and lived her days out as a woman named Irene Bolam who settled down in New Jersey?

This episode is part 2 of a special about aviation's most famous disappearance of all time, that of Amelia Earhart.


Related Books:

The search for Amelia Earhart
By Fred G Goerner


Episode 005 - 'Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 2)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.

photo sources: Digging at Aslito Airfield, Capt. Cooper & Jerry Facey Assisting, Photo by: Robert Rustin, Garapan Prison, Earhart's last home? From Earhart On Saipan., Freckle Cream Jar, TIGHAR via Discovery ChannelEarhart Light, Flickr User JOANN94024 / CC BY-SA 3.0 , Catholic Church on Saipan, photo by Robert Rustin, from Earhart on Saipan, Old Aerial photos of Nikumaroro/Gardner Island, Public Domain.

Ep 4: Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 1)


Photo Gallery:

From left to right: Amelia Earhart in Electra, Amelia, Amelia as a little girl, Amelia in Ireland, Capt. Harry Manning, Earhart's Electra 10E, Earhart & Noonan, Electra crashed in Hawaii, Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B, Group: Mantz, Earhart, Manning and Noonan 1939.


Amelia Earhart is one of the most famous aviators in the world and she flew into the history books in July of 1937 when she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, took off from Lae, Papua New Guinea for Howland Island. They never made it. Come with us on part 1 of this 2 part special while we take you back to what her life was really like in the years leading up to her vanishing.



There are dozens of theories about Amelia's disappearance, most of which don't hold water, but there are three or four that any one of which proven true would make for one of the most fantastic tales ever told.

This episode is about aviation's most famous disappearance of all time, Amelia Earhart.


On Amelia Earhart:


Related Books:

The search for Amelia Earhart
By Fred G Goerner

Interesting Facts: Contrary to popular belief, Amelia was considered by many, including close friends, not to be a great pilot. Paul Mantz supposedly cited pilot error after their failed take-off in Hawaii (he later died of pilot error himself). Her lack of finesse was also apparent on various occasions when she would compete in air races and finish far in the field with a bouncy landing in front of all the spectators.

No one on Earth ever doubted her courage, however.

On Fred Noonan:

Interesting Facts: Noonan had reportedly wanted to open a navigation school and saw his participation in the circumnavigation as a way to generate interest. Unfortunately, he was lost at sea.

On Paul Mantz:

Interesting Facts: Paul Mantz became a movie stuntman and died filming 'Flight of the Phoenix'.


Episode 004 - 'Amelia Earhart Vanishes (Part 1)' Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design, Scott Philbrook Editing. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2014, All Rights Reserved.

photo sources: Public Domain or Fair Use unless otherwise indicated, 1) Amelia in aft cabin with radio looking out over fuel tanks, 2) Amelia c. 1928, 3) Amelia as a little girl, 4) Amelia and her Lockheed Vega 5B after landing in Ireland, 5) Capt. Harry Manning in the SS America Chart Room, Smithsonian Institution, 6) Earhart's Electra 10E, 7) Earhart & Noonan on Circumnavigation, 8) Earhart's crash on first attempt in Hawaii, 9) Earhart's Lockheed Vega 5B at the Smithsonian by Sergio Citagirone (CC by SA 3.0), 10) Mantz, Earhart, Manning and Noonan, March 17th, 1939 just prior to first attempt take-off from Oakland for Hawaii where the trip would end.

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


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.



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.


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:


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.