Ep 29: The KGC: An American Conspiracy (Part 3)

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They had lawyers, guns and money, as well as cartographers and engineers, tradesmen, politicians and professionals of all station, all embedded in American society and the money in the earth itself. One day these would all be needed by the Knights of the Golden Circle and if the people, their skills and their ideals would not survive the generations then their amassed fortune would. And here is where one legend intersects with another: The Lost Dutchman Mine and the Knights of the Golden Circle. Was the Lost Mine a massive KGC treasure cache? It’s treasure may never be found, but those that have gone looking may have found its sentinels, and along with it, an often mysterious demise.

Tonight’s Quote:

“…The secessionists of (El) Monte are only awaiting the withdrawal of troops from Los Angeles before they commence operations…”

Edwin A. Sherman, San Bernardino County Newspaper Editor in a letter to Union Army General E. V. Sumner, Commander of the U.S. Pacific Division

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Episode 029 – “Knights of the Golden Circle – Part 3” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) A photo believed to be of a young Jacob Waltz in New York c. 1846, from Sheriff Magazine, 1967 and the Superstition Mountain Historical Society. Waltz was a German immigrant affectionately known as “The Dutchman” and the legendary namesake/finder/keeper of the “Lost Dutchman Mine” on Superstition Mountain in Arizona, and also possibly a KGC sentinel; 2) Believed to be a photo of an older Jacob Waltz upon his trusty burro riding through town. Ph0to from the lostwilds.com website; 3) Jacob Waltz’s gravesite, added to the findagrave.com website by Jeff M. Sullivan; 4) Elisha Marcus Reavis, “The Hermit of Superstition Mountain” and suspected KGC sentinel – photo from the Arizona Historical Society; 5) Detail of “The Horse Map,” one of the “Peralta Stones” or “Superstition Mountain Stone Tablets” thought to possibly lead to the “Lost Dutchman Mine” if one could figure out the symbology of the directional markers and clues. Photo from the desertusa.com website featureing an article by Jim Hatt; 6) Detail of the “Heart Map” Photo from the desertusa.com website featuring an article by Jim Hatt; 7) Detail of the “Priest Map” Photo from the desertusa.com website featuring an article by Jim Hatt;8) Detail of the “Trail Map” Photo from the desertusa.com website featuring an article by Jim Hatt; 9) A compilation of the four major “Peralta” or “Superstition Mountain Stone Tablets” along with the inset heart stone and stone crosses, Photo from the desertusa.com website featuring an article by Jim Hatt.

Ep 28: The KGC: An American Conspiracy (Part 2)

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The Confederate Army’s losses at the battles of Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July 1863 marked a turning point in America’s Civil War, one that was not favorable for furthering the cause of “Southern Independence.” With the hopes of an overall military victory for the Confederacy now beginning to fade, the clandestine leaders of the KGC took the movement fully underground, secreting not only their commands and communications, but also their amassed wealth and weapons. There is sufficient circumstantial evidence to suggest that significant amounts of gold and silver as well as armaments had been collected by the KGC from agents, members and sympathizers, but that then begs the question, where did it all go? If a vast, non-centralized network of money and guns needed to be kept from the hands of a dominant and soon to be victorious Union government, what methodology could a secret organization use to hide it all, and who and what system could be trusted to find it again when it was needed? Part Two of our series on the Knights of the Golden Circle takes a look at where they may have gotten their gains, and what legendary names, famous and infamous, may have helped them.

Tonight’s Quote:

“It’s my damn story, and if they don’t believe it I’m not gonna worry about it, damn it. Pardon my French.”

– Bob Brewer

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Episode 028 – “Knights of the Golden Circle – Part 2” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) Portrait of Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph as Emperor of Mexico, “Maximiliano I”, by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1864; 2) Photograph of Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico, circa 1865; 3) Maximilian’s embalmed corpse on display in Mexico, photograph by François Aubert; 4) The most commonly seen portrait of the original Jesse Woodson James, circa 1882; 5) Jesse James as a young man, date of photo unknown; 6) Portraits of Jesse James and his brother Frank James, Jesse above Frank; 7) Frank James on the left, Jesse James on the right; 8) Another often seen portrait of Jesse and Frank James, 9) A famous photo of Frank and Jesse posing with their pistols; 10) A newspaper photo of Jesse James after he’d been reportedly shot by Robert Ford, before James’ body was released to his family; 11) Posthumous close-up of Jesse James – is this the same man as in the other photos? 12) Jesse James’ family funeral. His brother Frank is just to the right of his coffin with his wife Ann behind him in white; 12) Robert “Bob” Newton Ford, a new addition to the James’ gang, who is believed to have shot Jesse on April 3, 1882 in the back of the head in order to collect $5000 in reward money, only a fraction of which he and his brother Charley would eventually claim. Ford himself would eventually be shot and killed by Edward O’Kelley in the temporary tent saloon he operated on June 8, 1892 in Creede, CO at the age of 30. 13) John Frank Dalton, who allegedly at the age of 100, claimed to be the original Jesse Woodson James. Born on March 8, 1848, J. Frank Dalton waited until the last 3 years of his long life to make his public declaration in Lawton, OK in the spring of 1948, that he was indeed the legendary outlaw. Although his claims have largely been dismissed by mainstream historians, there are credible researchers who believe his story is true. Adding to the controversy are compelling elements to the claim, such as distinguishing physical characteristics displayed by Dalton that purportedly match James’, such as seven bullet wounds, a rope burn around his neck, a collapsed lung, a missing fingertip, and severely burned feet. Even recent efforts to find the truth using DNA analysis have not yielded conclusive results. There remains doubt that Dalton’s remains were the ones that were actually exhumed for the DNA testing. There is also belief that the inquiry was possibly skewed because of the tourism dollars that James’ legend brings to the town’s economy. 14) KGC Membership Card.

Ep 27: The KGC: An American Conspiracy (Part 1)

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America in the mid-nineteenth century was still a very young nation in the process of finding its own identity, its states not yet fully or harmoniously united. Differing ideas on what methods of production and government its inhabitants should employ were fomenting into a house divided and would lead to one of the bloodiest and devastating civil wars any country could experience. Leading up to America’s Civil War, various factions were coalescing into numerous political parties and regional movements, with ideological lines drawn largely on the issue of slavery. The struggle for America’s southern states’ self-determination gave rise to a secret society known as the Knights of the Golden Circle, whose members were determined to gain power, wealth and influence for their cause either within the Union, or if necessary as their own autonomous territory. The birth of the United States as a nation would indeed be a painful and traumatic experience, the pangs of which would be felt and remembered to this day, and the hopes for the rise of the South kept alive perhaps more than the average American knows.

Tonight’s Quote:

“No matter what secrets may be given to me by a 57, if given as the secret of a 57 and because I am one, I will hold the same sacredly in my own knowledge, and never re-communicate it, even to a 57, unless authorized so to do by the brother whose secret it is.”

– KGC Initiation rites for their 3rd degree, within which membership was kept from all other members of the organization. (Published anonymously in 1861)

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Episode 027 – “Knights of the Golden Circle” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) Cover of the book, “An Authentic Exposition of the Knights of the Golden Circle, or A History of Secession from 1834 to 1861, by a Member of the Order”; 2) George W.L. Bickley, considered the main founder of the K.G.C.; 3) Possible seal of the Knights of the Golden Circle; 4) Illustration of filibuster John A. Quitman, by Alonzo Chappel, courtesy of www.alonzochappel.org ; 5) Clement Vallandigham; 6) William Walker; 7) Portrait of Albert Pike, taken by famous Civil War photographer Mathew Brady; 8) Robert Rhett, considered “The Father of Secession;” 9) Benjamin McCulloch; 10) Illustration of a secret K.G.C. ceremony

Ep 26: Shadow People

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They watch us. They wait. Lurking in the shadows or in bright daylight, from afar, in the corners of our eyes or in our very own bedrooms, staring directly at us, sometimes with eyes of red fire. They observe us and learn our behavior or they try to choke the breath and souls from our bodies. But why are they here and what do they really want with us? Or are their sightings and interactions just a physiological or psychological anomaly, Hypnogogic or Hypnopompic Isolated Sleep Paralysis, a trick of the light, perhaps a wayward spark causing an electrical stimulation of the brain’s left temporoparietal junction? Maybe this phenomenon is only one of the many unfortunate side-effects of a methamphetamine bender, but then why do sober and healthy people also see them? Join us tonight as we explore what these uninvited paranormal intruders might be, perhaps either interdimensional or bioelectrochemical and why they seem to enjoy the abject terror they instill in us in our 2nd Annual Halloween Special. If these spectral watchers are real, one thing is certain: they feed off our deepest, darkest fear.

Tonight’s Quote:

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and the other begins?”

– Edgar Allen Poe

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Episode 026 – “Shadow People” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) “Hat Man” sketch from a post by David A. Nova called “Shadow Mansion and Shadow People,” from his blog at https://davidanova.wordpress.com/ ; 2) Artwork by Priscilla Hernandez called “The Shadow People – The Underliving” for her illustrated music book called “The Underliving.” Found here http://yidneth.deviantart.com/art/The-Shadow-people-The-Underliving-377870011 and her webpage: http://yidneth.deviantart.com/ ; 3) Shadow Person sketch by Jason Jam of jamcomics.com; 4) A Prague reproduction of the Golem; 5) An artist’s depiction of the FICTIONAL Slender Man by LuxAmber; 6) An artist’s depiction of inter-dimensional being Indrid Cold; 7) What’s in the corner?; 8) A sketch by illustrator, artist extraordinaire and friend of the show, Rohitash Rao, depicting his own frightening encounter with a Fedora wearing Shadow Man. Rohitash is the illustrator for the popular series of children’s books, entitled Creature Keepers, along with his partner, author Peter Nelson. Their latest book, Creature Keepers and the Swindled Soil-Soles can be found here: http://amzn.com/0062236458

Ep 25: Kidnapped by Bigfoot: The Albert Ostman Story

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Some tales are tall tales, and some tales involve an ape-like creature that stands over 7 feet tall and weighs around 700 pounds. Such was the tale of Albert Ostman, who claimed that in 1924, while on a leisurely prospecting trip in British Columbia, Canada, he was kidnapped in the middle of the night by a Sasquatch, or what is more commonly known as “Bigfoot.” While some folks might be quick to dismiss Mr. Ostman’s story as a stretch of the truth by no small means, it’s hard to deny the folksy charm and curious wonder his tale invokes, whether tall tale or sober testimony.

Tonight’s Quote:

“ I have learned from experience that a modicum of snuff can be most efficacious.”

Fictional Character Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen on escaping from a monster.

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Episode 025 – “Kidnapped by Bigfoot: The Albert Ostman Story” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) Albert Ostman tells his tale to author John Green; 2) A comparison graph showing the relative size between Gigantopithecus blacki on the left, a modern human in the middle, and Gigantopithecus giganteus on the right. G. blacki bone fragments of teeth and mandibles have been found in South China, Vietnam and India, and is thought to have lived from about 9 million years a ago to perhaps as recently as 100,000 years ago, co-existing alongside Homo erectus, the predecessor to Homo sapiens. Based on its fossil record, G. blacki is estimated to have stood as tall as 9.8 ft (3 m) and weighed as much as 1,190 lbs (540 kg); 3) “Mike” the dog, taught by his owner, the proprietor of the Bowser Hotel in British Columbia, Canada, to fetch beer bottles for his guests. Ostman resided for a spell at the Bowser. Photo credit to Judy Coss; 4) Still frame from the legendary “Patterson-Gimlin Film” or as it’s known by cryptozoology enthusiasts, “PGF.” The 16mm color film was taken in 1967 by Roger Patterson, while on a horseback trip with Robert “Bob” Gimlin around Bluff Creek in Northern California. Patterson and Gimlin have both maintained throughout that the film shows what appears to be a female “Sasquatch” or “Bigfoot” now affectionately called “Patty” walking away while briefly turning her head to look at them. Recent analysis now also shows what could possibly be another Bigfoot nearby, captured for a few frames and previously unnoticed. Whether real or faked, the “PGF” remains to this day perhaps the most conclusive documentation or at least well-executed pictorial hoax regarding a Sasquatch sighting; 5) Passenger manifest from the steamship the “S.S. Columbia” that shows Albert Ostman being on board for his maiden voyage to America, from Glasgow, Scotland to New York City; 6) Albert Ostman’s entry from Ancestry.com gathered from the 1920 United States Federal Census; 7) Albert Ostman’s Canadian Immigration Service documentation from 1923; 8) Ostman’s U.S. Department of Labor certificate from 1924; 9) Ostman’s immigration registration card; 10) And of course, a publicity still of “Bowzer” played by actor and singer Jon “Bowzer” Bauman from the American musical TV show Sha Na Na, hosted by the “Doo-wop” singing group of the same name. The show ran from 1977 to 1981 for a total of 97 episodes, and here we see Bowzer striking his signature pose.

Ep 24: Dyatlov Pass (Part 2)

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Part 2 of our Special on Dyatlov Pass: On January 27, 1959, a group of outdoor enthusiasts, known as “tourists” in Russia, consisting of seven men and two women, mostly students and graduates of the Ural Polytechnical Institute (which is now the Ural Federal University) left the village of Vizhay in the northern Ural Mountains on a two-week ski trek, through a region called Sverdlovsk Oblast, the “gateway to Siberia” in Russia. In Russia a “tourist” is a serious outdoorsman. The goal was to reach Otorten Mountain at the end of their journey. Their planned route would rank as a “Category III,” the most difficult classification for a hiking expedition in winter, which if successful, would qualify them as “Masters of Sport.” On February 1st as they started to move through a mountain pass on their last leg of the trip, bad weather and decreasing visibility forced them off course, and the group decided to make camp on the eastern slope of a small mountain called Kholat Syakhl by the indigenous Mansi peoples, which translates to “Dead Mountain” due to the area’s lack of wild game. Sometime during the night of February 2nd, the group suffered an unimaginably terrifying ordeal, sealing their fate. When they hadn’t been heard from by February 20th, a search party was formed to look for the missing youths. On February 26th the search party reached their camp and what they found would bring more questions than answers. It appeared as though something had scared the hikers so badly, that they panicked and ripped a hole in the side of their tent in order to escape, shoeless, into – 20º F (-29º C) snowfall. It was determined by Soviet authorities that the group had met with a “compelling unknown force” causing them all to flee and ultimately die of exposure with some also suffering significant internal injuries such as broken ribs and fractured skulls. There have since been many theories put forth as to what this force actually was, but we may never know what was so horrific that it caused this group of experienced adventurers to take leave of their senses and take their chances in the deadly wilderness. Following the incident, the mountain pass was named “Dyatlov Pass” in honor of the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov.

 

Tonight’s Quote:

“An unknown compelling force should be considered the cause of the hiker’s deaths.” – Lev Ivanov, Lead Prosecutor, Dyatlov Pass Incident

 
 

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Episode 024 – “Dyatlov Pass (Part 2)” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) Igor Dyatlov and his fellow “tourists” prepare for their journey; 2) Zinaida “Zina” Kolmogorova; 3) Semen (also written as “Semyon”) “Alexander” Zolotarev; 4) Left to right: Nicolai Thibeaux-Brignolle and Semen “Alexander” Zolotarev; 5) Left to right: Lyudmila “Lyuda” Dubinina, Yuri Krivonischenko, Nicolai “Nick” Thibeaux-Brignolle, Rustem “Rustik” Slobodin; 6) Lyudmila “Lyuda” Dubinina hugs Yuri Yudin as Igor Dyatlov smiles on, after Yudin is forced to turn back due to back pain before the final and fatal leg of their trip; 7) The group as they prepare to leave the logging camp before setting off for Otorten Mountain; 8) “The Beard” and his jolly woodcutting comrades in a send off to the hikers; 9) “The Beard”; 10) The abandoned archeological and geological research camp – the last constructed shelter before entering deep wilderness; 11) Team members leaning against shelf holders at the research camp; 12) Rustem “Rustik” Slobodin modeling his damaged coat; 13) The group leaves for Otorten Mountain; 14) A marker carved into a tree by the local indigenous Mansi peoples, indicating the number of people in their hunting party; 15) “Zina” Kolmogorova makes an entry into her travel journal; 16) Another Mansi tribal marker; 17) 26 January 1959 – the group leaves Ivdel and gets a ride in a Russian GAZ 63 truck to the 41st Kvartal (Quarter); 18) “Zina” Kolmogorova takes one of the many photos carefully documenting their entire endeavor; 19) The group sets off for a mysterious and deadly fate.

Ep 23: Dyatlov Pass (Part 1)

 

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On January 27, 1959, a group of outdoor enthusiasts, known as “tourists” in Russia, consisting of seven men and two women, mostly students and graduates of the Ural Polytechnical Institute (which is now the Ural Federal University) left the village of Vizhay in the northern Ural Mountains on a two-week ski trek, through a region called Sverdlovsk Oblast, the “gateway to Siberia” in Russia. In Russia a “tourist” is a serious outdoorsman. The goal was to reach Otorten Mountain at the end of their journey. Their planned route would rank as a “Category III,” the most difficult classification for a hiking expedition in winter, which if successful, would qualify them as “Masters of Sport.” On February 1st as they started to move through a mountain pass on their last leg of the trip, bad weather and decreasing visibility forced them off course, and the group decided to make camp on the eastern slope of a small mountain called Kholat Syakhl by the indigenous Mansi peoples, which translates to “Dead Mountain” due to the area’s lack of wild game. Sometime during the night of February 2nd, the group suffered an unimaginably terrifying ordeal, sealing their fate. When they hadn’t been heard from by February 20th, a search party was formed to look for the missing youths. On February 26th the search party reached their camp and what they found would bring more questions than answers. It appeared as though something had scared the hikers so badly, that they panicked and ripped a hole in the side of their tent in order to escape, shoeless, into – 20º F (-29º C) snowfall. It was determined by Soviet authorities that the group had met with a “compelling unknown force” causing them all to flee and ultimately die of exposure with some also suffering significant internal injuries such as broken ribs and fractured skulls. There have since been many theories put forth as to what this force actually was, but we may never know what was so horrific that it caused this group of experienced adventurers to take leave of their senses and take their chances in the deadly wilderness. Following the incident, the mountain pass was named “Dyatlov Pass” in honor of the group’s leader, Igor Dyatlov.

Tonight’s Quote:

“I wonder what awaits us in this hike? Will anything new happen?” – Zinaida “Zina” Kolmogorova

 

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Episode 023 – “Dyatlov Pass (Part 1)” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) Igor Dyatlov and his fellow “tourists” prepare for their journey; 2) Zinaida “Zina” Kolmogorova; 3) Semen (also written as “Semyon”) “Alexander” Zolotarev; 4) Left to right: Nicolai Thibeaux-Brignolle and Semen “Alexander” Zolotarev; 5) Left to right: Lyudmila “Lyuda” Dubinina, Yuri Krivonischenko, Nicolai “Nick” Thibeaux-Brignolle, Rustem “Rustik” Slobodin; 6) Lyudmila “Lyuda” Dubinina hugs Yuri Yudin as Igor Dyatlov smiles on, after Yudin is forced to turn back due to back pain before the final and fatal leg of their trip; 7) The group as they prepare to leave the logging camp before setting off for Otorten Mountain; 8) “The Beard” and his jolly woodcutting comrades in a send off to the hikers; 9) “The Beard”; 10) The abandoned archeological and geological research camp – the last constructed shelter before entering deep wilderness; 11) Team members leaning against shelf holders at the research camp; 12) Rustem “Rustik” Slobodin modeling his damaged coat; 13) The group leaves for Otorten Mountain; 14) A marker carved into a tree by the local indigenous Mansi peoples, indicating the number of people in their hunting party; 15) “Zina” Kolmogorova makes an entry into her travel journal; 16) Another Mansi tribal marker; 17) 26 January 1959 – the group leaves Ivdel and gets a ride in a Russian GAZ 63 truck to the 41st Kvartal (Quarter); 18) “Zina” Kolmogorova takes one of the many photos carefully documenting their entire endeavor; 19) The group sets off for a mysterious and deadly fate.

Ep 22: The Fermi Paradox

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While having lunch near the Los Alamos National Laboratory one day with the likes of Edward Teller, “father of the nuclear bomb,” Nobel Prize winning physicist Enrico Fermi wondered out loud (after the topic of recent UFO sightings came up) “Where is everybody?” Basically what he meant was, if the universe is so seemingly infinite and old, and it’s mathematically probable that other star systems have developed intelligent life like ours has, and it’s also theoretically possible that an alien civilization with tens or even hundreds of thousands of years of technological advancement could have made it to our galaxy by now, even with sub-lightspeed travel, why haven’t we seen any aliens yet? Tonight, in one of our more conversational shows, we take a broad look at the paradox that bears his name. By the way, supposed UFO sightings are commonly reported around atomic activities.

Tonight’s Quote:

“It is surely unreasonable to credit that only one small star in the immensity of the universe is capable of developing and supporting intelligent life. But we shall not get to them and they will not come to us.” ― P.D. James, The Children of Men

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Episode 022 – ‘The Fermi Paradox’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

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1) Physicist Enrico Fermi; 2) Astronomer and astrophysicist Frank Drake; 3) The Lockheed SR-71 “Blackbird,” a top-secret, Mach 3+ strategic reconnaissance aircraft, developed at Lockheed’s “Skunkworks” division, under the direction of Clarence “Kelly” Johnson; 4) A Tardigrade, which is a “micro-animal” with 8 legs, also known as a “waterbear” or “moss piglet.” First discovered by the German pastor Johann August Ephraim Goeze in 1773. The name Tardigrada (meaning “slow stepper”) was given three years later by the Italian biologist Lazzaro Spallanzani; 5) Image from a woodcut engraving and text by Hans Glaser, printed in a broadsheet news article in 1561. It depicts what was seen in the skies around dawn on April 14, 1561 by the townsfolk of Nuremberg, Germany, which they described as an aerial battle. It is presently described as a “celestial phenomenon” or by some as possibly a “UFO battle”; 6) Colored woodprint by Samuel Coccius, Basel, Switzerland, (1566) depicting another “celestial phenomenon” over Basel in 1566, or what some currently theorize was another “UFO battle.”

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.

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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.

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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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Legend:

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?

Background:

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 14: What’s Gotten Into You?

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Technically an invasive species has to kill off a pre-existing species to meet the definition of being invasive. After you hear this episode, we’ll be you’ll agree there are some things though that should be classified as invasive no matter what.

Background:

Tonight we talk with two guests. One who may never spend the night in New York City with a window open again, and another who although his Texas doctor was ultimately shot to death by a jealous husband, has a story about a visit to his practice a few years earlier that eclipses that event.

 

Tonight’s Quote:

“Two-legged creatures we are supposed to love as we love ourselves. The four-legged, also, can come to seem pretty important. But six legs are too many from the human standpoint. ~ Joseph W. Krutch (Author, Critic, Naturalist)

 

Forrest Loves the Venture Brothers, and They Seem to Love a Lot of the Same Topics We Do, So Here’s Another Juicy Tidbit from Them

The Venture Brothers | Unusual Torture | Adult Swim (Adult Language)

Fox News on The Taco Worm (Not Easy to Watch)

Interesting Facts:

Jerry Browning’s father was Master Chief Petty Officer on the USS Forrestal (CV-59) for 3 years. The Forrestal was named for the first Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal. Mr. Forrestal was the gentleman who multiple witnesses claimed showed up on Saipan to either rescue Amelia Earhart and her navigator, or if determining they were dead, perpetrate a colossal cover-up. Listen to our two part special on Amelia Earhart if this intrigues you.

Jerry’s doctor, Dr. Kenneth Dooley was gunned down on July 4th, 1984 by Fort Worth District Fire Chief Joe Dinkins after he found out Dr. Dooley was having an affair with his wife Paula, whom he also shot and killed. Dinkins is set to get out of prison soon, and Dr. Dooley’s widow just passed away in February of this year.

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Episode 014 – ‘What’s Eating You?’ Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess, Ryan McCullough Sound Design Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Photos: Jerry Browning, copyright Astonishing Legends 2015 – All rights reserved, New York’s Super Cockroach – AP, Candiru PD, Ceti Eel Courtesy Khan Noonien Singh, Earwig and European Chafer (June Bug) – PD, Article on Dr. Dooley’s Murder (Newspaper Archives)

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.

Background:

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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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