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WINCHESTER MANSION MYSTERY

John is joined again by co-host Charlotte Andersen from Brisbane Australia to talk about the Winchester Mansion Mystery.

Image from: flickr.com

Harry Houdini toured the mansion in 1924 and the newspaper account of his visit, displayed in the rifle museum on the estate, states he called it the Mystery House.

 SARAH WINCHESTER’S CONTINUAL PROJECT

The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose, California, which was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester.  The mansion is located at 525 South Winchester Blvd,  San Jose, California.  the Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion is renowned for its size, its architectural curiosities, and its lack of any master building plan.  The mansion is a designated California historical landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now privately owned and serves as a tourist attraction.

Ever since the construction commenced in 1884, the property and mansion were claimed by many, to be haunted by the ghosts of those killed with Winchester rifles. Under Winchester’s day-to-day guidance, its “from-the-ground-up” construction proceeded around the clock, by some accounts, without interruption, until her death on September 5, 1922, at which time work immediately ceased.

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The home itself is built using a floating foundation that is believed to have saved it from total collapse in the 1906 earthquake and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. This type of construction allows the home to shift freely, as it is not completely attached to its brick base. There are roughly 161 rooms, including 40 bedrooms, 2 ballrooms (one completed and one unfinished) as well as 47 fireplaces, over 10,000 panes of glass, 17 chimneys (with evidence of two others), two basements and three elevators. Winchester’s property was about 162 acres (66 ha) at one time, but the estate has since been reduced to 4.5 acres (1.8 ha) – the minimum necessary to contain the house and nearby outbuildings. It has gold and silver chandeliers, hand-inlaid parquet floors and trim, and a vast array of colors and materials.

Image from: wikipedia.org

Mrs. Winchester never skimped on the many adornments that she believed contributed to its architectural beauty. Many of the stained glass windows were created by the Tiffany Company. Some were designed specifically for her, and others by her, including a “spider web” window that featured her favorite web design and the repetition of the number thirteen, another of her preoccupations. This window was never installed, but exists in the so-called “$25,000 storage room” – so named because its contents were originally appraised at a value of $25,000. The value today is inestimable, but $25,000 would be equivalent to $354,026 in 2015. A second window was designed by Tiffany himself, so that when sunlight strikes the prismatic crystals a rainbow is cast across the room. The window was installed in an interior wall in a room with no light exposure, preventing the effect from being seen.

Image from: flickr.com

Despite the fact that the story of Sarah Winchester’s fear of angry spirits haunting her unless she continue to build for them, John and Charlotte discuss information that completely contradicts this and in their minds makes the Winchester Mansion an even greater Mystery and attraction.

http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/

http://abc7news.com/society/new-room-found-at-san-joses-winchester-mystery-house/1548352/

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/winchester-mystery-house

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dy0TnZ_vpk

http://thetruthaboutthewinchesterhouse.com/

VERMONT SPOOKY PLACES

John talks with Nancy Kozoil of Vermont about some of Vermont’s spooky places including “Jennings Mansion” on the Bennington College Campus.  “The mansion is the inspiration for The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Nancy stated and spending time there, at any time of day, always gives me a feeling of dread.”

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Jennings Mansion image from: commons.wikimedia.org

The Brattleboro Retreat (formerly the Vermont Insane Asylum) has an old tower that patients built and jumped from… to this day people report seeing a figure jump but never hit the ground.

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Brattleboro Tower image from: wikipedia.org

Emily’s Bridge is another local spot discussed.

Many people who have visited the bridge have experienced disturbing paranormal activity.  People have reported scratch marks appearing on vehicles that were parked on the bridge and being touched or scratched by Emily’s ghost.  Often strange noises are heard on the bridge, such as footsteps, ropes tightening, and a girl screaming. Many  have also reported seeing a white apparition around the area of Emily’s Bridge. People that have parked their vehicle on the haunted bridge say they tend to hear banging noises from Emily hitting the vehicle on the outside, or a dragging sound across the tops of their cars. The most distinct paranormal events tend to take place between the hours of 12 AM and 3:30 AM.

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Emily’s Bridge images from: flickr.com

http://www.emilysbridge.com/

https://urbanpostmortem.wordpress.com/2015/04/07/the-vanished-town-of-glastenbury-and-the-bennington-triangle/

http://benningtonstudents.tumblr.com/post/65615393425

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_oSbeUPsA8

http://www.the-line-up.com/emilys-bridge/

http://www.ibrattleboro.com/sections/questions-answers/retreat-tower-questions

HISTORY CHANNELS’ “CURSE OF OAK ISLAND” S 4, E 6,7 & 8

Jordan from the Night Time Podcast joins John to Recap episodes 6, 7 & 8 of the History Channels’ “Curse Of Oak Island”.

In Episode 6 titled; “Circles In The Wood”, new objects are found and a new spot is selected for the “oscillater” to sink pipe in another effort to locate the original Money Pit.

In Episode 7 titled; ” All That Glitters”  Rick, Marty and crew look on as the dig begins in the spot Charles Barkhouse selected as the most likely location of the original Money Pit, while possible proof of a shipwreck is found in the swamp.

In Episode 8 titled; “The Mystery of Samuel Ball”,  Expert Metal Detector Gary Drayton finds several objects of interest.  A camera is dropped into the void of the hole at C1 and researcher Randall Carlson finds clues in historic documents.

https://www.nighttimepodcast.com/

EARTH ANCIENTS’ CLIFF DUNNING

John talks with Cliff Dunning of the Earth Ancients podcast and earthancients.com about several of the “mysterious topics” each covered separately on their respective podcasts.

Image of Teotihuacan from: goodfreephotos.com

Image of Teotihuacan from: wikimeida.org

Topics include, the Aztec, Mayan, Olmec, Toltec and Inca civilizations, John O’Brien’s Mayan Oak Island theory, the “Siberian Valley Of Death”, the Ancient Alien Theory, evidence of past civilizations on Mars as well as Cliff’s new book titled “The Black Knight Satellite”.

  

Images of “Face On Mars” from: wikimedia.org

http://www.earthancients.com/

https://www.facebook.com/earthancient/?fref=ts

 

SHARK TRACKING & CHRISTMAS

 

Image of a “Ghost Shark” from: wikipedia.org

John talks with Sarah Paterson ( his wife) about sharks and their mysterious meanderings.  They then discuss the controversy of who wrote, “TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS” before finishing the show reading the famous poem.

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays regardless of which one you may be celebrating and a very Happy New year to all!

Image from: pexels.com

http://www.ocearch.org/

http://www.livescience.com/57272-ghost-shark-video-from-northern-hemisphere.html

http://www.historicmysteries.com/who-wrote-twas-the-night-before-christmas/

http://blackdog.net/holiday/christmas/twas.html

We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

POMPEII & HERCULANEUM ANCIENT CITIES FROZEN IN TIME

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Image of Mount Vesuvius looming over the ancient city from: wikimedia.org

John talks with co-host Sean Fox about his trip to Pompeii recently as well as the lesser known city of Herculaneum which was also devastated in the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

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aerial image of Pompeii  from: flickr.com

Sean and John discussed how remarkable it is to see exactly what these cities looked like at the very moment of the eruption in A.D 79 and how much information archeologists can detect from the volcanic ash entombed ancient cities.  Life at that time was much more advanced they both surmised, than many people today may think.  Some of the wood furniture and infrastructure in Herculaneum has been unearthed relatively intact.  The diet has been determined to be much like the present day people of that area from analysis of their bones as well as the wine.  (An actual wine cask was found that had wine from that time on the rim.)

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Images from wikimedia.org & flickr.com of some of the plaster of paris casts made of victims in Pompeii.  Top image is the dog cast Sean mentioned on the podcast.

http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/pompeii

http://www.pompeionline.net/pompeii/

http://decodedpast.com/destruction-herculaneum-vesuvius-claimed-one-victim/7992

http://www.roman-empire.net/articles/article-011.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlZ-SGfp6Os  Pompeii, The Last Day (BBC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDWZEJK6VSc  Herculaneum, The Other Pompeii

http://www.ancient.eu/pompeii/

http://www.livescience.com/27871-mount-vesuvius-pompeii.html

http://blog.degreed.com/top-10-facts-about-mt-vesuvius-and-pompeii/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmM2tCcsLEY  The Real Pompeii  – National Geographic Documentary

http://www.openculture.com/2016/02/watch-the-destruction-of-pompeii-by-mount-vesuvius-re-created-with-computer-animation-79-ad.html  Time lapsed Depiction Of Eruption

HISTORY CHANNELS’ “CURSE OF OAK ISLAND” S 4 E 4 & 5

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John and Jordan from the “Nighttime Podcast and Halifax Nova Scotia are back with there continuing coverage of the “Curse Of Oak Island” series airing on the History Channel.  This podcast the guys recap episode 4, “No Stone Unturned” and episode 5 “Bullseye”.

“No Stone Unturned” details an investigation into the whereabouts of the “90 Foot Stone”, ground penetrating radar examination of Smiths Cove in an effort to find the box drains and flood tunnels as well as the commencement of digging at the legendary Money Pit.

“Bullseye” has the crew meeting Randall Sullivan, the author of the original Readers Digest Article that inspired many including Rick and Marty.  Randall later meets with Dan Blankenship who he interviewed for the original article.  Then the crew makes it way to the bottom of the Money Pit!

Here are links to the Oak Island Compendium Jordan mentioned:

http://www.oakislandcompendium.ca/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1721659298064747/

BIGFOOT TALK WITH PHIL PARSLOW

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John talks with Phil Parslow of England about his infatuation and investigations of Bigfoot.  Phil is a member of the Jevning Research Group and discusses his thoughts on what exactly Bigfoot is as well as his personal sightings.

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Images Phil took of foot prints and Bigfoot in a nearby woods:

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WESTALL UFO INCIDENT

 

The Westall UFO incident is an event that occurred on 6 April 1966 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Around 11.00 am, for about 20 minutes, more than 200 students and teachers at two Victorian state schools allegedly witnessed an unexplained flying object which descended into a nearby open wild grass field. The paddock was adjacent to a grove of pine trees in an area known as The Grange (now a nature reserve). According to reports, the object then ascended in a north-westerly direction over the suburb of Clayton South, Victoria, Australia.

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Images from: wikimedia.org

At approximately 11.00 am on Wednesday, 6 April 1966, a class of students and a teacher from Westall High School (now Westall Secondary College) were just completing a sport activity on the main oval when an object, described as being a grey saucer-shaped craft with a slight purple hue and being about twice the size of a family car, was alleged to have been seen. Witness descriptions were mixed: Andrew Greenwood, a science teacher, told The Dandenong Journal at the time that he saw a silvery-green disc. According to witnesses the object was descending and then crossed and overflew the high school’s south-west corner, going in a south-easterly direction, before disappearing from sight as it descended behind a stand of trees and into a paddock at The Grange in front of the Westall State School (primary students). After a short period (approximately 20 minutes) the object – with witnesses now numbering over 200 – then climbed at speed and departed towards the north-west. As the object gained altitude some accounts describe it as having been pursued from the scene by five unidentified aircraft which circled the object.

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Image from: news.com.au

John is joined by guest host, 14 year old Charlotte-Lilly Andersen from Brisbane Australia.  Charlotte discusses her interest in the mysterious topics genre as well as her analysis of the Westall UFO incident which could be described as the Australian “Roswell”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ih31ehCarM  /  Westall UFO, A Suburban Mystery Documentary

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/the-westall-ufo-incident-still-remains-a-mystery-50-years-after-it-occurred/news-story/f002a9da51358af2e9aca4b3d5cd81de

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPHVvg-dXOs /  Witnesses 50 years later

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2005/10/01/1127804696941.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aedS1Wpzips

 

HISTORY CHANNELS’ “CURSE OF OAK ISLAND” S 4 E 2 & 3

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John is joined again by Jordan from The Night time Podcast to recap Season four Episodes two and three of History Channels’ “Curse Of Oak Island”.

They discussed progress made at several sights, but the news of the passing of Fred Nolan put a damper on the other events.  Here is a link to Fred Nolan’s Obituary:  http://atlanticfuneralhomeshalifax.sharingmemories.ca/site/FrederickGNolan.html