The Flatwoods Monster

Flatwoods Monster

On September 12, 1952 in the little village of Flatwoods, West Virginia, a group of seven, two adults and five children, investigated something that had crash or landed on a hill. In the darkness, with only a flashlight that came across something scared them and they never forgot. What was it? Today I tell the tale of the Flatwoods Monster!

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Gerald Bull & the Supergun

Gerald Bull

Canadian Dr. Gerald Bull had a lifelong dream to build a Super Gun, one that could shoot scientific instrument into outer space. It began in 1961, and for almost 30 years he tried to make his dream come true. In 1990, it looked as if he might actually build it but it was for the wrong people.

Canadian Dr. Gerald Bull had a lifelong dream to build a Super Gun, one that could shoot scientific instrument into outer space. It began in 1961, and for almost 30 years he tried to make his dream come true. In 1990, it looked as if he might actually build it but it was for the wrong people.

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Acoustic Kitty, Smokey Bear & Boaty McBoatface

Boaty McBoatface!

In a thrilling podcast, I present three tales of suspense! First, a C.I.A. program to turn house cats in to Russian spies! The second story is the origins of the fire preventing hero, Smokey Bear, and the, why isn’t the new ship named Boaty McBoatface!

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The Samuel Brannan Story

Samuel Brannan

In 1848, a worker of John Sutter found gold in California. Sutter had reason for wanting to keep the find quiet, but he didn’t count on Samuel Brannan, who was soon running down the street yelling “Gold! Gold on the American River!”

Brannan, a former Mormon, businessman and journalist, wasn’t crazy – and had no desire to look for the valuable mineral – but he knew that a mad rush of fortune hunters was his key to fame and fortune. He would become California’s first millionaire, only to die poor and in relative obscurity.

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The Ghost Blimp of 1942

The Ghost Blimp of 1942

On the 127th episode of Coffee With Jeff, I tell the amazing mystery of the crew of the L-8 Blimp.

On August 16, 1942, a blimp carrying two men left the coast of San Francisco to look for, and possibly destroy, enemy submarines. Five hours later, the airship was found, crashed in the middle of a suburban street. The two navy men were gone.

To this day, no one knows what became of the two men, leading some to call the mysterious airship… The Ghost Blimp.

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The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil

On the 126th episode of Coffee With Jeff, I have the story ofThe Jersey Devil.

The Jersey Devil was a local legend in the Pine Barrens area of New Jersey for over 250 years but during a week in January of 1909 dozens, some say 100s, of sightings cause it to be a national sensation. They say it is a kangaroo-like creature with the head of a goat, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. And it makes a “blood-curdling scream”. Was it Mother Leeds’s thirteenth child and what did Benjamin Franklin have to do with it?

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The Pauline Cushman Story

Pauline Cushman

During the American Civil War, actress Pauline Cushman stopped in the middle of a performance and said to the audience, “Here’s to Jeff Davis and the Southern Confederacy, May the South always maintain her honor and her rights.”

She was immediately fired from the theater company and quickly became a celebrity with the Southerners. She started a new career; a spy for the Union Army during the bloodiest war that the United States had ever been involved in! This is her story.

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Three Mile Island

Three Mile Island

In the 1970s, nuclear power plants were popping up everywhere in the U.S.A. So quickly, in fact, that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission didn’t have the resources to keep up. One of these plants was Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania. On the night of March 28, 1979, lights and alarms began going off like it was The Forth of July in the reactor control room. Something was wrong, and for the next few days, the world waited to see if southern Pennsylvania was going to be a nuclear wasteland!

In a strange coincidence, a film called The China Syndrome was releases just weeks before our story takes place, the story of an accident at a nuclear power plant. The term “China syndrome” describes a imaginary result of a nuclear meltdown, where reactor components melt through their containment structures and into the underlying earth, “all the way to China”.

Three Mile Island is located in the Londonderry Township of Pennsylvania, in the southern area of the state, in an island in the middle of the Susquehanna (SUS QWA HANNA) River. The Island was giving the name of Three Miles because it is located three miles downriver from Middletown, Pennsylvania.

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The Story of the “City of Liverpool” 1933 Air Disaster

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This story is not just about the crash of a plane called “City of Liverpool” which crashed in 1933, and many consider it to be the first case a sabotage in air flight, but also my attempt to find the truth of what actually happened. You see, the Internet is filled with people who just repeat what other have written, as if, because if it on the Internet, it must be true. In this case, I visited many website that talk of this air disaster and they all pretty much have the same story. For me, if at all possible, to fine the original source, at well researched book or a new paper article from the time it happened. I ask, are people just repeating a bit of fiction, a lie, that they got it from a source they assumed was telling the truth? I am sure I’ve done that is some of my stories in the past.

First, lets have a quick history of the events that happened on March 28, 1933. The aircraft called “City of Liverpool” took off from Haren Airport in Brussels, Belgium at around 12:30 pm on a two-hour journey to Croydon Airport in South London. On board the plane was 12 passengers and three crewman. Our story concerns three of them, 69-year old Manchester dentist Dr. Albert Voss, 16 year old Lotte Voss, and 32-year old Louis Ottewell Dearden.

The investigation report wrote, “While cruising at 4,300 feet and 95 knots, radio navigator informed ATC that all was OK on board. Few minutes later, a fire broke out in the cabin. Immediately, crew reduced altitude to perform an emergency landing but at a height of sixty meters, aircraft stalled and crashed in an open field. Nobody survived.”

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Celluloid of the Strange & Unusual, Part 2

Strange Films!

In the second episode of Celluloid of the strange & Unusual, I bring you my thoughts on three more films, Life of an American Fireman (1906), Harold and Maude (1971) and Daisies (1966). All three of these films a really love and thing are important.

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