Penny Royal Mysteries / Open Lines

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Date Host Richard Syrett
Guests Nathan Isaac, Open Lines

In the Penny Royal podcast, Nathan Isaac ponders the question of whether a place affects and defines the people that live there, while detailing a journey into an incredible and unexpected mystery in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He joined Richard Syrett (Twitter) on Friday night to discuss the Penny Royal Plateau (a geographical area that stretches from Hopkinsville in the west to the Appalachian Mountains in the east, and north to the rolling Bluegrass of Lexington) and the weird history of the region that questions the nature of reality itself.

According to Isaac, the area around Somerset, Kentucky in Pulaski County has intense geomagnetic energy which NASA has been studying since the 1970s. "It's so powerful it actually causes the gravity... to be slightly higher than everywhere else," he revealed. Isaac wondered if this anomaly could affect the brain and its perception of reality. At one time 70 percent of patients in the state mental hospital system were from Pulaski County, he continued.

Isaac spoke about an experimental mental health facility called Oakwood that operated in Somerset in the 1970s. Six weeks after opening an anonymous letter alleged a witch cult performed séances and ritual magic in the tunnels beneath the facility, and even burned symbols into the backs of some residents, he explained. Isaac admitted his wife has experienced a spatial distortion on more than one occasion in which she watched their home's thermostat slide across the wall three feet then down three feet before snapping back into place. He also described the region as a serial killer dumping ground, and recounted the tale of the Murder Hotel where single women were lured with the promise of safety only to be killed by the town's mayor and sheriff.

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Open Lines followed in the second half of the program. Andrew in Bowling Green, Kentucky, reported on a creepy experience from April 5, 2020, when he and some friends decided to travel down the locally notorious Duncan Road. The area where the road is located feels strange and weird things happen there, he explained. "We just [got] the eeriest feeling [there], we see clothes are tattered and torn, and thrown everywhere," Andrew recalled. The group felt the urge to leave and Andrew decided to visit the nearby grave site of his uncle, who coincidentally was born exactly one hundred years earlier, on April 5, 1920.

A trucker named Hollywood who was driving through California told Richard about a 2015 UFO encounter he had. According to Hollywood, the craft was triangular-shaped, 300 yards across in size, flying around 2,000 feet above the ground, and appeared to be transparent. "I could see the stars clean through it," he recalled, suggesting it could have been the craft's cloaking device. John from Upstate New York shared his UFO encounter from 1976 when he was coming home early one morning and spotted something in the sky that appeared to be the size of a golf ball. "It came so fast and over the top of me... there was a great big white ball," he remembered. The ball-shaped craft appeared only briefly, for about two to three seconds, then was gone from sight, John added.

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