Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7, 1849, at only 40 years old, in a painful, utterly bizarre manner that would not have been out of place in one of his own tales of terror. Author Mark Dawidziak joined guest host Richard Syrett (Twitter) to delve into the mystery of Poe's final days and death, and the haunting work of this most iconic of American writers. Dawidziak called Poe's death "a double barrel mystery" since questions still swirl about why he died and what happened to him during the days he went missing just before his untimely passing. "No witness has ever come forward," Dawidziak reported, adding Poe died under circumstances which are reflective of his two greatest literary achievements: horror and mystery stories.
According to Dawidziak, loss and death were the driving forces behind Poe's life and work. His mother died when he was three, his adoptive mother died early in his life, and his first wife died of tuberculosis, he explained. Dawidziak suggested the view most have about Poe is inaccurate as "he wasn't the dour, melancholy, hollow-eyed guy up in the attic that we have made of him." Instead, Poe was athletic, an excellent soldier who rose to the rank of sergeant, and had a great sense of humor. He wrote as much humor as he did horror, but we do not read his humorous writings. For Dawidziak, Poe gets the last laugh on his critics because he has become the best-known, most-read American writer in the world.
Melissa Tittl is the host of the popular TV series UFO Witness, former Head of Content and Development at the Gaia network, and an established journalist, producer, and documentarian. During the latter half of the program, She discussed her new documentary, Code 12, which examines the secret nature of reality and her journey to unravel an ancient code in the tombs of the pharaohs, the temple walls, and ancient sites worldwide. According to Tittl, there are actually two codes: one that we use today in our current mathematical systems, and a second code that hints at something more ancient and profound.
"There's a code that allows us to get out of this other code that's been overlaid over society and our understanding of the universe," she explained. Tittl pointed to sacred places, such as Atlantis and Stonehenge, that were built in a certain way to capture and harness frequencies, and that have specific mathematical numbers encoded into them. She referenced the Emerald Tablets of Thoth, which may explain how we came to be stuck in a matrix in the first place - to protect us from dark forces. Tittl also revealed how the 'hundredth monkey effect' can help illustrate how a morphogenic field connects us to one another, and allows us to gain knowledge beyond what we have been given. There's something much older that is a different code, and it offers a way out of the current construct, she suggested.