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Our Strange Skies

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Our Strange Skies
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Rob Kristoffersen

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Our Strange Skies is a biweekly podcast that delves into the stories of ordinary people encountering the "unidentified" in hteir backyards and beyond. Each episode explores the UFOs and otherworldly beings that inhabit UFO subculture, and looks at what's left once you remove skepticism and belief.

Latest Episodes

Welcome to the Adirondacks: Ladies of the Lakes, Spirits of the Mountains

The town of Saranac Lake became a haven for those seeking relief for the disease known as consumption. Known today as Tuberculosis, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau was one of the earliest to seek a cure for the disease, and in the pine scented air of the Adirondacks found relief. He soon founded a sanitarium and pioneered an early industry in Saranac Lake. Numerous “cure cottages” popped up in its wake, and many of them can be seen in the ordinary neighborhoods of the town. While many sought relief, a great many more died. When I was a child, my mother told me that the house across the street was haunted. I grew up with the ghosts of my hometown, and they were everywhere. And I, armed with my plastic Ghostbusters proton pack, was ready to bust every single one of them. On this episode of the Our Strange Skies podcast, I present you with some of the stories that I grew up with. Some of our spirits dwell in the lakes, and some in the mountains. In many ways they are tied to the landsc...

37 MINOCT 31
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Welcome to the Adirondacks: Ladies of the Lakes, Spirits of the Mountains

Unsolved Mysteries Round Table, Part Deux: Nostalgia Tripping

For the final Unsolved Mysteries roundtable, I’m joined by Scott Philbrook (https://twitter.com/AstonshngLegnds) and Forrest Burgess (https://twitter.com/Forrest_Burgess) of the Astonishing Legends (https://www.astonishinglegends.com/) podcast to relive some of our favorite moments from the show. We discuss how UM influenced their own show, and how much Scott really loves “Lost Loves” segments. Like, a lot, you guys. We discuss some of the why Dennis Farina failed to capture an audience, and pay a little tribute to In Search Of… We also make our choices for who should host the reboot. All this and more on the final Unsolved Mysteries roundtable! Show notes (https://www.ourstrangeskies.com/unsolved-mysteries-murder-roundtable-id-like-to-speak-to-the-manager-of-the-swamp-1)

72 MINOCT 28
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Unsolved Mysteries Round Table, Part Deux: Nostalgia Tripping

Unsolved Mysteries Murder Roundtable: I'd Like to Speak to the Manager of the Swamp, Please

EOn this edition of the Unsolved Mysteries round-table, I'm joined by Samantha and Liz from the Perhaps It's You (https://perhapsitsyou.wordpress.com/) podcast to discuss a trio of murders. That's right, for the first time on the Our Strange Skies podcast, we're talking about murder. Liz talks about the murder of Audrey Moate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIHEI1el6ss&feature=youtu.be) , who disappeared in the Bayou of Louisiana. Did she run afoul of the manager of the swamp? Samantha discusses the murder of Kathy Hobbs (https://youtu.be/JlIeGGEtzFI) , who was abducted while returning from a local grocery store to purchase a paperback book. Is this a crime against avid readers? And finally, Rob tells the story of Angela Hammond (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2jhrLbLKGI) , who was abducted and disappeared in a rather dramatic, and cinematic fashion, prompting us to ask, is there a hall of fame for guys named Rob? We explore other off topic mysteries, like, whether Mothman is a ma...

82 MINOCT 21
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Unsolved Mysteries Murder Roundtable: I'd Like to Speak to the Manager of the Swamp, Please

Welcome to the Adirondacks: The Mayor of Cold River City, Population 1

In 2013, a man by the name of Christopher Knight was arrested while he was trying to burgle the Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine. He had done it many times before over the years, and had broken into a number of camps, earning the nickname the North Pond Hermit. Knight had committed at least a thousand break-ins, but he always felt searing guilt about it. Knight had taken to the woods when he turned 20. The only thing he really felt affection for was a mushroom that grew near his hermitage; he hunkered down with books and other basic activities to occupy his time in the woods. It was all routine, for 27 years before his capture. There are a number of motivations that make men and women run to the woods to slough off society. For Christopher Knight, it was an admiration for solitude, but for Noah John Rondeau, the Mayor of Cold River City, Population 1, it was freedom. On this episode of the Our Strange Skies podcast, we examine the life of the Adirondacks’ most famous hermit, Noah John...

35 MINOCT 18
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Welcome to the Adirondacks: The Mayor of Cold River City, Population 1

Welcome to the Adirondacks: Abair Road

When most people think of Bigfoot, they think of the Pacific Northwest, of vast forested land untouched and uncharted by man. It is the west coast where the legend of large hairy humanoids took shape and entered the American Zeitgeist. The Legend of Bigfoot began in northern California on August 27, 1958. A tractor driver named Jerry Crew (http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/true1959.htm) drove out to a work site where a large road was being built in the wilderness. When Crew fired up his tractor, he noticed a number of large footprints leading to and from the tractor. It startled the crewman, because these were abnormally large, larger than a human, and they appeared to be made by a naked foot. Since that day, the world has known that a large bipedal hairy humanoid stalks the Pacific Northwest, but there is an area in northern New York where the Bigfoot are also said to roam. Whitehall, New York is the standard definition of a small town, but it gained prominence in the mid 1...

30 MINOCT 14
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Welcome to the Adirondacks: Abair Road

OSS Addendum #2 - 10 The Allagash Abductions with Rich Hatem

Eyes as bright as a starless night. That is how Jack Weiner described the eyes of the beings that would appear in his dreams. On this edition of the OSS Addendum, I take a look at a handful of experiences from Jim and Jack’s childhood, including their experiences with “Harry the ghost,” an abduction involving Jim while he was sledding, and an abduction event that Jack and Mary experienced in their Vermont home, years after the Allagash abduction. Show notes (https://www.ourstrangeskies.com/oss-addendum-2-10-the-allagash-abductions-with-rich-hatem)

19 MINOCT 11
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OSS Addendum #2 - 10 The Allagash Abductions with Rich Hatem

10 - The Allagash Abductions with Rich Hatem

To reach the remote parts of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, you need to be flown in by plane, and paddle by canoe. There are few roads in this remote wilderness area, and many of them are former logging roads that have long since been abandoned. In 1976, four men, Jim and Jack Weiner, Charlie Foltz, and Chuck Rak embarked on a week-long camping trip in the Allagash. During the trip, the men were witness to two remarkable UFO sightings, one of which occurred during a spot of night fishing on Eagle Lake. Years later, two of the men sought out an abduction researcher to explore what they believed to be a genuine UFO abduction experience. I’m joined by Rich Hatem (https://twitter.com/RichardHatem) , one of the writers behind DC’s Titans (https://www.dcuniverse.com/titans/?utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=acq_br_titans_dcu_exact&utm_content=dc%20universe_evergreen_cpc&keyword=dc%27s%20titans&gclid=CjwKCAjw_uDsBRAMEiwAaFiHa3wX420J_-1yLY8y0BLuvmGkp6Uhh645qzOwgrG9lplGxe7C...

99 MINOCT 7
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10 - The Allagash Abductions with Rich Hatem

Unsolved Mysteries Roundtable 1 - Bobby Stacks F*cks

EWARNING: THIS EPISODE IS NSFW For the month of October, we here at theOur Strange Skiespodcast are paying tribute toUnsolved Mysteries. This week, I'm joined by Brian Hastie (https://twitter.com/BrianHastie) of the Double Density Podcast (https://www.doubledensity.net/) and Spencer Wirth-Davis (https://twitter.com/BigCatsBeats) , AKA Big Cats (http://www.bigcatsbeats.com/) of the What If? Podcast (http://whatifpodcast.com/) to reminisce about growing up with Robert Stack in our young lives. We discuss the more memorable cases featured on the show, including the infamous "Boner Episode." Tune in to be terrified by criminals that lack a motive, the chupacabras, and a haunted bunk bed that has haunted viewers for decades.

77 MINOCT 4
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Unsolved Mysteries Roundtable 1 - Bobby Stacks F*cks

09 - The Buff Ledge Incident

Every year, a handful of cars take a stroll down a dirt road just off of Clay Point Road in Colchester, Vermont. They’re often lured their by the nostalgia of a former all-girls camp known as Buff Ledge. For 25 years, the camp produced many undefeated swim teams, as well as state and regional champions. In 1968 the camp earned a reputation as a place where an alien abduction had taken place. It was preserved in the graffiti on camp walls as crude caricatures of UFOs shooting beams of light. Walter N Webb, a UFO investigator, saw the art for himself as a walked among the skeletal remains of the camp in the early 80s. Today, the camp is a “co-op community is for people who want to live in the country ‘but don’t want to be lonely.’” (https://www.colchestersun.com/shores-buff-ledge/) The camp, like the memories of an alien abduction decades old, exists in secret, but if you find the right person, they might just talk about the night two young adults were taken on board a UFO on th...

36 MINSEP 30
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09 - The Buff Ledge Incident

08 - Brazil's Roswell

As we conclude our brief series on a few key UFO incidents from Brazil, we end on what may be it’s most well known incident. Varginha sits in the same state that saw the Villas Boas incident occur, Minas Gerais. Varginha is one of the major producers of coffee in Brazil, and exports its products all over the world. In 1996, a story would coagulate and form into a narrative involving a crashed UFO, alien bodies, a government cover-up, and the death of a Brazilian military official. The red eyes of the alien being, and the three bony protrusions atop its head, have come to represent one of the strangest incidents in Brazilian ufology. Join us as we try to unpack just what happened on the streets of Varginha. Show notes (https://www.ourstrangeskies.com/08-brazils-roswell)

22 MINSEP 22
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08 - Brazil's Roswell

Latest Episodes

Welcome to the Adirondacks: Ladies of the Lakes, Spirits of the Mountains

The town of Saranac Lake became a haven for those seeking relief for the disease known as consumption. Known today as Tuberculosis, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau was one of the earliest to seek a cure for the disease, and in the pine scented air of the Adirondacks found relief. He soon founded a sanitarium and pioneered an early industry in Saranac Lake. Numerous “cure cottages” popped up in its wake, and many of them can be seen in the ordinary neighborhoods of the town. While many sought relief, a great many more died. When I was a child, my mother told me that the house across the street was haunted. I grew up with the ghosts of my hometown, and they were everywhere. And I, armed with my plastic Ghostbusters proton pack, was ready to bust every single one of them. On this episode of the Our Strange Skies podcast, I present you with some of the stories that I grew up with. Some of our spirits dwell in the lakes, and some in the mountains. In many ways they are tied to the landsc...

37 MINOCT 31
Comments
Welcome to the Adirondacks: Ladies of the Lakes, Spirits of the Mountains

Unsolved Mysteries Round Table, Part Deux: Nostalgia Tripping

For the final Unsolved Mysteries roundtable, I’m joined by Scott Philbrook (https://twitter.com/AstonshngLegnds) and Forrest Burgess (https://twitter.com/Forrest_Burgess) of the Astonishing Legends (https://www.astonishinglegends.com/) podcast to relive some of our favorite moments from the show. We discuss how UM influenced their own show, and how much Scott really loves “Lost Loves” segments. Like, a lot, you guys. We discuss some of the why Dennis Farina failed to capture an audience, and pay a little tribute to In Search Of… We also make our choices for who should host the reboot. All this and more on the final Unsolved Mysteries roundtable! Show notes (https://www.ourstrangeskies.com/unsolved-mysteries-murder-roundtable-id-like-to-speak-to-the-manager-of-the-swamp-1)

72 MINOCT 28
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Unsolved Mysteries Round Table, Part Deux: Nostalgia Tripping

Unsolved Mysteries Murder Roundtable: I'd Like to Speak to the Manager of the Swamp, Please

EOn this edition of the Unsolved Mysteries round-table, I'm joined by Samantha and Liz from the Perhaps It's You (https://perhapsitsyou.wordpress.com/) podcast to discuss a trio of murders. That's right, for the first time on the Our Strange Skies podcast, we're talking about murder. Liz talks about the murder of Audrey Moate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIHEI1el6ss&feature=youtu.be) , who disappeared in the Bayou of Louisiana. Did she run afoul of the manager of the swamp? Samantha discusses the murder of Kathy Hobbs (https://youtu.be/JlIeGGEtzFI) , who was abducted while returning from a local grocery store to purchase a paperback book. Is this a crime against avid readers? And finally, Rob tells the story of Angela Hammond (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2jhrLbLKGI) , who was abducted and disappeared in a rather dramatic, and cinematic fashion, prompting us to ask, is there a hall of fame for guys named Rob? We explore other off topic mysteries, like, whether Mothman is a ma...

82 MINOCT 21
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Unsolved Mysteries Murder Roundtable: I'd Like to Speak to the Manager of the Swamp, Please

Welcome to the Adirondacks: The Mayor of Cold River City, Population 1

In 2013, a man by the name of Christopher Knight was arrested while he was trying to burgle the Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine. He had done it many times before over the years, and had broken into a number of camps, earning the nickname the North Pond Hermit. Knight had committed at least a thousand break-ins, but he always felt searing guilt about it. Knight had taken to the woods when he turned 20. The only thing he really felt affection for was a mushroom that grew near his hermitage; he hunkered down with books and other basic activities to occupy his time in the woods. It was all routine, for 27 years before his capture. There are a number of motivations that make men and women run to the woods to slough off society. For Christopher Knight, it was an admiration for solitude, but for Noah John Rondeau, the Mayor of Cold River City, Population 1, it was freedom. On this episode of the Our Strange Skies podcast, we examine the life of the Adirondacks’ most famous hermit, Noah John...

35 MINOCT 18
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Welcome to the Adirondacks: The Mayor of Cold River City, Population 1

Welcome to the Adirondacks: Abair Road

When most people think of Bigfoot, they think of the Pacific Northwest, of vast forested land untouched and uncharted by man. It is the west coast where the legend of large hairy humanoids took shape and entered the American Zeitgeist. The Legend of Bigfoot began in northern California on August 27, 1958. A tractor driver named Jerry Crew (http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/true1959.htm) drove out to a work site where a large road was being built in the wilderness. When Crew fired up his tractor, he noticed a number of large footprints leading to and from the tractor. It startled the crewman, because these were abnormally large, larger than a human, and they appeared to be made by a naked foot. Since that day, the world has known that a large bipedal hairy humanoid stalks the Pacific Northwest, but there is an area in northern New York where the Bigfoot are also said to roam. Whitehall, New York is the standard definition of a small town, but it gained prominence in the mid 1...

30 MINOCT 14
Comments
Welcome to the Adirondacks: Abair Road

OSS Addendum #2 - 10 The Allagash Abductions with Rich Hatem

Eyes as bright as a starless night. That is how Jack Weiner described the eyes of the beings that would appear in his dreams. On this edition of the OSS Addendum, I take a look at a handful of experiences from Jim and Jack’s childhood, including their experiences with “Harry the ghost,” an abduction involving Jim while he was sledding, and an abduction event that Jack and Mary experienced in their Vermont home, years after the Allagash abduction. Show notes (https://www.ourstrangeskies.com/oss-addendum-2-10-the-allagash-abductions-with-rich-hatem)

19 MINOCT 11
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OSS Addendum #2 - 10 The Allagash Abductions with Rich Hatem

10 - The Allagash Abductions with Rich Hatem

To reach the remote parts of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, you need to be flown in by plane, and paddle by canoe. There are few roads in this remote wilderness area, and many of them are former logging roads that have long since been abandoned. In 1976, four men, Jim and Jack Weiner, Charlie Foltz, and Chuck Rak embarked on a week-long camping trip in the Allagash. During the trip, the men were witness to two remarkable UFO sightings, one of which occurred during a spot of night fishing on Eagle Lake. Years later, two of the men sought out an abduction researcher to explore what they believed to be a genuine UFO abduction experience. I’m joined by Rich Hatem (https://twitter.com/RichardHatem) , one of the writers behind DC’s Titans (https://www.dcuniverse.com/titans/?utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=acq_br_titans_dcu_exact&utm_content=dc%20universe_evergreen_cpc&keyword=dc%27s%20titans&gclid=CjwKCAjw_uDsBRAMEiwAaFiHa3wX420J_-1yLY8y0BLuvmGkp6Uhh645qzOwgrG9lplGxe7C...

99 MINOCT 7
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10 - The Allagash Abductions with Rich Hatem

Unsolved Mysteries Roundtable 1 - Bobby Stacks F*cks

EWARNING: THIS EPISODE IS NSFW For the month of October, we here at theOur Strange Skiespodcast are paying tribute toUnsolved Mysteries. This week, I'm joined by Brian Hastie (https://twitter.com/BrianHastie) of the Double Density Podcast (https://www.doubledensity.net/) and Spencer Wirth-Davis (https://twitter.com/BigCatsBeats) , AKA Big Cats (http://www.bigcatsbeats.com/) of the What If? Podcast (http://whatifpodcast.com/) to reminisce about growing up with Robert Stack in our young lives. We discuss the more memorable cases featured on the show, including the infamous "Boner Episode." Tune in to be terrified by criminals that lack a motive, the chupacabras, and a haunted bunk bed that has haunted viewers for decades.

77 MINOCT 4
Comments
Unsolved Mysteries Roundtable 1 - Bobby Stacks F*cks

09 - The Buff Ledge Incident

Every year, a handful of cars take a stroll down a dirt road just off of Clay Point Road in Colchester, Vermont. They’re often lured their by the nostalgia of a former all-girls camp known as Buff Ledge. For 25 years, the camp produced many undefeated swim teams, as well as state and regional champions. In 1968 the camp earned a reputation as a place where an alien abduction had taken place. It was preserved in the graffiti on camp walls as crude caricatures of UFOs shooting beams of light. Walter N Webb, a UFO investigator, saw the art for himself as a walked among the skeletal remains of the camp in the early 80s. Today, the camp is a “co-op community is for people who want to live in the country ‘but don’t want to be lonely.’” (https://www.colchestersun.com/shores-buff-ledge/) The camp, like the memories of an alien abduction decades old, exists in secret, but if you find the right person, they might just talk about the night two young adults were taken on board a UFO on th...

36 MINSEP 30
Comments
09 - The Buff Ledge Incident

08 - Brazil's Roswell

As we conclude our brief series on a few key UFO incidents from Brazil, we end on what may be it’s most well known incident. Varginha sits in the same state that saw the Villas Boas incident occur, Minas Gerais. Varginha is one of the major producers of coffee in Brazil, and exports its products all over the world. In 1996, a story would coagulate and form into a narrative involving a crashed UFO, alien bodies, a government cover-up, and the death of a Brazilian military official. The red eyes of the alien being, and the three bony protrusions atop its head, have come to represent one of the strangest incidents in Brazilian ufology. Join us as we try to unpack just what happened on the streets of Varginha. Show notes (https://www.ourstrangeskies.com/08-brazils-roswell)

22 MINSEP 22
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08 - Brazil's Roswell

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