Hellier Episode 1: ‘The Midnight Children’ Review

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Hellier Episode 1: The Midnight Children

There is a pertinent moment early on in ‘The Midnight Children’, the first episode of Hellier, that manages to perfectly capture one of the five part docu-series’ most important overall themes. This foreboding instance comes in Greg Newkirk’s initial interview. Greg notes that in his experience as a supernatural and paranormal investigator often times the deeper a case is pursued the stranger, and evermore stranger, it becomes. Not only does this statement absolutely apply to the Hellier investigation at hand going forward, but it is also very applicable to something that has always bugged me about the way the overall community surrounding the supernatural and paranormal perceives any given popular happening that comes our way. Take the 1955 Kelly-Hopkinsville ‘UFO crash’ for instance, an event that plays heavily into the Hellier documentary. (I assume most readers are familiar with this incident, though, if not check out Nick Redfern’s Mysterious Universe article in the link following this review.) While we’ve spent decades arguing about whether the creatures seen by the Sutton’s on that hot August evening were in fact other worldly entities or just barn owls, we’ve failed to take into account the centuries of interactions that the human population in and around Kentucky have had with beings like the goblins near our natural cave systems. Too many times we’re so willing to hear the details of a case, and as believers herald it as the coming of the extraterrestrials, or as skeptics, take it as just another case of wildlife misidentification, without allowing the thing to develop to its full high strangeness. The crew of Hellier certainly can’t be accused of this.

In fact much of the Hellier investigation revolves around a strange series of synchronicities that took place involving researcher Karl Pfeiffer and his relation to the ongoing investigation by Greg and Dana Newkirk into ‘The Return of the Kentucky Goblins’. For those who may not know of the phenomena of synchronicities, I’ll quickly summarize by quoting the originator of the term, Carl Jung’s definition of ‘a meaningful coincidence’. (You can read more on synchronicities at the link following this review.) I’m sure for more than a few diehard ‘UFO people’ I know, and by reading other’s thoughts on the series online, this element of synchronicity and esoterica was already a point of contention with Hellier. However, just like we as a community have failed to acknowledge the connections of the holler goblin legends in Kentucky with the ‘55 encounter in Kelly and so many more instances in hundreds of cases across the board, we often times fail to realize that these moments of high strangeness are elements of some of the most prolific incidences of the paranormal and supernatural. As is referenced throughout the series, prominent Mothman investigator John Keel experienced many of these moments of synchronicity and strangeness throughout, and after, his time in Point Pleasant. Indeed, as Greg points out in ‘The Midnight Children’ the letters Keel received from a mysterious group known as ‘The International Bankers’ in connection with his investigation in ‘69 mirrors the cadence and word use of their own Terry Wriste emails shown in this episode. These meaningful coincidences have been reported by various renowned researchers in addition to Keel in conjunction with various cases. This reminds me of one of my favorite lines from the 2002 fictionalized account of John Keel’s Mothman investigation, ‘The Mothman Prophecies’: “One day you’re just driving along in your car, and the universe just points at you and says, “Ah, there you are. I’ve been looking for you. I’ve been looking for you.” It’s as if the something has opened up to these investigators for a major revelation. Many times though, that’s only more questions.

Overall these reviews won’t be the standard recap assessments that these kind of things often are but instead will examine the themes, motifs, and overall subject matter of the individual episodes. ‘The Midnight Children’ introduces us to our investigation team and slowly lulls us into the deep, dark hills of eastern Kentucky, to a place that any bluegrass resident will immediately recognize as a reflection of home. Hellier overall does an excellent job of capturing the unique individualism of our state while at once accentuating our immersion in an ongoing flap of bizarre and other worldly activity. While communally we seem to continually come back to, and pore over, the well known cases like the Flatwood’s Monster, the Fargo UFO dogfight, and the Roswell incident, cases like this one are developing right now in real time. While there is nothing inherently wrong with going back to these incidences and reopening investigations, what Hellier does is take an open run at a new corner of an ongoing occurrence and presents us with a whole new take on just what the ‘Kentucky Goblins’ may be up to, and ‘The Midnight Children’ is only the beginning.

See you guys for episode two: ‘The Ink and the Black’.

‘Til the next moon rises, Night Owls!

•1955: A Really, Really Close Encounter

1955: A Really, REALLY Close Encounter

•What is Synchronicity

https://www.carl-jung.net/synchronicity.html

The Curious Case of the Kentucky Crytids

Episode Title:

The Curious Case of the Kentucky Crytids

Episode Description:

Calling all Nightowls! It’s the midnight hour and we’re sitting down to discuss the ongoing high strangeness in the deep dark hills, hollers, forests, and suburbs of the bluegrass state. In tonight’s episode, we’re talking about the large assortment of strange creatures witnessed in and around Kentucky and their startling connections to each other and other phenomena. From the Kentucky Gravedigger and the Lizard Man to the Popelick Monster and the Mammoth Cave Ghoul, THEY’RE ALL HERE!! We also take a deep dive into the Waddy Werewolf and it’s connections to the Land Between the Lakes Beast and the Monroe County animal massacres in September of 2018. In addition, we take a brief look at the 1955 Hopkinsville encounter with the Kentucky Goblins, as well as recurring incidents with the same ‘critters’ all throughout the state. In the introduction of this episode we touch on the recent ‘transformer explosion’ in the skies over New York City. Hear it all on tonight’s episode of Midnight in Kentucky; The Curious Case of the Kentucky Cryptids!

This episode features tracks:

‘Dark Noise II’ by Truckstop Dave

‘Angry Small Town Scene 3’ by Truckstop Dave

‘Angry Small Town Scene 20’ by Truckstop Dave

‘In a War’ by B. Silas 

Shownotes: 

-An Ancient Tradition Unfolds in New York

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/new-york-blue-lights-history/579127/

-The Kentucky Gravedigger on Frontiers of Zoology 

http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2012/03/another-fw-monkey-from-kentucky.html?m=1

-Strange Creature Digging up Grave

-Scary Stories of Mammoth Cave

https://www.amazon.com/Scary-Stories-Mammoth-Colleen-OConnor/dp/0939748541

-Kentucky Cryptids; Lizard Man on Kentucky Bigfoot

http://www.kentuckybigfoot.com/counties/cryptids.htm

-Livestock Mysteriously Attacked in Shelby County

-Waddy Werewolves on Kentucky Bigfoot

http://kentuckybigfoot.com/counties/shelby.htm

-The Waddy Werewolf, What is the Real Story?

http://philipspencer.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-waddy-werewolf-what-is-real-story.html?m=1

-Mysterious Creature Attacking Animals in Shelby County

https://www.wdrb.com/news/mystery-animal-attacks-livestock-in-shelby-countyarticle_d3daec19-0fc2-58fa-9e2c-52045162e047.html

-Domestic Dog on Bear Tracker

https://www.bear-tracker.com/dog.html

-The Bizarre Beast of the Land Between the Lakes

-The Return of the Kentucky Goblins

-Return of the Kentucky Goblins: New Leads in a Case of Strange Creatures, Crashed UFOs, and the Men in Black

-Hellier Trailer (All episodes available for streaming now)

-TruckStop Dave Online

https://www.jamendo.com/artist/349109/truckstopdave

-B. Silas Online

https://m.soundcloud.com/bsilasmc

Fix it in post: 

1:50- Terry Wriste, not Paul. 

Tags:

#conspiracytheory #conspiracy #ufo #ufosighting #flyingsaucer #flyingsaucers #thetruthisouthere #roswell #paranormal #supernatural #coverup #area51 #alien #aliens #cryptid #cryptid #mothman #bigfoot #kentucky #dogman  #hellier #kentuckygoblins #werewolf #ghoul #goblins #mammothcave #horsecave #cavecity #caves #kentuckyproud

Midnight in Kentucky: Season Two; Episode Two: Unexplained Disappearances in the Smokey Mountains

Episode Title:

Midnight in Kentucky: Season Two; Episode Two: Unexplained Disappearances in the Smokey Mountains 

Episode Description:

The fog is growing thicker…

The trees are looking stranger…

You’re not sure if you’re in Tennessee anymore…

Tonight we look into just a few of the plethora of unexplained disappearances in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and discuss the phenomenon of strange vanishings at large. In this episode you’ll hear all the classic Midnight in Kentucky rigamarole; alternate dimensions, hairy hominids at work against the human race, and UFO and alien abductions. In addition, we hand out some useful advice from Mr. Missing 411 himself on how not to disappear on your next hiking excursion and take a look at why you should never invite the fae into your home. In the opening of this episode we discuss another mysterious boom heard in Central Kentucky (for those counting at home, that’s two in the last month) and the ‘transformer explosion’ in New York City recently, as well as eulogize the untimely end of the Topix forum. David Paulides may offer no theories, but Stephen and Ben sure as hell will in Midnight in Kentucky: Season Two; Episode Two: Unexplained Disappearances in the Smokey Mountains!

This episode featured tracks:

‘Opera One’ by TruckStop Dave

‘Fog’ by TruckStop Dave

And an excerpt from ‘Track One’ by TruckStop Dave 

Shownotes:

-Unsolved Disappearances in the Great Smokey Mountains 

-The Day Hiker in Gatlinburg, Tennessee 

https://www.thedayhiker.com

-Trenny Lynn Gibson- Strange Disappearances From U.S. National Parks

https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/2017/10/26/trenny-lynn-gibson-strange-disappearances-from-us-national-parks

-Susan Clements- Strange Disappearances From U.S. National Parks

https://www.strangeoutdoors.com/mysterious-stories-blog/2018/10/2/susan-clements-strange-disappearances-from-us-national-parks

-Great Smokies Missing Hiker Draws 125 Rescue Personnel

https://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2018/09/29/great-smokies-missing-hiker-draws-125-rescue-personnel/1473633002/

-Mystery How Ohio Woman Got Lost in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park May Never be Solved

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2018/10/mystery-how-ohio-woman-got-lost-great-smoky-mountains-national-park-may-never-be-solved

-Retired Police Detective Identifies Mysterious Patterns Across Thousands of Missing Persons Cases

www.theepochtimes.com%2Fretired-police-detective-identifies-mysterious-patterns-across-thousands-of-missing-persons-cases_2093486.html

-GraveYard Tales: Ep 29: Missing 411

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6zJIDrHSKvUblmRlMDL39R?si=bHJq9lojQx6fPBOfir7i4w

-The Mysterious Death of Henry McCabe

-The Final Call of Henry McCabe 

-Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know: Missing 411 with David Paulides

-TruckStop Dave Online

https://www.jamendo.com/artist/349109/truckstopdave

Tags:

#conspiracytheory #conspiracy #ufo #ufosighting #flyingsaucer #flyingsaucers #thetruthisouthere #roswell #paranormal #supernatural #coverup #area51 #alien #aliens #cryptid #cryptid #mothman #bigfoot #kentucky #Tennessee  #thegreatsmokeymountains #smokeymountains #DavidPaulides #Missing411 #forest #hiking #adventure #lostinthewoods #inthewoodssomewhere #pinetree 

Midnight in Kentucky: Season Two; Episode One: The Monroe County Massacres


Episode Title:

Midnight in Kentucky: Season Two; Episode One: The Monroe County Massacres

Episode Description:

Peep the new intro! Peep the new outro! That must mean it’s season two of the only podcast investigating the mysterious, strange, and paranormal in the Pennyroyal and all around the Bluegrass, Midnight In Kentucky! In this, the first episode of season two, we take a look at the rash of strange animal slayings in Monroe County, Kentucky, in September of this year and speculate as to the cause of the horrific massacre. Dogmen, Sasquatch, UFOs, tiny dinosaurs, and mountain lions all make a cameo in this season premier and we briefly discuss the mystery booms heard and felt around a thirty mile radius in central Kentucky recently. Beware the Land Between the Lakes Beast and listen to Midnight in Kentucky: Season two; Episode one: The Monroe County Massacres! 

Show notes:

-Midnight in Kentucky Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/midnightinkentucky

Midnight in Kentucky, hosted by Stephen Clark and Benjamin Foster, is the ONLY podcast to take a look at paranormal,…

Posted by Midnight in Kentucky Podcast on Monday, December 10, 2018

-Midnight in Kentucky Twitter

-Map of Mystery Boom in Central Kentucky

A little more on the mystery booms.The map following the article was created by our very own Stephen Clark to show the…

Posted by Midnight in Kentucky Podcast on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

-News Channel 5: “Mystery Surrounding Kentucky Animal Slayings Continue” 

https://www.newschannel5.com/news/mystery-surrounding-kentucky-animal-killings-continues

-Death of Three Miniature Horses in Kentucky Remains a Mystery

https://www.turnto23.com/news/national/death-of-three-miniature-horses-in-kentucky-remains-a-mystery

-Another Mysterious Animal Death in Monroe County

https://ridingthewave.com/local-news/379606

-Mountain Lions Unlikely to be in Kentucky

https://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/news/mountain-lions-unlikely-to-be-in-kentucky/article_57e22f02-b61c-11e8-be09-07dc3a9a9d99.html

-What’s With ALL the Missing Dogs

http://m.topix.com/forum/city/burkesville-ky/TO6VSU6MC54GIUQ4F/whats-with-all-the-missing-dogs

-UFO in Resser Holler

http://m.topix.com/forum/city/celina-tn/TM58LAUOP4CMUO3Q7

-Nashville Man Finds “Chupacabra”

-The Bizarre Beast of the Land Between the Lakes  

-I Don’t Think This is What Killed the Animals in Monroe County 

Tags: 

#conspiracytheory #conspiracy #ufo #ufosighting #flyingsaucer #flyingsaucers #thetruthisouthere #roswell #paranormal #supernatural #coverup #area51 #alien #aliens #cryptid #cryptid #mothman #bigfoot #kentucky #midnight #dogmen #itunes #overcast #podcast #podcasts #podcasting #landbetweenthelakes #monroecounty #pennyroyal #dinosaur