Episodes

Grave Concerns

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Kris, Kym and Paul Wilborn from the Having Beers With Podcast at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core, © 2018, all rights reserved.

Happy All Hallow’s Eve Eve!!! Today marks our last episode of October 2018, extolling eerie, spooky, Halloweeny greatness. We help you ring in a spectacular Halloween with this simply lovely episode discussing cemeteries from all over the world with our good friend Paul Wilborn from the “Having Beers With” podcast.  We chat about our personal visits to the local Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, Paul’s brush with Scottish ghosts (maybe…it could have happened) at Greyfriar’s Kirkyard in Edinburgh which is supposed to be so very haunted, and how both Paul and Kris visited St. Cuthbert’s Graveyard (also in Edinburgh). Just not at the same time. They even took the same damned Ghost Bus Tour. Again, two years apart. It is very highly recommended by both by the way.

Anyway, Paul also has an affinity for New Orleans (because family) cemeteries (because wicked cool) and knows way more than anyone else we know about the history of why people are buried the way they are in NOLA. Kris even pinpoints her “taphophile” beginnings from visiting a cemetery in Weaverville, CA, when she was a kid.

We also find out an ancestor of Kym’s actually started a cemetery for war veterans somewhere back east. That’s our Kym, always at the ready with a zinger story! We discuss some places we’d like to visit and wonder why more people don’t plan vacations around visiting cemeteries. C’mon. Why not? Kris ends the episode with some incredibly amazing (Oh…YES…INCREDIBLY AMAZING WE SAY!!!!…erm) facts about cemeteries. Ahem.

This blog is going to be devoted more to photos rather than a write up, so go ahead, plug into the podcast and you can follow along here to see what we’re talking about! To listen, go to  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastsStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Photos from Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA

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Kris and Kym visit the interment site of Pamela Susan Morrison at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
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The interment site of Pamela Susan Morrison at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Fairhaven Memorial Park
View of Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Tom is that your cousin?
Um we believe this to be the headstone of one Chuck Riddle, cousin to some bad guy with a botched nose job…has something to do with magic and world domination.  (Ok, ok. OK. Kris is a Harry Potter FANATIC and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take this photo). Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core © 2018, All rights reserved.
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Batter up! Sorry. We’re going to hell. A marker for the Ball family at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
The Ball Marker
Another marker for the Ball family at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Grand Family Marker
An incredible marker showcasing the family wealth at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Sanchez Family Marker
A grand marker for the Sanchez Family at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Obelisk headstone
An typical obelisk marker at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Note the names of two families. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
W.C. Titchenal from Arkansas
An 1878 headstone of W.C. Titchenal from Arkansas at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Medlock Crypt
Exterior shot of the Medlock family crypt at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Medlock Crypt
Interior shot of the Medlock family crypt at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Long view of the Fairhaven Mausoleum
Grounds and mausoleum of Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Interment case
An interment wall case in the original mausoleum at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. The center niche, third row down from the top, contains mementos from a man Kym believes may have been an electrician since there were wire strippers in the niche with his photo and other items. Very poignant. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.
Interment niche
An interment niche in the original mausoleum at Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, CA. Nope, not a hidden door to the restrooms. No matter what the sign says. Photo by Kristen Core ©2018, All rights reserved.

Photos from Saint Cuthbert Graveyard and Ghost Bus Tour, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2016

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Parish plaque of Saint Cuthbert graveyard, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
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A view of Saint Cuthbert graveyard, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Peaceful Saint Cuthbert Graveyard
A peaceful view Saint Cuthbert’s graveyard. Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Saint Cuthbert Headstone
A headstone lain purposefully at Saint Cuthbert graveyard to avoid further dilapidation and potential injury to visitors. Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Crypt Wall Saint Cuthbert
A crypt wall in Saint Cuthbert’s graveyard. Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Gothic dilapidation Saint Cuthberts
Another view of a dilapidated crypt in Saint Cuthbert’s graveyard. Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Dilapidated crypt
A dilapidated crypt in Saint Cuthbert’s graveyard. Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Goth Saint Cuthbert
A very gothic view of the Saint Cuthbert graveyard. Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Saint Cuthbert and Edinburgh Castle
A view of part of Edinburgh Castle from Saint Cuthbert graveyard, Edinburgh, Scotland. This spot is supposed to be vurrrrrry haunted. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Ghost Bus Tour Guide
Our hilarious and campy tour guide on the Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tour. Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Ghost Bus Tour Guide at Saint Cuthbert Graveyard
Part of the Ghost Bus Tour stopping at Saint Cuthbert graveyard, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.
Greyfriar's Kirkyard
A view of Greyfriar’s Kirkyard through the window of our Ghost Bus tour, Edinburgh, Scotland. If you look at the left side of the gate, the brass blob atop the stone plinth (((MAY))) be a statue of Bobby the dog. Or, it could be a brass fixture. Kris cannae remember nowt. Photo by Kristen Core ©2016, All rights reserved.

Kym’s Ancestral Cemetery

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The historical cemetery founded by Kym’s ancestor in Marysville, Ohio.
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Photo of Kym’s family marker in Amrine Cemetery, Marysville, OH

Additional Photos

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Photo of the man and wife separated in death by religion, but not in spirit. Photo credit http://www.brentjes.com
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The tomb of Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau in New Orleans. Photo by Patrick S Carroll. Taken from Wikipedia commons.
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Jim Morrison gravesite at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, Franc. Photo by Suzanne GW. Taken from Wikipedia commons.
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Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans. Photo by Nam Vu. Taken from Wikipedia commons.

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Episodes

Big Scare

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Kris and Kym enjoy coffee to the LAST DROP! Photo by Kimberly Sickel, @riverdeer at 500px.

Kym and Kris take the podcast to new heights when they hang out in Big Bear, CA, for the weekend in search of epic history (some tragic) and haunted happenings.

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Kym bundled up for recording outside on a deck in Big Bear.

We started off visiting the small and poignant Big Bear Cemetery. The cemetery opened in the late 1980s and unfortunately has had some financial difficulties over the years. It is under new management and by all accounts, seems to be the only cemetery in Big Bear.

We spent quite a bit of time walking through and viewing some of the lovingly decorated gravesites.

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Throughout the cemetery were homages and tributes to the heart and soul of loved ones who have passed on, including some who must have had quite a sense of humor in life.

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Humor is forever.

Afterwards, we went into Big Bear Village and visited the Knickerbocker Mansion (or, at least, the chained fence surrounding it). Couldn’t discover if the mansion is haunted, but it is a lovely compound and apparently has the oldest still-standing vertical-log cabin in the area (if not the state, or the country…or perhaps…even…THE WORLD!!) It’s currently closed but we couldn’t figure out if it’s because of renovations or for sale. There was no sale sign, but there was a box full of flyers espousing the virtues of the property.

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The Knickerbocker Mansion, Big Bear Lake

We then visited the Captains Anchorage restaurant (once the Sportsmans Tavern, owned by actor Andy Devine) just up the street. We were too early to go inside, so had to be content with just walking around the building while the kitchen crew eyed us through the window. Not creepy at all. Something weird happened to Kym’s camera phone as she tried to take a photo of one of the upstairs windows. Now. There is a story about a man named George who was found dead in his office on the second floor, whether by murder or by suicide no one really knows. But his ghost is said to haunt the restaurant. So. Ghost? iPhone glitch? Hmmm…..we may never know. There was nothing untoward in the photo, but we are planning to go back and next time…go inside! So bring it on George!

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Captains Anchorage steakhouse, Big Bear Lake

Our Tour Guide to Macabre Big Bear (Kym’s mom) pointed out a home in her neighborhood and a couple businesses in the village with tragic histories, and at one point we did stop near the condo where Christopher Dorner holed up during a manhunt that ended in a fatal shootout with police. During his vengeful spree, he ruthlessly murdered Monica Quan, Keith Lawrence, Officer Michael Crain and Officer Jeremiah MacKay, and caused injury to many others before dying in a fire in a cabin off Highway 38. It’s a tragic addition to the otherwise rich and beautiful history of Big Bear.

To lighten the mood, we end up by touching on the relationship Big Bear has with Hollywood. This has nothing to do with Halloween, or hauntings, or spookiness. Nope. This is alllll about the “make us feel better please” after spending a day talking about death.

In the early 1900s, the mountains, valleys and lake were discovered to be as much a goldmine for filmmaking as the actual gold mining industry had been in building up the town in the 1800s. Aside from a laundry list of classic westerns made in the early first half of the 20th century, scenes in notable movies including “Gone With The Wind,” “Paint Your Wagon,” “Kissin’ Cousins,” “Old Yeller,” and “Davy Crockett” and television shows including “Lassie” and “The FBI” were filmed in the area.

And just because they were so danged cute, here’s some parting shots of just some of the critters who kept us company during the recording.

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Eat up little Chip!!
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He wants a peanut mom!

To hear our BIG SCARE episode, go to iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastsStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts, and then subscribe, download and listen! If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review! The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

And don’t forget to follow us here at themuglytruth.com (click that blue WordPress Follow button on the right side of your screen) so you get notifications every time we post an episode blog! You can also follow The Mugly Truth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

© The Mugly Truth 2018 and © The Mugly Truth Podcast 2018. All rights reserved.
Intro and outro music, “Clever as a Fox”  by Espresso Music through premiumbeats.com
Location photo by Kimberly Sickel, @riverdeer at 500px