Episodes

Call Me Korgia

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Before we get into the details of today’s episode, Call Me Korgia, let’s say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR VERY BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL KYM!! TODAY is Kym’s birthday and we wish her all the best!

So! Happy Birthday and Happy Tuesday!! Today’s episode is allllllll about the serious, hardcore fangirling over and paying an homage to Kym and Kris’ most favorite podcast, My Favorite Murder. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, hosts of the epically popular podcast, are the ladies who inspired us to get into podcasting. When we started we had no delusions we could do anything at the level of these two amazing women, but we knew we wanted to podcast  anyway. And so we did with coffee mugs in one hand, mics in the other, and a whooooole lot of opinions, stories, and laughter. And we have loved every minute of it from day one.

As a birthday kickoff for Kym, we went to the January 11, 2019, My Favorite Murder podcast live show at the Civic Theater in San Diego, CA. After the show, we met Karen and Georgia where we were able to thank them (profusely) for inspiring us. In today’s episode we recount the mega highs and the very few (only one actually) annoying lows of the night. Oh, and there’s Kym’s especially slick maneuver at the meet and greet. That’s our girl, Kym.

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Waiting for Georgia and Karen in San Diego Civic Theater January 11, 2019, My Favorite Murder.
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Karen and Georgia sit down to talk murder, San Diego Civic Theater, January 11, 2019, My Favorite Murder
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The moment we got our act together and got to thank Karen and Georgia for inspiring us to start podcasting.

The second half of the episode segues into a very MFM-tributesque recounting of two stories from our travels: The “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory of Slovakia, and the underground area of Edinburgh, Scotland called “Mary King’s Close“, where people spent generations living, working, and dying in darkness.

Kym talks about how Elizabeth Bathory and her husband reigned bloody supreme (literally) as sado-masochists in their castle (now in ruins) on a hill in Slovakia. But it wasn’t until after the death of her husband that Elizabeth’s unbridled vanity and penchant for fatal torture earned her the reputation as being history’s most prolific female serial killer. Elizabeth believed the blood of virgins would keep her young (sound like any bloodsucker you’ve heard of?), so she took advantage of her social standing to get as many into her clutches as possible. Spoiler alert: she was caught, but she is proof that the rich and powerful could (and still can to this day) literally get away with murder because although Elizabeth’s servants – who were forced to do her disgusting dirty work – were put to death for their participation in her schemes, Elizabeth was merely sentenced to live out the rest of her days in her own home. Did we mention she lived in a castle? Tsk. Poor, poor, bloody Elizabeth.

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Countess Elizabeth Bathory, the first female serial killer in history. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia, artist and copyright unknown.

 

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Ruins of Elizabeth Bathory’s castle. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

While there’s no murder and intrigue in Kris’ story, there is definitely creepiness and death as she talks about the history of Mary King’s Close, and how part of the current city of Edinburgh was built right over the top of existing streets, businesses and homes, some still intact. Despite the lack of sunshine and fresh air, life continued underground for many of the poorest folk for generations, even when the plague devastated almost half the population of Edingurgh in the 1600s. In fact, underground was where the plague victims were quarantined (albeit provided for), until the devastating disease ran its course. One of the plague’s most famous victims, little Annie, still receives gifts to this day as visitors try to help alleviate her sorrow of being abandoned by her parents as she died a slow and pitiful death in the darkness of Mary King’s Close.

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The actual Mary King’s Close, with props to recreate what life was like in the underground “city”. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia, photo by The Continnuum Group
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Model of Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core.
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Plaque describing the model of Mary King’s Close, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo by Kristen Core.
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What a typical close looks like, open to the fresh sky. Photo courtesy WordPress Free Library, by Pixabay

Oh…and the city mentioned by Kris as being the home of the “Cathedral of Bones” near Budapest is called Kutná Hora and the “Church of Bones” is named Sedlec Ossuary. Here’s a look at some of the eerie, beautiful craftsmanship inside the church. Yep. Those are human bones.

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Photo of the Bone Church, Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora Hungary, Photo courtesy of Wikipedia, by Pudelek (Marcin Szala)

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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.

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Intro and outro music, “Clever as a Fox”  by Espresso Music through premiumbeats.com
Location photo by Kimberly Sickel, @riverdeer at 500px

 

 

Episodes

Haunted Orange

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Kym and Kris looking all old-timey in Old Town Orange.

HAPPY OCTOBER!

Kym and Kris dish on their experiences while walking through haunted Old Town Orange with their wonderful HauntedOrangeCounty.com tour guide Charles! Right off the bat Kris and Charles agreed the Howe-Waffle House in Santa Ana is INTERESTING. VERY VERY INTERESTING. It was an auspicious start to the evening. (Note to Kris: Buy thesaurus).

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Kris and Kym with their HauntedOrangeCounty.com ghost walk tour guide Charles.

This episode covers some of the more gruesome details of the rich history of Orange, CA, brought to life through Charles’ entertaining storytelling. You’ll not only hear our stories, but we have some excerpts of the tour itself. Listen as our group winds its way through the lovely, Victorian era streets of Old Orange, navigate groups of college students and restaurant patrons, and occasionally strain to hear over the loud mufflers, buses…and occasional drunk guys. One especially. Jeesh. There’s always That Guy in the crowd. But it all ends up ok. The cops were called and Drunk Guy teetered off into the shadows.

We learn about the Royer Mansion, which at one point was a morgue and now houses offices with more than a little of unsettling paranormal activity. We move up the street to the Elks Lodge building with that one empty storefront that just can’t seem to keep businesses around. Must be all those pesky entities pushing people down the stairs.

Moving on to that one old furniture store which doubled as an undertaker back in the day – there’s lots of eerie activity in the building that the apartment residents on the top floors find out about right around the time they sign their lease agreements. (Tip: if you’re visiting your friends who live there and happen to see a woman all dolled up 1940’s-style…do NOT follow her into the elevator. Just sayin’).

Don’t even get us started on old motorcycle gang hooligans, fiery buildings, haunted nurseries, pictures floating off walls, a hotel nested inside another building, horse ghosts (yes, you read that. Horses get to be ghosts too), and more than a few restaurant specters. There doesn’t seem to be a place in the stunning historic area surrounding the circle – um, sorry hipsters and ancient ones, THE PLAZA (#eyeroll) – where you can’t miss walking in the footsteps of creepiness.

We round off the chit-chat with a rousing game of “One-Up Our Orange Connections” with a tie.

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On a scale of 1-10 should you take one of the haunted town walks (Orange, Santa Ana,  Blackstar Canyon, and a new secret, soon-to-be-disclosed, location), we give it a solid 15. DO IT.

And in other news, Kym is doing GREAT and Kris’s sectional is in upheaval as she waits for a new couch. Oh, and those damned iGens went with GenZ instead. Seriously.

STORY UPDATE: There is no bull statue on top of the Sonlight building. Nope. It’s some sort of freaky bull-looking equipment. But one can be excused for wondering about a bull statue on top of a building when it’s 1) dark out and 2) in a major college town. We think #2 is our biggest case for thinking anything is possible!

Before you judge too harshly, take a look (click on the image to enlarge):

So, there you go. This is no bull.

BAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!

Ahem.

To hear our HAUNTED ORANGE 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.

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Episodes

Episode 04: Julyoween!

 

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Happy Tuesday!

Oh, dear mug-clutchers, we keep trying to manifest cool, crisp Autumn!! As we sip iced-coffee, fan ourselves and bemoan California summer heat, we try to bring a bit of October by regaling ourselves with Halloween-inspired tales…hence Julyoween! We talk about our own experiences with the paranormal – apparitions, floating ghosts, messages in our dreams, moving photographs (and not the super amazing, always wonderful Harry Potter kind), ouija boards, EVPs, orbs, ghost walks, ghost bus tours (the best in Edinburgh!), creepy childhood homes, long-passed grandmas, cemeteries, and even a dancing box.  And we also learn some of the most haunted spots in Orange County, California: Yost Theater in Santa Ana, The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, Yorba Linda Cemetery, The Wild Goose Yacht in Newport Beach, the Howe-Waffle House in Santa Ana (NOT the Whaley House, which is in San Diego – good one Kris *eyeroll*), Rutabagorz Restaurant in Old Town Orange, Kmart in Anaheim (wait…WHAT?? Yes you read that right…unfortunately Kris was thinking Walmart, ergo the what’re the ghosts wearing quip. Oh man. We hate when jokes get messed up on technicalities like accuracy and FACTS. *crossing arms, tapping foot, pouting*), Cypress College Photography Department, just about all of Fullerton, and so…much…more!!

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Note from Kris: Hi all…I found a photo of my beautiful friend Kerrie Ann, circa 1987-1988, during Christmas time at my parent’s house (yes the one where most all my paranormal moments happened!). As I edited this episode on Sunday, 15 July, it hit me that that was her birthday. I miss her every day. Our birthdays were intertwined and mine was never the same after she passed. Rest in Peace my lovely, beautiful soul-sister, you will always be in my heart.

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