Penny Royal Podcast: Season 2 Release on the Pennyroyal Set
What do an Alien Grave Mountain, a suspected ex-Nazi agent, and a mysterious Green Man cult have in common?
They are linked by the strange and unexplained activity originating from the Pennyroyal Plateau – the Bermuda Triangle of Kentucky – which covers Somerset and the surrounding area. That’s the central theme of a paranormal podcast launched last fall by some in the south-central Kentucky city looking to learn more about the region’s hidden truths.
Hosted by Nathan Isaac, the Penny Royal podcast has proven to be popular – the first season has garnered over 140,000 plays and the 10-episode second season premieres in the coming weeks. The podcast was recorded in Somerset at Pure Grain Studios and is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts where it has a user rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars.
“I hope what Penny Royal does for people is that it inspires them to find that hidden layer of their home,” Isaac said. “I think a lot of people take for granted the place they call home, and they’re in a place where they live and they’re like, ‘Man, I’m stuck here and there’s nothing to do here. , this place is ‘t interesting.’ But I think if people take a deeper look at where they’re at, they’ll find all kinds of things that they weren’t expecting.
The Somerset cult “worshiping a green man”
One of the many stories Isaac heard and discussed in the eight-chapter first season is that of a city cult of the rich and powerful. At first, he didn’t think much about the claims until he met a woman who told him she was part of a nearby cult at a young age.
“I still had my doubts, but in the end the claims correlated with previous rumors I had heard, so I couldn’t ignore them,” Isaac said. “If there was anything there, it meant there was some really weird stuff going on in this unassuming little town.”
The heartbreaking stories quickly took an unexpected turn when Greg Newkirk, a paranormal investigator and producer of “Hellier,” a docusery exploring the weirdness of a small Pike County community, visited Somerset in September 2019. In town, Newkirk met Isaac, who told him about local phenomena, including the cult, unaware that the docusery producer had come to town looking for clues of a nearby cult.
“It was at this point that he stopped me and told me he had received emails from a woman living in Somerset claiming there was a cult in town worshiping a green man Said Isaac. “According to her, it was made up of local politicians, judges, lawyers and law enforcement. Crazy as it might sound, the story aligned with a previous one he had heard in “Hellier” and the one I was told. It freaked us both out, as neither of us took her too seriously but decided to investigate anyway, which ultimately proved we were wrong as we gathered five similar claims from women in town. on the existence of this cult.
Meet ‘Mr. X ‘
Isaac learned that the cult was supposed to operate from the Mount Victory Mine, one of two abandoned mines in Pulaski County. He later found out that he had been bought in 1975 by Alexander Guterma, one of the greatest stock manipulators in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s with a shady and uncertain past that earned him the nickname of “MX” Guterma died in 1977 when a private plane belonging to the mine crashed near LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York, after leaving Somerset.
“I know he lived in Somerset, but I can’t find anyone here who knows who he really was,” Isaac said. “I have collected countless newspaper excerpts and other material that places him here during this brief period. It’s crazy to me that more people don’t know him, here or elsewhere, because of all the crazy things he’s been involved in. Even though her story has nothing to do with paranormal activity, I thought it was too strange not to include on the podcast.
Featured in episode six of Penny Royal, Isaac says Guterma’s inclusion in the podcast caught the attention of both curious everyday listeners and professional historians looking to learn more about the famous man. as “MX” and it looks like more talk about Guterma is on the horizon in season two.
Last January, Isaac filed a FOIA request with the FBI for any file involving Guterma, and in February received 1,662 related files that he is sifting through using a mining program. data designed by him and his co-producer Darian West.
“From our previous research, we discovered that Guterma was likely a former Nazi intelligence agent who had been brought to the States through the Gehlen Organization established shortly after the end of World War II. that would help explain why his past is so mysterious. , says Isaac. “I can’t wait to go through all of these files and find out who he really is.”
The kentucky anomaly
According to Isaac, his curiosity for the Somerset mystery was piqued shortly before he moved from Lexington in 2011 when he Googled “Somerset UFO Sightings” on a whim one night and stumbled upon a site today. ‘hui disappeared for an Alien Grave Mountain near Burnside. The mountain housed the remains of a 1950s UFO crash site that offered tours and included a webcam on its site positioned over an alleged alien coffin.
Soon after, Isaac made another fascinating discovery, stumbling upon a 1981 report analyzing data from the NASA-operated Magsat spacecraft. Launched in the fall of 1979, its mission was to map the planet’s magnetic field and showed south-central Kentucky at the center of what has been described as the “Kentucky Anomaly,” a phenomenon known to cause distortions. in gravitational forces, especially near the center.
These fortuitous circumstances paired with Isaac’s learning of sensational stories such as the fallen death of Andrew Carter Thorndton II (from Cocaine Bear and the fame of “The Bluegrass Conspiracy”), the 1994 murders of Linda Gibson and Cody Garrett and the 2002 Pulaski Assassination County Sheriff Sam Catron at a political / fry rally led him to the idea of exploring the associations between the events and the Kentucky Anomaly through a podcast .
“After I moved here I started hearing all these crazy, amazing stories that made me rethink what I had read about the Kentucky Anomaly and if that played a role in any of the behaviors violent. “
Penny Royal season two will be released in August. on September 21, 2021 to fans of the podcast on Patreon and a month later on September 21 to the public.
Matt Wickstrom is a freelance writer covering food, music and more. You can follow him on Instagram at @WickstromWrites.