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Old 09-06-2015, 04:04 PM   #1
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With me, I have to say Resurrection Mary. Things really happened there on a regular basis for at least seventy years, regardless of whether what the UM segment portrayed really happened or whether the segment featured the most interesting aspects of the case. (I flipflopped on this one--used to believe the Jerry Palus story and scoff at the handprints on the metal gate bars, and now I feel the exact opposite. The likely scenario with Palus was some relatives picked up Mary briefly in a car--no dancing. Jerry, not wanting to be upstaged, borrowed aspects of another urban legend or ghost story which originated in upstate New York, making himself the center with Mary. The gate bar thing was totally real. Those bars are hidden in a secret vault replaced by poor imitations in the gate.) UM spent a lot of time on Jerry, who was not even still alive to be cross-examined, and didn't mention people like the police officer who ran her over and should certainly be a much more credible witness! (She has been seen more by police than possibly any others, yet only one spoke out publicly and he got into a lot of trouble over it.)

UM was not allowed to film at the real place, which won't allow any filming or conversation regarding it. This is not because their religion forbids such things, but, a local has claimed, because publicity always brings out a lot of yahoos resulting in vandalism. You can't get near the place on Halloween!

Also, the Magic Rock. Although I can't claim to have had too many good moments in life since 1972, 1988 when this aired was a particularly low point. In fact, the segment got me into some trouble, as I taped it. When my friend and his sister came over, I wanted to show it to them and had only minutes as they came at the worst possible time, right when I had to leave on my paper route. (My delivering papers as an adult is one sign I was having a bad spell!) My dad wouldn't shut up so I could show the damn tape or take a hint, but kept talking to my friends until I snapped at him. They took some version of this to their dad, who then lectured me and insulted my photography which I had taken to show him. At that point I decided never to pursue photography professionally because I was already miserable about enough things, so why ruin a perfectly good hobby? So either the rock saved me a lifetime of trouble and frustration if the photography was not meant to work out, or it did me a bad turn if I might have successfully pursued photography.

I can't express how vital the rock seemed when this segment aired as it offered hope that positive accessible forces in the universe might exist. Not that I exactly believed a magic object could solve all my problems, but to even find anything to start things moving in the right direction would be fantastic! For a long time I was a great believer in magic, good and bad, as I had absolutely no logical explanation for why my life went as it did. By the time I received a sound, valid, natural explanation, my life was so far down the tubes there was no redeeming it. One corner of my mind still sort of believes in magic and I am inclined to go looking for that rock or something like it! (All I know is it is somewhere in my state, but they never said where, and I am at the bottom of the state while the rock, if still there, is at the top. Does anyone know the present location of the rock?) Now, those people taken in by gypsies offering to lift curses and the like were pretty silly, but considering my own outlook I cannot be entirely out of sympathy.

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Resurrection Mary is a ghost. lot of haters here
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I'm a fan of the ghost segments. When I was a kid a believed it. Now I just people watch in those segments. Some are strange and better than others. Other ones are just laughable and make me wonder if these people just weren't looking for their 15 mins of fame in a pre YouTube/social media world. Some things never change.
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Yes, it seems some people hate, disbelieve, or both, all paranormal segments despite that some depend on the word of only a few questionable people while others have hundreds of reliable witnesses relating the same details. Even if a few Jerry Paluses embellish a bit does not render the rest untrue.
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I love the Magic Rock segment. It's a feel-good break from crimes and sad UM moments. I don't believe the rock gave them all the good fortune, but I think after the first good luck incident there may have been a placebo impact on the family's confidence. I hope they're doing well today.

It is fun to think of "magic" and all the interesting artifacts nestled in the woods.
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I love the Magic Rock segment. It's a feel-good break from crimes and sad UM moments. I don't believe the rock gave them all the good fortune, but I think after the first good luck incident there may have been a placebo impact on the family's confidence. I hope they're doing well today.

It is fun to think of "magic" and all the interesting artifacts nestled in the woods.
Glad someone else likes the Magic Rock! Actually I am about 45% serious and 55% joking on the subject. I realize there are a lot of scammy deals out there such as the psychic surgery, but I can't help hoping that some unexplained paths to good fortune exist.
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Same here. Even if it defies rationality, I love the thought of it, too.

The segment is so whimsical and enjoyable to me I never skip it. I love seeing a family getting out of a rut and enjoying success.

Even if the line "it has all the aspects of nature" is hilariously cheesy.
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This is a guilty pleasure segment for me.
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I've always been fond of the western legend segments on UM, even though they don't get much discussion around here. Always liked the Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and treasure segments. Even though the Butch Cassidy claimant, William T. Phillips, has since been proven to be a fraud, it's still an interesting segment nonetheless.
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I've always been fond of the western legend segments on UM, even though they don't get much discussion around here. Always liked the Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and treasure segments. Even though the Butch Cassidy claimant, William T. Phillips, has since been proven to be a fraud, it's still an interesting segment nonetheless.
I'm with Cars on the treasure hunt segments. I've always loved a good legend and subsequent treasure hunt...still do to this day.
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I've always been fond of the western legend segments on UM, even though they don't get much discussion around here. Always liked the Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy, and treasure segments. Even though the Butch Cassidy claimant, William T. Phillips, has since been proven to be a fraud, it's still an interesting segment nonetheless.
Yeah, but I remember at the end of one--I think it was the Lost Dutchman mine--when Stack said, "If you have any information," we burst out laughing. Like anyone watching was gonna know!
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Agatha Christie. Idk idk I thought it was an interesting period piece.
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Rainboy. I know this segment gets mocked here a lot and it seems pretty ludicrous on the surface, but I can't over the fact that so many witnesses, including some police officers, a warden and a priest, were willing to go on camera and claim they saw these things.

Even if the whole story was a hoax, I'd still find the segment absolutely fascinating, if only for the sight of so many credible people treating this absurd story with such seriousness on national television.
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