Monday, July 28, 2014

Is The 'Rake' Real?

I received this report last Friday:

I was walking late one night with my German Shepherd, when I smelled an overwhelming stench of road kill. I looked over into the woods near my home and saw a naked pale white man-like thing crawling in the woods. It was on its hands, feet and knees about 3 inches above the ground.

I changed hands with my flashlight which my dogs leash prevented me from immediately shining it in that direction. In the 2 seconds it took to change hands and shine the light on this thing, it had moved 20 feet to near a tree it was trying to hide behind. It saw my light as it was swinging towards it and quickly crunched into a cannon ball like posture, and balanced on its toes & balls of its feet, hiding its face and held perfectly still.

I got a overwhelming feeling that if I kept shining the light on it, that it would look up at me with glowing eyes and a weird face. So I continued on with my walk. I thought maybe it was a teenager doing a mime, but there was no one taking a picture and this thing had a oddly pronounced spine and was absolutely hairless.

I went home and looked on the internet to see if this is something kids are doing now (painting themselves white, shaving all hair off, rolling around in road kill and crawling around late at night in woods). Well I found a picture on YouTube of a "Rake" that a hunters camera had taken that looked remarkable like this thing. I have no idea what it was, perhaps a underground dweller or ghoul - or God knows what. I live in a country suburb of Tampa, Florida called Lithia. If you have any idea what this thing was please let me know!

NOTE: There isn't much more information to offer at this time. This southwest area of Florida (Tampa and the counties around it) is ripe with cryptid sightings. This particular humanoid sighting is very unique. Hopefully we can get more information. Lon

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'The Dead Files' Camera Crew Attacked

A home in Hanover, York County will be featured on a national TV show on Saturday. The homeowners say their house is severely haunted, with multiple ghosts and other entities.

Homeowner DeAnna Simpson says they’ve lived in the home for seven years, and put everything they had into buying it. She says she and her husband didn’t find out it was haunted until soon after they moved in.

“We put everything into this house,” says Simpson. “And we do want to move, but we would have to list it at such a price where we could recoup what we put in.”

Simpson has ghostly photos, as well as photos from something that scratches people who come inside. She also has audio recordings of voices, children laughing, and dogs barking that were not in the house.

“Five plus,” she says of the number of ghosts in the house. “I have some here that are protecting me, some women here that are protecting me, but the majority are bad, dark forces, inhuman.”

Simpson says one of the entities in the house is a demon. It appears in a photo as a 7-foot-tall shadow figure. While we were there, Simpson recorded orbs on her cell phone camera and it caught a clip of a shadowy hand reaching out.

When FOX43′s cameras went inside, our photojournalist Nick Petrillo felt his hand burning and saw a scratch on his wrist. Simpson put Holy water on him.

“Because you’re telling the story,” she says. “Because you’re putting it out there, because they don’t want– that is there, I’m just telling you, right now that is their way of a warning.

Simpson has invited priests, paranormal researchers and mediums into the home. The house was on “The Dead Files” on the Travel Channel this past Saturday. She says the crew turned up evidence of grisly deaths that took place there. - Fox43



Okay, I'm not trying to be cliche, but the events I'm writing about are very true. It's chilling me to type it right now so excuse any typos that may occur. It may not seem very scary to you, but it was very horrifying. I've never posted anything and I'm sorry if this isn't formatted right or whatever. But anyways, here's what happened.

I was downstairs this morning watching after my three year old brother like I normally do. My parents were both at work. We had a pretty normal morning, watching TV, eating pizza, and coloring. We went outside for a bit, and came back inside. He begged me to turn on his cartoons, and his favorite show, Caillou, was on. Now I know what you're thinking, "not another lost episode bullshit story" but this is far from that. So we got about halfway through the episode when one of those annoying beeping sounds started playing. You know the "THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BROADCASTING SYSTEM" things. I wasn't very concerned because it happens quite often. My little brother was confused, of course, as to why the cheerful voice of Caillou and his parents were replaced by an awful beep. I told him to calm down, it was something that TVs do. But then I noticed something was a little off. The beeping never ceased and I never heard the robotic voice saying "this is a test..." The beeping went on for a good five minutes. I tried changing the channel, but the remote wouldn't work. I thought to myself, the batteries must be dead. Soon, the beeping stopped. But the television screen went completely black. After about two minutes, big white text displayed a scrolling message across the screen. This is what was disturbing. It said "THIS IS NOT A TEST. YOU ARE IN DANGER. YOU REA IN DNAGRE. YUO RE NI DDNGR" followed by a long string of numbers that I couldn't have had time to write down. I tried rewinding the TV, because we had a DVR, but of course the remote wasn't working.

My brother was crying, asking why his show went off. I was too freaked out. I didn't know what to do. I was alone with my three year old brother and the TV just told me I was in danger. I had no idea if it was a prank, maybe one of those broadcast hijacking things I've read about. Suddenly, the screen lit up, bright colorful boxes. Like on an old TV when it had no signal. It quickly changed back to a TV program, but it wasn't Caillou. What I was seeing was a dark room with one barely lit lightbulb hanging on the ceiling. I could see the camera shifting and heavy breathing. Like someone was holding a camcorder, just standing there filming the empty room. That's when I realized something terrifying. It was my crawl space. I immediately grabbed my brother and ran to my neighbor's house as fast as I could. Luckily, they were home. I told them everything and we called the police. When they arrived, the TV was back on my brother's cartoons. Then checked out the crawl space and found nothing. My parents still aren't home and I'm scared shitless. My neighbors said we could stay at their house until my parents got home. The police left, because they really didn't have any evidence showing that anyone had broken into my house and the television was completely normal. I need help. I don't know what to do, who or what was in my crawl space, and how they had hacked into my TV. I'm scared for me, my parents, but mostly my little brother. -


Body Found Under Motel Bed, Police Say It Has Been There At Least 5 Years

Stunning news this morning out of New Jersey, as reports of police discovering the body of a young woman under a motel bed have been confirmed. The owners of the motel asked that their name and location be omitted from news reports to protect their business.

The body, which has yet to be identified, was found by a person staying in the room.

“I dropped the television remote, and when I went to check under the bed I found her. It was like something out of a scary movie,” said Aaron Silver, the man staying in the room.

According to initial reports by the medical examiner on-scene, it appears as though the body lay undisturbed in the room for about 5 years. There was a normal amount of rot and decay on the body to suggest that it had not been moved or touched over the course of that time.

The motel has not made a comment about the issue but have told police that they are constantly cleaning their rooms and have no idea how this could have slipped beneath the cracks.

“I clean that room every day. I noticed a smell several times, and told my manager,” said Anita Rodriguez, a housekeeper at the motel. “He told me to just use extra Febreeze in the room and it would go away eventually. I always hated cleaning that room.”

Motel representatives say that all their rooms are cleaned daily, but that it is not the policy of the company to make their housekeepers check under the beds.

“They do a heavy clean of the rooms to sanitize for guests, but when it comes to under the beds, they just run the vacuum around the edges. Who really looks under the bed, anyway? No reason to waste anyone’s time,” said Charles Dyson, a representative of the motel chain.

“It’s the most bizarre thing I’ve ever seen,” said police chief Joe Goldsmith. “I’ve seen a lot of strange things in my time on the force, but to think about all the people who’ve stayed in this room, with a dead body beneath them, and they didn’t know about it? It gives me the heebie-jeebies.”

Police have seized room and occupant records for the last several years, and are trying to trace the person or persons who may have stayed in the room around the time of death.

“Funny thing is, the records also show literally almost 1,000 complaints from people who stayed in the room over the years. Everything from a bad smell to an ‘eerie feeling.’ Several people even asked to switch rooms in the middle of the night,” said Goldsmith. “The motel really should have checked out that room a little more closely.”

The body of the young woman is set for autopsy at the end of the week. - Empire News


Bigfoot Attacked!

Someone attacked Bigfoot in Shrewsbury Township, PA over the weekend, according to state police.

Luckily, there's no need to alert a certain television show featuring excitable charlatans with night-vision goggles, because state police said the Bigfoot in question is merely a statue.

The Sasquatch statue sits in the front yard of a home along Ridge Meadow Road in Shrewsbury Township, according to police, who said someone vandalized it between 8 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday.

Bigfoot is owned by resident David Martinez Jr., 52, who could not be reached for comment. - York Dispatch



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Is the 'Beast of Bodmin' Breeding?

New big cat sightings suggest the animals could be breeding, according to enthusiasts, after the legendary Beast of Bodmin was spotted 45 miles from the moor.

The animal was spotted by a teenager in the south west – 45 miles from the moor were the big cat is said to prowl.

Amateur photographer Henry Warren, 19, was taking pictures in fields near his home in Gwinear, west Cornwall, when a huge cat like creature leapt out in front of him.

The student managed to rattle off several frames before the animal disappeared into undergrowth and has since reported the incident to the Plymouth-based British Big Cat Society.

Britain's most famous big cat was first spotted in 1983 and there have been over 60 recorded sightings since.

It was declared a phantom in 1995 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food but Henry thinks they're wrong.

He said: "I was taking pictures of our new house when I saw something run across the field and in front of my lens.

"It was absolutely massive and was hoping up and down like a large cat. There's no way it could have been fox, a dog or anything else like that.

"It ran around 60 metres in just a few seconds and was leaping in the air with its front two legs first.

"I did some research after and thought it may be linked to the Beast of Bodmin - it certainly looks like a big cat." - Torquay Herald Express

Let's go back and look at the more recent history of the so-called 'Beast of Bodmin' and other big cat sightings in the UK:

Official British Dossier On Big Cat Sightings Revealed

3/6/2010 - They are the stuff of rural legend – but for decades, alleged sightings of big cats stalking the British countryside have been dismissed as hoax or fantasy.

Yet now the head of a Government agency responsible for investigating such incidents has declared that he believes these mysterious creatures do indeed exist.

His comments follow the release of a dossier by Natural England which lists more than 100 sightings of exotic, non-native and unidentified animals in England since 2005.

Of these, 38 were "big cats". In some cases, members of the public claimed to have seen the creature itself; on other occasions, they reported finding farm or wild animals which had been attacked or killed.

The documents – Britain's "big cats X Files" – show the extent to which Natural England takes the reports seriously.

The agency has launched several investigations, involving site visits by officials and the drafting in of specialist vets to examine injuries.

Big cat sightings have been reported all over England. In some areas they have spawned legends, such as the so-called Beast of Bodmin in the south west.

The investigations have yet to find conclusive proof of the presence of the mysterious creatures but, asked about their existence, Charlie Wilson, who coordinates reports for the Government agency, said: "The evidence is there that there are the odd, escaped, released dumped animals occurring in the wild every now and then. Read more at Telegraph


British Government Declares 'No Big Cats' Roaming Countryside

4/7/2010 - Big cats like the Beast of Bodmin are NOT prowling Britain's countryside, it was officially declared yesterday.

A ten-year probe funded by taxpayers into sightings up and down the land astonishingly concluded the creatures simply do not exist.

Experts at Natural England - the Government's environmental watchdog - were unable to explain why people in EVERY county from Cornwall to Caithnesss claim to have seen them in the wild.

But after following up hundreds of reports - including "paw prints" - not a whisker of concrete evidence was found.

Investigators decreed: "None of the sightings of the big cats has ever been confirmed."

The furtive felines had been thought by some experts to be descended from cougars and pumas that fled captivity.

Natural England said: "From time to time big cats do escape from zoos and other collections and are usually recaptured very quickly. We are confident there are no breeding populations of big cats in this country.

"It is very unlikely that there are any big cats at large."

That includes the mysterious beast feared to stalk Cornwall's Bodmin Moor preying on sheep.

A wallaroo - a kind of kangaroo - was among sightings of other exotic species scoffed at by the investigators.

Last night expert Trevor Beer, of Barnstaple, Devon, insisted: "The big cats ARE out there. Natural England are just making fools of themselves." - The Sun

NOTE: So, there are NO big cats roaming the British countryside? Was this 2010 report released to calm fears? Lon


MoD 'hid big cat sightings' in UK

12/29/2011 - Defence chiefs are trying to cover up the existence of big cats stalking Britain's countryside, a new book claims.

The body of a fearsome puma-like animal is said to be hidden in a top security vault at an RAF base.

Hundreds of big cat sightings have been recorded over the years — from the Beast of Bodmin in Cornwall to the Surrey Puma. The Government's environment department Defra insists evidence is "unsubstantiated".

But Rick Minter, author of Big Cats: Facing Britain's Wild Predators, claims staff at RAF Fylingdales, North Yorks, saw the body of the "puma".

He likens it to the US government's alleged cover-up of an alien in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. He writes: "It is at RAF Fylingdales that we have Britain's Roswell moment on big cats.

"Retired staff apparently talked about a 'body on the table' and a witness outside the base reported a puma-like creature being trundled off in the scoop-arm of a tractor."

In June 2004, a local paper reported that a large cat "the length of a sheep" was killed on the Pickering to Whitby road near RAF Fylingdales.

Mark Fraser, of Big Cats in Britain, which investigates sightings, said: "What is the cover-up here? The Holy Grail in these investigations is a body. If the MoD have a body, we'd like to know about it."

A series of photos taken in Cornwall claim to show the Beast of Bodmin. In 1983, the Beast of Exmoor was blamed for the deaths of 100 sheep near South Molton. - The Sun


Question the obvious...are there 'big cats' roaming Britain?

2/6/2012 - This is the biggest question posed by many people who have an interest in the subject of 'British big cats', and it is a subject often scoffed at by sceptics. Hopefully, this blog will answer a few of the questions posed by sceptics and also those with a genuine interest in what has become known as the British 'big cat' phenomenon. As a full-time researcher into the subject I've collected reports from the south-east of England since the age of nine! after hearing about a sighting in the area of Blue Bell Hill. Almost three decades later I'm still collecting evidence and believe that without a shadow of a doubt there are large, exotic cats roaming Britain. It's only natural there are a lot of sceptics to this subject, after all, a majority of 'big cat' stories in the press are often inaccurate or simply a beastly Halloween headline, but again, I'm hoping this blog will convince some sceptics that these stories are not born from myth or overactive imagination and that I am not insane in my quest!

I'm looking forward to any constructive comments and thought-provoking questions and will be covering a wide range of subjects to hopefully explain the why, what, where and when of the saga, a saga which in fact has been going on a lot longer than many people would have you believe. Although I've always enjoyed studying folklore, my research into exotic cats is very much something I like to keep separate. I decided to take it upon myself to study the sightings and evidence because the so-called 'mystery' of such cats has, mainly since the 1960s, been relegated to folklore. The reality is, there is no mystery as to why there are large cats roaming the wilds of Britain, and hopefully I'll explain why in this blog. I have conducted lectures, organised field trips, written articles and books, and liaised with zoologists, police, scientists, in the hope of simply making the public aware that large cats do roam the UK. Most counties seem to have a 'big cat' in their midst, and this is true, and certainly not folklore. Over the last few weeks there have been numerous stories in some of the major tabloids regarding potential evidence to support the theory that 'big cats' roam the woods, but as you'll find when reading this blog, the evidence has always been there, and is in fact quite easy to find if you know what you're looking for.

Kent - the 'garden of England' is still a heavily wooded, and in some places, dense forest county. Our wilds can provide ample enough shelter for an animal that does not want to be seen - and yet, despite the scepticism, sightings persist - and have for decades since the Surrey 'puma' legend hit the county of Surrey during the 1960s. From then on there have been beastly legends, from the Exmoor and Bodmin tales of the West Country, to the forests of the Scottish Higlands, the valleys of Wales and the remote moors of Yorkshire. Is every eye witness mistaken ? Can every so-called 'big cat' sighting be explained by species native to the UK, such as foxes?

I am open to any suggestions or views regarding what some evidence could be, but hopefully you will find that the evidence presented on here suggests that exotic cats ARE roaming the south-east of England. - Kent Online

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sasquatch Ritual?

The following email was quite strange and, I felt at the time, needed further investigation. The email was written as a draft including an outline that was added with other notations. It was an odd format...but the information was verified when I contacted the submitter. I was asked to write the commentary since they felt that they were not able to compose a story that would be understood by the readers.

I forwarded a copy of my final composition to DD which was approved. I inquired about the witness' (the cousin) willingness to be interviewed but that notation was rebuffed since the information sent to me was done so without the knowledge of the witness. All specific personal and location disclosure was agreed to be kept in confidence. Here is the transcript:

“During the recent holidays (Christmas 2010) I was able to talk to a cousin who lives in the Pharaoh Lake area in New York. He is a conservationist and an advocate for nature conservation. He recently made a discovery that is fascinating but pains him since the information would most likely lead to Bigfoot hunters decimating wildlife and pristine forests.

While hiking and camping in a fairly remote forest in Essex County, NY (the most specific location he will give) he came across what he describes as a "Sasquatch ritual burial".

One evening while he was making his way back to camp he heard "muffled grunting" coming from his right. His attention was directed toward a thick stand of sugar maple trees. He crouched down behind a large fallen tree and witnessed 3 large hairy bipedal figures...Sasquatch standing around a large tree stump. It looked like a large female who towered above her companions. He estimated that she was 8 foot+ and that the others were about 5-6 feet tall. Each one of the figures was "swaying' and "grunting". This activity continued for almost 10 minutes when they suddenly stopped and started to run in the opposite direction. He was fearful that they had noticed his presence somehow. Since it was now getting dark he decided to continue to his camp and return the next day.

The next morning he anxiously made his way back to the site where he had seen the Sasquatch. When he reached the site he noticed a 4 foot high hollow sugar maple stump with 4 gray squirrel tails attached to the top edge and suspended outside the stump. It looked like a "sort of decoration". He also noticed a terrible stench that reminded him of very strong urine. He looked into the stump - it was empty, but there was some dark fur, a few blood stains and a large piece of old deer hide.

He surmises that the Sasuatch may have "buried" a small child or infant in the stump and that they either came back to move it after noticing him or that a scavenger took it during night.

Do you or others believe that this could have been a Sasquatch 'funeral' or ritual burial?” DD

NOTE: When I originally post this commentary, I received responses from several doubters...but no one was able to offer an alternative reason for the actions of these Sasquatch. Is it possible that Sasquatch conduct spiritual rituals? Any information would be welcomed...Lon

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