Thursday, October 30, 2014

Photo: Flying Cryptid - Six Mile Creek Park, PA



I received a telephone call this morning (10/30) from a witness named Rich, who lives near Ripley, NY. He stated that he has had an interest in the Hinsdale House (Hinsdale, NY) and was reading my recent post. He also read the post about the North Georgia Mothman incident. As a result, he called to tell me of an encounter he had in July 2011.

- Rich was driving home from Cleveland, OH on northbound I90.

- Rich received a telephone call about 10:15 PM, so he pulled off the road in order take the call. He said he was near Six Mile Creek Park, north of Erie, PA.

- Soon after he ended his telephone conversation, he noticed something fly across the highway about 30 ft in front of the car (headlights were on). It was approx. 10 ft above the road surface and looked like a giant bat with huge oversize wings. His window was open and he heard a sound similar to canvas flapping in the wind.

- He continued to sit in his car hoping he could see this anomaly again. He continued to hear the flapping sound.

- Rich stepped out of his car and walked towards the back in order to get a heavy duty flashlight from the trunk.

- About that time, as a tractor-trailer drove by, this flying creature came over a rise on the opposite side of the highway and flew over Rich and his car. This was the point when Rich snapped a cellphone photo of this creature. He made a few more attempts to get photos, but by that time the creature was gone.

- Though it was dark, a road lamp did offer Rich a bit of light at one point in order to get another look. He described it as dark in color with very wide wings that were shaped like those of a bat. He did notice a slight reddish glow, though it was hard to distinguish where it came from. He estimates that the wing span was approx. 18-20 ft and a body of 4-5 ft in length. It made no sound other than the flapping.

- When he got home (about an hour later) he uploaded the images to his computer. He said he made an inquiry with a paranormal investigator in Jamestown, NY but they didn't seem interested.

- No one else had knowledge of this encounter.

At this point, I promised Rich that I would post the photo on the blog for comments. Rich is the sole owner of the image and has given me the ability to use and distribute as I see fit. He's merely searching for answers.

NOTE: I'm not conveying an opinion as to what this image is. I'm merely offering it to the readers for their assessment. I've had several people look at it, and have received varying conclusions. Lon

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Daily 2 Cents: Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified -- Time Travel Possible by 2100 -- Sasquatch Watching a Passing Train?


Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified

A fragment of Amelia Earhart's lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since her plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937, in a record attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

New research strongly suggests that a piece of aluminum aircraft debris recovered in 1991 from Nikumaroro, an uninhabited atoll in the southwestern Pacific republic of Kiribati, does belong to Earhart’s twin-engined Lockheed Electra. The search for Amelia Earhart is about to continue in the pristine waters of a tiny uninhabited island, Nikumaroro, between Hawaii and Australia.

According to researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating the last, fateful flight taken by Earhart 77 years ago, the aluminum sheet is a patch of metal installed on the Electra during the aviator’s eight-day stay in Miami, which was the fourth stop on her attempt to circumnavigate the globe.

The patch replaced a navigational window: A Miami Herald photo shows the Electra departing for San Juan, Puerto Rico on the morning of Tuesday, June 1, 1937 with a shiny patch of metal where the window had been. Continue reading at Discovery

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Clown Terror in France

Another teenager in the southern city of Montpellier was sentenced to four months in prison for hitting a passer-by 30 times with an iron bar overnight Saturday. The teen was also kitted out as a clown.

Complaints have poured in recently over "armed clowns" wreaking havoc in various parts of the country -- some carrying pistols, knives or baseball bats -- and police have detained several people over the violent trend.

The phenomenon has even prompted anti-clown vigilantism, forcing police to step in to try and quell the hysteria by saying there have only been a few sightings of the grotesque pranksters.

On Monday, a woman who had just got out of her car in Chelles near Paris called the police, saying two clowns -- one of whom was armed with a fake axe -- had attacked her, a source said.

They escaped when a passer-by armed with a baseball bat tried to stop them, and one of the pranksters was subsequently detained when police spotted him, white make-up still all over his face.

In a separate incident just half an hour afterwards, a dozen people wearing the smiling, white masks associated with the Anonymous hacktivist collective attacked three youths at a station in Melun, also in the Paris suburbs, stealing their mobile phones, the police source added.

Trend seen in the US and Britain

The phenomenon of dressing up as an evil clown and terrifying passers-by -- a trend which has also been seen in the United States and Britain -- cropped up in the north of France in early October.

In the town of Bethune, a 19-year-old received a six-month suspended jail term last week for threatening passers-by while dressed as a clown.

These "clowns" have been "mostly spotted outside schools, but also on public roads, in bushes, in a square. Their targets are often young children or teenagers, but also adults," a police source in northern France told AFP.

And the phenomenon has spread to the south of the country.

Police on Saturday night arrested 14 teenagers dressed as clowns and carrying weapons in the Mediterranean port town of Agde.

In Montpellier, meanwhile, the victim of the fake clown told the court that the costumed assailant had chased him, yelling "give me everything, your telephone, your money, your briefcase," and added he had trouble sleeping and had nightmares since the assault.

The attacker, meanwhile, admitted he was drunk.

Theories abound as to the origin of this trend of violence in a country where Halloween has barely made any inroads.

The suggestions include a challenge launched on social networks, popular videos on YouTube showing a terrifying clown pranking people, or even a recent episode of the popular TV series American Horror Story featuring Twisty the killer clown. - The Local FR

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Time travel will be a thing in the year 2100, apparently

Well this is exciting mid-week news if ever we heard it: time travel is going to be an actual thing by the year 2100 (maybe). That's if a bunch of UK scientists are to be believed, anyway.

A number of physicists from Imperial College London and the University of Glasgow have predicted that time machines could actually be a legitimately possible thing within about 85 years, and that teleportation could be just another mode of transport by the year 2080. So we can all look forward to telling Ryanair to do one in 70 years time, then.

And in the most exciting part of the research, which comes from The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair - or maybe just the part that tells us this might all be a great big elaborate joke *checks calendar to make sure it's not April 1st* - an invisibility cloak a la the wonderful Harry Potter himself could be ready and available to use within 15 years. FIFTEEN YEARS. Which is basically nothing.

But - and this'll shut the doubting Thomas' amongst us RIGHT up - apparently prototypes of invisibility cloaks are already in existence, with the science behind them seeming to be pretty sorted.

Imperial College physicist, Professor Chris Phillips, explained. "One way to create an 'invisibility cloak' is to use adaptive camouflage, which involves taking a film of the background of an object or person and projecting it onto the front to give the illusion of vanishing," he said. Which is basically what we would have said if someone asked us how we thought it would work, too. Ahem.

Excitingly, he revealed: "We're actually not that far away from this becoming a reality – rudimentary technology versions of this have already been created. It's entirely feasible that we could see a 'Harry Potter'-like invisibility cloak within the next 10 to 20 years."

Well butter my beer and call me a mudblood, this is TOO MUCH excitement for one evening.

And Dr. Mary Jacquiline Romero, from the University of Glasgow's School of Physics and Astronomy also had the presence of mind to explain how teleportation would work for those of us who aren't quite of the same scientific brain-power that she is.

"Teleporting a person, atom by atom, will be very difficult and is of course a physicist's way, but perhaps developments in chemistry or molecular biology will allow us to do it more quickly," she said. But promisingly, she added: "The good thing about teleportation is that there is no fundamental law telling us that it cannot be done."

It's just time travel that'll be the real tough cookie to crack, but according to Colin Stuart, author of The Big Questions in Science, it's already been achieved. "But only in tiny amounts," he hastened to add. "I would say we are looking at 2100 as a very optimistic timescale for travelling weeks into the future."

Well that's as good a word to take as any. Now we've just got to work out a way to stay alive and make sure we see it. - Cosmopolitan

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Sasquatch Watching a Passing Train?

Picture was taken on a cell phone from a moving train near Hayden Lake, Idaho. 8-19-2014. (The creature is enlarged in the square on the right)

--Ricky B.

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Zombie Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver

NUNICA, MI — A Muskegon man was hospitalized late Saturday night after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while he was walking away from a party to smoke.

Ottawa County Sgt. Matt Wilfong said Jeffrey Alan Stiles, 45, of Muskegon suffered non-life threatening injuries after being struck by a car on Main Street near Cass Street in Nunica about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Stiles was walking in the traffic lane of Main Street smoking a cigarette when he was struck. The driver fled north in an unknown vehicle.

Wilfong said Stiles, who had been at a party, was in costume at the time.

“While he was outside, he decided to walk along the roadway to scare cars, as he was dressed like a zombie for the Halloween party,” he said.

Stiles was listed in good condition at Hackley Hospital on Sunday morning.

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Adding to the List


I recently received the following narrative from a longtime reader:

Lon - Since the Hinsdale House mentioned in your blog is about a 1/2 hour ride from me, I thought I'd share my ghostly experiences with you.

For most of my life I lived in my father's home in Lancaster NY (Buffalo area). The house was 8,700 sq feet. A huge rambling place located about a mile from the main road. It was torn down in the late 1990's to make way for a new modern club house. That property is now an 18 hole golf course and country club.

When I was perhaps 6 or 7 years old my parents would go out to dinner and I'd lock myself in my bedroom until their return. One night I was reading when from the corner of my eye I noticed movement. Looking up I saw a spectre travel through the room and pass through the locked door. This happened with some regularity and being a tough little kid I was only curious. (It was in that same house that I experienced out of body travel.)

Some years later I was caring for my aged mother. That home is located in Akron NY. She was dying. Finally one evening she did pass on and being exhausted I went to bed after the undertaker picked her up. I fell instantly to sleep but then I was having a nightmare.

Suddenly I was shaken on the shoulder and heard mom say "Wake up, your dreaming." It has always been my nature to wake up instantly and put my feet to the floor. It was then that I saw my mothers shadow pass out of the room through the locked door. I thanked her and went back to sleep.

I never liked the house in Akron so sold it and went on a search for an old home in rural America. Found my present home in Hunt NY.(14846) An early 1800's house with an 1800's addition and a 1900's garage. Located on a large farm it offered a beautiful view of a valley and only one neighbor.

My friend Dan went with me to look at the house, the realtor gave me the lock code to look at it. Dan and I walked through the empty house taking it in. I liked the place, and when we went into the garage I told him I was going to buy it. The garage is very large and at the time empty. After walking inside the garage I noticed some cash laying on the floor. $20.00 which was definitely not there when we first walked in. I asked Dan if he had lost the money, but he is the type who only carries credit cards. So I picked up the cash and said to the house "Thank you, we'll have lunch on this."

I bought the house, and my very first night sleeping there I awoke smelling cigar smoke. Thinking someone was outside, I said to myself 'now who is outside my house smoking?" and then said "Who is outside my house?" realizing that the house is so far from others. Then it hit me, it was a spirit of someone who had previously lived there.

A few days after moving in a lady came to the house and introduced herself as the previous owner. She had sold the place when her sons had married and she no longer needed a large house. It was sold to another party who lost it to the bank. I bought it from the bank.

I asked her if anyone in her family had smoked a cigar. She looked at me quizzically and said that yes her husband's brother had come to stay some years back. He was dying. Since she didn't allow smoking in the house he would go outside to enjoy his cigar. I believe his name was Harry. (Uncle Harry)

Uncle Harry's cigar smoke is a fairly regular night-time treat.

Some months later I smelled the perfume/cologne of a woman. This odor was quite pleasant and smelled of fresh flowers. I don't know of any products that are now made with a similar odor. I figure she was a past resident from the 1800's.

Another lady has also appeared, wearing a much more modern cologne. Maybe 1970's. Turns out she was a regular summer guest of the family. She stayed through each summer until her death. Don't know if she died in the house.

Finally my mother occasionally visits. She enjoyed Channel #5. However she interacts physically as well. She always disliked me spending time on the computer. I was compiling a book on mythology at the time and she didn't understand my need to be at the computer for long hours. She lets me know she still dislikes my computer time by stroking the back of my hand with a finger when I'm working.

Here in Hunt I've not seen any spectre, just smelled their particular odors and of course my mother's finger.

On rare occasions I still receive money from the other inhabitants of the house. Money that I know I didn't drop. Usually cent pieces but occasionally small bills as well. Always older money.

I've no intention but to remain in this home until I die and add to the list of ethereal residents. I truly enjoy living here.

Cheers, BF

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

North Georgia Mothman


In December 2010 I received an email from a woman (who I will refer to as 'EW') from north Georgia who thought she had encountered a Mothman. After many months of correspondence, the witness agreed to allow me to post the event in July 2011, but only under strict circumstances. She reviewed this post and agreed to the following content being published:

Hello - I am hoping you can shed some light on an incident I had a few years ago. I was twenty-five at the time and was driving to my friend CW's house. It was quiet at 11:30 pm as I drove south on an old country road off of (redacted) highway near (redacted) in north Georgia. Very few people pass this way because it leads to nothing but a small group of houses. I turned on the radio but nothing came on. I figured it was a blown fuse but then I started to hear weird scratching sounds coming through the speakers. It sounded like a distant voice but I couldn't understand what it was saying.

Suddenly, something flew in front of the car and hit the windshield with enough size and force that it totally mangled the grill and hood. I immediately stopped the car. I heard what sounded like wings flapping on the roof, but then something rolled down the back window onto the trunk then eventually on to the road. I thought I killed whatever it was. A woman in a truck had pulled up from behind and said she saw the thing hit the road. She said that it's eyes were glaring bright red. As we looked more closely at this thing it resembled a man with large bat-like wings. The woman walked back to her truck and pulled a shotgun from the back and pointed it at this bat-like creature.

It was starting to move and we backed off. It slowly stood up on two large raptor-like claws, turned and stared directly at us with those terrible bright red eyes. The woman pumped the shotgun. It slowly levitated off the ground with wings spread until it was about 10 foot up then instantly, it let out a deafening screech as it just disappeared with a loud 'swoosh'. The woman (who I found out later was CW's aunt) and I just looked at each other.

This thing had the body of a well-built man. It had no feathers but charcoal gray skin like that of a bat with some hair on the shoulders and around the eyes and legs. When it spread its wings, it had the span of 12 foot or more. I estimate it was about 8 foot tall. It had no head however, just the eyes embedded on the shoulders that had brows. I didn't notice a mouth or nose. There is no way I was going to report this and CW's aunt totally agreed. We both drove off to CW's house. I was so shook up I stayed the night.

The next morning, I went outside to inspect the car. There was a huge crack in the windshield and the grill was mangled beyond repair. The hood also had a deep 25 inch dent. I started to walk back to the house when I noticed something lying in the grass beside the garage. It was CW's Golden Retriever lying dead from massive lacerations up and down its back. I just knew that thing did it.

That was 3 years ago and I constantly dream of this creature. I was told by a friend that I had encountered a Mothman. It looked more like a Batman to be honest. I decided to look up a few of the sightings by others and saw your name and blog. Many of the images on Google were very similar to what I saw. I wrote to someone else about a year ago but they never got back to me. I have included 2 of the images I think look the most like the creature I hit with my car that night. Could you contact me at this email? Thank you for your time. EW

NOTE: I contacted EW and tried to answer her questions. I have no doubt she witnessed a winged humanoid and most likely a Mothman. She agreed to let me post the incident provided I leave out several of the more personal points from the original email. I will say that EW has experienced many of the same anomalous events claimed by a few of the original Point Pleasant, WV witnesses...including some I discovered myself through research and witness interviews. Since the time I originally posted this account, several media sources in north Georgia have requested permission to re-publish...which I have allowed. Lon

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