Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Daily 2 Cents: 'Wanna take a ride to Mars?' -- Abducted by White Humanoid -- Juneau Mayor Dies Under Strange Circumstances

'Wanna take a ride to Mars?'

The space agency is hoping that the next generation of astronauts will inspire a future mission to Mars.

For those hoping to make a living out of exploring the final frontier, now is your chance - NASA has announced that it will be accepting applications for new astronauts from mid-December.

Applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject such as mathematics, physical science, biological science or engineering. It is also necessary to have had at least three years of related professional experience or to have spent 1,000 hours piloting a jet aircraft.

"This next group of American space explorers will inspire the Mars generation to reach for new heights, and help us realize the goal of putting boot prints on the Red Planet," said NASA administrator Charles Bolden.

"Those selected for this service will fly on US made spacecraft from American soil, advance critical science and research aboard the International Space Station, and help push the boundaries of technology in the proving ground of deep space."

Applications close in mid-February and the selected candidates will be announced in 2017


Juneau Mayor Dies Under Strange Circumstances

Stephen “Greg” Fisk, the newly-elected mayor of Juneau, was found dead in his home Monday afternoon. Cops haven’t said much about the 70-year-old politician’s cause of death, except to advise reporters that rumors he’d been assaulted are just “speculation” at this point.

Fisk’s body was apparently discovered by his adult son, Ian Fisk, who stopped to check in on his father around 3:30 p.m. Monday. Neighbors say he opened the door and started “shouting” before calling 911.

Investigators say there was no sign of forced entry, but rumors suggesting the mayor had been attacked soon started circulating on Facebook “and other social media.”

Juneau police chief Bryce Johnson tells the Juneau Empire Fisk did not commit suicide and that a deadly assault is “one of the possibilities out there, but there’s others that could have happened. There could’ve been a fall, there’s lots of things that would cause it.”

“Those rumors are speculation,” the Juneau Police Department said in a statement obtained by CNN. “Detectives are actively investigating facts of the incident, and all evidence is being preserved and documented.”

Fisk’s body is being sent to Anchorage for an autopsy. In the meantime, Juneau Deputy Mayor Mary Becker is reportedly taking over Fisk’s duties. - Alaska Mayor Found Dead in His Home, Sparking "Flurry of Rumors" About What Killed Him


Abducted by White Humanoid

WHEN: middle of the day, during Spring or Summer of 1980 (approx)

WHERE: next to Methow River, next to a natural spring, near the end of Wilson Rd., due South of Winthrop, WA in Yakima County.
WHO: I was about 11 years old

WHAT: I was taking a walk around this area when I suddenly awoke, on the ground, in a clearing a small distance from where I was last. It was over an hour later.

During this elapsed time I remember speaking with an entity in the spot where I woke up. The entity was humanoid, adult sized, and was white. I believe there was another, shorter one behind it. It was not a ghost. It had physicality to it. I do not recall what we spoke about.

There was a great brightness behind and/or above the entities. It was a very white light.

During the event I primarily felt at peace, with some small part of me feeling upset. After the event I had a peaceful/fearful feeling for the area in which I awoke. I also was baffled by the missing time because I had difficulty remembering and believing my experience with the entities. - MUFON


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Hey folks...there will be only 2 posts today. I have a few obligations to take of today. Thanks for reading...Lon



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Mothman and Other Monsters in West Virginia

I recently received an interesting series of accounts from a reader:

I'm writing today because I just read the story from the lady that is claiming the Mothman lived in her backyard. I don't completely disbelieve her claims - as I'm in no position to do so. That's up to you & your investigators. I do know we have lots of underground creatures, & many unexplained things in the woods.

I wanted to tell you about an experience I had when I still lived back home in Wayne, WV. It was around 2003. It was Fall, I think.

Being that I grew up in the WV mountains, I've always been aware of the stories of the Mothman, creatures similar to the Mothman, & what my great grandmother called 'panthers'. I don't know what these 'panthers' really were, but she had a ton of stories about her father having to outsmart them & keep them away while traveling through the woods to get to town. I know she wasn't describing a mountain lion or bobcat. We all know what those are, & as far as I know those hills aren't roaming grounds for mountain lions .

They always said these creatures were vicious! They'd snatch who & whatever they could. However, they were afraid of fire.

So, it's fall. My exhusband & I had been at my aunt's house for a birthday party. She lives on a country road with the mountains behind the house. For miles, there's nothing but woods back there.

We were the 1st to leave. It was around dusk, & I was following my exhusband out to the car while carrying my 2yr old son. Right before we reached the car we were stopped dead in our tracks by the creepiest sound I have ever heard! It was so loud, echoing off the hills . It sounded very similar to a woman screaming bloody murder ( just like the stories my great grandmother told), but was definitely NOT a woman. It was one of those sounds that just feels ominous & sends those cold chills down your spine.

I looked at my exhusband & could tell it frightened him. ( that's what scared me more than anything). He was an avid woodsman & hunter. He knew the woods, could happily live in a tent in the woods & wasn't afraid of much in life in general.

I started searching the tree line with my eyes just trying to see if I could see it. I could feel it staring right down at us. Yet, we were both kind of frozen in shock.

Then, he gave me a look & told me to get my son & myself in the car immediately. I did, but thought we probably should have told everyone in the house to be careful when they went to leave.

That was the only time in the 25yrs I lived in WV that I heard that sound. Though, I continued to hear stories over the years. I don't know what that thing really is, & I don't want to find out personally lol.

I also had a neighbor in 2006 that told me some pretty scary stuff. She said she was living in a house on Buffalo Creek Rd. in Wayne County , WV.

This is a backroad. Woods & mountains on both sides. My family owned quite a bit of land out there. There were mounds up on the mountains were the Native Americans buried their dead.

She said there was an old cabin a little ways behind & to the right of the house. She was there alone. It was dark & getting late, so she decided to go to bed. She said as soon as she turned the lights off, she started hearing lots of racket coming from the cabin. Like pots & pans clanging together, glass breaking, etc. She thought it was a group of roudy teens messing around in there. So, she went out on the porch & yelled to tell them to hit the road. The noise stopped, but she didn't see any kids. She went back in to grab a flashlight & went closer to the cabin to investigate. She could see something dark move passed the windows. She shined the light in & it apparently looked right out the window at her. She booked it back to the house & locked herself in.

She described it as 'Mothman-like' but she didn't think for sure that's what it was. She said it was pure evil. You could feel it. She said it was taller than her. All dark in color. Red eyes. Walked upright.

I believed her. She wasn't one to make things up, & she was clearly frightened telling the story.

To make matters worse, that wasn't the last encounter that she had with the creature.

There was another night where she was babysitting her nieces & nephews. She said it came up on the porch & started pacing back and forth. You could hear the boards creek with every step.

They locked everything up, & all ran into her bedroom & locked themselves in. They all were huddled together on the bed when it came around to the window. I guess it rapped on the window & scratched at it. They literally all hid under the covers.

I guess they were all screaming & freaking out. She said it eventually went back to the front porch & was there until close to dawn.

It wasn't long after that they moved. Now, I will say that I loved being in those woods on Buffalo Creek. During the day. We always had fun. We'd find arrow heads & all kinds of different treasures the Indians left behind. At night, however, we wanted to be inside. I hated the back room. Closest to the woods. (my great grandfather built several houses on that road. My family still lives there). It just always felt like there was something out there at night. The nature noises would get quiet all of a sudden. It just always seemed scary at night. Even as an adult, I would run from the car to the house. I don't know what's out there, but I'd say there's too many stories & witnesses to discount it.

Take care Lon.

Peace & blessings,

NOTE: During the last Arcane Radio show with our guest Joshua Cutchin, we were discussing cryptids and the Pennsylvania bi-pedal canines. Joshua asked me if there were native burial mounds in the vicinity of the encounters. I mentioned that there was a lot of native activity and habitation before the colonists started moving westward. Now this reader mentioned the burial mounds in the Buffalo Creek area of West Virginia...removing artifacts in particular. Is it possible that these 'Mothman-like' beings were possibly generated by the native tradition and /or magic? Could it be similar with the bi-pedal canines? Are these manifestations of protection of the dead? What do you think? Lon

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Strange Custom....Strange Trial

After the invention of daguerreotype photography, it became popular in the Victorian era to memorialize people through cheaper, higher quality photographs instead of expensive and not so lifelike paintings. Because of the high childhood and infant mortality rate, this was a significant way to remember lost family members. In many cases, this was the only photograph that depicted the entire family together.

This brings us to a strange lawsuit described in the Bedford Weekly Mail on May 31, 1901:

A criminal libel case was set for trial Wednesday before Judge Stephenson. The complaint is as follows:

"Cleopatra Saladee, being duly sworn upon her oath says: that Newton E. Ennis on the 14th day of February, 1901, was a photographer engaged in the business of photography in the city of Bedford, Lawrence county, Indiana. That on the 12th day of February, 1909, one George Saladee, a minor son of William Saladee and this affiant departed this life. That after the death of said deceased his said father and mother, who are husband and wife, procured the services of said Newton E. Ennis, photographer, aforesaid, to take a picture of said deceased, to wit: a photograph, for them, the said parents, and the said Newton E. Ennis did then and there make a photograph of said deceased. That said photograph was unsatisfactory, inaccurate and untrue, for which reason and other lawful reasons, the said parents failed to accept said photograph from said photographer and pay for the same: that said Ennis on the 25th day of April 1901 at the county of Lawrence and state of Indiana, then and there contriving and unlawfully, wickedly and maliciously intending to injure, vilify and prejudice said William Saladee and this affiant and to deprive them of their good name, credit and reputation and to bring them into great contempt, scandal, infamy and disgrace and with intent in like manner to blacken and vilify the memory of said deceased and to scandalize and disgrace his relatives and friends, did then and there unlawfully and maliciously write and publish and cause to be written and published a false, scandalous, malicious and defamatory libel of and concerning said parents and concerning the relatives and friends of said deceased in the words following, to wit: "Deadbeat," which said false, scandalous, malicious and defamatory words, the said Ennis then and there unlawfully and maliciously did write over and upon said photograph of said deceased person and did then and there unlawfully and maliciously place and post said photograph, upon which said words then and there appeared in a public place to wit: on a certain building on J street in said city, where the same was conspicuous and open to view by all persons pass and repassing on said street where the same was seen by divers persons passing and repassing on said street. That said libelous words were then and there unlawfully intended to charge and be understood as charging and were then and there by the divers persons who saw the same, understood to charge and mean, that said William Saladee and this affiant and other relatives of said deceased were irresponsible, dishonorable, dishonest deadbeats and not worthy of trust or confidence."

Prosecutor Zaring represents the State, J.H. Underwood the defendant. The matter was to come up Wednesday at 2 p.m., in Court house, before Judge Stephenson. The penalty, if guilty, is a fine of $5 to $1,000, and imprisonment not to exceed six months.

I found bits and pieces of the trial account, which reported that the State of Indiana:

"was unable to establish the fact that a photo of the dead boy Saladee had been exhibited with an offensive charge written on it, as alleged by Mrs. Saladee in her complaint. Three witnesses who saw a photo on the front of the Ennis gallery with writing on it were unable to identify it as the picture of Saladee, and a fourth witness who saw Saladee's photo on the same building saw no writing on it at all. On motion of the State a verdict of acquittal was rendered by the jury."

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