Thursday, September 03, 2015

Arcane Radio Presents: Lyle Blackburn - Cryptid Researcher / Author

This week we welcome our friend and colleague cryptid researcher / author Lyle Blackburn to Arcane Radio

Lyle Blackburn is an author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster and Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of real-life 'monsters.' During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy creatures said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas.

Lyle is also a staff writer for the monthly horror magazine, Rue Morgue, and founder of the rock band Ghoultown.

Lyle has been heard on numerous radio programs including Coast To Coast AM, and has appeared on various television shows airing on Discovery, Animal Planet, Destination America, A&E, HGTV, and CBS.

Most recently, Lyle served as a consulting producer and special episode host for the TV show Monsters and Mysteries in America.


All great legends are based on a real event. Subsequent events simply add to the legend. This seems to be the case for the Lizard Man, a phenomenon that crescendoed into a national story. It still remains the namesake for Bishopville, South Carolina...a proud trademark for the area in and around the Scape Ore Swamp.

Lyle Blackburn and his partner Cindy Lee revisit the sighting locations, speak to the living eyewitnesses and consider all the possible theories in their search for the real Lizard Man.

Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster is an expertly crafted allegory that is informative as well as entertaining. The investigations conducted by the local authorities are chronicled so well that the reader shares in the drama of the encounters. The book provides exceptional documentation for one of the most bizarre cases of an unknown creature. It is the first time that the full and genuine story behind the Bishopville Monster is disclosed.

When Lyle Blackburn wrote his bestselling book The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster he propelled the legendary Fouke Monster back into the public eye. The story of the Lizard Man had been on the fringes of the crypto world for many years. But now...that's about to change.

I highly recommend Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster to my readers. I have no doubt that it will be considered one of the most important cryptozoology books in 2013 and beyond. Lon Strickler

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Justice Dealt to the Grave Robber

This odd and graphic story was published in the Andersonville Intelligencer on April 22, 1880. Be warned...:

South Bend, Ind., March 22 - Several months ago the grave of Sarah Platts, a young lady who died of consumption, was found disturbed, and an examination showed that the head of the corpse was missing. What led to the discovery was the finding of a human jawbone by Fred Auer, a farmer, who lived near the county graveyard, some eight miles from the city, where the body was buried. The fact that only the head was taken threw suspicions on an amateur phrenologist named Gordon Truesdale. Truesdale occupied a small farm in the vicinity with his wife and family of four girls, the oldest not more than eight years old. He was a handsome, broad-shouldered fellow, with a fair education, but lazy and shiftless. His great hobby was phrenology, and he occasionally lectured on that subject in country school-houses. His ambition to possess a collection of skulls was well known in the neighborhood, and the desecration of the Platts girl's grave was laid at his door, although he was never openly charged with it.

About three weeks ago Truesdale went to a physician and asked if a person could become poisoned in handling a dead body. He received an affirmative reply and appeared to be much troubled. He complained to his wife that his nose was paining him terribly and he believed he was taking the erysipelas. He began doctoring himself with bread-and-milk poultices, but without success. His face began to swell rapidly, and in less than three days it and his head became twice their natural size and lost all semblance to human shape. A physician was called in against the wishes of Truesdale. He found the man suffering terribly. His lips were drawn by the tension of the skin and writhed themselves away from the teeth in unceasing pain. The cuticle across the bridge of the nose and over the forehead was so distended with the mattery substance underneath that it seemed as if it must burst every moment. The eyes were swollen almost to bursting from their sockets and were turned with pain until hardly anything but the whites could be seen. It was evident that a terrible poison was slowly but surely permeating the man's whole system.

The physician, after a careful examination of the unwilling patient, cut open his skin from about the center of his nose almost to the roots of his hair, and then made another across the forehead almost from temple to temple. From these incisions there oozed a mass of loathsome, detestable putrescence, so terrible in its stench that the attendants, save one, ran from the house. Other incisions were made in different parts of the scalp, from which the hair had been shaved, and from these this terribly offensive matter oozed constantly, until the swelling was reduced and the head and face assumed nearly their normal size. Attempts were then made to free the incisions of matter by injecting water into them. It was noticed that when water was forced into the cut in the forehead it poured out of the holes in the scalp. As one of the attendants said, "it seemed as if all the flesh between the skin and bone had turned into corruption and ran out."

When Mr. Truesdale was told that he could not possibly recover, he called his wife into the room and confessed to her that he robbed the Platts girl's grave, and referred to a certain night when he left the house and refused to tell her where he went at the time when he committed the crime. He said that he dug down to the head of the coffin, broke it open and, taking his knife, cut around the neck of the corpse through the flesh to the bone. He then placed one of his feet on the breast of the corpse, and, taking the head in his hands, pulled and jerked and twisted it until it came off by mere force. He afterward disjointed the lower jaw and threw it where Fred Auer found it. He closed his confession by telling her where the skull would be found, under the straw in a certain manger in the stable. It was found there and given up to the Platts family.

The last three days of Truesdale's existence were terrible, not only to himself but to those who watched him. The poison from some corpse (for it is believed he had recently opened several graves,) which was communicated to his system by picking a raw spot on the inside of his nose, appeared to course through every vein in his body. Not only was his person offensive to the eye, but the odor and heat of his breath was so offensive that it was impossible for the attendants to wait on him properly. The breath was so poisonous that when one of the attendants held his hand six inches from the dying man's mouth it stung the flesh like hundreds of nettles. Those who waited on him were obliged to wear gloves, as it was impossible to wash the odor from their hands. The day he died his flesh was so rotten that it seemed as if it would drop from the bones it touched, and his eyes actually decayed until they became sightless.

For two days before his death a coffin had been in readiness, and the orders of the physician were to place him in it as soon as the breath left his body and get him under the ground immediately. After his death none of the attendants had the temerity to touch the corpse, for fear of being poisoned, so they gathered the sheets on which the body lay at each end, and thus lifted it into the coffin. The lid was quickly screwed down, but before a wagon could be procured the body swelled and burst it off. It was then strapped on, but when the coffin was taken from the wagon at the graveyard, just at daylight, it again flew off, and the body appeared to swell visibly before the horrified attendants' eyes. The fetid, noisome stench from the putrid mass within was such that no one could attempt to replace the cover, and the coffin was covered from sight as hurriedly as possible.

The day after the funeral, or burial, rather, the wife of Truesdale was confined at a neighbor's house, this fifth child also being a girl. The Truesdale house will not be fit to occupy for several days, as all efforts to fumigate it thus far have failed. The doors and windows have been left open day and night, but the stench is still as bad as when he died. As one of the attendants said, "It still seems as if you could cut the air in that house with a knife."

There were all sorts of devices available in order to protect the corpse from the body snatchers.

“Opposition to the body-snatchers took many forms. Mourners often set spring guns and other booby traps over fresh graves to discourage the body-snatchers, and it was not uncommon for relatives to mount a night watch over a fresh grave for 2 or 3 weeks until the body had decomposed sufficiently to be useless for dissection.” – A Grave Medical Problem

The families of the dead tried to purchase robber-proof coffins made with metal. There was a catch, however. Only the very rich owned the land in perpetuity in which they were buried. While their vaults could be secured and reinforced, ordinary people were buried in plots of land that were reused time and again. Thus, wrought iron and metal coffins designed to stave off grave robbers made the practice of recycling bodies in one plot impossible, and many cemeteries began to refuse such reinforced coffins.

In some cases, a very fresh body was required for dissection. If the price was right, some grave robbers took matters into their own hands and murdered a suitable candidate.

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Daily 2 Cents: Little Being Befuddles Scientists -- Blue Beams From the Alien's Eyes -- Russia's Mammoth Cloning Laboratory

Little Being Befuddles Scientists

Published on Aug 24, 2015 (translation)
The unknown little animals found by a fisherman Sosnovy Bor. People say it's a man crawled into the glove. And now social activists from the organization, which studies the strange phenomena are something different rocket scientist to figure out what it is and where it came from. Today this puzzle to biologists trying to solve and Darius Sennikova. When Andrew first saw it, was surprised, though, he says life seen any. An unknown creature of a matchbox, with the words of a specialist in anomalous phenomena, he gave Krasnoyarka Tamara, to explore. Catch is something in the river Esaulovka under Sosnovy Bor. Tamara says she does not know how her relative managed to catch it: not that it itself crawled to a man in gloves, not the fisherman accidentally scooped out of the water with his boot. Only here zverushku it away from sin, crushed. In the beginning, say social activists, they thought that Kesha - a mutant embryo chick, because, in their words, just near the place where he was found, is one of the poultry farms. Kesha has revealed dozens of experts. But none of them said researcher Andrew strange phenomena, could not identify what it is. Neither fish nor bird does not seem - a strange shape of the skull, no beak, no fins. Today we had a strange phenomena researchers meeting with the experts of the Institute of Biophysics in Krasnoyarsk. Biologist Yegor Zadereev everything abnormal skeptical. Even on the phone, he said, have Sosnovoborsk findings have ancestors from the world of animals. But when his eyes looked at zverushku he said immediately identify what it is - it is impossible. But social activists say still dig that kind of a mutant. And they communicate with Moscow geneticists to conduct analyzes.

Click for video - Under the Sosnovy Bor fisherman discovered an unknown animal scientist


Blue Beams From the Alien's Eyes

New Jersey - 2009-09-01 - 1:01AM:

I have a history of alien abductions and

In 2010, I was teleported to an alien base where I saw grey alien which is shown in Stargate show as Asgard.I went outside the room, it looked more like a lab for performing experiments and I went into the corridor and I saw Grey alien about 5 feet tall coming towards me after a while I moved out of that room and I was teleported back to my house. This happened when I was in New Jersey in USA in 2010.

Around 2011 when I was in India, when I looked into the eyes of the alien (the alien color was little bluish) they were glowing red from the beams coming out of my eyes. I was shown this by aliens in around 2011 when I was in India,at that time blue beam(Blue beam was shot into my eyes in Canada in 2011 Nov) wasn't shot into my eyes. I thought that this is how they see but now after blue beam is fired in my eyes I understand it,it is actually “reverse” i.e., the beams are coming out of my eyes.But the fact is no one can see the beams coming out of my eyes. After 2011 (after the beam was shot into my eyes) normally when I focus the blue beam on the white side of human eye some sort of beams come out of eyes of the people.

Also I was sleeping one night and was woke up by presence of unknown force in my room, so I just guessed that are you Tall Whites? (I could see the ball of lights in front of my eyes 24/7 (aqua and red colors)Then I asked where is your pencil like weapon after that some one said here it is and the ball in front of my eyes started throwing some kind of rays in my left eye and it was hurting after that I resisted and it stopped.

Also with this ball of lights in front of my eyes 24/7 (aqua and red colors) one day when I was in my office I saw a clear hologram of “Jesus Christ” in front of my eyes. I have seen holograms of Bollywood stars also.

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It is very hard for me to figure out exactly which alien species is behind this phenomenon.

And also when the blue beam was shot into my eyes I was hearing voices “NEEMO MAIYA ..NEEMO MAIYA..” so when I googled it I found only one match that it “SIRIANS called Nammos” so I thought those are the aliens behind it.

I have never seen such kind of technologies.

I was hearing voices which were binary in nature

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0111 0111 0111111 as so on, I don't understand what they mean.

But most of the time when I'm awake I'm taken to my Indian house and there they show me large spaceships of rectangular nature moving in the sky.

Now I have alien implants in my eyes and hands. - MUFON CMS


Chrome Cylinder UFO

In Roseville, Ca on September 1, 2015 I had just picked my daughter up from work and I decided to let her drive. As we were traveling west on Douglas Blvd we made a left turn onto Rocky Ridge Drive (southbound). I saw a cylinder shaped object reflecting in the sun. It appeared to be at a 12 o'clock position at about 5 thousand feet altitude. Initially, I thought it was a traffic airplane or a helicopter - but it wasn't. As I was trying to point the cylinder shaped craft out to my daughter, the object banked to its right still traveling south, then it simply disappeared. I continued to search for the object, but it was gone. The cylinder object had vanished before my eyes. All of this appeared to have happened in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately, my daughter didn't see the object. As I write this note, I reflect on other instances where I had similar experiences. I've always wondered if anyone else has seen these objects here in Roseville as well. I have shared many of these sightings with my family. My husband encouraged me to contact MUFON. Thank you for your time. - MUFON CMS


Russia's Mammoth Cloning Laboratory

Scientists in Siberia have set up a lab dedicated to the goal of cloning a mammoth from ancient DNA.

Situated in Yakutsk, the world's coldest city, the new laboratory will focus on locating live cells within the preserved remains of prehistoric beasts with the intention of creating cloned animals.

The main emphasis will be on bringing back the woolly mammoth, a large prehistoric relative of the modern elephant that is believed to have gone extinct somewhere around 10,000 years ago.

Both the Beijing Institute of Genomics and South Korea's Sooam Biotech company, which has made significant advancements in the field of dog cloning, will also be involved in the research.

"In order to clone a mammoth, three parties signed an agreement on cooperation that could make our dream come true," said Semyon Grigorev, director of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk.

The task is certainly a challenging one, especially given that so little viable DNA has ever been recovered from mammoth remains and nothing like this has ever been done before.

The team however remains optimistic that cloning a mammoth is something that can be done - especially if a perfectly preserved specimen can be found within the next few years.

If they succeed it will be one of the most significant scientific accomplishments in history. Read more at Russia: New laboratory to study mammoth cloning


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