Friday, August 28, 2015

Haunted by a Fire Spook

A case of spontaneous fires in a home in the town of Woodstock, New Brunswick is the subject of the following article published in the Bangor, Maine Daily Whig on August 10, 1887:

Woodstock, N.B., is greatly excited, says a "Boston Herald" dispatch, over the strange and inexplicable scenes which have been enacted in a little, two-story frame house on Victoria street, occupied by Reginald C. Hoyt, a picture frame dealer, who does business on Main street, a few doors above the Wilbur House. His family, consisting of his wife, five children and two nieces, are in a state of mental fear, dread, and anxiety, and will probably vacate the house at once. Between eleven o'clock, Friday morning, and noon, Saturday, no less than forty fires broke out in various parts of the house, and bedding, furniture, window shades, clothing, and various household articles were partially destroyed. Only untiring vigilance has prevented the house and its contents from burning to the ground, and this would also have caused the destruction of other wooden buildings in the vicinity.

These fires can be traced to no human agency, and even the scientists are staggered. Without premonition and with no lamps lighted or stoves in use, various articles would burst out in flames. Now it would be a curtain, high up and out of reach; then a bedquilt in another room would commence to smoke and smoulder, and as if to still further nonplus the theorists, a carpet covered lounge was found to be all afire underneath, among the jute stretched above the springs.

A basket of clothes in the shed burst into flames, and the basket itself was partially consumed. A child's dress hanging on a hook, a feather bed, a straw mattress, no two articles in the same room were ignited and would have been consumed but for water copiously poured on them.

News spread quickly that Hoyt's house was haunted, and great crowds flocked there. One of the visitors was a leading physician and druggist, whose only theory was that of electrical or gaseous combustion. But the fact that the fire burst forth in rooms, the windows of which were wide open, seems to refute this supposition. Mr. James Walls, editor of the Carleton "Sentinel," the leading newspaper in town, went to examine into the strange affair, and while standing in the parlor talking with Mrs. Hoyt, was astonished to see a white cotton window curtain burst into flames at a point near the ceiling, and when no one was present. He rushed to the spot, climbed a chair, and with his hands, which were somewhat burned, extinguished the fire, only to see it break out anew at a point far removed from the original blaze. He came away puzzled and completely nonplussed.

Mr. William S. Jones, of Boston, in company with Mr. Jarvis, of the Halifax Banking Company, called at the fire haunted house this morning, and, while seated in the front room talking with Mrs. Hoyt and Mr. George Connell, the lawyer, a child's shriek was heard in the adjoining room, and the party rushed in to find a basket of clothes in a blaze. Like all the others, they came away mystified.

The house presents a strange appearance. In every room, partially burned garments, sheets, and articles of furniture were lying around drenched with water, and walls and ceilings blackened and smoked. The children were huddled about their mother, everyone dreading a visit of the fire spook and anxiously glancing about.

No evidence of human agency was discovered in any of these fires. On the contrary, it was discovered that on one occasion fire had broken out when no one was in the house. Mr. Hoyt returned from a neighbor's, where he had taken his family, to find a bed on fire.

Mr. Hoyt is a sober, industrious man and bears a good reputation. His property is not insured. The house is insured, but is not owned by Mr. Hoyt.

So what does one make of these supposed incidents? This phenomenon is not unheard continues in modern times. Is it cause by an malevolent entity...or possibly man-made through pyrokinesis?

Here are a few other related incidents:

Czech Officials, Experts Baffled By Poltergeist Activity

The Odon 'Fire Poltergeist'

Fire Spook of Caledonia Mills

The Alabama Fire Poltergeist

10 Mysterious Fires Caused By Ghosts


The Poltergeist Phenomenon: An In-depth Investigation Into Floating Beds, Smashing Glass, and Other Unexplained Disturbances

The Origins of Psychic Phenomena: Poltergeists, Incubi, Succubi, and the Unconscious Mind

Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Hauntings

Daily 2 Cents: UFO Abductee Honored With Monument -- The County Cop Who Hit a UFO -- NASA Debunks 'Blood Moon Prophecy' Asteroid Predictions

UFO Abductee Honored With Monument

SHEFFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) – The man behind the discovery of an UFO encounter is being honored with a monument.

The commemorative monument is dedicated to the official induction of our nation’s first off-world UFO incident.

The monument was installed and funded by a coalition of witnesses present on that fateful night in 1969.

Thomas Reed was one of those witnesses. Reed says he was his family’s station wagon adjacent to the Old Sheffield Covered Bridge in Sheffield, Massachusetts.

Reed says after his mom drove over the bridge, they started seeing lights. The car came to a stop.

The sound of frogs and crickets that had filled the night air just moments before, dissipated.

Lights filled the station wagon, silence, and then a loud bang reverberated through the night air.

“You could see the lights flickering through the trees,” says Reed. “We were all just no longer in the vehicle anymore.”

When Reed regained consciousness, he says his family was in a spacious industrial building.

Something grabbed him from his left, guided him through a door and into a room on his right.

“I ran at that point,” said Reed. “I came into a large intersecting hallway.”

“I was covered with an apparatus,” he said. “I was put back into this room. I could hear my mother’s voice, my grandmother; at least I believe it was them.”

Reed explained that he heard women’s voices calling out to him. The next thing he knew, he was back in his family’s car.

The same night of the encounter, others reported similar experiences to WSPS Radio.

Jesse Stewart, an employee of WSPS Radio, reported hearing from an 81-year-old woman who had been driving out to Stockbridge that evening.

Following a recent call with Reed, Steward says she followed-up again.

“It puts a chill down your back,” Reed explains. “It gives you a little bit of an upset stomach, because it was a strange night for us.” - Witness: UFO abductee honored with monument

NOTE: Frankly...I've had my doubts over this incident. Here are a few links:

Matthew Reed Is Alienated

Thomas E. Reed - Family Abduction


Whatever happened to the Marshall County cop who hit a UFO?

At 1:40 a.m. 36 years ago, Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Val Johnson was on night patrol along a rural section of State Highway 220 near Warren, Minn., when he drove into a ball of white light.

"I noticed a very bright, brilliant light, 8 to 12 inches in diameter, 3 to 4 feet off the ground," Johnson said in a taped police interview. "The edges were very defined."

Johnson drove toward the light, and woke up in the ditch a half-hour later with burns around his eyes. The windshield and one headlight of his 1977 Ford LTD were smashed. Both radio antenna were bent sharply back. The watch on his wrist and the clock on the dash both ticked 14 minutes slow.

The incident turned Johnson into a local legend and national media sensation. And years later, people are still talking about it.

Johnson's squad car is preserved in the Marshall County Museum with a plaque that says: "U.F.O. Car." People still come from miles around to see it. It's an annual display at the Marshall County Fair.

Sometimes former Marshall County Sheriff Dennis Brekke gives talks at the museum about the car and the night his deputy drove it into a ball of light. Police investigated and never drew any conclusions. Read more at Whatever happened to the Marshall County cop who hit a UFO?


Manta Ray / Triangular Shaped UFO

Nanticoke, PA - On July 5th 2007 my nephew came to my room and asked me to go outside and look at something. I asked him what, but he responded he's not sure, need to look for myself. This was daylight around 8 P.M.

I went into the backyard with him and he pointed in the sky. I saw a profile/underside of a large black triangle motionless and hovering beyond the roofs of the houses. The shape was similar to a manta ray except the outer shape was a near to perfect triangle with straight lines. The under side had 3 red lights towards each corner, this appeared to be propulsion. I could see it pulsated more to a white intensity color as it moved later on. From my view the object was half the length of a standard house looking over the roof line, hard to determine it's exact distance or size. Had to either be very large and real far away, or just large and closer. I'll estimate it at maybe 100 feet wide being the closer/smaller size because I could see some details in the lights/propulsion. There was no observable windows or doors anywhere on the craft, looked totally smooth throughout.

Trying to guesstimate that location it's an old all concrete mining community with coal strip mining and silt banks near it. It's called Concrete City.,-75.9760247,163m/data=!3m1!1e3
No, that's not a crop circle in the center, long ago was an old concrete pool and heard stories a kid died in it and was filled.

I affixed my hand to the side of the porch and used my thumb to determine if I saw any movement whatsoever, the object did not move with the wind like a balloon or a kite would do. We stared at it a good while and it started getting dark. I was looking at the clear night sky and the moon when at the south-east side of the moon I noticed a red light appear. As I watched this light it got larger, I told my nephew and we watched it come all the way into earth's atmosphere and join up with the first triangle. It turned out to be another triangle the same. It took this triangle less than a minute from deep space to our location. At this point I realized that I was truly seeing a UFO..and in that sense I mean something not from earth. When triangle two got to triangle one, triangle one moved all erratic, then triangle two did something similar. Triangle one then darted off way into the distance, up down and all different directions and appeared to even come back to the same position as was. The speed and maneuvers were incredible. Triangle two did some erratic movements then shot off back into space, following the same pattern it came from. Again it took less than a minute and was totally out of sight on a very clear night sky. Triangle one then started to do what appeared to be a search pattern. Slow hovering and can see the triangle tilting in different directions as it moved around. After around two minutes of this triangle one darted off into space the same path triangle two took. Also out of sight less than a minute.

I have no video or images of this event. I did not want to leave and miss anything plus most likely nothing was charged. Always assumed it was possible other life exists than our own...we exist after all. I believe my nephew and I witnessed the proof that it's not only possible but a reality. - MUFON CMS


NASA debunks 'Blood Moon Prophecy' asteroid predictions

The space agency remains adament that there are no apocalyptic asteroids due to hit us next month.

The Internet has been awash over the last week or so with claims that a large asteroid is heading towards us and that it will strike Puerto Rico sometime between September 15th and 28th.

Chief among those responsible for the rumor is self-proclaimed prophet Efrain Rodriguez whose predictions are based on the so-called 'Blood Moon Prophecy' - a series of four blood moons that have been occurring over the last 18 months with the last one due on September 28th.

NASA's Near-Earth Object Office however has emphatically denied that anything is going to happen.

"If there were any object large enough to do that type of destruction in September, we would have seen something of it by now," said manager Paul Chodas. "In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century."

The September doomsday claim is just the latest in a long line of "end of the world" predictions that have arisen over the last few years with December 21st 2012 being the most infamous.

As it stands there is practically no chance that next month's event will be any different. - Asteroid 'headed to destroy Earth' almost certainly isn’t real, NASA says



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Water Horse Of Lake Champlain II (Volume 2)

North American Lake Monsters: Stories

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Three Men Seeking Monsters: Six Weeks in Pursuit of Werewolves, Lake Monsters, Giant Cats, Ghostly Devil Dogs, and Ape-Men

Intriguing Image of 'Irish Sea Monster' Surfaces

There may have been something legitimate about the supposed sighting of this creature. The naturalist Philip Henry Gosse stated that there may still exist some specimens of a nearly extinct race of sea monster. For those who believe that the Loch Ness Monster is a previously extinct underwater species, then there may be some hope:

A picture of County Clare's equivalent to the Loch Ness monster has surfaced in a London image archive.

An account of the sea monster's appearance was featured in a newspaper article in the Victorian publication, The Day's Doings on 21 October 1871.

The paper reported that there had been "some excitement" in Kilkee at the appearance of the "extraordinary marine visitor".

It appeared before a "party of strangers, composed of several ladies and some gentlemen", one of whom was a well-known clergyman in the "north of Ireland", when they went down to "Diamond Rocks".

They were watching the heavy ground swell from the Atlantic when their "attention was arrested by the appearance of an extraordinary monster who rose from the surface of the water" about 70 yards from where they were standing.

The paper quotes that it had "an enormous head, shaped somewhat like a horse, while behind the head and the neck was a huge mane of seaweed-looking hair which rose and fell with the motion of the water".

"It's eyes were large and glaring, and, by the appearance of the water behind, a vast body seemed to be beneath the waves," the article stated.

The party were unable to judge its length but they all agreed it was the "most gigantic creature they had ever seen".

The sea monster remained for "some minutes" before it "vanished in the same mysterious way that it had come".

In a bid to understand more about this "extraordinary animal", the paper quotes the "renowned living naturalist" Philip Henry Gosse.

Gosse's own opinion, "formed after a mature deliberation" of the evidence, was that there "were existing still some specimens of a nearly extinct race of sea monster".

He concluded that the sea monster seen in Kilkee possessed "close affinities" with the fossil of an extinct group of marine reptiles known as Enaliosauria.

The Day's Doings ends the article by concluding that it believed it was the "first time that one of these strange sea monsters has been seen on the coasts of the British Isles, and much excitement has been caused by its appearance in this particular neighbourhood".

The article was found in the Mary Evans picture library, which she co-founded with her husband Hilary.

He was a pictorial archivist and keen collector of UFOs and other paranormal phenomena, including sea monsters. -Ireland’s Loch Ness monster surfaces from the depths after 144 years

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Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep

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