Friday, October 31, 2014

What is 'Mothman?'

Since I receive a fair share of 'Mothman' or flying humanoid eyewitness reports, I'm occasionally asked to give my opinion as to what this phenomenon is. For most witnesses, 'Mothman' is a handy moniker for anything with substantial size, some human-like features and possesses the ability to fly or glide. I believe that it is most likely a non-specific bio-entity with the ability to move between worlds. In other words, I haven't the faintest idea...even though I had a brief encounter with something similar in description. The fact that this being leaves no tangible evidence makes it very similar to many other entities that are considered cryptids. So what are the possible explanations for the existence of Mothman or similar flying humanoids?

Unknown flying beings have been a part of legends for many thousands of years. But the actual modern 'Mothman phenomenon' started with the initial accounts in November of 1966...specifically the encounter involving the two couples Roger and Linda Scarberry, and Steve and Mary Mallette in the area of Point Pleasant, WV. Oddly enough, these witnesses, and a few others that followed, didn't necessarily mention that this being had 'wings.' In fact, the descriptions seemed to suggest that this being somehow propelled itself with an unknown supernatural force. Even ufologist & author John Keel originally thought that this entity may have been a type of Bigfoot-like hominid that possessed luminous red eyes. The being was supposedly seen flying about, prior to the Silver Bridge collapse...thus giving it wings and a reputation as a harbinger of disaster. I propose that this entity's design is the result of a combination of different factors...some, of which, may include a bit of exaggeration.

Having stated that information, what do the readers believe the 'Mothman' is? Feel free to comment and/or contact me with your thoughts. Even if you believe that there is a totally different reason why the 'Mothman' exists, I want you to let us know. Here is a list of suggestions:

- Large bird
- Alien Being
- Alien Engineered Being
- Government Project
- Government Mistake
- Naturally Developed Mutant
- Celestial Entity or Spirit
- False Identification
- Bioform UFO
- Thought-Form
- Hoax
- Myth
- Something Else

I look forward to your opinions...Lon

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Woman Encounters MIB

Houston, TX - 7/5/1981: My mother recently passed away from cancer at a very young age. This is unfortunate because I never asked for too many details from her regarding a sighting she had of a radar in a crop field and then a confrontation followed with MIB Agents that and I quote "Came out of Nowhere. All I remember is that she had come to some sort of dead end in a corn field while lost on her way back from work going home. I can't ask her the exact location anymore because she is obviously deceased. I guess I should also mention that she only came forward with this story while we were talking about UFOs together and she seemed genuinely frightened. It took her around twenty years to tell ANYONE this story at all. She got very tense whenever I would bring it up to talk about it. Again, my proof to you that this was a very intimidating and scary experience for her. Back to the story: she was on her way home when she came across a dead end near a crop type of field. Before turning around the vehicle she noticed a pulsating light and rotating radar type of machine that had the grass perfectly cut out from underneath it. Some sort of machine, from what she observed at that time. She said to herself something along the lines of "What on earth is that". She then looked up and saw a black SUV, that "came out of absolutely nowhere". They warned her that she should not be in this area and that she needed to leave. She tried explaining that she was only lost and they cut her off and gave her very quick and concise directions to get away from the vicinity. These men in black as she described them were very pale, we're wearing sunglasses, and had black suits on. Again this is all going off of the memory I have of my mom telling me the story. They had no identification whatsoever which really baffles me. If they were government why didn't they identify what agency they were from? All these questions are still weighing very heavily on me. I wish I could have asked her more about this story but she just seemed so frightened whenever I would bring it up so I learned to avoid it, she was also afraid no one would believe her. Please, if you guys can investigate this further for me. Any sightings similar to this please forward to me immediately. Thank you for your time reading my report. - MUFON CMS


The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World

It's Halloween — a time for Frankenstein monsters and vampires and werewolves. But many of us have our own monsters from different cultures, and When we threw out a call to our readers asking what ghost stories and folktales they grew up with in their own traditions, we got back stories of creatures stalking the shadows of Latin American hallways and vengeful demons from South Asia with backwards feet. (And that's before we get to the were-hyenas and the infernal bathroom stalls.) Below are some of the best we've found or that were told to us from Code Switch readers.

Read on...if you dare. Read more at NPR


Pope Francis Declares Support for Exorcisms

Pope Francis recently expressed his approval of a group of exorcists meeting at the Vatican this week. While exorcisms, in which demonic spirits are driven out of a supposedly possessed person, may seem a dark practice relevant only on TV screens, they have long been recognized by the Catholic Church and several religions.

This week, more than 300 members of the International Association of Exorcists are attending the convention, which is focused on the impact of the occult and Satanism on people today, The Catholic Sun reported.

The IAE was founded in 1990 by Father Gabriele Amorth, exorcist for the diocese of Rome, and was formally recognized by the Vatican this past June. Read more at LiveScience


Human Skulls, 'Books On Satan And Witchcraft' Found In Connecticut Dump

Police in Connecticut are investigating the discovery of two human skulls found at a dump on Thursday.

An employee at the Stamford Refuse Transfer Station reportedly found two skulls, a jawbone, and "several [10] books on Satan and witchcraft" while sifting through trash.

The worker initially thought it might be a Halloween prank, but the medical examiner's office confirmed that the skulls are human, WFSB reported.

"We've got some homework to do to find out where they came from and how they got to Stamford," Lieutenant Diedrich Hohn of the Stamford Police told the Hartford Courant.

Cops want to determine a cause of death and see if they can track down where the skulls came from.

The Hartford Courant reports that human skulls can be purchased on the black market or online from medical supply houses, but there's also the possibility that the bones could have been taken from a grave.

Earlier this year, police in Texas launched an investigation after someone tried to donate a skull to a Goodwill store. - THP



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Vrkolak: Bulgarian Werewolf

A farmer in a small village in Macedonia is digging up a new part of his field when the plow hits an object. It's a box that's chained shut. Being brave and curious (and probably hoping it contained gold or something that might get him his own reality show), he opened the box and found a strange skull that looks to him to be from a werewolf or 'Vrkolak' in the local language. Is it?

That the story a farmer named Trayche from Novo Selo Stipsko in Macedonia told Filip Ganov, a Bulgarian student who was in the village doing research on the Balkan Wars. The inside lid of the box contains lettering in Cryllic script which is common in Bulgarian and Macedonian languages. No translation was given of the lettering, which would have been helpful.

Trayche would not part with his werewolf skull but he did let Ganov take pictures, which were presented to a wildlife expert in Bulgaria who speculated that it was indeed from a wolf but not necessarily a werewolf. Instead, he surmised the wolf was suffering from Paget's disease, a genetic disorder (also common in humans) that can cause misshapen bones and enlarged skulls. Paget's disease can be caused by canine distemper virus, a common virus in wolves and dogs.

The skull definitely looks both canine and human and a little baboonish, which would probably cause some consternation among Bulgarians and Macedonians raised on Eastern European folklore. The chain around the box is a good indication whoever buried it believed it was a creature they did not want roaming around again.

So, is Trayche's skull-in-a-box from a werewolf? It's definitely a creature that's out of the norm. Only a DNA test will tell. Until then, Trayche probably keeps digging and hoping for a reality show. - IOKH


The Vrkolak From Bulgaria

Werewolves have become one of the seminal spooks of monster culture, second in popularity only to the vampires. Werewolf lore can be found all around the world. Let's take a look at the Vrkolak, Bulgaria's favorite fullmoonophile.

Bulgaria is a country rich with superstition, and its folklore includes tales of vampires, fountain spirits, treasure guardians and more.

These photos come to us from one of our readers, Filip, who gave us the inside scoop on werewolves in Bulgarian folklore. He stumbled upon this quite by accident: Filip is actually a historian. "While I was doing research for my book on the Balkan Wars I spent time in a small village, Novo Selo, close to Stip in Macedonia. I met a farmer named Trayche, who claimed to have found a box, chained shut, containing a werewolf while plowing a new section of field," explained Filip.

Depending on where you find yourself in Europe, werewolves may be linked to vampires. Sabine Baring-Gould explains the many variations of lycanthrope folklore in "The Book of Werewolves," noting the term "vrkolak" resembles the Greek term "bourkolakas."

"The Greek werewolf is closely related to the vampire. The lycanthropist falls into a cataleptic trance, during which his soul leaves his body, enters that of a wolf and ravens for blood. On the return of the soul, the body is exhausted and aches as though it had been put through violent exercise. After death lycanthropists become vampires. They are believed to frequent battlefields in wolf or hyena shapes, and to suck the breath from dying soldiers, or to enter houses and steal the infants from their cradles," Baring-Gould writes.

Where did this concept of a werewolf come from? In some ways, it could be a misunderstanding of a disease or an interpretation of older myths and beliefs. "I took some pictures and shared them with a government wildlife official. He said that it was most likely a wolf that suffered from Paget disease, which caused the skull to increase in size and appear more human-like. It wasn't long ago people or animals with malformations were thought to be demon-possessed. So, it is not unusual that a wolf with bone disease would be labeled as a werewolf," Filip said. - IBTimes

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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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