Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The Patapsco River Valley in central Maryland has seen a lot of history and high strangeness over the centuries. I have included just a few descriptions of known events, as well as links to personal encounters. The general region remains one of the most haunted in the United States, (ex. Ellicott City & Baltimore):
On Wednesday, March 22, 1978 at approximately 11:00 p.m. EST, Gary Oickle, 24, his brother David, 22, and two friends, Barry Smith, 22 and Ken Cabot, 25 were around a campfire talking in Patapsco Valley State Park at the Baltimore & Ohio railroad tunnel. Barry and David were about 50 feet away from the others when they noticed a strange object in the southeastern sky which disappeared over a ridge in the distance. They watched the object for about 10 seconds and could see no particular details except a rough shape. Barry described it as a flat looking object.
They then walked back to the fire to tell the other two about what they had seen when another similar object appeared directly over the four of them from behind a ridge to their north. The object was described as a huge triangular shaped object with large windows and three white lights at the corners. The size was estimated from "a quarter the size of a football field" to "150-200 feet on each side". The object moved very slowly, hovering at times, in a southeastern direction following the contour of the ridges just above the trees.
When it appeared above them it was very low, approximately 200-250 feet, and made a sound like a "quiet wind" or "quietly rushing waterfall". The witnesses watched the object for approximately 15 to 20 seconds until it disappeared behind the trees. Three of the witnesses thought they could see the shadow or silhouette of a figure at the windows. Three of the witnesses also reported seeing a bright star-like object in the southern sky immediately after the sighting. Two of them said the star-like object changed colors; blue, green, yellow, red, repeatedly, while the other thought the object may have been a helicopter or something in the distance.
Two of the witnesses thought that the large triangular object had a "metallic" or "bluish-gray" color, but all four agreed that it had three white lights at the corners and a blinking red light on the top.
None of the witnesses were frightened by the experience but, quite the contrary, were very curious and even yelled at the object hoping it would land. All had also read something of UFOs previously but none had seen anything like this before. - APRO, April 1978 - By Joe and Doris Graztao
NOTE: this is an area very familiar to me since I have lived near there for almost 35 years. The general area has a lot of paranormal history...and approximately 5 miles from where I had my Bigfoot encounter in 1981. There have been sightings of Bigfoot-like creatures since the early 1970's. One of the most haunted facilities in the world, Henryton Center, was situated nearby. It was demolished recently. There are many ruins within the park including a church, houses, etc...in fact, this is the actual location where the 'Blair Witch Project' was filmed. Triangle UFO sightings are not uncommon in this part of Maryland...there have been several reports over the past few years. Lon
Henryton Center was established in 1922 for the care of African-American tuberculosis patients. In 1963 the hospital was transferred to the Department of Mental Hygiene and began to operate a training and rehabilitation program for severely and profoundly mentally challenged ambulatory adults. The center was closed in 1985 and was razed recently.
I have lived very close to this facility since the mid 1970's and have had friends work there. In fact, I had been there several times when I was younger working part time at the hospital. Believe me, the place was even a 'house of horrors' before it was shutdown. At one time, it housed some of the most severe mentally ill patients in the state of Maryland and, frankly, it was under staffed and things got out of hand regularly.
I have heard several stories of horrid abuse, especially when it was used strictly for care of African-American patients who suffered from tuberculosis. I don't blame the staff as much has I blame the state who purposely considered it as a low priority.
Anyway, the place had extensive paranormal activity before it was closed. Towards the end of it's use, it was very hard to find workers because of the stories surrounding the facility....disembodied voices, malevolent phantoms, possessions, etc. Personally, I had a strange encounter while raking leaves one day.
It was a late afternoon in November and I was almost done raking leaves near one of the smaller buildings in the back of the grounds. The light was fading and I had just bagged a pile of leaves when I heard a voice behind me that said "go home...now". I turned around and caught a glimpse of the partial spectre of a elderly woman dressed in a hospital gown. She was clearly African-American but most of the figure was blurred. As I continued to look, the spectre slowly faded away then disappeared. I was shaken but not really afraid since this wasn't the first (or last) time I have witnessed an apparition.
I didn't say anything about the incident until I was at dinner with some family members a few days later. A friend, who was a nurse supervisor at Henryton Center, had asked me if I was planning to pickup up some more part-time work at the facility. I stated I already found other work...then proceeded to tell her what I had witnessed. Well, her reaction was profound and she told me that a female patient had passed away on that very day and time and that my description of this woman was very similar.
I returned to Henryton Center twice since then to investigate some of the activity. I agree that it is one of the most active places I have ever been. Lon
Here are links to other strange events that occurred in and around the Patapsco River Valley:
Witness Report: Central Maryland Bigfoot
My 30 Year Search....After Finding Bigfoot
Experience at 'Hell House'
Katherine: The Lady of Gray's Mill
The Patapsco: Baltimore's River of History
Ellicott City's Guide To Haunted Places B+W Edition: The Haunted Travel Guide Series
Big Book of Maryland Ghost Stories, The (Big Book of Ghost Stories)
Monsters of Maryland: Mysterious Creatures in the Old Line State
Daily 2 Cents: Budd Hopkins Wanted Me To Go Public -- 'Heat Burst' Phenomenon -- 'Red Elk Speaks' About Bigfoot
Budd Hopkins Wanted Me To Go Public
Canoga Park, CA - 6/1988: This is a very difficult story for me to talk about, Ive kept it hidden since 1988.
It was a 2 week long event in June of 1988 that started out with me waking up around 1am to go into my kitchen and stare out the window at a certain spot in the sky, I would see a light but I was unsure if it was a star or something else.
I knew what I was doing there at the window but would not consciously admit it to myself (Its difficult to explain) Almost as tho I knew what was coming and what I was looking for.
This 2 week event is too long and too involved to type the whole thing out here, but it involved abduction, my physically seeing the ship, physically seeing 2 entities in my apartment twice and also a hooded figure that appeared at the foot of my bed and did something to the bottom of my foot that was very painful.
During this 2 week time I contacted Yvonne Smith, she and also Budd Hopkins worked with me to help me thru this 2 week period. I also called Yvonne in panic the 2nd time the entities were in my apartment.
Also the morning after the abduction I woke up with a bruise the size of a huge dinner plate on my stomach. (Dont know if this makes sense but after the abduction I was returned to my bed and I immediately knew something had happened to me.) Its just too hard to explain the details here.
Began having dreams about what was done to me during the abduction and also about the things they showed me.
Budd Hopkins wanted to make this more public, get it out there but I refused, I was too afraid and Ive been too afraid all these years to talk about those 2 weeks, Im almost 60 years old now and I want to finally make what happened to me known, its time.
Also I believe there was a connection to RocketDyne which was just a few blocks away from my apt. If I can talk with someone I can tell them why I think that.
Yvonne wanted to use hypnosis on me to get more details but I was too afraid to know more (I think I was afraid they would come back.)
Please, I just want to get this story out, maybe telling it will help me in some way and possibly help someone else. Ive lived with this a long, long time and it changed how I see the world and my life, it changed me as a person. - MUFON CMS
NOTE: I would really love to talk to this individual. Lon
Observe your own advice...
'Heat Burst' Phenomenon Dries Up All Vegetation in One Night
“Till last night, these plants were green. Today morning they are in this state,” an employee of a petrol station in Purakkad said, pointing to the saplings in sand bags; their leaves wilted. In just one night leaves of all plants in the area dried up. Some old-timers in the area said salty winds could cause this at times. But no one had an answer or a precedent to go by. The initial conclusion of the science and technology council, which toured Alappuzha, is that hot winds are caused by a phenomenon called heat burst.
Everything dried up in one big gust of wind
The experiences shared by local people with the team from SD College, Alappuzha, which toured the place, were contradictory. Though the assumption is that hot winds blew across the region, there has been no reports of chickens dying due to unnatural reasons. At the same time, leaves facing the sea look as if they were set on fire, that too only in a radius of half a kilometre.
Madhu, a local resident, said he experienced unbearable heat at the time when hot wind blew across the area. He said he sweated profusely and the situation changed suddenly. The research team said oleander and papaya plants and mango trees, which normally grow well in hot climate, have the capacity to resist heat to some extent. But in Purakkad coast, leaves of oleander, papaya and mango leaves have wilted too.
Hot wind blew across Alappuzha Beach, Nallanikkal and near Kallikkad Shiva temple. The leaves of portia trees in the compounds of Valiyaparambil Gokul and Chirayil Chandradas, banana plants in the compound of Puthanpurayil Raghu and leaves of plants in neighbouring houses wilted in the hot wind.
Though this is a local phenomenon, it could be the result of global warming, and it needs to be studied. The research team said that, after studying samples from other places, its common factors should be identified and long-term research should be conducted at the international level. The members of the team were Dr G. Nagendra Prabhu, Dr P.R. Unnikrishna Pillai, Dr P.S. Parameswaran and Dr C. Dileep.
Affecting only plant structure
For leaves to wilt like this the hot winds should have a temperature of at least 60 degree Celsius. Such a hot wind would definitely be felt by humans and other animals in the area. However, there has been no reports of animals dying. Hence, Dr. G. Nagendra Prabhu said, the heat must have come in waves, affecting only the internal structure of plants badly.
Confirmation only after sample study: scientists
Though the initial assessment is that hot wind is the result of a phenomenon called heat burst, scientists who inspected the site said it could be confirmed only after examining the dry leaves and soil collected from the area. The science and technology council has entrusted the CWRDM in Kozhikode and the Forest Research Institute in Peechi to conduct studies on the scorching wind. Dr S. Sandeep, Dr K.A. Sreejith and Dr V. Anitha of the institute inspected the areas in Alappuzha and Purakkad yesterday.
The heat wave situation was not specific to the coastal areas of Alappuzha. Kochi, Kozhikode and other parts of the state too felt it. In Kozhikode there are reports of acid rains. However, a primary investigation at the CWRDM in Kozhikode could not confirm that plants in coastal areas suddenly wilted because of acid rain. - Everything dried up in one big gust of wind
'Red Elk Speaks' About Bigfoot
A friend forwarded this post to me...quite interesting:
Friends what you’re going to read may be quite extensive. Please bear with me. Many people today are interested in Bigfoot/Sasquatch. I’ve decided to write this for the public for the benefit of the species and for mankind. We are going to hear more and more about Sasquatch…. I want you all the understand that these beings are not animals. THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS LIKE WE OURSELVES ARE. They have their own houses to live and stay in, and they have their own areas. They too have a language just like you have yours. Jen-U. That’s what they call themselves just like you or I call ourselves White Americans or what not. I hope to get more language knowledge in time.
I have planned on going to an area in Saskatchewan (Canada) where a small group lives but my health and finances have negated that. I am now planning on going to a closer area where a small group live. Miles away from there, on a mountain, there’s a whole group that would make up what we would call a small village. That’s on the Colville reservation. The Indians hunt there in daylight only. They get off that mountain at dusk and they don’t go on that mountain until the sun has firmly set in. I know of a cave there that’s a burial ground for a young child and an older female. They are not related. The cave is blocked by large boulders. That’s their normal burying way. That particular mountain I don’t think I’ll be able to get to. But there is a group of at least 3 that is 300 yards from the first spot that I can get to. I just hope that they are still there. With luck, I and the 2 or 3 that will go with me will try to make contact. It will only be a 3 day run so it will take a lot of luck. We’re crossing our fingers.
I worry about my Bigfoot brothers and sisters…I am concerned for their existence…
There are two different types of Bigfoot in North and South America. Some are bad (mean), most are not. All rather interestingly talk to each other in their own tongue. Hoots, hollers and scary noises are there to frighten you away. They are just noises. A Bigfoot can run you down in 3 steps if they really wanted to. They are not trying to hurt anyone. Please excuse my language but they are simply saying “Get the Hell out of here! You are intruding on my property!”
We of the so called civilized world have boundaries such as a house is a boundary. They aren’t trying to hurt you, they just want you to get away. They are no different than you or me fighting for their rights as you or I fight for our own.
Friends before closing off this section on Bigfoot, I’d like to share a few of my own experiences with Bigfoot. It was Christmas time and a young couple wanted to go hunt for Christmas trees. I took them out into the woods, a 180 acres of fir trees, etc…Before I brought them out I went to have a look out on my own. In so doing I followed a well trodden game trail, and paid a lot of attention to everything around me. I did find a tree. The next morning they came up. It had rained a little bit through that night. As we were heading to the back of the land, low and behold where I had walked before was a big Sasquatch footprint. It was 20″ long maybe 22″ , and very wide maybe 5 -7″ wide across the toe area. On the left and right was a steep hillside making the path like a muddy bridge. On the steep hillside to the left his foot slipped in the path. He then planted his foot solidly in the path, crossed his legs over and continued down the other hillside. That’s the closest that I’ve personally been to them that I am aware of. It made the hair on our arms stand up! It was big! We did get the tree and made it back home safe and sound. On a number of occasions I’ve heard knocking approx 2:30am to 3am in the morning. That and the footprint are the only encounters that I’ve had with Bigfoot.
My brother in law was working in the woods. He arrived on site to the logging site before everyone else one morning. It was foggy, on the cold side. That kind of fog. Both were looking off to the right out over a large open area. Looking at the stumps, their eyes went to this one unusual stump and then the stump stood up and walked away on two legs. It was enormous. They thought they were looking at a tree stump but it was a Sasquatch looking at them and it was fairly close. They immediately drove back down the logging road, met their boss coming up the road to go to work and they quit.
In my experience there are definitely 2 types of Bigfoot. One is the main one I’ve been talking about. The one most people look for. Number 2 is beyond a doubt and definitely alien. The difference between the two is the alien one is more flexible in its arms, neck, and shoulders. It is also thinner. It can turn its head on its shoulders like you or I can. The standard one needs to turn its torso to move its head. There is a possibility of yet a third type. I am not that sure of this one but the possibility is certainly there. More alien like than our standard. Even taller and bigger. This one possibility is definitely if it exists demonic. That’s it folks.. I’ll write no more on the subject. I leave it up to you. Remember though the first two can most definitely speak a language. And it’s possible that the third if it exists has a language as well. That’s the end of my knowledge. I’d hate to see ours die or get killed. Do what you want with the alien or demonic ones. Please good luck, do not shoot. It’s like going next door and killing the family that lives there. The ones that live next door.
P.S. The bait we will be using is apples, oranges, and eggs hung very high in the tree. We will be using music, drums, and native flutes as well as tree knocking.
Source: Red Elk Speaks - Sasquatch/Bigfoot
NOTE: Red Elk passed away on June 26, 2015. His post on Sasquatch/Bigfoot was his last entry.
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By Stephen Ellis - In Part 1, we used available evidence to show that the mind and the body are two separate, distinctive things. Now let’s look at some of the possibilities of what happens when the body dies. Of course, when you are still alive, it is difficult to explain what will happen when you die, but there is a lot of empirical evidence:
GHOSTS: There is extremely strong evidence that ghosts do exist. There are documented cases where messages have been received, where the secret location of documents and bank accounts have been disclosed to children of deceased parents. What seems to be most important is that all documentation of ghosts is non-physical. Of course, if you think about it, ghosts do not have a physical body, so how can anything they do be physical?
About 35 years ago, I actually saw an image of a girl I did not know in an apartment I was renting. A month later, after identifying the girl, I found she had been murdered in that very apartment only weeks before I moved-in.
It would seem that ghosts are people who want to “stick around” and continue to observe what is happening although they can no longer share, physically, in those events.
This is indicative that becoming a “ghost” and sticking around to observe what is happening is actually a “choice” your consciousness can make when your body dies. Clearly, this is not a “permanent” choice. Although some will claim that ghosts have been around for hundreds of years, most ghosts seem to stay around for relatively short periods of time. A man who built a house with his own hands may have trouble staying away from that house when his body dies. But when the house is torn down…or the new owner asserts his ownership, the “ghost” usually disappears.
There is much more to be said about ghosts who appear in photographs and the claim some people make to being able to contact them, but that’s for another article.
REINCARNATION: There is probably no stronger provable evidence of “life after death” than reincarnation. Again, this appears to be a choice of some consciousness to re-enter the physical world. There are very few “reincarnated” people who remember their past lives (except under hypnosis). Under hypnosis, however, almost all seem to have the same memory of “going to the waiting place to be re-born”. In some cases people wait to be re-born several times.
There are thousands of well-documented cases of reincarnation. Look up the case of Shanti Devi (written about by award winning Swedish author Sture Lonnestrand) as I did. I spent weeks reviewing every corner of their interviews and the facts surrounding the case…and found that the “only” possible explanation was that she had been reincarnated. Similarly, I could find no other possible explanation for the case of James Johnston (reincarnated as Bruce Kelly).
The most publicized case of reincarnation was written about in the book, “The Search for Bridie Murphy”. The book received enormous press coverage and teams of reporters from all over the world went on a dedicated search to prove or disprove the details of the previous life stated by the hypnotized woman who claimed her name had been Bridie Murphy and that she had lived near Cork, Ireland a hundred years ago. Many went to Ireland so seek answers, but there were few memories of a hundred years ago in a small community where birth and death records were not kept. Some reporters were hired by anti-reincarnation churches to disprove Bridie Murphy’s statements and credibly accurate descriptions. The best the reporters could come up with was that when the hypnotized woman was only a few months old, there was someone who lived a few streets away in Chicago who had a name similar to Bridie Murphy. Still, this was sufficient to satisfy those whose religious leaders refused to accept that reincarnation was possible.
Almost all who claimed a previous life under hypnosis were people whose earlier lives had been cut short: some by accident, some by illness and some by war.
MOVING ON TO THE NEXT STEP: Most consciousness chooses to “move on” (toward the light?). There is increasing scientific proof that what we know as Earth is not the only world in existence. Both the “String Theory” and the “Super String Theory” (both products of Quantum Mechanics, the most current form of Physics) have concluded that there are parallel worlds and other Universes containing life such as exists here on Earth. The new branch of physics, Biocentrism, states as an unequivocal scientific fact that our consciousness (or mind) continues to exist after our body dies.
At this moment in time, I cannot tell whether these are the places referred to as “Heaven”, “Hell” or, more likely, a place where our consciousness can exist in an improved manner based upon what we’ve learned from the mistakes we made here on Earth. Perhaps our next stop will offer us a new physical shell.
If you are interested in the subject, I suggest you read my book, “Explaining the Unexplained”. You can download a Kindle of it for about $3.00. Hard and soft-cover copies are available at Barnes & Nobel and at Amazon.
If you have any questions, I can be contacted through Phantoms and Monsters.
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