Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Ghost Hunter's Dilemma

Anyone who considers herself a paranormal investigator–that is, anyone committed enough to spend the entire night in cold, dark and often disturbing buildings/ships/homes/hospitals, knows one fact above all else: whatever we find, or whatever finds us, is frustratingly vague. We catch snippets of voices on digital recorders, but we often do not hear the same words; we find anomalies in photographs, but someone usually offers a natural explanation; we see spikes or sharp drops in temperature, or watch the EMF meter light up like a Christmas tree, but we really don’t know what it means.

Interpretation of such oddities is often treacherous, since elusive or inconsistent findings create opportunities for self-delusion; even though I try my utmost to maintain a professional and scientific approach, there are times when I have defended a piece of “evidence” far beyond what it deserved. At one point, my pride and joy as a ghost hunter was a picture of a menacing face in a window at the Olivas Adobe. I sent that picture everywhere, showing it to as many people as possible. Almost everyone was impressed by photo, convinced that I had indeed captured something amazing, something out of this world. It wasn’t until several weeks later that Ty saw something I had not: the face was actually my own hand, contorted in such a way as to mimic the features of an angry specter. As soon as he pointed this out to me, my entire perception of reality shifted. I had no longer captured an incredible piece of evidence; I had, instead, taken a cool picture of my own hand. Such an elegant metaphor for the self-involvement of a deluded investigator. However, in my defense, I learned a great deal from that incident. My interpretation, no matter how convinced I am that what I have recorded is paranormal, is still simply my personal impression, my own experience. This is why a team of investigators is essential to finding anything approximating the truth: someone will tell you, gently, that your ghost is simply your own reflection.

We all have stories about the amazing evidence for the paranormal that turns out to be nothing more than a hand or a moth. And yet, there are those moments where the entire team is collectively in awe of a shared experience with no known normal cause. There are those snippets of audio that leave us all speechless: the inhuman voice at the Glen Tavern Inn, the photo of the transparent man at Alcatraz, the responsive pipes at Camarillo, the collective feeling that we are being watched, the heavy footsteps in the bushes by the bridge at La Purisima . . . as a team, we’ve been utterly astounded at what we’ve experienced, at a loss for an explanation.

So what do those moments mean? Are we going to find an answer to the ultimate questions of life after death, the significance of ghosts and spirits, the identity of the watchers in the dark? Probably not. Assuredly not; for that is not the point, nor do I think we are meant to know with any certainty what is, to my mind, the greatest mystery of the universe: what is left of us after we have moved through death? Where do we go? What meaning does our existence possess for us, and those who loved us?

There is a quote from Allan J. Hamilton in the chapter “Soul Survivor” that states it perfectly:

“God could make it obvious, but at a terrible price.” . . . we must content ourselves with this oblique glimpse and trust that, for now, as much has been revealed as we can withstand, for our own good. We cannot grasp it. Or measure it. Or map it. But maybe it has to suffice for now.” (202)

A good ghost hunter doesn’t quite believe that “it” cannot be measured or mapped; we have too many tantalizing hints that appear to point in a certain direction. The adventure is too promising to abandon, even if the answers will always be partial, or inconclusive. The whispered voice that said my name at Camarillo might mean nothing at all; but then again, it could be telling me that I need to keep looking. We all do. And so we pack our paranormal kits and head out to the next mystery.

In the middle of the night, huddled over our digital recorders, surrounded by shadows, we know something is out there; although we can’t tell you what it is, it’s powerful and it’s strange.

We will find something close to the truth; and we will have the wisdom to know that it isn’t simply our own reflection. That is more than enough for now.

Source: Los Angeles Paranormal Association

Video: Diamond-Shaped UFO - Devon Cliffs, Exmouth, UK

NOTE: the video apparently shot by visitors at Devon Cliffs, Exmouth, UK. It appears to show a UFO flying over the sea and with a strange very bright light, sometimes very regular in shape...Lon

Voodoo Rituals Used to Create Sex Slaves in Spain

The women were recruited in Nigeria with false promises of legal employment and then illegally brought to Spain where they were forced to work as prostitutes, police said in a statement.

Police said the ring carried out "voodoo rituals and black magic to frighten the women and keep them always under control with the threat of 'destroying their souls" or 'making them crazy'."

All the money which the women earned was kept by the ring until they had paid off the debt they incurred to make the trip to Spain, which typically amounted to 50,000 euros (£44,000), police said.

Police carried out searches of 10 residences as part of their operation and seized material used in voodoo rituals, computer equipment as well as several passports and other documents.

They opened their investigation in February after receiving a complaint from a woman in the southeastern city of Seville who said she had been one of the ring's victims.

The women who were recruited by the ring in Nigeria were brought by bus and truck to Libya. From there they were taken to Italy by boat and brought overland to Spain.

Earlier this month in the Netherlands, the trial of 11 people accused of using voodoo curses to force up to 150 Nigerian girls into prostitution in Europe was adjourned until later this year.

Prosecutors alleged that between 140 and 150 Nigerian girls helped into the Netherlands as asylum seekers had disappeared from asylum centres in 2006 and 2007.

About a dozen of the girls were traced, while the rest were thought to have been forced into prostitution in Italy, Spain and France. Most were minors at the time, their ages ranging from 16 to 23.

Russian Man Kills 5 With Self-Made Electric Chair

A Russian man has killed at least 5 people with a self-made electric chair before being detained by police, the web-site reported on Friday.

The 30-year old killer was detained in the city of Yekaterinburg, in the Urals Region in central Russia. He has pleaded guilty to killing one man whom he lured into his garage by posting a classified ad on the Internet claiming he wanted to buy some computer parts. Then, the maniac tied up his victim and put him into the car, wrapping his body in electric wire connected to a powerful capacitor. After electrocuting the victim he took the body to the outskirts of the city and burned it in a fire made with old car tires.

Despite the fact that the murder was committed in the presence of a witness – one of the killer’s friends – the case was solved only after the police had found and managed to identify the badly burnt body. When the maniac was detained, he immediately pleaded guilty and told the investigators that he would admit all similar crimes if more bodies were found.

Investigators think that in 2008 and 2009 the maniac killed at least 5 people, since that many people had left their homes to sell computer parts and went missing since then.

Police found a small power plant installed in the garage and linked to a computer. The detained killer said that he had designed a device with which he planned to kill people who passed by in their cars – one part of the machine would remotely stop the car engine and the other part, resembling a door mat – would electrocute and kill the exiting driver.

While staying in the pre-trial detention center, the criminal said that he also planned to make a device that would erase people’s memory with an electro-magnetic ray.

Videos: UFO Mystery Continues in Knoxville, Iowa - UPDATED!

This is the original story from April 15, 2009:

The sun was out, but it was cold, too cold for Iowans, to willingly gather near a body of water unless, something unusual was about to happen.

But before we explain what's going on today a brief history lesson is in order. Over the winter, this farm pond south of Knoxville was the site of a UFO, an unidentified falling object, that appeared to have made a giant hole in the ice about 2 feet across.

The property owners, Denny and Terry Straube, enlisted the help of underwater photographers who took a picture of something. Then came the underwater video camera, the flashlights, and last month, the best evidence yet something was down there. And that was enough for the dive team from linn county to agree in writing to take a look.

Diving in Iowa water is always a challenge. The water clarity is so poor you wouldn't see a fish if it bit you on the nose. With cameras ready to capture the moment the mystery object was brought to the surface, anticipation building with onlookers guessing what it will be.

The divers started their search around a pole marking where the hole in the ice had been at first nothing. After twenty minutes of looking the divers were frustrated. So were the onlookers, but then, a wooden stake.

There was plenty of befuddlement to go around they even tried to probe again from the surface but no luck. Pond owner Denny Straube said, "It just makes me want to take my clothes off go down and find it but it's too cold, and I'm too old."

Whatever fell through the ice apparently melted, moved, or never existed in the first place leaving everyone feeling empty. Just like the pond.

NOTE: whatever the object was, it's obvious that it's gone. I've made inquiries to the local media this past week and was told that the incident is still fresh on the residents' minds but many feel there was some sort of cover up involved...namely, that the object was removed undercover by government officials...Lon


Here's an earlier account from January 2009:

An Iowa couple is looking for help trying to identify whatever fell from the sky and onto their land over the weekend.

It happened some time late Friday night or early Saturday just south of Knoxville.

Their only evidence is in an ice-covered pond.

"I enjoy living here. Every day it's something different," said Denny Straube.

Different used to be a fox or a ten point buck, but now different is really different.

"Whatever it was, it hit hard enough to throw water out of that hole in a big round circle," Denny said.

Saturday morning, Straube saw three holes in the ice on his pond -- the biggest some three feet across.

From his dining room that morning, Denny quickly noticed what else was different.

"There's no tracks in the snow, something airborne has his that pond," Denny said.

The impact left several 15 foot cracks running from the hole and about three inches of displaced water pooled on top of the ice.

Denny and Terry Straube have heard plenty of theories.

Even their grandson chimed in.

"He said maybe God's mad and throwing snowballs at us," Terry said.

There's also the neighbor's theory about the eccentric man who lived in the house before the Straubes.

He believed the house was targeted by extra-terrestrials.

"He went across here and started chipping this out. This was going to be his escape pod from aliens -- a hole he could go in and hide," Denny said as he pointed to a patched hole in the home's brick wall.

The man also had oak trees taken down in the front yard because he thought they were homing beacons for aliens.

"It was airborne, whatever it was," Denny said.

Whatever fell from the sky this weekend, it's under six feet of water.

"You know if things go to worse, if aliens come we may have to hide in there," Denny said, referring to the escape tunnel.

The Straubes are hoping someone volunteers to scuba dive in their pond this summer to discover what is at the bottom.

UPDATE: I received this update from Terry Straube this morning...Lon

Just wanted to give you an update. Marion County divers also went in the water and believe the object has sunken into the pond floor mud and silt. It could be 16 to 24 inches down in this mud. There were no reported re-entries into the atmosphere at that time. Not told was the pictures showed what appeared to be a roman numeral on the object, a round gear shaped part and possibly many smaller parts around surrounding it. There were also 2 smaller, almost perfectly round holes. Whatever it was heated the water up and turned the water a tropical blue color. Wind chills were 25 below zero that morning. Ice did not start forming around the edges of the smaller holes until around 4:30 that afternoon. An observer's foot went through the ice near the large hole the following Tuesday. Local fishermen reported the ice was 8 to 10 inches deep when these objects hit. Do we think the objects are still there? Yes, but we will always wonder what they are and where they came from. Do we like several of our neighbors think the government took them? Doubtful but possible. Do we think these objects originated from an alien culture? Hopefully not, it makes sleeping at night much easier! But we will always remember an engineer named Ron striking the larger object with a pole and the sound it made. It sounded like he was hitting metal, possibly iron and Ron plus all of us present knew it was there! I would have responded sooner but did not realize there were more articles about this than Channel 13's until I came across them by accident tonight. Terry Straube


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Friday, May 29, 2009

Haunted Psychiatric Hospital Restored to a Luxury Hotel

Within the next two weeks, a former Albuquerque hospital will begin the transformation into a hotel.

Eighty-three years ago, Memorial Hospital went up for people working for the railroad.

Then, it became a psychiatric hospital in the 1980s.

"It's been a real cultural icon, if you will, in the community," developer David Oberstein said.

But it now sits empty, only acting as a mysterious building at Interstate 25 and Central Avenue.

Soon, the cracked concrete outside and institutional feel inside will be restored to a high-end hotel.

"It's actually a perfect use for the building," Ray Smith, with Klinger Construction, said.

Smith helped with the last renovation of the building, and is doing it again this time.

He knows all the nooks and crannies, like the fact that a tunnel in the cafeteria closet leads to the boiler building on another part of the site.

"We're going to have to fill the chimney with concrete and rebar, so it won't fall over," Smith said.

But those who know the building are nervous about its past.

"I'm sure it's haunted," Smith said.

With decades spent filled with patients, every room must have a story, which could attract some to the hotel and deter others.

"Don't go on the second floor of the west wing by yourself," Smith said.

"Why is that?" Action 7 News reporter Leigh Checkstad asked.

"I can't explain, but I wouldn't if I were you," Smith said.

The 2.3-acre site will feature a massage room, outdoor hot tubs and a rooftop bar.

The Hotel Parc Central is expected to open in about a year.

NOTE: I found this older tidbit in reference to this hospital: "There is an abandoned insane asylum on the corner of Edith and Osuna Streets. The asylum is owned by the neighbors (actually, it's owned by a motorcycle gang) and are strict about trespassing. Those who have risked going into this asylum have witnessed a large black figure following them . This black figure has appeared in pictures as well. It is said that Dr. Samuel would kill and experiment on the patients and killed them after wards, placing the bodies in the basement. A few years later, Samuel hung himself . After the murders, the asylum was never the same and they were forced to close it down."

Lethal Rodent-Borne 'Lujo' Virus Mimics Ebola

Scientists have identified a lethal new virus in Africa that causes bleeding like the dreaded Ebola virus. The so-called "Lujo" virus infected five people in Zambia and South Africa last fall. Four of them died, but a fifth survived, perhaps helped by a medicine recommended by the scientists.

It's not clear how the first person became infected, but the bug comes from a family of viruses found in rodents, said Dr. Ian Lipkin, a Columbia University epidemiologist involved in the discovery.

"This one is really, really aggressive" he said of the virus.

A paper on the virus by Lipkin and his collaborators was published online Thursday on in PLoS Pathogens.

The outbreak started in September, when a female travel agent who lives on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia, became ill with a fever-like illness that quickly grew much worse.

She was airlifted to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she died.

A paramedic in Lusaka who treated her also became sick, was transported to Johannesburg and died. The three others infected were health care workers in Johannesburg.

Investigators believe the virus spread from person to person through contact with infected body fluids.

"It's not a kind of virus like the flu that can spread widely," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which helped fund the research.

The name given to the virus—"Lujo"—stems from Lusaka and Johannesburg, the cities where it was first identified.

Investigators in Africa thought the illness might be Ebola, because some of the patients had bleeding in the gums and around needle injection sites, said Stuart Nichol, chief of the molecular biology lab in the CDC's Special Pathogens Branch. Other symptoms include include fever, shock, coma and organ failure.

Genetic extracts of blood and liver from the victims were tested at Columbia University in New York, and additional testing was done at CDC in Atlanta. Tests determined it belonged to the arenavirus family, and that it is distantly related to Lassa fever, another disease found in Africa.

The drug ribavirin, which is given to Lassa victims, was given to the fifth Lujo virus patient—a Johannesburg nurse. It's not clear if the medicine made a difference or if she just had a milder case of the disease, but she fully recovered, Nichol said.

The research is a startling example of how quickly scientists can now identify new viruses, Fauci said. Using genetic sequencing techniques, the virus was identified in a matter of a few days—a process that used to take weeks or longer.

Along with Fauci's institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Google also helped fund the research.

Haunted Building's Link to Denver's Old West Past

In a window above the entrance to the Blake Street Vault (1526 Blake St.), there's a little tableau: A mannequin dressed as an Old West party girl sits facing the street, a bottle of Jack Daniel's close at hand on the barrel next to her.

It's a tribute to Lydia, the ghost that's supposedly still hanging around in the bar nearly 150 years after it was built. The historic building has seen a lot since 1863, so it's not too hard to believe there might be something left over from Denver's dusty past.

The evidence is everywhere: In the basement, dark entrances lead to tunnels that long ago went under Blake Street, maybe to nearby brothels. The huge, ancient gears of the former freight elevator are still in one corner. During renovations, workers found century- old liquor bottles — one with bitters still inside — stashed all over the place.

So when bar manager Kyle Banks swears he's seen Lydia out of the corner of his eye, and the hair stands up on his arms just talking about it, skepticism starts to seem a little silly.

It's not that the bar is a cobweb-covered spookhouse. It's actually a warmly lit, clean, pleasant space, with '80s rock hits playing in the bar and Snoop Dogg chattering in the kitchen.

But unlike many joints in booze-friendly LoDo, the Blake Street Vault avoids slick, modern decor and themes in favor of an old-Denver feel: The bar tables are barrels, the ceilings are pressed tin, the floors are wood. They're reminders of a rougher, harder time in what's now Denver's party neighborhood.

"After looking at all the restaurants down here, it seemed like no one really emphasized the historical aspects of those buildings," says co-owner Tim Kilgannon. "We're a true saloon."

He says it took 19 months to renovate the building, which started as a saloon and boarding house and spent its most recent decades as a costume shop.

"It was just such a mess," he says. "The previous owner bought it in 1973 for $10,000. . . . It was a nightmare to get it all up to code."

It was during the renovation process that the building started to reveal its history. The old bottles showed up in nooks and crannies, the tunnels yawned and the building's vault was discovered in the basement, obscured by brick and accessible only by a trapdoor.

Kilgannon says workers and visitors occasionally got strange, unpleasant feelings in the center of the main bar, including improbable gusts of ice-cold wind.

Even Kilgannon, who's "not huge into the ghost stuff," had a spooky experience. While in the basement with a building inspector, he — and the inspector — heard the sound of a woman's high-heeled shoes clicking on the floor above them.

Except that the floor was still carpeted, and no one with high-heeled shoes was supposed to be in the building. Kilgannon ran upstairs and checked: Nobody there.

A group of ghost-hunters sniffed out the building, and the legend of Lydia was born. The investigators said the ghost that was knocking over glasses, appearing in the bar and generally freaking people out was the apparition of a saloon girl from the building's early days named Lydia.

In the spirit of friendship, the colorful salute to Lydia went up in the front of the building. Banks says he greets Lydia now and again, and he's pretty sure she likes the Blake Street Vault and the people who visit.

Drinkers enjoying themselves in the convivial main room likely have no inkling that Lydia might be lurking, but Banks offers a quick tour to those who ask. It's more historically interesting than paranormally scary, at least until you get to the vault.

Step inside, and you'll see it: There are scratch marks on the ceiling. More like claw marks, really. . . . Time for another drink. Upstairs.

Oklahoma Expedition Yields Possible Bigfoot Print

Researchers believe that a footprint they discovered over the weekend in the Kiamichi Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma is that of the elusive creature Bigfoot.

D.W. Lee, global director of the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center, said the print was discovered about five miles into the woods. They were able to make a cast of the print, which measured 15 3/4 inches long and 5 inches wide.

"The toes were clearly visible on the cast after it was lifted up," Lee said.

In addition, Lee said they heard "vocalizations" in the woods that they recognize as the tell-tale mocking calls of Bigfoot. Whoop sounds, "attempted imitations" of whippoorwills and mimicking of dove and owl calls were heard, he said.

One crew member was hit by a rock during a night hike just moments after two large animals were spied through a night scope walking on two feet across a logging road.

"A lot of people, it doesn't really dawn on them when rocks land near them" that Bigfoot could be responsible, Lee said.

Lee and his crew are evaluating hundreds of photographs and hours of video recordings taken over the weekend by about 30 researchers.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Scott Simmons said he has not been involved in any Bigfoot-seeking expeditions but that people are capable of collecting and analyzing data and have been doing so for years in fascination of the possibility of an unknown apelike species.

"I'm not going to tell someone they did not see or did see something," he said.

Reader / Member Accounts: UFOs, Alien Telepathy and the Dover Demon

First off, one of our wiki members posted the following anecdote describing personal close encounters My Early Extraterrestrial Vehicle (ETV) Sightings.

If you get the chance, please peruse the Phantoms and Monsters's loaded with several interesting accounts in all facets of the paranormal, supernatural and the unexplained...Lon

Saw my first UFO at about age 5 in the early 50's. It was a stationary round bright white light hanging totally silent in the trees a next to our 1 acre farm pond. It's beam was slowly sweeping the surrounding area across from the pond.

Over the intervening years I, and virtually all of our neighbors, have seen dozens of UFOs in this immediate area. Many have landing stories as well as viewed landing impressions and foot prints. Some have also seen the sweeping light beam as well as the outline of the occupants when the beam swept by the 'crewman' while he was taking night pics of a home across the street that was under construction. He seemed to have a camera mounted at his waist and a light would occasionally flash from there, seen when the beam was not on him.

I have concluded over these many years that there is a leyline through this property and that the UFOs repeatedly follow above it - always from North to South from my experience. Some very unusual things have occurred over this farm - and in this area - over the past 50 years including a visit by one of the black helicopters and a very odd phasing in and out of a small hillock, very similar to the 'transporter affect' that was been used in the old Star Trek series.

Also in this close area and especially over the last five or so years there are numerous Bigfoot reports all from different credible sources. I believe I am very close to nailing down a specific woodlot where this fellow resides.

About two years ago a fellow gave a UFO talk at our local library which was well attended. It subsequently turned out he was an experienced documentary film maker whose actual purpose was to elicit leads for a new documentary on UFOs he was planning.

Ron B
Northville, MI

The Dover Demon

I saw this creature crossing the street (Rte. 18) in Abington, MA in 1970 while I was driving home from work. It stopped, looked at me, and then scurried off up an embankment. It climbed up the side of a storage building onto the roof, and watched me watch it for a small amount of time, then ran along the roof and out of my sight. I later told my wife and some friends about it, and they all decided I was not in my right mind or was making up a story (not in my nature). Last week my wife brought a book home from the library which described the creature and other sightings in Dover. She now believes my story- after 39 yrs of disbelief. I'm not sure what this creature was. I described it as a "purple monkey" kind of thing, but the color I saw was most likely a result of the type of night lighting in the area. I am not broadly given to paranormal sightings or the existence of many cryptozoological creatures, but I know that I saw this or something like this.


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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Photo: Apparition at Inveraray Jail in Argyll, Scotland

A snapshot taken by a visitor to Inveraray Jail in Argyll has fueled debate over whether the almost 200-year-old court house and prison is haunted.

The jail, which is recognised as one of the spookiest places in Scotland, is a popular destination for paranormal investigators, including the team from TV’s Most Haunted who recently spent a night at the jail.

Over the years many visitors to the former prison by the side of Loch Fyne in Argyll have complained of uneasy feelings, strange noises and, in some cases, taken photographs which later show unexplained images.

As the County Court anyone from the surrounding area sentenced to prison or transportation would have spent time in the jail where children as young as seven could be detained for minor crimes and subjected to whippings or pointless manual labour.

“The place in the prison that most people react to is cell 10. It doesn’t tend to be something people see so much as a feeling they get there. During the height of the X Files days we used to call it Cell X for obvious reasons,” said Gavin Dick, manager of Inveraray Jail.

“In the kitchen, which is in many ways the most unremarkable room we have had people sense that there’s someone cowering behind the door. There are various areas that cause reactions, and not just on ghost hunts.”

One woman, who visited the jail with her husband and young daughter, complained of having sensed an ‘unsettling presence’ in the prison and was surprised to discover a blurred image in one of her photographs which she didn’t notice when the picture was taken.

”We found the jail very interesting but for myself very scary,” she wrote to prison staff after the event.

”I felt really ill in the old jail. As soon as I walked in my chest tightened and I felt very sick and dizzy.

”I felt as if someone was with us all the way round and was watching us. I couldn’t wait to get out.

”When we got back to our guest house we looked at our photos and to our amazement there is a misty figure standing between the airing cells [in the court yard].

”We cannot explain things but we felt very strange. There is definitely something there. If we were uneasy in the daytime what must it be like at night in the pitch black?”

A recent event at Inveraray Jail, organised by paranormal research team Ghost Finders Scotland, uncovered what they believe to be good examples of Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP).

EVP, made famous in the film White Noise starring Michael Keaton, are electronic recordings that reveal sounds resembling words which many paranormal investigators interpret as the voices of ghosts.

George Allison, 61, a works manager from Glasgow, who took part in a recent ghost hunt at Inveraray jail is convinced he caught a voice on tape.

“People were talking about a ghost which had been running about in the corridor poking people in the back. When I asked if there was anyone there, and if they had hit someone, we could clearly hear a voice say ‘yes, I have’ when the tape was played back.”

Archdiocese Begins Inquiry of Seelos Miracle

"Go home and prepare to die."

That’s what Mary Ellen Heibel’s doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington told her May 11, 2004, after they discovered that the cancer that had attacked Heibel’s esophagus in 2003 and then a lymph node later that year had spread throughout her body.

Given about six months, the longtime parishioner of St. Mary in Annapolis underwent a new form of chemotherapy at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore as a palliative treatment to extend her life. But doctors warned it would only postpone the inevitable.

At the suggestion of a Pittsburgh priest, Heibel began praying a novena in 2005 to Blessed Francis X. Seelos – a 19th-century Redemptorist pastor of her parish who died of yellow fever in 1867 in New Orleans.

One week after she began the novena at her parish, Heibel’s cancer disappeared. Gone were tumors in both lungs, her liver, back and sternum. When Dr. Michael Gibson, her doctor at Hopkins, called with the news, Heibel couldn’t believe it.

“I was just so excited. I called everyone,” the 71-year-old mother of four remembered. “I never thought in a million years this would happen.”

Told by her doctors that the unexplained healing could not be the result of her chemotherapy, Heibel is convinced that Blessed Seelos interceded on her behalf.

“I know this had to be a miracle,” she said.

Archdiocesan officials are now investigating whether Heibel might just be right.

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien opened an archdiocesan inquiry into the alleged healing with a May 19 Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. The archbishop also appointed a group to investigate the case and listen to testimony from Heibel, Dr. Gibson and other witnesses.

The commission’s findings will be sent to Father Antonio Marrazzo, Redemptorist postulator general in Rome, who will then take them to the Vatican’s Congregation of the Causes of Saints. If the healing is deemed miraculous, Blessed Seelos could be canonized by Pope Benedict XVI.

“It calls to mind the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into the building of the church of Baltimore,” Archbishop O’Brien said before the May 19 Mass. “Blessed Seelos is typical of many priests and members of the faithful throughout the archdiocese who have taken their faith seriously and lived it faithfully and shared it with others in an inspiring way.”

Cardinal William H. Keeler was also at the Mass.

Father Gilbert Seitz, the archbishop’s episcopal delegate in the inquiry, said members of the investigative group include Dr. Larry Fitzpatrick of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, who will serve as a medical expert; Capuchin Franciscan Father William Graham, promoter of justice; and Deacon Neil Crisp and Leslie Engle, notaries.

Redemptorist Father John Kingsbury, pastor of St. Mary, said the possible healing is a “major breakthrough” in the canonization effort. Two miracles that occur after death are needed to become a saint in the Catholic Church. The first for Blessed Seelos was recognized when Pope John Paul II beatified the German Redemptorist in 2000. The second miracle needed for canonization could be the Heibel case.

“We’re very happy that the archbishop has opened the investigation,” Father Kingsbury said. “I’m glad Mary Ellen was healed no matter what – and, if it’s Seelos and it helps his cause, it would be wonderful.”

Born in 1819 in Bavaria, Blessed Seelos came to the United States in 1843 to minister to German-speaking immigrants. Ordained at the now-closed St. James parish in Baltimore in 1844, Blessed Seelos ministered in Pittsburgh before being assigned pastor of St. Alphonsus in Baltimore in 1854. While at St. Alphonsus, Blessed Seelos also ministered at St. James and St. Michael in Baltimore. He laid the cornerstone for St. Joseph in Fullerton.

Blessed Seelos became pastor of St. Mary in Annapolis and novice master for Redemptorist seminarians in 1857, and two months later he became pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul in Cumberland and director of the Redemptorist seminary at the parish.

During the Civil War, Blessed Seelos relocated his seminarians to Annapolis in 1862 and again became pastor of St. Mary. He visited President Abraham Lincoln in an effort to exempt seminarians from the draft. Because only priests could be exempt, Blessed Seelos arranged for Archbishop Francis Patrick Kenrick to ordain all 20 seminarians.

Blessed Seelos worked in Detroit in 1865 and then was reassigned to New Orleans a year later, where he ministered for 13 months before dying at age 48 after ministering to victims of the yellow fever outbreak.

Sitting on a bench next to a seated bronze statue of Blessed Seelos at St. Mary a few days before the archdiocese opened the investigation into her alleged healing, Heibel said she attends Mass, prays the rosary and prays to Blessed Seelos every day. She wears a relic, a chip of Blessed Seelos’ bone, around her neck.

Many parishioners have been praying for her throughout her ordeal with cancer.

“I think people were shocked when I was dying practically and came back to life so fast,” said Heibel, who retired last year as a self-employed antiques appraiser.

Heibel said her strong faith is what’s sustained her through numerous health challenges in her life – including a kidney transplant, poor hearing and a bout with septic shock.

“Every time I got sick, my faith increased,” she said.

Heibel noted that other parishioners and other believers around the country have reported miracles through the intercession of Blessed Seelos.

“I don’t know why they picked me out of the whole bunch to use,” she said with a laugh. “So many people have been helped by Blessed Seelos.”

NOTE: I don't normally post religious related items, but this incident not only happened locally but involves some remarkable circumstances that has the medical community in the Baltimore area bewildered. My mother-in-law died from cancer of the esophagus and I know how fast it can spread and how difficult it is to treat..Lon

Video: UFO Captured On Surveillance Cam - Sarapul, Russia - May 22, 2009

NOTE: this was taken at Sarapul, Udmurtia Republic, Russia by CCTV on May 22, 2009 around 3:00 am local time. At first, it looks like a comet...but there have been no reports and the appearance of the secondary object put that into question. If it were a meteorite, the speed would be faster and the object would be much brighter. I suppose it could be CGI...who knows, but the reactions of the witnesses kind of dispel that theory. It's an interesting video nonetheless...Lon

NOTE: I received the following description to this sighting..."This is a test firing of a Russian ICBM. What you are seeing are the ice crystals which form from the propellant reflecting the rays of the sun as the missile climbs in to higher altitude."...Lon

Siberian 'Wild Child' Raised By Dogs and Cats

Doctors believe that the girl who was 'raised' by dogs and cats in chilling squalor in the East Siberian city of Chita could soon adapt to a normal life, a psychiatrist said on Thursday.

The girl, 5, nicknamed Mowgli by Russian media after the character from the Rudyard Kipling book, has not learned to speak, and makes only animal-like noises, despite sharing the three-room flat with her father and other relatives.

The child, who was found by police "unwashed, in dirty clothes, and with the obvious habits of a domestic animal," is at the physical development stage of a two or three year old and is being treated in a rehabilitation center.

"The girl will be able to adapt and will quickly catch up with her contemporaries in development," psychiatrist Mikhail Vinogradov said, adding Russia had previous experience in dealing with such children.

The psychiatrist said that the child, who has never been outside her flat, has first to go through a period of adaptation with children of the same development stage.

The report said the family was living in squalor, and that "the water, heating, gas, and sanitation had long ago been switched off."

Despite being isolated from society, the girl found no difficulty playing with other children at the center. Specialist medical staff, who are currently studying the child, said that "she looks like she'll be healthy."

The girl's mother called in at a police station when she realized her daughter had been taken. The father, who was not in the flat when the police discovered the girl, was detained on Wednesday.

A criminal case has been opened against family members, but the maximum prison term is three years. Authorities are deciding whether they should lose their paternal rights.

The father said however he considered the family's living conditions as normal and demanded that the child be returned home. He added that the girl's mother was an alcoholic who neglected the child.

British Actress Claims Encounter With Loch Ness Monster

'ALLO 'ALLO star Vicki Michelle took a pleasure cruise on Loch Ness and had a close encounter with Nessie herself.

Vicki was appearing in the stage version of the classic telly comedy at the Eden Court in Inverness.

And she and the rest of the cast got more than they bargained for when they enjoyed a sightseeing trip on the loch's Jacobite Queen cruise ship.

The boat was on its way to Urquhart Castle when the crew picked up a strange signal on their sonar.

Vicki dashed below decks for a look, and was amazed to see five mysterious "arch shapes" on the screen.

The boat's skipper said he'd never seen anything like it in his 15 year on the loch. Monster-hunters plan to investigate the sighting further.

Vicki, who plays saucy waitress Yvette in 'Allo 'Allo, said yesterday: "Perhaps Nessie's a fan of the show!"


She added: "I caught an arch shape on the monitor, followed by four more.

"The whole cast had been hoping to see something on the trip. And if it was Nessie, that positive energy probably brought her out.

"In all seriousness, whether it was Nessie or not, we all definitely saw something on that monitor."

Loch Ness researcher Adrian Shine, who has spent years investigating the monster mystery, said: "This has got me puzzled. It has every appearance of a genuine sonar contact.

"It certainly adds to the Loch Ness mystery and will be the subject of further investigation."

The 'Allo 'Allo stage play, starring Vicki and Hi-De-Hi's Jeffrey Holland as Rene, was on in Inverness from May 18 to 23. The cast are now continuing their UK tour.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Paranormal Vigil Planned For Haunted Shropshire Hotel

Spooky goings-on at a Shropshire hotel are set to go under the spotlight when a group of ghosthunters book themselves in.

A paranormal investigation will be carried out at The Old Rectory Hotel, in Wem, after staff and guests experienced peculiar goings-on.

Legend has it that during its previous incarnation as a rectory, a nanny employed to look after the rector’s children hanged herself on the top floor of the building. It is said that the children loved her so much that they died shortly afterwards, supposedly of broken hearts.

Children have been heard laughing by several members of staff, objects have been heard being thrown around and an apparition of a man has been seen on several occasions on the stairs leading to the kitchen.

History of the Old Rectory Hotel in Wem

The Old Rectory in Wem was built in 1804 with funds from Queen Anne's Bounty to provide a new home for the rectors. In 1874 the Victorian wing was added in order to make it a more comfortable and convenient residence. During the Second World War it was requisitioned and the main part used as a hospital for American Soldiers, a time remembered well by one local lady who has fond memories of sliding down the handrail of the Georgian staircase while she worked there as a nurse!

The last rector to reside at The Old Rectory lived there from 1931. In 1961 he purchased the building from the church and used it as the family home until it was sold in 1981 and converted into a restaurant, with bedrooms being added later. Unfortunately in 1991 it fell into disrepair and lay derelict and abandoned for the next few years.

However, in 1996 the Rectory's saviours came along in the form of the Hanmer family, who spent the best part of the next 10 years lovingly restoring it to its former glory. It was re-opened to much fanfare in 2005, now boasting 14 uniquely-styled bedrooms, bar and drawing room, restaurant and a conservatory which overlooks the 3.5 acres of grounds that this listed building is situated in.

Sweeping up the gravel driveway to this impressive building, you would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into the pages of an Agatha Christie novel. Indeed, there is much mystery and intrigue at The Old Rectory, but only in the form of paranormal activity. For since the re-opening, staff and guests alike have all experienced peculiar goings-on.

Legend has it that during its previous incarnation as a Rectory, a Nanny employed to look after the rector's children became filled with despair and hanged herself on the top floor of the building. It is said that the children loved her so much that they died shortly afterwards, presumable of broken hearts. We can find no historical evidence to confirm this story, but it would explain the strange atmosphere in that area of the Rectory. Children have been heard laughing by several members of staff, and a childlike scrawl was found on the wall in one of the bedrooms. Upon being cleaned off, it promptly re-appeared shortly afterwards.

Room 17 on the top floor appears to be the focus of much of the paranormal activity. Although primarily used for storage, previous owners have heard objects being apparently thrown around the room and the current housekeeping staff refer to it as 'The Scary Room'. Many people believe that it would have been the ill-fated Nanny's room.

It is also thought that at least one of the rectors still visits his former home as an apparition of a gentleman dressed as such has been seen on several occasions on the stairs leading to the kitchen.

One night, the current manager was cashing up in reception; she left in order to go to the bar and on returning noticed to her surprise and bemusement that three files had been moved from the cupboard onto the floor. This incident was also accompanied by the strong smell of cigarette smoke, yet she was the only person in the hotel at the time. This aroma of tobacco has been experienced many times since the re-opening, which is especially unusual given the present-day smoking ban!

Incidentally, the North Shropshire town of Wem is already well known in the paranormal community due to this famous photograph taken in 1995 as the Town Hall burned to the ground. It appears to show a young girl standing in the flames, yet the photographer is adamant that there was no-one in the shot at the time. Some people believe it to be the ghost of Jane Churm, a young girl supposedly responsible for a previous fire at Wem Town Hall in 1677.

Bizarre Break-In at an Albuquerque Funeral Home

Albuquerque police are investigating a bizarre break-in Sunday. They say that a teenager busted in to a funeral home but didn't steal anything.

Cops are looking into the possibility that he was after the bodies inside.

Someone reported a suspicious person in the area of Washington and Menaul. At first, police say they thought the 18-year-old had been beaten up, but they say their investigation found he had injured himself when he broke into the nearby Reflections Funeral Home.

Investigators say he took a rock and smashed open the front door, but cut himself on the glass on the way in.

When police went inside the funeral home, they found nothing was stolen, which made them worry the burglar's intentions were more sinister.

Albuquerque Police spokesperson Nadine Hamby told Eyewitness News 4 Sunday, "He may have tampered with the bodies that were in there so the office of the medical investigator they were called out to make sure that everything and one and everything was ok inside that facility."

OMI is still examining the bodies to see if they were tampered with.

The suspect was taken to UNM Hospital for treatment of his injuries and for a mental evaluation.

Russian Scientist Claims Alien UFO Collided With Tunguska Meteorite

Aliens downed Tunguska meteorite to protect our planet from devastation, stated Russian scientist Yuriy Lavbin about the 100 year old mystery surrounding the massive Siberian explosion. He showed 10 quartz crystals that he found at the place of the meteorite’s crash. Several of the crystals have holes in between, so they can be united in a chain.

- What could this chain serve for? Besides, some crystals have strange drawings on them. We don’t have any technologies that can print such kind of drawings on crystals. We also found ferrum silicate that can not be produced anywhere, except in space”, - the scientist stated.

The meteorite’s crash took place a long time ago, in the summer of 1908. An enormous volcanic ball rushed over the sky with terrifying wallop and thunder-like sound. All the citizens were frightened to death and scared to move out of their houses. A flight of a “flamy alien” ended up in an hour in the deserted taiga area. In a matter of seconds an explosive wave spread for 40 kilometers, devastating everything living around.

It was not until many years later that a Siberian scientist set up an expedition to the place of the meteorite’s crash. They searched carefully through the river banks and found there unusual quartz boards. Mr. Lavbin states that such solid stones do not exist on our planet Earth. He told of an experiment that was done on the crystals: scientists tried to put some of the same drawing that were on the stones initially with a sophisticated laser machine.

How surprised they were to realize that the laser (that usually cuts metal objects into pieces) managed to put just some faint stripes, barely visible. The stones, have an entire system of different lines and circles on them. Scientists suppose that the stones used to be a part of the navigational system of a spaceship. All stones united form a map, which they could have used to cruise through the Universe.

In 1908, the UFO is thought to have hit the meteorite that weighed over 1 billion tons. If the meteorite fell down on Earth, all the people would have been dead. Scientists believe the aliens had interfered and put their lives on the line to make sure there isn't a direct impact with the Earth.

A strange portrait of a strange person on one of the stones proves this hypothesis - concluded Mr Lavbin.

Experts Still Baffled By Kazakhstan UFO Event

Two mysterious object recovered by the Kazakhstan Department of Emergency Situations in mid May are being said to be “fragments of some flight vehicle”.

The two objects were said to have fallen from the sky as fireballs and originally reported to be 60 centimeters in diameter, about 24 inches. The most recent information, taken from and translated from Russian (translated version can be seen here) claims “Two objects of ball-shaped form with a diameter approximately of 40 centimeters and with a weight of 10-12 kilograms” and that after being examined “some numbers” were found on at least one of the objects. Also added to the description “Outside these spheres were fused - they clearly underwent the action of high temperature, one of the spheres was torn, another - whole”.

The 60 centimeter to 40 centimeter size difference seems extreme, but the original size of the objects may have just been misreported.

While these objects appear human in origin, it is still plenty mysterious that two, still yet to be identified objects, caused fireballs that were seen by multiple witnesses. The observation that they “underwent the action of high temperature” implies they fell from a great height, not just off a passing airplane.

Hopefully the Kazakhstan Department of Emergency Situations will release their finding when researching the source of these spheres. Could similar fireball sightings have the same source as these objects and fireballs?

Earlier this month we reported on the two mysterious spherical objects that crashed into a farm in Kazakhstan.

Since the UFO event there has been a fair amount of speculation as to the origin of the objects.

It has been incorrectly reported that the two objects were declared by the Kazakh Ministry of Defense and Institute for Space Studies to be tanks of compressed helium that had broken loose from an orbiting Satellite.

This theory was merely the opinion of some online members of Russian and Kazakh science clubs.

In fact Kazakh media is reporting that the Ministry of Defence and the Institute for Space Studies have been thus so far unable to identify and determine what the 'space eggs' are. They remain in the truest sense UFOs and may well be the products of an extraterrestrial civilization.

Previously posted - May 14, 2009

A UFO incident that took place in Kazakhstan is being widely reported by the media in Kazakhstan and neighbouring countries including Russia and The Ukraine.

Interfax, Russia's government news agency, has reported that at 3am on May 13 a farmer in the village of Razdolnoye in West Kazakhstan, Vladimir Bychkov, was working his fields and noticed three luminous objects falling from the sky. They were emitting red and green sparks as they descended to earth.

The farmer alerted other villagers and they located the objects in the fields. The perfectly spherical objects were about 60cm in diameter.They were hot to touch, silvery and made of a substance the villagers were not familiar with. Each UFO had a hole on its side. When the curious villagers tried to chip the UFOs with a chisel colourful sparks flew out but to their astonishment they were unable to mark the objects in any way.

Shortly after, emergency services and the police arrived at the scene and began their formal investigations.The story is being reported in over fifty news outlets.

Did a mothership UFO lose a few parts? Does this have anything to do with the UFO base and alien embassy that the government of Kazakhstan is building?

NOTE: since this report is supposedly coming from Interfax I'm currently giving it guarded credibility. BTW, the report states Interfax as a government run news service...officially, it's not (if you really want to believe that). The Interfax-Kazakhstan website only reports through 24 hours and this incident is no longer on the latest news roll. Hopefully, something else will come to light...Lon


2 UFOs Crash Land in Kazakhstan - Report

UPDATE: From Moscow News

Two luminous balls have fallen from the sky into a field near a village in Kazakhstan. The Local Emergency Ministry is studying the objects, believed to be UFOs.

Residents of Razdolnoye village in Western Kazakhstan saw the UFOs at night.

“This was around three o’clock in the morning,” eyewitness Vladimir Bychkov told Interfax news agency Thursday.

“I was near my tractor, and heard guys shouting: ‘look, there are flying balls!’ They were big balls, and they had sparks falling off them – yellow, red, and green,” Bychkov said.

The balls were reported to have fallen on agricultural lands.

“We were afraid to approach them at first, but after they fell and cooled down, we came up to them and tried kicking them,” another eyewitness, Viktor Dyakov, said.

He said the balls were made from a "weird" material.

“We tried beating them with a chisel, but they didn’t give in, didn’t crease, only gave off sparks.”

According to Dyakov, the balls are silvery in color and around 60 cm in diameter. They also have a small hole on one side.

Emergency Ministry experts did not immediately give any comments.

Bigfoot Video: Old Short Film Discovered in Pennsylvania

Statement: This short film clip was discovered on an 8mm 3 minute reel purchased at a yard sale in Pennsylvania. The reel was marked 1977 and according to the seller, the camera operator was a farmer/hobbyist who is deceased.

NOTE: another blobsquatch for us to ponder. This could be anything, I'll just keep my eyes and ears open to pick up any fallout...Lon


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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Underwater Ghost Hunters Dive For Sunken Spirits

Those who die at sea might never leave the water — body or soul. And if they’re still there, perhaps haunting the reefs and shipwrecks where they perished, Paranormal Divers aims to find them.

The Cape Coral-based company is preparing for a summer of ghost-hunting in Bay area waters, with investigations of the Gunsmoke, a shrimp trawler that mysteriously sank with a cargo of marijuana 14 miles west of Egmont Key in 1977; the Blackthorn, a Coast Guard buoy tender that collided with a freighter in 1980, killing 23 seamen; and the waters beneath the old Sunshine Skyway, where 35 people died after a freighter rammed the bridge in ‘80.

“We pick a wreck that has some potentially haunted history and then we check it out,“ says Lee Ehrlich, president of Ghost Pros Paranormal Inc.

The company films its search and sells the videos, which weave in the story of the site — fact and lore — and the Paranormal Divers’ experience.

“We look for the stories, the romance,“ Ehrlich says. “We’re putting the ghost back in the ghost ship.“

At each site, the dive team first sets up sonar drones to record the underwater sounds. The recordings are analyzed “to determine what sounds you are not suppose to hear ... possibly sounds of the paranormal,“ Ehrlich says.

To capture the sights, Paranormal Divers has teamed with Tampa-based SeaViewer Underwater Video Systems, whose clients include The Discovery Channel, NOAA’s National Weather Service, The Army Engineers and ESPN. SeaViewer’s high-definition studio cameras were used to film scenes in the Russell Crowe movie “Master and Commander”.

Once all the recorded data is collected, Ghost Pros will plan a nighttime excursion. At the Gunsmoke, Ehrlich says, divers will thoroughly explore the wreckage.

“What makes the Gunsmoke compelling is nobody knows what happened,“ he says.

The trawler was found abandoned and sinking in January 1977, according to news accounts. Ehrlich says two people disappeared.

“We want to go into that ship, really see what’s in there,“ he says.

The divers will also watch for the telltale glow of bioluminescence light forms and listen for unusual sounds.

Ehrlich says he’s not trying to convince anyone of paranormal activity.

“We offer our evidence in good-faith for both Scientific (as applicable) and Entertainment value, and it is up to the viewer to believe what he or she feels is the truth,“ according to a disclaimer at

But the sites Ghost Pros explores are rich in lore, and the explorations are fascinating, Ehrlich says.

“If you were to die in some strange setting,“ he says, “wouldn’t you want to know that someone was looking for you?“

Video: Orb Anomaly Witnessed in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Statement (broken English): In Chelyabinsk ,Lucent object yellow color frozen above crossroads after things began move on strange trajectory. Car which was traveling on prospect sharply retarded trying avoided collision. Into frame hit two people they very active look on parties, else two others pedestrians on other side roads too lead themselves unusual one man likely something saw while what on junction none no and began photographs, there is she flash second pedestrian something frightened seen as he runs.

"When I climbed on the monument, I saw a stopped car. in the sky something weird coruscate. the ball was moving very fast. The phone is not cheating. this is not hallucinations. all the people who were at the prospect, too, saw the ball. Object move with very great speed."

NOTE: very strange indeed...the object was seen on a CCTV as well as captured on camera by Alex Maltsev and Konstantin Konovalov. My first impression was that this is 'ball lightning'. I'm open for suggestion....Lon

Video: UFO Formation - Mainville / Mason, Ohio - May 23, 2009

Witness statement: May 23, 2009 - Mainville / Mason, Ohio

My family and I were all celebrating my nephews 10th birthday, on May 23, 2009. At approx 9:55pm my partner noticed three (3) individual orange-ish/white-ish lights in the sky.

He yelled out, "Oh my GOD, look at that!" so we all turned to look. What we seen we weren't prepared for. It appeared to be a triangular "UFO". These three (3) lights looked as if to be fireballs, with tracing firey tails.

They were ALWAYS changing form, from a triangle, to a straight line, and back to a triangle formation. They flew acrossed the sky a bit, however toward the end of the event, they remained stationary.

I ran inside to find my camera, and shot some of the final moments on film. The last few seconds they appeared to be falling, as a leaf would. As the "crafts" descended toward the ground, below the tree line, we noticed a plane flying around the same site in which the lights (crafts) were. There were many witnesses (15+). I have had a "UFO" experience once before, however this event is totally unlike ANYTHING I have ever seen before.

NOTE: a group of people noticed three lights that appeared to form a triangle, according to witness statement on the MUFON database. The lights broke formation and then reformed a triangle. The lights remained stationary at one point during the encounter. I'm hoping more witnesses will come forward this week...Lon

Big Cat Observed Near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

THE “Wildcat of the Chilterns” has been spotted again.

The latest sighting was made by Nigel Spiers, who was driving to work early on Tuesday morning when he came across what he believes may have been a black panther.

He was in Greys Road just before Highlands Farm when he saw the creature sitting at the roadside.

Mr Spiers, 45, of Farm Road, Henley, said: “He was sitting down and just looking at me and didn’t seem at all bothered I was there. He just stood up, ducked his head and, with two loping strides, was through the hedge and into the field.”

He said the animal was about the size of a labrador.

“It was jet black,” said Mr Spiers. “I know my wildlife and it was not a dog. I am certain it was a big cat. It looked just like a panther. It had the most beautiful tail, which was like that of a cheetah, designed to help balance when running.”

Mr Spiers, a sash window renovator, said the animal could have been hunting rabbits.

He added: “I was aware that big cats like this had been seen before. My boss saw one once so I was not that surprised.”

There has been a catalogue of sightings of similar creatures in the area. In 1998, in the space of just a few months, there were reports of a panther-like animal in Goring, Stoke Row, Fawley, Ipsden and Woodcote.

In May 2001, one was spotted in Nuffield and in June 2005 a beige big cat was seen by a train driver near Wargrave station.

In the same month, the shopkeeper at Binfield Heath stores saw a big cat resembling a panther walking through the centre of the village and a woman spotted one a week earlier in Harpsden.

In September 2006, there were reports from Nettlebed and Sonning Eye, where an angler said the creature was larger than his 7st dog,

The last sighting before Tuesday’s was at Cookley Green when a large cat-like creature was seen jumping a stie by the B481.

Paul Westwood, who runs Big Cat Monitors, said South Oxfordshire was a hotspot for sightings.

“There has been quite a lot of activity in the area,” he said. “I am convinced these creatures are either panthers or black leopards.”

He advised anyone who came across a not to panic.

“Stand still and don’t run,” he said. “Avoid making eye contact and just slowly back away.”

Mr Westwood said it is possible the animals were kept in a private collection and had escaped.

There is no distinct species as black panther. The term is used to describe a number of wild black-coated cats, normally leopards or jaguars. They get their colour from excessive production of melanin and are normally found in the dense, tropical rain forests of south east Asia.

Unprovoked Komodo Dragon Attacks Terrify Villagers

Komodo dragons have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom that can kill a person within hours of a bite. Yet villagers who have lived for generations alongside the world's largest lizard were not afraid — until the dragons started to attack.

The stories spread quickly across this smattering of tropical islands in southeastern Indonesia, the only place the endangered reptiles can still be found in the wild: Two people were killed since 2007 — a young boy and a fisherman — and others were badly wounded after being charged unprovoked.

Komodo dragon attacks are still rare, experts note. But fear is swirling through the fishing villages, along with questions on how best to live with the dragons in the future.

Main, a 46-year-old park ranger, who like many Indonesians goes by a single name, was doing paperwork when a dragon slithered up the stairs of his wooden hut in Komodo National Park and went for his ankles dangling beneath the desk. When the ranger tried to pry open the beast's powerful jaws, it locked its teeth into his hand.

"I thought I wouldn't survive ... I've spent half my life working with Komodos and have never seen anything like it," said Main, pointing to his jagged gashes, sewn up with 55 stitches and still swollen three months later. "Luckily, my friends heard my screams and got me to hospital in time."

Komodos, which are popular at zoos in the United States to Europe, grow to be 10 feet long and 150 pounds. All of the estimated 2,500 left in the wild can be found within the 700-square-mile Komodo National Park, mostly on its two largest islands, Komodo and Rinca. The lizards on neighboring Padar were wiped out in the 1980s when hunters killed their main prey, deer.

Though poaching is illegal, the sheer size of the park — and a shortage of rangers — makes it almost impossible to patrol, said Heru Rudiharto, a biologist and reptile expert. Villagers say the dragons are hungry and more aggressive toward humans because their food is being poached, though park officials are quick to disagree.

The giant lizards have always been dangerous, said Rudiharto. However tame they may appear, lounging beneath trees and gazing at the sea from white-sand beaches, they are fast, strong and deadly.


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Monday, May 25, 2009

Videos: Pulsating UFOs - Miami, Florida and Western Wyoming

Video taken near Miami, Florida at Opa-locka - May 13, 2009

Statement: We filmed these objects from our back deck in Western Wyoming. We used a digital camcorder and digital camera on a tripod. All film and photos are real and have not been photo shopped or altered in any way. We don't know what these objects are, they are creepy, but yet beautiful in their own way. (May 18, 2009)

We filmed this object Feb. 4, 2009 with a Fuji FinePix S700 on a tripod. Object was in a southeast direction. We left the camera on the tripod and went in the house for a while because of the cold temps. We see these objects all the time. They appear to be masquerading as stars, but are not and are usually brighter than the average star. They also appear to pulsate from white to different colors of red, blue and green.

NOTE: over the past 6 months there has been a surge of pulsating UFOs captured on video and digital camera worldwide. These videos I've posted are some of the better examples. The last 2 videos were from the same witness in Western Wyoming who has been documenting these events since February 2009...Lon

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Video: UFO Intercepts Airliner Over Gorebridge, Midlothian (Scotland) - May 21, 2009

A video said to show a UFO flying close to a passenger jet in the skies over Midlothian has been posted on video-sharing website YouTube.

The video, said to have been filmed from Birkenside in Gorebridge at 10.30pm last Thursday night, appears to show an orb of light passing over the jet in the opposite direction of flight.

Posted by 51-year-old Jackie Gillies, it is the latest in a series of strange sightings over the Lothians in recent years.

In April last year orange orbs were seen over the Braid Hills, but they were later dismissed as Chinese lanterns.

In 2007, the Government opened UFO records for the first time, with sightings including a series of flashing lights over Corstorphine Hill in 1998.

MUFON Report: Italian Lawyer Claims Evidence of Extraterrestrial Civilization

MUFON Report:

Case Number: 17081
Log Number: IT-05232009-0006
Submitted Date: 2009-05-23 05:19
Status: Submitted
Country: IT
Longitude: 13.367
Latitude: 42.367
Shape: Other

Dear Director

This is not a Joke. I'm an Italian Lawyer, and I have evidences (proof) of Extraterrestrial Civilization hidden at the world and now exposed. I don't speak English very well, so I hope that in your office there is someone that could better translate this message about the evidence (satellites images from official and public source) undeniable of an Extraterrestrial civilization, their huge buildings (dozens Km. square) and more, as you can see. I consider this the sum of the evidence as incontrovertible.

Thanks for your attention. I pray not to take to this mail like a hoax or a joke. In those days I’m try to contact international media to disclose this story and show a little part of what I said. I know is not easy, and I can understand your skepticism, but the proofs are huge and public, easy to find for all the people that could looks by themselves, even if well hidden and smuggled. I’m not a liar in looks for of crazy publicity or visionary, but a Lawyer of Bari (Italy).

There are not Video footage's or simple UFO pictures, but images satellites from Official source that reproduce huge buildings...and other... I know that is too big story to believe, and you have my comprehension, but it is all true. I’m a rational person, even if I have the passion for this kind of arguments, but this to which are found forehead very goes beyond any fantasy or subjective interpretation. This that I have learned and seen has literally astounded me, and not I hide that I have found it hard to believe in this that I was observing.

At the moment, however, the task that is entrusted me is only that to try to show to the average, within a short of time, this incredible discovery and to protect professionally, under all the points of view, (personal and economic) the person who has entrusted to return me and partecipe of this secret. This person has entrusted me in order to disclose this that he has found and he has bound to most absolute professional reserve and the total anonymity to me.

I realize of vagueness of these affirmations, but, at the moment, I cannot say other in order not to compromise or to make useless my acts. The only indication that I can give you is that the information that I will be able to offer to you are officials, comes from public Agencies and Institutions and are not of this world: an irrefutable tests of an extraterrestrial civilization.

I hope to be contacted via email to clarify better all the aspects about this incredible news. I could send you some images in attachment, as little proof of what I claim. For the moment, Verify only the genuineness of those images with digital images technicians or geologists. (I do this yet!). Thanks for your attention. Sure of your professional reserve and the entire staff,

Sincerely yours.

Avv. Antonio Di Bello

NOTE: it seems that some type of video or still image evidence was submitted with a request to not release publicly. I know of one other group, other than MUFON, that received a similar report and evidence from this witness. Anyway, if any tangible evidence surfaces, I will post an update...Lon
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