Saturday, December 05, 2009

Alien Abduction - Dubno, Rovno Region, Ukraine - January 2008

NOTE: I was reading previous worldwide 'close encounter' reports and came across this case. What sparked my interest were the similarities of this case in the Ukraine to David E's alien home invasion ordeal. This incident was reported in January 2008 and occurred in Dubno, Rovno Region, Ukraine...Lon

34-year old Vladimir Voronezhskiy and his wife 29-year old Olga, at the time on maternity leave, were at home with their one and a half year old son Arthur and their daughters 9-year old Vanessa and 8-year old Angelica. Olga asked their daughters to go to a nearby shop. While returning home, both saw an unusual object in the sky, rushed home and told their family that they had seen a “flying star”. Olga told them that most likely it had been a satellite or a plane, but the girls objected and explained that the object had been round with strange white, yellow and red flashing lights around its perimeter. Both girls then drew a picture of what they had seen and despite the fact that they went to different rooms to sketch both drawings were quite similar. The girls then insisted that their parents go outside to look at the sky. Olga and Vladimir saw was a distant hovering object which was very high in the sky over the nearby river. It seemed to move and change shapes. Olga managed to take a photo of the object with her cell phone. The photo only shows a yellow spot or elongated strip with a black background. They finally went back inside, had supper and went to bed.

Around 0200am, Vladimir suddenly awoke and saw that the whole room was lit by a whitish-violet light. He began to wake his wife Olga, telling her that something was illuminating the house but she mumbled something, half asleep and told him that he was just dreaming, so both then continued sleeping. However, the strange light had not only woke Vladimir but their youngest daughter Angelica. A strong orange colored light shone on her face irritating her eyes, the light penetrated the room through a space between the blinds, illuminating the room like daylight. Scared, she ran to wake her mother. Olga woke up and pushed her sleeping husband and in a panic voice told him to look up. He was amazed to see that the ceiling of the room had apparently disappeared or had become totally transparent. Right over them, instead of the ceiling they could see open sky and a huge disk-shaped craft hovering right above.

Vladimir and his wife Olga ran outside their house wearing only their nightgowns. At about 100 meters from the house both could see the hovering disc shaped craft which emitted a strong white-violet luminosity. Terrified, both Olga and Vladimir were unable to move. Everything around them was reflecting the weird light from the UFO. Then Vladimir saw Olga ascending into the air, zooming up in a spiral motion, suddenly able to move he tried to grab her legs, but felt that he had no control over his body. Meanwhile Olga sensed being taken upwards and during that time she couldn’t move her arms or legs and she was nauseous. She was terrified and in apparent shock of what was happening to her. Suddenly both Olga and Vladimir appeared inside a white room without any furniture. The walls of the room were transparent, like glass.

Moments later, both witnessed 12 “living entities”. The humanoids were short---not taller than their oldest daughter Vanessa---all about 1.20m in height. They had three fingers on each hand, large heads with smooth gray skin. Vladimir didn’t notice any mouths, noses or ears on the entities. They wore a kind of completely sealed tight fitting coverall with masks and hoods that covered their bodies. The only detail visible on their faces were large black pupil-less eyes. The shape of their eyes was unusual “unlike the popular image often shown in the films about aliens from space” remarked Vladimir. The entities had no visible legs, and were moving around like “caterpillars”. The impression was that instead of legs, the humanoids had numerous tiny suckers under their long tight fitting suit and gave the impression that they floated. Only one of the aliens was taller from the rest, more than 2 meters in height and stood behind the other small humanoids. He wore a long loose fitting overall and his face was not visible at all.

The short entities approached Olga first, grabbed her moving her to another section of the room, placing her in a deep armchair which remotely resembled a gynecologist’s chair. Once Vladimir saw the aliens taking his wife, he was suddenly able to move and rushed towards Olga, in an attempt to free and defend her, but he suddenly stumbled upon what appeared to be an “invisible wall” or force field. Soon two of the small humanoids approached him. Terrified he asked them, “What’s going on guys?” They answered him telepathically, “Nothing terrible, soon you will be back home” “I am not satisfied with that” answered Vladimir angrily and began pushing the humanoids back, but at that moment two other entities came floating grabbed his arms and legs. However, being a professional wrestler and martial arts expert, Vladimir used several methods of Ushu wrestling to free himself. Incredibly he would kick off the entities from him and they would immediately return at him like a boomerang grabbing him again. The aliens asked him why he resisted, their words sounding straight inside his mind. The aliens would stare straight into his eyes each time they “spoke” to Vladimir; they were neither aggressive nor irritated. The voice inside his head according to Vladimir had no accent or timbre and apparently the aliens spoke in the Ukrainian language and sometimes used the so-called “surzhik” (a mixture of Ukrainian and Russian). Soon the aliens inserted four metallic rods into his chest area apparently paralyzing him completely. From that moment on he was not able to move at all. He could only stand there helplessly and watch the aliens “experiment” on his wife Olga.

The humanoids gestured to Olga to lie down. Looking around she didn’t see or noticed any surgical instrument of any kind around her, but somehow the entities without her noticing had cut performed an incision on her stomach. She sensed the smell of her inner organs, it was an unpleasant feeling. The shocked Olga could see her internal organs, but incredibly felt no pain, quite the contrary only tranquility and relaxation. The aliens seemed to be taking samples from her body and organs and apparently were now using different instruments to study the organs inside her abdomen. Olga had never seen such strange instruments before, she was only able to describe one that looked like a pair of pincers and had three clamps. The alien “doctors” also had three fingers on their hands. After the strange procedures the aliens closed and sewed up her stomach. How have they done this, Olga could not understand, apparently they had used some type of advanced bio-molecular technology, not even a scar remained. Before the abduction Olga had been bothered by stomach pains, and after the abduction she never suffered them again. During the “operation” the aliens talked to her, their voices sounding straight inside her head, they lacked mouths. The humanoids attempted to calm her, asking her how she felt and if she felt any pain. They told her, “We wouldn’t do you any harm; we just want to look”. Olga noticed that they always communicated in a very polite manner.

Apparently the aliens were more interested in communicating with Olga’s husband Vladimir. They explained to him, “The female is the entity in a stage less developed than the male entity”. According to Vladimir the aliens also subjected him to some medical experiments. They pushed an object resembling a pistol inside his head. While they did this he felt no pain. When the medical “tests” were over the aliens accompanied Vladimir, alone, to another separate room to talk to the 2 meter tall humanoid. The smaller humanoids respectfully called the taller humanoid by a word that Vladimir loosely translated as the “Professor”. While communicating with Vladimir if the aliens could not make him understand by the use of words they would in turn use symbols or images that would appear in Vladimir’s mind. For example they explained to Vladimir that their society was like a huge ant colony with everyone of the collective with a strictly defined social role. After Vladimir was brought in front of the “Professor” he asked the entity why they have taken him and his wife. “Why do you need us?” asked Vladimir. The tall humanoid answered “It has to be done” and promised an “excursion” throughout the galaxy as a compensation for the “medical suffering”.

Vladimir remembered that both Olga and he were then placed on large armchairs and that everything around them was transparent. They could easily see the stars and planets around them. For example, the sun looked like a diffused bright spot of light and Earth seemed like a tennis ball. Then he saw a bright blinding flash of light and experienced the feeling of nausea. In the next moment he saw that the spacecraft was now hovering above an unknown planet. After arriving there they stood up and were accompanied to another room, a kind of air lock or dock where the aliens placed them inside smaller craft---sort of cigar shaped “space boats” or modules to travel to the planet. They then separated from the mothership, entered the atmosphere and flew for a short period of time above the surface of the planet. Vladimir noticed what appeared to be holes or open pits on the surface of the planet. It appeared that the dwellers of this planet lived underground, like moles (or ants?), and their strict subsurface society reminded him of a giant hive. The “Professor” told Vladimir that this place was called by humans “Andromeda Nebula” (not clear). From what the tall alien told Vladimir, he understood that the aliens didn’t eat or drink in the usual manner that humans did, but absorb the necessary elements by a more sophisticated universal way. Their mode of life is totally underground. The humans or earthlings were a subject of interest to them because terrestrial people have feelings and emotions that the aliens do not possess. The tall alien also said that humans and cows were brought to earth from another planet.

After returning to the mothership there was another flash of light and more feeling of nausea and they then appeared at another location. Again, over another unknown and different planet. At this point, Vladimir asked how were they able to travel so fast, the tall alien answered that they could not overpass the speed of light so they traveled by tearing space (?) (Worm holes?). Vladimir admitted he wasn’t able to comprehend the concept. After this, one of the smaller humanoids said, “now this human knows too much”, that they couldn’t let him return home, that he was must stay with them or be eliminated. After hearing that telepathically Vladimir became angry and told them that he was not afraid of them that if they would try to kill him he will resist. After that the aliens communicated in a more respectful manner (?).

According to Vladimir, the alien abductors proposed that entered into sexual contact with a female humanoid of their species which had now appeared in the room. This alien woman had an awful appearance. She had a bald head, covered with tight fitting gray greenish skin. The aliens then asked Vladimir, “Where must they place her sexual organs?” (!) “How comfortable would you feel to have sex with her, in such or other position?” This situation became amusing to Vladimir who said, “Sorry guys I cannot have sexual relations with such an alien looking female” The aliens then accompanied their woman to a small round platform, where a column of light unexpectedly appeared. The next moment the alien woman walked out of the platform, now with a quite different shape, she now looked like a very beautiful human woman. However Vladimir couldn’t see her body, something like a white bed sheet had been place over her body area. But her face was very attractive with beautiful dark hair, exactly to Vladimir’s taste. Vladimir realized that the aliens had penetrated deep into his thoughts and had materialized the ideal image of a woman for him. Vladimir enjoyed his new sexual partner’s company, however upon seeing this Olga reacted with extreme jealousy and became hysterical, screaming for the aliens to stop the procedure immediately. The aliens apparently became confused and said, “You humans always mate together sexually, just like what’s the matter?" Olga answered, “No! We don’t just mate. We have feelings and emotions!” Upon seeing his wife’s reactions, Vladimir restrained himself from additional contact.

Both witnesses understood that having such feelings was the central interest of the aliens. The 2 meter tall aliens said, “We do not understand you, why haven’t you, intelligent animals, destroyed yourselves yet? How can you survive with your emotions?” The tall alien then added that their principal task was to teach earthlings about extraterrestrial technology. He said that there was a “space war” going on at this time in the Universe” and he said, “The entity that you call God, has implanted much information into Earth and into the waters of it. Those who are against God want that information destroyed. If the Earth is going to be destroyed, the son of God would arrive to Earth again and will restore everything living it”. This is literally what the tall alien told Vladimir. Vladimir also asked the “Professor” about death, and according to the professor the aliens didn’t fear death because it does not exist, that it was only a transition into a different form of existence.

Vladimir states that during the whole contact experience “nothing amazed him” since he had not time to think about it at the time. Through the transparent surface of the cabin the witnesses could see planet Earth approaching and felt that their spacecraft was slowing down. The couple was then returned back to Earth the very same way they were abducted, first in the smaller module and then the large disc-shaped craft and then through the roof of their home inside a beam of light. Before returning the witnesses the humanoids promised to return in two years (2010).

At 1100am the next morning Vladimir and his wife Olga awoke not speaking about what had occurred. Olga decided that she was probably going crazy or that it had just been a wild dream or nightmare. Incredibly, Vladimir had exactly the same thoughts in his head. Finally they talked about what had occurred and after analyzing the mutual identical memories they understood, that what had happened had not been a dream but reality. Vladimir phoned his friend in Kiev and was put in contact with researcher Yuriy Stepanov who hypnotically regressed Vladimir in February 2008. Vladimir remembered additional details of his captivity with the aliens. He drew a picture of the disk-shaped craft which had abducted them, with multicolored lights around its circumference with a dome on top and emitting a large column of violet white light which projected from its center. He also drew sketches of the humanoids. He remembered that while in space the object (spacecraft) had been surrounded by a field (layer) of plasma, he understood that this field was able to make the object invisible to the human eye and prevented it from being detected by radars.

The whole family requested extensive medical tests on them to see if the aliens had left behind any implants and to try to find any traces of surgery. Both feel well and by some mysterious manner Vladimir lost his gray hairs and his physical powers of endurance increased after the abduction. Olga was also cured of her chronic colitis and she also gained the ability to make a drunken man sober by placing the palm of her hand on the man’s forehead for 2-3 minutes. However the family soon became the subject of mockeries and sneers by neighbors and strangers and some accused the family of being “drunks”.

According to researcher Stepanov, quoting the Department of Inner Affairs of Ukraine, about 4,000 people go missing in the Ukraine every year and according to his opinion some of these have been taken by UFOs and more than likely willingly.

Retired USAF Lt. Col. Recalls UFO Encounter

socyberty - Ret. USAF Lt. Colonel Wendelle Stevens recalls seeing UFO’s in the Artic region back in 1947. Wendelle C. Stevens was born January 18, 1923 and served in the Army Air Force, in 1942. He was stationed at Wright Field as part of a large technical review program of captured Nazi air technical documents. After the war ended Stevens was then assigned to Alaska during that time the United States began extensive surveillance and mapping missions of Alaska and the north polar regions. Between 1947 to 1949, he supervised a highly classified team of technical specialists who installed sophisticated data collecting equipment aboard the SAC B-29’s.

Known as Project Ptarmigan, a hi-tech research project, photographing and mapping the Artic land and sea area in great detail. After the war with Germany and the concerns of Russia, the US Military wanted to analyze all EMF emissions in the Arctic, to record, capture on film any and all anomalous phenomena, and keep a record of any electrical disturbances or engine systems from possible aircraft, looking for any external influences caused by unidentified flying objects.

Their efforts were not in vain and quite prolific. Stevens often received reports from flight crews about what pilots back than were calling “bogies” or UFO’s. Stevens was getting numerous reports on multiple sightings all the time. One report even stated seeing a UFO traveling under water, surfacing, and than flew away at a high rate of speed. He knew nothing on Earth could do that, no known craft with 1940’s technology could maneuver like that. To backup any claims all B-29’s flying these reconnaissance missions had a variety of cameras on them and they took numerous amounts of film footage. But Colonel Stevens states that all B-29’s captured footage of UFO’s were packed and shipped out to Washington, DC. Where Pentagon Intelligence personnel would take the film, and after that, no one ever hears anything more about it.

Stevens was very intrigued by all the evidence being recovered by Project Ptarmigan. But everything was sent to Washington, DC. in a veil of secrecy and kept totally under raps. Stevens began his own UFO investigation while still in the military. He started collecting photographs and eyewitness accounts of close encounters. When he retired from the US Air Force, Stevens continued with his own research and collection of UFO reports. From his own UFO investigation over the years he has written and co-authored over 30 books on the subject. His private collection of more than 4,000 UFO photographs is unsurpassed. Stevens is well into his 80’s now and still has the unquenchable thirst to simply know the truth about what UFO’s really are.

Pigs DO Fly!

Now, for a bit of humor. This little piggy is more than happy to show the world two clean pairs of heels. At six weeks old, Scarlett the rare-breed porker has already mastered the art of trampolining. Owners Gwen and Steve Howell say the woolly Hungarian mangalitza enjoys the experience so much that their daughters Tara, 14, and Alex, eight, now have to wait their turn to play. Mr and Mrs Howell, both estate agents, have seven pet pigs on their farm in Shrewsbury, UK. Scarlett’s father Percy was the first to try the trampoline but is now so fat that he would probably break it.

The couple are planning to show off Scarlett’s skills to Simon Cowell next week at auditions for Britain’s Got Talent. Mrs Howell said: ‘Scarlett will be trampolining and two of our other pigs, Arthur and Polly, will be doing their own dances nearby. We hope the judges will be impressed.”

The Top 10 Anomalous, Dubious, Hoax, Events and Links of 2009

From Rick Phillips, 'The Anomaly Man': Hello, welcome back to what is now the second annual listing of The Top 10 Anomalous, Dubious, Hoax, Events and Links of 2009 - a year end tradition started at The Heavy Stuff. This year, like last, we have a bevy of links that appeared on the internet that qualified as anomalous in many areas of ParaNormality - but - mixed in - of course, - we had the tricksters, hoaxers, and just plain unquantifiable information - which we have to include in this day and age of CGI videos and more. Indeed, the coverage by the MSM of the hoaxes is becoming part of the total Fortean story. Such is the state of the anomalous internet world of 2009. Go to The Top 10 Anomalous, Dubious, Hoax, Events and Links of 2009

NOTE: I have high regard for Rick's opinion. He is one of the first bloggers I got to know when I started 'Phantoms and Monsters'. You can also go to his daily site at The AnomalyMan Listing. BTW, 'The Perth Orbs' case was listed as part of the #1 paranormal stories of 2009!..Lon


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Friday, December 04, 2009

Mailbag: Readers' Paranormal Experiences

This is a response to your article about Ouija boards. I thought I would tell you about an experience my sister had many years ago.

She was around 15 or so and was at a friend's house for a sleepover. Her and a few other friends decided to play with a Ouija board in their garage. Her friend's mother was at work and her father was in bed, so they had no supervision. While playing with the board they asked if anyone who wanted to speak to them. They got a YES, they asked for a name. They got MOM, they asked for a message. They got UNDR BRIDG. They did not understand the message at the time.

Later, after they had gone on to bed, there was a knock at the front door. It was the local sheriff who had come to the house to tell the girl's father that his wife had been killed in a car accident on her way home from work that night. Her car was found submerged in water under a bridge just a few miles from their home.

To this day, my sister will not go near or even discuss the subject of
Ouija boards.

In 1974, I made a trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, an Indian Reservation. A friend was showing me around the reservation on a March evening at about 4PM in the afternoon. He noticed something in the sky which, at first, he thought was a plane making a bank and called my attention to it.

As it turned out, it was not a plane. It was a round object that stopped abruptly about 1000 feet above the tree line. To this day, I do not know if the whole craft was spinning or if the lights around the edge of the craft were spinning, exhibiting white, green and red lights. We watched the object (which was huge) until 4 o'clock in the morning. From time to time, brightly lit orbs would come out of the bottom of the craft, would stop just below the craft like it was awaiting orders, then would streak off in the night sky and disappear. The sighting was never reported, but was seen by several people in the town of Pawhuska.

In 1985, I saw another object in Graham, Young County, Texas. It was a huge, matte object of a distinct gray with a black trim in the middle of the circle. There were no lights. No sound. Just a gentle whoosh as it passed just over the tree tops; flying low.

Since then, I have seen many "blinkers". I call them that because they appear and if you blink, they disappear. Most of these have been a daylight sighting and the craft have been small and a bright, silver color. These sightings took place in various times and places from 1985 through 2001. All in Young County, Texas. I moved to South Carolina in 2001 and have not seen any since then.

There are a few things that have happened in our home and one, when I was in Italy as a child. I will start from the most recent to the earliest.

About three years ago, I was in my bathroom and was just finishing dressing. I was thinking to myself that I felt I was putting on weight and that I should go on a diet. Then all of a sudden something smacked me on the backside. I turned and looked and nothing was there. I told my kids, my husband and my friends and no one had an answer. Then about six years ago, my daughter and I were in the kitchen. My daughter’s birthday was coming up, family and friends were sending her birthday cards and I usually display them on the counter above the dishwasher. There were about five cards facing front. We started to talk about where she wanted to go for her birthday and all of a sudden my daughter said "Mom, look!" All the birthday cards were facing back towards the back splash. Well, needless to say, we were scared out of our minds. I told my daughter that maybe it was my mother who passed on. She probably said nobody’s card would be as important as mine, only because she adored my daughter and spent much time with her when she was alive.

Now, going back ten years ago. My son was six and he had just lost his tooth. He came running down to the kitchen to show me and said, "Mom I just lost my tooth", and I, of course, made a big thing about it and said "OK we have to give it to the tooth fairy tonight." My son and I were at the kitchen table and he was sitting across from me. I went to put it in this silver antique tooth fairy box that someone had given my son as a baby gift when he was born. All of a sudden, the tooth went straight up about two feet from the table and made a left about five feet and then dropped to the floor and broke. I think my son, at first, was so scared he couldn’t even talk. We just looked at each other. All my son could say is "what was that?" I just said I didn't know, but don’t worry, the tooth fairy will still take it. I put in the box. Yes, the tooth fairy still came and yes I still have the broken tooth.

My earliest experience was when I lived in Italy at age four. I was sick and I was in my parent's bed. The bedroom was in a loft and I was about 20 feet away from the balcony. I woke up and I noticed a ball of fire that kept spinning around in place by the balcony. I couldn’t take my eyes away from it. Suddenly, it changed to a hand that came towards me very quickly and I put the sheets over my head and started to scream. My parents woke up and I told my mother and she said it’s probably because you don’t feel well. Well, 42 years later and I still haven’t forgotten it.

Recent Alien Abduction Reports - Nevada / Texas

The following witness statements were recently reported:

Trucker Abducted in Nevada

Event date: 7/16/1978
Reported: 11/21/2009

Witness statement (unrevised):
I was headed westbound on hwy 80 as I've done many times before,taking a load to san was about 0200-0230 as I was approaching the tunnel,it's located about half way thru Nev.,when I started to feel really strange.I remember entering the tunnel and then nothing....... the next thing I knew I was in McCaren 76 truck stop,comming up off the steering wheel,feeling completley disoriented,and wondering what had just happened.What astounded me evev more is that I when looked at my "el-cheapo" truck stop Timex I noticed it had stopped,it's battery opperated!and was working before!!.I somehow had arrived at the truck stop approx. 4 hours earlier than expected,and by all means the truck I was driving could only run a max speed of 68 mph This happened about july of '78. Since then I have had several encounters with "outworlders" or their spacecraft. sincerely Edward Choda

UFO Sighting, Possible Abduction - Schertz, Texas

Event date: 1/6/1995
Reported: 11/23/2009

Witness statement (unrevised): My mother was driving me to pick up my paycheck. We'd just left my apartment on Schertz Parkway in Schertz, Texas and were heading west to I35. I was leaning my head on the passenger window when I noticed the reflection of something in the glass out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look right expecting to see some F-15's flying towards Randolph Air Force Base since it's one town over. Instead, I saw two, huge, hovering silvery things, for lack of a better word. They were oval in shape, grayish-silver, reflective but like a brushed nickel. No identifying marks, windows, or lights were on these craft. I shouted at my mom to look. She turned and looked and said "What the hell is that?" I begged her to pull over or turn around. At first, she didn't want to. Then she U-turned and we came back around to the same spot. I looked out the window over the cow fields (there are homes there now) on the corner of Schertz Parkway and Live Oak Road. Their was absolutely no sound coming from these things and they seemed to be hovering very low, not even perceptibly moving. The one on the left suddenly shot straight up and was gone in the blink of an eye. The one on the right, hovered off backwards away from us, slightly behind a treeline, then it too, shot straight up and was gone. It was incredible. I couldn't believe what I'd just seen in broad daylight, at noonish, no less. There were no clouds in the sky that day. We never reported this to anyone because mom thought people would think we were crazy. I pointed out that we both saw it, not just one of us. The funny thing is, she swears we got out of the car and walked to the fenceline, but I don't remember ever getting out of the car. I would remember something like that since I have a physical handicap that required her help to get out of her low vehicle. That's the only discrepancy in both our stories. I lived far too close to where this occured, nearly across the street! I spent the next year scared every night when I went to bed. I don't know if the air force base caught anything on radar, but I did notice increased air traffic over Schertz that afternoon. Perhaps they have a file. There were about two to three other vehicles driving by at the time. Maybe someone else reported a sighting, but we were the only ones to pull over and look.

Review: The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts

The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts: Apparitions, Spirits, Spectral Lights and Other Hauntings of History and Legend
By Raymond Buckland
Publisher: Weiser Books (September 2009)

Review by Lee Prosser - review

Raymond Buckland has created a memorable reading experience with his new book on ghosts. The book also serves as an accurate, educational field guide to the paranormal. Small and compact, this quality paperback is convenient to slip into a knapsack or to slip into a brief case for whatever journey you plan to undertake.

Whether your interest is phantoms of battlefields, biblical ghosts, apparitions, vampires, shadow people, or knowing the difference between a ghoul and a psychopomp, this book has the facts! There is also a well-arranged suggested reading section for additional information and research.

Following a lively and insightful introduction, the subject matter starts with ancestral ghosts, and covers a wide range of paranormal topics. Among the many items covered are animal ghosts, apparitions, battlefield ghosts, celebrity ghosts (such as Lucille Ball, James Dean, Red Foxx, Jean Harlow, Jesse James, John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, George Reeves, Rudolph Valentino, John Wayne, and Orson Welles), literary ghosts, materializations, poltergeists, spectral lights, among others.

A section on practical ghost hunting covers EMFs, cameras, EVP recorders, and other instruments. The importance of record keeping and research are also discussed.

This is definitely Raymond Buckland at his very finest. The writing is crisp, concise, accurate, and with that special blend of Buckland humor that always adds to his well-crafted writings. If you are looking for a hands-on guide to ghosts, this excellent field guide by Buckland from Weiser Books should be in your library, glove compartment of your car, or close nearby for easy reference. Congratulations to the author on a fine book, and to Weiser Books for publishing it and making it available to a wide reading audience.

Topnotch. Excellent. Enjoyable reading. Highly recommended. This sums up Buckland's book about ghosts.

NOTE: I don't normally give book reviews but I needed to comment on this particular field guide. It is a detailed and comprehensive work with practical tips for all ghost hunters. There are very good historical references as well as interesting explanations of terms used by paranormal professionals. I recommend this guide as a great primer for those who want to start investigations and a 'must-have' addition to any paranormal library. BTW, Weiser Books has started to publish a variety of paranormal field guides...Lon

British MoD UFO Department Deep-Sixed

telegraph - The MoD department, which has dealt with more than 12,000 reports – including 135 last year - was used to assess threats posed by any Unidentified Flying Objects sightings throughout Britain.

Any reports made would now not be investigated or followed up as the hotline had been closed, a spokesman said.

UFO experts expressed anger at the decision.

MoD chiefs made the decision to close the £50,000 a year department, established in 1950, after deciding there was no benefit investigating sightings which were “an inappropriate use of defence resources”.

It comes after the team was moved from the MoD’s team, similar to the FBI team featured in the TV programme the X Files, was moved a year ago from the Whitehall Headquarters to the RAF Command in High Wycombe, Bucks.

After an application under the Freedom of Information Act, the MoD admitted that responding to every UFO sightings “diverts MoD resources from tasks that are relevant to Defence”.

No decision was announced and the disclosure was instead buried on its website earlier this month.

It said that in more than 50 years “no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom”.

After investigation, around 5 per cent of reports remain unexplained.

“The MOD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life,” the spokesman said.

“The MOD has no specific capability for identifying the nature of such sightings.

“Accordingly, and in order to make best use of Defence resources, we have decided that from the 1 December 2009 the dedicated UFO hotline answer-phone service and e-mail address will be withdrawn.”

He added: “MOD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them.”

Nick Pope, who ran the Ministry of Defence UFO project from 1991 to 1994, said it was “outrageous”.

“We’re leaving ourselves wide open to terrorist attacks,” he told The Sun.

The spokesman said the programme to release departmental files on UFO matters to the National Archive would continue.

NOTE: Frankly, it sounds to me like the Brits are combining their UFO / ET investigations with a fringe science investigative unit. BTW, don't let anyone tell you that the US and world governments doesn't investigate the paranormal...Lon


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Thursday, December 03, 2009

UPDATE - Paranormal Team Claims Apparition Led Them To Bones

I received an email and images in reference to this case:

"My name is Frank Lovoi, Co-founder of H.I.T Men “Haunting Investigative Team of South Louisiana. We are the group that took the picture of the apparition of the ghost and the group that found the bones. The picture was submitted to the newspaper on disc but for some reason was not publicized. It may be for pixilation reasons. We have in our possession the digital memory stick plus copies on disk as well as copies saved on computer in files. What makes this story unique is that had we not taken these pictures we would have never investigated the house. I really believe that there is a lot more to this story that will soon come out. I don’t buy the Indian bones theory... but than again I may be wrong."

The image: "notice the two sliding glass doors and before you zoom on the picture you will see his arm. Slowly zoom it in and you will see a big guy in denim is amazing. There was no one there!!! The house is vacant!"

Here is the posting link from 11/29/09 - Paranormal Team Claims Apparition Led Them To Bones

NOTE: the following images are those of the bones found in the house. I have since learned that a huge sawmill (Dibert, Stark & Brown Cypress Co. Ltd. - Donner, Louisiana) once stood on this property. Spiritual consultant, SW, examined the images and states the following. "As for the photo, that is not overalls the man is wearing. It is a blue apron. I immediately picked up on that he worked around animals... a lot. Either as a farrier (blacksmithing/horseshoeing), or as a butcher... probably both. See how powerfully built he is? That tells me he was used to rough and heavy work.

I need to see some of the bones. I can get more from them, I'm sure... but I don't get the impression that this apparition was a criminal. He died somewhere on the property... somewhere near that house. The house is just inside an area that is deemed "sacred". Many native peoples died there, in strife."
If more evidence is forthcoming, I will post here...Lon

For comparison, as you can see in the images below, the apparition is not visible.

SW has forwarded the following comments in regards to the bones and the area surrounding the house:

"I looked at the photos and now as I write to you, I let the thoughts come to me, as they will. Most of those bones appear to be old... from a time way past. I keep sensing "out of the ground". I believe most of those bones were dug up and moved there. It is no wonder there are so many restless spirits but I'm sensing the blending of remains. There is a sense of "scattering of pieces"... and... something... dark. Oh... Oh, crap.

I just had a tightening in my throat.

I might add that there were 3 'haints' in the house at the time the photos were taken. One looking out the door and 2 looking out from the window. Bad mojo. I would warn the investigators."

UFOs and Close Encounters - New Zealand

NOTE: I recently contacted Sam, a resident of New Zealand who has been experiencing strange encounters and documenting UFO activity since 2005. Below, I have posted (without revision) some of his commentary from his blog. He has given me permission to present it here...Lon

"Of my remarkable, colorful and odd looking UFO pictures, most are captured from invisible objects. It doesn’t matter how bright or how big they are shown in the photos. Only 20 pictures were seen with my eye. Some objects were even 1 to 3 meters from where I stood. I just couldn’t see their fingers or hear any noisy. Only once, two invisible objects landed on the top of my tent, and then I could see some silver mist, like Moon light, shower from the top. I tried to grab the blur fog with my hand, I got nothing. But one evening of October(?) 2005 I saw a spinning small bell shaped flying saucer come down from the cloud, and stayed 35 meters (?) above my kitchen’s roof for a minute then slowly turned to another direction.

Also my encounter with various types and large number of space life is different than those described events of UFO history. Their size ranged from sand to egg to basketball, to as big as 60 meters wide. Their shapes were micro- organism, insects, reptiles, Phoenix, Dragon and Mothman…...etc. Humanoid fingers appeared from a Martian(?) captain, middle-age knight, grasshopper robot, upright big bird to bubble shaped evil heads…….etc. All those images are in my photos collection.

Luckily, all happenings run smoothly and peacefully, looks I haven’t been abducted in these two years ( I can’t remember about before ). My house and family life haven’t been disturbed. Physically, only my body some time feel extremely cold. I know that is not coincident, someone or something is behind it. Why? Two different space-life come together to my place often, the small one stands or lies on the top the big one. But the big one wears a red collar on its neck, which is to keep the little one safe (holds them together? Or may be the little one can’t fly?). My question is “who puts the collar on?”

His remarkable images are posted on YouTube

Channeling Farrah

etonline - Is Farrah speaking out from the great beyond? Alana Stewart and medium James Van Praagh talk to ET about their otherworldly experience in trying to reach Alana's best friend, Farrah Fawcett.

"Some people don't believe in an afterlife, but I do, and I do believe that her spirit is very much around me," says Alana, who adds she was initially reluctant to have the session filmed, "because that needs to be something personal."

"Farrah is right behind me, really really strong, and saying, 'Come on let's go," says James during their psychic session, and Alana replies, "That is so her, that is so her! That is so strange. Whenever she was impatient, she would sit like that and put her hand to her face and go, 'Come on, let's go.'"

During Alana's reading, part of "Psychic Hollywood -- The Search For The Truth," airing December 9 on E!, Farrah sends a message that has Alana in tears.

"She said, 'Thank you for wearing my bracelet,'" says James, and Alana replies, "I'm wearing it right now! … She gave this to me for my birthday two years ago. … Oh my God!"

"I started to cry, because I knew it was true," says Alana. "It was something only she would know, that no one would know but her and me."

Alana, who co-produced the Emmy-nominated "Farrah's Story," plans to keep her friend's spirit alive through The Farrah Fawcett Foundation for Cancer Research.

"She was pretty clear about the kinds of things she wanted to do so I feel like that's the thing I want to do now," says Alana. "I want to carry her wishes through and I want to help as many people as I can that are battling cancer."

Photo of Apparition - North Bergen, NJ

A New Jersey resident, Lee Farrell, submitted this photo to his local newspaper and swears it's a ghost in the window of a North Bergen home. The image, Farrell says, wasn't there when he turned around after taking this photo Sunday afternoon. Farrell said he was taking a picture of himself and doesn't know the owners of the home or anything about the house. What's your opinion? ...Lon

'Tall, Hairy Creature' Reported Roaming San Antonio, TX Area

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woai - Experts are now investigating reported sightings of a large, hairy, 'Bigfoot-type' creature on the West Side.

Police said the 'Bigfoot-type' creature was spotted in the area around Highway 151 and Loop 1604. A caller told police a large, tall, hairy creature dragged a deer carcass into the woods. Officers searched the area, but said they did not find anything.

"If one sighting is real, then that means something is out there," said Rick Tullos, who is a member of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization.

Tullos has traveled around the country to investigate sightings and is now checking out the latest report in the San Antonio area.

"We look for an area where the fence has been bent down," Tullos explained. "Or maybe evidence of some hairs caught in some of the barbs of the fence."

News 4 WOAI's crew looked around the area with Tullos and didn't find anything at first. But a short time later, a set of tracks was spotted that Tullos said did not look like those that would be made by a human.

Tullos said he will have to analyze the tracks and, hopefully, find more evidence of what may have been in the woods.

Tullos told News WOAI there have been a handful of sightings on the Far West Side, including out near Lackland Air Force Base.

NOTE: there are other write-ups on these sightings...though, it just doesn't pass the 'smell' test IMO. Anyway, take it for what it's worth...Lon


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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Ouija Board: Only a Game...?

ATS - "I was at my friend's house over the weekend and on Sunday night we decided to make ourselves a Ouija board, now... there will be people reading this saying, "you idiots!" and "what on earth were you thinking!", etc. I am perfectly aware that it can sometimes be dangerous if it isn't done in the correct way. I took all the precautions, using a piece of flat plywood which was laminated with plastic on the one side, using an old glass which could later be discarded.

Now...allow me to tell you what happened!

This was both our first time and we both assured each other that we were going to do it properly, no being stupid and pushing the glass around to fool the other.

We started off by saying a prayer and then asking if there were any spirits present. We were requesting only contact with peaceful and good energies/spirits.

The glass was moving very slowly at first and we were unsure if it was working or not. We asked if there was somebody who wished to talk to us and the glass slowly moved over to the 'yes' marker. We asked if the spirit was male or female and it indicated that it was female. We then asked it to spell out it's name. It then picked up a bit of speed, first going to a 'K' and then to a 'Y' and then to 'M' then it went back to the center, spelling out 'KYM'.

Now, my friend went absolutely white and you could see that he was freaked out. We then asked how she died and the spirit spelled ou and the spirit spelled out 'CAR'. My friend became even more freaked out. Then we asked what kind of car it was that she died in and it proceeded to spell out, RELIANT ROBIN. It was at this point that my friend told me that his auntie was dead, her name was Kym, that she died in a car accident and what car was she in??? You guessed it...she was in a Reliant Robin.

We then asked the spirit if it had anything to tell us. It indicated 'NO' and then said 'GOODBYE'.

Next we asked if there were anymore spirits that wished to communicate with us. It suddenly got very cold in the room and the hair was standing up on our necks and legs. This spirit was powerful, the glass moved a LOT faster. We asked if it was a male or female and it indicated that was a 'MALE'. We asked for the spirits name and it said he was called 'LIAM'. We asked for the spirit's age when he passed over and he went to the '7' and then to the '0' indicating '70'. We then asked whether he had anything to tell us and it proceeded to spell out, 'OLLIE'. Which is in fact my friend's younger brother's name! My friend then told me that his younger brother Ollie had seen the spirit of an old man standing in the garden some years earlier. We asked if it had anything else to tell us. We received some letters which seemed like total gibberish....'W L S' and 'W J S' and also 'O D O X'. We have yet to find out if the letters actually mean anything. The last thing it said to us was 'ADIEU', which I believe is French for farewell? We took that as our cue to finish up, we closed down with another prayer."

NOTE: I found this posted at ATS today...hopefully, these participants found benevolent spirits only. I have always been wary of using a Ouija board ever since I witnessed a real nasty entity sneak through during an investigation several years ago. What do you think of the results? Is this anecdote's result just a bit too convenient? What experiences have you had?...Lon


What is a Ouija board? Ouija boards came into existence as a parlor game in the mid-1800's, when spiritism and channeling were at the height of fashion. The word "Ouija" is a blend of the French and German words for "yes." Adolphus Theodore Wagner first patented Ouija boards, sometimes referred to as "talking boards," in London, England on January 23, 1854. In the patent, Wagner called his invention a "psychograph" and its purpose was to read the minds of people with "nervous energy." By 1861, Frenchman, Allan Kardac, was describing the Ouija board as instruments with which to open communications with the spirit world. In seven short years, the Ouija board had evolved from a mind-reader to portal of communication with the dead.

Modern Ouija boards were developed by inventor William Fuld in Baltimore, MD. Fuld sold his patent to Parker Brothers in 1966. Ouija boards, as we recognize them today, look nothing like the original prototypes. The 20-25 million Ouija boards sold by Parker Brothers consist of a rectangular game board that is covered with a woodcut-style alphabet, the words yes, no, and good-bye, and the numbers 0-9. Also included with the "game" is a heart-shaped plastic planchette. The planchette is the 'pointer' that is supposed to glide over the board under the direction of supernatural forces and form comments and questions by pointing out questions and comments. Parker Brothers has marketed Ouija Boards under the tagline, "It's only a game - isn't it?"


Reader Shares UFO / Alien Being Experiences

In December 1988, my father and I were on our farm feeding the animals a couple hundred yards from our house. We were walking along the road on our way back to the house when my father stopped, realizing he forgot to check on the cows. I went ahead as my father ran back to the barn. One or two minutes later, a neon orange oval craft popped up from a gully about 15 feet from me. The structure shimmered with a gaseous cloud enclosing the solid object. The structure could not have been smaller than 20 feet wide and may have been more than 25 feet. As it hovered above the road, I noticed round portholes in the side of the craft, though opaque from my angle. For three minutes the object hovered without making a sound. Then, just as sudden as it had appeared, it shot off through a patch of trees and vanished heading in a southwestern direction. I quickly fled the scene to share my experience with my parents.

After this experience, I was plagued by strange dreams of several boys and myself yelling as we ran from a UFO and jumped through a window. One night, in particular, I had my sleeping bag zipped up over my head out of fear from the experience. I felt as if something had reached in through the window and poked me through the sleeping bag. I couldn’t see what it was that terrorized me, but I think it was related to my previous experience.

When I grew older I had more unusual experiences. In 1997, I witnessed a formation of colored lights near a relative’s house while driving. The objects were red, white, yellow, and green and were approximately 40 yards away from my vehicle.

It was the most recent encounter, however, that finally spurred me to share my experiences as it was too bizarre to keep to myself. While hunting with friends on a farm three miles from my house, I came across a creature standing in the woods. It was a 'being' three feet tall with white skin, black almond shaped eyes with no whites, a small nose, and very thin lips. To my amazement, the 'being' looked almost human and was wearing a green camouflage hunting cap. My hunting buddies were turned away from it at the time, so I was the only one of us that witnessed the 'being' before it vanished. I think this 'being' may have been some sort of human-alien hybrid, but cannot explain why it was wearing a hunting cap.

Image is just a representation of UFO sighting

NOTE: I received this a few days ago. The witness, who lives in rural New York state, wants to remain anonymous at the present time but told me that he would possibly contact me later. If you have an interesting experience that you have questions about and/or want to share, please email me at

Denver To Vote On UFO/Extraterrestrials Commission

denverpost - A proposal to create a Denver commission to study visitors from outer space will go before voters this summer after supporters gathered the required signatures to get it on the ballot.

City Clerk and Recorder Stephanie O'Malley sent a letter on Monday to Jeff Peckman, who submitted the signatures, stating she had deemed them sufficient.

The ordinance change required 3,974 valid signatures. Peckman submitted more than 10,000 signatures.

Peckman said he will ask voters to approve creating the commission from "grants, gifts and donations."

The seven-member commission would be tasked with collecting evidence that extraterrestrials and their "UFO vehicles" have been visiting Earth.

Peckman, 55, of Denver, and a self-described entrepreneur, said the election on the issue would go with the next regularly scheduled citywide election, currently set for Aug. 10.

He predicted that the election would cause high-profile believers in extraterrestrial to come out and tell Denver voters about what they know.

"They will see there is an attentive audience, and that people are digging into this issue," Peckman said. "They will see there is an opportunity to say something when people are paying attention."

In 2003, Peckman pushed a "Safety Through Peace" initiative that voters rejected. If that proposal had passed, it would have required the city to implement systematic, stress-reducing techniques or programs that are scientifically proven to decrease stress and would financially benefit the city.

Peckman had suggested the peace-inducing techniques could involve everything from more nutritious food in public schools to mass meditation sessions to piping soothing music into public buildings to reduce stress and violence.

The initiatives Peckman has pushed has generated concern among some city council members who fear the threshold for ballot initiatives invites frivolous initiatives. The current system for getting an ordinance change on the ballot pegs the number of signatures required to a percentage of the last mayoral vote, which in recent years has been low.

Who or What is Controlling Our Weather and Why?

I have been writing about the odd chemtrails that have been dusting our skies for about a year. The trails are seen often in huge displays over Long Island New York where I reside. They are not normal air traffic and I will no longer go about the tedious task of explaining why. They are not contrails and not being sprayed in the commercial or military air traffic lanes- so please spare me that nonsense. We are being sprayed with something for some reason. The only fact we have is that we are being kept in the complete dark about it.

Have you noticed the articles and newscasts concerning our climate problems? Have you listened to the endless debate on climate change until you are ready to collapse from the non-ending conflict? Have you noticed no one in any of those arenas who discuss these things ever ask, inquire or suggest that the crafts spraying our skies non stop may have something to do with our climate issues? Is it me or are we getting to the point of such brain freeze that these things go on and on and we simply sit, stare and do nothing!

I read two articles in the past few weeks about China seeding its weather to cause early snowstorms. The news article proclaimed clearly that Beijing Weather Modification Office found themselves seeding clouds with chemicals. This event was in an effort to end a drought in the area. China did this not once but twice recently. Both times produced full-blown snowstorms.

Hugo Chavez says he is starting to "bombard" clouds now that Cuba has provided Venezuela with cloud-seeding help in an effort to produce rain and alleviate the effects of a severe drought.

The Venezuelan president said that specialized equipment, sent by Fidel Castro and Cuban President Raul Castro, is starting to be used to seed clouds from planes.

"We're bombarding clouds," Chavez said during a televised speech. "We have some planes there, and some equipment that Fidel and Raul sent us."

Chavez is trying to squeeze more rain from the clouds as his country heads into its dry season amid a drought that has put reservoirs at their lowest levels in decades.

It is clear and out in the open that climate manipulation is going on openly and without concern on this earth. Our own country as well as so many others is also being sprayed and caught in this weather changing agenda. It is not science fiction it is real and happening.

I sit and look at this entire situation and wonder how we can with serious faces debate climate changes or problems when we are the ones tampering with Mother Nature. I know we are heading into very unstable times ahead with many cycles coming due including volcano eruptions, earthquakes, solar changes and pole flips to mention only a few.

I cannot help fear that our interfering with our climate at this time in history a road to disastrous ends. Our planet is in a place now of growth and change as it is scheduled to be. It has its own cycles as does the sun and our entire universe for that matter. I am truly fearful that interfering with the planets natural cycles may be a tremendous mistake.

A friend of mine listened to my fears and suggested that the powers that be that are doing these things may know something we do not. He suggested that all this on going chemical spraying and weather manipulation might be to try to stall or ease an event that is coming our way. I would like to feel that the actions I fear are for the good of mankind yet I am having great difficulty grasping that concept living in a world of hate, war and violence.

Frankly all of this has me confused, annoyed and very concerned. I try to write about it but find few interested. How can changing the natural actions of this large living earth not cause drastic results?

I watch as we go about the business of living green. I watch as we have international committees formed to deal with pollution. I wonder how we can over look the events taking place that manipulate the climate throwing the natural cycles of the earth into a tailspin. How can this not be a potentially dangerous practice?

Could it be that the spraying going on over our heads for the past years is an attempt to ward off catastrophic events? If so, why isn’t it discussed by science openly?

Are we already in danger and the attempts by governments to change the future of this earth being done by way of the weather manipulations? If so we need to be informed. Can the constant chemtrails above us be a needed event for the survival of mankind? I think that should be explained if the case. What ever is going on it is happening in secret and we are being handled as if we are brainless and blind.

A far greater fear for me is that the world is not united in the events happening around the world and societies are taking the task of changing the wishes of Mother Nature into their own hands. This can only end in devastation as invading the natural life cycle of this planet should never be done for the good of the few when it could mean the devastation of many.

I do not understand or know what is going on concerning these matters. I am not even sure who is to be blamed or targeted as the reasons all of it is going on. All I do know is the weather is being changed, we are being sprayed, and it all goes on with a yawn and nod from the human race.

I am nervous about this world. Too many different cycles and timed events are now due in the near future. I fear for us all and simply want to know what is going on that will directly affect each and everyone of our lives.

Are we being protected or fooled? Are we being helped or are we in upcoming danger beyond the events we know are due to occur? Is there anyone driving this bus or are we all simply holding on for dear life as whoever and whatever does what they will with us?

All I can do is share my concerns with you – and hope I am wrong about my fears and all will forever remain well with our world.

Thanks to Chris Holly at Chris Holly's Paranormal World


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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Mailbag: Interactions With The Departed

About 8 years ago, I was living with my boyfriend who was one of 7 brothers and one sister. I was told about the sister Diane who was killed in 1971 in a car accident. My boyfriend's 19 year old son lived with us until he was later killed in an accident. The next several weeks after he died, I heard footsteps coming to my room and sensed him by my bed. On one occasion, I felt so strongly he was standing there I even said "I know you are's ok to show yourself. I wont be afraid". He replied telepathically "I can't always show's a universal law".I had never heard the term "universal law" prior to that.

One night, around 3am, I heard loud talking and footsteps coming through the house. Suddenly, my boyfriend's son was at the end of my bed saying "Hey Sue! Diane is here and she wants to talk to you". I turned and saw a girl next to me in bed! She looked like a real person even though it was dark. I noticed her hair shimmered...catching any bit of light and her skin was white but wasn't pasty and had a luminous quality. I said to her "Diane, you are here! Every since I have lived in this area and been around your family I have been told you are dead." I soon found out not to say this to a spirit/ghost because she quickly corrected me very sternly saying "I have always been alive...I have NEVER been dead!" She told me to tell the family her name was on a wall and now its covered. She kissed my cheek and hugged me then vanished.

There I was sitting up wondering if I was dreaming and wondering why my boyfriend wasn't next to me. I soon heard the toilet flush and my boyfriend climbing back in bed. I asked him if he heard talking or noises. I told him his son and sister were just here and I talked to his sister. He first told me "aww, go back to sleep." But I described his sister and told him what she said to me and he sobbed as the other family members did as they said "Oh, yes, that was Diane".

I later learned what her message meant. When Diane was a little girl she wrote her name on the basement wall in the old house where they had lived. Since it had been torn down so indeed her name is "covered". I have been visited by relatives, friends and others I do not know.

I wanted to share this experience I had in 2005 with my dog Lola. I was living in an apartment in the back of my sister's house and we both had been having some strange experiences. One afternoon I laid on the bed to take a nap. As usual Lola jumped on the bed and laid beside me. About 5 mins later she started jumping all over the bed like something was bothering her. I sat up and tried to figure out what was wrong with her. She then bolted into the bathroom that was right off the bedroom and just sat there acting strangely. I still had no clue what the heck was going on! I checked around the bed and found nothing.

She wouldn't come out from the bathroom when I called her, so I went into the bathroom and coaxed her out. She followed me and hunkered down the whole time between me and the wall. I firmly believe she was being bothered by a ghost. How else could you explain her behavior?

While living there, my sister and I both experienced being touched, the bed sinking down as if someone had just sat down, many other things that pointed to spirit activity....and it apparently liked dogs, I think!

Spirits Make Themselves Known at Michigan Restaurant

mlive - Over the past 20 years, Shari Smith, owner of Shari’s restaurant in the Old Willard Hillton in Beaver Township, MI, has been convinced.

“I’m one of those people who doesn’t want to believe in ghosts,” Smith said. “But so many strange things have happened.”

Like several times when the alarm company has been called, only to find nothing — and no one — on arrival.

Or the morning Smith arrived to find all of the spices knocked on the floor. Or the time she found a line of sugar leading from the kitchen into the dining room and along the length of the bar. But, she said, no one had been in the building since she left the night before.

“The alarm company tracks everyone going in and out,” she said. “No one else had been in.”

Five years ago, Smith had paranormal experts and a psychic visit her restaurant, 1506 W. Beaver Road.

They rate haunted places on a scale from 1-5, five being the most haunted. The restaurant was rated a four. Smith was told there were at least four ghosts in the building: a blonde woman in a flowing white gown named Sadie; Horace, a blacksmith; and two children who died of scarlet fever.

Built in the 1800s, the building has been a saloon, general store, hotel and jail. Smith said the psychic told her the ghosts in her restaurant did not particularly want to be reunited with loved ones in death.

“They don’t want to leave,” she said of her permanent — and deceased — guests.

Smith said she made an agreement with the ghosts and allowed them to stay on the condition that they didn’t bother her.

Still, they make themselves known.

Sadie is frequently spotted in the kitchen and at the bar.

“Everyone has described the ghost the same,” Smith said. “Even people who don’t know about her.”

She said she has had workers quit because of their encounters with the ghosts. Tenants in the apartments upstairs have reported they thought someone was breaking into the restaurant or their rooms.

Climbing down into the basement where two old jail cells now serve as the restaurant’s wine cellar makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. It’s damp, dimly lit and eerily alive. Every creak and moan the house releases makes your heart beat a little faster.

Is there something — someone — there?

Aaron Gaertner, executive chef and general manager of Shari’s, explained his encounters with Sadie and the other ghosts.

One night while working alone, a shelf fell on his head while the brackets holding the shelf stayed in place.

“It would have had to have been lifted up and over,” Gaertner said. “It couldn’t have fallen on its own.”

Other nights he has witnessed lights turning on and off. And a few times, he has walked out of the kitchen only to return to the faucet on full-blast.

“I don’t particularly like spending too much time here alone at night,” he said.

Photos: Strange Anomalies Over Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - 11/29/09

MUFON witness report (unedited) - i reported a orb a few weeks back now and this has not stoped in anyway every night for the past 3 weeks i am able to witness with my own eyes that cloaked craft are flying day or night if you now what to look for you will see them, which is sort of a heat haze moving, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. the problem is that for the past week it is a nice day only a cloud here or there but as it gets closer to night fall the clouds roll in from the pacific side of the baja so i started taking photos of these and to my amazement some of them had a face looking back down and the way they move in the sky they seem to stop and start pivot on there own axis and just don't perform naturally in my experience as i am a sailer and have done many ocean miles and the weather is the most important part of any safe trip and clouds tell you alot.

so as it get dark the lights start appearing roughly in the same position, i am no stars man but shouldn't the stars be in the same position in relation to the moon round abouts? correct me if im wrong please. but the next thing is like a haze will come over the whole of cabo sky, what i mean is that it looks like the night sky but not a star insight not 1. then you star seeing massive shadows move through the sky some are the same some are quite different and even when they are passing overhead it is like a gap in the clouds but nothing there stars nothing only the moon is ever visiable. i have hundreds of photos and a few videos of this.

thanks for your time mufon
ben taylor

NOTE: is Cabo. Anyway, I don't know what to make of the photos and claims...though, it's not your typical MUFON report. As for the faces...that may be tequila induced...Lon

Arizona Man Loses Job Over SETI Searches, Theft

azcentral - The search for intelligent life apparently has stopped for Brad Niesluchowski.

Higley Unified School District records obtained by The Arizona Republic show that Niesluchowski, of Gilbert, AZ, resigned in October after an investigation into suspicious activity, including the use of a program that searches satellite signals for extraterrestrial life.

According to the documents, district officials said they found Niesluchowski had abused his authority in purchasing and oversight of district technology and equipment, and downloaded to every district computer a University of California-Berkeley program that relies on volunteers and their personal computers to search satellite-collected data for signs of intelligent life in outer space.

Higley officials so far estimate the damages, energy usage and equipment losses linked to Niesluchowski at $1.2 million to $1.6 million.

District administrators hand-delivered a notice of termination of contract for cause to Niesluchowski on Oct. 7, which he refused to sign. He instead consulted an attorney, and then resigned at the attorney's advice.

According to the termination letter, Niesluchowski faces several allegations that he violated the terms and responsibilities of his contract and ethics policies - and is the focus of a criminal investigation. Documents show:

• During a warranted search of his home earlier this fall, Gilbert police found 18 computers and other equipment stolen from the district.

• District officials said they learned Niesluchowski never installed firewalls that would protect students' and staff members' personal information from hackers
, exposing district computer and data to potential tampering or damage.

• District officials also say he failed to train and supervise other tech staff.

• Officials allege he downloaded to every district computer a University of California-Berkeley program known as "SETI@home." SETI is short for the "Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence."

According to the SETI Web site, the software SETI@home was released in 1999 by UC Berkeley space laboratory scientists so that individuals around the globe could volunteer their home computers to scan data collected by a satellite in Puerto Rico, effectively working like a super-computer. SETI software kicks on whenever a volunteer's computer is idle.

Higley officials also found on computers another SETI-related program from UC-Berkeley, called "BOINC."

District officials said they never agreed to its use, and, according to documents, told police that they had asked Niesluchowski to remove the program.

SETI Web statistics show Niesluchowski became a participant in February 2000, a month after he was hired at Higley.

Higley officials said the SETI program requires wattage to run, and therefore was an extra burden on computer processors and power usage. They allege several computer processors would burn out sooner than expected, and the SETI program's operation raised utility costs.

HUSD officials also found the program interfered with classroom lessons.

Superintendent Denise Birdwell said teachers who use a SMART Board - a large electronic screen connected to the computer that acts as a wipe-off board or blackboard at the front of the classroom - would find that in a middle of a lesson, the SMART Board had turned off.

Birdwell declined to speak about several specifics about the case, including the ongoing criminal probe. Gilbert police have not responded to requests for information about their inquiry.

Web discussions between SETI participants show Niesluchowski made a name for himself among members of the alien-searching community.

He was known by the alias "NEZ" and was SETI's most active volunteer explorers for intelligent life, scoring more than 575 million "credits" - hours of data searching in nine years of participation.

Admirers often pondered in their Internet chats about SETI@home in 2007: "What is NEZ? Who is NEZ?" Some even offered the theory that he "is a god."

The criminal probe has led investigators to other school districts that have hired former Higley employees.

Nieschulowski once worked as a consultant for Globe Unified School District, where investigators have found hundreds of computers there equipped with SETI@home software.

Globe's superintendent was not immediately available to comment.

Higley records show Nieschulowski earned more than $81,000 a year, and had been warned in a 2005-2006 review by then-Superintendent Joyce Lutrey and then-Business Manager Fred Stone of shortcomings in his job performance. Among the comments were:

• "Purchasing decisions are made with no consultation or input from others."

• "Budget perimeters are not defined or scoped."

• "Decisions are made in isolation with no input or communication with stakeholders."

Niesluchowski signed the review, agreeing to make improvements.


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