Saturday, February 13, 2010

A President, Forsaken Spirits Haunt Old County Hall

wgrz - It was the city’s darkest moments, and it may be the explanation for one of Buffalo’s most unique hauntings in one its most unique places - Old Erie County Hall.

“It’s a spectacular building an a spectacular sight designed by a couple of monumental architects from Rochester, whose buildings all do tend to get ghost stories,” said local author and supernatural historian Mason Winfield.

Wedged between a mass of taller buildings in the heart of downtown Buffalo, Old County Hall is one of the region’s architectural gems.

But those of you headed there to attend a court hearing or to file paperwork with the clerk could bump into an uninvited guest, who passed away violently more than a century ago.

On September 6, 1901 President William McKinley was in Buffalo for the Pan American Exposition. After he entered the Temple of Music, assassin Leon Czolgosz shot him with a gun hidden in a bar towel. McKinley died from infection eight days later. In a noble procession, McKinley’s flag-draped casket was brought to Old County Hall, where was was laid in state for all to see, including the man who murdered him.

“The assassin was tried and convicted here, and he was led by the body in state several times on his way to a court appearance, as if to shame him, looking at the very noble man, beloved president that he shot,” Winfield said.

William McKinley (January 29, 1843 - September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States. He was was assassinated in 1901 at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley's death mask is pictured

More than 150,000 people passed through the lobby of Old County Hall to pay their final respects to the fallen president. But, rumor has it, long after they moved his body out of this building, people continued to see him.

“There have been people reporting that occasionally they see a body on a table laid out in state, and as many of them are unaware, this is where President McKinley was laid out, the sightings are a little more convincing.” Winfield said.

Today, a small plate on the floor surrounding by two flags in the lobby marks the sad moment in American history. But Winfield also believes the old building might be a portal for all sorts of paranormal activity because of what happened on its grounds before it was built in 1876.

“First of all, it’s located on top of Franklin Square, which is an old cemetery,” Winfield said. “Many victims of the burning of Buffalo in 1813, and veterans of the War of 1812 were buried there. There’s a lot of trauma, a lot of sudden deaths. And the graveyard was theoretically relocated, I think in 1875, to Forest Lawn. We know there are still bodies under there.”

Perhaps Old County Hall’s most famous deceased visitor isn’t the only one still roaming its halls, long after their time on Earth.


At the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, an assassin, Leon Frank Czolgosz, shot President William McKinley twice at close range with a .32 caliber revolver. One bullet grazed McKinley's sternum (breastbone) and another penetrated his stomach.

A hastily assembled medical team, headed by a gynecological surgeon, operated immediately at the small Exposition hospital, but the second bullet could not be found. After cleaning the stomach cavity, the surgeon closed the incision with black silk thread and a straight sewing needle. A worried McKinley aide sent word to inventor Thomas Edison to rush an X-ray machine to Buffalo to find the stray bullet. It arrived but wasn't used.

The medical team reported that the president was improving. McKinley's family, Congress, and the public believed he was going to recover. Instead, he died the morning of September 14. At the autopsy, physicians found that the unrecovered bullet did not cause the death of the President through loss of blood and resultant shock. Instead, gangrene had developed along the path of the bullet, and McKinley died of septic shock due to bacterial infection.

A funeral was held at the Milburn Mansion in Buffalo, after which the body was removed to Buffalo City Hall where it lay in-state for a public viewing. It was taken later to the White House, United States Capitol and finally to the late President's home in Canton for a memorial.


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The New International Arms Race Has Begun

U.S. Successfully Tests High-Powered Airborne Laser Weapon

reuters - The agency said in a statement the test took place at 8:44 p.m. PST (11:44 p.m. EST) on Thursday /0444 GMT on Friday) at Point Mugu's Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons Division Sea Range off Ventura in central California.

"The Missile Defense Agency demonstrated the potential use of directed energy to defend against ballistic missiles when the Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) successfully destroyed a boosting ballistic missile" the agency said.

The high-powered Airborne Laser system is being developed by Boeing Co., (BA.N) the prime contractor, and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Boeing produces the airframe, a modified 747 jumbo jet, while Northrop Grumman (NOC.N) supplies the higher-energy laser and Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) is developing the beam and fire control systems.

"This was the first directed energy lethal intercept demonstration against a liquid-fuel boosting ballistic missile target from an airborne platform," the agency added.

The airborne laser weapon successfully underwent its first in-flight test against a target missile back in August. During that test, Boeing said the modified 747-400F aircraft took off from Edwards Air Force Base and used its infrared sensors to find a target missile launched from San Nicolas Island, California.

The plane's battle management system issued engagement and target location instructions to the laser's fire control system, which tracked the target and fired a test laser at the missile. Instruments on the missile verified the system had hit its mark, Boeing said.

The airborne laser weapon is aimed at deterring enemy missile attacks and providing the U.S. military with the ability to engage all classes of ballistic missiles at the speed of light while they are in the boost phase of flight.

"The revolutionary use of directed energy is very attractive for missile defense, with the potential to attack multiple targets at the speed of light, at a range of hundreds of kilometers (miles), and at a low cost per intercept attempt compared to current technologies," the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said.

*The Boeing YAL-1 Airborne Laser (ABL) weapons system is a megawatt-class chemical oxygen iodine laser (COIL) mounted inside a modified Boeing 747-400F. It is primarily designed as a missile defense system to destroy tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), while in boost phase. The aircraft was designated YAL-1A in 2004 by the U.S. Department of Defense.

NOTE: IMO, this is more than a missile defense system. I've been told the current technology allows this laser to reach 60 miles. Adapt one of these for fighter jets and it's lights out. Below is a statement placed on Wikipedia...I'm not buying the 'defense only' song and dance...Lon

*In theory, the ABL could be used against hostile fighter aircraft, cruise missiles, or even low-earth-orbit satellites (see anti-satellite weapon). However, as they are not its intended target, the capability against them is unknown. The ABL infrared target acquisition system is designed to detect the hot exhaust of TBMs in boost phase. Satellites and other aircraft could have a much lower heat signature, making them more difficult to detect. An analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists discusses potential ABL use against low earth orbit satellites.

Use against ground targets seems unlikely. Aside from the difficulty of acquiring and tracking a ground target, firing through the dense atmosphere would weaken the beam. Ground targets such as armored vehicles are not fragile enough to be damaged by a megawatt-class laser. Another program, the Advanced Tactical Laser, envisions air-to-ground use of a megawatt-class laser mounted on an aircraft better suited for low altitude flight.

The Kelly Cahill Alien Encounter / Abduction


In August 1993, 27-year-old Kelly Cahill, her husband and three children were driving home after a visit to a friend's house.

Their routine journey would soon become a harrowing trip into an unknown world of strange beings that occupied space but were void of color as we know it. The Dandenong foothills, near Belgrave, Victoria, Australia would have its location forever linked to one of the most unusual sightings of a strange creature in Ufology archives.

Journey Home:

After midnight, the Cahills were on their journey home when they first noticed the lights of a rounded craft with windows around it.

It silently hovered above the road. Different colored lights were clearly visible on the bottom of the object. The UFO was so close to the ground that Kelly thought she could see people through the window openings.

As she began screaming to her husband what she was seeing, the craft zoomed off to their left, disappearing as quickly as it had made itself known.

Blinding Light:

Continuing their drive home with a renewed interest in the sky, they suddenly came upon a light so bright they were practically blinded.

Shading her eyes from the intense light with her hands over her eyes, Kelly begged of her husband, "What are you going to do?" Her husband, now frightened to death by the glowing presence before them, replied, "I am going to keep on driving." Within what seemed only a second or two, Kelly was now very relaxed, suddenly calmed by the absence of the UFO.

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Missing Time:

The first words out of Kelly's mouth were, "What happened, did I blackout?" Her husband said nothing, as he had no answer to give his wife. He cautiously drove his family home.

Upon their safe arrival Kelly could smell a foul odor, like vomit, and she suddenly felt as though something was missing from their drive home. Something was missing... an hour or so of time had vanished from her and her family's life.

That night as Kelly undressed for bed, she noticed a strange triangular mark on her navel-a mark she had never seen before.

It must have been created early this every night. But how? And why? And most importantly, by whom? Kelly suffered from general malaise for the next two weeks, and was taken to the hospital on two occasions, one for severe stomach pain, and another for a uterine infection.

Walking Toward a Giant Craft:

Kelly would recall the object they had seen in a slightly different place than she first remembered. It was hovering in a gully, and the UFO was big. She estimated it at 150 feet in diameter.

She could also recall that when the object was first spotted, her husband had stopped the car, and both her and her husband had gotten out of the vehicle, and walked in the direction of the massive craft.

Not Having a Soul:

To their surprise, they noticed another car stopped on the side of the road. As they walked toward the craft, they saw a creature unlike either of them had ever seen before.

It was black, not a black color but black as if all matter was removed where its presence was. Kelly would later describe it as "not having a soul." Kelly's words for the alien were "void of color." The black alien entity was taller than an average man, about 7 feet tall, according to Kelly.

Aliens Moved Effortlessly:

After being mesmerized by the sight of the being, she saw more of them. "Heaps of them" is how Kelly described them as she stared into the open field. The aliens were out there in the field, beneath the immense flying craft.

The beings seemed to congregate in small groups, and one group glided toward Kelly and her husband, covering a hundred yards in a mere few seconds. Another group was approaching the other car which sat motionless near the hovering craft.

Second Family Abducted:

Her great fear and dread would cause her to scream at the alien-looking entities to leave them alone. She remembered going unconscious, and then... she was back in their car. As strange as this encounter seems, it was not without corroboration.

The occupants in the other car would come forward and tell almost an exact story, a story of abduction, mind control, and embarrassing medical procedures.


This particular case is the only one to my knowledge to describe such a being, although there are some very strange aliens described in various accounts. We have no reason to discount the Cahill account, and it remains one of the best cases of alien abduction on record.


In August of 1993, the then 27 year old, Kelly Cahill was traveling in a car with her husband and her three children in the Belgrave area of Australia. This should have been an average car journey through the Dandenong foothills for Kelly Cahill and her family but it turned out to be about as far removed from normal as could ever be possible.

At some point beyond midnight the Kelly Cahill family were struck by the sight of a glowing and rounded craft that had windows where Kelly Cahill can recall seeing the shapes of bodies that she now believes were alien bodies.

As they continued on their car journey the craft returned and the lights on the possible UFO got brighter and brighter. Kelly Cahill then went limp in the car and eventually 'woke' back up and asked her husband if she had blacked out. He didn't answer and they continued home.

On the nights that followed her possible UFO sighting, Kelly Cahill began to suffer a number of odd illness, often gynecological in nature and have flashes of what she could only conclude was an alien abduction. These symptoms included the sudden appearance of a strange triangular shape around her navel.

Kelly Cahill finally started to speak to 'officials' about the possible UFO sighting and alien encounter and it was then that she discovered that she had not been the only person to have had the same experiences.

Other women had reported the same experiences on the same night and even drew the exact same type of space craft even though they had never met each other.

Click for an in-depth video interview with Kelly Cahill. Another interesting account can be found here

Hair of the Alien: DNA and Other Forensic Evidence of Alien Abductions - Bill Chalker

First-Time Video of a Sundaland Clouded Leopard

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Video footage of a big cat species caught on camera in the wild in Borneo has been made public for the first time.

Scientists came across the Sundaland clouded leopard while working in the Dermakot Forest Reserve in Malaysia.

The elusive species, discovered to be a distinct type of big cat only two years ago, is one of the least known in the world. It is thought to have been filmed once before by a tourist, although the footage has never been released.

The team, which included Andreas Wilting of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin and the Malaysian field scientist Azlan Mohamed, published its findings in the latest issue of Cat News, the newsletter of the Cat Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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I thought the following deserved inclusion...Lon

Malawian Jailed For Casting Spell To Block Rain

A court in drought-plagued Malawi has jailed a man accused of casting a spell that blocked rain from falling on his neighbor’s field, police said Friday.

The court sentenced Chikumbeni Mwanatheu, 35, to two months in prison with hard labor after he admitted a charge of witchcraft, police spokesman Augustus Nkhwazi told AFP.

Mwanatheu had pleaded guilty to a charge of "conduct likely to cause a breach of peace" after he boasted that he had prevented rain from falling on his neighbor’s field, the spokesman said.

Magistrate Lameck Mkwapatira ruled he "needed to be given a custodial sentence to let the community enjoy peace in his absence and for his own safety."

The poor tobacco-producing southern African country has suffered drought since last year.

Belief in witchcraft and magic runs deep in Malawi. The practice is punishable by up to five years in prison and suspects are often killed by mobs.


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Friday, February 12, 2010

Photo: New Sighting in 'UFO Valley' - Lancashire, UK

thesun - This is the 44th strange sighting since 1977 in an area dubbed "UFO Valley".

And the sleepy pocket of Lancs - best known for giving the world legendary actress Dame Thora Hird - has now clocked up the highest number of close encounters in the country. The latest sighting in the Bacup and Rossendale area was made by Aron Sacks.

The carpenter snapped the mysterious object from his window on a mobile phone.

Yesterday he told how it hovered for less than a minute, before silently zooming off at high speed.

Aron, 34, added: "It was amazing - certainly not a normal aircraft. I grabbed my phone, took one photo - then when I looked back it had gone. There was no sound, nothing. It's very haunting to think I've seen a UFO."

But sightings run in the family - with Aron's dad Mike, 69, spotting THREE UFOs near their home in the village of Stackstead.

Former tailor Mike said: "The first in 1978 looked like the one Aron saw.

"It was oval, about 600ft up and doing 80mph. I thought, 'Blimey, what the blooming heck is that?'" Four others also spotted it and cops investigated. Mike added: "This is UFO Valley. Aliens might be looking for water or materials in the stone quarries."

Alien Close Encounter - Exmouth, Devon, UK

Mothership? A drawing by Roy Shaw of the UFO he saw in Exmouth, Devon. He said it was about 100ft long, with flashing lights. He was at a loss to explain it.

metro - A UFO sceptic was left terrified and running away so quickly he twisted his ankle, after seeing a mysterious craft and an otherworldly figure in Exmouth’s aptly-named Phear Park.

Retired engineer Roy Shaw was taking a night-time stroll with his dog, Sydney, when the close encounter happened.

He said: ‘The object was round, about 30ft in diameter and 100ft long, with blue and red flashing lights on its perimeter.

‘It appeared to land at the top end of the park by the bowling green. My dog started to growl when what I can only describe as a white shape came towards us.

‘It was about 4ft high and seemed to be translucent and moved very slowly towards us. I was transfixed because it made a droning noise, which sounded like “my, my”.’

Roy’s picture of the ‘white shape’ that approached him

Devon UFO expert Nigel Wright said: ‘This is a close encounter of the third kind – encountering an occupant of a UFO in close proximity to the craft. This is a really important sighting.’

However, Mr Shaw said he remained a sceptic and was at a loss to explain Saturday’s incident.

Bigfoot Sighting Reported - Grayson County, Virginia

lcni51 - Big Foot in Grayson County?

No one knows for sure but the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received a call last Thursday night reporting Big Foot or some other furry, upright creature.

Sheriff Richard Vaughan said the sheriff’s office received a call about 9:30 p.m. from a Grayson County man who said his wife, another woman and a young boy were traveling north on Route 89.

The caller reported that while traveling between the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge and Edmonds Road they spotted a huge creature that was about 7 feet tall, hairy all over and black.

The creature reportedly came up to the edge of the highway and when he saw car lights disappeared into some pine trees nearby.

Vaughan said he reported the incident to Virginia Conservation Police Officers, Jason Harris and George Shupe, who went to the scene last Friday to investigate but didn’t turn up anything.

Reported sightings of Bigfoot or Sasquatch vary a good deal, but there are several details that remain consistent. Eyewitnesses describe a tall primate, at least 7 feet tall, that walks on two legs. It stands upright like a human being and is covered in long, dark fur. It has a face that is a cross between a gorilla and a human being.

The Internet is littered with reports of alleged Sasquatch sightings and experiences in the Appalachian Mountains, particularly along the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway; however, the scientific community does not acknowledge the alleged creature’s existence.


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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Little People Are Watching

The following account is from the summer of 2003 in Rough River State Park, Kentucky. There were 2 known sources of this story, Paranormal and a paragraph printed in a Louisville, KY newspaper a few days after the incident. I came across a thread post from a person who states they were privy to this event. There have been a few details added from the original report:

June 24th 2003 - mid-afternoon: The witness was on a weekend canoeing trip for rest and relaxation in an remote area of Rough River State Park. He was strangely queasy and anxious for some unknown reason. for some unknown reason, he felt like he had something to fear. Heeding these sensations, he was extremely cautious on the river. After several miles he paddled the canoe to the riverbank and tied it off to a tree. He got out to explore the area. Looking 8-10 ft downstream he spotted what looked like the top of a gray clay jar peeking out of the water.

His first thoughts were that he might have found a native people's artifact. He started down the bank toward the creek which was extremely slippery with mud. He stopped just short of the water and very close to the old earthenware pot. It was more like a clay crock and he soon realized that it probably wasn't very old. He poked at it and noticed there were small handprints on it. He thought it could had been raccoon prints but they were more like little human handprints, about an inch wide.

He tried to pry the thing loose using a stick but suddenly heard a noise. He heard what sounded like children laughing in the distance. The sound was coming from downstream. When he managed to pull the crock jar out of the mud, something let out a scream. It sounded like a little girl, very high pitched and loud. Not knowing what to do he grabbed the jar and began to scramble up the muddy bank. Glancing back, he thought he saw something move along the creek. He stopped and sat at the top of the bank for a moment looking at the jar, trying to comprehend the handprints.

After a few minutes, he laid the crock down, got up and walked along the creek stopping every once in a while to peek through the bushes to see if anybody was there. At one point, he looked over the bank he noticed two little people standing about 1 foot tall. They had pale skins, little brown leather pants held up by suspenders, no shirts and little pointy hats made of what looked like leather. They had leather foot coverings that went up past the ankle. Their hair was reddish color and their eyes blue. Their hands were only about an inch wide. They knew he was watching but they continued their task of pulling some kind of wooded stump down the muddy creek bank with long leather ropes or strings. These little men were surprisingly clean, for the work they were doing. He then heard a thump back where he first had gone in the creek. He looked back and there were three more of the little men, exactly like the first two. They had pushed the crock jar back down the bank. They were all laughing, high-pitched laughter, like a bunch of kids. He then heard a loud snap and they were all gone. Their footprints were plainly visible in the mud, but they were gone along with the crock jar and the wooded stump. They had vanished in a split second.

He walked around in an attempt to pick up a trail but to no avail. He continued his trip with no other incidents.

An Unseen Force in the Old Elementary School

A reader forwarded the following story that was given to them by the original witness who is a retired local constable and personal friend:

While on routine patrol one evening several years ago, I arrived at an old elementary school building that was used for storage by the county. The windows had been boarded up and all of the doors nailed shut with the exception of two doors. The main reason that I was there was to check the old cafeteria which was pressed into service as a training center for the fire department.

As I drove to the rear of the building, I stopped my cruiser and exited my vehicle in order to perform hand checks on the doors. As I looked toward the main building, I observed the second floor door standing open. I drew my service sidearm and proceeded up the fire escape to investigate.

The fire escape was heavily rusted and made quite a bit of noise. I stopped at midpoint on my ascent and looked closely at the open door. I noticed that the door had actually been shattered and that approximately one fifth of the door remained nailed to the door frame. I backed down the fire escape and took up a defensive position on the ground and called for back up.

My back up arrived approximately 10 minutes later and we proceeded up the fire escape and entered the building. All of the classroom doors were open and we heard nothing. We noticed nothing out of the ordinary.

We searched the rear and side classrooms and then began to walk forward toward the front classroom when that door suddenly slammed shut with such force that I expected it to go through to the other side. My partner and I both froze as we heard a shambling on the other side of the door retreating from the entrance to the classroom.

We looked at each other and my partner mouthed "Let's get the f--k out of here." I agreed and we withdrew to out cruisers and called for K-9 for a live subject extraction. In the meantime, we set up a perimeter on the building.

K-9 arrived and we briefed the officer on the night's events. He and his dog proceeded up the fire escape. As the K-9 officer reached the open door he called in to the building and announced his presence. He instructed anyone inside to come out or he would send the dog in for them. After he repeated his warning three times, he released his dog and entered the building. When the K-9 officer and the dog exited the building some minutes later he said that there was nobody inside.

My backup and I looked at each other in amazement. The classroom door had been slammed in our face and we had heard the footsteps retreating from the door. Since we had set up the perimeter, there was no way that building was empty.

When I went inside to check the front classroom that had given us the trouble, only the dogs paw prints and the footprints of the officer was visible in the dust on the floor.

As time went by there would be more incidents at this location. Such as a newly installed steel door, padlocked in its frame laying six feet from the cinder block wall where it was once installed. There was no mark on the door except where it was scratched from sliding across the asphalt. Subsequently, three steel doors installed ended up in the same condition. The force used was always extreme and the damage was always from inside, heading outside.

The school was in the process of being transformed into a cultural arts center for the county and a series of strange incidents occurred on site. The final incident occurred over a year later when the construction was nearly complete. I was training a new officer when, as I was driving alongside the school I noticed a silhouette in a first floor window. I hit my alley light and illuminated the window, but the silhouette remained black. The building materials stacked behind it was lit as was the ladder in the background, but the figure remained dark.

I accelerated to the rear of the building and exited the cruiser and entered the school with my trainee in tow. We both witnessed the figure and we both saw that it was not illuminated when everything else in the room had been, but our search turned up nothing.

Several officers involved in these incidents were reluctant to return to the building and some even flat out refused to ever return. Since the completion of construction and the new usage of the building, there have been no further incidents. To this day I don't really know what was in that building or if it will ever return.

Monster Sighting In New Orleans City Park

hauntedamericatours - In the early morning hours of Sunday, February 7, 2010, a tractor driver who had worked the Caesar parade route in Metairie was heading home to his apartment in the Lake Terrace section of New Orleans when he decided to take a detour through City Park.

While driving down Harrison Avenue, approximately half way between the renovated New Orleans Police Department Mounted Unit horse stables and Scout Island, in the vicinity of the infamous Mona Lisa Drive, the man was startled to see a dark form lurch out of the shadows and approach the road.

The witness slowed his vehicle for a better look. The dark form ran along the treeline for several minutes, moving in and out of the misty and shadows under the oaks. The driver now came to a complete stop and observed what he described as a “troll” or a “gill man” dart across the Harrison Avenue turnaround, making its way toward Scout Island and the overgrowth of the abandoned City Park East Golf Course.

According to the witness, the creature had dark or black skin covered in masses of “skin or fins” that looked like algae growing all over its body. It seemed to have gills or matted hair that looked like gills on its face and head; two yellow eyes leered out from under a prominent forehead. Apparently aware of the man’s presence, once it had crossed the road, it stopped and looked back at the man who said it then opened its mouth in a growl, revealing a set of massive fangs and a lolling tongue that looked, according to the man, “too big for its mouth.” It lifted up a clawed hand as if to wave the man off, the driver clearly observed long claws at the fingertips in the ambient light, and then it turned, lurching off into the shadows of Scout Island.

The witness did not report his strange experience to the police because he assumed they would not believe him and since the “gill man,” “troll,” or whatever it was had not hurt him, he didn’t feel it was necessary to bring unwelcome scrutiny upon himself. When he joined a group of fellow tractor drivers for parade routes early the next morning, he told a friend what had happened. His friend put him in touch with Haunted America Tours.

Here at Haunted America Tours the staff has long been aware of legends regarding ghosts and creatures lurking in the placed environment of the New Orleans City Park. The “urban legend” surrounding the Park’s Mona Lisa Drive is one example.

According to some reports there is an older legend, popular among the Allipoosa Indians who lived along nearby Bayou St. John in the colonial days of New Orleans, concerning a foul, ghoul-like creature inhabiting the woody tracts and marshy areas along the bayou shore. Descriptions of the creature by the Allipoosa, and accounts from slaves who worked on the Allard Plantation, which comprised all the acres that later became City Park, match the account provided by the tractor driver this past weekend.

Haunted America Tours spoke to a Mid-City resident who lives in the City Park Avenue area and who claims to be a descendent of the Allipoosa tribe, and he confirmed that recently there have been numerous strange occurrences in City Park.

The resident, who asked not to be identified, suggested that the recent sightings might be connected to the numerous film projects that have used City Park and its surrounding areas as locations and backdrops for shooting. Some of these projects, he said, have supernatural or paranormal storylines, and it is his opinion that this activity has “stirred up” the spirits of the land – from the ghosts of Allard plantation slaves and long-dead Indians, to more modern phantoms. City Park, he said, has many, many guardians.

A member of the Haunted America Tours staff discussed an interesting footnote to this story: On a recent visit to the Popp’s Fountain area in City Park, she noticed that some of the heavy iron bars in the security fence now surrounding the fountain had been bent and broken, as if by tremendous force. The interesting thing, other than the fact that the black, wrought iron would be impossible to break without the aid of machinery or welding equipment, is that the breaks appeared to have occurred from the inside out.

NOTE: Well, I'm going to consider the source on this one. BTW, the sketch is priceless...Lon

Fortune-Teller, Daughter Killed Over Prediction

ocregister - A Westminster, CA fortune-teller and her daughter were brutally murdered by a client because the fortune-teller wasn't able to grant a wish, a prosecutor told jurors today.

Tanya Nelson – who is standing trial for the killings of Ha "Jade" Smith and her college-aged daughter, Anita Vo – was upset at losing her lover and blamed Smith, Senior Deputy District Attorney Sonia Balleste said.

"For some reason, this defendant believed in fortune-telling,'' Balleste said.

The fortune-teller wrote a letter to Nelson and apologized for not being able to change anything, Balleste said. That letter was found in Nelson's home.

Nelson, 45, of North Carolina was angered that the fortune-teller wasn't able to change reality, and decided to travel to Orange County to kill her, Balleste said.

"Somehow, it's all Ha Smith's fault,'' Balleste said.

Jurors listened to closing arguments today in the death penalty trial of Nelson – who is accused of persuading her accomplice Phillipe Zamora to take part in the murders by promising to fix him up with gay sex partners.

Nelson is charged with two counts of murder plus the special circumstances of committing multiple murders, murders for financial gain, and murders during the commission of robbery, burglary and by lying in wait.

If convicted, she could get the death penalty.

The bodies of Smith and 23-year-old Vo were found repeatedly stabbed and – for an unknown reason – covered with white paint inside their home on April 21, 2005.

Their home was also ransacked, with Nelson stealing credit cards, cell phones, jewelry and designer luggage, according to Balleste.

Nelson also took a pair of diamond earrings – worth $35,000 – off Smith's dead body, the prosecutor said. She also used Smith's luggage to travel.

"That is the nerve of this defendant,'' said the prosecutor, glancing over at Nelson. The defendant seemed composed, and took notes during closing statements.

Zamora, who pleaded guilty last year to two counts of first-degree murder with a potential sentence of 50 years to life in prison, was the prosecution's key witness against Nelson. He testified Feb. 1 that Nelson wanted Smith dead because she was angry about her fortune.


“With its enormous limbs and lethal claws, this monster of the deep is already the biggest crab ever seen in Britain. But astonishingly, the arthropod – which measures a staggering 10ft from claw to claw – is still growing, and could live until it is 100. Nicknamed ‘Crabzilla’ after the fictional giant monster, the Japanese Spider Crab has a body the size of a basketball and its legs can straddle a car. They will eventually measure a massive 15ft. The crab, called Macrocheira kaempferi in Latin, was caught by fishermen in the Pacific Ocean and has now been imported to Britain where it has gone on display at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.”


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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Caspian Sea Merman

For several years, residents of coastal areas around the southern and southwestern Caspian Sea have been reporting of an amphibious creature resembling a human being. In March 2005 an eyewitness account from the crew of the Baku, an Azeri trawler, was published by Iranian newspaper Zindagi: “That creature was swimming parallel course near the boat for a long time,” said Gafar Gasanof, a captain of the ship.

“At the beginning we thought it was a big fish, but then we spotted hair on the head of the monster and his fins looked pretty strange... the front part of his body was equipped with arms!” said the captain. Back in Azerbaijan, nobody took his story seriously. It sounded ridiculous to those who thought that the guy must have been drinking while on board.

On the contrary, shortly after the publication of his interview, the offices of the Iranian paper got flooded with numerous letters of the readers who claimed that the story was yet another piece of evidence proving the existence of the so-called “man of the sea.” The readers pointed out that many fishermen had repeatedly seen the strange creature at sea and on shore after the seabed volcanoes in the area of Babolsera had come to life in February and offshore oil production operations had intensified in the Caspian.

All the eyewitness accounts provide a similar description of the marine humanoid. His height is 165-168 cm, he has a strong build, a protruding ctenoid stomach, his feet are pinniped and he has four webbed fingers on either of his hands. His skin is of moonlight color. The hair on his head looks black and green. His arms and legs are shorter and heavier than those of a medium-built person. Apart from his fingernails, he has nails growing on the tip of his aquiline nose that look like a dolphin's beak. No information as to his ears. His eyes are large and orbicular. The mouth of the creature is fairly large, his upper jaw is prognathic and his lower lip flows smoothly into the neck, his chin is missing.

Iranians dubbed the creature Runan-shah or “the master of the sea and rivers.” The name is partly based on stories about large shoals of fish accompanying the creature at sea. Other stories refer to the waters that would turn crystal clear and stay that way for two or three days after the creature was seen swimming in those areas. Fishermen claim that fishes that stay alive for a while in the net can feel the creature coming out of the deep blue sea. Fishes were reported producing barely heard gurgling sounds as the monster came near. He was said to answer the call of the catch by making similar throaty sounds.

Some researchers believe that there is no smoke without fire and the stories circulating in Iran can be true. Besides, Runan-shah was seen by Azeri fishermen living in the villages located between the cities of Astara and Lenkoran. According to a theory, the creature is not alone; there is a family of underwater humans who are on a mission ... to tackle environmental problems of the Caspian.

The Caspian Runan-shah is not the only species of underwater humans on record. Both Herodotus and Plato believed that original human beings were amphibious and might have founded an underwater state.

A book of collected scientific articles titled “The Universe and Humankind” that was published in St. Petersburg in 1905 contains a story of “marine female” caught in the Caribbean. It also has stories about dead bodies of the amphibious humans washed ashore in the Azores in 1876. Their descriptions largely correspond with the reported description of Runan-shah.

An amphibious humanlike being was reported in Karelia in 1928. The creature was repeatedly seen in the lake of Vedlozero by local residents. A group of researchers from the Petrozavodsk University arrived to investigate the case on location. Unfortunately, the findings were classified and the members of the research party eventually perished in the Gulag.

According to latest reports in the media, Iranians have already started their research of the Caspian phenomenon. The international scientific community might as well help unravel the mystery if politics do not get in the way of science this time around.


NOTE: I found 2 independent sighting reports filed by the Azerbaijani government and BBS News. Not a great difference in the reports which may indicate that the witnesses were consistent. Information is somewhat scarce in reference to other sightings of this creature which is not surprising. The Caspian Sea holds a great number of sturgeon (4 different species) that can become quite large and be mistaken for the creature....though, you would think a fisherman would know the difference...Lon

Location/Date: Caspian Sea, Astara & Lenkoran Azerbaijan - March 2005 - Afternoon

Residents of a few towns on the Caspian shores in Iran and Azerbaijan say they have seen an amphibious man, he was reported to be swimming amidst huge shoals of fish. Rumor has it that the waters where he swam were becoming sparkling clear. Recently eyewitnesses onboard the Azeri trawler, “Baku” reported seeing the creature. According to Gafar Gasanof the captain of the trawler, the creature was swimming in a parallel course near the boat for a long time. At first they thought it was a large fish, but then they spotted hair on its head and his fins looked very unusual. And incredibly the front part of his body was equipped with arms. Shortly after this report was published in an Iranian newspaper, numerous readers came forward describing their own sightings. The readers pointed out that numerous fishermen had repeatedly seen the strange creature at sea and on the shore after seabed volcanoes in the area of Babolsera became active in February and offshore oil production operations intensified in the Caspian. All the eyewitness accounts provide a similar description of the marine humanoid. His height is about 165cm to 168cm, it has a protruding stomach, his feet are pinniped and he has four webbed fingers on either of his hands. His skin is pale white in color. The hair on his head looks black and green. His arms and legs are shorter and heavier than those of a medium-build person. Apart from his fingernails, he has nails growing on the tip of his aquiline nose that resembles a dolphin’s beak. There is no information as to his ears. His eyes are large and orbicular. The mouth of the creature is fairly large, his upper jaw is protruding and his lower lip flows smoothly into the neck, his chin is missing. Iranians have dubbed the creature, “Runan-shah” or “Master of the seas and rivers”. Other stories report that the waters remain crystal clear for days in the area where the creature has been spotted. Fishermen report that the fish that are caught in their nets seem to sense the creature when it approaches and produce a barely audible gurgling sound. It is said that the creature answers the call of the catch by making similar throaty sounds. According to a theory the creature is not alone and that there is a family of underwater humans, who are on a tackle environmental problems in the Caspian. The reproduction of flora and fauna in the Caspian has significantly deteriorated due to a surge in offshore oil production operations and underwater volcanic activity. The Astrakhan fishermen have long complained about the decrease in the stock of sturgeon.

Location/Date: Caspian Sea territorial waters of Azerbaijan - end of March 2005

Azerbaijani fishermen from the trawler “Baky” (Baku) were stunned to see a weird entity in the water. The entity swam for a long period of time near the trawler, parallel to it, reported Gafar Gasanov Captain of the ship to the local newspaper “Zindagi” when he arrived at the Iranian port of Enzeli. At first the crew thought that the entity was some type of unknown large fish, but soon they noticed that the entity’s head had distinct hairs on it and the front fins were not fins at all but webbed hands. They acknowledged that the entity looked more like a humanoid than any kind of known fish. They all concluded that they had never seen something like it in the waters. The amphibian entity then plunged deep into the waters and disappeared from sight. When Captain Gasanov returned to Azerbaijan people there refused to talk to him about the incident alleging that he and his crew had all been drunk. But the Iranians took the report seriously because of numerous rumors about “a man from the sea” were circulating in Iran long before this report. After publication in the local newspaper “Zindagi” local Iranian residents wrote numerous letters to the newspaper reporting their own encounters with a similar entity. The common opinion was that underwater volcanic activity in the area of Babolser and the intensification of oil extraction in the Caspian Sea has somehow caused unknown deep water dwellers to venture up to the surface. The entity is shorter than that of the average height, about 165-168cm, thickset, with a protruding belly, feet with flippers, and 4 fingered webbed hands. The skin is pale yellowish gray in color and it has stiff black-green hair. Arms and legs are slightly shorter and thicker than that of humans. Sharp nails grow on its hands and also at the tip of its hump-shaped nose, forming something like a dolphin’s beak. The ears are not visible. The eyes are big and round and the mouth is quite big with a protruding upper jaw, smoothly connected to the neck, without chin, the smaller lip is similar to that of a shark’s jaw. In Iran this amphibian humanoid is called “Runah-Shah” which means, “Sovereign of waters and rivers”. Interestingly the fishermen have noticed that the fish seemed to react when the entity appears, like if there were some kind of distant, extra sensory communication between the entity and the fish. Other witnesses reported seeing the same or similar entity in May between the small fishing villages of Astara and Lenkoran.

BBS Newspaper Kiev, Ukraine

9/11 Commissioner States Attacks Were Part Of 30 Year Old Conspiracy

9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerry (Gov. Nebraska) was speaking on climate change at a conference.

After it ended, he was answering questions as he was walking to his next engagement. He stopped and talked for a few minutes to people of "We Are Change LA".

They talked about 9/11 and Kerrey claims 9/11 was a 30 year conspiracy.

The conversation went like this;

LA CHANGE :"Do you support a criminal investigation into 9/11, because I know yours was a exposition was not a criminal investigation.

Kerrey : "No, I don't think so, but I don't know, I do support a permanent commission to examine not just that, but lots of things in this area so...

LA CHANGE : But if it's a permanent cover up... it's an act of war and it's hiding things, which everyone on your commission knew that the Pentagon was changing their stories, lying to you, then its a cover up of a act of war and under Article 3 Section 3 of the Constitution. It's treason, so unless we get to the very bottom of it, were still talking a treasonous exposition.

Kerrey : This is a longer conversation, I'm not sure we will ever to the bottom of it.

LA CHANGE : We have to or I don't think we can save our country sir.

Kerrey : I don't think. Well if that's the condition upon which we'll be saving our country, because the problem is it's a 30 year old conspiracy.

LA CHANGE : No, I'm talking about 9/11.

Kerrey : That's what I'm talking about

LA CHANGE : Oh, you are...

Click for video - fast forward to 5:50 for conversation.

Videos: The 'Jersey Devil' Found?

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NOTE: Paranormal State's season finale offered a bit of cryptozoology and legend...the search for the 'Jersey Devil'. They were able to capture an infra-red image of a creature that appeared to have wings. Now, I'm not going to say that they found a Jersey Devil, but they did find something that needs to be investigated. The 'wing' may just be an anomaly due to the infra-red process...but, I doubt it. Watch the videos and give me your assessment...Lon

The Jersey Devil: Mystery or Myth?

The historic states along America’s Atlantic Seaboard have given birth to hundreds of ghostly tales and unusual stories over the years. One of the strangest is undoubtedly that of the Jersey Devil, a creature that is believed by some to be a mythical creature and by others, a real-life monster of flesh and blood. Its origins date back to when New Jersey was still a British colony.

According to the legend, Mrs. Jane Leeds came from a poor family who eked out an existence in the Pine Barrens of Jersey, a rugged place with vast forests, sandy soil and patches of swamp. In 1735, Mrs. Leeds discovered that she was pregnant with her 13th child. She complained to her friends and relatives that the “Devil can take the next one”, and he did. When the baby was born, he was monster! He immediately took on a grotesque appearance and grew to more than 20 feet long, with a reptilian body, a horse’s head, bat wings and a long, forked tail. He thrashed about the Leeds home for a bit and then vanished up the chimney. The creature, or the “Jersey Devil” as he was dubbed, began haunting the Pine Barrens.

As the story spread, even grown men declined to venture out at night. It was said that the beast carried off large dogs, geese, cats, small livestock and even occasional children. The children were never seen again, but the animal remains were often found. The Devil was also said to dry up the milk of cows by breathing on them and to kill off the fish in the streams, threatening the livelihood of the entire region.

In 1740, the frightened residents begged a local minister to exorcize the creature and the stories stated that the exorcism would last 100 years, however the Devil returned to the Pine Barrens on at least two occasions before the century was over. Legend has it that naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur visited the Hanover Iron Works in the Barrens in 1800 to test the plant’s cannonballs. One day on the firing range, he noticed a strange creature winging overhead. Taking aim, he fired at the monster and while some say that his shot struck it, the Devil continued on its path.

The second sighting took place a few years later and this time the Devil was seen by another respected witness. Joseph Bonaparte, the former king of Spain and the brother of Napoleon, leased a country house near Bordertown from 1816 to 1839. He reported seeing the Jersey Devil while hunting game one day in the Pine Barrens.

In 1840, as the minister warned, the Devil returned and brought terror to the region once again. It snatched sheep from their pens and preyed on children who lingered outside after sunset. People all across South Jersey locked their doors and hung a lantern on the doorstep, hoping to keep the creature away.

The stories continued to be told and the lore of the Devil was recalled throughout the 1800’s, although actual sightings of the creature were few. Then, in 1909, the Jersey Devil returned again and literally thousands of people spotted the monster or saw his footprints. It became so bad that schools closed and people refused to go outside.

A police officer named James Sackville spotted the monster while walking his beat one night. He was passing along a dark alley when a winged creature hopped into the street and let out a horrific scream. Sackville fired his revolver at the beast but it spread its wings and vanished into the air.

In spite of the sightings, the beast was always considered a regional legend until the bizarre flap in 1909, which even the most skeptical researchers admit contains authentic elements of the unexplained. Many people saw the creature during the month of January, including E.W. Minster, the postmaster of Bristol, Pennsylvania, which is just over the New Jersey border. He stated that he awoke around 2:00 in the morning and heard an “eerie, almost supernatural” sound coming from the direction of the Delaware River. He looked out the window and saw what looked to be a “large crane” that was flying diagonally and emitting a curious glow. The creature had a long neck that was thrust forward in flight, thin wings, long back legs and shorter ones in the front. The creature let out a combination of a squawk and a whistle and then disappeared into the darkness.

Sightings continued. On January 19, 1909, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Evans were awakened in the early morning by the sound of a large animal on the roof of their shed. They described it as: “about three and a half feet high, with a face like a collie and a head like a horse. It had a long neck, wings about two feet long and its back legs were like those of a crane and it had horse’s hooves. It walked on its back legs and held up two short front legs with paws on them.”

One afternoon of that same week, a Mrs. J.H, White was taking clothes off her line when she noticed a strange creature huddled in the corner of her yard. She screamed and fainted and her husband rushed out the back door to find his wife on the ground and the Devil close by, “spurting flames”. She chased the monster with a clothesline prop and it leapt over the fence and vanished.

A short time later, the creature struck again. This time, it attacked a dog belonging to Mrs. Mary Sorbinski in south Camden. When she heard the cry of her pet in the darkness, she dashed outside and drove the Devil away with a broom. The creature fled, but not before tearing a chunk of flesh from the dog. Mrs. Sorbinski carried her wounded pet inside and immediately called the police.

By the time that patrolmen arrived, a crowd of more than 100 people were gathered at the house. The crowd was witness to the piercing screams that suddenly erupted from nearby. The police officers emptied their revolvers at the shadow that loomed against the night sky, but the Devil escaped once again.

Eyewitness accounts of the Devil filled the newspapers, as well as photos and reports of cloven footprints that had been found in yards, woods and parking lots. The Philadelphia Zoo offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the Devil, but there were no takers.

Then, as suddenly as it had come, the Devil vanished again.

The creature did not return again until 1927. A cab driver was changing a tire one night while headed for Salem. He had just finished when his car began shaking violently. He looked up to see a gigantic, winged figure pounding on the roof of his car. The driver, leaving his jack and flat tire behind, jumped into the car and quickly drove away. He reported the encounter to the Salem police.

In August 1930, berry pickers at Leeds Point and Mays Landing reported seeing the Devil, crashing through the fields and devouring blueberries and cranberries. It was reported again two weeks later to the north and then it disappeared again.

In November 1951, a group of children were allegedly cornered by the Devil at the Duport Clubhouse in Gibbstown. The creature bounded away without hurting anyone but reports claimed that it was spotted by dozens of witnesses before finally vanishing again.

Sightings continued here and there for years and then peaked once more in 1960 when bloodcurdling cries terrorized a group of people near Mays Landing. State officials tried to calm the nervous residents but no explanation could be found for the weird sounds. Policemen nailed signs and posters everywhere stating that the Jersey Devil was a hoax, but curiosity-seekers flooded into the area anyway. Harry Hunt, who owned the Hunt Brothers Circus, offered $100,000 for the capture of the beast, hoping to add it to his sideshow attractions. Needless to say, the monster was never snared.

The most recent sighting of the creature was said to have been in 1993 when a forest ranger named John Irwin was driving along the Mullica River in southern New Jersey. He was startled to find the road ahead of him blocked by the Jersey Devil. He described it as being about six-feet tall with horns and matted black fur. Could this have been the reported Jersey Devil - or some other creature altogether? Irwin stated that he and the creature stared at one another for several minutes before the monster finally turned and ran into the forest.

Today, there are only a few, isolated sightings of the Jersey Devil. It seems as though the paved roads, electric lights and modern conventions that have come to the region over the course of two and a half centuries have driven the monster so far into hiding that it has vanished altogether. The lack of proof of the monster’s existence in these modern times leads many to believe the Devil was nothing more than a creation of New Jersey folklore. But was it really?

If it was merely a myth, then how do we explain the sightings of the creature and the witness accounts from reliable persons like businessmen, police officers and even public officials? They are not easy to dismiss as hearsay or the result of heavy drinking. Could the Jersey Devil have been real after all? And if so, is it still out there in the remote regions of the Pine Barrens - just waiting to be found?


In Freehold, New Jersey, in 2007, a woman supposedly saw a huge creature with bat-like wings near her home. In August of the same year, a young man driving home near the border of Mount Laurel and Moorestown, New Jersey reported a similar sighting. He claimed that he spotted a "a creature resembling a gargoyle with enormous bat-like wings" perched in some trees near the road.

On January 23, 2008 the Jersey Devil was spotted again this time in Litchfield, Pennsylvania by a local resident that claims to have seen the creature come barreling out of the roof of his barn.

On January 19th, 2009, nearly 100 years after the frequent Jersey Devil sightings, a local New Jersey citizen from Swedesboro claimed to have seen the Jersey Devil. He was driving towards Woodstown at night and saw a large creature fly in front of his car. At first he thought it was a deer, so he slammed on the brakes, then he realized that the creature was flying and was much larger than a deer. The shape of the creature was unclear. The creature swiftly flew across the street and disappeared into the darkness of the woods.

In September 2009, a young man driving home on Interstate 80 near Parsippany, NJ claims spotting what he saw as "a black long-necked creature with a long tail" run across the road, and disappear into the darkness on the other side of the road.




What Are These Creatures We Are Seeing?

Chris Holly's Paranormal World - Years ago my good friend told me her brother had a terrible experience while working in New York City. He was traumatized to the point he refused to return to the job or go back to the city at all for that matter. He lived on Long Island and until this event did work often in the city. He was a construction worker who specialized on renovation projects of old city buildings.

The event occurred while he was working on a very old building that still had the original freight elevator in use. The construction crew was using it to carry material to and from the buildings basement to the different floors they were working on. The basement of this building was deep and old. It bottomed out many floors below street level into the bowels of the workings of New York Cities underworld.

None of the work crew on this project liked this old iron gated ancient elevator or the old deep basement so many levels below the modern day street level. It was creepy and dank. It was the only place to store tools and materials needed for the renovation or the buildings floors they were bringing back to life above. A few times each day someone from the work crew would need to go into the desolate basement area to transfer whatever it was that they had stored there.

This one fateful day it was my friends brother who needed to take the old iron gate elevator down to gather a few tools he needed for the project he was working on in the building. He rode the slow elevator to the last level in the building and pulled open the old Iron Gate. He stepped out into the open space of the basement when he quickly caught some movement out of the corner of his eye over in the corner of the room. He moved a few feet closer to see what it was and stood frozen in horror at what stood looking back at him from the corner of the room.

There stood a creature about six feet tall with legs and arms in a human form but a head like a lizard or reptile. It had a snout and large mouth with fang like teeth and long slit thin red eyes. The thing was greenish grayish in color and did not wear any type of protection or clothing. It had a slight odor to it of a musky animal. It stood there simply looking as shocked at the sight of my friend’s brother as he was at seeing it.

My friends brother quickly backed into the elevator and with heart beating hard against his chest fought to get the Iron Gate closed while punching buttons till that old freight elevator started its climb back up in to the top floors of the building.

By the time he made his way back to the work crew he was hysterical and so terrified the men in the work crew thought he was having a heart attack. When he was able to calm down enough to tell them what happened the men did not know what to make of his claims however not one of the men would volunteer to go see if the thing was still there.

I do not know the exact particulars of how the event ended that day. I do know a search was made of the basement and nothing was found, except for the old tunnels and large water pipes that connected the building to the old city infrastructure of the maze that exists under the city to this day.

My friend’s brother went home early that day and to my knowledge has not returned to New York City since. I dare say I do not blame him.

When I was 16 years old I lived through an awful event where something had broken into the house my family and I lived in on the south shore of Long Island. The thing lay in wait inside my house for one of my family members to return home.

I was first home that day and thankfully had friends with me. The thing inside my home made us aware of it being in my house by changing the lights inside which we noticed before entering the house.

We were frightened and called for help waiting outside in my car watching as whatever was in the house tried to bait us inside by flickering lights on and off. As we sat locked inside my car in the front of my house we could hear the thing howling and growl in rage at not being able to get us to enter the house.

When help did arrive we found it had placed robe and knifes around the house along with clawing the walls and ripping to shreds clothing that belonged to me and leaving it spread all over the house.

The thing in my home that night left a pungent odor of sulfur and rot that lingered for days after.

This thing came back later and tried to enter my neighbor’s house as their 17 year old daughter sat watching TV in their family room. The odd thing is that it tried to get to her by ripping a large window out of the house frame and all. The mother was at home and did get a look at the arm of this thing as it waved frantically trying to reach into the home. She described it as a snake type skin of what looked like a semi human arm and hand with long claws instead of fingernails. They also reported a horrible odor coming from the creature.

No one ever was able to explain who or what that was laying in wait in my house that night or who or what ripped that window out of that house.

I received an email from a reader asking me if I had any information on a strange incident he recalled seeing on television years ago. It was such a odd happening that he could not understand why he could not find any reference to it anywhere when he clearly recalled what he had seen.

My reader recalled the event being reported on the news that the emergency numbers in the city where receiving frantic calls in the middle of the night about strange lights in the sky around New York City. Enough calls came in for patrol cars to be sent out to investigate. Someone who had called in the incident brought a camera and was able to film part of this incident.

The area this occurred looked to be on the side of a brick apartment building, maybe fifteen stories tall. If I can remember right there was even a bridge nearby. Anyways, the person behind the camera caught something moving on the side of the building and I think they even heard it growling or making some sort of noise. It lurked back in the shadows. as they zoomed in you could see this not-very-human-like creature literally scaling or clawing up the side of the wall.

Whatever it was- it was not any animal I had ever seen before. All I know is that I saw this once on TV and after that I never heard of or seen it again.

I remembered this TV report being from the very late 80’s or early 90’s and always thought it odd that nothing else was ever seen about it.

I have to admit I have no idea about this report but also know things like this happen and always are simply swept away never to be seen or heard of again.

Recently a report was released about a strange body being found on the coastal shore of Plum Island. Plum Island has been a top secret lab of extreme experiments located right off the main body of Long Island. Only those with top-secret clearance are allowed near the place. The only method of getting to it is by boat. It has been a long time shop of horrors that needs to be taken seriously and watched as highly dangerous. The body was reported to be a male about six feet tall with extremely long fingers! The report was quickly pushed under that infamous rug with all the other odd things heard once and then never again. Plum Island seems to have and always has had a hush- never heard again way concerning everything about the place.

When I hear of events like the ones above I realize they are simply too incredible to believe. If I had not lived through an event that involved a unknown creature I would have a far more difficult time in digesting them. I did however deal with a very strange creature and do believe something very odd is going on out there.

We all have read stories about people who have had similar experiences to the ones I have written about here. We read about big foot and aliens and moth men. We are told of shadow people and all kinds of things that are reported by people.

Of course you have no reason to believe anything I have written. I can only say I saw what I did and that others are telling you the truth as well. I realize many reports made are not true. We all know the pollution that takes place in the area of things known as paranormal. I am sure many if not most reports are for agenda’s of attention or fame. I also know some of the things people are seeing are real.

The question to ask is who or what are these creatures that some of us encounter? What is it that walks with us on planet earth? Are they alien visitors? Are they beings from another dimension that slip in to our time and space? Are they mistakes by the hand of man from dangerous locations like Plum Island? What and who in the world are these creatures? I do not think those are outrageous questions to ask about incredible creatures that seem to cross the path of man now and then.

For now reports of strange beings will continue to be looked at with skeptical eyes leaving traumatized witnesses all over our planet. All we can do is pay attention to our surroundings and try to live our days in a safe and healthy way. What else can we do? It is impossible to say who will be the next to find they are looking into the eyes of one of these mysterious creatures of the unknown!

Thanks to Chris Holly at Chris Holly's Paranormal World
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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Shadows and Apparitions Keep Vigil At Fire Station

Fire Lt. Kevin Linhart stands in a hallway Friday near where a ghost reportedly was seen at Frankfort Fire Protection District Station 3 in Green Garden Township.

suburbanchicagonews - In the vast open spaces of rural Green Garden Township, the wind whips wickedly and the nights are eerily dark. The only structures on this empty stretch of LaGrange Road are the Frankfort Fire Protection District's station and training facility and Fawn Landscaping across the road.

So what would bring a television crew out here in the middle of the night? Ghostly apparitions, shadowy figures and things that sing or go bump -- in the night. Many believe the fire station - a former lawn implement shop - is haunted.

Firefighters aren't the sort to be easily alarmed, but they admit there have been many unexplainable effects, events, even comings and goings. Some are more amused than alarmed, but most now are believers that there is "something going on" out there at Station 3.

The station will be featured on A&E's new "Paranormal Cops" show, to air at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Lt. Todd Hamm worked at this station a long time.

"I used to see things going in and out of the ambulance - shadowy things," he said.

One night, a couple of years ago, there was a dark-clothed, blackish figure that walked right in front of him while he was watching TV alone at night after everyone else had gone to bed.

"I was taken aback. I was going to yell, but I didn't want to wake anyone up," Hamm said.

There were other "things," too, that he tried to put out of his mind, such as footsteps upstairs in the attic.

"Yeah, there's some stuff out there. We just try to co-exist with whatever is going on," he said.

Sightings by firefighters over the past year or so include a tall blue shadow in the hallway, an angry cowboy and several silhouettes and shadowy figures going by doors or windows and standing over their beds at night.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Bob Wilson, the Will County Ghost Hunters Society was called in several months ago. Its investigation claimed that the ambulance was haunted and that there is an angry cowboy out there, among other spirits. When A&E called, Wilson initially thought it was a "joke."

Firefighter George Schwass never believed the stories until he saw the blue, shadowy apparition in the hallway one night. He thought it was his lieutenant, the only other person on duty that night, but he later learned the lieutenant was not walking the halls at 3 a.m.

"It's a pole barn. With a little bit of wind, it creaks," firefighter Joe Odette said, as if he could dismiss these paranormal events. "It's on everyone's mind. I never used to believe this stuff."

But he's heard so many tales. And then one night he was leaving on an ambulance call, and as his colleague turned back to close the huge overhead door, it suddenly closed - by itself.

"I think there's something here - I just don't see it," he said.

Firefighter Tom Warszalek said he welcomes and believes in spiritual activity but, sadly, never has witnessed it.

"I would love to see it," he said. "I like ghosts. I don't want them to be mad at us. I don't want to be freaked out."

He also believes some things are more plausible than "floating ghosts."

Like the doors that Mike Illarde heard opening and closing when no one was there or the radio that mysteriously went off and sent a signal to the dispatch center.

"I don't know if this place is haunted. It could be. Anything is possible," Warszalek said.

Firefighters have been told these are not evil spirits, said Wilson, who always has heard the guys talking but never has seen an occurrence for himself.

"They're freaking me out. I'm not saying I believe it or not. One way or another, let's prove it, right or wrong. You never know," he said.

Will A&E's show provide such proof? The show's investigators and film crew did not share much of what - if anything - they discovered at the fire station. Hopefully there will be no emergency calls Tuesday night so firefighters can tune in.

Will it put Frankfort on ghost hunters' maps or make the firefighters appear foolish?

Most of them seem to be having fun with all this ghostly attention. Lt. Kevin Linhart is excited about the show, even though he's a bit skeptical.

"I told the (TV people) they were wasting their time," he said. There could be spirits, he reasoned - after all, unfortunately, people have died in these ambulances and there have been fatal car accidents in the area. And who knows about the life and death of the previous owner?

"I've heard they are friendly spirits. I just wish they would do some work around here," Linhart said.



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