Saturday, April 28, 2012

Reader Submission: Unknown Entity


Researcher and friend David Garrison forwarded a few emails sent to him by one of his paranormal newsletter readers in Connecticut:

Last Thursday night I went out on my back porch to smoke a cigarette. I let my dog out first, and he went off to the left about 10 feet away. I heard a rustling noise to my right but didnt see anything. I looked at the dog to see if he heard it but for some reason he didn't. I immediately looked back to the noise again as it rustled a second time. The thing stood about 2 feet tall. I actually saw it lift it head up and look at me.We locked eyes for about 3 or 4 seconds before my dog ran over there. David, this thing had red eyes...They were BIG round eyes. I could see the whites of the eyes and I could see a brownish color in the middle. Here's where it gets freaky. Around the whites of the eyes was glowing red. Not as if a light/glare caught it's eyes. But it wasn't normal. It was a red glowing outline around the eyes. I could barely make out the rest of the body...but the head was, the only way I can explain it is the head looked like a Gremlin from the movie before they went bad. Round head, and ears much stouter than a cats ears but i could make them out. It almost looked as if it had 2 tone patches of fur, light and dark. He also disappeared right before my eyes. Between the time that the creature and I locked eyes....my dog was onto him...he ran over & expected him to chase it. He got to the spot and looked around. I figured I was mistaken about it disappearing and it ran off behind the fence and into the woods. So I listened. I listened for it to run because there's leaves everywhere over there. My dog got to the spot and looked dumbfounded. He spun around. It was gone. I took one step forward to look up into the trees to see if it ran up the tree to escape my dog. The moon light the trees up & I could see clearly there was nothing in the tree. I don't know what to make of this, but it's been nagging at me.

Here's something weird I've been thinking about...I set my alarm for 3:00a.m. to get up for work. Between 3 and 3:30 a.m. I let dog out for a pee before I leave the house at 4:00 a.m A few days of the week, as soon as he steps off the porch, he sees something and chases it. I have yet to see what he chases. This behavior has been going on for months. I hear him in the woods chasing something then he will bolt out and chase it thru my open yard. I always thought the thing got away but then he doesnt stop. He chases whatever it is back into the woods. I NEVER hear or see what it is he's chasing. Until I saw this thing the other night....I never thought about it....I have tried to see what he chases more than a few times. I assumed a rabbit, or cat etc, but I have never once seen or heard it. But he does. I dont know what to make of this. I have tried to rationalize this as to maybe the thing I saw was a racoon, or an owl. I know what I saw. I told an acquaitance about this experience and he said that because this was Indian land (Mohegan's & Pequots) there's weird things that go on.

Please don't think I'm nuts David, but I'm a little freaked out only because I know what I saw. As far as I know there's no animal with glowing red eyes. And tell me how the F*** it can just disappear like that. My dog was a bit freaked too. The thing didn't have time to run away from the dog....just poof it was gone.

Anyways...Not sure if you know about this subject, or have heard about anything or type of creature like I have described please let me know. I'm a little freaked out, but I am curious too. I have to be nuts, because I'm sitting here telling you that I have a creature on my property with red eyes that comes close to my house and around my yard that friggin disappears! Please get back to me and let me know what you think. Thanks for listening to me rant, sorry to bother you lol~ Kelly

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Follow-up email....

Well, I have an acre and a quarter. It's a huge lot that has trees and also open spaces. There's an old stone wall out back at the property line and behind that, there's 7 acres of non-access woods behind me.There's also a lake with a damn within walking distance by road or thru the woods. Also, someplace in that woods....i have never been the kids go exploring there is an old abandoned boy scout camp. There's old abandoned boats, a huge lodge and a bathhouse. There's antiques in the lodge. No one goes back there. Some friends of mine did a ghost hunt a while back at my house & most ended up going to the boy scout camp instead when they found out about it.The name of the lake is oxoboxo lake. It's supposed to be some type of indian name, and that's the name of my street, oxoboxo cross rd. spelled same forward as back. The name of the town I live in is Oakdale. It's actually the village of Montville. At one time the Mohegan Indians owned most of the land there was some type of war between the Pequots & the Mohegans way back. They both have casinos now & own a ton of land. Most of my property is very rocky. Nice lawn but it seems to be on a rock ledge. My neighbor had to blast to put in a pool. That's about all I know off hand. I'll put in a link of the town. As you can see it's a huge indian area.

Thanks for getting back to me.

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Subsequent email...

One other thing...from the day I moved in here I hated being outside in the dark. Even during the day. I always felt like I was being watched from the woods, which is even creepier when I have to go to work in the middle of the night. I've never been comfortable here. My daughter either.When i go outside to go to work...I park my car as close as I can to my back porch so I can just jump in my car. sometimes it's almost in a panic state because I think something is outside close. weird, I know. I'm not normally a fraidy cat, but that's a huge issue I have had with this place, and I can't wait to move because of it. Thank you for taking the time :)

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David forwarded a few links that may shed some light on the Kelly's experiences:

Mohegan People

Mohegan Heritage

The Mohegan Tribe

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Today, David forwarded an interesting response to his post:

Hi David. That's a trickster spirit known to the Algonquins as Nanabozho (pronounced Nanaboozhoo). Other names are Wabooz (pronounced WaAbooz) and Mishaaboo (in English Mich a bou). This is a shape-shifter, trickster spirit that likes to show itself as a huge rabbit; a frog; porcupine; skunk;a reptile-like creature and a coyote, (on the plains). Also can appear as a child - adult. In their religion Nanabozho was the Trickster & Co-creator of the Earth; is heroic in nature, (fought Paul Bunyan eventually killing hin with a Red Lake Walleye). As with most Algonquin concepts, his appearance represents a dual message; he brings strife along with human error & stupidity, (their words not mine). The idea, rather, reason for his appearance is to bring about spiritual transformation & growth. He shows up when there is something "not right" about the way the person is living, (often personal and/ or leud interferences in the viewer's life). He comes to point out strife in the person's life in order to restore balance to the their life and also to the land. (He is very territorial). I've been waiting for this question since Tuesday and so I dusted off my notes and reconnected myself with him. He is as old as the Miamis; the Micmacs; the Mohegans & the Mohicans themselves. He is there to restore some balance to the land and the life of the person living there. Hope this helps.

‎...he will be showing himself more & more as Treaties continue to be broken...There has been a string of political moves from local governments all the way to Federal that jeopordize several treaties from 1836, etc. from treaties to protect the waters to preventing mining on Native lands. The more this occurs; the more he will show himself to those who live on Native lands. He restores balance through strife.

*Thanks to David Garrison for submitting these correspondences...Lon

Uncas: First of the Mohegans

The Long Island Indians and their New England Ancestors: Narragansett, Mohegan, Pequot & Wampanoag Tribes

A Vocabulary of Mohegan-pequot (American Language Reprints)

Connecticut Between old John Uncas, young John Uncas, and several other Mohegan Indians, on behalf of themselves and the rest of their tribe, by John Mason and Samuel Mason, gentlemen,

Uncas and Miantonomoh; a historical discourse, delivered at Norwich, (Conn.,) on the fourth day of July, 1842, on the occasion of the erection of a ... man's friend, and first chief of the Mohegans

Friday, April 27, 2012

Reader Submission: The Claw


I was contacted by Jonathan F. who had previously submitted It Was A Fairy Good Evening and promised to forward anecdotes about other strange encounters he had experienced. After he read Unexplained Events, Jonathan F. forwarded the following email:

When we spoke last, I had told you that there were other events that happened in my life that I would eventually find time to send you. This fella beat me to the punch on one of them. So strangely enough, this event is almost exactly what happened to me a few years ago while in college myself. However, there are a few differences in experience I'd like to share with you now.

Back in about 2008, I had split up with my girlfriend and moved in with my Dad while going to college in Pittsburgh PA. He lived in Bethel Park, a very populated and relatively nice community. He had given me a spare bedroom on the second floor which had 3 windows in it. It wasn't very big, but it held my life's essentials while attending college. One night, around spring/summer in '08, I was laying in my bed, laying on my right side, thinking about life and just reflecting on stuff when I started to feel a strange tingle throughout my body (I didn't quite notice a droning sound as John T. described, being that I lived in an area where dumptrucks, 18 wheelers and many other large motor vehicles were only a few paces from my window on the ground below passing by day and night). I hadn't began to "drift" into sleep at this point and I took a quick and sharp notice to this feeling that I was getting. It made me feel "light", as if my bodies density was lessening and I was not as "armored" without that density, if you will. I didn't fight it because I always have been intrigued by the supernatural and paranormal (probably even to a dangerous level of curiosity at times). Instead, I focused ON it and tried to encourage it to see what was to come next. What happened next, I did not like. Suddenly, I felt something dark, something negative. The best way I can describe it is like this:

A giant invisible 3 fingered claw began to "scrape" my soul from my body, slowly extracting it one gradual pace at a time. It started at my feet and scraped its way up my legs and to my torso. When it hit my upper chest, it scraped outward from my body. Think of a garden claw scraping a hole in fresh topsoil - very similar to what I was feeling. Every time it made a pass up my body, I felt less and less in control of my body - I still had control of my mind, but fear began to consume it. My body felt as if it were paralyzed and numbed to much feeling, as a parasite would do when attaching to its host. Now, imagine with me if you can, that since this claw had no physical form, it still had an energy - a dark and negative energy. It instilled terror into my heart and I "saw" it in my mind, what it looked like - it's color, texture, the giant nails on each finger, every bumpy knuckle. But when I "saw" it in my mind, it wasn't like some vision you would imagine a prophet being given from a higher power like in movies or something. Instead, it was just like a thought you would have about what your truck looks like or your house or dog. It is a detailed image, but just an image in your mind when you're thinking about something. Ok, so now I'm laying on my right side, I feel this tingle, I kind of like it so I "welcome" it, all of a sudden, I feel the claw scraping through me and pulling MY energy, my soul, out of my body. The only thing I could do was pray, which I did and it was the Lord's Prayer, just as John T. did. As I prayed, the scraping continued but got very weak until finally it was gone. I felt my blood rush back into my body and I lifted my head from my pillow and looked around, not sure what the hell just happened to me.

In all 3 windows, I never noticed anything that seemed like it could be related to extraterrestrials - I didn't lose time, I was conscious the whole time, no strange lights or voices, etc. Instead, this was something completely spiritual...but it was evil. I'm no saint and I don't even know how to be. But I do know evil, and so does every single person in this world when their soul encounters it. I've always been a firm believer in a spirit, a soul and God. Whether its simply the power of believing in "something" that gives you control over the power within, or wether it is actually believing in God directly, you must still believe in good an evil. If there is one thing I know about existence, it is that it is all a balance - in every little tiny or hugely massive thing - from day to day life to quantum physics, the one rule is; there is a balance. Black and white, good and evil. I can't explain more than that of my event, other than I know it was evil - and with faith and the power of prayer, I was released from its grasp.

I drew a picture of what I saw in my mind and since it happened, the image in my head has not lost an ounce of detail. Maybe I saw it because I'm visually inclined, but this is what I believe was scraping through me, could it be seen through "our" perspective. - Jonathan F.


Spiritual Growth: Being Your Higher Self

The Spiritual Secrets of Happiness Health and Success: A Powerful and Practical Guide for Manifesting the Life You Truly Desire

Spiritual Clearings: Sacred Practices to Release Negative Energy and Harmonize Your Life

Just the Facts?: Green Cloud Over Moscow -- Congo Cannibals -- 'They' came on my boat...



Strange green cloud over Moscow...locals freaked!

Because far from paranormal or the onset of war, according to officials in Moscow, it is nothing but pollen.

As people around the capital began to gawk at the seemingly ashy substance and reported being covered in what was thought to be dust, Twitter came alive with conspiracy theories.

Prior to the announcement users like GadgetExpert took to Twitter to say 'What the hell Is this giant green cloud in Moscow? Something highly strange is going on.'

Ruskin147 added 'Russian tweeters reporting green cloud over Moscow, rumours of chemical accident,' and russian_market said 'there is one BIG GREEN CLOUD OVER MOSCOW..... Spoooky.'

Even the city's tabloid newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda ran the headline 'Green clouds are coming toward Moscow, could it be that the apocalypse is upon us?'

Pictures and videos soon littered the internet, some showing green film covering windows in the city centre.

But following growing speculation Russia's Interfax news agency reported they had word from government sources who said: 'High heat, which came to the Moscow region with an intense wind, caused the formation of a large amount of pollen, which, mixing and moving in the air, can form such a cloud.'

Later reports suggest, more specifically, that it is in fact being caused by birch pollen.
But some social network users are still far from convinced.

MadmanCrow said: 'Green cloud over Moscow reported to be birch pollen? Sounds like B.S. to me.' - dailymail

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Congolese Conflict: Surviving Cannibal Soldiers

We don't know much about Maria. A photographer named Marcus Bleasdale met her in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August of 2003. She was breastfeeding one of her three children, resting the infant's head on her good arm. Her other arm ends at the elbow, where it's capped by a fresh cast that reads "31/8," probably meaning that it can be removed on August 31. Her older son is also in the frame, bandages dangling from his scalp.

Maria told the photorapher that she lost the limb defending her children from one of the militant groups then terrorizing Ituri province, her home. Soldiers hacked it off at the elbow and ate the flesh. Maria does not say if the soldiers forced her to watch as they cooked and consumed her arm, but she would not have been the first in Ituri's war. When the sub-conflict of the Congolese Civil War peaked from 1999 to 2003, stories of cannibalism started to trickle out.

Stories like Maria's, and the larger Congolese conflict of which it was a part, are something we still talk about today. An art exhibit, meant to raise awareness, is currently shuttling Maria's photo around the globe, showing it and others to people in the highest levels of government. But the reasons we talk about Maria are nearly as complicated as the story itself, which is now mostly over, and risks over-simplifying our understanding as much as aiding it. - Continue reading at A Congo Mother Survives Cannibalism to Save Her Children

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'They' came to my boat....

Crisfield, MD - unedited: Beginning November 2011 (dont laugh) I built a radio from a quartz crystal and my high frequency ships radio on my sailboat...and through focusing my frequency I asked UFOs, inter-dimensional beings, ETs and beings that are here to help the planet come join me on/in my sailboat to help me heal the world. There is a lot more to this, as "just believed they were there" and "thanked them for their time and for coming."

After about two months of calling them through my radio and then "holding a healing service for the world," I was directed to begin photographing the inside of the boat...and to my surprise, there were many beings, orbs, "things that I cannot explain" and phenomenon of all kinds showing up in the photos. After a while, some of these things began to be visible to my naked eye.

Soon "I was told" that the inside of the boat had become too crowded" and that "they" had moved outside. In short, I believe that I opened up a portal to another or several other dimensions...but that is not the point. I knew what I was doing and I knew what I expected to happen and it did.

I asked beings and UFOs and entities and "things" from many dimensions to come and help me pray for the world (again dont laugh...as the photos speak for themselves). "We" held a "service" for one hour every single day for five months...and every single day many unusual beings and UFOs and entities came and either I assisted them or they assisted me. Soon, "they" allowed me to take their pictures. And within three months...thousands of beings and "universes" of all kinds began showing up in, on, around the boat.

It will be difficult for me to describe each photo (as I need to do) in this forum. So, someone from Mufon please contact me with an email address to send the photos and the descriptions to. I will include a few photos...but here is the point:

"They" came to my boat because I asked them to...and they kept coming back because I thanked them for taking time out of their busy schedules and for helping us here on earth. We are not alone. We have a lot of help...if we ask and if we are appreciative. Further, these beings are very real as you can clearly see by the shadows they cast. But more interesting is the fact that our physical reality is a tiny pin prick of the incredible reality that exists in other dimensions...and I have been allowed to pier into those realities. I guess they showed themselves to me so I can share with the world that "they are here." "They are here to help." "They are very, very real."

I will be happy to share my extensive collection of photos with anyone who requests...and share the rest of the story. I am putting a website together and will have my photos, experiences and story online soon.

Most of the photos are self-explanitory. However, the photo of me up on top of the sailboat mast-you will need to look for the black object just below me and to the right of me in the base of the clouds and bring that object in by blowing up the photo. My experience with these UFOs is that they are either drones or some different type of life form...a living entity very different than an organic life form we are used to seeing on earth. Anyway...this guy came around a lot.

As for the black/greyish being that is in the photos...most of him is sort of in my refridgerator. I have two photos of him. He is very real as noted by the shadows cast on the floor and walls.

As for the rest of the rockets and tiny universes and energy beings and light orbs and UFOs (those are the bright lights in the busy photos)-that will take a lot of explaining...some of the phenomenon I could clearly see with my naked eye and some was/is (I still have the phenomenon around me) when I photographed them.

Note: the first photo of the orb inside my boat was the beginning. If you load this photo on your computer and blow it up and look around, you can find over 25 light entities in just this one photo...and this is just the very beginniing. Subsquent photos have hudreds. Please let me know where to send the rest of the photos. Enjoy. - MUFON CMS

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Locals fear 'kung fu' guinea pig

Locals in Hradok, Slovakia, are living in fear of a kung fu guinea pig. The pint-sized ninja terrified dog walker Marta Domotorova when it attacked her Hungarian pointer dogs during a stroll on heathland near her home.

With a series of spinning kicks and leaps the fearless rodent saw off both the hapless hounds as they tried to play with it. "Bona started barking and Meggie wanted to sniff it.

"I guess it got pretty scared although both dogs are harmless and just wanted to play," said Marta. But then they got pretty scared when the guinea pig started its kung fu chops," she added.

Local wildlife experts believe the furious furball is a household pet that's either escaped or been abandoned. "It's not the first time we've heard of this. These creatures are usually docile family pets but when they feel threatened they will fight for their lives like any animal that thinks it's been cornered," explained one. - austriantimes

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Lost Pages From the Egyptian 'Book of the Dead' Found

Papyrus fragments from an Egyptian funerary text known as a Book of the Dead have been discovered in the archives of the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia.

"We are incredibly surprised that we had such a significant object in our collection," museum CEO Ian Galloway told Australian press.

The discovery was made recently during a visit to the museum by British Museum Egyptologist John Taylor.

While on a tour of the Australian venue's Egyptian collection ahead of its new exhibit Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb (which opened Thursday), Taylor noticed a familiar name — Amenhotep, a well-known ancient Egyptian head of builders — on a fragile piece of papyrus long ago conserved by Queensland Museum curators.

Upon further examination of the collection, he confirmed that the ancient scraps were from The Book of the Dead of Amenhotep, an ancient Egyptian official from approximately 1420 B.C.

Portions of this particular manuscript were discovered in the 19th century, though parts were missing. Some is now held at the British Museum, with other segments at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

"This is not the papyrus of just anybody. This is one of the top officials from Egypt at the peak of ancient Egypt's prosperity," Taylor told reporters in Brisbane.

According to Galloway, a woman donated the fragments in question to the museum almost 100 years ago. Staffers are now trying to track down her descendants.

The fragments will be scanned and Taylor hopes to start piecing the digital images together with the portions in the British Museum's collection.

"After over 100 years we're in a position to reconstruct this really important manuscript, perhaps in its entirety," he said. - cbc

The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day - The Complete Papyrus of Ani Featuring Integrated Text and Full-Color Images

Journey Through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead - The British Museum - NOTE: I have a copy of this book...magnificent! Worth the effort to obtain the hardbound version...the British Museum may have some still available. Lon


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The Virus That Really Will Kill Your PC July 9th

It sounds like one of those annoying chain emails that show up from technically challenged acquaintances: “The FBI Will Take Your Computer Offline July 9 If It Has A Virus! Visit This Site Immediately To Check!! Forward This To Everyone You Know!!!”

But the Federal Bureau of Investigation really has posted a warning on its site about the risk of “DNSChanger” malware, which really will result in your computer getting disconnected from the Web on July 9 if you don’t clean it up.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Astor, Florida: Ground Zero for the Paranormal?


By David Hoes - Astor is a town of about 1500 residents that has a rich, but sometimes violent history. It is also the focal point for a remarkable variety of paranormal phenomena. The following is a list of some of the strange events in and around Astor:

- The ghost of an Indian chief and a French Huguenot Monk have been seen in the area

- A dinosaur-like river monster known as "Pinky" has been sighted by numerous witnesses

- UFOs have frequently been spotted in local skies

- Skunk Apes, a Florida version of Bigfoot, are said to inhabit the surrounding forest

- The town's lighthouse-keeper and drawbridge-tender were mysteriously murdered

- The leading citizen and largest property owner died on the Titanic

- A Transylvanian Count served as newspaper publisher and local historian

Astor History

Astor is located almost due north of Orlando and due west of Daytona Beach, on the west bank of the St. John's River. The lands around Astor were originally inhabited by Timucua Indians. There is a large shell mound just north of town where in the 1880s archeologists uncovered a number of relics and human remains.

French Huguenots escaping religious persecution settled at the present site of Astor in 1562. However, the entire colony was wiped out by Spanish troops in 1566. Later, the Spanish were driven out by the British.

The next European to settle in the area was James Spalding, who established a trading post at the present site of Astor in 1763. By that time, there were only about two dozen Timucua still alive. The rest had been killed by disease or war.

In 1822, a Jewish immigrant, Moses Elias Levy, raised oranges and sugar cane at the future site of Astor. During the Seminole wars, several forts were built in the vicinity. While some battles took place, more US troops died from disease than from combat. By 1870, the area was largely deserted.

However, in 1874, William B. Astor, Sr., purchased 12,000 acres of land along the St. John's river and established the town of Manhattan. When Astor died twenty years later, the town was officially renamed Astor in his honor. His son, John Jacob Astor IV inherited his father's estate and continued to promote the town. John Jacob Astor IV is remembered for his heroism during the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, when he gave-up up his place in a lifeboat to another passenger.

A more recent but somewhat less famous resident of Astor was Count Albert Wass de Szentegyed et Czege, (known as A. Wass de Czege) a Transylvanian nobleman and author, who came to Astor following World War II. He was the publisher of the local newspaper and a local historian.


Historical Legends

In his book, The history of Astor on the St. Johns, Astor Park, and the surrounding area, Count A. Wass de Czege tells of several local legends.

The first is the story of Oklawahumpka, the Indian chief who could not die. Spanish troops killed all of the members of an neighboring Indian tribe except for the chief, a large, powerful man.

Oklawahumpka took the tribe's totem pole to an island in the center of a desolate, forbidden swamp. A hawk, the symbol of the tribe, was carved in the top of this pole.

Years later, a group of Spanish soldiers led by Don Huerta explored this territory. He left some of his men with the boats while he and the rest of his troops explored the island. Neither Don Huerta nor the men with him were ever seen again. The soldiers who stayed with the boats reported hearing the cry of a large bird, possibly an eagle or hawk.

Over the years, others also vanished. Pirates who tried to escape justice by hiding in the swamp disappeared without a trace. Jonathan Higgins, manager of the Spalding trading post, also vanished here. His wife reported hearing the cry of a hawk coming from the swamp. In 1838 and 1863, US troops also disappeared here.

The last documented disappearance was in 1904 when a young surveyor failed to return. Searchers found a large footprint with one toe missing close to where the surveyor was last seen. According to legend, Oklawahumpka lost a toe to an alligator when he was a child.

The forbidden swamp still exists, somewhere northeast of Alexander Springs. From time to time, fishermen report seeing large footprints in the mud on the banks of Alexander Creek.

Another ghost story involves a French Huguenot monk. After the Spanish massacred the French settlers in 1566, they tied the only survivor, a monk, to a tree and tortured him until he died.

The ghost of the unfortunate monk has been seen over the centuries; some say his ghost still haunts Astor. In several on-line directories of haunted places, there are references made to a glowing figure who appears on a densely wooded street called Gobbler Road. Is this the ghost of the monk who died so many years ago?

The Astor Monster

Reports of the Astor Monster, also called "Pinky" and “The St. John's Monster” have circulated for hundreds of years. William Bartram, a famous American naturalist, traveled through Astor and Lake George in 1774. He wrote that his Indian guide kept referring to "the beast of the deep." Bartram later reported seeing "fiery dragons" around Volusia Bar in Lake George. This is where the lighthouse was later built.

The St. Francis Gazette of August 24, 1896, reported that "something dangerously large" overturned a fishing boat in a nearby lake. A week later, there was a report that the steamer "Osceola" was struck by something large near the same location.

Quite a few reports surfaced between 1949 and 1956. In 1949, a Jacksonville paper published a sketch of the "Astor Monster" as seen by a river guide. In 1956, strange footprints were found in the mud along the river. They were described as being about 10 inches long and reptilian, with three toes pointed to the front and two to the rear. Descriptions of the creature varied greatly, with some claiming it looked like a dinosaur and others describing a creature more like a manatee. According to one report, the creature had a single horn in the center of its head.

During the 1950s, over a dozen witnesses claimed to have seen the Astor Monster. Several individuals claimed to have shot at it but missed.

In his book Florida's Unexpected Wildlife: Exotic Species, Living Fossils, and Mythical Beasts in the Sunshine State, Michael Newton reported that in the late 1960s, fishing guide Buck Dillard and two clients encountered a beast 'the size of an elephant' while trolling on the St. Johns River near Lake Dexter. "Dillard says the creature walked along the river bottom, thus presumably eliminating possible confusion with a manatee."

The last reported sighting of the monster was in August of 1987, when two young men claimed to have struck it with their boat. Reportedly, it was about 35 feet long, greenish-gray, and had spikes on its back.

Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman mounted a 2008 expedition to search for Pinky, but was unsuccessful in learning more about the creature.

One newspaper reporter suggested that Pinky was a hoax. In a 1995 article in the Orlando Sentinel, Ormund Powers recalled a conversation he had with Count A. Wass deCzege, the former publisher of the newspaper in Astor.

“When I asked the Count to help me trace the origin of the Astor Monster, he let that question go by and instead told me a story about the Loch Ness Monster of Scotland.

'I knew the two men who invented the Loch Ness Monster,' he said.

'That thing was invented?' I asked.

'Out of whole cloth. They got together one day in Europe and decided they would invent a monster,' the count said. 'That was many, many years ago, you know. They just made him up from their overactive imaginations.'”


UFO Sightings near Astor

Astor has the unusual distinction of being near a Navy bombing range. The Pinecastle Range is the only live bombing range on the East Cost of the US. Does the close proximity of Pinecastle draw UFOs to the area? In September of 2010, former Air Force officer Robert Salas and other veterans claimed that UFOs are attracted to military installations. In any event, two UFO cases near Astor are especially interesting.

The first case occurred in the late 1950s. Jay Mallet, a navy pilot, was making dry runs at a target on the bombing range when he suddenly encountered a dozen small silver disks at about 10,000 feet altitude. It was approximately 9:30 am; visibility was good, and there were few clouds.

He described the metallic disks as being about the size of large garbage can lids. They had no lights, windows, markings or other features. "They simply looked like a squadron of flying saucers", he later reported. As he followed them they dropped down to about 1,000 feet.

Mallet was ordered to take photos using his gun cameras, but was never shown the film from the cameras. He was later sworn to secrecy about what he had seen.

In May of 1978, a widely reported Radar-Visual sighting also took place near Astor. According to the Ocala Star-Banner, on May 14, 1978, three UFOs were sighted over the U.S. Navy’s Pinecastle Range.

“The lights, described as red, white and green and about the size of a star, were sighted about 10 pm and tracked for several minutes by radar.

‘All I can tell you from here is what’s in the log,’ said Pinecastle’s Lt. Commander John L. Sullivan. ‘From what I can gather, the radar picked something up and it departed the area very quickly.’”

Timothy Collins, the radar technician who tracked the objects, said “I've never seen anything like it. And I don't want to see anything like it again.”

Master Chief Thomas O’Neal was reported as saying that the Warfare Range also had a rash of UFO sightings one or two years before the May 14, 1978 incident.

At the same time the Navy was tracking the UFOs, two women were driving south on Highway 19, just northwest of Astor, when they saw a bright light and a craft that resembled "tinker toys." Following their sighting, they experienced a period of missing time.

In the years since 1978, UFO reports have continued to come-in. In 2001, retired Air Force Major George Filer documented some of strange events on his website. According to his source, goats were found dead with their rectums removed and blood drained. Rabbits were found dead with puncture wounds on their necks. A horse was found dead near the top of a 15 foot Palmetto tree, where it could have only been dropped from above. Numerous disc-shaped UFOs were also seen in the vicinity. Even as recently as 2010, there have been other newspaper and Internet reports of earth-shaking explosions and UFO sightings in the area, even when Navy planes weren't using the range.

-Two Strange Unsolved Murders-


The Murdered Bridge-tender

Highway 40, the main road through Astor, was paved in 1926. A drawbridge was built across the St. Johns River, joining Astor on the west bank to Barberville on the east bank. Although the bridge was mostly made of steel, on the Astor side it was partly covered with wood and included a house for the bridge-tender. McQueen Johnson, who used to operate the ferry between Astor and Barberville, was hired as the first tender.

In 1935, while on the bridge, Johnson was shot in the back. He fell across the middle of the bridge, with his head in Lake County and his feet in Volusia County. Not only was Mr. Johnson's murder never solved; it was not even investigated. Neither county sheriff claimed jurisdiction, and both refused to investigate.

A new bridge was built in 1978, and the old bridge house and covering were moved to the Barberville Pioneer Settlement, where they remain today.

The Murdered Lighthouse Keeper

Astor's second murder mystery is that of a Lake George lighthouse-keeper Today, all that remains of the lighthouse are the pilings it once rested on. However, the Volusia Bar Light once marked the inlet of the Saint Johns River where it flowed into the south end of Lake George. It was surrounded by water and only accessible by boat. The pilings held up the light tower and a 1-1/2 story dwelling. It was placed into service in 1886.

As railroads replaced riverboats, the light was removed 1916. It was replaced with a bell-type foghorn which remained in use up to 1943.

A.J. Anderson served as one of the last keepers of the Volusia Bar Lighthouse. However, in 1938, his body was found floating face down in the river. Local mariners had become concerned when they noticed that the lighthouse was unattended for more than a week. An autopsy was performed on Mr. Anderson, and it was found that his neck had been broken. To this day, Mr Anderson's killer or killers remain unknown. Investigators found that the dwelling had been ransacked. It is thought that either Mr. Anderson attempted to fight off his attacker(s), or that his attackers were searching for valuables.

After it was taken out of service in 1943, the Volusia Bar Lighthouse served as a fish camp and briefly, as a family dwelling. However, someone set fire to the building in 1974, destroying everything but the pilings.

Reports of Hauntings

No one that I spoke with would go on the record to say that either of these structures was haunted. Since victims' relatives still live nearby, there may be a reluctance to discuss it. However, there are rumors of unusual occurrences connected with both the lighthouse and the bridge-keeper’s house. I have visited the bridge-keeper's house on two occasions, and on both occasions I felt very uneasy there.


Tales of the Skunk Ape

Florida is said to be home to a smaller version of Bigfoot known as the Skunk Ape. The name derives from the creature's horrible smell.

The Astor area, along with much of Lake and Marion counties, has a long history of Skunk Ape sightings. Many of the sightings have occurred just south of Astor near Alexander Springs. In an article for The Daily Sun newspaper, Gary Corsair wrote of several sightings near Astor:

November, 1977:

"A 67-year-old Baptist minister who says he hasn’t had a drink in 40 years tells how he stood eyeball-to-eyeball for 30 seconds with a great, hairy creature in the Ocala National Forest. The Rev. S. L. Whatley, pastor of the Fort McCoy Baptist Church, said he spotted the thing out of the corner of his eye while he was cutting wood with a chain saw three weeks ago. Whatley recalled Monday. 'It was standing upright, in the middle of some palmetto bushes, and that sapsucker was at least 7 1/2, maybe 8 feet tall.' The minister said the creature 'had dark, lighter-than-black hair on its head and chest, not much on its arms, and none on its face. It had kind of a flat face, a flat nose, its eyes were sunk in its sockets.' Whatley said he quickly went back to his truck to get an ax because 'me and that creature was going to mix it up,' but by the time he returned from the truck the creature had disappeared. He hastened to add that he hasn’t had a drink in 40 years."

July 2, 1980:

"Lake County Sgt. Dee Kirby, made casts of the half dozen 17-inch-by-6 1/2-inch footprints found near a bulldozer in the vicinity of Camp Ocala, a federal job training site. He said the prints showed a definite arching of the instep. five distinct toes and even some wrinkling along the instep. “(The prints) had a full four feet of distance between each of one,” he said, speculating that if they were real the creature that made them must be 10-to-12 feet tall and weigh close to 1,000 pounds. The prints were discovered by a private contractor doing roadwork for the U.S. Forestry Service."

Jim Bliss claimed to have seen these prints, which were in the Ocala National Forest about five miles northwest of Alexander Springs. “When I saw the footprints, I was just flabbergasted. These prints were six feet apart. This thing was huge,” he said.

Bliss also made plaster casts of prints the deputies overlooked. Although future searches for the skunk ape were unsuccessful, Bliss believes that the Skunk Ape exists.

“I believe it wholeheartedly. There’s something there,” Bliss said. “I know where he lives, but I can’t convince anyone to go there with me. He lives in Billy’s Bay, back behind Alexander Springs. There’s no doubt in my mind there is one. There’s been tons of people that’s seen them.”


Numerous other local sightings are listed on the Bigfoot Field Research Organization website, including the following:

- In 1986, a man camping near Astor reported that at 3:00 am he smelled something similar to a skunk, and sighted a large creature walking on two legs. In the morning, he found his coolers ransacked.

- In 1974, a man camping in the same area sighted a large bipedal creature at about 10:00 pm

- In March of 1994, a family camping in a secluded part of the forest heard unusual screams while camping in the forest.

- In 1996 a woman and her father were driving down a road in the forest when they sighted a hairy bipedal creature about 5 to 6 feet tall.

Future Investigations In Astor

When I began investigating stories about Astor, I worried that I wouldn't find enough material for an article. I now feel that more stories have yet to be told. There are vague reports of a fkigure in a black cape who wanders the forest; tales of campers hearing childrens' laughter from deep in the woods; rumors of the ghosts of Indians around the Volusia Bar; stories of haunted ghost towns deep in the forest; and other legends. I plan more investigations into this unique location, and hope others will share their stories.

*The author, David Hoes, has previously submitted articles and sighting reports to Phantoms and Monsters, including The Haunted Smallwood Store - Chokoloskee, Florida. I want to thank him for this well-researched offering.

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Just the Facts?: Did UFO Cause Pakistan 737 Air Crash? -- Old Woman Springs Road -- SOHO UFO Real?



Did a UFO cause the Pakistan 737 air crash? Reports suggest pilot may have been 'buzzed' by a triangular-shaped object before the accident

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the cause of the Bhoja Air Boeing 737 crash in Pakistan last Friday may have been a UFO sighting by the pilot.

A Russian news report on the crash posted on YouTube incorporates footage of three mysterious lights moving in formation, leading to speculation in the UFO community that blame for the tragic accident may lie with an extra-terrestrial craft.

There are rumours that the pilot may have been buzzed by the object and complained to the control tower at Islamabad airport as he made his approach.

Mysterious: A Russian TV news report on the crash shows lights flying in formation
The official line, however, is that the passenger jet’s fuel tanks exploded mid-air during a heavy thunderstorm, killing all 127 people on board.

In a mayday call made moments before the disaster, the pilot of the stricken jet reported a fuel tank had caught fire and that the plane was out of control.

He asked controllers at Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto international airport for help as he prepared for an emergency landing, saying he could see the roofs of homes but not the runway.

Wreckage from the 32-year-old jet, which first saw service with British Airways, was scattered across a wide area in fields about three miles from the airport.

A report by Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority said the aircraft had been properly positioned as it began its approach but suddenly descended to 200 feet while still travelling at 300 miles an hour. It then descended a further 50 feet more before its tanks exploded.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has ordered a judicial investigation into the accident.

Given the violent storm lashing Islamabad during the accident, some experts have speculated that 'wind shear,' sudden changes in wind that can lift or smash an aircraft into the ground during landing, may have been a factor.

Speaking at the scene of the crash, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that Farooq Bhoja, head of Bhoja Air, had been put on the 'exit control list,' meaning he can't leave Pakistan. Such a ban is often put on someone suspected or implicated in a criminal case.

Malik said, 'It is being said that the aircraft was pretty old, so it has been ordered to investigate thoroughly the air worthiness of the Bhoja Air aircraft.'

'The causes will be investigated, whether it was any fault in the aircraft, it was lightning, the bad weather or any other factor that caused the loss of precious lives,' he said.

The plane's flight data recording systems, key to any investigation, have been recovered. - dailymail

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'Old Woman Springs Road'

The following was forwarded by a reader:

Lon-

In the 1970s, my sister and brother-in-law lived in Yucca Valley, CA in a small house along Old Woman Springs Road. In that house one night, my sister awoke to see an old woman walking into the wall where once was a closet.

Another day, the couple was entertaining company when my brother-in-law and his friend saw two silver flying discs approach at a high speed. He yelled for my sister to come out and see them, but before she got outside, the discs had turned and gone in the direction they'd come from. I believe nearby was a military base.

But, the most interesting thing that happened to them when they lived there was that one night my brother-in-law was driving his water company truck along Old Woman Springs Road when up ahead he saw a mist that he finally drove through. As he did this, he turned to see a woman's face, misty, at his side window looking in at him. He said he screamed and stepped on the gas, attempting to escape the vision. Instead, the woman's face kept looking in at him even as he sped ahead. Out of fear, he braked very quickly and jumped out of the truck, only to see nothing there.

He went home and told my sister to never tell anyone that story after he told her. Weeks later, they had visitors who stayed until after dark. Their friends left and a half hour later, they got a phone call from them, telling them the same story about a woman's face staying alongside the side window as they drove.

Yucca Valley supposedly had a landing strip for UFOs, built by a UFO afficianado, another interesting note to these stories.

N. H.
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Bantam Lake 'UFO' mystery may never be solved

If little green men did plunge a UFO into Bantam Lake under the cover of darkness two weeks ago, they might be interested to know that there’s little pressure to speed up whatever they’re planning—or if some glowing green whale-sized object did fall into the lake as reported, and it is a meteorite as suspected, it will likely remain undisturbed for a very long time.

And the mystery surrounding an incident that got international attention may remain just that—a mystery.

No Investigation?

Despite Connecticut officials and legislators being lobbied by at least one former member of a lake protection group to investigate, and despite a private group’s vow to crack the case, little follow-up appears to be taking place.

“To the best of my knowledge, there are not any ongoing efforts to retrieve whatever it was, and my hope is that this summer scuba divers will take an active interest in trying to solve this mystery,” said State Sen. Andrew Roraback (R-Goshen), who is seeking the GOP nomination to run in the Fifth Congressional District. “We have added this to the list of life’s unanswered questions.”

The buzz for the last couple of weeks has been about a glowing green object that fell into Bantam Lake around 2 a.m. April 10. In contrast to the magnitude of the buzz—“Is there a UFO in Connecticut?” the Daily Mail in England asked—what is known about the incident is spare.

An unidentified motorist who was near Bantam Lake called State Police at the Troop L barracks in Litchfield to report seeing the green, whale-sized object fall into the lake.

Such a report doesn’t necessarily suggest credibility—given that the motorist didn’t stick around and apparently didn’t call back—but an on-duty State Police trooper some 10 miles away in Warren also called the barracks to report seeing a large object fall from the sky over Bantam or Morris.

Morris firefighters were dispatched, along with firefighters from Bantam, and made several passes up and down the lake in a boat but didn’t find anything. Morris Fire Chief Joel Skilton said he was inclined to believe that it was a meteorite, given that the National Weather Service had documented a meteor shower in the area that night.

In the wake of reports about the incident, the Ban­­­tam Lake Protective Assoc­iation’s former president, Robert LaBonne, sent an e-mail to Mr. Roraback and State Rep. Craig Miner (R-Litchfield), telling the legislators he had received e-mails from as far away as Florida, “With modern technology and the 911 service, I would think the State Police has the ability to trace that 911 call back to the owner of the cell phone,” said Mr. LaBonne in the e-mail a couple of weeks ago, referencing the fact that the citizen who claimed to see the object fall into the lake did not remain at the scene. “Once we have that person, hopefully he or she can direct us to the approximate location of the where this thing might be in the lake.”

After one story about the sighting was posted two weeks ago on the New Haven Register website, The Smoking Gun Research Agen­­cy (SGRA) in Orange, in­­dicated in a comment that it would be investigating. According to its website, www.sgra.org, the group studies the paranormal, meta­­physical and the unexplained.

Smoking Gun director Jon Nowinski subsequently said that the group spent a couple of days talking with people by e-mail to gather more information.

Mr. Nowinski said Monday in an e-mail that he did re­­quest a copy or transcript of the State Police communications from the trooper, and that he hoped to provide more of an update on the situation soon. Whether a meteorite or something else fell into the lake, last week’s reports that the incident sparked concern over dead fish being found at Bantam Lake turned out to be red herrings.

A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) spokesperson said reports of some dead fish being found came in as early as March 21, which is weeks before the UFO (or meteorite) sighting.

“What we’re seeing is what appears to be typical phenom­ena in a water body such as a lake, exacerbated some by the weather we have been having; the warm weather depletes the oxygen in the water,” Dennis Schain of the DEEP said in a phone interview April 17. “It’s predominantly sunfish. If it was anything unusual—the effect of anything falling in the lake—it would have more quickly affected a whole variety of species.

So that’s where it stands. Area businesses that lightheartedly sought to capitalize on early reports of a UFO sighting—with “stellar rates” for extraterrestrials and greetings such as “aliens welcome”—have returned to business as usual.

Meanwhile, as doubt surfaces about whether anyone will solve the mystery of this “smoking gun,” some observers around the lake continue to wonder how an incident involving something the size of a whale falling into the lake from a high altitude went unnoticed, even at 2 a.m. Don’t we all wake up for a “bump in the night,” they ask. - registercitizen

NOTE: Typical bureaucracy...either the politicians really don't care or they were told to back off. Lon

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The Real Deal?

Apparently the NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) has photographed something that even they have to admit is a mystery.

NASA has released a picture of what looks eerily like a giant mothership flying near the sun. Not only is the object in question orbiting the sun, it is also withstanding temperatures that should easily toast most anything a golden brown as it disintegrates.

Now, if an ET intelligence can build a ship to withstand such temps, imagine how advanced they could be?

The most frightening part is mainstreamers are actually giving in to the possibility that this object is something engineered and intelligently controlled. - Read more at Video: This Now Viral UFO Could Be The Real Thing Folks!

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Outrage as Egypt plans 'farewell intercourse law' so husbands can have sex with DEAD wives up to six hours after their death

Egyptian husbands will soon be legally allowed to have sex with their dead wives - for up to six hours after their death.

The controversial new law is part of a raft of measures being introduced by the Islamist-dominated parliament.

It will also see the minimum age of marriage lowered to 14 and the ridding of women's rights of getting education and employment.

Egypt's National Council for Women is campaigning against the changes, saying that 'marginalising and undermining the status of women would negatively affect the country's human development'.

Dr Mervat al-Talawi, head of the NCW, wrote to the Egyptian People’s Assembly Speaker Dr Saad al-Katatni addressing her concerns.

Egyptian journalist Amro Abdul Samea reported in the al-Ahram newspaper that Talawi complained about the legislations which are being introduced under 'alleged religious interpretations'.

The subject of a husband having sex with his dead wife arose in May 2011 when Moroccan cleric Zamzami Abdul Bari said marriage remains valid even after death.

He also said that women have the right to have sex with her dead husband, alarabiya.net reported.

It seems the topic, which has sparked outrage, has now been picked up on by Egypt's politicians.

TV anchor Jaber al-Qarmouty slammed the notion of letting a husband have sex with his wife after her death under the so-called 'Farewell Intercourse' draft law.

He said: 'This is very serious. Could the panel that will draft the Egyptian constitution possibly discuss such issues? Did Abdul Samea see by his own eyes the text of the message sent by Talawi to Katatni?

'This is unbelievable. It is a catastrophe to give the husband such a right! Has the Islamic trend reached that far? Is there really a draft law in this regard? Are there people thinking in this manner?' - dailymail

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Humanoid Reports: Evil Intentions -- Humanoids and an Ape -- Gigantic White Silhouette -- Short, Horned and Hairy


The 1st two reports were mentioned by Albert Rosales during his appearance on our show Sunday night. He has also included a few interesting reports from Russia and the former Soviet Union. The podcast can be found at Beyond The Edge Radio - 4/22/2012 - Humanoid Researcher / Archivist Albert Rosales

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EVIL INTENTIONS

Near Yekaterinburg, Urals Region, Russia - October 1992 - 04:00

The witness and his wife were staying at the Sverdlovsk Engineering-Pedagogical Institute hostel. The night of the encounter he had gone to bed around 02:00 a.m. his wife was already asleep. Suddenly at around 04:00 a.m. he woke up with a start, lying on his back and his eyes wide open. Strangely he felt no fear or any apprehension, the room was lit from light coming from streetlights right outside the window. Suddenly right above his head he heard a noise, he turned and saw a sort of flying ‘white mass’ that appeared to have come out straight out of the wall. The strange mass stopped abruptly right in front of his face and seemed to transform into a three-dimensional image of woman about 20-25 years of age. However she was only visible down to her waist, the bottom section of her body seemed blurry. The strange guest hung in the air vertically above the witness, half a meter from his face. The figure was white in color and he could clearly see through it. It appeared to be dressed in a sort of ‘nightgown’ with long sleeves and gazed at the stunned witness with coal black eyes which contrasted sharply with the rest of her body and according to the witness emitted ‘evil intentions’.

He did not have time to react as a white hand quickly grabbed his right wrist and slowly pulled him. He clearly felt the touch and very strong pressure. Strangely at this point he still felt no fear but realized that something was very wrong, he attempted to pull his hand from the grip of the stranger but was unsuccessful. With incredible strength the woman then pulled the witness’ arm which seemed to pass right through the grid of the bed, unable to control himself any longer the witness emitted a shrill scream. At this point the shape instantly changed her shape and hair to resemble an exact replica of the witness’s still sleeping wife. The witness was taken aback as ‘his wife’ now pulled his arm further. Resisting the witness thought, “No, it’s not my wife! Where is my wife”? Then with his other hand he grabbed his wife’s hand and cried. Incredibly the stranger then loosened her grip and suddenly disappeared. His wife suddenly awakened and inquired why was he screaming. He could only tell her that something strange had occurred, she advised him to try to get some sleep. After walking around the room he lay down again however as he tried to cover himself with the quilt it seemed to resist with incredible force and it even dragged him. As his wife remained sleeping he got up and went to smoke and once back he lay down again. The quilt this time no longer resisted but the feeling of anxiety remained.

To alleviate his fear the witness then cursed out loud at the stranger visitor. The reaction was instantaneous, a powerful blow, as if from a hefty board, struck with full force on the nearby table. He again roused his wife who never saw the strange female visitor and slept through most of the strange activity.

Source: http://www.urbibl.ru/Stat/NLO_nad_Uralom/prishelci_na_urale.htm

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HUMANOIDS AND AN APE

Between Mairiuex and Maubeuge, Nord, France - November 26, 1973 - 01:00

A man and a woman in a parked car on the Canourge road, Mairieux, noticed a white metallic looking hemispherical object some 50 ft wide in the snow covered fields, 100 yards away. Presently a dark opening appeared in this, from which 6 beings, of 3 different kinds, emerged. First were 3 small humanoids with large heads, 4 ft tall. They had protruding eyes with conspicuous whites, holes for a nose, narrow mouths, and bulging cheeks; their arms were long. They were dressed in tight one-piece suits of metallic appearance. Each carried a dark box 6” on a side whose upper surface bore a round white luminous “screen.” They walked slowly, with stiff small steps, and fanned out as if searching for something. Gradually they approached the road, until within 50 ft of the witnesses. Behind them, nearer to the hemisphere, stood 2 human figures about 6.5 ft tall, with light complexions and blond shoulder length hair, likewise dressed in tight fitting one piece metallic suits, closest to the door stood a squat figure, with long dangling arms, apparently covered with dark fur, “resembling a bear or great ape.”

When after about 10 minutes the small beings began to approach the car, the young woman became frightened and jump out, slamming the door, and ran back to her own car which stood close by. At this, the man saw all the figures stood still, then the “animal” reentered the object, followed quickly by the 2 humans and then the 3 humanoids, which ran back with such long, swift strides that they looked as if they were “flying over the ground.” The dark opening disappeared, and the UFO took on a brilliant metallic color, and rose vertically for 30 ft, then shot off westwards, becoming successively orange luminous, bluish, and reddish before dwindling to a point. This all happened with such speed that the young woman observed only the recession of the luminous object. The witnesses did not seek for traces in the snow. However, strange tracks in the snow were found later that morning by a Mrs. Michel and her children in the garden of their house in Maubeuge, 1.1 mile away, implying a connection.

Source: Joel Mesnard, Jean Marie Bigorne

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GIGANTIC WHITE SILHOUETTE

Tbilisi, Georgia (USSR) - February 3, 1991 - 10:20 am

A local female journalist, Irina Adamashvili saw on the slopes of one the mountains that surround Tbilisi a gigantic anthropoid figure which appeared suddenly out of nowhere. It was a massive dazzling white humanoid silhouette that appeared on the gray-brown slope. She watched riveted to the scene the figure which resembled that of a man wearing shiny coveralls. The figure glided rapidly above the ground in a straight line along the slope as it reached a bitumen road it then moved in a strange gait, taking large steps and somewhat bent at the knees. The stunned witness thought that the height of the entity was at least 3- 4 meters. The figure was then lost from sight behind a mountain slope.

Source: “The Georgia Herald” February 6 1991, Mikhail Gershtein in: “Russian Ufological Digest” January 28 2002

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SHORT, HORNED AND HAIRY

Kremenchung, Ukraine - February 23, 1991 - night

After coming back from work at a local bakery, the witness A. S. Tkachuk was trying to fall sleep when suddenly she felt a pair of strong hands gripping her around the throat. Opening her eyes she is terrified to see only at about 30cms from her a strange humanoid with a face similar to humans but completely covered with hair. Around its black eyes the hair was somewhat shorter and humanoid appeared to have two short horns on top of its head. The witness attempted to struggle and grabbed the creature’s hands with her hands. The creature’s fingers were short and the hand’s were more human than animal according to the witness, covered with fur and warm to the touch. The creature’s fur was dark-chestnut in color; it seemed to be short in stature its arms corresponding to that of a 5-6 year old child. The witness attempted to push the creature’s hands away from her throat but the creature was incredibly strong. She somehow “understood” that the creature was male but did not see any genitalia. The witness then realized that she would not be able to escape from creature’s grip and ceased to resist, immediately thereafter the creature let her go and disappeared. The witness remained paralyzed with fear and unable to speak in bed for a long time.

Source: UFODOS Archives, Ukraine

Type: E - When an entity or humanoid is seen alone, without related UFO activity

Rosales' Comments: What sort of creature was this? Why did it attack the witness and more importantly why did it suddenly let go and vanished?

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Hasselbach UFO Encounter


Hasselbach, Germany - July 9, 1952

Oscar Linke, former Wehrmacht major, and his daughter Gabrielle, 11, had to leave their motorcycle when they had a flat tire. Inside the woods the girl noticed two men in silvery suits examining the ground in a clearing near a pink disk-shaped object, 13-15 meters in diameter, showing a double row of openings around the rim and a black turret on top. One of the men had a flashing box. Both men went inside, and the disk vibrated, rose along the turretlike cylinder, then spun faster and rose out of sight.

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Furnished with the sworn testimony of an eyewitness, Oscar Linke, a 48-year-old German and former mayor of Gleimershausen, West Berlin intelligence officers have begun investigating a most unusual "flying saucer" story. According to this story, an object "resembling a huge flying pan" and having a diameter of about 15 meters landed in a forest clearing in the Soviet Zone of Germany.

Linke recently escaped from the Soviet Zone along with his wife and six children.

Linke and his 11-year-old daughter, Gabriella, made the following sworn statement last week before a judge: "While I was returning to my home with Gabriella, a tire of my motorcycle blew out near the town of Hasselbach. While we were walking along toward Hasselbach, Gabriella pointed out something which lay at a distance of about 140 meters away from us. Since it was twilight, I thought that she was pointing at a young deer.

"I left my motorcycle near a tree and walked toward the spot which Gabriella had pointed out. When, however, I reached a spot about 55 meters from the object, I realized that my first impression had been wrong. What I had seen were two men who were now about 40 meters away from me. They seemed to be dressed in some shiny metallic clothing. They were stooped over and were looking at something lying on the ground.

"I approached until 1 was only about 10 meters from them. I looked over a small fence and then I noticed a large object whose diameter I estimated to be between 13 and 15 meters. It looked like a huge frying pan.

"There were two rows of holes on its periphery, about 30 centimeters in circumference. The space between the two rows was about 0.45 meters. On the top of this metal object was a black conical tower about three meters high.

"At that moment, my daughter, who had remained a short distance behind me, called me. The two men must have heard my daughter's voice because they immediately jumped on the conical tower and disappeared inside.

"I had previously noted that one of the men had a lamp on the front part of his body which lit up at regular intervals.

"Now, the side of the object on which the holes had been opened began to glitter. Its color seemed green but later turned to red. At the same time I began to hear a slight hum. While the brightness and hum increased, the conical tower began to slide down into the center of the object. The whole object then began to rise slowly from the ground and rotate like a top.

"It seemed to me as if it were supported by the cylindrical plant which had gone down from the top of the object, through the center, and had now appeared from its bottom on the ground.

"The object, surrounded by a ring of flames, was now a certain number of feet above the ground.

"I then noted that the whole object had risen slowly from the ground. The cylinder on which it was supported had now disappeared within its center and had reappeared on the top of the object.

"The rate of climb had now become greater. At the same time my daughter and I heard a whistling sound similar to that heard when a bomb falls.

"The object rose to a horizontal position, turned toward a neighboring town, and then, gaining altitude, it disappeared over the heights and forests in the direction of Stockheim."

Many other persons who live in the same area as Linke later related that they saw an object which they thought to be a comet. A shepherd stated that he thought that he was looking at a comet moving away at a low altitude from the height on which Linke stood.

After submitting his testimony to the judge, Linke made the following statement: "I would have thought that both my daughter and I were dreaming if it were not for the following element involved: When the object had disappeared, I went to the place where it had been. I found a circular opening in the ground and it was quite evident that it was freshly dug. It was exactly the same shape as the conical tower. I was then convinced that I was not dreaming."

Linke continued, "I had never heard of the term 'flying saucer' before I escaped from the Soviet Zone into West Berlin. When I saw this object, I immediately thought that it was a new Soviet military machine.

"I confess that I was seized with fright because the Soviets do not want anyone to know about their work. Many persons have been restricted to their movements for many years in East Germany because they know too much." - Kathimerini - Athens, Greece, 1952 (found in declassfied CIA files)


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The Missing Linke - Skeptical Analysis

"The Most Amazing Flying Saucer Story of All Time" was how the news dispatch introduced the case. Considering the date was 9 July 1952 this wasn't quite the hyperbole we would automatically assume it to be nowadays. The saucer mystery had only just celebrated its fifth birthday and landings by flying saucers were virtually unheard of. There had been stories of crashed saucers with dead bodies, and one or two telepathic contacts, but they were easily dismissed. The story of Oscar Linke and his daughter was different. It would nowadays be categorised as a close encounter of the third kind. In hindsight, it was a landmark case.

It was, for one thing, the earliest dated case in the Project Blue Book files to involve a landing and visible crew. It was also the first CE3K with wide media distribution. Linke and his daughter are the only close encounter witnesses to appear in 'The Flying Saucer Mystery', a brief film documentary by Telenews that was produced after the big saucer flap of 1952. It is the earliest known UFO documentary (available from Sinister Cinema).

The voiceover leads into the case by saying, "The first eyewitness report of a supposed Soviet guided missile tells of a saucer-shaped object." Describing Linke as a refugee mayor, they tout his account as "the most credible received". We are shown drawings of the saucer made by the mayor and his daughter - the two passengers outside it, and the surrounding scene. We are told how they stumbled upon this sight, how the girl's screaming startled the two figures, and how they climbed into the saucer and took off. "The disc rose with a humming noise until the thing was standing on the cylinder like a big mushroom." It was jet-propelled with red and green flames spurting out of the hull's innards along the spinning rim. After gaining some altitude, it moved off parallel to the ground. "It moved faster than any fighter plane he has seen and it made a terrible roaring sound."

Newspaper accounts offered more details. They described Oscar Linke as a 48-year-old ex-Mayor of Gleimerschausen who had escaped from the Russian Zone with his wife and 6 children. Linke swore out a formal affidavit before a judge in the company of West German officials.

He had been riding home with Gabriel on a motorcycle, but a tyre blew out leaving them to walk to the next town of Hasselbach. Gabriel pointed out what they first took to be young deer, but as they got within 50 yards it resolved itself into "two apparently human figures". They were clothed in a shimmering metallic substance and were bent down studying something on the ground. One had a flashing light on his chest. Thirty feet away from them was a 40 to 50 feet diameter object "like a huge oval warming pan". Along the rim were two rows of holes a foot in diameter and spaced a foot and a half apart. Out of the centre rose a black cylindrical conning tower ten feet high.

Gabriel called to her father during his study of the scene and this prompted the figure to rush to the object, clamber up the side, and disappear inside. The holes started to glow and the rim began to spin. The tower retracted down through the centre of the disc, raising the rim. "From the swirling effect of the glowing exhaust I got the impression the whole thing was spinning like a top," said Linke. Once airborne the cylinder retracted again to reappear on the upper half of the object. It made a whistling sound like a falling bomb, but not so loud. The object flew away in the direction of Stockheim, which was southwest of their location.

Others came forward to say they also saw the object. A shepherd named Georg Derbost, who was a mile a mile and a half away, "thought a comet had bounced off the earth". A sawmill worker, unnamed, described it as a "low-flying comet". Linke examined the landing site and found a freshly made depression where earth had been driven down by the conning tower.

"I never heard the words 'flying saucer' until I escaped to West Berlin. When I saw the thing, first I thought it was a new Russian war machine. I was terrified, for the Soviets do not like one to know about their goings-on, and people are shut up for years in East Germany for knowing too much." was the tag line quote by Linke.

More details emerged years later when ufologists got hold of the initial foreign language accounts and made contact with Linke. They learned the encounter occurred roughly two years before the American press published it. Linke backdated it to 17 June 1950. He had been mayor at the time of the incident. In a new clipping from Nacht-Depesche, Linke had said of the two figures, "they were dressed in heavy garments, like people wear in polar regions." Those garments were made of a shimmering, metallic substance. Asked by ufologist Leon Davidson in 1958 if the figures were human or humanoid, Linke opened up the possibility they could have been another type of creature since their manner of locomotion "was a glide similar to that of bears". Besides the depression made by the conning tower, we learn that the cold airstream from the object flattened the grain in a neighbouring field. Linke confirmed all the pertinent points of earlier accounts and there was no confession it was a hoax.

When Ted Bloecher wrote up the case file for the November 1980 issue of MUFON UFO Journal, his assessment was that the witness was credible, the story was internally consistent and the detailing, though unprecedented, was persuasively authentic. The information argued favourably for the reality of the experience. In the absence of new information to throw doubt on the case, Bloecher concluded, "this sighting should be included among the list of unexplained UFO reports."

Curiously, it isn't. It is rarely mentioned in the UFO literature and is routinely absent in works that aspire to comprehensiveness. It's not in David Jacobs' s The UFO Controversy in America or Curtis Peebles's Watch the Skies! It's not in evidence in catalogues like the Lorenzens' Flying Saucer Occupants or Richard Hall's Uninvited Guests or Jenny Randles's Alien Contacts and Abductions. It's not even in Jerry Clark's Strange review of "Close Encounters of the Third, Kind 1901-1959", though it includes some of the most obscure cases around. UFO encyclopedias never mention it. Probably the only readily accessible account is the one in the Hynek UFO Report (1977, pp. 203-6) and it amounts to a reprint of the Blue Book file with no analysis or comment.

Bloecher stands alone in his advocacy and interest for the Linke case. Yet, in an important sense, it warrants far more attention. If you look at the case simply from the standpoint of a ranking of its evidential features, it has to be one of the ten strongest close encounters of all time. We have here two primary witnesses, one of them a mayor and thus possessing a measure of status. There are several people corroborating the fact that something happened from a distance, one named. We have claims of extensive physical traces. A follow-up six years later has him sticking to his story. This easily outranks 99% of the entity cases on record as they are generally singly witnessed, without bystanders, and with no or trivial physical traces. On the surface it looks better than such notorious faves as The Interrupted Journey, Pascagoula, The Andreasson Affair, and Communion.

Those who argue that subtle congruencies across cases entail authenticity will also find the Linke case an impressively evidential one. J. Allen Hynek used to point to a trait called "escalation of hypothesis" which he felt was common in authentic cases. Linke and his daughter's initial mistake in thinking they were looking at deer and the subsequent shift is just such as example of escalation of strangeness. The detail about the entities gliding mentioned to Davidson in 1958 is especially surprising. Raymond Fowler points to exactly this trait of gliding as a detail arguing for the authenticity of Betty Andreasson's story. It is a subtle feature he found in several cases. Indeed there are a string of them: Charles Moody, 1975; Pascagoula, 1973; C.A.V.; Ririe, Idaho - 1967; Brands Flat, Virginia - 1965; Reinhold Schmidt, 1957. Linke's revelation has to be greeted as more striking if only because Andreasson had the benefit of potential exposure to highly visible cases like Pascagoula. Living overseas, Linke's borrowing from the Schmidt case seems less probable than Andreasson's borrowing from the UFO literature.

This should be ranked among the classics, but it never will. It won't because it proves the wrong theory about UFOs. As the Telenews documentary put it, it was meant to be proof of a Soviet guided missile. Newspapers thought so too: "It is hoped to answer the big question: Are Flying Saucers a secret new Russian invention?" The place of discovery, the Soviet zone, implicitly answered the question with a Yes. The heavy polar garments worn by the crew obviously suggest the northern climes of Russia. Loren Gross, in his privately published, UFOs: A History, adds the observation that the description of Linke's craft was close to the description of the object in the 28 June 1952 Spitzbergen crash/retrieval story. It, too, involved a stationary centre cabin and a rotating rim with 46 jets on it. This craft was thought to be Russian since the chronometers and interior instrumentation had Russian symbols on them. Nobody suggested Linke's saucer came from outer space and, given the fact that it flew parallel to the earth instead of on a vertical trajectory, there was no reason to think otherwise.

Trying to fit this case into the extraterrestrial hypothesis presents a series of problems. First, there are no reports of 'greys' wearing polar garments. Second, contemporary alien craft don't display jet propulsion, don't shoot flames from a rotating rim, and don't make roaring or falling bomb sounds. Third, current cases never display retracting conning towers or show a mushroom aspect on take-off. Lastly, current alien craft have fewer straight lines and right angles than Linke's drawings show. Simply, it doesn't fit in with our current portrait.

To argue Linke's saucer was alien would be silly, but the Soviet interpretation is flatly impossible. The Soviet secret weapon theory probably hasn't had a defender in the past two decades, but if there were any stragglers the absence of relevant revelations out of Russia since the fall of the Berlin Wall should have sealed all hopes. And there lies the delightful paradox of the Linke case. It can't be real, but the methods of UFO study say it must be.

What this case proves more than anything else is how the UFO phenomenon has evolved and adapted to varying cultural environments. We tend to forget that the ETH was not always the favourite theory about flying saucers. Back in the forties and early fifties, the ETH wasn't even on the map. The Gallup polls of 1947 and 1950 didn't even bother to tally any supporters of the idea. Among those few who didn't view saucers as a joke, a hoax, or some form of mistake, the favoured idea was that they involved either American weapons under test (1947 - 15%; 1950 - 23%) or a Russian weapon (1947 - 1%; 1950 - 3%)

Sift through the reports of 1947 and there is nothing to disprove these notions and often much to support them; things like propellers, rocket exhaust, contrails, radio antennae, fins, and aerobatic stunts. When Keyhoe started pushing the ETH in 1950, he had to spend time discussing the pros and cons of the involvement of Soviets, Nazis, and possible secret projects by the military or industrialists in America. He was not instantly successful in converting people, and no solid consensus against secret weapon projects existed for two decades.

Linke's human crew was not unique among early close encounters. It is fairly easy to draw up a collection of reports that involved humans in saucers rather than alien creatures.

I selected these mainly from the sense they seemed clearly apart from both contactee accounts in their initial aspect and from creatures and dwarves encounters. They could be thought supportive of the secret projects idea, though admittedly ufologists often did not think that way.

The jet propulsion and remarkable speed is typical for the era. The profile of the Linke saucer with its straight lines seems faintly primitive and looks a bit like it was sawed out of the top of a submarine. This was true of other saucer drawings as well. They lack the sleek convexities that shaped later craft. The saucer in the 1949 movie serial Bruce Gentry shares this primitiveness. The Gentry saucer also has a stationary centre section like Spitzbergen and Linke. The retracting conning tower seems novel and it is conceivable Linke's case inspired the mushroom-like landing profile of the Harryhausen saucers for Earth vs. the Flying Saucers.

Linke's case seems well-adapted for its time - probably too well-adapted. By borrowing the jet-propelled rim from the Spitzbergen crash/retrieval, it probably hoped to credible. What Linke could not foresee was that the Spitzbergen case was doomed to fall apart. Investigators have built up considerable evidence that the Spitzbergen case was a hoax. (see Braenne, Ole Jonny "Legend of the Spitzbergen Crash, International UFO Reporter, November/December 1992, pp. 14-20).

By corroborating details of Spitzbergen, it has undermined itself with the taint of plagiarism and sealed the case for it being a cultural construct. Taken altogether, it is too much a phenomenon of its age, embodying its beliefs, preconceptions, and errors. A case identical to Linke would be literally unimaginable in the 1990s. The look, the idea is out of fashion - mythically incorrect. - Martin S. Kottmeyer - Magonia Supplement 48, Oct. 2003

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