Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania native Donnie Decker's life has been surrounded by a phenomenon that remains unsolved to this day. It started after his grandfather's death when he was a teenager in February of 1983. Unknown to everyone within the family, Don had been carrying a secret about his grandfather since the age of 7 years old. Donnie Decker alleges that his grandfather had been repeatedly physically abusing him.
Don was disturbed by the reverence shown to his Grandfather at the funeral and afterwards, spending the night with friends, the Keefer's, those feelings erupted in a way that could never have been foreseen. Who knows what emotional turmoil that unleashes within the mind and spirit of an adolescent but there are those who say Donnie Decker allowed it manifest in a series of strange paranormal events.
As he sat quietly with his friends the air around him suddenly turned cold, and at the same time, water started to drip from the living room walls. Don fell into a eerie trance like state. The tenants of the property immediately called the landlord, Ron H. Van Why to report that water was now dripping from the walls and the ceiling.
When Ron arrived he was mystified as to what was happening. As the landlord he knew where the plumbing pipes were located and there were none anywhere near the vicinity of the room. The plumbing was all at the rear of the building and the water was pouring through one room only where no pipes were located. Ron quickly realized that water wasn't simply travelling downwards from the walls and ceiling...it was pouring up out of the floor as well. At this point he called in the local police.
Patrolman John Baujan couldn't believe his eyes and was taken aback enough by what was unfolding before him to call in his partner Patrolman Richard Wolbert. Together they stepped into the one room which was affected by the water and immediately both were drenched through. Both observed droplets of water travel horizontally between them and move out of the room in mid air.
Police advised the family and Donnie leave the premises and go to a nearby cafe while they investigated, but Ron elected to stay. As the Keefer's and Donnie Decker left the building, suddenly the water stopped pouring. Ron surmised that somehow one of them was responsible for causing the 'indoor rain'...but which one?
It had now been almost a full 24 hours since the indoor rain started and as they sat in the local cafe Donnie still appeared 'trance like'. Cafe owner Pam Scarfano who had earlier witnessed the rain in the house thought out loud that maybe Donnie was responsible and that maybe it was the Devil's work and that Donnie was possessed. No sooner had Pam, the Keefers and Donnie seated themselves around a cafe table than the seemingly impossible happened...it started to rain inside the cafe. Alarmed Pam rushed to her cash register where she kept a crucifix and placed it around Donnie's neck...it immediately turned black and burned Donnie on the neck.
The Keefers and Donnie decided to leave the cafe and as they did so once again the 'rain' stopped. It was at this point the concensus appeared to be that Donnie was the cause. Back at the house the rain had started again and accusations towards Donnie started to fly. At this stage the pots and pans on the stove started to rattle and without warning Donnie suddenly levitated and was thrown across the room. The police chief was called in but he put the whole incident down to 'plumbing issues' and ordered his men to leave...though he also ordered his men to say nothing of the incident and not to file a report.
The following day Lieutenant William Davies of the local police became yet another authoratative witness to the events in the house. He and Lieutenant John Rundle witnessed the seemingly impossible happen again...Donnie Decker was levitated off the floor and hurled across the room. When they rushed to his aid they found three claw marks upon his neck. It is worth bearing in mind at this point that we now have four experienced, respected and completely trustworthy officers of the law who have witnessed the seemingly impossible happen. Rarely does any paranormal event have such authoratative testimony.
Three nights later the rain was still pouring down inside the house. An exorcism for Donnie seemed the only possible answer...but every Catholic priest and Protestant minister turned all request down. Eventually an Evangelical preacher was found who agreed to perform the exorcism. Although Donnie convulsed during the ritual, things appeared to calm down and the rain stopped. The results however were temporary.
Soon after Donnie was sentenced to prison for a theft and was placed in a maximum security cell. Once again the 'rain' started. Startled guards removed Donnie from his soaking wet cell and accused him of throwing water from the sink around his cell. He pointed out to the guards 'I can make it happen anywhere, and I can control it'. The guards then taunted him with the challenge of making it rain somewhere like the warden's office. Lt. David Keenhold was acting warden and sitting in his office oblivious to the events going on with Donnie when a guard came into the office to explain what was happening. Upon standing up the warden only then became aware that his shirt was saturated with water. He hadn't felt it happen to him as he had been focussed on writing a report. When the guard explained that Donnie had said he would make it rain in the warden's office the warden was mystified and in his own testimony states that he and the guard were both scared.
The warden called in a local clergy, the Reverend William Blackburn. The Reverend accused Donnie of making things up and a rattled Donnie replied by raising his fingers and instantly causing rain to fall. The shocked Reverend realized Donnie did harbor the power to make it rain and reached the immediate conclusion that he was possessed. Performing some religious rites the Reverend appears to have dispelled the ability Donnie had. Since then it seems Donnie has never been able to recreate the phenomenon. - planet-flipside.com / profilingtheunexplained.com / unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com
NOTE: A television segment first ran on Unsolved Mysteries in the February 10, 1993 episode. The case was also featured on an episode of Paranormal Witness on SyFy Channel. Most likely this was a thought-form manifestation resulting in poltergeist activity. These situations are normally resolved when the oppressed individual is removed from whatever stimulated the activity or is able to control those emotions that feed the manifested entity...Lon
Recently a video of strange lights captured near Pensacola, Florida turned into a very productive investigation for one group. During an interview on the web series Spacing Out!, former FBI agent Ben Hansen, who is the lead investigator on the SyFy television series Fact or Faked, revealed that his team captured their own video of an unidentified object in the same location.
NOTE: David Eckhart lives near Pensacola as well. The area (Gulf Breeze included) has a notorious UFO / extraterrestrial legacy. BTW, Ben Hanson will be joining Eric and I on 'Beyond The Edge Radio' this September. He has been presenting some of David Eckhart's alien encounters at several conferences including the most recent 'Open Minds Conference'...Lon
Naked witches who say they flew on magical basket ordered to have psychiatric tests
A Chinhoyi magistrate has ruled that two self-confessed witches who claim to have flown on a winnowing basket (rusero) must undergo medical and psychiatric examinations.
Prosecutors said Thursday that Rosemary Kamanga, 48, and Esnath Maodza, 56, who were arrested earlier this month after they were found naked in the yard of a home in the town of Chinhoyi, 110 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of Harare, have been charged under witchcraft laws carrying the penalty of a fine.
They also face indecent exposure charges.
In local belief, the flat, traditional hand-held winnowing basket is equivalent to a witch's broomstick in Western fable.
The magistrate said the court would reconvene on July 11 to hear evidence from the medical report and the testimony of traditional leaders.
The women claimed the threshing basket - which witches are said to use for transport - "ditched" them in the yard after a naked night ritual nearby.
They were discovered by Eneresi Mufunga, 55, who told how she woke up at 4AM after “a voice” told her that “something was amiss”.
The devout Christian, who keeps “holy water” in her home, said she began sprinkling her house with the liquid and noticed the naked frame of a woman crawling out of the door of her bedroom on all fours. The woman later stood up and "appeared tongue-tied”.
Mufunga said she then heard screams metres away, coming from a grass and pole bathroom. She investigated and found a second woman, also stark naked.
At the time of their arrest, a police spokesman said the two women confessed to being witches. - newzimbabwe
Smokers could one day be immunised against nicotine so they gain no pleasure from the habit, according to researchers in the US.
They have devised a vaccine that floods the body with an antibody to assault nicotine entering the body.
A study in mice, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed levels of the chemical in the brain were reduced by 85% after vaccination.
Years of research are still needed before it could be tested on people.
However, lead researcher Prof Ronald Crystal is convinced there will be benefits.
"As far as we can see, the best way to treat chronic nicotine addiction from smoking is to have these Pacman-like antibodies on patrol, clearing the blood as needed before nicotine can have any biological effect."
Other "smoking vaccines" have been developed that train the immune system to produce antibodies that bind to nicotine - it is the same method used to vaccinate against diseases. The challenge has been to produce enough antibodies to stop the drug entering the brain and delivering its pleasurable hit.
Scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College have used a completely different approach, a gene-therapy vaccine, which they say is more promising.
If they start smoking again, they will receive no pleasure from it due to the nicotine vaccine, and that can help them kick the habit”
A genetically modified virus containing the instructions for making nicotine antibodies is used to infect the liver. This turns the organ into a factory producing the antibodies.
The research team compared the amount of nicotine in the brains of normal mice with those that had been immunised. After being injected with nicotine, the vaccinated mice had nicotine levels 85% lower.
It is not known if this could be repeated in humans or if this level of reduction would be enough to help people quit.
Prof Crystal said that if such a vaccine could be developed then people "will know if they start smoking again, they will receive no pleasure from it due to the nicotine vaccine, and that can help them kick the habit".
He added: "We are very hopeful that this kind of vaccine strategy can finally help the millions of smokers who have tried to stop, exhausting all the methods on the market today, but find their nicotine addiction to be strong enough to overcome these current approaches."
There are also issues around the safety of gene therapy in humans that will need to be answered.
Professor of genetics at the University of Kent, Darren Griffin, said the findings were "impressive and intriguing with great potential" but cautioned there were still many issues which needed addressing.
He said the main issue "is whether the observed biochemical effects in lab mice genuinely translate to a reduced addiction in humans given that such addictions can be both physical and psychological".
Dr Simon Waddington, from University College London, said: "The technology underpinning gene therapy is improving all the time and it is encouraging to see these preliminary results that indicate it could be used to address nicotine addiction, which is damaging to the nation's health and a drain on the health service economy."
If such a vaccine was developed it could also raise ethical questions about vaccinating people, possibly in childhood, before they even started smoking. - BBC
Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss Jr.'s Teeth Stolen?
Have the teeth of two famed 19th-century composers been stolen from their graves? Austrian prosecutors are trying to find out.
Thomas Vecsey of the Vienna state prosecutor's office says authorities are considering filing charges against a man suspected of breaking into the graves of Austrian waltz king Johann Strauss Jr. and German Romantic composer Johannes Brahms and taking their teeth. Both are buried in Vienna.
Vecsey said Friday that suspicions first arose in 2008 but investigators determined that any crime fell under Austria's statute of limitations. New evidence other graves might have been disturbed has led to the probe's reopening.
The Austria Press Agency said prosecutors consider a Slovak man a person of interest. Prosecutors did not name the suspect nor suggest any potential motivation for the alleged thefts. - THP
21.8.1983 02.00 Lake Pojanjärvi in Kytäjä in Hyvinkää, Southern Finland
35-year old man woke up in the night to go to the outdoor closet. It was dark outside with no stars visible. When he returned , he saw through the window a luminous sphere on the other side of the lake in a U-shaped valley. He woke up his companion, a 33-year old woman, and opened the window to see better the sphere. It came behind the hill on the left side of the valley and was 3-4 times the size of the moon and deep yellow in color. On it were several black spots, which resembled eyes, mouth and nose, like in cartoons of full moon. The sphere lifted a little, but stayed under the hilltops . a beam of light emerged to the lake down under. The sphere now changed to somewhat oval shape and almost immediately after this they both observed a human like figure on right edge of the sphere. Its height was about one fourth of the height of the sphere, had a broad belt and tight sitting clothes. It moved to left edge of the sphere walking along the side and taking hold of the side of the sphere first with right hand, then left hand. When it disappeared behind the left edge of the sphere another similar figure emerged from the right side, and when this figure had disappeared behind the left edge, two more came from the right side. The sphere moved to the right descending slightly and disappeared behind the hilltop on the right side of the valley, but before that reddish stripes appeared over it, and these stripes remained visible after the sphere had disappeared for a couple of minutes. An interesting detail is that the phosforous numbers on the old alarm clock which the woman used when she recorded the time of the observation were luminous for over fifteen minutes after the observation, although they usually did not show any luminosity at all. The whole observation, as recorded with the alarm clock, took 19 minutes.
It must be noted , howewer, that the full moon was descending at that time in the direction of the observation, and it is possible that this observation was just a missjugdment of full moon, how improbable it may sound.
July 1987 22.00-01.00 Kannus, Parsiala
A 19-year old student was watching TV together with a friend, when they heard whistling noise and saw trough window a grey object with a bright white light. It resembled a tea saucer and vas visible in the northern sky only some seconds. Both boys rushed to terrace door. Near the wall of the house two men emerged, one of them older. Both were long, bald and clad in white clothes. They smiled friendly and asked telepathically if they could come in. The next thing the 19-year old remember is sitting on a sofa and explaining something tensely.
The older one of the humanoids spoke, the younger was silent. 19-year old students friend was standing nearby and staring wright ahead without reactions,but he was not worried about his friend. Sometime after the older one said that they musrt go. The boy would not let them go, but they smiled friendly and he got a warm and pleasant feeling. They said there was no cause for fear and promised to come again and take him with them.
Next morning the boy woke up in his bed, head aching and with a strange taste in his mouth. The TV was on. He assumed he had dreamed a very realistic dream. He called to his friend, who did not recall anything of the night before or how he had got home.
Summer 1987 Espoo, after midnight
A female student still living in her parents house woke after midnight to a strange feeling that some warm power drew her to. After she had wondered the feeling for a moment, she went downstairs to the kitchen to make a sandwich. Then she stepped to the living room eating her sandwich, and saw three humanoids staring at her outside the glass door that leads to the large garden. The humanoids were about one meter tall and were clad in a suit, the colour of which was perhaps something between dark green and bluegrey. Their head was disproportionately large compared with the body. The eyes were large, perhaps the size of an egg, and no eyewhites were visible. There were no hair or ears, and the nose was just two holes, the mouth a short thin line. Their fingers were extremely long and it seemed they had only tree or four of them. Behind them, about 20 to 30 meters away was a metallic or bluegrey ovalshaped ship standing on the ground. It was about three meters broad and one and a half meters high, and it had red and yellow flashing lights.
She stared at this sight paralyzed for a minute, then she got scared and forced herself to move and ran upstairs to her bed and put the blanket over her head, and tried to calm herself. The next day she went to the garden to see if there were any traces, but could not find any. During the later years she noticed that nothing was growing on the place the ship had stood, howewer.
21.06.1991 17.00 Lake Kääkönlampi in Häkkilä, Haukivuori
A 46-year old man and his brother went fishing with a boat to the small lake of Kääkönlampi. At this time nothing unusual could be seen. After they had fished some minutes, the second brother noticed a shining grey vessel to the north of them some 500-700 meters away. It was 7-8 meters broad and 1,5-2 meters high, the contours were a bit unclear as it was shining some light(which was not blinding) and no separate lights were visible. Two beings in shining grey suits were on its deck. The man said to his brother:”Look, two guys have come with a splendid boat to fish with rod and reel out there.” His brother watched and observed the same object. He wondered who had brought such a big boat to such a little lake as this. After observing the boat for 2-5 minutes they continued to fish for some 2-3 minutes and when they again looked at the boat it had disappeared without a trace. Astonished the men thought it must be out of sight in the cove of the lake and went looking for it, but nothing could be found.No sound was heard.
November 1991 about 21.00 Kyrölä in Järvenpää
A 29-year old female was watching TV in an armchair in her living room. Suddenly it was like a wind had started to circle him, beginning from the feet. She wondered what was wrong with her and tried to stand up, but she was not able to do so. She was paralysed. Her head rose up and mouth opened. She could not close her mouth or turn her head. She could see in front of her up on the left side a hologram picture of a small creature half a meter long lying on a bed, with one hand under the jaw and feet kicking nervously. She could do nothing but watch this creature and feel angry. After about 10 minutes she was shown a large star map, and when that image faded she send a message in her mind that she did not want to go where the humanoid was coming from, as she was terrified. The humanoid now moved to sitting position, and a long tube of white light reaching some 50 meters outside the window appeared in front of him. The image of the humanoid was faded three times, after which only lines were shown. She was not able to see the face, fingers or toes of the humanoid.
25.6.1992 about 21.00 Suomenniemi, road to Mäntyharju
54-year old woman was driving her car on the way to her summer cottage in Ristiina . After a long straightaway the road curved climbing a hill and the woman noticed some movement there. She thought it was some animal and drove closer speeding down. She thought she saw acouple of rabbits, but when she drove closer she noticed they had not long ears, so he assumed they were some other small mammals. Howewer, when she came closer she could see they were 2 humanoids, who seemed to be measuring something, the first in the middle of the road, the second on the roadside. They were so concentrated on their work that they did not see her car before she was already very near. When they noticed her car they turned and the one on the roadside jumped to the ditch and disappeared, while the humanoid which was near the middle of the road petrified on his place as the woman drove over it, trying to steer so that the wheels woud not go over the entity. When driving over she heard a metallic ”niuuhh”-sound from under the car. She stopped her car and went out to investigate, but could not find anything. Later she discovered that a cover of hard plastic under her car had been torn out .
She described the humanoids as being welltrained miniature humans some 50 cm tall, clad in tight dark grey overalls with a darker broad belt around the waist. Their head was round, not eggshaped, they seemed to be baldheaded and had large dark, round eyes or eyeopenings.
13.9.1992 03.00 Sotkamo, Northern Finland
A headmaster, aged 56, and his wife, nurse, aged 55, were on a vacation with travel van in Sotkamo. They had been eating late supper with their 85-year old German friend, and after some chat went to sleep around 22.00. At 03.00 the wife woke up and saw her husband sitting up on the bed asking: ”Do you see the same as I?” the woman answered: ”Do you mean that golden fellow?”
On the table in the travel van, just three feet from them, was sitting a 100 cm tall humanoid, shining gold and smiling benevolent. It said:”Pasi Pieskä, I know you”. The couple discussed whispering some five minutes, then the husband decided to touch the humanoid, but when he started moving the humanoid disappeared like a fog, which is running away.
In the travel van the curtains were not on, and the full moon outside lit the van. Inside the van, on the side that the humanoid was, there was some shining fog. The German friend also woke, but he was not told about the humanoid. The electricity had gone off and it was cold in the van, so the husband merely gave some blankets to the guest so he could sleep. All went to sleep again.
In the morning it was noticed that a curtain beholder had been removed from inside the van and left outside on a table. The curtain beholder is rather difficult to remove and none of the occupants went outside that night.
14. or 15. 3. 1993 Somewhere in Lappland (exact place unknown)
24-year old man had been awake for some nights, thinking of his divorce and missing his child, when he woke up in the night of scrathsing noise from the door. In came 8-10 grey-green humanoids, which did not have any special clothes, were 100-120 cm long and had only four fingers, the thumb was missing. One of the creatures carried in his hand some kind of ”firearm”. The man was leaded some 100 meters to the shore of the river, where an oval shaped white ship was standing. It had doors opening to both sides like in elevator, and the ladder had a couple of steps. Inside the walls were metallic. The ship started to move and vibrated. One of the humanoids said they would be going far away. Nothing was done to the man in the ship, and finally he was brought back to the river shore. A humming noise was heard and the humanoids gestured him to leave. When he left, he was deeply relieved, as he had seen beings he had known to exist since his childhood. He later estimated that the whole thing had lasted only five minutes in earth time.
28.4.1993 02.15 Lake Kitka in Kuusamo, Northern Finland
Observer, 50-year old construction manager, was in his summer cottage and woke during the night to go outside. He was smoking a cigarette when he noticed two obscure beings, which were wobblingly walking towards the cottage . He got scared and took his shotgun and loaded it. When the walkers got inside he was astonished to note that they were now like a normal couple, dressed in outdoor suits. The couple said good morning and wondered about his shotgun. When the observer had explained for what purpose it was used, they said it would not be needed as they intended no harm. The man spoke only english, the woman also bad finnish.
They told the men in Kuusamo had good genes, of which they were interested. They would contact in breeding purpose 384 men in Northeastern Finland , 4600 men in total in Finland during 10 years. The observer could not accept or decline their proposal, although they promised a winning Lotto line in compensation.
After a 5-8 minutes long conversation the couple left trough the door, but the observer could not see them in the yard in front of the cottage. He went outside and could find in the snow the incoming tracks of the couple, which were like something between a humans and a bears. When he wnt to the shore of the lake, he found a deep round melten spot in the snow, with a diameter of about 5 meters.
15.8.1993 01.30-03.10 Järvikylä village in Nivala, northern Finland
A 73-year old woman was sleeping deeply, when she woke by someone shaking her shoulder. When she woke up she could not , howewer, look at her room as it was so brightly lit that she had to cover her eyes and look through the fingers. The woman went to the front yard to find out the source of the light, but nothing could be deen there. It was all dark and raining smoothly. When she went back in she was astonished to see that the light came from the back side of the house through a window. When she went to investigate she saw a fiery ball some 60-70 meters away. It was about 3,5 meters in diameter, at the height of 4 meters and shining so brightly that trees close by could not be seen.
She woke her sister, aged 70, who observed the phenomen for about 10 minutes, after which she felt so sleepy that she went back to sleep. She slept to the morning without seeing any dreams. A strange detail is that the bright ball could only be seen through the other glass panel of the window. Looking through the other panel one could only see the dark rainy forest.
The 73-year old woman , howewer, decided to observe the phenomenon to the end, even if she had to be awake to the morning. She took a chair and started to observe the ball trough the window. Nearly at once the ball started to descent vibrating, became smaller and then suddenly two walls appeared on the forest. The ball, now quite small, settled to the corner of these walls and stayed there the rest of the observation. The walls were brightly lit by numerous lights on the top part of the walls, and each wall had one staircase attached to it. The walls were hovering in the air.
About 10-20 normal looking men now appeared descenting by the staircases to the ground. They were clad in normal light grey suits, were about 170 cm tall, handsome middleage men with brown hair sticking up under the white cap. Faces were identical. Each carried a weaved basked on their left elbow. The men started to move very fast, like in a video put to fast forward, and seemed to collect something. Every now and then they went up and down the staircases without taking a hold with their hands. Where the staircases were leading could not be seen because of the bright lights. After one and a half an hour they seemed to get their work ready and suddenly the walls and the lights disappeared. All that could be seen was the dark forest. The 73-year old woman went back to sleep.
The next day both women remembered the events during the night first in the evening. The 73-year old described her observation as looking a film or show, and her condition as being somehow ”doped”. The 70-year old woman remembered that she was very tired already in the evening before, and watching the ball she felt so irresistibly sleepy that she had to go to sleep.
8.12.1993 18.15 Vihtiläjärvi, Kankaanpää (near Tampere)
The observer, 45-year old house repair worker, had finished his daily work and was heading home to Nokia. Driving in his car he first noticed that the surroundins became brightly illuminated. His first thought was that an airplane was descending and he tried to look up, but could not observe anything unusual. After a while bright lights were seen in his back mirror. On the next sraight part of the road the lights came very quickly towards and stayed just behind his car. Then the lights put some distance to the car, but on the next straight part of the road they again raced towards his car in a second and passed it without a sound. The object behind the lights somewhat resembled a red car. The red colour was glowing and in some way transparent, too. In the ”car” there were 3 or more beatiful completely white women, aged 20-30 . As the ”car” passed, they smiled and wawed to the observer. Except for black eyes and mouth, they were completely white. Even the hair, which reached to the shoulders, was white.
After the ”car” had passed, it accelerated and vanished to the end of the straight part of the road (some 500 meters away) in a second. After the observer had driven a couple of kilometers he noticed the ”car” again. It had stopped in a downward slope after a curve. He began to brake cautiously, but as the object started to move towards the observer and a crash seemed inevitabel he braked all he could. Yet the object closed fast and the observer was sure it would hit his car. Then, suddenly, when it was only about a meter from his car it stopped and vanished completely. Astonished, the observer got out of his car to see if there was some trace of the object, but there was none, not even warm air.
19. or 20. 07.1995 about 15.00-16.00 Varpasalo in Rääkkylä
An old farmers wife went out to see if there were any strawberries in a familiar spot in the forest. Walking towards it she heard three faint shot-like noises, but did not pay any attention to these. When she came closer to the spot he noticed something blue in the forest. When she came closer she saw it was a giant blue ”umbrella”, which rised and descended some half a meter. She heard noises like two sighs when the umbrella descended to some 20 cm over the ground. Under the blue surface of the object some kind of ribs could be seen, hence the image of an umbrella.
To her astonishment she now saw that a man was standing stooped some one meter from the blue object. He seemed to be picking something to his vessel, which plinged when he throw things to it. She assumed the man was collecting ore, as there are many ore mines in the area.The man was clad in dark green overall with possibly a broad belt. Once he stood up (or went to the object, she does not recall ) and then stooped again.
After observing the man some 5-15 minutes she felt a compulsive urge to leave, so that she would not disturb the mans work. She went home (the man and the object were still there when she left) and on the way watched if there were any cars in the forest, but did not see anything. When she came home her daughter-in-law at once noticed that something had happened to her, and after they had discussed the event they decided to go to the place some two hours later. When they came to the spot only a faint impression could be seen. During the next months the old lady felt often a compulsive urge to visit the place, and could see how impressions began to create on the ground, when the ground vegetation withered away, being almost black in the end.
The UFO investigators visited the spot first the following year in the spring, when five black spots were visible there. Samples had been taken from the ground, ant nests and trees. The place where the object was is well covered from sight due to the dense young firs that surround it. The last visit was made 22.6.1996 when it was observed that the spot which had been under the ”umbrella” was still completely lifeless, though outside it the vegetation was growing normally.
01.08.1998 after 23.30 Kuusamo
Two couples were in a summer cottage chatting and waiting for the bath in sauna. The owner of the cottage, Pekka (alias), went to the terrace to smoke a cigarette. Suddenly he noticed how his guest, Teemu (alias), came to his left side. He was a little surprised as the door had made no sound as usually, but did not pay any attention to it. Pekka began to tell Teemu about events in the cottage last winter, wondering why Teemu did not said anything, just smiled, when he suddenly noticed that the other man was not Teemu, he only resembled him . Pekka said: ”But you are not Teemu”. The man just smiled and walked to his right side. Pekka now looked inside and noticed that the other three were sitting in the living room of the cottage. He was going to ask who the man was when he answered like he had read Pekkas thoughts : ”You know very well who I am, Pekka”.
The man was now having difficulties to keep his appearance. His jaw fell down wax-like, but he managed to restate it after some ”facial gymnastic”. When the jaw fell down his mouth was wery thin and the jaw pointed, so Pekka began to think that the man was not from this planet, and started to fell uneasy. He kept asking who the man was, to which he answered: ”You are one of us,Pekka. You are chosen.” Pekka started to move indoors and asked :”Why me?”, to which he answered :”You are a good man”. When he was on the door Pekka asked : ”How long did the journey last?”, to which he replied ”11 months”. Pekka got the impression that he would have wanted him to get closer, but Pekka went inside, where the others noticed at once that something had happened. He told them of the meeting first next morning, howewer.
In spite of what the stranger said, Pekka did not recognise him. He had not been interested in UFOs previously and was badly shaken about his experience. He indeed drove some 1000 kilometers to a meeting where UFO was discussed to ask if there were other people with similar experiences, and that way his observation came to our knowledge.
NOTE: Many thanks to Albert for the fantastic reports...Lon
Formed in 1889, McKinley County, New Mexico was named, inauspiciously enough, for President William McKinley. Two years later, McKinley would be dead – a victim of anarchist Leon Czolgosz.
The Old County Courthouse dates from 1938. The Works Progress Administration, or WPA, funded the construction as a New Deal project.
Originally, the third floor of the courthouse housed the county jail. Courtrooms were located on the second floor, and prisoners would be brought down a narrow iron staircase. The staircase and the third floor are now two of the focal points of paranormal activity. There have been a number of strange occurrences here, but I'll just give a few of the highlights.
Sometime in the 1940s or 1950s, a gruesome murder took place on the third floor. Although details are sketchy, the story is that a jail trustee who worked in the kitchen found out that his wife was cheating on him. During their next scheduled visitation, he stabbed her to death with a butcher knife he had stolen from the kitchen.
After a new jail was constructed, but before the newer Courthouse Annex was built, the county administrative and financial offices were moved to the third floor. But employees learned to avoid this area after hours. One night, the County Finance Director, who I'll call Jody Cracker, was meeting with state auditors from Santa Fe in the third floor conference room. For safety reasons, the noisy old hydraulic elevator could be set to "hold" on the 3rd floor so that no one could access the offices after hours. The fire exit stairs were open for those going down, but locked to anyone coming up.
It was late at night and the elevator was locked open on the third floor. Suddenly, the doors closed. The elevator ground its way down to the first floor and stopped. It paused a few minutes, then slowly returned to the third floor. The doors opened and out stepped... no one.
Jody and the auditors decided to call it a night and left – by the stairs.
Employees have claimed that elevator often behaved strangely. It never got stuck but it seemed to have a mind of its own. It sometimes went to the basement for no apparent reason, and stopped on floors where it shouldn't have. It was incredibly slow -- someone in good shape could have climbed or descended the stairs and beaten it.
A number of other employees have heard or seen strange things in the Old Ccourthouse. The County Clerk at the time -- I'll call her Karen Slade -- was standing with her assistant in the lobby one night. They saw a thin young man approach the double glass doors at the back entrance and walk right through them. He disappeared before reaching the second set of doors. They checked the locks, and as was customary at the time, the outside doors were locked with a chain and padlock.
There have been a number of other paranormal events. Once, when taking a publicity photo of the courthouse, Safety Director Tom Sparks captured a demonic figure standing at the window of the Treasurer's Office window. Unfortunately, his computer crashed soon afterwards, and he lost the picture.
The Old Courthouse still stands next to the New Courthouse. Most of the employees have moved, but as for the ghosts? Who knows.
Thanks to David Hoes for forwarding this original article
Maya Archaeologists Unearth New 2012 Monument With 'End Date' of Dec. 21, 2012
Archaeologists working at the site of La Corona in Guatemala have discovered a 1,300-year-old-year Maya text that provides only the second known reference to the so-called "end date" of the Maya calendar, December 21, 2012. The discovery, one of the most significant hieroglyphic finds in decades, was announced June 28 at the National Palace in Guatemala.
"This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy," says Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane's Middle American Research Institute and co-director of the excavations at La Corona.
Since 2008, Canuto and Tomás Barrientos of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala have directed excavations at La Corona, a site previously ravaged by looters.
"Last year, we realized that looters of a particular building had discarded some carved stones because they were too eroded to sell on the antiquities black market," said Barrientos, "so we knew they found something important, but we also thought they might have missed something."
What Canuto and Barrientos found was the longest text ever discovered in Guatemala. Carved on staircase steps, it records 200 years of La Corona history, states David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center at The University of Texas at Austin, who was part of a 1997 expedition that first explored the site.
While deciphering these new finds in May, Stuart recognized the 2012 reference on a stairway block bearing 56 delicately carved hieroglyphs. It commemorated a royal visit to La Corona in AD 696 by the most powerful Maya ruler of that time, Yuknoom Yich'aak K'ahk' of Calakmul, only a few months after his defeat by long-standing rival Tikal in AD 695. Thought by scholars to have been killed in this battle, this ruler was visiting allies and allaying their fears after his defeat.
"This was a time of great political turmoil in the Maya region and this king felt compelled to allude to a larger cycle of time that happens to end in 2012," says Stuart.
So, rather than prophesy, the 2012 reference places this king's troubled reign and accomplishments into a larger cosmological framework.
"In times of crisis, the ancient Maya used their calendar to promote continuity and stability rather than predict apocalypse," says Canuto. - sciencedaily
Yadkinville, NC - 6/29/2012 - unedited: The dog was barking more than usual and I was having trouble sleeping. I saw a thin grey looking alien shape shadow walking down the road behind a skunk. Watch for about 30 to 35 secs then it just disappeared. Watched for another 30 minutes and nothing. I have never seen anything like this before and was a little startled by saying I even saw this, but I know it was about 3-4 feet tall and thin, just following a skunk. - MUFON CMS
Two-Thirds of Americans Think Barack Obama Is Better Suited to Handle an Alien Invasion Than Mitt Romney
According to a new U.S. extraterrestrial survey from National Geographic Channel (NGC), more than 80 million Americans are certain that UFOs exist. In fact, many believe in tangible proof that aliens have landed on Earth and think that government officials are involved in covering up paranormal activities. Moreover, most citizens would not mind a minor alien invasion, because they expect these space-age visitors to be friendly--like the lovable character depicted in Steven Spielberg's popular film "E.T."
Survey results also reveal that more than one-third (36%) of Americans believe UFOs exist. More than one in 10 (11%) are confident that they have spotted a UFO, and one in five (20%) know someone who claims to have seen one.
- Despite the popularity of "Avengers" and "Twilight," more than seven in 10 (71%) Americans think that aliens are more likely to exist than are superheroes, vampires and zombies. Furthermore, if aliens attacked our planet, more than one in five (21%) would most likely call on the Hulk to deal with the havoc. Far fewer would most trust Batman (12%) or Spiderman (8%) to step in.
- In regards to national security, nearly two-thirds (65%) of Americans think Barack Obama would be better suited than fellow presidential candidate Mitt Romney to handle an alien invasion. In fact, more than two in three (68%) women say that Obama would be more adept at dealing with an alien invasion than Romney, vs. 61 percent of men. And more younger citizens, ages 18 to 64 years, than those aged 65+ (68% vs. 50%) think Romney would not be as well-suited as Obama to handle an alien invasion.
Tech Supervisor Erin Ryder and UFOlogist James Fox from NGC's new series "Chasing UFOs," believe the survey results are in line with the interviews and research they found in field operations taping the show. Viewers who watch the series' back-to-back premieres on Friday, June 29, at 9 & 10 p.m. ET/PT, will witness over 30 Texas residents who swear they saw an unidentified flying object in 2008 and Colorado towns folk share their encounters with the team about speeding saucers and green lights that often are spotted in the night sky.
About the Survey
NatGeo's "Aliens Among Us" survey polled a random nationwide sample of 1,114 Americans, May 21-29, 2012. The poll was conducted by Kelton Research, which used e-mail invitations and online surveys. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population, ages 18 and older. The margin of error is +/-2.9 percent. - spaceref
Stan Gordon was trained as an electronics technician, specializing in radio communications. He worked in the advanced consumer electronics sales field for over forty years. Gordon began his interest in the UFO subject and other strange incidents at the age of ten in 1959. In the late 1960’s, he acted as the telephone UFO sighting report investigations coordinator for the UFO Research Institute of Pittsburgh.
Stan began in the field investigations of UFOs and other mysterious events in 1965, and is the primary investigator of the December 9, 1965, UFO crash-recovery incident that occurred near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. In 1969, Gordon established a UFO Hot-line for the public to report UFO sightings to him to investigate.
In 1970, Gordon founded the Westmoreland County UFO Study Group (WCUFOSG), the first of three volunteer research groups which he would establish to investigate UFO sightings and other strange occurrences reported in Pennsylvania. Since November, 1993, he continues to investigate and document strange incidents from across the Keystone state as an independent researcher.
Gordon is a former PA State Director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), and was its first recipient in 1987 of the MUFON Meritorious Achievement in a UFO Investigation Award. Gordon has been involved with the investigation of thousands of mysterious encounters from across Pennsylvania. He has appeared on numerous local and network news and documentary shows, including the Syfy Channel (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel), Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Fox News Channel. He has been featured on many television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and Creepy Canada.
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Since the late 1960’s, Gordon has been lecturing to the public on the UFO subject presenting illustrated lectures locally and nationally to social and professional groups, schools, colleges, libraries, and conferences. Among others, some of his lectures topics include a synopsis of Kecksburg UFO crash case, UFO and Bigfoot incidents, and mysterious creature encounters. Stan was a keynote speaker at the 2011 McMinnville, Oregon UFO Festival. He was the keynote speaker at the first World UFO and Paranormal Expo in Denver, Colorado in 2004. Other speaking engagements and updated UFO and other strange reports as well as other events can be found throughout this website, www.stangordon.info.
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