Hi folks...I need the full day to concentrate on some personal matters so I won't be posting on Saturday. Thanks for reading and for your support.
Now...I have one question. Why do so many people think that I make a lot of money from my blog? Damn...it's really frustrating reading some of the emails. Maybe I should just start to charge a subscription fee for the newsletter and deep-six everything else? For the most part, I don't charge for the advertising since I like to help friends and colleagues. I only receive commissions for sales through the links...which isn't much. I only ask people to donate out of their spirit of giving back for my efforts...though I do understand that some people think I'm 'beating a dead horse' by making the suggestion. To those readers and others who have shown their appreciation over the years, I truly wish to thank you. Sorry...but I needed to say it. Lon
A spooky set of huge footprints found at Mill Dene Garden in Blockley have baffled people in the Cotswolds, UK.
Melanie Aston, who teaches swimming at Mill Dene and often takes her dog for a walk in Bourton Wood on Saturday mornings, found some large unshod footprints near the toilets by the car park earlier this month.
Her size seven wellies were dwarfed by the huge prints, which she said seemed fresh.
However, she could not see anyone else around.
“They went over some really rough ground but there was quite a distance between each print almost as if they where avoiding the really wet mud,” she said.
“They went right down to where the path goes over the brook then divides into three directions, which is where I lost track. It’s really quite spooky and I’m not such a frequent visitor since.”
Mill Dene owner Wendy Dare said: “I honestly have no idea what it is. The footprints are very large.” - tewkesburyadmag
From Linda Godfrey - The recent tragic death of a Montana man killed on a highway as he tried to imitate a Bigfoot reminded me of another hoax effort: the so-called Gable films of Michigan, part one and part two. The costume of choice in both states was a ghillie suit, a stringy, head-to-toe covering hunters often wear for camouflage in the woods.
The Gable films were made by amateur video buff Mike Agrusa as a sort of homage to the cryptid known as the Michigan Dogman. Agrusa added wire coat hanger “ears” as you can see in his intentionally grainy still at left, and was at least smart enough not to step onto a busy highway as he was filmed. Continue reading at Not the first ghillie suit hoax
I received the following email from a reader in Australia"
I thought I might relate a few experiences I have had over the years.
In 1989 I spent 9 months living at Mum's place to get back on my feet after a nasty split with my fiancée. I was in my room lying on my bed listening to the stereo when I turned my head to the right to find this ghostly face right beside my face!
It stood up and floated backward out the door into the hallway and disappeared!
I jumped off the bed and run into the kitchen where mum was preparing dinner. Are you allright? she asked. I have just seen something I said. She said I had a strange look on my face. It scared the hell out of me.
We were all sitting out in the back yard a week later when it was brought up again. My youngest brother who was 14 at the time was listening to us.
He got all excited and told us his story.
He was brushing his teeth one morning at the bathroom sink when he looked to his left into the hallway and seen an apparition. He described what he saw and it was exactly what I saw !
It was only ever seen once by my brother and myself. Looking back now it resembled my Grandmother who died in 1985. She was smiling at us just before she disappeared.
In 1992 my father died from cancer. He lived on his own as he and mum divorced when I was 9.
We went to visit him on his birthday to find him dead. He had been dead for about a week the Coroner found. I was heartbroken. I went to bed that night and woke about 2 am to find him standing at the foot of my bed! I was living alone at the time. He was standing looking very solemn at me. It scared me a lot.
A friend of mine says I may be a bit sensitive seeing these things. I don’t tell others about it because they look at me strange. I know what I have seen and believe in these things.
My Lady friend I am currently seeing has seen things at my home too. We have gone to bed for her to be awaken by something rubbing her arms and legs. I have been snoring beside her. This has happened a few times. She awoke one night to see a figure standing in the doorway. She described it to me and I showed her a photo of my dad. It was him! She has heard footsteps walking by the bathroom at night when she has been in there. I have been in bed asleep. Her jewellery goes missing quite often only to turn up a few days later. We hear noises from rapping on walls to someone knocking at the front door.
We are used to it now. It does not scare us. We keep quiet about it though because others look at you strange. As I said beore I believe in these things.
The 660-pound calf, called Sparkle, was discovered in a state of distress after falling down the ravine on a farm Sheriff Park, near Penrith, Cumbria.
Fire-fighters were surprised to receive the call to rescue the 11-month-old bovine after its owner, Philip Armstrong, had noticed it missing from his farm.
The bruised animal had plunged more than 100 feet down a "rather steep" embankment of the river Leith before a tree broke its fall on Tuesday afternoon. It was only stopped from falling further by the sapling.
During the delicate four-hour rescue operation, the Pedigree dairy shorthorn heifer was sedated by vets before being winched to safety by fire crews in body armour who used specialist equipment and slings.
Mr Armstrong said that the animal had been left "sore and bruised" by the ordeal, but was otherwise unharmed.
"It was a happy ending to a very stressful afternoon," said his mother, Sandra.
It was unharmed after the ordeal and is now recovering at the farm. Three fire crews attended the incident.
"They had to wear body armour in case a stray hoof lashed out at them," said a spokesman for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.
"It was extremely tired and exhausted. It was very, very still and in quite a deep state of shock.
"The vet checked the cow over and it seemed reasonably happy and relatively unscathed." - telegraph
I found Impossible Realities to be intelligent, thought provoking and well-researched. Caudill combines science and anecdotal evidence in order to convincingly detail the reality of paranormal phenomena. Since I use remote viewing and other psychic skills as part of my spiritual work, it was easy to identify with Caudill's evaluations. 'Impossible Realities' is a great source for those who want to understand the actuality of extraordinary abilities and why unexplained events manifest. I recommend this book to converts and skeptics alike...Lon
I received this correspondence on 8/28/2012...and received a followup last night 8/29/2012. I'm posting the unedited email:
Sir - my brother referred your email addy to me. He thought you may have an answer to what I saw this past July while camping in the Sierra Nevada Mts. near Tioga Lake, CA. My teenage son and I were camping in our RV. There were other campers in the area but not very close to us. On the 3rd night of our trip, we encountered something that neither of us can explain.
This is bear country and I know that there have been Bigfoot reports over the years. But what we saw was neither as far as we can tell. We secured all of the food and other supplies in the RV and were getting ready to go to bed. It was about 12:30 am. My son fell asleep quickly while I was getting a few things ready as we were going to leave this location later in the morning. I was looking at a map when I started to hear high pitched screams. At first I thought it was a coyote but it was a single scream and sounded more human - like a woman's scream. I opened the RV door and stood silent in the doorway. Once again the high pitched scream started. This time, it woke my son. We both stood at the door as the screams continued from the direction of the mountain. After about 10 mins the screams stopped - we both went to bed.
Something startled me while I was sleeping because I woke in a panic. I looked at my watch - it was 2:40 am. Then all of a sudden that same high pitched scream erupted outside of the RV. As it started my son jumped out of his rack and fell to the floor. I grabbed my .44 just in case. As we looked out through the windshield the moonlight was bright enough to illuminate a tall thin creature with light colored skin. My son yelled 'zombie!' - it did look like a female human form but the face and the rest of the body looked horrible. It reminded me of an old witch - no clothes, deformed face, long light colored hair, long arms and legs. I figured it stood almost 7 ft. It was walking away from the RV toward the lake. I had seen enough. I made sure everything was ready to go and drove out of there ASAP.
We ended up near Mono Lake. A few days later I was able to talk to a ranger as he walked through the camping area. He was an older guy and quite engaging. I described what we witnessed - my son also verified what we had seen. The ranger got a serious look on his face and said that over the years, something similar had been reported a few times. He said that they called it 'Penelope' but he didn't know why it had gotten that name. That's all he knew.
When I got home I searched the internet but no information was available. My brother gave me your email addy and said you may have an idea of what it was. I'd appreciate your help - you can also call me at XXX-XXXXXXX. LR
I contacted LR by email...then talked to him last evening (8/29). I received this email later:
Hi Lon - thanks for calling. As you requested, I am including a picture that closely matches what we saw (the image on the left...Lon), though it is just the face and the hair was much lighter. Like I said before it was very tall, no clothes, long thin arms and legs. You have our permission to post the email on the condition you not release other private information. If anyone has details please forward to me. Thanks for your help...
NOTE: I looked for 'Penelope' online with one small reference but little detail. I contacted Inyo National Forest information...they directed me to the Mono Lake ranger station. I was able to talk to a ranger who confirmed that there were a few very odd sightings in the Sierra Nevada range and that one of these 'beings' was dubbed 'Penelope' but he was unaware of how or why the name was given. I sent out a few inquiries last evening. Today I received a short email from a folklore writer in Reno, NV that 'Penelope' was supposedly a woman who became lost in the Sierra Nevada Mts. several years ago and eventually became a flesh-eating monster. OK. Seems like we're getting into the 'urban-legend' column on this one. Well, anyway, I'd appreciate some followup if available...Lon
UPDATE: As dumb luck has it, I had a reference to 'Penelope' in a book I recently received from Eric Altman titled Monster Spotter's Guide to North America The brief description is similar to the information that I received from the folklore writer with a few more gruesome details. It seems 'Penelope' disembowels her victims before feasting on the remains. As well, she is supposedly responsible for a few unexplained deaths in the Sierra Nevadas. Other than that, I have no idea what LR and his son witnessed...Lon
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From Cliff Barackman: The London Trackway is a unique event in bigfooting history. It started with an unsuspecting sasquatch wandering out of the woods and onto the muddy shore of Cottage Grove Reservoir (near Eugene, OR) probably on the Saturday night/Sunday morning of Februray 11/12, 2012. The event still has not come to an end because of the observations that are continually being made of the casts that were collected at the site. Just as new insights are still being gleaned by examining sasquatch footprint casts taken decades ago, the London Tracks will be slowly giving their secrets away for years to come.
Okay, so the rumours circulated that there was a lion on the loose near Clacton in Essex. How many more stories like this are going to be followed up by droves of police officers and reported on my drama hungry papers ? It's a sorry state of affairs, and it's hysteria that makes a mockery of my research because when investigators, as usual, find no evidence of the lion king, everyone starts laughing and saying that there are no large cats roaming Britain. So let's look at the details.
Someone claimed they'd seen a lion in a field a few days ago. The story spread like wildfire, newspapers got involved, my phone started to ring, the police turned up at the location, photographs of the 'beast' began being passed around and so was born the 'Lion of Essex' legend...another unfounded scare akin to the Shooter's Hill cheetah, The Edgware Tiger, the Winchmore Hill lioness, the Sydenham leopard blah blah blah. Yep, the police had every right to investigate it as it was a matter of public safety but surely such a fuss wasn't necessary. A couple of animal trackers would have sufficed because if anyone knows anything about cats, lions do not behave in an incredibly elusive manner, lions would seek large prey and also seek a pride, and lions DO NOT inhabit the wilds of Britain, neither do tigers, jaguars or cheetahs.
There are three suggestions for the Essex lion story - 1) maybe, just maybe there had been a lion that had escaped from a zoo/private collection - or if you read some of the papers, a circus which had stopped by a few weeks previous. 2) there was no lion at all, just a bunch of witnesses who didn't have a clue what they were seeing or maybe had nothing better to do than make it up, 3) judging by a couple of reports in which witnesses described seeing a tan-coloured cat with a white chest, a puma may have been involved. Whatever the truth, if there was a lion roaming Essex - it would no doubt be used to being hand-reared, lacking excerise and keen to feast on those mutant's with their swept over fringes, white teeth and small percentage of brain cells. If a lion had been roaming Essex then the police would not have called off the search. If a lion had bene roaming Essex it would have been heard roaring on numerous occasions, would have been on the prowl for livestock, and would have left behind a few very large prints. Lions are not elusive hunters that climb trees. Lions are bloody big animals. Continue reading at kentonline
A South Texas mayor has been found dead after apparently being attacked by a 500-pound donkey on his ranch.
The Atascosa County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday that the death of Hollywood Park Mayor William "Bill" Bohlke appears to be an accident. Bohlke was 65.
Chief Deputy David Soward says Bohlke apparently was attacked Monday morning by an aggressive male donkey he kept on the ranch. His body was found Monday night during a search by deputies and relatives. A formal cause of death is pending.
"It is with great regret that we, the family of Bill Bohlke, wish to inform you of his passing last night, August 27th, 2012," said Bohlke's family in a statement. "Bill suffered a fatal injury while taking care of his prized cow herd near Pleasanton last evening."
A vigil for the mayor is planned on Monday, Sept. 3 at 7:00 p.m. CT at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, and a mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. CT at the same church the following morning.
"Bill, your mayor, dearly loved serving you, our community, and we only wish he was here to continue doing so," the family's statement said.
Soward says it's up to the family to decide what to do with the donkey.
Mayor Pro Tem Steve Phillips will serve as acting mayor of Hollywood Park, a town of about 3,000 just north of San Antonio. - WTSP
Exploding meteor causes sonic boom before blowing up over North Wales
After travelling millions of miles through the galaxy, a blazing meteor finally went out with a bang above a Welsh town.
The force of the explosion at 11pm last night rattled windows, set off car alarms and woke up children.
One resident described it as “like a bomb going off”.
Amateur astronomers had watched its progress as it sped over North West England and North Wales before it blew up over Cwmbran in South Wales.
Homeowner Steve Edwards, 56, said: “There was an enormous boom – It sounded like a bomb going off.
“The force of it shook the windows in my house, woke up my children and caused car alarms to start going off in the streets.
"I’m just glad none of it landed on my roof.”
Another witness, Nathan Jones, 34, said: “I’ve never seen something so amazing in my life.
“It had a heat trail behind, it was orange and white and very bright, and also seemed very close.
"It looked like it was skimming through the atmosphere due to the curved path it was taking.”
Police and coastguards had dozens of reports of a bright flash in the sky followed by the loud bang.
Hannah Sabido, 33, who spotted the meteor from her home in Bristol, said: “It looked like a bright white ball with a long bright tail and possibly a green hue.
"It was brighter than the moon.”
Space expert Dr David Whitehouse explained that the rock was only the size of a golf ball and would have burned up as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere, leaving an incredibly bright tail.
Much larger objects which could cause a catastrophe only hit our planet once in tens of millions of years.
He said: “Scientists will now be very keen to know if it’s survived so they can try and collect it and examine it.
“As for the rest of us, we don’t have anything to fear from a meteor of this size. There’s no records of anyone having been killed by such a thing.
“Very rarely something large will come into contact with the Earth, like the one which helped the dinosaurs on their way – that was the size of Britain.
“But this meteor is a wonder of nature, something in the night sky to be admired and enjoyed.” - Mirror
You're Invited! Fall UFO Conference in Philadelphia
The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce its 5th Annual 2012 Fall UFO Conference to be held Friday night September 28 and all day Saturday and Sunday September 29 and 30.
The location will be the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne, PA 19047 (215) 269-3417.
Join us for three full days packed with informative speakers, vendors, training and interesting discussions on today's hot topics in Ufology. On Friday afternoon there will be a UFO Investigator training class held. The evening events will start at 5 p.m. with PA MUFON State Director John Ventre speaking on "UFOs in Art and History" followed by a meet and greet cocktail hour of food and beverages with the speakers and concluding with author Frank Feschino on the 60th anniversary of the Flatwoods WV UFO case.
On Saturday, September 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the event will continue with UFO Abduction survivor and speaker Travis Walton of the movie, Fire in the Sky; Sue Swiatek on UFOs in Virginia, Karyn Dolan on Ufology vs Paranormal; Stan Gordon on Kecksburg UFO Crash and Rob Swiatek on the 60th anniversary of the 1952 UFOs over Washington DC.
There will be a special buffet dinner with all of the speakers and keynote speaker Peter Robbins.
On Sunday, September 30, the event will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with Canadian Grant Cameron on the Evidence Cover-up; Historian Richard Dolan on UFOs in the next century; Lobbyist Stephan Bassett on Disclosure and Mark Passio on the Moral Issues Involved In The Continued Cover-Up Of Extra-Terrestrial Phenomena.
The event concludes with a never held before Q&A with Dolan-Bassett-Cameron moderated by Peter Robbins.
These speakers promise to make this an enjoyable and informative weekend. Registration starts at 8 a.m. For hotel rates and advance tickets go to www.mufonPA.com or phone John Ventre at (724)-836-1266.
"Paranormal Witness" delved into the true(?) story behind an upcoming Hollywood horror film. Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star in Sam Raimi's "The Possession," which opened in theaters August 31, 2012.
The film is based on the story of the Dybbuk box, which is a relic that's reportedly been hidden away for seven years now. The box's current owner offered to give it to Raimi for the film, but the director was reportedly too afraid to use the real artifact in the film, according to Hollywood.com.
The story of the box unfolded on the episode, following it from owner to owner through reenactments. Each time the owners friends and families fell ill, their homes were invaded by bugs and they were even attacked by evil spirits in their sleep. The current owner tracked the box back to its original seller, where its secrets were revealed.
Apparently, the original owner had trapped a Dybbuk, a dark and evil demon, within the box. After hearing this tale, the current owner then hid the box away. Since then, there have been no more incidents. - THP