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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Misplaced Night

I received the following narrative in response to The Night at the Cabin:

Hello Mr. Strickler,

I read your hunting cabin story and wanted to comment.

My son had a similar incident in 1998 while he and his wife were camping in a Montana state park.

While they were asleep in the camper, my son heard a high-pitched whipping sound that he described was similar to a helicopter. He looked out the window and noticed a bright white oval light skimming across the ground. He said it was shaped like a watermelon and moved all-around their campsite. After a minute it simply disappeared. His wife never woke. He watched for it to return for another few minutes, then went back to bed.

He woke about 7:30AM and noticed that his wife was not in bed. He got up and began to look for her. He figured that she went for a walk or run and decided to let him sleep.

Several hours later, about noon, he noticed her walking towards the campsite. She was dressed in her robe and barefoot. She was crying and so emotional that she could hardly talk. They went into the camper. She sat on the lounger crying and shaking. After she had drunk some hot tea, she finally calmed down and started to talk.

She said that she heard him get up during the night, open the camper door and walk outside. She got up and put on her robe to see what he was doing. She opened the door and stood there calling for him. She heard him yell 'NO' and ran in the direction of the voice. She then said that was all that she remembered. She woke in the woods not far from the camper scared and cold. She got to her feet and walked back.

My son never remembered getting up and leaving the camper - or what happened beyond that. They both realized something unusual happened to both of them.

After that incident, they became distant from each other. They eventually divorced and moved to separate states. Both had very severe mental & physical issues afterwards and ran afoul of the law.

I believe that their experience caused mental and physical strife. Neither of them every told me anything further about that night. My son is in court-ordered mental care as part of his criminal sentence. I just worry that he'll never recover to stay out of trouble. Sara

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Tall Humanoid Walking Through House

Lubbock, TX - 5/22/2014 - unedited: I was sitting in a dark room looking out into the kitchen area. It was early morning. I suddenly saw something very tall and white move across the kitchen almost in an stroll through the house like it owned the house. It went past the door so I didn't get a good look but I knew automatically it wasn't human. I froze scared to death. My husband and my young daughter were in the living room just about 10 steps behind this creature. It was invisible. Not only invisible but you couldn't hear it moving around, which without some sort of help would be impossible. The creature was at least a little over 6 ft tall if not taller because my first thought when it went by was to make myself believe it was my husband walking over to the kitchen area. It was a wonderful wish but when I finally got my nerve to get up and walk I realized I was right.

The only reason I know it was invisible was because its been here. You could almost feel it knew the house and us more then anything, which is very very disturbing. I could tell from the quick look I barely got that the creature didn't seem to have an ounce of fat on it's body, very very strong looking, muscles, but thin. Lith like. Its body looks like it was covered by some sort of body suit it looked like pale skin. I believe it did not know I saw it and I strongly believe the only reason I saw it was the way the light was shining in the house. I think all the different windows, time of day and the suddenly reflection and the fact I was sitting in a dark room looking out into the dinning room that caused me to be able to see through the cloak it was using. It was headed to the window as if to look out through it in to the outside. I had a since that it was bored and waiting for something.

My feelings. I'm freakin scared to death. I can't tell you how for the first two months I screamed in the car and cried. I had a since that if or when this or these things wanted to kill us there's nothing..nothing we can do. No gun, no knife, no bomb, no weapon...their faster, stronger, smarter..we are nothing. I felt we were cattle to be harvested for food later and as a mother I had a horrible since of hopelessness. I've never in my life had such hopelessness. There's no place to go, no place to hide..nothing..nothing you can do. I hate the feeling. When it happened I swallowed my pride, walked into the kitchen, even though I knew that being was around there, got some coffee and walked into the living room. Looked at my husband and daughter and told them I loved them and watched TV.

I tried contacting a scientist shortly after it happened. I even got out the measuring tape and measured. I figured with his brains maybe the measurements might help our scientist figure out how to cloak or break cloaks or invisible technology. I remember I labeled his e-mail "code black" in hopes to get his attention..but didn't. I erased mine feeling like there's no one else I can go to.

I have not told anyone, not even my husband. I can't. I feel if I utter the words out loud whom ever I tell the story to will die. The since of this is utterly powerful...horribly powerful at least at first. After about a month or so I had two more strange things happen. I never saw the creature again but I did see on two seperate occassions silver balloon like objects in the bed room.

The main one I remember was I woke up, as I always do, around 3:30am and I thought I heard something. Still worried about being slaughtered like a cow for food or killed I stayed still and glanced around the room. I didn't want anything to know I was awake yet. I could feel myself sweat and I had to tell myself to take slow steady breaths to make it look like I was still asleep. I suddenly heard something sliding against the ceiling of the room. I remember my heart was pounding and I could still hearing the steady breathing of my husband next to me sound asleep. The ceiling fan was going and I had the covers pulled up around me still. The sliding was approaching me, then suddenly I caught sight of a silver balloon sliding across the ceiling with it's tail hanging down. I almost laughed outloud. I watched it as it slide around the room and over me slowely thinking how annoying it was and how I'm so glad it was just a balloon. I closed my eyes laughing at myself thinking I'm so silly I'm just being paranoid. I remember thinking I need to tell my daughter not to put her balloon in the room, it could get the tail hung up in the ceiling fan. Suddenly my heart stopped. My daughter doesn't have a balloon, she hadn't had one in months...and never a silverish one..and this one looked metalic though it was hard to see in the darkness. My eyes flew open...and yes it was still there..I could still hear it slide against the ceiling as it tail hung down. "make it a balloon, make it a balloon..it's your kids balloon" I wanted to believe it..so bad! I wanted to cry to scream..I stayed very still. "breath normal, don't move, don't open your eyes to far, don't freak out, don't let it know your awake.." I should have know..any balloon would have been caught up into the ceiling fan, at least the string. this one went over us and to the side of the wall as if it was moved by remote. Suddenly it just slowly started disappearing..and then it was gone. I saw it one other time in the room while we were asleep...this time with a longer string...and it disappeared even faster. The metallic like balloon shaped thing didn't make since to me, because if the creature could keep sound from happening on him, why wouldn't he make his gadgets sound proof also?

So I went into a depression. Didn't know what life was. Couldn't tell anyone anything verbally without giving them some type of death wish....then one day I'm fine. It's strange. I don't mind if the creatures here or if he's not. I feel like I should protect him or them. I feel like if they want to communicate they can, if not I'm fine. I feel like I want to help them. I'm confused about these feelings because I feel like I could love them, protect them..but I still feel if I utter a word verbally and they find out that person will die.

I've searched everywhere for someone else to have the same type of experience. But it seems most everyone else is little gray people or short creatures. Mine are at least 6 feet tall but I'm going to go out on a limb and say 6'5 at least. Pale suits, have no idea if that was skin or not..never got to see the face..heck he might have had a dog face or no face...but I feel from the legs I saw and torso for the few seconds I saw it was human like.

I don't mind protecting something but I want to make sure it's not a false since of protection because my first feelings for the first couple of months was "we are all going to die". I just don't know...but since I can't utter a word to have someone talk to me...thank you for letting me write it down. If you investigators ever call me to talk to me about this..I don't know if I can. I'll answer any questions you have in writing, even let you come measure stuff, but talking...If I say something outloud and suddenly one of you dies...I'd feel like I did it. Because I've been warned. - MUFON CMS


Great-Grandfather's Ghost

I've always been an “interested skeptic” when it comes to ghosts and other paranormal things. And to be honest I always thought my parents felt the same way. Back when I was younger my siblings and I liked to watch Ghost Hunters or similar shows after dinner and every once in a while my parents would join us. Yes I’m sure a lot of that stuff is fake but it was still entertaining. Well one day after an episode we were all watching together asked my dad if he ever had a paranormal experience or seen a ghost. My parents looked at each other and my dad said, “Yeah I have, a little after you were born.” You can normally tell when my dad is messing around but this was different. His tone was much more serious than when we were talking before. Naturally I needed to know more so I prodded and eventually he told us his story.

When my Great Grandfather immigrated to the US before World War II, he started lumber business and my family has owned this business for three generations. By the time my dad became a co-owner with my Grandpa, my Great Grandmother passed away and my Great Grandfather decided to retire because it became too hard to cope with work and the loss especially at his age. About a year after his retirement while my mother was pregnant with me, my Great Grandfather’s health began deteriorating drastically. He didn't want to leave his house while he was sick so he stayed home and hired people to look after him. I should also mention that he did very well financially throughout his life and he had a large family of 9 children, so he owned a big house. I've never seen the house myself but my parents described it as a big beautiful old-style home that was almost like a mini-mansion.

My Great Grandfather was very close with dad and during his last weeks my dad visited him almost every day and sometimes with my mom. These were sad visits but he was a nice man and the company really made him happy. He passed away during the last week of February and I was born almost a week later in March. Shortly after I was born it was decided by my family that his house would be sold and my parents volunteered to be caretakers until someone bought it. They were house hunting anyway and no one else wanted to take the time to move in so they figured why not? After 2 or 3 months my parents moved out of their small apartment with me and moved into the mini-mansion.

The first days were very eerie and surreal just because of the sheer emptiness of the house. The vastness and of it would often make them feel uneasy and they would find themselves looking over their shoulders in the bigger rooms and hallways. After a couple days exploring and settling in my parents decided to stay in a guest room next to the master bedroom. They didn't feel comfortable sleeping in my great grandparent’s bed. However, because the master bedroom was closest to their room they moved my crib into the master bedroom and outfitted it with a baby monitor and my toys.

The first night in this orientation was surprisingly calm. I was quiet, which was strange because I would usually make more noise throughout the night. On the second night things changed. A little after midnight my dad awoke to the sound of me laughing on the baby monitor which was strange because I was very young and haven’t laughed many times before. So my dad got up and crossed the hallway to check up on me, but the second he opened the door I stopped. I was still awake and moving around but after a few minutes I fell back asleep and my dad went back to his room and nothing else happened.

The next night I started to laugh again around the same time and like before my dad went to check on me and I stopped like before. He really didn't think too much of it, after all he was a first time dad so he wasn't sure if this was really something abnormal so after I fell asleep he left and went back to bed. A couple hours later he woke up of his own accord and was instantly restless. For whatever reason he couldn't get comfortable and sleep so he decided to leave his room and have a walk around the house. He walked down the master staircase to the foyer and was about to check out a music room when he heard my laugh echoing from upstairs. He was starting to get a little freaked out at this point, sure it’s just your kid and all but it was a creepy situation and this time I stopped on my own after a couple seconds. After standing still for a minute or two he decided to return to his room so he slowly retreated back to the steps of the master staircase, but the second his foot touched the first step I started up again. Despite the initial nervousness, he pushed out any fear and quickly climbed the stairs and made his way to the master bedroom.

He reached the door and as he reached out his hand to the doorknob he realized that the door was already open by a hair. He couldn't recall if he shut it completely the last time he was in the room so it was slightly unnerving. I was still laughing when he slowly pushed open the door and walked inside. He saw nothing at first and closed the door behind him, but after his eyes adjusted to the darkness he saw what he described as a dim outline on the opposite side of the crib. He froze in shock and said that it looked like an organized transparent mist; but the more he looked, the more he could make out patterns and shapes. He recognized what looked like a plaid pattern and it dawned on him that it was similar to pattern of his grandfather’s favorite nightgown. Once he realized this, the nightgown was almost like a reference for the rest of the object so he knew where the arms and head should be and slowly the rest of it began to sharpen. He wasn't sure if his eyes were still adjusting or if the outline was doing it on its own but my dad said the area he thought was the head began to move and he was able to make out my great grandfather’s face staring back at him. They stared at each other for what felt like hours, then he then slowly looked down at me in the crib and I started to laugh immediately. He then looked back up at my dad, only this time he was able to make out a gentle smile when they locked eyes. And just like a dimming light the outline faded away until there was nothing but me in the crib alone, silently sleeping at the foot of my Great Grandparent’s bed.

After he regained his wits, my dad quickly moved me and the crib into the guest room with my mom. He woke her up and frantically told her everything he saw. She said she had never seen him this panicked before and he began shaking uncontrollably as he was speaking to her. They stayed up the entire night talking about what happened and for the next month they kept me in their room with them for the night.

The spirit or ghost never made another appearance, and while my parents believed it was my Great Grandfather they decided that even if it wasn't it meant no harm. They moved me back into the master bedroom for the last days of their stay.

While in that room I never laughed in the middle of the night again and I always slept soundly. - Reddit.com


Faith healer jailed for 10 years over massive fraud

A woman described as “pure evil” has been has been jailed for 10 years after swindling £1 million from vulnerable people by claiming to be spiritual healer who could cure cancer or help them to get pregnant by sending money to the Amazon jungle. Juliette D’Souza, 59, extracted huge sums of cash from 11 people across Hampstead and north London – including opera singers, photographers and solicitors – by claiming to be a shamanic healer with links to the rainforest in Suriname.

D’Souza was such a persuasive con-artist that she managed to convince her victims she could cure terminal illnesses, help disabled children or enable them to conceive by sending cash to the South American jungle – to be hung from a sacred tree. Her victims believed she was working with two other shamans in Suriname, known as Pa and Oma, who would hang their cash “sacrifices” on the tree in the heart of the jungle. Instead, D’Souza spent the money on a lavish lifestyle, renting three or four luxury flats at a time in Hampstead and splashing a fortune on Louis Vuitton bags, jewellery, antique furniture and holidays. She boasted of celebrity clients including Princess Diana and Simon Cowell.

Her victims described her as confident, well-spoken and attractive, and said she was incredibly manipulative and persuasive, convincing them that terrible things would happen if they did not hand over cash sacrifices. The victims were so under her spell during the 12-year scam that one woman, who cannot be named, had an abortion at her say so, while another, Ruth Fillingham, sold her home because D’Souza said it was “spooked”. The woman who had the abortion had previously given D’Souza more than £170,000 in the belief it would help her to conceive. Ms Fillingham, had paid £169,000 from 1998 to 2004 to ward off the evil spirit of her deceased brother, save her partner from a nonexistent tumour and ensure her eye surgery would be a success – which it was not.

Her boyfriend, Geoff Wheeler, handed over £195,000 in the same period. Much of the money was supposed to secure his job, but he was still made redundant. Retired opera singer Sylvia Eaves, 83, was conned out of a total of £353,000. D’Souza had multiple identities and a litany of addresses across Hampstead, as well as in West Hampstead, Belsize Park, Kensington and St John’s Wood. She would pay up to a year’s rent in advance – in cash – and occupy several flats at once. It emerged during the trial that she was previously convicted of 28 counts of fraud and four of theft, spending time in Holloway prison in the 1980s. Sentencing her to 10 years in prison for each of 23 counts to run concurently - the maximum sentence allowed by Parliament, Judge Ian Karsten QC said: “It is the worst confidence fraud I have ever had to deal with or indeed that I have heard of”. - Hamhigh


NASA suggests humans could be on Mars by 2035

At the European Lunar Symposium held at the Museum earlier this month, NASA officials revealed that the Moon could be used as a practice ground for sending humans to Mars within 20 years.

NASA’s chief scientist Dr Ellen Stofan and deputy chief technologist Jim Adams told the assembled scientists that putting humans on Mars is NASA’s ‘primary mission’.

While there have been many robotic missions to Mars in search of water and signs of life, including Curiosity’s current assignment, Dr Stofan believes it's now essential to send human scientists.

‘To unambiguously settle the questions of whether there was life on Mars it will take scientists down on the surface,’ Dr Stofan said.

However, she admitted there is still a long way to go to ready the technologies for such a mission.

With the exception of those who went to the Moon, the majority of people sent into space so far have been in ‘low Earth orbit’, relying on systems on Earth to keep them alive. A journey to Mars would take months.

Bagging an asteroid

Before taking the plunge and attempting to send people to Mars, and the associated dangers of deep space, NASA plans to use the Moon as an intermediate proving ground, because it is close enough to return astronauts home within a couple of days.

But rather than landing on the lunar surface, the plan is to pull an asteroid close enough to the Moon to allow astronauts to take samples from it.

The Asteroid Redirect Mission aims to find a small asteroid travelling between the Moon and Earth and to ‘snag it, bag it and drag it’ into orbit around the Moon where it can be reached by astronauts.

Hazardous journey

Robots would perform the capture portion, testing ion propulsion systems - the heavy-duty thrusters that would be needed to get humans and their equipment all the way to Mars.

The budget for seeking out near-Earth objects such as asteroids has already been doubled to find a suitable candidate for the mission.

The human phase would then test new suits designed to protect astronauts from health hazards such as bursts of solar wind. It would also train astronauts in protocols for working in deep space, far from home.

‘We’re working to reduce the risks so that people can arrive on Mars happy and healthy and ready to work.’ Dr Stofan said.

Fly by

To the disappointment of many of the scientists in the audience, who want to see more lunar exploration, Dr Stofan and Adams said that NASA does not intend to use the Moon’s surface as part of its journey to Mars. They did acknowledge, however, the general importance of research on the surface, both for science and exploration, and said they will work with partners in other space agencies to achieve this.

Research on the Moon could help work out how to gather resources from the surface of an alien world, such as how to extract water.

Beyond Mars

Adams finished the talk with tantalising inspiration. ‘Where NASA is headed is to the Martian surface in the 2030s,’ he said.

‘It is my dream that once we’ve put boots on Mars and we’ve established that pioneering presence on the surface, we would have already been thinking about where to go next. I hope that you guys will be along for the ride.’ - NHM



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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Pope Lick Monster's Deadly Trestle

I recently received several questions from a reader in reference to the 'goatman' phenomenon...in particular, the Pope Link Monster. So I decided to pull up the story from the archive and update it a bit. Enjoy!:

The Pope Lick Monster is/was, according to legend, a half-man, half-goat creature that lives under the Norfolk Southern Railroad trestle across Pope Lick Creek and South Pope Lick Rd. near Fisherville in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky. The stories have been used as a 'dare' that required an unfortunate sap to climb onto the trestle. These individuals were most likely under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Numerous urban legends exist about the creature’s origins and the methods it employs to claim its victims. According to some accounts, the creature uses either hypnosis or voice mimicry to lure trespassers onto the trestle to meet their death before an oncoming train. Other stories claim the monster jumps down from the trestle onto the roofs of cars passing beneath it. Yet other legends tell that it attacks its victims with a blood-stained axe. It has also been said that the very sight of the creature is so unsettling that those who see it while walking across the high trestle are driven to leap off.

Other legends explain the creature’s origins, including that it is a human goat hybrid, and that it was a circus freak who vowed revenge after being mistreated. In one version, the creature escaped after a train derailed on the trestle. Another version claims that the monster is really the twisted reincarnated form of a farmer who sacrificed goats in exchange for Satanic powers.

The December 30th, 1988 Louisville Courier-Journal ran a front page article entitled Trestle of Death, in which it records two tragedies. Jack “J.C.” Charles Bahm II, a 17-year old Spalding University student, was struck and killed by a train February 18, 1987 while crossing the trestle. He has since been eulogized at the site of his death. “JC we love and miss you” is spray painted on the trestle’s base. In May 1987, 19-year-old David Wayne Bryant died of injuries obtained in 1986 when he jumped from the trestle to dodge an oncoming locomotive.


The Monster at Pope Lick

Steve Rush
The New Voice - October 31,1990

Nobody knows when the quiet, rural area beyond Jeffersontown first became home to the community’s strangest, and definitely scariest, resident – the Pope Lick Monster.

But tales of the creature, also known as the Sheepman, have circulated for decades in eastern Jefferson County, and as Halloween night approaches, rumors of the beast again seem to be common.

“It’s always been around J-town,” said Michael Zettler, a 1985 graduate of J-town High School. “It was always talked about, especially around Halloween.”

“I first heard of it in the early 1960’s,” said Mary Ruckriegel, the wife of J-town Mayor Daniel Ruckriegel. “When I started dating Dan, the kids were always talking about it, especially during Halloween. I don’t know if it was a figment of someone’s imagination or what.”

“I can remember hearing stories of the thing when I was 4 or 5 years old,” said Rod Whitenack, a J-town native now in his early 20’s. “Every time Halloween would roll around, discussion about the monster would start up.”

There are probably as many residents of J-town as there are descriptions of the "thing" that supposedly lives below the rusty train trestle that passes over Pope Lick Road and Pope Lick Creek out Taylorsville Road near Fisherville.

Most describe the monster as a scary half-man, half-sheep, who terrorizes anyone who dares enter his domain. They say he has the features of both man and sheep, with horns, an ugly snout and a hairy brown body. He walks upright, has hooves for feet and can run at high speeds, enabling him to catch anyone in his territory.

Some say it is Jefferson County’s version of Ichabod Crane’s nightmare – a headless horseman-type monster who rides the tracks and kills anyone who crosses his path.

Others say it’s not a monster at all; it’s an old chemist who became a recluse after a chemical explosion in his lab terribly disfigured his face.

Others say it’s just a hermit who lived in a nearby shack and would scare away anyone who came near the trestle.

Still others say the figure that purportedly wanders the area is the deformed son of a local farmer, so hideous he won’t show his face until nighttime.

But whatever the description, the J-town monster has several similarities with other world-famous beasts. Like the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot, actual sightings of the Pope Lick Monster have been few and far between, if at all.

“There was always some guy who said he saw something out there.” Said Whitenack, who said he made many trips to the trestle. “But I never did.”

And like the Swamp Thing and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the J-town monster has even been the focus of his own local flick, titles “The Legend of the Pope Lick Monster,” which premiered in Louisville in the fall of 1988. The 16-minute, black-and-white movie has been shown at the Vogue, The Uptown and, most recently, at the Water Tower, and been well received by area fans.

“I was looking for a Story indigenous to the area,” said the film’s director and producer local independent filmmaker Ron Schildknecht. “And the Sheepman is something only told around here; it’s been around at least three generations.”

Before he began filming, Schildknecht put in nearly a year of research o the subject. “I talked to 50 people formally and probably 100 more informally getting as much information as I could,” he said. “Was he half-man, half-sheep?” Did he walk on all fours or on two legs? Did he murder people or was he tame? I found a lot of interpretations; it was all real scattered out.”

Half the apparent appeal has been the imposing train trestle, which has stood overlooking the area since 1929. The trestle, which is still used regularly today, spans nearly 800 feet and is about 100 feet tall.

Over the years, teen-agers have been known to frequent the location in search of a remote spot where they could party without being bothered by police or parents.

“The trestles were a real popular place to go and drink and get rowdy,” Schildknecht said. “The talk of the a monster makes it much more attractive to go out there.”

“It was part of a senior tradition,” Ruckriegel said. “They would go out there to see if they could see it; it was a sign of bravery.”

“The boys would take the girls out there to try to scare them,” she added. “It was something really scary.”

While the site may have provided fun for some, tragedy has also come to many who have walked the tracks. In recent years, several youths have been killed, whether from falling from the trestle or after being caught on the tracks and hit by a train.

“It’s unfortunate,” Schildknecht said. “The story of the monster seems so harmless and innocent, except for the real danger of the railroad.”

About a year ago train officials put up a chain link fence with barbed wire to keep thrill-seekers from climbing to the tracks.

But that hasn’t stopped the rumors about the monster.

When the 32-year-old Schildknecht went there to film the movie, he didn’t see the beast but admitted even he found the place a little frightening. “It’s kinda eerie,” he said, “knowing the history and that people have been killed out there.”

“I didn’t feel anything supernatural,” he said. “I was just more intrigued with the ambiance of the trestle. And it’s pretty intense when a train goes by.”

Also finding the area spooky was Zettler, one of the high schoolers who with a couple of friends made the trek to the monster’s purported stomping ground.

“It was real scary.” He said. “Even though you know the legend is silly, you still think about it.”

As long as the legend has been told, no one knows for sure how it started.

“I’ve often wondered if it was a Halloween prank,” Ruckriegel said, “and then got blown out of proportion.”

“It probably started as a man walking his goat,” Zettler said. “It’s just a bunch of stories. It’s something you hear through the years.”

And the legend still exists in the East-End community today, but only to a degree.

“I think a lot of the kids today are too smart to believe all that stuff,” Ruckriegel said. “But I guess it’s still going around.”

“The story is still being told,” Schildknecht said. As long as there’s a trestle out there and long as there are kids in high school, it’s still alive.”

The Pope Lick Monster exist in the collective imaginations of hundreds of people,” he added, “which for me says he does exists.”

What do you think?


Pope Lick Monster: Louisville’s Goat Man

The scene is picturesque underneath an old but very active railroad trestle in the Fisherville area of Louisville, Kentucky.

“This is the old trestle for the Northern Suffolk Railway,” explained author and historian David Domine.

Legends of the paranormal have turned this site into the center of fear and the home of a renowned creature.

Domine said, “The goat man of Pope Lick as he’s known. They say he’s part man, part goat maybe even part sheep.”

Numerous urban legends exist about the creature’s origins.

One tale Domine explained said, “The goat man arose as a tale of a local farmer back in the day. Tortured a herd of goats for Satan and signed a contract with him and forfeited his soul. In the process he was converted into this terrible creature that was sent to live under the trestle seeking revenge on people!”

Another popular legend Domine shared claims, “A circus train was crossing the trestle one day and it derailed and in one of the cars there was a kind of circus freak.”

Whether it is a farmer who made a deal with the devil or a so-called circus freak seeking revenge, there is one thing everyone agrees on when sharing tales about The Goat Man, and that is what he looks like.

Domine slowly describes the beast, “The legs are muscular and covered with course dark hair. He’s got the same dark hair on the parts of his body. His face is alabaster they say and he has horns as well.”

The legends don’t just stop at his gruesome features but also focus on the methods he employs to claim his victims. Narratives claim he also has powers to draw you to your death by either hypnosis or voice mimicry.

“The goat man supposedly is a very sly creature and he does all kinds of things to try and trick you into going up onto the trestle. He’s been known to mimic the voice of children who are calling for help,” stressed Domine.

Once you climb on the tracks, there’s no way to escape death from an oncoming train.

Domine removed the smirk from his face and gets serious as he explained, “It’s a very dangerous location. Many people think that this trestle is not used, but trains cross here every day.”

There have been a number of deaths and accidents at the trestle since its construction all though signs tell thrill seekers to keep out!

Domine continued, “In the late 80′s a movie was made by local film maker Rod Schildknecht. Other people have come out here and done documentaries. He’s appeared on several national networks in documentaries and programs about strange creatures and hauntings across the United States.”

The legend of the Kentucky Bigfoot is alive and strong today but Domine stressed about this creature, “Kentucky Sasquatch that’s a whole other thing from the description from people who have seen him. It doesn’t sound like the same thing at all. The strange accounts still pour in to this day.” - Wave3

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Is Bigfoot in the Big Apple? Well ...

With Barnum-esque hype, a circus announced that Bigfoot has been captured and will be on display June 7 in New York City.

"For the THRILL OF A LIFETIME come see the strangest creature EVER brought to civilization before he is safely released back into the wild," reads one poster for the event.

An outfit called the Tiny Top Circus says it is hosting the public exhibition at Washington Square Park in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. "He is a sight to see," circus rep and noted hoaxer Joey Skaggs told The Huffington Post. "You will not want to miss this!"

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Skaggs has pulled a prank or 10 before. "Give the media a sensational story and they’re all over it," he has said.

Joey Skaggs Created The Celebrity Sperm Bank Hoax To Expose Journalists' Incompetence

Oh, Joey, we so wanna believe this time. The elusive and possibly fictional beast has already left quite a digital footprint on HuffPost, especially concerning hoaxes.

So anyone who shows up at the display might want to heed the words often credited to P.T. Barnum himself: "There's a sucker born every minute." - THP

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Did John Titor Return in 2009?

This report was posted at the MUFON CMS on December 29, 2009. Could this be related to the John Titor incident? Maybe a 'Back to the Future' styled hoax?:

MUFON witness report (unedited): Saskatchewan, Canada - What I am about to describe is the truth. The precursor to the UFO event began in June 2007 at 9:23 PM. I was living in the city with my mom and was on the computer. A message popped up from my instant messenger with the words, "Agent...[censored]" and "BlackOperations", stating that someone would like to add me. I stared at it for a minute and felt amazed. Thinking to myself, "Could it be someone 'in the know' who would like to talk to me? What is 'black operations'?". I eagerly accepted the add request and opened a conversation window. The avatar displayed an emblem of, "U.S. Department of Defense" with a black background. I said, "Hello, Agent...[censored]?" the mysterious person replied and a conversation began. The "agent" told me about how I'm "key" to an "event" in the "future" along with a few "others". Than the agent elaborated a bit about a person from the year 2036 by the name of, "[censored]" (not "John Titor") and that this person was part of a special operations unit with "C204" equipment the team uses. The agent first advised me to walk away from this time traveler because, I'd understand when the time comes. Later the agent asked if I met the traveler. I have not to this day. Being so confused and amazed at the same time, I wanted to ask a lot of questions and was told that is all the agent was able to say. So I knew a little about the Titor story and seeked others for information. A few days later after divulging what had happened, to "Titor" experts, the agent contacted me and said I couldn't be trusted. There was another. I felt I had lost an opportunity to be part of a "top secret" time travel agenda because, after running a quick search on the agents name, there appeared to be a real world person. But was I being deceived or cleverly entangled with fact and fiction?



Although there is debate over the exact date it started, on November 02, 2000, a person calling themselves Timetravel_0, and later John Titor, started posting on a public forum that he was a time traveler from the year 2036.

One of the first things he did was post pictures of his time machine and its operations manual. As the weeks went by, more and more people began questioning him about why he was here, the physics of time travel and his thoughts about our time. He also posted on other forums including the former Art Bell site. In his posts John Titor entertained, angered, frightened and even belittled those who engaged him in conversation.

Titor described the time machine on several occasions. In an early post, he described it as a "stationary mass, temporal displacement unit powered by two top-spin, dual positive singularities", producing a "standard off-set Tipler sinusoid". The earliest post was more explicit, saying it contained:

* Two magnetic housing units for the dual micro singularities
* An electron injection manifold to alter mass and gravity micro singularities
* A cooling and X-ray venting system
* Gravity sensors, or a variable gravity lock
* Four main cesium clocks
* Three main computer units

According to the posts, the device was installed in the rear of a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible and later moved to a 1987 truck having four-wheel drive.

Although invoking the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, whereby events from his own timeline may differ from our own, Titor also expressed assurance that the differences were minimal. As such, his descriptions have been interpreted as predictions and compared with historical events since 2001.

The most immediate of Titor’s predictions was of an upcoming civil war in the United States having to do with “order and rights”. He described it as beginning in 2004, with civil unrest surrounding the presidential election of that year. This civil conflict that he characterizes as “having a Waco type event every month that steadily gets worse” will be “pretty much at everyone’s doorstep” and erupts by 2008.

As a result of the war, the United States splits into five regions based on various factors and differing military objectives. This civil war, according to Titor, will end in 2015 with a brief but intense World War III:

In 2015, Russia launches a nuclear strike against the major cities in the United States (which is the “other side” of the civil war from my perspective), China, and Europe.

The United States counter attacks.

The US cities are destroyed along with the AFE (American Federal Empire)...thus we (in the country) won.

The European Union and China were also destroyed.

Titor refers to the exchange as “N Day”. Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, Florida are specifically mentioned as being hit. After the war, Omaha, Nebraska is the US’s new capital city. Titor is vague as to the exact motivations and causes for World War III. At one point, he characterizes the hostilities as being led by “border clashes and overpopulation”, but also points to the present conflict between Arabs and Jews as not a cause, but rather a milestone that precedes a World War III.

Titor claimed that as a 13-year old in 2011, he fought with the Fighting Diamondbacks, a shotgun infantry unit of Florida, for at least four years. However, in other posts he describes himself as hiding from the war.

Based on these statements, it's obvious the John Titor was not from the future. If he had been from the future, he would have surely recalled the 9/11 terrorists attacks and the consequences that followed.

On March 21, 2001, John Titor told us he would be leaving and returning to 2036. After that, he was never heard from again. Speculation and investigation about who John Titor was and why he was online continues to this day.

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John Titor A Time Traveler's Tale


This Book is From the Future: A Journey Through Portals, Relativity, Worm Holes, and Other Adventures in Time Travel

Above Top Secret: Uncover the Mysteries of the Digital Age

Conviction of a Time Traveler

Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray]

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Night at the Cabin

I recently received the following correspondence:

Dear Mr. Strickler - 3 years ago, my uncle (my father's brother) passed away. He lived in Lansing, Michigan at the time. I was born and lived in Lansing until I moved to West Lafayette, Indiana for college. After I graduated, I moved to Arizona (where I currently reside).

A few weeks after my uncle passed away, I received a package from the executor of my uncle's estate. The contents included several personal items that had belonged to my father and a large envelope with several photographs from the 1960's. Most of the photos were of my father & uncle at various hunting camps. The envelope also contained a letter written by my uncle for me. There was no date, but I could tell he had written it. Here is the exact content in the letter:

Please forgive me for not telling you this in person. I never knew how to explain what happened. In 1966, not long after you were born, your dad, a guide and I were in North Bay, Ontario moose hunting. We had been out in the forest for almost 6 hours and were making our way back to the cabin. It was dusk and it started to become dark quickly.

As we got nearer to the cabin, we could hear strange whirling sounds coming from the direction we were heading. I was now dark, and we could see a bright green light was shining above the cabin. We stopped walking and watched the light as it slowing circled about 50 ft. above the cabin. The light was oblong in shape. I could not judge the size since there was an aura around it. The swirling sound continued also.

The next thing we remember was waking up in our cabin bunks the next morning. All of us had sharp pain around our ears and eyes. We couldn't explain what had happened to us. We packed our gear and headed for home as soon as we could.

By the time we reached Lansing, your Dad was terribly ill. Your Mom rushed him to the hospital that same night. The doctor said he had the flu, but I knew better. I didn't suffer any effects. The guide was OK also.

Your Dad was in the hospital for four days and started to feel better, but he was really never the same. I believe the incident at the cabin affected him. He would say that he continually had sharp stabbing pains all over his body. It became so bad that he could not work. Well, you know the rest of the story.

I felt that you deserved an explanation of what happened. I don't know if you should tell your Mom. That's your decision.

For as long as could remember, my father was in and out of treatment. When I received the letter, my mother had already passed away. I don't know if she ever knew what happened to my father.

My mother was the sole bread-winner for our family. We did receive some money from the state for my father's disability, but I know it wasn't much. Those payments stopped soon after my father took his own life in 1975.

I wish I knew more about what happened that evening at the cabin. MM

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