; Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Friday, May 08, 2015

Daily 2 Cents: Sasquatch at World Taxidermy Championship -- Living With Morgellons Disease -- Michael Jackson's Ghost Making the Rounds

Sasquatch Draws Curious Crowds at World Taxidermy Championship

Crowds have been gathering for a curious sight this week at the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Competition in Springfield, Missouri. Standing over six feet tall and covered in thick fur, the lifelike replica of Sasquatch was created by taxidermist Ken Walker. Walker is a veteran champion of the competition’s Re-Creations category, which is for mounts created using parts that are not from the species being portrayed.

For his female sasquatch, Walker carved the body from hard foam, and then used the hide of a Scottish Highland cow for the skin and fur.

So why did a master taxidermist decide to craft such a controversial creature? In his article, journalist Wes Johnson writes:

A native of Canada, Walker said he saw something strange run across the road deep in the Alberta wilderness some 30 years ago and became fascinated with the legendary beast. Read more at Sasquatch Draws Curious Crowds at World Taxidermy Championship


Used Casket Left on Street in Brooklyn

A couple called 911 on Wednesday morning with a strange report. They had found an old and dusty casket on Pilling Street in Bushwick when they were trying to park their car.

The NYPD's 83rd Precinct searched Evergreen Cemetery, right near where the casket, covered in old, dried mud, had been found, and found no disturbed graves. PIX11 reached out to another cemetery nearby, Trinity, which also said that no graves had been disturbed on the premises. Officers tweeted out a photo of the casket yesterday, saying that "nobody knows" who did it, but they do know that it was definitely "not cool."

Inside the dilapidated coffin, which was determined to be around 25 years old, were a few human bones and some trash. The area where it was found is a popular spot to leave unwanted furniture and trash — categories of refuse that do not include "a coffin that was in use for decades by someone before it was displaced to a street in Brooklyn." - Someone Left a Very Old and Dusty Casket on the Street in Brooklyn


What It's Really Like...to Live with Morgellons Disease

According to a press release from the Charles E. Holman Foundation for Morgellons Disease, Morgellons is a multi-system infectious disease that presents itself in the form of severe fatigue, forgetfulness, memory loss and fibers in the skin that cause lesions.

Famed singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell, who is currently in the hospital, has stated in the past that she has struggled with the disease. "I have this weird, incurable disease that seems like it's from outer space," she told the Los Angeles Times. "Fibers in a variety of colors protrude out of my skin like mushrooms after a rainstorm: They cannot be forensically identified as animal, vegetable or mineral." The disease has long confused the medical community.

Her health scare has thrust Morgellons disease back into the spotlight. PEOPLE spoke with Cindy Casey-Holman, who's lived with Morgellons for over a decade and currently serves as the executive director of the Charles E. Holman Foundation, about what it’s really like to live with this disease. Here, she describes her own battle.

It starts like a bug bite. Read more at What It's Really Like...to Live with Morgellons Disease


Michael Jackson's Ghost Making the Rounds

Michael Jackson fans are fond of saying his spirit lives on, but in some cases this is interpreted on a much deeper level. Although some see paranormal experiences as questionable, Michael Jackson’s own brother is convinced that he has had an experience of an otherworldly nature — and it involved Michael Jackson. Interestingly, this is not the first time Michael Jackson’s ghostly presence has been recorded.

Lately, the world has been enjoying seeing Michael Jackson honored in the form of a Moonwalking protester in Baltimore. However, the big news in England is that Tito Jackson has been in touch with Michael Jackson’s ghost.

In a May 1 interview with the Mirror U.K., they say Tito Jackson told them, “Michael Jackson’s spirit regularly visits his family – especially when they perform.”

Adding to that, Tito also says he looks to the spirit of Michael Jackson in times of trouble and stated, “I have had times when I silently talk to him. I’ll ask him a question. ‘What should I do?'”

Tito Jackson goes on to say about Michael Jackson, “All the time I feel his spirit, especially when I’m performing with the brothers on stage at a live performance. You can feel the spirit all the time, absolutely. It’s a happy feeling because Michael was a warm, happy, loving person. It’s a comforting feeling.”

Tito Jackson’s experience with Michael Jackson’s ghost is not the first time that the spirit of the King of Pop has been felt — or seen. In May 2014, a fan caught an image of Michael Jackson’s ghost above the head of a Michael Jackson impersonator.

The Daily Mail U.K. stated, “Reece Savva, 14, from Bromley, Kent, took three snaps of the Jackson tribute act as he waited in line for a signature. But when he got home and looked at the pictures he noticed what appears – sort of, if you squint – to be the ghost of the late entertainer hovering above his impersonator’s head in one of the frames.”

In 2013, the Cirque de Soleil also stated that they saw Michael Jackson’s ghost. They told the Mirror U.K. that the theater where they performed was haunted by Michael Jackson — and that makes a lot of sense, considering it is the Las Vegas Michael Jackson Theater. The theater show, ONE, was an attempt to bring fans closer to the departed Michael Jackson — and it worked!

The Mirror U.K. states that a director said, “His presence is definitely here.You close your eyes and he’s in the room. Hopefully he will be sitting here saying that is great.”

Another creator of the Michael Jackson ONE show said, “I have sensed from the very beginning at Michael has been with me all along. I am not just the story creator and director, but that I am the co director with Michael.”

The Michael Jackson ONE Director of Creation, Welby Altidor states that you should be careful what you call paranormal examples of Michael and says, “We never refer to Michael as a ghost. We refer to him as a presence.”

As far as personal accounts of Michael Jackson’s ghost go, the one with the most weight involved a lawsuit between AEG Live and the estate of Michael Jackson. During that time, testimony of Brenda Richie, ex-wife of Lionel Richie, was used. Brenda Richie claimed that Michael Jackson has visited her several times after his death.

In 2013, NME reported, “Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live, testified about talks had with the ghost of Jackson. Phillips said his friend Brenda Richie spoke to a medium or contacted Michael Jackson’s spirit herself. The ghost of the singer, who died in 2009, apparently said he ‘accidentally killed himself’.”

In other words, if you ever see or feel Michael Jackson’s presence, be careful what you say, because your words could be used in a court of law!

For those interested in seeing if Michael Jackson’s ghost appears around his family, the good news is that many of them perform year-round. Although Sony Records has an official website for Michael Jackson, news about Tito and his other musically-gifted family members can be found at the fansite, Jackson Source. For example, Tito Jackson will be likely be feeling Michael Jackson’s spirit when he releases a solo album on July 17 in London. - Michael Jackson’s Ghost Visits Tito? Not The First Sighting



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