Tuesday, June 30, 2015

UFOs, Bigfoot and Anomalous Activity - Patapsco River Valley



The Patapsco River Valley in central Maryland has seen a lot of history and high strangeness over the centuries. I have included just a few descriptions of known events, as well as links to personal encounters. The general region remains one of the most haunted in the United States, (ex. Ellicott City & Baltimore):

On Wednesday, March 22, 1978 at approximately 11:00 p.m. EST, Gary Oickle, 24, his brother David, 22, and two friends, Barry Smith, 22 and Ken Cabot, 25 were around a campfire talking in Patapsco Valley State Park at the Baltimore & Ohio railroad tunnel. Barry and David were about 50 feet away from the others when they noticed a strange object in the southeastern sky which disappeared over a ridge in the distance. They watched the object for about 10 seconds and could see no particular details except a rough shape. Barry described it as a flat looking object.

They then walked back to the fire to tell the other two about what they had seen when another similar object appeared directly over the four of them from behind a ridge to their north. The object was described as a huge triangular shaped object with large windows and three white lights at the corners. The size was estimated from "a quarter the size of a football field" to "150-200 feet on each side". The object moved very slowly, hovering at times, in a southeastern direction following the contour of the ridges just above the trees.

When it appeared above them it was very low, approximately 200-250 feet, and made a sound like a "quiet wind" or "quietly rushing waterfall". The witnesses watched the object for approximately 15 to 20 seconds until it disappeared behind the trees. Three of the witnesses thought they could see the shadow or silhouette of a figure at the windows. Three of the witnesses also reported seeing a bright star-like object in the southern sky immediately after the sighting. Two of them said the star-like object changed colors; blue, green, yellow, red, repeatedly, while the other thought the object may have been a helicopter or something in the distance.

Two of the witnesses thought that the large triangular object had a "metallic" or "bluish-gray" color, but all four agreed that it had three white lights at the corners and a blinking red light on the top.

None of the witnesses were frightened by the experience but, quite the contrary, were very curious and even yelled at the object hoping it would land. All had also read something of UFOs previously but none had seen anything like this before. - APRO, April 1978 - By Joe and Doris Graztao

NOTE: this is an area very familiar to me since I have lived near there for almost 35 years. The general area has a lot of paranormal history...and approximately 5 miles from where I had my Bigfoot encounter in 1981. There have been sightings of Bigfoot-like creatures since the early 1970's. One of the most haunted facilities in the world, Henryton Center, was situated nearby. It was demolished recently. There are many ruins within the park including a church, houses, etc...in fact, this is the actual location where the 'Blair Witch Project' was filmed. Triangle UFO sightings are not uncommon in this part of Maryland...there have been several reports over the past few years. Lon

HENRYTON CENTER

Henryton Center was established in 1922 for the care of African-American tuberculosis patients. In 1963 the hospital was transferred to the Department of Mental Hygiene and began to operate a training and rehabilitation program for severely and profoundly mentally challenged ambulatory adults. The center was closed in 1985 and was razed recently.

I have lived very close to this facility since the mid 1970's and have had friends work there. In fact, I had been there several times when I was younger working part time at the hospital. Believe me, the place was even a 'house of horrors' before it was shutdown. At one time, it housed some of the most severe mentally ill patients in the state of Maryland and, frankly, it was under staffed and things got out of hand regularly.

I have heard several stories of horrid abuse, especially when it was used strictly for care of African-American patients who suffered from tuberculosis. I don't blame the staff as much has I blame the state who purposely considered it as a low priority.

Anyway, the place had extensive paranormal activity before it was closed. Towards the end of it's use, it was very hard to find workers because of the stories surrounding the facility....disembodied voices, malevolent phantoms, possessions, etc. Personally, I had a strange encounter while raking leaves one day.

It was a late afternoon in November and I was almost done raking leaves near one of the smaller buildings in the back of the grounds. The light was fading and I had just bagged a pile of leaves when I heard a voice behind me that said "go home...now". I turned around and caught a glimpse of the partial spectre of a elderly woman dressed in a hospital gown. She was clearly African-American but most of the figure was blurred. As I continued to look, the spectre slowly faded away then disappeared. I was shaken but not really afraid since this wasn't the first (or last) time I have witnessed an apparition.

I didn't say anything about the incident until I was at dinner with some family members a few days later. A friend, who was a nurse supervisor at Henryton Center, had asked me if I was planning to pickup up some more part-time work at the facility. I stated I already found other work...then proceeded to tell her what I had witnessed. Well, her reaction was profound and she told me that a female patient had passed away on that very day and time and that my description of this woman was very similar.

I returned to Henryton Center twice since then to investigate some of the activity. I agree that it is one of the most active places I have ever been. Lon

Here are links to other strange events that occurred in and around the Patapsco River Valley:

Winged Enigma

Witness Report: Central Maryland Bigfoot

My 30 Year Search....After Finding Bigfoot

Experience at 'Hell House'

Katherine: The Lady of Gray's Mill

The Patapsco: Baltimore's River of History

Ellicott City's Guide To Haunted Places B+W Edition: The Haunted Travel Guide Series

Big Book of Maryland Ghost Stories, The (Big Book of Ghost Stories)

Monsters of Maryland: Mysterious Creatures in the Old Line State


Daily 2 Cents: Budd Hopkins Wanted Me To Go Public -- 'Heat Burst' Phenomenon -- 'Red Elk Speaks' About Bigfoot


Budd Hopkins Wanted Me To Go Public

Canoga Park, CA - 6/1988: This is a very difficult story for me to talk about, Ive kept it hidden since 1988.

It was a 2 week long event in June of 1988 that started out with me waking up around 1am to go into my kitchen and stare out the window at a certain spot in the sky, I would see a light but I was unsure if it was a star or something else.

I knew what I was doing there at the window but would not consciously admit it to myself (Its difficult to explain) Almost as tho I knew what was coming and what I was looking for.

This 2 week event is too long and too involved to type the whole thing out here, but it involved abduction, my physically seeing the ship, physically seeing 2 entities in my apartment twice and also a hooded figure that appeared at the foot of my bed and did something to the bottom of my foot that was very painful.

During this 2 week time I contacted Yvonne Smith, she and also Budd Hopkins worked with me to help me thru this 2 week period. I also called Yvonne in panic the 2nd time the entities were in my apartment.

Also the morning after the abduction I woke up with a bruise the size of a huge dinner plate on my stomach. (Dont know if this makes sense but after the abduction I was returned to my bed and I immediately knew something had happened to me.) Its just too hard to explain the details here.

Began having dreams about what was done to me during the abduction and also about the things they showed me.

Budd Hopkins wanted to make this more public, get it out there but I refused, I was too afraid and Ive been too afraid all these years to talk about those 2 weeks, Im almost 60 years old now and I want to finally make what happened to me known, its time.

Also I believe there was a connection to RocketDyne which was just a few blocks away from my apt. If I can talk with someone I can tell them why I think that.

Yvonne wanted to use hypnosis on me to get more details but I was too afraid to know more (I think I was afraid they would come back.)

Please, I just want to get this story out, maybe telling it will help me in some way and possibly help someone else. Ive lived with this a long, long time and it changed how I see the world and my life, it changed me as a person. - MUFON CMS

NOTE: I would really love to talk to this individual. Lon

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'Heat Burst' Phenomenon Dries Up All Vegetation in One Night

“Till last night, these plants were green. Today morning they are in this state,” an employee of a petrol station in Purakkad said, pointing to the saplings in sand bags; their leaves wilted. In just one night leaves of all plants in the area dried up. Some old-timers in the area said salty winds could cause this at times. But no one had an answer or a precedent to go by. The initial conclusion of the science and technology council, which toured Alappuzha, is that hot winds are caused by a phenomenon called heat burst.

Everything dried up in one big gust of wind

The experiences shared by local people with the team from SD College, Alappuzha, which toured the place, were contradictory. Though the assumption is that hot winds blew across the region, there has been no reports of chickens dying due to unnatural reasons. At the same time, leaves facing the sea look as if they were set on fire, that too only in a radius of half a kilometre.

Madhu, a local resident, said he experienced unbearable heat at the time when hot wind blew across the area. He said he sweated profusely and the situation changed suddenly. The research team said oleander and papaya plants and mango trees, which normally grow well in hot climate, have the capacity to resist heat to some extent. But in Purakkad coast, leaves of oleander, papaya and mango leaves have wilted too.

Hot wind blew across Alappuzha Beach, Nallanikkal and near Kallikkad Shiva temple. The leaves of portia trees in the compounds of Valiyaparambil Gokul and Chirayil Chandradas, banana plants in the compound of Puthanpurayil Raghu and leaves of plants in neighbouring houses wilted in the hot wind.

Though this is a local phenomenon, it could be the result of global warming, and it needs to be studied. The research team said that, after studying samples from other places, its common factors should be identified and long-term research should be conducted at the international level. The members of the team were Dr G. Nagendra Prabhu, Dr P.R. Unnikrishna Pillai, Dr P.S. Parameswaran and Dr C. Dileep.

Affecting only plant structure

For leaves to wilt like this the hot winds should have a temperature of at least 60 degree Celsius. Such a hot wind would definitely be felt by humans and other animals in the area. However, there has been no reports of animals dying. Hence, Dr. G. Nagendra Prabhu said, the heat must have come in waves, affecting only the internal structure of plants badly.

Confirmation only after sample study: scientists

Though the initial assessment is that hot wind is the result of a phenomenon called heat burst, scientists who inspected the site said it could be confirmed only after examining the dry leaves and soil collected from the area. The science and technology council has entrusted the CWRDM in Kozhikode and the Forest Research Institute in Peechi to conduct studies on the scorching wind. Dr S. Sandeep, Dr K.A. Sreejith and Dr V. Anitha of the institute inspected the areas in Alappuzha and Purakkad yesterday.

The heat wave situation was not specific to the coastal areas of Alappuzha. Kochi, Kozhikode and other parts of the state too felt it. In Kozhikode there are reports of acid rains. However, a primary investigation at the CWRDM in Kozhikode could not confirm that plants in coastal areas suddenly wilted because of acid rain. - Everything dried up in one big gust of wind

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'Red Elk Speaks' About Bigfoot

A friend forwarded this post to me...quite interesting:

Friends what you’re going to read may be quite extensive. Please bear with me. Many people today are interested in Bigfoot/Sasquatch. I’ve decided to write this for the public for the benefit of the species and for mankind. We are going to hear more and more about Sasquatch…. I want you all the understand that these beings are not animals. THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS LIKE WE OURSELVES ARE. They have their own houses to live and stay in, and they have their own areas. They too have a language just like you have yours. Jen-U. That’s what they call themselves just like you or I call ourselves White Americans or what not. I hope to get more language knowledge in time.

I have planned on going to an area in Saskatchewan (Canada) where a small group lives but my health and finances have negated that. I am now planning on going to a closer area where a small group live. Miles away from there, on a mountain, there’s a whole group that would make up what we would call a small village. That’s on the Colville reservation. The Indians hunt there in daylight only. They get off that mountain at dusk and they don’t go on that mountain until the sun has firmly set in. I know of a cave there that’s a burial ground for a young child and an older female. They are not related. The cave is blocked by large boulders. That’s their normal burying way. That particular mountain I don’t think I’ll be able to get to. But there is a group of at least 3 that is 300 yards from the first spot that I can get to. I just hope that they are still there. With luck, I and the 2 or 3 that will go with me will try to make contact. It will only be a 3 day run so it will take a lot of luck. We’re crossing our fingers.

I worry about my Bigfoot brothers and sisters…I am concerned for their existence…

There are two different types of Bigfoot in North and South America. Some are bad (mean), most are not. All rather interestingly talk to each other in their own tongue. Hoots, hollers and scary noises are there to frighten you away. They are just noises. A Bigfoot can run you down in 3 steps if they really wanted to. They are not trying to hurt anyone. Please excuse my language but they are simply saying “Get the Hell out of here! You are intruding on my property!”

We of the so called civilized world have boundaries such as a house is a boundary. They aren’t trying to hurt you, they just want you to get away. They are no different than you or me fighting for their rights as you or I fight for our own.

Friends before closing off this section on Bigfoot, I’d like to share a few of my own experiences with Bigfoot. It was Christmas time and a young couple wanted to go hunt for Christmas trees. I took them out into the woods, a 180 acres of fir trees, etc…Before I brought them out I went to have a look out on my own. In so doing I followed a well trodden game trail, and paid a lot of attention to everything around me. I did find a tree. The next morning they came up. It had rained a little bit through that night. As we were heading to the back of the land, low and behold where I had walked before was a big Sasquatch footprint. It was 20″ long maybe 22″ , and very wide maybe 5 -7″ wide across the toe area. On the left and right was a steep hillside making the path like a muddy bridge. On the steep hillside to the left his foot slipped in the path. He then planted his foot solidly in the path, crossed his legs over and continued down the other hillside. That’s the closest that I’ve personally been to them that I am aware of. It made the hair on our arms stand up! It was big! We did get the tree and made it back home safe and sound. On a number of occasions I’ve heard knocking approx 2:30am to 3am in the morning. That and the footprint are the only encounters that I’ve had with Bigfoot.

My brother in law was working in the woods. He arrived on site to the logging site before everyone else one morning. It was foggy, on the cold side. That kind of fog. Both were looking off to the right out over a large open area. Looking at the stumps, their eyes went to this one unusual stump and then the stump stood up and walked away on two legs. It was enormous. They thought they were looking at a tree stump but it was a Sasquatch looking at them and it was fairly close. They immediately drove back down the logging road, met their boss coming up the road to go to work and they quit.

In my experience there are definitely 2 types of Bigfoot. One is the main one I’ve been talking about. The one most people look for. Number 2 is beyond a doubt and definitely alien. The difference between the two is the alien one is more flexible in its arms, neck, and shoulders. It is also thinner. It can turn its head on its shoulders like you or I can. The standard one needs to turn its torso to move its head. There is a possibility of yet a third type. I am not that sure of this one but the possibility is certainly there. More alien like than our standard. Even taller and bigger. This one possibility is definitely if it exists demonic. That’s it folks.. I’ll write no more on the subject. I leave it up to you. Remember though the first two can most definitely speak a language. And it’s possible that the third if it exists has a language as well. That’s the end of my knowledge. I’d hate to see ours die or get killed. Do what you want with the alien or demonic ones. Please good luck, do not shoot. It’s like going next door and killing the family that lives there. The ones that live next door.

P.S. The bait we will be using is apples, oranges, and eggs hung very high in the tree. We will be using music, drums, and native flutes as well as tree knocking.

Red Elk

Source: Red Elk Speaks - Sasquatch/Bigfoot

NOTE: Red Elk passed away on June 26, 2015. His post on Sasquatch/Bigfoot was his last entry.

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Live... Die... and Live Again - Part 2


By Stephen Ellis - In Part 1, we used available evidence to show that the mind and the body are two separate, distinctive things. Now let’s look at some of the possibilities of what happens when the body dies. Of course, when you are still alive, it is difficult to explain what will happen when you die, but there is a lot of empirical evidence:

GHOSTS: There is extremely strong evidence that ghosts do exist. There are documented cases where messages have been received, where the secret location of documents and bank accounts have been disclosed to children of deceased parents. What seems to be most important is that all documentation of ghosts is non-physical. Of course, if you think about it, ghosts do not have a physical body, so how can anything they do be physical?

About 35 years ago, I actually saw an image of a girl I did not know in an apartment I was renting. A month later, after identifying the girl, I found she had been murdered in that very apartment only weeks before I moved-in.

It would seem that ghosts are people who want to “stick around” and continue to observe what is happening although they can no longer share, physically, in those events.

This is indicative that becoming a “ghost” and sticking around to observe what is happening is actually a “choice” your consciousness can make when your body dies. Clearly, this is not a “permanent” choice. Although some will claim that ghosts have been around for hundreds of years, most ghosts seem to stay around for relatively short periods of time. A man who built a house with his own hands may have trouble staying away from that house when his body dies. But when the house is torn down…or the new owner asserts his ownership, the “ghost” usually disappears.

There is much more to be said about ghosts who appear in photographs and the claim some people make to being able to contact them, but that’s for another article.

REINCARNATION: There is probably no stronger provable evidence of “life after death” than reincarnation. Again, this appears to be a choice of some consciousness to re-enter the physical world. There are very few “reincarnated” people who remember their past lives (except under hypnosis). Under hypnosis, however, almost all seem to have the same memory of “going to the waiting place to be re-born”. In some cases people wait to be re-born several times.

There are thousands of well-documented cases of reincarnation. Look up the case of Shanti Devi (written about by award winning Swedish author Sture Lonnestrand) as I did. I spent weeks reviewing every corner of their interviews and the facts surrounding the case…and found that the “only” possible explanation was that she had been reincarnated. Similarly, I could find no other possible explanation for the case of James Johnston (reincarnated as Bruce Kelly).

The most publicized case of reincarnation was written about in the book, “The Search for Bridie Murphy”. The book received enormous press coverage and teams of reporters from all over the world went on a dedicated search to prove or disprove the details of the previous life stated by the hypnotized woman who claimed her name had been Bridie Murphy and that she had lived near Cork, Ireland a hundred years ago. Many went to Ireland so seek answers, but there were few memories of a hundred years ago in a small community where birth and death records were not kept. Some reporters were hired by anti-reincarnation churches to disprove Bridie Murphy’s statements and credibly accurate descriptions. The best the reporters could come up with was that when the hypnotized woman was only a few months old, there was someone who lived a few streets away in Chicago who had a name similar to Bridie Murphy. Still, this was sufficient to satisfy those whose religious leaders refused to accept that reincarnation was possible.

Almost all who claimed a previous life under hypnosis were people whose earlier lives had been cut short: some by accident, some by illness and some by war.

MOVING ON TO THE NEXT STEP: Most consciousness chooses to “move on” (toward the light?). There is increasing scientific proof that what we know as Earth is not the only world in existence. Both the “String Theory” and the “Super String Theory” (both products of Quantum Mechanics, the most current form of Physics) have concluded that there are parallel worlds and other Universes containing life such as exists here on Earth. The new branch of physics, Biocentrism, states as an unequivocal scientific fact that our consciousness (or mind) continues to exist after our body dies.

At this moment in time, I cannot tell whether these are the places referred to as “Heaven”, “Hell” or, more likely, a place where our consciousness can exist in an improved manner based upon what we’ve learned from the mistakes we made here on Earth. Perhaps our next stop will offer us a new physical shell.

If you are interested in the subject, I suggest you read my book, “Explaining the Unexplained”. You can download a Kindle of it for about $3.00. Hard and soft-cover copies are available at Barnes & Nobel and at Amazon.

If you have any questions, I can be contacted through Phantoms and Monsters.

Explaining the Unexplained


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Monday, June 29, 2015

Praying Mantis Humanoid Encounter - Greenville, SC


I received the following account the past weekend:

Hi, I'm a 42 year old female, married with grown kids and five grandchildren. First of all, since this encounter I have never forgotten it. Although exactly what happened is a mystery to me.

I was around age 3 or 4 , we lived in a trailer park in Greenville, SC In Mr. Hicums Trailer Park. This would have been about 1976 or 1977 All this information has been confirmed by my Mom. It was a warm and sunny day. I was playing outside with my two older brothers. I was the youngest of three. It was a day like all the others, we were playing tag or hide and go seek. I went to hide. I ran around the back of our home. And suddenly I ran almost into a Humanoid Praying Mantis. At the time I thought it was a giant insect, I could not really comprehend what I was seeing. I felt like all the breath was taken from me. It was taller than my dad and it was standing next to our propane tank. Years later when I thought about it I told my self that maybe there was a gas leak. Anyway back to the Mantis. I stood there frozen in broad daylight and the creature was just staring back at me. And then everything is blank, until I come running back into our trailer screaming that I'm in pain between my legs. My mother is so concerned that she pulled down my shorts and underwear to inspect. She says nothing is wrong, and I go to sleep crying. This has always been with me. It and this Praying Mantis stays in the back of my mind. Then a few years ago I hear about this UFO sighting reported by Highland, IL police department. Weird I thought, we moved up there when I was 7 and moved back to SC when I was 10 years old. I was telling my husband about this thing that happens when I was a kid, we both laughed as I swore it really did happen. So I got curious and Googled the praying mantis aliens, and I remember it felt like I was punched in the stomach as I sat there looking at an imagery exactly how I saw it over 30 years ago. I showed it to my husband and he was in shock.

I don't know what happened to me between my encounter and when I came running in screaming about burning down their. I had a real fear of monsters after that and a great deal of nightmares, but nothing like what I saw. It was all about bloody baby dolls inside plastic bags, scooting their plastic bodies around and down the hallways trying to get me. Also another reoccurring dream was a farmer type man in overalls with a pitch fork walking by all my family members just to get to me. At the end of the dream he would stab me in the chest. This dream started when I lived in Highland, IL. I never was able to give birth naturally either. I had to have C-sections. My father passed away at the age of 38 from lung cancer, I was only 15. It has not been an easy life for me, but I'm a Christian and find comfort in God's word. I have tried to read more about this Mantis Humanoid Creature and have not got alot of info. Usually when I'm reading about it, right before bed a fall asleep very quickly and get nowhere. I'm reaching out because I feel like this is really happening, and not just to me. It doesn't matter to me to get attention, via printing a story. I just want to know if you have heard of others like me?

Sincerely
CMB

NOTE: I'm sure CMB contacted me as a result of the Hackettstown, NJ encounters...but a far as possible physical contact, this may be a first for me. Most people that have encountered these beings experience headaches and mental distress. I mentioned to CMB to feel free to contact me if she wishes to disclose further information. Lon

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Daily 2 Cents: Humanoids in the Cemetery -- Black Hounds Still Roam England -- Ghost Hunters Find Body in Abandoned Hospital


Humanoids in the Cemetery

Reynoldsburg, Ohio - 6/26/1996: My girlfriend at the time, my cousin and I all decided to get some beer and hang out at the Cemetery my girlfriend's parents owned and still own "Glen Rest Cemetery" in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. We were hanging out on the bridge at the pond in the middle of the cemetery. The bridge is made of stone and my girlfriend was laying on the stone ledge, the ledge is big enough to lay on comfortably without falling. We were all looking up at the sky talking when we saw an orb fly across the sky. The orb was mostly red and orange in color but had yellow, blue, and green colors as well. It was silent as it was falling and seemed to land just over the trees about 500 yards away. My cousin and I became very excited and jumped up and started walking in the direction we thought it might have landed. I told my cousin to wait and I turned around to get my girlfriend to come with us. I grabbed her by the hand and helped her up. I turned towards my cousin to lead her in his direction when she started saying "oh my god", "oh my god", I turned to look at her and it was like her whole body gave out and she fell to the ground and pointed in the opposite direction of where we thought the orb landed. I looked where she was pointing and saw a man walk out of the darkness. He looked like a human but I couldn't see any details of his face. He was dressed in black dress pants, and a long sleeve white shirt. Then two men dressed the same stepped out of the darkness behind him. They were coming out of the darkness in a " V " like geese would fly. Then two more men behind them.

My girlfriend was crying saying "run", "run". I said "oh my god" and yelled my cousin's name. He came running towards me and my girlfriend. I think he started walking toward where we thought the orb landed until I yelled his name. I pointed at the entities and it was like we were all froze. Then my girlfriend started to run towards her house located at the front of the cemetery. I turned and ran with her. My cousin seemed to have stood there, and I remember thinking "what is he doing?" "What is going to happen to him?" About a third of the way running to her house her foot sunk in the mud and she fell. I turned and picked her up and kept running with her in my arms. I remember thinking "how am I running holding her for so long" but at the same time I don't remember running at all. Then we were in her drive way. My cousin was there. We all jumped into his truck and drove off. The next thing I remember, it was daylight.

I have seen this same sort of orb one other time in my life when I was a child sitting out on the porch with my fathers good friend and neighbor, but never witnessed these "people" like in this account. - MUFON CMS

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Black Hounds of England Still Roam


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' that featured Detective Sherlock Holmes was spun from the legend of mythical huge dogs

Sightings of the Black Hound have been reported all over England since the early 1500’s up until the present day. The Black Hound is often described as an abnormally large jet black dog the size of a cow or a bear, with large claws, fangs, matted or shaggy fur and glowing red eyes.

Many believe the Black Hound to be a beast, however as folklore goes the Black Hound is believed to be a phantom or ghost dog. The Black Hound is mostly a nocturnal apparition, often said to be associated with the Devil. Most common sightings of the Black Hound are at points that act like boundaries such as gates, fences, hedges, bridges, roads, paths and many sightings at graveyards and burial grounds.

Folklore claims that the Black Hounds travel leylines, these are essentially paths that the spirits are said to travel. In old folklore the leylines are said to connect graveyards and lead to the spirit world. The Black Hound is seen as an omen of death.

There are lots of stories about Black Hounds terrorising villages and attacking travellers, not many of which report sounds from the beast that are out of the ordinary, however some have reported a terrifying howl and even that the hound was maniacally laughing.

Accounts of the Black Hounds attacking aren’t uncommon. Suffolk, UK 1577, one Sunday it is claimed a Black Hound made its way into a church, two men who were touched by the beast fell down dead and a third man seemed to have died from severe burns.

Another account tells also of a Black Hound entering a town hall and physically killing two men before escaping.

Even now there are common sightings of the Black Hound. In 2003 a teenager reported seeing a Black Hound when on his way home around midnight, apparently the hound was seen lurking around the bottom of a tree next to a hedge (boundary) and was described as a large Black Hound with matted fur just a little smaller than a cow.

Other phantom dogs are more benevolent and stories exist of people being helped from tight spots. For example Augustus Hare in his book 'In My Solitary Life' recounts a common tale he heard about a man called Johnnie Greenwood, of Swancliffe. Johnnie had to ride through a wood in darkness for a mile to get to where he was going. At the entrance of the wood he was joined by a black dog, it pattered beside him until he emerged from the trees, whereupon it disappeared as quickly as it had arrived.

On his return journey through the wood, the dog joined him again on the dark woodland path, and disappeared mysteriously when he emerged. Apparently, some years later, two prisoners condemned to death confessed that they had decided to rob and murder Johnny that night in the wood, but the presence of the large black dog had stopped them.

Black dogs are also seen as guardians of treasure, especially in Scotland. A black dog was said to guard treasure buried under a standing stone near Murthley in Perthshire, here we have an account of a black dog at an ancient site and as a guardian of treasure.

In summery it seems that the phenomena of phantom dogs is a complex mix of folklore, sightings, and local superstition, which has roots reaching far into the past. There are probably a myriad of different explanations for modern sightings, and a phantom black dog is a powerful archetype, incorporated into modern stories such as the 'Hound of the Baskervilles' by Arthur Conan Doyle. We hope to delve into the mystery further in the future, including some of the many folk tales associated with them.

REPORTS: Sightings of the Black Hound, Black Shuck or Devil Dog

Large Hound
Location: A684 (Yorkshire) - Between Northallerton and Leeming Bar
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Summer 2001, between 20:00h - 22:00h
Further Comments: A large black dog ran in front of two women travelling to Leeming Bar by car. The driver closed her eyes and braked hard, expecting to hit the creature. The passenger watched the hound pass through the bonnet, and noticed the creature had no facial features, floppy ears, and was shadow-like. A man that the women spoke to once they reached their destination later killed himself - was the hound a portent?

Red Eyed Dog
Location: Ailsworth (Northamptonshire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This huge hound possesses eyes that burn as bright as the sun, making the creature easy to spot if he tries to sneak up on you.

Running Hound
Location: Alfriston (Sussex) - Between the Downs and Town Fields
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Full Moon (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A large black dog is said to run from the Downs to Town Fields - here it stares over a flint wall before retreating the way it came.

White Dog
Location: Alfriston (Sussex) - The White Way, road leading from the town towards Seaford
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature is reportedly the dog of a young man murdered while out walking during the 1700s - because the pitiful hound sat by the victim's shallow grave, the criminals killed it also. The haunting is said to have ceased after the bodies of dog and owner were discovered when the road was widened.

Long Necked Dog
Location: Algarkirk (Lincolnshire) - Area around the village church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Twentieth century?
Further Comments: This black dog was described by a witness as being tall and lean, with a long neck and a protruding muzzle. The hound is not regarded here as an ill omen.

Dog in Trees
Location: Algarkirk (Lincolnshire) - Church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black hound was seen between three trees that grow close to the religious house.

Hound
Location: Allington (Wiltshire) - Area between village and All Cannings
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: The story of the black dog was used to frighten children in this area. One man may have been chased by the creature (though it was dark and stated it might have been a pony), while another couple who spotted the hound said it stood almost as tall as their pony.

Grey Greyhound
Location: Alphamstone (Essex) - Sycamore Farm
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: One night during the late '40s.
Further Comments: After seeing a creature in his chicken coop, a farmer fired a shotgun at the creature - it ran through the wire netting and escaped. Examining the scene in the morning, the farmer could find no holes in the netting or footprints of the dog.

Black Dog
Location: Alveston (Warwickshire) - Exact location not known
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late Nineteenth Century
Further Comments: Charles Walton (the same man who was murdered in Lower Quinton (see Quinton database entry for further information)) claimed to have seen a phantom black dog for several successive nights when he was younger - on the last night, instead of the dog, he saw a ghostly headless woman. He soon heard that his sister had died at roughly the same time as the last sighting.

Dog
Location: Amlwch (Wales) - Stone circle between village & St Ellian Church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom hound is said to haunt this prehistoric site.

Barguest
Location: Appletreewick (Yorkshire) - Trollers Gill (or Ghyll)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Possessing glowing red eyes and a yellow tint to its fur, the dog-like barguest is a harbinger of doom.

Shaggy Dog
Location: Ascot (Berkshire) - Old Huntsman's House
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It has been reported that this house is haunted by a sheepdog-looking entity, which has also been heard barking. A man in a red coat was also said once to haunt the site.

Black Dog
Location: Ayr (Ayrshire) - Wooded areas
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Mistakenly blamed for killing a child, it was later discovered that the dog had tried to defend the infant from a wolf (a la Gelert). However, this hound was less forgiving for its former master's murderous action and now runs around the dense woodland.

Webbed Footed Hound
Location: Baildon (Yorkshire) - Slaughter Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large dog with eyes the size of saucers once haunted this area.

Monkey-faced Shuck
Location: Balsham (Cambridgeshire) - Wratting Road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: For reasons unknown, the shuck which has been observed in this area is believed to have a bald head and wide eyes, similar to that of a monkey, while the body is that of a large black shaggy dog. It leaps out in front of cars travelling along this road, only to dart out of the way at the last possible second, either on all four legs or standing upright.

Black Collie
Location: Barberbooth (Derbyshire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom dog stands as tall as a very large collie, and is said to belong to the fairies.

Rough Coated Dog with Large Yellow Eyes
Location: Barham (Suffolk) - Along the main Norwich Road, Barham Church Lane, just past Barham Hall gates.
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1910s?
Further Comments: The dog harassed a couple of men walking back from work - one of them reported trying to hit the creature with a stick, but the piece of wood passed straight through the dog's body. Another version of the story states the dog disappears into a solid wall.

Shuck Haunt
Location: Barnby (Suffolk) - Bridge over Hundred Stream
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Legend states the stream to be the haunt of a Shuck, though no further information could be found.

Chained Hound
Location: Batcombe (Somerset) - Gold Hill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Buried in nearby woodland by an owner, this phantom hound is now reputed to roam the area, a large chain around its neck.

White Dog
Location: Beccles (Suffolk) - Cemetery
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1974
Further Comments: A woman passing through the cemetery watched a large white dog as it faded away in front of her.

Red Eyed Hound
Location: Beckingham (Nottinghamshire) - Old Trent Road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black dog with glowing eyes is said to have driven a local farmer mad after the man tried to block the creature's path. The farmer was also left almost completely paralysed. The hound is said to walk from the churchyard to nearby marshland before fading from view.

Capelthwaite
Location: Beetham (Cumbria) - General area near the river Bela
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Also known as a Cappel, this spirit is said to be able to transform into any four legged creature, though it prefers the form of a dog. A local vicar is said to have banished it into the river Bela.

Headless Hound
Location: Beetham (Cumbria) - Between village and Milnthrope, and surrounding countryside
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that if this large creature follows you, death is not far behind.

Black Dog
Location: Belchalwell (Dorset) - Unnamed gate in the area (still standing?)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A particular gate in the area was said to be home to a black dog once the sun went down.

Glowing Mouthed Hounds
Location: Birstall (Leicestershire) - General Area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The locals here say their devil dogs, known as Shag Dogs, have a glow that emanates from the inside of their mouths.

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Ghost Hunters Find Body in Abandoned Hospital

Vicksburg police have recovered a body at the old Kuhn Memorial State Hospital on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“We found a white female that appears to be in her late 60s with trauma to the head and the body has been sent to Jackson to be processed,” Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong said Sunday night.

The body was discovered around 7 p.m. by a group of ghost hunters.

“There was some people over at the hospital ghost hunting and they stumbled upon the body, and they took off and reported it to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office,” Armstrong said.

The sheriff’s office discovered the body and VPD began to process the scene.

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey confirmed the cause of death as homicide, but declined to release the woman’s name.

Vicksburg police earlier Sunday were searching for a 69-year-old Vicksburg woman missing from her house on Drummond Street.

The house showed signs of a disturbance and police began investigating.

Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said the investigation into the woman’s disappearance began when dispatchers received a call from Leland Police Department in Washington County after officers there found the woman’s car abandoned on a roadside.

Leland Police Chief Billy Barber said two men were arrested during a traffic stop Sunday morning, when they were found with a stolen weapon and in a stolen vehicle.

One of the men arrested was cooperating with police to lead them to an area in Sharkey County where he said the men had dropped the lady off.

“The gentleman that we had with us that had been arrested in Leland was to show us where he had let the lady out of the vehicle, but that never panned out,” Armstrong said. “We ended up canvassing several turn roads up there in hopes to find her, but we didn’t.” We don’t believe that he was being truthful, we believe he was lying the whole time and only came back to Vicksburg when we heard that a body had been found.”

The body was sent to the state crime lab in Jackson for processing and identification.

“We’re in the process of trying to identify her and perhaps that will happen tomorrow,” Armstrong said Sunday night.

“We can not say that the body found at the hospital is her, but this body happens to be that of a white female that matches the description of the woman missing on Drummond Street,” Armstrong said.

“I have let it be known to the family that a body had been located and it happened to be that of a white female around the same age of the missing woman,” he said. - Vickburg Post

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Exorcism: 'I had a nest of insects inside my body, I wanted to die'

A Catholic priest stands over the forlorn figure of a young Nigerian girl, murmuring prayers and sprinkling holy water as she sobs.
Favour*, a 19-year-old, is constantly scratching, her skin is red raw in places. She believes there is a nest of insects living inside her body- and that they will kill her.

The priest is attempting to break a powerful voodoo spell that binds her to her 'madam' in Trieste, near the border with Slovenia, for the next five to eight years.

Favour, one of thousands of Nigerian women trafficked to Europe to become sex slaves every year, has been told she owes her female pimp €80,000 for her journey. This will take around 4,000 clients each paying as little as €10 or €20 to pay off.

Although the chains tying her to her madam are only psychological, they are extremely powerful.

In their desperation to break the hold over the girls, many of which are sent on the migrant boats crossing the Mediterranean, the Italians have even resorted to get Catholic priests to perform exorcisms on them.

There are estimated to be 25,000 Nigerian girls working as prostitutes in Italy and the numbers arriving rose 300 per cent in 2014, experts say.

Back in Nigeria a witchdoctor had performed a powerful voodoo spell to bring luck for the girl’s journey, she told Italian aid workers.

After leaving her village in the Edo State, with the promise of a job as a hairdresser in Italy, she was taken to a shrine in Benin City.

There, in a terrifying ritual she was made to undress – they cut her pubic hair and toenails and made her swear over the blood of a chicken that she would never betray her benefactor.

Like many others for whom the promised job as a hairdresser did not materialise. Favour believes nevertheless that she has to pay off the debt or face terrible repercussions. Read more at 'I had a nest of insects inside my body, I wanted to die': Revealed, how Italian priests are conducting EXORCISMS to break 'voodoo spells' put on terrified Nigerian migrant girls by traffickers who force them to work as prostitutes

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Live... Die... and Live Again - Part 1


By Stephen Ellis - What really happens when our bodies give out to disease, catastrophe or old age? Is that the end of everything? Is that the end of consciousness? Do we go to Heaven or Hell? Does our “Eternal Soul” somehow carry on? Do we come back as ghosts? Or, are we destined to return to the Earth in a different form or body?

These questions have been asked since the beginning of time. Great religions of the world have been based on theoretical answers to these questions. But, what is the truth…the reality of life and death? I’m a (subordinate) Judicial Officer of the Court and not someone likely to espouse far-out theories. I am “fact” oriented.

Lon Strickler, your host of Phantoms and Monsters, has published numerous stories of ghosts, reincarnation, etc. He is dedicated to seeking the truth about unexplained things. I, too, am dedicated to the same things. For more than 30 years I have been researching the paranormal ever since I had a scientifically inexplicable event happen to me.

It is fair to say that I have proven, with almost unequivocal empirical proof, that our death, here on Earth, is not the end of everything for us. I can’t tell you, in detail, what will happen to you, because we are all individuals with individual thoughts, independent minds, etc. I am convinced that what happens after our body dies is slightly different for every individual and that we all do not continue an existence in the same way. It does not appear that our religious beliefs have anything to do with the science of re-birth.

Some of the world’s most famous scientists (including Albert Einstein) separated themselves from religious teachings as they delved further into the sciences of physics and quantum mechanics. Currently, Dr. Robert Lanza (voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times) has formulated the theory of “Biocentrism” which, in essence, states that the Universe did not create peope….it is people that created the Universe: Our consciousness created the material universe, not the other way around.

Biocentrism teaches that life and consciousness are fundamental to the universe. The theory implies that death of consciousness only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that when their body dies, their consciousness will disappear too.

All scientists will agree that each human body is surrounded by an electro-magnetic “aura” that is distinguishable from all other “auras” that surround other people. This “aura” can actually be photographed using infra-red film. The interesting thing is that when someone dies...their “aura” does not! Scientific photographers have actually photographed the “aura” of a dying man: the “aura” stayed in place for several minutes, then separated itself from the dead body and seemed to float upwards…and through the ceiling of the room.

Is this “aura” actually, our consciousness or as we call it, our “mind”. If so, this, alone, proves that our physical body is little more than a shell surrounding our mind. When the “shell” dies (for whatever reason) very strong evidence indicates that the mind continues to live.

Many of you will question the last statement, but in future parts, I will prove the statement to be scientifically or empirically true using many cases whose authenticity is beyond question.

Most of us have been taught that our mind is a part of our brain. Scientists have been trying, for centuries, to locate the mind as part of our brain or body. They have never been successful. This tends to support the belief that the mind is separate and distinct from the body: the body is physical, the mind is not. The voice we hear in our heads when we think is simply our own voice translating our mind’s function into a language we understand.

Our mind and our bodies are frequently at odds with each other. You may believe something is wrong or dangerous, ”…but it feels so good.” The mind does not always win the battles with our bodies, and that’s what makes our physical life so exciting and also explains why we almost always seek the reassurance of someone that any decision we made was the right one to make.

But if the mind or consciousness continues to exist after our body has ceased to function, where does that consciousness go? There is significant evidence that our consciousness makes a choice as to where it will go.

If you are interested in the subject, I suggest you read my book, “Explaining the Unexplained”. You can download a Kindle of it for about $3.00. Hard and soft-cover copies are available at Barnes & Nobel and at Amazon.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Possible Bi-Pedal Canine - Georgia 1941


I received the following account earlier today:

Hi Lon - enjoy reading your newsletter and thought I would send a story my Grandfather John told me.

In 1940 he volunteered for active duty and was later shipped off to Camp Stewart, Georgia. He had graduated high school (in New York City) the year before and thought that the US would be fighting in the war eventually, so he signed up before he was drafted.

At the time, he was part of an anti-aircraft training unit that was housed in large tents. Camp Stewart (now Fort Stewart) was a fairly new facility and much of it was under construction. Most of the tents were in or near an area that was densely forested. I don't know how many guys were in the tent with him, but he was friends with another guy from NYC named Pete.

They hadn't been there long when stories about weird creatures in the woods started to circulate among the soldiers. One of the rumors was that a few soldiers had been attacked by an unknown beast within the camp. There wasn't a lot said and no one (he believes) ever witnessed the attacks.

One early morning, Grandpa John and Pete along with other soldiers were transporting garbage to an area north of the camp. He said that there was a large ditch where all the refuse was dumped. It was hauled in large barrels which were emptied one by one.

He was in the lead truck as they pulled up to the dump area. They noticed a very large dog on the back edge of the ditch which looked to be digging in the trash. They were commenting that the dog may have been a wolf because it was huge. While they were talking among themselves, the dog stood up on it's two back legs and looked directly at them. After a few seconds, it turned and dropped to four legs, then ran into the woods. They were alarmed and considered leaving, but there were armed personnel on patrol. They then wondered why armed soldiers needed to guard a garbage dump.

They quickly got their work done because they wanted to leave as soon as possible.

Grandpa John said that he later had a conversation with one of the guys who had spent time guarding the garbage dump. According to him, the higher-ups were aware of the large dogs, which he believed to be wolves. He said that there were other similar beasts in the area and that they were ordered to shoot to kill if they had the opportunity. He admitted that he witnessed one of these wolves stand up on two legs and walk, though he didn't say why he failed to shoot at it.

Grandpa John was later injured during training, but after two years he was cleared for assignment and served in the US Army in Europe. He said that over the years he had talked to other vets who had trained at Fort Stewart. A few of them were aware of the attacks and that it probably occurred on more than one occasion.

I have read about the Dogman sightings on your website. I wonder if the Fort Stewart beasts may have been the same type of creatures? I'd be interested if others had ever heard of these attacks. Thank you - Jack

NOTE: After reading this account, I'm curious to find out if there had been other incidents. Please forward any information you may have. Ft. Stewart is located in Liberty and Bryan counties, near Hinesville, GA. about 40 miles southwest of Savannah. Lon

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