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Friday, September 30, 2016

MIB Under the Chestnut Tree

Greg in Jacksonville, Florida called in to tell of his weird MIB experience after sighting a UFO and the aliens on board:

“I was walking home from school one day. It was me and my brother. We used to walk home from school all the time. Something happened bout two days or three days before. It was on a weekend, I had a telescope out back and I was looking through the telescope. I saw... I didn't know what it was, but it looked like these people were looking out of a craft. They were bald and had big eyes. I didn't know what it was at the time. I didn't know stuff like that.

When walking home from school, me and my brother would always walk home together. One day I was kinda... we were talking about it here but on the way home, we crossed Bowery Street where there's a big old chestnut tree. We always used to stop and pick up the chestnuts and all that stuff. But I stood up from picking up chestnuts, but my brother wasn't there. There were two men in black suits standing there and they were asking me questions... You know, it's kinda strange talking about it. They're talking kind of... they were talking funny, kinda robotic and they were asking me what I saw and all that. I told them and they said I wasn't supposed to talk about this and they started saying, you know, threatening me. I took off running. When I looked back, they weren't there, but here comes my brother running and he was asking me what happened. I said, I don't know. It's kinda weird talking about it now too. That was back, oh hell, I don't know, I was probably about 7 or 8 years old at the time. (George Knapp, the host asks where the MIBs went) They were just gone and then my brother was back there behind me. He come running up in back of me. He reappeared and they were just gone.”

Source: Coast to Coast AM - August 21, 2016

Transcribed by JLB

NOTE: MIB confrontation with children is fairly rare. I don't what he witnessed or said to others...but the response was immediate and intimidating. Every MIB experiencer I have talked to will never forget their 'third degree' by the MIB. Their stare and manner seems to hit at the soul of the witness. Lon

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Daily 2 Cents: 'Smirking' Humanoid / Cloaking UFO -- Recent San Andreas Fault Concerns -- Hovering Light in the Mountains

'Smirking' Humanoid / Cloaking UFO

Vanderbilt, MI - 2015-07-10 - 10:00AM: I was outside working in my garden. I had a feeling I was being watched and I looked up and noticed this metal looking plane like with glass where the pilot was and he looked human with brown shoulder length hair and was just hovering over the ground about 20ft up and slowly moving south and he had a smirk on his face as if he was plain in sight and I still could not see him. As soon as I looked up at him it startled him and he then worked some of the controls and it sounded like a motor start and then he cloaked himself to where he matched the clouds like he was invisible as he took off. This was the only time this has happened besides seeing large glowing lights that look like stars but much bigger acting like they were in orbit. - MUFON CMS


Recent San Andreas Fault Concerns

The rumbling started Monday morning deep under the Salton Sea. A rapid succession of small earthquakes — three measuring above magnitude 4.0 — began rupturing near Bombay Beach, continuing for more than 24 hours. Before the swarm started to fade, more than 200 earthquakes had been recorded.

The temblors were not felt over a very large area, but they have garnered intense interest — and concern — among seismologists. It marked only the third time since earthquake sensors were installed there in 1932 that the area had seen such a swarm, and this one had more earthquakes than the events of 2001 and 2009.

The quakes occurred in one of California’s most seismically complex areas. They hit in a seismic zone just south of where the mighty San Andreas fault ends. It is composed of a web of faults that scientists fear could one day wake up the nearby San Andreas from its long slumber. Read more at Risk of big earthquake on San Andreas fault rises after quake swarm at Salton Sea


Hovering Light in the Mountains

Dayton, NV - 2016-09-27 - 3:20AM: I awoke on the morning of 9/27/16 and looked out the glass bedroom door, toward the mountains to the east, as I often do. I saw a shining "light" that reminded me of U.F.O. I saw three years ago. I got up, got my binoculars, and continued to watch it for 20 minutes. It hovered, then moved to a few different spots. I noticed that it was whitish and occasionally I saw a blue spot. I went to use the rest room, then came back to watch it for a few more minutes. Back in bed, I turned a couple of times, and noticed it moved west. I sat up to look at it hover. I went back to sleep. Later at around 8:00 a.m., I mentioned it to my wife, who said she too saw it when she awoke to use the rest room, at about 1:15 a.m. - MUFON CMS


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Vanishing Insectoid Encountered in Sequoia National Forest

Ricky in San Diego, California called in to tell of a terrifying encounter he had while camping in the Sequoia National Forest:

“I just want to share an experience I had about two years ago in the Sequoia National Forest. My sister took my friend and I out there and we were deep deep in the forest, far away from civilization. We were having a great time. I'm a believer in the paranormal, Bigfoot, aliens and all that stuff but while I was there, I never had that thought. I was there camping with my family, having a great time.

At about 9 o'clock, everyone decides to go to sleep and my friend and I were left staring at the bonfire. I decided it was a good time to listen to music so I went to my sister's forerunner and I was opening the back to grab my Ipod. And as I opened the back door, I heard something come out of the tree. It didn't come out of the tree. It was almost like it was holding on and it fell. And I heard this huge thump. I could feel it. And as I... I had a flashlight on me. I looked over at the tree I heard the fall from and I swear on my life and I swear to God, honest to God, I saw a 6 to 7 foot tall praying mantis. And as I laid eyes on it, I completely lost breath. I was completely taken aback. It took a step back and it became completely invisible. I could not believe what I saw.

I slammed the door and I ran back to the campfire. I alerted my friend. I woke everyone up and no one would believe me. I was really upset because I knew what I'd seen. So that happened and my friend didn't believe me. He was laughing at me and then all of a sudden I could hear all these things surrounding us and finally when I brought it to my friend's attention, he kinda put his ear to it and he heard it too. Finally I was patrolling the campground with my flashlight and I could just hear these things surrounding us and I heard like this clicking sound, it was like (makes clicking sound). It was really strange. I was so scared.”

Source: Coast To Coast AM - September 27, 2016

Transcribed by JLB

NOTE: These high-order non-terrestrial Insectoid beings have been described as having the ability to either cloak or disappear. Here are several other similar creatures I have reported on:

'Praying Mantis Man' Sighting - Musconetcong River, Hackettstown, NJ

The Musconetcong River 'Mantis Man' Returns

Insectoid Being Encounter Unnerved Witness

Praying Mantis Humanoid Encounter - Greenville, SC

West Texas Insectoids

Praying Mantis-Like Humanoid - Feasterville, PA

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Daily 2 Cents: Catholic Church Pleads 'exorcists in urgent demand!' -- Possible Bigfoot Captured on Eagle Nest Cam -- MIB Attempt to Kidnap Newborn Child

Catholic Church Pleads 'exorcists in urgent demand!'

Exorcists are in urgent demand as a result of a sharp rise in people dabbling in Satanism and the occult, experts from the Catholic Church in Italy and the US said.

Speaking in tongues, levitating and vomiting nails may seem far-fetched to most people, but church experts insist there is a need to recruit more priests as exorcists in order to combat sorcery and black magic.

Valter Cascioli, a psychologist and scientific consultant to the International Association of Exorcists, which is endorsed by the Vatican, described as an “emergency” the lack of priests capable of fighting the forces of evil.

“The lack of exorcists is a real emergency. There is a pastoral emergency as a result of a significant increase in the number of diabolical possessions that exorcist priests are confronting,” he told La Stampa newspaper.

“The number of people who take part in occult and satanic practices, which lead to serious physical, psychological and spiritual damages, is constantly rising.” Read more at 'Emergency' need for exorcists after surge in people dabbling in Satanism and black magic


Possible Bigfoot Captured on Eagle Nest Cam

A live feed from an eagle's nest in Michigan has recorded a mysterious figure wandering around below.

Situated in a tall tree at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery near Beulah, Northern Michigan, this nest of Bald Eagle chicks is being monitored online using a special live camera feed setup.

While checking through the footage archives recently however the team responsible for the feed noticed something unusual - a dark figure skulking around the forest floor far below.

Visible at the top right of the frame as well as in an enlarged segment at the center of the picture, the figure, which appears to be walking upright, has drawn comparisons to the legendary Bigfoot.

Whether the footage really is evidence of the elusive hominid however remains unclear.


MIB Attempt to Kidnap Newborn Child

Debbie in Austin, Texas called in to tell of her strange MIB experience. Nick Redfern was on promoting his book Women In Black where he talked about how MIBs came and took people's newborn children:

“I was born in 1955 in Arizona and when I was 22, I came home and was talking to my mother about some studies I'd done on UFOs and mentioned men in black to her and she got white as a ghost and said: When you were first born your dad answered the door and two men were standing there. They were dressed all in black. They wanted to come in. My dad is a real big guy and he was able to prevent them from coming in the house. They kept saying they wanted to come in and talk about the newborn in the house. That's all my mom told me but that's what she said happened.”

Source: Coast to Coast AM August 21, 2016

Transcribed by JLB

NOTE: Nick Redfern will be our guest on Arcane Radio - Weds. October 26th...Lon



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Reader Response: UFO Incident Transforms Witness Spiritually

I received several responses to UFO Incident Transforms Witness Spiritually. Here are a few:

Hello Lon,

You asked this:

Could UFO incidents have a connection to BEK or black-eyed people? In the past, I have had experiencers tell me that they had 'found' religion after UFO / non-terrestrial encounters. As well, many of these people have said that alien beings (in particular higher order aliens) have told them that they are spiritually committed to a supreme energy. Is this really any different than how humans describe their spiritual beliefs? I wrote The Supernatural Savior several years ago. What are your thoughts? Lon

When I read the account that preceded your question, about the two men encountering strange lights and lightning bolts, with one remembering nothing of the experience, but becoming religious afterwards, I thought of Rudolf Otto's description of the numinous experience. Basically, an individual encounters something larger than himself (landscape, UFO, big event), is in awe of it, feels his own smallness, and yet, connects to something more vast than himself--the Tao, the Holy Spirit, not sure what to name it. This often results in spiritual awakening, even if the experience had been overwhelming or frightening.

I researched this with regard to how early encounters with the American landscape caused frontiersmen, explorers and other to have numinous experiences. Here is an excerpt about what I learned about Otto's definition of the numinous experience...

Rudolph Otto defines the numinous experience as encompassing mysterium tremendum fascinans et augustum (Almond 65). . . to the extent that the “fascinans,” or fascination, was equivalent to intoxication (75). According to Otto, in light of the august quality of the fascination, the experiencer is driven to the respond to the object evoking the numinous experience by paying homage or by designating it as sacred (75). Otto asserted that numen, the object evoking these experiences, was encountered in a variety of circumstances. Numen, thus:

… loiters in the secret dread of hollows or caves, found amongst men all over the world as stimulating and calling forth the sense of “awe,” the numen of the deserts and of regions of terror, of the mountain and the ravine, of haunted places and of overpowering natural phenomena, can only by a stretch of imagination be referred to an idea of ‘soul,’ or to any other clear conception (Almond 64)

The object evoking the numinous experience is ineffable, indescribable, and according to Dixon, “that aspect of sacrality or holiness that lies beyond either morality or specificity of creed” (169). It is something quite akin to the eighteenth-century Romantic notion of the sublime, as described by Edmund Burke...(Streetman 5)

So, Lon, I think that even if there is no conscious memory of the experience, the event did register in the experiencer's brain, and managed to influence the individual's subconscious or unconscious. He, thus, acts upon it in an effort to resolve what has been unearthed/shifted/quaked by the event. Even if the man does not designate the lights/UFO as sacred, it evokes in him this connection to the sacred, and thus, the orientation towards a path to religion.

Looking at the odd encounters throughout the bible and even other sacred texts--the Koran & Bhagavad gita-- and ancient alien theorists' interpretations, one could wonder if our entire history of religion has come out of these types of encounters with the unknown (in many forms) that seems more powerful than we are.

I don't know how the BEK experiencers are changed by their encounters, but hope you publish more about these fascinating events and what experiencers say about them.

Best regards,


Almond, Philip C. Rudolf Otto, an Introduction to His Philosophical Theology. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1984.

Burke, Edmund. A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful: With an Introductory Discourse Concerning Taste, and Several Other Additions. Montrose: D. Buchanan, 1803.

Dixon, John W., Jr. “The Bible in American Painting.” In Gunn, Giles (Ed.). The Bible and the American Arts and Letters. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1983.

Streetman, Heidi D. "The Rhetoric of Landscape and the Sanctuary of Parks." Master's Thesis. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2004. Available through Research Gate www.researchgate.net

I also received a response from crop circle researcher & author Kenneth Heck:


I personally believe UFOs are involved in more activities today than people realize, from animal mutilations and mass death of wild life, collusion with world governments, men in black, BEKs, bigfoot, even earthquakes and volcanoes, etc. They have permanent installations in various parts of the world, including Antarctica, South America, the Solomon Islands, and others. Their increased visible activities on this planet are one aspect of the coming end of this age and the beginning of the next.

Their involvement in the world's religions is overstated by them, along with their involvement of creating plant and animal species. Their so-called commitment to a higher energy is deliberately obscure. No living being, including aliens, is free from the overlords who are responsible for maintaining various species, although there is some free will to choose which overlord to relate to. And the overlords have their own superiors.

Christ was not an alien - all his dna came from his mother, but it was technically modified to fit the image of his spiritual father. He had no physical father, and didn't look like his mother. Today with advances in genetics and physics we can more readily understand the miracles of religion. The same applies to the other major religions of this planet.

What are considered miracles are simply the result of higher technology (on the divine level) in operation. The technology of aliens and ufos is angelic, not truly divine. Divine technology is always invisible in operation - we never see it anymore than we see the divine realms where divine beings exist. Magical thinking (such as something happens when you wave a wand or speak magic words) must be left behind if we are to relate more maturely to higher beings and their higher technology. The final questions are - who possesses the highest technology? Who speaks the final words?

Best wishes,

Ken Heck

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Ouija...Something's Under the Bed!

Cam in Portland, Oregon called in to tell of her Ouija board stories:

“When I was younger and growing up, my sister and I were completely... oh, this is a Ouija story. We were obsessed with the Ouija board. We used to play it nightly, weekly. We got to the point where I didn't think it would work until I would see an apparition. That's how I knew, I thought in my head, it worked. So I decided to make one.

I was pretty artistic as a kid. I went and bought a really nice piece of wood. I painted on the letters and I made a planchette out of wood as all. It's pretty simple. It seemed to work really well. Things started showing up in my house and I would hear something walk across my bedroom at night. I started getting really freaked out. I didn't want to be home. I used to come home on my lunch break and I didn't want to go home because I was too scared to be there by myself.

One day I was in my room and I was playing with toys. I was probably about 12 or 13 at the time and I had a toy by my bed. I wasn't thinking anything paranormal. I used to read about the paranormal too, so I was always obsessed with it. I had the toy by my bed and I remember looking over and thinking I saw something reach out from underneath the bed and grab the toy. Like I... Yeah, I remember it was a brush with a doll and it had a glitter, like these little rhinestone glittery things on them, on one side of it, so it was a pretty brush and I remember it specifically. I thought, Oh my god, I didn't just see that. I didn't see that, you know, it must have just been a shadow or... I was confused. I dropped it and it fell under the bed or something. You know when you see stuff like that, you're... I didn't just see that. You are trying to rationalize what you see. I said, Okay, it's just under there.

I bent down and it's not there. Okay, maybe it just fell way back or I pushed it. I look on my knees, head all the way under the bed. It's not there. I never found it. After that experience, I got real freaked out. I stopped playing with the board I made. My sister took it with her.

A couple of years down the road, she went to college and took it with her. And she said when she started using it again, something came and woke her up. She saw it hovering above her bed. She said it was a black mass. She couldn't see through it. And she knew it was there... she felt like it was looking for her friend. She had been playing the board with her friend. Her friend had left for the evening and she felt like it had come for her friend. I don't know why she said she felt that but that was the distinct feeling she had. She got really freaked out after that and she... I know you're not supposed to do this but she burned it.

She had a Wiccan friend that came in and cleansed the house, or her apartment after that. I wasn't around. I didn't have any part of that. I haven't touched one ever since. (Dave Schrader asks how about seeing the thing under the bed) I was such disbelief at what I saw I thought I somehow maybe I didn't understand. I don't know, the toy was gone though. I never found the toy. I remember, it was a brush with rhinestones on it and I never found it after that.”

Source: Darkness Radio – August 15, 2016

Transcribed by JLB

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