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Monday, October 31, 2016

Stalked in the Neighborhood

I recently received an addendum to a upright canine sighting that was forwarded to me in May 2013. The sister of the witness noticed the post and decided to offer her account. This sister states that her incident was before her siblings encounters. She says the date given by her sibling in the earlier report is incorrect. Her exact statement was "The accounts that my sister gave was off because it happened in the late 80's. I had a daughter in 86 and this happened after she was born. My brothers encounter happened after mine." There was also an earlier report that pertained to a skunk ape encounter, experienced by the same family.:

Hi Lon,

Thank you for responding back.

As far as my experience goes, it happened way before my sister and brother had theirs.

All I know is that the encounter I experienced frightened me so much that even after all these years it still shakes me up to think about it. Until that evening, I have always thought of werewolves as being nothing more than just fairy tales, but that first encounter has left a huge question mark inside of me. I come from a family of skeptics, so I decided not to tell anyone about what happened to me. Then one night my brother came home trembling and pale. He told me about his experience and I felt relieved that I wasn’t the only one that seen something.

It was after 10pm on New Year’s Eve in the late 1980’s. It was either 1987 or 88. I was sitting out front of my parent’s home and instead of going out with my friends, I decided to stay home and celebrate the New Year with my family. My father’s car was parked in front of the house by the road, so I decided to sit on the hood, smoke a cigarette and wait until midnight. The rest of my family was in the house celebrating.

After about an hour I heard a strange sound coming from the neighbor’s yard across the street. It sounded as though a man was moaning in pain. The street and the property were dark, so I couldn’t see much except for a small light that shined off in the distance on the back part of the property along a cinder block wall. The wall where the light was sitting wasn't finished yet. The whole property itself was wooded with trees and tall bushes. The bushes on the property stood around 5 ft. high and over and around 5 ft. in width. I kept looking in the direction of the sound to try and see what was causing it. My first thought was that maybe someone was hurt, but then the sound changed. It went from a moaning to a low pitched gurgling, then growling.

The next thing I hear is a large thud as though something huge jumped and landed behind one of the bushes in the back part of the property. The sounds that followed were the sounds of something seriously heavy, on all four legs darting behind large bushes moving towards me in a zig zag pattern. I started questioning myself as to what the heck this thing was. Was it a horse or a dog because it sounded so heavy and I could hear its breath when its feet hit the ground as it came closer.

I heard the growling again and it was like no dog I had ever heard.

It was at this point that reality hit me and I realized that this thing was coming towards me. I suddenly felt the rush of fear go right through me. It stopped behind a huge berry bush that was across the street from me which was about 15 to 20 feet away. It suddenly became quiet and I couldn’t hear the breathing or the growling anymore. I eased myself down off of the hood of the car because I didn’t want to make any sudden movements especially since it was so close. The front door was about 30 ft away from where I was at and I didn’t know if I would make it. I didn’t know what this thing was and I didn’t want to find out. I was so scared I could hardly breathe. My parents had a lot of bushes and trees in their front yard as well, so I noticed a gap in between a couple of them and I started running.

As soon as I started running, that thing started coming after me. I could hear it behind me as it came across the street. I heard its nails scraping the asphalt once or twice as it crossed onto our property. I was not about to look back and as soon as I reached the front steps I jumped to the top step and quickly ran into the house and locked the door.

I was shaking so bad that I felt like I was going to pass out. Even with the music playing inside the house, I heard the thing outside the front door growling and then it went quiet. I heard another thud as though it jumped off the step onto the grass and I couldn’t hear it anymore. Suddenly, I heard my brother-in-law speak over my shoulder asking me what I was looking at. I jumped and thought I was going to choke on my own words. All I said to him was that whatever he did...do not go outside.

He started smiling and said ok. I guess he thought I was joking but then he realized I wasn’t. As soon as I took a couple steps away from the door, he opened the door and went outside to check, but didn’t go down the steps. He quickly came back in and didn’t say anything. I asked him if he saw anything and he said there was nothing there. I didn’t tell anyone about it. Not even my brother-in-law.

Later that night around 12:30am, after everything quieted down. I was in the kitchen drying dishes when I heard the most terrible snarling growl right outside the window where I was standing. I suddenly dropped the plate I was holding and it shattered on the floor. The fear crept back and I started trembling again realizing that the thing was still outside, but it was along the side of the house towards the back and not the front. I backed away staring at the window, but it was pitch black outside and I couldn’t see anything. My mother came into the kitchen and complained about me dropping her plate. I still didn’t say anything because I didn’t think my family would believe me. I did tell my father that I thought I saw someone outside looking into the window. He grabbed his gun and went outside with my brother-in-law and yelled trying to scare them away. It must have left after that because they didn’t see anything. Until now, my sister was the only one that knew only part of my story. Marilyn

NOTE: These events occurred in southwest Florida (specific location withheld by request), which is a particular hotspot for very odd activity (From the Tampa metro area south to Marco Island). I've seen reports of Reptilians, Greys, huge UFOs, cat people, Bigfoot, Skunk Apes, dragons, dinosaurs, underwater cryptids, Pterosaurs, animal mutilations, giant bats, unknown humanoids, manifesting entities...as well as dogman, werewolves and other upright canines. I can safely say that 50% of the most interesting reports in Florida come from here. Lon

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Daily 2 Cents: Is AJ Actually Zozo...or Vice Versa? -- Extinct Tree Sprouts From Ancient Seeds -- Singin' bout 'Raystown Ray'

Is AJ Actually Zozo...or Vice Versa?

The following account was uncovered:

When I was growing up, we didn't know about the dangers of a Ouija board. In fact, it was often left as a Christmas gift under the tree.
We played with it some back then but I never thought much of it really, just figured others were moving it to be honest.

In fact, it wasn't until I was 17 that I witnessed proof...to me anyways, that this there was more to this board than originally had believed.

My first ex wife, girlfriend then, were at a party at a friend's house. We were sitting around hitting a pipe with the group (hey it was the 80's)...when the subject of Ouija came up.

My friend's older brother was talking about it. I was like dude, that things just a bunch of bull. He was like no man it really works, you just have to learn to use it correctly and give it some time.

He asked if I wanted to play and I said no. My ex on the other hand was enthused so he brought out the board, set it up and they began.

I'll never forget that night. I was sitting across the room watching the two of them play.

They were asking questions, getting yes or no answers and I was thinking what a con. so I started thinking to myself OK... is this thing really working? Mind you I'm across the room nowhere near this board.

I start repeating a question over and over in my head. No one knows I'm doing this. I keep repeating in my thoughts "What's Tawnya's middle name?".

The board starts going really fast in a figure 8. I hear her ask him what's going on? He's like I don't know? Meantime I'm repeating my question in my head over and over.

It stops and I hear her say "A" then it starts again. then I hear him say "N" this continues "N", "E", "T", "T", "E" then the Ouija goes back to normal speed.
He says "ANNETTE" What's that about? She lets go of the Ouija with her eyes so wide open they looked like they were going to pop out and then she says "That's my middle name!" I was like huh "Guess it's not bull" He looks across the room at me and asks "dude were you asking that?" I just smiled and said yes.

Well needless to say, she was through playing with the Ouija that night...haha.

Well, me being me; That really sparked my interest. So for a while, I started experimenting with the Ouija by doing sessions. It surprised me but it really seemed to be working.

I noticed though that just about every time we would sit and use this thing it would increase with intensity. We would always start out talking with one spirit but then others would come through and take over the board.

This one in particular would come through by the name of AJ.

Through time, we learned he was a young boy who had drowned. Honestly we came to think of him as a friend. But then after a few months his responses became more vulgar in nature.

Sometimes out right hostile. We would start getting on to him, threatening to end the session and not return again if he didn't stop. Then the board would start going lightning fast it trailed to the letters ZOZO.

This would keep repeating, until we had decided that AJ was throwing a fit. We would say goodbye and put the board away then go on about our day.

Well we were tired of it to be honest. It seemed like every time that we would get on it, AJ would take over and not let us communicate with anyone else. So we finally just quit messing with it altogether.

Then through the years we learned of the dangers of the board and decided good riddance.

Now this is were this story became worth telling. Just a couple of years ago, I learned of a paranormal investigator's research into a world wide phenomena known as ZOZO.

ZOZO is a spirit or demon...I'm not sure that has been linked to murders and suicides throughout the world. He comes through Ouija sessions and begins working on the mental stability of its users searching, I think, for vulnerable victims.

Now granted, we did not fall into his game to that point thank god, but I think it's important for anyone that's thinking on using a Ouija board to be aware of this things presence.

Source: Steve King

Transcribed by JLB


Extinct Tree Sprouts From Ancient Seeds

For thousands of years, Judean date palm trees were one of the most recognizable and welcome sights for people living in the Middle East -- widely cultivated throughout the region for their sweet fruit, and for the cool shade they offered from the blazing desert sun.

From its founding some 3,000 years ago, to the dawn of the Common Era, the trees became a staple crop in the Kingdom of Judea, even garnering several shout-outs in the Old Testament. Judean palm trees would come to serve as one of the kingdom's chief symbols of good fortune; King David named his daughter, Tamar, after the plant's name in Hebrew.

By the time the Roman Empire sought to usurp control of the kingdom in 70 AD, broad forests of these trees flourished as a staple crop to the Judean economy -- a fact that made them a prime resource for the invading army to destroy. Sadly, around the year 500 AD, the once plentiful palm had been completely wiped out, driven to extinction for the sake of conquest.

In the centuries that followed, first-hand knowledge of the tree slipped from memory to legend. Up until recently, that is.

During excavations at the site of Herod the Great's palace in Israel in the early 1960's, archeologists unearthed a small stockpile of seeds stowed in a clay jar dating back 2,000 years. For the next four decades, the ancient seeds were kept in a drawer at Tel Aviv's Bar-Ilan University. But then, in 2005, botanical researcher Elaine Solowey decided to plant one and see what, if anything, would sprout.

"I assumed the food in the seed would be no good after all that time. How could it be?" said Solowey. She was soon proven wrong.

Amazingly, the multi-millennial seed did indeed sprout -- producing a sapling no one had seen in centuries, becoming the oldest known tree seed to germinate.

Today, the living archeological treasure continues to grow and thrive; In 2011, it even produced its first flower -- a heartening sign that the ancient survivor was eager to reproduce. It has been proposed that the tree be cross-bred with closely related palm types, but it would likely take years for it to begin producing any of its famed fruits. Meanwhile, Solowey is working to revive other age-old trees from their long dormancy. - Extinct tree grows anew from ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists


Is this what we've become?


Singin' bout 'Raystown Ray'

Raystown Ray, the lake monster rumored to dwell in the Huntingdon County lake of the same name, now has his, or her, own theme song.

The Song Whisperers – Bill Dann, of Tyrone, and Jack Servello, of Shippensburg – have put the tale of the great beast into song. Their collaborating video/slideshow producer, Michelle Peters, of Beech Creek, added the video.

The result has been delighting viewers on YouTube ever since.

Dann, who begins the process for the team, by writing lyrics like those, asked his Facebook followers for suggestions of "a local legend that would make a good Halloween song."

Gary McGovern, of Tyrone, supplied some information on Raystown Ray, which intrigued Dann. A bit more research into the creature led him to George LaVanish, owner of the Tyrone-based Wilderness Editions wildlife art and print company, trademark-holder on artistic renditions Ray and owner of the RaystownRay.com website.

"We agreed that Ray was a docile, gentle giant and should be portrayed as such," said Dann, who then was off and writing the lyrics, which passed to Servello for the music.

The result includes these notes on the creature: "Ray isn't some barbarian. He's strictly vegetarian."

And, "... he really is quite timid and meek. And if you look above his chin, you might even his friendly grin. When you see him, don't be alarmed. This gentle giant means no on harm. So try and catch a peak today of friendly, bashful Raystown Ray."

Among Servello's special touches for the novelty song are the sounds of water bubbling "while Ray glides through Raystown Lake" and a chirping sound, offered as the sound made by the lake monster.

The chorus of the song acknowledges the creature's disputed existence with: "Raystown Ray, Raystown Ray, please show yourself to us today. We know that some say you're not real, but we know you're the real deal. Rise up to break the surface here. Oh how we yearn to see you near. This big lake is made to frolic and play. Won't you indulge us, Raystown Ray."

It's exactly the type of mystery that Dann likes to capture in their songs, the type that makes "people come up to you and ask, 'Did that really happen?' Then you know you've created an invocative legend."

He explained, "I never know what the next one is going to be about. Yeah, it's nice, but where did that come from?"

For his part, Servello said, "as soon as I saw his words, I had a melody I my head. Sometimes I need to rewrite a line or so. You try to make it interesting."

It's a process that's been working for the duo for more than a decade.

"Raystown Ray" isn't the first animal-related song from Dann and Servello.

Several years ago, they composed "Thor, the Purple Squirrel from Jersey Shore" about the strangely colored, headline-grabbing squirrel in northcentral Pennsylvania. That one went viral, and was featured on the Travel Channel program "Paranormal Paparazzi" and on Dr. Demento's long running syndicated radio show.

It also wasn't the first foray into the paranormal for the composers of "The Howlin' Hounds of Howard," "White Lady of the Buckhorn" and others.

They've also produced more serious songs, including tributes to the likes of the Beach Boys and Ron Dante, lead singer of the Archies; patriotic tunes; holiday songs like "Tonka Trunks and Tinker Toys" and "Santa Does the Peppermint Twist;" and pleas for better treatment for dogs, including "A Warmer Place to Rest" and "All Chained Up and No Place to Go."

And, what do the song writers think about the folklorish existence of Raystown Ray?

"Logistically I don't see how Ray being there would be real, but I like to think so," said Dann.

Servello, who knew of the Raystown Ray legend before Dann sent him the lyrics and as a kid visited an aunt's cottage that is now under the lake, thinks "there's a cute little story there, but I couldn't imagine where it came from. It could be a really big fish." - Lake monster Raystown Ray now swims to its own theme song

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OK folks...what is it?

A now-viral video showing something moving slowly through a river in Alaska is drawing comparisons to the famous Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

The video was posted Oct. 26 on Facebook by Alaska’s Bureau of Land Management. It shows what the department called a “strange thing” swimming in the Chena River in Fairbanks.

Bureau employees Craig McCaa and Ryan Delaney are credited with taking the video, which has now been viewed more than 333,000 times on Facebook.

Bureau of Land Management officials admit to adding music and adjusting the speed of the video, but they maintain that what was spotted in the river is real.

One biologist suggests the sighting is really a frozen rope. Social media users’ imaginations have run wild with speculation.

Online guesses to the identity of the “strange thing” have ranged from it being a “zombie salmon” just in time for Halloween to a cold fish to a mysterious beast deemed “The Chena Chomper.” Video can be found at 'Strange Thing' Spotted in Alaska River Draws Comparison to Scotland's Loch Ness Monster

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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Weekend 2 Cents: Ouija Entity Named 'AJ' -- Psychic Medium, Animal Communicator & Author June Lundgren on Arcane Radio

Ouija Entity Named 'AJ'

Marie in Sweden called in to tell of her experience with a Ouija board and something calling itself AJ:

“I was probably 21 because I was sharing an apartment with my sister and that would make her 18. It was in Thousand Oaks. The apartment was on the 3rd floor and we always had a bunch of friends over. It was pretty much the party apartment. So we had a bunch of friends over like once a week and we would do Ouija. I didn't have a board so what I did was, I made one. I got a big piece of cloth, like T-shirt material, jersey. I drew all the letters on it and made all the designs and I created a Ouija board. And I had like a glass ashtray. A small glass ashtray that we could use as a pointer. So the ashtray would just go over the letters and we could see through. So we had a lot of fun with it. We'd ask silly questions just for the first few times. Everybody would ask questions and it was a lot of fun and everybody had a good time. And then one night we had an entity come through.

God, I don't even like to say his name because it still freaks me out to this day, but he called himself 'AJ.' And he would just at first just kinda play around with us. You know, I think he was just kind of stringing us all along, kinda thing. We would ask who he was, when was he alive. How did he die, you know, those kind of things. And he told us that he died in a school bus accident and all of the kids in the bus died and we were like, Ooh. We were getting kinda creeped out by that and he said he felt so guilty about it and it was his fault. I know its hard to think that you could get that kind of information from a Ouija board but I mean this was over time and so my sister and I tried to investigate.

We didn't have an area but we assumed it was from the local area and we tried to investigate. We couldn't find any news stories about a major school bus incident like that. We looked at the local cemetery to see if we could see his name there. We couldn't find anything. So it got to the point where the friends would come over and this entity would always come through. We were like, "We don't want to talk to you. We want to talk to somebody else." It just got to be, you know... It was starting to freak us out. So we were thinking how do we get rid of this guy and then all of a sudden then he started coming to me in my dreams. So now I’m getting really tripped out. I'm like, I said to my sister, her name was Crystal, I'm like "Crystal we have got to get rid of this Ouija board. He's starting to come into my dreams. We gotta get this thing out of the house. It's a bad entity or whatever."

I didn't ever see him in my dream. It was like he was talking to me in my dream and he told me his name so that's how I knew who he was but I didn't see him. It was just really freaky and bizarre and scary because I'm thinking, if we can not only come through a Ouija board, of course, you know, I’m not thinking sensible, of course he come through anything. If he can come through the Ouija board, of course he can come into my thoughts or what have you. (Jimmy Church asks if they ever found out who he was). We never found out who he was and we decided to get rid of the Ouija board. So we took the Ouija board and we threw it into the big apartment dumpster out back. We just threw it away. And we were like no more Ouijaing. No more. We'll do something else. We'll have the friends over for a party but we're not gonna Ouija anymore.

So, like a week later, my sister and I are in the kitchen and we're cooking and I said get me the blah blah or whatever out, what I was asking for and she goes to the drawer to pull it out and there, folded up in the drawer is... guess what? I am serious. She's like, Maria, look in the drawer. I'm like, "How is it there? How did it get there? We threw it out. How did it get there?" We ended up burning it. We were so freaked out. So scared. That was the end of it. Once I burned it, that was it.”

Source: Fade To Black with Jimmy Church, September 29, 2016

Transcribed by JLB

NOTE: Apparently, this is not the first time 'AJ' or 'AJ Trippi' has made itself known. After JLB did a search, it seems several people have had experiences with this entity. Is it a pseudonym for 'Zozo?' I contacted Darren Evans and Rosemary Ellen Guiley...they both were unaware of the name. If you have any information, please forward to me. Lon



This week we welcome psychic medium, animal communicator & author June Lundgren to Arcane Radio.

June Lundgren is a psychic medium, animal communicator, healer, nurse, paranormal investigator, demon seer and international author with over forty years of experience in the paranormal field. As a young child she communicated with spirits, animals and angels while living in a secure home with her grandparents. She is descended from a long line of Irish, Scottish and American Indian women with special gifts. Her abilities were apparent at an early age to her grandmother who was a psychic medium. She began teaching her how to tell the negatives from the angels and spirits. She helped June to develop and use her gifts . During her early years she spent 5 years in the military where she trained as a nurse. She has been working in nursing for over 30 years.

In 1988 she died in a motorcycle accident and was clinically dead for 2 minutes. It was her second death experience in this lifetime. During her death in 1988 she ascended and was met by her grandparents who informed her that it was not her time. They told her she was going to have a son in 2 years and needed to return to the physical world. During her time on the other side an angelic being named Michael, not the archangel, made her relive all her lives back to the core soul. It was then she was given the information that her souls name was Auriel. Auriel he explained was an archangel who was sent to live lives in the physical world until she learned how to have compassion for mankind. It was after this death experience that God came to her and asked her to help others by removing negatives including demons.

Today she lives on a small farm in Oregon City, Oregon with her husband and son. Over the last seven years she has written several books, including: A Mediums Guide to the Paranormal - Paranormal Encounters - Paranormal Encounters Book 2 and The DarkSide of the Paranormal The books were written about the paranormal and her real life experiences as a medium and paranormal investigator.

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