Saturday, December 31, 2016

Weekend 2 Cents: Happy New Year! - Fortean Author Joshua Cutchin on Arcane Radio


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Goodbye to 2016

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.


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This week we welcome Fortean author & colleague Joshua Cutchin to Arcane Radio.

Joshua Cutchin is a North Carolina native with a longstanding interest in Forteana. He holds a Masters in Music Literature and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and currently resides in Roswell, Georgia. He is the author of two books: 2015's A TROJAN FEAST: The Food and Drink Offerings of Aliens, Faeries, and Sasquatch and 2016's The Brimstone Deceit: An In-Depth Examination of Supernatural Scents, Otherworldly Odors, and Monstrous Miasmas Both are published by Anomalist Books.

Cutchin is also a published composer and maintains an active performing schedule as a jazz and rock tuba player, having appeared on eight albums and live concert DVDs. Joshua has appeared on a variety of paranormal programs discussing his work, including Coast to Coast AM, Mysterious Universe, Binnall of America, and The Gralien Report. He can be heard on the weekly podcast Where Did the Road Go? and maintains an online presence at JoshuaCutchin.com.

This event is listed at Joshua Cutchin - Fortean Author - 'Brimstone Deceit'

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Friday, December 30, 2016

Fleeing the Reaper


An anonymous caller from Aurora, Illinois described his weird encounter while driving to Peoria in June of 2000:

“My buddy and I were on our way to Peoria which is about an hour and a half away. No one is around. It's one of those real clear nights. Warm summer night. Happened in June. Anyway, we're going along. Nobody around us. Around 11:45 at night, if I remember right. We're driving. Going about 55 miles per hour. We're in the right hand lane. In the left hand lane appears out of its own mist, a green figure about 7 feet tall. You know what it had on? A cape! With no face. Can't tell if it's fat or skinny. And it's standing still in the left hand lane and it doesn't budge. With its arms draped out side to side. It was the Grim Reaper! It was the only thing I could think of. I used to laugh at people who would tell me about the Grim Reaper. Right when I was thinking, that was the Grim Reaper and kept it to myself, my buddy says, What was that? And I thought Grim Reaper in my mind and he said it out loud. And I looked at him with a straight face and I said, Yeah, it was. That was the summer time in June and I'll never forget it like it happened yesterday. That thing was at least seven feet tall. Never saw it again. Never want to see it again. But it was as real as you and I talking right now.”

Source: Coast to Coast - October 31, 2000

JLB - Beyond Creepy


NOTE: 'Grim Reaper' or tall hooded being sightings are interesting. I've received a few in the past...but I wonder why they never carry a scythe, like those described in horror and folklore. Is there really a dark entity that foretells death? BTW...anyone remember this next incident?:


Here's a way you can become an attention whore. Dress up like the 'Grim Reaper' and roam a cemetery, while praying (or preying) for the dead among shocked mourners:

A local cemetery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has become the haunting grounds for a mysterious man dressed like the Grim Reaper.

The man first showed up at the San Jose del El Rosario Cemetery last month wearing a black cloak over a white dress. His face was covered and he occasionally carried a bouquet of flowers that looked as if they'd been plucked from a nearby field, KRQE TV reports.

The strange figure disappeared, only to show up again this weekend and consent to an interview with the station.

The mysterious man says his name is the "Light Wanderer" and that he comes to the cemetery to pray.

“There is a place where sleepers sleep and dreamers dream and patiently await,” he told the station, adding that people shouldn't fear him.

“There’s nothing to be afraid of except those who seek to cause harm, pain, destruction,” he said. - THP


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Daily 2 Cents: UFO Light Show / Helicopters -- Thousands of Sea Creatures Dying in Western Nova Scotia Waters -- Proof Neanderthals Were Cannibals


UFO Light Show / Helicopters

Dallastown, PA - 1/20/1995: I was 15 years old living in Dallastown, Pennsylvania. It was a Saturday evening, myself and several friends were walking along the back streets north of the main road with a great view of the hills on the other side of the valley towards York. I don't recall what got our attention but we watched several bright lights hovering and slowly moving around over the hills on the horizon. At first we thought they were just distant airplanes with there landing lights on. But, after watching them for over 30 minutes, we realized they were flying the same pattern over and over again. The larger brighter white light would fly in slowly from the west to the east and hover in a certain spot. A dimmer smaller light would come in from the east to west more quickly and at a higher altitude, then fly slowly as it got closer to the first light. At some point when they got too close, the larger brighter light would fly off very quickly back to the west and the dimmer smaller light would shoot straight up and disappear. The cycle lasted about 2 minutes each time with about 5 minutes in between.

We watched this continue over and over again. It went on so long that we had time to get more neighborhood kids out there and even run into my house and get a camera from my mother, who didn't care as much about it as she did getting to sleep for work the next day.

At this point there are about 6-7 of us kids watching these lights replay the same cycle repeatedly when 3 low flying helicopters flew over our town heading towards the lights. They were close enough when they flew by that we could tell they were the big kind with two rotors on top but since it was dark I couldn't tell you what color they were. Each had a strobe on it which we could see as they went over the hills and formed a triangle around the area where the lights were. The helicopter strobes hovered there about 10 minutes and the lights stopped coming so we all got disappointed thinking they scared them off. But, just as suddenly as before, the two lights started there cycle again. We took a bunch of pictures, most of hat rims, fingers, and friends joking around, the only one that turned out was just a blob of light.

About an hour and a half after all of this started it ended with a final cycle of the pattern that was different from the rest. This time, with the strobes from the three helicopters framing the scene, the brighter bigger light came in slowly from the west heading east and came to rest at a hover in its usual spot. The smaller dimmer light came in more quickly from the east heading west and at a higher altitude. As it got closer to the brighter light, it slowed down. Then, we saw a small pulsing red light come out of the dimmer light. The small pulsing red light connected with the larger brighter one. At this point the dimmer light shot straight up as usual. But, when the pulsing red light connected with the bright light, sparks like fireworks started shooting out of it and it darted off down and west. It was very bright and startling, all of us jumped back, some had the instinct to run away a few steps, one girl even fell backwards. We watched for another hour but the lights never came back and the helicopter strobes eventually left.

The following Monday, there were stories in the local paper about people in the area spotting the bright light with fireworks coming out of the back shooting threw the sky. They were dismissed as meteor sightings. The thing that never sat well with me was, the sightings in the paper matched the description of how the bright light looked at the end of the light show but the witnesses saw it on Sunday around 5:15pm. What we saw was on Saturday around 7:30PM. I cant explain what we saw that night, and although I looked many times, I never saw anything like it again. I still have several newspaper clippings from that weekend today - MUFON CMS

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Thousands of Sea Creatures Dying in Western Nova Scotia Waters

Scientists still don’t know what’s killing large numbers of fish and other sea creatures washing up in a remote area of western Nova Scotia but they do have a few theories.

Scores of herring, starfish, lobsters -- even a whale -- have washed up over the past month between St. Marys Bay to Tusket. Scientists say it’s too soon to know if the whale’s death is related to the others.

So far, all tests for bacterial and other diseases have all come back negative, according to Smedbol.

There are some viral tests that have not yet to be completed, so disease remains a possibility.

Storm runoff

Storms can be deadly for marine life, according to Smedbol.

Storms cause “turbulence” and they can also lead to fresh-water runoff that “can quickly drop the salinity close to shore.”

So far nothing anomalous has been noticed in the weather patterns but it remains a possibility, according to Smedbol. The salinity of the water is being tested.

Human contaminants

Smedbol said it’s possible some sort of human-made pollutant or agricultural runoff caused the problem but it seems unlikely considering there are few farms or people in the area.

Either way, St. Marys Bay “basically empties and refills once a day,” according to Smedbol, “so if it was a one-off event it might have already washed out of the bay.”

The new tidal turbine

A new five-storey-high underwater turbine started generating power for consumers in November.

Many armchair scientists believe this is the cause of the die-off but Smedbol says the evidence to date doesn’t support that theory.

Video evidence shows some of the animals washing up on the beach are still alive when they get there, and the turbine is about 160 kilometres away. - 4 theories on what's killing fish and other sea creatures off Nova Scotia

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Proof Neanderthals Were Cannibals

Deep in the caves of Goyet in Belgium researchers have found the grisly evidence that the Neanderthals did not just feast on horses or reindeer, but also on each other.

Human bones from a newborn, a child and four adults or teenagers who lived around 40,000 years ago show clear signs of cutting and of fractures to extract the marrow within, they say.

"It is irrefutable, cannibalism was practiced here," says Belgian archaeologist Christian Casseyas as he looks inside a cave halfway up a valley in this site in the Ardennes forest.

The bones in Goyet date from when Neanderthals were nearing the end of their time on earth before being replaced by Homo sapiens, with whom they also interbred.

Once regarded as primitive cavemen driven to extinction by smarter modern humans, studies have found that Neanderthals were actually sophisticated beings who took care of the bodies of the deceased and held burial rituals.

But there is a growing body of proof that they also ate their dead. Read more at The caves that prove Neanderthals were cannibals

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Malevolent Traveler


I recently received the following account:

I had a disturbing experience when I was younger. My family was on a day trip by car and we stopped at a fast food restaurant to eat. We walk in and immediately I was overcome with a 'sense' of extreme dread and fear. I soon noticed a man eating by himself. He was pale-skinned and wearing a white pull-over shirt. He also had on a yellow knitted cap. The hair was sticking out of it as if he had been wearing this for a long period of time. I was extremely frightened with a feeling of evil that was overwhelming. His looks didn't alarm me, but his aura was ominous. I immediate lost my appetite because of my sense of terror. I couldn't help but look over at this man. He was also moving in very slow and deliberate. As I looked closer, his fingernails were long and bluish in color. His eyes were black, which stood out against his pale skin.

I tried to get my parents to notice but they continued talking. Apparently no one else was picking up this vibration of malevolence. Eventually I abruptly interrupted their conversation and said, 'look at that man over there,' while nodding in his direction. My father turned and said 'which man?' That quickly, the strange man had disappeared. There was no trace of him. I had only taken my eyes off of him for a few seconds. He simply vanished. I still felt his presence. In fact, I felt like he was near me for the rest of the day.

I have never had that same feeling since that day, but I know I have seen the same strange man on several occasions. I truly believe that the he was actually there and that he somehow disappeared into an alternate realm. As well, I think that he continues to do so. Could he be sending me or others a message? HJ

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Zombie-Ghost on Roberts Road


Tom from Chicago called in to tell of his weird zombie-ghost sighting on Roberts Road, known for being haunted by Resurrection Mary:

“This happened approximately 11 years ago (1992). It was around 3 in the morning, I was coming home from a party with a friend. We were driving down Roberts Road and I know you're thinking 'Resurrection Mary' but this has nothing to do with her. There was somebody standing by the curb with a lantern and he got in front of the car and we slowed down. He walked toward the car. We looked... he had... it was February, he had, like one of his arms was out, like a bandage was hanging. It was stained to look like blood or whatever... this was really gruesome looking. His mouth was agape. His eyes were like rolled in back of his head. His leg was missing and you could see like a translucent face through him. We just looked at each other and were just like: Whoa!

We drove on. He walked in back of the car and the other car, we looked in back, and the other car went right through him. Went right through him! (Art Bell asks him to get over it again) We both saw it and he was right by the side of us. We drove and he continued to walk across the street and there was another cemetery, it was Bethany – he was walking to the other cemetery. And there was another car in back that drove right through this apparition. I mean it blew me away for like a year. I'm telling you. Spooked. That was the most spooked out one I've ever been. I mean, I had a witness. We called Justice Police but they didn't want to get into it and then I called Richard Crowe (a famous Chicago-based paranormal investigator).”

Source: Coast to Coast - October 31, 2003

JLB - Beyond Creepy



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Daily 2 Cents: Small Brown Men From Another Planet -- Christmas Night 2016 Close Encounter -- Man Seeks Refund For Failed Exorcism


The following account is from Humanoid Encounters 1900-1929: The Others Amongst Us:

Small Brown Men From Another Planet

Location: Badlands area, Montana
Date: July, 1913
Time: Unknown


J. L. Buick and another prospector were startled by a small brown man saying; “Peace be with you, my friends.” Sitting on a patch of sand was a silvery-round object nearly 100ft in diameter, with central dome and a small conning tower; no wheels underneath. Around it were other small men in brown picking flowers, pebbles, etc, and some mining a rock out-crop. The occupant told the witnesses he was from another planet, which had secretly been keeping tabs on Earth for over a hundred years; they had learned English via spies working in a US circus. The craft rose silently and then took off. Next day it came back, and they were given a tour inside; five concentric saucers with diminishing air pressures, the outermost being evacuated. As to lift, “gravity is only a different type of magnetism,” so it can be controlled by an electromagnetic drive; they can do 9000 mph, and have artificial gravity inside the saucer. Rockets, they were told, had failed for space travel.

Source: Witness’ letter to Donald Keyhoe on Sep 24, 1956
Type: G


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Christmas Night 2016 Close Encounter

Laguna Hills, CA: On December 25, 2016, I went to bed between 9pm - 10pm PST. At approximately 3am PST in the morning I was awoken by a commotion in my bedroom involving my wife and daughter. I didn't investigate the matter and tried to return to sleep; however, my young daughter and wife failed to return to the bedroom.

I got up to find out what happened. I found my wife and daughter going to sleep in my daughter's bedroom. My wife briefly explained to me our small dog who originally went to sleep with me pooped on the far side of the bed. When my wife and daughter got into bed, my daughter got it on her leg. My wife cleaned my daughter and semi-cleaned the sheet. We have a very small dog (under 5 lbs) so we're not talking a lot of waste.

Anyway, I went back to my bedroom and changed the sheets because I could still see a little of the dog waste. I then told my wife she could return to bed with me but she was too tired to get back up so I let her be. Well, I am light sleeper so it was hard for me to fall back asleep. I want to mention I wear a sleeping mask to bed at night and take magnesium before going to bed because both help me fall asleep faster and have more sound sleep. I have had sleeping problems my whole life. I turned on the TV and watched it for about 1 hour before becoming sleepy again.

When I fell asleep I had a vivid dream that bothered me and I suddenly awoke. It was still dark outside and I was laying on my left side. I was thinking about the dream when all of sudden I felt static electricity all around me. At that moment I knew "they" were coming. I started to roll over onto my back at the static electricity grew stronger but I also began to feel paralysis in my body. It felt like I was moving in a giant jar of molasses.

I was just able to begin to turn on my right side before I was unable to move any further. My right arm and hand were hanging off the bed. I then realized I could see through my night sleeping mask. There was no color; everything looked blackish gray and very fuzzy. It was like I was seeing the static electricity.

I then saw a small gray alien no more than 5 feet tall materialize through my bedroom wall on my right side. It was then standing right through my night stand and in front of light fixture. I remember thinking how diminutive in size he was. He then grabbed my right hand that was hanging off the bed and squeezed it. I then heard a voice inside my head saying, "Yes...were are real." While he was squeezing my hand I felt a sudden sense of euphoria, excitement, and elation. I then communicated back to him using my thoughts and I said, "Hi, my name is ...." As soon as that the event was over. The being left through the bedroom wall and I remained paralyzed for a little while longer. The static electricity in the room started to dissipate too.

I was in such a state of shock, I couldn't believe it. I sat up in bed not knowing what to do. I laid back down because then a deep comfort overtook me. I felt such a great sense of satisfaction because I now knew in my heart and mind that I was going crazy and that others I know weren't going crazy too. I had been given piece of mind.

I went back to sleep having another vivid dream which I still remember. I then awoke around 8:30am PST. My wife was still asleep but she awoke a short time later and I told her everything. I was expecting her to tell me it was a dream but she said the exact opposite. She believes our dog sensed something was going to happen and that's why it went potty in our bed. Our dog that we've had for 7 years has never done that. She also mentioned our dog was acting very strange the night before and we thought she was getting sick or ate something bad. This ended up causing my wife and daughter to sleep in another room which left me sleeping alone the bedroom.

I've seen and experienced things my whole life. Starting when I was little boy all the way up until now. I made a report to MUFON on June 5, 2016, regarding an object I filmed during the evening over my house on June 4, 2016 (a small plane at lower altitude is also in the video starting at the 24 second mark); however, I did not report that events that unfolded later that night. I was too embarrassed and afraid of what the MUFON folks would think so I left the dream details out.

That night I had a vivid dream of awakening, laying on my left side and completely naked. Everything was fuzzy and my vision was somewhat blurry. My first thought was "Oh my God, I can't believe this is happening in my house" but then I noticed I wasn't laying on my bed. I then noticed a small alien whose skin appeared brownish gray (like a grocery bag) on my right side. I was laying on the very edge of a table. The alien had his left hand on my right shoulder and his right hand towards my feet. His head was turned towards my feet and he was slightly bending over me at the same time. At this time I noticed a feeling of deep discomfort on my lower back and buttocks area. But I couldn't move or say anything. Right at this moment, the alien somehow knew I was aware/awake and turned his head towards me. We were looking eye to eye.

Next thing I know, I'm awake in my bed and it's early morning and I can see blue sky out the window. I told a close friend who advised I should look for any strange marks on my body. I found 2 parallel marks on my left so I took pictures of both my knees. The marks have faded since then.

I don't believe I can no longer doubt everything that has happened to me and that continues to happen to me. I am just happy knowing I don't have to torment myself everyday wondering if I am insane or not. - MUFON CMS

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Man Seeks Refund For Failed Exorcism

JOHOR BARU - The Consumer Claims Tribunal was set up to allow consumers to file claims in a speedy and inexpensive manner.

But it has seen some really strange cases.

And one of the weirdest was when a man complained about a bomoh who apparently did not live up to the promise of chasing away spirits haunting his ailing father.

The 40-year-old complainant sought the tribunal's help as he wanted a refund from the bomoh.

The bomoh had claimed that the 70-something father was tormented by nine different spirits.

"The 'bomoh' charged RM90 (S$30) for each exorcism to free the man's father of the spirits.

"So, the family forked out RM810 to the 'bomoh' to get rid of the nine spirits," Johor tribunal head Samuel Mut John Brody said in an interview.

As it turned out, Samuel said the bomoh failed to cure the man's father even after nine treatments.

"The man said his father's condition worsened and he died a few months later."

The family went to the tribunal seeking a refund for the non-delivery of service.

The tribunal had to strike out the case as it was out of its jurisdiction.

Samuel explained that exorcism was considered an alternative service and that the bomoh did not register his business with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).

Samuel said the tribunal recorded an increase in the number of claimants who filed reports for all sorts of odd cases.

For example, he said there had been cases of people looking for their spouses.

One claimant sought for the smallest amount recorded in the tribunal's history - 10 sen - for a car service-related case last year.

In May this year, a woman, in her 40s, wanted a refund from a private investigator whom she had hired for RM1,500 to search for her missing husband.

She claimed the investigator not only did not locate her husband, he also disappeared with the money.

Samuel said the case could not be heard by the tribunal as the private investigator had failed to respond to a notice to appear for the hearing.

He, too, was not registered with SSM.

The tribunal had to filter the cases it received to avoid cases that were out of its jurisdiction, he said.

He urged consumers to check the seller's company registration number, identification documents, full name and other details before purchasing goods or services to prevent from getting duped.

Consumers can claim for their rights whenever they feel that they have received inadequate services from the seller or service providers, he added. - Man seeks refund from bomoh for failed exorcism

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