Friday, May 14, 2021

Shocking 'Crawler Humanoid' Encountered Along Obscure Monterey, CA Road

A couple in Monterey, California are driving late at night along a dark winding road when the woman glimpses a bizarre humanoid figure and panics. What did she see? Was it an alien being?

I recently came across the following account:

"This happened to me while I was in college (20+ years ago) and I never forgot it. It was one of the first times I ever remember seeing true fear and panic on someone's face.

This part will only spatially make sense if you are familiar with Monterey, California. I lived in the Seaside area, and my college girlfriend lived in Carmel Valley. Sometimes when I would drive her home late at night we would take a lightly used roadway called Laureles Grade. It was long, dark, and full of winding turns. It also let us out near her house, so it was a minor time saver.

We were driving home late one night and we were chatting and laughing about something or another, as we usually did on the ride. Then she looks out the window, stops mid sentence, SCREAMS, then looks forward and yells GO GO GO! She is absolutely terrified at this point! I floor it, and ask her what is happening and she won't talk. She is literally next to me hyperventilating.

I drove unsafely fast through the twists and turns of the road and a few minutes later slowed down, assuming that whatever scared her was fast in our rear view. By this point she is calmed a bit as well and I ask her again, what happened.

Her first reply was, "You didn't see it?" She then proceeds to tell me that as we were driving around a corner, she was looking out the window and my headlights lit up a human looking animal, standing along the side of the road disjointedly on all fours, with a human-like face that looked like it was hissing.

My first reaction was that it might actually be a hurt person and maybe we should go back or call 911, but she was adamant that, "NO, it was NOT a person, and there was no way we're going back!"

We got to her house a few minutes later and, out of extra precaution, called the local police and asked them to go and check the area. We never had any follow up from them.

Fast forward several years (15 or so) and I was telling a coworker who was from that area about the incident. She got really spooked and when I finished she told me that Laureles Grade was known for strange sightings and is a spot that UFO fanatics tend to go to (I'm NOT a UFO guy) which I thought was interesting." HF

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A True Account of Healing & Belief: Fae or Angel?

A Italian woman describes a story that her grandmother told her on many occasions that involved a small winged Fairy who healed her great aunt as a child.

I received the following account from Kyle & Cam at Expanded Perspectives:

"I have a story to share with you. This was my Nonna’s story. She told to us our entire lives right up until the week before she passed!

It takes place in Rome, Italy, back in 1933. At this point, my Nonna was seven and my aunt was only 5. They weren’t wealthy at all and lived in a very small house, only two rooms, so they shared a room with each other.

My aunt, Sophia, was very sick, to the point that she was bedridden and they were afraid she was going to die. She also needed to be away from everyone so my Nonna was sleeping in the family room. Their family was so poor that they couldn’t afford the proper care for Sophia so they just kept her isolated and did what they could for her.

Nonna said she said her prayers every night, asking for Sophia to get better, but for a long time nothing happened. Sophia was sick for months without any treatment but her spirits never waivered. Sophia would tell my Nonna and their parents that she knew she would get better.

Sometimes, Nonna was allowed to visit her and that’s when Sophia would tell her about this tiny little woman that would visit her at night. Sophia said the little woman promised her she would get better. They would talk about why she was sick and that’s when the little woman would tell her that she was going to get better. Sophia said that the little woman had wings and shined like a star.

Of course, Nonna didn’t believe her and said she was making it up, but Sophia promised she wasn’t lying. Each time Nonna talked with Sophia she would bring up the little woman. Nonna asked her why she wasn’t getting any better if this little woman was real. She asked her why they still couldn’t be in he same room and why she was still sick.

Sophia started to cry, she was angry that Nonna didn’t believe her and confused why she wasn't getting better, even though the little woman said she would. Sophia promised Nonna again that she wasn’t lying, but Nonna had a hard time believing that faeries and things like that were real, even at her young age.

To Nonna’s surprise though, Sophia did start getting better after that! She wasn’t as pale or as weak as she had been for the last several months. She and Nonna were even allowed to spend more time together. Sophia told Nonna it was all because of the little woman that she was getting better.

Sophia said the little woman visited her every night and when they talked, her breath helped Sophia get better. Nonna still didn’t believe her but she was just glad that Sophia was getting better. She kept her doubts to herself because she didn’t want Sophia to cry again but she knew she wanted to see if it was true or not.

Nonna stayed up late that night, after everyone else was asleep. She pretended to be asleep on their old couch when her parents checked on her and when she was sure that they were asleep, she got up and walked to Sophia’s door.

She could hear Sophia talking but couldn’t hear anyone else. It sounded like Sophia was having a conversation with somebody. Nonna cracked the door open and actually did see some kind of small, glowing light but it quickly disappeared when the door opened. Sophia really yelled at her after that. She said the fairy was making her better and she chased her off! Sophia was scared that the fairy wouldn’t come back and she wouldn’t get any better.

The next day, Nonna apologized for chasing the fairy away, she says that when she started to believe Sophia but what Sophia said was a fairy, Nonna thought was an angel sent from Heaven to make her better and protect her.

Nonna asked how the little woman makes her feel better and Sophia said she gives her her own breath and it helps her, after she breathes on her, she doesn’t hurt as much.

The two girls were just glad to be together again, they didn’t argue about what exactly it was that was helping Sophia get better.

Nonna still wasn’t allowed to sleep in their room, but every night she would listen to Sophia talk with someone in the room and every day, Sophia would get a little better. Finally one day, Sophia was healthy enough and Nonna was allowed to sleep in the room again, but their mama spent all day long scrubbing the room first, to make sure that my Nonna wouldn’t get sick too.

Nonna wanted to meet the fairy and Sophia promised to ask her permission for Nonna to stay in the room while she was there. Nonna was nervous that the fairy or angel or whatever it was, wouldn’t come back again but Sophia told her the little woman was her friend and she wouldn’t leave until she was all better.

That night the little woman came back and my Nonna witnessed it with her own eyes!

She said the little woman appeared out of thin air but she did it slowly. Nonna described it was a little light that was very dim at first but it got brighter as time went on. It got brighter and brighter until this little woman appeared in the light. Nonna said she shined like a silver coin in the sun and that she wasn’t any bigger than a mouse.

Sophia woke up like she sensed the little woman’s presence and smiled at her, then waved. Nonna said the little woman just floated over to Sophia and stopped right by her face, then she floated in one spot. Sophia started talking to her and Nonna watched from under her covers. She couldn’t hear the fairy talking but Sophia was responding to her.

She watched Sophia take several deep breathes and then she smiled again, saying it made her feel better. Then the little woman disappeared just as she appeared, the light grew dimmer until there was nothing there anymore, like the little woman just faded away!

Nonna said this happened every night until Sophia was completely better. Nonna said it happened the same exact way every night. The light would grow brighter until the fairy woman was there, she give Sophia her breath and then she would fade away. It happened for four more nights.

The last time she appeared Nonna heard a voice in her head, she described it like having a thought but in a different voice, it was a woman’s voice. She heard “Your sister will be fine.” After she disappeared neither sister ever saw her again, even though they’d talk about it all the time, even my they’d get in trouble by their parents for making up stories.

I believe that the fairy blessed them with health and a long life. My Nonna lived to be 95 years old and Sophia lived until she was 94, they died a year and 1 day apart from each other too! How weird is that? I don’t ever remember either one of them ever being sick a day in their lives!! Even at their old ages they were of sound mind, just a little slower moving around! Both of them just passed in their sleep one night.

They told us that story more times than I can count. I’ve read parts of the Bible and I don’t believe it was an angel. I think it was a fairy. I believe Aunt Sophia. But either way, fairy or angel, it’s nice to know that there’s something out there watching over us." Angelina

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Boy in the Mangrove

In the Spring of 2004, I spent some time traveling throughout Florida. It's interesting how many stories you hear simply by asking people about their part of the state. One of these tales was told to me by a young woman named Jackie, at a vegetable stand near Clewiston, Florida. We sat and talked while under a canvas canopy during an afternoon thunderstorm. I made as many mental notes as possible, later transferring my thoughts to words on my laptop. I uncovered this particular narrative in an older file located in a deep recess of my hard drive.

"I was 17 and it was during a holiday break from school. One morning I was lying in the bed, watching my TV. My mother walked in and said that we were going to go canoeing on the Kissimmee River, and my aunt and cousin coming along with us. I quickly got out of bed and we all headed out. When we got there, there was hardly anyone there and it was very breezy and colder than usual. It took my aunt and cousin almost 30 minutes to arrive.

We grabbed two canoes from one of the rental places. My aunt, cousin and I got in one canoe and were pushed off the shore first. My mom, dad and sister were behind. Once they were in the water, we all started paddling.

We had been on the water for about an hour enjoying the scenery and the time together, when I spotted something move in the water. I looked down into the water and I saw a human figure swimming beneath us. The water was extremely shallow, and the figure moved in and out of the mangroves and weeds effortlessly. I looked closely and noticed that it was a young boy in his early teens with long blonde hair.

I gasped in shock and fear, as my family heard me and showed concern. The boy looked at me with piercing red eyes. I sensed evil, as well as sadness. Upon seeing me, the boy turned his head and swam away into deeper water. Once I had realized what had just happened I noticed that my family was around me. "What's wrong? Are you OK?" I nodded my head. "I'm just fine."

When I gathered my senses, I thought that maybe I saw something else in the water, but it still scared me. "It was nothing." I replied. My mom said "OK" and then we all continued with our sightseeing. But only a few minutes had passed, when something else occurred.

I was looking all around, enjoying the scenery, when I saw the boy again. This time, I focused my eyes through the layers of thick mangrove trees and saw the boy staring back at me with a scowling angry face. His large bright red eyes were glaring back at me. I immediately got the feeling that we had passed through his territory and that we needed to get out of there as soon as possible.

We had entered an open area of the river, but I was still focused on the boy in the mangrove. The wind started to pick up quickly and the temperature started to drop. My cousin was standing, taking a video of the area with her video camera. My aunt was holding her legs from behind. As I continued staring at the boy, the wind got worse. The boat tipped slightly, and my cousin lost her balance and fell into the water. I quickly looked away from the boy, as I watched my cousin tumble into the water. I stood and reached out my arm to her. Then I remembered the boy, and his evil expression. I looked back at the mangrove where I had seen him before. He wasn't there.

I panicked. I needed to reach my cousin as soon as possible and pull her back on the boat. The boy was gone and I feared if he would do harm to my cousin. She was desperately trying to grab mine and my aunt's hands to get back on the boat. I was screaming loudly "Get out! Get out!." She finally reached my hand and I quickly pulled her back into the boat. She was fine, but I was shaking and more upset than her.

After a few minutes, I told everyone that I wanted to go back. I was worried for the remainder of our time on the water. When we finally got back to shore, I just happened to spot the boy again as he raised up in the low-hanging mangrove. He gave me an hideous wink and rolled his eyes back as he faded away. It made me shudder in horror.

Suddenly I heard "Ouch, my back hurts!" My cousin was in pain and yelled out, just after the boy faded away. I lifted her shirt and to everyone's shock, her entire back was a huge black and blue bruise. Everywhere you looked on her back she has dark marks. "I don't even remember getting hurt." she said. "You must have hit a stump under the water or something?" I told her. I knew full well that the boy had something to do with it. My aunt was emotionally beside herself and insisted we go to the hospital so my cousin could be treated.

Several years later, I returned to the canoe rental place. It was now a bait and tackle store with docks. I asked some of the men working on a boat motor about the history of the place after telling them of my previous experience there. They told me that many years ago a boy in his teens was playing around with his friends, in the same area where my family and I were canoeing. One of his friends placed a bet with him to see who could hold their breath the longest. The boy was from a poor family and wanted the money desperately. After they competed, the friend noticed that his partner was floating face down. When he touched him to tell him that he had won, there was no reaction. He quickly pulled him out of the water, then went to go get help.

The poor boy had wanted the money so badly that he drowned in an attempt to hold his breath longer than his friend. When his parents learn of their son's death, they were so distraught that both committed suicide before the boy was buried. No one knew what happened to the boy's body.

I walked toward one of the docks and looked out over the thick mangroves, and there he was. I clearly saw him standing there with his long blond hair, looking at me with sorrow on his face. But this time he had light blue eyes. I smiled at him and then waved. I turned to walk away, quickly glancing back in his direction. The boy was gone, but I knew he'd be there forever.

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1977 as Turning Point in Global UFO Research; Big UFO Revelations May Be Coming Soon!

1977 as Turning Point in Global UFO Research; Big UFO Revelations May Be Coming Soon!

By Dr. Raymond A. Keller, a.k.a. “Cosmic Ray,” author of the international awards-winning “Venus Rising” series of books, available on amazon.com or headlinebooks.com, while supplies last.

Keep watching the skies, and the nightly news for big UFO revelations coming soon!  Photo source:  dreamstime.com.

Spielberg’s Movie “Tip of an Iceberg”

Most ufologists, if hard-pressed to pinpoint the year when global UFO research began to receive the recognition that it so rightfully deserved, would probably select 1977.  The more obvious event in that year was the premiere of director Steven Spielberg’s Columbia Pictures blockbuster film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, on 16 November.  The title of this movie derives from a classification system established for encounters with UFOs and their occupants, presumed to be extraterrestrials, by the former scientific consultant on the UFO phenomenon for two of the United States Air Force UFO studies, Project Sign (1947-1949) and Project Blue Book (1952-1969), Dr. J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.  

Spielberg, greatly impressed by Hynek’s assessment of the UFO situation, even brought the astronomer on as the scientific consultant in the production of Close Encounters, whence he makes a cameo appearance in the scene depicting the arrival of the mothership on top of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming at the end of the movie.   What became clearly apparent with the march of time, however, was that the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind was just the “tip of an iceberg,” at least insofar as revelations about the UFO phenomenon were concerned.  Perhaps the very purpose of the film was to prepare the American public for receiving the startling truth about flying saucers, i.e., that they are interplanetary spaceships piloted by advanced humanoid beings.

Prophetic Vindications

But apart from the stunning visual effects in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and all the ballyhoo and praise it received from the press and the public, I would beg to differ that it its premiere was the preeminent event in the history of ufology that signaled the turning point for research into this most important phenomenon of the modern age.  Rather, I would point to First International Congress on the UFO Phenomenon that was held in Acapulco, Mexico, from Monday, 18 April through Saturday, 23 April 1977, where scientists from around the globe, frustrated by the lack of progress being made in the study of UFOs in their respective countries, came together to put pressure on the governments of their countries to open up their files on this controversial subject.  This meeting represented the birth of the UFO disclosure movement in respected, scientific circles.  

From the American contingent at the scientific congress, UFO researchers maintained that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the various branches of the United States armed forces were suppressing information on the sightings of flying saucers and other types of inexplicable aerial objects.  William H. Spaulding, the director of Ground Saucer Watch, a civilian-based UFO group operating out of Phoenix, Arizona, declared that, “The CIA says it hasn’t worked on UFOs since 1953 and the Air Force says it stopped its project in 1969; but we have evidence that both are still working on the subject.  We want Congressional hearings to obtain the release of all information on UFOs obtained by American intelligence agencies.”  Spaulding also expressed concern that, “Until now, the whole of idea of the government has been to ridicule us.  The Air Force’s Project Blue Book, for example, was just a public relations effort to tell people they hadn’t seen what they had seen” (New York Times News Service dispatch, “Ufologists pressing government to open files,” Thursday, 21 April 1977, Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin). 

Here we are, 44 years later, and at last Spaulding’s words are being vindicated.  Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting passage of the $2.3 trillion dollars, 5,500-page appropriations bill that was signed by President Donald J. Trump last year, a small fraction of that aid money was set aside for research into “Advanced Aerial Threats,” which included UFOs in specific stipulations in its section titled “Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.”  The rationale for this funding was that the United States defense establishment, while more vulnerable to attack due to the virus, should become fully aware of all possible threats originating from outside the country, or the Earth, for that matter, in order to properly harden all our early threat alert and defensive grids. One of these provisions in the paragraphs reserved for “Committee Comment” mandates that the director of National Intelligence work with the secretary of defense on a report detailing everything the government knows about unidentified flying objects — known in agency lingo as “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs) or “anomalous aerial vehicles” (AAVs).  See Reis Thebault’s article, “Thanks to Trump-era covid-relief bill, a UFO report may soon be made public, and it’ll be big, ex-official says,” 23 March 2021, Washington Post, Washington D.C

President Carter’s UFO Sighting

The ufologists at the 1977 conference consisted of aerospace engineers, qualified astronomers and scientists from many fields of research from notable academic institutions- colleges, think tanks and universities, in addition to the research and development sector in private industry.  Many of these in attendance noted that they were particularly encouraged in their investigations by President Jimmy Carter’s affirmation of having sighted a UFO outside of a Lion’s Club at Leary, Georgia, back in October 1969.  

On 18 September 1973, while serving as governor of Georgia, Carter filed a report of this sighting with the International UFO Bureau in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a civilian research group headed up by ufologist Hayden C. Hewes. According to this report on file with the UFO group, while waiting for the Lion’s Club meeting to begin, Carter and about a dozen of the club’s members were waiting outside the entrance of the hall around 7:30 p.m., when the future president and the Lion’s Club members spotted what Carter called, “the darndest thing I’ve ever seen,” up in the sky.    Carter also described the object as being “very bright with changing colors and about the size of the Moon (as viewed from an arm’s length).”  The future president added that, “The object hovered about 30 degrees above the horizon and moved in toward the Earth and away before disappearing into the distance.”  

During the heat of the 1976 presidential campaign, while running against incumbent Republican president Gerald R. Ford, Democratic challenger Carter was forthcoming about his belief that he had seen a UFO.  He also told a reporter at that time, “Since that incident, I have never ridiculed anyone who claimed to see a UFO, nor will I ever.”  And during the 1976 presidential campaign, he further promised that, if elected president, he would encourage the government to release “every piece of information” about UFOs available to the public and to scientists. Following Carter’s being elected in 1976, we then see him being sworn in as president of the United States on 20 January 1977.  Therefore, hopes were high that his administration might adopt a more open policy toward the dissemination of information on UFOs. After winning the presidency, though, Carter backed away from this pledge, saying that the release of some information might have “serious defense implications and pose a threat to national security.” 

Project Blue Book Dismissed

Dr. J. Allen Hynek, then a 66-year-old delegate to the First International Congress on the UFO Phenomenon, explained that between 1952 and 1969, Project Blue Book was carried out by the United States Air Force for the purpose of recording and studying reports of UFO sightings.  During the period of the project’s operation, slightly over 12,000 UFO reports were registered; and while about ten percent remained classified as “unidentified,” the Air Force never accepted that those inexplicable cases could be of an extraterrestrial origin.  The former scientific consultant to the Air Force project, Dr. Hynek declared that, “Blue Book was almost a cover-up.  There was no scientific approach to the problem.  The party line was that all sightings were misperceptions.  An initial report might say that a sighting was a possible balloon or a probable aircraft, but the words ‘possible’ and ‘probable’ would be dropped in the final report.”  Dr. Hynek was not sure if officials at levels of government higher than the Air Force had substantive information about UFOs that might comprise a major breakthrough in the study of the phenomenon; but he and the other investigators attending the congress were requesting permission to study any confidential, official reports on sightings, insofar as President Carter had promised he would allow this during his 1976 election campaign.

French Scientist Opines

On the general state of ufology in 1977, the French delegate, computer scientist Jacques Vallee, also the author of several books on the UFO phenomenon, noted that, “The last Gallup Poll on the subject, taken in 1973, indicated that 15 million Americans had seen UFOs and that some 51 percent of the population believes that the UFO phenomenon exists.  There is a rapidly changing attitude by the public toward UFOs.”  However, Vallee was saddened that, “Scientists and governments are lagging behind.”  Considering this matter, he noted that, “It doesn’t even matter if UFOs are real because the social effect of the phenomenon is now more important than the phenomenon itself.”

UFO Subject as “Political Football”

Since the days of President Jimmy Carter’s administration, there has always been some hard talk from the politicians about revealing to the public the truth about flying saucers with an imminent disclosure that, unfortunately, never materializes.  It seems that the subject of UFOs is just another “political football” that continually gets passed along to each succeeding generation of do-nothing politicos, be they Democrats or Republicans.  Now the former Trump administration National Intelligence director John Ratcliffe is stating that under the provisions of the ongoing UAP investigation, the findings are to be publicly announced sometime in June of this year.  

“Frankly, there are a lot more sightings than have been made public,” said Ratcliffe to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo on Friday, 19 March 2021, adding that when the report on these sightings has been made public, it will be nothing less than a “big revelation.” According to Ratcliffe, the forthcoming report must include a “detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena data and intelligence” gathered by the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in order to be in conformity with the provisions of the Intelligence Authorization Act, which also calls for “a detailed description of an interagency process” that will ensure that data can be gathered and analyzed across the federal government. The report will not confine itself to UFO incidents occurring in the United States, but could document sightings from “all over the world, and even in outer space as viewed by the astronauts,” Ratcliffe said.  

When President Trump approved the spending package on 27 December 2020, a 180-day countdown began, giving intelligence officials until June to deliver lawmakers their final UAP/AAV report.  However, since Trump was a lame-duck president at the time he signed the appropriations bill, a lot of questions have since arisen as to just how enforceable this UAP provision will be, especially since it is now dependent upon the graces of the Biden administration to carry it out.  Other factors to consider are that various federal agencies have missed similar congressional reporting deadlines in the past; and the provision is not technically binding, as the language was included in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the bill and not the bill itself.  One Senate aide, familiar with the UAP legislation, informed reporter Thebault that, “In other words, it isn’t statute, but the agencies/departments generally treat report language as bill language.”

Political Response

Insofar as the fate of the UAP provisions are dependent upon the political powers that be, let’s briefly examine the political response to date:

Democrats

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, declined to comment on the UFO report. A spokesperson for the intelligence director’s office blatantly said, “We have nothing to offer.” Senator Warner’s reluctance to speak out on this issue does not bode well, insofar as the Democrats barely control the Senate, 51 to 50, with the vice-president Kamala Harris casting that deciding vote.

On the other hand, former senator Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), a longtime backer of UFO research, when opining on the footage released by the Pentagon last year of three grainy videos of UFOs recorded by U.S. Navy pilots using infrared cameras, showing the objects moving rapidly quickly across the screen, remarked that, “This footage only scratches the surface of research and materials available.  The United States clearly needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications.  The American people deserve to be informed.”  Whether anyone is paying any attention to Harry Reid on the left side of the Senate aisle remains to be seen.  Hopefully, he will be able to convince at least a few of his fellow Democrats that studying UFOs is essential to maintaining our country’s security, if that is the most propitious way to frame this issue.

Republicans

Since President Trump, the creator of America’s newest branch of the military, the Space Force, signed the bill, naturally most of the Republicans are all on board with it.  Among the Grand Old Party, the most vociferous proponent of the UAP investigation and the release of its findings is Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), vice chair of the Intelligence Committee, who stated in a July interview with Miami’s CBS4 News, that the prospect that something otherworldly is behind the flying objects does not concern him as much as the idea that an adversary of the United States could be making secret technological advances.  “The bottom line is if there are things flying over your military bases and you don’t know what they are because they aren’t yours and they are exhibiting — potentially — technologies that you don’t have at your own disposal,” explained Senator Rubio, adding that, “To me, that is a national security risk and one that we should be looking into.”

Assessment

It is clear that the process of legitimizing UFO research, that began with the First International Congress on the UFO Phenomenon in 1977, has come a long way in moving the idea of extraterrestrial beings visiting the Earth in solid, physical spaceships to the point that it is no longer simply written off as pure speculation based on science fiction.  In Ratcliffe’s Fox News interview he described UFO sightings thusly: “We are talking about objects that have been seen by Navy or Air Force pilots, or have been picked up by satellite imagery, that frankly engage in actions that are difficult to explain, movements that are hard to replicate, that we don’t have the technology for or are traveling at speeds that exceed the sound barrier without a sonic boom.  There’s actually quite a few of those; and I think that that information is being gathered and will be put out in a way the American people can see.”

Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence, applauded Ratcliffe’s disclosure. Mellon, who also worked with Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences, called the UFO revelations so far revealed in the Navy videos as, “an important and noteworthy admission.”  

In the Fox interview, Ratcliffe noted that, “There are instances where we don’t have good explanations for some of the things that we’ve seen; and when that information becomes declassified, I’ll be able to talk a little bit more about that.”  Hopefully, that time could be coming soon; but given the lousy track record on this subject by American politicians, I wouldn’t hold my breath about it.  

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(Editor’s Note:  Dr. Raymond A. Keller is a UFO consultant on the Board of Directors of Paranormal Search in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  He can be reached through his e-mail at rkeller1@mix.wvu.edu.) 

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Ross Eugene Weidler (20 April 1954-4 May 2021) Obituary

By his friend and research associate Dr. Raymond A. Keller
 
The passing of Ross E. Weidler, 67, of Lower Paxton Township, came as a great surprise to me and many others in the paranormal research community.  Ross and I were born only two and half months apart, so we shared many of the same experiences of growing up in the dawn of the atomic and space ages.  As such, we played with model rockets, were avid fans of science fiction movies and always interested in any news about flying saucers, alien or monster sightings, or anything out of the ordinary, for that matter.  I know that Ross and I both met some of the pioneering astronauts from that earlier age, securing their autographs and patches from their various space missions.  We also joined paranormal and UFO research groups in our youth, and in later life, Ross even organized his own right here in Pennsylvania. 

Ross and I first met at a conference of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in Western Pennsylvania, back in the Fall of 2015, right after my first UFO book, Venus Rising, went into print.  After the conference, Ross and I sat at the same table for the group’s dinner.  During the course of the meal, Ross mentioned that he was the director of another group in Harrisburg, but that it dealt with all kinds of paranormal phenomena, not just UFOs.  Ross had a sneaking suspicion that all of these strange phenomena were somehow related, an opinion shared by the French computer expert Jacques Vallee and also the late Project Blue Book Air Force UFO consultant, Dr. J. Allen Hynek of Chicago’s Northwestern University.  At that time, Ross invited me to come to Harrisburg and be a speaker at a forthcoming meeting of his group, Paranormal Search, and talk about my new book and my own UFO experiences.  I gladly accepted; and I have to note that thanks to Ross’ invitation, Paranormal Search was one of the first of many UFO and paranormal research groups that I would visit in the years to come.

Ross had some extensive paranormal research files and a magnificent library.  Besides his weekly paranormal podcast, Ross was also the author of an as-yet unpublished book on alien entities and cryptids (anomalous creatures), which he also handsomely illustrated with great artistic care and skill.  Many of the cases in that book were personally investigated by Ross along with other members of Paranormal Search.  When the book finally comes out in print, it will stand as a wonderful legacy of Ross’ contributions to helping us all obtain a better understanding of the mysterious universe that we inhabit with so many alien, fantastic and mystical beings.
  
(Note:  He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sharon (Cramer) Weidler; stepson, Eli Darren Baskerville; grandson, Jordan Baskerville; and two great-granddaughters. A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Memorial contributions in memory of Ross may be made to: Humane Society of Harrisburg, 7790 Grayson Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110. - Lon)

Recently Reported Humanoid / Alien Being Encounter Events

4 separate encounters with humanoid and possible alien beings, some traveling on craft. These recently reported incidents occurred in Washington, Kansas, West Virginia & Ontario, Canada. 

I recently obtained the following accounts from various sources:

Packwood, Washington - 6/13/1998: "While camping, a bright light seemed to descend on us, with a loud pulsating noise. I got out of the tent and saw 3 "people" with blond hair about100 feet from me, dressed in what looked like Roman (toga) clothing. As soon as I noticed them, the 3 turned to me. I froze, and felt like I'd seen something that I should not have. They looked very startled. I popped back in tent to wake up boyfriend, and that's when we heard the pulsating noise and the bright lights ascend, straight up. When I stuck my head out of the tent, the "people" and light was gone. We were camped off a narrow forest service road, no other people around."

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Pomona Lake, Kansas - 1998: “My family was abducted by aliens in 1998. When I was 10 we were camping. We had gone out of the trailer to retrieve stuff from our car. It was still light out but late. We then saw a craft hovering and yelled for our moms to come see it. It seems like just a couple of minutes we stared at it and my mom said we should go back inside.

When we went inside we realized 4 hours had gone by. It was now midnight. All seven of us remember seeing it and remember just walking back inside. But the fact that so many hours have gone by really confused and scared us all. I was the oldest kid (10 yo) out of 5. 2 don't really remember anything. They know it happen but can't really recall anything. We all have the same story but little things are different, like my mom thought we where all on the porch. I remember being in the driveway. We where staying in a trailer by the lake." S

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West Virginia - 4/28/2021: "I was asleep in my room (went to bed around 3 a.m.) and something woke me up by moving near me. I felt something shift my body and when I moved my head, I felt tubing near my face like what would be connected to an anesthesia or oxygen mask. I immediately fell unconscious again.

When I woke up again, I opened my eyes this time. I was looking up at a figure leaning over me, holding the oxygen/anesthetic mask over my mouth and nose. The room was bright like a surgical suite and the table/bed I was on. It felt too stiff to be mine. There were two individuals. One took notes while the other observed me."

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Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada - 4/17/2008: "My mom was staying with us for a few days. On the 2nd night she woke me up at 5:00 am and told me that there was something just behind my barn with extremely bright lights.

I got dressed and went out towards the barn. I definitely saw the light she was talking about. As I walked just behind the barn over a little hill there it was. A saucer-type craft with the brightest light I have ever seen. My curiosity took me towards the craft when all the sudden a ramp came down to the ground. I was now about 20 feet from it when out of the craft came 2 Grey tall thin aliens with large heads with dark black eyes. They moved about 10 feet from the ramp and then started doing stuff to a deer that was dead and lying there. I think they were probing it but I'm not sure. This went on for well over an hour and they even looked at me several times. After that they just walked back into the craft and it sped off into the sky."

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