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Friday, November 11, 2022

'BRUJO' Witch, Found Treasure, & Ghostly Attacks Experienced by California Witness

A northern California man recalls his experiences with a 'Brujo' Witch, finding lost treasure, & ghostly manifestations & attacks while growing up. Very strange series of events.

The following account was forwarded to me by my friends Cam & Kyle at Expanded Perspectives:

"I grew up in the farm country of Northern California. We lived outside of our little town in what I’ve heard is an old infirmary from World War II. There was a Japanese Interment Camp about 5 miles away. The floor plan made the rumor believable. Wide open long upstairs, one room downstairs, and the garage had a stable type feel to it. This is where I will try to align these pretty strange events.

It was the mid to late 90s and my stepdad, a Mexican-American, was hiding some illegal immigrants in our barn from immigration. They stayed there for a week until the heat came off. One guy was a “Brujo” witch doctor in Spanish. My mom, a Christian, was reluctant but he was there. Within days they were talking about spirits and money being buried in the garage. My stepdad and miscellaneous friends of his started digging. I remember thinking they were crazy. That brujo used sticks and other household items to try and find a spot to dig. They ended up finding 2 coffee cans full of World War II-era silver dollars. I remember my mom getting spooked and kicking that brujo out of the property. Stepdad was scared of his abilities and didn’t want him to go so unceremoniously. He got the boot nonetheless.  

I remember my parents trying to figure out how to cash in the loot. There was fear that the money had powers and they wanted to find a way to get them appraised. I was in my teens, I definitely don’t remember every detail but was aware enough to think we found a legit treasure.

So my mom must have had enough of some unusual happenings since the coins had been found and she decided to take the coins to town and get what she could for them.  Along the way my younger brother who was holding them opened the door, to fix his seat belt or something and the whole jar had spilled out the door. They were only able to recover a few of them. Mom wasn’t even tripping, she had more of a good riddance-type attitude about it. My stepdad acted as if he lost the original copy of the Declaration of Independence. I figure they had to be worth quite a bit back then. Life went on and there was no more brujo or anything abnormal for a period.

This is when things kind of got really weird. My brothers slept downstairs in bunk beds at the bottom of the stairs. I had a room upstairs that overlooked the garage. One day my youngest brother was scared to his core that he saw a ghost from his bunk bed. We all kind of wrote it off, but he described a tall man in green fatigues with a glow around him. He swore to never sleep in those bunks again. And he never did. Fast forward some time and the brother right below me told an identical story, this time it was upstairs in the middle room. He swore to never sleep upstairs and he never did. I can’t remember if these were months apart or years but they slept in the living room for a long time. I mean they were junior high kids when it happened to them and they slept in the living room until the day they moved out of the house.  They were scared and they saw something. They would go upstairs in the day with no fears, they’d play video games up there through the night, and they never slept up there again.  

So I left the house in 1998. I ran into some tough times and made my way back home in early 2000. My sister had the middle room and she kept it like a high school girl would keep a room, clean and smelling good. So they all slept downstairs still and I took over my sister's room.  The night I came home, fell asleep hard. At some point during the night, I awoke to this tall man dressed in Army fatigues standing over me. He looked like a character from MASH. No face but tall and right there at the head of the bed looking at me. I thought it was a dream so I closed my eyes and tried to fall back to sleep. I don’t know if I had sleep paralysis or if this thing started choking me out, but I was getting choked out. I opened my eyes enough to see that ghost still there but not on me in a full mount like it felt. Just there. I started to yell for my mom, but couldn’t utter a noise. I tried to flail, but nothing. I was raised in the church so I started to pray. I said something like I rebuke you in the name of God and his son Jesus Christ. And it was over just like that. I went downstairs, took a drink of water, and knocked on my mom's door. I asked her if she heard anything? She says no, go to bed!

I went back upstairs and went to bed. Never bothered again and moved out a few weeks later after I landed a job.  

Like I said, I’m more of a skeptic than a believer, but this happened to me and my brothers. I have a couple other strange stories, one of a UFO sighting on Halloween night in 1994. And a recent one of a rock being thrown at me in the woods with no one around earlier this summer.." Redbarnkid

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Phantoms & Monsters Radio welcomes cryptozoology author & researcher Carol Scott to the show.

Carol Scott developed an interest in cryptozoology after catching a late-night episode of Animal X. This interest and her previous work in journalism, led her to research and write her first book, 'The Cryptids of Asia and Oceania: The Myths and Historical Roots of Undiscovered Creatures.'

She currently works in marketing and lives with her two cats, Wallace and Asparagus in Ontario, Canada.

Cryptids - animals not officially recognized by science - have been a mainstay in popular culture for decades. However, the interest in these creatures - Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster - has largely excluded creatures from Asia and Oceania.

The Cryptids of Asia and Oceania brings these lesser-known cryptids and many questions to the forefront Does a giant snake lurk on a mountain in Japan? Did Sri Lankan tribes drive a race of apes to extinction? Does the Tasmanian tiger still roam in remote forests? Just how many Sasquatch variations exist worldwide?

The Cryptids of Asia and Oceania recounts historical folklore and accounts while including scientific knowledge on the possibility, or impossibility, of these creatures.


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A Paranormal Life welcomes Vincent Richardson, investigator, producer  & 'V' show host. Bernadette McDaniel (Host)

Founder of the St.Louis Missouri based paranormal investigation group Minds Eye P.I. established in 2009. Vincent has been lead investigator on local cases helping clients understand and deal with their personal paranormal experiences for 10+ years. Growing up in a 100 year old haunted home and having a near death experience as a young man introduced Vincent into the realm of the paranormal. Now Vincent is a Fortean Researcher and member of Lon Strickler's Fortean Research Team for Phantoms and Monsters and producer for Phantoms and Monsters Radio YouTube channel. Vincent is the host of the podcast “V”. A paranormal podcast about extraterrestrial visitation, conspiracies and other fringe topics. Vincent is also the former Co Producer and Community Manager for the Paranormal YouTube channel Beyond Explanation. Co-Producing shows with Bill Fuller such as Amy Bue’s Wild Bue Yonder and Arcane Radio with Lon Strickler. Vincent is also now the Forensic Sketch Artist for the North American Dogman Project and is a paranormal sketch artist for sightings of cryptid creatures and unexplained phenomena. Vincent has been an active field researcher for spirits and otherworldly entities to UFOs, EBEs, bigfoot, and other cryptids.

Phantoms and Monsters Radio presents 'V' - What is 'V'? - V is a symbol with multiple meanings. V - Visitors from unknown origins have been interacting and interfering with mankind since our creation. V - is for the Veil separating our reality from the next.  V - is the fifth dimension of unity. V - is a symbol for the Victims of society's evils and the Vendetta against them. Conspiracies turn to truths. Mysteries are revealed. “Wise men have tried to understand our state of being, by grasping at its stars, or its arts, or its economics. But if there is an underlying oneness of all things, it does not matter where we begin, whether it stars, or laws of supply and demand. One measures a circle, beginning anywhere.” V is that vector.


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Have you had a sighting of a winged humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area / Lake Michigan region? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'O'Hare Mothman.' - Chicago / Lake Michigan Winged Humanoid Regional Interactive Map - Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated.

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