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Tuesday, January 23, 2024

'GRIM REAPER' Returns to Haunt Albuquerque, NM Cemetery

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

I received the following account in 2017:

"Hi, Lon. 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.

The strange figure disappeared, only to show up again this weekend and consent to an interview with a reporter. 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." T

NOTE: Well, it appears that the Grim Reaper is back, be it the same person or someone else. I received a telephone call last night from a witness who was at the San Jose del El Rosario Cemetery on Saturday and said that they witnessed someone dressed in black carrying a long scythe. If anyone else has heard of a recent sighting, please contact me. Lon

Below is an account that was reported by UPI at the time of the earlier sightings:

Mourners are terrified of the mystery grim reaper figure who has been standing over cemeteries in the United States.

Witnesses have seen the man, who calls himself the 'Light Wanderer', walking alongside the tombstones and monuments in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

However, the man in the ominous cloak insists that they have nothing to be scared of - unless they wish harm upon him.

After refusing to reveal his true identity, the man says that he appears at the cemetery to pray for the dead and to spread a message.

“The weight of time weighs heavy on our souls,” he said to KRQE News 13.

“There is a place where sleepers sleep and dreamers dream and patiently await."

Cars have pulled over in shock at seeing the reaper on top of the hills in Gibson, Albuquerque.

Residents believe that the man is just seeking attention. “There’s cars all over, and it’s just causing chaos,” said local woman Priscilla Valdez. - UPI

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Popular shapeshifting creatures in folklore and legend are werewolves and vampires, as well as gods, goddesses, and demons. Lycanthropy is classified as a mental disorder in which the victim believes that they are a wolf or some other nonhuman animal. There are also metamorphs, in which a living being changes into a known or cryptid entity. An example of this phenomenon is when a Navajo native practitioner transforms into a magical being, or Skinwalker, with evil intentions using witchcraft.

While the popular idea of a shapeshifter is of a human being who turns into something else, there are numerous stories about animals that can transform themselves as well.

The following accounts include a mix of supernatural shapeshifters, though some of these examples are not well-known. So relax, listen to the reports, and make your assessment as to the nature of these transformed entities.

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