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Is Earth an intersteller vacation destination?

From the incomparable 1968 Argentinean – and worldwide – UFO wave, I remember that one of the most widely known and controversial cases involved an encounter between a young woman and a strange entity in the mountain ranges of Córdoba. Much has been said since then: that it was a hoax with the purpose of attracting tourists, that the protagonist herself confected the story, to a media-driven creation. Even today, naysayers hiding behind curtains will have a field day with it. The fact of the matter is that I was unable to travel to the site to inverview the witness. But in 1986, 18 years after the “contact” experience, I assigned researcher Daniel Jose Lopez of FAO, Bs.As., to reinvestigate the case. And the trip yielded results, since the eyewitness interview presented fundamental evidence suggesting that “something indeed happened at the time”. A story that was consistent, detailed and beyond all whimsical conexts emerged from the woman’s mouth. She was 37 years old at the time, nearly two decades later. Let’s take a look…

Villa Carlos Paz is a classic Argentinean tourist destination. It is located some 30 kilometers west of Cordoba. There we can find the “La Cuesta” motel, along Route No. 20 and some two kilometers from the center of town. It is owned by Mr. Pedro J. Pretzel. His daughter Maria Elodia, 19, helps her father in running the establishment.

Maria Elodia Pretzel is a determined young woman, well thought of in her community, and who is not given to reading science fiction. Early that year, she underwent surgery. After recovery, she assisted in managing the hotel. But her life changed one morning in June 1968: at around 1:00 a.m. on the 14th, Mr. Pedro Pretzel was driving back home along Route 20 when he saw “two large red lights over the road, too far apart to be the tailights of another car” some 50 meters from his motel. Finding the front door open was also disconcerting, as he knew his daughter to be quite concientious about such things. As soon as he entered the house, he headed for her bedroom, only to find the young woman spread out on the bed, unconscious. What had happened there?

After bidding two guests farewell, Maria Elodia went to the kitchen and found that a considerable amount of light was pouring into the hallway. Thinking that someone had left the living room lights on, she went in and was faced with a strange and extraordinary visitor: a large figure, standing in excess of 2 meters, blonde, hair combed backward with a friendly facial expression, stood a short distance away. He was clad in some sort of jumpsuit, light blue, covering his body from his neck down to his feet. Small luminous rays poured from his fingertips. In his left hand he carried a crystal orb that emitted bright beams of light. In his right hand he bore a ring, almost a gauntlet. According to the young woman, every time the being raised the gauntlet, “it was as though he himself rose into the air and remained suspended…”
At that time, Maria Elodia felt herself weaken and fall down, but when the entity lowered the gauntlet, she felt her strength returning. The being advanced toward her with a kindly, calm manner, moving his lips slowly, speaking a strange, melodic language that reminded her of Japanese. He said something like “cling-gling-crish”. At a given moment, the young woman felt a sensation of “bubbles in her head” and a feeling of perspiration, but when she touched her neck, she was perfectly dry.

Maria Elodia was able to dash for the safety of the counter, even as the entity moved the orb constantly and tried to get near her. She claims that she could hear, in the recesses of her mind, a message that repeated: “Don’t be afraid…”

Suddenly, the bright orb went out. The stranger stopped, spun around and withdrew toward the outside door. As he turned, the experiencer was able to see a kind of skirt around him, but the truly uncanny event occured as he approached the door: it opened by itself and closed as he departed.

From that moment on, Maria Elodia, who had backed away, remembered nothing more. A few moments later, her father arrived.

Dr. Hugo V. Vaggione, 33, knows the young woman well, as he is the Pretzel family’s physician. According to the doctor, she is a serious, somewhat introvered and very responsible person. He diagnosed her as being in a “pronounced state of nerves” afer the ordeal, due to emotional impact, but far from a breakdown. She was perfectly coordinated in her statements, and her blood pressure was normal. Finding her mentally and physically sound, the doctor can find no reason for deception or hallucination…

While the Pretzel Case does not present the physical evidence so longingly sought by everyone (footprints, remains, etc.) unofficial versions stated that traces of radioactivity were found in the motel’s carport and in areas where the “visitor” entered. There are only four (4) cases in Argentina where radiation has been detected.

This type of humanoid, prevalent in the 1960s and which is rarely seen nowadays, yielded its place to the ubiquitous Greys, which appear to have co-opted most of the entity case histories. There was, however, another close encoutner in Argentina with an occupant resembling the one in the Villa Carlos Paz incident. This was the famous encounter at La Florida, in San Luis, where a tall figure, similarly clad, appeared before three fishermen on the night of February 4-5, 1978. Regarding the correlation of cases, that night (June 13-14, 1968) involved numerous UFO and humanoid sightings throughout various provinces in Argentina. Right there, in the vicinity of the “La Cuesta” motel, local residents reported seeing “two very powerful red lights” in flight around 22:00 hours on the evening of June 13.

If the night visitor, who arrived from who knows where, waited for the last couple to check out of the motel before entering…did the imminent arrival of Ms. Pretzel’s father interrupt any subsequent actions (the orb blinking out and the entity leaving)? These questions will remain unanswered in this memorable case.

Translation (c) 2010, S. Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Special thanks to Guillermo Gimenez

Unknown creature warrents a closer look

Mystery in Spain

Spain’s natural lakes tend to be very small, and the larger ones are all reservoirs of recent origin. Some of the country’s rivers are almost dry throughout the year. It is hardly a surprise, then, that Spanish lake monsters are rare and mostly unimpress­ive beasts. [1] But there is one exception.

In an article dated 24 November 1955, the Spanish news­paper ABC brought its readers astonishing news from the town of Ecija, in the province of Seville, on the banks of the Rio Genil. The Genil, with a length of 360km, is one of the longest Spanish rivers, a tributary of the Guadalquivir which empties into the Bay of Cadiz and the Atlantic Ocean. Ecija is about 70km from the southern coast of Spain, but well over 200km, as the crow flies, from the Atlantic, and even further away from the sea as the river flows.

“In the bow the River Genil makes near this city, in the proximity of a flour mill, and close to the agricultural shores of the plains of the valley, several people from said town, among them Manuel Vargas Baena, Concepción Montenegro Alvarez and one of her nephews, Adolfo Avalos Montenegro, have seen a strange animal, of the form and size of a wolfshound, but with a far longer body, a dark red back and white underside, a delicate head which term­inates in a pointed snout, and with two dark horns rising from its forehead some 20cm long, and with a large and bushy tail. The animal caused panic among the gardeners. They fired seve­ral shots at it, but it could not be captured, as it immediately submerged in the water and remained there hidden until the danger was over… The animal is completely unknown in the region. It is assumed it belongs to the manatees.” [2]

The sighting was extensively commented upon in news­papers. The citizens of Ecija could not determine what species of animal it was, and neither can we; there is no such aquatic animal in Spain or anywhere else. On the following day, the journalist Tircuato Luca de Tena also suggested it was a manatee. Some of these comparisons were rather forced: both creatures have reddish skin, the Ecija animal had two horns, while the manatee is also called the ‘sea cow’, and so on. [3]

The manatee identification is an unlikely one. Ecija is far from the sea, in the middle of the province of Seville, and a manatee in Spain would perhaps be a greater wonder than a completely unrecorded animal.

But a month later, in an ironic commentary on silly season animal stories of 1955 (a hen that gave birth to two dogs and the like), journalist Jose de las Cuevas refers to the Ecija animal with many additional details, which he must have drawn from local newspapers.

We now learn that the creat­ure was encountered “every evening on a small island in front of the city quarter of Puerto Palma”. It resembled “a cross between a large nutria [or coypu] and a domestic pig… This monster, to date, has limited itself to eating peppers and some of the cocks that live in the region. Monster enthusiasts assume the creature is a nutria or gigantic seal.” Jose de las Cuevas points out that seals are not unknown along the coast of Andalucia, and quotes several examples, but all from the Mediterranean, whereas the Genil flows into the Atlantic. [4]

Horned seals are as rare – orthodox zoologists would say nonexistent – as horned manatees, and a little out-of-place in the centre of Spain. If Cuevas has not made up these additional details, we can infer that there had been several sightings, that the creature was semi-aquatic and came ashore, and that several killed birds were attributed to it – an early chupacabras?

However, the story was not yet over. In a further ABC report three years later from Puente Genil, about 40km downstream to the south of Ecija in the Spanish province of Cordoba, but on the banks of the same river, we hear that:

“Don Nicolás Chapparo has captured in the Rio Genil a strange animal resembling a small buffalo. It has no eyes, but possesses six legs and a large horn [or trunk] on its forehead. Its body is covered with a large shell of black colour.” [5]

This sounds very much like a large leatherback turtle; yet what would a leatherback turtle be doing in a freshwater river 200km from the sea? Was this the same strange creature sighted at Ecija in 1955, minus one of its horns? As you can see, this second incident was reported without a reference to the previous sightings; both cases were seen by the press as isolated and not connected.

Whatever it was, it was bizarre. More bizarre, I’d say, than a stranded manatee, seal, or turtle. If this was not a hoax, or series of hoaxes, some creat­ure – possibly exotic – lived in the river Genil, at least from late 1955 to mid-1958.

Bumps in the night and the fear of the dark

Odd things have walked with the United Kingdom’s Rebecca McGeorge all her life – dark, threatening things.

“Strange happenings have followed me since possibly my birth,” McGeorge, 37, said. “Ghosts and weird happenings are something I’ve been forced to accept since an early child.”

McGeorge first saw a ghost when she was five years old, but her encounters turned violent in the 1990s. She was in her 20s and living in her mother’s house when something wicked came into her bedroom.

McGeorge lie in bed about 10:30 p.m. one summer when a ball of orange light appeared outside her window – time and sound seemed to stop.

“The demon encounter started out as a half awake/half asleep lucid dream,” she said. “My room became two rooms at once, like two dimensions merging together.”

Then it was there. As she lay on her stomach, looking over the side of the bed, she saw a black goblin-like entity about two feet tall sitting on her bedroom floor. When the goblin knew she saw it, the monster changed. It grew into a man-sized, smoky figure, resembling in some ways a scuba diver and Spider-Man. Then the beast climbed on top of her.

“I felt the weight of the demon man pushing down into a sexual position,” McGeorge said. “He had no face, only mist. He had clawed feet and talon hands and tapered devil tail. He spoke telepathically in a snake voice while pinning me face down on the bed. He told me he had followed me through time.”

The entity eventually left, but her encounters with supernatural entities were just beginning.

“Angels appeared to me on my ceiling as white misty shapes with androgynous faces at times when I was depressed or anxious,” she said. “Usually three together.”

While staying with a friend in a town 15 miles away from her home she had a seizure, although she had never had one before nor since.

“I was on the bed in the spare room at my friend’s house; it was late,” McGeorge said. “My whole body shook like a vibrating machine. It hurt. As this happened the ceiling lifted off and angels were waiting to pull me up and not suffer. Fortunately I came out of the fit after fighting it for five minutes, maybe 10.”

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An enduring cryptid case: the mystery of the bunyip

THE mythological creatures that fill today’s horror literature and movies hail from faraway lands. Zombie tales originated in the Caribbean, while European folk tales gave us vampires and werewolves. But a vastly more terrifying creature lurks much closer to home: one that has haunted the dreams of Australian children and the imaginations of adults: the bunyip.

Bunyips are not at all funny, although recent children’s books, plays and TV have made them seem that way. Rather, the bunyip is a fascinating emblem of cross-cultural contact in colonial Australia: an indigenous bogeyman that came to terrify European settlers.

The bunyip is that breath of cold air on the back of your neck in a closed room. It’s that person staring at you in a crowded party, whose face you can’t place. It’s an anxious mystery that makes us doubt ourselves . . . which is why Australians have tried to laugh it off.

White settlers first learned of bunyips from indigenous Australians in the early 19th century. The word itself comes from the Wergaia people of north-western Victoria, although similar creatures exist in indigenous folklore across Australia. William Buckley, the escaped convict who lived with the Wathaurong near the Barwon River, claimed to have spotted one several times.

Another escaped convict turned bushranger, George Clarke, had lived with the Gamilaraay on the Namoi River in northern New South Wales. Trying to capture Clarke’s gang in 1832, policeman Captain John Forbes met “Liverpool”, a Gamilaraay leader who sketched a creature he called a “Wawee”. It had fin-like feet, teeth and a tusk. “All the Blacks express fear of it, and say that it will devour them if it can catch them in the water,” wrote Forbes in his diary. A town in the Wawee’s splashing ground is now known as Wee Waa. Similarly, in 1878 indigenous man Kurruk sketched a fearsome, emu-like bunyip called Toor-roo-dun said to terrorise swamps around Western Port — where Tooradin stands.

While the bunyip was always large, amphibious and emitted a terrifying moan, no two accounts seem to agree about its physical appearance. In some descriptions it had a seal’s flippers and sleek body; in others, scales or shaggy dark fur. It usually had tusks or horns, but its head could resemble a pig’s, dog’s, cow’s or duck’s.

This uncertainty frustrated white settlers. Robert Brough Smyth’s 1878 book Aborigines of Vic-toria concluded that the locals “appear to have been in such dread of it as to have been unable to take note of its characteristics.”

Other colonialists were more sceptical. In an 1891 ghost story, Rosa Campbell Praed wrote, “The blacks have an impish drollery and love of mischief, and they delight in imposing on the credulity of their white auditors.” Captain Forbes worried: “I am not very sure, after all, that these people are not laughing at us.”

White Australians have long debated whether the bunyip is, or was, a real creature. After all, to European eyes Australian wildlife already seemed like a bizarre zoological prank: deer that stood like humans but hopped like frogs; egg-laying otters with ducks’ bills and beavers’ tails.

The word “bunyip” first appeared in print in July 1845, under a Geelong Advertiser headline: “Wonderful Discovery of a New Animal”. But an edition of the Warrnambool Examiner, dated May 12, 1857, dismissed “stupid and idle stories” about bunyips, concluding: “It’s obvious that the bunyip is a mere tradition of the crocodile, with which the northern rivers abound.”

Australian Museum naturalist George Bennett was first to suggest formally (in 1871) that the bunyip might be an indigenous cultural memory of extinct Australian megafauna, passed down through oral tradition. By 1991, the authors of Vertebrate Palaeontology of Australasia were postulating that, “When confronted with the remains of some of the now extinct Australian marsupials, Aborigines would often identify them as the bunyip.”

And in 1998, geologist Greg McNamara told Australian Geo-graphic magazine his theory that the remembered bunyip was actually a prehistoric turtle, Meiolania prisca, “a most impressive beast” up to two metres long with a metre-long, bony club tail and curved 25-centimetre horns.

Aborigines’ and Europeans’ shared uncertainty colours the bunyip’s meaning even today. By the 1850s, the word came to denote imposture and pretension: in 1853, radical lawyer and political activist Daniel Deniehy lampooned William Wentworth’s bid for a hereditary peerage in Australia by branding it a “bunyip aristocracy”. Prime Minister Paul Keating used the same phrase to ridicule his Liberal opponents in Parliament.

The 1970 comedy/documentary The Naked Bunyip dealt frankly with Australian sexuality. Director John Murray had read a story in which a bunyip didn’t know what sort of creature it was. “We, as Australians, did not have a strong sense of identity, either,” Murray recalled in 2005. “Were we a myth, too? Why not strip this creature bare and find out what it is made of?”

Australian parents used the indigenous stories to warn their children away from the bush. In colonial times, kids regularly drowned in waterholes or died of exposure, so these scary tales were practical. But as children’s entertainment strove to build a self-consciously Australian vocabulary in the early 20th century, bunyips began to appear as literary monsters.

The children’s pantomime The Bunyip was the Wiggles of its day, playing from 1916 to 1924. A stunningly elaborate production, it featured indigenous actors throwing boomerangs out over the crowd!

But by the 1957 children’s musical The Bunyip and the Satellite, the bunyip had become wise and whimsical, advising children how to defeat the wicked Bush Fire Spirit. Barry Humphries, who played the bunyip, described it as a “prancing bird-like clown with a falsetto that inevitably got huskier after 12 performances a week”.

Humphries also presided over a giant bunyip float in the 1958 Moomba parade and starred in a Channel Seven TV series. He fled from bunyip typecasting by moving to London in 1959. But by then, kindly bunyips were the go — especially Michael Salmon’s pink Alexander Bunyip, who ate Canberra in 1972 and will soon get his own statue outside the Gungahlin library.

Nonetheless, the bunyip retained an undercurrent of fear. As a child I remember finding the Ron Brooks illustrations in The Bunyip of Ber-keley’s Creek (1973) deeply disturbing. And Patricia Wrightson’s The Ice Is Coming (1977) featured the chilling description: “Its red eyes were like death and its bellow was like fear . . . You could not tell what it was except that it was dreadful . . .”

Perhaps the last hurrah of bunyip-related childhood terror is a Facebook group called “I Was Freaked Out By The Bunyip In Dot And The Kangaroo“. In the 1977 animated film, amid Godzilla-esque roars and horror-film strings, Maurie Wilmore crooned ominously: “So you better come home quickly/and you better hide very soon/or the Bunyip’s going to get you/in the Bunyip moon”.

There must be many emotionally scarred Gen-Xers out there. But I say: let’s scar Gen Y! Recent local horror films have tended to focus on vengeful ghosts, killer wildlife and sadistic torturers in remote areas, or have imported vampire and zombie narratives to Australia. Clearly, the time is ripe for the bunyip’s chilling return to Australian popular culture.

From the hollow Earth: Admiral Richard B. Byrd’s Secret Diary from Feb. Mar. 1947

The Master’s eyes seemed to penetrate deeply into my mind, and after studying me for a few moments he replied, ‘Your race has now reached the point of no return, for there are those among you who would destroy your very world rather than relinquish their power as they know it…’ I nodded, and the Master continued, ‘In 1945 and afterward, we tried to contact your race, but our efforts were met with hostility, our Flugelrads were fired upon. Yes, even pursued with malice and animosity by your fighter planes. So, now, I say to you, my son, there is a great storm gathering in your world, a black fury that will not spend itself for many years. There will be no answer in your arms, there will be no safety in your science. It may rage on until every flower of your culture is trampled, and all human things are leveled in vast chaos. Your recent war was only a prelude of what is yet to come for your race. We here see it more clearly with each hour..do you say I am mistaken?’

‘No,’ I answer, ‘it happened once before, the dark ages came and they lasted for more than five hundred years.’

‘Yes, my son,’ replied the Master, ‘the dark ages that will come now for your race will cover the Earth like a pall, but I believe that some of your race will live through the storm, beyond that, I cannot say. We see at a great distance a new world stirring from the ruins of your race, seeking its lost and legendary treasures, and they will be here, my son, safe in our keeping. When that time arrives, we shall come forward again to help revive your culture and your race. Perhaps, by then, you will have learned the futility of war and its strife…and after that time, certain of your culture and science will be returned for your race to begin anew. You, my son, are to return to the Surface World with this message…..’

With these closing words, our meeting seemed at an end. I stood for a moment as in a dream….but, yet, I knew this was reality, and for some strange reason I bowed slightly, either out of respect or humility, I do not know which.

Suddenly, I was again aware that the two beautiful hosts who had brought me here were again at my side. ‘This way, Admiral,’ motioned one. I turned once more before leaving and looked back toward the Master. A gentle smile was etched on his delicate and ancient face. ‘Farewell, my son,’ he spoke, then he gestured with a lovely, slender hand a motion of peace and our meeting was truly ended.

Quickly, we walked back through the great door of the Master’s chamber and once again entered into the elevator. The door slid silently downward and we were at once going upward. One of my hosts spoke again, ‘We must now make haste, Admiral, as the Master desires to delay you no longer on your scheduled timetable and you must return with his message to your race.’

215 Hours – A radio message comes through. ‘We are leaving you now, Admiral, your controls are free. Auf Wiedersehen!!!!’ We watched for a moment as the flugelrads disappeared into the pale blue sky.

The aircraft suddenly felt as though caught in a sharp downdraft for a moment. We quickly recovered her control. We do not speak for some time, each man has his thoughts…

ENTRY IN FLIGHT LOG CONTINUES:

220 Hours – We are again over vast areas of ice and snow, and approximately 27 minutes from base camp. We radio them, they respond. We report all conditions normal….normal. Base camp expresses relief at our re-established contact.

300 Hours – We land smoothly at base camp. I have a mission….

END LOG ENTRIES.

March 11, 1947. I have just attended a staff meeting at the Pentagon. I have stated fully my discovery and the message from the Master. All is duly recorded. The President has been ad vised. I am now detained for several hours (six hours, thirty- nine minutes, to be exact.) I am interviewed intently by Top Security Forces and a medical team. It was an ordeal!!!! I am placed under strict control via the national security provisions of this United States of America. I am ORDERED TO REMAIN SILENT IN REGARD TO ALL THAT I HAVE LEARNED, ON THE BEHALF OF HUMANITY1111 Incredible! I am reminded that I am a military man and I must obey orders.

30/12/56: FINAL ENTRY:

These last few years elapsed since 1947 have not been kind…I now make my final entry in this singular diary. In closing, I must state that I have faithfully kept this matter secret as directed all these years. It has been completely against my values of moral right. Now, I seem to sense the long night coming on and this secret will not die with me, but as all truth shall, it will triumph and so it shall.

This can be the only hope for mankind. I have seen the truth and it has quickened my spirit and has set me free! I have done my duty toward the monstrous military industrial complex. Now, the long night begins to approach, but there shall be no end. Just as the long night of the Arctic ends, the brilliant sunshine of Truth shall come again….and those who are of darkness shall fall in it’s Light..FOR I HAVE SEEN THAT LAND BEYOND THE POLE, THAT CENTER OF THE GREAT UNKNOWN.

Admiral Richard E. Byrd
United States Navy
24 December 1956

From the archives: August 2, 1952 UFO Report

F-94s Called Out To Chase
Saucers Over Washington

WASHINGTON. — The status of the flying saucer following radar sightings over Washington and a Pentagon “saucer” conference this week is just where it was previously — all up in the air.

Comments of high-ranking Air Force intelligence and “saucer project” officers are on the intangible side, as befits talk about phenomena on which the Air Force says no scientifically useful observations have been made.

In an effort to settle one rumor which declares that the “limitless” power which would be required for saucer propulsion could be obtained from a nuclear power plant generating electricity, The TIMES stated the theory to Maj. Gen. John A. Samford, Air Force director of intelligence.

“That’s a pretty strong idea, but wait until it gets a little further along,” he replied. Quizzed as to his meaning, he said that the idea is “mentally implausible.”

Washington has had a flurry of sightings of unidentified objects. Around midnight on July 19 the Air Route Traffic Control Center (CAA) at Washington National Airport sighted from seven to 10 unidentified aerial objects. The radar operators said that eight were picked up in the vicinity of Andrews AFB, Md., moving at from 100 to 120 mph.

The control center notified the Air Force and also asked planes in the air if they could see anything.

Capt. S.C. Pierman, piloting Capital Airlines Flight 807, southbound from National Airport, soon reported seeing seven objects between Washington and Martinsburg, W. Va. He said they changed pace, sometimes moving at tremendous speed, at other times hanging almost motionless. He described them as “like falling stars without tails”, and added:

“In all my years of flying I’ve seen a lot of falling or shooting stars, but these were much faster. They couldn’t have been aircraft. They were moving too fast for that. They were about the same size as the brighter stars, and were much higher than our 6000 ft altitude.”

Another airliner, Capital National airlines flight 610, also reported seeing a light and following it from Herndon, Va., to within four miles of Washington.

The Air Force did not send up interceptor planes that night because its own radar had not picked up the images and because the round-the-clock observer operation had not sent out warnings, officers said.

The night of July 26 at 9:08 unidentified objects were picked up by radar at National Airport. At various times four to 12 in number, the objects were seen on the radar screen until 3 a.m. Radar at Andrews AFB showed the objects from around 8:30 until midnight, and located them at approximately seven miles south of the base.

At 11:25 p.m., two F-94s from the Air Defense Command at New Castle AFB, Del., took off to investigate. One of the F-94 pilots saw four lights near Andrews, but he could not overtake them and they disappeared in two or three minutes. He also saw a steady white light 10 miles east of Mount Vernon but it faded quickly.

At 1:40 a.m., two more F-94s took off and patrolled the area until 2:20 a.m., but they saw nothing suspicious.

BLACK METAL OBJECT?

PA, June 4, 2010 – BLACK METAL OBJECT WITH POINTS TO IT AND FLAMES SHOOTING OUT FROM IT. MUFON Case # 23653.

On Friday the 4th around the time of 8:00 or 8:30 my husband and I was in the backyard watering our plants. While my husband was putting away the water hose I happen to look up to the sky and notice this black metal object in the sky.

This thing had fire shooting out and around it. It glided in a horizontal pattern. I told my husband to look at this thing and tell me what he thinks it is. He of course, didn’t know what to think.

It wasn’t too far away that you couldn’t tell what you were looking at and it didn’t make any noise.

This thing didn’t have any wings to it. I had mentioned to my husband that maybe it was space debris falling down. He then said that this thing was moveing in a way that didn’t look like something falling. It just glided.

We felt a little creeped out by this thing. I also noticed it had some sharp points on it. I tried to contact via e-mail our local newspaper to see if they had anyone else reporting this and they never got back to me. I’ve been watching and reading the newspaper and nothing was reported. I would like to know if anyone else saw what we saw.

Strange Disappearances

We’ve all heard of these stories at one time or another…people disappearing without a trace. Whether it be out in the woods or at sea etc., some of these cases have never yielded any results at all in their findings. My personal theories are kind of wide ranging in these cases. One of which I have a very strong suspicion that most if not all of these cases involve these people having been caught up in a temporal tear in the space-time continuum leading these individuals having been transported into perhaps another parallel earth or similar dimension.

Alien abductions? Perhaps a simple case of some of these people wanting to disappear from their friends or family for good reasons? No one to date really knows.

As with the Bermuda Triangle cases, there is more than a few similarities with the cases I have posted below…vanishing without a trace and so on. With the case of the young boy disappearing on his way to fetch fresh water, the mother reported hearing his voice coming from different directions. Did this boy become trapped within another parallel earth by accidentally coming in contact with a rip or “doorway” leading to another reality? One could only wonder.

Read on below. I’ll be posting more on this subject very soon.

THE DIFFICULTY OF CROSSING A FIELD

In this account, said to have occurred on a morning in July, 1854, the fate of a planter named Williamson, who lived six miles from Selma, Alabama, who vanished before the eyes of his wife and child, and a neighbor and his son.

Mr. Armour Wren gave the following account of the matter while under oath in the course of legal proceedings relative to the settlement of the Williamson estate:

“My son’s exclamation caused me to look toward the spot where I had seen the deceased (sic) an instant before, but he was not there, nor was he anywhere visible. I cannot say that at the moment I was greatly startled, or realized the gravity of the occurrence, though I thought it singular. My son, however, was greatly astonished and kept repeating his question in different forms until we arrived at the gate. My black boy Sam was similarly affected, even in a greater degree, but I reckon more by my son’s manner than by anything he had himself observed.” (This sentence in the testimony was stricken out.)

“As we got out of the carriage at the gate of the field, and while Sam was hanging (sic) the team to the fence, Mrs. Williamson, with her child in her arms and followed by several servants, came running down the walk in great excitement, crying: ‘He is gone, he is gone! Oh God! What an awful thing!’ and many other such exclamations, which I do not distinctly recollect. I got from them the impression that they related to something more than the mere disappearance of her husband, even if that had occurred before her eyes. Her manner was wild, but not more so, I think, than was natural under the circumstances. I have no reason to think she had at that time lost her mind. I have never since seen nor heard of Mr. Williamson.”

James Wren insisted that he had seen Mr. Williamson disappear, but he did not give testimony in court. Mrs. Williamson’s manner had become increasingly “wild,” and she did come to lose her reason. The slaves were judged incompetent to testify. The courts decided that Williamson was dead, and his estate was distributed according to law.

AN UNFINISHED RACE

On September 3, 1873, an amateur athlete named James Burne Worson made a tavern wager that he could run to Coventry and back to Leamington, Warwickshire (England), a distance of a bit more than forty miles. Worson set out with the gentleman who had bet against him, a line draper, Barham Wise, and Hamerson Burns, a photographer, following in a light cart.

Worson jogged along for several miles, boastful of his endurance, scornful of the occasional cheer of jeer from the wagon ahead of him.

Then, as the record has it:

“Suddenly–in the very middle of the roadway, not a dozen yards from them, and with their eyes full upon him–the man seemed to stumble, pitched headlong forward, uttered a terrible cry and vanished! He did not fall to the earth–he vanished before touching it. No trace of him was ever discovered.”

As might be expected, the authorities were more than a little skeptical of the fantastic account related by the three eye-witnesses, and the men were taken into custody.

“But they were of good standing, had always been considered truthful, were sober at the time of the occurrence, and nothing ever transpired to discredit their sworn account of their extraordinary adventure, concerning the truth of which, nevertheless, public opinion was divided, throughout the United Kingdom,” Bierce writes. “If they had something to conceal, their choice of means is certainly one of the most amazing ever made by sane human beings.”

CHARLES ASHMORE’S TRAIL

The previous stories are startling in their affect upon the reader. Consider your emotions seeing a loved one vanish before your eyes in the simple acts of crossing a field or running a race. Bierce again claims witnesses for the strange disappearances and presents them as documented occurrences.

In the case of Charles Ashmore, I was bitten early in my career writing about such an incident that occurred step by unsettling step by a farm boy with another name, thus indicating that the tale might be an urban/rural legend upon which Bierce drew to fashion another account of a mysterious disappearance.

When I first read it, as a farm boy of thirteen who did have to bring in the water from the well, I was looking over my shoulder at every step.

On the evening of November 9, 1878, sixteen-year-old Charles Ashmore left the family circle in the farmhouse near Quincy, Illinois, in order to fill the drinking bucket with fresh water from the spring. When he did not return, the family grew uneasy, and Christian Ashmore and his eldest daughter, Martha, took lantern in hand and went in search of the tardy teenager .

A light snow had fallen, obliterating the path, but making the young man’s trail conspicuous; each footprint was plainly defined.

Bierce writes in his account of this classic case of a strange disappearance: “After going a little more than half-way–perhaps seventy-five yards–the father, who was in advance, halted, and elevating his lantern stood peering intently into the darkness ahead. The trail of the young man had abruptly ended, and all beyond was smooth, unbroken snow. The last footprints were as conspicuous as any in the line; the very nail-marks were distinctly visible.”

Ashmore and his daughter took a wide circle around the tracks so that they might remain undisturbed, then they proceeded to the spring. The spring was covered with ice, hours old. The teenaged Charles had not progressed any further toward the spring than his final tracks indicated. And there were no tracks leading away from that ultimate trail.

Young Charles Ashmore had disappeared without a clue. But Bierce writes that four days later Charles’ grief-stricken mother went to the spring for water and returned insisting that she had heard the voice of her son calling to her as she passed the spot where his footsteps had ended. She had wandered about the area, thinking the voice to be coming first from one direction, then from another. She pursued the source of the voice until she had become exhausted with fatigue and emotion.

Later, when authorities questioned her as to what the voice had said, she protested that even though the words were perfectly distinct, she had been unable to receive any continuity of message.

For months afterward, at irregular intervals of a few days, the voice was heard by the several members of the family, and by others. Bierce concluded his account by stating that “all declared it unmistakably the voice of Charles Ashmore; all agreed that it seemed to come from a great distance, faintly, yet with entire distinctness or articulation; yet none could determine its direction, nor repeat its words. The intervals of silence grew longer and longer, the voice fainter and farther, and by midsummer it was heard no more.”

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