The SS Ourang Medan was a Dutch cargo ship that sent out a distress call, but by the time help arrived the entire crew were dead with their eyes open, staring ahead with a look of incredible horror on their faces. As she was about to be towed to land the ship exploded, and sank to a watery grave – refusing to give up any answers as to what happened on her salty decks.
The first mention of the SS Ourang Medan and all its suddenly dead crew was in a periodical published by the United States Coast Guard. Allegedly, the ship sent out a distress call, it went something like this:
“All officers including captain are dead lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” This message was followed by indecipherable Morse code then [the words] “I die.”
Help arrived as you can imagine – and only after a few hours. It was too late. Everybody on board was dead. As the rescue party boarded they saw a gruesome sight – the entire crew was at the doorway of decomposition with their eyes open, their arms outstretched, and their lifeless faces twisted in absolute horror. The ship’s dog was dead as well – found with a tooth-filled snarl on its lips.
The Medan itself was completely undamaged, and the sailors had no visible wounds to explain their mass-demise. Before the boat could be explored further flames exploded out of the cargo hold, and the would-be rescuers were forced back to their own vessel. Then the death-ship exploded, and sank out of man’s reach. Had the other ship’s crew not managed to cut the ropes holding the two barges together, perhaps both would have plunged together.
There are several theories as to how all those men died – ranging from the inhalation of carbon monoxide to some kind of nefarious UFO intervention. In the end, nobody really knows what happened.
You know what else nobody knows? If the Ourang Medan ever concretely existed or not. As we already stated, the first mention of the Medan was in a publication put out by the US National Coast Guard. One would think that meant sources were well documented. But perhaps this isn’t the case. Wikipedia seems to think so anyway:
“Several authors note their inability to find any mention of the case in Lloyd’s Shipping Register. Furthermore, no registration records for a ship by the name of Ourang Medan could be located in various countries, including the Netherlands. While Bainton states that the identity of the Silver Star, which was reported to have been involved in the failed rescue attempt, has been established with some certainty, the lack of information on the sunken ship itself has given rise to suspicion about the origins and credibility of the account. Bainton and others have put forward the possibility that accounts of, among others, the date, location, names of the ships involved, and circumstances of the accident might have been inaccurate or exaggerated, or that the story might be completely fictitious.”
So did the ship ever exist? No record of it anywhere would certainly seem to indicate that it didn’t. This point is counter-argued with a barely-post WWII mentality saying that some sort of top secret chemical cargo may have required absolute secrecy – and then triggered all those deaths.
The rescuers found the ship drifting in waters near Indonesia and they made the decision to board. Once aboard the ship, what they found was shocking. The entire crew, including the dog who was growling at an unseen enemy, were all dead and lying in terrifying positions. Their “teeth bared with their upturned faces to the sun, staring as if in fear…” The bodies had no visible signs of injuries. As the rescue party neared the bodies in the broiler room, they felt a chill, even though the temperature was near 110 degrees Fahrenheit. As they were searching the ship, a fire broke out and they were forced to leave. As the rescuers watched, the ship blew up violently, further adding to the mystery because on one could return to find out what happened. There are several theories that might explain what happened.
The most likely, and the only one that would also explain why there is no record of the ship, is that it was carrying unsecured hazardous materials like potassium cyanide and nitroglycerine, or even wartime stocks of nerve agents. If sea water had entered the ships hold and reacted with the nitroglycerine, it would have caused the fire and the explosion, along with making everyone pass out.
The next theory, which is more likely to happen but would not explain why there is no record of the Ourang Medan’s or its accident, is carbon monoxide poisoning. This theory says that an undetected, smoldering fire or a malfunction in the ship’s boiler system caused the ship to wreck. The escaping carbon monoxide would have caused the deaths of all aboard, the fire would have slowly grown out of control, and the ship would have eventually blown up.
The other theories all center on the paranormal. Aliens, ghosts, and even alien ghosts, are all suspects and all have ways to explain the deaths and the expressions on the crews’ faces. These theories are further fueled by the explosion of the ship. As long as we have no evidence to prove the ship’s existence, wreck, or even who was on the ship, we will never know. The only boundary to the theories is our imagination and what we are willing to believe.
The macabre distress call was picked up by numerous ships and Dutch and British listening posts who, through triangulation, identified the vessel as the Dutch freighter SS Ourang Medan and located its approximate position within the straits of Malacca. Of the two American merchant ships that heard the Ourang Medan’s grim message, the 6,507tn Silver Star was the nearest and she raced to the aid of the stricken vessel.
Within a few hours, The Silver Star arrived upon a hushed sight. The calm sea gently lapped at the Ourang Medan’s stationary hull and the crew were nowhere to be seen above decks. The American ship hailed the Dutch vessel with whistles, calls and hand signals but there was no response. Nothing on board the strange craft moved. A boarding party was quickly assembled and what they discovered was such an alarming sight that it has made the Ourang Medan one of the strangest and disquieting nautical mysteries of all time, eclipsing even the Marie Celeste in macabre detail if not in infamy.
The SOS message proved correct; every member of the Ourang Medan’s crew lay dead. The crew’s corpses lay scattered on the decks. The captain laid dead on the bridge, his officers in the wheelhouse, chartroom and wardroom all deceased. More than this, their eyes were still open, faces upturned towards the pitiless sun, some with outstretched arms and expressions of sheer terror upon their features. As a May 1952 report of the Proceedings of the Merchant Marine Council put it: “their frozen faces were upturned to the sun, the mouths were gaping open and the eyes staring…” The Silver Star’s boarding party noted that even the ship’s dog was dead, its face locked in a tormented grimace that mirrored that of its masters’. A trip to the communications room revealed the author of the SOS messages, also dead, his hand still on the Morse sending key, eyes wide open and teeth bared. Strangely, there was no sign of wounds or injuries on any of the bodies.
The decision was made to tow the mysterious ship back to port but before they could get underway, smoke began emanating below decks, probably originating in Number 4 hold. The boarding party hurriedly returned to The Silver Star and barely had time to cut the tow lines before the SS Ourang Medan exploded with such force that she “lifted herself from the water and swiftly sank”.
To this day, the exact fate of the Ourang Medan and her crew remain a seemingly impenetrable mystery. Speculation has been made that pirates killed the crew and sabotaged the ship, although this doesn’t explain the peculiar grimaces and lack of injuries on the corpses. Others have claimed that clouds of methane or other noxious natural gases could have bubbled up from fissures on the sea bed and engulfed the ship. Even more fantastical theories involving aliens and ghosts abound. Skepticism exists about the truthfulness of the entire story, suggesting perhaps that the ship may never have actually even existed, but what is certain is that while the Ourang Medan’s story is not the most well known, it refuses to disappear.
What really happened to the SS Ourang Medan? Over the decades several marine historians have sought to uncover the truth about the ship’s puzzling fate. Among these, Roy Bainton’s research stands out. He writes:
“Searching the Dutch Shipping records in Amsterdam seemed only to deepen the mystery. There was no mention of the ship at all, and my enquiries to the Maritime Authority in Singapore drew a blank.
“What follows is pure speculation, but there is a tantalising, possible explanation as to her crew’s demise and her disappearance from the records. A fellow researcher, Otto Mielke mentions a mixed, lethal cargo on the Ourang Medan ‘Zyankali’ (potassium cyanide) and nitro-glycerine. How this mixture could have gone unrecorded is a mystery, as the controls on such lethal cargoes, even 50 years ago, would have ensured reams of paperwork.”
Unit 731 was a secret research and development department within the Imperial Japanese Army that was dedicated to biological and chemical warfare. They used human beings as part of their experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II and thus were responsible for some of the most notorious war crimes carried out by Japanese personnel. Unit 731’s research methods were unremittingly appalling. However, after the war ended, Douglas MacArthur (the then the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers) secretly granted immunity to many of Unit 731’s personnel in exchange for providing The United States with their biological warfare research. Shiro Ishii, the department’s head moved to Maryland to work on bio-weapons research. Bainton continues:
“So how was this deadly cargo moved around the South China Sea and through the Straits of Malacca during this troubled period? Not by air; the prospect of a cargo plane crashing with several tons of deadly gas on board was too horrendous to consider. No, you hired an insignificant old tramp steamer, preferably with a low paid foreign crew, stowed the cargo in disguised oil drums and, like all serious smugglers, hoped for the best, and a blind eye from authority. If we accept, due to the nature of her crew’s deaths, that she was carrying deadly gas or chemicals and if indeed she was a Dutch vessel had this news broken it would have been a major embarrassment for any government involved, especially in the light of the Geneva Convention. Hence the dead ends faced by any researcher. The story exists because, like the gases, it escaped.”
As with many of these mysteries, it is unlikely that the truth will be uncovered and for now at least, the Ourang Medan remains a dark tale to tell on stormy nights.
I’m going to make the details of what happened at that revival short for the sake of time, because there’s still many, many more details of what happened during and after this revival. About three weeks into going to this revival, things had been fine. In the fourth week however, things started going on that still makes me question why and how.
In that fourth week, my wife started talking about demonic possession, and dwelling on it pretty heavily. She told me people at this revival wanted to take away her ‘demonic powers’ (not in the interest to “heal” or “cleanse her”). Yes, I know that’s pretty far out there. My wife had been a practicing wiccan too. She never really told anybody the full details about any of that. I myself witnessed certain people there displaying very real signs of demonic possession. Full fledged Christians acting this way.
On certain night after returning from this revival, we could both feel something in the same room with us, staring or glaring at us with contempt. I will be truthful with all of you and tell you I have been apart of divinations, have had very real experiences with ghosts, poltergeists and the like. This felt kind of different though! Like this thing had a mission or something to fulfill.
In this fourth week of all this, my wife started having bad nightmares, started becoming fixated with Michael the Arch Angel and Hitler, vampires and others. She had NEVER been fixated with ANYTHING to do with Hitler, vampires and all that. I firmly believe this so called revival and the cronies running it had used some type of auditory based influence that might have had some prolonged psychological results as well. John Kilpatrick and his cronies like Nathan Morriss are fakes and are simply trying to deceive people through the use of religion to aquire money and further the new age Christian movement, which has nothing to do with the actual word of God!
Keep one thing in mind: I am not trying to destroy or persecute the religious community or trying to advocate Christian persecution. I am simply trying to expos false prophets and con artists here, and make people aware of the dogmatic and dangerous beliefs they advocate! Mr. Kilpatrick’s history speaks for itself (read the articles at this link for more details as well as this site for even more details and info on Mr. Kilpatricks history). As for the rest associated with this revival…guilty as charged.
My wife now is dealing with emotional problems when before she had no other problems other than daily normal ones etc. We have been married for 12 years now, and I have NEVER witnessed her become this disturbed all because of a simple revival. There is far more going on behind the scenes of this revival! If you have any thoughts about attending this event…DON’T! The paranormal aspects of this revival all are based on Eastern philosophies of Chi techniques etc. Among the other “tricks” these people at this revival have used and concentrate on to keep the people enthused & coming back for more are being slain in the spirit, so called holy laughter (which is NOT biblical at all!) laying on of hands and so on. Here’s what all that amounts to, summed up in one shot:
Just as the Western psychologists are proffering ancient shamanistic practices in a guise which is more palatable to the uninitiated Westerners, so the professing Christian churches which peddle ‘religious fainting” have simply made the Possession-Trance state of shamanism more readily acceptable to the undiscerning sheep who attend their heated meetings. These are the true origins of the strange phenomena which are being so widely reported today and which are bringing the gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ into so much disrepute.
Now to bring up another question…do you believe the true origins of so called demons to be the one we all know about, or do you think demons are simply a race of evil spirits with a very different origin other than what we know from the bible or Sunday school teachings? One thing is true here…my wife has been affected in such a way from this, that she will be wrestling with a very real problem for along time to come because of a very dangerous situation created by con-artists who may very well be “in league with the devil” to further their own ends and hunger for power (and money). Religion is the most dangerous weapon human-kind has ever wielded! Think about this…religion can destroy families, religion can destroy marriages, religion is used to brain-wash, gain money etc. And the list go on and on.
My wife is doing better, but the effects of this encounter with these people will haunt her for years to come. Please do research the names mentioned here of the people linked with this revival. Watch the videos below, these videos are very telling about the true nature of this revival. Watch these and comment back about what’s on your mind.
I’ll be posting more on this subject in the very near future. If you have any experiences to share about these revivals, please share them! There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes with these revivals than what meets the eye.
Since this whole story about our experiences with a revival we had gone to, to investigate and pick apart for the obvious stage show that it was, is going to be a pretty long one, it will be in two part posts.
My wife and I were invited to a local revival called the Bay of the Holy Spirit Revival. This revival takes place at the Expo Center in Mobile, AL. The revival originally started in Toronto Canada, then in Brownsville Florida. It’s not what you would expect. This revival is NOT about “reviving” the spirit of God and bringing salvation through Jesus. This “show” is staged by charismatic christians who focus more on healing than salvation. Demonic activity was seldom mentioned. Many people from all over the world had been there as well or had been watching over the Internet, hoping to be healed from their sicknesses etc., and perhaps even “saved” from their sins.
What I personally had experienced was new age healing techniques being employed, and using the guise of “old school” preaching and new testament type “fire of God” power to heal the wounded. This revival is NOT of God or any semblance of Christianity! This so called “revival” is a combination of Christian doctoral views and teachings and Eastern techniques! This is not a true revival at all.
Ok, so how is any of this paranormal related? you might be thinking. Eastern techniques employ the use of Chi manipulation and mastering. Allowing the person to achieve almost paranormal type results. But, all humans are capable of mastering our physical bodies through Chi…we in the western world have just been taught otherwise that we cannot!
Before getting into details of what took place there and outside of the revival, here’s some of the key players (feel free to research the names…it makes for some surprising reads). John Kilpatrick, Nathan Morris, Steve Hill as well as other “smaller” players in this situation. discernmentministriesinternational.wordpress.com has a lot of great info you really need to read and watch the videos to see the true reasons why this revival is dangerous on so many levels!
This whole ordeal took place in February of this year, 2011. We had attended three weeks of the revival. During each event I started to take note of the bizarre reactions of these laying on of hands (which is not scriptural). I witnessed people reacting in strange ways…sudden eruption of unusual laughter, eyes rolling back in their heads, trembling, sweating, manic behaviors and more. Many people claimed their hearing was restored, their eye sight restored, diseases healed etc.
John Kilpatrick has been exposed as a false prophet before. Mr. Kilpatrick’s bank account has seen some pretty good results because of the Brownsville revival. But as with all things, even that revival had eventually dried up and he had to move on to Mobile, AL to “bring the fire of God”, or rather renew his income and make that bank account happy again. Here’s what the bible says about false prophets:
But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, ratherlovers of pleasure than lovers of God– having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2 Timothy 3:1-5
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves. Manywill follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. 2 Peter 2:1-3
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3: 4
Nathan Morriss is his right hand man in all of this. Mr. Morriss is a pastors son. He had gotten involved in drug use, drinking and had many women friends. The fire of God had supposedly fallen on him one day and from that point on, he suddenly knew his real reason in life. Make no mistakes about this…BOTH of these people have had their lives (and financial lives) remarkably improved as if by a miracle. But if you want to believe that, I have some prime land for sale on venus for you.
Here’s the prime “big dogs” behind this dog and pony show for the masses:
Tomorrow I will be getting into the details of what took place during and after that revival. What happened because of the influence of these false prophets also caused my wife to have a serious health problem, and I’ll explain why I suspect this revival to be a big reason for it happening. There are paranormal related implications to all this, so stay tuned and I’ll piece it all together.
Part 2 will be posted on the 30th Life has me pretty busy, so I will be posting part 2 as soon as I can.
Tomorrow I want to post about a very real and growing problem associated with todays Christianity. My wife and I have had an incident involved with a revival that had been taking place in the city we live in. If you have ever been to a modern day revival and have had noticed a lot of strange things involved with these “get togethers”, then you’ll want to read my up-coming post about these snake oil salesmen (not all pastors involved in these revivals are guilty by the way). I’ll be providing links to a very good website that has a lot of great info so you can research more about this.
So stay tuned, more is on its way.
Posted at paranormal.about.com. Unsolved mysteries of people of unknown origin, fate and astonishing abilities
By Stephen Wagner, About.com Guide
The Green Children
In 1887, two small children were found alone near the town of Banjos, Spain. But these were no ordinary children who had been lost or abandoned by parents. They were discovered by field hands who were distracted from their work by frightened cries. Upon investigation, they found a small boy and girl, scared and crying, huddled near the entrance to a cave. Their language was unknown to the workers – it certainly wasn’t Spanish. More mysterious still, they wore clothes made of a strange metallic cloth… and their skin had an odd green tint.
After being taken to the village to be cared for, the boy soon died since it was difficult to get either of them to eat anything. But the girl survived, and when at last she was able to communicate in Spanish with her caregivers, she told them that she and her brother had come from a place that had no sun, but a land of perpetual twilight. When asked how they came to be at the cave, she said that they had heard a loud bang, were pushed through “something,” and then were in the cave.
A Modern Jonah
The Bible records the account of Jonah who was swallowed by a whale or a great fish, but was later freed from the beast. In 1891, a British sailor lived through the same fate. The seamen aboard the whaling ship The Star of the East struggled to kill a great sperm whale and bring it on board. In the battle between man and beast, two sailors disappeared. But when the whale’s stomach and liver were hoisted onto the deck of the ship, it was noticed that something was moving inside the stomach. Cutting open the stomach, the crew found James Bartley, one of the missing men, curled up, unconscious, but still alive.
The Disappearance of Bernardo Vazquez
Twenty-year-old Bernardo Vazquez was obsessed with the unknown and black magic, as well as getting rich. People who knew him in San Juan, Puerto Rico say he may have succeeded with a bizarre experiment that made him invisible. After consulting his books on the occult, he one day told his mother that he had learned how to become invisible – through a strange ritual involving a black cat, wood from an old coffin and a tin can. He believed that by boiling the cat and using a resulting bone to place under his tongue he could be invisible at will.
One night be barricaded himself in his room at the back of the house to carry out the ritual. His mother became concerned when he never came out, and she called the authorities. They had to break into his room where they found the disturbing remnants of his ritual – the burned wood and a disemboweled black cat. But Bernardo was nowhere to be found. Did he indeed become invisible… or did he vanish into the unknown?
Benedetto Supino’s astonishing and dangerous abilities came to public attention in the early 1980s, when he was just 10 years old. Benedetto, of Formia, Italy, could set things afire just by staring at them. More often, his power to start fires was involuntary, erupting merely by his presence. The first incident took place in 1982 in a dentist’s waiting room. Without cause or warning, the comic book Benedetto was reading suddenly caught fire.
One morning he was awakened by a fire in his own bed – his pajamas were in flames and the boy suffered severe burns. On another occasion, a small plastic object held in his uncle’s hands began to burn as Benedetto stared at it. Just about everywhere he went, furniture, paper, books and other items would start to smolder or burn. Some witnesses even claimed to see his hands glow at these moments.
The Delphos Wolf Girl
There are many stories of feral children – children who apparently have been raised in the wild, sometimes by animals and adopting animal-like behavior – but the story of the wolf girl sighted near Delphos, Kansas in the early 1970s is one of the strangest. Weirder still, it might have a UFO connection.
It began in July 1974 when reports began to come in of the sighting of a wild-looking girl of about 10 to 12 years of age. Witnesses said she had matted yellow hair and wore ragged red clothing. Upon being sighted, the girl would scamper away like an animal on all fours. During searches for the girl by authorities around the central Kansas town, some people were attacked and scratched by the girl.
The possible UFO connection actually begins two years earlier in 1971 when 16-year-old Ronald Johnson claimed to see a mushroom-shaped UFO land in a wooded area near Delphos. He further claimed that seeing the UFO had injured his eyes but had also given him psychic powers. It was during this time that he said he encountered a wild, blonde-haired girl who ran away from him on all fours. Was it the same girl… and was there a connection to the UFO?
Zana the Apewoman
Zana’s story is that of another feral female, but her story is quite different than others. While feral children are wild and animal-like in behavior but always human, Zana actually looked somewhat less than human. Discovered in the mid-1700s in the Russian province of Georgia, Zana, as she was named, had many ape-like features: thick arms, legs, and fingers, and she was covered with hair. Some have speculated that she was a survivor of the Neanderthal race… or perhaps a female Bigfoot… or some human/ape hybrid.
Defying Gravity and Belief
Daniel Dunglas Home may not be as familiar a name to us today as Harry Houdini, but perhaps he should be. Either he was one of the greatest psychics of the 19th Century, able to demonstrate remarkable (some say paranormal) feats, or he was one of the greatest magicians. At séances he could make heavy tables and chairs (often with people sitting in them) levitate. Under close observation he could place his hands and face into red-hot coals without harm. He could make himself grow and stretch up to 12 inches taller.
In his most famous demonstration, he is said to have floated out of a window of a four-story building and then appear outside an adjacent window, which he then climbed in, to the astonishment of his audience. Unlike many mediums of his day, Home welcomed scrutiny by scientists and skeptics. None were ever able to prove his feats were tricks or to explain how he accomplished them.
Sometimes evidence of past history makes us question whether or not our own past is correct or not. And whether or not what we had learned about our own origins are right or not. Here is a very interesting article found at io9.com. What do you think about this finding? Let’s discuss it!
15,000-year-old campsite in Texas challenges conventional story of American settlement 15,000 years ago, humans camped in a lush Texas valley, leaving thousands of artifacts behind, from tools to face paint. This could be definitive proof that ancient people arrived in America by boat, not by walking the Bering Strait.
Anthropologist Michael Waters and colleagues announced their findings today, detailing the almost 16,000 artifacts they found near Buttermilk Creek, outside the Austin area. Their discovery will change everything you thought you knew about how people arrived in the Americas.
Meet the Buttermilk Creek people
What’s remarkable is that this places human occupation of America over 2,000 years earlier than previously believed. And apparently, these early settlers loved the Buttermilk Creek area – there is evidence that it’s been a popular campsite for thousands of years. As Waters put it yesterday at a press conference:
It seemed that the Buttermilk Creek area was a place that people came back to continually. It’s as if when that site was discovered or that valley was found, that people kept coming back for over 15,000 years.
15,000-year-old campsite in Texas challenges conventional story of American settlement The artifacts Waters found, which he and his colleagues call the Buttermilk complex, were mostly made from white chert, a popular stone for tools because like onyx it can be flaked into very sharp knife-edges. Yesterday at a press conference, Waters explained that the Buttermilk toolset included weapons, plus tools for preparing hide and shaping bone and wood. From that, we can extrapolate that these people had a developed textile culture (including pigments for decorating their clothing). They also used many materials, like wood and bone, for everything from tools to jewelry. Their toolkit was also small enough to be packed up and carried, which confirms that the campers were probably nomadic, returning to Buttermilk Creek on a seasonal basis.
The researchers used a new dating technique called optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) to date the sands around the artifacts, and are certain that they date to roughly 15,000 years ago.
How did they get to America?
Many anthropologists believe that the first people in the Americas came over the Bering Strait roughly 13,000 years ago, at a time when there was a breech in the ice sheets that would have permitted passage. According to this account, these people came from Northern Asia and brought “Clovis technology” with them, which included sophisticated arrowheads among other things. Now it seems that people came much earlier, and developed the Clovis technology once they arrived in the regions we now call North and South America. Waters told reporters:
This is almost like a baseball bat to the side of the head to the archeological community to wake up and say, hey, there are pre-Clovis people here . . . and we need to develop a new model for peopling of the Americas.
15,000-year-old campsite in Texas challenges conventional story of American settlement So what would this new model be? Most likely, North Asian people came to the Americas in boats, just the way their ancestors got to Australia 50,000 years ago. Waters said:
15,500 years ago, the ice-free corridor was closed [in the Bering Strait]. The two ice sheets were merged. So this lends indirect credence to the idea that people came along the coast and entered the Americas. If that’s the case, then perhaps people came up the Columbia River [in Washington], because that would have been the first major entry into the continent. And we should start looking for early sites there.
Indeed, there is a site in Oregon with just a few artifacts that could be part of the Buttermilk complex.
Most likely these people would have traveled down the coast, eventually reaching as far as southern Chile, where the famous Monte Verde campsite contains human artifacts believed to be nearly 15,000 years old too.
Waters says soon scientists will sequence DNA from skeletons found in these Buttermilk-era sites, which should help them figure out how humans arrived in the Americas and where they came from. But he was willing to speculate about what it would have been like for these early settlers as they explored:
[I’m not saying] 1,000 people just marched in all at the same time. They probably came in dribs and drabs, you know, one group and then another group of maybe 50, another group of 100, another group of maybe 80 coming down, but all coming from some sort of common genetic ancestor . . . Prior to this, everybody was saying, well, they were coming along the coast and they were paddling as fast as they could to get down to the southern tip of South America. I think people take a little bit of time as they were coming along the coast, because they’re going to find the Columbia River. They’re going to find San Francisco Bay. They’re going to find Santa Barbara and San Diego. That’s where I would have stopped; I’m from San Diego.
This discovery confirms beyond a doubt that people arrived in America before 15,000 years ago, which in turn strikes a major blow against the Bering Strait theory of migration. It also means that one of the most sophisticated tool sets of the pre-historical world, the Clovis complex, was developed in the Americas by people whose children founded the cities and industries that dominated North and South America for thousands of years before Europeans arrived.
The video along with the write up was found at youtube.com, and not my own. A pretty good video I thought it was worth sharing.
Another YouTube find
This compilation includes many of my favorite NASA UFO encounters/sightings that I have archived over the years. All of these examples (with the exception of the second-to-last one) were captured on film by NASA astronauts or Russian Cosmonauts over the past half-century – showing many amazing examples from different eras – Gemini, Apollo, Apollo/Soyuz Test Project, Skylab, STS, the ISS, plus a couple Russian-source additions from their unmanned Zond and Mir Space Station programs as well thrown in to round things out.
The second last example is the only one in the compilation that features footage that was not taken in space and is not official-source (NASA or Soviet/Russian Space Agency). That clip shows an LTP (Lunar Transient Phenomenon) event captured through a camera connected to the eyepiece of a terrestrial-based telescope that luckily was being focused on the Moon at the time. In this case, the LTP manifests as an object transiting across the face of the lunar disc. Many thanks to amateur astronomer Alberto Mayer of Italy for doing a wonderful job of filming this stunning event (and for stacking the footage for us all to see).
While the examples you will see here captured on film can all be “officially” classified as “unidentified” objects, that absolutely does NOT mean that NASA, the DoD, and certain elements within the scientific community worldwide are completely in the dark as to what these things you are seeing are. Make no mistake: The Powers That Be are indeed aware of far more about our mysterious Universe than they are ever willing to admit to us. We, the plebeian masses of this planet, are being held in a state of enforced ignorance, deemed not worthy of knowing the full truth by those who are REALLY “running the show” down here on Earth. As this video shows over and over again however, there are indeed snippets of that amazing truth that have been left scattered about the official government archives over the decades, there for us to find so we may begin to educate ourselves about what is the most monumental coverup in human history – where the only thing more incredible than the lies is the truth!
Aliens are coming to a city near you. Or, at least they’re surveying Boulder County as a future landing zone, according to several Lafayette residents.
Three red lights in a triangle were spotted hovering in the sky by several Lafayette residents Monday around 8:30 p.m. The sky was clear, but witnesses could not see anything connecting the lights.
Leroy Vandervegt, 50, has lived in Lafayette for the past 16 years. His 17-year-old son, Nick, spotted the lights on his way home from work and called his father. Leroy Vandervegt grabbed his camera, ran outside and looked up. He began filming. Sure enough, he too saw three red lights. Aliens? Maybe.
“I don’t know what they are,” Leroy Vandervegt said. “All I know is that I had no idea what it is. It wasn’t a satellite, it wasn’t an airplane and it wasn’t a helicopter.”
The lights made no noise, Vandervegt said, and seemed to hover in the sky while moving slowly from southwest to southeast. They didn’t blink. The lights remained in a triangular shape, but the type of triangle changed from equilateral to isosceles to scalene.
Then, the triangle began moving toward the northeast sky when one light extinguished, or zoomed away. The remaining two lights “just turned off and were gone,” he said.
Denver International Airport officials declined to comment on the sighting. But Allen Kenitzer, the Federal Aviation Administration’s spokesman for the Rocky Mountain region, said his staff didn’t see anything out of the ordinary Monday
In this image taken from a YouTube video, three red lights hover over Lafayette.
“To the best of our knowledge, radar returns showed no abnormal unidentified activity within our airspace in references to the three triangular formation red lights as being reported,” Kenitzer said in an e-mail.
Leroy Vandervegt posted his video to YouTube and his since gotten more than 6,000 views and nearly 50 comments.
His brother, Alex Lankhorst, was visiting Lafayette from Salina, Kan. The video he posted of the lights has received more than 8,000 views. Lankhorst said the description of “unidentified flying object” made sense in this situation — no one could identify the object in the sky.
Doug Wilson is the Colorado director for the Greeley-based Mutual UFO Network, an organization that strives to
Joey Valadez, left, and his dad, Joe, stand outside their Lafayette home, where they spotted some sort of UFO. ( MARTY CAIVANO )
learn the origin of UFO phenomena through the collection and analysis of UFO data. Wilson received four reports of the UFO sighting and is sending investigators to the scene.
“It’s unusual for us to have a single event with multiple reports,” Wilson said. “It’s not just somebody pulling our leg.”
Wilson said three red lights in a triangle is a common pattern for UFOs.
Joe Valadez, 47, also posted a video to YouTube of the lights in the sky. Some of the commenters on Valadez’s video were skeptical. One user, Lonnie Sexton, 33, wrote: “I want proof as bad as the next guy, but these are just hot air candle balloons folks.”
Sexton, of Broomfield, said he would like to believe that there are other life forms in the universe, but nothing he has seen online has convinced him.
“It’s always kind of iffy,” he said in an interview. “With graphics these days, you can’t believe everything you see on the Internet.”
Sexton slowed down the video and enhanced it to get a better look. A more plausible explanation, he said, are Japanese lanterns “like in the Karate Kid” — floating flags or plastic bags with small candles underneath.
“There’s always a better explanation,” Sexton said. “If alien species were to descend somewhere, why would they just hover? They would let us know they were here.”
Valadez said he too wanted a logical explanation for the sighting, but he couldn’t come up with one. For now, he and other witnesses will have to settle on the unknown.
“It’s just weird,” he said. “I’m skeptical, but it’s unexplainable. I believe in certain stuff, but I’m not a UFO nerd or whatever. I’m not really sure it was aliens; I just wonder what it was.”
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Do you believe in Angels? Have you ever had an encounter with one of these entities? Many people have and have been changed since their encounters. Here’s an interesting article written by Stephen Wagner about personal encounters with these creatures.
WHO ARE THESE mysterious beings? They seem to come out of nowhere just when they are needed, have just what you need to solve the problem, then vanish quickly without a trace. The people who encounter them are often convinced that they are angels – spirit beings who temporarily take on human from to lend a hand in time of need. Skeptics say, of course, that they are just helpful but ordinary people. Yet the reports are surprisingly consistent: no one knows where these helpers come from, and they disappear in an instant when you’re not looking.
Equally frustrating to understand is that the help they lend is very often in relatively mundane circumstances. A stuck car, for instance. You would think that if a heavenly being was going to materialize to help a human (we could call it a miracle, couldn’t we?), it would be in far more important matters than fixing a flat tire.
And who knows; perhaps they do assist in such important matters. And if they are spiritual beings, who are we to question their motives?
Whether you believe they are angels or not, here are some fascinating reports of these mysterious benefactors.
ANGEL IN RED FLANNEL
Angelic assistance isn’t always as mundane as fixing a flat; sometimes it is literally life saving. Twenty-one year old Kimberly was inner-tubing on a back woods Wisconsin river one summer day. “I was in a shallow, but fast part of the river, when my inner tube flipped out from under me,” Kimberly says. “The water was only shin deep, so I ran after my tube. While I was running I fell into a deep spot and got caught in a hydraulic, where water flowing over a rock or other obstacle flows down, then back onto itself in an eruption of whitewater.
“I was sucked down and sucked in over my head. I struggled to reach the surface, which was mere inches away! I grabbed at the water, trying to propel myself upward and out of this water trap. When I realized my efforts were fruitless and I was about to drown, I felt an intense peacefulness and serenity fill me with a warmth I can’t describe.
“Suddenly, someone grabbed me by the wrist, and in one tug had me out of the deep water and standing in ankle-deep water nearby. I caught a glimpse of a blonde woman in a red flannel shirt, but when I turned to thank her for saving my life, there was no one there.”
STRANGER ON THE METRO
There certainly are many kind people in the world who don’t hesitate to help strangers in need – especially children. But was it just a kind man young Brian encountered on an April afternoon in 1999… or was he something more? Patty H. tells us that she along with her husband, their son Brian and daughter were riding the Metro Link on their way to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game that day.
“Brian had a Sharpie marker and baseball cap that he was planning on get autographs with,” she says. “The Metro Link stopped at Busch Stadium. All of us got off the train. Brian noticed that he dropped the marker and went back on to retrieve it. The doors to the train closed and it left the platform. My son was still on the train! Brian was only 10 years old at the time and it was his first time in the big city. We were just frantic.”
All the family could do was wait for the train to loop back to the station, which took about 35 minutes. When the train finally made it back to the platform, Brian had an interesting story to tell. “While he was on the train,” Patty says, “a black gentleman sat next to him and began to talk to him. He asked him questions and reassured him that he would be fine. Brian said he and the man were the only two people on the train. Yet when the doors to the train opened, the man had strangely disappeared. He did not go out the door. He would have had to walk past us. We believe it was my son’s guardian angel.”
You have your doubts? Eight years later, Patty tells us, this same mysterious man visited their son’s hospital room when he was direly ill.
LICENSE TO SAVE
Here is one of those miraculous roadside assistance stories. The interesting thing about this one, according to Amanda, is that the helpful stranger looked like Jesus himself. Her experience took place in Pottstown, Pensylvania.
“I have never been the real religious type,” Amanda says. “As a matter of fact, I often made jokes about the Bible as well as Jesus. After having compared Jesus to a fictional character one night, I drove with a friend of mine to another friend’s home. Rain was pouring and the weather was unbearable. Somehow my vehicle landed in what appeared to be a river in the middle of the road I was traveling. I tried to call a couple of male friends to try to push my vehicle out. No luck. I sat crying next to my car at 3:00 a.m. in a wooded area, with absolutely no homes present.
“An elderly man came out of the woods, resembling what one would assume to be Jesus: tall, skinny and bearded. He said that he would go get his tow-truck and pull my car out of the rapids. I sat in my boyfriend’s vehicle as the old man drove a tractor over to my vehicle. The license plate on his tractor read: ‘You have a friend in Jesus.’
“Was this a coincidence,” Amanda wonders, “or was Jesus showing me how non-fictional he really is?”
IN THE ARMS OF AN ANGEL
Sharon’s six-month-old daughter was miraculously saved from catastrophe one day when they were out shopping. Sharon and her friend had taken the baby to the mall, pushing her around in a stroller with all the necessaries: diaper bag, purse, etc.
“My biggest challenge in the malls and stores was navigating the escalators,” Sharon says. “Being the cautious type, I would always fold up the stroller and carry it down the escalator in one hand, baby in the other. But this is a dangerous balancing act in itself. I’d seen other people just roll their strollers onto an escalator, ride it down and roll it off at the bottom. I’d always doubted my ability to pull it off, but on this day, against my better judgment, I decided to try it.
“My friend got on the escalator. With my daughter safely strapped in, I rolled the stroller on behind her, then got on myself. A man got on behind me. I didn’t pay much attention to him, but I was aware that he was standing about two or three steps behind me. All was well until we got to the bottom. I was in the process of rolling the stroller off behind her, but something on the stroller caught on the escalator. The stroller stopped dead… I didn’t. I flew over the top of the stroller, arms and legs everywhere. I heard the stroller collapse, but I couldn’t do anything about it – it was like I was tumbling through space in slow motion.
“I didn’t hear my baby cry. As I scrambled to my feet, I feared the absolute worst. My slightly mangled stroller (one wheel was bent) had skidded about 10 feet from the bottom of the escalator. My baby wasn’t in it. But standing right behind me, holding her, was the man who’d gotten on the escalator behind me. She was unhurt and completely calm. He handed my daughter to me without a word. I looked away for just a second, then turned back to him to thank him from the bottom of my heart and ask him how he’d gotten her out of the stroller. But in the time it took me to look away and look back again, he was gone.”
CALL FOR HELP
Every night after work, Alicia would drive out to her ill grandmother’s house to take care of her. You could say she was an angel herself. One night, however, an accident brought Alicia in contact with a being she believes was her guardian angel.
“Being as I drove this every night, I know my cell phone doesn’t receive service though that stretch of road, and I am a very cautious driver and always locked my doors,” Alicia says. “On this night in 2001, I was making the drive as normal when the car in front of me slammed on their brakes. When I slammed on my brakes, my wheels locked and I couldn’t slow down… I rear-ended the car going 50 mph.
“The whole front of my little Saturn caved in up to the steering wheel and my air bag didn’t deploy, so my head was slammed into the steering wheel. I was trapped in my car and my head was bleeding. Just then my car door opened (and like I said, I always lock my doors), and a black gentleman was there. He said, ‘Alisha, you’re going to be ok. Please let me have your phone and I will call your mom.’ I gave him my cell, thinking to myself that it’s not going to work because of the area we’re in… and how did he know my name? The gentleman called my mom and I heard him say, ‘Alisha was in a car accident. She will be fine. You need to come and be with her though.’ He told her the road I was on and hung up.
“Then he held my hand and told me, ‘You’re going to be alright. It’s not your time to go yet.’ I knew the moment he held my hand that I was ok and I felt a peace come over me. I heard the sirens from the fire trucks and the gentleman said, ‘It’s my time to go. You’ll be alright; just have faith.’ He left and the fireman came to check me out. They started asking me questions and asked me if they could call someone to meet me at the hospital. I told them that a black gentleman had already called and that my mom was on her way. The fireman told me that no one was around and checked my phone; he said no call had been made. Just then my mom pulled up (in hysterics, of course) and the fireman just looked at me.
“They transported me to the ER. I had cuts, black eyes and whip lash, and I couldn’t walk for three days, but after some physical therapy I recovered like new. I later asked my mom about the gentleman who called her that night. She said that nothing registered on her caller ID when the call came through, and all she could tell me was the gentleman who called her sounded like a black man. I know in my heart that I had my wonderful guardian angel with me that night. I also found out later that no one was hurt in the vehicle that a rear-ended… but they never saw anyone at my car until the firemen arrived.”
LONDON, England (CNN) — Britain’s Ministry of Defense has released files on UFO sightings dating back to the 1970s, including witness accounts and the government’s response.
The ministry on Wednesday released the files as part of a four-year project to transfer all of the UFO documents to the National Archives to make them available to curious members of the public.
The documents include hundreds of police reports taken from witnesses who describe seeing lights or strange objects in the sky, from southern England and Wales up to Northern Ireland. The files released Wednesday cover 1978 to 1987. The rest, dating from the 1950s and covering recent history, will be released over the coming years. Reported sightings typically describe various shapes and colors of lights, moving in formation or hovering in the sky.
Witnesses reported orange, red, white and green lights that were diamond-shaped, square, or cigar-shaped. They reported them to police, who have a standard 16-question form specifically for UFO sightings. “The vast majority of them are just ordinary people who’ve seen something unusual and thought that they ought to tell someone about it,” said David Clarke, a professor at Sheffield Hallam University and a UFO expert who worked with the National Archives on the project.
In one sighting in January 1985, a man near Cardiff, Wales, was closing his living room curtains when he saw an object in the sky. He said it moved “up and down like a bouncing ball,” then disappeared behind a mountain. Two police officers in Woking, south of London, reported seeing a white light in the sky on Christmas morning 1985. The light, they said, moved into the nearby area of Horsell, where author H.G. Wells had placed the Martian landing in his book, “War of the Worlds.”
The person who took the report noted the officers were aware of the connection, writing, “Genuine report. Two competent officers slightly embarrassed (Horsell Common features in H.G. Wells).” Two other police officers in Edgware, north London, reported seeing an object in the sky in June 1984. They viewed it with binoculars for an hour and sketched a picture, showing a white sphere with a ring of blue and red lights. “The object moved erratically from side to side, up and down and to and fro, not venturing far from its original position,” the officers wrote.
Other reports came from stunned members of the public, pilots, and members of the military. The Ministry of Defense said it examined the reports and held onto the records solely to determine whether enemy aircraft had infiltrated British airspace. Once it was determined that no enemy aircraft were in the sky, it did not investigate further. Watch why the ministry is revealing what it knows about UFOs » “The Ministry of Defense has no other interest or role regarding UFO matters and does not consider questions regarding the existence or otherwise of extraterrestrial life-forms,” it said Wednesday.
That leaves many of the incidents simply unexplained, such as an April 1984 report made by a senior air traffic controller at an unidentified airfield. The controller was bringing in a light aircraft for landing when he noticed a series of lights appearing to come down on another runway. The crew of the incoming plane radioed that they saw the lights, too. All reported that they saw the lights come down “at speed,” touch down, and disappear.
“They were so concerned about this, they filed an official report,” Clarke said. “But what was the thing that they saw? There’s no evidence from the papers that any further investigations were done and it remains a mystery.” In 1979, two years after Steven Spielberg’s alien-visitation movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” reports of strange sightings had increased and the House of Lords decided to hold a debate on UFOs.
One of the documents released Wednesday is a detailed briefing prepared by the Ministry of Defense for the debate, and it sheds light on the military’s position on the matter. “There is nothing to indicate that ufology (the study of UFOs) is anything but claptrap and no evidence at all of ‘alien space craft,'” read the briefing, prepared by the ministry for Lord Strabolgi, then government chief whip.
At least one report in the files has since been explained, however. A report from August 1985 details the crop circles that two army officers found in a wheat field in Andover, in southern England. They noted one large circle surrounded by four smaller ones, all perfectly round with the wheat pressed down in a clockwise direction. No tracks led up to the circles, they said. The farmer called the army officers because he thought the Army Air Corps had created the circles, but the officers said they were stumped.
“None of us could offer any reasonable explanation,” they wrote. It is now known that the crop circles were some of many created by two hoaxers named Doug Bowers and Dave Chorley, according to Clarke. “Doug and Dave,” as they were called, came forward in 1990 to say they created the circles with a garden roller and planks of wood, Clarke said. “We now know that this particular circle near Andover was one of the ones that was created as a hoax by these two men,” he said.
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The term Men in Black (MIB), in popular culture, is used in UFO conspiracy theories to describe men dressed in black suits, sometimes with glowing eyes or other monstrous features, claiming to be government agents who attempt to harass or threaten UFO witnesses into silence. “All MIB are not necessarily garbed in dark suits,” writes American writer Jerome Clark. “The term is a generic one, used to refer to any unusual, threatening or strangely behaved individual whose appearance on the scene can be linked in some fashion with a UFO sighting
In the much more interesting real-world myth, the MIB usually are the scum of the universe. That is, they’re the bad guys, menacing heavies from another world of shifty fixers dispatched by the cover-up-obsessed government.
(It’s interesting – and a bit unsettling – that in Hollywood’s riff on the myth, the MIB become “good guys” to root for, even though they’re members of an elite and xenophobic secret-police organization not unlike the Nazi SS. Apparently in Hollywood of the nineties, it’s politically correct to round up degenerate foreigners as long as they drool copious amounts of outer-space endoplasm.)
In modern accounts, the MIB are usually connected in way to UFO activity. The most common scenario has them appearing on the scene after a UFO encounter to intimidate witnesses with extremely peculiar and often threatening behavior. Dressed in ill-fitting or out-of-style black suits, the classic MIB tend to travel in twos or threes (but also often singly). Their modes of transport vary. They seem to prefer to cruise the paranormal backstreets in black limousines, but they’ve also have been known to pilot the occasional van and, in a few recent accounts, have traded up to that all-purpose conspiracy vehicle, the black helicopter. Yet despite their outré mien, the MIB most often seem to “buy American,” usually vintage 1950s Cadillacs that, eerily enough, often smell brand-new.
Witnesses who report MIB sightings often describe “foreign looking” men with exotic features; it’s as if they’re “from elsewhere.” They look “Oriental” or “Indian” and have “deeply tanned” skin, although sometimes their complexions are extremely pale. The eyes of the MIB or usually described as slanted or “bulging,” as if from a thyroid condition. Their noses and chins are often “point,” and their cheekbones are set high on their faces. Though some are tall and thin, with naturally long fingers, others are short or stout. They may or may not have fingernails.
Stranger still is their reputed behavior, which tends to be disturbingly erratic or downright goofy: In one account a MIB who seems to be suffering overexposure to West Virginia’s oxygen-rich atmosphere is offered some Jell-O, which he attempts to drink like a beverage. Another MIB is initially perplexed when shown the strange terrestrial implement we know as the ballpoint pen, but then becomes gleefully spastic as he absconds into the street with the prize.
MIBs frequently speak tortured English with outlandish accents; in some accounts they don’t move their lips when they communicate, suggesting a knack for telepathy, while in other encounters they speak like “machines.” When it comes to the MIB, the subtext is always “We’re not from around here.”
Separating the truly inexplicable MIB encounters from the sundry hoaxes and hearsay is no mean feat. So many of the MIB tales, which first arose during the UFO flaps of the 1950s, apparently began as pranks or visits by officious government agents investigating the hullabaloo over “flying saucers.”
The book that introduced the world to the modern MIB was a lively little tome with the best title ever: They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers. Penned in 1957 by theatrical booking agent and saucer buff Gray Barker, the book was a minor masterpiece in the basement-hobbyist genre of UFOlogy. Barker, a kind of do-it-yourself Fox Mulder, had been investigating reports of flying saucers and backwoods monsters in his home state of West Virginia when he met Albert K. Bender, a somewhat eccentric Connecticut man who had recently formed a group ambitiously called the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB). Bender asked Barker to organize a West Virginia chapter and act as the IFSB’s “chief investigator.”
But Bender’s initial enthusiasm for investigating flying saucers quickly chilled after he was paid a visit by three “men in black suits.” At first, Bender hinted that the men were government agents who had threatened him because “I had stumbled upon something that I was not supposed to know.”
Later, Bender began to insinuate that the men might have been extraterrestrial in origin. Chronicler Barker, who knew how to promotes the hell out of the horror flicks he booked in local bijous, escalated the suspense like voltage darting up a Jacob’s ladder. The balance of They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers was devoted to speculating on the sinister, yet all-too-opaque, provenance of these dark-suited enforcers.
According to Barker, UFO investigators in Australia and New Zealand had been similarly “shushed up” by intimidating visitors in black suits. One researcher claimed to have received a call from a machinelike voice that stated, “I warn you to stop interfering in matters that do not concern you,” and then apparently to make sure the other party had not missed the significance of the robotic elocution, signed off with “I am . . . from another planet.” According to Barker, the strange phenomena down under soon escalated to include poltergeist activity and visitations from “invisible entities” lounging in very visible moccasin slippers.
As Barker was quick to note, Bender and his Commonwealth counterparts hadn’t been the first to encounter UFO-connected MIBs. In 1947 a harbor patrolman named Harold A. Dahl had reported one of the earliest modern saucer sightings, near Maury Island, Washington. Dahl and his fifteen-year-old son saw six doughnut-shaped, metallic objects a hundred feet in diameter hovering over Puget Sound. One of the objects, which seemed to be experiencing mechanical difficulty, discharged a load of liquid, metallic slag. The hot debris fell toward Dahl’s boat, injuring his son and killing his dog, after which the objects flew away.
The aftermath of the “Maury Island Affair,” as it came to be known, is what interested Barker. According to Dahl, the next morning, a man in a black suit confronted him at a local restaurant, offering an exact account of the previous day” incident. Then the man threatened Dahl, telling him that harm would befall him and his family if he told anyone about the incident. But Dahl was undeterred, and his story got out. From there, the case becomes even murkier, with Dahl later confessing that the whole scenario had been a hoax and then, naturally, recanting the mea culpa, generally escalating the confusion.
Eventually, Barker persuaded Bender to go public with the full story of his “shushing.” The result was a 1962 book, Flying Saucers and the Three Men, ostensibly authored by Bender but heavily edited by Barker. Unfortunately, after the giddy buildup of Barker’s prequel, Bender’s tell-all came as a major letdown. Reading more like fan-boy sci-fi than the interplanetary expose it purported to be, Flying Saucers and the Three Men was brimming with all the pulpy chiches of the day, from teleportation to underground saucer bases to mid-atlantic alien dialogue like “Please be advised to discontinue delving into the mysteries of the universe.”
After contacting the saucer men telepathically from his bedroom (by mentally projecting a message of “utmost friendship” into the cosmos), Bender eventually meets three MIBs face-to-face. They are “dressed in black clothes… like clergymen” but wearing “hats similar to Homburg style.” Per Bender, “The eyes of all three figures suddenly lit up like flashlight bulbs…. They seemed to burn into my very soul.” To make a long story short, the MIBs announce that they are visitors from the planet “Kazik” on a secret mission to steal earth seawater. With what can only be the deadpan irony of an advanced extraterrestrial race, they explain that they will confide in Bender because “one day you will write about this, and we are certain nobody will believe you, but you will be much wiser than anyone else on your planet.”
It is, of course, possible that a kernel of truth lies at the heart of Bender’s fantastic tale: As head of the impressive-sounding International Flying Saucer Bureau, Bender may indeed have been paid a visit by government types curious about then-ubiquitous reports of flying saucers; and from there the impressionable Bender may have let his imagination run wild. Barker would eventually suggest as much.
But the real trouble with the MIB legend is that Barker himself is so acutely tangled in its origins. Barker died in 1985, but in recent years his friends have confirmed that he was an inveterate hoaxer.
Indeed, he may turn out to be one of the great pranksters of the twentieth century: According to his friend and fellow MIB chronicler John Keel (more on Keel in a moment), Barker “left behind a rich heritage of practical jokes and UFO hoaxes which… are now an integral part of flying saucer literature. He paved the way for the myriad of hoaxes of the 1980s.”
In the afterward of his book The Mothman Prophesies, Keel claims that it was Barker who invented the tale of Hanger 18, the supposedly top-secret air-force repository of crashed alien saucers and ET corpses at Wright-Patterson Field in Ohio. And Keel maintains that Barker also fabricated the “Edwards Air Force Base fairy tale (in which he names several of his personal friends as witnesses, along with President Eisenhower).” Both of those whoppers (according to Keel) “served as the framework for the MJ-12 and Roswell, New Mexico, ‘crashed saucer’ hoaxes that absorbed the attention of many UFO buffs throughout the 1980s.” (And well into the 1990s, I might add. And IF Keel is correct, latter-day UFOlogists, many of whom accept the MJ-12 and Roswell stories as bedrock truth, are perched on a rather unstable fault line.)
Another former Barker confederate, Lonzo Dove, told conspiracy chronicler Jim Keith that Bender’s three mysterious men were none other than Barker and two pals in disguise. According to Dove, it was all a “cruel joke” at Bender’s expense.
Another friend of Barker’s, UFO researcher Jim Moseley, told Keith that Barker “did take Bender seriously, at the beginning. Then, when he realized the Bender was either not sane or not truthful… when he lost faith in Bender, which was within the first couple of years, in ’55 or ’56, after that [Barker] was just enjoying himself and making money.”
Which brings me to the next major wave in MIB encounters. Over the course of a year in 1966 and 1967, the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, was plagued by a series of extremely bizarre paranormal events centering around sightings of a humanoid, winged creature that came to be known as “the Mothman.” Interestingly, West Virginian Gray Barker would surface more than once on the periphery of events in Point Pleasant that year, which gives us ample reason to suspect the hand of a merry hoaxer at work. But the sheer scope of the weirdness suggests the involvement of other agencies as well, paranormal or otherwise.
John Keel chronicles that hysteria in his classic book The Mothman Prophecies. Hapless citizens who came face-to-face with the red-eyed birdman or who chanced upon the glowing aerial lights that haunted Point Pleasant that year were often paid visits by the MIB.
In November 1966, not far from where the Mothman would soon make its first appearances, appliance salesman Woodrow Derenberger encountered a UFO “shaped like an old-fashioned kerosene lamp chimney, flaring at both ends.” The unlikely craft landed on the highway in front of Derenberger, forcing him to hit the brakes. A five-foot-ten-inch-tall man with dark skin exited the strange vehicle and approached Derenberger’s car. Grinning, the visitor addressed Derenberger without moving his lips, ostensibly through telepathy. His name was “Indrid Cold,” and he said he hailed from “a country much less powerful” than the United States.
After a brief exchange, Cold returned to his craft, which took off into the night sky. Soon Derenberger began receiving threatening phone calls, warning him to keep quiet about the encounter, plus calls featuring spooky electronic whoops and lulus (another staple of MIB harassment). According to Derenberger, the spaceman continued to contact him telepathically and in person. Cold came from the planet Lanulos “in the galaxy of Ganymede.” Derenberger became a bit of a local celebrity, and his story fleshed itself out as time went on: The appliance salesman was eventually whisked to Brazil and then to planet Lanulos.
At about the same time, Derenberger was having his first confabs with Indrid Cold and others in the Point Pleasant region were running into mysterious, foreign men in suits. There were MIBs and black sedans around every corner it seemed:
After witnessing a UFO fly over her backyard, Mary Hyre, a newspaper reporter in Point Pleasant, had a succession of oddball visitors in thick-soled shoes. A large black car often followed her, peeling away when she noticed it and once screeching to a halt and disgorging a man with a flash camera.
At one point, two short men wearing black overcoats called on Hyre at the newspaper office. According to Hyre, they looked almost like twins, with dark complexions and “Oriental” features. One of them blurted out, “What would you do if someone did order you to stop writing about flying saucers?” Later that same day, another small, Asian-looking man in black visited her office. He had abnormally long fingers and an unfamiliar accent. He introduced himself as “Jack Brown,” a UFO researcher, and then stuttered, “What – would – what would you do – if someone ordered – ordered you to stop? To stop printing UFO stories.” He denied knowing the other two men but claimed to be a friend of Gray Barker’s.
Apparently, it was the same Jack Brown who visited several other Point Pleasant residents that day, including a woman who had seen the Mothman. Again, he mentioned Gray Barker and added that he also was a friend of Mary Hyre and John Keel. He fumbled with a large reel-to-reel tape recorder that he apparently did not know how to operate.
After observing a spherical UFO with four landing gears and a bottom-mounted propeller, Tad Jones reported the incident to the police. The next morning, someone had slipped a note, hand-printed in block letters, under his door. It read: “We know what you have seen, and we know that you have talked. You’d better keep your mouth shut.” Several days later, a second note arrived via the same means. It was printed on a piece of cardboard that had been singed around the edges, and read: “…there want [sic] be another warning.”
A week later, Jones saw a man standing at the site of the earlier UFO encounter. “He was very tanned,” Jones said, “or his face was very flushed. He looked normal and was wearing a blue coat and a blue cap with a visor… something like a uniform, I guess. I noted he was holding a box in his hand. Some kind of instrument. It had a large dial on it, like a clock, and a wire ran from it to his other hand.”
Other UFO and Mothman witnesses received the peculiar phone calls with either electronic noises on the other end or voices described as “metallic” or “machinelike,” often speaking in a foreign language.
The MIB began harassing eighteen-year-old Connie Carpenter soon after she crossed paths with the Mothman when she was driving home from church. “Jack Brown” showed up at her house, doing his usual shtick, including the Bray Barker and Mary Hyre references. While Connie was walking to school, a black 1949 Buick sidled up alongside her. The driver, a young, well-dressed man in his twenties reached out and grabbed her, trying to pull her into the car. Connie escaped, but the next morning someone slipped a penciled not under her door: “Be careful girl,” it read. “I can get you yet.”
isastrous coda to the Point Pleasant hauntings was soon to come. In Mothman Prophesiesel writes that a Long Island woman named “Jane” received from the MIBs a forewarning of that disaster. After a close encounter with a piercing beam of light during a drive through the woods, Jane received a phone call from a machinelike voice that instructed her to locate a specific book at the local library. As Keel tells it, Jane found the book and read page 42, as instructed. As she looked at the page, “the print became smaller and smaller, then larger and larger.” Then it “changed into a message” informing her she would be given a series of predictions.
The forecasts were delivered in the person of a grinning “Hawaiian” with Asian eyes who wore a gray suit and rode in the passenger section of a shiny new black Cadillac. He called himself Apol. Keel, whom Jane had contacted, was kept informed about each new prediction. Per Keel, many of Apol’s predictions of plane crashed took place on schedule. But Apol’s augury that “the Pope would be knifed to death in a bloody manner” and that “the Antichrist will rise up out of Israel” were among the misses. When Keel hypnotized Jane, she allegedly remembered several more boffo predictions that Apol had made, including Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination and a December 15 disaster in Point Pleasant. On that day, the town’s seven-hundred-foot Silver Bridge collapsed, killing forty-six people.
Whatever was really going on in Point Pleasant, it sure made for a damn good read. (A major Hollywood studio currently has plans to adapt the story into a feature film.) That Gray Barker was on the scene, ostensibly chronicling the events but perhaps tweaking them along, is the kind of thing that sets our paranoid antennae twitching.
In an interview with Jum Keith, Keel admitted that Barker was behind some of the Point Pleasant hijinks: “He did a lot of the phone nonsense, and I tracked him down on it.” Keith points out: “Was it simply an accident that the Mothman encounters, the most incredible of paranoid flaps, took place in Gray Barker’s home state of West Virginia?”
It’s possible that Barker had confreres who helped him pull off at least some of the paranormal special effects that plagued Point Pleasant. But the sheer scope of the supernatural shenanigans suggests that there were other agendas at play. In his thoroughgoing volume Casebook on the Men in Black, author Jim Keith hypthesizes that Point Pleasant may have been a testing ground for a government experiment in mass hysteria. After all, the CIA illegally conducted mind-control tests on unsuspecting U.S. citizens as part of its notorious MK-ULTRA project, and thanks to the Agency’s subsequent disposal of most MK-ULTRA records, we’ll never know the full scope of those official pranks. Perhaps the government did use Point Pleasant residents as guinea pigs in a psychological-warfare experiment.
But just as it’s impossible to dismiss all of the Mothman happenings as practical jokes, or psywar operations, so, too, is it impossible to dismiss all MIB accounts as hoaxes. The UFO literature is rife with inexplicable encounters with MIBs. In fact, UFOlogists have found similar accounts of preternatual, prankish, and often menacing beings in black throughout the annals of folklore. Jacques Vallee and others have painstakingly cataloged the cosmology that behave uncannily like modern UFO pilots. Whether those MIB motifs are merely images stored in human-kind’s collective unconscious or evidence of something more literal is open to debate.
On extreme vanguard of literal patrol, conspiracy author William Bramley posits in his book The Gods of Eden that extaterrestrial MIBs were behind the plague. He cites a summary written in 1682: “In Brandenburg there appeared in 1559 horrible men, of whom at first fifteen and later on twelve were seen. The foremost had beside their posteriors little heads, the others fearful faces and long scythes, with which they cut at the oats, so that the swish could be heard at a great distance….” Immediately after the MIBish visit to the oat fields, the plague broke out in Brandenburg, leading Bramley to wonder: “What were the long scythe-like instruments they held that emitted a loud swishing sound? It appears that the ‘scythes’ may have been long instruments designed to spray poison or germ-laden gas.”
In a place you would hardly expect, just one hour north of New York City, lies the site of one of the most widely observed and yet most unexplainable set of UFO sightings ever seen. The place is the Hudson Valley, and the story of its strange UFO started on New Years Eve, 1982.
A few minutes before midnight, a retired police officer was out in his backyard in Kent, New York when he observed a group of strange lights off to the south. They were colored red, green and white. At first the former officer thought they belonged to a jet aircraft in trouble, but as the object passed over his house at a height he estimated to be about 500 feet, he realized it was moving much too slowly for a jet and made too little noise. Just a distant humming sound. As he watched, he decided the the lights, which appeared as a “V” shape, were connected by a dark, triangular fuselage.
What the former officer had seen would be observed many times in the Hudson Valley area over the next few years by hundreds of different witnesses: A “V” shaped set of multicolored lights moving slowly and silently across the sky. On March 26th, 1983, a front-page story in the Westchester-Rockland Daily Item proclaimed:
The Hudson Valley UFO account is composed of not one, but many sightings, all similar, and all pointing to one conclusion. There was something “unexplained” going on in this place only an hour’s drive north of New York City. The Hudson Valley UFO saga began at almost the beginning of a new year, 1982. Just a short time before midnight, December 31, 1981, a retired policeman was sitting in his backyard in Kent, N. Y. He saw a group of strange lights to the south.
The lights were a brilliant red, green, and white, and at first, he thought they could be coming from an airplane in trouble. It was common for him to sit and watch the big jets fly over at night. As the lights became closer, his opinion quickly changed. The lights were moving too slowly to be a plane, and now… they were too low, and there was no noise from an engine. What was the strange craft he was seeing?
As the lights came closer, he could hear a humming sound, and now he could see that the lights were arranged in a triangular shape, and there was a solid object of some kind connecting the lights. No, this was no aircraft he had ever seen before! The solid part looked like…a fuselage. That’s what it was…a fuselage. He was looking at a UFO.
This type of report would be repeated many times in the Hudson Valley over the next few years. All of them were similar, a V-shaped row of lights connected by a solid object of some type. Literally hundreds of witnesses would see this same sight. There was definitely something unusual going on in the skies over the Hudson Valley. Something that moved ever so slowly, so silently.
On March 26, 1983, an article about the sightings appeared on the front page of the Westchester-Rockland Daily Item. The article recounted the many reports of the strange phenomena. The cat was out of the bag. The press coverage drew the attention of a group of UFO investigators who were associated with Dr. J. Allen Hynek, acclaimed scientist and UFO investigator. A thorough investigation followed, and ultimately a book, “Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings.”
The group began their inquiries by setting up a phone hotline. They received over 300 calls from individuals who had seen the strange V-shaped lights on the night of March 24, 1983 alone. Descriptions were very similar, if not identical. The object always moved slowly, and almost silently. It always had many lights, and they were always in a V-configuration. Some of the witnesses got a close enough look to say that the craft was large enough to be a “flying city.”
On the same night, the city of Yorktown also came alive with reports of this giant flying craft. The police switchboard was jammed with so many calls about the UFO that they feared not being able to respond to “real emergencies.” Drivers pulled over on the Taconic parkway to watch the large object slowly make it’s way across the skies. All in all, about 5,000 reports were made during a period of five years, from 1982 through 1986.
Hudosn valley UFO Sighting
The object was seen by multiple witnesses at night, never daylight. The sightings ranged as far east as New Haven, Connecticut, and as far north as Brookfield, Connecticut. Several theories were put forth about whether there was only one object, or many. Some additional accounts would come forward stating that the object, though moving slowly, would at times make a rapid, fast maneuver from one location to another. Also the lights of the craft could change colors in an instant.
A report made from guards at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant would be one of the most dramatic. The gigantic UFO was seen hovering over the plant for periods of time, and moved as close as 30 feet from the reactor. Security supervisors even once considered ordering in planes to have it shot down. The object over Indian Point was described by some of the guards as 1,000 ft. long.
Another witness described the object hovering over the Croton Falls Reservoir, using a red beam as it seemed to scan the surface of the water.
Reasonable explanations for the sightings were offered. Skeptics suggested that planes, balloons, satellites, and even the planet Venus could explain away the accounts.
Considering all of the information available, researchers could find only one object that could mimic the movements of the UFO, a blimp. All blimp manufacturers and pilots were contacted, and not one case of a blimp over the area on the nights of the sightings could be found. The Hudson Valley sightings are still a mystery today.
The UFO researchers estimated that over 5,000 people had seen the object over a period of five years from 1982 through 1986. Often the UFO seemed to glide over large areas causing dozens of sightings in one night. It was never spotted during the day.
Most reports came from people who seemed to be reliable witnesses. As the authors put it “ordinary people who have seen something extraordinary.” The UFO was seen not just over the Hudson Valley, but as far east as New Haven, Connecticut and as far north as Brookfield, Connecticut.
While most reports described the UFO moving at a very slow speed, hovering, or turning slowly like a wheel, a few reports described the object as suddenly zooming away at fantastic speeds, or just disappearing. In some accounts the shape varied so that the lights appeared as more of a circle than a “V”. Often the color and arrangement of the lights changed as the viewers watched. In a few cases reports arrived that put the object at two distant locations at the same time suggesting there might be more than one of them.
One of the most striking reports that the group gathered was from guards at the Indian Point Nuclear Plant. The UFO apparently hovered over an active nuclear reactor for some minutes coming as close to the reactor dome as thirty feet. The security supervisor even considered ordering guards to shoot it down. One guard described it as being the length of three football fields.
The object also seemed to be interested in bodies of water. One observer watched the UFO over Croton Falls Reservoir where it seemed to use a red beam to probe the surface.
The researchers knew that when investigated most UFO reports turn into reports of IFOs: Identified Flying Objects. Often they turn out to be planes, balloons, satellites, or even the planet Venus. They did find evidence that some of the reports of the “V” shape may have been a group of small planes flying out of the Stormville Airport. The pilots seemed to have been flying their planes in a formation in a deliberate attempt at a UFO hoax.
The plane hoax only cleared up a small number of reports, however. Most observers reported that the lights moved together as a solid object. Others could see the body of the UFO between the lights. None of the observers who had seen both the planes and the object thought they were the same phenomenon.