AS SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGICALLY as we have become on this planet, we are still pretty much in the dark when it comes to matters of our own existence. Where do we come from? What is our purpose here? What happens after we die?
These are the age-old questions. Science attempts to answer the first question only and doesn’t yet know how to deal with the other two. Religion, in its many forms, provides as many “certain” answers to all three questions, but with little or no evidence. A multitude of other philosophies have their own ideas.
With all our investigation, pondering, faith and meditation, however, we are no closer to knowing. The more we dig for answers to these questions, it seems, the more questions are raised.
Many fascinating questions are raised with regard to “where do we come from?” in Brad Steiger’s book,Worlds Before Our Own. First published in 1978 and out of print for several years, the book has recently been reprinted by Anomalist Books (along with several other of Brad’s titles, including Strange Guests and Shadow World, all of which I can heartily recommend).
Obviously, I have always been fascinated by discoveries and human experiences that don’t fit into the standard templates of what conventional science and even religion would have us accept. Thus, my preoccupation with ghost phenomena, psychic experiences and sightings of Bigfoot, to specify a few. This fascination also includes archaeological discoveries that do not fit neatly into the timelines currently laid out in scientific texts. (See “The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts”.) Yet these discoveries exist, annoying as they may be to the commonly accepted theories.
Brad shares my excitement and wonder about these anomalies, which is why I gleefully relish books like Worlds Before Our Own. These anomalous findings – and there are thousands of them – stand out as real evidence that there very well may have been civilizations (possibly advanced) that pre-date any we are aware of. They may stretch back hundreds of thousands or even millions of years further than conventional histories.
IMPOSSIBLY OLD HUMAN REMAINS AND TRACKS
PREHISTORIC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Again, this is just a small sampling of the wealth of intriguing anomalies Brad Steiger has assembled in Worlds Before Our Own.
Of course, we call them “anomalies” only in relation to current scientific belief. More correctly, they should be regarded as concrete evidence that we know very little about the true history of humankind on Earth – a history that is almost certainly far richer and older than we have imagined. Who knows what other astonishing discoveries await us in the coming years.
GHOSTS, POLTERGEISTS, HAUNTINGS:
Haunted Memphis: Elmwood Cemetery deep in mystery
Among the thousands of headstones resting at Elmwood Cemetery, a stretch of land is bare with only one indication of the 1,400 bodies that are beneath it. It’s the grave of Mattie Stephenson, a jilted bride who died of a disease she was trying to cure. The historic cemetery, which opened in 1852, has been deemed haunted by local paranormal investigator Allison Buckley because of this one gravestone, but few believe in the horror behind the unnamed bodies that rest in “No Man’s Land.”..
A haunting at the Legion?
The headline of the tragedy read “Mother Kills Daughter And Shoots Self.” Nearly 75 years later, the story is still being told and debates continue about strange occurrences and alleged sightings of apparitions at the Salamanca American Legion…
Ghosts on camera. Who you gonna call?
A ghost hunter has captured a “paranormal attack” on film, giving everyone one more reason to visit Cairns. But a trip to the abandoned town of Maytown five hours west of Cairns recently still has him shaking in his boots, the Cairns Post reports…
Charlie Sheen: I can see ghosts
Charlie Sheen claims he can see dead people. The ‘Anger Management’ star believes that he has started to see the ghosts of dearly departed friends during visits to their grieving families. Charlie revealed that in recent months he has had two eerie encounters that he cannot explain…
The Psi Session: modern seance or psychology of spirit?
Long before weekend warriors began to hunt lonely graveyards and haunted homes by night, sporting the titles of “ghost hunters” and “paranormal investigators,” and even before there were the parapsychologists of yesteryear hunting ESP and PK in the laboratory, there were the spiritualists. Especially toward the end of the nineteenth century, it was a popular pastime for those interesting in interacting with the neither realm to utilize “spiritual sciences” as medium for contacting the dead…
Forty years later, debate over ‘Momo the Missouri Monster’ lingers
The Sasquatch-like creature stood tall like a man – just bigger, stinkier and hairier – cradling a dead dog under one arm and growling. The stench from ole’ Big Foot was horrific and sickening before the creature darted back into the rural Missouri woods…
What does telepathy between twins have to do with life after death?
When the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) was founded back in 1882, the primary focus was said to be the study of what was then called thought-transference, renamed “telepathy” by Frederic W. H. Myers, (below) one of the SPR founders. Had Myers and the other SPR founders admitted that they were really searching for evidence of the survival of consciousness after death…
Your sixth sense
Perhaps you’ve lived this moment before. Perhaps you’re seeing yourself at a distance, as never before. Anomalous experiences are real and life-changing. That doesn’t mean they occur outside your own head…
TIME AND SPACE:
Explaining the unexplained
Britain released an archive of X-Files detailing government UFO briefings and probes into unexplained sightings, including one above Chelsea football club. The 25 files released by The National Archives include “a lengthy briefing on UFO policy to then Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office” along with a job description for the post of UFO desk officer, described as the “weirdest job in Whitehall”…
Huge vortex spied on Saturn moon
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has spotted a swirling green mass of gas at the south pole of Saturn’s moon Titan…
MEDIA – BOOKS, MOVIES, TV:
‘Destination Truth’ season premiere: searching for the Vietnamese Bigfoot
On the Season 5 Premiere of “Destination Truth” Josh Gates and his team were searching for hominid cryptids in Vietnam. Specifically, they were hunting the one known as Batutut, a.k.a., the Vietnamese Bigfoot…
Hung producers bringing new supernatural program to Showtime
A few years back, Showtime produced a strange and short-lived supernatural series called Dead Like Me that was eventually told a third season would not work due to problems with the program and its network. The show featured former humans who were given second chances as grim reapers and was a pretty successful endeavor for Showtime at the time. Now, the network is taking a second look at the dead coming back to life, but are doing so in a very different sort of manner…
In the late 16th century, the town of Bedburg, Germany was terrorized by a diabolical creature that slaughtered its cattle and snatched away its women and children, killing them with unspeakable morbidity. The shocked and horrified townspeople feared that they were being victimized by a raving demon from Hell or, just as bad, a bloodthirsty werewolf who lived among them.
This is the true story of Peter Stubbe – the Werewolf of Bedburg – whose crimes plunged a German town already beset by political and religious turmoil into an unimaginable nightmare, and whose heinous murders rival the bloody viciousness of any of today’s most gruesome slasher movies.
WARNING: The extreme cruelty of the crimes in this case, detailed below, are highly disturbing and not for the squeamish, faint-of-heart or young children.
Peter Stubbe (also documented as Peter Stube, Peeter Stubbe, Peter Stübbe and Peter Stumpf, as well as the aliases Abal Griswold, Abil Griswold, and Ubel Griswold) was a wealthy farmer in the rural community of Bedburg, located in the electorate of Cologne, Germany. The community knew him as a pleasant enough widower and father of two adolescent children, whose wealth insured him a measure of respect and influence. But this was Peter Stubbe’s public face. His true nature erupted through some black scar in his soul to satisfy a bloodlust when he donned the skin of a wolf.
At the time, Catholicism and Protestantism were at war for the hearts and minds of the populace, which brought invading armies from both faiths to Bedburg. There were also outbreaks of the dreaded Black Plague. So conflict and death were no strangers to the people of the region, which perhaps provided fertile ground for the awakening of Stubbe’s foul deeds.
For many years, farmers around Bedburg were mystified by the strange deaths of some of their cows. Day after day for many weeks, they would find cattle dead in the pastures, ripped open as if by some savage animal.
The farmers naturally suspected wolves, but this was actually the beginning of Peter Stubbe’s unnatural compulsion to mutilate and kill. This insatiable drive would soon escalate into attacks on his neighboring villagers.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Children began to disappear from their farms and homes. Young women vanished from the paths they traveled daily. Some were found dead, horribly mutilated. Others were never found. The community was thrown into a panic. Hungry wolves were again suspected and the villagers armed themselves against the animals.
Some even feared a more devious creature – a werewolf, who could walk among them unsuspected as a man, then transform into a wolf to satisfy its hunger.
This was the case. Although he did not literally transform into a wolf, Peter Stubbe would cloak himself with the skin of a wolf when seeking his victims. At his trial Stubbe confessed that the Devil himself gave him a magic belt of wolf fur at age twelve that, when he put it on, transformed him into “the likeness of a greedy, devouring wolf, strong and mighty, with eyes great and large, which in the night sparkled like brands of fire; a mouth great and wide, with most sharp and cruel teeth; a huge body and mighty paws.” When he took the belt off, he believed, he returned to his human state.
Peter Stubbe was a deranged serial killer, and over the course of his murderous career, he was responsible for the deaths of 13 children, two pregnant women and numerous livestock. And these were no ordinary murders:
In one instance of a triple murder, Stubbe saw two men and a woman taking a walk just outside the city walls of Bedburg and he crouched hidden out of sight behind some brush. He called out to one of the men by name with the pretense that he needed help with some lumber. When the young man joined him out of sight of the others, Stubbe bashed his head in. When the man didn’t return, the second young man went looking for him, and was likewise killed. Fearing danger, the woman began to flee, but Stubbe managed to catch her. The men’s battered bodies were later found, but the woman’s never was, and it was thought that Stubbe, after raping and killing her, might have eaten her completely.