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Cryptids of the night and other strangness

October 4, 2013 Leave a comment

THE FULL MOON rose above the mountain in the cloudless night, shining like a pale yellow lantern into the farmer’s bedroom. But that is not what awoke him. It was the chickens. Their panicked cries had awoken him before, and it meant they were under attack. Wild dogs had gotten into the coop, the farmer thought, or perhaps a wolf. He leapt from bed, grabbed his shotgun from the bedroom corner and hurried outside. He checked the gun for cartridges as he jogged barefoot past the long, soft shadows cast by the moonlight toward the chicken coop. The predator will die tonight, he thought, as he pushed open the small door to the coop. He burst in and took aim. But he did not shoot. Instead, he froze, his senses overwhelmed by the sight before him. Several chickens lay dead in the dirt around the clawed feet of a creature the farmer had never seen before. This was no dog, no wolf. It stood on two feet at about the height of a small child. It had dark, scaly skin and a ridge of porcupine-like spines running across its head and down its back. In its short arms ending in sharp claw-like hands, the creature held a chicken to its mouth. It was not eating its prey, but seemed to be sucking the life from it. It turned to face the farmer, its red eyes blazing, and dropped the chicken to the ground. It hissed, baring its large blood-stained fangs. Then it screeched – an unearthly, terrifying noise that drove the farmer backward into the doorway. The creature, with its front claws dangling, hopped like some mutant kangaroo toward the farmer. Dumbstruck, he stumbled backward out of the coop as the creature hopped past him with another deafening shriek. The farmer was knocked to the ground, and he could feel rough, scaly skin of the creature as it passed, and felt the warm, sickening smell of its putrid breath on his face. The creature sprung onto the roof of the coop, spread short, dark, bat-like wings, and with two bounding hops flew away into the darkness. It was only then that the farmer remembered he had his shotgun. He brought it to bear, but it was too late. The creature from hell had disappeared with one last shriek that echoed off the distant mountains.

Although this might sound like some horror story fantasy, it is actually based on the eyewitness accounts and experiences of those who have encountered the enigmatic creature known as el chupacabras – “the goatsucker.”

The description, however, also seems to fit a number of other strange creatures that have been seen over the decades – creatures people have identified as gargoyles, the Jersey Devil and the Monkey Man. It’s worth examining the similarities and considering whether these all might be sightings of the same mysterious creature.

CHUPACABRAS

The now-famous chupacabras first came on the scene, as far as we know, in the summer of 1975 when several farm animals in Puerto Rico were found dead. The bodies had strange puncture-like marks on their necks. The sightings intensified in the 1990sas the chupacabras’ appetite seemed to grow. In some cases, farmers reported that literally hundreds of their animals were inexplicably slaughtered. Invariably, the animals were not eaten by any predator, but were horribly mutilated or drained of blood – hence the name, “goatsucker.” In 1991, a male dog was found dead, with nothing inside. “It was as if all had been sucked out through the eyes,” the report said. “It had empty eye sockets and all the internal organs had disappeared.”

For a while, the carnage seemed to be confined to the island of Puerto Rico, but toward the end of the 1990s and into the 2000s, sightings began to be reported on other Caribbean islands, in Mexico, Central America, Chile and even the southern U.S. in Florida, Arizona and Texas. In April-June in Chile of 2002, in fact, it was reported that authorities had even captured the chupacabras, which may have been taken away by people representing the U.S. government.

The descriptions of the creature over this time has remained fairly consistent:

  • three to five feet tall
  • dark gray facial skin
  • coarse hair on the body, and several reports said it has a chameleon-like appearance, with the ability to change from purple to brown to yellow
  • black eyes, or glowing orange or red eyes
  • a wolf-like or canine nose
  • sharp fangs
  • short forearms with three-fingered claw-like “hands”
  • a row of fins, spikes or quills running down the length of its back
  • stands on two powerful-looking hind legs and clawed feet
  • often hops on the ground, like a kangaroo, rather than walks (at least one witness claimed it could leap as far as 20 feet in one bound)
  • some reported bat-like wings that enable the chupacabras to fly
  • it makes a hissing noise that often makes witnesses nauseous

The chupacabras phenomenon continues up to this day, with the recent reports of attacks continuing to come out of South American countries, including Chile and Argentina. In many of these cases, chupacabras – although not seen – was blamed for the deaths of chickens and other farm animals that were mutilated and drained of blood.

THE JERSEY DEVIL

The legend of the Jersey Devil dates back to about 1735, by most accounts, in Leeds Point, New Jersey. A Mrs. Leeds, the story goes, upon discovering that she was pregnant for an unlucky thirteenth time said that the child might just as well be a devil. Folklore says that this prophecy came true, and that Mrs. Leeds gave birth to a horrific creature with a horse’s head and bats wings. Ever since, the legend goes, the creature has been haunting the pine barrens of New Jersey.

No one takes the legend seriously, of course, but the Jersey Devil has been blamed over the years for a number of mysterious livestock deaths and eerie cries in the darkness. And the first sighting in the 20th century occurred in 1909 when a Pennsylvania postmaster allegedly saw the glowing monster flying over the Delaware river. Less than a month later, the flying creature was spotted by a policeman in Burlington, New Jersey. A few days later, a woman in Philadelphia claimed to have seen a similar monster in her backyard. And that evening it was seen by two more police officers in Salem, New Jersey, and the next night by a fisherman. Note their collective descriptions compared to chupacabras:

  • a ram-like head with curled horns
  • long, thin wings (other accounts reported short wings)
  • four short legs, the hind ones being longer than the forelegs
  • walks on its back legs and holds up two short front legs with paws on them
  • glowing eyes
  • a head like a dog and face like a horse
  • alligator-like skin
  • able to breathe fire
  • about three feet high (some described it as much larger)
  • hoof-like feet
  • one witness described it as looking like a winged kangaroo
  • another called in monkey-like

There are distinct differences in the descriptions, but there are also many interesting similarities.

Although the Jersey Devil is alleged to have been seen over the years, none are taken as seriously by researchers as the 1909 sightings.

GARGOYLES AND GRIFFINS

Most of us are familiar with gargoyles only as silent and still (if scary) stone carvings perched high on cathedrals and ancient castles. And griffins are the mythological creatures having the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. Stuff and nonsense, according to any skeptic. But, believe it or not, there have been eyewitness accounts of bizarre creatures that were likened to gargoyles and griffins. And it’s hard to dismiss the comparisons to chupacabras. In fact, one witness described chupacabras as being a “gargoylesque creature.”

Apart from mythology, the legend of real griffins dates back to at least the 11th century when Britain’s King Charles II allegedly gave a griffin as a gift to his mistress. Another griffin was said to be captured by a scientist who traveled with the great explorer Captain Cook in the 18th century.

These accounts are not considered to be true, yet there is a more modern report that may be worth noting. In 1985, an Englishman named Kevin Chippendale spotted an unknown creature flying near the rooftop of an apartment building. He described it as looking like “a dog with wings” and “having a long muzzle and four legs with what looked like paws.” Being of the British culture, he likened it to a griffin – in fact, the creature has become known as the Brentford Griffin. But we have to wonder if the very same sighting had taken place in Puerto Rico or Chile what the witnesses would call it.

And gargoyles might not be just stone carvings or lovable Disney characters. In an article for Unknown magazine entitled “We Saw a Gargoyle,” Ron Bogacki recounts how he and several other young adults met face to face with a gargoylesque creature. The encounter took place in 1981 in an Elmhurst, Illinois park. Hanging out on a summer night around the park’s gothic mausoleum, the four teenagers were awestruck by an incredible creature sitting atop the mausoleum’s stone wall. They described is as being large – perhaps 9 feet tall, if standing – with dark gray leathery skin, a muscular body with strong arms, golden horns on its head, huge wings and a long curling tail. They were close enough to have smelled its breath, which they described as “full of the stench of decay and sulfur.” It soon flapped its wings, flew straight upward and disappeared.

The description given isn’t much like the usual chupacabras, but it’s difficult to disregard the depictions of the chupa as also being gargoyle-like. If what these teens saw in the park was a “goatsucker,” it was the mother of all chupacabras.

THE MONKEY MAN

Throughout May, 2001, the paranormal news was all abuzz with the sightings and antics of a bizarre creature that was terrorizing villagers in India. It was no laughing matter; a few deaths were attributed to the panic surrounding these sightings. The first attacks took place in East Delhi and soon spread to other cities and villages. The entity was quickly dubbed “Monkey Man” because of its size and simian-like agility.

On one night alone, on May 14, 50 attacks were reported in East Delhi. The following morning, a pregnant woman fell down a flight of stairs to her death after hearing cries by neighbors that the monkey was coming. Physicians confirmed that those who were attacked were bitten by some kind of animal. And researchers have pointed out that the creature most probably was not a monkey since the Indians were quite familiar with monkeys, which are commonplace there and frequently come into the villages.

The creature was described as:

  • about four feet tall
  • quite agile, like a monkey (at least one report of a chupacabras said that the face was “simian”)
  • sharp, metal-like claws
  • glowing or flaming red eyes

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There are many unanswered questions about all of these monsters, the primary one being: Are any of them real at all? Or are they the product of mass hysteria – myths fueled by panicked imagination? And if they are real, are they merely misidentified animals known to science?

If we are to take these eyewitness accounts at face value – or at least consider that they might be at least partially true – then we have a far more perplexing and unsettling mystery to solve. If the stories are to be believed, what are these creatures? Where do they come from and where do they live? The similarities raise the possibility that they might be the same or related creature. Their sporadic appearance, bizarre description, fierce attacks and elusive behavior have elicited many theories as to their origin, including genetic mutants, aliens, living dinosaurs, demons and interdimensional beings. Like so many things in the paranormal realm, about all we can do is speculate and wonder.

Bigfoot: Real creature or elusive cryptid dream?

September 28, 2013 Leave a comment

A great article I wanted to share. My personal thaughts and views about Bigfoot have been growing as of late. Do we have an unknown humanoid creature that is very elusive even to this point in time, making our forests home? I believe so yes. Read on and judge for yourself:

North America has its own monster. While Scotland has its Loch Ness sea serpent and the Himalayas has its Abominable Snowman or Yeti, North America lays claim to Sasquatch or, as he has been nicknamed, Bigfoot. Sasquatch – a 7- to 8-foot-tall man/ape – has been sighted in North America for centuries. Before the European invasion, Native Americans were very familiar this “hairy giant” that lived in the wilderness.

One of the earliest recorded sightings of Sasquatch by a white man occurred in 1811 near what is now Jasper, Alberta by a fur trader named David Thompson. Since then there have been many sightings of the creature in Western Canada, and in many states of the U.S., especially the Pacific Northwest, Ohio, and even as far south as Florida, where the swamp-dwelling beast is known as theSkunk Ape.

Is Sasquatch mere legend or a remarkably elusive reality? What’s the evidence? Personal accounts of sightings are plentiful and deserve weight because of their numbers. Physical evidence, such as footprints and hair samples, is rarer, and recordings on film and video rarer still. Here’s a look at some of the best – and always controversial – evidence for the existence of Sasquatch.

FOOTPRINTS

He isn’t called Bigfoot for nothing. There have been more than 900 footprints attributed to Bigfoot collected over the years, having an average length of 15.6 inches. The average width is 7.2 inches. That’s one big foot. By comparison, the foot of a 7-foot, 3-inch basketball player – a rarity, to say the least – is 16.5 inches long but only 5.5 inches wide.

Through 1958 and 1959, Bob Titmus and others found numerous Bigfoot tracks in the area of Bluff Creek where the famous Patterson/Gimlin film was shot several years later.

In 1988, wildlife biologist John Bindernagel of Vancouver Island found massive footprints in the snow and heard a “whoo-whoo whooop” call in the woods. His evidence includes 16-inch, human-like footprints found in Strathcona provincial park while hiking. In addition, Bindernagel said he heard a strange, ape-like call at a friend’s cabin near Comox Lake in 1992. Bindernagel said he knows of no other creature in North America that makes such a call, and he believes it was a Sasquatch trying to communicate with its own kind.

DWELLINGS AND GRAVES

Although by no means verified or authenticated, there have been claims of discoveries of Sasquatch dwellings and even burial sites:

Dallas Gilbert says he has had several encounters with Bigfoot, but his most controversial claim is for that of a possible Bigfoot community and burial site. Gilbert’s story is weakened by his reluctance to disclose the exact location of the site. However, he has told The Daily Times of Portsmith, Ohio, “There are places where you can see territorial markings and snaps that the creature has made in the trees. There are even canopies and bows made of trees for him to sleep under.” The burial site is marked by a stone, according to Gilbert. “It looks like a tombstone almost,” Gilbert said. “You can see the outlines of the creature’s eyes, head and his teeth.” No corpses or other remains have been recovered from the area, so all we have is Gilbert’s word on these claims.

In 1995, Terry Endres and two friends were researching an area known for Bigfoot sightings for a local cable TV show. They chanced upon a large, dome-shaped structure constructed of branches and brush. It was large enough for three full-grown men to sit in and was obviously not a natural occurrence.

SOUNDS

Not many people have heard the lonely, chilling cries and howls of Bigfoot. But those who have, and know the sounds of the wilderness, say it’s an unforgettable sound like no other.

Outdoorsman Bill Monroe, a writer for the Portland Oregonian, recounted his experience in an article for the newspaper. Monroe was elk hunting when the stillness of the late afternoon was broken by an eerie sound. “The deafening screaming, choking, belching moan from the ridge was chilling.” he wrote. “The kind of scream that sends mothers scurrying to find their children. The kind of scream no cougar or bear could ever squeeze from their throat… unless it was their last. Piercing, echoing, guttural; a single, horrible high-pitched-yet-throaty, inhuman, unnatural creation of Steven Spielberg that makes your skin crawl.”

In 1984, Bruce Hoffman was prospecting for gold near the Clackamas River. He told investigator Greg Long this story: “I had to park a couple hundred feet from the river, and I had to walk a little ways back towards the small stream that was running into the river. And just before I got to the small tributary, I would say from one-eighth of a mile to a quarter of a mile away, down in the woods I started hearing this yell, or a call. The sound had a base tone, a muscular sound to it, and the sound got loud. You could hear how it went up through the trees and up to the sky. The sound traveled about three to four miles to the ridge of the mountains. You could hear the sound hit the mountain.”

SMELLS

Invariably, the sighting of a Sasquatch is accompanied by a very strong, very foul odor.

In June, 1988, Sean Fries was camping on the north fork of California’s Feather River. “I climbed into my tent and lay down on my bedroll. I let my dogs run around because they always stay close to camp. I started to dose off when suddenly I woke up. It was dead quiet – no crickets, nothing, and my dogs came running into my tent shaking. I grabbed my rifle and flashlight and stepped outside the tent. I couldn’t see anything, but I had that sensation of being watched. Then I heard some very heavy footsteps right behind me in the trees. There was also a very strange odor, almost like a cross between a skunk and something dead. This thing circled my camp site all night long.”

SIGHTINGS

There is no shortage of Bigfoot sightings, some being more compelling than others and sounding more authentic. Here are some examples, from experienced outdoorspeople, that lend credence to the legend:

Clayton Mack, a Native American of the Nuxalk nation, knows the Canadian wilderness and its creatures as well as any man alive. A reputable grizzly bear hunter for 53 years, Mack relates this tale: “I was fishing in Kwatna all my myself in August. I had a 30-foot boat with a single-cylinder engine. I got to Jacobson Bay, about 15 miles from Bella Coola, when I saw something on the edge of the water. It was kneeling down-like and I could see his back humping up on the beach. It looked like he was lifting up rocks or maybe digging clams. But there were no clams there. I turned the boat right in toward him. I wanted to find out what it was.

“For a while there, I thought it was a grizzly bear, kind of light-color fur on the back of his neck like a light brown. I nosed right in toward him to almost 75 yards to get a good look. He stood up on his hind feet, straight up like a man and I looked at it. He was looking at me. Gee, it don’t look like a bear, it has arms like a human being, it had legs like a human being, and it got a head like us. I keep on going in toward him.

“He started to walk away from me walking like a man on two legs. He was about eight feet high. He got to some drift-logs, stopped and looked back at me. He looked over his shoulder to see me. Grizzly bear don’t do that, I never see a grizz run on its hind legs like that and I never se a grizzly bear look over his shoulder like that. I was right close to the beach now. He stepped up on those drift logs and walked into the timber. Stepped on them logs like a man do. I watched as he went a little higher up the hill. The wind blew me in toward the beach, so I backed up the boat and keep on going to Kwatna Bay.”

In 1995, Paul Freeman, a veteran Bigfoot hunter, Bill Laughery, a former game warden followed the sound of odd screams that were heard in the Blue Mountains of southeast Washington state. Joined by Wes Summerlin, a local resident, they hiked to an area where Bigfoot tracks had been found. In a clearing, the men found several small trees twisted, broken, and dripping sap. Caught on the trees were large clumps of long black and brown hair (see below). They they caught sight of a seven-foot ape-like creature and heard the screams of two others. They observed the creature through binoculars at a distance of 90 feet, eating yellow wood violets. The trackers also found droppings two to five inches long, full of half-eaten carpenter ants, and fallen trees that had been pulled apart for the ants inside.

HAIR SAMPLES

Tufts and strands of hair thought to come from Sasquatch have not added to the weight of evidence for the reality of the creature. Most hair samples tested prove to be that of bears or other non-primates. Promising samples were obtained in 1995 by Freeman, Laughery, and Summerlin (see above):

The hair samples gathered by the three men were sent to Ohio State University for DNA analysis. Dr. W. Henner Fahrenbach “determined microscopically that the hair appeared to have come from two individuals of the same species, that it differed in color, length, and hair growth cycle between the two sets, had not been cut, and was indistinguishable from human hair by any criterion.”

Ultimately, the tests were inconclusive. The researchers said that the “DNA extracted from both hair shaft or roots (hair demonstrably fresh) was too fragmented to permit gene sequencing.”

PHOTOS / FILM / VIDEO

Photos, film footage, and video of Sasquatch are extremely rare. At worst, they are murky, fuzzy, and inconclusive. At best, when they are clear, they are highly controversial and suspected of being hoaxes.

The Patterson/Gimlin film is by far the most famous and most scrutinized footage ever taken of Bigfoot. Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin shot the footage in 1967 with a 16mm camera while on an expedition to find the elusive creature in the Bluff Creek area of the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California. Large footprints had been found in this region in previous years. Debate among various “experts” over the authenticity of the film has been ongoing for 30 years. In recent years, some people have come forward to claim that they participated in the hoaxing of the film, but even their testimony has been called into question. (See “No, Bigfoot Is NOT Dead”)

In September, 1998, David Shealy took 27 photographs of the 7-foot-tall creature in the Everglades. “I had been sitting up in the tree for about two hours every night for the past eight months,” Shealy said. “I dozed off for a little while, and when I woke up, I saw it coming straight at me. At first I thought it was a man, but then I realized it was the skunk ape.” Shealy followed the tracks of the animal and made what he said could be the biggest skunk ape discovery: small footprints he says appear to be from a baby skunk ape. Shealy now estimates there are between nine and 12 skunk apes roaming the Everglades, and said most people who have spotted the creature usually see them in groups of three or four.

CLOSE CONTACT

There are very few cases of close contact or physical contact with Sasquatch. And many that have been reported are quite suspect:

Stan Johnson claims to be one such “contactee.” Stan says he first met the 7-foot-tall wild man when he was a boy near his home in the Ozarks. Every day after school, Stan says he would meet the Sasquatch in the woods and talk with him. Since then, he’s had several other encounters and believes the creature comes from another dimension. Johnson’s is a strange, strange story.

Stories of interest from around the Net

September 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Jersey’s got its devil. West Virginia has its Mothman. Texas has… gargoyles? Good ol’ Nick Redfern’s got a clutch of tales from America’s belt buckle featuring these stony nightmares in the sky. This ain’t prosaic stuff, since one of the yarns from a west Texas town draws a parallel with Arthurian legend. Further down the rabbit hole, Craig Woolheater caught wind of Werewolves In Maine with a nifty sighting report. We’re tickled that SKiss would be more flustered if the creature wasn’t a lupine, affirming her suspicion that her hubby has gone off the deep end.
Titanoboa was as long as a semi truck, but paleontologists reckon they’ve been pushing up the daisies for millions of years. Enter Karl Shuker and a file folder brimming with tales of relict ophidians. There are many reasons to be skeptical, the sheer number of accounts in recorded human history may point to the truth lurking in the darkest jungles.
We gather that one must live in a monarchy to effectively prove the emperor has no clothes. Best known for skewering capitalism, western imperialism, with accompanying historical foibles, Robert Newman’s set his sights on atheist messiah Richard Dawkins. Dominic Cavendish wants to show you how Robert deconstructs Dawkins with more class and wit than Ricky Gervais can ever aspire. After all, if it is a dog-eat-dog world, how many cannibalistic canines do you know?
A History Of Elves LiveScience
Long ago and far away, before greys entered our consciousness, elves held sway in the night and the shadowy corners of our minds. Ben Radford runs down the evolution of these fair folk over the centuries, musing upon their persistence in pop culture. Having whet your appetite, hie thee to your local bookseller to acquire Sherry and Brad Steiger’s Real Encounters, Different Dimensions, and Otherworldly Beings. Encyclopedically enumerated for your pleasure, those merry Steigers cover more than pointy-eared entities. Don’t just take our word for it, the man so nice they named him thrice, Paul Dale Roberts just scratches the surface to tickle your fancy for this volume. A fitting centerpiece of any fortean’s library. Less cut and dried isThe Neuroscience Backlash covered by Rich Reynolds. Citing several skeptical treatises upon free will, psychology and neuroscience, it appears mainstream scientist authors have inadvertantly provided an explanation for alien abductions. Rounding out our section, almost as a non-sequitor, is Alejandro Rojas with a UFO Video Over Belfast Believed To Be Flying Entity. Funny bit is there have been similar sightings in the past, and the facts have borne out the object or entity was only a balloon.
Huzzah! Dr. Beachcombing, with a little help from his friends, has found the original Portuguese text claiming American Indians made their way to Germany. Why is this so important? Rather than working on a secondhand account, Beach can give an accurate translation, check for apocrypha, making the tale far more compelling. Rummaging deeper in our grab bag of maverick news, we find Andrew May tut-tutting how an Ig Nobel was foisted upon a paper covering The Scarab And The Stars. While everyone was giggling over dung beetle astrology, the scarabs are more concerned with preparing their brooding balls than cracking jokes about human foibles and fables. Floating high over Anomalist Towers is a Ghost Blimp piloted by no other than Henry Paterson. He regales us with a story of the flying Mary Celeste and its unsolved mystery. Finally, don’t miss picking up Richard Toronto’s latest War Over Lemuria: Richard Shaver, Ray Palmer And The Strangest Chapter Of 1940s Science Fiction. Chronicling the singular life of Richard Shaver, from institutionalization, travelling cross-country, and a collaboration with Ray Palmer setting the UFOlogical field on its ear. Even if you don’t pick it up, John Rimmer admirably runs down this engaging biography as befitting a Pelicanist.

News of interest

July 29, 2012 Leave a comment
Ah, nothing says summer like the smell of BBQ wafting through the air, the sounds of kids playing in the pool, afternoon thunderstorms and freaky, bloated,mysterious carcasses washed up on the beach. It really is becoming a summer tradition, this time with a new one popping up on the shore of the East River in New York. The “official” consensus is that it’s a pig, which is pretty remarkable considering pigs generally don’t have claws. A reluctant Loren Coleman has the rest of the story of That Bloated Beast Under Brooklyn Bridge. On a much gentler (and less disgusting) note, Beachcombing brings us tales of Victorian encounters with Mutant Hares, Modern Satyrs and Centaurs. Being Victorian, the witnesses in all cases reacted exactly as you would expect, giving a discreet shriek and running ladylike away from the strange creatures. In an encounter with a giant mutant rabbit, one woman defied her upbringing and actually struck the oncoming beast with her parasol. Then, we presume, she shrieked and ran away.
UFO Magazine’s Larry Bryant wants to see the elusive box full of Roswell secrets that former CIA agent Chase Brandon claims he saw. Supposedly, via the Freedom of Information Act, the contents of that box should be released to him and anyone else curious enough to file a request with the CIA. While it’s a worthy endeavor, we think it’s highly unlikely the request will be granted. Whether that is because the CIA will conveniently lose the files or because it simply doesn’t exist in the first place is the question of the day. UFO Iconoclasts delve deep (really deep) into the nature of UFOs and wonder about the possibility of Quantum UFOs: Entanglement?
There seems to be a serious lack of communication going on between the “Chasing UFOs” crew and the NatGeo channel because the show’s crew complains that they were not aware of the ominous sounding “major shift in programming flavor” for the channel and say that NatGeo is less concerned with the truth than with entertainment value. NatGeo is trying to mop up the publicity disaster by saying basically that the crew of the show knew what they were signing up for. We think they should just be sent to their respective corners to take a timeout and think about what they’ve done.
After years of ridicule and being dismissed as a party trick, hypnosis is now attracting attention from scientists because its effects are very real and can be proven. Recent research has discovered that during a brain scan if a person is asked to fake being hypnotized, the resulting brain activity is very different than that of a person who is genuinely hypnotized. Meanwhile, there’s a good chance you’ll run into hypnotists and scientists alike at the 55th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association in Durham, NC.
There’s nothing quite like reading about lost civilizations to really make you feel your mortality. What happened to the huge cities of these ancient people? Oftentimes, the civilization that abandoned these locations were advanced, which makes it even more puzzling. Did they simply move on to be closer to food and water sources? Were they conquered by invaders? Was there something more sinister behind the disappearances? It seems that just when archaeologists have settled on a date when we humans truly began to be civilized, more evidence surfaces (literally) to prove otherwise. Archaeologists uncover Palaeolithic ceramic art dating back to the last Ice Age that redefines our timeline and knocks the discovery of ceramics back several thousand years. Lastly, the Pelicanist reviews Nick Redferns The Pyramids and the Pentagon which deals with the notion of ancient advanced civilizations and ancient artifacts and their impact on modern times: Pyramid Selling. The Pelicanist calls it “cleverly written” and says there is something for skeptics and believers both.
Loren Coleman shares a story from artist Jeff H. Johnson concerning reports of wildmen seeking revenge for the killing of their kind in Vietnam. There is an equally disturbing story in the comments about US soldiers in Vietnam having to recover bodies quickly because “apes” would come out of the forest and eat them. As the commenter says, “there are no apes in Vietnam”. Coleman points out that there could very well be a lot more of these sorts of stories from that part of the world but we will likely never hear them. Forteania bids happy birthday to Momo the Missouri Monster – 40 yrs On. The tall, hairy, smelly and infamously dog-eating creature was spotted only during a brief period in 1972, but Missourians haven’t forgotten him.
Want to give your brain a jolt? Consider this: you may be asleep and dreaming right this moment. Brain Pickings tells us that it is very likely and that with way our brains work and the nature of dreaming, it could be impossible to discern the difference between reality and dreaming at times. There is no real way to tell. We’d hope that our brains would come up with something a bit more interesting than the mundane details of our daily lives though. It’s a bit frightening to realize how easily our brains are manipulated, and on a more serious note Loren Coleman gives us another example of this as he takes an unconventional look at the bigger picture surrounding the recent Aurora tragedy. The sensationalism of the story has saturated the media resulting in some very defined images being imprinted on our cultural conscious already. The fallout from the tragedy casts a long shadow over pop culture and may augur further developments in Aurora: Synchromystic Wonderland.
Canada seems to be the most recent UFO hotspot with an average of 3 sightings reported each day. Ontario seems to be getting the most attention though, according to this study. Break out the Barry White album, it’s time for Part 2 of Eros & Ufos: The Repressed Sexual Aspect of Mystical Experiences (Part 2). Sexual repression has always led to troublesome results throughout history and and alien abduction may be yet another result. Intrepid Magazine’s Red Pill Junkie wonders if alien abductions are related to the same repressed energy that is theorized to be the cause of poltergeist activity. It would certainly explain the popularity of UFO reports involving tall, beautiful Venusians in the 1950s and 60s.
In 1979, a Scottish forestry worker Robert Taylor ventured into the woods off of a highway in Dechmont Law. He encountered a saucer-shaped craft on the ground and was attacked by two metal spiked spheres that dragged him toward the ship. He awoke later with torn pants and was unable to talk. The “official” explanation for his strange experience? Venus! Not only was the planet responsible for his sighting but it also apparently triggered a seizure and hallucinations, despite the fact that local police found evidence that something had landed in that spot. We suppose that all the weather balloons were grounded that day. In another infamous case, the powers that be took quite a different tactic of disinformation and ordered the main eyewitness to continue spreading his tale of the The Aztec UFO and Psy-Ops. Apparently, what he reported seeing (a crashed UFO with several dead aliens) was so outlandish that they figured he was doing a pretty good job spreading disinfo himself.
Frogmen stalked the banks of the Little Miami River in Loveland, Ohio in 1955 and were reported in three separate incidents. The creatures were described as tall, bipedal frogs and in one incident, one of them seemed to be brandishing a metal wand. No official explanation was ever given but it’s interesting to note that “frogmen’ were a part of local Native American lore long-before the modern sightings. Beachcombing has a report of a 1980 encounter with The Trolls That Tuck You In from 1980 and the most unbelievable part of the story is that the witness went right to sleep after being tucked into bed by several tiny people that mysteriously appeared in her hotel room. And on a final note, Paranthropology Vol. 3 No. 3 Now Available to Download.

Paranormal News For July 14, 2012

July 15, 2012 Leave a comment

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…

CREATURES:

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…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

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…

The Werewolf of Bedburg

July 15, 2012 1 comment

The true story of a monster that terrorized a German village for years with unspeakably cruel crimes and murders

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.

BEDBURG, 1582

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.

CATTLE MUTILATIONS

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.

UNTHINKABLE MURDERS

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:

  • The young women among his victims were sexually assaulted before he tore them apart.
  • With the pregnant women, he ripped the fetuses from their wombs and “ate their hearts panting hot and raw,” which he later described as “dainty morsels.”
  • Small children were strangled, bludgeoned and throats ripped open with his bare hands. Some were disemboweled and partially eaten.
  • Lambs and calves were ripped apart and devoured raw.

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.

Monsters from the Shadows of Reality

July 20, 2011 2 comments

     ASK ANYONE interested in the subject to name a crypto creature – an animal reported to be seen but unknown to science – and he or she will probably come up with Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster or perhaps even El Chupacabras. They have been sighted, allegedly, on numerous occasions.

As any reader of this website knows, however, people see all kinds of creatures – animal-like beings that don’t fit neatly into scientific or even cryptozoological categories. People will swear to you that they saw them with their own eyes. Strange creatures. Creatures that seem to have been spotted perhaps only once in a given area, and never again. So are they real? Do they exist in our physical reality or are they products of imagination and misidentification? Or do they exist in some other reality and pay only brief visits to our dimension, living on the outskirts of our perception?

Consider these reports of bizarre creatures from readers:

ROSWELL REPTILIAN

Mark was caring for his parents’ ten-acre estate in a remote valley near Roswell, New Mexico, famous, of course, for its alleged UFO crash. “This valley is surrounded by mountains to the west (Sacramento), the Permian Basin in the east, and the Carlsbad caverns to the south,” Mark tells us. “This basin is very ancient; it was once the shoreline of an ancient sea.

“The Bottomless Lakes State Park is within this basin and is the result of many strange legends both ancient and recent, with countless rumors of individuals who see things come out of the water, people being chased by strange creatures, sightings for UFOs, and the list goes on. Legends of creatures that live in these lakes are old and as mentioned keep occurring to this day.

“As I was waking up one morning around 10 a.m., I walked outside to get a breath of fresh air. My uncle, who lived directly behind us, had a dog named Ono. Ono was half pit bull and half blue heeler. Directly east of us was a field, and as I happened to look east in the field, Ono was chasing a creature that stood approximately 2½ to 3 feet tall. This creature was light brown in color and was definitely reptilian. I just stood there watching as this creature and Ono disappeared out of sight. I was not frightened, just in awe and disbelief of what I was actually witnessing.

“My cousin had seen the creature around the same time and several days later, my aunt, uncle, mom, and I had seen unusual tracks that were not, to our recollection, of any known animals of the area. I know what I witnessed and science cannot tell me otherwise.”

THE MONSTER OF BENBROOK LAKE

Benbrook Lake is a small body of water on the southwest side of Fort Worth, Texas, created by the Army Corp of Engineers as a flood control reservoir in the mid-1900s. It was here that Jack L. had his unusual sighting.

“The heat brings all manner of animals to the water at sunset,” says Jack. “Deer, armadillo, fox, raccoon and possums all frequent the dark, green pool, but I’m not exactly sure what I saw there in the waning glow of dusk on October 20, 2005.

“I had arrived at Holiday Park on the lake’s western shore around 6:15 in the early evening, but the thermometer still registered in the 90s. There wasn’t another soul in view except for a lone hobbyist flying his radio-controlled airplane some 200 yards away. I fanned out my blanket and settled down to stretch in preparation for my daily swim.

“I happened across a set of large, strange tracks that led into the water where I routinely swam. Although unusually large, I attributed the tracks to a pair of Great Danes that I had seen running with their owner earlier in the month. As the sounds of the lake began to filter into my awareness, I heard someone trudging through the underbrush and reeds that fronted a small patch of woods to my right, which separated me from the point on the shoreline where I went into the water. It never registered that there were no other vehicles or evidence of swimmers nearby. I walked slowly back to my blanket and collapsed to soak up the heat.

“As I rolled onto my left side, I saw it. I say ‘it’ because I don’t really know what ‘it’ was. It had dark fur and was large… perhaps seven or eight feet tall. It was pushing through a stand of reeds about 200 yards from me. The reeds came up to my chest, but only reached the animal’s waist. It appeared to walk upright, grunting in a belabored manner. The animal had turned away from me so I could not make out any facial details. I wheeled about to see if there was anyone within earshot, but the lake was deserted now. I can’t describe my fear. I quietly and quickly collected my stuff and strode back to my truck for safety. I sat quietly and watched the animal disappear into the woods.

“I was shaking. Several minutes passed before I cranked the truck and headed home, primarily because I was afraid I would see the creature along the winding lake road that lead out of Holiday Park. I returned to the site two days later and found sufficient evidence that something large did move about the reeds. It appeared as though something large had nested there. I don’t know what I encountered, but I still swim and bike at Benbrook. Perhaps, someone will corroborate what I saw.”

FOREST WHITE-CLAW

Zion and his buddies had built a fort to play in within a wooded field on the outskirts of town. It was a place to hang out and engage in pretend defense against imaginary enemies. What they didn’t count on was an intruder of an altogether strange sort.

“It was maybe three in the afternoon when school got out,” says Zion. “I decided to call my friend Eric to see if he would like to go to the fort. His mom always made him stay home and eat dinner first, so I told him I would just meet him there. We started building onto the fort.

“At about 5:00 p.m. it started getting dark, so we decided to head back. As we packed all of our stuff, both Eric and I noticed something slowly coming out of a bush about 150 yards north of us. Acting quickly, we dove silently into the fort. We sat there for at least five minutes.

“It was the size of a large wolf, but dark black with long, large, white claws. It did not look like anything Eric or I had ever seen before – nothing we could compare it to. As it vanished from our sites, we cautiously started back. We made it out of the forest where we came to an abandoned house. We did not plan on stopping, but noticed that about 100 yards on the path the creature was standing on all fours looking at us.

“We stood paralyzed as it slowly walked toward us. All of a sudden it stopped. We got a good look at it. It had dark yellow eyes and not one look of mercy on its face and a row of bright white teeth showed. All of a sudden, we heard a noise behind us. We quickly turned around to see a doe and a fawn running out of a thorn bush. We turned around and the creature was gone. Seeing the chance, we ran home. We made it home, but not one memory of that animal will ever leave my mind. We have not seen it since then.”

CHUPACABRAS ROADRUNNER

There have been many claims for Chupacabras sightings, some of them in the southern U.S., especially Texas. Although there is no consensus about what Chupacabras might be – descriptions vary widely – Dub and his wife Ann think they might have spotted a creature that fits a common description in 2004.

“We were driving home late at night in East Texas near Crockett,” Dub relates, “when we saw something run right across the road in front of us. It was about ten feet in front of our car. We both later on drew a picture of what we saw and they look almost the same.

“The features we both noted were: About four to five feet tall and ran on the two hind feet. The knees bent backward, not forward as a human’s. It made it across the road in three or four seconds. It had the body of a slim small child, not like a fat kangaroo. The arms chugged back and forth like a person running. The head had a pointed chin and a pointed top at the back like a rooster’s comb. The body looked gray or some other dark color. The thing looked to be an alien to both of us. We have never seen a picture of any [conventional] animal that resembled what we saw. It seems there have been many sightings of such a thing in the past. These are found on the Internet under Chupacabras.”

LIZARD MAN

It was also in Texas that a reader, calling himself The Kid, saw something larger when he was 12 years old. “My grandpa had taken us hunting up near Big Springs in west Texas,” he says. “We rode our jeep up the side of the mountain, when suddenly, two families of quail appeared. My grandpa was still teaching my two younger brothers to hunt, so they went with him to follow one family, and I followed the other all by myself.

“I strode up the mountain, and I carried with me only my shotgun and a bag full of shells. I scratched my foot on a very large rock. I howled in pain. I tended to my wound for a few minutes. I heard ducks nearby and knew that there had to be a nearby pond where I could wash my cut. I headed toward the sound. I stepped on a twig and six ducks flew off away from the pond. I figured the sound I made had scared them off, so I kept walking there.

“I was at the shore splashing water on my leg when I heard another splashing sound. I looked up and saw a man leaning over, drinking from the pond. It only took me a few seconds to realize that this was no ordinary man. This man had scales and a lizard’s head! I was petrified – I couldn’t move a muscle. I stood there watching the deformity drink, when all of a sudden I saw it jerk its head up. It eyed me for what seemed like hours. It jumped in the water and started to swim toward me. All I could do was shoot at it. I shot three shells, and then I heard the dreaded click. I ran and ran and ran. I met up with my grandpa, and he didn’t believe me. Would you blame him?”

LEERING GARGOYLE

Seeing a bizarre creature out in the remote wilderness is one thing… but seeing one in the landscaping of your own home is quite another. In August 2005, Greg stepped outside his apartment building to smoke a cigarette. “As I was turning to head back indoors,” he reports, “a gleam in a nearby shrub (about 20 feet away) caught my eye. I looked more closely and saw what, for all intents and purposes, was a face leering at me. At the moment, I thought how unusual that the evening lighting and the arrangement of the shrub’s branches and leaves would create such a startling effect. So I walked closer to the bush, wishing I had a camera to capture this unusual optical illusion.

“At about five feet from the shrub, I stopped dead in my tracks. This was a face – a very malevolent face that looked like a gremlin from the movies. Its eyes were focused intently on mine and it was perfectly still, although a slight breeze was rustling the rest of the bush. Disbelieving, I shook my head, closed my eyes, and opened them again. The face was still there, still looking at me.

“I thought it must be a cat, raccoon or possum and took another step toward the face. At that moment, I felt a wave of such hostility that it practically took my breath away. I looked more closely now and could see green and darkly mottled ridged eyebrows, brilliantly white (almost mesmerizing) pupils, rubbery-looking pointed ears, and a very large mouth partly opened in what appeared to be a sneer – or a threat.

“Shaken, I hurried back into my apartment, locked the door, and looked out the front window only to see that the thing was still watching me. Keep in mind that I was looking at it from a different angle now, yet it held its form and appeared to have slightly turned its head toward me. Then I understood something. I had caught a glimpse of some legendary elf- or gargoyle-like creature, and I wasn’t supposed to. The malevolence I felt and the hypnotic stare of the creature were its warnings to me to back off.

“What would have happened if I’d walked right up to the thing in the bush? I’m glad I didn’t, by the way.”

BLACK LUNAR MONSTER

The woods are home to all kinds of creatures, of course, but most of them can be readily identified. Occasionally, one is sighted that is not so easily named. Braydon and his friend Tony were walking in a wooded area near Bardstown, Kentucky between 11:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight. “Did you hear that?” asked Tony. “Hear what?” Braydon replied.

They both listened. Tony was about to say something else when a black-skinned, orange-eyed creature just walked right by them. “I was startled for a sec, then I was scared stiff,” Braydon says, “for it was now looking right at us. I whispered, ‘Run!’ Before we started running, the creature ran in the opposite direction.

“It was about five feet tall on all fours and looked like a mix between a pit bull terrier and a giant bird with no wings. It doesn’t really walk on all fours, but kind of leaps. No fur.”

CREATURE ON THE GARAGE

Hollywood has created many memorable and terrifying fictional monsters over the years, but what Adam saw in December 2005 at his home in North Hollywood, California seemed very real to him.

“I was inside my garage all day and night organizing things,” Adam says. “I was finishing up when at approximately 9:30 p.m. I was shocked by a large crash and smash against my closed garage door. At first I thought it was maybe a drunk homeless person that fell against the garage door, or kids outside throwing a football around. So I slowly and quietly listened and walked out of the garage to hear what it was.

“As I got around to the front of the garage, I didn’t see anyone. I decided to keep quiet and just listen for any movement. Then I heard something on the roof of the garage. I went into the garage and grabbed my flashlight. I returned outside and looked on top of the garage, which is 12 feet high – and there it was in the night, crouching on all fours. I didn’t need to turn the flashlight on, but I did.

“When I flashed the light on the thing, it looked back at me with glowing yellow eyes. At first I thought it was a cat, but it was too large. Possum, no; mountain lion, no. It kept looking at me for about 30 seconds. I still thought it could be a cat until it turned its head away from me. ‘Oh my god,’ is all I could say. My brain had never seen an animal such as this one.

“Its head was that of a dog, its snout wasn’t long, it was medium and flat. It scared the hell out of me. It had a nubby tail, but its head was unusual, like no animal I’ve ever seen. It was about 3½ to 4 feet long, looked about 40 pounds, gray or black fur like a cat. After those 30 seconds of confrontation, it leaped off the garage with amazing ease, and thundered through my backyard, jumped over a 7-foot fence and was gone.

“It wasn’t a cat; it was too heavy and clumsy, like a dog, yet it wasn’t a dog because it jumped off a 12-foot-high garage. It wasn’t a mountain lion because it was gray and black and it had a dog face. It was a different creature that possibly related to a cat or dog, but much more evolved and quicker.”

Paranormal News Update

July 6, 2011 Leave a comment

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Want to participate in a psychic experiment?
“Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief” is looking for twelve male volunteers in the New York City area to participate in a fun experiment for an upcoming segment about psychic powers…

CREATURES:

The Lake Utopia Monster
Everyone is familiar with Nessie or the Loch Ness Monster, but few people outside the local area of Lake Utopia or in the field of cryptozoology have heard about the Lake Utopia Monster…

Claims sea monster lives in fjord
A diver conducting an investigation of Geirþjófsfjörður believes he may have found evidence of a sea monster living in the fjord…

Flying cryptid sightings: Weird bat-like creatures / large bioluminescent birds

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Nottinghamshire Police witchcraft, ghost and UFO reports
Nottinghamshire Police received more than 80 reports of ghosts, witchcraft and UFO sightings in the last six years…

Haunting of Hyde Hall
Over the past 200 years, Hyde Hall has evolved from a prestigious family home in Cooperstown to a National Landmark. Starting July 6th, a tour will take a look at the home and its history with the paranormal, as told by ghosts of past and present…

Scary amateur video shows paranormal activity in kids’ bedroom
A family captured paranormal activity or evidence of ghosts when they set up a video camera in their children’s bedroom after being told that there were unexplained noises and shadows in the room. ..

Simon Cowell isn’t spooked by haunted house
Simon Cowell has confessed that he has become fascinated with the idea of ghosts and the afterlife…

FORTEAN PHENOMENA:

Man struck by lightning for sixth time
An Upstate man has again disproved the old adage about lightning never striking the same place twice after being struck for the sixth time on Monday.

 

Pissed-off elves bombard Icelandic town with rocks

July 6, 2011 Leave a comment

The good burghers of the Icelandic town of Bolungarvik have intervened to prevent further action by elves who are evidently unhappy they weren’t consulted about the construction of an anti-avalanche barrier.

Bolungarvik recently suffered a bombardment of rocks during “routine dynamiting” on the barrier, with fist-sized missiles causing damage to several properties.

This led locals to suspect the huldufólk (hidden people) had finally got a bit miffed with civil engineering projects, including the construction last year of a road tunnel through a hill.

Icelandic folklore advises caution when venturing into possible huldufólk territory, and disturbing the rocks in which they’re believed to live.

Bolungarvik’s council rejected calls by “seers” to apologise to the Little People for the disruption, claiming there was a perfectly logical explanation for the dynamite mishap.

The townsfolk responded last week by organising an impromptu appeasement ceremony at the blasting site, offering song and prayers in the hope of restoring peace between humans and huldufólk.

Local musician Benedikt Sigurdsson explained: “I have now been asked by both elves and men to broker a compromise here, and I hope that this song will suffice.” ®

Monsters, Mutants and Other Animal Mysteries

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

A real monster?

Mysterious animals seem to be popping up all over the place. And not just in remote jungles or seldom-traveled tropical waters. They are allegedly appearing in such unlikely places as Harford County, Maryland and San Antonio, Texas. Rural villages of Chile also continue to be harassed by strange creatures, some of which fit the description and modus operandiof the dreaded Chupacabras.

Scientists are routinely discovering new species of animals. An exploration of a large ice-covered pool in the Yukon Territory of the Canada Basin is finding several new species in what is believed to be the world’s oldest seawater. In May, 2004, a new species of orange-colored, mouse-like mammal was discovered in the mountains of the Philippines. A bird that researchers believe is new to science was recently found on the Indonesian island of Wangi Wangi. In August, 2004, a new kind of animal was found in Australia that an expert with the National Parks and Wildlife Service said resembled a rock wallaby, but wasn’t.

It’s quite another thing, however, when an unknown creature wanders into your backyard. But we must be cautious about jumping to the conclusion that an unidentified animal is truly unidentifiable. Such is the case with the so-called Glyndon Mystery Monster that made news in July, 2004. A strange-looking dog-like creature was spotted by several residents around Glyndon, Maryland. Jay Wroe even managed to photograph the animal in his backyard. Animal experts were unable to identify it, some saying it looked like a cross between a dog and a hyena. So they set a trap for the creature in Wroe’s yard – and actually caught the poor animal, which turned out to be a red fox with a bad case of mange.

Likewise, reports of dinosaur-like creatures reported by people driving near Arica, Chile turned out to be misidentified ostriches.

So if a fox can be labeled a monster and an ostrich can be seen as a dinosaur, we must be open-mindedly skeptical when we read about some of the other interesting sightings taking place around the globe. Maybe they are bizarre new creatures, maybe not:

• The Asheboro panther. In January, 2004 in Asheboro, North Carolina, Denise Williams was dressing her kids to go outside and play in the snow when she glanced out her window and saw a large, black, cat-like creature. She managed to videotape what she described as a panther-like animal, and representatives of the North Carolina zoo estimated that the tracks in the snow they found were made by a feline weighing 35 to 40 pounds. The videotape was too fuzzy to provide definitive identification. It was rumored that the animal might have been responsible for the death of a pet dog in the area. There were no reports of an escaped panther from any zoo, and the mystery animal was never captured.

• The Lancashire blobster. There is a rich history in the annals of Forteana of mysterious “things” washing up on shores around the world. They are often unidentifiable because they are in various stages of decomposition or have provided lunch for other sea creatures. One such unidentified “blobster” was stumbled upon by a cameraman on the Lancashire, U.K. coast while he was walking his dog in late July, 2004. The rotting carcass, which featured a long beak, puzzled park rangers, zoologists, marine and other wildlife experts. Finally, as if to get the mystery over with, the manager of an aquarium declared he was 99 percent certain it was a squid. Other “experts” weren’t so sure and offered such other possibilities as a walrus pup, a dolphin, a penguin, seal or even a platypus.

• The hairless dogoyote. Rancher Devin Macanally shot and killed an unknown animal that he says was attacking his livestock on his ranch in Elmendorf, Texas in July, 2004. Despite good photos and the actual body of the animal, it has yet to be identified. Because it was killing smaller farm animals, some wondered if this was the legendary Chupacabras. The hairless, blue-gray, 20-pound creature, which somewhat resembles a dog, may have been responsible for the disappearance of more than 40 of the rancher’s chickens. The bones of the unknown animal have been sent for DNA testing, but meanwhile, experts at the San Antonio Zoo could not identify it. The mammal curator at the zoo theorized it was “a mix between a dog and a coyote,” and admitted that its lower jaw was “not normal for any mammal.”

• The PNG Dinosaur. A formal hunt was organized by police in Papua New Guinea when several locals reported seeing a large dinosaur-like creature lumbering about in March, 2004. The villagers described the creature as being about three metres (nine feet) tall, gray in color, with a head like a dog’s and a crocodile-like tail. The hunt did not find the mysterious animal (or any ostriches).

• Dog-eating Chupacabras. In January, 2004, a 40-year-old man was scared out of his wits by a monster he encountered while driving on the road around 5 a.m. at Santa Filomena, Chile. Juan Berríos described it to reporter Scott Corrales as “a bipedal animal standing 1.50 meters tall, with hind legs like those of a kangaroo, small, curved hands ending in talons, a sharp mane like that of a porcupine running along its back, a tail with a rattle, a muzzle like that of a fierce wolf, several rows of teeth and voracious red eyes.” Most terrifying, this monster was carrying the bleeding body of what may have been a dog in its mouth.

• Chupacabras’ cousin. In August, Corrales reported on the discovery of an unidentified animal inside a doghouse belonging to Manuel Otazo in Valparaiso, Chile. According to Corrales, “Manuel Otazo explained that the animal had a small head and red fur, with large fangs, claws and hands resembling wings, different from any rodent or known domestic animal.” Otazo believed it could have been a relative of the Chupacabras.

Other Recent Animal Anomalies and Oddities:

• Fertile mules. Ask any veterinarian or zoologist and they will tell you that it is impossible for a mule to give birth. By definition, a mule (a cross between a female horse and a male donkey) is an animal bread to be sterile. Yet on June 7, 2004, in the Bhutan village of Dorikha, a golden yellow mule gave birth to a black foal. This “impossibility” is not an isolated case. In October, 2002, a mule gave birth in rural Morocco.

• Giant hog. They dubbed it “Hogzilla” – a gigantic feral hog that stretched 12 feet long and weighed in at a whopping 1,000 pounds. Chris Griffin killed the monstrous pig on his plantation in Alapaha, Georgia in July, 2004.

• Seagull attack. A retired man in Falkirk, Scotland became the victim of a flock of seagulls that seemed to really have it out for him. “James McNeish said the gulls would swoop and peck at him when he walked out of the door,” reported the Daily Record on July 13, 2004. “He also said they would stare at him through his windows.” The strange incident became more and more like Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds when the gulls began to go after children as they played in a nearby park.

Paranormal In The News

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GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Ghostly image shocks St. John’s wedding guests
People at a wedding reception at the Newman Wine Vaults in St. John’s believe they caught an image of an uninvited and otherworldly guest. Newlyweds Matt White and Danielle Hann said one of their friends was shocked by the digital image she took at the June 18 event…

Playful poltergeist Nanny Goony haunting Scottish sweet shop
A sweet-toothed ghost has whipped up a storm in a teacup at a village cafe. The friendly “Casper” likes to move sweet jars and other goodies around the tearoom in the night. But the playful poltergeist sometimes makes an appearance during the day. Laura McKirdy and her mum Fiona believe they are being haunted by an old lady dubbed Nanny Goony by folk in Cardross, Dunbartonshire…

Historic haunting: New Gettysburg attraction explores town’s paranormal past
Rene Staub believes in spirits. During his 14 years as a ghost tour guide at the Historic Farnsworth House Inn property in downtown Gettysburg, Pa., he said he’s experienced enough peculiar events to believe that otherworldly beings are present. He’s smelled the scent of blooming flowers in February, listened to screaming women who could feel the presence of ghosts nearby and watched surveillance videos indicating the presence of spirits…

Ghost tourism mulled
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah wants to be known for more than just its scenic surrounding and warm hospitality. This year, the State will introduce to the world its other hidden charm – the spine-chilling, scary-world of supernatural and ghosts! The Ministry of Tourism Culture and Environment is mulling over the idea of having a cultural festival where mythical creatures such as ghosts, are the highlights of the event…

Should Christians believe in ghosts?
The question was recently posed to me by one of my readers. Stuart did not share my assumption that the world may contain ghosts who, among other things, might engage in haunting…

CREATURES:

Sasquatch family group footprints reported and examined in northern New Mexico
Bonobomichael: My companion and I, after learning that the New Mexico State Police had looked into a report from campers about strange sounds and huge footprints near La Queva Creek in Glorita, New Mexico, found a series of huge footprints in the area and followed them for approximately three quarters of a mile over varied mountain terrain until they faded out on an extensive rock outcropping…

Looking for Bigfoot in Indian Country
It has been more than 50 years since the legend of Bigfoot first captured the hearts and imaginations of the American public. It has been more than 50 years of sightings, investigations and debunking. But are we any closer to having proof that can pass scientific muster that this tall, hairy being with gigantic feet exists? No one has the answer to that question, yet some Bigfoot experts have figured out that the best place to get the evidence is in Indian country…

Bigfoot face prints: Debunked?
Today’s media coverage of the Fresno Bigfoot “Face prints” turned out as we expected, ambiguous evidence. Although the guys who discovered the prints claimed that they were positive that these prints that were found on a truck’s windows weren’t those of a bear, they failed to really show the world evidence that they said would eclipse the Patterson/Gimlin film.

CREATURES:

“Sea monster” found on beach in China
A 55 foot long sea creature that was recently discovered on a beach in Guangdong, China has people buzzing. The massive “Sea Monster,” whose 4.5 ton body was so badly decayed that it could not be identified, was discovered by a local fisherman known only as Hwang…

Large bird like creature seen in Fresno skies
Last week while attending the monthly Fresno Filmmakers Alliance mixer, a friend of mine approached me and asked me if I knew of any thunderbird sightings in the Fresno area as his wife and young son had recently spotted a large bird-like creature with a wing span estimated to be more than 12 feet in width…

Paranormal group seeks help confirming ‘Bigfoot DNA’
A California paranormal group claims to have DNA samples of Bigfoot — concrete evidence of the legendary creature’s existence — but they want help authenticating them. Members of the Sanger Paranormal Society will call upon the public to donate money and resources to their Bigfoot research effort at a Thursday afternoon news conference in Fresno, Calif…

The incredibly disappointing Bigfoot press conference

Bigfoot exists: Eyewitness Michael Smith speaks of his Sasquatch encounter
Geno McGahee: I have been a believer in the Sasquatch for quite some time, but there is a lot of nonsense out there. Hoaxers are around every corner, from those that put a costume in a freezer, to those that present a blurry video of a man in a suit walking across the road. It’s hard to take the matter seriously, but there is compelling evidence, most notably, the Patterson Film…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

The psychic children
As a leading psychic medium I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has said to me that their children have spoken accurately of ancestors who died long before they were born. They can describe both their character and appearance. It doesn’t surprise me in the least but it can shock those left behind…

FORTEAN PHENOMENA:

Audio conversation with Brad Steiger
Brad Steiger is one of the hard working giants in this field. I was delighted and honored to spend an hour listening to his deep voice on subjects that I find profoundly interesting. When you visit Brad and Sherry’s web-site, be prepared because they have done a LOT of books and research…

Earliest art in the Americas: Ice Age image of mammoth or mastodon found in Florida
Researchers from the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Florida have announced the discovery of a bone fragment, approximately 13,000 years old, in Florida with an incised image of a mammoth or mastodon. This engraving is the oldest and only known example of Ice Age art to depict a proboscidean (the order of animals with trunks) in the Americas…

Orbs follow car, then, man sees HUGE “rabbit”

MEDIA – BOOKS, MOVIES, TV:

Upcoming Global Asylum 3D Movie “A Haunting in Salem” provides milestone
Shannon Benna, an independent producer and creative director specializing in emerging technologies and entertainment media production, has become Hollywood’s “First Female Feature Film Stereographer” through her work on Global Asylum’s upcoming 3D feature film “A Haunting In Salem.” With credits that span traditional film, TV, and interactive content production, Ms. Benna served as On-Set Stereographer during the entire production of that project…

First look: John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in “The Raven”
Given that he wrote about people who were slowly tortured, buried alive, and haunted by seemingly malevolent animals – and also married his 13-year-old cousin – it’s really saying something when you creep-out Edgar Allan Poe. But that’s what happens in The Raven (out March 9), starring John Cusack as the doomed author in a fictionalized story set in 1849 about the hunt for a serial killer who takes macabre inspiration from his tales.

In the news…

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FORTEAN PHENOMENA:

Can neuroscience explain our paranormal obsession?
From UFOs to ghosts, our strong reaction to unexplained phenomena has a lot to do with our brains…

Paranormal obsessions
For those who engage in research, investigations and writing in the realm of Forteana – Ufology, cryptozoology, ghost-hunting and more – it’s a pursuit that can be as mentally stimulating as it can be enlightening, challenging, and thought-provoking. But there’s a disturbing downside to all this, too…

Acclaimed paranormal investigator seeks explanations for the unexplained
As a youngster, Robert Goerman’s curiosity was encouraged, even when that interest led to consequences…

GHOSTS, HAUNTED PLACES AND POLTERGEISTS:

Group says historic middle school home to spirits
Historic Washington Middle school hasn’t held a class since 2009, but paranormal investigator David Woolever believes there are still a few people lingering around the halls…

Union Hotel in De Pere hunts for ghosts
Mary Boyd believes ghosts inhabit the Union Hotel in De Pere, the 128-year-old building that her family has owned at 200 N. Broadway since 1918…

Ghost evidence found
A local paranormal team claims it found evidence of ghosts inside of a historic Harrisburg home and they showed that evidence only to CBS 21 News…

Video: Haunted hotel? – TV report

CREATURES:

Loch Ness Monster sighting reported by locals
Foyers shop and cafe owner Jan Hargreaves and her husband Simon believe they caught a glimpse of Loch Ness’s most elusive resident – Nessie…

PSYCHIC PHENOMENA:

Psychic Diane Lazarus called in to solve Australian murder
A Welsh psychic is travelling to Australia in a bid to unravel one of the country’s most baffling unsolved murders…

Did a psychic predict where Caylee would be found?
Casey Anthony case mystery: A private investigator testifies that a psychic contacted him and directed him to the spot where Caylee’s body was found a month after his search…

EARTH MYSTERIES:

Ghostly apparition of entire city appears over Chinese river
Residents in a Chinese city have been stunned after a giant mirage of a ‘ghost city’ towered across the skyline…

LOST WORLDS:

New old crystal skull discovered in Berlin
A photographer made an astonishing find at a flea market in the German capitol Berlin: If confirmed to be authentic, this newly discovered crystal skull could once have been owned by an eminent German art historian…

MEDIA – BOOKS, MOVIES, TV:

Bigfoot ‘Exists’ in new film
Haxan Films and Amber Entertainment are looking for Bigfoot, setting an October start date for lensing “Exists,” with “Blair Witch Project” director Eduardo Sanchez to helm…

“Celebrity Ghost Hunt” featuring psychic Chip Coffey Premieres Saturday, July 2 on Bio
Documents the work of psychic Chip Coffey as he travels into the private lives of the famous, leading them on investigations into the unexplained paranormal activity they’re experiencing.

 

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