Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 8, Number 49
December 24, 2003
Editor: Joseph Trainor
UFO HOVERS OVER A
VILLAGE IN MALAYSIA
"An unidentified flying object was sighted hovering
over a quiet village in" Malaysia's northern Kedah state,
near the border with Thailand, "the second such sighting
there in two years, a report said on Tuesday," December
"A nine-year-old boy saw a slow-moving, disc-like
object about the size of a car emitting a greenish light"
and "hovering in the air over Banggol Cicar village, near
the town of Baling, for about four minutes before it
"Mohamad Amirul Syafiq said at first he thought it
was a plane about to crash."
"'I then called my friends to look at the object,
which was hovering just over the tops of the coconut trees
behind my house,' he was quoted as saying."
"Mohamad Faiz Alias, 12, said he thought Mohamad
Amirul was joking. 'But we clearly saw the object in the
air, emitting a bright light,' Mohamad Faiz said."
"Kamaruddin Othman, 12, said he realised the object
was not a plane because it was too silent."
"His father, Othman Ahmad, 54, said he also caught
sight of the UFO before it disappeared."
"Two years ago, a villager said he saw a UFO hovering
in the air while he was on his way to the mosque for pre-
dawn (Friday) prayers."
Banggol Cicar is about 400 kilometers (250 miles)
north of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. (See the
New Straits Times for December 16, 2003, "Malaysian
villagers claim UFO sighting." Many thanks to Loren
Coleman for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: Welcome to Spotlight on Southeast Asia
Week here at UFO Roundup. There was an equally strange
phenomenon just across the Strait of Malacca in
PHANTOM EXPRESS HITS
THE RAILS IN INDONESIA
"Superstitious Indonesians have blamed ghosts or
black magic for the mysterious journey of an empty
commuter train, which travelled 45 kilometers (23 miles)
from Bogor to Jakarta" on Indonesia's island of Java,
"before grinding to a halt."
"The electric train, parked in a Bogor rail siding,
mysteriously came to life last week and began travelling
out of the Java hills into Jakarta's suburbs at about 64
kilometers per hour (40 miles per hour--J.T.)."
"A railway employee climbed aboard one of the
carriages and tried to stop the train but was unable to
enter the driver's compartment."
"The train eventually stopped on a hill in the city"
of Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, "without causing any loss
of life or injury."
"Railway officials blamed its unscheduled journey on
"But a number of Jakarta communities told the
newspaper Detik that they believed ghosts piloted the
train on its journey."
"One man said he was afraid to talk about the trip
and just thinking about it made his hair stand on end."
"In a country where many people believe in ghosts or
black magic, an employee at Manggarai railway station said
he was trying not to dwell on what caused the mysterious
"'I don't want to say anything supernatural about the
case, because it's a matter for Allah,' he said."
"A spokesman for the government train company, P.T.
Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), admitted the train's journey
was a first and promised an investigation."
"'This case could go into the Guiness Book of
Records,' he said."
Bogor is located 45 kilometers (23 miles) south of
Jakarta. (See the Indonesian newspaper Detik for December
16, 2003, "Ghosts blamed for runaway train." Many thanks
to Angela Tarohachi for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Note: The USA's most famous "ghost engineer" is
Luther "Casey" Jones, who was killed in a major train
wreck in Vaughan, Mississippi in 1900.)
DAYLIGHT DISC SPOTTED
On Friday, November 28, 2003, at 2 p.m., a large
silver flying disc was spotted by hundreds of people over
downtown Caracas, the capital of Venezuela.
According to ufologist Hector Arturo Escalante, "the
city's plazas were full of people protesting President
Hugo Chavez Frias. They were demonstrating in support of
a recall election when the strange object appeared."
The object appeared to move from west to east over
Caracas. It was first seen in the Plaza O'Leary on the
Avenida Sucre, then the Plaza Ibarra on the Avenida
Bolivar and finally in the Parque Carabobo in the city's
"The object was photographed by a man on the ground,"
he added, "He took the picture with an Olympus Model 370
digital camera, with 1.3 megapixels." (Muchas gracias a
Hector Arturo Escalante para esto caso.)
LUMINOUS UFO SIGHTED
NEAR VIENNA, AUSTRIA
On Thursday, December 11, 2003, Christoph Ferlmoser
was at his home in Vienna, the capital of Austria, when he
noticed an unusual bright light on the northern horizon,
over the Wiernerwald forest.
"It was far away from me, about 50 kilometers (30
miles) at first," Christoph reported, "I saw a big white
object in the sky, and I'm sure it wasn't a star because
it was only one o'clock in the afternoon. I stared at it,
and it came closer to me. Then I noticed that the object
was made of a shiny silver material. It had a diamond
shape, and it was zigzagging through the sky."
"After 30 seconds or so, the object disappeared.
Nobody believes me, but I know what I have seen. The
object was silver, and it had a diamond shape." (Email
PHANTOM PANTHER STRIKES
AGAIN IN SCOTLAND
"A family from Kilmalcolm went out for a Sunday
stroll" December 7, 2003 "and stumbled upon what they
believe is the lair of the celebrated Beast of
"The black leopard-like creature has been sighted at
various locations throughout Renfrewshire" in Scotland
"for the past four or five weeks. The latest sighting
comes from 14-year-old cousins William Muir and Andrew
Gallacher, who were walking in the woods with William's
"As they entered the woods, they were met by a series
of growls, followed by a blood-curdling howl. The noise
seemed to follow them and, as they penetrated deeper into
the woods, they discovered an unusual number of animal
bones strewn around a particular area."
"There were scratch-marks on the surrounding trees
and, when a local reporter returned to investigate, he
discovered the half-eaten carcass of a sheep."
"The Muir family have also produced a photograph
which they believes shows the beast lurking among the
trees. Unfortunately, it is impossible to determine
whether the black silhouette in the photograph is in fact
the big cat or merely a woodland shadow." (See the
Johnstone Gazette for December 8, 2003, "Leopard's lair."
Many thanks to Robert Fischer, UFO Roundup's phantom
panther expert, for this newspaper article.)
COUGAR CONTINUES TO
HAUNT A CITY IN KANSAS
Lawrence, Kansas (population 80,098) continues to be
haunted by an elusive mountain lion or cougar (puma in UK-
-J.T.), which roams at will the neighborhoods around the
University of Kansas.
According to Gary Cofer, UFO Roundup's Kansas
correspondent, "Anthony Capra, a 12-year-old deer hunter,
reported Saturday morning," December 6, 2003, "that he
spotted a mountain lion while hunting deer about a mile
from his home. He says that he saw the lion running over
a ridge. It was light brown and had a long tail that
touched the ground."
Capra "made a Baaaa sound and was surprised when the
lion moved in his direction. This scared the boy, so he
took aim" with his rifle "but had not chambered a round.
When he cocked the gun, the sound scared the lion. He
shot twice at the running animal but didn't think he hit
Also last week, "a laboratory confirmed that
droppings found in the Lawrence area belong to a mountain
Scientist "Mark Jaubauskas previously had placed a
remote-controlled camera on the west campus" of the
University of Kansas in Lawrence "and captured an image of
what appeared to be a mountain lion."
Jaubauskas "sent samples of feces to a lab at Central
Michigan University for DNA tests. The findings showed
that it was a cougar."
Cells from the animal's rectum "are sloughed off"
during defecation and become "included in the scat. The
lab was able to compare the DNA in the feces sample to its
own library of DNA," and a positive match was made. (See
the Lawrence, Kansas Journal-World for December 9 and
December 10, 2003. Many thanks to Gary Cofer for this
PHANTOM PANTHER TURNS
UP IN TENNESSEE
"Connie Scheitlin is still stunned by what she swears
she saw walking through her backyard last week."
"'I know it was a black panther,' Scheitlin said, 'It
was just lurking.'"
"Scheitlin's panther sighting is just one of many
exotic wild animal reports that Williamson County experts
have received over the years. Some reports turn out to be
true, but most are dismissed as figments of the
imagination or unlikely possibilities."
"Debby Leddy, assistant director of Williamson County
Animal Control, said a woman once reported seeing Bigfoot
walking near Highway 100 in Fairview, Tennessee
"'That woman swears she saw a large, hairy creature
that left big prints,' Leddy said."
"There have also been several cougar sightings and
even reports that an Asian lynx was prowling around the
Williamson County Soccer Complex in Franklin, Tenn.
"The panther sighting occurred last Thursday
afternoon," December 11, 2003, "at Scheitlin's home in the
Carronbridge subdivision in Cool Springs," near Franklin.
"Scheitlin was looking out the window while talking on the
phone when she says she saw a giant black cat no more than
100 yards (90 meters) away. Not believing her eyes, she
quickly grabbed the camcorder and used the zoom feature to
take a closer look."
"'It had a beautiful black shiny coat,' Scheitlin
said, 'It was very big and very muscular. I had a really
good look at him, and I know what I saw.'"
"Unfortunately, her camcorder was out of tape. And
by the time Scheitlin returned with a still camera, the
animal had disappeared into the woods."
"Sure of what she saw, Scheitlin keeps a close watch
on the tree line while her seven-year-old twins play in
the driveway. 'I've been very paranoid,' she said, 'This
thing could eat my kids. When they play in the yard, I'm
there keeping an eye on the woods. It's been very
"Scheitlin called Terry Jackson, owner of AAA Animal
Removal, who came and searched the area for tracks but
didn't find any sign that the beast had been there.
Jackson said he believes Scheitlin saw what she said she
"'There have been several reports of some sort of
animal that resembles a black panther over the years,'
Jackson said, 'TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency--
J.T.) doesn't believe it. Their answer is, it's a big Lab
(Labrador retreiver dog--J.T.)."
"Jackson's brother, Jim Jackson, said he saw what
looked like a black panther and two cubs walking at the
edge of the woods on Snowbird Hollow Road, near the Goose
Creek bypass." (See The Tennesseean for December 18,
2003, "Too big to be a dog, too small to be Bigfoot."
Many thanks to Robert Goerman for this newspaper article.)
NEW SPACE TELESCOPE
SEES IN THE INFRARED
"Dark smudges in the night sky and faintly glowing
interstellar clouds that confounded astronomers for years
were revealed Thursday," December 11, 2003, "to be a vast
field of birthing stars, as new planets lurking in a young
star's haze of dust, or as brilliant superheated gases
hiding in an inky, faraway nebula."
"The discoveries were made using the newly launched
Lyman Spitzer Space Telescope, a $670 million orbiting
observatory that uses faint heat signatures to reveal
startling images of origins of planets, stars and galaxies
that are invisible even to the far-seeing Hubble Space
"Telescopes looking at visible light find their view
blocked by opaque walls of dust and cold gas. Under
Spitzer's gaze, those clouds all but disappear to reveal
sources of heat within them."
"'This telescope has now lifted a cosmic veil. We
can now see what we never could see before,' said Giovanni
Fazio, the principal investigator on the Spitzer program
and a senior physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center
for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass."
"The telescope completes" NASA's Great Observatories
program, orbiting "four telescopes specializing in
observations that use different ranges of the
"The others are Hubble, which looks at visible light;
the Compton Observatory, which looked at subatomic
radiation; and the Chandra Observatory, which studies X-
rays. The Spitzer telescope looks strictly in the range
of infrared radiation and can spot objects with
temperatures that dip below freezing."
"At that temperature, chilly clouds of dust are
invisible and stars that haven't even ignited yet glow
like light bulbs, said Michael Werner, Spitzer project
scientist and an astrophysicist at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena, California."
"Almost all objects in the universe emit some
infrared, or heat, radiation."
"To be able to see it, Spitzer must be kept mind-
bogglingly cold--at minus 450 degrees Fahrenheit--just 10
degrees above absolute zero."
"Trailing six million miles behind Earth as it orbits
the sun, Spitzer's telescope has been built into what
essentially is a giant, spacefaring Thermos bottle."
"The Spitzer telescope was named for a Princeton
University astronomer, who proposed in 1946 that the
United States put a telescope in space, above the
obscuring effects of the atmosphere. Dr. Lyman Spitzer
Jr. died in 1997." (See the Chicago Tribune for December
12, 2003, "Infrared telescope offers new visions," section
1, page 7.)
OLDEST CARVED FIGURINES
DISCOVERED IN GERMANY
"Three small figurines carved of ivory from mammoth
tusks have been found in a cave in southwestern Germany,
providing stronger evidence that human ancestors were
already adept at figurative art more than 30,000 years
"One of the pieces is the oldest known representation
of a bird, which resembles a cormorant or a duck. The
others appear to be the head of a horse and a figure half-
man, half-animal. None is longer than an inch (2.5
"The discoverer, Nicholas Conard, an archaeologist at
the University of Tuebingen in Germany, said the
sculptures 'belong to one of the oldest traditions of
figurative art known worldwide,' and that they point to
the region of the upper Danube (Donau im Deutsch--J.T.)
River as 'an important center of cultural innovation'
during the Late Stone Age, also known as the Upper
"The discovery, described in today's issue of the
journal Nature, was made at Hohe Fels Cave, in the Swabian
mountains southwest of Ulm."
"In the report, Conard said, the find complements the
collection of more than 20 similar ivory figurines over
recent years, all found at Swabian sites. Precise dates
for the objects are unknown, he said, but an analysis of
related deposits indicates that the artists lived from
30,000 to 33,000 years ago."
"'They were people just like us,' says paleontologist
Nicholas Conard...As far back as 1931, paleontologists
have reported finding similar ancient ivory figurines of
fearsome animals such as bears, lions and mammoths. It
seems likely that the horse and bird figures were
creatures that early Europeans simply admired, Conard
"It was a time when painting on cave walls had also
begun to flourish. Colorful drawings of horses, lions and
mammoths, discovered in the early 1990s at the Grotte
Chauvet in France, have been dated to 32,400 years ago."
"Although no human skeletal remains have been found
in the German caves with the figurines, Conard said they
seemed to have been produced by modern humans, not their
relatives, the Neanderthals, some of whom still lived in
"'Clearly, they had a full-blown artistic tradition,'
says paleontologist Sally McBrearty of the University of
Connecticut, who was not involved in the research."
"The three figurines--of a bird, a horse head and a
lion-man, add to the scholarly knowledge of ivory
figurines more than 30,000 years old."
"The lion-man figurine indicates a shamanistic
identification with animals, she suggests."
(Editor's Note: The lion-man motif is also found in the
ruined temple at Chavin de Huantar in the jungles of
"Commenting on the figurines from German caves, Dr.
Anthony Sinclair, an archaeologist at the University of
Liverpool in UK, said, 'Without question, they are the
oldest body of figurative art in the world--pieces that
show a coherent set of manufacturing techniques and themes
for representation.'" (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune
for December 18, 2003, "Carvings are earliest human
figurative art," page 12A; and USA Today for December 18,
2003, "Carved-ivory figures go back a few years--30,000 or
so," page 11D.)
(Editor's Comment: The Schwabischen Alps on Ulm's west
side were identified as "the green hills of Zalgara," and
the site of the lost prehistoric city of Kamula, in Robert
E. Howard's short stories about Kull of Atlantis. See
King Kull, Lancer Books, New York, N.Y. 1967, "Black
Abyss," page 61. How strange to find hand-carved
figurines from 30,000 B.C. in that neighborhood. Could
REH's fantasies have some basis in fact? At any rate, the
figurines offer us a tantalizing glimpse into the lost
world of the Tetra Yuga.)
From the UFO Files...
1995: N-N-N-NICE DOGGIE!
It was eight years ago--Friday, December 22, 1995--
and Lori W., a New York City social worker, was making the
rounds of her clients' apartments on the Lower East Side
of the city's Manhattan borough.
"Now, a woman would have to be crazy to walk down
those streets alone," Lori reminisced, "Normally, I would
go with several friends of mine, two male social workers,
and this afforded me some protection. But both of them
had come down with the flu that day."
"I had to keep the appointment. So, as I stepped out
onto the street, I said a little prayer to the Lord to
keep his angels around me. Little did I realize what form
my Christmas angel would take."
"The moment I stepped out onto the street. I was met
by the largest white dog I had ever seen in my entire
life! This dog looked like a giant wolf! He had these
really beautiful, smoky blue eyes that I thought were
really strange for a dog. But he was so nice to me."
"I immediately sensed that he was here to guard me
and protect me. I could almost sense him trying to
communicate with me. I know it sounds strange, but I
could really feel him project a thought at me, like:
'Okay, I'm here to help you as you go on your rounds.
Come on, what are you waiting for?'"
"So the dog and I began walking together."
"As we walked, I could see gang members on street
corners and hear them shouting obscenities."
And, as Lori neared her destination, four gang
members made their approach, two in front of her and two
"Whoa! Check it out!"
"Yo, baby! You lookin' to party?"
"Yeah, come with us. We'll show you a real good
The white wolf lowered its head and began to growl.
A fierce gleam turned its blue eyes slate gray as it
glared at the two gang members in front.
One gangbanger raised his arm. "Get outta here, ya
The wolf's ears flattened. Still growling, he
lowered his tail. Hind legs tightened like steel springs.
Unfazed, the gang member threatened, "Get outta here!
Or I'll boot your ass across the street!"
The wolf's growl deepened. White fangs made their
The other gangbanger muttered, "Christ, Leo! You're
pissing it off!"
Fangs bared, the wolf inched forward. Leo and his
companion backed away. Plainly rattled, the companion
stammered, "N-n-n-nice doggie!"
The wolf lunged. Both men scrambled across the
street. Then the wolf whirled and attacked the two men
behind Lori. Yelling in alarm, they fled down a narrow
alleyway behind Leo and the other one. All four
frantically began scaling the wooden fence at the alley's
end, while the wolf barked savagely.
Just as Leo got one leg over the top of the fence,
the wolf made an impossible leap. His teeth sank into the
back pocket of Leo's jeans. And, with a twist of his
furry head, he tore out the denim seat. Uttering a bellow
of fear, Leo disappeared over the fence.
"This 'wolf dog' looked like he could've eaten three
or four of them in one large bite and still be hungry for
more!" Lori recalled.
"The dog walked me right up to the doorstep of my
appointment. After I was finished, I came out to see him
waiting there to escort me back home!"
"This really taught me that the Lord works in strange
ways," Lori added, "and you'll never know what kind of
form his angels will assume in order to protect you."
This altercation south of Delancey Street was
actually witnessed by a handful of street people, who were
warming themselves around an oil-barrel bonfire.
"That's a mean-assed dog," one commented, watching
the white wolf escort Lori down the street.
"Yeah," another replied, rubbing his hands over the
fire. "It musta come over from Brooklyn."
Yet, the "White Wolf of Delancey Street" has been
seen again and again. And for some strange reason, it's
always seen in the wintertime. (See Christmas Angels,
American Media Mini-Mags, Boca Raton, Fla., 2001, pages 58
Tonight is Christmas Eve, and, as most of us settle
down to celebrate with family and friends, let us not
forget those who cannot be there for the festivities.
These are the gallant men and women on active duty in the
military forces of the nations around the world.
Let's take a moment to remember them on Christmas.
Some of them will be out in the boonies, eating their
Christmas dinner on the hood of a Humvee or in a Blackhawk
helicopter speeding over some windswept terrain. Let's
take that moment to thank them for their many sacrifices
on our behalf.
So, if you are a member of one of the armed services
on active duty this Christmas, on behalf of all the
readers and correspondents and the gang at UFO Roundup,
let me wish you a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
Have a happy holiday season!
And we'll be back next week, when Earth's little
fleet of robot spacecraft enter orbit around Mars, with
yet more UFO, Fortean and paranormal news, all brought to
you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you
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