Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 9, Number 49
December 8, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor
MORE UFOs SPOTTED
IN THE HIMALAYAS
More UFOs have been spotted in the Himalayas, this
time around Ladakh, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) east-
southeast of Chini and the upper Sutlej River valley.
According to Indian journalist Lara Mohani, "A little
girl of Zanskar, near the majestic Drang Drung glacier,
reported a huge triangular object, very high speed, very
large, sailing in the sky. This was in the area of the
India-China border, on the Indian side of the Himalayas, a
very strategic area for both India and China."
"Here is the concentration of a large number of
nuclear missiles by both India and China, which are hidden
in the earth."
Since late September 2004, Indian villagers around
Chini and on the north slope of the Ladakh range have seen
large triangular UFOs during daytime and night, plus
mysterious lights on the mountaintop glaciers. In
addition, seven jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) have
been lost in "unexplained" crashes.
Mohani added, "During the Chemrey Angchok festival in
Ladakh last week, several local villagers gathered to
discuss these strange objects," which they claim have been
"operating for the past five years."
People in this region of northern Himachal Pradesh
state believe that aliens are building a large underground
complex in the high Himalayas.
"These wonders are increasing," Mohani reported,
"They (the UFOs) are silent. They can move through the
air extremely slowly though conventional aircraft would
stall and crash. They can suddenly vanish at tremendous
speed, far faster than any known vehicle built by man
could possibly ever reach. They are translucent. Their
flying beams do not produce light."
"Are they extraterrestrial UFOs or spy vehicles of
some unknown country The area is sensitive, and it's
possible that some countries are monitoring the region.
It is also possible that extraterrestrials are watching
the nuclear installations of India and China, as well."
In other news, Pervez Musharraf, president of
Pakistan, met with USA President George W. Bush on
Saturday, December 4, 2004. Musharraf, "who has supported
President Bush in the war on terrorism and against Al-
Qaeda" was "expected to use the occasion to push Bush to
allow U.S. companies to sell F-16 fighter jets to
"'This meeting is about F-16s,'" said Michael Krepon,
a South Asia specialist at the non-partisan think tank
Stimson Center, "'F-16s prove that we love you.'"
Although Pakistan has sought to purchase American F-
16 fighter jets since 1989, the need for those jets might
have become more acute since Monday, November 8, 2004,
when three large UFOs flew over Musharraf's capital,
(See the newspapers Indian Daily for November 25, 2004,
"Close encounters and mysterious triangles on the Indian
side of the Himalayas," and USA Today for December 3,
2004, "Musharraf coming to U.S. to visit Bush." Many
thanks to Daniel Wilson, Lara Mohani and Krishnari Bai
Dharapurnanda for these newspaper articles.)
UFO PHOTOGRAPHED OVER
SAN GERMAN, PUERTO RICO
"A photo taken by Edgar Morales in the streets of San
German," a town in southwestern Puerto Rico, located 14
miles (23 kilometers) southeast of Mayaguez, "shows an
enormous UFO with blinking lights."
While taking photographs last week from the steps of
San German's old Adventist church, Morales "looked upward
and saw what he described as 'an enormous machine of blue
and green color. I noticed a cupola on the top of it. It
was silent, and I remained watching it for two to three
"Analysts who tested the Morales photo declared that
'it was a real photo,' not faked, and estimated that the
strange object was at an altitude of 5,000 feet (1,500
meters) above the ground. They also estimated that the
object was at least 1,000 feet (300 meters) wide."
Puerto Rican ufologist Reinaldo Rios reported, "The
Morales photo was shown on Channel 2 in San Juan (Puerto
Rico's capital--J.T.) and also on Channel 12 on a program
called Our World." (Many thanks to Reinaldo Rios for this
FOR 11 GOAT DEATHS
"Eleven goats were found dead inside their wooden
pen, which forms part of the petting zoo at Illuminated
Children's Park at the Monte Hiedra municipal center in
Rio Piedras," Puerto Rico, a suburb of San Juan.
"The discovery was made by Fausto Radaelli, the owner
and the man in charge of the petting zoo."
"According to Radaelli's explanation, he took 11
goats to the kiddie park last Monday," November 29, 2004,
"because he was attempting to create a manger scene for
the Christmas holiday."
"He placed them in a wooden pen in the open air so
they could spend the night there. But they were found
lifeless on Wednesday morning," December 1, 2004.
"Three of the goats presented large bite marks,
dismemberment, and one of them had half its body devoured.
All of its internal organs, except the stomach, were
"The rest of the goats had bite marks and claw marks
on the rear of their bodies. The marks resembled the ones
found on animals allegedly attacked by the mythical
Chupacabras. The goats had their necks twisted backward,
and rigor mortis had not set in 48 hours after their
"According to Ernesto Marquez, a specialist in exotic
animals, the goats were attacked by 'a wolf or a coyote or
a hybrid (wolf-dog hybrid--S.C.) or very large feral
"Marquez said these animals exist on the island and
knows that they are trafficked (sold--J.T.) or even
advertised in newspapers."
"The expert's theory is sustained by the canine's
modus operandi. 'These are regular fang marks. Canids
kill animals from the rear, siezing them to hold them down
and eat them.'"
"Marquez dismissed the possibility that the goats had
been killed by a feline, adding that 'these kill from the
throat, strangling their prey, dragging it off. This was
"He added that 'the animal lunged; it was an agile
animal attacking from the rear. It's astute and knows
human beings. It came around when there was no one around
and returned on the next day, when there was no one,
"Yesterday (Thursday, December 2, 2004) the site was
being examined by Marquez, Julio Diaz of Animal Control
Solutions Co. and veterinary technician Herman Sulsona of
the San Juan Animal Control Center."
"There was no sign of forcible entry. No prints or
hairs of any animal were found."
"The park, which has been operating since May 8
(2004) and will remain open until January 31 (2005), has
no security of any kind. Yesterday, after removing the
dead goats, the park was reopened to the public after 6
p.m. Specialists cautioned the park custodians that the
(predatory) animals might return and advised that the
goats be kept within a trailer, or else removed from the
site." (See the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora for
December 3, 2004, "Eleven goats slain in petting zoo."
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Lucy Guzman para esto
articulo de diario.)
SATELLITE SUFFERS WEIRD
"A major communications satellite serving the
Americas suddenly and mysteriously shut down, knocking
some customers off-line."
"The Intelsat Americas-7 satellite, operated by
Intelsat Limited of Pembroke, Bermuda, suddenly lost power
at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday," November 28, 2004. "No cause has
been identified as yet."
"'Our engineers and senior researchers are still
working with the manufacturer to determine a cause,' said
Jodi Katz, a spokesperson for Intelsat in Washington, D.C.
The failure has been classified as 'a sudden electrical
distribution anomaly,' and Katz said it is unlikely that
computer hackers caused the problem--a threat previously
identified by the U.S. government."
"The satellite, which was launched in 1999, provided
television broadcasting and high-speed Internet access to
20 businesses in North America, Central America, Hawaii
and parts of South America."
"The company has transferred many of their customers
to some of its 27 other satellites, but some are still
"The Americas-7 satellite, formerly known as Telstar-
7, operated in a geostationary orbit about 36,000
kilometers (21,600 miles) above the Equator. It was
purchased with four other satellites for $900 million
earlier in 2004 from manufacturer Space Systems/Loral of
Palo Alto, California. The satellite was uninsured."
(See New Scientist for December 4, 2004, "Major satellite
in mystery shutdown." Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for
this news article.)
UKRAINIANS SAY UFOs
The current political turmoil in the Ukraine has led
to the publication of reports of UFO activity around the
destroyed nuclear power station at Chernobyl, which
suffered a catastrophic accident in 1986.
"The collapse of the Chernobyl nuclear plant on April
26, 1986 sent dangerous levels of radiation into eastern
Europe. But it could have been much worse. There could
have been a nuclear explosion wiping out most of Europe."
"There are persistent stories in the Ukraine that the
world was saved by UFOs" at the time of the Chernobyl
disaster in 1986. "When the Chernobyl meltdown began to
occur, witnesses saw a UFO hovering above the Fourth
Generating Unit of the Chernobyl plant. The eyewitnesses
say it was there for six hours and that hundreds of people
Eyewitness "Mikhail Veritsky says, 'I and other
people from my (production) team went to the site of the
blast that night. We saw a ball of fire, and it was
slowly flying in the sky. I would say that the fireball
was 6 to 8 meters (20 to 24 feet) in diameter.'"
"'There were two rays of crimson light stretching'"
from the UFO "'towards the Fourth Generating Unit. The
object was at least 300 meters (1,000 feet) from the
reactor. The event lasted for three minutes. The lights
on the object then went out, and it flew away in a
"Veritsky believes the UFO brought the radiation
levels down and prevented a nuclear explosion."
"Three years later, on September 16, 1989, the Fourth
Generating Unit emitted radiation into the atmosphere.
Several hours later, a doctor saw an object in the sky
above the Chernobyl plant. Dr. Gospina described it as
'amber-like' and said she could see the top and bottom of
"In October 1990, V. Nauran, a reporter for the
newspaper Echo of Chernobyl, was photographing the machine
shop at the Chernobyl plant. He said, 'I photographed the
top of it (ceiling--J.T.), including part of the sky
above. I remember everything very well. I did not see
any UFO at the time. However, when I developed the film,
I clearly saw the object that was hovering above that hole
in the (machine shop) roof. The object looked like the
UFO Dr. Gospina saw.'" (Many thanks to Michel Heseman and
Steve Wilson Sr. for this news story.)
SCIENTISTS PUZZLED BY
LAMA'S INCORRUPT BODY
"Results of a thorough examination of the
imperishable body of a Buddhist lama were made public the
other day," Tuesday, November 30, 2004, "in Moscow."
"'Samples taken 75 years after the burial indicated
that the organisms of the man's skin, hair and nails were
no different from those of a living person,' noted
Professor Galina Ershova at an Interfax news conference."
The tissue samples "were taken from the body of a
former religious leader by the name of Dasha Dorjo
Itigelov, who was the leader of Russia's Buddhists from
1911 to 1927."
"Shortly before his death, he asked fellow Buddhists
to retrieve his body from the grave after approximately 30
years. Since that time, his body has been exhumed twice,
the first time in 1955 and again in 1973. Both times it
turned out that the body of the Khambo Lama hadn't been
exposed to decay."
"Nothing had changed the third time the lama's body
was unearthed in 2002."
"Afterwards, (Russian) medical professionals decided
to conduct a thorough post-mortem analysis of Itigelov's
"'He just bends easily; soft tissues can be found
effortlessly, just like with a living human being. After
the coffin cover was removed, we could all scent a sweet
smell coming out of the interior,' Dr. Ershova said."
"'This totally contradicts the (decomposition)
process which should have happened with a person who has
been dead for the past 75 years,' she added."
"Dr. Ershova also mentioned that this is the first
case of its kind not only in the history of Buddhism but
in the entire history of humankind."
"The lama's body is now in the custody of the Buryat
Buddhists, and is now interred in the Ivolginsk datsan
(Buddhist spiritual center--J.T.) located in Ulan-Ude, the
capital of" Russia's Burytia region.
"The current Khambo Lama, His Holiness Damba Ayushev,
stated that 'this phenomenon has encouraged faithful
Buddhists and helped those in doubt to put aside all of
their uncertainties.'" (See the Russian newspaper Pravda
for December 2, 2004, "The imperishable body of a Buddhist
lama mesmerizes medics." Many thanks to Anna Ossipova for
this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Note: Incorrupt cadavers are probably the most
unexplainable of all Fortean phenomena. They occur in a
wide variety of cultures, usually involving religious
figures. Two cases in the Roman Catholic Church which
immediately come to mind are those of St. Bernadette
Soubirous, who saw the Virgin Mary at Lourdes in 1858, and
future saint Jacinta Marto, who had the same experience at
Cova da Iria, near Fatima, Portugal in 1917.)
FALLING ICE DEMOLISHES
ROOF IN LYNN, MASS.
Another weird "ice fall" took place last week, this
time in Lynn, Massachusetts (population 89,050), a city on
Route 107 about 12 miles (19 kilometers) northeast of
"Chunks of ice from one of three planes approaching
Logan International Airport" in East Boston, Mass.,
"crashed through the roof of a Lynn home, but federal
regulators say it could be 'very difficult to pinpoint'
"Constance Cotter, 80, is deaf, but she felt her home
shake Friday night," November 26, 2004, "when a brick-
sized piece of ice tore through the roof over her
"'She was in shock,' said Mary Petrillo, the woman's
daughter. 'She actually heard the boom and she thought
the house was falling down.'"
"Cotter was downstairs and uninjured. The ice block
tore a hole 2 feet by 4 feet (0.6 by 1.3 meters) in the
"The Federal Aviation Administration said the ice
likely fell from one of three planes incoming to Logan
between 5 p.m. and 5:15 p.m." (See the Attleboro, Mass.
Sun-Chronicle for November 29, 2004, "Logan plane's ice
falls into roof on Lynn home," page B-8. Many thanks to
Carolyn Rzepecki for forwarding this newspaper article.)
FREEMASONS ARE LOOKING
FOR NEW RECRUITS
"Freemasons say reports that they're trying to take
over the country (USA) are greatly exaggerated."
"But they are having a recruitment drive."
"The Free and Accepted Masons, a fraternal
organization whose roots may date back to the Middle Ages,
has long been a popular target of conspiracy theorists.
It figures prominently in the movie National Treasure."
"Nicolas Cage's character learns about a legendary
treasure protected by the Freemasons, the location of
which is hidden on a map etched on the back of the
Declaration of Independence."
"The movie perpetuates both good and bad stereotypes
about the group, including the notion that it has been
involved in a centuries-old plot to run the country."
(Editor's Note: And it's not just the USA where this
belief flourishes. Similar rumors circulate in Mexico
about los Yorkinos--Freemasons of the York Rite.)
"Freemasons are now trying to change those
perceptions with advertising and public relations
campaigns. And, for the first time, Masonic lodges are
engaging in recruitment drives."
"Historians say the modern era of Freemasonry began
in England in the early Eighteenth Century as a union of
stonemasons. Others link the Freemasons' origins to
medieval times, as far back as the Crusades and the
infamous Knights Templar."
"Conspiracy theorists often cite circumstantial
evidence to support their belief that Freemasons secretly
wield great power and influence. According to Freemason
Web sites, nine of the Founding Fathers who signed the
Declaration of Independence were members as were 14 (out
of 43) U.S. presidents, eight vice presidents and at least
35 Supreme Court justices."
"Members have historically shunned publicity; they
use symbols and rituals that members vow not to reveal;
and they hold closed meetings."
"The story goes that President Theodore Roosevelt, a
member, couldn't even get his Secret Service agents in."
"'We prefer to use the word 'private' instead of
'secret,' says Robert Leonard, a public relations
specialist hired to help recruitment efforts. 'Secrecy
came from the initial thing where a password or secret
handshake was exchanged so people would know they were
professional stonemasons. Now we use it as part of our
"Grand Master Richard Fletcher, executive secretary
of the Masonic Services Association in Washington, D.C.,
points to the organization's charitable work. He says
Freemasons raise about $750 million annually nationwide
for nursing homes, day care centers, educational
facilities and other programs."
"'That's a lot of money (just) to lull somebody into
thinking you're a good person,' Fletcher says."
"But officials may be more concerned with their
membership numbers than their Hollywood image.
Organization data show that U.S. membership peaked in 1959
at 4.1 million. New York Grand Master Edward Trosin says,
'We had this huge quantum leaps-and-bounds growth in World
War II...It was a generation of joiners.'"
"That number has dropped steadily over the years to
about 1.6 million this year, many of them older members.
To refill the ranks, Masons are looking to appeal to the
21-to-55 age group, says New Jersey Grand Master Daniel
"To do so, lodges in New York and elsewhere are
taking steps such as cutting the year-long initiation
procedure, in which members must pass the first three (of
33) Masonic 'degrees' down to a two-week course."
"California has launched two support programs
intended to help its 355 individual lodges sign up at
least five new members each year."
"But the organization will change only so much. The
one key requirement is that each man must believe in one
Supreme Being, 'the Grand Architect of the Universe.'"
"In most lodges, women are excluded from the inner
sanctum, although there are affiliated organizations that
women can join such as the Order of the Eastern Star."
"'I don't think you'd want to change the organization
just to fit the times,' Leonard says. 'Brotherhood is an
important part of being a Mason.'" (See USA Today for
December 1, 2004, "Dwindling Freemasons hope to attract
new blood," page 13D.)
ITALY TO RETURN ANCIENT
OBELISK TO ETHIOPIA
"A cyclopean task will put an end to a decades-long
diplomatic dispute between Italy and Ethiopia over a
looted obelisk, according to a bilateral agreement signed
in Rome" during late November 2004.
"Signed by Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin
and Italian Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Alfredo
Mantica, the deal set up the final details over the
transport of a 160-ton granite stele from Rome to the city
of Axum" in Ethiopia.
"The monument is one of a group of six obelisks
erected at Axum when Ethiopia adopted Christianity in the
Fourth Century A.D. It was stolen by the Italian dictator
Benito Mussolini in 1937 and turned into a symbol of
fascist power during his short-lived efforts to revive the
grandeur of imperial Rome."
"Despite signing various agreements that promised to
return the 1,700-year-old monument, the Italian government
showed no signs of doing so until the obelisk was badly
damaged by lightning in a thunderstorm in 2003."
"By the end of last year, the column had been
dismantled from Rome's Piazza di Porta, near the
Colosseum, where it stood for more than six decades, and
engineers began work on the logistics obstacles that would
make the return a difficult feat."
"Indeed, it was much easier for Mussolini to carry
the obelisk to Italy. At the time (1937), the obelisk was
already in fragments. It was restored in Rome using
metal rods embedded in concrete, making it very hard to
"Italy had transported the monument by ship in 1937,
but Ethiopia's government requested that the obelisk be
returned by plane; the only convenient port lies in
Eritrea, unfriendly to Ethiopia because of a border war."
"Divided into three sections, the Axum obelisk has
been restored from the thunderstorm damage and stored in a
private warehouse near" Rome's Leonardo da Vinci
International Airport "where it has been awaiting a
solution to the transportation problem."
"'We studied the logistics carefully, as we did not
want to return a damaged obelisk,' Mantica told
"Six million Euros ($7.8 million USA-J.T.) and five
daredevil flights, 'one for each section of the obelisk,
one for the machinery, and another one to test the
airstrip' will be necessary to return the obelisk and
assemble it at an archaeological park in Axum."
"'We realize that the Axum obelisk is very important
for the Ethiopian people, and we are happy to return it,'
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said."
"The obelisk will fly back home before the Ethiopian
rainy season starts in April (2005). The (east) African
country has already built a more suitable airstrip, but
weather conditions will have to be perfect to make the
return safe, Italian authorities said."
"'This is a symbol of national identification to the
Ethiopians. We have been receiving vain promises from
Italy for years, but now we are certain that by next year,
between February and April (2005), the obelisk will return
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said." (See
Discovery News for November 22, 2004, "Italy returns
stolen obelisk to Ethiopia." Many thanks to Loren Coleman
for this news story.)
WISCONSIN SUSPECT SAID TO
BE A HMONG SHAMAN
"A Hmong immigrant fatally shot six deer hunters who
managed to shoot back once--maybe twice--after a
confrontation about trespassing in the woods of northern
Wisconsin, a criminal complaint says."
"Two survivors told investigators that no one in
their group pointed a gun at the Minnesota truck driver
before he opened fire in an assault that had four of the
victims shot in the back, according to the complaint filed
Friday," November 27, 2004, "in Sawyer County Circuit
Court" in Hayward, Wisconsin (population 2,129).
"Chai Vang, 36, of St. Paul, Minn. appeared subdued
and was wearing an orange prison jump suit as he faced
circuit court judge Norman Yackel" on Tuesday, November
"Vang's initial court appearance since the (Sunday)
November 21 (2004) shootings was held in a basement
classroom at the sheriff's department because the judge
said the regular courtroom could not be made secure on
"Vang sat at the folding table with his wrists in
handcuffs and ankles in shackles. He said little, other
than acknowledging to the judge that he understood the
charges against him--six counts of first-degree
intentional homicide, each carrying a life prison term,
and two counts of attempted murder. Vang and his
attorneys agreed with the December 29 court date, which is
when prosecutors would present evidence to show a trial is
"Vang, a Hmong who emigrated from Laos about 24 years
ago and became a U.S. citizen, is being held on $2.5
million bail. Vang is a father of six and served in the
Army National Guard from 1989 to 1992, qualifying as a
"Vang and survivors of the shooting offered different
accounts of what took place Nov. 21 after hunter Terry
Willers, 47, discovered Vang in a hunting stand on private
"Vang, a deer hunter since 1992, told investigators
the other hunters used racial slurs and profanity as they
told him to leave, and they fired the first shot at him--
suggesting he acted in self-defense."
"The criminal complaint said Vang told investigators
he fired 10 to 13 shots from his semiautomatic rifle, and
the victims fired at him twice--including the first shot
when he was walking away after being told he was
trespassing on private land."
"But two survivors, Terry Willers and Lauren
Hesebeck, indicated only one shot was fired at Vang--by
Hesebeck, who was already wounded, the complaint said.
Hesebeck said he fired only after he was shot in the
shoulder trying to dodge bullets fired by Vang. By then,
he said, some of his friends lay mortally wounded on the
"According to the court document, Vang said, as he
was walking away, one of the hunters shouted at him, 'What
did you say?'"
"Vang said he told them he had said nothing, and one
of the hunters then accused him of making an obscene
gesture. Vang said he again told the hunter he had said
nothing. Shortly after that, Vang said, Willers pointed
his rifle at him and fired once, missing Vang. At that
point, Vang said he began shooting back."
"Willers and Lauren Hesebeck, 48, who were both
wounded in the assault, told police 'at no time did anyone
touch the defendant, make any threatening gestures or
threaten to shoot the defendant,' according to the
"But Hesebeck said Robert Crotteau, 42, who owned the
property with Willers and was killed in the shootings
along with his 20-year-old son Joey Crotteau, cursed at
Vang and threatened to report him to authorities for
trespassing before the shooting began."
"The two survivors said as Vang was leaving and
walking down a path, he turned and pointed his rifle at
"At that point, they said, Willers held his rifle in
front of him without aiming at Vang and yelled at Vang to
get off the property. Vang then began shooting, they
"Hesebeck, who was struck in the shoulder, told
police he fired one shot at Vang with Willers' gun after
"Vang said at one point he saw one of the hunters
still standing, yelled 'You're not dead yet?' shot one
more time and ran away down an ATV (all-terrain vehicle--
"Killed were Robert Crotteau, 42; his son Joey
Crotteau, 20; Al Laski, 43; Mark Roidt, 28; Terry Willers'
daughter Jessica Willers, 27; and Dennis Drew, 55, all
from" Rice Lake, Wisconsin (population 870).
"The Crotteaus, Laski and Jessica Willers were all
shot in the back--the younger Crotteau four times, the
The multiple homicide case took a bizarre turn on
Wednesday, December 1, 2004, when the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune reported that "the man charged with murdering six
hunters and wounding two others in northwestern Wisconsin
last week is a Hmong shaman who has called on the spirit
world in trances that last up to three hours, his family
and friends say."
"The accused, Chai Soua Vang of St. Paul, seeks 'the
other world' when he tries to cure sick people or invoke
divine protection for those who request it, said Ber
Xiong, his friend and former hunting companion."
"'He is a special person,' Xiong said, 'Chai speaks
to the other side. He asks the spirits there to release
people who are suffering on Earth.'"
"Xiong said that Vang, a 36-year-old truck driver,
was one of about 100 shamans among St. Paul's immigrant
community of about 25,000 Hmong from Laos. He said he had
assisted Vang in several shamanistic ceremonies, most
recently two years ago, when an extended family asked him
to ensure its health and prosperity."
"'He danced on a small table for about two hours,'
said Xiong, an employee of an audio-technology business in
Bloomington, Minn. 'He was calling out the whole time,
not to the people in the room but to the other world. My
job was to sit near the table and make sure he did not
"Xiong declined to identify anyone else who attended
that ceremony or others where Vang participated. Like
Vang, he is a Hmong immigrant, and many Hmong who know
Vang have been reluctant to speak publicly."
"But, in a brief interview, Vang's sister, Mai,
confirmed he was thought to have mystical powers."
"'He is a shaman,' Vang (Mai) said, 'But I don't know
how long he has been one.'"
"Cher Xee Vang, a prominent leader among the Hmong in
Minnesota, said the suspect, to whom he is not related,
had often participated in curing ceremonies."
"'Chang Vai is a shaman,' Cher Xee Vang said. 'When
we needed him to cure the ill with traditional ways of
healing, he would."
"It is unclear whether Vang's role as a shaman is in
any way connected to the shootings. But Vincent Her, a
graduate student at the University of Wisconsin who
studies traditional Hmong culture, said he did not believe
that shamans could go into a trance so deep that they
would lose touch with the physical world, even in a
situation of extreme stress."
"'That would make him or her unable to mediate
between the two worlds, which is the core of the shaman's
role,' Her said."
Wisconsin "Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager, whose
office is prosecuting the case, refused Monday," November
29, 2004, "to address specific questions about it."
"She also declined to say whether the state was
looking into a possible connection between Vang and the
unsolved killing of another hunter three years ago."
"In that case, a 37-year-old Medford, Wis. man was
shot in the back twice as he hunted alone on family land
about 80 miles (128 kilometers) from last week's
shootings." (See the Superior, Wis. Daily Telegram for
November 30, 2004, "Vang charged with six counts of
murder," page 1; the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for
December 1, 2004, "Hmong hunter said to be shaman," pages
1D and 2D; and USA Today for December 1, 2004, "Hunter's
court appearance held away from courthouse," page 2A.)
KANSAS POLICE QUIZ MAN
IN BTK SERIAL KILLER CASE
Police in Wichita, Kansas (population 344,284) "are
awaiting DNA test results to determine whether a man taken
into custody Wednesday," December 1, 2004, "may be the
'BTK' serial killer who murdered at least eight people
between 1974 and 1986."
"Police arrested a 64-year-old Wichita man on charges
of trespassing and housing code violations. He has not
been charged in the murder cases."
"Lead investigators in the serial killings searched
the man's home and sent a DNA sample to the Kansas Bureau
of Investigation, where testing began."
"The arrest came the day after investigators released
a profile of the killer, including his age, family history
and work experience. The profile is based on letters sent
by the killer to authorities and the news media."
However, "the latest suspect could be a dead end in a
case that has involved hundreds of DNA tests, many on
people named on a police tip line over the last few
months. On Thursday," December 2, 2004, "Police Chief
Norman Williams criticized speculation about a possible
arrest in the case as 'a travesty.'"
Newspapers are witholding the suspect's name because
he has not been charged in connection with the murders.
"The BTK case involves a bizarre, self-revealing
killer who has played cat-and-mouse games with police and
news media for three decades."
"BTK stands for 'Bind, Torture, Kill,' a nickname the
killer gave himself for a series of gruesome murders that
began with a quadruple homicide in 1974. Most victims
were tied up and strangled. Some were stabbed. One man,
who survived, was shot."
"The killer has claimed responsibility for the deaths
of five women, one man and two children. In two cases, a
mother was murdered and children at home were left
"The BTK killer sent many letters to the Wichita
Eagle claiming responsibility for the murder of 28-year-
old Vicki Wegerle in 1986. The letter included a
photocopy of the victim's driver's license and three
photos taken inside her home."
"Since March (2004), the killer has written other
letters to a TV station and to police. He also has left
letters at a public library and at a UPS (United Parcel
"Drawing on information from the letters, police
Tuesday released a profile of the suspected killer:
(1) "He was born in 1939, making him 64 or 65, and
has always lived near railroad tracks."
(2) "His father died in World War II. His mother
dated a railroad detective in the early 1950s. His
grandfather played the fiddle. He has a cousin named
Susan in Missouri and a Hispanic friend named Petra."
(3) "He served in the military in the early 1960s and
later worked as an 'electro-mechanic' and a copy machine
repairman. He traveled for his work." (See USA Today for
December 3, 2004, "Kan. police test suspect for DNA in
serial killing," page 3A. Many thanks to Loren Coleman
for this newspaper article.)
MYSTERIOUS QUAKES AGAIN
STRIKE NORTHERN JAPAN
"A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude
of 7.1" on the Richter scale "struck Japan's northern
island of Hokkaido early" on Monday, November 29, 2004,
"injuring at least 13 people, swaying buildings and
triggering a small tsunami (Japanese for tidal wave--J.T.)
that reached the shore."
"There were no immediate reports of damage after the
3:32 a.m. quake."
"Japan's Meteorological Agency quickly issued a
tsunami warning for the eastern shores of Hokkaido's
Pacific (Ocean) coastal area. Tsunami are large,
potentially-dangerous waves triggered by seismic
"Agency official Masahiro Yamamoto later told a
televised news conference that the agency has lifted its
On Monday, November 8, 2004, "at least eight people
were hurt in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked
northern Japan near the area where the country's deadliest
quake in a decade struck last month (October 2004). That
quake, magnitude 6.8" on the Richter scale "killed 39
people" on Hokkaido.
UFO Roundup correspondent Angela Tarohachi reported,
"Of course, earthquakes are quite common in Japan.
However, it is most unusual to have this many large quakes
in the same area in such a short period of time. Is
Hokkaido the site of impending earth changes? We shall
see." (See Asahi Shimbun for November 8, 2004 and
November 29, 2004. Many thanks to Angela Tarohachi for
forwarding these newspaper stories.)
BRAZIL DINOSAUR SIMILAR
TO EUROPEAN FOSSILS
"A Brazilian dinosaur appears to be an early
immigrant from Europe, paleontologists say."
"Dubbed Unaysaurus tolentinoi, the 225-million-year-
old dinosaur fossils were unveiled last week by a team led
by paleontologist Luciano Leal of the National Museum of
Rio de Janeiro Federal University."
"A member of the European Plateosaurus family,
Unaysaurus probably walked on two legs and fed on higher
foliage. The Brazilian scientists suspect that the
dinosaur, one of the oldest reported South American
dinosaur finds, migrated from Europe through Africa when
the continents were more closely connected."
"The name comes from the indigenous (Xingu) Indian
word 'unay' (pronounced oooh-na-hee--J.T.) meaning Black
Water, the name of the region where the fossils were
found. Tolentinoi honors local resident Tolentino
Marafiga, who first discovered the fossils cropping out on
the side of a road that was being repaired in 1998." (See
USA Today for December 6, 2004, "Brazilian dino resembles
Euro ancestors," page 6D.)
From the UFO Files...
1653: MYSTERIOUS TOWER
OF NEWPORT, R.I.
Nicolas Cage's new movie National Treasure has earned
over $90 million at the box office since its premiere two
In the film, Nicolas Cage portrays Benjamin Franklin
Gates, a paranormal researcher who "learns about a
legendary treasure protected by the Freemasons, the
location of which is hidden in a map etched on the back of
the (USA's) Declaration of Independence."
The treasure was supposedly compiled by the Knights
Templar, one of the most powerful secret orders of the
Middle Ages. On Friday, October 13, 1307, the Templars
were suppressed by King Philip IV of France, backed by
Pope Clement V. Templars were arrested en masse and
tossed into prison. Their leader, Jacques De Molay, was
tortured and executed.
(Editor's Note: This event was the beginning of the
legend of "Friday the thirteenth" being an "unlucky day.")
According to legend, the Templars had anticipated
such treachery and came up with a contingency plan. In
the weeks prior to the raids, the Templar treasure was
loaded aboard ships in Paris, Calais and Nantes. They
sailed off into the Atlantic--and were never seen again.
But the world was a big place back then, and there
were many areas completely out of contact with Europe.
Had the Templar fleet landed in China or Japan, the news
would have eventually gotten back to Rome. But what if
the Templar fleet had landed in Australia? Or New
Zealand? Or the Americas? Or in Africa south of the
According to author Steven Sora, "A curious tower
stands guard over the harbor of Newport in Rhode Island.
An octagon within a circle, the round stone tower has
eight arches at the ground level and two raised stories
with curiously placed slit windows. Since colonial times
it was argued that it might be a grain mill, a windmill or
a remnant of the pre-colonial Norse. A recent discovery
discards all such theories. The Tower proclaims to all
who understand its significance: Templar builders were
In his new book The Lost Colony of the Templars, Sora
points out the similarity of Newport's "Viking tower" to
other Templar and Cathar holy places. "On the tiny island
of Bornholm, in the Baltic Sea, they built fifteen
churches, eleven that still stand. The most impressive is
the Osterlarskirke, meaning the East Church of St.
Lawrence. The slit windows of the church," similar to the
Newport tower's, "were placed to admit the light of the
midsummer and midwinter solstice."
In Ireland, "the Cistercians built a similar tower in
Mellifont, a remote monastery not far from Dublin. The
St. Clair Chapel in southern France, the Tomar chapel in
Templar headquarters in Portugal, the so-called Templar
round church in Lanleff in Brittany (France) and the
Templar church in London are larger examples."
Sora might be onto something here. In the July 1948
issue of Rhode Island History, an article asserted that
"the English foot, that was standardized in the
Seventeenth Century and had been used for other structures
in the area, was not employed in the tower. Instead...the
medieval Rhineland-Norse foot, equivalent to 12.3543
inches or 0.31374 meters, was the unit of linear
measurement" and was in common use at the time of the
Templar migration in 1307.
The first European known to have visited Rhode Island
was Giovanni di Verrazano, who explored Narragansett Bay
in 1524. Sora writes, "Verrazano was a wide-ranged
traveler who spent years in Egypt before returning to the
sea. He would convince Francis I, the king of France,
that there was good reason to send him to the New World,
by bringing him a strange treatise on alchemy and the
(Editor's Note: The indigenous Eniskeetompauwaug people of
the region called their continent, Tolba Meneham, meaning
Island of the Great Turtle.)
"The only place he (Verrazano) stopped was Newport.
He was greeted by native Americans and remarkably allowed
one to pilot his ship to safety in the Newport harbor."
"While he would have known it was a Templar
baptistry, as there was one in his home (Lyon in southern
France--J.T.), his brother Girolamo labeled it as a
'Norman Villa' on the map they would create."
So the tower was already standing in 1524, no doubt
resembling a Mayan ruin, overgrown as it was with vines
and creepers. Verrazano "labeled the future city of
Newport as Refugio. It had been the Refuge founded by
Templar guardian (Henry) Sinclair" in 1398. "The monument
he left behind told as much of a story as was needed.
Henry Sinclair had started his (Templar) colony, but it
did not survive."
According to Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest
State, "White men's legends also abound throughout Rhode
Island. One of the most interesting of these concerns the
origin of the Old Stone Mill at Newport. It has been
celebrated by (Henry Wadsworth) Longfellow's 'Skeleton in
Armor' and (James) Fenimore Cooper's 'Red Rover.' A round
tower supported by stone piers, it stands on a hill
overlooking Narragansett Bay. That it was not built by
the Indians is obvious to any who are acquainted with
"The orientation of the piers and windows, the use of
geometrical forms, and finally, the insignia of
Freemasonry on a prominent stone set in the side of the
mill have provided much material for research."
Most likely Verrazano recognized the Masonic compass-
and-square symbol left by Sinclair in 1398 or the original
Templar refugees in 1307.
Newport was founded on April 28, 1639 by William
Coddington, John and Jeremy Clarke, William Brenton, John
Coggeshall and Thomas Hazard, who set up a "plantation at
the southwestern end of the island" the Indians called
In 1653, a man named Benedict Arnold arrived in
Providence and almost immediately decamped for Newport.
Although today he's been thoroughly overshadowed by his
great-grandson and namesake, the Benedict Arnold who tried
to surrender West Point to the British during the War of
the American Revolution, Mr. Arnold had a noteworthy
career of his own. He was the last colonial president in
1654 and then became the royal governor of Rhode Island,
appointed after the Restoration by King Charles II when UK
granted the Ocean State a new charter.
In those days, the area around the stone tower was
known as "the Hill," and, in 1653, the entire hill was
purchased by Benedict Arnold. It became known as Arnold's
Farm. The family cemetery was at the southeast corner of
the farm, at what is now 74 Pelham Street in Newport.
Although no documents have survived, there is a
legend that the first Masonic lodge in America was founded
in Newport in 1658.
In The History of Freemasonry (volume 4), Robert F.
Gould writes, "Thomas Oxnard, Provincial Grand Master at
Boston, on December 24, 1749, granted a charter for a
Lodge at Newport with Caleb Phillips as Master. This was
the introduction of Masonry into that State so far as we
have any tangible evidence. There is a tradition that
Masonry had been practiced there at an earlier date, and
the house is still shown in which, according to tradition
for very many years, the Masons used to meet."
Before returning to Newport, I'd like to point out
that Caleb Phillips was the ancestor of the occultist
Whipple Van Buren Phillips, the maternal grandfather of
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937). In the Eighteenth
Century, the family moved to Scituate, R.I., where "on the
southwest corner of the intersection of U.S. (Route) 6 and
(R.I. Route) 106 is the site of Phillips' Tavern, named
for its builder David Phillips, and in use from about 1830
Just across Route 106 was the old Pine Tree Tavern,
founded in 1712, the original meeting place of Scituate's
Masonic lodge. There is the curious legend about "The
Chopper," a violent ghost that terrorized overnight guests
at the tavern during the Nineteenth Century. (We'll have
to do a feature story on that some time--J.T.)
Eventually, the Phillips family settled in Moosup Valley,
five miles (8 kilometers) west of the Scituate Reservoir,
where Whipple was born in 1837.
In 1658, five years after the first Benedict Arnold
purchased the land around the mysterious tower, "about
fifteen Sephardic Jewish families arrived in Newport from
Holland (Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands--J.T.).
Among them were Mordecai Campanal and Moses Pacheco, who
are said to have brought with them the first three degrees
of Freemasonry and to have organized the first Masonic
Lodge in America. They immediately formed the
congregation of Jeshuath Israel (Translated: Salvation of
Israel.)" and held services at private homes.
The Jews settled on the western edge of Arnold's
Farm, overlooking King's Square (now Washington Square--
J.T.). The pathway between their homes leading uphill was
first known in the politically-incorrect Seventeenth
Century as Jew Lane and later Jew Street (Today it's
called Bellevue Avenue--J.T.) Several of the original
Dutch Jews eventually moved to New York City. But Jewish
immigrants from Portugal found Newport to be a true
Refugio, as their homeland was still in the grip of the
When old man Arnold died in 1678, his farm was still
pretty much out in the boonies. However, as Newport
flourished in the Eighteenth Century, developers began
eyeing the old farm and its mysterious hilltop tower. The
place probably would have been sold as individual house
lots if not for the intervention of the Touro family.
In 1758, the Jewish community got its first rabbi.
He was Isaac Touro, who came to Newport from Jamaica. A
tireless organizer and fundraiser, Rabbi Touro began the
construction of Temple Jeshuath Israel at 72 Touro Street
in the spring of 1759. The temple was "completed and
dedicated in the year 5523 of the Jewish calendar
(December 2, 1763)" and is still in use today, only now
it's known as the world-famous Touro Synagogue.
Rabbi Touro's second son, Judah, was born in 1775 and
moved to New Orleans, where he became a wealthy merchant
and a friend of Andrew Jackson, the USA's seventh
president, who was also a Freemason. In 1816, Judah Touro
gave the city "$10,000 to buy and improve the grounds and
land around the Old Stone Mill."
Today the tower sits in Touro Park, at the corner of
Mill Street and Bellevue Avenue, remaining pristine and
untouched as the city grew all around it.
Of the USA's Founding Fathers, one who took a keen
interest in the tower was Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch
Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette. Better known
to his close friends as "Gilbert."
On December 7, 1776, the Royal Navy landed 9,000
British and Hessian troops at Middletown, R.I. Gen. Henry
Clinton and Lord Percy swiftly captured Newport, and the
city remained under occupation until October 1779. The
Americans, under Gen. John Sullivan, made an unsuccessful
attempt to retake Newport in 1778.
On July 12, 1780, a French fleet under Admiral le
Chevalier de Ternay sailed into Newport harbor, and 5,088
French soldiers commanded by the Count de Rochambeau set
up camp at Brenton's Point (now Fort Adams--J.T.)
Like Lafayette, Admiral de Ternay was a Freemason,
and, when he died in 1780, he was given a burial with full
Masonic honors by the Newport lodge, which then had 113
members and was presided over by Capt. John Mawdsley.
Most of the French officers got caught up in
Newport's social whirl. Such as Count Philippe de Segur,
who was a frequent visitor to the Lawton house at 67 Touro
Street. This was "the home of Polly Lawton, a beautiful
Newport girl who was much admired by the French officers
in Rochambeau's army."
The smitten Philippe "regarded Polly Lawton as a
celestial being," and wrote, "Certain it is that if I had
not been married and happy, I should, while coming to
defend the liberty of the Americans, have lost my own at
On March 7, 1781, another Newport beauty, Margaret
"Peggy" Champlin "had the honor of being George
Washington's dancing partner at the French Ball...The
beautiful Miss Champlin chose for the opening number 'A
Successful Campaign' for which the French officers 'with
the most graceful courtesy, took the instruments from the
musicians and played while the couple stepped through the
"The Prince de Broglie said, 'Miss Champlin had
beautiful eyes, a sweet mouth and perfectly shaped face,
fine figure, pretty foot, and an air altogether
(Editor's Comment: And our American readers thought their
first president was Mr. Stiff on the one-dollar bill.)
But not all of the French officers were in Newport
for the merry social life. The Count de Rochambeau's
aide-de-camp was Lafayette's brother-in-law, Viscount
Louis de Noailles. The viscount spent many of his off-
duty hours at the tower, sketching the structure from
every conceivable angle.
Why was Louis so interested? Well, you'd have to
know a little bit more about Lafayette's in-laws. Our pal
Gilbert married Adrienne, the daughter of the Duke d'Ayen,
"who came from one of the country's (France's) wealthiest
and most influential families, the de Noailles. The
Duke's father and also his grandfather had held the
highest military title, Marechal de France, and the duke
himself was the captain of (King) Louis XVI's bodyguards.
The duke's brother, the Count de Noailles, was the French
ambassador to England" in 1780.
Louis was Adrienne's older brother, a Mason, just
like Gilbert, and he was pretty darn interested in that
Louis de Noailles "excelled in all the manly
accomplishments; when the Duke d'Orleans (younger brother
of King Louis XVI, best known as "Philippe Egalite" of the
French Revolution--J.T.), back from prodigious
dissipations in London... introduced English customs at
Monceau, among others, the habit of heavy drinking, no one
did it better or carried it off with a more convincing air
than the young Viscount de Noailles. He could hold his
own with the English lords who visited Paris, and even
drink them under the table."
When not at the tower, Louis could be found at the
White Horse Tavern at 26 Marlborough Street. It is eerie
to think of Louis, scion of one of France's noblest
houses, sharing a tankard with Jervas Hyde, the notorious
Newport occultist, at the Sign of the White Horse and
discussing esoteric matters that could never be aired at
the Count de Rochambeau's table.
Jervas was also famous for his doggerel poetry, which
he declaimed aloud towards the end of the evening. Here's
"Now, Betty, my miss,
Come give us a kiss.
There's no inkeeper's daughter
The White Horse Tavern is linked to another Newport
legend--the underground tunnels. Like Washington D.C. and
Williamsburg, Virginia, that section of Newport called
"the Hill" is said to be honeycombed with Atlantean
tunnels, with the nexus at the stone tower.
According to Rhode Island: An Historical Guide, the
tavern "was acquired in 1663 by William Mayes, a notorious
local pirate who may have used the house to secrete away
His loot...or the Templar treasure?
One tunnel reportedly runs downhill on Pelham Street,
from the tower in Touro Park to the gambrel-roofed
Banister House at 56 Pelham Street. John Banister, a
wealthy merchant and reputed smuggler, built the house in
1751. A short distance uphill is the old Arnold family
Another tunnel is said to run from the tower
southeast to the Bull-Mawdsley House at 228 Spring Street.
"During the (American) Revolution, this handsome
house was the headquarters of the Marquis de Chastellux,
(Rochambeau's) second-in-command of the French forces in
Newport" and a frequent haunt of both Lafayette and Louis
"Enlarged to its present size in 1750 by Captain John
Mawdsley," who was a Master of Newport's Masters Lodge,
"the house contains within it a Seventeenth Century
'mansion'-sized house built by Jireh Bull."
"Bull (no relation to Gulliver--J.T.), who was
Governor Benedict Arnold's son-in-law, built his four-
room, two-story house in 1680 on land that originally
belonged to the governor."
Indeed, the Bull-Mawdsley House is on the
southeastern corner of Arnold's Farm, about one block
south of the Banister House.
Mawdsley and Banister were cohorts of Captain Abraham
Whipple, a fellow Mason, smuggler and pirate who helped to
found the U.S. Navy. Yes, that's the fellow who gave his
surname, Whipple, to HPL's grandad.
(Editor's Note: For a true-to-life portrait of this
wackadoo Masonic pirate, see Lovecraft's short novel, The
Curious Case of Charles Dexter Ward.)
A third tunnel runs parallel to the east of
Coggeshall Avenue for two miles (3.2 kilometers) to Land's
So, is there a hoard of treasure tucked away in some
prehistoric tunnel beneath the cobbled streets of Newport?
Good question. But if you're looking for Templar
treasure, Newport might be a good place to start. (See
the books The History of Freemasonry, Volume 4, by Robert
F. Gould, John C. Yorston and Co., Publishers, New York,
N.Y., 1889, pages 446 to 448; La Fayette, Volume 1 by
Brand Whitlock, D. Appleton & Co., New York, N.Y., 1929,
pages 20 to 23; Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest
State, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1937, pages
107, 128, 202, 203, 208, 209, 218, 219, 223 and 454; Rhode
Island: An Historical Guide by Sheila Steinberg and
Cathleen McGuigan, Rhode Island Bicentennial Foundation,
1976, pages 182, 183, 190, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 216
and 220; Weird America by Jim Brandon, E.P. Dutton Co.,
New York, N.Y., 1978, pages 200 and 201; Talisman by
Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval, HarperCollins
Publishers, Hammersmith, London, UK, 2004, pages 317, 452,
453 and 454; also Atlantis Rising No. 47 for September-
October 2004, "The Knights Templar in America" by Steven
Sora, pages 27, 61, 62 and 63.)
Next Week: Lafayette in Rhode Island
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