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- Great dream??? I bet he's all smiles... Time to stop and smell the roses so
to speak...not just flow through life...;-)
From: dexxxaa [mailto:dexxxaa@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005 10:13 PM
Subject: [ufodiscussion] UFO Roundup
(Note: I received this report a few minutes ago. The mysterious beam
of light sighting was in particular for me a special read because
last night I had a dream I was riding in a car at night with a couple
of people and I happened to look up at far away tree tops and wow!
two metallic ships were hovering just above them. I shouted for the
driver to stop and again I kept repeating for him to stop so I could
get out and see what they were doing when all of a sudden they shot a
white beam of light from the nose tip of their craft. I finally had
to jump out of the car when it slowed down some, I wasn't about to
miss this for any reason. Then the ships started moving and turned
into a single ball of light and vanished. End of dream. It was a very
clear dream. It was a really neat thing to see.
In a message dated 2/1/2005 2:33:45 PM Pacific Standard Time,
Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 5
February 1, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
UFOs AGAIN REPORTED IN
THE INDIAN OCEAN AREA
"People are again reporting having UFO sightings in
the Nicobar Islands, the Andaman Islands, India, the
Maldive Islands and in the central area of Sri Lanka."
"The animals in these areas are again showing strange
behavior. Tribesmen around the Andamans are again taking
the signs seriously and are refusing to move back into the
area" that was devastated by an earthquake measuring 9.0
on the Richter scale and a subsequent catastrophic
"The tribal people of the Nicobar and Andaman Islands
have again moved to high ground. The sea birds are also
showing strange signs."
On Monday, January 25, 2005, "powerful earthquakes
sparked panic in two countries Monday, nearly a month
after a quake triggered a deadly wall of water that killed
more than 160,000 people."
"The two quakes, both magnitude 6.3" on the Richter
scale "jangled nerves across the Indian Ocean region hit
by the December 26 (2004) tsunami."
"Panic briefly spread through the Indian coastal city
of Madras after residents felt an earthquake centered in
the Bay of Bengal, about 1,548 kilometers (930 miles)
away, near the Nicobar and Andaman Islands."
"Samuel Cherian, the senior police officer in
Campbell Bay on the southernmost island in the Andaman
archipelago, said he was sitting in his office
when he felt 'a sudden jolt.'"
"The aftershock was felt in Banda Aceh province on
the northern tip of Sumatra," the largest island in
Indonesia, "but such tremors have been common in the last
month and residents have largely come to ignore them."
"Seismologists said the quake near the Andamans was
clearly an aftershock of the 9.0 magnitude quake that
struck off the coast of Sumatra a month ago. The two lie
on the same fault line, said John Bellini, a geophysicist
at the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado."
"But a predawn temblor earlier Monday on the
Indonesian island of Sulawesi--nearly 3,200 kilometers
(2,000 miles) to the east--was not triggered by the Dec.
26 quake because they lie on different faults, Bellini
"Still, the Sulawesi quake, centered about 40
kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the city of Palu, sent
thousands of panicked residents running to higher ground."
"'They were shouting, 'Water! Water!' because they
feared waves,' said Dr. Riri Lamadjido, at the city's
Undata Hospital, which received no injured patients as a
result of the temblor."
"About 30 wooden houses and some shops were damaged,
Palu police said."
Tremors continued Wednesday, January 26, 2005 in the
Nicobar Islands with three more, one of which was about
6.0 on the Richter scale. On Thursday, January 27, 2005,
thirteen tremors, measuring about 4.5 to 5.5 on the
Richter scale, again rattled the Nicobar Islands. Two
more were reported in the same island chain on Friday,
January 28, 2005.
According to the newspaper India Daily, "The UFO
sightings happen at night with strange lights. Ships
travelling between India and the Nicobar and Andaman
Islands, as well as commercial fishermen on the Indian
Ocean, have reported receiving strange signals on their
radios as they pass over the area," suggesting that the
UFOs "are affecting the maritime radio frequencies."
"According to some experts, these are signs of
possible experimentation with tectonic plates by some
"People in the Nicobar Islands claim that something
is going on under the ocean--deep underground--a few
kilometers beneath the watery surface."
"The timing of the aftershocks is also strange.
After one large aftershock, there is a considerable length
of time before the next one. It means someone is
controlling the aftershocks and are making sure the
(tectonic) plates are not overstressed."
"Since the big earthquake on Dec. 26, the Andaman and
Nicobar Islands have experienced 121 aftershocks, all
ranging between 5.0 and 6.0 on the Richter scale."
"A sailor with the Shipping Authority of India, Ltd.,
who has sailed on trans-Atlantic routes, says this part of
the Indian Ocean now resembles the Bermuda Triangle
region." (See India Daily for January 24, 2005, "UFO
sightings and strange signals again reported in the Indian
Ocean." Also the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for January
25, 2005, "Earthquakes rattle nerves in tsunami region."
Many thanks to Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda for the Indian
STRANGE SERIES OF QUAKES
JOLTS COAST OF ECUADOR
Last week Ecuador was rattled by an incredible 12
earthquakes in a period of just five days.
The small country on the west coast of South America
had its first quake on Thursday, January 20, 2005. It was
the first of 12 "earthquakes of considerable magnitude
along the Ecuadorian coast, keeping local residents in a
state of fear."
"Faced with a series of earthquakes, the locals have
shown clear signs of concern."
"Ecuadorian authorities have called for calm, stating
that these are normal events, and fears that they may
cause a tsunami have been dismissed."
"The Geologic Institute pointed out that 'the cause
of these events is understood in nature and therefore is
unable to generate a tsunami.'"
"Most of the quakes had their epicenter in the
(Pacific Ocean) facing the shores of Manta, 260 kilometers
(156 miles) southwest of Quito," the national capital.
"The other four occurred early Sunday morning,"
January 23, 2005, "the first at an intensity of 4.5 and
the final one at 5.0" on the Richter scale.
"While most of the quakes occurred offshore from
Manta, others were recorded in the vicinity of Esmeraldas,
180 kilometers (112 miles) northwest of Quito.
On Monday, January 24, 2005, at 6:23 p.m., a quake
measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale shook the ocean floor
45 kilometers (28 miles) southwest of Portoviejo, a
fishing town located 275 kilometers (170 miles) west-
southwest of Quito. (See the newspapers Las Ultimas
Noticias of Chile for January 24, 2005, "Ecuador: 11
earthquakes in four days," and El Comercio of Peru for
January 26, 2005, "Another temblor in Ecuador." Muchas
gracias a Scott Corrales, Liliana Nunez Orellana y Monica
Gaetano de Silva por estes articulos de diario.)
MYSTERIOUS LIGHT BEAM
"Astronomical experts have joined forces with puzzled
Shropshire residents in a bid to identify the mysterious
beam of light spotted in the county's skies."
"People across the county stopped in their tracks as
a massive beam of light lit up the early morning skies on
Tuesday," January 18, 2005. "But no one could explain
what caused the eerie light, which disappeared three
"Now county residents and top boffins (UK slang for
scientists--J.T.) have drawn up a list of possible
explanations, including an iridium flare, a burning
meteor, a bright searchlight, aircraft landing lights or
even a UFO."
"Sue Oliver, 37, of Briarwood, Brookside, Telford,"
Shropshire, UK "saw the beam of light at 6:40 a.m. while
walking her dog at nearby Nedge Hill."
"She said that although she doesn't usually believe
in 'weird happenings,' after seeing the light, she thought
it could have been a UFO."
"Montgomeryshire MP (Member of Parliament) Lembit
Opik, who has campaigned to raise awareness of the idea of
a meteorite or comet hitting the earth, claimed the light
was most likely an iridium flare, which can illuminate
hundreds of square miles and would look like a bright
"But Kev Wildgoose, from the Shropshire Astronomical
Soceity, disagreed and said 40 years of experience has led
him not to believe it was an astronomical sighting."
"'I'd be more inclined to identify it as an aircraft,
perhaps a bright search light,' he said."
"People in Lancashire also reported something strange
in the sky on Tuesday," January 18, 2005. (See the
Shropshire Star for January 21, 2005, "Experts join debate
on mystery light." Many thanks to Robert Fischer for this
ANOTHER UFO REPORTED
IN NEW ZEALAND
On Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at 4 a.m., Mark and
Fran Hirst were sound asleep at their home in Wainuiomata,
near Lower Hutt on New Zealand's North Island when
something unusual happened.
"I was woken just before 4 a.m. by a loud wooshing
sound like a small tornado," Fran reported, "It became
louder and louder, and it certainly didn't sound anything
like a plane or a chopper (helicopter--J.T.). A UFO is
all I could think of right then."
"Then I saw a row of bright white strobe lights all
moving in a circling motion through the (window) curtain.
It lit the whole room even though the curtain were thick
and were pulled. It passed overhead at a fairly slow
"Then the noise and the lights disappeared, and I
summoned the courage to look out the window. But it was
nowhere to be seen. Nothing--just a still, quiet night.
I did not see the actual craft. It was quite low but
above roof height. A quick approach and an even quicker
departure, an instantaneous departure."
Lower Hutt is on New Zealand's North Island, located
about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Wellington.
(Email Form Report)
CYLINDRICAL UFO SEEN IN
On Tuesday, January 25, 2005, at 6:15 p.m., Dan F.
was driving through East Penn Township near Lehighton,
Pennsylvania (population 5,537) when he saw a cyclindrical
UFO coming from the west.
"I was driving home on Route 895, looking west and
saw a flat, bar-shaped structure of white lights heading
towards me," Dan reported, "I at first thought it was a
plane but then realized it was very large and very low.
It veered south toward the valley along the Blue Mountains
and was probably 100 to 200 feet (30 to 60 meters) above
"It made a steep turn and headed back towards the
highway, as I slowed down to almost a stop to get a better
look at it. There is nothing (in the township--J.T.) but
old abandoned (stone) quarries, some farmland and
woodlands along the stretch, and this would be nowhere
near large enough to hold whatever it was."
"As soon as I slowed down enough and was within a
quarter-mile (0.4 kilometers) of the object, it made a
showy right turn towards the mountains and promptly
vanished. I turned off my radio and opened my window and
heard no sounds at all. The skies were relatively clear.
(The UFOs) speed variable, sometimes very fast, at other
times almost floating."
Lehighton, Pa. is on Highways 476 and 209,
approximately 18 miles (30 kilometers) north of Allentown.
(Email Form Report)
THREE UFOs SIGHTED NEAR
On Friday, January 14, 2005, Kenneth Seay was
outdoors in Charles City County, Virginia, southeast of
Roxbury (population 500) when he spotted an unusual
glimmer in the southwestern sky.
"They were just above the horizon," Ken reported,
"Pulsating with red, green, yellow and blue lights. The
three of them stayed still for several moments. Then they
moved directly west. They were closer and I could barely
see lights in them. They stayed for about 15 minutes,
then the closest one faded, vanished. There were still
colored lights around. Their height was just above the
horizon, and their speed was very slow."
Roxbury, Va. is on Route 106 about 20 miles (32
kilometers) east of Richmond, the state capital. (Many
thanks to Tracy and Amy Helvey for this report.)
MYSTERY METEOR CRASHES
IN NORTHWEST CAMBODIA
"A 4.5-kilogram (10-pound) suspected meteorite landed
in a rice field in northwestern Cambodia, narrowly missing
a nearby village, police said."
"'The rock fell on a harvested rice field from the
sky on Monday morning (January 24, 2005),' said Sok
Sareth, police chief of Banteay Meanchey province, which
"'According to villagers who live nearby, it came
very quickly from the sky and made a noise like a bomb
exploding. It dug about 40 centimeters (16 inches) into
the ground,' he said."
"'The rock was a little bit black and was hot and
looks strange compared to other rocks. It was lucky that
it did not land in the village, or people could have been
killed,' he said, adding that experts should examine the
"Pictures of the rock were splashed across the front
pages of local newspapers" in Cambodia on Wednesday,
January 26, 2005.
"Sok Sareth said villagers reportedly wanted to turn
it into a shrine."
"'Nobody has asked for it yet, but I have been told
that some villagers said they want to put it on a shrine
and pray to it. But we won't allow them to do that. It's
undignified,' he said." (See the Agence France Presse
report for January 26, 2005, "Suspected meteor lands in
Cambodia." Many thanks to Jim Hickman, executive director
of Skywatch International, for this news story.)
CHILEAN POULTRY SLAIN BY
"Two families of the commune of Victoria" in southern
Chile "were shocked after finding almost all of their farm
birds dead inside their henhouses."
"The first occurred on a property located a few
blocks from the city's main plaza during the early morning
hours of Sunday," January 23, 2005. "It was still
possible to see the feathers of the dead birds scattered
throughout the sector."
"People who were in the sector at the time of the
attack stated that they had gone to bed around 4 a.m.
without hearing any strange sounds. The first dead
specimens were locked in a double-gated cage that was kept
shut at night to keep the poultry safe from mice and cats.
But the creature opened the gates to the cage, killing ten
"Afterwards, the strange animal toured the two
henhouses in the area, killing everything in its way,
leaving feathers in its path."
"The next case occurred in a house located three
blocks from the municipal buildings in the downtown area
of Victoria. This time, the birds showed clear wounds--
puncture marks in their extremities and under their wings,
leaving the birds completely purple, without a trace of
blood on their plumage."
"Luis Gonzalez, owner of the property, revealed that
there was no need for guard dogs since his rooster played
that role. The rooster kept strangers from approaching
the enclosure, and its aggressiveness was such that the
owner" allowed it to patrol the farmyard. "But the
rooster's natural violence did not keep it from being
killed by the 'animal' together with six hens."
"There are other strange cases that had alarmed the
residents of La Araucania, this time in the vicinity of
Angol. One such case occurred while the city's jail was
being built in 2000. A night watchman was doing his
rounds when he saw a strange animal land on the hook
holding the streetlight, bending it. The watchman managed
to see 'something' with wings, measuring one meter (3
feet, 3 inches), red eyes and completely covered in fur."
(Editor's Note: Angol is a notorious UFO hotspot. A
couple had an alien encounter there in 2000. See UFO
Roundup, volume 6, number 10 for March 8, 2001, "Chilean
couple's first date turns into an encounter with aliens,"
"According to Erasmo Mela, president of IFOV (Spanish
acronym for Victoria UFO Phenemena Research--J.T.), 'We
have had at least five cases attributable to the
Chupacabras, and the same incisions were found on the
wings. Other characteristics of these attacks are the
absence of spilled blood. If you see an animal killing
another, the killer shakes it, spilling blood everywhere.
There were no traces of blood on the floor,' he stressed."
"What is strange about the events in Victoria and
neighboring communities is that the animal, which
allegedly attacks rural areas, is now active in densely-
populated areas, including backyards 400 meters from the
central area of any city, such as its Plaza Mayor." (See
the Chilean newspaper El Austral for January 24, 2005,
"Chupacabras behind avian deaths?" Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Liliana Nunez Orellana por esto articulo de
WEIRD MALADY DEVASTATES
"A disease that has devastated the Tasmanian devil
population is probably being spread by the animal's
boisterous sex life, Australian scientists believe."
The small animal, indigenous to Australia's island-
state of Tasmania, "has been wiped out in many parts of
the island over the past three years. The numbers of
'Nature's janitor,' as the (Tasmanian) devil is nicknamed,
has fallen from about 150,000 to less than half of that,
with four out of five dying in some areas."
"Researchers believe that the animals' habit of
fighting over decaying carrion and engaging in robust
sexual foreplay take credit for the speed at which the
disease has spread. The illness, first noticed about five
years ago, causes the development of facial tumors that
leave the animal unable to see or eat." (See The
Independent of UK for January 27, 2005, "Violent sex is
'killing the Tasmanian devil.'" Many thanks to Mary Lou
Jones-Drown for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: Spread by a "boisterous sex life," eh?
Better hope some agent of Al-Qaeda doesn't show up in
Hollywood for Oscar Night with one of these ailing
critters on a leash.)
THE RAIN ON TITAN'S PLAIN
IS MAINLY METHANE
"Black-and-white photos from the Huygens probe show a
rugged terrain of ridges, peaks, dark vein-like channels
and apparently dry lakebeds" on Saturn's largest moon,
"On Earth, methane is a flammable gas. On Titan, it
is a liquid because of the intense pressure and cold--274
degrees below zero" on the Fahrenheit scale.
"'There is liquid that is flowing on the surface of
Titan. It is not water--it is much too cold--it's liquid
methane, and this methane really plays the same big role
on Titan as water does on Earth,' said mission manager
Jean-Pierre Lebreton. 'There are truly remarkable
processes at work on Titan's surface and in the atmosphere
of Titan which are very, very similar to those occurring
"A sensor about the size of a police officer's
nightstick on the front of Huygens probed beneath the
moon's crust and found a material with the consistency of
"Channels on the (Titanian) surface are evidence of
methane rain. There are also what appear to be river
systems and deltas, frozen protrusions riddled by
channels, apparent dried-out pools where liquid has
perhaps drained away, and stones--probably (methane) ice
pebbles--that seem to have been rounded by erosion."
"'Does it rain only once a year? Is there a wet
season once a year? Does it rain more frequently? We
don't know,' said another member of the team, Martin
Tomasko of the University of Arizona. 'The feeling is
that in the place we landed, it must rain fairly
frequently, but we can't be more precise than that.'"
"The area is 'more like Arizona, or someplace like
that, where the river beds are dry most of the time,' he
added. 'Right after the rain, you might have open flowing
liquids, then there are pools, the pools gradually dry
out, and the liquid sinks down into the surface. Perhaps
it's very seasonal.'"
"The river beds are darkened by what appears to be
particles of smog that fall out of Titan's atmosphere,
coating the terrain. The dirt apparently gets washed off
the ridges by the methane rain to collect in the river
"It did not appear to be raining when Huygens
descended throught Titan's (orange) haze on parachutes,
'but it has been raining not long ago,' Lebreton said."
"Scientists believe the dark smog particles are
formed by Titan's methane, breaking up in the atmosphere.
That raised another question: where does the methane come
"'There must be some source of methane inside Titan
which is releasing the gas into the atmosphere. It has to
be continually renewed, otherwise it would have all
disappeared,' Owen said."
"Lebreton, the mission manager, said a next possible
step in Titan exploration would be to send mobile probes,
perhaps balloons to float around before landing."
"The Mars Rover team has already contacted him to say
that 'they really now are dreaming of sending their rovers
on the surface of Titan,' he added. 'This is highly
possible--that we can now dream seriously of sending
rovers on the surface of Titan. We just need the money.'"
"The probe was named after Titan's discoverer, the
Seventeenth Century Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens."
"Huygens was spun off from the Cassini mother ship on
(Friday) December 24 (2004). The $3.3 billion Cassini-
Huygens mission to explore Saturn and its moons was
launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, a joint
effort between NASA, the European Space Agency and the
Italian Space Agency. Titan is the first moon other than
Earth's to be explored." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for January 23, 2005, "Titan: Scientists unsure
how often methane rains down on the moon's surface," page
MORE SNOW BLANKETS
Just a few days after "the Blizzard of 2005," more
snow fell on the USA's six New England states, with very
heavy accumulation on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, which
still hasn't dug out from the previous storm.
"Hard on the heels of last weekend's Northeast
blizzard, another snowstorm on Wednesday," January 26,
2005, "gave Boston its snowiest month ever and sent a
chill down South that could coat the region in ice."
"Boston, which had 42.2 inches (105.5 centimeters)
blew past the mark for its snowiest January (39.8 inches
or 99.5 centimeters in January 1966--J.T.) and beat its
record for a single month, set in February 2003 with 41.6
inches (104 centimeters)."
"Providence (Rhode Island), with 34.5 inches (86.2
centimeters) through Tuesday," January 25, 2005, "flirted
with its snowiest January, also in 1966, of 37.4 inches
"Cape Cod and Nantucket (island) were the hardest hit
last week, getting two to three feet of snow. The
National Weather Service said the two spots could get the
most" on Wednesday, as well, "with up to 9 inches (22.5
"Massachusetts Gov. Milt Romney asked President Bush
to declare a federal emergency for 10 counties still
hurting from the blizzard."
In the Taunton-Attleboro region of Massachusetts,
"the followup punch to the weekend Blizzard of 2005 turned
out to be a feather tap Wednesday, delivering far less
snow than expected. Up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of
snow had been forecast, but the Attleboro Water Department
had recorded 6.5 inches (16 centimeters) of snow from the
storm, pushing the record-breaking monthly total to 51.25
inches (127 centimeters), the most that the city has ever
received in any month."
Near-record accumulations of snow have also been
reported in Duluth, Minnesota (population 86,918) and the
communities along the north shore of Lake Superior.
According to the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune, "Along
the hills that define Minnesota's North Shore of Lake
Superior, the snow already is so deep this winter that..."
(1) "Snowmobiles are getting stuck if they venture
off groomed trails."
(2) "Homeowners are having to shovel in front of
their ground-level windows just to let some light into the
(3) "There's too much snow for snowshoeing at least
off packed trails."
(4) "People are spending hours moving snow piles...to
make room for more snow piles."
Larry Schanno, owner of Our Place tavern and
restaurant in Finland, Minn., 75 miles (120 kilometers)
northeast of Duluth, said, "I've never seen a winter where
we had 100 inches (250 centimeters) of snow, and January
isn't even over yet."
"Actually, it's more like 111 inches (277
centimeters), recorded right across the street at the
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources office in
Finland. There's about 40 inches (100 centimeters) still
on the ground, thanks to a stunning four-day snowfall
total--between January 19 and January 22--of 45.5 inches
"The Finland area has become the region's snow
capital this winter, surpassing even Wisconsin's South
Shore snowbelt. Earlier this week, there were 57 inches
(132.5 centimeters)...It was the most snow ever on the
ground at Wolf Ridge, Minnesota's snowiest place, and the
most in Minnesota anyone can recall in 45 years."
"'You have to be careful where you step or you go up
to your armpits,' said Adam Barnett, a Wolf Ridge
naturalist who takes his turn at 7 a.m. each morning to
record the daily snowfall and snow depth totals."
The snow depth at Wolf Ridge, on the outskirts of
Finland, Minn. was "just a couple of feet shy of the all-
time state snow-on-the-ground record of 75 inches (187.5
centimeters) set in 1950" at Pigeon River, Minn. "on the
"And there's still two months of winter."
"'That's what's so unusual. That we have so much
snow on the ground, and we aren't even into February,'
said Sam Stanfield, climate expert with the National
Weather Service in Duluth."
"'Duluth has more snow on the ground than Marquette,
Michigan, and that's unheard of. We're approaching usual
seasonal totals already and we have a lot of snow to
(Editor's Comment: That's for sure! Marquette is in the
heart of what they call "the Big Snow Country" at the
western end of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.)
According to the North Shore Journal, tiny towns such
as Silver Bay, Beaver Bay, Tofte, Schroeder, Lutsen, Lax
Lake and French River, Minn. have received incredible
amounts of snow. "No matter how you say, it's still SNOW.
With 79.5 inches (198 centimeters) fallen this season, and
51.75 inches (129.4 centimeters) of those just this month,
we've had more than our share! Our coldest real
temperature was minus 27 degrees Fahrenheit...Some areas
of town (Silver Bay, Minn.) were covered in snow a little
more than others, but we all got plenty--for sure...Though
a lot of us are tired of shoveling and snowblowing every
other day, the resorts, restaurants, hotels and local
establishments are sure to be singing choruses of 'Let It
Snow, Let It Snow' well into April (2005)."
Other cities with heavy snowfall in the region
include Babbitt, Minnesota with 71.3 inches (178.25
centimeters); Hurley, Wisconsin with 98 inches (272
centimeters) and Ironwood, Michigan with 101 inches (279
Down South, "more than 300,000 homes in Georgia were
without power Sunday," January 30, 2005, "after a rare ice
storm virtually paralyzed metropolitan Atlanta."
"Hundreds of churches canceled services, and icy
roads contributed to at least two drivers' deaths in
Georgia and one in South Carolina."
"'The goal is to get the majority back on by Monday
evening,' Georgia Power spokeswoman Konswello Munroe
"At Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, thousands
of stranded passengers lined up to re-book one day after
hundreds of flights were canceled. About 300 passengers
spent Saturday night," January 29, 2005, "at the airport.
Most flights were operating on schedule by mid-(Sunday)
morning." (See USA Today for January 27, 2005, "Boston
sets snow record," page 3A; the Attleboro, Mass. Sun-
Chronicle for January 27, 2005, "Area dodges the worst;"
the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for January 27, 2005,
"North Shore's in deep," pages 1A and 4A; the North Shore
Journal of January 29, 2005; and USA Today for January 31,
2005, "300,000 in the dark following Ga. storm," page 3A.
Many thanks to Mary-Lou Jones Drown, Carolyn Rzepecki and
Dan Dunphy for these newspaper articles.)
WEIRD WEATHER REPORTED
AROUND THE WORLD
With "the Big Freeze" blanketing the USA's New
England states for the second week in a row, weird weather
popped up in other parts of the world, as well.
In Iraq, heavy snowfalls smothered the northern
provinces of Dahuk, Irbil and Sulaymaniyah. On Tuesday,
January 25, 2005, "15 centimeters (6 inches) of snow fell
in Dahuk and Al-Aqra," north of Mosul, reported Ayesha al-
Khatabi, UFO Roundup's Middle East correspondent. "It was
very wet snow. Car wheels were spinning, and the roads
were all blocked by stuck vehicles. Even more snow fell
in the mountains around Raniyah and Rawanduz. Snow
flurries were reported in Taqtaq, at the desert's edge."
On Wednesday, January 26, 2005, beachgoers on the
Mediterranean Sea island of Mallorca were stunned to see
powdery snow falling from the sky.
"This was the first snow on Mallorca in several
decades," UFO Roundup correspondent Diego Carrasco
reported. "It covered the fronds of the palm trees and
the lemon, tangerine and olive trees. Cars were skidding
off the highway between Parma and Manacor. Icicles were
hanging from roof tiles in San Pablo. Since there were no
(snow) plows on the island, the (Spanish) government had
to ship them from Valencia."
Mallorca is the largest of Spain's Balearic Islands,
located in the Mediterranean Sea midway between Barcelona
and Bejaia, Algeria.
In the southern hemisphere, which is experiencing its
summer, a storm front dropped a devastating load of hail
on the Adelaide region in South Australia.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corp., on
Wednesday, January 19, 2005, "Adelaide Hills residents say
hailstones as large as apples fell" during the "big storm
over the city."
"The weather bureau said 27 millimeters (2.7
centimeters or 1.3 inches) of rainfall was recorded" in
the Gulf St. Vincent area.
"Woodside resident Sarah Brayshaw says her (rain)
gauge shows 60 millimeters (6 centimeters or 2.2 inches)
fell in just a few hours."
"She says her roof was pounded by hailstones the size
of golf balls."
"'We have a tin roof on our farmhouse and it was big
and the sound was just deafening,' Mrs. Brayshaw said."
"'We couldn't go outside because it would've hurt if
it had fallen on us. It lasted for about three or four
Readers Len and Becky Darroch told UFO Roundup, "It
wasn't just Adelaide that was hammered by hailstones.
Hail fell from Gawler to Willunga, and the noise of it
hitting the roof drowned out all conversation." (See the
Iraqi newspaper Al-Siyada for January 26, 2005; Agence
France Presse for January 27, 2005; and the Australian
Broadcasting Corp. report for January 20, 2005. Many
thanks to Ayesha al-Khatabi and Zuhur al-Azmat, Diego
Carrasco and Len and Becky Darroch for these weather
From the UFO Files...
1945: FLIGHT OF THE OSTARA
"On the gray morning of January 8, 1945, a flock of
reporters, pencils and notepads at the ready, hovered
around Admiral Jonas Ingram, commander of the Eastern Sea
Frontier, in his wardroom aboard a warship in New York
harbor. The scribes had come for what Ingram's public-
relations staff had promised would be 'a historic press
"Ingram, a heavyset, flat-nosed old salt who had
gained national recognition as football coach at the
(U.S.) Naval Academy (in Annapolis, Maryland), was one of
the Navy's colorful characters--and most outspoken.
Seated behind a long table, Ingram said, 'Gentlemen, I
have reason to assume that the Nazis are getting ready to
launch a strategic attack on New York and Washington by
"There was a gasp of astonishment from the
"'I am here to tell you that these attacks are not
only possible, but probable as well, and that the (USA's)
East Coast is likely to be buzzbombed within the next
thirty or sixty days.'"
"Ingram eyed his listeners, then added grimly, 'But
we're ready for them. The thing to do is not to get
excited about it. (The buzzbombs) might knock out a high
building or two, might create a fire hazard, and most
certainly would cause casualties. But (the buzzbombs)
cannot seriously affect the progress of the war.'"
"The hard-nosed Ingram added that 'it may be only ten
or twelve buzzbombs, but they may come before we can stop
"'At any rate,' the admiral concluded, 'I'm springing
the cat from the bag to let the Huns know that we are
ready for them!'"
Coach Ingram's announcement triggered a media
sensation. The following day, January 9, 1945, the New
York Times ran the story with the headline ROBOT BOMB
ATTACKS HERE HELD POSSIBLE. But the war in Europe ended
on May 8, 1945, and no Nazi rocket came plummeting out of
orbit to crash in Manhattan.
Was Coach Ingram given to flights of fancy? Not at
all. Allied intelligence knew that the Germans were
working on a "New York Rocket." At least twenty of these
large rockets were built at the SS underground base at
Nordhausen. What happened to them is one of the enduring
mysteries of World War II.
In his 1952 book, V2--Der Schuss ins Weltall, Major
General Walter Dornberger, commander of the Peenemunde
Rocket Research Institute, described the "New York Rocket"
in detail. He wrote, "Thus the A-9 came into being...the
missile was planned to reach at a height of about 20
kilometers (12 miles), a maximum speed of 4,400 kilometers
per hour (2,800 miles per hour) and then go into a shallow
curving glide with a peak of nearly 30 kilometers (18
miles). On arrival over the target at a height of 5
kilometers (3 miles), it was planned to dive vertically,
like the" V-1, a primitive rocket-powered cruise missile,
best known in World War II as "the buzz bomb."
"A better plan, however, and one which greatly
improved range, was to construct the A-10, weighing 87
tons and with a total propellant capacity of 62 tons, as
the first step of the combined A-9/A-10. The A-9 was
placed on top of the A-10. The latter had a thrust of 200
tons for 50 to 60 seconds and gave the rocket a speed of
4,400 kilometers per hour. After the exhaustion of the
first step (stage or A-10--J.T.), the A-9 would be ignited
and lift out of the A-10."
"Once we reached this stage (in the blueprints), the
horses fairly bolted with us," Dornberger wrote, "With our
big rocket motors and step (multi-stage) rockets, we could
build space ships which would circle the earth like moons
at a height of 500 kilometers (300 miles) and at speeds of
30,000 kilometers per hour (18,000 miles per hour). Space
stations and glass spheres containing the embalmed bodies
of the pioneers of rocket development and space travel
could be put into permanent orbits around the earth. An
expedition to the moon was a popular topic, too. Then we
dreamed of atomic energy, which would at last give us the
necessary drive for flight into the infinity of space, to
the very stars."
Amazingly, the gang at Peenemunde drew up these
blueprints during 1942 and 1943. In his book, Gen.
Dornberger, a child of the Nineteenth Century, admits to
being a little "disconcerted" by these off-duty bull
sessions, in which Werner von Braun, Willy Ley, Klaus
Reidel and even Hitler's favorite aviatrix, Hannah Reisch,
"chatted with such easy familiarity about outer space, the
moon, the planets and what forms extraterrestrial life
The question remains: did the A-9/A-10 combo ever
make it into space?
There are a handful of clues that it did. In 1968,
Ballantine published a photo on the back cover of their
paperback book on German secret weapons of World War II.
It shows a swept-winged A-9 on top of a cluster of rocket
boosters. Flames pour out of five nozzles on the array.
It has the hazy appearance of being shot with a long
When your editor first saw this photo, I was struck
by the similarity to the Soviet rockets then being
launched from Baikonur. Unfortunately, with nothing in
the photo's background to offer a size comparison, there
is no telling whether the "customized" Nazi rocket is
full-sized or merely a much smaller test model.
On the other hand, on November 19, 1954, Hermann
Klein, a former scientist at Peenemunde then living in
exile in Zurich, said he had worked on a Flugeschiebe
(German for flying disc--J.T.) project at Peenemunde in
1942. The Nazi saucers were built by a team of three
scientists--Schriever, Miethe and Belonzo--and the vehicle
was given the code name V-7.
On October 10, 1952, the Swedish newspaper
Aftonbladet reported that a space rocket had been launched
from an SS facility near Prague (now the capital of the
Czech Republic--J.T.) in February 1945. The vehicle
sounds suspiciously like an A-9/A-10. And the launch came
about a month after Admiral Ingram's press conference in
New York City.
During the summer of 1943, the Peenemunde research
center was siezed by Reichsfuehrer-SS Heinrich Himmler.
German rocketry became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the
SS. During a trip to Berlin on September 6, 1943, Gen.
Dornberger met his new boss, 42-year-old SS-Brigadefuehrer
"He had the slim figure of a cavalryman, neither tall
nor short," Dornberger wrote, "In his early forties,
broad-shouldered and narrow in the hips, with bronzed,
clear-cut features, and a high forehead under dark hair
slightly streaked with gray and brushed straight back, Dr.
Kammler had piercing and restless brown eyes, a lean
curved beak of a nose, and a strong mouth, the underlip
thrust forward as though in defiance. That mouth
indicated brutality, derision, disdain and overweening
pride. The chin was well-molded and prominent."
"One's first impression was of a virile, handsome and
captivating personality. He looked like some hero of the
Renaissance, a condotierre of the period of the civil wars
in northern Italy."
Kammler was Himmler's most trusted aide. He had a
reputation of being the man who could get things done. In
1942, for example, Kammler, an architect by trade, had
personally designed and supervised the construction of the
giant Vernichtungenslager (German for destruction camp--
J.T.) called Auschwitz II, with its capacity for 200,000
prisoners, at Birkenau in southern Poland.
Now Himmler had new work for him. The Reichsfuehrer-
SS wanted an underground factory "completely impervious to
Allied bombs" that would build all of the contraptions in
the Peenemunde gang's "blue sky" blueprints. It is not
known if Hitler approved of this or not--it's part of what
Colonel-General Erich von Manstein once called "the
hermetically-sealed SS-Reich"--but Himmler was determined
to build a workable spacecraft.
Himmler "urged Pohl to build factories for the
production of war materials in natural caves and
underground tunnels immune to enemy bombing and instructed
him to hollow out workshop and factory space in all SS
stone quarries, suggesting that by the summer of 1944 they
should have the 'new cavemen' installed in the greatest
number of 'uniquely bomb-proof work
sites'...Brigadefuehrer Hans Kammler succeeded in creating
underground workshops and living quarters from a cave
system in the Hartz mountains in central Germany in what
(Albert) Speer, writing to congratulate him, called 'an
almost impossibly short period of two months' a feat, he
continued, 'unsurpassable even by American standards.'"
With Kammler at the helm, production of V-1 and V-2
weapons went into high gear. In his book V-1, V-2:
Hitler's Vengeance on London, David Johnson noted that
"During the (V-1) Flying Bomb assault, from mid-June to
early September 1944, 2,419 of the pilotless aircraft
crash-dived into London. Rail and transportation networks
were seriously disrupted. War production fell off."
"Between 8th September 1944 and 27th March 1945, 517
V-2 rockets struck London, with another 378 falling short
of their target and impacting in Essex. Throughout
southern England, a grand total of 1,054 came down. In
London alone over 2,700 civilians were dead from the
On March 27, 1945, "the last V-2 to hit Britain came
down on Orpington, Kent, about 20 miles (32 kilometers)
south-east of London."
"On the night of 17 December (1944) a V-2 crashed
into the Rex cinema in Antwerp (Belgium) during a crowded
show. When Hitler was informed that 1,100 people,
including 700 (Allied) soldiers had been killed, by a
characteristic irony he was reluctant to credit the
report. 'That would finally be the first successful
launch,' he observed sarcastically, 'But it is so
fairytale that my scepticism keeps me from believing it.
Who is the informer? Is he paid by the launch crew?'"
But if Hitler had little faith in the V-2, the same
cannot be said of Himmler and Kammler. Himmler gave his
aide everything he needed to keep the rocket program
"Kammler still believed that he alone, with his Army
Corps and the weapons over which he had absolute
authority, could prevent the imminent collapse, postpone a
decision and even turn the scales. The (V-2) transports
still moved without respite to the operational area" in
the Netherlands, Dornberger wrote. "Convoys of motor
vehicles bridged the gaps in the railrways. Kammler's
supply columns, equipped with infrared devices that
enabled them to see in the dark, rumbled along the Dutch
Himmler's interest in spaceflight grew out of his
personal commitment to the occult. When he had been
appointed leader of the Schutzstaffel (German for
Protection Squad--J.T.) in 1929, the group had been a
small unit within the larger Sturmabteilung or Brownshirt
militia, a kind of Secret Service devoted to the
protection of Hitler and the Nazi leadership. By 1945,
however, Himmler had transformed the SS into "a state
within a state." Under his direction, the SS had become
the Schwarze Sonne (German for Black Sun--J.T.), an order
of mystics that numbered in the low millions.
In his book Hitler's Flying Saucers, author Henry
Stevens pointed out, "The Black Sun to these initiated
individuals was a physical body like our visible sun
except that the Black Sun was not visible to the naked
eye...The Black Sun is sometimes represented symbolically
as a black sphere out of which eight arms extend. Such is
its most famous rendition on the mosaic floor at
Wewelsburg Castle which served as the spiritual home of
Himmler's "scientists were influenced by some ideas
originating in Asia. Tibet and India are the suspects in
question. UFOs have been reported over Mongolia, Tibet
and India for centuries. The ancient Indians even claimed
to have constructed aircraft which resembled flying
saucers. These saucers are called Vimanas."
Since his days in the mystical group Artamen in the
early 1920s, Himmler had been fascinated with the
scriptures of ancient India. As a reader of the Rig-Veda
and the Mahabharata, he would have been familiar with the
tales of rishis (Hindu wizards--J.T.) visiting other
worlds in outer space. So perhaps it's no surprise that
he sent "the German SS-Ahnenerbe, an organization whose
purpose was associated with researching German ancestry,
out (on) expeditions to the East with the express purpose
of acquiring ancient, hidden knowledge."
Kammler transferred Gen. Dornberger and Werner von
Braun into the Wasserfall anti-aircraft rocket program in
late 1944. Meanwhile, work continued on the Schriever-
Meithe V-7 flying disc. With help from another mystical
group, the Thule Gesellschaft, the project developed a
craft called the Haunebu-1. This saucer "had a 25-meter
diameter, a speed of 4,800 kilometers per hour (3,000
miles per hour) and carried a crew of nine men."
In November 1943, a second saucer, the Haunebu-2, was
built, "slightly larger and could travel 6,000 kilometers
per hour (3,600 miles per hour) for fifty-five hours."
A year later, in early December 1944, Gruppe Kammler
unveiled its showpiece, the Haunebu-3, which "had a
diameter of 71 meters (234 feet), and could reach a speed
of 40,000 kilometers per hour (25,000 miles per hour)" and
remain in space "for up to eight weeks, carrying a crew of
Unaware of the progress of the Schriever-Miethe team,
Gen. Dornberger proposed to suspend work on the A-9/A-10
"New York Rocket." The order was immediately
countermanded. "But now, at the end of 1944, Kammler
demanded its resumption," the general wrote, "I had no
In retrospect, it appears that either Himmler or
Kammler--it is not at all clear who--planned to use the A-
9/A-10 as a booster to get the Haunebu-3, now referred to
as the Ostara (ancient German goddess of the dawn--J.T.),
into orbit rather than have the big saucer make the trip
under its own power.
"On January 8, 1945, the first version of the A-
9...took off. The control failed about 30 meters (100
feet) above the firing table (launch pad)," Dornberger
wrote, "A few days later, we were unable to launch another
missile because the alcohol tank had developed a leak. At
last, on January 24 (1945), we had our first success. The
rocket, climbing vertically, reached a peak height of
nearly 80 kilometers (50 miles) at a maximum speed of
4,300 kilometers per hour (2,700 miles per hour)."
(Editor's Comment: I think this may have been the rocket
in the wartime photo that appeared on the back cover of
All that needed to be done now was to strap two or
three A-9/A-10 boosters together, with the Ostara as
payload, and launch from Himmler's new SS base near
The same day the A-9/A-10 had its successful launch,
January 24, 1945, Soviet troops of Marshal Ivan Konev's
First Ukrainian Front (army group--J.T.) entered
Auschwitz. Russian soldiers saw for themselves the
results of Kammler's earlier "big project."
"On April 3, 1945, I had orders from Kammler to
evacuate my staff of four hundred and fifty old Peenemunde
hands to the Lower Alps near Oberammergau. We moved on
April 6, as the American tanks advanced through
Bleicherode toward Bad Sachsa," Dornberger wrote, "I
parted from Kammler and spent the last month of the war at
Oberjoch near Hindelang with my staff and Professor von
Braun, who had been injured in an automobile accident."
So, on April 7, 1945, Hans Kammler, the architect of
Auschwitz-Birkenau, pulled a disappearing act worthy of
Houdini. "There are five different versions of his
death," Henry Stevens wrote, "And they all read like pulp
Did Kammler head for outer space aboard the Ostara?
Or did he leave on an even larger spacecraft, the
Andromeda? Only one person knows the answer to that
question, and he committed suicide with a cyanide pill on
May 23, 1945--Heinrich Himmler.
But if anybody had a really, really pressing need to
leave Earth in April 1945 it was SS-Brigadefuehrer Hans
Kammler. (See the books V2--Der Schuss ins Weltall by
Walter Dornberger, Bechtle Vertag, Esslingen, Germany,
1952, pages 128, 129, 130, 131, 176, 177, 219 and 235;
Hitler's Undercover War by William Breuer, St. Martin's
Press, New York, N.Y., 1989, pages 317, 318 and 319; V-1,
V-2, Hitler's Vengeance on London by David Johnson, Stein
& Day Publishers, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., 1981, pages 193,
194 and 195; Flying Saucers Uncensored by Harold T.
Wilkins, The Citadel Press, New York, N.Y., 1955, pages
252 and 253; Himmler by Peter Padfield, MJF Books, New
York, N.Y., 1990, pages 389, 464, 481, 482 and 611;
Armageddon: The Battle for Germany 1944-1945 by Max
Hastings, Alfred A. Knopf, 2004, pages 171, 172, 248 and
492; Black Sun: Aryan Cults, Esoteric Nazism and the
Politics of Identity by Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, New York
University Press, New York, N.Y., 2002, pages 166, 167 and
168; and Hitler's Flying Saucers by Henry Stevens,
Adventures Unlimited Press, Kempton, Illinois, 2003, pages
86, 87, 89, 90, 95, 158, 160, 161, 225, 264 and 265.)
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- UFO ROUNDUP
Volume 10, Number 15
April 13, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
MYSTERIOUS BLUE BEAM
SEEN OVER URUGUAY
"Witnesses at Colonia de Sacramento" in Uruguay, a
small country in South America, "said a powerful beam of
light was seen in the heavens. The hypothesis was put
forth by a military man on Radio 10" in Montevideo, the
"Uruguayans are still wondering what it was. The
hitherto unexplained event occurred in recent days."
"Residents of Puerto Sauce and Colonia de Sacramento
claim having seen 'a very intense beam of light that
appeared suddenly in the heavens.' They also claim that
there was a deafening sound and the windows rattled in the
"In an interview with Radio 10, Colonel Jose Luis
Vignoli, press officer for the Fuerza Aerea Urugayense
(FAU or Uruguayan Air Force--J.T.) said that 'a missile
Col. Vignoli "said 'the control tower at Carrasco
Airport received signals from two airliners.' One of the
pilots, a Lufthansa captain, reported seeing a luminous
"The (Lufthansa) airliner had taken off from Ezeiza
International Airport near Buenos Aires," the capital of
Argentina, "and was in the vicinity of Carrasco. The
pilot contacted the tower again, describing the object as
'very luminous' and as if 'resembling a fireball.'"
(Editor's Note: Ezeiza Airport in Argentina is 200
kilometers or 120 miles west of Carrasco Airport in
"Later on, another aircraft--a courier flight by an
FAU pilot--also reported a luminous object crossing the
"This pilot reported seeing 'an intense reflection
against the waters of the Rio de la Plata,'" the
freshwater estuary that lies between Montevideo and Buenos
Aires, "and that it could be a rocket or missile. The
other pilot described types of flames in an ascending
"The second pilot also said that the flames could be
from the afterburner of another (jet) aircraft.
Afterburners enable pilots to obtain maximum acceleration
in a matter of seconds."
"It is based on these descriptions that the FAU
believes that the unknown object 'could be a missle.'
This merely deepens the mystery because Uruguay has
neither missiles nor launch facilities."
"Col. Vignoli explained on Radio 10: 'We can neither
confirm nor affirm anything at this time,' rejecting the
possibility that it could be related to 'matters
Colonia de Sacramento is located about 160 kilometers
(100 miles) west of Montevideo. (Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Christian Quintero del grupo Planeta UFO para
(Editor's Comment: Welcome to South America, Take it Away
Week here at UFO Roundup. The current flap began with the
abduction last week of Vanderlei Rodrigues dos Santos in
Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul. Now
it's spread into neighboring Uruguay and northeastern
UFOs SIGHTED BY MANY IN
On Wednesday, April 6, 2005, TV Canal (Channel) 13 in
Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina conducted an
interview with Capt. Alvaro Castillo of the Fuerza Aerea
Uruguayense (FAU or Uruguayan Air Force--J.T.) about the
recent UFO sightings in Uruguay's southern coastal region.
"He spoke of 'a missile or a downed combat aircraft'" as
being the cause.
"Meanwhile, UFOs were seen in Concordia," a medium-
sized city in Argentina's Entre Rios province, right on
the border with Uruguay.
On Tuesday night, April 5, 2005, "volunteer
firefighters in Villa Zorraquir," a town 20 kilometers (12
miles) north of Concordia, "picked up a distress call on
VHF radio from an aircraft identifying itself with three
numerals. They immediately contacted the control tower at
Comodoro Pierresteguy Airport, and the Fuerza Aerea
Argentinera (FAA or Argentinian Air Force--J.T.) requested
reports from all of the airports in the region. But no
flight with Concordia as its destination was confirmed."
"Residents of Salto," Concordia's neighboring city
across the border in Uruguay, "claimed to have seen 'an
airplane is distress' flying at a low altitude over their
"A police detachment in Concordia in Entre Rios
received reports of an alleged missile or aircraft in the
vicinity of Termas Vertientes de la Concordia that was
using a high-powered searchlight. Reports of the
mysterious aircraft were received from that vicinity at
11:50 p.m. last night (Tuesday, April 5, 2005)."
"The FAA requested information from all airports in
the province as to when an aircraft bound for Concordia
could have been seen. This information was forwarded to
the Third Aerial Brigade, headquartered at Parana. No
plane had departed in the direction of Concordia. The
three numerals of its call sign suggested that it could be
an experimental (FAA) plane."
"A news crew from TV Canal (Channel) 5 set out
immediately for the thermal baths in that location,
ascertaining that neither the employees of the baths nor
the tourists visiting there had witnessed the crash of the
"Police officers, after combing the thermal baths and
their vicinity, decided to return to their stations after
alerting the Carabineros (Argentinian national police--
J.T.) to be alert to the possible appearance of 'a phantom
aircraft'" over the Rio Uruguay valley.
Concordia is located 400 kilometers (250 miles) north
of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Its neighbor,
Salto, is located 480 kilometers (300 miles) northwest of
Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. (See the Argentinian
newspaper El Sol Matutino for April 6, 2005, "Phantom
aircraft crashes?" Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y
Christian Quintero para esto articulo de diario.)
REPORTED IN LA PAMPA
On Monday, April 4, 2005, "a mutilated cat was found
on an estancia (country estate--J.T.)" in rural La Pampa
province, Argentina, about 640 kilometers (400 miles)
southwest of Buenos Aires, the national capital.
"Just before the carcass was found, the witnesses
allegedly saw strange lights in the sky and heard guttural
sounds resembling 'the sound of the wind,' after which she
(the owner--J.T.) found the mutilated pet."
According to Argentinian ufologist Raul Oscar Chaves,
La Pampa has been plagued with animal mutilations for the
"A while ago, we learned that ten mutilated cows had
been discovered here in the province," Raul reported, "The
most startling impact is that crop circles were found in
the pasture, and all of the cows appeared in one circle,
with their heads pointing towards the center of the
Raul added that members of CIUFOS-La Pampa visited
the site of the cattle mutilation and undertook a detailed
survey of the scene. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y
Raul Oscar Chaves para estas noticias.)
DAYLIGHT DISCS ON VIDEO
IN CULIACAN, MEXICO
Daylight disc UFOs flying over the city of Culiacan
in Mexico's state of Sinaloa were captured on videotape by
Juan Antonio Lopez, a local resident. Lopez "managed to
obtain excellent footage of the UFOs over his city,"
Mexican ufologist Ana Luisa Cid Fernandez reported. "Upon
viewing the video, strange shining structures can be seen
moving around at high speed."
Culiacan is 460 kilometers (276 miles) northwest of
The Culiacan sighting is just the latest in a series
of recent encounters in Mexico.
On Sunday, March 20, 2005, Prof. Cid "photographed a
spherical silver UFO over Tlalnepantla," a suburb 10
kilometers (6 miles) north of Mexico City. "Days later,
she discovered a police helicopter in the photo." The
helicopter "was flying at low altitude to monitor a
disturbance of some area street peddlers. The UFO became
apparent when she doubled the size of the photo."
On Tuesday, March 22, 2005, "according to a report by
aircraft technician Alfonso Salazar, Radio Rojo News
reported that a spherical UFO had been reported hovering
motionless over Tlalnepantla. The news report was made by
Jorge Flores, a reporter for Radio Rojo, and Guadalupe
Juarez, a reporter on Radio Rojo's nighttime news hour."
The following day, Wednesday, March 23, 2005, Salazar
and another Mexican ufologist, Carlos Guzman, were
interviewed about the Tlalnepantla sightings by Radio
On Thursday, March 24, 2005, "Sra. Malena Mendieta
told Prof. Cid that she had witnessed 'strange low-flying
lights' near her home in the barrio Patera Vallejo
(neighborhood) north of Mexico City. The lights emitted a
buzzing sound that surprised Sra. Mendieta greatly. This
sighting took place during the early morning hours, and
she was in the company of her daughter."
During a skywatch on Friday, March 25, 2005, Mexican
ufologists Alfonso Salazar and Salvador Guerrero "manged
to observe and record on video a spherical object on the
east side of Mexico City. The UFO suddenly shifted speed
and embarked on a new trajectory at the exact moment the
(Good Friday reenactment of the) Crucifixion was being
executed in Ixtapalapa."
On Saturday, March 26, 2005, "an amateur television
cameraman captured video of a spherical object emitting
white lights in Mexico City's northern region, flying at
high altitude from south to north," according to ufologist
Alfonso Salazar. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Ana
Luisa Cid Fernandez para estas noticias.)
MYSTERY EXPLOSION AT
"Authorities say seven people received minor injuries
in an apparent natural gas explosion that destroyed the
rear of a Northeastern University dormitory in Boston,"
the state capital of Massachusetts.
"Police spokesman John Boyle said the people who were
hurt were sent to area hospitals."
"The explosion sent flames shooting through the
dormitory Wednesday," April 6, 2005, "injuring seven
people and severely damaging the six-story brick
"Victims were treated for broken bones, cuts and
burns, but no one was seriously hurt, said Richard Serino,
Boston's emergency services director."
"The Fire Department said the explosion probably was
caused by a gas leak in the boiler room of Kerr Hall."
"Kerr Hall houses dormitories and a faculty center"
belonging to Northeastern University, whose main campus is
a short distance away on Huntington Avenue.
"The injured included students, faculty, staff and a
utility worker sent to investigate the gas leak."
"Kerr Hall on Boston's Fenway has been evacuated
while the State Fire Marshal's Office investigated the
scene. The blast occurred at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, and its
cause is not yet known. Fire crews arriving at the scene
reported smelling a strong odor of gas." (See the Boston
Herald for April 7, 2005, "Dorm explosion injures seven;"
the Attleboro, Mass. Sun-Chronicle and the Kent County
Daily Times of West Warwick, R.I. for April 7, 2005. Many
thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown and Terry Duckworth for
these newspaper articles.)
(Editor's Note: The Fenway, known in the Seventeenth
Century as "the Fens," was the home of occultist Susan
Pickman before she moved to Salem "on the North Shore" in
POPE'S FUNERAL FULFILLS
Pope John Paul II (birth name: Karol Wojytla) passed
away on Saturday, April 2, 2005, following a long illness,
and had his funeral at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome on
Friday, April 8, 2005, thereby fulfilling a prophecy made
in the Tenth Century A.D. by St. Malachy.
During a series of visions in his native Ireland, St.
Malachy was given Latin names to identify the popes of the
future. He said one of the Popes of the Last Days would
be known as De Labore Solis (Latin for Labor of the Sun,
meaning The Pope of the Eclipse--J.T.)
Pope John Paul II was born on May 8, 1920 in Poland,
during an eclipse of the sun. Fortean researcher Loren
Coleman pointed out, "Interestingly, there was an eclipse
of the sun on April 8, 2005," the day of the pope's
funeral. "The April 8 sun is an annular/total eclipse,
with a maximum duration of 42 seconds on a 25-mile (40-
kilometer) wide path in a remote region of the southern
Pacific Ocean and ends with a hint of shadow touching
Coleman also pointed out that, astrologically
speaking, the pope's "sun happens to fall right on his
descendent, opposite his Mars."
"The pope was born nearly three months to the day
after the death of Fatima seer Jacinta Marto in Portugal,"
UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said, "Although he did
not live long enough to canonize the three Fatima seers,
the pope considered Our Lady of Fatima his patroness and
also credited her with saving his life during the
assassination attempt of 1981."
According to Vatican official Joaqium Navarro Val,
"God granted Pope John Paul II many gifts, including
incredible faith-healing and exorcism powers."
"The Pope's most spectacular exorcism took place in
1982, when priests told him that 22-year-old Francesca
Fabrizi was possessed by the devil. Her parish priest,
Father Giuseppe Baldini, later confided what happened:"
"'The Pope had barely crossed himself to begin the
exorcism when she went berserk. Her mouth filled with a
stinking yellow foam. Her voice became masculine. She
hurled insults at the Pope as she rolled on the floor.
Unperturbed, the Pontiff recited the prayers of the
"'Several times he ordered the devil 'In the name of
God, whoever you are, I order you to leave the body of
"'At that point, the demon fled the victim's body.
She became still, then took the pope's hand and kissed
"A year later, Francesca returned to the Vatican--to
have her new-born baby blessed by the man who'd freed her
from her demon."
"Given just weeks to live, Kay Kelly survived for 12
more years--thanks to a meeting with the pope."
"In 1979, doctors told Kay, a 32-year-old English
mother of three, that she had incurable cancer. Her dying
wish was to meet the pope."
"When Kay met the Pontiff, he took her head in his
hands and prayed. Her tears poured onto his hands.
Afterward, her constant pain suddenly disappeared--along
with her tumor."
"The miracle was confirmed when she died 12 years
later" in 1991 "from heart problems. An autopsy showed no
sign of cancer."
"The Pope was visiting the Philippines in 1981 when
he met Mother Vangie, a nun working in a Manila slum who'd
been wheelchair-bound for 13 years. She told him about
the accident that had left her paralyzed; he reached out
to place his hands on her head and pray."
"Moments after the pope left, Mother Vangie stood and
In Italy, "Father Andrea Palamides, a deputy parish
priest at a church near Rome, is convinced that the Pope
had the power to work miracles--because he experienced it
"Father Palamides lost his sight in 1993 after being
beaten by muggers. A few months later, he was granted a
special audience with the Pope."
"'The Holy Father put one hand on my head and held my
hand tightly with the other,' he recalled, 'A few days
later, on Easter eve, I suddenly regained my sight. I
believe it was the Pope's touch that allowed me to
miraculously see again.'"
"In the Roman Catholic Church, a deceased communicant
needs at least two demonstrable miracles to be canonized
or declared a saint," Trainor said, "Pope John Paul II
already has four lined up." (See the National Enquirer
for April 18, 2005, "How the Pope changed our lives," page
21. Many thanks to Loren Coleman for the astrological
reading and St. Malachy prophecy.)
APPARITION OF JESUS
SEEN IN SOUTH AFRICA
"They came as if on Easter pilgrimage--from Mitchells
Plain, Retreat, Bontehuewel and Manenberg--to see the
image of a crucified Christ on a frosted bathroom window
in Lavender Hill," near Cape Town in South Africa.
"But a glass expert has cast doubt on the phenomenon,
saying the type of glass indeed produces signs which
explain the 'vision.'"
"Since it was first seen just more than a week ago,
the 'vision' has attracted crowds of people who residents
say have pushed and shoved their way into the bathroom of
the Petersen family's ground-floor flat in Parkin Court."
"Remena Petersen, 18, who first saw the image when
she looked through her bathroom window on (Sunday) March
20 (2005), told the Cape Argus last week that she had been
moved to tears when it happened."
"But on Monday (March 28, 2005), people were still
flocking to her home. Remena declined to comment,
insisting that she first be paid for the interview."
"She did say, however, that the Christ, flanked by
six angels, was visible after dark."
"Another Parkin Court resident, 17-year-old Dionna
Esau, said that while the curious are still coming, the
numbers have dropped."
"'People really believe that it's an angel,' she
said, 'They say that when you go into the bathroom, you
get a good feeling.'"
"However, unlike her neighbours, she doesn't believe
the image is a religious sign."
"'It did look like an angel, but it's not,' she said,
'I think it's a reflection of the moon or a light.'"
"Nazli Petersen, 29, a neighbour who has lived on the
same block of flats for nearly 12 years, said she had
first seen the image last Monday (March 21, 2005) when 'an
image of Jesus' had been 'quite clear.'"
"When she visited the flat again on Wednesday night
(March 23, 2005), the image appeared to be fading."
"'Maybe it's a sign for all of us in Lavender Hill to
make peace with the Lord,' she said." (See the newspaper
Cape Argus of South Africa for March 29, 2005. Many
thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
A TORNADO MAGNET?
"Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms struck several
states in the (USA's) South on Wednesday," April 6, 2005,
"injuring at least nine people and destroying more than 30
homes in Mississippi."
"High winds also tore the roof off a high school
there, but the 650 students inside were uninjured."
"Damaging winds and heavy rain stretched from New
Orleans (Louisiana) to the Tennessee River Valley, said
Anthony Diaz, a meteorologist with The Weather Channel.
Mississippi alone reported 30 tornadoes."
"Worst hit Wednesday: rural Rankin County, southeast
of Jackson, Miss. Storm after storm pummeled the area for
several hours, Diaz said."
"At least 22 homes were destroyed and eight people
were injured, one of them critically, said Lea Stokes, a
spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management
"National Weather Service officials said the tornado
was rated an F3 on the Fujita scale; its winds ranged from
158 mph to 206 mph (miles per hour--J.T.). The most
severe tornado, an F5, can have top winds of 318 mph."
The F3 tornado tore right through the trailer park in
Brandon, Miss. (population 16,436), a town in northern
Rankin County, about 7 miles (11 kilometers) east of
Jackson, the state capital. The Cook family's "mobile
home was unoccupied when it was destroyed by the tornado.
It also affected the 587 customers south of Thomasville
Grocery in Brandon."
Curiously, Brandon has become "the Tornado Capital of
Mississippi," having been "hit by three in the past dozen
years, according to the National Weather Service." An F3
tornado in 1992 "took a similar path" as Wednesday's
Fortean researcher Loren Coleman pointed out that the
lexilinks phenomenon may be at work here. The town, he
noted, "has the same name as Jim Brandon," the author of
the 1978 book Weird America. And it was Jim Brandon who
first noticed that tornadoes always seem to zero in on
"Jim Brandon's name game and lexilinks to tornadoes
and trailer parks," Loren added, "The cosmic joker strikes
Another store was destroyed in McComb, Miss.
(population 13,337), on Interstate Highway I-55 about 65
miles (108 kilometers) south of Jackson.
"Splintered pine trees, pink insulation and snapped
power lines littered streets. Fallen trees smashed
"'We've got trees in our yard that don't belong to
us,' said Sandra Cook, whose home in the community of
Monterey was destroyed."
According to Lea Stokes, "sixteen counties in
Mississippi reported storm damage. She said 29 houses,
eight mobile homes and two businesses were destroyed, and
dozens more were damaged."
"In Smith County, wind tore the roof off Mize High
School. School officials moved the 650 students onto the
first floor of the two-story school before the wind hit.
No one was injured, said county schools Superintendent
Mississippi "Gov. Haley Barbour declared a state of
emergency in storm-damaged areas." (See USA Today for
April 7, 2005, "Storms, tornadoes rock the South," page
3A; the New Orleans Times-Picayune for April 8, 2005,
"Folks return to damaged homes in Mississippi;" and the
Jackson, Miss. Clarion-Ledger for April 8, 2005, "Twister
cleanup under way," and for April 9, 2005, "Families
rebuild lives wrecked by tornadoes." Many thanks to Loren
Coleman for these newspaper articles.)
CRAZY CROCS GO ON THE
ATTACK IN REHOBOTH, MASS.
"It sounds like a crazy story. But it isn't a croc."
"No, the monster tale circulating around town
(Rehoboth, Mass.) has to do with another type of large
reptile--a 3-foot (0.9-meter) alligator that approached a
10-year-old boy near a pond in southern Rehoboth and was
literally clubbed to death."
"The alligator wriggled its way into local wildlife
lore (Saturday) March 26 (2005), when the police responded
to an emergency call at 144 Pleasant Street and found the
creature dead on the front lawn."
"The boy who lives at the home told Officer Brian J.
Thibodeau that he was in his backyard when the alligator
emerged from a nearby pond and started to attack him."
"According to Thibodeau's police report, the boy said
the alligator scared him, so he hit it with a golf club.
The boy told the police he had spotted another alligator
in the pond."
"When Jane Foster, the town animal control officer,
got the call to head to Pleasant Street, she wasn't told
what the problem was. It wasn't until she was driving to
the address that she heard a dispatcher say that the
situation involved alligators."
"'I don't usually handle alligators,' she said."
"Foster said she conducted a thorough search of the
pond and the area around it, but didn't see any sign of a
second alligator. She collected the body of the first one
and later turned it over to the state Environmental
"'If there was a second alligator, I think it's
gone,' Foster said, 'I think it's dead. They can't
survive in this weather. They're warm-weather animals,
and our water doesn't get warm until much later in the
"Thus far, the police have yet to figure out exactly
where the alligator came from. 'We have no idea,' Foster
"The current theory is that the alligator was being
kept by someone as a pet, and, when it became too big to
manage, it was dumped into the pond."
"'Somebody could have been driving by and just dumped
him,' Foster said."
"Robert Arini, a Fish and Wildlife Management
specialist for the state, said it's illegal to import
alligators or keep them as pets in Massachusetts."
"Town officials have been making it their task to
stress that what happened March 26 is an isolated incident
and that town residents shouldn't begin worrying about
alligators crawling out of local ponds."
That task became a lot harder on Saturday afternoon,
April 9, 2005 when officers of the Massachusetts
Department of Environmental Services removed three
alligators from Bad Luck Pond, located between County
Street and Hornbine Road in South Rehoboth.
UFO Roundup correspondent Mary Lou Jones-Drown, who
lives in Rehoboth, reported, "I received a call late that
afternoon from a family on Hornbine Road. They sent their
14-year-old son, Peter, on an errand at 3 p.m. and, as he
was riding his bike towards the pond, he saw three or four
police cars there. He stopped and the DES officer told
him, 'You can't stay here. There's another report of an
"Peter watched the environmental officers bring out
three more alligators. They were about 4 to 5 feet (1.3
to 1.5 meters) long. Nobody could figure out what they
were doing in Bad Luck Pond. The water's freezing. It's
only 45 degrees (Fahrenheit), too cold for a reptile."
"When an hour passed, and no word from Peter, his
older brother, John D., 23, got in his car and went
looking for him. John got to the pond just as they were
taking out the third alligator. The DES people put it in
the back of a pickup truck. John said he wished he had
his camera because nobody would ever believe him."
Mary Lou agrees that the name "Bad Luck Pond" is
unusual and said it dates back to early colonial times,
the Seventeenth Century. "I'm not certain how the pond
got that name," she added.
Fortean phenomena are no strangers to Rehoboth, which
forms the southwest corner of Massachusetts' notorious
"Bridgewater Triangle." In January 1910, a family on a
sleigh ride saw a silver disc hovering at night over the
intersection of Routes 44 and 118 in Rehoboth.
In 1968, "five people saw a strange ball of light
floating among some trees" on Perryville Road.
In 1972, Rehoboth police investigated numerous
sightings of "an African lion" near the Beckwith School.
Large feline footprints were found, but the beast itself
was never captured.
"Rehoboth is also known as 'the Ghost Capital of the
Commonwealth,'" UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor added,
"There are more ghosts in Rehoboth than there are witches
in Salem...or UFOs in Fitchburg." (See the Providence,
R.I. Journal for April 6, 2005, "Gator incident a new one
for town officer," pages C1 and C3. Many thanks to Mary
Lou Jones-Drown for the newspaper article and the
FBI SEARCHES RED LAKE
HIGH FOR HIDDEN GUNS
"A healing program at Red Lake High School in
northern Minnesota was postponed and Monday's planned
start of classes was in doubt after the FBI announced it
was searching for a gun at the school."
"'We have uncorroborated intelligence about the
possibility of a gun on the premises,' FBI spokesman Paul
McCabe said Thursday," April 7, 2005.
"Five students, a teacher and a security guard were
killed in an attack (Monday) March 21 (2005) by student
Jeff Weise, 16, who then killed himself, the FBI says."
Weise's fellow student and cousin, "Louis Jourdain,
16, has been arrested as a possible accomplice." Jourdain
was arraigned in federal court in Duluth, Minn.
(population 86,918) on Monday, March 28, and then again on
Tuesday, March 29, 2005.
"As law officers on Thursday searched the school for
a weapon, educators announced that classes will start
Tuesday," April 12, 2005, "instead of Monday."
"Authorities with the high school on the Red Lake
Indian Reservation took the steps Thursday morning after
the FBI told them of a 'continuing threat.' During the
day, the FBI, tribal police and officers with the U.S.
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) searched the building; it
could not immediately be determined if anything had been
"After learning that a gun may have been secreted into
the school about the time of the shootings, authorities on
Thursday postponed Monday's scheduled resumption of
classes and launched an exhaustive search of the
"No weapon was found, said Pat Mills, public safety
director for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa (true name:
Anishinabe--J.T.). Mills said about 30 officers searched
air ducts, lockers, crawl spaces, nooks and crannies."
"However, Tom Heffelfinger, the U.S. Attorney for
Minneapolis, said a search for the gun 'is still going
on.' He declined to elaborate."
"Mills compared the report of a gun on the school
premises to bomb scares that have been known to close
public buildings. He said officials are required to take
such tips seriously, particularly in the light of the
horrors of March 21."
Jean Whitefeather, "who is principal of Red Lake's
elementary school, said the part of the high school where
the shootings occurred will be opened for a private
healing ceremony and re-entry Monday. Classes will begin,
on a half-day basis, Tuesday."
"All of the reservation's public schools and its St.
Mary's Mission elementary school will have armed officers
on the premises when students return, Mills said."
It is still unclear how many Red Lake students were
members of the group Jeff Weise called "the Darkers," and
how many of them may have had foreknowledge of the attack.
"The top federal prosecutor in Minnesota says a Red
Lake tribal police officer's claim that as many as 20
students may have known about Jeff Weise's plan to go on a
killing spree at the reservation's high school was
'opinion,' and he refused to endorse it."
"U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger in Minneapolis
pointed out that the comment, made during a school board
meeting" Friday, April 1, 2005, "came from a policeman
whose department is not conducting the investigation into
the March 21 shootings."
"'Our investigation into this matter is being
conducted by the FBI and the BIA and although tribal
police are consulted, the tribal police are not running
the investigation or determining the strategy,'
Heffelfinger said Tuesday," April 5, 2005, "'I respect
opinions, but this investigation is being handled by
"Asked directly how many students may have had
foreknowledge of Weise's plans, Heffelfinger declined to
comment, saying the investigation is ongoing."
"As reports emerged that up to 20 students may have
known about the plot," Red Lake High student Kevin
Johnson, 18, told the National Enquirer: 'Jeff planned
everything down to the last detail--he even made a sketch
of the school and marked with Xs the rooms he wanted to
hit most and wrote down a minute-by-minute schedule. He
had specific targets, and a specific plan.'"
"'According to his plans, he was going to steal some
weapons from his grandfather,'" Sgt. Daryl "Dash" Lussier,
58, of the Red Lake police, who is believed to have been
the first victim shot, "'and hand them out to his
accomplices. He was going to get the guns and stash them
and wait a few days.'"
"'He wrote that he was going to wait in the woods
near his grandfather's home and wait for his grandfather
to leave, then go inside and get the guns.'"
"'According to Jeff's detailed plans, the first
target was supposed to be the principal's office, where he
intended to kill everyone inside. The second target was
the In-School Suspension room or ISS. Jeff had been
suspended for making threats and caused plenty of other
trouble in school and had spent a lot of time in there,
and hitting it was probably revenge. He was going to kill
whoever was in there.'"
"'Then, according to his plan, he was going to move
down the halls to what he called the A-plus room, where
students work on basic skills. Once again, he planned to
shoot everyone inside.'"
"'He also planned to shoot any students he
encountered in the halls, especially those he considered
'popular.' Then, he wrote, he was going to make his way
to the school gymnasium, shooting all the while, and then
kill himself in the gym.'"
No further arrests have been made as of this moment.
It is unknown if "Mac" and "Rose," two fellow Darkers Jeff
Weise mentioned in an email, are still on the reservation
or if they fled following the arrest of Louis Jourdain.
(See USA Today for April 8, 2005, "FBI looks for gun at
Red Lake High," page 5A; the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune
for April 7, 2005, "Federal prosecutor discounts
widespread knowledge of plot," page 7A; for April 8, 2005,
"Search for gun delays school's reopening," page 1A; and
for April 9, 2005, "Search for gun come up empty at Red
Lake," page 1A; and the National Enquirer for April 18,
2005, "Killer wanted pals to help shoot more at school,"
(Editor's Comment: In the past couple of weeks, I've
noticed that the incidence of paranormal phenomena in the
USA has gone down sharply. On the other hand, it has been
more than offset by the upsurge in school shootings.
Below is the latest on the copycats.)
IRATE DAD BLOWS AWAY
COACH IN CANTON, TEXAS
"The father of a high school football player shot and
wounded the team's coach" at Canton High School "Thursday,
fled in a truck loaded with weapons, then tried to kill
himself by slashing his wrists, authorities said."
"Jeffrey Doyle Robertson, 45, went to Canton High
School" in Canton, Texas (population 3,292) just after
classes started and shot coach Gary Joe Kinne in the
chest, apparently with a .45-caliber pistol, police said."
"The coach, who is also the school's athletic
director, was airlifted to a hospital in nearby Tyler
(population 83,650), and a family spokesman said he was in
(Editor's Note: Tyler, Texas is a notorious UFO and
paranormal hot spot.)
"Robertson's pickup (a 1994 black Dodge pickup truck-
-J.T.) was found about two hours later, abandoned on a
rural road next to a golf course a few miles outside of
town. Officers found him in the woods with cuts to his
wrists, said Tom Vinger, a spokesman with the (Texas)
Department of Public Safety."
"Television footage showed Robertson being carried to
an ambulance on a stretcher."
"Police were investigating a possible motive. On
Wednesday (April 6, 2005), Robertson's son, Baron, had
apparently been banned from playing all school athletics,
said Steve Smith Jr., a senior who was a defensive end and
a kicker on the team."
"The father had been banned from the school's campus
and told not to attend school functions after several
confrontations with coaches over the past year, Canton
Police Chief Mike Echols said."
"Some parents had been upset that Kinne had made his
son the starting quarterback as a freshman, said parent
Steve Smith Sr., who described Robertson as 'a very high-
strung, hot-tempered individual.'"
"Smith said Robertson threatened his son last year--
grabbing his shirt and pushing him up against a fence--
over an on-field teasing. He said Baron Robertson, then a
freshman, was walking off the field when some older
students 'razzed' him."
"'This guy blew up,' Smith said, 'He thought some
kids were picking on his son. My son wasn't even the one
who said anything. But he (Robertson allegedly)
threatened to kill him.'"
"Smith said he complained to the school and police,
but Robertson was never charged. Canton school district
superintendent Larry Davis declined to comment on Smith's
accusations or complaints from other parents. 'I have no
personal knowledge of that,' he said."
"Robertson had worked for six years for Dallas
Plumbing Co., leaving in 2002 to start his own business
with another man. Dallas Plumbing President John Downs
described Robertson as a good employee and a devoted
father who enjoyed taking his son hunting and fishing."
"The last time Downs saw Robertson was about six
months ago, when Robertson had a broken leg, bruises and
abrasions from a road-rage-related fight on the side of a
highway, he said."
"'The last conversation that I had with him was that
he really needed to learn how to control his temper or he
was going to get hurt worse than that,' Downs said."
"A balding man with a goatee, Robertson had a tattoo
on his arm of cartoon character Yosemite Sam brandishing
two guns and the words 'Born to Raise Hell.'"
"The Texas Homeland Security Office had alerted state
officials about the possibility that Robertson had a hit
list, but Chief Echols said officers did not find one."
Canton is on Texas Highway 18 and Interstate Highway
I-20 about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Dallas. (See
USA Today for April 8, 2005, "Coach is shot at Texas High
School," page 5A and the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for
April 8, 2005, "Police: Father shoots Texas coach," page
GUNMAN SHOOTS 6, KILLS 2
IN TWO-STATE RAMPAGE
"A man wearing a bulletproof vest killed two people
and wounded four others Thursday," April 7, 2005, "during
a shooting rampage in Maryland and Delaware before police
arrested him, authorities said."
As soon as the first three shootings were reported,
schools on the Eastern Shore of Maryland "were forced to
go into a lockdown mode."
"Maryland State Police told WBAL-TV in Baltimore that
some of the shootings happened in Salisbury (population
23,743) shortly after 9 a.m. Officials said there were
three shooting sites--Miami Avenue, Booth Street and
"Here we go with the lexilinks again," UFO Roundup
editor Joseph Trainor commented. "Booth refers, of
course, to John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President
Abraham Lincoln in April of 1865. Interestingly, Booth
operated in that area of Maryland during his career as a
spy for both the Union and the Confederacy during the
American Civil War. And we've just seen the word Chippewa
in the context of the recent school shootings in northern
Minnesota. The reservation is owned by the Red Lake Band
"Wicomico County Sheriff Hunter Nelms said 'several'
victims had been taken to Peninsula Regional Medical
Center in Salisbury, Md. He said some of the victims are
in serious condition. A spokesman at Peninsula Regional
told WBAL Radio that three patients had been brought to
the Emergency Room with gunshot wounds. He said two were
'in bad shape' and the third has a superficial wound."
"There were also reports of gunfire in Delmar,
Delaware (population 1,407)," a small town on Highway 675
about six miles (10 kilometers) north of Salisbury. No
one was wounded, but the car used in the shooting was
similar to the one scene in Salisbury."
"Wicomico County school administrators said all 25
schools in the area--which hold about 14,000 students--had
been locked down."
"Delaware State Police assisted police in Laurel,
Delaware (population 3,668)," a town on Route 13 about 8
miles (12 kilometers) north of Delmar, "at the scene of
the multiple shootings at the Discount Land shopping
center," at the intersection of Route 13 and Discount Land
Road, "as well as the Carvel Gardens apartment complex on
"Laurel town manager Glen Steckman, who is also
serving as spokesman for the Laurel police, confirmed that
one person died at the Carvel Gardens location. At least
one person was injured at Discount Land."
"All three towns--Salisbury, Md., Delmar and Laurel,
Del.--are on Route 13."
"Delaware State Police Corporal Jeff Oldham said
authorities had determined a motive for the attacks but
were not releasing details. Police said the suspect,
Allison Norman, 22, did not know any of the victims."
"Police said the suspect also carjacked a vehicle."
"Norman was charged with first-degree murder and
handgun violations, officials said. He failed Wednesday,"
April 6, 2005, "to appear in court for a motions hearing
on four earlier firearms charges. Clerk of Courts Mark
Bowen said the court issued a $10,000 bench warrant for
Norman." (See the Baltimore Sun for April 8, 2005, "Two
die in shooting spree." Many thanks to Thomas Bates for
the newspaper article.)
MINUTEMEN NAB HUNDREDS
OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
"Elena Torres doesn't know who the Minutemen are but
she watched them as she crouched on the desert floor
Saturday night," April 2, 2005. "She's a 41-year-old
mother of three who has crossed the desert six times in
the past decade to get a job cleaning houses in a wealthy
suburb of Cleveland."
"She waited all night for a word from her pollero
(guide--J.T.) to get up and run across the border."
"Meanwhile, less than half a mile from where she hid,
around 50 of the Minutemen--volunteers with a civilian
border patrol--planted flags in the ground from their
homes states of California, Texas and New York and kicked
off the first patrols of their month-long effort to search
a corner of the Arizona border" with Mexico.
"All weekend, the Minutemen, many of whom are retired
servicemen, slathered on sunscreen, stood on top of SUVs
and peered through binoculars on the lookout for people
like Torres. Mostly they saw Mexican police watching for
drug smugglers, young kids cleaning up plastic bottles and
trash, and the bright orange tunics of Grupo Beta, a
migrant aid group run by the Mexican government, kicking
up dust and looking for migrants."
"Grupo Beta found Torres huddled with 10 others
yesterday morning (Sunday, April 3, 2005), persuaded them
to turn back and took them to Grupo Beta headquarters for
some hot soup. Most of the time, Grupo Beta focuses on
helping migrants in distress. By the time migrants get to
the U.S. border, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) east of
Douglas, Arizona (population 14,312), they've walked for 3
or 4 miles (5 or 7 kilometers) and can clearly be in
danger of dehydration."
"'We don't know the intentions of these Minutemen,'
said Bertha de la Rosa, the local Grupo Beta coordinator.
'But we know they are armed. And our job is to protect
"'I don't think Americans are truly aware of the
problem,' said 46-year-old John Lehmann, a Minuteman and
corrections officer from Fleischmann, N.Y. 'I mean, all
you have to do is see this fence,' he said and pointed to
a thin string of barbed wire, all that seperates Mexico--
and potential terrorists, he adds, from the United
"The Border Patrol has officially disavowed the
(Minuteman) project and says it merely complicates regular
operations and endangers agents, migrants and volunteers.
But there appears to be some support from (Border Patrol)
agents on the ground. As Lehmann peers through his
binoculars, a Border Patrol agent in a vehicle slows down.
'God bless you, man!' he shouts at Lehmann and gives him a
On their first day of operations, Saturday, April 2,
2005, the Minutemen "spotted illegal immigrants and
called the Border Patrol. Eighteen suspects were
detained, said Andy Adame, a Border Patrol spokesman."
"Also Saturday, about 150 people, some project
volunteers, demonstrated in Douglas and Naco (population
833). They chanted, 'Hey, hey, ho, ho, illegal aliens got
to go,' and sang God Bless America while passing the
Border Patrol stations."
During the first few days, "the Minuteman Project
aided the Border Patrol in the apprehension of 141 illegal
aliens along the Arizona border and deterred many more
from attempting to cross from Mexico."
"Albuquerque (New Mexico) City Councillor David
Pfeffer said he wants to bring the Minuteman Project to
his state. Pfeffer said he wants to be personally
involved in the volunteer effort to patrol the border for
illegal immigrants and smugglers."
"'I would be willing to get involved in an effort
along New Mexico's border,' Pfeffer said."
"Pfeffer said he attended a gathering Friday," April
1, 2005, "of Minutemen volunteers in Tombstone (population
1,504) and that the meeting helped persuade him to support
the effort. 'What I understood from the message was that
we have a serious problem at the border,' Pfeffer said."
"Pfeffer said he would 'absolutely' be willing to get
involved in a New Mexico citizen border guard project. As
for carrying a weapon, Pfeffer said he 'wouldn't go there
unarmed. There is a Mexican drug cartel that has
threatened people's lives because of this. The smugglers
that come across the border will shoot at you. So, no, I
don't think it's unreasonable to think that some people
around here arm themselves.'"
"Pfeffer said some residents of Santa Fe, N.M. were
also present in Tombstone for the purpose of learning from
"Meanwhile, in Tombstone, Chris Simcox," a local
newspaper publisher and the project's organizer, "said the
effort has exceeded expectations so far. 'I'm just
ecstatic with how successful it's been,' Simcox said, 'We
want to continue until the government cares. Our
president and Congress have continued to ignore this
issue; the most serious threat to national security is the
"'Our aim is to send a message to Mr. Bush and to
Congress that they have not listened to the demands of
citizens,' said Simcox, 'We are showing what homeland
security should look like. There should be a National
Guardsman every 2,000 yards (meters) from the Pacific to
the Gulf of Mexico. You can't find a greater threat to
the U.S. than right here.'" (See USA Today for April 4,
2005, "'Minutemen' begin border patrol today," page 10A;
the Tucson, Ariz. Citizen for April 4, 2005, "Migrants
keep eye on Minutemen;" and WorldNet Daily for April 6,
2005, "Minutemen captured 141 illegals so far." (Many
thanks to Jim Danvers, Corley Gordon and Brad Street for
these newspaper articles.)
(Editor's Comment: American newspaper wire services
stopped coverage of the Minuteman effort in Arizona on
Tuesday, April 5, 2005. The only places you'll find news
stories are in the Tucson Citizen and WorldNet Daily.
Somebody in New York City must have gotten a stern note
from Ariel Sharon.)
From the UFO Files...
Tuesday, April 12, marks the 60th anniversary of the
death of what some have called the greatest, and certainly
most controversial, USA president of the Twentieth
Century--Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945).
FDR's death at "the Little White House" in Warm
Springs, Georgia on Thursday, April 12, 1945 took the
world by surprise. The original news reports were very
sparse, claiming that the president had died "suddenly"
and Vice President Harry S. Truman had taken the Oath of
Office, and that he had "died in bed" with First Lady
Eleanor Roosevelt at his side.
In the six decades that followed, that story
underwent some serious revisions. First it was revealed
that old Eleanor had been nowhere near Georgia. Next that
FDR had been sitting upright, having his portrait painted,
when he was stricken by a cerebral hemorrhage. Finally,
in the late 1970s, it was revealed that the president had
been staying at Warm Springs with his long-time paramour,
Mrs.Lucy Mercer Rutherford.
So, exactly what did happen to the USA's thirty-
It's not that easy to tell. For one thing, FDR's
medical chart vanished from Warm Springs right after the
funeral train left for Washington, D.C. As with the
assassination of John F. Kennedy 18 years later, there was
no autopsy performed at the scene.
There is no question that, from late 1942 on,
Roosevelt was in declining health. But for the quick
intervention of his son James, FDR nearly died of a heart
attack aboard the presidential train in 1943.
About a year later, in July 1944, Dr. Howard Bruenn,
a cardiologist with Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New
York City, joined the president's entourage. Dr. Bruenn
examined the president three times a week at the Bethesda
Naval Hospital in Maryland.
Dr. Bruenn "concluded that he (FDR) was 'in cardiac
failure,' with a 'grossly enlarged' heart and 'tortuous'
aorta. 'Appalled at what I found,' Dr. Bruenn said in
1992 that if he had ever been asked, he would have advised
that a fourth term for Roosevelt was 'impossible
"Modern antihypertensive drugs could have relieved
the burden on Roosevelt's arteries, but those did not
exist in 1944. As Dr. Bruenn recalled, there was little
he could do but 'protect him from stress, keep down his
excitement, insist on him having rest after lunch,'
cutting back his smoking to six cigarettes a day and
reducing his weight. After 'obstinately' obeying a rigid
diet, Roosevelt lost more than 20 pounds, which left him
looking gaunt and hollow-cheeked."
Shielded from the public by a friendly media, and
running as the candidate of two parties, the Democratic
Party and the Communist Party USA, Roosevelt managed to
recapture the White House in November 1944, despite GOP
candidate Thomas E. Dewey's talk about "tired old men" in
the president's chair.
Like his arch-enemy Adolf Hitler, FDR was rarely seen
by the public. He cancelled the traditional Inaugural
Ball set for January 20, 1945 and gave the shortest radio
speech of his career. At the Yalta conference, he "didn't
know if he was on foot or on horseback" and newsreels of
that event clearly show the president's declining health.
"On March 24, (1945) the Roosevelts traveled to their
home at Hyde Park (in New York state--J.T.) for a long
weekend. There the tranquility of spring's arrival" in
the state's Hudson River Valley "was soon disrupted by
troubling news about Poland. (UK prime minister Winston
D.) Churchill feared (Soviet Union premier Joseph V.)
Stalin was building the framework for a communist state in
violation of the agreement struck at Yalta" in February
"Upon his return to Washington on March 29 (1945), a
haggard-looking Roosevelt declared his need for more rest,
and he made plans to immediately go south to Warm
"He left by train the next day (Friday, March 30,
1945) with his stamp collection, books and papers packed.
A crowd awaited him when he arrived at the station in Warm
Springs--the day before the U.S. invasion of Okinawa
started--and some were surprised to see that the president
could not assist the Secret Service men who moved him into
(Editor's Note: March 30, 1945 was Good Friday. Nearly
eighty years earlier, on another Good Friday, April 14,
1865, John Wilkes Booth had shot President Abraham Lincoln
at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C.)
The people of Warm Springs looked on in puzzlement.
FDR "was dead weight in their arms, and the crowd breathed
audible apprehension as FDR's head seemed to dangle
peculiarly. The car conveyed him to the Little White
House, a small, antebellum style home that FDR used during
"Newspapers reported that Roosevelt had several
guests staying with him: his cousins, Laura Delano and
Margaret Suckley, as well as his secretary, Grace Tully.
The papers did not, however, report the presence of
another guest, Lucy Mercer Rutherford, who had been
Eleanor's assistant and Franklin's lover decades earlier
(in 1918--J.T.)...Mrs. Rutherford's visit was unknown to
So the question is: was Roosevelt already dead when
he was taken off the train?
There were only a handful of people who would have
known the truth--the president's Secret Service detail,
Laura Delano, Margaret Suckley, Grace Tully, Lucy Mercer
Rutherford and Elizabeth Shoumatoff, a Russian artist and
friend of Mrs. Rutherford's who had been commissioned to
paint FDR's portrait. The president's true condition
could have been kept secret at the isolated rural locale
of the Little White House.
Prior to the train's departure from Washington,
William Hassett wrote in his diary, "He (FDR) is losing
weight...told me he has lost 25 pounds...no strength...no
appetite...tires so easily." And he told Dr. Bruenn, "He
is slipping away from us, and no earthly powers can keep
Okay...so if Roosevelt died on the train March 30,
1945, who was the president during the intervening two
weeks before Harry Truman took the oath?
Somebody in Warm Springs was responding to letters
from Gen. George C. Marshall, Prime Minister Churchill and
Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinus on official White
Only one Cabinet official visited FDR in Warm Springs
in April 1945. This was Henry Morgenthau Jr., the
Secretary of the Treasury, a fellow New Yorker and the
second Jew to serve in the Cabinet.
(Editor's Note: The first was Oscar Strauss, the
Secretary of Commerce appointed by President Theodore
Roosevelt, who was FDR's older second cousin.)
Both Morgenthau and Roosevelt were lifelong Democrats
with roots in New York state politics, ardent Zionists and
also shared a keen interest in Freemasonry.
In his new book, The Secret Symbols of the Dollar
Bill, author David Ovason writes, "Franklin D. Roosevelt
became a Master Mason in November 1911 (Notice the 911 in
that date?--J.T.), in Holland Lodge No. 8" of New York
City, "the same lodge of which George Washington had been
an honorary member, when inaugurated first (USA) president
in 1789." Washington had been initiated into Freemasonry
in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1752 at age 20 and was
raised to Master Mason at the lodge in Alexandria, Va. in
"Henry Morgenthau Jr. was made a Mason in April 1922
in the Obed Lodge No. 984, Poughkeepsie, New York."
In 1935, during Roosevelt's first term, the president
and his pal, "Henry the Morgue," completely redesigned the
USA one-dollar bill, cramming it full of esoteric Masonic
Take, for example, the phrase E pluribus unum. It's
a bastardized form of Latin that would have John Charity
Spring twirling in his grave. The proper phrase is Ex
pluribus unum, meaning Out of the many, one. What
happened? Did FDR and Henry spell it wrong? Not at all.
It's just that Ex pluribus unum has 14 letters, and, for
some arcane purpose known only to Masonry, there has to be
13 letters. So they dropped the X.
In his book, The Conquerors, Michael Beschloss
offered the latest spin on Roosevelt's death, writing, "In
Warm Springs that morning (April 12, 1945), Roosevelt had
awoken with a headache and stiff neck which Dr. Bruenn
rubbed. By noon, dressed in a double-breasted grey suit
and crimson tie, he began studying papers. Margaret
Suckley and Lucy Rutherford sat on a nearby sofa."
"Dipping into her water colors, Shoumatoff said, 'Mr.
President, you look so much better today than yesterday.'
She found that his 'gray (ashen) look' had disappeared and
that he had 'exceptionally good color.'"
In a note, Beschloss added, "Doctors later explained
that Roosevelt's flushness was a warning sign of his
onrushing cerebral hemorrhage."
"Roosevelt had told her that the war against Germany
might end 'at any time.' While she painted, he pulled his
draft card from his wallet and threw it into his
"Suddenly, the President's head pitched forward.
Margaret Suckley asked, 'Have you dropped your cigarette?'
He said, 'I have a terrific pain in the back of my head.'
Someone cried, 'Call the doctor--quick!' As Roosevelt was
carried to bed, he murmured, 'Be careful.'"
A few things that are troublesome with this story...
(1) Dr. Bruenn rubbed FDR's neck an hour or two
earlier. Surely he had seen the flushed face. Why didn't
he react? Remember, he's been checking FDR's blood
pressure daily since July 1944. If he saw a cardiac
patient who had been ashed-faced for weeks suddenly start
blushing like a schoolboy, wouldn't he at least do a quick
check of his patient's blood pressure?
(2) Mrs. Suckley comments on how FDR deftly removed
the draft card from his wallet and tossed it in the
wastebasket. Yet "Henry Morgenthau," during his visits,
"noticed with dismay that FDR's hands trembled and his
memory of names seemed faulty."
(3) FDR supposedly said, "I have a terrific pain in
the back of my head." But the cerebellum is in the lower
center of the brain. He had supposedly been complaining
of a headache earlier. Why didn't Dr. Bruenn identify the
ailment as a vascular headache caused by a sudden
demonstrable rise in blood pressure?
(4) How can FDR have died of a cerebral hemorrhage
when, by his own supposed statement, the pain was in the
region of the medulla oblongata?
(5) Finally, where is the president's medical chart?
Who took it? And why?
Sixty years later, it's hard to describe the outright
shock that swept the world at the time of the president's
death. "Informed of Roosevelt's death, Stalin appeared
stunned. A devastated Churchill could not at first muster
a response to the news. Even Japanese radio offered
praise for the fallen leader."
FDR's enemies in the USA were deeply suspicious.
Gerald L.K. Smith, leader of the rightwing Committee of
One Million, wrote at the time, "Until Eleanor Roosevelt
explains to the world why the casket, containing the
remains of Franklin D. Roosevelt, was not opened to be
viewed by the public, the death of her husband will remain
an unsolved mystery...Every prominent figure who has
passed away in modern times has left behind him a
responsible group of friends and relatives who have
insisted that his body 'lie in state' to be viewed by the
public prior to burial. This custom was not only violated
by the Roosevelt family and the White House palace guard
as pertains to the public, but even in the case of the
eldest son, Jimmy, who barely arrived in time to see the
casket lowered into the ground at Hyde Park...Lifetime
political henchmen of the ambitious four-term President
were mystified, dumbfounded, chagrined, even openly
embarrassed over the way the matter was handled."
So Eleanor Roosevelt would not even open her
husband's casket so that son James could have a final
glimpse of his father. That's strange behavior--even for
Eleanor. What was she trying to hide?
Did Franklin D. Roosevelt die of cardiac arrest
aboard the train that was carrying him to Warm Springs?
Was the president's body tucked away in the bathtub
and packed in ice while his good friend, Secretary
Morgenthau, ran the country for a couple of weeks?
That's not such a far-out supposition. Until the
year 2000, and the publication of the book Edith and
Woodrow, nobody realized that President Woodrow Wilson was
practically a vegetable following his major debilitating
stroke in 1919. While the president was bedridden in the
White House, the USA was run by First Lady Edith Galt
Wilson and the president's secretary, Joseph Tumulty.
Of course, that doesn't tell us who put an end to the
two-week "Morgenthau Administration" and gave the White
House to Harry S.Truman, who was both a 33rd-degree Mason
and the thirty-third president of the USA.
Chalk it all up to yet another unsolved mystery of
the Twentieth Century. (See the books The Conquerors by
Michael Beschloss, Simon & Schuster, New York, N.Y., 2002,
pages 82, 83, 84, 189, 190, 209, 214, 215 and 216; The
Secret Symbols of the Dollar Bill by David Ovason,
HarperCollins Publishers, New York, N.Y. page 156; Blood
in the Face by James Ridgeway, Thunder's Mouth Press, New
York, N.Y., 1995, page 69; and The History Channel
Magazine for April 2005, "FDR: The Final Days," pages 43
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Volume 10, Number 24
June 15, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
SMALL REPTOID SPOTTED
IN NORTHERN GREECE
Villagers in a suburb of Katerini, a small city at
the foot of Mount Olympus in northern Greece, claim to
have seen a brown Reptoid prowling around their homes.
The report came on the heels of persistent reports of
silvery UFOs in the skies over that stretch of the Aegean
Sea coast, from Katerini to Thessaloniki, 100 kilometers
(60 miles) to the north.
Residents of the Katerini area are wondering if the
Reptoid is a scout for an alien force. Or if he is
perhaps an escaped prisoner or slave from the large alien
underground base on Mount Olympus.
"I would like to report numerous UFO sightings in
northern Greece near Mount Olympus," correspondent Yannis
Ioannou reported, "There were four witnesses--my father,
age 60; my mother, age 55; my sister, 33; and my cousin,
40. The location is a small village by the sea between
Katerini and the city of Thessaloniki."
"The main phenomenon here has been unidentified
flying objects (UFOs) during the night and sometimes
during the day. They say they look like 'spheres made of
mirror.' They're really shiny and make no sound at all.
They're travelling really fast, making it impossible for
my family to grab a camera and photograph them."
Throughout the area, Yannis added, there are
"persistent rumours that there is an underground base on
Mount Olympus. Many magazines have done feature stories
regarding the matter. Credible researchers like (Greek
ufologist) Mr. Hardavelas have also produced documentaries
trying to reveal the truth."
The Reptoid sighting happened in April. Danae
Metaxas, "my cousin, 40, and her husband," Spiro, "saw the
entity numerous times inside their house. They also tried
to capture it, but the entity was moving really fast, and
it seemed it had the ability to disappear suddenly. This
sighting happened during the nighttime."
Danae and her husband "described the entity as really
short, only 0.9 meters (3 feet) tall, with reptilian
brownish skin and with white hair. The couple was so
terrified that they started seeking help from the (Greek
Orthodox) Church and numerous religious people. They
thought it was a demon or something."
"The clothes that the creature was wearing were
similar to what Arabic people wear," i.e. a burnoose like
in Algeria or a galabaa like in Iraq.
"My folks--who are extremely serious people--already
believe that there is something going on out there.
Nothing has been reported to the (Greek) authorities, and,
in my opinion, that's a good decision, as the government
probably already knows about these activities."
Yannis is now looking for more witnesses who may have
seen the Reptoid. "Probably there are more witnesses in
the village." (Email Form Report)
JAPAN TO LAUNCH A
SUBTERRENE TO VISIT
"Japanese scientists are to explore the center of the
Earth. Using a drill ship (subterrene or tunneler--J.T.)
to be launched next month, the researchers want to be the
first to poke a hole through the rocky crust that covers
our planet and to reach the mantle."
"The team wants to return samples from the mantle, 10
kilometers (6 miles) down, to learn more about what
triggers undersea earthquakes, such as the one off Sumatra
that caused the December 26, 2004 (Indian Ocean) tsunami.
They hope to study the deep rocks for records of past
climate changes and to see if the deepest regions of the
Earth could harbor life."
"Asahiko Taira, director-general of the Center for
Deep Earth Exploration in Yokohama, said, 'One of the main
purposes for doing this is to find deep fractures within
the oceanic crust and upper mantle. We believe there to
be life forms there. It's the same mission as searching
for life on Mars.'"
"Material in the upper mantle produces compounds
essential for life when they interact with seawater.
'This is the system which we believe created early life.
There may be a chance we can watch the origins of life
still taking place today,' Dr. Taira said."
"The 57,500-ton drill ship Chikyu (Japanese for
Earth--A.T.) is being prepared at the southern port of
Nagasaki. Two-thirds the length of the R.M.S. Titanic,
the ship is fitted with technology borrowed from the oil
industry that will allow it to bore through 7,000 meters
(23,100 feet) of crust below the seabed while floating in
2,500 meters (8,250 feet) of water. The ship requires a
drill measuring 25 times the height of (New York City's)
Empire State Building," i.e. 32,500 feet or 9,750 meters.
"The deepest hole drilled through the seabed so far
has reached 2,111 meters (6,966 feet). After final sea
trials this year, the scientists will set sail for the
deep Pacific, where the Earth's crust is the thinnest.
Drilling is expected to begin next year."
"It could take more than a year to drill through
kilometers of crust and reach the mantle, so the ship is
fitted with six rotating thrusters controlled by GPS
satellites to keep it directly over the hole. The drill
is surrounded by a sleeve that contains a shock-absorbing
chemical and a blowout valve that will protect it should
the drill strike oil or superheated rock (magma--J.T.)
within the crust." (See the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri
Shimbun for June 6, 2005. Many thanks to Angela Tarohachi
for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Note: This may be Japan's first
subterrene, but evidence exists showing that the USA
already has a number of these strange vehicles. For more,
see this issue's feature story.)
UFOs SIGHTED TWICE IN
NEW YORK STATE
On Monday, June 6, 2005, at 9 a.m., Christopher
Murphy saw a strange object approaching from the west in
his hometown of Holbrook, N.Y. (population 27,512).
"I was watching the road closely during my drive to
work," Chris reported, "And in front of me, I saw a
distinct white shape in the clouds. It was huge but
seemed to disappear when I looked directly at it. The
object was heart-shaped, and it was clear sky where the
object was, with clouds surrounding it."
Holbrook, N.Y. is on Route 495 on Long Island, about
40 miles (64 kilometers) east of New York City.
Thirteen hours later, on Monday, June 6, 2005, at
10:35 p.m., Mario Obregon was "walking to my car, parked
at the far east end of the company I work for," in Port
Washington, N.Y. (population 15,215), when "I noticed two
bright lights traveling from east to west. Not very high
and traveling at speeds similar to the small planes that
fly over the area."
"There was no noise at all."
"I kept watching the lights as I was walking to my
car. As the lights passed above and just to my right, I
noticed that the distance (gap--M.O.) between them began
to broaden a bit. A few seconds later, the two lights
split. One went northwest, and the other kept traveling
west. Very strange."
"Speed was the same throughout the flight. They
weren't blinking, just two white lights. I lost track of
them as the one traveling northwest disappeared behind the
building I work in. The other dipped behind some tall
Port Washington is on the north shore of Long Island,
about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of New York City.
(Email Form Report)
DAYLIGHT DISC SIGHTED IN
On June 6, 2005, at 6:22 a.m., Markius Latourneau was
at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station on Shattuck
Avenue in Berkeley, California (population 102,743) when
he spotted a silvery saucer passing overhead.
"I caught a glimpse of an aerial phenomenon at 6:22
a.m.," Markius reported, "In my line of sight, it moved
from north to south without making a sound. It appeared
to be climbing at one point. The whole incident lasted
less than 20 seconds. I was standing on Shattuck Avenue
outside the Bay Area Rapid Transit station, heading to
work. I was not able to identify the object I saw, and it
behaved in a way that was not indicative of any earthly
aircraft. I couldn't say for sure if anyone else saw the
object I saw, but what I witnessed was remarkable."
"The object was silver in color and looked oval and
slightly elongated. The object appeared to be two miles
(3,200 meters) above ground and was traveling at about 300
miles per hour (500 kilometers per hour--J.T.) As it
moved and climbed, it became stationary for maybe 18
seconds, then faded and dissipated." (Email Form Report)
CRAZY CROCS INVADE
THE USA's MIDWEST
The phenomenon known as "crazy crocs"--out-of-place
alligators found in places far from their natural habitat-
-occurred twice last week, in Wisconsin and Indiana.
"A four-foot (1.3-meter) long alligator that gave a
woman a scare in her yard will stay in a local fire
station for a week until it can be transported to a more
hospitable place for the species--Florida."
"Carol Fischer, chairwoman of the town of Somers,"
Wisconsin "spent part of Friday," June 10, 2005,
"searching for a larger animal crate to house the
alligator, nicknamed 'Wally' by local officials."
"'We really don't know what to do with him,' Fischer
said, 'Since he'll be here a week, we need to give him
better quarters. It is not like a stray dog. You just
can't take it to a humane society and hope someone adopts
"Until the gator can be relocated, Fire Station 1
will be its home."
"Mary Anne Cline said she spotted the alligator
Thursday afternoon," June 9, 2005, "standing between two
trees in her yard, and she thought it was dead until it
opened its mouth and gave her a stare."
"It took two Kenosha County deputies and the Somers
humane agent, Bob Warren, to get the alligator into
Cline's dog cage."
"Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Croeker said authorities are
investigating where the alligator came from but doubted
its owner would be found."
"'We're assuming someone had it when it was small,
and it got out of hand,' Croeker said."
Somers, Wis. is on Lake Michigan's western shore,
approximately 34 miles (56 kilometers) south of Milwaukee.
On Wednesday, June 8, 2005, in South Bend, Indiana,
"a two-and-a-half foot (0.7-meter) long alligator found in
the St. Joseph River was killed several days after it was
first spotted, a state conservation officer said."
"Officials feared someone would get hurt trying to
catch the gator."
"Zoos would not accept the alligator because of
possible diseases, said Rod Edgell, a Department of
Natural Resources biologist."
South Bend (population 107,789) is on Indiana
Highways 20 and 31, located approximately 87 miles (139
kilometers) east of Chicago. (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for June 12, 2005, "Four-foot gator will stay at
fire station," page 6B; and USA Today for June 9, 2005,
"Across the USA--Indiana," page 7A.)
CROP CIRCLES APPEAR IN
CANADA AND THE
Canada reported its first crop circle of 2005 last
On Friday, June 3, 2005, a crop circle was found in a
field of grass in Sandy Bay, Manitoba. Three days later,
the site was investigated by members of the Canadian Crop
Circle Research Network (CCCRN) Manitoba chapter.
According to CCCRN spokesman Paul Anderson, the
formation consisted of "an unusual 'miniature dumbbell' in
short grass, approximately 3.3 meters (10 feet) in
diameter and similar in shape to early 1990s formations in
England. Each end circle (dumbbell--J.T.) contained a set
on concentric circles. Whether the grass at the site is
flattened or dead is not yet known."
On Sunday, May 22, 2005, "a crop circle was
discovered near Doetinchem, in the Gunderland province of
the Netherlands. The lay of the grass was counter-
clockwise. The people who are living next to the field
could tell that the ring was not the result of a breeze
moving in circles. There was nothing special to see in
the center--no hole and no footprints. The ring measured
13 to 15 meters (44 to 50 feet) in diameter."
Doetinchem is 70 kilometers (42 miles) southeast of
Amsterdam, the national capital, and 25 kilometers (15
miles) east of Arnhem, the site of Operation Market
Garden, a famous battle of World War II. (Many thanks to
Paul Anderson and Robert Fischer for these reports.)
FROGS FALL FROM THE SKY
AT ODZACI, SERBIA
"Traffic came to a halt and locals fled indoors as
thousands of frogs fell from the sky onto a Serbian
"Residents of Odzaci told the newspaper Blid that
they thought the world was coming to an end."
The bizarre shower took place on Monday, June 6,
"Aleksandar Ciric said, 'I was told that small frogs
just started raining down. There were thousands of
"Another villager, Caja Jovanovic, said, 'This huge
cloud just seemed to come out of nowhere, and its shape
and colour looked very strange. We were all wondering
what it was when frogs started to fall from the sky. I
thought maybe a plane carrying frogs exploded in mid-
"However, climatology expert Slavisa Ignjatovic said
there was a simple scientific explanation for the
incident. He said, 'A whirlwind has sucked up the frogs
from a lake, the sea or some other body of water somewhere
else and carried them to Odzaci where they fell to the
ground. It is a recognized scientific phenomena.'"
"Science, my ass!" commented Terry Duckworth, who
styles himself as the Archimagos Maximus of Tsathoggua.
"We've been hoping for a manifestation, and here it is!
Praise Tsathoggua! He rules the Balkans--just rules them.
We're going up to Chopmist Hill tonight and smoke some
extra-large poopers to give thanks."
Whatever the cause, frogs falling from the sky is one
of the longest-running strange phenomena on Earth.
Charles Fort, the father of ufology, documented nine cases
of frog falls, from the one in Toulouse, France in August
1804 to the one in Stirling, Connecticut on July 31, 1921.
(See the Serbian newspaper Blid for June 7, 2005, "Frogs
rain down on Odzaci." Many thanks to Terry Duckworth for
this newspaper article. See also The Complete Books of
Charles Fort, Dover Publications, New York, N.Y., 1974,
pages 48, 81, 95, 183, 184, 190, 302, 525 and 544.)
PHANTOM PANTHER SEEN
AT BEXLEYHEATH, UK
"The Beast of Bexley has returned, and this time it
has left behind a large paw print."
"The large black panther, which has been spotted
stalking areas of Bexley over the past three years, made
its latest appearance last Thursday," June 2, 2005.
"It was seen in Bexleyheath by astonished care worker
Jim Hornby, 48, at his work just off the Bexleyheath
"He said: 'It was sometime between 11 p.m. and
midnight. I was in the utility room at the back of the
building and standing next to the open door which leads
into the car park (parking lot in the USA--J.T.) and then
"'I was chatting with the night supervisor when I saw
something out of the corner of my eye, moving in the car
park. I turned and saw the shape of a big black cat,
creeping along the ground on its belly by the side of my
car, as if it was stalking something.'"
"Mr. Hornsby, from St. James Close, Plumstead,
confessed he was so surprized he swore. He added: 'I said
to the supervisor, 'What the hell is that!?' She also
caught a glimpse of it, and she replied, 'I don't know.'"
"Mr. Hornby then dashed out onto the car park to try
and get another look at the creature, but, by the time he
got there, it was gone."
"He said: 'It was much bigger than an ordinary cat, a
fox or even a dog. We all spent the rest of the night
trying to work out what the supervisor and I had seen.'"
"But there was another big surprize waiting."
"The care home where Mr. Hornby works has a sensory
garden which includes an area of sand."
"The following morning, when the staff went out for
another look, they found a perfectly-preserved huge paw
print in the sand. It was nearly 5 inches (12.5
centimeters) across, and its depth indicated that it was
made by something heavy."
"Mr. Hornby said: 'A couple of weeks ago, one of the
doves went missing from next door. All they found were
feathers and a lot of blood. I was not frightened, but
now I am really curious. I have never seen anything like
it before. I couldn't make out any features but the shape
of a cat, nearly as big as a man.'"
"In the past year, the 'Beast of Bexley' as it has
been dubbed, has been seen at the Hillview Cemetery in
Welling, around the woodlands at Shooters Hill, Plumstead
Common, Danson Park, Barnehurst and Northumberland Heath."
"Danny Bamping, founder of the British Big Cats
Society, said: 'Looking at the paw print, I was quite
convinced that it was made by a big cat. There are no
claws visible in the print, and cats are the only animals
that do not have their claws out when they walk. This
sighting was particularly strong. Two people saw it, and
it was in an area where big cats have been seen before. I
would say it was highly likely it was a big cat." (See
BBC News for June 10, 2005, "Return of the beast." Many
thanks to Robert Fischer, UFO Roundup's phantom panther
expert, for this news story.)
TITAN MAY HAVE AN
"The possible discovery of an ice volcano on Saturn's
moon, Titan, may solve one of the lingering mysteries
about the strange satellite with the smog-choked
"Scientists have wondered for decades where the
methane in Titan's atmosphere came from. Titan, Saturn's
largest moon, is the only moon in the solar system with a
substantial atmosphere. Most of that atmosphere is
nitrogen, with up to 3 percent of it composed of methane."
"Investigators theorized that it could have come from
a methane-rich hydrocarbon ocean that covered much of the
moon. But instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft,
which has been investigating the moon since late last
year, have failed to turn up evidence of such a sea."
"A recent fly-by of Titan has now produced an image
of a circular feature about 19 miles (31 kilometers) in
diameter with two wings extending to the west, scientists
reported Thursday," June 9, 2005, "in the journal Nature."
"Scientists believe the wings represent repeated
flows from a volcano that spews ice and liquid methane,
instead of molten rock. Researchers have noted similar
physical features surrounding volcanoes on Earth and
"This raises the possibility that the atmospheric
methane comes from a subsurface source of liquid methane
that is vented to the atmosphere by erupting volcanoes."
"The eruptions are possibly caused by heat generated
by tidal movements in the liquid methane inside Titan."
"'We all thought volcanoes had to exist on Titan, and
now we've found the most convincing evidence to date,'
said Bonnie Buratti, a member of the team at the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory" in Pasadena, California "analyzing
results of Cassini's infrared mapping spectrometer. 'This
is exactly what we've been looking for.'" (See the
Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for June 12, 2005, "Possible
ice volcano found on Saturn's largest moon, Titan," page
ZUNDEL DENIED VISITORS
IN GERMAN PRISON
Ernst Zundel, the "outcast ufologist," this week
marks 100 days of incarceration at the German prison in
Mannheim. And, just like the period from March 2003 to
March 2005 in Canada, Zundel is being held incommunicado.
He has also yet to be charged with any crime.
"Ernst is not allowed to make any telephone calls
whatsoever," his wife Ingrid Rimland Zundel reported,
"Apparently, not even to his attorney. Secondly, he is
not allowed to discuss anything related to his upcoming
trial. That means he is not allowed to vette potential
(friendly) witnesses or call on his trusted subordinate
advisors for input."
Born in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest) near Pforzheim
in 1939, Zundel emigrated to Canada in 1958. He lived in
the Toronto area until he emigrated to the USA in 2000. A
self-employed writer and publisher, Zundel wrote two books
about UFOs and the Antarctic Reich--Secret Nazi Polar
Expeditions in 1978 and Hitler at the South Pole in 1979.
But Zundel got into trouble when he published Did Six
Million Really Die? , a booklet which questioned the
claims of the Holocaust. He was charged under Canada's
"hate crimes" law and was the defendant in two sensational
Canadian trials in 1985 and 1988.
In February 2003, Zundel, now living in Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee, got into a dispute with the Immigration and
Naturalization Service (INS). He was arrested and
deported to Niagara Falls, Ontario. He was jailed there
briefly before being sent to Toronto's Metro West
Detention Center as a "security risk" under Canadian
legislation passed after the September 11, 2001 terrorist
attacks. Zundel was held for two years at Metro West and
was never charged with any crime.
Ingrid reported that "the (German) arrest warrant, as
far as I can tell, cites three documents on the Zundelsite
and one comment in his (Canadian) prison letter to
"Ernst reports that 60 kilograms (120 pounds--J.T.)
of allegedly 'incriminating' documents have been released
to his attorney" following review by the prosecutors. In
March 2005, German officials said Zundel might be tried
for "Holocaust denial," even though as a resident alien in
the USA his opinions were protected by the First Amendment
of the USA's Bill of Rights.
"Meanwhile," Ingrid added, "we have experienced a
smallish victory of sorts in that the FBI declassified
about 90 pages of what they collected on Ernst. A total
of 118 pages have been reviewed. Twenty-eight pages are
still being withheld."
Many of the declassified Ernst Zundel reports have
been redacted, i.e. have names and places blacked out to
protect FBI sources.
"There is one page that will not be declassified
until 2026," Ingrid reported, "What could it possible
"In early 2001, there were seven FBI and local
(Tennessee) law enforcement investigators unleashed on our
peaceful existence here in the Tennessee mountains--all in
a period of three months. All of them cleared Ernst of
any wrongdoing." (Many thanks to Ingrid Rimland Zundel
for this news update.)
SPIES AT THE IMPROV?
"Robert Hamilton, a senior at Duluth (Minnesota)
Central High School, wrote a twisted little poem about
taking over his school. As a result, he got sent to the
psych ward for six days, and wasn't allowed back into
school for weeks thereafter."
"In the wake of the March 21 (2005) Red Lake
(Minnesota) school shootings, the school's reaction to
Hamilton's poem may be understandable. But, besides
raising the usual issues of free speech infringement, the
incident also shows how poorly the schools still deal with
"Before the Age of Columbine, the poem might well
have been accepted in the spirit of that old (American)
anthem that students have been chanting for decades: "Mine
eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school..."
"Hamilton has no history of causing trouble at
Central, nor has he ever been in trouble with the police.
His grades, though not good, were passing except for one
class. He considers himself a pacifist and says he has no
access to, nor interest in, guns."
"But his home life might have raised extra red flags
to school officials. His one parent, his mother, suffers
from persistent mental illness, and the family survives on
public assistance. The lack of adult advocates also made
"Hamilton read the poem, which he had written prior
to the Red Lake shooting, at a Circular Muse poetry slam
(Thursday) April 14 (2005) at Pizza Luce" on Superior
Street in Duluth, Minn. "He prefaced it by announcing
('like an idiot,' he later admitted--D.C.H.) 'this has no
connection with Red Lake.'"
"Naturally, the audience did make the connection and,
according to one onlooker, 'there was this big collective
"Someone (Homeland Security?--J.T.) apparently
reported it to Duluth Central. On April 27, 28 and 29,
Hamilton was called into conference meetings with his
principal, vice principal (and) the school police liaison
officer. His church youth pastor was present during the
first meeting, but afterwards" Hamilton "had no adult
there to represent or to support him."
"Hamilton defended his poem by saying that it was
purely written words. It was a freshman fantasy about
taking over the school with inside jokes."
School officials reportedly "asked if he wanted to go
to the Access Center (the mental health in-patient
facility at Duluth's Miller Dwan Hospital--J.T.) and
promised to help get him into it if he wanted."
"Hamilton respectfully declined."
However, "on (Friday) April 29 (2005), after the
third conference, he suddenly found himself in the back of
a (police) squad car, being taken from school to Miller
"'I was basically strung along on a leash,' Hamilton
said, 'I was completely cooperative, and went along with
whatever they wanted.'"
"At their insistence, he signed himself into the
mental hospital, which he was allowed to do because he was
already 18 years of age."
But once inside Miller Dwan, it wasn't so easy for
Bob Hamilton to get out.
"'Normally, I believe I would've been held for 72
hours,' said Hamilton, 'But Mother was undergoing her own
bad spell at the time. While I was in the youth ward, she
was upstairs in the adult ward. With no parent to be
released to, my stay was extended.'"
"'They put me on Prozac,' he added, 'It feels really
weird, like I'm normal. It sucks.'"
"A psychiatrist discharged him with a clear
indication that Hamilton is not at risk to harm another
person. Yet the bureaucratic addition of yet another
evaluation stalled his return to school for another three
"By the time Hamilton returned to school, he had been
absent four weeks, and there was less than a week of
school left. He was allowed to take his finals. Despite
being out of school for so long, Hamilton passed all of
his classes except the one course which he intends to make
up through the Adult Learning Center."
"'It's a very disturbing story,' said Chuck
Samuelson, director of the Minnesota American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), when contacted about Hamilton's
"Samuelson expressed concern that Hamilton was
questioned without counsel and was held long past 72
"Since the issue was a poem Hamilton read outside the
school, Central High 'needs to justify how they got
involved,' Samuelson said."
"Duluth Central assistant principal Kathy Van Wert,
who oversaw Hamilton's suspension, did not return the
Reader's phone calls," reported Dorothy Charging Hawk,
reporter for the Duluth newspaper Reader Weekly.
"'I think that they should have told me up front,
rather than keeping me in the dark,' Hamilton said, 'If
they thought I needed an evaluation, they should have said
so up front. After what happened in Red Lake, I can see
why they did it. Maybe there is no good way to do it.
I'm not holding a grudge, but I just feel alienated by the
"Here is the controversial poem Bob wrote, in its
entirety," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said, "I
leave it to our readers to decide for themselves if the
content poses a menace to society."
Taking Over the School
by Robert Hamilton
"Sitting in class, the teacher is a f****** control
"Jumping through hoops, trying to get the paper of
"Do I really want to go through this shit, this hell
just to move on to a job of more hell and hoops?"
"I don't think so."
"I just might as well throw my life away and kill
"But first I will do something great. Have my name
be legendary so all of the kids of the future will know
"I will take over this f****** school and pull a
Hitler on their ass!"
"First I will put those f****** control freaks in
their place; they will know once again what it is like!"
"Everyone that has something coming to them will get
what they deserve."
"And then I will declare the potheads and stoners as
my Aryan race!"
"And all those smart-ass suck-ups and the f******
asshole cliques will be great workers to rape as we
"But the retards will be next."
"We will build a gas chamber in the science room, and
we will watch them squirm as they die."
"It will be a new sport!"
"But we will keep the handicapped. They can be
"Plus, we are not monsters."
"There will be a New School Order."
"Then the f***** 'Big Brother' will probably stop us
and maybe brainwash us, if not kill us."
"But the legion of me will stay and be told, and a
new rise will come once again."
[Note: Censorship of the 'f' word by me as I have to
post on the Internet for Joseph - John @ UFOINFO]
Dorothy Charging Hawk added, "Robert Hamilton is not
a Nazi and does not wish to kill the mentally-handicapped.
The poem was meant for shock, and that is what it got."
Yet, it is still unclear how school officials heard
about Hamilton's recital to a private group of poetry
"It sounds like there was an informer present at
Circular Muse--someone who passed on the information to
Homeland Security," editor Joseph Trainor added, "Let this
be a lesson to the would-be comedians at the Improv. You
don't know who is in the audience. So maybe it's not such
a smart idea to make fun of Vice President Dick Cheney.
Like that wacky skit where the comic said, 'Here's Uncle
Dick making a speech,' and then bent over and began making
loud, prolonged farting noises. Not only was this
unspeakably juvenile, in the current political atmosphere,
it could be downright dangerous." (See the newspaper
Reader Weekly of Duluth, Minn. for June 9, 2005, "Poem
gets Duluth student sent to lockup," page 3.)
FOUND IN EGYPT
"Buried for nearly 3,600 years, a rare statue of
Pharoah Neferhotep I has been brought to light in the
ruins of Thebes by a team of French archaeologists."
"Officials said on Saturday," June 4, 2005, "that the
statue was unusual in that the king is depicted holding
hands with a double of himself," but "this second part of
the statue remains under the sand and its form has been
determined by the use of imaging equipment."
"Archaeologists unearthed the 1.8-meter (6-foot) tall
statue as they were carrying out repairs around the temple
of Karnak in the northern city of Luxor, Egypt's
antiquities chief Dr. Zahi Hawass told reporters."
"Francois Larche, one of the team that found the
limestone statue of the king, said it was lying about 1.6
meters (5 feet, 3 inches) below ground near an obelisk of
Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman known to have reigned as
Pharoah, ruling from 1504 to 1484 B.C."
"Karnak, now in the heart of Luxor, was built on the
ruins of Thebes, the capital of ancient Egypt. The huge
temple, dedicated to the sun god Amon, lies in the heart
of a vast complex of religious buildings in the city 700
kilometers (435 miles) south of Cairo."
"The statue shows the king wearing a funeral mask and
a royal head cloth or nemes. The forehead bears the
emblem of a cobra which ancient Egyptians used as a symbol
on the crown of the pharoahs. They believed that the
cobra will spit fire at approaching enemies."
"Larche said this was only the second time a statue
had been found in Egypt. A similar one was dug up during
the excavation of the hidden treasures of Karnak from 1989
to 1904 A.D. But it is not clear when or if" the statue
of Neferhotep I "will be completely unearthed. It is
blocked by the remnants of an ancient structure, possibly
"'In order to pull it out, a structure on top of the
statue has to be dismantled and then restored,' said
Larche, adding that permission from the Egyptian
Antiquities authorities was needed before the team could
go ahead with plans to raise the statue."
"'It's up to the High Council of Egyptian Antiquities
to decide the fate of the statue of Neferhotep I and
whether it should be brought to light or left buried where
it was found.'"
"Neferhotep I was the twenty-second pharoah of the
Thirteenth Dynasty. The son of a temple priest in Abydos,
he ruled Egypt from 1696 to 1686 B.C. (about two centuries
before Queen Hatshepsut--J.T.) Experts believe his
father's position helped him to ascend the throne, as
there was no royal blood in his family."
"Neferhotep was one of the few pharoahs whose name
did not invoke the sun god Ra. It is written on a number
of stones, including a (historical) documents on his reign
found at Aswan" in southern Egypt. (See the Agence France
Presse report for June 5, 2005, "Statue of Egyptian
pharoah found after nearly 3,600 years." Many thanks to
Mary Lou Jones Drown for this news story.)
From the UFO Files...
1972: SUBTERRENE X-1
The plans of Japanese scientists to send a drill ship
to pierce the Earth's crust on the Pacific Ocean floor has
called attention once again to the subterrene debate.
Namely, do Earth's military powers, particularly the USA,
have subterrenes or "tunnelers" capable of traveling
through unconsolidated rock beneath the Earth's surface?
There is interesting evidence that the USA worked on
just such a project during the 1970s and the 1980s.
On January 8, 1971, the U.S. Patent Office received a
strange application from "the Armstrong group," a bunch of
scientists in New Mexico. The group wanted to patent "a
machine and method for drilling bore holes and tunnels by
melting in which a housing is provided for a heat source
and a heated end portion and in which the necessary
melting heat is delivered to the walls of the end portion
at a rate sufficient to melt rock and during operation of
which the molten material may be disposed adjacent to the
boring zone in cracks in the rock and in a vitreous
(glass) wall lining of the tunnel so formed."
(Editor's Note: By a strange twist of fate, the
patent application was filed on Elvis Presley's thirty-
sixth birthday.) The proposal, advanced by Dale E.
Armstrong of Santa Fe, N.M. and Berthus B. McInteer,
Robert L. Mills, Robert M. Potter, Eugene S. Robinson,
John C. Rowley and Morton C. Smith, all of Los Alamos,
N.M., called for the construction of a nuclear-powered
tunneling machine, "designed to convert the rock that it
excavates into a molten liquid" that lines the walls of
its tunnel--a wheeled vehicle that could move under the
land the same way a submarine travels underwater.
The patent for the Armstrong group's design was
approved on September 26, 1972.
In his classic book Underground Bases and Tunnels,
Dr. Richard Sauder gives a brief history of the mysterious
"The nuclear subterrene (rhymes with submarine--R.S.)
was designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New
Mexico. A number of patents were filed by scientists at
Los Alamos, a few federal technical documents were
written--and then the whole thing just sort of faded
"Or did it?"
"Nuclear subterrenes work by melting their way
through the rock and soil, actually vitrifying it as they
go and leaving a neat, solidly glass-lined tunnel behind
them. The heat is supplied by a compact nuclear reactor
that circulates liquid lithium from the reactor core to
the tunnel face, when it melts the rock. In the process
of melting the rock, the lithium loses some of its heat.
It is then circulated back along the exterior of the
tunneling machine to help cool the vitrified rock as the
tunneling machine forces its way forward. The cooled
lithium then circulates back to the (nuclear) reactor
where the whole cycle starts over. In this way, the
nuclear subterrene slices through the rock like a nuclear-
powered, 2,000-degree Fahrenheit earthworm, boring its way
"The United States Atomic Energy Commission and the
United States Energy Research and Development
Administration took out the patents in the 1970s for the
nuclear subterrenes. The first patent, in 1972, went to
the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission."
(Editor's Note: The second patent for subterrenes
was issued on May 6, 1975.)
Dr. Sauder wrote that the second patent "was for 'a
tunneling machine for producing large tunnels in soft rock
or wet, clayey, unconsolidated or bouldery earth by
simultaneously detaching the tunnel core by thermal
melting a boundary kerf into the tunnel face and forming a
supporting excavation wall liner by deflecting the molten
materials against the excavation walls to provide, when
solidified, a continuous wall supporting liner, and
detaching the tunnel face circumscribed by the kerf with
powered mechanical earth detachment means and in which the
heat required for melting the kerf and liner material is
provided by a compact nuclear reactor.'"
"This 1975 patent further specifies that the machine
is intended to excavate tunnels up to 12 meters (40 feet)
in diameter or more."
"The kerf is the outside boundary of the tunnel wall
that a boring machine gouges out as it bores through the
ground or rock. So, in ordinary English, this machine
will melt a circular boundary into the tunnel face. The
melted rock will be forced to the outside of the tunnel by
the tunnel machine, where it will form a hard, glassy
"And yet a third patent was issued to the United
States Energy Research and Development Administration just
21 days later, on 27 May 1975, for a machine remarkably
similar to the machine patented on 6 May 1975."
"The abstract describes, 'A tunneling machine for
producing large tunnels in rock by progressive detachment
of the tunnel core by thermal melting a boundary kerf into
the tunnel face and simultaneously forming an initial
tunnel wall support by deflecting the molten materials
against the tunnel walls to provide, when solidifed, a
continuous liner; and fragmenting the tunnel core
circumscribed by the kerf by thermal stress fracturing and
in which the heat required for such operations is supplied
by a compact nuclear reactor.'"
"This machine would also be capable of making a
glass-lined tunnel of 40 feet (12 meters) in diameter or
"Perhaps some of my readers have heard the same
rumors that I have heard swirling in the UFO literature or
on the UFO grapevine: stories of deep, secret, glass-
walled tunnels excavated by laser-powered tunneling
machines. I do not know if these stories are true. If
they are, however, it may be that the glass-walled tunnels
are made by the nuclear subterrenes described in these
Apparently, sometime in February or March of 1975,
during President Gerald R. Ford's administration, a top-
secret Request for Proposals (RFP) went out from the
Defense Department, inviting design teams to submit
proposals for workable subterrenes. Two proposals were
accepted, and both were granted patents in May of 1975.
Were the prototype subterrenes ever built? Good
For years, your editor has heard rumors of strange
glass-walled tunnels found under private range lands in
Monero, New Mexico, 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of
Dulce, a town that made its mark in UFO history. Then
there were the equally strange cases of subterranean hums
heard in Floyds Knobs and Kokomo, Indiana. Could the
people there have heard a subterrene passing beneath their
It could be that the subterrene plans simply gathered
dust on the shelf.
Then again, perhaps at this very moment Subterrene X-
1 is cruising beneath the sands of Iraq's Anbar province,
hunting for insurgents. (See the book Underground Bases
and Tunnels: What is the Government Trying to Hide? by
Richard Sauder, Ph.D., Adventures Unlimited Press,
Kempton, Illinois, 1995, pages 94 through 97.)
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Volume 10, Number 26
June 29, 2005
ALIEN STARTLES WOMAN
MOTORIST IN AUSTRALIA
On Friday, June 10, 2005, at 10 a.m., Catherine R.
"was driving on a country road on the outskirts of
Bundaberg," a port city on Hervey Bay in Australia's state
of Queensland, when she saw a strange figure "standing in
a meadow beside the road."
"While driving in a one-and-a-half-hour drive on a
country road through mostly bush-land, I saw through my
window a large dark figure about 7 or 8 feet (2.1 to 2.4
meters) tall," Catherine reported, "It had the appearance
of a man but was far more muscular, with wide shoulders
and a torso like a god. It was like nothing I'd ever
seen. It was dark and scaley-looking. Its colour was
like ash. Its head was insect-like. I was a scared 22-
"It was just staring at me. I was extremely
uncomfortable. I was shocked and 'floored' it. It stood
still. I drove at 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per
hour) when I saw it. I sped away from it at 120
kilometers per hour (72 miles per hour). I had never seen
anything so strange."
Bundaberg, Qlnd. is located 300 kilometers (180
miles) north of Brisbane. (Email Form Report)
(Editor's Comment: And welcome to Odd Doings in Oz
Week here at UFO Roundup. There's more to come from Down
Under, so read on...)
LUMINOUS ORANGE UFO
SEEN IN KNOXFIELD, VIC.
On Saturday, June 25, 2005, at 10:10 p.m., Gavin W.
was outdoors at his home in Knoxfield, a suburb of
Melbourne in Australia's state of Victoria, when he saw a
strange orange light in the sky.
"There was an orange light in the sky moving around,"
Gavin reported, "It was going straight, then it stopped
and moved to the right. Then straight. Then right again.
Then it stopped and moved back, going left. Then it
stayed still again for about two minutes. Then it moved
on at a high speed, up into the sky."
"The object moved in every direction. I know it was
moving at high speed because I could see the light trail
it left. It was completely round in front, when it was
moving towards me. But then, when it moved sideways, it
looked disk-shaped. It was well above the clouds. I
don't know the speed it was going, maybe the speed of a
commercial aircraft when it is very high. But when it
left, it went extremely fast." (Email Form Report)
MOBY DICK SPOTTED OFF
NEW SOUTH WALES COAST
"Whale watchers off the New South Wales mid-north
coast were 'blessed' to catch a glimpse of a rare albino
humpback whale" on Thursday, June 9, 2005.
"The whale, known as Migaloo, passed by Port
Macquarie (Thursday) morning as it migrated to warmer
waters in the Whitsundays, off the north Queensland
"Carol Hunt, who runs a Port Macquarie charter boat
company, said it was the first time Migaloo had been
sighted off that part of the coast."
"'He was sighted in Sydney at four o'clock on Friday
(June 10, 2005) and I've been tracking him since,' Ms.
"'We watched him for about an hour and a half. He
was heading north to Coffs Harbour. He had three other
whales with him and they were quite active. They were
rolling over and slapping their fins.'"
"Ms. Hunt said the whales were about a mile (1.6
kilometers) offshore, delighting those on board with their
"'Everyone on the boat was just beside themselves,'
"'We are blessed to see this. It is just a million
to one chance.'"
"'It was just magic--we were very, very lucky.'"
"Ms. Hunt said Migaloo was travelling to the
Whitsundays to mate."
"'He had other whales with him, so his mate might be
among them,' she said. 'He may very well be taking a mate
with him what might be pregnant.'"
"'He'll stay up in the Whitsundays and hopefully,
when he comes back, he might come into Port Macquarie
again on his southern migration.'"
(Editor's Note: In the language of the Hervey Bay
Aborigines, the name Migaloo means white fella.)
"The whale is believed to be the only one of its kind
in the world. It is expected to pass the coast off Coffs
Harbour" on Saturday, June 11, 2005. (See the Australian
newspaper The Advertiser for June 13, 2005, "White whale
spotted off coast.")
(Editor's Comment: And aboard the ghost ship Pequod,
a mad gleam comes into the eye of Captain Ahab. "Coffs
Harbour--so that's where he's hiding. Avast, ye lubbers!
Lay in a course for Australia!)
UFO FLOTILLA SIGHTED
OVER JALAPA, MEXICO
"A massive UFO sighting took place on Friday, June
24, 2005, in Jalapa," a city in Mexico's state of
Veracruz, and was "witnessed by Jalapa's governor Fidel
Herrera Beltran, members of his staff, the Jalapa police
department, newspaper and television reporters and many
people gathered at the Casa Veracruz during an official
ceremony in which the new patrol units (police cruisers--
J.T.) were delivered to the police department."
"The surprising incident took place at 10:30 a.m.,
causing commotion, excitement and a certain alarm among
the people and officials."
"Just after Gov. Fidel Herrera Beltran made a speech
inaugurating the new vehicles, and during an inspection of
his new patrol car, his attention was called by officials
to the sky where a strange spectacle had occurred."
"A spectacular UFO fleet of at least 14 unidentified
flying objects captured the attention of all the people
gathered at Casa Veracruz, who, pointing at the sky,
screamed, 'OVNIs! OVNIs!' in a state of excitement."
(Editor's Note: OVNI is the Spanish acronym for UFO.)
"The police officers also pointed to the sky,
wondering what these strange objects could be."
"Different reactions were heard" from the gathering,
ranging from amazement to consternation, "and even some
laughs from among the people, who continuted to shout,
"The newspaper reporters were taking photos and the
television crews were recording the unusual spectacle."
"Gov. Fidel Herrera Beltran took the microphone and
said jokingly, 'It seems the Martians have arrived.'"
"The people wondered if the strange objects could be
balloons of some kind or in fact real UFOs like those so
many times reported in Mexico. However, the enigmatic
flying objects remained almost stationary in the sky in
formation, described as a triangular pattern in perfect
alignment, for almost 30 minutes. This was time enough
for the strange event to be videotaped by the media and
some of the spectators in the audience."
"On Friday night," June 24, 2005, "Television Azteca"
in Mexico City, the national TV network, "presented the
report with video footage, giving a full account of the
"On Saturday," June 25, 2005, "the newspaper Diario
de Jalapa, as well as others, published on page one--with
major headlines--the unusual event."
Jalapa is in the western part of the state, about 264
kilometers (180 miles) northwest of Veracruz and 320
kilometers (200 miles) east of Mexico City. (See the
Mexican newspaper Diario de Jalapa for June 25, 2005.
Muchas gracias a Santiago Yturra Garza y Arturo del Moral
por este articulo de diario.)
MYSTERY METEOR CHASED
BY BLACK HELICOPTERS
On Thursday, June 23, 2005, at 11:47 p.m., Carl
Farrington was driving on a mountain road near Canton,
North Carolina (population 4,029) when he saw a most
unusual spectacle in the night sky.
"I took (Route) 110 out of Canton and turned left
onto (Highway) 276. I went straight up to the Blue Ridge
Parkway," Carl reported, "Then I turned left and turned
into the famous overlook on the left. Facing a bright
orange moon that day after the full moon."
"What at first appeared to be a shooting star but
brighter than I have ever seen plummeted towards the
ground and impacted in the Smokies approximately six to
nine miles (10 to 14 kilometers) straight ahead. Struck a
mountain top. As it got closer to the point of impact, I
noticed bright matter dripping off of it, streaming behind
the main mass of the object."
"It could've been a meteor, fallen satellite or space
"However, on the way to the house in this rural
setting, three dark helicopters flew over my car. I would
not have noticed them except for the fact that my car's
moon roof was open, because they had no lights on
whatsoever. They were flying at a high rate of speed
approximately 300 to 400 feet (90 to 120 meters) off the
ground, and hugging the terrain is very dangerous in this
"The object was bright white and almost teardrop-
shaped. It definitely impacted the ground. If it was a
meteor, it was a big chunk. Broke the atmosphere and came
straight down like a missile. Impacted the ground without
an explosion. I was too far away to hear anything as I
was six to nine miles away. I saw it at a higher
elevation than the impact zone and was looking down at a
Canton, N.C. is in the Pisgah National Forest about
15 miles (25 kilometers) west of Asheville and 262 miles
(419 kilometers) west of Raleigh. (Email Form Report)
COLUMBUS UFO SURPRISES
TOURIST FROM SWEDEN
On Sunday, June 19, 2005, at 11:30 p.m., Swedish
tourist Jonas Larsson spotted a UFO over Dublin, Ohio, a
suburb of Columbus, the state capital.
"I live in Sweden, but I am currently visiting a
friend in Cleveland. I really believe in UFOs and have
long been interested in such things," Jonas reported, "My
friend and I were driving on Highway 270 West in Columbus,
very near Dublin, My friend spotted a lightning ball in
the middle of the air. I mean, it was like far away and
looked like one of the street lamps along the highway."
"My friend asked what it could be, I mean, we had
not seen it move at all at first. And it could not be an
airplane because we saw a lot of airplanes, and they have
these blinking (navigation) lights, right?"
"Imagine just a roadlamp high in the sky--this is how
we saw it. We chatted for about 30 seconds and suddenly
it was above us. And it was not an airplane, not a
luftbalone (Swedish for hot-air balloon--J.T.). The craft
had an oblong first part, and the middle as well, and a
big back part. I could say it was 100 meters (330 feet)
"I was trying to find a word for what it looked like-
-I would say that, if you think about it, the object
looked a bit like an arrow. The craft was white; the
first part was big, and the big back part had three such
lamps. It seemed like it flew from side to side. Very
"The whole craft was lighted up, but it was nowhere
near as strong a light that we should have seen from that
distance. Yellow-orange color. And the craft never
seemed to move at all. But it was moving very fast,
anyway, and by that I mean it was not an airplane."
"When I saw it, it was over us, and we were still
driving south. We could not stop on the highway, of
course. I am like a slack at where I am. My friend saw
the dart" the UFO fired, and "my friend was doing the
"When I saw it, it was above me, and we were still
driving south. We could not stay long on the highway, I
guess. Of course, people may say it was an airplane, I
was dressed like a slick at where I am. My friend was the
driver. Of course, my colleagues say it may be an
airplane, but what I saw wasn't an airplane."
"Well, I needed to tell them. I mean, what else can
I do? I'm leaving for Sweden tonight. I hope I get some
answers about this when I get back home." (Email Form
LUMINOUS UFO SEEN IN
On Monday, June 20, 2005, at 9:30 p.m., Hank Ironwood
was outdoors at his rural home in Westmoreland, New
Hampshire, 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of the state
border with Massachusetts, when he spotted a strange gleam
in the sky.
"The object flew from west to east," Hank reported,
"I thought it might have been a plane, but it moved at
around the speed of an airplane. Now, there were two
passenger planes in the area, and their (navigation)
lights were much smaller and dimmer than the lights on
this object. I couldn't really make out the shape of it,
but it appeared to be round."
"I have no idea if this was a UFO, but I think that
if it was, others here in southern New Hampshire should
have certainly seen it. I would sure like to hear from
them." (Email Form Report)
FAST UFO FLYBY IN
On Saturday, June 11, 2005, at 3 a.m., eyewitness
Jason S. and a few of his mates were walking home from
their favorite pub in Leominster, Herefordshire, UK when
they saw a strange object approaching from the north.
"Me and some of my friends were walking home from the
pub at around 3 a.m.," Jason reported, "None of us were
really drunk or anything. We got to the crossroads and
saw this green light speed across the sky. It didn't look
too far away, and it sort of looked as if it were flying
low. There wasn't any sound, either. The object was
bright green, circular and flying very fast." (Email Form
(Editor's Note: This is the UK community for which
Leominster, Mass. was named. Located in the heart of the
mysterious "Montachusett" region, Leominster has had UFO
sightings dating back to June 1909. And no wonder--its
neighbor 5 miles (8 kilometers) to the north is Fitchburg,
the "UFO capital of Massachusetts.")
CROP CIRCLES REPORTED IN
POLAND AND CANADA
On Sunday, June 19, 2005, Polish cerealogist Leszek
Owsiany investigated three crop circles in the village of
Papros, located 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Inowroclaw
in central Poland. "The three circles were joined
together in a field of rye," Owsiany reported, "The first
circle was 20.8 meters by 20.5 meters (69 by 67 feet); the
second was 7.7 meters (25.4 feet) in diameter; and the
third was 6 meters by 5.7 meters (20 feet by 18.8 feet).
In all three circles, the rye was lying on the ground on
the right side."
"We noted that the joints of the rye stalks were
thickened and bent."
Assisting Owsiany in the investigation were fellow
cerealogists Jacek Koslowski and Wojtek Budny of
Independent Research Group Torun.
While at the scene, the team learned of another pair
of crop circles nearby. They interviewed farmer Zbiginew
Wasilewski, who told them that on Thursday, June 16, 2005,
he "had discovered two circles in his field of wheat,
located one kilometer (0.6 miles) from Papros. The first
circle measured 12.3 meters (40.5 feet) in diameter, with
a lay to the right side. The second circle was
approximately 0.5 kilometers (0.3 miles) away and 14.8
meters (48.8 feet) in diameter, again with a rightward
lay. In this circle, the (surrounding) wheat was standing
Inowroclaw is located 225 kilometers (140 miles)
west-northwest of Warsaw, Poland's capital.
In Canada, a crop circle was found Thursday, June 2,
2005, at the Sandy Bay Reserve near Lake Manitoba. The
formation "was approximately 8 metres (26 feet) long--
grass missing, not flattened--with 1/4-inch (0.63-
centimeter) deep 'grooves' in the soil. The formation is
similar to the early 1990s dumbbell-type formations in
England, with three sets of concentric rings connected by
straight pathways. The grass and the soil in the area
became pretty waterlogged due to excessive rain. The
formation was aligned north-south."
"Also worth noting," reported Paul Anderson of
Canadian Crop Circles Research Network, "Three circles
were found at the site, made of fist-sized rocks, with
curving lines between the circles. Ground photos can be
found at CCCRN's Web site." (Many thanks to Robert
Fischer and Paul Anderson for these reports.)
SPANISH FAMILY STUNNED BY
PHONE CALLS FROM THE DEAD
"A family has requested district judge Number 6 in
Granada," a city in southern Spain, "to issue a court
order authorizing the exhumation of their mother, claiming
that an electronic voice phenomenon (EVP) recorded on a
cell phone indicated that the deceased is requesting the
removal of a cross placed on her chest during burial."
"The judge ordered them to consult with a priest."
"According to the deceased woman's daughter, the
woman has been contacting them from beyond the grave via
cell phone. She explained that she has no idea where her
mother's messages are coming from, adding that when any
member of her family records anything on her cell phone,
'what is played back is my mother's voice, saying, 'Come,
come, the cross!'""
"Furthermore, her grandfather and uncle, buried in
the same tomb as her mother, are also sending audible
(EVP) messages through family cell phones."
"The judge, who met with the family members for three
minutes and managed to hear the spirit voice recordings,
explained that they should take their claim to a priest or
to the Higher Council for Scientific Research."
The source of the alleged EVP messages, the family's
mother, "Filomena Gomez died two years ago (in 2003) at
age 55 from liver cancer." (See the Spanish publication
Mundo Misterioso for June 17, 2005. Muchas gracias a
Scott Corrales y Rafael Ballester para estas noticias.)
ARE THE DHOLES TUNNELING
UNDER CLAUDE, TEXAS?
"A massive crack in the earth last week appeared in
Claude, Texas (population 1,313) and is creating a stir
"Geologists said Tuesday," June 21, 2005, "the crack
was a joint in the earth's crust."
"They believe the opening is the result of a weak
point in the joint where one fault slips away from the
other. Some pits were more than 30 feet (9 meters) deep
and drained what used to be a pond."
"Some geologists say earth cracks are common, but the
size of the one in Claude is not."
"This is the second time recently that a giant crack
has opened in the earth and drained a body of water," UFO
Roundup editor Joseph Trainor commented. "It first
happened on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at the village of
Bolotnikovo in Russia's Nizhegorodskaya region. Are the
'dreadful Dholes of eons-forgotten Aklo' up to their old
"The Dholes were mentioned in Kitab al-Azif, the book
of black magic written in Arabic by the Iraqi sorcerer
Abdul Majid Al-Hazrad (640-738 A.D.) He devotes a whole
chapter to the lost city of Aklo and 'they that burroweth
beneath the sands.'
Maybe the Dholes were planning an attack on a certain
ranch in Crawford, Texas. If so, they missed their target
by 423 miles (676 kilometers)."
Claude is on Highway 287 in the Texas Panhandle about
40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Amarillo. (See the
Walker, Minn. Pilot-Independent for June 24, 2005,
"Massive crack opens in earth in Texas.")
CRAZY CROCS INVADE
THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS
"Wildlife workers in Cyprus are trying to verify
reports that crocodiles may be on the loose at a popular
tourist nature spot after they became too dangerous for
their owner to handle."
"The reptiles are believed to have been smuggled in
to the eastern Mediterranean island, where crocodiles do
not breed and the closest nature cousin is the innocuous
This is the fourth report in three weeks about out-
of-place crocodiles or alligators turning up in areas far
from their natural habitat. This phenomenon is known in
Forteana as "the crazy croc syndrome" or "the crazy
In recent weeks, the crazy crocs have appeared at
three locations in the USA: Somers, Wisconsin; South Bend,
Indiana; and Napa, California.
"'The information we are trying to verify is that
someone imported baby crocodiles as pets, and when he
realized they were growing...they were too much for him to
handle, so he let them loose,' a Veterinary Department
"However, police appeared to doubt the accuracy of
the report of the crocodiles' release and suggested that
the story that made headlines" on Cyprus "Thursday (June
23, 2005) might have been a prank."
"'It is impossible for us to verify this information
based on the investigations so far,' a police source
"The crocodiles, believed to number between two and
four, are said to be small in size and are thought to be
less than a year old. Adults can grow to be about 3
meters (10 feet) in length."
"Wildlife wardens are scouring a region on the
southeastern side of the island," between Larnax and
Yermasoyia, which has a lake "which is popular with
tourists and anglers, whose only catch is freshwater
African bass." (See Agence France Presse for June 26,
2005, "Cypriots get teeth into case of missing
crocodiles." Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown, UFO
Roundup's crazy croc expert, for this news report.)
PHANTOM PANTHER SEEN
IN THE NETHERLANDS
"Ede Municipal Council has hired the Pantera Big Cat
Foundation to help catch a puma (known as a cougar or
mountain lion here in the USA--J.T.) that is roaming free
in the Veluwe forest.
"The council opted for the Pantera Foundation after
its staff claimed they could catch the big cat alive. The
foundation has been given from Friday," June 10, 2005, "to
Tuesday," June 14, 2005, "to capture the animal."
"A mass search by (Netherlands) police over recent
days has discovered tell-tale signs of the cat, and some
people have caught fleeting glimpses of it. But attempts
to catch it have failed so far."
"The police had indicated that the puma would be shot
dead if it could not be caught quickly."
"Pantera is based in the town of Nijeberkoop and
claims to be the only 'real' big cat reception center in
Europe. The foundation was chosen by the town council
following consultations with animal welfare groups."
"The public has been warned to avoid the Veluwe woods
near Ede as the search continues."
"It is unclear how a puma came to be in the Veluwe, a
60-kilometer (36-mile) wooded area that includes the Hoge
Veluwe National Park. The police have not received
reports of anyone losing their big cat pet, nor have any
pumas escaped from a zoo in the Netherlands."
"But police have warned cyclists and ramblers to
avoid the woods near Ede because experts say a puma on the
loose could be very dangerous."
"Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman said attempts
would be made to capture the animal alive, but, if that
failed, it would be shot and killed."
"The first signs of the puma were detected near
Harskamp at the weekend. Over the following days, more
traces were found, and members of the public reported
sightings. Game wardens also found half-eaten game."
Ede is in Gunderland province about 64 kilometers (40
miles) southeast of Amsterdam, the capital of the
Netherlands. (See the Netherlands newspaper De Telegraaf
for June 16, 2005, "Wild cat experts hired to catch
elusive puma." Many thanks to Derek terHorst for this
BEWITCHED STATUE GOES
UP IN SALEM, MASS.
"Welcomed by many including the mayor and some city
councilors but reviled by others, a statue of 1960s TV
icon Samantha Stephens of Bewitched was unveiled amid a
puff of smoke in Salem (Massachusetts, population 40,407)
on Wednesday," June 15, 2005.
"The statue depicts the late actress Elizabeth
Montgomery, who played the nose-wiggling Stephens in the
1960s sitcom (American slang for situation comedy--J.T.),
sitting sidesaddle on a bromstick, her skirt flying behind
her in the breeze, in front of a crescent moon."
"Even though hundreds turned out to welcome the
statue at Lappin Park, including some people who call
themselves witches, others continued to protest."
"'I think it's the best thing to happen to Salem in a
long time,' self-described witch Linda Monroe told"
Channel 5 WHDH-TV in Boston. "'It's a long time coming
for something so fun and cheery. She's awesome. She's
"While some Salem officials said the bronze statue,
sponsored by the TV Land cable network, is just a bit of
fun and will hopefully draw more tourists to the city,
others have criticized it, saying it trivializes the real
and tragic events that occurred in Salem in 1692, when 20
people were put to death after being accused of
"Those people carried signs at Wednesday's event that
said 'Tragedy (does not equal) Whimsy' and 'Is there no
limit to the schlock and hype?' They say the statue is
nothing but an ad for the Bewitched movie, starring Nicole
Kidman and Will Ferrell, scheduled for release June 24,"
"The ceremony was attended by show director William
Asher, who was married to Montgomery, as well as a number
of actors who appeared in the original series, icluding
Bernard Fox (Dr. Bombay), Kasey Rogers (Louise Tate) and
Erin Murphy," who portrayed the lead characters' daughter,
"Tabitha Stephens" on the show. (See the Kent County
Daily Times of West Warwick, R.I. for June 16, 2005. Many
thanks to Terry Duckworth for this newspaper article.)
STRANGE SECRETS OF
The movie version of Bewitched premiered last Friday.
The film, which stars Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell, is
based on the popular American situation comedy show, which
ran from 1964 to 1972.
The "father" of lead character "Samantha Stevens"
(portrayed by actress Elizabeth Montgomery) was never
revealed on the show. But in what we sometimes laughingly
call "real life," he was a near-forgotten American
humorist and fantasy writer of the early Twentieth Century
named Thorne Smith.
In 1925, the same year F. Scott Fitzgerald's The
Great Gatsby came out, Smith parlayed his interest in
Spiritualism into a novel entitled Topper: An Improbable
Adventure. The novel, which was published in 1926,
concerned "the misadventures of a man and a ghostly couple
who really knew how to 'live' it up. It spawned a sequel,
movies and even a television show" in the 1950s, starring
Leo G. Carroll as the haunted curmudgeon.
"Another of Smith's novels, Turnabout (1931), also
filmed, involved a couple who magically switched
identities, a concept used numerous times with slight
variations," most recently providing film work for Lindsay
Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Smith was influenced by an 1882 novel by Victorian
novelist Thomas Antsey Guthrie entitled Vice Versa, or A
Lesson to Fathers, about "a father and son (who) switch
places with comical results and appropriate lessons
learned on both sides."
Curiously, Guthrie also wrote The Brass Bottle in
1900, about "a genie who, upon release, created all sorts
of complications for its new master" and "served as the
probable inspiration for the popular television series I
Dream of Jeannie," a contemporary of Bewitched which ran
from 1965 to 1970.
"Another Thorne Smith fantasy, The Night Life of the
Gods brought classical Greco-Roman statues to life for a
night on the town in New York and was made into a film in
Smith died in 1941 while working on his final novel,
The Passionate Witch. The manuscript was completed by
Norman H. Matson. The novel "was filmed as I Married a
Witch in 1942 and, like The Brass Bottle, was possibly
influential in the conception of another popular
television series, Bewitched." (See the book Fantasy of
the 20th Century by Randy Broecker, Barnes & Noble Books,
New York, N.Y., 2001, page 84.)
(Editor's Comment: The 1942 film also launched a
whole slew of Married movies during that period, including
I Married a Nazi, I Married a Communist and I Married a
Monster from Outer Space. And people around the world
actually wonder why the American divorce rate is so high.)
>From the UFO Files...1830: THOUSANDS OF FISH
FALL IN BANGLADESH
"There are several well-authenticated reports of
falls of fish in India, and this has given rise to the
belief that the phenomenon is more frequent there than
elsewhere. This may be true on account of the favouring
circumstances of extensive river flood plains, numerous
shallow water tanks, a fish fauna rich in shoal water
forms, and a hot whirlwind-breeding climate. Certainly
the description of fish rains in that part of the world
are numerous, specific and astonishing as to the magnitude
of the phenomena."
"A very valuable account of a shower of fishes is
that by J. Prinsep, editor of the Journal of the Asiatic
Society of Bengal. He writes:"
"'The phenomenon of fish falling from the sky in the
rainy season, however incredible it may appear, has been
attested by such circumstantial evidence that no
reasonable doubt can be entertained of the fact. I was as
incredulous as my neighbours until I once found a small
fish in the brass funnel of my pluviometer (rain gauge--
J.T.) at Banares (now Varanasi, India--J.T.). I have now
before me a note of a similar phenomenon, on a
considerable scale, which happened at the Nokulhatty
factory, Zillah Dacca Jedalpur, in 1830."
"Mr. Cameron, who communicated the fact, took the
precaution of having a regular deposition of the evidence
of several natives who had witnessed the fall made in
Bengalee (now Bangladesh--J.T.) and attested before the
magistrate; the statement is well worthy of preservation
in a journal of science..."
"'The shower of fish took place on the 19th of
February, 1830, in the neighbourhood of the Surbundy
factory, Feridpur (modern Faridpur, located on the south
side of the Ganges River about 70 kilometers (42 miles)
southwest of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh--J.T.).'"
"'There are depositions of nine eyewitnesses, of
which I quote two:'"
"Sheikh Chaudari Ahmed Bin Mutiullah, inhabitant of
Nagdi, relates in his deposition: 'I had been doing my
work at a meadow, when I perceived at the hour of 12
o'clock (noon) the sky gather clouds, and began to rain
slightly, then a large fish touching my back by its head
fell on the ground. Being surprized, I looked about, and
behold a number of fish likewise fell from heaven. They
were saul, sale, guzal, mirgal and bodul. I took 10 or 11
fish in number, and I saw many other persons take many.'"
"Sheikh Suduruddin, inhabitant of Nagdi, was called
in and declared in his deposition saying: 'On Friday, at
12 o'clock p.m., in the month of Phalgun ...when I was
about to work in a field, I perceived the sky darkened by
clouds, began to rain a little and a large fish fell from
the sky. I was confounded at the sight, and soon entered
my cottage, which I had there, but I came out again as
soon as the rain had ceased and found every part of my hut
scattered with fish; they were bodul, mirgal and nouchi,
and amounted to 25 in number.'" (See the book The
Unexplained: A Sourcebook of Strange Phenomena by William
R. Corliss, Bantam Books, New York, N.Y., 1976, pages 181
and 182. Also Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal,
Volume 3, pages 650 to 652.)
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