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Original Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 03:05:53 -0800
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Hot Gossip UK November 2002
Welcome to the November 2002 round-up of news and views concerning
UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles and the unexplained.
New Age Guru Jailed For Life
Ira Einhorn, a leading figure in Seventies counter-culture, was found
guilty of murder in a Philadelphia court last month, and jailed for
life. Einhorn had been charged with killing his girlfriend, Holly
Maddux, who disappeared in 1977. Her body was found in their flat two
years later, but Einhorn skipped bail before his scheduled 1981 trial
and fled the country. He was convicted in absentia in a 1993 trial.
Einhorn was tracked down in France in 1997, but the French authorities
refused to extradite him without guarantees that he would be given a
fresh trial, and that if convicted, would not face the death penalty.
These guarantees were given and Einhorn was extradited last year. When
told of the news, he attempted suicide by slashing his own throat.
Prosecutors in the recent trial claimed that Einhorn had killed Maddux
when she ended their relationship. Einhorn claimed that he was framed
by either the CIA or the KGB, because of his various connections with
the intelligence community, related to his involvement with paranormal
research. Einhorn was a close friend of Andrija Puharich (Einhorn
edited his biography of Uri Geller) and was closely involved in Lab
Nine, the Turkey Farm and the Space Kids. He was undoubtedly
well-connected and involved in numerous Seventies initiatives which
might be regarded as having evolved from hippie culture and become
what we currently know as New Age philosophies. The Stargate
Conspiracy by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince gives a good overview of
Ira Einhorn, his work and his influence. And needless to say, there is
a wealth of information on him available on the Web.
Scottish Paranormal Conference
The Oracle Trust in association with the Edinburgh College of
Parapsychology are organising a marathon twelve hour conference on
paranormal experience. The event is to be held at the Edinburgh Corn
Exchange on Sunday 24 November, from 11am to 11pm. There will be a
series of lectures, workshops and discussions, and numerous stalls
with books and other merchandise. Subjects covered include astrology,
clairvoyance, ghosts, psychic development, past life work and Tarot.
If these subjects interest you, check out
www.deepindigoevents.co.uk for further details.
The Threat From Comets And Asteroids
For those people interested in the science behind recent media and
Hollywood interest in the threat from Near Earth Objects such as
comets and asteroids, and for those people who are interested in
actually doing something about this threat, may I recommend Spaceguard
UK and The Spaceguard Centre. Check out www.spaceguarduk.com for
Ufology Around The World
One of the nice things about being involved in ufology is the
opportunity to attend conferences and discuss the subject face to face
with people from other countries, who often have very different
perspectives on the phenomenon. I have lectured all around the world,
not just at UFO conferences but at academic institutions and military
establishments. This month I will be lecturing at Trinity College in
Dublin, after which I will be speaking at a conference in Florence. I
will debrief readers on these events in my column next month.
Black Hole Found At Heart Of Galaxy
Last months scientific observation confirmed what theorists had long
suspected, and confirmed that a super massive black hole lies at the
heart of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The black hole at Galactic Centre
lies some 26,000 light years away from Earth, and is around 3.7
million times more massive than our sun. The data were reported last
month in the science journal Nature.
Life On Venus?
Talking of science journals, New Scientist magazine ran a highly
controversial story last month, concerning the possibility of
microbial life existing in the acidic clouds of the Venusian
atmosphere. Dr Schulze-Makuch and colleagues from the University of
Texas believe that the presence of bugs might be responsible for the
relatively small amount of carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. The
theory has been criticised by many other scientists, but the European
Space Agency Venus Express mission due to be launched in 2005 may help
resolve the issue, one way or the other.
Crop Circle Challenge
Hot Gossip Editor in Chief Georgina Bruni has attracted considerable
media attention by virtue of her so-called Crop Circle Challenge.
Intrigued by some of the most complex crop circle formations, she
challenged those who consistently claimed that they could make such
patterns to do so. It had been established beyond doubt that certain
individuals were making some of the crop circles. Doug Bower and Dave
Chorley were two of the best-known. But could they and they imitators
really make patterns such as the Julia Set? If serious takers are
found, Georgina will liaise between a suitable landowner and the
media, with a view to filming the challenge. Georgina first made this
offer in 1996, and to date has had no takers. She recently repeated
the challenge in the November issue of Fortean Times magazine, and the
media picked up the story. More on this story as it develops, as next
UFO Magazine Bumper Issue
The bumper November/December issue of UFO Magazine is on sale now. As
mentioned last month, it contains a detailed account of the Leeds
conference held in September and attended by ufologists such as
Stanton Friedman, Michael Hesemann, Dr Roger Leir, Philip Mantle and
Georgina Bruni. Check www.ufomag.co.uk for details.
Ufology 2002 - The Year In View
In my column next month I will be reviewing all the major British UFO
stories from the past year, to give an overview of the most
significant developments. 2002 saw numerous document releases, new
books, newspaper features, photographs, UFO sightings and much more
besides. What was hot and what was not. All will be revealed next
Nick Pope's four books, Open Skies, Closed Minds, The Uninvited,
Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike are available
from all good bookshops and from the usual Internet book sites. His UK
publishers are Simon & Schuster. In America, The Overlook Press
publish his books in hardback while the paperbacks are produced by
© Hot Gossip UK 2001
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