Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 8, Number 10
March 5, 2003
Editor: Joseph Trainor
HAIRY HOMINID TERRORIZES
Northern Argentina was in turmoil last week as
reports poured in about a tall, Bigfoot-like creature
sighted near Rosario de la Frontera, a small city 150
kilometers (90 miles) south of Salta, the provincial
"Three residents of the barrio Juan Domingo Peron
(neighborhood) claimed having seen the strange, 2-meter (6
feet, 6 inches) tall biped whose existence has kept all
residents of Rosario de la Frontera on edge after
terrifying and detailed accounts by people who claim
having been attacked by the strange beast."
"The new reports were from Demetrio Villalba, 43;
Eleuteria del Carmen Alvarez, 72, and Nerida del Valle
Marearena, 53, who, in spite of living in different parts
of the residential subdivision and not knowing each other,
made almost identical descriptions of the creature they
had seen at around the same time on the morning of January
"The initial reports on the animal, described as a
fierce plantigrade of large size and humanoid mien, were
reported by rancher Rogelio Martinez some two years ago
(2001), who has since then made numerous reports about the
beast devouring his (ranch) animals on a recurrent basis."
"Reports on sightings and traumatic encounters with
the animal intensified in recent days, according to
reports by El Tribuno in its two previous issues."
"Pedro Villalba, who resides at Soldado Madrid
(Street) 245 in the barrio Peron, said that 'in the early
hours of January 13, alarmed by the barking and howling of
the dogs, I looked out the window and saw it. It was an
enormous hairy animal. I couldn't believe it. It was
walking on two legs and waddled from one side to another,
waving its arms, which ended in thick, curved claws. The
dogs growled, barked and howled but did not dare attack
it. It suddenly broke into a run and became lost in the
"Eleuteria del Carmen Alvarez and Nerida del Valle
Marearena, mother and daughter, offered an analagous
account: 'The time was approximately 3 in the morning.
Our dog howled desperately, squirming around, and was
peeing herself out of sheer fright. We went outside to
see what was happening, and we saw it. It was horrible.
Enormous with clawed hands and covered in hair from head
to toe. We were almost paralyzed with fright when we saw
it because, at a given moment, it turned its head toward
the window we were looking through. However, it kept on
walking, turned at the next block towards the east and we
didn't see it again, although we could hear dogs howling
throughout the neighborhood--they had gone crazy. If we
didn't mention this before, it was out of a sense of shame
(and not wanting to be) dismissed as lunatics. But now
that the story has come out and other people have seen the
same thing we did, we've decided to tell of our own
experience to see if our accounts can assist in solving
"Patricio Saldano, custodian of the municipal garbage
dump" in Rosario de la Frontera "and his family had quite
a fright on (Sunday) February 23 (2003) at 10 p.m.
Alerted by the howling of his hounds, who ran frantically
from one side to the other in the vicinity of a pig pen,
lighting a flashlight (torch in UK--J.T.), he went out to
"'I couldn't believe it, Less than 10 meters (33
feet) away was the strange hairy animal that people have
reported, standing on two legs. It was like an enormous
monkey. It made no noise. It just looked at me fixedly
with its red eyes and every so often moved its powerful
arms to frighten my dogs, who were harassing it but not
attacking,'" Saldano said.
(Editor's Note: Saldano's description of 'an enormous
monkey' suggests that the creature might be a Mapinguary,
or South American Bigfoot, which is usually seen in the
jungles of Brazil and Bolivia. This mapinguary must have
wandered south out of the pantanal into the rain forest of
"'The beast, belonging to a species I had never seen
in books, had (finger) nails as long as daggers, which
shined in the light,' he said."
"Patricio is 62 years old and has been in charge of
the municipal dump for 15 years. He lives there with his
wife, three male children, an 8-year-old daughter and a 4-
"When the encounter occurred, he was in the company
of his wife and the girls. 'I didn't believe the story
everyone's talking about,' he stated, referring to
eyewitness claims about being attacked in Arroyo Salado, 6
kilometers (4 miles) east of" Rosario's main plaza.
"'But some days ago, a man came around these parts
(Juan Carlos Rivas--J.T.) to ask if I had seen a colt he'd
lost. Later I found out that it was discovered
hereabouts, dead and devoured. That's why, when the dogs
barked, I thought about the pigs. And it dawned on me
that it could be an old puma (cougar or mountain lion in
the USA--J.T.). But there it was: quiet and looking at me
intently. Suddenly, it turned on a heel and began to walk
"'It was an animal, but it walked like a man.'
Saldano said that his wife and two girls were able to see
the creature from a distance. 'I've told them not to go
out at night or wander away from the house.'" (See the
newspaper El Tribuno of Salta, Argentina for February 22,
2003, "New eyewitness accounts of strange bipedal animal,"
and for February 28, 2003, "Strange hairy biped terrorizes
family." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Cristian
Hernan Quintero para eses articulos de diario.)
(Editor's Comment: And welcome to Creatures on the Loose
Week here at UFO Roundup. The weird critters were having
a field day last week, so read on...)
CHUPACABRAS RUN WILD
IN PUERTO RICO
"Some 20 rabbits were found dead yesterday (Saturday,
February 22, 2003) in some cages of the barrio Ollas of
Santa Isabel," near Ponce, Puerto Rico.
"Residents accused the Chupacabras of perpetrating
the brutal slayings."
"The incident allegedly occurred in the early hours
of the morning in the backyard of the house owned by
William Maldonado Sanchez. There were several rabbit
cages at the site, but the only cages attacked were the
ones containing female specimens."
"Maldonado's neighbors claim having heard noises
coming from the backyard at around 1 a.m. but didn't
notice anything strange. Maldonado did not blame the
Chupacabras for the events--he said that something strange
had happened in the backyard; only four of the rabbits
showed signs of violence; one of the four had a wound on
the neck; another two had abdominal injuries; and another
had scratches on its paw. Some of the rabbits were found
dead in the cages; others on the ground near the entrance
of the house. The male rabbits were spared, he says,
because their cage was stronger."
"Maldonado Sanchez, who phoned the police to report
the incident, explained that he had female rabbits for
purposes of raising the animals commercially...It was
reported yesterday that a (foot) print with three
prominent indentations was found under one of his cages."
On Friday, February 21, 2003, "Channel 4 (TV)
reported animal mutilations in La Cuchilla de Candelero
Debaso in Humacao," a port city on the eastern shore of
"The television report states that an unknown animal
killed all of the pigs in their pens and ripped apart 9
male rabbits, leaving one female alone. It was also noted
that a duck survived the assault."
"Eyewitnesses were only able to see a shadowy form
that ran away. At the scene of that incident, it was
possible to recover a plaster cast of a feline paw print.
The print is in the custody of the (Puerto Rican)
Department of Natural Resources. The (Channel 4) video
documentary also shows scratches on the pens' wooden parts
which were apparently made by the animal in question."
"The Channel 4 report was prepared by Epron Arroyo
and photojournalist Humberto Mercado Nazario. (The reader
must be aware that there are no predatory feline species
native to Puerto Rico--S.C.)"
"Another incident took place during the early hours
of (Monday) February 17 (2003) in a neighborhood in the
city of Anasco on Puerto Rico's western coast. In this
event, 26 rabbits were mutilated, presenting different
injuries. Some of them were torn apart."
"An elderly man reported hearing shrill squeals and
the sensation that a humanoid form was leaping over the
rooftops. Another witness reported not hearing any
sounds, but that his dogs were nervous and frightened to
such an extent that they hid under the bed." (See the
Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia for February 23, 2003,
"Intriguing death of 20 rabbits." Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales, Dr. Jose I. Gomez, Lucy Guzman y Orlando Pla
para eses informes.)
OUTBACK TERROR STRIKES
AGAIN IN AUSTRALIA
The weird black-panther-like creature sometimes known
as the Outback Terror made a surprise appearance last week
in Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia. Lithgow has a long
history of such sightings.
"Just when you thought that Lithgow's mysterious
'black panther' had departed when the October (2002)
bushfires ripped through his familiar terrain, then think
again. Old Blackie is back!"
"The latest sighting, the first in more than six
months, left a young woman badly shaken by her
"The Lithgow woman was one of a group of animal
welfare volunteers who have been seeking to retrieve a
batch of kittens they heard had been dumped on the
hillside behind Morts Estate," a local subdivision.
"The trio had commented during the week on the number
of unusually large paw prints they had encountered along
"Just on dusk on Saturday night (February 22, 2003)
one member of the group went to inspect cat traps along
the railway line that lead to the State Mine Museum when
she had what she described as the most frightening
experience of her life."
"The woman said it was about 8:20 p.m. when she heard
a loud scuffling noise in the bushes nearby which she
thought was a wild pig."
"It was then that she saw 'a very large cat-like
animal' that she said was 'definitely not a dog.'"
"She had a good view of the animal before it moved
away, covering more than 10 metres (33 feet) in just two
"'It was leaping, not running like a dog,' she said."
(Editor's Comment: Rex Gilroy and other Australian
paranormal researchers believe that the Outback Terror is
an unknown species of marsupial predator, which evolved
over millions of years within Australia's marsupial-
"Leaping" rather than running suggests that it might be a
marsupial rather than a feline and similar to the
kangaroo, which is also a marsupial.)
"The woman, who did not wish to be identified
'because people think you're mad when you report these
things,' ran in a terrified state to a nearby house for
"She later reported the sighting to Lithgow police."
"The woman was still visibly shaken when she spoke to
the Mercury the next morning."
"'There's no way I'll be going back on that
mountain,' she said."
"She and her two companions indicated the large paw
prints in the sand beside the creek, but they (the prints)
had been affected by the overnight rain."
"The paw prints did not show any claw marks and were
bigger than those left by a large Rottweiler (dog) owned
by one of the group."
"The Lithgow Panther gained national publicity some
18 months ago when residents filmed a very large cat-like
animal around the mountain close to a block of town houses
on Mort Street."
"Experts who examined the film were unable to
identify the animal with any degree of certainty."
"Since then, there have been other unexplained
sightings in the general area, further around the mountain
at the Vale of Clwydd and at Clarence, N.S.W. The last
reported sighting was by a woman and her son near the Mort
Street town houses in July (2002) last year."
Lithgow, N.S.W. is about 200 kilometers (120 miles)
west of Sydney. (See the Lithgow, N.S.W. Mercury for
February 25, 2003, "'That cat' still creates stir." Many
thanks to Loren Coleman for forwarding this newspaper
WEIRD NEW EVIDENCE FOUND
IN COLUMBIA DISASTER
"Investigators have found a heat-resistant tile from
the shuttle Columbia that was gouged by intense heat and
speckled with an orange substance that NASA has never seen
"'I am told this is not typical of a re-entry tile,'
retired admiral Harold Gehman, chairman of the Columbia
Accident Investigation Board said Tuesday," February 25,
2003. "'This is very unusual.'"
"The first display of clues from Columbia's wreckage
offered tantalizing hints about what might have happened,
but did little to unravel the mystery of why the shuttle
broke apart during re-entry (on Saturday) February 1
"The tile, recovered in Powell, Texas, about 50 miles
(80 kilometers) south of Dallas, is important because it
was found in the westernmost area of the main (shuttle)
debris field. That indicates it may have come off in the
early stages of the disaster."
"The side of the tile that was attached to the
shuttle was deformed by heat. Gehman said that could
indicate that heat from within the orbiter burned the
tile. Investigators believe that hot gas entered the left
wing as the shuttle flew at more than 200,000 feet (60,000
"But Gehman cautioned that the marks left by the heat
could simply have occurred after the shuttle broke apart.
Investigators do not know where the tile came from on the
"The other side of the shuttle, which would normally
fend off temperatures that reach thousands of degrees, was
mottled and laced with an unknown orange compound."
"In the final two seconds of data that has been
recovered, the navigation, computer and power systems were
functioning normally. But signals from the left wing had
ceased. This suggests that the seven astronauts could
have known of the impending disaster."
"Investigators confirmed that another fragment of
tile was found more than 350 miles (560 kilometers) west
and north of Dallas. It may have come from the area where
the left wing was attached to the fuselage."
On Thursday, February 27, 2003, "the accident
investigation board, meanwhile, released two new photos.
One is an image showing the leading edge of Columbia's
left wing the first day in orbit. The leading edge, which
withstands intense heat in re-entry appears to be normal."
"The other photo, taken after the disaster, shows
heat-resistant tiles on a portion of the left wing's wheel
well area, where sensors suggest the problems originated.
The tiles appear scorched, but the board did not say
whether they were damaged after the shuttle broke apart or
by searing heat."
"A team of aerodynamic experts is studying Columbia's
path in its final minutes to learn what increased drag the
left wing, which prompted the shuttle to try to correct
itself before it broke apart. The data may identify where
the damage occurred and its size at different points of
"Thermodynamic experts are attempting to determine
whether heat from re-entry alone, or in combination with
damage to the tiles, could explain the breakup. On
previous re-entries, Columbia had heated more than normal
because turbulent airflows rippled across its underside."
(See USA Today for February 24, 2003, "Investigators think
they'll pinpoint shuttle breach," page 5A; for February
26, 2003, "Scarred shuttle tile 'very unusual'," page 1A;
and for February 28, 2003, "Congress confronts NASA chief
on emails," page 2A.)
(Editor's Comment: And thereby hangs the tale. What
caused the heat damage to Columbia? Plasma leaking into
the shuttle via a breach in the left wing? Increased
temperatures due to skewed airflows? Or was it the
strange energy bolt that struck Columbia over California?
For more on the energy bolt, which was photographed by an
amateur astronomer in San Francisco, see UFO Roundup,
volume 8, number 7 for February 12, 2003, "Columbia
destroyed by weird energy bolt?" page 1.)
HOVERING UFO SPOTTED
IN PUNE, INDIA
On Monday, February 24, 2003, at 8:30 p.m., Dinesh
Hukmani was at home in the city of Pune, in Maharashtra
state, India when he spotted a UFO.
"I was relaxing on my fifth-floor balcony, gazing at
the stars, when suddenly, in the clear sky amidst lots of
stars, there appeared this light, star-like but very
bright. It appeared out of nowhere, grew in intensity,
diminished and then disappeared. It was all over in a
matter of three seconds."
Dinesh Hukmani described the UFO as "round in shape,
silvery white, star-like, very bright."
Pune (pronounced Poo-nah--J.T.) is located 180
kilometers (108 miles) southeast of Mumbai, India's
LARGE DARK UFO SEEN IN
VINA DEL MAR, CHILE
On Friday, February 28, 2003, at 6:20 a.m., Ricardo
Barraza was driving to work in Vina del Mar, a port in
Chile, when "he looked to the southern sky" and "noticed a
pulsating luminous object that began to move quickly
towards the south. He noticed that the light was being
followed by an enormous dark mass that was easily
concealed by the darkness of the sky at this early hour."
Vina del Mar is a suburb just north of the large
Chilean port city of Valparaiso. (Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Rodrigo Cuadra Salazar de la revista
Tecnologia: OVNIs y Ciencia para eso informe.)
LUMINOUS BLUE UFO SEEN IN
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
On Saturday, February 22, 2003, at 6:45 p.m., Steve
Goldman reports, "I was facing north, coming off the
highway, Interstate I-25, at the Griegos exit" in
Albuquerque, New Mexico (population 448,607) when "a
bright flourescent blue lozenge-shaped object flew from
the west, coming down at around 30 degrees. It seemed to
be traveling very fast, crossing about a third of my view
of the horizon in about two seconds. When it reached what
appeared to be the height of Sandia Peak, 10,000 feet
(3,000 meters) it simply 'turned off' and disappeared from
"The object was about the size of an aspirin held at
arm's length and was a very bright flourescent blue until
it disappeared. The brightness and color were constant
while it was in view." (Email Form Report)
MULTICOLORED UFO SEEN
IN SOUTH CAROLINA
On Wednesday, February 5, 2003, at 9 p.m., David
Boone was outdoors in a rural area near Hemingway, South
Carolina (population 573) when he spotted a UFO "with many
David reported, "I saw a ball of lights going into
the woods" just off Highway 51. "At first I thought it
was a helicopter. It was just off Balex Road, where the
cows graze. It was a ball of lights. It was big. It had
all kinds of colored lights on it."
Hemingway, S.C. is on Highway 51 about 20 miles (32
kilometers) west of Myrtle Beach. (Email Form Report)
"JELU SIGHTING" WAS NOT MINE!
Giorgio Piacenza of Peru writes, "I never mentioned
anything about an ET princess wearing something like a
Tanga (Brazilian string bikini--J.T.) The report from
Panamericana Television in Lima does not mention this,
either. Please correct this information which is highly
inaccurate and detracts from my reputation and from the
serious and genuine UFO events taking place in northern
In Peru's department (state) of Piura, "there are
sightings witnessed by many people and even filmed by
some. They are occurring close to an archaeological area
where the pre-Incan Vicus culture thrived. This is the
news I sent to UFOINFO."
(Editor's Comment: Giorgio is referring to the story that
appeared in UFO Roundup, Volume 8, Number 8 for February
19, 2003, "UFO flap reported in northern Peru," page 5.
This story was rewritten and appeared in the Spanish-
language newsletter NotiOVNI for February 23, 2003. The
original UFO Roundup story listed "Giorgio Piacenza y
Monica Gaetano de Silva" as sources, which was true
enough. Giorgio provided the report on the TV broadcast
of UFO sightings in Chulucanas and Piura La Vieja. Sra.
de Silva provided a short report on the "Jelu sighting" in
nearby Tangarara. Since the reported incidents all took
place in the same area, your editor combined them into one
story about northern Peru and listed Giorgio and Sra. de
Silva in the attribution line. However, when NotiOVNI re-
ran the story in Spanish, they omitted Sra. de Silva's
name. In retrospect, the fault is your editor's--I should
have been a lot more specific in the attribution, and I
apologize. So let me clear this up right now. Giorgio
Piacenza contributed the report about Television
Panamericana, Canal (Channel) 5 in Lima's 15-minute news
special on the UFO sightings and videotapings in
Chulucanas and Piura La Vieja--Monica Gaetano de Silva
contributed the report about la princesa de los hermanos
espaciales appearing in Tangarara.)
From the UFO Files...
1978: THE LOURDES OF
Our Story So Far: "In 1907, following a fatal attempt
to halt a runaway train carriage, a young rail worker,
William T. Steenson, was laid to rest" at the old Pioneer
Cemetery on Terania Street in North Lismore, New South
"Soon after his death, the graveyard ceased taking new
burials and became overgrown."
During World War I, "locals began to notice the cross
on Steenson's grave glowing in the dark" like an electric
light bulb. The cross, made of Balmoral red granite from
Scotland, bore Steenson's name and a carving of a Masonic
Throughout the Twentieth Century, "the Lismore cross"
periodically manifested its unearthly light. As late as
1968, the manifestation remained a local phenomenon. All
that changed, however, ten years later, in 1978...
"A two-metre-high granite cross which lights up every
night near an abandoned North Lismore cemetery has the
people of Lismore mystified and some people terrified."
"The cross was erected over the grave of a 29-year-
old railway guard more than 70 years ago."
"Now each night the headstone which once stood over
Steenson's grave glows spectacularly. It lights up as a
perfectly formed cross among dozens of other headstones."
"People go there every night. Some kneel in front of
it and others talk to it."
"So far there is no scientific explanation for the
phenomenon other than that the granite is somehow
"But the nearest street lights are nearly a kilometre
away, and the cross glows when there is no moon."
"Hundreds of people last night (Friday, February 17,
2003) gathered at North Lismore to witness the mysterious
glowing cross at the old North Lismore cemetery."
"People from all parts of Lismore lined an old wire
fence adjacent to the cemetery in threes and fours to see
the strange phenomenon for themselves."
"Cars lined Terania Street for more than 50 metres
(165 feet). People lined up in the corridor from which
the glowing cross of granite can be seen."
"More than 120 people were already at the viewing
site at 8:15 p.m. when The Northern Star arrived. More
came during the next hour."
When The Northern Star published its photos of the
glowing cross the following day, the phenomenon became a
On Tuesday, February 21, 1978, "television crews from
Channels 7, 9 and 10 in Sydney and cameramen from the
Sydney Mirror and Sydney Sun had a field day on the
"The hardened newsmen and cameramen from the
television stations and newspapers said the trip had been
more than worthwhile."
"'It impressed me and I've seen a lot of impressive
things in 20 years in journalism,' one of them said."
"The old cemetery has never seen scenes like it
before--nor has Lismore for that matter."
Neville Steenson, the grandson of W.T. Steenson,
pleaded in vain with the crowds to leave his grandfather's
grave undisturbed. Vandals and souvenir hunters were
using hammers, stone chisels and rocks to chip off pieces
of "the magic headstone."
But no one could figure out just why this strange
manifestation was going on. Although a member of several
fraternal lodges, W.T. Steenson had no known interest in
religious or occult matters.
Within a week, pilgrims from elsewhere in Australia
began arriving in force.
"Mrs. Zillah McJannett, a (Queensland) Gold Coast
housewife, says the cross could help to give people like
herself peace and there was nothing wrong with that."
"'They could make a walkway to the cross or a shrine
there,' Mrs. McJannett said. 'Some church people are
saying that Lismore should not become another Lourdes.
Rev. A. Dann of the Bible Methodist Church of
Australia agreed with Mrs. McJannett and suggested that
"Lismore's glowing cross could become a new Lourdes."
But the prospect horrified other churchmen. "Mr.
Dann's claim that the cross could lead to the
establishment of another Lourdes was rejected yesterday by
the Bishop of Lismore, Dr. J.S. Satterthwaite, and the
Rector of St. Andrew's Anglican Church, the Rev. A.
"Dr. Satterthwaite said the cross was not a religious
shrine 'and I am not going to start leading pilgrimages to
That didn't keep the pilgrims away, though. Nine
months later, in November 1978, David Elizalde, "a
Filipino faith healer from Sydney led a group of five
families from various suburbs of Sydney to see Lismore's
mysterious glowing cross...The group arrived on Friday and
visited the cross of light that evening."
Local motel owner Bill Swaby told The Northern Star:
"A steady flow of people has been visiting Lismore just to
see the cross. The first thing they ask is: Where is the
The manifestation also brought forward a witness to a
similar phenomenon--Mrs. Marianne Kempnich, who wrote, "My
husband and I recently spent two years teaching at the
small north-western town of Mungindi. While there, the
locals often spoke of a glowing headstone at the
(Editor's Note: If any of our Australian readers have more
information about the phenomenon in Mungindi, please send
an email to UFO Roundup.)
In February 1978, Rev. Dann warned that unless the
Steenson cross was "fenced off or moved...the cross would
be defaced or stolen."
Eight years later, on Tuesday, March 18, 1986, the
minister's prediction came true. Chief health surveyor J.
Douglass "said that his works supervisor, Mr. Jim Ward,
had told him that the cross was missing" and "that the 1.3
metre (4-foot) high granite cross had been removed from
its pedestal 'during the past month.'"
Seventeen years later, "the Lismore cross" is still
missing. But it has become one of Australia's enduring
mysteries. (See the Sunday Telegraph for December 22,
2002, "Cross that glowed," page 114; the Sydney Morning
Herald for February 21, 1978, "Mystery of the glowing
cross," page 3; The Northern Star for February 18, 1978,
"Lismore's fiery cross," page 1; for February 22, 1978,
"Media converges on cross," page 2; for February 23, 1978,
"'Cross could become a new Lourdes,'" page 3; for February
24, 1978, "Phenomenon can 'bring people closer to God,'"
page 3; for November 3, 1978, "Faith pilgrimage to glowing
cross," page 5; and for March 21, 1986, "Mystery cross
disappears," page 1. Many thanks to Jeremy Fenton and
Steven Fawcett for forwarding the Australian newspaper
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