UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 26
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 9, Number 26
June 30, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor
PORTUGAL FIRED A MISSILE
AT THE CIGAR-SHAPED UFO
The Portuguese military fired a ground-to-air missile
at the luminous UFO that passed over their country during
the early morning hours of Monday, June 7, 2004.
(For the original report, see UFO Roundup, volume 9,
number 23 for June 9, 2004, "Luminous UFO seen by hundreds
in Portugal," page 5.)
Portuguese ufologist Gregorio Sao Xavier reported
that "the cigar-shaped UFO was tracked on radar. It moved
in a south-to-north direction. It was reported in the
Portuguese newspapers that 'a target on radar' was found
at three separate military bases."
These included "Beja, south of Evora and north of the
Algarve region; Montijo, near Lisboa (the capital of
Portugal--J.T.); and Oporto, the second largest city in
Portugal. The news was released by a colonel in the
"That same day, only one report came from a civilian
identifying the trajectory of the unknown object as coming
from north to south, and a cigar form was described."
"Some days later, it was reported on Spanish and
German TV that an official of the Portuguese Army
confirmed that a missile had been launched. What most
people saw trailing smoke" was the missile launched at the
"Visual contact with the object was made at the base
in Beja," Gregorio added, "A week later, the photo of a
cigar-shaped object appeared in a popular (Portuguese)
magazine. And a few days later, the military officials
charged with the investigation of the incident closed the
case, calling it an 'unknown object.'"
One of the most curious aspects of this case was the
multiple sightings of a radar-domed AWACS plane, provided
by NATO, which was seen flying offshore, just west of Cabo
de Sines, 120 kilometers (72 miles) south of Lisboa.
(Muito obrigado a Gregorio Sao Xavier por esas
DELTA-SHAPED UFO SEEN
IN DAYLIGHT OVER IRELAND
"Two men working high up a radio mast in County
Monaghan" in Ireland "believe they have spied a top-secret
inter-planetary craft flying (north) toward Belfast."
"Miles Johnston, of the Irish UFO Research Centre,
and Dublin-based rigger Terry Malone claimed the delta-
winged craft traversed the sky at ultrasonic speed, taking
just a few seconds to reach the horizon."
"'I am convinced it was a man-made advanced space
craft--we had a good long look at it in the clear blue
sky,' Mr. Johnston said."
"Mr. Malone confirmed that the object was 'absolutely
"'It was large, high and travelling at some speed,'
"'I've seen B-52s going over, and you can hear them
buzzing, but there was not a sound from this thing. And
it was gone in an instant.'" (See the Belfast Telegraph
for June 26, 2004, "'UFO' is spotted in skies." Many
thanks to Jim Hickman for this newspaper article. And
don't forget to visit Jim's Web site---
WAVE OF CROP CIRCLES
Polish cerealogist "Bogdan Zabielski researched a
strange agroformation ( crop circle in the USA--J.T.),
which appeared two weeks ago in a field near Stawiska, a
village 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Korsze. The
agroformation was composed of lines 60 centimeters (2
feet) wide, arranged in a strange shape. Zabielski
exlcuded the possibility of the creation being a fraud."
"The Stawiska agrosymbol is reminiscent of two Czech
agroformations, which appeared in Novy Malin in 2002 and
in Dobruska-Domasin in 2003. It is the first
agroformation of its kind in Poland."
On Monday, June 22, 2004, "a local newspaper
announced that a classic crop circle had appeared in a
wheat field on Ulica Zachodnia Street on the western
outskirts of Szezcin. The case was investigated by Mr.
Makek Rudnicki, a reporter for the Glos Szezcinski daily
The following day--Tuesday, June 23, 2004--Poland's
"Center for UFOs and Anomalous Phenomena Research (Polish
acronym: CBUFOIZA--J.T.) team investigated a strange-
looking agroformation which had appeared in a rye field in
the village of Domatkow, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from
Kolbuszowa. The agroformation was composed of several
pathways 30 to 45 centimeters (1 to 1.5 feet) wide and
several little circles 50 centimeters in diameter. It is
a possible hoax. This case was investigated by the
CBUFOIZA team, plus the local police and an insurance
In addition, an officer from the nearby Polish Army
base at Kolbuszowa "was also at the scene." (See the
Polish newspaper Glos Szezcinski for June 23, 2004. Many
thanks to Robert K. Lesniakiewicz, Leszek Owsiany and
Bogdan Zabielski for these crop circle reports.)
KILLED THREE IN TEXAS
Hard on the heels of last week's "Hollywood
Headhunter" case came a disturbing report of a copycat
slayer operating in Texas and Maryland.
"Eerie similarities in the brutal killing of six
children have raised the spectre of a copycat crime in
Brownsville, Texas (population 139,722)."
"The details linking the decapitation death of three
Brownsville children in March last year (2003) and last
month's (May 2004) slaying of three Baltimore (Maryland)
children, two nearly decaptitated and one that 'appeared
"Both cities (names) begin with the same letter (B).
The months the crimes occurred begin with the same letter
(M). The crime scenes were both small apartments in which
members of two families lived."
"The killings were discovered in the early
"Family members are suspected in both cases."
"Knives were used in both cases."
"Two children who died in separate crimes shared the
same last name."
"Both these children were products of failed
"Together, the similarities may add up to more."
"Baltimore police have not found a motive for the May
27 (2004) killing of Lucero Morales Quezada, 9, her
brother, Ricardo Anubis Espinosa Quezada, 9, and their
cousin, Alexis Espejo Quezada, 10."
"The March 11 (2003) deaths of Julissa Quezada, 3,
John Stephan Rubio, 1, and Mary Jane Rubio, age two
months, might provide the motive, they said."
"'(The girls') last names being so similar, and the
tie (to Mexico--L.C.), it could be related,' said
Baltimore police Detective Sabrina Torres, 'It's just
"Baltimore police heard of the Brownsville murders
after a call from the Brownsville Herald."
"A judicial gag order limits the ability of the
Baltimore police to comment, but investigators listed that
the killing methods might have been similar."
"On hearing that a Brownsville case existed in which
children were decapitated with knives, an investigator
asked if the Brownsville victims had been suffocated."
"They were. The Brownsville children were stabbed
numerous times and suffocated before their heads were
"The known similarities in the cases are not enough
to suggest that the Baltimore murders were styled after
the ones in Brownsville, said behavioral criminologist
Gregg O. McCrary, a former FBI Special Agent and current
adjunct professor of forensic psychology at Nova
Southeastern University in Florida."
"But the details are similar enough to investigate
the possibility of a copycat crime, he said, and details
from the Brownsville case should be looked at in their
entirety and compared to the details in Baltimore."
"'If there is some other commonality to be
found...(like) an occult mindset or activity...there could
be something to take a look at,' he said in a phone
interview with the Herald on Thursday," June 24, 2004.
"The Brownsville killings were shrouded in occult
theories and beliefs."
"John Allen Rubio, sentenced to death for his part in
the children's deaths, told police that he killed the
children because they were possessed with the spirit of
(Editor's Comment: Another one with three names--just
like the presidential assassins John Wilkes Booth, Charles
Julius Guiteau and Lee Harvey Oswald.)
Rubio's reputed accomplice, Angela "Camacho said in a
confession to police that the day before the murders, she
and Rubio had seen a woman with the mark of the devil.
John said the children were acting strange, 'not how
little children should act.'"
"Rubio's descriptions were markedly more descriptive,
including that Julissa was possessed by the soul of his
grandmother 'who was a witch' and that the children
growled at him with beast-like noises before he killed
"Rubio, 23, was father to one of the children, and he
said that he also loved the others."
"He admitted to an addiction to sniffing spray paint,
and a witness pegged Rubio holding a can of spray paint on
the day the dead children were found."
"The children's mother, Angela Camacho, 24, is also
charged with their deaths, stating in a confession to
police that she handed at least one knife to Rubio and
that she helped him hold down the children while Rubio was
sawing their heads off."
"The undocumented Mexican immigrant is awaiting
trial. A date has not been set."
"Rubio said he decapitated the children because he
heard from a movie that beheading is a dependable method
"An anthropologist who testified in Rubio's trial
said no details at the crime scene suggested organized
occult activity, but he said Rubio's description of the
children's behavior and struggle when he killed them fits
what is known about demon possession."
"The parents of the dead Baltimore children buried
them Sunday," June 14, 2004, "in Tenenexpan, Mexico."
"Maria Andrea Espejo, single mother to Alexis
Quezada, and Ricardo Espinoza and Mimi Quezada, parents of
Lucero and Ricardo, are undocumented immigrants. They
will be allowed to reenter the United States to serve as
witnesses in the case."
"The children's uncle, Policarpo Espinoza, 22, and
cousin, Adan Espinoza Canela, 17, were arrested on murder
charges but had not been indicted as of Thursday," June
17, 2004, said Joseph Sviatko, a spokesman for the
Maryland state attorney's office in Baltimore."
"'The possibility that the Baltimore slayings were
the work of a 'copycat' criminal is disturbing,' said Tony
White, director of Baltimore's Mayor's Office of
Neighborhoods. But he said the thought is one that must
be confronted to give a stunned community answers."
"'The coincidence is alarming. And to think that two
crimes of this magnitude happened (so close in) time in
two different locations and included the same number of
children. It is just overwhelming.'" (See the
Brownsville, Tex. Herald for June 18, 2004, "Decapitation
raises questions of possible copycat crime." Many thanks
to Loren Coleman for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: Although the Al-Qaeda beheadings in
Iraq are getting all the press, there seems to be a
sinister undercurrent of occult decapitations right here
in the good old USA. First Brownsville, then Baltimore,
then Hollywood. If there is a pattern to these crimes,
then the next one will probably be in March or May 2005 in
an American city that begins with the letter B. But which
one? Boston, Bismarck and Boise are the first three that
come to mind. But the thing that bothers your editor is
the middle name of Ricardo Junior--Anubis. Why was little
Ricky named after an Egyptian god?)
BLACK GOOP FALLS FROM
THE SKY IN BOURNE, MASS.
"A strange black spatter is baffling Bourne
"The specks rained down on homes, cars and plants
near the Bourne Bridge (which spans the Cape Cod Canal--
J.T.), and a week later they're still there."
"Town officials say it appears to be an oil-based
material that was sprayed from the bridge" on Thursday,
June 10, 2004.
"Officials said it doesn't appear to be related to
any work done on the bridge."
"In the meantime, the Cape Cod Times reported that
neighbors are using everything from paint thinner to glass
cleaner to try to get rid of the smudges. One man said
he'll have to replace the vinyl siding on his home. He's
happy to find the source of the problem so he can recover
Bourne, Mass. (population 1,200) is on Route 28, on
the Cape Cod side of the canal, about 50 miles (80
kilometers) southeast of Boston. (See the WJAR-TV Channel
10 News broadcast of June 18, 2004. Many thanks to Mary
Lou Jones-Drown for this news story.)
MISSOURI LAKE VANISHES
INTO MYSTERIOUS SINKHOLE
"To folks around Wildwood (Missouri, population
32,884), it is nothing but freaky: an entire 23-acre lake
vanished in a matter of days, as if someone pulled the
plug on a bathtub."
"Lake Chesterfield went down a sinkhole this week,
leaving homeowners in the "affluent St. Louis suburb
wondering if their property values disappeared along with
their lakeside view."
"'It's real creepy,' said Donna Ripp, who lives near
what had been Lake Chesterfield. 'That lake was 23
acres...no small lake. And to wake up one morning, drive
by, and it's gone!?'"
"What was once an oasis for waterfowl and sailboats
was nothing but a muddy, cracked pit outlined by rotting
"The sight had 74-year-old George English scratching
"'It's disheartening, getting out on your deck and
seeing this,' he said, as he stood next to his wife,
Betty, and the 'lakeside' condominium they built in 1996
for its view. 'One day it's a beautiful lake, and now,
bingo, it's gone.'"
"Some residents said they noticed that the lake,
after being swelled by torrential rains weeks earlier,
began falling last weekend. The Englishes said they
noticed the drop-off Monday," June 21, 2004.
"By Wednesday," June 23, 2004, "the manmade lake--
normally seven to 10 feet (2.2 to 3 meters) deep in spots-
-had been reduced to a mucky, stinky mess."
"David Taylor, a geologist who inspected the lakebed
Wednesday, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the
sinkhole was formed when water eroded the limestone deep
underground and created pockets in the rock. The sinkhole
was like 'a ticking time bomb.'"
"The lake and its surrounding housing development
date to the late 1980s. The development now includes more
than 670 condominiums and houses, about one-tenth of them
bordering the lake."
"Because the lake is private property, the
subdivision's residents will have to cover the cost of
fixing it, probably through special property assessments.
George English expects it to cost $1,000 per household."
"It is a price English said he is willing to pay. He
just wants the unsightly pit gone, either by refilling it
with water or dumping enormous amounts of dirt into it to
create open space or usable land."
"'I think it'll come back again,' he said, 'You have
to hope they can fix it.'" (See the St. Louis Post-
Dispatch for June 21, 2004, "St. Louis-area lake vanishes
over days." Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for this
(Editor's Comment: If you think property values are
depressed now, just wait till the Deros come popping out
of that sinkhole. There goes the neighborhood!)
WEIRD PANTHER SOUGHT
IN SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA
"Alan Phillips believes he has found the lair of a
big cat he has been hunting for some years."
Phillips, a resident of Corio, Victoria state,
Australia "is now convinced that one day soon he will trap
the beast alive."
"Mr. Phillips, 55, a freight rail repairman, first
sighted the creature six years ago (1998), when he fired
at it, causing it to 'stagger sideways' before
disappearing into nearby rocks."
"Since then he has seen it three more times, most
recently three weeks ago in Lara--shortly after he
discovered the creature's lair."
"'It was in a rocky area and strewn with bones,
mainly sheep, rabbits and foxes,' he said this week,
'There was also the remains of a kelpie-sized dog with a
rope and a clip off a dog chain still around its neck.
You're not telling me a feral cat could have done that,'
"'I reckon the dog went into the lair after the
bones, and the big cat caught it there and killed it.'"
"Mr. Phillips said his best sighting of the cat was
from only a few metres away, when it came out of a gully
and stood looking at him for 30 to 40 seconds."
"On another occasion, he saw it leap through the air
for a distance of 5 metres (16.5 feet) before landing on
rocks and scuttling away."
"From his four sightings, Mr. Phillips estimates the
cat is 1.5 metres (5 feet) long, black with about eight
white spots ringed by brown."
"The beast has a distinctive 'stringy' tail that
stands straight up and appears to have been severed
halfway along its length."
"Late last month (May 2004) Mr. Phillips took two
wildlife experts, Michael Helman from Parks Victoria and
David Burrell from Leopold Wildlife Rescue to see the
"The three men found droppings and paw prints about
10 centimetres (4 inches) across. Mr. Helman said he felt
the prints were too big for a feral cat."
"Mr. Phillips no longer wants to shoot the cat and is
building a large trap to capture it alive."
"'It knows me now, so it won't be easy. It's come up
behind me once, and it could have jumped me if it had
wanted, but it chose not to,' Mr. Phillips said." (See
the Sunday Herald-Sun of Melbourne for June 20, 2004,
"Ready to trap 'big cat' alive." Many thanks to John
Hayes and Diane Harrison of the Australian UFO Research
Network for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: I'm not so sure this "panther" is even
a feline. It might be a gilroy, also known as "the
Outback Terror," a seldom-seen predatory Australian
marsupial that resembles a black panther. Its leaping
ability is certainly extraordinary.)
FAYETTE FACTOR FIRE
TAKES OUT A WAL-MART
"A minor fire yesterday (Monday, June 21, 2004) at a
Wal-Mart in Fayetteville, North Carolina (population
121,015) still has people talking today--not because of
how much damage was done, but because of how bizarre the
whole incident really was."
"It's business as usual today," Tuesday, June 22,
2004, "for Skibo Road Wal-Mart customers and employees,
but this wasn't the case yesterday afternoon when 38-year-
old Donivan Martin allegedly set fire to some clothes
inside the store."
"Marcia Clark was one of the first employees to
notice the smoke. 'So I ran around here to see, and I saw
clothes on the floor burning, and it was just going up
this rack and just burning all the clothes. And it
started to spread.'"
(Editor's Comment: Here's a lexilink for Loren Coleman's
collection. "Marcia Clark" was the name of one of the
prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson trial 10 years ago.)
"After the suspect set the fire, he tried to make his
way out of the Wal-Mart, through the front door. But he
didn't get very far, according to Sharon Walden, who works
at the store. 'I was scared. I was afraid I was going to
die. But, everything is fine. Everybody kept their cool.
The guy ran out, and we had a customer that tackled him.
So everything's fine.'"
"After being caught, Martin denied setting the blaze.
'The way they treated me. And I was a customer inside
"Meanwhile, authorities arrested a couple of other
customers for shoplifting during the fire. 'They got
caught at the door, trying to get out with a few things.
They weren't together. I just thought they thought they
could get away with some merchandise while everything was
"The fire damaged several thousand dollars' worth of
clothes, but no one was hurt. Martin is being held in the
Cumberland County jail on a $10,000 bond."
Another weird lexilink surfaced in Fayette County,
"Steven Keith Poe (a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe?--
J.T.) was shot and killed in Collierville, Tenn.
(population 31,825) around 2 a.m. on (Sunday) June 6
(2004) after breaking into the home of the parents of a
woman who had recently filed domestic assault charges
"A report from the Fayette County Sheriff's Office
shows the 28-year-old Poe was arrested on March 25 (2004)
at 1415 Burrowtown Road, listed as his address, after
physically assaulting Karla Borchardt and doing damage to
her automobile during an argument. He was charged with
domestic assault, resisting arrest, and vandalism, and was
apparently released on bond and ordered to refrain from
any contact with the woman."
"A warrant was issued for Poe on April 19 (2004) for
violating the court order, and records provided by the
Fayette County Sheriff's Department shows Poe was arrested
April 21 and released from the Fayette County jail on May
"General Sessions Court records lists him as having
been found guilty of charges of domestic assault, contempt
of a court order, and vandalism on that same day. Two of
the sentences carry penalties of 11 months, 29 days, but
were reduced to 75 percent of that and sentence was
suspended for time already served. Poe was ordered again
to have no further contact with Borchardt."
"Collierville police reported Poe was shot to death
by the woman's father after breaking into his house, where
she was living, armed with a rifle. No charges were filed
in the incident."
Within days of Poe's death, another frightening
report came from Fayette County, Tennessee.
"Citizens of Manchester (Tennessee, population 8,294)
should begin taking steps to avoid mosquitoes. The first
fatal case of West Nile virus in Tennessee this year has
been reported in a horse infected in Fayette County."
"State health officials say it is difficult to
predict how severely West Nile virus will hit the state
this year but would expect to see around the same number
of human cases as the past two years, which was about 36
to 60 people."
"Last year (2003) Tennessee had 26 human cases, 103
positive horses and 275 positive birds. West Nile virus
is a mosquito-borne virus which can occasionally cause an
infection of the brain in humans."
Rounding out the Fayette Factor news this week...
In Louisiana, "the city of Lafayette's first black
police chief, Eddie Ware, died at his Roanoke home Sunday
night," June 20, 2004. "He was 46. Ware died of a blood
In California, "a centuries-old American Indian
burial ground has been discovered at a construction site
east of San Francisco, in Lafayette (population 23,908)."
(See the WTVD News broadcast from Durham-Raleigh, N.C. for
June 22, 2004, "Back to business after fire at
Fayetteville Wal-Mart;" the Fayette County Review of
Somerville, Tenn. for June 23, 2004, "Fayette County man
shot dead in Collierville following domestic dispute;" the
Manchester, Tenn. Times for June 23, 2004, "West Nile
virus found in Fayette County;" the Florence, Ala. Daily
Times for June 22, 2004, "Lafayette police chief dies of
blood clot at age 46" and the San Jose, Cal. Mercury-News
for June 22, 2004, "Indian burial ground discovered at Bay
Area construction site." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for
these news stories.)
HAARP UTILIZED IN RECENT
U.S. NAVAL EXERCISE
"A rather unusual announcement was released this
morning (Wednesday, June 16, 2004) describing to the
public for the first time a previous Top Secret testing
program in the Atlantic. It is known as Operation
"This exercise appears to be utilizing HAARP."
"Cmdr. Joe Murphy, USN, of the Alaska Command,
reported, 'A new combat system is being tested. The new
testing device is used for what is commonly known as
'jamming.' The Improved Capabilities System III (ICAP-3)
overloads specific listed communication bandwidths,
causing users to temporarily lose service."
"'Training and testing of ICAP-3 is a stepping-stone
for the Navy,' said Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic Ron
Szpynda of Air Test Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9).
'This is the first time we have ever used this system.'"
"VX-9's EA-6B Prowlers are being used to test the
system. The aircraft provide protection for strike
aircraft, ground troops and ships by jamming enemy radar,
electronic data links and communications."
"'The system floods an opposing bandwidth with more
frequency than those operating systems release,' said
Cmdr. Jim Winship," reportedly the executive officer (XO)
of the squadron. 'This causes users to temporarily lose
service. Everything from telephones to sophisticated
electronics equipment goes static because the jammer can
overwhelm the frequencies they use.'" (See Earth Changes
TV for June 16, 2004, article by Mitch Battros. Many
thanks to "Popeye, Bluto and Olive Oyl" for this news
CELESTIAL PRINCESS IN
ANOTHER FILM WALK-ON?
Longtime UFO Roundup contributors Binh and Trinh,
martial arts instructors and experts on Vietnamese
folklore, claim that "the celestial princess," Cong Chua
Yeu Thuat, made another public appearance, this one in
Jackie Chan's newly released movie Around the World in 80
Cong Chua Yeu Thuat, said to be "an emissary from the
Hidden Masters of Tong Yao," reportedly worked as a "stunt
double" for Singaporean actress Fann Wong in the film
Shanghai Knights, which starred Jackie Chan and Owen
Wilson. (See UFO Roundup, volume 8, number 8 for February
19, 2003, "Celestial princess appears in Jackie Chan's new
movie," page 8.)
According to Nguyen Ai Binh, "My sister Trinh and I
went to see The Medallion last year, just to see if she
would be in it. But she wasn't. So we really weren't
expecting to see her again. Boy, were we surprised."
In the second half of the movie, Chan, who plays
Passepartout, the ever-resourceful valet of Phileas Fogg,
squares off against the "Black Scorpion" triad in his
native village of Anju. On the verge of defeat, he is
rescued by his old sensei, a Chinese version of Japan's
yamabushi (mountain warrior-monks--J.T.). The elderly
monk summons the legendary "Night Tigers of Anju" to fight
at Chan's side.
"When the big fight began, Trinh nudged me and
whispered, 'It's her! It's her!' I said, 'Who?' And she
pointed out Cong Chua Yeu Thuat, who was dressed like a
ninja. The mask covered her face except for her eyes,
which were very dark brown and ferocious. Now, the focus
jumped from Jackie Chan's battle with the lead Black
Scorpion to Master Chin Wu to the other Night Tigers.
Then the camera spent more than a minute on her battle
with a Black Scorpion three times her size. Of all the
Night Tigers, she got the most film time other than Jackie
"Joe, more than anyone else, I know these mock
battles are choreographed, but my sister and I are certain
that this is the same woman who was in Shanghai Knights.
She displayed the same mastery of the martial arts as the
last time, flowing seamlessly from kung fu...wing chun and
pa kia wushu styles...to Japanese ninjutsu to Korean
taekwondo to muay thai. Trinh and I were hard put to
identify each of her moves. When this new film comes out
on DVD, we're going to run it in slow motion and compare
it with the opening scene of Shanghai Knights."
"After the village battle, there is a scene with
Jackie Chan in the foreground, and a woman ninja in the
background. However, this Chinese actress is at least
three to four inches taller than the 'Tigress of Anju.'
We feel certain that it was indeed Cong Chua Yeu Thuat in
the fight scene."
Upon receiving Binh's email, UFO Roundup editor
Joseph Trainor went to Cinema 8 to view the film for
"First, Binh, I want you and your sister to know that
I missed the Sunday night showing of Fahrenheit 9/11 to
check this out," Trainor said, "But I have to agree with
you. Like an idiot, I didn't bring a stopwatch with me,
so I had to use my own wristwatch. I calculated that the
woman-ninja scene you mentioned ran for 69 seconds.
That's a lot more screen time than the other Night Tigers
got. And you're right about the tall Chinese actress in
the background. That's not the brown-eyed woman in the
ninja mask in the earlier close-up. Also, I stuck around
for the credits at the end. I read all of the stuntmen's
names, but there were no female names in the list. Just
like with the credits at the end of Shanghai Knights. So,
again, the stunt woman's identity is a mystery."
"What really bothers me about this woman is the long
period between her appearances," Trainor added, "The
flyers about her first appeared in Hanoi almost four years
ago. Yet you can count the times she's turned up in
public on one hand. What's going on here? If Cong Chua
Yeu Thuat really is the 'emissary of the Hidden Masters of
Tong Yao,' and she has some kind of message for the
public, then why doesn't she go on The View or something?
What's with these 'peekaboo' public appearances in Jackie
Chan movies? And, if this is some kind of weird joke,
what's the point? At this rate, we'll all be dead of old
age before the lady gets around to revealing her message.
I mean, so far, all the 'celestial princess' is doing is
building up a filmography to rival Meryl Streep."
"One other thing about Around the World in 80 Days--
Jackie Chan's fight with the Black Scorpions in the New
York City warehouse. I really, really didn't need to see
the disassembled Statue of Liberty in there, especially
since I'd just finished writing this week's feature story.
Talk about synchronicity!"
(Editor's Note: I finally got to see Fahrenheit 9/11 at
the Monday matinee at the Lakes 10 Cinema here in Duluth.
The theatre was packed! There were some pretty funny
scenes in this movie, but the one that put me on the floor
laughing was Attorney General John Ashcroft singing Let
the Eagle Soar. Believe me, Mel Torme has nothing to
LIZZIE BORDEN HOUSE
MAY GET A STARBUCKS
"Are you ready for a Lizzie Borden Latte?"
"It could happen. A Fall River, Mass. couple thinks
the Lizzie Borden house" on Fourth Street in Fall River
"is just the spot for a new Starbucks."
"The infamous spot has been a bed-and-breakfast, plus
museum, since 1996."
"As the legend goes, Lizzie Borden hacked her parents
to death in 1892--'Forty whacks for Mom, another 41 for
Dad,' the old limerick says."
(Editor's Note: Actually, the rhyme goes like this:
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother
When she saw
What she had done
She gave her father
Incidentally, the first victim was Lizzie's
stepmother, her elderly father's second wife. Remind me
to tell you sometime about my Fall River-born
grandmother's two encounters with the Borden family.)
"Donald Woods and Lee-Ann Wilber are the new owners
of the house and hope to add a Starbucks at the rear of
the building. They're also renovating the house. Woods
told the Boston Globe that he's not interested in the
blood-and-guts angle of the story. He wants to treat the
Borden family with respect."
"One of these fans said, 'Starbucks and Lizzie
Borden? It doesn't go.'" (See the Fall River, Mass.
Herald for June 21, 2004, "Lizzie Borden house may get
Starbucks." Many thanks to Mary-Lou Jones-Drown for this
(Editor's Comment: Famous Last Words of Andrew Jackson
Borden: "Lizzie! Get down here! Chop-chop!")
From the UFO Files...
1886: RAISING LIBERTY
At the time of her completion, she was the largest
statue ever built. "A century later, the vital statistics
still seem fabulous. From its toe to the tip of its
upheld torch, the statue is 151 feet tall. Counting the
pedestal, it rises 305 feet above the tide" of New York
City's harbor. "Its head measures 10 feet from ear to
ear, its nose a good four feet in length. It weighs
450,000 pounds, or 225 tons, its sheathing of hammered
copper accounting for nearly half of that."
Americans know her as Miss Liberty. But her formal
name, bestowed by her sculptor, is Liberty Enlightening
The sculptor's name was Frederic Auguste Bartholdi,
and he was born in Colmar, the largest city in France's
Alsace region, on August 2, 1834, the son of a petit
bourgeois named Jean-Charles Bartholdi and his wife, the
former Auguste-Charlotte Beysser.
Bartholdi Pere died suddenly in 1836. Madame de
Bartholdi, a 35-year-old widow with few prospects in
Colmar, moved to Paris with her toddler son. He proved to
be an indifferent student but showed "an early aptitude
for drawing." So young Bartholdi left the lycee (French
high school) and became apprenticed to the artist Ary
Scheffer, who, incidentally, painted a portrait of
It was the boy's first contact with the Illuminati.
Scheffer, like Antoine Etex (who did the bas-reliefs for
the Arc de Triomphe--J.T.) and Jean-Francois Soitoux, was
a Freemason and associated with the Loge des Neufs Soeurs
(French for Lodge of the Nine Sisters--J.T.) which had
played such a key role during the French Revolution.
Bartholdi switched from drawing to sculpture and,
from 1847 to 1852, he studied under Soitoux. The
following year, at age 19, Bartholdi received his first
commission from his old hometown, Colmar, to sculpt a
heroic statue of General Georges Rapp, an Alsatian who had
served as Napoleon's aide-de-camp.
Most likely Bartholdi was already a Mason when he
embarked on his voyage to Egypt in 1854. Traveling up the
Nile to Abu Simbel, he was enchanted by the colossal
statues of Ramses II. And it was here that he resolved to
create his own gargantuan statue. He sketched every
single ancient Egyptian statue he came across, and these
sketches influenced his later work.
(Editor's Note: Bartholdi's Lion of Belfort, completed in
1880, was heavily influenced by the Sphinx.)
Back home in France, he worked on public monuments
for the cities of Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille and Clermont-
Ferrand. But from 1867 to 1869, he worked in the privacy
of his studio on his own Masonic colossus--a lighthouse in
the form of a giant woman standing over the entrance to
the Suez Canal, then under construction. This he called
Progress Bringing Light to Asia.
He also lied about his overriding interest in the
Egyptian project. In the 1880s, he told American
newspapers that he had fashioned only "one" terra-cotta
model. In actuality, he had made five--all of them
prototypes of the future Statue of Liberty, some with a
torch or lantern in the left hand, some with it in the
In all of them she is wearing Egyptian garb, which is
not surprising since the woman represents the Egyptian
Isis "was of great importance in (Egyptian)
mythology, religion and magic, appearing constantly in the
very ancient Pyramid texts as the devoted sister-wife of
Osiris and mother of Horus. In the divine geneaolgies she
is the daughter of Keb and Nut (Earth and Sky--J.T.). She
was supreme in magical cunning, power and knowledge."
According to myth, after Osiris was killed and
chopped into little pieces by Set, Isis wandered the banks
of the Nile by night, torch in hand, searching for the
remains of her husband. The "woman with the torch" was a
potent image in the religion of ancient Egypt.
Yet it was also a persistent image in Nineteenth
Century Freemasonry. In his book, The Secret Architecture
of Our Nation's Capital, author David Ovason reproduces
the frontispiece of an 1852 book on French esoteric
Masonry entitled Le Soleil Mystique (Translated: The
Mystic Sun--J.T.) The scene shows a woman with a torch in
her right hand, about to descend three steps, and with the
twin Masonic pillars--Jachin and Boaz--in the background,
and two pyramids behind them.
The 1848 painting by A.L. Janet-Lange, The Republic
Enlightening the World, has its goddess sitting on a
throne, holding the torch aloft in her right hand. Not
only is the Illuminati "eye in a pyramid" motif found in
the brooch on her neckline, it's the central of the three
Masonic symbols at the base of the throne.
(Editor's Comment: When an Illuminatus talks about "the
Republic, one and indivisible," he is referring to a
future one-world government, the "Universal Republic" of
Anacharsis Clootz or the "New World Order" of Adam
In 1869, Bartholdi painted a watercolor of his
proposed Egyptian colossus (this time with the torch in
the left hand) and sent sketches and blueprints to Ismail
Pasha, the Khedive (Turkish for Viceroy--J.T.) of Egypt.
But Ismail passed on the project. No doubt he was afraid
that devout Muslims would burn down Cairo if he let the
infidels build a giant statue of Isis on the banks of the
On July 19, 1870, France declared war on the north
German nation of Prussia. The German states quickly came
together, defeated the French Army at Sedan, and captured
Napoleon III. This ended the Second Empire, and
revolutionaries in Paris declared "a new republic."
Joining the National Guard, Bartholdi was "put in
charge of organizing the defense of Colmar, and, after the
fall of the city, was named aide-de-camp to Guiseppe
Garibaldi, the Italian fighter who volunteered to help the
(Editor's Note: Garibaldi, a one-time Carbonaro, was the
grandmaster of the Illuminati in Europe and a pen pal of
the American Illuminatus Albert Pike.)
A few years earlier, in 1865, Bartholdi had met
Edouard de Laboulaye, a Masonic author who had written
three volumes on the life of Benjamin Franklin, and took
"part in liberal republican meetings at his house in
Glatigny." The following year, Bartholdi made a terra-
cotta bust of Laboulaye.
On May 10, 1871, the Treaty of Paris was signed.
France ceded Alsace and Lorraine to the newly-founded
German Empire or Second Reich. Bartholdi vowed never to
set foot in Colmar again, except to visit his 70-year-old
mother. He also openly embraced Masonry for the first
time, joining the Lodge Alsace-Lorraine of Paris, which
was itself an offshoot of the Lodge of the Nine Sisters.
Laboulaye urged Bartholdi to visit the USA, writing,
"Go to see that country. You will study it, you will
bring back to us your impressions. Propose to our friends
over there to make with us a monument, a common work, in
remembrance of the ancient friendship of France and the
United States. We will take up a subscription in France."
Bartholdi spent nearly four months touring the USA,
writing endless letters back to his mother in Colmar.
"Facetiously, he characterized the nation as 'an adorable
woman chewing tobacco.' New York, his port of entry, was
a confusion of 'hurrying crowds, neglected cobbled
streets, the pavement scarred with railroad tracks,
roadways out of repair, telegraph poles on each side of
the street, lampposts not uniform, signs, wires, halliards
of flags, open fronts of stores such as one sees at the
"Boston of a Sunday was so quiet that 'one might
imagine himself in Pompeii,' while Chicago, throbbing with
motion, seemed to Bartholdi 'the most American of all
cities.'" Everything is big here, he told his mother,
"even the peas."
"Near Boston he smoked cigars and watched the sunset
with white-bearded (poet) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In
Salt Lake City he met (Mormon prophet) Brigham Young,
'very intelligent, and also very shrewd.' President
Ulysses S. Grant displayed 'an affability that is reserved
and simple.' At Grant's summer home in Long Branch, New
Jersey, 'one is received as by the simplest bourgeois. I
met his children, and his gouty father-in-law seated by a
However, Bartholdi found Americans on the whole
somewhat indifferent to the proposed "Colossus" project.
He lamented that he was unable to "find a few people who
have an enthusiasm for something other than themselves and
the Almighty Dollar."
In New York City's harbor, Bartholdi found the
perfect site for his statue--Bedloe's Island, originally
called Kilsk by the Canarsie indigenous people (Their word
for Gull Island--J.T.)."
Returning to France, Bartholdi drew up the blueprints
for his giant statue. But some changes were in order.
The goddess Isis was just a little too obvious. He kept
the idea of the upraised torch and added a new touch--
spiked rays emanating from the woman's head, as if she was
blocking the sun. And the goddess underwent an ethnicity
change, from Egyptian to Etruscan.
Now it was the goddess Minerva, worshipped by first
the Etruscans and then the Romans, who took up the torch.
The goddess's temple was the oldest in ancient Rome, built
by Tarquinius on the Capitoline Hill, where she was
worshipped alongside Jupiter and Juno. According to Roman
myth, "a carved image of the goddess, called the
Palladium, was said to have been brought from Troy to
Lavinium (in Italy) and thence to Rome by the family of
(Editor's Note: The Trojan refugees were brought to Italy
by Aeneas. In the movie Troy, he's the kid who accepts
the royal sword from Orlando Bloom just before Brad Pitt
buys it out in the courtyard.)
The Statue of Liberty's robes and hairstyle look like
something out of the ancient Etruscan wall frescoes at
Bolsena in Italy. Also, she is wearing Saturnalian
sandals. During the Roman feast of the Saturnalia each
December, slaves would wear these special sandals for one
day, symbolizing their reincarnation as "free people" in a
Curiously, Minerva was also the Etruscan goddess of
In more recent times, Minerva made a comeback in the
French Revolution. In December 1792, during a period of
Illuminati-inspired dechristianization, "a fete de Raison
was held in the Cathedral of St. Jean, at which republican
officials bowed before a statue of Liberty and sang an
antihymn to words by (French Illuminatus Joseph) Fouche
celebrating 'Reason as the Supreme Being.'"
Freemasonry on both sides of the Atlantic took a keen
interest in Bartholdi's statue. "In the middle of the
nineteenth century, the Masonic lodges of France were
closely involved with liberal political movements.
Sometimes taking even more radical positions than
Laboulaye was willing to defend, the lodges served as
rallying centers for many spirited liberals who were
struggling, during the early 1870s, to consolidate the
"The historian Henri Martin, Master of a Masonic
lodge, and an important future backer of the statue, was
one of the regular visitors to Glatigny. Bartholdi had
met him there and joined the Lodge of Alsace-Lorraine
located in Paris on his return from the United States. It
was no accident that this particular lodge carried the
name of Bartholdi's native province and of Lorraine, also
in the Prussian grip after 1871. The lodge welcomed
'writers, politicians and men of ideas whose patriotism
was ardent and who wished to keep alive in their souls the
cult of the 'lost provinces' and the stubborn desire for
"Because of Bartholdi's membership, Masonic officials
were frequently involved with the creation of the statue,
and in the various ceremonies that were dedicated to it,
most notably the laying of the cornerstone of the pedestal
in New York in 1884."
While Bartholdi was hard at work on the statue
itself, the USA's fundraising project for the pedestal had
lagged badly. Americans living outside of New York City
were a bit leery of paying for "New York's new
lighthouse." Their attitude was, "Let the New York
millionaires pay for it." But the millionaires were even
more tight-fisted than they were.
Finally, William A. Brodie, Grand Master of Masons of
the State of New York, took matters into his own hands.
On August 5, 1884, the Masons laid the pedestal's
cornerstone "with Masonic honors in an incredible downpour
of rain." Harper's Weekly said the participants "could
not have gotten wetter if they had swum back to the
Among the items the Masons put into the cornerstone
box was this curious memento--a medal commemorating the
erection of the Egyptian obelisk in Central Park. This
was the obelisk reared by Pharoah Thotmes III in 1660
B.C., that had originally stood in front of the Temple of
the Sun at Heliopolis in Egypt. Lt. Cmdr. Henry Gorringe
of the U.S. Navy had brought it from Egypt to the USA in
1881, and it still stands in Central Park at 81st Street.
(Editor's Comment: What Thotmes' obelisk has to do with
"Liberty" is anybody's guess.)
In 1876, Bartholdi made his second trip to the USA
with the French Commission to the Universal Exposition in
Philadelphia. Here he unveiled the completed hand and
torch of the Statue of Liberty. It was then moved to
Madison Square in New York City, where it remained on
display until 1881.
On this second trip, Bartholdi fell in love. On
December 29, 1876, the 32-year-old sculptor married a
French-Canadian girl, Jeanne-Emilie Baheux de Physieux, in
Newport, Rhode Island. Then came the hardest task of his
life. Writing to Mom back in Colmar, explaining that he
had married for love. He'd wed a pretty girl with no
dowry instead of some rich widow who could advance his
"There is evidence that Bartholdi was divided between
a basic attraction to the symbols of antiquity and a
fascination with his newfound intellectual discoveries in
the esoteric realms of Freemasonry. Until 1875, he
thought of putting the links of a 'classical' broken chain
in Liberty's left hand. But the diplomacy of Laboulaye
and the urgings of the Freemasons made him agree instead
to change the position of the (left) arm and to put into
its crook the book representing the Law, an idea both
conservative and Masonic."
"Inscribing the date of July 4, 1776 on it was a
later notion, to reemphasize the special American meaning
of the statue and in probable hopes of reawakening
American generosity in raising funds for the project."
In the end, it was Joseph Pulitzer, the publisher of
the New York World, who masterminded the fundraising
scheme that put Bartholdi's project in the black.
In 1878, the head of the Statue of Liberty was
unveiled at the Universal Exposition in Paris.
On May 22, 1885, the dismantled colossus was loaded
aboard the S.S. Isere and sent to the USA. Construction
took well over a year, and then, on October 28, 1886, Miss
Liberty made her formal debut in New York City.
As for Bartholdi, the sculptor continued his Masonic-
themed work, including a statue of the Marquis de
Lafayette, a statue of the Eighteenth Century
"encyclopedist" Denis Diderot for the French city of
Langres, a statue of Leon Gambetta, founder of the Third
French Republic, in Ville-D'Avray, and, at Joseph
Pulitzer's request, the 1892 monument to Lafayette and
George Washington for the city of Paris.
Bartholdi died of tuberculosis in Paris on October 5,
1904. "President (Theodore) Roosevelt sent Mme. Bartholdi
a message of condolence 'in the name of the American
So, just what is the copper colossus on Bedloe's
Island? The goddess Isis in Etruscan drag? The goddess
Minerva in a mellow mood? Freemasonry on the march? A
younger, idealized version of Bartholdi's own mother? Your
guess is as good as mine.
The statue's formal title is Liberty Enlightening the
World. But, as we have seen in Freemasonry, titles can be
misleading. (See the books Statue of Liberty: The First
Hundred Years by Christian Blanchet and Bertrand Dard,
American Heritage Press, New York, N.Y., 1985, pages 19,
21, 24, 25, 35, 38, 39, 40, 41, 44, 45, 47, 182, 183 and
186; Liberty: The Statue and the American Dream by Leslie
Allen, National Geographic Society, Summit Books, New
York, N.Y., 1985, pages 18, 19, 22, 34 and 35; The Secret
Architecture of Our Nation's Capital by David Ovason,
HarperCollins Publishers, New York, N.Y., 2000, pages 12,
38, 403, 404 and 474; and Citizens: A Chronicle of the
French Revolution by Simon Schama, Vintage Books, New
York, N.Y., 1990, pages 778 and 779.)
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