UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 27
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 9, Number 27
July 7, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor
CASSINI ENTERS ORBIT
The robot spacecraft Cassini entered orbit around
Saturn, the second largest planet in the solar system,
early Thursday morning, July 1, 2004.
"Photos resembling modern art of the dark and
sunlight sides of the rings are visual highlights of
Cassini's seamless entry into orbit around the sixth
planet from the sun. They were taken as the craft flew
between and past the rings Wednesday night and Thursday
"'Citizens of Earth, I bring you the majestic rings
of Saturn,' NASA associate administrator Ed Wiler said at
a briefing at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
California, which manages mission operations."
"Launched in 1997, Cassini is a $3.27 billion
partnership between NASA, the European Space Agency and
the Italian Space Agency that will explore Saturn's rings,
moons, atmosphere and magnetic field."
"Early Thursday morning," July 1, 2004, "Cassini
completed its most dramatic gravity-assist maneuver,
firing its main rocket engine for 95 minutes. This slowed
the craft so that Saturn's gravity could force it into an
"Elated mission controllers watched Cassini race
through Saturn's rings at a speed of 68,700 miles per
hour. It came closer to the planet than it ever will
again before passing back out through the rings and
beginning its four-year orbit outside them."
"'This was an unprecedented opportunity--closer to
the rings than we've ever been before,' said imaging team
scientist Carolyn Porco of the Space Science Institute in
Boulder, Colorado. 'Mind-blowing' pictures are already
posing puzzles for scientists, she says."
"For example, clumps of ice-dust particles in one of
the rings 'that look like straw' defy explanation, she
"The cameras also picked up two small moons, Pan and
Atlas, that haven't been spotted by astronomers for years.
Both act as 'shepherds,' clearing gaps between the rings
and shaping them through gravitational attraction."
"Cassini's cameras were aimed at the rings rather
than the planet because the rocket engine had to be
aligned in a fixed direction during its braking burn,
fixing the cameras' view as a result."
"The ring images from the passage are at least five
times better than those from the 1980-81 Voyager missions
that flew by Saturn. Scientists also collected 75 minutes
of radio-wave data from the far side of the rings, hoping
to learn their composition through analysis of distorting
"After its engines put the craft into Saturn's orbit,
Cassini took 61 pictures of the rings, some from the
'dark' side, away from the sun, showing them backlit,
others from the sunlit side showing them illuminated
"If all works as planned, Cassini will orbit Saturn
76 times over the next four years, further exploring the
rings, the stormy, windswept gas giant itself, and some of
its 31 known moons, a few of them fascinating worlds in
their own right."
"Cassini is equipped with a number of instruments,
including radio antennae that recorded sounds from around
"At Thursday's news conference, scientists played the
moaning sound generated by the solar wind hitting Saturn's
magnetic field. This 'wind' is made up of streams of
particles that shoot out from the sun and travel more than
one million miles per hour, creating a sonic boom when
they encounter the magnetic field around Saturn."
"The boom, recorded Saturday," June 26, 2004,
"occurred much earlier and farther away than anyone
expected, suggesting that the planet's magnetic field has
moved since the last spacecraft flew by a quarter century
ago." (See USA Today for July 2, 2004, "Lord of the
rings: Cassini dazzles with Saturn photos," page 2A; and
the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for July 2, 2004, "NASA's
Cassini begins sending photos of Saturn's rings," page
WOMAN IN IRAN GIVES BIRTH
TO "A FROG," DOCTOR SAYS
"An Iranian woman has reportedly given birth to a
"According to the Islamic Republic News Agency
(IRNA), the unnamed woman from the southeastern city of
Iranshahr delivered a live gray frog after what was called
'a bizarre labor.'"
"The animal's birth followed severe bleeding and was
reportedly covered by mud."
"Dr. Varasteh, a gynecologist, corroborated the
unusual event to the Farsi-language newspaper, Etemaad,
saying the woman's menstrual cycle had stopped for six
months, and a May (2004) sonogram indicated the presence
of a cyst in her abdomen."
"Dr. Varasteh believes the frog's larvae entered the
woman's body where it grew to adult size. Others
speculate that she unknowingly picked up the larvae while
swimming in dirty water. But not all Iranian physicians
are accepting the explanation. Etemaad noted that some
medical experts have commented on the frog's similarity to
"Dr. Aminipard, a clinical biology expert, reportedly
told Etemaad, 'The similarities are in appearance, the
shape of the fingers and the shape of the tongue.'"
"The 'so-called frog' has not been tested
genetically, Etemaad reported."
"The woman has two children."
Iranshahr is in the Baluchistan region of Iran, about
800 kilometers (500 miles) southeast of Tehran, the
"People in the UFO community here in the Middle East
are wondering if the 'frog' might be some kind of
extraterrestrial. Its color is gray, and there have been
rumors of a program to breed hybrid creatures possessing
both human and alien traits," said Ayesha al-Khatabi, UFO
Roundup's corrspondent in the Middle East. "Coming so
soon after the UFO sightings in the Caspian Sea region,
this strange birth has everybody talking."
Another possibility is that the birth might be an
occult manifestation. The birth could be an incarnation
of the ancient deity Tsathoggua (pronounced zuh-THOG-you-
"According to H.P. Lovecraft, who ghost-wrote a story
called 'The Mound' for Zealia Bishop in 1929, there are
'certain temples depicted in the vaults of Zin, to house a
very terrible black toad-idol found in the red-litten
world (of Yoth) and called Tsathoggua in the Yothic
manuscripts,'" UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said,
"The worship of Tsathoggua reportedly began on the lost
continent of Atlantis, introduced by the high priest
Klarkash-Ton. After the Greater Cataclysm, the deity
continued to be worshipped under the names 'Thog' and
'Thaug.' This religion gradually declined over the
millenia, and today there's only one site left--the Temple
of the Golden Frog in Ayodhya, which is the oldest
continually-occupied city in India."
"Some psychics and sensitives believe that
Tsathoggua's last incarnation occurred in Glencoe,
California in the 1850s," Trainor added, "But who are we
to dispute such learned scientific opinion?" (See the
Iranian newspaper Etemaad for June 27, 2004, "Woman gives
birth to a frog." Many thanks to Ayesha al-Khatabi and
Jim Hickman for this newspaper story. And don't foget to
visit Jim's Web site at www.thehickmanreport.com.)
HEAVY UFO ACTIVITY
REPORTED IN CHILE
Chile is in the middle of a sizable UFO flap.
Luminous UFOs were seen over the cities of Lanco and
Petrohue the night of Tuesday, June 15, 2004.
On Saturday, June 19, 2004, "hundreds of people took
to the streets of Ovalle," a city of the 4th Region
located 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of Santiago de
Chile, the national capital, "to witness--in shock and
expectation--a strange circle of lights positioned in the
skies over the city."
"The characteristics suggest the circle was at least
100 meters (330 feet) in diameter; it blinked and rotated
uninterruptedly in the night sky."
"Also, certain locations in the city's outskirts
attracted large numbers of people who reported seeing the
same thing. Radio station telephone switchboards did not
stop receiving calls, creating a sense of alarm, even
among those who had not left their homes."
"'We received so many calls we had to interrupt our
regular programming and present a special on the subject
in order to offer an explanation about the phenomenon and
provide answers to our listeners,' said Carlos Ossandan,
director of the Communicativa FM radio station."
"Communicativa obtained the highest number of
listeners in recent months that evening. However, there
are witnesses who claim having seen strange lights on
preceding days, which could suggest a small UFO wave in
the skies over Ovalle."
On Tuesday, June 29, 2004, "a strange luminous object
was seen in the skies of Punta Arenas," capital of Region
12, the Chilean Antarctic. "According to eyewitnesses,
the unidentified flying object frequented the skies of the
city for five days, being seen in various locations."
"Radio Polar, the local radio station, had its
telephone switchboard collapse due to the volume of calls
received from witnesses of the phenomenon."
"The (Chilean) Office of Aeronautics reported that it
lacked official records on the strange luminous bolide,
making it clear that it was neither an airplane nor a
helicopter. They did not, however, confirm that it was a
"Alfredo Vera, correspondent for Radio Polar, managed
to take photos of the object from the Sonadores overlook,
where a large number of people had gathered to watch the
strange object and its irregular movements, which were
foreign to those of any known object."
"The phenomenon lasted approximately 10 minutes,
which gave him enough time to whip out his SONY Cybershot
3.2-megapixel camera, using it to take several photos,"
which were published in the Chilean newspaper La Cuarta on
Wednesday, June 30, 2004.
"'It's highly unusual,' remarked Alfredo Vera, Radio
Polar's announcer, "They were startled because the
luminosity was quite strong, and the object moved slowly.
They said it couldn't be something like Jupiter, which
could be the closest thing to it. It didn't scare me, but
I did get goosebumps because it was very weird.'"
"Vera took 14 photos but only four came out. 'It's
remarkable that when I focus on the object, I can see an
object that resembles an ornament on a Christmas tree, but
then it fades and is replaced by a point of light. The
photos show a fiery ball, something red, green, blue,' he
"Despite the sensation caused by the sighting,
experts from the General Office of Civil Aeronautics say
it could be 'a star or an optical phenomenon created by
On Tuesday, June 29, 2004, "at 7:20 a.m., several
UFOs flew and executed pirouettes before daybreak some 60
kilometers (36 miles) northeast of Santiago de Chile, in
the vicinity of Llay-Llay and Las Chilcas, where they were
photographed by Juan Serey, 37, who was driving his pickup
truck (south) toward the capital."
"The witness told La Cuarta that he has spent nine
years driving the same route from the north along the
highway on a weekly basis and had never seen anything like
"'It was incredible. I was driving southward when I
suddenly noticed several powerful lights moving swiftly
and leaping in the sky. It was spectacular,' remarked the
"'The lights were suspended 50 meters over the
mountaintop. A large light opened up, and seven to ten
would gather. They adopted various shapes, fell out of
order, would rearrange themselves together, and then one
of them took off skyward at prodigious speed, zigzagging
as it went, vanishing in a matter of seconds,' Juan said."
On Wednesday, June 30, 2004, "A gentleman phoned in
from Tres Puentes," near Punta Arenas, "saying that there
was a light that shone intensely,' said Claudio Vidal,
'People spent a long time watching the phenomenon. Folks
working at the fisheries phoned in, and, since they
usually get home before dawn, they said the lights have
been seen over the same area for five days straight.'"
(See the Chilean newspaper La Cuarta for June 30, 2004,
"UFOs reported in Llay-Llay." Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales, Cristian Quintero y Liliana Nunez para eso
articulo de diario.)
LUMINOUS UFO SEEN OVER
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
"'The light was so bright, at first I thought it was
a police helicopter searching for criminals. But when I
could not hear the sound of the rotor blades, I decided to
draw the curtains and check what it was.'"
"Roshnie Naidu, of Phoenix," a Durban suburb, "could
not believe her eyes when she saw the large, pulsating,
colourful light in the sky."
"'It looked like a massive ball of light, much
brighter than the sun, with blue and purple colours
filtering through. My eyes were glued to it for about ten
minutes. It was unbelievable. I had never seen anything
like it before,' she said."
"Naidu told the Daily News she woke up just before 4
a.m. on Sunday," June 27, 2004.
"She was watching TV when she noticed a bright light
flooding through her curtains. She did not take any
notice of it at first, but the light continued to shine in
"According to Naidu, when she drew the curtains, she
could not believe what she was seeing. 'I still cannot
explain to people who did not see the object what it was.
After a couple of seconds, the object would change shape
from circular to oval.'"
"She rushed to her daughter's bedroom to wake her up,
but she refused to get up."
"'When I tried to wake up my husband, he told me I
was seeing things and sent me away. But I persisted and
pulled him out of bed and opened our bedroom curtains.'"
"Naidu's husband, Shirama, said he wiped his eyes a
couple of times because he could not believe what he was
seeing. 'I immediately told my wife to call our
neighbours and alert them to what was happening.'"
"Shirama managed to capture video footage of the
unidentified object that was in the sky."
"According to the Naidus, the object was in the sky
for at least three hours. It disappeared as the sun came
up and it (the sky) became brighter."
"The Naidus said they had no idea of what the object
was and would like someone to explain it to them. 'We are
hoping that someone will be able to view the footage that
we have captured and explain the fireball to us,' they
"Weather forecaster Ntobeko Nkangana said no object
was picked up in the sky (on radar--J.T.) on Sunday
"Nkangana said weather balloons are released only at
midnight and at midday. The weather balloons remain in
the sky for a minimum of two hours."
Durban is on South Africa's Indian Ocean shoreline,
about 300 kilometers (180 miles) southeast of Pretoria,
the national capital. (See The Daily News of Durban,
South Africa for July 1, 2004, "UFO over Durban captured
on video." Many thanks to Robert Fischer for forwarding
this newspaper article.)
GLOWING OBJECT EXPLODES
OVER NEW ZEALAND
"A South Island radio station is being swamped with
reports of a meteor strike in the Mackenzie Country" in
"People from Christchurch to Timaru say they saw a
bright light streaking across the sky around 9:30 p.m. on
Saturday night," June 26, 2004.
"Port FM (radio) announcer James Valentine says he
has taken dozens of calls describing the dramatic end of
the meteor's journey."
"He says it exploded before it hit the ground, and
flames and debris were seen in the sky."
"James Valentine says a concensus is building around
the idea that the meteor crashed to Earth somewhere around
Twizel" on the South Island. (See the New Zealand Herald
for June 27, 2004, "Residents report meteor." Many thanks
to Kirsty MacLaren for this news story.)
CROP CIRCLE APPEARS IN
NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA
Canada's first crop circle of 2004 has appeared at
Erbs Cove in the eastern province of New Brunswick.
According to Paul Anderson of the Canadian Crop
Circle Research Network, the formation consisted of "a
small single ring in wild pasture grass. It was
discovered the morning of (Thursday) June 24 (2004) by a
couple walking their dog in this rural farming area."
"The ring is approximately 4.5 meters (15 feet) in
diameter by 1.2 meters (4 feet) wide. Although rough in
appearance, the grass is flattened in a generally
clockwise direction and starting to stand back up again.
It's located on top of a small hill, in grass 0.6 meters
(2 feet) tall. No tracks were initially seen. The field
is vacant pasture land that is hayed each year." (Many
thanks to Paul Anderson of CCCRN for this report.)
CROP CIRCLES DISCOVERED
IN SPANISH FORK, UTAH
"Just one day after Gene Bradford watched a
documentary on crop circles, he noticed a strange symbol
made in a wheat field between Salem (population 4,372) and
Spanish Fork (population 20,246)" in Utah.
"The mysterious code, which is surrounded by three
smaller symbols of the same pattern, surfaced Sunday
morning," June 27, 2004 "and has startled passersby
traveling on (Highway) U-89 in the southern part of
Spanish Fork, just before Salem."
Spanish Fork is located in central Utah,
approximately 55 miles (88 kilometers) south of Salt Lake
City, the state capital.
"'You come down a hill and see it,' Bradford said,
'It's kind of one of those phenomenons everyone knows
about. It's just one of those cultural things that people
are fascinated by.'"
"Thanks to the 2002 blockbuster (film) Signs, in the
movie, crop circles were said to be a mapping system used
by aliens prior to an invasion. Many have grown
interested in the designs, which have appeared in fields
across the world for years."
"Bradford saw the Mel Gibson movie. Then he watched
a documentary on the crop circle phenomenon. Intrigued,
Bradford took his brother and children for a closer look
at the strange designs."
"What he found was either the work of professional
pranksters or a paranormal occurrence, though Bradford
doubts the latter."
"'It looks like it is well done,' Bradford said,
'It's not one of the most elaborate crop circles that
we've seen. It's fairly simple.'"
"Nate Gunderson, whose father owns the neighboring
Spanish Fork Motors, also doubts that extraterrestrial
visitors created the crop circle, though he was impressed
by the appearance."
"'It's all completely laid flat,' Gunderson said,
after investigating the matted wheat, 'And it's completely
even across the whole thing.'"
"Gunderson noted that several walking paths are
evident around the circle, though an influx of public
visitors could have created them."
"Spanish-speaking employees at Spanish Fork Motors,
however, experienced skepticism that humans could have
created the perfect circles."
"One even mentioned that a dog cried for hours near
the field on Sunday."
"In Utah, nine other crop circles have surfaced over
the years. The largest showed up in College Ward on July
21, 1998, the same day that similar circles appeared in
Oregon, Idaho and Belgium." (See the Deseret News of Salt
Lake City for June 29, 2004, "Mysterious circle crops up."
Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for forwarding this
PHANTOM PANTHER APPEARS
IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
"Around 150 soldiers, police and rangers searched the
scrubland of southern France on Tuesday," June 29, 2004,
"in a bid to flush out a mysterious animal that several
witnesses have described as a panther."
"The operation took place in Les Calanques, an
uninhabited area of nearby caves popular with tourists
located down the Mediterranean coast just east of
"The area has been closed to the public since the
beginning of the month (June 2004), when the first
sighting was reported."
"Since then, some 20 people have come forward to say
they have seen an animal that looks like a black panther
around the caves."
"On Saturday, June 19, 2004, a policeman on patrol
became the latest to say he had seen the feline."
"'It was around 50 meters (165 feet) from me in a
hollow, well in sight. The truck's engine probably caused
it to run off. It made five or six very short, graceful
leaps, but it was enough to see that it really was a black
panther, not very big. It disappeared into the bushes,'
Police Officer Antoine Delmas said."
"More senior officers said they remained skeptical in
the absence of proof, such as panther excrement, but
experts stressed that such big cats are naturally wily
creatures which keep well-hidden."
"A local official responsible for the protection of
the caves, Laure-Agnes Caradec, said enquiries made to
zoos and circuses had drawn a blank, leading the (French)
authorities to believe that the animal may have been kept
as a pet and escaped." (See the Agence France Presse
report for June 21, 2004. Many thanks to Robert Fischer,
UFO Roundup's phantom panther expert, for this report.)
HAARP TO ADD 132 NEW
TRANSMITTERS TO ARRAY
"The Office of Naval Research has awarded BAE Systems
a $34.5 million contract to manufacture 132 high-frequency
transmitters for installation in the High Frequency Active
Auroral Research Program's (HAARP) phased array antennae
"The contract was finalized April 19 (2004) with BAE
Systems Defensive and Electronic Warfare Systems in
"In 1992, AT was awarded a contract to design and
build the Ionosphere Research Instrument (IRI), the HAARP
program's primary tool used to study ionospheric physics.
The IRI," located in Alaska, "is currently composed of 48
antenna elements and has a power capacity of 960,000
"When installed, the additional transmitters will
give HAARP a 3.6 megawatt capacity. The HAARP build-out
is jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy and
the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)."
"BAE Systems is an international company engaged in
the development, delivery and support of advanced
defensive and aerospace systems on land, at sea and in
space. BAE Systems Information and Electronic Warfare
Systems is a major producer of aircraft self-protection
systems and tactical surveillance and intelligence systems
for all branches of the (USA's) armed forces." (See
Business Wire for June 10, 2004. Many thanks to
"Sourdough Jim and Cheechako" for this news story.)
IMPENDING EARTH CHANGES
IN THE USA'S MIDWEST?
"A rare earthquake jolted northern Illinois early
Monday," June 28, 2004, "rattling windows and rousting
residents of several rural towns from their beds."
"No damage or injuries were reported from the
earthquake that had a magnitude of 4.1 (on the Richter
scale--J.T.). It struck at 1:11 a.m. Central time and was
centered near the village of Troy Grove, about 70 miles
(112 kilometers) west of Chicago, according to the U.S.
"It was felt in six states, as far away as St. Louis
(Missouri) and Milwaukee (Wisconsin)."
"'It woke me. It actually shook the bed,' said Donna
Dorton of Ottawa, Illinois (population 18,307). 'It
almost felt like a car or a big tree had hit the house--or
"Rod Thorson, host of Farm Radio, a morning news
program in La Salle (Illinois, population 9,796) said so
many people called in at 5:30 a.m., he scrapped his
"'People were a little on edge,' he said, 'They
wanted to know their world was safe.'"
"The quake was strong enough to knock books off
shelves and pictures off walls, and it also sent sleepy
and confused residents of Ottawa into the streets."
"'It was mayhem around here for a while,' Pattie
Burke, a dispatcher for the Ottawa police told the
Associated Press. She said more than 200 calls came in a
matter of minutes. 'A lot of them seemed to think a truck
had crashed into their house,' she said."
"Three nearby nuclear power plants--La Salle, Quad
Cities and Dresden--issued low-level alerts, but no damage
was found. Don Kirchoffner at Exelon, which owns the
plants, said operations were never interrupted."
"Jan Strasma, spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, said precautionary inspections were made at
those three generating stations plus three other nuclear
plants in northern Illinois. None showed damage."
"Earthquakes are extremely rare north of Peoria
(Illinois). They are more common and stronger in southern
Illinois, where the New Madrid fault line runs."
"Monday's quake likely was due to shifting along a
fold in a deep rock formation that runs from the town of
Oregon (Illinois, population 4,060) to Joliet (population
106,221), according to William Shilts of the Illinois
State Geological Survey."
"Paul Stoddard, a geologist at Northern Illinois
University, said not much is known about earthquakes in
"On Monday, two other earthquakes were reported in
the United States. A 6.7-magnitude quake struck near
Palmer, Alaska, at 1:50 a.m. and was centered beneath the
(Pacific) ocean. No damage was reported."
"Another earthquake, with a magnitude of 3.5, struck
30 miles (48 kilometers) southeast of Bozeman, Montana at
"The U.S. Geological Survey said the three
earthquakes were separate incidents and not related."
However, nine days earlier, on Saturday, June 19,
2004, mysterious booms were heard and shaking was felt in
Webster County, just east of Springfield, Missouri
(population 151,580) and about 200 miles (320 kilometers)
southwest of St. Louis.
A spokesman for Boeing-McDonnell Douglas said it was
a sonic boom caused by a F/A-18 fighter jet on a test
"Mary Katzenberger of Hartville, Mo. wrote to
Governor Bob Holden, 'When these aircraft do this, it
causes my windows to crack. I (also) have windows that
have small cracks that are much larger because of this.
My dear old dog was throwing up all day from it. One
neighbor's cattle stampeded."
(Editor's Comment: Mrs. Katzenberger's description sounds
more like the animals were reacting to tectonic activity
than to sonic booms.)
Two weeks ago, Lake Chesterfield, a 23-acre lake in
the affluent St. Louis suburb of Wildwood, Mo.,
disappeared within a few days when a sinkhole inexplicably
opened in the lakebed. (For more on this story, see UFO
Roundup, volume 9, number 26 for June 30, 2004, "Missouri
lake vanishes into mysterious sinkhole," page 5)
"The disappearance of the lake, along with the
mysterious booms and tremors in Hartville and last week's
earthquake in Troy Grove, Ill., suggest that major earth
changes may be taking place far beneath the surface of the
USA's Midwestern region," UFO Roundup editor Joseph
Trainor said, "Let's see if anything else happens, such as
another earthquake in the same area. Hopefully, the Troy
Grove quake was just an anomaly." (See USA Today for June
29, 2004, "Northern Illinois feels rare quake," page 3A.
Also the Springfield, Mo. News-Leader for June 30, 2004,
"Big noise, big fuss." Many thanks to Daniel Wilson for
the Hartville news story.)
MYSTERIOUS FIRES LEAD
Mysterious fires dominated the Fayette Factor news
last week, with an almost "impossible" coincidence linking
two of the blazes.
Enigmatic fires erupted in both Fayette County,
Pennsylvania and in Fayette County, Indiana.
In Connellsville, Pa. (population 9,146), authorities
were on the lookout for a phantom arsonist following the
second major fire in as many days.
"A second fire in as many days is being called
'suspicious' in nature by police."
"As federal and local investigators were sifting
through debris left after a fire destroyed a South
Pittsburgh Street apartment building the day before
(Saturday, June 26, 2004), they were called Sunday (June
27, 2004) to another location just blocks away where a
Church Place building had been set ablaze."
"City police chief Stephen Cooper said the exact
cause of the two fires is still under investigation but
suspected the Sunday fire was intentionally set."
"Personnel of the New Haven Volunteer Hose Co. and
Connellsville Township Volunteer Fire Dept. quickly doused
the 8:30 a.m. Sunday fire that had been started in the
garage door of the building that houses the Tony Pujia
"Police said that Pujia had just recently purchased
the two-story brick and wood building. The site is
adjacent to the Fox Glass Co."
"Jay Fox, owner of the glass company, said he
received a telephone call that indicated that the family-
owned business was on fire. 'Thank goodness that wasn't
the case,' he said."
"Firefighters removed a portion of the wooden facade
and insulation that surrounded the garage door entrance to
the Pujia-owned building to check if the fire had
infiltrated the interior of the structure."
"Connellsville City and New Haven Fire Chief Joe
Childs said that he had to leave church services to
respond to the fire."
"'I thought that when we had gotten past 6 a.m., we'd
be all right for the day,' he said."
"Cooper said the County Emergency 911 had been
alerted to the fire by a person who was traveling in the
"Emergency personnel from the fire department
responded to the 6 a.m. Saturday (June 26, 2004) fire that
destroyed the 614 South Pittsburgh Street apartment
building, leaving approximately 30 residents homeless."
"Cooper said that the (Connellsville) police
department and agents of the U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF)
interviewed several people on Saturday and planned to
continue the process later Sunday."
"The Sunday fire is the eighth in a series of
suspicious fires since October (2003)."
On Saturday, June 26, 2004, two people were killed in
a mysterious blaze in Connersville (population 15,411),
located in Fayette County, Indiana.
"Two bodies were discovered today inside a burned-out
camper parked near a Fayette County home about seven-and-
a-half miles (12 kilometers) west of Connersville, Ind."
"Fayette County Sheriff's Capt. Bobby Ravalee said
there were no obvious signs of foul play, but
investigators won't know the cause of death until an
autopsy is completed."
"The pull-behind camper located in the 7400 block of
West County Road 50 North was discovered on fire at about
"The bodies were discovered after the Glenwood Fire
Dept. firefighters put out the blaze."
"Ravalee said the investigation is continuing."
"The victims have been identified as 65-year-old
Benny Harrison and 34-year-old Angela Hovermale, both of
(Editor's Note: Loren Coleman pointed out the incredible
odds against two fires taking place nearly simultaneously
in two Fayette Counties in two separate states. The
similarity of names--Connellsville and Connersville--
pushes it even further beyond the realm of coincidence. I
also noticed an odd lexilink in the Indiana case. The
male victim's name is the same as President Benjamin
Harrison (1889-1893), who had earlier been the senator
In other Fayette Factor news, "the body of an oil
platform worker who was killed last week in a helicopter
crash in Vermilion Bay, offshore from Lafayette,
Louisiana, has been recovered."
"Search crews recovered the body of John Lewis, 50,
of Lafayette on Monday," June 28, 2004.
"The bodies of pilot Dan Ditweiler, 41, of Tennessee,
and another passenger, Kel 'Tony' Thibodeaux, 39, of
Abbeville, La. were found Saturday night," June 26, 2004.
"Lewis's body was found about a mile from the site
where the helicopter, owned by Omni Energy Services Inc.,
crashed on Thursday," June 25, 2004.
"The crash is being investigated by the National
Transportation Safety Board."
And, near Chillicothe, Ohio, "a Fayette County man
was killed Thursday evening," June 25, 2004, "as a result
of being pinned beneath a piece of farm equipment on
Stafford Road, just south of Rattlesnake Creek."
Finally, the Fayette Factor has a "walk-on" in the
new movie Spider-Man 2. "I was sitting there in the
Superior 7 Cinema, minding my own business, really
enjoying this movie," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor
reported, "Then came the sequence in which Tobey Maguire's
Peter Parker gives up being Spider-Man in favor of
pursuing a normal life. In one scene, he's walking
towards a street musician who's singing about Spidey's
strange 'disappearance.' People are reading the Daily
Bugle with its SPIDER-MAN NO MORE? headline. And there,
on the plate-glass window of the bookstore in the
background, is the logo... Lafayette News!"
"I figure it breaks out one of three ways. One, this
is the strangest coincidence I've ever seen. Or two, the
makers of this movie were 'punk'd' by the Fayette Factor.
Or three, I'm turning into a mutant and developing
something called 'Lafayette vision.' I'm seeing names
related to Lafayette wherever I go!" (See the Herald-
Standard of Connellsville, Pa. for June 28, 2004,
"Authorities all read Connellsville blaze in a way that's
suspicious;" the Indianapolis Star for June 26, 2004, "Two
dead in Fayette County camper fire;" The Advertiser of
Lafayette, La. for June 29, 2004, "Third body recovered
from helicopter crash;" and the WBEX Radio AM 1490 of
Chillicothe, Ohio news broadcast of July 2, 2004, "Fayette
Farm Fatal." Many thanks to Loren Coleman for these news
From the UFO Files...
1868: THE SORCERER'S
"The principal floor of the Capitol" in Washington,
D.C. "is entered from the eastern central portico, through
the Columbus Portal into the Great Rotunda. This immense
circular hall, 95 feet, 8 inches (29 meters) in diameter,
beneath the central dome, rises more than 183 feet (60
meters) to the canopy or under-side of the dome. The
Virginia sandstone walls are broken by four doorways on
the principal axes of the rotunda."
Statues of famous Americans in the Rotunda include
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton,
Ulysses S. Grant, James A. Garfield, Andrew Jackson, the
Marquis de Lafayette, and a life-sized sculpture of
Abraham Lincoln. But Lincoln's statue is not nearly as
remarkable as the woman who carved it.
Meet Vinnie Ream.
Vinnie was born in 1847 in Madison, Wisconsin, a city
which had been part of the frontier only a quarter-century
earlier. Her family moved around quite a bit during her
girlhood, as her father tried farming in Missouri and
store-clerking in Arkansas. While living for a short
while in Little Rock, Arkansas's capital, 12-year-old
Vinnie met another "Yankee come to Dixie," attorney Albert
Pike, who was born in Boston on December 29, 1809 (the
same year Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis were born--
J.T.) and grew up in nearby Newburyport, Mass.
In 1861, shortly after the Confederate guns fired on
Fort Sumter, 14-year-old Vinnie left home and traveled to
Washington D.C. Here the pretty teenager joined hundreds
of other young women who had come to the wartime capital
in search of employment. Giving her age as 18, Vinnie got
a job working for the U.S. Post Office, in the same
building as Nettie Colburn and Parthenia Hannum, Mary Todd
Lincoln's two favorite Spiritualist mediums.
(Editor's Note: For more on Mrs. Lincoln and these two
mediums, see UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 8 for February
19, 2002, "1863: The President's Psychic," page 9.)
According to David Ovason, author of The Secret
Architecture of Our Nation's Capital, "In 1864, Clark
Mills--by then the most famous artist in the city--took as
student the young and beautiful Vinnie Ream, who was to
become the most celebrated female artist in Washington
D.C. Vinnie was employed as a clerk in the Post Office,
but in consequence of this meeting with Mills, she was to
gain the attention of art-loving Washingtonians with her
bust of Lincoln, which she modeled from life in a series
of half-hour sittings."
This was Vinnie's first known contact with
Freemasonry. Mills was a Mason, having joined Lebanon
Lodge No. 7 years earlier.
"Vinnie's bust of Lincoln had been modeled during
lunchtime visits to the president in the White House (her
studio was conveniently placed on Pennsylvania Avenue--
D.O.) and fortuitously was almost finished on April 14,
1865--a Good Friday. Within three days, the living head
she had modeled so lovingly in clay had been shot through
and repaired in embalming waxes."
(Editor's Note: Lincoln's body was the first to lie in
state in the Capitol's Rotunda, where Vinnie Ream's statue
of him now stands.)
"It is said that she was one of the last people to
speak with Lincoln, before his short carriage ride to the
Ford Theatre later that evening. Perhaps he had told her
about his (strange) dream" the previous night, in which he
saw himself lying in a coffin in the White House.
Officials were impressed with the bust of the
assassinated president. Vinnie's "life-size model for a
statue of Lincoln won her a ten-thousand dollar commission
(about $750,000 in today's dollars--J.T.) from the Federal
In 1866, Albert Pike, now a disgraced Confederate
general and anxious about what we would today call "war
crimes charges," traveled to Washington and used his
connections among Tennessee Masons to obtain a pardon from
President Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's successor, who had
been the wartime Unionist governor of Tennessee.
As a Grand Commander of the Masons of the Southern
Jurisdiction, Pike entertained many visitors during his
stay in the District, and one of these was Vinnie Ream.
"When Pike first met her in Washington D.C." in 1866, "she
was but nineteen years old. (Pike was 57--J.T.) He was
immediately captivated by her, and he was not alone in his
affections. A brilliant sculptress, she had taken the
national capital by storm with her inspired bust of
Lincoln, and now she was besieged with comissions. She
was unusually pretty, openly flirtatious, outrageously
witty, and she sparkled like new wine. A rebel against
the cloying conventions of her time, she encouraged Pike's
Returning to his home in Memphis, Tennessee, "Pike
was in love with her. Vinnie's attitude to him is more
ambivalent, however; she seems to have been a consummate
manipulator of those who could promote her upward
mobility, and she must have seen Pike (perhaps the most
influential Mason in the United States in those years--
D.O.) as someone from whom she could learn."
In Memphis, Pike conferred with the clients of his
law firm, took long walks in Graceland and the South Hills
(now the home of actress Cybill Shepherd--J.T.) and "began
writing bad poetry" to Vinnie.
But Pike was also writing something a little more
sinister--the rituals for the Ku Klux Klan, founded in
Pulaski, Tennessee in 1866. He did the work for James R.
Crowe, one of the six founding members of the KKK.
"Late in 1868, unable to make a living in Memphis,
Pike moved to Washington D.C. to go into partnership with
his old friend, Robert W. Johnson, and later with Pike's
son, Luther. Part of this move was prompted by a desire
to be closer to his work as Commander of the Southern
Masons, a position that was to occupy more and more of his
time as the years passed."
"There had been little joy in Pike's life since the
beginning of" the American Civil War, "and Pike was
enraptured by her. The effect she had on him is
demonstrated in the renewed gush of romantic poetry he
produced in Memphis while he was separated from her, an
effusive outburst of love verses that were just as bad and
just as ebullient as his earlier romantic writings."
In 1869, Vinnie "decided to sculpt him, attempting to
capture in bronze what one contemporary describes as 'a
face and head massive and leonine, recalling in every
feature some sculptor's dream of a Grecian god.' To
complete this work, it was her custom to come to him once
a week for a visit."
"Her weekly visits caused tongues to wag in
Washington, for this was considered indecorous behavior.
A maiden did not visit a man in his rooms without an
Vinnie's bust of Albert Pike was completed in 1880
and "is now in the collection of the Supreme Council
(Southern Jurisdiction) on 16th Street, Washington D.C."
The bust shows Pike in the regalia of a Grand Commander of
the Scottish Rite, complete with a double-headed eagle
pendant. And there is a curious Illuminati symbol on his
chest--a luminous, radiant pyramid with the number 33
substituting for the Weishauptian eye.
Although Pike literally "wrote the book" on Masonic
rituals, degrees and their meaning, there is absolutely no
discussion of the 33rd degree of Freemasonry in his Morals
With Pike as her paramour, Vinnie soon entered the
front rank of the American Illuminati and played a stellar
role in Washington's occult underground.
"In 1881, Albert Pike's talented and beautiful
friend, the artist Vinnie Ream, finished the statue of the
American naval hero, David G. Farragut. This was to be
erected on 16th Street, in what is now called Farragut
Square," four blocks south of Dupont Circle.
Vinnie lived at 1632 K Street, facing the northwest
corner of Farragut Square. Just down the street, at No.
1627, was "Castle Bonaparte," the home of Jerome N.
Bonaparte, a grandnephew of Napoleon's. Curiously, one of
Jerome's relatives, Charles Bonaparte, founded the Bureau
of Investigation (forerunner of the FBI--J.T.) at the
Justice Department in 1908.
Vinnie "had won an open competition to sculpt the
(Farragut) memorial, and it was widely rumored that she
had won more by feminine beauty and wiles than by talent."
Through Pike, "Vinnie did have influential friends in both
the Senate and the House, and she never scrupled to use
them. Even Senator John Ingalls of Kansas, though well
aware of her feminine allurements and recognizing her as
'the most delightful fraud' he had ever met, still
participated in the political infighting to ensure she was
awarded the prize."
"Vinnie's statue was cast from the discarded bronze
propellers of the USS Hartford, which Farragut had
famously commanded with such extraordinary bravery."
"A small model of the warship was placed in the time-
capsule hollow within the pedestal of the Farragut
memorial; it was a mark of the daring with which Farragut
had led his fleet through the minefields and
fortifications of Mobile Bay," Alabama, "in August 1864."
(Editor's Note: On this occasion, Admiral Farragut was
quoted as saying, "Damn the torpedoes. Full speed
Yet the Farragut memorial is steeped in occult
symbolism. Vinnie was under the gun to finish it by
dedication day--April 25, 1881. Here's why:
"Astrologically, it might have seemed a curious day
to honor a seaman, for there was an extraordinary
gathering of planets in the Earthbound sign of the Bull,
Taurus. Indeed, the whole of April 1881 had witnessed a
most remarkable and rare cosmic event in the skies, for
there had been six planets hovering in the Earth sign for
the best part of a week," Ovason writes, "However, a
discerning astrologer would have noted a meaningful
relationship in the planetary pattern at the dedication
ceremony, for Uranus was in the sign of Virgo (the ruling
sign of the USA--J.T.) and threw a trine aspect (the most
harmonious of all relationships in the geometry of
astrology--D.O.) onto the planet of the sea, Neptune.
Altogether then, in spite of first impressions, it was a
fine day to honor one of the bravest of all American
sailors. Indeed, in contemplating such a chart, who had
such a profound knowledge of astrology in Washington D.C.
in that memorable year of 1881?"
Who else but the Sovereign Grand Commander of the
Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction, the USA's
reigning Illuminatus Rex, Vinnie's old-enough-to-be-her-
grandfather boyfriend and mentor in matters mystical--
Astrology also formed a key subtext in the memorial
to assassinated president James A. Garfield, with its
ornate double horoscope and assorted occult and Masonic
symbolism. Vinnie and Pike were involved in this project,
(Editor's Note: Garfield's weird statue makes a brief
appearance in Michael Moore's new documentary film,
Through the latter 1870s, Pike continued his
courtship of the sculptress. "In all, he wrote five
manuscript volumes of his Essays to Vinnie, and these
books contain some of his best prose; for he was writing,
not to impress the critics, but to entertain the woman he
loved, and, as a result, there is a simplicity, a charm in
these essays that his earlier writings lack."
But Vinnie had her eye on another man. He was
Richard Leveridge Hoxie, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, who from 1874 to 1878 installed
Washington's new sewer system. He also did a million
dollars' worth ($160 million in today's money--J.T.) of
construction work on a "black project" that remains a
secret even today.
(Editor's Comment: Because of Hoxie's collusion with
Pike, I suspect that it had something to do with the
"Atlantean" tunnels under Washington D.C.)
"Vinnie finished this (Farragut) statue in 1881, and
married the wealthy Lieutenant Richard Leveridge Hoxie.
Her new status allowed her to foster the arts in
Washington D.C. and to promote women's rights. Her
marriage did not appear to affect in any way her
relationship with Albert Pike, whom she would continue to
visit in his rooms in the (Masonic) House of the Temple,
on 3rd Street."
"The friendship between Vinnie and Pike lasted, as
all good friendships do, beyond death. Pike died in his
rooms at the Temple on April 2, 1891." During the last 14
years of his life, Pike had worked on a translation of the
Rig-Veda. It ran to four volumes and is 2,641 pages long.
He became convinced of the reality of reincarnation and,
on his deathbed, assured Vinnie that they would meet again
"in another life, sometime in the Twentieth Century."
"'When one of these human caterpillars whose cocoon
is worthless dies at last, how he is exalted and praised!
I am not done spinning yet, though my spinning may not be
worth much,'" Pike told her, "'It contents me to spin.
What does the silk-worm care for the cocoon when she has
come out of it into a new life, leaving it behind.'"
The old warlock still had one more feat of stellar
magick to perform. He left Vinnie and the Masons explicit
and sometimes incomprehensible instructions on how to
dispose of his mortal remains. He was most adamant that
his "Masonic memorial" be dedicated in Washington on a
specific date and time--October 23, 1901 at 2 p.m.
"Seven years later," in 1898, with some intense
lobbying by Vinnie, "Congress approved the raising of the
Albert Pike memorial, sculpted by (Vinnie's friend)
Gaetano Trentanove. The statuary is imposing. A larger-
than-life, full-length statue of Pike stands on a high
pedestal, attended by a lamenting woman said to represent
the spirit of Masonry."
There is some controversy over just who the woman
represents. Some say it is Vinnie Ream herself. "James
Goode, The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington D.C., 1974,
page 228, calls her 'the goddess of Masonry.' However,
William L. Fox, The Lodge of the Double Eagle, 1997, page
135, suggests that she is the 'Mother' of the Supreme
Council. Whatever her symbolic identity, she is holding
aloft the Scottish Rite banner."
Ovason writes, "Evidently, someone in the Masonic
fraternity knew about astrology, for the day of dedication
(October 23, 1901) had been selected to reflect Pike's own
birth chart...On the day of Pike's birth, December 29,
1809, the Sun was in 07 CP 30. On the day of the
dedication of his statue, October 23, 1901, Jupiter was in
07 CP 30. This is yet another indication that someone in
the Masonic fraternity at that time had a profound
knowledge of astrology."
Since Pike gave written instructions to his
followers, it is clear that the Illuminatus Rex himself
managed to pull off one last magickal invocation ten years
after his death. The purpose of the invocation is not
(Editor's Note: This macabre dedication ceremony took
place a few weeks after the assassination of another
Masonic president, William McKinley, in Buffalo, N.Y. And
nearly 100 years before the Twin Towers, September 11,
2001, the most damaging foreign attack on American soil.)
Following Pike's death, Vinnie continued her artistic
career. She sculpted Sequoyah, a memorial to the Ani-
Yupuya (also known as Cherokee) chief who created an 85-
character alphabet for his indigenous people's language;
Miriam, The West, Sappho and The Spirit of Carnival, which
stands in the Wisconsin Historical Museum. "Traveling in
Europe, she made the acquaintance of such personages as
George Brandes, Gustave Dore" and Queen Marie of Romania.
Vinnie died in 1915, at the age of 68, at about the
same time as the new Masonic Temple in Washington D.C. was
opened. So ended the life of the Illuminata who, with
Albert Pike, helped to turn the USA's capital city into a
Masonic theme park. (See the books The Secret
Architecture of Our Nation's Capital by David Ovason,
HarperCollins Publishers, New York, N.Y., 2000, pages 34
to 38, 318 to 322, 452 to 455, and 469; Washington: City
and Capital, American Guide Series, Government Printing
Office, Washington, D.C., 1937, page 694; Washington D.C.:
A Guide to the Nation's Capital, Hastings House, George
Washington University, new revised edition, 1968, pages
138, 139, 406 and 407; Labor and Love: The Life and Art of
Vinnie Ream by Glenn V. Sherwood, 1997; Albert Pike: The
Man Beyond the Monument by Jim Tresner, 1995, page 148;
Reluctant General: The Life and Times of Albert Pike by
Robert Lipscomb Duncan, E.P. Dutton & Co., New York, N.Y.,
1961, pages 268 to 271; and Wisconsin: A Guide to the
Badger State, Hastings House, New York, N.Y., 1954, page
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