UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 40
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 9, Number 40
October 6, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor
FOUR ANGELS SIGHTED
OVER WICHITA, KANSAS
On Tuesday, September 28, 2004, at 8:20 p.m., Luke M.
and his buddy, Jeff, were playing basketball in the
parking lot of the Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church in
Wichita, Kansas (population 344,284) when they had a most
"I was playing basketball, the second time in the
day," Luke reported, "I was there with my friend Jeff. We
were playing basketball to spend time until my friend was
done with church. We hadn't seen my friend Glenda in a
couple of years. The sighting happened maybe 10, 20
minutes before I saw her."
"I was standing there in front of the basketball
goal, about to take another shot. As I suddenly stepped
left, unknowingly, to see something strange in the sky.
The basketball goal faces north, in which I was facing
south to shoot hoops. Anyway, I stepped to the left to
get the basketball goal out of my way, and I was puzzled
and awed at what I see in the maybe half-cloudy night sky.
I tried to tell my friend Jeff what I was seeing, but I am
"I nearly dropped my basketball when I saw a V-wing
formation of four angel/butterfly/moth-shaped things
flying through the sky. They were flying like birds or
fighter jets do in a V-wing formation, with one on the
left of the formation and two on the right and one in the
middle or the front. They were perfectly ordered, in
equal distance from each other for the entire time. They
were maybe the size of a Lear jet or maybe a (Boeing) 747,
and at maybe an angle of 45 to 50 degrees up (above the
horizon--J.T.). They were perfectly south, away from the
church, not gaining or losing altitude. I saw them for a
total of maybe 10 to 15 seconds."
"As for what they looked like, they looked like great
butterflies that were made completely of light. You could
say that the entire content of their bodies was like a
lightning bug's lit-up butt but completely like a yellow
house (light) bulb and without any light radiating from
it. (The bodies did not glow or have an aura--J.T.) They
were no airplanes, and it was nothing like what people say
an alien craft looks like."
"My friend Jeff, later on that night, said something
about the four objects maybe being 'angels coming to
collect people before the asteroid might hit today,'
referring to the Toutatis asteroid's 930,000-mile
approach" to Earth on Wednesday, September 29, 2004.
"I then thought they actually did look like angels,
but I never thought an angel could have butterfly-like
wings. I felt strongly all week that the coming of
Toutatis could bring me some sort of sign. I didn't know
what it could be, though."
"I know they were not airplanes because they were
made of light--for one--and were not shaped right, but
mainly that there were four objects flapping their wings
just like a butterfly, and airplanes cannot flap their
wings like a butterfly."
"In conclusion, all I can say is that I saw what
clearly appeared to be four angels flying in the sky. I
had already seen first-hand proof of supernatural
existence, but this is another solid-proof experience for
me. This is the third time that I have been shown that
there is something out there. I guess maybe I submitted
this (report) because I have never heard of anything like
this happening before, and I never thought it could
actually happen to me."
Luke added, "I don't know what religion I am,
previously Christian, but now I don't know which religion,
for certain reasons. The point is, I do believe in a God-
like presence (maybe in Bushi-do or Gnostic-type--L.M.),
and I do believe in ghosts, since I have had frequent
experiences with them." (Email Form Report)
(Editor's Comment: Reading Luke's report, the first thing
that popped into my head was The Four Horsemen of the
Apocalypse. The quartet was seen at Cova da Iria in
Portugal on September 13, 1917 by the Fatima seers, Lucia
Abobora dos Santos, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto. As
for an angelic presence in Kansas, who knows? Maybe
they're having dress rehearsals for the Rapture.)
POLICE SEEK "MANIMAL"
IN ENTRE RIOS, ARGENTINA
"Police and locals sought a 'strange creature' at
Colonia Elia in the eastern reaches of" Entre Rios
province in northeastern Argentina.
"The police action came about when a neighbor
reported that a large person or a large animal caused
considerable damage in a henhouse behind his house, when
it killed several hens."
"A footprint, hair and other traces were found at the
site, which gave the claim credibility."
"Oscar Resteinor, a resident of the rural area,
reported to the Colonia Elia sheriff's office that for 20
days now he has been witnessing the presence of this
being, with clearly abnormal characteristics, prowling
around his house. He claims that he has not been able to
identify if it's an animal or a person. It also had
yellowish hair of considerable length, claw-like nails,
and it left large footprints, walking with its hind legs
like a human or a primate."
(Editor's Comment: From the description, it sounds like a
Mapinguary, a large ape-like creature, known as "the
Bigfoot of South America.")
"After the attack to his henhouse, Resteinor and his
family and neighbors began a watch in order to catch the
strange being, according to Analisis Digital," a Web site
in Buenos Aires.
"The Entre Rios police admit to having found several
footprints and hairs measuring between 6 and 10
centimeters (2.5 to 4 inches) in length, as well as a claw
or fingernail embedded in a tree trunk."
"Plaster casts were made of the footprints, which
were described as 'man-like' but larger and wider than
Entre Rios is the Argentinian province bordering both
Brazil and Paraguay. It's located 600 kilometers (360
miles) north of Buenos Aires. (See the InfoBAE Web site
for September 28, 2004. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y
Gloria Coluchi para estas noticias.)
NIGHT SAUCERS SPOTTED
"The UFO phenomenon manifested itself last night
(Monday, September 27, 2004) when several drivers
traveling from Monte Hermoso to Bahia Blanca saw red and
white lights in the sky for several minutes, which later
vanished over the fields."
"Drivers on their way back from Monte Hermoso to
Bahia Blanca reported having seen several flying saucers
on National Highway 3 and Route 229, which provides access
to the town of Punta Alta."
"Carlos Ceria, a resident of Punta Alta and one of
the witnesses to the event, said he was 'driving on
Highway 3 when, to the left of the road, my family and I
observed two flying objects of great (luminous-S.C.)
intensity and whitish in color."
"'Afterward, having turned onto Route 229, we also
saw red lights suspended in the air for 15 minutes, but
then seemed to turn off, as though there was a landing
strip on the field,' Ceria added."
"Sources at the Traffic Police in Bahia Blanca," a
large city located 300 kilometers (180 miles) south of
Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, "reported that 'many
people remarked about what had happened, but it isn't
something that can be investigated by the police.'"
"'Several drivers phoned us last night to report that
they had seen UFOs at the 630-kilometer marker on National
Highway 3, in the location known as Bajo Hondo,' said the
police spokesman." (See the InfoBAE Web site for
September 28, 2004, "UFOs reported in Monte Hermoso."
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para
MYSTERIOUS FIREBALL SEEN
BY MOTORISTS IN UK
"Early morning motorists driving through Norfolk and
Cambridgeshire yesterday (Sunday, September 26, 2004)
could hold the key to finding out more about the meteorite
or fireball sighted over the region."
"Around twenty motorists driving down the area's
roads from around 6:30 a.m. reported seeing the fireball,
which was described as having a bright glow followed by a
long trail of light."
"They reported their sightings to Graham Barnard on
his Today in Norfolk early morning radio programme on BBC
"Mr. Barnard told the EDP that around 20 callers rang
in from around 6:30 a.m. to report to presenter (announcer
in the USA--J.T.) Wally Webb" of having seen "a fireball
mainly in the sky above the west and south of the county."
"'Callers had their own theories as to what it was,
ranging from a fireball, a firework, or, in the case of a
caller from the Thetford area, an aircraft on fire, but we
quickly put listeners' minds to rest that it wasn't an
aircraft,' said Mr. Barnard."
"Yesterday the fireball was confirmed as being a
fireball or meteorite by Mark Lawick-Thompson, chairman of
the Norwich Astronomical Society."
"He said the fireball could have broken up in the
atmosphere, and the fragments might have landed but, until
more detailed information about the sighting" was
gathered, "it was not possible to say if any fragments had
"The last reported sighting of a fireball in East
Anglia was in Peterborough in 1991."
"His view was shared by research scientist Vicky
Pearson who said the sighting had been reported early
yesterday morning in locations mainly in Southern England,
including Oxford and Poole in Dorset, but there had also
been sightings in the Midlands."
"Miss Pearson, who is based at the Planetary and
Space Science Research Institute at the Open University in
Milton Keynes, said she had not received any of the
reported sightings in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire."
"She said that, until more information is available,
it would not be possible to say if fragments had landed."
(Many thanks to Jim Hickman, Executive Director of
Skywatch International, for this news story.)
SILVER SPHERE SIGHTED
IN ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO
On Sunday, September 26, 2004, at 6:15 p.m.,
eyewitness Stace reported, "I went outside" at her home in
Englewood, Colorado (population 31,727), a suburb of
Denver, "to see if I might catch a glimpse of the sphere
I've been seeing a lot of recently. It was a very crisp,
clear evening, with a few high clouds drifting south to
north. After just a few minutes, I noticed a bright,
stationary object sitting in the sky above and in front of
me--about 30 degrees east of the zenith."
"I guessed right away that this was the same or a
similar orb as the one I've reported to NUFORC and MUFON
recently (and very similar to the one reported recently
over the Twin Cities in Minnesota--Stace)."
"Through binoculars, it was a steady white sphere,
but to the naked eye it resembled a non-blinking bright
star or planet shining in the blue sky. From my deck
chair, using the overhead wires as a guide, I confirmed
that the object was absolutely stationary, and remained so
for 20 full minutes, not moving at all. Occasionally, a
wispy cloud passed through or behind where the object
"At about 6:25 p.m., my 16-year-old daughter came
home, and I called her out and she looked at the object
through binoculars and said it looked just like a white
ball. Her 19-year-old friend arrived at about 6:30 p.m.
and also came out and took a look at it through
binoculars. We were discussing how strange it was that it
seemed that whenever I looked for the sphere, I saw it."
"I looked up again after a few seconds of not
looking, and it had vanished. We were all very surprised
that it had been shining so brightly, and then completely
disappeared. The time was exactly 6:35 p.m."
"The only thing I can determine may have led to it
vanishing is that the sun may have dipped far enough
behind the mountains that, if reflecting light, it very
quickly lost the light source. However, according to the
Denver-area statistics, local sunset time was nearly 15
minutes later at 6:49 p.m."
Stace estimated that the sphere's altitude was
between 15,000 and 20,000 feet (4,500 to 6,000 meters).
(Email Form Report)
LUMINOUS RED UFOs SEEN
BY A FAMILY IN GEORGIA
On Saturday, September 25, 2004, eyewitness Kaye and
her family did some skywatching in Douglasville, Georgia
(population 20,065). She reported, "Just wanted to tell
someone about something I and my whole family saw this
past Saturday night. We were outside here in
Douglasville, Georgia, around the campfire. We had my
husband's very powerful scope/night vision glasses. When
you look into it, you can see millions of stars that you
can't see with the naked eye. Every time you look up with
it, you can see a shooting star that no one else can see.
It's really awesome."
"We have done this about three nights now. On
Saturday night, when we were looking up, we saw a red
light dancing in the sky. It looked just like a
'spotlight' they use for the openings of businesses so
everyone would come. I looked away (from the scope),
thought I could see it in the sky, but I couldn't. I
looked again (through the scope) and I continued to see it
whirl around and go in all directions. It was almost too
fast to keep up with."
"Sometimes there were two at once. They could go in
all directions, turning and going around, then would even
stop and stand still. We watched for about an hour,
letting everyone see it. But what in the world--or out--
could it have been?"
Douglasville, Ga. is on Route 8 about 20 miles (32
kilometers) west of Atlanta. (Email Form Report)
SCINTILLATING UFO SEEN
IN A TORONTO SUBURB
On Wednesday, September 29, 2004, eyewitness B.M. was
outdoors at his workplace in East York, Ontario, a suburb
of Toronto, Canada's largest city, when he spotted
something odd approaching from the south, flying over Lake
Ontario and then Danforth Avenue.
"I had come outside for a breath of fresh air at work
and noticed in an otherwise clear, cloudless sky a
brilliant light in the distance, glowing and flashing
every colour of the rainbow--green, blue, red, purple,
"There were other lights on the object, near the end,
and these were flashing like them. The object did not
move for over an hour, but just stayed in place, glowing
and radiating these colours. Being that I was at work, I
could not watch it all night, but at last check it had
been there over an hour." (Email Form Report)
CRAZY CROCS APPEAR IN
NEW YORK AND MINNESOTA
It was a double-header last week for the Fortean
phenomenon known as the crazy crocs, i.e. out-of-place
alligators that suddenly appear far outside their natural
habitats and for inexplicable reasons. Alligator
sightings were reported in upstate New York and in
"Newburgh, N.Y. Town Police received a strange call
for a Little Lane resident last night (Tuesday, September
28, 2004). He thought there was an alligator in his front
yard. When police pulled up to the scene, they found,
sure enough, a live 3-foot (0.9-meter) alligator was, in
fact, in the yard."
"When police tried to corral the animal, it scurried
onto Little Lane, then made a mad dash for a wooded area
in an attempt to escape. Police Officer Sean Gerow chased
it into the woods, grabbed it by the neck and secured it."
"After coordinating with the state Department of
Environmental Conservation, the alligator was turned over
to an exotic pet expert for safekeeping."
"It is unknown where the animal came from or how long
it had been in the area."
Newburgh, N.Y. (population 28,259) is on Route 9W, on
the west bank of the Hudson River, approximately 64 miles
(106 kilometers) north of New York City.
On Monday, September 27, 2004, "two fishermen found a
caiman crocodile while fishing on the Mississippi River"
in Fridley, Minnesota (population 27,449). "Joe and Jeff
Tigue of Brooklyn Park, Minn. spotted the reptile
motionless about three feet from shore and decided to grab
it. They used a shoelace to tie its jaws."
"A Twin Cities wildlife expert said it was probably
dumped by an owner."
Fridley, Minn. is on Routes 47 and 65, on the east
bank of the Mississippi River, 5 miles (8 kilometers)
north of Minneapolis. (See the Mid-Hudson News of
Newburgh, N.Y. for September 29, 2004, "What's that
alligator doing in my front yard?" And USA Today for
September 28, 2004, "Around the USA--Minnesota," page 10A.
Many thanks to Loren Coleman for the Newburgh report.)
(Editor's Note: Crazy Crocs are one of the longest-
running phenomena in Forteana. A classic case took place
in February 1892 when a crocodile 5 feet (1.5 meters) long
was found on a bank of the Rock River in Janesville,
Wisconsin. See The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover
Publications Inc., New York, N.Y. 1974, page 994.)
FAYETTE FIRE DESTROYS
Yet another mysterious fire has broken out in a place
in the USA named for the Marquis de Lafayette, one of the
country's founders and a prominent Freemason. This time
it happened in Tennessee.
"Flames burst through the rooftop of a grand Second
Empire home on the Shelbyville Highway, destroying the
roof and causing an inestimable amount of damage to the
The firefighters of Fayetteville, Tennessee
(population 6,994) "were enroute to the Inn at Cliffside
at about 4:30 p.m."
"'When we pulled out from the station, we saw the
smoke,' said Chief Robert Strope of the Fayetteville Fire
"Shortly after their arrival, the fire intensified.
'The roof was engulfed in fire,' Strope said."
"No one was in the house when the fire erupted. A
heating and air conditioning unit in the attic may have
caused the fire, the chief said."
"The roof fell in on the second floor. But the floor
was steady enough to hold the weight, Strope said, adding
that the damage to the first floor was caused mainly by
ashes and smoke."
"'We got about all of the furniture out of the bottom
floor,' the chief continued, adding the following day, 'My
men were on the hose until 11 p.m. last night , trying to
put out spot fires.'"
"The fire had not damaged any of the other buidlings
on the property, including the original servants'
"The magnificent 13-room brick house was completed in
1880 for Col. James B. Tillman and his family. Numerous
amenities grace the interior of the house, including
spacious rooms with up to 14 feet (4.2 meters) of
ceilings, stately windows, hardwood floors, 10-cent cast-
iron tokens and mammoth poster by " the band called Pocket
Col. Tillman "was the colonel of the 41st Infantry
Regiment" during the American Civil War. He served with
both the House (of Representatives--J.T. and the U.S.
Following the Civil War, Tillman obtained a license
to practice law "and was Loudon County's first attorney
general. He became the U.S. ambassador to Ecuador for
"John A. Reese bought the house in 1960, and it
stayed in the family for apparently 60 years."
In 1968, the Mahaffey family acquired the property.
"Dr. William R. Mahatipei, president of Mahaffey Systems
Inc., is the current manager of the property and inn."
Fortean researcher Loren Coleman pointed out that the
last name of the second owner--Reese--is a recurring name
in Fortean phenomena. (See the Elk Valley Times of
Fayetteville, Tenn. for September 27, 2004, "Historic inn
damaged in raging blaze." Many thanks to Loren Coleman
for forwarding that newspaper article.)
QUAKES AND AFTERSHOCKS
Even as Florida began to recuperate from its
hurricane blitz last week, on the USA's West Coast,
earthquakes were rattling the state of California.
"A strong earthquake shook the state Tuesday,"
September 28, 2004, "from Los Angeles to San Francisco,
cracking pipes, breaking bottles of wine and knocking
pictures from walls."
"The quake was centered about seven miles (11
kilometers) southeast of Parkfield, a town of 37 people,
known as 'California's earthquake capital.' The town is
one of the world's most seismically active areas, located
on the San Andreas fault."
'Things were shaking so bad you couldn't tell where
to go next,' said Parkfield Vineyard owner Harry Miller,
who grows 170 acres of vine grapes. 'Trees shaking like
brooms, and dust coming from everywhere.'"
"The quake tipped over about 300 cases of his wine,
and five or six of Miller's buildings--including his home-
-were damaged. Most of his water pipes burst."
"The quake struck at 10:15 a.m. and was felt along a
350-mile (560-kilometer) stretch, as far north as
Sacramento and as far south as Santa Ana, southeast of Los
Angeles. The center was about halfway between Los Angeles
and San Francisco."
"The very few residents of Parkfield--a half-dozen
buildings on either side of a street in a valley
surrounded by oak-studded hills--pride themselves on the
area's seismic activity."
"Drivers into town pass a sign reading 'Now entering
the North American plate.'"
"'I'll take my earthquakes over those hurricanes any
day,' said John Varian, a lifelong resident and owner of
the Parkfield Cafe, where food spilled out of the
"'This is earthquake country. It's a larger
earthquake than what usually occurs, but it's not
unprecedented,' said U.S. Geological Survey spokeswoman
"Parkfield was shaken by six similar earthquakes
between 1857 and 1966. Countless smaller tremors
constantly rattle the area, which is covered with just
about every type of tool used to study quakes as part of a
long-term research project."
"The area is 21 miles (33 kilometers) northeast of
Paso Robles, scene of an earthquake that killed two people
in December (2003). That quake pitched an 1892 clock
tower building onto the street and crushed a row of parked
cars. It was the state's first deadly earthquake since
the 6.7 (Richter scale) magnitude one that hit the
Northridge area of Los Angeles in 1994."
The following day, "a moderate earthquake jolted an
isolated area of central California on Wednesday,"
September 29, 2004, "triggering a rock slide that closed
part of a highway. The quake was unrelated to a temblor
that rattled" Parkfield, Cal. on the previous day.
"The magnitude 5.0 quake could be felt as far south
as Los Angeles--80 miles (112 kilometers) away--but it
apparently caused little damage outside of the rock
The second quake "struck at 3:54 p.m. and was
centered about 150 miles (250 kilometers) southeast of
"There have been over 500 aftershocks from the
earlier quake. Two of the biggest, at 5.0 and 4.5" on the
Richter scale "shook the region Wednesday morning."
"A powerful aftershock rattled central California on
Thursday," September 30, 2004, "two days after a magnitude
6.0 quake struck one of the state's most seismically
"There were no immediate reports of damage or
injuries in the latest temblor."
"The aftershock, which had a preliminary magnitude of
5.0, hit about 11 miles (19 kilometers) northwest of
Parkfield, according to the U.S. Geological Survey."
"More than 650 aftershocks--most so small that they
are not felt--have struck the area since" the first quake
"The latest quake was felt as far south as Santa
Barbara and north to San Jose. In Salinas, about 90 miles
(120 kilometers) from the epicenter, the quake produced a
slow rolling sensation that lasted for several seconds and
caused bookshelves to sway." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for September 29, 2004, "Strong earthquake shakes
California; no injuries reported, page 4A; for September
30, 2004, "Earthquake strikes again," page 2A; and for
October 1, 2004, "Aftershocks rattle state," page 2A.)
SEEN IN EASTERN UTAH
"On our way home from a family drive" on Wednesday,
September 29, 2004, Brian J. reported, "my wife and I
noticed a peculiar mushroom cloud just east of our home in
Wellington, Utah (population 1,666)."
"We ran into our house and brought out both of our
digital cameras and started snapping pictures. Within two
hours, there were three different 'explosions' resulting
in mushroom clouds. The ridge that shows up in the
pictures is called Book Cliffs. It is actually the edge
of what is best described as a plateau."
At the foot of Book Cliffs is the town of East
Carbon, Utah (population 1,393), on Route 123 about 25
miles (40 kilometers) east of Wellington. The mysterious
"mushroom clouds" appeared on the wooded slopes behind and
east of East Carbon.
Brian added, "We emailed a local news station; they
looked at the pictures but to no avail. There were truck
drivers parked at the gas station just down the road from
our home, but the drivers did not drive the road for fear
of whatever was happening out there."
"Besides, the area is infested with pine beetles,
which reduce every third tree to a virtual gasoline-soaked
torch, intermingled with the live trees, and we are in the
midst of a hellacious drought. Pretty scary afternoon,
especially during this period of heightened (terror) alert
in our nation."
Wellington and East Carbon are in Utah's Carbon
County, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Salt
Lake City, the state capital. (Many thanks to George
Paxinos, Joseph Geiser and Robyn Geiser for this news
DR. JOHN E. MACK DIES IN
LONDON TRAFFIC MISHAP
Dr. John Edward Mack, the world's leading authority
on alien abduction, died Monday, September 27, 2004, when
he was struck by a car while in a crosswalk on Totteridge
Road in London.
The vehicle was reportedly driven by a drunk driver.
London police pronounced Dr. Mack dead at the scene
of the accident.
Dr. Mack was in London as one of "several guest
speakers at the T.E. Lawrence Symposium in Oxford. Dr.
Mack's afternoon presentation to the panel was so warmly
received that he was asked to stay and present an
additional evening talk, which again went well with a
positive response. Afterward, he went to dinner with
He was walking along Totteridge Road towards the
private home where he was staying when the mishap
occurred. He was one week shy of his 75th birthday.
Dr. Mack was born October 4, 1929 and graduated from
Oberlin College in Ohio in 1951. He graduated cum laude
from Harvard Medical School in 1955, certified in adult
and child psychoanalysis. "The dominant thread of his
life has been the explanation of how one's perception of
the world affects one's relationships. He pioneered the
concept of worldview in early studies of dreams,
nightmares and teen suicides."
In 1977, Dr. Mack wrote a detailed biography of T.E.
Lawrence, better known as "Lawrence of Arabia." The book,
T.E. Lawrence: A Prince of our Disorder, won the Pulitzer
Prize for biography.
Dr. Mack believed "that Western culture requires a
shift away from a purely materialistic worldview (which he
feels is responsible for the Cold War, the global
ecological crisis, ethnonationalism and regional conflict-
-L.C.) towards a transpersonal worldview which includes
certain elements of Eastern spiritual and philosophical
In 1990, Dr. Mack began a continuing study of 200 men
and women who had reported recurrent alien abduction
experiences. He studied how their abductions "affected
the way they regarded the world, including a heightened
sense of spirituality and environmental concerns. Dr.
Mack's interest in the spiritual or transformational
aspects of people's alien encounters, and his suggestion
that the experience of alien contact itself may be more
spiritual than physical in nature, 'yet nontheless real,'
set him apart from many of his contemporaries, such as
Budd Hopkins, who advocated the physical reality of
"In 1994, Dr. Mack published his findings in the book
Abduction. Also "in 1994, the Dean of Harvard Medical
School appointed a committee of peers to review Dr. Mack's
clinical care and clinical investigation of the people who
had shared their alien encounters with him. After 14
months of enquiry, and with growing questions from the
academic community (including Harvard law professor Alan
Dershowitz--L.C.) regarding the validity of Harvard's
investigation of a tenured professor, Harvard issued a
statement stating that the Dean had 'reaffirmed Dr. Mack's
academic freedom to study what he wishes and to state his
opinions without impediment,' concluding 'Dr. Mack remains
a member in good standing of the Harvard Faculty of
In 1999, Dr. Mack published his second book on the
alien encounter experience, entitled Passport to the
Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters. This
book was "the culmination of his work with the
'experiencers' of alien encounter (to whom the book is
dedicated--L.C.)" and "a philosophical treatise connecting
the themes of spirituality and modern worldview."
MARS GLOBAL SURVEYOR
SENDS ULTRA-SHARP PHOTOS
"Mars photos more than twice as sharp as normal,
revealing the tracks of the Mars rover Spirit and the
remains of an ancient flood, were released Tuesday,"
September 28, 2004, "courtesy of NASA's Mars Global
"By compensating for blurring caused by the
spacecraft's motion as it orbits 235 miles (356
kilometers) over Mars. Malin Space Science Systems
engineers are now able to take pictures that reveal
features as small as 5 feet (1.5 meters) across, much
better than the old 13-to-16-foot (4-to-5 meter)
"The new images clearly show the tracks left by
NASA's Spirit rover and 'megaripples' in sand left over
from an ancient flood in the Athabasca Vallis region of
"Arriving at the Red Planet in 1997, the Mars Global
Surveyor has nearly completed 25,000 mapping orbits of
Mars and is schedule to continue operating through 2006."
(See USA Today for September 29, 2004, "Mars Surveyor
sends super-sharp photos," page 6D.)
BEATIFIED BY THE POPE
"Pope John Paul II set on the road to sainthood
Sunday," October 3, 2004, "an emperor accused of using
poison gas on the battlefield and a nun whose visions have
been called anti-Semitic at one of the more controversial
beatification ceremonies of his long reign."
Karl I, the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian
empire, "who reportedly ordered his troops to use poison
gas in 1917, was among five historical figures beatified
at a special Mass at St. Peter's Square" in Vatican City.
"Also honored was the mystical Nineteenth Century
German nun, Anna Katharina Emmerick, whose vivid accounts
of her visions of Jesus Christ's life and death inspired
the controversial (2004) Mel Gibson movie The Passion of
"The film has been condemned by Jewish groups as
anti-Semitic, and the New York-based Anti-Defamation
League expressed 'deep distress' at the beatification of
the movie's muse."
"'Hatred and anti-Semitism were fomented in her
name,' said the (ADL) statement, which criticized
'association of Jewish characters with the demonic' and
'the negative characterization' of Jews in her writing."
"Beatification is the last formal step toward
sainthood" in the Roman Catholic Church. "It occurs only
after a detailed and lengthy investigation into a
candidate's life and virtues. Proof of at least one
miracle is required, and full sainthood can be conferred
only after a subsequent miracle is certified to have taken
"The pontiff also beatified two French priests--
Joseph-Marie Cassant and Pierre Vigne--and an Italian nun,
Ludovica de Angelis, who tended to ailing children in
"The pope, who is ailing from Parkinson's disease,
delivered only portions of the Mass and spoke with
"The crowd, which included descendants of Karl I's
Hapsburg dynasty, applauded after he read the names
earmarked for sainthood as their pictures were unfurled
above the square."
"During his 26-year reign," Pope John Paul II "has
beatified more than 1,300 people, surpassing all previous
"In the case of Emmerick, who died in 1924, the
Vatican cited evidence that she bore signs of stigmata--
marks resembling the crucifixion wounds of Jesus--during
her life. The Vatican also found that her intercession in
1860 led to another German nun's recovery from
"In his homily, the pope hailed Karl I, the last of
the Hapsburg emperors who ruled over Austria, Hungary and
parts of eastern Europe until the end of World War I, as a
'friend of peace' who lived an exemplary Christian life."
"In December (2003), the Vatican's Congregation for
the Causes of Saints, which investigates claims to
sainthood, credited" the emperor "with a 1960 miracle in
which a nun in Brazil found herself able to walk for the
first time in years after offering prayers for his
"Newspapers have revisited evidence that troops under
the emperor's command used mustard gas against Italian
soldiers in Slovenia in 1917, and the news magazine Profil
ridiculed him as 'the patron saint of losers' because he
presided over the collapse of the mighty Austro-Hungarian
Karl I was the brother of the Archduke Franz
Ferdinand, who, with his wife Sophie, was assassinated in
Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian
terrorist. The assassination triggered World War I. Karl
inherited the throne in 1916, abdicated at the end of the
war in 1918, and died in exile in 1922.
Another blot on the emperor's copybook was his belief
in the authenticity of The Protocols of the Learned Elders
of Zion. "Like his contemporary, Tsaritsa Alexandra of
Russia, Karl went to his grave convinced that The
Protocols were real," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor
explained, "In 1922, he was telling anybody who'd listen
that his regime was done in by Freemasonry."
"It is not known whether Sister Emmerick ever read
The Protocols or not, although they were widely available
in Germany after 1919. Nine years after her death, during
the nationwide boycott of Jewish-owned stores on April 1,
1933, Nazi crowds demonstrated in front of targeted stores
in Augsburg and Reutlingen, carrying posters of Sister
Emmerick. A fact which probably hasn't endeared her to
the ADL." (See the Chicago Tribune for October 4, 2004,
"Pontiff puts 5 on path to sainthood," section 1, page 3.)
ALL FBI FURLOUGHS ARE
CANCELLED AS TERROR
"Agencies across the (USA's) federal government are
launching an aggressive and open offensive aimed at
thwarting terrorist plots before and during the
presidential election" scheduled for November 2, 2004.
"Numerous law enforcement and counterterrorism
officials also warned last week that a heightened threat
of terrorist attack will persist through the January (20,
"The government's strategy will include heavy
surveillance by the FBI, increased checks of terrorism
watch lists by local police and heightened security at
polling places on Nov. 2, officials said."
"Counterterrorism officials concede they do not have
new or specific intelligence outlining plans for an
attack, but say they remain alarmed by indications that
Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups might seek to
influence U.S. elections as they did in Spain last spring
by setting off bombs on Madrid commuter trains. By
publicizing the government's efforts, which will begin in
earnest later this week, authorities say they hope to
forestall any plans for similar attacks here."
"The FBI, which is sharply limiting personal leave
and transferring hundreds of agents to the effort, will
focus heavily on individuals within the United States who
are suspected of having ties to Al-Qaeda and other
terrorist groups or who sympathize with their causes,
according to officials who have been briefed on the
"Officials said the FBI's tactics, which will be
outlined in an electronic communication to field offices,
will include aggressive and often overt surveillance,
widespread interviews, and, in some cases, arrests. Local
police will be urged to run the names of suspicious people
through the federal government's terrorism watch lists,
even during traffic stops and other encounters." (See the
Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for September 27, 2004, "Plans
to thwart election terrorism begin," page5A.
WISCONSIN SUSPECT FIRST
ONE NABBED IN SWEEP
"A man in prison on drug offenses was charged
Wednesday," September 29, 2004 "with threatening to blow
up a federal building in downtown Milwaukee with a
delivery truck filled with explosives."
"Steven J. Parr, 39, of Janesville, Wis. was arrested
Wednesday--the day he was to be sent to a halfway house in
(Editor's Note: Janesville, Wis. is the site of the
celebrated 1892 crazy croc case. It's strange that a
Janesville resident should be charged during the current
crazy croc flap.)
"Parr allegedly planned to blow up the Reuss Federal
Plaza, 14-story blue building that has multiple federal
agencies--including the Internat Revenue Service and the
Department of Defense--with more than 800 federal
employees. A shopping mall is across the street."
"U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic said Parr expressed
hatred for the federal government and spoke about
retaliating against law enforcement when he got out of
"'We consider him extremely dangerous,' he said."
"It was unclear when Parr planned to take action,
Biskupic said, adding that it could have been 10 years
from now or as soon as he got out of jail."
"Parr's cellmate alerted the FBI's Milwaukee office
in two letters dated Aug. 23 (2004), a criminal complaint
"The cellmate, whose name was witheld by authorities,
said in the letters that Parr has extensive knowledge in
bomb-making and considers Ted Kazinski, the Unabomber, one
of his heroes, the complaint said."
"He also said Parr considered himself a 'separatist'
and often talked about Kazinski and Timothy J. McVeigh,
who bombed the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995,
the complain said."
"Authorities said Parr has a tattoo that reads 'UNI'
next to a time bomb on his right arm and goes by the
nickname 'Uni'" in prison.
"The cellmate said Parr picked the Reuss Federal
Building because of its proximity to the street and the
amount of glass in the building to make a big impact. He
also thought about blowing up the U.S. Attorney's Office
in Madison," Wisconsin's state capital, the complaint
The complaint "also said Parr owned The Anarchist
Cookbook and a notebook with chemical formulas for bombs."
"A partial transcript of a secretly taped
conversation between Parr and his cellmate quoted Parr as
saying the incident would 'sure change the country' and
'make a wonderful statement.'"
"Two women who had lived with Parr told FBI agents
his hobby was bomb-making and he had made explosive
devices in the garage or in his home."
"His family members said Parr had large empty drums
with chemical-type writing on the outside at his home, the
"Parr was serving a two-year sentence for possession
of THC with intent to deliver and delivery of THC, an
active ingredient in marijuana."
"Before his arrest Wednesday, he was scheduled to
spend 90 days in a Janesville halfway house before being
released under extended supervision, the complaint said."
"Parr made an initial appearance Wedneday afternoon
before Magistrate James R. Sickel in U.S. District Court
in Green Bay, Wis., Biskupic said. He was held without
bail pending a bond hearing Friday," October 1, 2004.
(See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for September 30,
2004, "Officials say man planned to blow up federal
building," page 5D.)
(Editor's Comment: Until I read about this guy and
fugitive Larry Ward of Bainbridge, N.Y., I had no idea
there was a "Timothy J. McVeigh Fan Club" here in the
From the UFO Files...
"I Can't Believe I Ate the Whole Thing!"
"More than 130 years after Alfred Packer ate his five
companions to survive a Colorado winter, a museum curator
is making a case that the notorious cannibal was innocent
"Years of research on a 142-year-old pistol and
detective work at the site where Packer was stranded seem
to support at least part of his story: that he only killed
to defend himself from a member of their party who had
slain his fellow prospectors and was making a meal of
"'Curators normally don't get an opportunity like
this. We usually are in the museum piecing things
together,' said David Bailey, who has been pursuing the
case while working at the Museum of Western Colorado in
Grand Junction (population 41,986)."
"Packer was convicted of murdering the five men--all
prospectors he was guiding--but he always insisted that he
had killed only one of them, Shannon Bell."
When he was first rescued, however, Packer made no
mention of the shooting. His relatively robust appearance
following the snowy winter of 1873-1874 aroused the
suspicions of Ouray, the chief of the Nuche indigenous
people (also known as the Ute Indians--J.T.).
"You're too fat," Ouray said, poking Packer's stomach
with his index finger. "What have you been eating all
Features reddening, Packer stammered, "Oh...uhm...ah,
a lot...uhm, a whole lot of really chubby squirrels."
But after the snows melted, and the remains of the
prospectors were found, the hue and cry went up throughout
Colorado, and Packer was arrested.
While snapping on Packer's leg irons, the sheriff of
Hinsdale County shouted, "Goddamit, Packer! There weren't
more than five Democrats in this here county...and you ate
four of them!"
At the trial, "Packer said he shot Bell after Bell
killed the four others in the party and then attacked him
with a hatchet."
"Ten years ago, Bailey happened upon a gun in the
museum's collection that was marked as having been found
where Packer and the five prospectors were stranded high
in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado in the
winter of 1873-1874."
"Bailey said his research confirmed the gun in the
museum's collection, an 1862 Colt police pistol, had been
found in a 1950 dig at the site where Packer was accused
of killing the five men. Then Bailey began wondering if
Packer's story could be true."
"'When we started the case, we just wanted to know
either way,' he said."
"The museum staff began looking at documents and
found the journal of a Civil War veterans who had seen the
bodies and said one of them, Bell, had died of two gunshot
"Bailey and other (museum) staff made several
expeditions to the remote city near Lake City (population
375), 130 miles (208 kilometers) from the nearest
interstate highway in Hinsdale County, which covers 1,120
square miles and has a full-time population of 790."
"Among other things they found was lead residue on
Bell's clothes. Tests with an X-ray spectograph showed it
matched the lead in the three bullets still in the gun.
(Two chambers were empty.) Later, a bullet fragment was
found in a sample taken from under Bell's body."
"At his trial, Packer said he had gone out to look
for food and when he returned to camp, he found Bell
'roasting a piece of meat, which he had cut out of the leg
of the German butcher,' Frank Mueller."
"Packer said he shot Bell as he attacked with the
hatchet. Afterward, he said, he tried every day to find a
way out of the mountains 'but could not so I lived off the
flesh' of the dead men."
"He predicted that some day he would be vindicated.
He told a story of the men crying and praying as they
starved, trying to live off pine gum and rosebuds."
"Forensic anthropologist Walter Birkby of Tucson,
Ariz., who was involved in the exhumation of the bodies in
1989, remains skeptical. He said there was no evidence of
a gunshot wound and that what appeared to be a bullet hole
was the result of an animal gnawing on the bones."
Even in his own day, many people thought Packer was
innocent. "Under pressure from a campaign led by Denver
Post columnist Polly Pry, Packer was granted a conditional
parole in 1901 after 18 years in prison. He had escaped
execution only on a technicality."
"After Packer's release, he made dollhouses and
handed out candy to children, living on a pension from his
service in the (American) Civil War."
Yet Packer was not averse to poking fun at his
fearsome reputation. Shortly before his death, in 1904, a
newspaper reporter asked him, "What do you think of the
Packer's reply: "Deeeee-licious!" (See the Duluth,
Minn. News-Tribune for September 19, 2004, "New finds
support convicted cannibal's claim of innocence," page
24A. See also this Web site:
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