UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 48
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 9, Number 48
December 1, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor
ANOTHER FIGHTER JET
CRASHES IN INDIA
"An Indian Air Force (IAF) jet crashed Monday night,"
November 8, 2004, "the third French-built airplane
involved in a crash since September (2004), officials
"They said the jet went off military radar 'almost
immediately' after taking off around 8:40 p.m. from the
central Indian Air Force base at Gwalior and then crashed
in a dense forest nearby."
"'The aircraft seems to have caught fire after
gaining altitude,' an IAF source told Agence France Presse
in New Delhi," India's capital.
"Rescuers rushed to the site to assist its lone
The jet interceptor was a Dassault Mirage 2000, the
aircraft used by the IAF's front-line fighter squadrons.
"On (Tuesday) October 12 (2004), an Indian Air Force
Mirage 2000 went down during joint maneuvers with the
Singapore Air Force after the pilot lost control due to
"Another Mirage 2000 crashed near Gwalior after
losing its nosewheel in mid-air on (Thursday) September 23
"An Indian Defence Ministry official said the latest
crash was 'bewildering.'"
"'We are really at a loss to figure out why we are
now losing Mirage planes. They have been a reliable
fighter plane since we began ordering them (in 1985--
J.T.),' the official said, speaking on conditions of
The following day, India's newspapers reported that
the pilot had not survived the crash. He was Flight Lt.
Neehar Gururani, a career IAF officer reputed to be
"India's Top Gun."
"With the death of Flight Lt. Neehar Gururani last
night, the IAF has lost its second pilot in a Mirage 2000
"Gururani's aircraft hit the ground about 80
kilometers (50 miles) from IAF Gwalior on Tuesday. With
this crash, the IAF has lost six Mirage 2000 jets so far--
three of them during the past two months alone."
(Editor's Note: To say nothing of the IAF MiG-21 that
went down in the western desert near Bikaner on Monday,
November 1, 2004. See UFO Roundup, volume 9, number 46
for November 17, 2004, "A shootdown in India?" page 1.)
"IAF Vice-Chief Air Marshal S.K. Malik said today
(Wednesday, November 10, 2004) that preliminary evidence
shows the pilot may have been 'disoriented' due to the
darkness, so there was no reason to suspect technical or
engine failure. Initial reports Monday night had said the
pilot was safe, but then the rescue teams reached the site
and found Gururani's body."
(Editor's Comment: So India's Top Gun became
'disoriented,' eh? Riiiiight! And if you believe that,
you probably think it happens to Chuck Yeager, too.)
"The IAF sent its Director-General of Flight
Inspection and Safety, Air Marshal P.S. Ahluwalia, to
probe the reason behind the recent series of Mirage
"'The crashes have been surprising indeed. The
Mirage continues to be our finest fighter,' Malik said."
A spokesman for Dassault, the French firm that built
the aircraft, said, "We are waiting for a final report
from the IAF on the crash. From the information that we
have received, it seems possible that the pilot was
disoriented; which is why he may not have pushed the panic
Gururani was part of a two-plane formation that took
off from IAF Gwalior. His wingman "sounded an alert when
Gururani did not respond to radio inquiries and
disappeared from the radar screen. When the second pilot
failed to contact Gururani, he retraced his flight path to
find a ball of fire on the ground."
"The dead pilot is the son of IAF Air Marshal S.
Gururani, who retired in 1997 as the commander of IAF
"Malik said, 'We have seen his fitness reports. He
was a good pilot and an enthusiastic boy. It is rather
unnerving that this has happened.'"
"The IAF has ordered ten more Mirages to make up for
the crash losses, and an additional squadron is expected
to arrive by year's end. The Defence Ministry is also
considering Qatar's offer of ten of its own Mirages."
"In the October 12 (2004) crash, (the engine's)
turbine blades came loose. The pieces are now at the
National Metalurgical Laboratory in Jamshedpur for tests.
After this, they will be sent to the Dassault factory in
France for examination."
Indian ufologists are questioning why Gururani's
Mirage descended to 900 meters (3,000 feet) before
disappearing from military radar.
Ufologist Daniel Wilson is now comparing UFO reports
from India and Pakistan with news accounts of jet crashes
in the subcontinent, to see if there's any correlation.
"Until Daniel brought it up, we had not considered
the possibility of a clandestine air war. But India has
lost six Mirages and one MiG-21," said Krishnari Bai
Dharapurnanda, UFO Roundup correspondent in India. "A
Mirage was lost on September 23 (2004). This was at the
same time many UFOs were seen over Himachal Pradesh (the
Himalayas--J.T.) and there were reports of aliens building
a base in the mountains overlooking the upper Sutlej River
Gwalior is in India's Madhya Pradesh state
approximately 300 kilometers (180 miles) south-southeast
of New Delhi. (See the newspaper Indian Express for
November 10, 2004, "Another Mirage 2000 military jet
crashes." Many thanks to Daniel Wilson and Krishnari Bai
Dharapurnanda for this newspaper article.)
THREE LARGE UFOs SEEN
OVER PAKISTAN'S CAPITAL
On Monday, November 8, 2004, at 5:10 p.m.--just a few
hours before Flight Lt. Neehar Gururani's Mirage 2000 went
down in central India--three large luminous UFOs were seen
by a family in Islamabad, the capital of neighboring
The witness, a 41-year-old Pakistani woman, reported,
"I noticed three moving objects in the sky as I sat in my
house. I quickly ran outside onto my terrace and called
my children, a 15-year-old and a 5-year-old. The three
objects were gliding towards the east and going higher and
higher. I ran and got a digital camera, but for some
reason I could not see the object through the (camera's)
lens. Finally, I got a photo."
"The objects were brownish with protuberances but, as
they got higher, they formed an L-shaped formation and
became round in shape. When I zeroed in with the camera's
telephoto lens, I saw that two of the objects were
triangular in shape and one was egg-shaped. I am the 41-
year-old mother of three children." (Many thanks to
Daniel Wilson for this report.)
MYSTERIOUS JET CRASH
AT AREA 51 IN NEVADA
A U.S. Navy jet crashed near Area 51 in Nevada in
"A Virginia Beach-based F/A-18 Hornet crashed near
Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada shortly after takeoff
Tuesday," November 9, 2004.
"The pilot ejected and was rescued by a U.S. Air
Force rescue crew. He is listed in good condition at the
Nellis base hospital."
"His identification is not being released, the Navy
"The crash took place about 15 miles (25 kilometers)
north of the sprawling base (just west of the Moapa River
Indian Reservation--J.T.) just outside Las Vegas, Nev.
(population 478,434). The aircraft impacted in a
sparsely-populated (desert) area. No one on the ground
"The plane was assigned to the 'Wildcats' of Strike
Fighter Squadron 131, based at Oceana Naval Air Station in
Virginia Beach, Va., said Mike Maus, a spokesman for the
Atlantic Fleet Naval Air Force in Norfolk, Va."
The crashed F/A-18 Hornet "was participating in an
exercise with the Air Force Weapons School at Nellis, he
said." (See the Virginia Pilot of Virginia Beach, Va. for
November 10, 2004, "Pilot safe after Beach-based jet
crashes in Nev." Many thanks to Daniel Wilson for this
HEAVY UFO ACTIVITY
REPORTED IN MEXICO
"A large UFO resembling an organic creature was
recorded on video over Mexico City as it expelled strange
spheres from several tentacles."
According to Mexican ufologist Jaime Maussan, "On
(Wednesday) October 27 (2004), to be exact, a giant object
was videtaped and photographed over Mexico City. It was
very impressive and launched spheres."
"This is an inexplicable phenomenon," Maussan added,
"It's as though it were an organic being with several
tentacles, and some of these tentacles were putting forth
spheres. We called in an expert to see if it could have
been some sort of balloon, but he said no."
Maussan "revealed that an air traffic controller at
the city's airport calculated that the object was flying
at over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet), which means that, in
order for it to be picked up by a (ground-based) camera,
its diameter should have been between 300 and 400 meters
(1,000 and 1,330 feet), making this a highly strange and
"He added that the object made a series of impressive
maneuvers, that it braided itself and stretched but was
always surrounded by a series of red and blue spheres that
appeared to be stuck to the (larger) object's sides."
"'If it's an organic being, where did it come from?
How did it get here? That's inside the spheres that it is
ejecting? Is this some sort of invasion? Or are we being
monitored?'" Maussan asked.
"Maussan said that the images were supplied by Arturo
Robles Gil, a professional photographer, who also managed
to record it with a camcorder. For this reason, the
images are very clear."
Robles Gil "revealed that at first they debated on
whether it could be a balloon, but a considerable monetary
investment would have been required, aside from the fact
that it would have been necessary to assemble it at around
2 in the morning in order for it to be seen at 9 a.m."
"The video's duration is between 5 to 10 minutes,
although the object was visible for 10 to 20 minutes,"
On Saturday, November 20, 2004, at 4:45 p.m., three
Mexican ufologists spotted four mysterious translucent
objects in the skies over Tepoztlan, a town in the state
of Morelos about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of
Ufologist "Salvador Guerrero videotaped four
translucent spheres in the town of Tepoztlan, state of
Morelos. He was in the company of Amado Marquez and
Eduardo Ortega and engaged in intensive skywatching.
Guerrero has been an active ufologist since 1981."
"At approximately 4:45 p.m., the team became aware of
a strange sphere of the size of a ping pong ball almost at
ground level, and they approached it with videocameras to
record evidence. They made videotapes with three
"Subsequently, the object came out from behind a tree
bough and remained surprisingly motionless, then moving up
and down with intelligent movement, according to Salvador
Guerrero. At one point, the object was close to his own
body, scant centimeters (inches) away."
"It was then that he reached out and touched it.
Upon contact with his skin, the sphere released a
gelatinous fluid that caused harm and discomfort to the
skin, leaving a red rash on his flesh."
"A total of four spheres were sighted with intervals
of five minutes between each sighting."
During this time, "teachers and children from the
Escuela Meztitla (school)" in Tepoztlan "joined the trio"
and watched the diminutive UFOs.
According to Mexican ufologist Ana Luisa Cid
Fernandez, who interviewed Guerrero after the sighting,
"He still reports discomfort to his hand. He has been
advised to see a physician to obtain a diagnosis as to
what happened to his skin."
"Guerrero has recorded similar (UFO) phenomena before
but never touched it."
The team's videotapes were aired Thursday, November
18, 2004, on The Omar Chaparro Show and on Jaime Maussan's
TV show, Los Grandes Misterios de Tercer Milenio.
(Translated: Great Mysteries of the Third Millenium--J.T.)
(Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Ana Luisa Cid Fernandes
para estas historias de OVNIs.)
MYSTERY BOOMS HEARD
IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
"The mysterious booms first heard on Richmond's north
side are now being heard in other part of the area"
surrounding the city, the state capital of Virginia,
"including Henrico and Chesterfield counties."
"A city spokesman says Richmond's officials also have
heard from officials in Indiana and Canada, where similar
booms have also been felt."
"The booms started in Richmond on" Tuesday, November
2, 2004, "and have happened several times a week since.
Most of them happened in the northern part of the city
(Greendale, Lakeside and Regency Square--J.T.), and on
Sunday," November 21, 2004, "authorities got 250 calls to
report an afternoon boom."
"City officials have ruled out construction,
railroads or factories, along with public utilities,
military exercises and private activities."
"Advanced electronic equipment is being brought to
the city to help pinpoint the source of the booms." (See
the Richmond, Va. Times-Dispatch for November 23, 2004,
"Mysterious booms now being heard elsewhere in the area."
Many thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
UFOs SIGHTED IN CHESHIRE
AND THE MIDLANDS, UK
On Sunday, October 31, 2004, at 7 p.m., the
eyewitness, Eddie C., was driving in rural Cheshire about
15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Liverpool. Stopping in
Wirral, he took some photographs. After these were
developed, he was astounded to see a UFO in one image.
"The object didn't appear until the film was
developed," said Eddie, who described himself as having a
theatrical background but who was now studying "with a
well-known spiritual medium in UK. The lights could not
be seen with the naked eye--only with the development of
the photos. I was very excited."
On Saturday, November 13, 2004, at 3:18 p.m.,
eyewitness Lloyd Bailey reported, "Travelling along Every
Street" in Ancotes, a suburb of Manchester, "I was playing
a game on my dad's phone when a dark shape caught my eye.
I turned to look over to the field to it and saw a dark
oval shape with what looked like wings sticking out of its
sides. I had enough time to convert my dad's phone to
camera (mode) and took a photo of the object."
"The object was just above the houses, maybe 150 to
200 feet (45 to 60 meters). It was travelling at an
incredible rate of speed. After the initial sighting, it
just disappeared." (Many thanks to Stefan Duncan of AUFON
for the Cheshire report; the Ancotes report was an Email
PHANTOM PANTHER PROWLS
"Martin Hale believes the footprints in his garden
belong to none other than Cambridgeshire's fabled 'Fen
"The latest reported evidence of the existence of the
mythical beast lies in his three-acre garden at Ivy Farm,
The Green, Rampton," Cambridgeshire, UK.
"The parish council chairman said the outside light
kept going on between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Friday,"
November 19, 2004, "but he did not go out and
"But when walking with his Cocker spaniel Lucy at 1
p.m. later the same day, he made the discovery."
"Metal trader Mr. Hale, 52, said, 'Lucy picked up a
scent. Because the sun was in the southwest, it showed
the prints in the grass. You could see the prints
clearly, and the trail was about 60 yards (54 meters) long
and went in a snake-like pattern, not in a straight line.
The prints were the size of a clenched fist, similar to
one I've seen before.'"
"Mr. Hale says he has seen prints several times over
the past four years and has seen the beast--or beasts--on
"'Both times it was either slouched down or running
away. It's larger than a fox, about one-and-a-half times
as big, and the tail stands erect. It's a light sandy
colour with dark rings on its tail,' he said."
"Checking what he had seen against big cat
information on the Internet, the closest match was an
"This time, Mr. Hale was able to take more accurate
measurements of the prints. Each is about four-and-a-half
inches (11.2 centimeters) long, the spacing between the
prints is 22 inches (55 centimeters) and they are ten
inches (25 centimeters) apart laterally."
"He is hoping the new information could help
zoologists or other big cat experts solve the long-running
"Rumours of a large, cat-like creature date back to
the 1950s, and speculation is fueled by every reported
sighting. There were 34 (sightings) in Cambridgeshire
between January 2003 and March 2004." (See the Cambridge
News for November 22, 2004, "Is the legendary Fen Tiger on
the prowl?" Many thanks to Robert Fischer, UFO Roundup's
phantom panther expert, for this newspaper article.)
LOCUST PLAGUE MOVES
INTO SOUTHERN ISRAEL
"Swarms of locusts devoured leaves and palm trees
Sunday," November 21, 2004, "leaving people concerned
about biblical plagues."
"The pests swept up from Egypt, making their way
north on a path that could take them to the West Bank town
of Jericho, where (USA) Secretary of State Colin Powell"
met with "Palestinian officials Monday," November 22,
2004. (For more on the locust swarms in Egypt, see UFO
Roundup, volume 9, number 47 for November 24, 2004,
"Plague of locusts invades Egypt," page 13.)
"The red locusts originated in West Africa and
traveled through Libya and Egypt. The insects are present
every year in Africa, but this year's swarms are
especially large due to prolonged periods of heavy
rainfall, according to the United Nations Food and
Agricultural Organization (FAO)."
"Israel's Agricultural Ministry had not by Sunday
reported serious damage to crops in the arid Arava and
Negev deserts. Ministry planes were spraying onion,
pepper and melon fields near Israel's southern borders
with Egypt and Jordan."
"Officials in the Red Sea resort of Eilat said many
of the plants and the trees in the city's parks have been
stripped of their foliage by the pests. The locusts seem
to prefer palm and olive trees, basil, grape leaves and
"'If these pests land on my fields, it's all over,'
potato farmer Menachem Tzafiur told the Yediot Ahronot
newspaper. 'They destroy a whole year's work in a matter
(Editor's Comment: Sad but true--the farmer's plight is
the same the world over.)
"Eilat residents on Sunday found their lawns
blanketed in red with the insects. Some children
questioned their parents if darkness, the ninth biblical
plague after locusts, was soon to come."
"According to the Book of Exodus in the Old
Testament, the Egyptian suffered ten plagues before
Pharoah agreed to let the enslaved Israelites free.
Locusts were the eighth plague."
"Both Yediot Ahronot and Maariv reported on the
delight of Thai workers on southern farms, who consider
the insects a delicacy." The newspapers offered
"instructions for the culinary curious on how to grill the
locusts 'turning them over until they (turn) yellow.'"
(Editor's Note: The Nuche indigenous people of the USA's
Southwest, also known as the Ute Indians, used to roast
Mormon crickets over campfires and eat them like popcorn.)
"Rabbi David Batzri, a leading Kabbalist (Jewish
mystic--J.T.), blamed the locusts on poverty and urged the
Israelis to give to the poor to help expel the pests."
"Agricultural Ministry officials said they were
concerned that the warm weather on Sunday could prompt the
locusts to begin breeding. This would cause greater
damage, since young locusts have large appetites, the
officials told Yediot Ahronot."
"The insects, which usually live between two to six
months, eat their weight--about 0.07 ounces--in crops
every day. They can travel 200 kilometers (120 miles)
On Thursday, November 25, 2004, "Israel called on
Egypt to take steps to control swarms of red locusts that
have invaded southern Israel and are eating crops. They
began moving into Israel on Friday," November 19, 2004.
"Israeli Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz said he
offered to help Egypt" combat the swarms "by supplying
spray planes, equipment and know-how. Egypt hadn't
commented." (See the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot for
November 21, 2004, "A plague of locusts!" Also USA Today
for November 26, 2004, "Israel offers Egypt aid in
combatting locusts." Many thanks to Ayesha al-Khatabi,
UFO Roundup's Middle East correspondent, for the Israeli
(Editor's Comment: Believe it or not, there's a verse in
the Bible that actually predicted this plague--Micah 7:1-
2. "What misery is mine! I feel like the fruit picker
after the harvest who can find nothing to eat. Not a
cluster of grapes or a single fig can be found to satisfy
my hunger. The godly people have all disappeared; not one
fair-minded person is left on the earth. They are all
murderers, even setting traps for their own brothers.")
WEIRDEST CRIME YET IN
The Fayette Factor took another strange turn on
Friday, November 26, 2004, the day after the USA's
Thanksgiving Day holiday. It happened in Lafayette,
Louisiana (population 110,257), which has been plagued all
year with bizarre murders and disappearances.
"The busiest shopping day of the year turned out to
be a sticky affair" in Lafayette, Louisiana.
"Vandals apparently glued the locks on dozens of
Lafayette's biggest retailers, preventing managers from
opening up promptly on lucrative 'Black Friday.' Hundreds
of shoppers, some of whom arrived before dawn, were forced
to wait outside Barnes & Noble, Old Navy and other stores
while managers summoned locksmiths."
"At least 200 locks on dozens of businesses were
glued, including main entrances, locksmith Garan Wilson
"Wilson's first job at about 5 a.m. was to make his
way to the first door lock at Old Navy--by pushing through
500 shoppers waiting outside, he said."
"'I found about half a tube of glue stuck inside,' he
"Kevin Vizena, head locksmith of Pop-A-Lock in
Lafayette, said the vandals squeezed the glue deep inside
the keyholes, forcing him to drill holes and remove the
locks from the doors."
"Chuck Trenchard, an employee of S & K Menswear, said
the prank had cost his store more than $1,000 in business,
because potential customers had arrived early, then took
off because they couldn't get inside."
"Most of the stores had doors open for customers by
mid-morning, Vizena said."
"Lafayette police had no suspects but were
investigating the vandalism as a case of possible criminal
mischief or criminal damage to property, both
misdemeanors, Lt. Angelo Lorio said." (See The Advertiser
of Lafayette, La. for November 27, 2004. Many thanks to
Loren Coleman for this news story.)
LAUNCHED BY NASA
"The fastest-swiveling space science observatory ever
built rocketed into orbit Saturday," November 20, 2004,
"to scan the universe for violent celestial explosions
that astronomers believe represent the birth screams of
"NASA launched the observatory--named Swift for its
speedy pivoting and pointing--following weeks of delays
caused by hurricanes and a three-day postponement due to
rocket trouble. The unmanned rocket climbed smoothly
through a cloud-flecked midday sky" in Cape Canaveral,
Florida "and delighted flight controllers wished the
spacecraft a successful mission."
"Swift, a $250 million collaboration by NASA, Italy
and Britain, should begin its hunt for gamma-ray bursts by
January (2005) and ease some of the mystery surrounding
these explosions and black holes."
"Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful events in the
universe, exceeded only by the cosmic curtain-raising Big
Bang itself. Lasting just a few seconds on average, the
bursts appear out of nowhere like flashlight beams and are
thought to signal the formation of black holes."
"Astronomers theorize the collapse or collision of
massive stars is what produces black holes--so dense not
even light can escape--and that the resulting
gravitational energy sends gamma rays shooting out across
time and space."
"'We think that, perhaps, bursts are the birth cries
of black holes and we're seeing these across the
universe,' said NASA's Neil Gehrels, principal scientist."
"A single gamma-ray burst releases more energy than
the sun will emit in its entire lifetime at all
wavelengths, Gehrels said."
To give our UFO Roundup readers some idea of how
fantastically powerful a gamma-ray burst is, here's a
brief list of energy comparisons.
(1) One nuclear power plant equals 10,000 campfires.
(2) Our sun equals one hundred million billion
(3) One supernova (explosion caused by a dying star--
J.T.) equals 100 million suns.
(4) One gamma-ray burst equals one trillion
"Put another mind-blowing way, 'If you added together
everything in the rest of the universe during that second,
it would not be as bright as the gamma-ray burst,' said
Pennsylvania State University astrophysicist John Nousek,
director of mission operations."
"So far, astronomers have managed to identify only a
couple dozen gamma-ray bursts, as close as a few million
light-years and as far as 12 billion light-years" away.
(Editor's Note: One light-year equals 5.9 trillion miles.)
"Swift should zero in on two gamma-ray bursts a week
as far away as 15 billion light-years, representing the
very first generation of stars, for a grand total of more
than 200" to be surveyed "during the planned two-year
"The spacecraft will scan one-sixth of the sky at any
one time and thus see one-sixth of all gamma-ray bursts
out there. The observations will help scientists learn
more about what the bursts are, how black holes are
formed, and how many are out there."
"As soon as Swift's gamma-ray burst-alert instrument
spots an explosion, the spacecraft will quickly turn all
by itself so that two other on-board telescopes can
observe the X-rays and ultraviolet and optical light
streaming from the afterglow."
"This swinging into position will take just one
minute, lightning speed by astronomical standards because
of Swift's six momentum wheels, double the number for a
science satellite. Speed is crucial because once the
ever-so-brief gamma-ray burst subsides, the afterglow is
difficult to find and fades within hours or sometimes
"News of the gamma-ray burst and its precise location
instantly will be relayed to astronomers everywhere by the
mission control center at Penn State. Ground
observatories can then be aimed to assist in the afterglow
"Deputy project manager Tim Gehringer calls Swift
'the Roadrunner of spacecraft, speeding from birth to
birth as it advances mankind's knowledge of the most
violent explosions in the universe.'"
"After chasing gamma-ray bursts for a year or two,
Swift will expand its repertoire to other rapidly-
occurring cosmic events." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for November 21, 2004, "Spaceship hunts for gamma-
ray bursts," page 14A.)
TEENAGE SLASHER GOES
BERSERK IN INDIANA
"A student carrying a machete and another knife
slashed five classmates Wednesday morning," November 24,
2004, "as they watched a Spanish video, authorities said."
"Eight Valparaiso High School students" in
Valparaiso, Ind. (population 27,428) "were taken to the
hospital, including the accused attacker, a 15-year-old
freshman, Police Chief Michael Brickner said."
"All but one of those injured were released by
Wednesday afternoon, he said."
"Five suffered cuts and the others complained of pain
from other injuries, authorities said."
"Authorities did not release any information about a
possible motive for the attack, which happened as classes
were starting at the school," which is located
approximately 48 miles (77 kilometers) southeast of
"Brickner said that before carrying out the attack,
the student asked his teacher for permission to close the
classroom door. He shut the door and then started
swinging the weapons at his classmates, the police chief
"'The kid, after he stabbed them, he ran out of the
room and a bunch of teachers tackled him,' sophomore Clark
Hogan said, 'I saw the lady kick the knife down the
hallway. She kicked it against the wall.'" (See the
Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for November 25, 2004, "Student
slashes five classmates," page 2A. Many thanks to Loren
Coleman for this news story.)
(Editor's Note: Valparaiso is a UFO hotspot in Indiana,
and there have been many UFO sightings there in recent
years. And it's not just happening in Indiana. Read
EIGHT TEENS STABBED
IN CHINESE SCHOOL
"A man is on the run after breaking into a school in
central China and stabbing eight boys to death as they
slept in a dormitory."
"Teachers and local authorities told China's Xinhua
News Agency that four others were injured in the attack in
Ruzhou," a city in China's Henan province.
"'It happened in the boys' dormitory. It happened
around midnight,' said a teacher at the school."
"'All the dead are high-school-level children,' she
"It is the sixth such attack in four months and comes
a day after a man was executed for a similar attack in
Shandong, in which 24 children were injured, and a nine-
year-old girl was kidnapped."
"Reports say two of the four injured are in serious
condition, and local police are investigating."
"Authorities believe the man was alone when he broke
into the school and stabbed the victims in their beds."
"'It happened in several dormitories, at least
three,' said a Ruzhou government official, adding that all
of the victims were in lower bunk beds."
"China has reacted angrily to the latest wave of
violence, with some schools employing professional
security guards to protect students."
"Last month (October 2004) a five-year-old boy and
his teacher were killed at a Beijing kindergarten by a
burglar, and the boy's body was found stuffed in a washing
"In September (2004), a man with a knife and homemade
bombs attacked 28 children in a kindergarten in east
China's Suzhou city. However, no one was killed."
"A caretaker with a history of mental illness stabbed
17 children, killing one, in an attack on a Beijing
kindergarten in August (2004)." (See the newspaper Wuhan
Daily for November 26, 2004, "Eight students killed in
Ruzhou." Many thanks to Loren Coleman and Chen Jilin for
this newspaper report.)
POINTED CHINS IN HOLLYWOOD
Concerning the feature story in UFO Roundup, volume 9,
number 47, "2004: Prisoner of the Aliens," Terry Duckworth
writes, "If that guy who was held prisoner in the
underground base gets spooked by pointed chins, he'd
better stay away from the tabloids. Check out all the
pointed chins in the Globe for November 15th (2004), pages
58 and 59. Of the six celebs shown, Nicky Hilton is the
only one without a pointed chin. Isn't that weird?"
(Editor's Comment: A bit.)
From the UFO Files...
1941: STRANGE CRUISE
OF THE I-26
On Tuesday, December 2, 1941, the Matson Lines steamship
S.S. Lurline was sailing from Los Angeles to Honolulu,
Hawaii. Sitting in the ship's "radio shack" was Leslie E.
Grogan, "who described himself as 'a 260 pound blimp.'
The 47-year-old Grogan (was) one of the most experienced
radio operators of the Matson Line."
He checked his watch--7:30 p.m. Twisting the dials,
he thought, With any luck, I ought to be able to pick up
an NBC station. It was 9:30 p.m. in California, and time
for Fibber McGee and Molly. No doubt Grogan was wondering
what the gang at 79 Wistful Vista was up to this week.
But instead of the sound of clutter spilling out of a
closet, Grogan "picked up a faint signal which he could
not identify. It came from northwest by west, a peculiar
area for (marine) traffic at this time of year. What
would anyone be doing in such rough, northerly waters?"
At midnight, chief radio operator Rudy Asplund joined
him. The two men strained to pick up the mysterious radio
signals. "They increased, grew louder, and" Grogan and
Asplund "could make out the call letters JCS, Yokohama.
It was in some Japanese code."
In his journal, Grogan wrote, "The Japs are blasting
away on the lower Marine Radio frequency--it is all in the
Japanese code and continues for several hours. Some of
the signals were loud, and others weak, but in most every
case, the repeat-back was acknowledged verbatim."
"So much of the signals reaching us on the S.S.
Lurline were good enough to get good RDF (Radio Direction
Finding--J.T.) bearings. We noticed that signals were
being repeated back, possibly for copying by crafts with
small antennas. The main body of signals came from a
Northwest by West area, which from our second night from
Los Angeles bound for Honolulu--would be North and West of
The S.S. Lurline had picked up radio traffic from
Kido Butai, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) task force
that was bearing down on Pearl Harbor.
The S.S. Lurline docked in Honolulu on Wednesday,
December 3, 1941. "Immediately upon docking at the Aloha
Tower, Grogan presented his transcript of the broadcasts
and the RDF bearings to Lieutenant Commander George Pease
of (the Office of) Naval Intelligence."
Robert B. Stinnett, author of Day of Deceit: The
Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor, wrote, "If Pease, who
died in a plane crash in 1945, ever submitted a report on
the Lurline's locating Japanese warships north of Hawaii
by RDF, it has disappeared. So has the Lurline's original
radio log," which vanished from a federal documents
archive in California in 1981.
One of the Japanese "crafts with small antennas" was
the IJN long-range fleet submarine, the I-26. On
Wednesday, November 19, 1941, the submarine, commanded by
Captain Minoru Yokota, left the Japanese naval base at
Yokosuka and put to sea.
Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto wanted the I-26 pre-
positioned in the Gulf of Alaska. Should the negotiations
with the USA fail, Kido Butai would attack Pearl Harbor,
and the I-26 would attack any American naval or commercial
ships Yokota might encounter in those waters.
The Japanese I-boats were larger and roomier than
German U-boats or American Tang-class submarines. They
even came equipped with small spotter planes. The I-26
reached her position, about 250 kilometers (150 miles)
south of Alaska's Kodiak Island. The lack of maritime
traffic puzzled Capt. Yokota.
Unknown to the Japanese, President Roosevelt had
declared a "Vacant Sea" policy for the North Pacific "and
ordered all U.S. and allied shipping out of those waters."
The order to divert all Allied ships went from Washington
D.C. to the Twelfth Naval District in San Francisco and to
Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, nickname "Mustapha" (because
he'd been in Turkey after World War I--J.T.), the U.S.
Navy commander in Hawaii, on Tuesday, November 25, 1941.
Curiously, this order was issued one hour after Kido Butai
had left the anchorage at Hittokappu Bay, Japan.
FDR's order actually overruled measures Admiral
Kimmel had taken to protect Hawaii. Two days earlier, on
Sunday, November 23, 1941, Kimmel had sent out the Navy's
Pacific fleet on Exercise 191. Stinnet pointed out, "The
object of the exercise called on Force Black (Japan) to
conduct an air raid on Force White (USA). Exercise 191
would prove eerily similar to Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto's
Operations Order No. 1, which set forth Japan's naval
plans for the Hawaii raid."
"In a bizarre series of coincidences, Yamamoto and
Kimmel selected the identical launch area--the Prokofiev
Seamount, an extinct underwater volcano about 200 miles
(320 kilometers) north of Oahu."
So the I-26 was left to cruise around in the Gulf of
Alaska, looking in vain for American ships. But then,
while running on the surface the night of Friday, December
5, 1941, something unusual happened.
Seaman Tomoyuki Kawaguchi was on watch in the
submarine's conning tower when he thought he saw a glimmer
of light to the west-southwest. Lifting the high-power
binoculars, he spotted "a luminous disk flying below the
clouds" at about 15 degrees above the horizon. What on
earth is that!? he wondered, and, after hesitating almost
a minute, he summoned the boat's O.D. (Officer of the
Deck--J.T.), Lieutenant Okuma.
Looking through the binoculars, Okuma did not see the
disk, but he did see lights reflected on the underside of
the clouds on the horizon. Turning to another Japanese
sailor, he said, "Tell the captain we have lights on the
horizon. Possibly an American ship. Bearing two-six-
Upon hearing this, Capt. Yokota ordered, "Rig for
diving." The klaxon went off, and the Japanese sailors
rushed to their stations.
Once submerged, Capt. Yokota ordered full speed ahead
and then called, "Up periscope." As the periscope emerged
from its well, he snapped down the levers, put his eye to
the eyepiece, and scanned the horizon.
The lights had gone.
Confident that the I-26 could catch the unknown ship,
Capt. Yokota continued the pursuit. But every time they
scanned the western horizon, there was no sign of any
ship. After midnight, the captain handed over the conn to
one of the junior officers and retired to his cabin.
A little after 4 a.m., the orderly awoke Capt. Yokota
and said they had found the mysterious light again. Only
now it was a glimmer on the eastern horizon.
How did it get behind us? he wondered. His junior
officers had been using the periscope at 15-minute
When the sun rose on Saturday, December 6, 1941,
Capt. Yokota got a look at the ship approaching from the
northeast. She was the S.S. Cynthia Olsen, a 2,120-ton
wooden freighter carrying a load of lumber to Honolulu.
(In Duluth, this type of vessel is known as a "lumber
hooker"--J.T.) "None of the twenty-five crew members was
aware that the ship was being trailed by a Japanese
After dark, the I-26 surfaced and kept well astern of
the Olsen. The submarine received a brief coded message
from Japan. Niitaka yama nobore. (Translated: Climb
Mount Niitaka--J.T.) War with the USA would commence at 8
a.m. Honolulu time on Sunday, December 7, 1941.
At 5 a.m., the I-26 submerged, and Capt. Yokota used
the periscope to keep the Olsen in view. Promptly at 7:55
a.m., "the I-26 surfaced and fired over the bow of the
freighter to warn it to stop. When it kept moving, Yokota
ordered a torpedo fired. It missed, but the Cynthia Olsen
stopped and the crew began lowering their two lifeboats."
"When the last (American) seaman clambered aboard and
the boats pulled away from the doomed freighter, the I-26
began hammering at it with a 15cm (150-millimeter) gun;
then, frustrated that the Cynthia Olsen was taking so long
to sink, Yokota sent a torpedo into it. The ship rolled
onto its right side."
The Cynthia Olsen took four hours to sink. The I-26
left the area and headed south to Hawaii, leaving the
Olsen's 25-man crew in their lifeboats.
The men of the Cynthia Olsen were never seen again.
When author John Toland interviewed Yokota in Japan
in 1979, the Japanese captain maintained that the
lifeboats were seaworthy and the American crew unharmed
when he left the scene. The S.S. Lurline, then on her way
back to San Francisco, picked up the Olsen's distress call
at 8 a.m. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, U.S. Navy
PBY Catalina aircraft overflew the area and spotted the
Olsen's oil slick and debris field.
But the crew and the two lifeboats were never found.
Nothing--not even a life preserver--washed ashore in
Alaska or Hawaii.
(Editor's Note: A situation similar to the S.S. Rouse
Simmons, a ship which disappeared on Lake Michigan in 1913
and is thought by some to have been swallowed up by the
Lake Michigan Triangle.)
One has to wonder if the "luminous disk" Kawaguchi
saw returned and picked up the Olsen's crew during the
confusion that followed the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Nor was the S.S. Lurline the only source to provide
Washington with advance warning of the Pearl Harbor
According to Stinnett, then-FBI director J. Edgar
Hoover "forwarded the reports to FDR via the President's
military aide, Major General Edwin "Pa" Watson. Eight
'special messenger' reports, some containing British
intercepts of Japanese messages, were delivered. One
serial, 61-10556-399, dated November 13, 1941, contains 32
pages of British WT (Wireless Telegraph--J.T.) intercepts
of Japanese messages. Hoover wrote a directive by hand on
Serial 399 to his assistant (and reputed lover--J.T.)
Clyde W. Tolson: 'Get this to Watson, Berle, Miles and
Wilkinson at once.'"
In 1995, Stinnett added, fifty years after the end of
World War II, "Attorney General Janet Reno and her public
affairs chief, Carl Stern, declined to declassify Serial
399 and labeled it a B-1 National Defense Secret under the
provisions of the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act--
Makes you wonder, doesn't it? Just what is an "A-1
National Defense Secret?" Roswell? (See the books Day of
Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor by Robert B.
Stinnett, Simon & Schuster Inc., New York, N.Y., 2000,
pages 146 to 152, 195 to 198 and 340; Long Day's Journey
Into War by Stanley Weintraub, Truman Talley Books,
Dutton, New York, N.Y., 1991, pages 69, 319, 320 and 321;
and Infamy: Pearl Harbor and its Aftermath by John Toland,
Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1982, pages 278 to
280, 285, 306, 307, 316, 317, 318 and 322.)
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