UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 10
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 10
March 9, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
CTHULU'S D-DAY IN
Well, it looks as if the squid assault on the beaches
of Orange County was just a diversion. Cthulu and his
undersea legions are making their main effort in the San
Francisco Bay area.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported "the arrival of
another species of giant squid, the Humboldt squid, also
called the 'jumbo squid,' offshore of the Bay area and
along much of the Pacific Coast."
"They average 15 to 60 pounds and generally measure
up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) long, but there is a historical
record of one that reached 700 pounds. They have not been
seen in significant numbers off the Pacific Coast since
"But here they are, these giant squid, not hundreds,
not thousands, but millions of them. They have roared in
from the depths across the Pacific to within 20 miles (32
kilometers) of Half Moon Bay and Bodega Bay. Many others
have been detected in southern Baja (California), San
Diego and even Oregon and Washington."
"Like their 60-foot (18-meter) cousins from the
deepwater trenches, they are voracious predators. They
have 10 tentacles, including two long tentacles they use
to pull their prey to their razor-sharp beaks."
"Their tentacles are lined with teeth-lined sucker
cups and, with 24 micro-teeth in each cup, each squid has
over 25,000 teeth. They school in warm waters and then
come up to swarm in maniacal feeding frenzies. When set
off, they will even eat each other and anything else in
"They are roaming the canyons amid underwater
seamounts off the Bay area, 400 to 2,000 (120 to 600
meters) deep, and they can fire up to the surface,
swarming around boats by the hundreds. Those aboard gawk
in disbelief as the squid swirl and surge in 20-foot (6-
meter) blasts from their water jets, changing from the
classic white-beach color to black, red or opaque with a
"The discovery started on New Year's Day (Saturday,
January 1, 2005) on a scientific research trip out of
Bodega Bay run by Rick Powers aboard the New Sea Angler.
Powers had volunteered his boat for a research trip by the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to
study rockfish reproduction at Cordell Bank."
"'I was looking for chilipepper rockfish, so we ran
to the deep water at the Bank, 380 to 450 feet (130 to 175
meters) of water, and looking at my fishfinder, I saw this
little mark at the bottom,' he said, 'We let down and
started hauling giant squid.'"
"In the past three weeks, the discovery had turned
into a phenomenon."
"In 13 trips on the New Sea Angler to Cordell Bank, a
total of 640 people (40 per trip) have caught some 9,000
squid, taking an average of 14 squid per person. The
average squid has been 20 pounds, with the largest
weighing 58 pounds, caught by Pat Martin of Sacramento,"
California's state capital. "Most fishermen are going
home with 150 to 200 pounds of one-inch (2.5-centimeter)
thick calamari steaks."
"Out of Half Moon Bay, Captain Tom Mattusch had
similar success when he made the first squid-hunting trip
in his boat, Huli Cat. His first trip, with six people
aboard, was a shock, catching 53 squid. It was the first
time that Humboldt squid had ever been taken by
recreational anglers off Half Moon Bay."
"In San Diego this past week, it was a similar story,
where 51 anglers aboard the boat New Seaforth caught 290
"And yet you can get skunked just as easily, as
Powers reported from a trip last weekend. The squid were
so voracious and such fast swimmers that they were
continually on the move in their search for food. 'Now
you see them, now you don't."
"Most credit the arrival of the giant squid in these
waters to the nation's mild El Nino event, where the water
is 54 to 57 degrees (Fahrenheit) off the Bay area coast
instead of a more typical 47 to 52 degrees" in February.
"Sunfish, also known as mola molas, more typical to
southern California waters, have also been spotted in the
Gulf of Farallones in the past two weeks. According to
scientists, these squid will eat 10 to 25 pounds of meat
daily and can grow an inch (2.5 centimeters) in that day,
and yet they live only a year to two."
"Yet it can get crazier. When you bring one to the
surface, hundreds of giant squid can suddenly surround the
boat, and they can start attacking each other. According
to one story, one squid was being gaffed at the rail--
another squid shot into the air and attacked the gaffe,
and then several more appeared and attacked the jumping
squid." (See the San Francisco Chronicle for February 28,
2005, "They came from beneath the sea. Just like in 1930.
Giant squid crowd Bay area by the millions." Many thanks
to Terry Duckworth, "the Archimagos Maximus of
Tsathoggua," for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Note: For more on California's giant squid
invasion, see UFO Roundup, volume 10, number 4 for January
26, 2005, "Hundreds of squid invade southern California,"
TERRIFIES CITY IN ARGENTINA
A weird acrobatic intruder, with abilities similar to
the hero Nightcrawler of the comic book X-Men, is
terrifying the population of Santa Fe, a large city in
"Local residents say it jumps from house to house, is
dressed in black and has red eyes. After hundreds of
complaints, (Argentinian) police are looking for it."
"Santa Fe," capital of the province of the same name,
a large city located 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest
of Buenos Aires, "is jumping. Residents of the southern
area are frightened by the appearance of a strange entity
they've labeled el Loco Tejado (Spanish for Rooftop
Madman--J.T.) and who, according to the accounts, leaps
from roof to roof, engaging in acrobatics."
Like Springheeled Jack of Victorian London or
Hanuman, the Monkey Monster who terrorized New Delhi four
years ago, the entity has been seen performing impossible
feats--scaling sheer walls like Spider-Man or leaping from
one darkened rooftop to another like Daredevil. (For more
on Hanuman, see UFO Roundup, volume 6, number 21 for May
24, 2001, "India cites Hanuman for two murders," page 1,
and "Hanuman goes on a rampage in India's Trans-Yumana,"
"Witnesses claim it stands 2 meters (6 feet, 6
inches) tall, is entirely clad in black and wears a
balaclava (a ski cap that shows only the eyes--J.T.). It
sports a cape and its eyes shine red. This character in
black likes to cross streets by leaping from one rooftop
to the next, taking athletic leaps that can be up to 5
meters (16 feet) high and 10 meters (33 feet) long."
"'He looks like the cat man,' locals say, 'His
outline is barely visible. He never showed his face. But
they say they've seen his eyes, and they have a reddish
"Sheriff Gabriel Legstra acknowledged that 'this is
an undisguised psychosis. In recent days, we have
received hundreds of reports at our radio command center.
On Tuesday, (March 1, 2005) I dispatched 18 units (police
cruisers--J.T.) to assuage people's fears. But
ultimately, there is no other crime but trespassing here.
This character goes from one roof to the next, appears
outside a house and presses his face against a window but
hasn't attacked anyone."
According to the Argentinian newspaper La Capital,
"he first appeared in (the) Barrio Centenario (district),
only meters from the Colon Stadium, but they say he was
seen much closer to town, such as in the barrios El
Arenal, San Lorenzo, Chalet and Santa Rosa de Lima. This
is the area most affected by the 2003 flood."
"Mystery grew when witnesses said that 'bullets won't
do anything to it. Its eyes gleam red to warn off those
who try to hurt it.'"
"A resident of El Arenal claimed having fired 17
times against it without the bullets having the least
effect. The ghost did nothing but prowl about, howl like
a beast or cry like a child, making dance steps on the
rooftop over which it travels like a cat."
"'People are afraid of being attacked, beaten and
robbed by the man. They fear he will break into their
property and are defending themselves,' say those in
Regional Unit 1, who in turn describes the locals as
'expectant and armed with knives and sticks.'"
"Most locals describe a being that appears to have
sprung from a comic book: large in statue who not only
crosses rooftops but also crosses the streets in a single
bound and even climbed sheer walls up to 6 meters (20
"'It is the Devil!' say the locals and some
"Sheriff Legstra said that a woman told him 'the
entity pointed to her with his finger and left her
"Another local man said that last Monday (February
28, 2005), during an intense rain, the phantom managed to
jam the car door of a vehicle with seven passengers
aboard, who were armed and ready to hunt it down despite
"Residents of Santa Fe neighborhoods like Centenario
and San Lorenzo are in an uproar over the incredible
stories concerning the appearance of the ghostly entity."
"It is the reason that many--at nightfall--lock
themselves in and bolt the door. In all fairness, it must
also be said that many pluck up their courage and go out
in search of the ghost, armed with sticks, machetes and
"On (Tuesday) March 1 (2005), Elsa let out a scream
that was heard all along the Calle Entre Rios (street) and
gave everyone goosebumps--so much that even the hardened
boys of the El Pasillo (street) gang were alarmed."
"Elsa, a hairstylist whose salon is located in the
heart of barrio San Lorenzo, took to the street,
surrounded by nephews, to tell anyone who was willing to
listen that, while she was bathing the youngest one, the
ghost pressed his face against the bathroom window,
showing its claws menacingly and firing a menacing stare
"Everyone seemed in urgency after this new story,
almost immediately those who were standing guard in vast
numbers, wielding heavy clubs, shiny machetes, stilletos,
pen knives and even humble kitchen knives."
"Those around who were willing to settle the score,
they went out after the apparition while various police
patrols reached the site with the intention of avoiding a
panicked lynching or a tragic mistake among the vigilantes
"Ruben agreed with Elsa who said the phantom has red
eyes like fire and told others that the horrifying
personage dresses in black from head to toe."
"Ruben also said, while everyone around him nodded,
that the character being sought is a tall man with a long
wavy mane of hair. And for that, our interviewee (Ruben)
claims having seen it--together with his neighbors--as it
emerged from Elsa's house, leaping from rooftop to
"'How do you explain,' he replied to a question" the
newspaper El Litoral "asked, 'How this guy can climb a
smooth wall 6 meters (20 feet) tall? How can you explain
that it can leap across the street in a single bound, like
the way it crossed Entre Rios Street, unless it was the
"While a respectful silence had settled around Ruben-
-a silence that would be interrupted only by the
appearance of a police officer--they asked in turn, 'How
can you explain why we couldn't catch him, when we shot
him three times and hit him twice?'"
"Sheriff Legstra asked local residents to remain
calm. Until that moment, no one had been attacked or
injured, he claimed."
"Witnesses 'describe it as clad in black with red
eyes. They say it can leap 5 meters (16 feet) into the
air or 10 meters (33 feet) in length. That it can cross
streets at a single bound."
Sheriff Legstra said, "I have no official reports
that any (police) agent has seen something similar. I was
in the area yesterday (Thursday, March 3, 2005), and, as
has occurred on the four preceding nights, I heard reports
of people claiming to have seen it. In other words, it
was being seen in three different locations at the same
(Editor's Comment: To quote Famke Janssen in X2, "He's a
The sheriff added, "Police who were dispatched said
nothing was found."
"As part of the new psychosis," he concluded, "That
an episode such as this should repeat itself is something
we fear, which is why we are asking people not to go out,
to let the police do their job, to stay home. Police are
in the area. In fact, the situation calmed down a lot
last night. There were less people on the street, but I
still ask everyone to let us do our job to avoid problems,
to avoid any injuries since there are people armed with
sticks and machetes looking for this character."
(See the Argentinian newspapers La Capital for March 2,
2005, "Terror in Santa Fe;" El Litoral for March 2, 2005,
"With the Devil at the window;" and Litoral del Dia for
March 4, 2005, "Police chase 'the Rooftop Madman.'"
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Liliana Nunez Orellana
por estes articulos.)
(Editor's Comment: Meanwhile, at the Daily Planet..."Hey,
Lois, I got to take a quick run down to Argentina. Want
me to bring home any yerba mate?")
LARGE TRIANGULAR UFOs
SEEN TWICE IN VIRGINIA
On Wednesday, February 23, 2005, eyewitnesses Cathy
and Tom were driving south on the Capital Beltway,
Interstate Highway I-495, when they saw something strange
in the night sky.
The couple reported, "As we approached Langley Air
Force Base on the interstate, we noticed two distinct
triangular bright lights ahead. We continued and passed
directly underneath the large object. We looked up and
could see that there were actually four triangular lights.
Two were directly opposite each other, then further down
the object there were two more but set well off from each
other. On one end of the object, there was a small red
light, and on the other end a very small blue-green
"The object was completely stationary. No movement
whatsoever. It remained so for the entire time we were
able to keep it in sight. It was hard to tell the height,
maybe 1,000 to 1,500 feet (300 to 450 meters) up. The
object was dark. A very large object and it seemed very
On Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at 12:54 a.m., Nate T.
was outdoors at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia
(population 45,049) when a strange object appeared in the
sky from the west.
Nate reported, "The object was a massive triangular
shape with four big lights at the back and three small
lights in the front. It also had four rows of windows on
each side. You could see creatures looking out of them."
"It approached from the west and hovered for five
minutes, then flew away at 100 miles per hour (160
kilometers per hour). It was black, large and triangular.
It was hovering about 50 feet (15 meters) in the air. It
approached at 30 to 40 miles per hour (50 to 64 kilometers
per hour) but then sped off at 100 miles per hour."
(Email Form Reports)
STRANGE ENCOUNTER IN
On Sunday, February 27, 2005, at 1:30 a.m.,
eyewitness Nicole was asleep in her bedroom in Murrieta,
California (population 44,282) when "I was awakened by a
weird noise that came from outside my window. When I woke
up from a deep sleep, I saw my entire room was lighted
with red and white lights flying everywhere. I knew this
was not a dream because I was awake from that slight motor
noise as the craft itself was moving away at slow speed."
"When I woke up, I finally saw the lights disappear.
I didn't notice any craft, but I sure noticed some lights
that freaked me out."
"I also have seen a cigar-shaped craft just hovering
over town here in Murrieta. It was a clear night but dark
so it had no colors I could make out. It was 610 feet
(185 meters) off the ground."
Murrieta, Cal. is on Interstate Highway I-15 about 40
miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles. (Email
SAUCER TRACKS WOMAN
MOTORIST IN PARMA, OHIO
On Thursday, March 3, 2005, Miss Clark, the
eyewitness, "was driving south on Broadview and stopped at
the light in Pleasant Valley" in Parma, Ohio (population
85,655), a suburb south of Cleveland.
"She saw an object hovering above Topps grocery store
about 200 to 300 feet (60 to 90 meters) up. The object
moved south as she drove south" towards Broadview Heights
(population 15,967), and then it crossed the road to hover
above the Lube Shop on the east side of the road close to
"She stopped the car at a parking lot on Broadview
and Sprague and looked at the object from inside the car.
She heard no sound coming from the object. It had a
bright white light shining out and other bluish-green
lights, as well. She said it was like a flattened oval on
the bottom, and two box-like structures were on top like a
multi-layer cake. It started moving north at a
fast pace and moved out of sight."
"The sighting lasted from 10:39 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. on
Thursday (March 3, 2005)," her brother, Aaron Clark,
reported, "She called me at 10:36 p.m. on her cell phone.
I told her to sketch it, and she did. I told her to keep
a camera and a videocamera in her car from now on. This
is the third UFO she's seen since November (2004). She
doesn't even like to talk about UFOs."
Parma is on Ohio Route 94 approximately 8 miles (12
kilometers) south of Cleveland. (Many thanks to Aaron
Clark for this report.)
LARGE TRIANGULAR UFO
HOVERS IN MONROE, N.Y.
On Sunday, February 20, 2005, Tara Kyles "was driving
on the New York Thruway between Monroe, N.Y. (population
7,780) and the next stop going about 10 miles (16
kilometers) south from the end of the Thruway. I was
driving south on the Thruway at 11 p.m. in a snowstorm.
We were driving very slow, approximately 35 miles per hour
(56 kilometers per hour) due to the heavy snow, when I
noticed a bright light to my right (east--J.T.)."
"I looked up and saw black triangular-shaped object
with three bright lights, one on each corner. It seemed
to be hovering and stationary right above the treetops. I
heard no noise though my (car) windows were closed, and I
watched it for as long as I could."
"As we passed the area, my line of view was blocked
by the trees. I'd estimate that it was about 100 feet (30
meters) back from the road and about 50 feet (15 meters)
in the air. It seemed strange that it was so close to the
road and the treetops. Black triangle shape, bright white
lights on each corner, very flat and large, at least 50
feet (15 meters) wide. I only saw it hovering in one spot
above the trees."
Monroe, N.Y. is on Interstate Highway I-84 about 50
miles (80 kilometers) northwest of New York City.
Curiously, the site of Tara's encounter is only a mile or
two west of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
(Email Form Report)
(Editor's Comment: Now, what would a UFO be doing
hovering a mile from the West Point campus during a heavy
snowstorm? Could there be "silent contactees" in the
Corps of Cadets? Just a thought...)
SEEN IN MAPLE RIDGE, B.C.
On Monday, February 28, 2005, at 8 p.m., eyewitness
A.R. sighted, "many red and blue blinking lights that
seemed to get closer and closer" to her home in Maple
Ridge, British Columbia, Canada (population 56,173).
"I thought it was a plane at first and then realised
that it made no sound like any other plane that had flown
over the house," she reported, "It looked like a huge
boomerang, bigger than your average plane. The ones off
in the distance all seemed to be flashing, going up and
down and from side to side. The ones off in the distance
seemed to be moving at great speeds."
The UFO closest to her house "was 1,000 feet (300
meters) off the ground. Also, I noticed the moon didn't
come up until 11:30 p.m. The object closest to me had red
and blue and orange blinking lights."
Maple Ridge, B.C. is just north of the Fraser River,
about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Vancouver. (Email
MORE CROP CIRCLES APPEAR
IN EASTERN ARGENTINA
Three new crop circles appeared at a private airfield
on the outskirts of Nueve de Julio, a small city in
Argentina's Buenos Aires province.
"Strange circular marks were detected on the runway
grass at the Nueve de Julio Aero Clube on Thursday,
January 27, 2005. Jorge Marcelo Ayram, the manager in
charge of the club, discovered the odd imprints while
mowing the runway apron. Upon being consulted about the
origin of the circles, he pointed out that his watchdog
had been restless the previous evening, disturbed and
howling and prompting her owner to get up and check on
"The time was 2 a.m., and Ayram, who was standing
next to the dog, saw a strange light toward the front of
their air station. At first he believed it was the full
moon, but the size of the phenomenon and its sudden
disappearance made him think otherwise."
"Members of CUFOS-La Pampa," an Argentinian UFO study
group, "visited the site on Friday, February 18, 2005, and
discovered three circles aligned to each other, on the
surface and aiming northward. The first measured 80
centimeters in diameter; the second 1.3 meters (4 feet) in
diameter; and the third 10 to 12 meters (33 to 40 feet) in
diameter. The outline traced by the circles shows dark
open grass which contrasts sharply with the surrounding
Nueve de Julio is located about 200 kilometers (120
miles) west-southwest of the city of Buenos Aires,
Argentina's capital. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y
Raul Oscar Chavez para estas noticias. For more on
Argentina's current spurt of crop circles, see UFO
Roundup, volume 10, number 7 for February 16, 2005, "Crop
circles appear in eastern Argentina," page 2.)
HOVERING UFO SEEN BY
A GIRL IN MONTREAL
On Wednesday, February 23, 2005, at 9 p.m., her
boyfriend had come over, Morgan B. reported, "When he had
to leave, my dad drove him home, and I went with them.
While we were in the car," near Pointe Claire in Montreal,
Quebec, Canada, "I was staring out the window, and I
thought I saw a UFO."
"We were driving west, and it was coming from the
south (my left side--M.B.). It was just before the
overpass on St. Jean. At first I thought it was an
airplane because it was kind of shaped like one, but, as I
looked harder, I came to believe that it wasn't."
"The lighting on it wasn't like that of an airplane.
In only had round white-yellowish lights, and they were
surrounding the bottom and, I think, the sides of it. It
wasn't making any noise, and it wasn't moving. It was
just sitting there."
"I can't estimate how high it was. But it was pretty
big...or just close to the ground. But since it was
shaped like an airplane, I just dropped the thought that
it might be a UFO."
"Then we dropped my boyfriend off at his house and
started back. Around the same spot where I saw the UFO, I
looked out the (car) window out of curiosity to see if it
was still there...and, to my surprise, it was!"
"It didn't move. It was still just sitting there. I
got freaked out and told my dad about it. Then I looked
out the window. I saw it moving away really fast, going
towards the north. I looked out the other window facing
to the north, and the UFO was gone. It just vanished."
"I don't know exactly what I saw, but if anyone else
thinks they've seen the same thing, please contact me."
(Email Form Report)
CRAZY CROC SPOTTED IN
SANTA ROSA, ARGENTINA
A "crazy croc" (cocodrilo loco en espanol--J.T.)
surprised two women at a public beach in Santa Rosa, the
capital of La Pampa province in Argentina, a city
notorious for its ongoing UFO flap.
"Two women were walking around the edge of Lagoa Don
Tomas (lake) in the west end of Santa Rosa" on Wednesday,
March 2, 2005, "and reported seeing a strange creature."
"Upon being interviewed, the witnesses--described as
reputable, eminently reliable individuals--explained that
they had seen 'an aquatic animal resembling a reptile, not
an ophidian (serpent or snake--J.T.), measuring 1.5 meters
(5 feet) long and of considerable size' for a matter of
"This remarkable event occurred during the early
morning hours and at one of the lake's beaches, located on
the north shore near the Republica de los Ninos
"The circumstances become even stranger because the
sector in question, of a small size, represents only a
fraction of the lake, more aptly described as a marshland
or bird sanctuary. The news was echoed by the local
manager, and the witnesses requested that their identities
be kept strictly confidential." (Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y Raul Oscar Chavez para estas noticias.)
FIRE POLTERGEIST BURNS
TWO BOATS IN MARYLAND
"An early morning fire destroyed one cabin cruiser
and damaged another this morning (Tuesday, March 1, 2005)
at the Pochahontas Creek Yacht Club and Marina in
Edgewater," Maryland (population 1,400), "county Fire
Department officials said."
"In addition to land-based fire equipment, county and
Annapolis fire boats also responded to the scene at 3315
Pochahontas Drive, said Lt. Russell Davies, a Department
spokesman. Thirty-four firefighters had the blaze under
control just after 8 a.m."
Boat owner "Jerome Clark told fire investigators he
was asleep on his 42-foot (12-meter) Cooper Prowler and
woke up when the engine started. It is unclear how it
"Mr. Clark said he saw fire coming from around the
helm but was unable to put it out with a fire
extinguisher. He got off the boat safely."
"Lt. Davies said Mr. Clark is not a live-aboard but
does sleep in the boat about four nights a week."
"The fire spread to Michael Burke's 45-foot (13-
meter) Silverton Cynful. Mr. Burke, of Edgewater, wasn't
on his six-year-old boat but had arrived on the scene
while firefighters were there."
"The cause of the fire is under investigation."
Edgewater is on Route 2, Solomons Island Road, about
2 miles (3.2 kilometers) southwest of Annapolis, Md.
Fortean researcher Loren Coleman pointed out a
strange case of lexilinks or name similarities. The
marina fire in Maryland, Loren reported, "came on the
heels of Jerome Clark, 33, of Springfield, Mass.
(population 152,082) being sentenced to 12 years in prison
on two counts of the sale of crack cocaine in the Mason
Square area of Springfield. I'm not making this stuff up.
Yes, it was Mason Square."
(Editor's Comment: And this Clark was 33. Very
Loren pointed out that both the boat owner and the
defendant have the same name as world-reknowned ufologist
Jerome Clark, 58, the author of The UFO Encyclopedia and
numerous other books on UFOs.
"Alas, this is merely the Cosmic Jokester's 'name
game' making a return," Loren said, "Ufological historian
Jerome Clark, 58, lives in Minnesota and, at last report,
he is not the owner of a $150,000 to $200,000, 42-foot,
1989 Cooper Prowler in Maryland. Or even a rowboat. And
he doesn't smoke crack, either. But maybe somebody is
bothering 'Jerome Clarks.'" (See the newspaper The
Capital of Annapolis, Md. for March 1, 2005, "Boat
destroyed in Edgewater blaze.")
(Editor's Comment: I can see where a fire poltergeist set
fire to the boat's helm. But who...or what...turned on
the engine, saving Clark's life? A guardian angel?)
BURIED IN SNOW...AGAIN!
Just a month after "the Blizzard of 2005" dumped 30
inches (75 centimeters) of snow on the region,
Massachusetts' notorious "Bridgewater Triangle" was struck
by another major snowstorm on Monday, February 28, 2005.
The three points of the "triangle" are the towns of
Abington, Rehoboth and East Freetown, Mass. Strange
phenomena, including UFOs, Bigfoot, phantom panthers and
gigantic birds, have been documented in the area dating
back to 1670.
The snowstorm "plowed up the East Coast on Monday
with a threat of more than a foot of blowing snow. Storm
watches and warnings were posted as far north as Maine,
and snow-coated roads appeared as far south as North
Carolina and eastern Kentucky."
"Ten inches had fallen by afternoon at North
Carolina's Mount Mitchell and more than 8 inches was on
the ground in western Virginia, where police blamed the
weather for 100 traffic accidents."
Northwestern New Jersey and the Pocono mountains of
Pennsylvania received up to 15 inches (38 centimeters) of
In the Northeast, Providence, R.I. and Hartford,
Conn. received 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow during
the storm, which ended Tuesday morning, March 1, 2005.
But the heaviest snowfall in the region was on Cape Cod in
Massachusetts and in the Bridgewater Triangle."
In Taunton, Mass. (population 55,976), in the heart
of the Triangle, "as another nor'easter came to an end,
the city's Department of Public Works (DPW) made the roads
driveable again, and city officials planned to begin its
federal storm aid application process."
"According to the National Weather Service, 11.3
inches (29 centimeters) of new snow was dumped on the city
Monday night. Gil Enos, assistant to the mayor, said the
DPW did an excellent job. 'The roads were (cleared) down
to the pavement,' he said."
"Taunton Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) Director
Richard E. Ferreira also gave the DPW a thank-you. 'I was
out at 5:30 a.m., for a good hour, hour and a half--the
roads were in decent shape,' he said, 'There weren't too
many accidents, either. People were using their heads.'"
"Nearly all Bristol County area public schools were
closed, including the Bridgewater-Raynham and Dighton-
Rehoboth regional school districts. But area children
enjoyed the effects of another winter storm"
"The January (2005) blizzard prompted Governor Milt
Romney to request federal assistance that was authorized
under the emergency declaration issued by President George
W. Bush, said Ferreira, 'Fourteen counties all received
Thirteen miles (22 kilometers) to the west, in
Attleboro (population 42,068), "so far this season, 82.75
inches (206 centimeters) of snow have fallen in Attleboro,
making this the third snowiest winter since the city's
Water Department started keeping records in 1938." (See
the Minneapolis, Minn. Star-Tribune for March 1, 2005,
"Snowstorm pushes up East Coast;" also the Taunton, Mass.
Daily Gazette for March 2, 2005, "Buried again," page 1;
and the Attleboro, Mass. Sun-Chronicle for March 2, 2005,
"Winter blahs strike," page 1. Many thanks to Mary Lou
Jones-Drown for the Massachusetts newspaper articles.)
BANDA SEA QUAKE JOLTS
"Darwin residents were given a shake last night
(Wednesday, March 2, 2005) as an earthquake of 7.1 on the
Richter scale hit the city," the capital of Australia's
Northern Territory, "which had an epicentre 660 kilometers
(410 miles) north of the coast."
"Earthquake experts say the tremor that rattled
Darwin yesterday evening was too deep to cause damage."
"The Northern Territory was rattled by the large
quake in the Banda Sea," the epicenter being 2,550
kilometers (1,580 miles) east of Jakarta, the capital of
"There have been no reports of damage in Darwin,
Katherine and Tennant Creek."
"The director of the Australian Seismological Centre
in Canberra (Australia's capital--J.T.), Kevin McCue, says
the earthquake was 100 kilometers (60 miles) beneath the
"'We have about one of these every week somewhere in
the world, so while it's a major earthquake, because it's
happened where it's happened, there's probably no damage
resulting from this earthquake,' he said."
"He said there was no chance of a tsunami and
aftershocks were unlikely."
"Hundreds of people fled the Darwin Casino for a
brief period of time" because of the tsunami danger "given
the recent (December 26, 2004) devastating tsunami in
"A diner in the Casino said the building shook for
"'Suddenly, the building was shaking, and we didn't
know what was going on at first, and then we realised
there was an earthquake going on,' the diner said."
"Beth Crase said she ran out of the Darwin Cinema."
"'My thought was that if the epicentre was somewhere
in Asia or somewhere not here, then perhaps it was much
stronger than we experienced here, and I just thought, I
hope this isn't another big one!' she said."
"A nightclub staff member, Alicia, said punters shook
in their seats and it was scary."
"'Everybody was pretty crazed at the time, actually,'
"There were no reports of damage in the city."
"Hundreds of callers rang the ABC (Australian
Broadcasting Corp.--J.T.) from as far afield as
Katherine," about 300 kilometers (180 miles) south of
Darwin, "Milingimbi in Arnhemland, Jabiru in Kakadu
National Park, and Daly River, southwest of Darwin."
"On the Tiwi Islands, the earth shook for about two
"Robin Deans from Nguiu on Bathurst Island," 60
kilometers (36 miles) north of Darwin, "said diners at her
bistro sat through the eerie, but silent, experience."
"The Indonesian Meteorological Agency said the tremor
was felt in the coastal towns of Jayapura, Sorong, Merauke
and Manokwari, in easternmost Papua province, as well as
in Ambon, a city in Maluku province."
"Residents in the coastal town of Waingapu in East
Nusa Tenggara province (the Lesser Sunda Islands, across
the Arafura Sea from Darwin--J.T.) also experienced earth
"A policeman in Jayapura, Suryadi Diaz, told Agence
France Presse that the quake was 'hardly felt,' and no
casualties or damage had been reported following the
"A soldier on duty in Ambon also said he had not
received reports of death or destruction from town
residents." (See the Australian Broadcasting Corp. news
report for March 3, 2005. Many thanks to Scott Pengelly
for this news story.)
FIFTY NEW GIANT DRAWINGS
FOUND IN PERU'S DESERT
"Archaeologists have discovered a group of giant
figures sculpted out of the hills of Peru's southern
coastal desert which are believed to predate the
previously-found Nazca lines."
"All 50 figures were etched all over a roughly 90-
square-mile area near the city of Palpa, 220 kilometers
(132 miles) southeast of Lima, the capital of Peru."
Monica Gaetano de Silva, UFO Roundup's correspondent
in Peru, reported that "Palpa is a town south of Ica.
It's a really isolated area, in the valley of the Rio
Grande. To the north is a 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch
of desert called the Pampa de Huayuri. To the south is
the Pampa Colorada, 800 square kilometers of barren desert
which brings you to the Nazca lines. The Rio Grande
valley is famous for its oranges. It's the heart of
Peru's citrus industry."
"The (Palpa) drawings --which include human figures
as well as animals such as birds, monkeys and felines--are
believed to have been created by members of the Paracas
culture between 600 and 100 B.C., said Johny Islas, the
director of the Andean Institute for Archaeological
"One prominent figure appears to represent a deity
depicted on textiles and ceramics from the period, Islas
"The recently discovered designs predate the
country's famous Nazca lines, which have mystified
scientists and were added to the United Nations' Cultural
Heritage List in 1994."
"The Nazca lines--which also include petroglyphs of
various animals--cover a 58-kilometer (35-mile) stretch of
desert about 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of Lima and
are one of Peru's top tourist attractions. The Nazca
culture flourished from 50 B.C. to 600 A.D., Islas said."
(See the newspaper El Comercio of Lima, Peru for February
28, 2005. Muchas gracias a Monica Gaetano de Silva por
este articulo de diario.)
(Editor's Comment: So the pre-Columbian Paracas, like the
Nazcas, were building images than can only be seen from
the air. Why? Who were they trying to signal?)
J.LO!? OHHHH, NO!
"It's not exactly Britain's Prince Harry donning a
Nazi uniform for a costume party. But the jacket Jennifer
Lopez wore for a recent German TV spot might raise some
"Detailed on the cuff of the white lambskin-with-
rabbit-fur hood jacket is a design with both German
military and biker overtones: an Iron Cross, a lightning
bolt and two skulls, a design that Los Angeles tattoo
researcher Terisa Green suggests is reminiscent of the
'death's head' patches worn by SS troopers during World
War II. The wings emerging behind the heads were also
elements in military symbolism."
(Editor's Comments: Just a couple of quick points here.
Prince Harry wore a khaki jacket of the Deutsches Afrika
Korps (DAK), a formation of the German Wehrmacht, not the
Nazi party. Also, the DAK went out of business in May
1943, over sixty years ago, and is hardly a threat today.)
"The Iron Cross was once a proud symbol of courage
among German soldiers. But in World War II, Adolf Hitler
superimposed a swastika on the cross, and today even the
traditional Iron Cross often evokes images of the Third
"The designer of the one-of-a-kind $2,300 jacket,
Jeff Sebilia, says his imagery not only doesn't endorse
Nazism, but is meant to 'make people aware of just how
powerful imagery can be. We all know the swastika was a
peaceful Hindu image, and we know what the Nazis did to
that. I think we can use imagery that has stark emotion
and make it our own." (See Newsday of Long Island, N.Y.
for March 1, 2005, "Symbol draws attention." Many thanks
to Jelena Chimbacalle for this newspaper article.)
ZUNDEL DEPORTED TO
GERMANY AND JAILED
Ernst Zundel, 65, "the outcast ufologist" who was
held incommunicado in Toronto's Metro West Detention
Center for two years, was deported from Canada on Tuesday,
March 1, 2005.
The special charter jet left Pearson International
Airport during a snowstorm. Zundel arrived in Frankfurt
at 10 p.m. German time, where he was reportedly arrested
and taken to Mannheim prison.
The following day, Wednesday, March 3, 2005, "a crowd
of 50 demonstrators from the Rhine-Neckar National
Resistance Action Centre rallied in the pedestrian
shopping zone" in downtown Mannheim. The pro-Zundel
demonstrators "distributed leaflets demanding freedom for
Ernst Zundel and all other political prisoners, and the
abolition of all (German) laws that ban 'Holocaust denial'
and restrict free speech."
Zundel's odyssey began six days earlier, on Thursday,
February 24, 2005, when "the outcast ufologist" lost his
bid to overturn the special security measure that had
resulted in his imprisonment without trial. He was
arrested by Canadian authorities on February 5, 2003 when
the USA's Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)
deported him across the border at Niagara Falls, N.Y.
"Jewish activists Friday hailed a court ruling that
allows Canada to deport German Holocaust denier Ernst
Zundel to face prosecution at home."
(Editor's Comment: Shame on the media for that misleading
sentence. Germany has not been Zundel's "home" since he
emigrated to Montreal way back in 1958. He lived in Canada
from 1958 to 2001. Since 2001, Zundel's home has been
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. His wife Ingrid lives there.
His car and all of his worldly goods are there. Until he
was picked up by the INS, Zundel was a resident alien
legally living in the USA.)
"Zundel has been held in a Toronto jail for two years
while authorities determined whether he posed a security
risk to Canadian society."
"Federal Court Justice Pierre Blais ruled Thursday
that Zundel's activities were not only a threat to
(Canadian) national security, 'but also a threat to the
international community of nations.'"
"Zundel, a leading proponent of white supremacy,
claims the Holocaust never happened."
"'The impact of Zundel's removal from Canada is
significant,' said Len Rudner, national director of
community relations for the Canadian Jewish Congress.
'It's an indictment of hatred, an indictment of
"Zundel faces prosecution in Germany for neo-Nazi and
Holocaust-denying activities. His lawyer said Zundel
would not appeal the ruling."
In the 1970s, Zundel started his own company,
Samisdat Publishing Ltd., which printed books on World War
II, UFOs, holistic health and other topics. He published
UFO books by Willibald Mattern and wrote two of his own,
Secret Nazi Polar Expeditions (1978) and Hitler at the
South Pole (1979), about the possible existence of an
In 1975, he attempted unsuccessfully to organize a
private expedition to Antarctica to find the hidden Nazi
bases he believed to be there.
Zundel got into trouble in the late 1970s when
Samisdat published a pamphlet entitled Did Six Million
Really Die? He was then charged with violating Canada's
"hate crimes" law and became the defendant in two
Since 1995, the Zundelsite, his personal Web site,
has published numerous articles challenging the claims of
During his recent imprisonment in Canada, Zundel
wrote another book entitled Setting the Record Straight.
Zundel now has the unenviable distinction of being
the only member of the UFO community ever to be deported
from two countries--the USA and Canada. (See the
newspapers The State of South Carolina and the Salt Lake
Herald of Utah for February 27, 2005, "Canada set to
deport Holocaust denier." Also the German newspaper
Mannheimer Morgen for March 4, 2005. Many thanks to Todd
Christiansen for these newspaper articles.)
IMAGE OF JESUS APPEARS
ON A TREE IN ENGLAND
"Jesus has been found in a tree near Little
Houghton," Northants., UK. "But believers needn't get too
excited...the holy image is simply an odd-shaped growth on
the trunk of a centuries-old tree in a small spinney on
the edge of a village."
"Rita Clayson, who plays the organ at Brayfield
Baptist Church, spotted the biblical bark during a walk
from her house in Brayfield-On-The-Green at Easter."
"The 64-year-old said, 'You hear about people seeing
images in objects now and again, and, when I saw Jesus in
the tree, I couldn't believe my eyes. I went back the
next day--which was Good Friday, of all days--with my
camera and took a picture just to make sure I hadn't made
"'I printed off 10 copies for the people at the
church to spread the word, and they were amazed at the
likeness. The twisted ivy branch around his head looks
like a crown of thorns.'"
"'I haven't been back to see the tree for a while,
but no doubt other people will go and have a look. I hope
it doesn't turn into a shrine, though.'"
"Mrs. Clayson, who has been attending the church ever
since she moved from Moulton in 1962, only stumbled across
the tree when her regular route to church was sealed off.
She said, 'I usually don't go down to the spinney, but we
couldn't go in the fields, so I walked along the footpath
and saw the image of Jesus in the bark of the tree. It
all happened on Easter weekend (2004), so I have really
treasured the memory.'"
Curiously, the area is famous for a UFO sighting over
30 years ago. In nearby Hanging Houghton, Northants., in
April 1973, "David Gwinn and his wife went to their
bedroom after watching a late-night TV film" and "watched
two strange luminous objects in the sky for more than half
an hour, during which time they hovered not 500 yards (450
meters) from the house. They were bright orange and
appeared to revolve while moving slowly along." (See the
Northamptonshire News for February 25, 2005, "Can you see
the face of Jesus in this tree?" and for April 18, 1974.
Many thanks to Robert Fischer and to Fortean Times editors
Bob Rickard and Paul Sieveking for these newspaper
SIMONE SIMON DEAD AT 93
French film actress Simone Simon, most famous for her
starring roles in two classic fantasy films of the 1940s,
died in Paris on Tuesday, February 22, 2005. She was 93.
Born in 1912, Simone was 26 when she came to
Hollywood for the first time in 1938. She signed a
contract with RKO Radio Pictures and, in 1942, starred in
the film Cat People, directed by Val Lewton. Cat People
was loosely based on Lewton's short story, "The Bagheeta,"
which he had written for "the unique magazine," Weird
Cat People was RKO's highest-earning film for 1942.
So the studio re-teamed Simone with her co-stars, Kent
Smith and Jane Randolph, and made The Curse of the Cat
People, which was released in 1944.
Ten years later, in October 1954, Simone had a real-
life brush with the paranormal. While disembarking from
an airliner, Simone watched a daylight disc UFO fly over
the runway at Orly Airport in Paris.
"I first saw Cat People at the Park Theatre in
Taunton, Mass. when I was seven years old. Until then, I
had no idea how scary a bus's brakes could sound," UFO
Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said, "It was truly the
first 'phantom panther' movie. I've always wondered what
it would've been like if this case had actually happened.
Can you imagine the front page of the New York Daily News?
Gigantic headline--PANTHER KILLS PARK AVE. SHRINK, with a
nice picture of the mutilated Dr. Judd lying dead on the
mezzanine and the shredded tapestries. A story like that
would've pushed the Battle of Midway all the way back into
the classifieds." (See Entertainment Weekly for March 11,
2005, page 22.)
From the UFO Files...
1955: THE HORSEHEADS
Horseheads, N.Y. (population 6,452) is a small town
on Route 14 north of Elmira. First known as Fairport, "in
1845, the place was named Horseheads, commemorating an
incident in the (War of the American) Revolution that
occurred here; Gen. (John) Sullivan's men slew their worn-
out and starving horses for food and left the heads for
carrion" during the campaign of 1779.
Intrigued by this legend, Howard Phillips Lovecraft
(1890-1937) visited Horseheads during his tour of the
Catskill mountains in the early 1920s.
But the real weirdness didn't begin until 13 years
after HPL's death.
On April 8, 1950, a UFO was sighted by many in
Horseheads. "In a pasture just outside Horseheads, N.Y.,
'a slim circular object only three feet (0.9 meters)
across at the base--of a light cardboard substance--
covered with luminous paint--constructed with considerable
care--no indication that this gadget will fly--I did not
open it to see what was inside,' said the Chief of Police,
'Some sort of radio tube jutted out of the top structure
and was connected to the inside by a wire.'"
"Object found by Ernest Ferris, a farmer."
"Near by was found 'a molten substance on fire-
scorched earth' and what appeared to be a burned-out flare
on which could read '5 mins' and 'cau'"
"It was turned over to the FBI agent, who took it to
A faked UFO? Or a genuine alien artifact of some
kind? Then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover wasn't saying.
Five years later, on Sunday, February 20, 1955,
Horseheads was again the site of a Fortean event--this
time it was a massive fall of angel hair that covered
half-a-square-mile of the town with gossamer strands 2
inches (5 centimeters) deep.
On Tuesday, February 22, 1955, "a chemistry
professor today identified as radioactive a curtain of
wispy gray fuzz that spread over part of this village two
"Dr. Charles B. Rutenber, chemistry professor at
Elmira College, said the fuzz was badly damaged, slightly
radioactive cotton fibre."
"Where the fibre came from before it settled on
trees, shrubbery and houses Sunday night was a mystery."
"Rutenber said he had conducted tests which showed
the fibre was apparently waste material or a substance
which had been heavily damaged in some sort of explosion."
"Inquiries at area industrial installations failed to
produce a clue into the nature of the 'fallout' which
covered a residential area half-a-mile square."
"Horseheads is a village of 3,500 population, six
miles (10 kilometers) north of Elmira in south-central New
"Rutenber said a Geiger counter has established the
radioactivity of the cobwebby fibre, but he said the
radioactivity was not present to a dangerous degree. And,
he declared, the radioactive content of the fibre was not
unusual in view of the atomic (bomb) tests now underway in
(Editor's Note: During February and March, 1955, the old
Atomic Energy Commission was setting off nuclear bombs at
Frenchman's Flat, Nevada at the rate of one every two
Nor was Horseheads, N.Y. the only town in the USA
experiencing strange sky falls fifty years ago.
"They had chocolate snow at the ski resort" in Alta,
Utah (population 370) "yesterday" (Sunday, March 27, 1955)
"Mocha snow, anyway."
"Snowflakes were described as definitely tan or light
brown at the Wasatch Mountain ski spot east of Salt Lake
City during a storm that dumped 15 inches (38 centimeters)
of snow during the day. They changed to a less unnerving
white toward afternoon."
"The color was blamed on alkali dust in the air."
Doubt: The Fortean Society Magazine reported, "Salty
'white goo' rained on Salt Lake City, Utah. Said to have
been picked up from (the Bonneville) salt flats by the
wind. Although the flats have been there ever so long,
and wind is pretty common, the phenomenon 'caused
consternation'" when it occurred on Friday, March 25,
1955. (See the Duluth, Minnesota News-Tribune for
February 23, 1955, "Town puzzled by radioactive fuzz
'fallout.,' page 5; the Superior, Wis. Telegram for March
28, 1955, "Snow chocolate color in Utah," page 2; Doubt:
The Fortean Society Magazine volume 2, number 42 for 1953,
page 239; and volume 2, number 49 for 1954, page 359.
Also, New York: A Guide to the Empire State, Oxford
University Press, 8th Printing, 1962, page 655.)
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