UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 28
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 28
July 13, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
LONDON "TUBE" BOMBED
"The subway train had just left King's Cross station"
in London "and Anthony Latchana had settled in with a
newspaper for his morning commute when he saw a bright
light and heard a 'massive. massive' bang."
"'The train jerked left, right, forward, back,' he
says, 'It came to an abrupt stop.'"
"Latchana, along with hundreds of others, was trapped
in a pitch-black tunnel between King's Cross and Russell
Square until an emergency light finally flickered."
"'People were screaming,' he says, their faces
turning grey from dense smoke that filled the cabin.
Struggling to breathe, many panicked, smashing their cell
phones against the windows to try to let in air."
"'Big, executive men, reading the Financial Times
were screaming they have to get out,' he said."
"Over the space of 56 minutes, at the height of rush
hour, this scene of death and destruction from an apparent
terrorist attack would be repeated on two more subway
trains and a red double-decker bus," leaving over 60
people dead and upwards of 700 wounded.
"The attack came a day after London was announced as
the site of the 2012 Olympics."
"'After yesterday's joy and jubilation, we have
horror and devastation,' said Philip Nunn, a businessman,
'London has been turned on its heels overnight.'"
"A group calling itself 'Secret Organisation--Al-
Qaeda in Europe' claimed responsibility on an Islamic Web
site for the string of explosions it called 'blessed.'"
The explosions moved in an east-to-west pattern
across the city. The first was at 8:51 a.m., an explosion
aboard a Circle Line subway train that was 100 yards (90
meters) into a tunnel under Liverpool Street beyond
The second came five minutes later, at 8:56 a.m.,
aboard a Picadilly Line train between the King's Cross and
Russell Square stations.
Next, at precisely 9:17 a.m., an explosion killed
five people at the Edgewater Road subway station, just
north of Bayswater.
Finally, at 9:47 a.m., Number 30, a red double-decker
bus, was traveling from Hackney to Marble Arch when it
exploded in Tavistock Square.
"The Tube," as London's subway system is called, has
12 lines and 274 stations and serves over 3 million
commuters daily. The system is 253 miles (405 kilometers)
long and has been operating since it first opened in 1863.
"London's transit authorities characterized the
blasts as 'the worst incident in the history of the London
"It was the worst attack on London since World War
On its Web site, the Al-Qaeda affiliated group
announced, "Rejoice, Arabic world. The time has come for
vengeance against the Zionist crusader government of
Britain in response to the massacres Britain has committed
in Iraq and Afghanistan."
"The London Metropolitan Police said that it was
investigating the claim."
"'The public need to remain vigilant,' said Deputy
Chief Constable Andy Trotter of the British Transport
Police. 'We don't know if this is over yet.'"
(See USA Today for July 8, 2005, "'Slaughter' shocks
London" and "Screams, dense smoke and a rush to escape,"
BOMB SITE LINKED TO
JACK THE RIPPER AND
Strange links to London's infamous Nineteenth Century
serial killer, Jack the Ripper, and Freemasonry have
emerged in the wake of the subway bombings.
"The first blast caught a subway train between
Moorgate and Liverpool Street station on the eastern
fringe of London's financial district. Seven died, police
said. Moorgate is named for one of the (medieval) gates
in the city walls of London."
"Some people caught in that blast emerged from
Aldgate station, near Jack the Ripper's haunts in
The Ripper murders began on Tuesday, April 3, 1888
when the body of Emma E. Smith, a prostitute, was found in
Osborn Street, Whitechapel.
On Tuesday, August 7, 1888, the body of a second
prostitute, Martha Tabram, was discovered at the Grove-
yard Buildings in Whitechapel.
On Friday, August 31, 1888, a third, Mary Ann
Nichols, was found in Bucks Row, Whitechapel, followed on
Saturday, September 8, 1888 by the murder of Annie Chapman
in Hanbury Street, Whitechapel.
Then came "Bloody Sunday," September 30, 1888, when
the body of Elizabeth Stride was found in Berner Street,
Whitechapel, and Catherine Eddowes was murdered in Mitre
Square in Aldgate.
Painted on a brick wall nearby was a strange message:
"This is the work of the Juwes." At first, Inspector
Frederick George Abberline thought the writer was someone
with the spelling skills of Paris Hilton and actually
meant "Jews." But when his superior from Scotland Yard
arrived, he became upset and ordered the offending
sentence wiped out immediately.
(Editor's Note: Whitechapel in 1888 was the home of a
large population of immigrant Jews from Poland and
Come to find out, "the Juwes" did not refer to
Hebraic people at all but to three characters in the lore
of Freemasonry--Jubelum and his two companions, who are
supposed to have murdered Hiram Abiff, the architect of
King Solomon's temple.
The 1976 book Final Solution by Stephen Knight
claimed that the Ripper slayings were Masonic ritual
murders carried out by Queen Victoria's personal
physician, Sir William Gull (1816-1890) after the women
learned that the queen's grandson, Prince Albert Victor,
the Duke of Clarence (1864-1892), had married a commoner
on the sly.
In the 1979 movie Murder by Decree, Sherlock Holmes,
Dr. John H. Watson and Inspector Gerald Lestrade tracked
down the Masonic connection and apprehended Dr. Gull and
his accomplice, coachman John Netley, on November 11,
1888. But Special Branch took custody of Dr. Gull and
covered the whole thing up.
(Editor's Comment: So instead of getting credit for
helping to crack Scotland Yard's biggest case ever, poor
Lestrade went down in history as Holmes' favorite foil.)
The 1999 movie From Hell, in which actor Johnny Depp
portrayed Inspector Abberline, pulled no punches in
detailing Masonic involvement in the Jack the Ripper case.
But then the film chickened out at the end by portraying
Dr. Gull as a "lone nut" who was always talking to "the
Great Architect of the Universe."
The three "Juwes" are often referred to in the craft
as "the three hanged men," which is symbolized as the
number 777. This is also the Masonic symbol of vengeance.
Here in the USA, we had the Regulator case in Montana
in 1864. A corrupt sheriff named Henry Plumer was the
secret ringleader of "the Regulators," a band of outlaws
who preyed on local ranchers around Virginia City,
Montana. Eventually, Sheriff Plumer, "Clubfoot George"
Lane and two other outlaws were hanged by a vigilance
committee composed of members of the Masonic lodge, who
left the number 777 at the lynching site. Indeed, the
number 777 still appears on Montana license plates.
(Editor's Note: The Regulators are buried at the top of
Boot Hill in Virginia City, Mont. Nice town, great
local museum--put it on your "Must Visit" list if you're
touring Montana this summer.)
Some occultists have noted the eerie similarity
between the Masonic symbol of 777 and the date of the Tube
bombings in London.
The bombs went off on July 7--the seventh day of the
In numerology, the year 2005 has a value of 7. You
get this by adding two plus zero plus zero plus five,
which equals seven.
So July 7, 2005 equals 777, a Masonic symbol.
"I'd have to agree that we're not out of the woods
yet," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said, "There are
two more days left in this month which could be construed
as 777. These are July 16, 2005 (16 can be rendered in
numerology as one plus six, which equals seven) and July
25, 2005 (two plus five equals seven).
Are these "the three Juwes?" I honestly don't know. But
I do know that July 16 will be the 60th anniversary of
the first atomic bomb explosion--the nuclear test at
Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945. Stay tuned."
ATLANTA IS NEXT,
A number of American psychics, including a few who
are born-again Christians, claim to have received angelic
warnings about a terrorist attack here in the USA.
Nearly all of them claim the target will be Atlanta,
Tom and Vicky Hinton, both evangelical Christians,
reported that in early June 2005 they spoke with another
member of their church, who had received disturbing
warnings in a dream.
"We live in Georgia about 40 miles (64 kilometers)
below Atlanta," Vicky Hinton reported, "My husband had a
dream about two years ago about bombs hitting Atlanta.
Three days ago, early in the morning at 4 a.m., our friend
was awakened. He looked up and there was a light in the
room next to the wall, at the other end of his bed. Then,
suddenly, an angel stepped out of the light. He called
our friend by name as he pulled his sword from its sheath.
He said he could hear the metal scraping the sheath as he
pulled it out."
"The angel then said, 'The Lord God has put it into
your heart to move from this place, and you are to tell
your family to move because the Lord is bringing the sword
to this city.' He also said our friend 'must leave soon.'
The angel repeated these instructions twice. Then he
stepped back into the light and just disappeared."
Another "Christian brother" in Thomaston, Georgia
(population 9,411) received a similar warning. "The
brother had the urge to move to another state and begin
missionary work for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
But his wife did not want to go. So he fasted for three
days and prayed in Jesus' name for guidance. Then he
heard the voice of the Lord telling him, "Gather up your
family and move. Much destruction is coming to Atlanta.
Leave and leave soon. Shake the red dust of Georgia from
your feet as a testimony against it.'"
"The brother told his wife, and she absolutely
refused to believe it. So he took to praying again. The
Lord told him to open the Bible and point out Genesis
(Editor's Note: The story of Lot's wife and the
destruction of Sodom.)
"Still she wouldn't believe it. She said she would
move 'when I receive a telegram from the Almighty.'"
"The next day, when the wife went to open the
mailbox, she found a yellow telegram from Western Union
addressed to her. She opened it up and read it. The
message said, 'Move your fat ass.' There was no
"When her husband came home, she lit right into him,
asking if he thought this was some kind of joke. The
Christian brother denied sending the telegram. When they
made enquiries, they found that the mailman had never
delivered the telegram to their box, and Western Union had
no record of any such telegram ever being sent. The
brother is packing, but his wife doesn't know what to
Curtis McDiamird of Atlanta had a horrifying dream
two weeks ago. Curtis said he had dreamed that he and his
father were spending the day walking around Underground
Atlanta, a shopping center at the intersection of Pryor
and Alabama Streets. Suddenly, the concrete floor began
shaking beneath their feet.
"When we came up, everything in Atlanta had been
destroyed," he reported, "There were ruins all around us.
The Fulton County Courthouse--gone. The Coca-Cola
Pavilion--gone. I could see all the way to Spring Street.
The Federal Building was a burned-out spire. Dad lost it.
He just kept looking around and babbling, 'Oh, man, we're
fucked. We're fucked! Fucka-ducka-dood!' Then I heard a
voice telling me, 'You must leave Atlanta and be gone by
July.' That's when I woke up."
The most horrifying dream, however, came from South
Dakota. A Lakota (also known as Sioux Indian--J.T.)
spiritual advisor dreamed that he was standing on a ridge
overlooking the White River on the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation in South Dakota on a summer day. It was hot
with a cloudless blue sky.
"Looking down, Charlie saw a long, long railroad
train moving west. There were over a hundred flatcars,
and they were loaded with dead bodies. Thousands of
people--Americans. Casualties of a nuclear explosion back
East. They were being brought by rail to the Badlands (a
desert in southwestern South Dakota--J.T.) to be buried in
a new national cemetery there," Frank Running Elk
reported, "He didn't say where the explosion was, just
that it happens in the East. You know the spot he means,
(Editor's Comment: Sure do. The ridge 10 miles (16
miles) north of Oglala, S.D.
I hope Frank finds out more at Mato Tipi next week.)
"What's curious about the first three precognitive
dreams is that they all come from the same area about 40
miles (64 kilometers) south of Atlanta," UFO Roundup
editor Joseph Trainor added. "That is right on the 33rd
Parallel or the 33rd degree of latitude. The 33rd degree
is also the highest degree in Freemasonry. There are
still two more days in July 2005 with the numerology of
that Masonic symbol 777. The first of these is Saturday,
July 16, 2005. This is also the 60th anniversary of the
first atomic bomb explosion at Alamogordo, New Mexico."
"The date July 16 has occult significance.
Freemasonry is derived from the solar religion of ancient
Egypt. And July 16 was the ancient Egyptian New Year. It
was the day the star Sirius--'that blazing star' of
Masonry--rises above the horizon. That event coincided
with the rising of the Nile. Strangely, Egypt of the
Pharoahs referred to Sirius as 'a more distant sun' or
'the second sun,' which, of course, it is. And when
'Oppie's gadget,' the atomic bomb built by physicist J.
Robert Oppenheimer, went off on July 16, 1945, it was as
if a second green sun had risen over the Jornada del
Muerto desert," he added, "It's also very interesting that
the new Harry Potter book will make its debut on the
Masonic holy day of July 16."
"However, Atlanta isn't the only possible target of a
terrorist nuclear strike. Other major American cities
located on or near the 33rd degree of latitude include--
going from west to east--San Diego, California; Phoenix,
Arizona; Dallas, Texas; and Birmingham, Alabama.
Hopefully, these dreams were just nightmares and not
precog dreams. But I'll be awfully glad when we get to
August." (Many thanks to Tom and Vicky Hinton, Rev.
Alfred Styles and Frank Running Elk for passing on these
UFO STALLS CAR NEAR
On Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at 8:50 p.m., eyewitness
M.R. reported, "I was coming home from a fishing trip in
Sargent, Texas. I had just turned off FM587 on to FM2611
when, all of a sudden, the lights in my car blinked twice,
and then the car went dead."
"I coasted to a stop at the top of a small hill that
was a curve. I was frightened. For one, I am female and
was traveling alone, and I was in the middle of nowhere.
I thought that the reason for the power giving out in my
car was because my brother had been using my car battery
earlier in the day and may not have tightened the battery
"I didn't have a flashlight (torch in UK--J.T.) on me
and I grabbed my cell phone to let someone know what had
happened. Then I decided to get out of the car, knowing
that my cell phone had a bright light on it, and I was
going to check the battery cables."
"Before I could open my cell phone to turn it on, a
bright bluish glow started to light up a wooded area
across the highway from me. At first I thought it was
another vehicle coming up behind me, and I panicked for a
moment because my car had stopped on top of the hill on a
curve, and, if the vehicle was coming up the curve too
fast, it would hit me."
"But I realized quickly that it was not another
vehicle. I couldn't quite identify the light, but the
woods got suddenly brighter. The light went bright like a
blue-white light bulb. It was more like the light from a
giant blue flashlight or helicopter (search) light."
"I watched it slowly start moving upward through the
trees. I sat in complete silence while I watched it move
up out of the trees until it was above the trees and
clearly in the sky with the stars for a background. It
was a huge bluish translucent ball of light, with the
center of the ball much darker than the outer edges."
"The outer edges of the ball seemed to vibrate or
tremble slightly. It continuously rose up into the sky,
at first slowly, but, the higher it got, the faster it
went. Which was straight up into the sky until it
"I sat in the silent darkness for a few seconds and
then turned my car keys, which I had never taken out of
the ignition switch, and the car started right up."
The UFO "was about 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 meters) up.
It was huge, maybe 30 to 40 feet (9 to 12 meters) across,
but I could be mistaken. It was much larger than my car--
a Volvo DL wagon. I resumed my drive to Sweeny, Texas."
Sargent is in Matagorda County, on Texas's Gulf of
Mexico shore about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of
Galveston. (Email Form Report)
UFOs APPEAR TWICE OVER
Eureka, California (population 26,128) has been
visited twice by UFO flotillas in the last month,
according to one local resident.
On Monday, June 6, 2005, Jenece Poree went outside
after sunset and noticed an unusual "bright star" in the
sky. She reported, "I first noticed a ship resembling a
Christmas tree light bulb--a disk of gaudy brightness--
suspended over the rooftops west of my home. As I
watched, it slowly descended in a falling-leaf motion
below the power lines, below the rooftops."
"The next night (Tuesday, June 7, 2005), I went
outside at dusk and started seeing really bright stars.
Also I saw a number of frenetically blinking smaller
craft, with red and blue lights."
"Two nights ago (Thursday, July 7, 2005), the sky was
far more clear and there were large amounts of UFO
activity over Eureka. Huge 'blinking' craft flashing
several lights. One large one hovered over the Fairhaven
pulp (paper) mill on Samoa Island out in Humboldt Bay.
These Kleig-like 'stars,' upon closer inspection by
binoculars, looked like amoebas or single-celled creatures
as seen under a microscope. Very organic the way they
move and writhe and climb aloft. They frequently have a
little red companion hanging out nearby."
"Height? Always above our chronic coastal overcast.
Really high and fast but much lower the other night."
Eureka is on California Highway 101 approximately 281
miles (449 kilometers) north of San Francisco. (Email
GOLD SPHERICAL UFO SEEN
IN COLORADO SPRINGS
On Monday, July 4, 2005, Ron Russell reported, "I was
at my friend Gail's house at the Springs. We were sitting
on her deck after a BBQ (barbecue--J.T.) when she looked
up at the clouds heading towards the northeast and said,
'Oh! There's a ship up there. I can feel it.'"
"Gail's a practicing psychic with years of
experience, so I pay attention when she 'feels'
"While we were both looking in that area, a bright
illuminated golden spot (a small circle--R.R.) manifested
itself and traveled from east to west at a constant speed.
It never changed its course, speed or brightness and went
across the sky in one minute."
"We have a lot of military in this area--Fort Carson,
NORAD, Schriever Air Force Base, the Space Command, and we
see aircraft all the time."
"Even though it was the Fourth of July, this was not
any kind of fireworks I'd ever seen. While we thought at
first it might have been a Mylar balloon, it traveled in
the opposite direction to the prevailing wind with no
bobbing or wobble we could discern, more like a determined
path that was not subject to the wind."
"We have no other explanation than it was a ship,
like Gail intuited."
Colorado Springs (population 360,890) is on
Interstate Highway I-25 approximately 67 miles (112
kilometers) south of Denver, the state capital. (Email
CYLINDRICAL UFO SIGHTED
OVER MIAMI, OKLAHOMA
On July 4, 2005, at 8 p.m., eyewitness Jamce had an
unusual encounter in the small city of Miami, Oklahoma
"I never read much about sightings in Oklahoma, so I
would like to know what happened on July 4th at 8 p.m. We
live in Miami, Okla. While at some friends' (house) on
the Fourth, my husband and two friends were outside
watching the grandkids with their firecrackers. They
observed a cylinder-shaped object glide across the sky, my
"It appeared white but changed to orange, though, as
it reflected the sun. It made no noise, and there was no
vapor trail. My friends said it moved very fast, and the
whole sighting lasted just one minute. My husband yelled
into the house for me to come and see. But when I got out
there, it was already out of sight."
"They said it was about a mile and a half (2.4
kilometers) higher than jets usually fly. Here's an odd
note--my husband is the skeptic, and I'm the believer."
Miami is on Interstate Highway I-44 in northeastern
Oklahoma, located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest
of Joplin, Missouri. (Many thanks to Jim Hickman,
executive director of Skywatch International, for this
UFO FLOTILLA STARTLES
YOUNG MOTHER IN ALBERTA
On Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at 1:30 p.m., Lori Metisse
and her two children got off the bus on Saddleback Road in
Edmonton, the capital of Canada's Alberta province.
Minutes later, they had a strange encounter.
"I was walking with my two kids north on Saddleback
Road. I was taking my newborn to a doctor's appointment.
I had just gotten on the sidewalk" when "I don't know why,
but I felt compelled to look up. I noticed something
hovering in the southwestern sky. Immediately I saw 15 to
25 hovering black objects. They were kind of small. They
just hovered there."
"I held my gaze, without blinking. I thought my eyes
could not be playing tricks on me, and I had better not
blink. So I was able to view the object for maybe 20 to
30 seconds. And then they all disappeared together, all
at the same time."
"Then I blinked and tried to find out where they had
all gone. I couldn't find them again. Many, many small
black hovering objects, possibly oval or round in shape,
and all of them beneath the clouds."
"I took my newborn and my two-year-old and hurried to
the doctor's office." (Email Form Report)
NIGHT SAUCER SPOTTED IN
On Thursday, July 7, 2005, at 10:25 p.m., Roxanne C.
was at her home, near the corner of Kennedy Road and St.
Clair Avenue in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada when she
witnessed an unusual incident.
"I was standing at my back door, watching a small
plane flying low and slow," Roxanne reported, "Then, a few
minutes later, I saw the object flying overhead from the
east, coming into a southwesterly direction. It was
shaped like a triangle with rounded corners and five dim
lights down each side. It was like a shadow. No sound at
all. It gave me a chill when it was gone."
"It was a dark grayish triangle with rounded corners
and five dim lights down each side, both the left and the
right. No sound at all."
"I'd say it was about one-and-a-half kilometers (0.9
miles) higher than any plane I'd ever seen before."
(Email Form Report)
(Editor's Comment: The "low and slow" aircraft
sounds like one of those FBI surveillance planes. But
what's it doing in Canada? It also appears that the UFO
was deliberately avoiding this plane.)
UFO FLOTILLA TURNS UP IN
Hard on the heels of a report about a chalk-white Man
In Black (MIB) being seen in Cordoba, Argentina came
reports of a UFO flotilla flying over this provincial
According to Ricardo D'Angelo, UFO Roundup's
correspondent in Argentina, "A flotilla of several UFOs
appeared in the sky over Cordoba, the capital of the
province of the same name, on Thursday, July 7, 2005, at
precisely 6:49 a.m."
"At first these mysterious fireballs flew towards the
southeast. Then they circled and crossed the heart of the
city, anomalous and luminous, and changed course several
times over the next few minutes. The event was witnessed
by many people for over a half hour."
"At 7:15 a.m., a large luminous object crossed the
sky, leaving a bright flash as it did so. 'That one was
showing intelligent activity,' an eyewitness reported.
Images of this UFO were caught on one observer's SONY 360X
Around June 15, 2005, eyewitness Cristian H. Godoy
saw a humanoid, which he described as "dressed all in
black" with "an aged face colored chalk-white," at the
Grupo Pilar manufacturing plant in Cordoba.
Cordoba is located 400 kilometers (250 miles) west-
northwest of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
(Muchas gracias a Ricardo D'Angelo para estas noticias.)
SORCERER ARRESTED IN THE
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
"A 60-year-old sorcerer from Iran, who was hooked on
hashish, is now cooling his heels at the prison in Al-
Fujairah, in Ittihad al-Imirat al-Arabiyah (Translated:
the United Arab Emirates--J.T.) following a five-year jail
term slapped on him by a local criminal court."
"Samjan Mohammed, on a visitor's visa to the U.A.E.,
was handed down the jail term for bringing in and misusing
a narcotic substance, served a month in prison for duping
people out of their money by claiming that he had powers
that could cure them of incurable diseases. He faces
deportation back to Iran after serving his jail term."
"U.A.E. police received a tipoff that the Iranian was
conducting his 'business' in Al-Fujairah, claiming that he
had supernatural powers. The arrest warrant alleged that
Samjan practiced sorcery and black magic to invoke his
"Subsequently, the police set a trap at his house,
which he frequently visited, and arrested him. The police
searched the apartment where he was staying and found some
books about magic and some amulets. They also searched
for hashish from a hideaway in his flat. Samples of his
blood were taken and sent for testing, where they revealed
the presence of narcotic substances."
"Upon interrogation, Samjan confessed to all the
charges, and the court handed down his sentence."
Commenting on this case, Ayesha al-Khatabi, UFO
Roundup's correspondent in the Middle East, noted,
"Rumours are flying about this Iranian sorcerer.
Apparently, he circumvented the Anglo-American blockade at
the Strait of Hormuz by taking a fishing boat to Al-
Fujairah from Jask in Iran. The hashish suggests that he
might be an adept of the sect of the Nizaris, whose
stronghold was at Alamut in Iran. But he could be an
adept of the Black Circle. He is rumoured to have had the
forbidden books in his possession--The Book of Whispers
(in Arabic, Kitab al-Azif--J.T.) by the master sorcerer
Abdul Majid al-Hazrad, and the two books compiled from the
letters of al-Hazrad's disciple, Yaqub Bin Ishaq as-Sabah,
The Whole Art of Sorcery and Travels with My Master. Some
in the New Age community think Samjan was trying to get to
Saudi Arabia. But it is not known if he was acting alone,
or if a superior in the Black Circle sent him to the
peninsula." (See the Arab newspaper Khaleej Times for
June 30, 2005, "Sorcerer lands in jail." Many thanks to
Ayesha al-Khatabi for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: That is an interesting notion,
Ayesha. Is the Black Circle bugging out of Iran and
leaving the ayatollahs to fend for themselves? If so,
Let's keep an eye on Iran in coming weeks.)
CHILEAN GHOST FRIGHTENS
"Over the past six months, some of the drivers of
Taxibus lines 7 and 8 and their converging routes--9, 12
and 16--have experienced a strange and unusual situation"
in Arica, a city in northern Chile.
"Six drivers have been intimidated by a 'ghostly
lady,' who, according to their stories haunts the taxibus
(In Peru, these vehicles are called collectivos--J.T.)
located at Santiago Flores 360 in the barrio Cerro
Sombrero (neighborhood) at night."
"These apparitions have not been merely shades;
taxibus drivers have described the 'ghost' as an elderly
woman, seemingly flesh and bone, which at first does not
inspire any particular fear. They add that she has long
hair, is dressed in normal clothes and never wears white
or a veil, as is the typical description of the 'Bride of
Azapa,' an urban legend that has endured for years in the
city and its environs."
"One of the most curious versions of that legend is
that a young and beautiful woman, who awaited the arrival
of her future husband at a church in the valley of Azapa,
became impatient and after a while went out searching for
him. When she reached the highway, she was hit by a
vehicle and died instantly."
"This gave rise to the legend of the bride who
appeared to so many drivers, particularly at nightfall.
There are those who claim that this legend had its
origins" in an actual wedding "on Friday, October 5, 1956,
when young Gloria del Rosario (lovingly known as Charito--
S.C.) from the city of Arica was getting ready to perform
a devout pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Livilcar. Upon
returning from her pious trip, the young woman was
planning to marry her fiance in a ceremony to be held at
the Cathedral of San Marcos."
"The family rented a bus that never arrived and, in
order to reach the site of Las Penas in time, they hired
another vehicle, which went around a curve at excessive
speed until it reached the barrio Alto Ramirez (sector)
along the old highway. The vehicle overturned and three
passengers died, the unfortunate Charito being among
them." (See the Chilean newspaper La Estrella de Arica
for July 3, 2005, "Ghostly lady frightens drivers."
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Liliana Nunez Orellana
del grupo Archivos Forteanos por este articulo de diario.)
450 SHEEP DIE IN BIZARRE
MASS SUICIDE IN TURKEY
"First one sheep plunged to its death. Then stunned
Turkish shepherds, who left their flocks to graze while
they had breakfast, watched as nearly 1,500 followed while
leaping off the same cliff" near Lake Van in eastern
"In the end, 450 dead animals lay on top of one
another in a billowing white pile. Those who jumped later
were saved as the pile got higher and their fall more
"'There's nothing we can do. They're all wasted,'
Neuzat Bayhan, a member of a group of 26 farmers whose
sheep were grazing together."
"The estimated loss to the farmers in the town of
Gevas, located in Van province in eastern Turkey, was
$100,000, a significant amount of money when the average
farmer earns around $2,700 per year."
"'Every family had an average of 20 sheep,' another
villager, Abdullah Hazar, said, 'But now only a few
families have sheep left. It's going to be hard for us.'"
(See the Turkish newspaper Aksam for July 9, 2005, "450
sheep jump to their deaths." Many thanks to Mehmet Vardan
for this newspaper article.)
SUMMER SCI-FANTASY MOVIES
ARE BIG BOX OFFICE
Fantastic Four, the fourth of this summer's big
science-fantasy movies, "not only clobbered the
competition this weekend, but it might have helped snap
Hollywood's attendance slide."
"If Sunday's estimates hold, weekend movie ticket
sales totaled $149 million--$56 million of that going to
Fantastic Four--according to the box-office trackers
Like Batman Begins last month, Fantastic Four was one
of the few films able to reverse Hollywood's disastrous
drop in movie attendance, which has persisted for 19
This means the summer's science-fantasy blockbusters-
-Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Batman Begins, War of the
Worlds and Fantastic Four--are carrying the rest of the
movie industry on their burly shoulders.
Now that all four have come out, UFO Roundup can do
some quick reviews.
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith - What a pleasant
surprise! "Episode 3" turned out to be the best of its
trilogy, with just the right mix of headlong action and
character development. Yes, we do get to witness the
"birth" of Darth Vader. But if you ask me, the moment
Anakin became Darth was when he switched on his lightsaber
in the younglings' quarters, not when he put on the armor.
You should have heard all the moaning and groaning as the
hardcore fans came out of the theater. The universal
cry..."No more Star Wars!" People, get a grip. We have
19 years to cover before Luke and Leia grow up. Surely we
can fit two or three more trilogies into that time frame.
Don't you want to see how Yoda, Chewbacca and Boba Fett
survive in Palpatine's new galactic empire? It's a big
galaxy, and maybe more Jedi survived the massacre. (Hint,
Batman Begins - Now this is the movie that should
have been made in 1992 after Tim Burton's original Batman.
Camp is dead. Keep it dark--play it serious, and
Christian Bale resurrects a movie franchise that everybody
thought George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger had
killed. It's a lovingly detailed retelling of Batman's
origin, with realistic motivations, a believable training
background for Bruce Wayne and an effective Alfred in
Michael Caine. Although he turns out to be the lesser
villain, actor Cillian Murphy is downright chilling as
"Dr. Jonathan Crane." It's only when he puts on his
burlap mask and becomes the Scarecrow that he begins to
seem remotely human.
War of the Worlds - Forget the 1952 original and
1956's Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. This is it--the best
alien invasion movie ever. I thought Steven Spielberg was
going to have to go some to top Signs. But he put
Shyamalan's film in the shade. This is the anti-E.T., the
flip side of Spielberg's 1982 classic. He wisely avoided
scenes in the Pentagon war room and did the whole thing
from the point of view of Tom Cruise's dockworker
character. Digital effects scenes are impressive and not
overdone. I actually thought I was watching an earthquake
in northern New Jersey twenty minutes into the film. Then
came the destruction of the expressway by the alien
tripods, and off we went. Certain scenes stick with you,
like what Dakota Fanning sees floating downriver, or those
suspenseful moments in the cellar. Just what is the
greater danger here--that snake-like mechanical alien
probe or the fellow human refugee who has gone quietly
insane from the experience? Oh, and there's a surprise
guest appearance at the end. But I'm not giving it away.
Fantastic Four - I've waited 41 years for this movie,
ever since I read my first issue of that comic. 41 years-
-that's how long it took Hollywood to catch up with Stan
Lee's imagination and Jack Kirby's pencil. Well, it was
worth every minute of the wait. This film is...well,
fantastic. It introduces the characters, sets up the
situation, lets us see and experience the gang's origin,
and gallops right along--it's science-fantasy at its
finest. Michael Chiklis had the hardest job, trying to
convey emotion through inches of latex makeup, but he
carried it off splendidly. As did Ioan Gruffud and Julian
McMahon, both of whom added more depth and humanity to
their respective characters of "Reed Richards" and "Victor
von Doom" than you usually see in the comics. It was
strange--I know the characters, I know what they can do;
but I got so caught up in the story that when the
cascading bridge disaster occurs, my first thought was,
'Where the hell is Spider-Man when you need him!?' But
the newly-named "Fantastic Four" didn't need him. They
did just fine on their own, thank you very much. My
favorite scene--the nurse taking Chris Evans'
temperature..."Oh! You're hot"..."Thanks. So are you."
That is such a Johnny Storm moment. And don't miss Stan
Lee's walk-on as one of his favorite characters, Baxter
Building mailman Willie Lumpkin.
The other genres out there in Hollywood have got to
get it together. Otherwise, we're going to have ALL
science-fantasy films in American cinema. (See USA Today
for July 11, 2004, "'Fantastic Four' does a number on
slump," page 1D.)
From the UFO Files...
Jennifer Connelly's new movie Dark Water just
premiered, and it deals with one of the most little-known
phenomena in Forteana...the flow.
Fortean Society president and novelist Tiffany Thayer
defined a flow as "a fall of water in closed rooms."
During his decades-long search for "data," Charles Fort,
the Father of Ufology, documented around 60 "flows" during
his "survey period" that stretched from 1800 to 1930.
(Editor's Note: Fort kept his notes in shoe boxes in the
Bronx apartment he shared with his wife Anna. First
Thayer and then Carl Pabst attempted to transcribe all of
Fort's notes. Pabst worked for over 20 years on this
project before his recent death and had managed to
catalogue all of Fort's notes up to the year 1856. The
rest are still in shoe boxes--a crime against science if
ever there was one.)
"'It was Dressed to Kill that did me in,' says
Connelly, referring to Brian De Palma's 1980 fright flick.
'I was way too young to have seen it, and then I couldn't
go near scary movies for years and years.'"
"Until one day in 2004, when she read the script for
Dark Water, an American remake of a hit Japanese movie
written and directed by Hideo Nakata ( Ringu, Ring Two).
'I found it really frightening and, at the same time,
really moving,' the actress says, 'I thought it would be
fun to make a scary film and that (Brazilian director
Walter Salles would be) an interesting person to do it
"As in the 2002 (Japanese) original (now on sale on
DVD--J.T.), the new version is the tale of a recently
separated mother (Connelly) who moves into a spooky New
York apartment with her 5-year-old daughter (played by
Ariel Glade--J.T.), only to discover that the building is
"Lots and lots of dripping, spraying, gushing water."
"Meanwhile, her estranged husband (Mission Impossible
2's Dougray Scott) is waging a nasty custody battle
against her. 'You don't know if there's something wrong
in the apartment, if it's her husband sabotaging her
custody battle, or if she's just haunted by her own
childhood,' Connelly explains, 'You're not sure what's
going on, which is what I like about it.'"
Known cases involving the same liquid phenomena as
the movie Dark Water include the following:
"In the Chorley (Lancashire, UK) Standard, February
15, 1873, is a story of excitement in the town of
Eccleston. At Bank House, occupied by two elderly women
and their niece, streams of water started falling about
the first of February (1873), seemingly from ceilings.
Furniture was soaked, and the occupants of the house were
alarmed. The falls seemed to come from the ceiling, but
'probably the most singular feature of the affair is that
the ceilings were apparently quite dry.'"
(Editor's Comment: Had this phenomenon occurred in
Salem, Mass. two centuries earlier, all three women would
have been hanged on Gallows Hill.)
"In the Toronto Globe (today the Globe & Mail--J.T.),
September 9, 1880, a correspondent writes that he had
heard reports of most improbable occurrences upon a farm,
near the township of Wellesley, Ontario. He went to the
place to interview the farmer, Mr. Manser."
"As he approached the farmhouse, he noticed that all
the windows were boarded up. He learned that, about the
end of July (1880), windows had begun to break, though no
missiles had been seen."
(Editor's Comment: A common poltergeist
"The disregard was that, quite as authentic as the
stories of breaking windows, were stories of falls of
water in the rooms, having passed through walls, showing
no trace of such passage. It is said that water had
fallen in such volumes, from appearing-points in rooms,
that the furniture of the house had been moved to a shed.
In all our records openness of phenomena is notable. The
story is that showers fell in rooms when the farmhouse was
crowded with people. For more details, see the Halifax
Citizen, September 13 (1880)."
For a century, there were no more publicized reports
of flows in the English-speaking world. Then, in 1973,
the flow phenomenon had a startling rebirth.
(Editor's Comment: If any of our overseas readers
have knowledge of flow phenomena in their home countries,
please write down the specific details and send your
information to UFO Roundup.)
Robert J.M. Rickard, co-founder of Fortean Times,
documented two flow cases in the magazine's early days.
Bob wrote, "Just as we have 'falls' of things, so we have
'flows.' We have a tentative hypothesis--that the
teleportive force can transport liquids to points in the
air (where it begins to drop) and points on the surface of
things (where it begins to flow)--but we don't expect you
to take that too seriously until it seems like the only
remaining explanation. But let's see how you get on
"MYSTERY OF THE FLOODED PUB: Landlord of the Peaks
Hotel, Gorsey, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancs. (UK) watched as
water flowed from light-fittings behind his bar for seven
minutes--then stopped as suddenly as it began. Plumbers
were called but left baffled, without finding any
"The landlord later seemed quite nonchalant about the
affair: 'As long as it doesn't come out of the beer pumps,
I'm not too worried.'"
The next flow occurred a year later, in October 1974,
in Empangeni, near Durban, South Africa.
"A series of 'ghostly' incidents has convinced Mrs.
Suzette Havenga that the house she moved into in October
(1974) is haunted by a woman who was murdered there only a
few months before. Mrs. Elsje Mathee was stabbed to death
and her youngest son fatally wounded, died in hospital
"Mrs. Havenga said, 'I was cleaning the house a few
days before we were to move in when our servant told me
that a woman had been murdered in the lounge and her baby
had been stabbed. I immediately phoned my husband and
told him I wanted another house. He said I was being
(Editor's Comment: Mr. Havenga was acting just like a
character in Karen Black's horror movie of the period,
Burnt Offerings. If you get nervous about strangers
getting into a car with you, take my advice--don't see
"The first incident happened three weeks prior (to
the news reports--R.J.M.R.) while she was sitting in the
lounge with her son; her husband in the backyard. She
heard light footsteps pass her, and seeing no one,
screamed. When her husband came running, he said he felt
a coldness there."
"Then followed door bangings, more footsteps and
mysterious drops of water leading from the fridge
(refrigerator) up into the passage, in the weeks that
"Their servant, Emily Mtetwa, said that she saw the
figure of a white woman enter the room where Mrs.
Havenga's son was sleeping, and lean over him."
"Since an exorcism was too expensive at R75 (South
African Rand) a throw, they were arranging for prayers to
be said at a local church, in the hope that the perturbed
spirit will be 'laid to rest.'"
The flow--a very rare Fortean phenomenon, indeed--now
has a movie, Dark Water, to call its own. (See The
Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover Publications Inc.,
New York, N.Y., 1974, pages 559 and 570; The News (now
Fortean Times) No. 7 for November 1974, page 4--also the
Daily Mirror for January 15, 1974; The News No. 10 for
June 1975, page 4--also the South Africa Daily Mail for
November 7, 1974 and the South Africa Sunday Times for
November 10, 1974; and Entertainment Weekly for April 29
and May 6, 2005, "Dark Water," page 83.)
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