UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 39
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 39
September 28, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
HURRICANE RITA HAMMERS
THE USA's GULF COAST
"Hurricane Rita carved a new path of destruction
along the (USA's) Gulf Coast on Saturday," September 24,
2005, "crushing buildings and flooding vast regions but
falling short of the calamity inflicted by Hurricane
"'It could cause a catastrophic flooding event,' said
Jack Colley, Texas' emergency-management coordinator. He
expressed concern about an 80-county area covering 64,000
square miles and home to 11.3 million residents (about
half the population of Texas--J.T.)."
What was Tropical Storm Rita "became a hurricane and
slammed the Florida Keys on Monday," September 19,
2005..."On Monday, thousands of people jammed the one
highway (U.S. Route 1--J.T.) leading out of the Keys, a
string of low-lying islands that were under a mandatory
"Jennifer Prago, a meteorologist with the National
Hurricane Center, said New Orleans isn't the likely target
but isn't in the clear. The city, hit by Hurricane
Katrina" on Monday, August 29, 2005, "could still get
heavy rain and high winds."
"'Everybody on the Gulf Coast should pay attention to
this,' she said, 'They're like ping-pong balls in the
Gulf. They can bounce around, but they're going to
Prago's prediction proved to be right on the money.
"Hurricane Rita brushed by the low-lying Florida Keys
with 100 mile per hour winds and was gaining strength
Tuesday," September 20, 2005. "Its advance westward
prompted evacuations in Texas and a push in Louisiana to
shore up levees."
"Just as Katrina did last month, Rita gained strength
Tuesday afternoon as it skirted south along the Florida
Keys and reached the 'abnormally warm' Gulf of Mexico
waters, National Hurricane Center meteorologist Chris
Sisko said. Rita's winds are expected to strengthen to a
major Category 4 storm."
"A massive evacuation of coastal Texas began
Wednesday," September 21, 2005, "as the state braced for
Hurricane Rita, which intensified into a Category 5 storm
and pressed toward landfall."
"The Pentagon's Northern Command established a task
force and said it would be ready to move within 12 hours
of Rita's landfall, a step that wasn't taken until 48
hours after Katrina came ashore."
"Texas Gov. Rick Perry, urging residents up and down
the Gulf Coast to make evacuation plans, said he wanted to
avoid a repeat of the confusion that ensued when Katrina
flooded New Orleans."
"'The most important thing is for us to save lives,'
"More than one million people were ordered to leave
"By midday, a 20-mile line of cars snaked up
Interstate (Highway) 45 out of Galveston--scene of the
deadliest (pre-Katrina) hurricane in U.S. history when an
unnamed storm claimed 8,000 to 10,000 lives in 1900."
"Steve Booker, 46, of Texas City, near Galveston, was
one of those going north but was worried he wouldn't get
out. 'You may have to tie yourself to the beams to keep
from getting blown away, but it's better than sitting in
the car getting blown off the highway,' he said."
Gov. Perry "opened all eight lanes of I-45 out of
Houston, the (USA's) fourth-largest city, to outgoing
traffic, but people were still left idling bumper-to-
bumper for hours. Fuel trucks were driven alongside the
highway to fill up the tanks of drivers who ran out of
gas. Hotels filled up to the Oklahoma and Arkansas state
"At Houston's two commercial airports, 200 security
screeners failed to show up for work. Passengers waited
in lines of up to 5 hours at security checkpoints."
Editor's Note: The Transportation Security Administration
is a sub-agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland
"Meanwhile, 10 Navy vessels that included a hospital
ship and 800 Marines were trailing Rita toward land. Vice
Admiral Thad Allen, who is handling the federal response
to Katrina, said he had on hand three days' supply of food
and water for 500,000 people."
"About 17,000 National Guard troops were activated in
Texas and Louisiana. (President George W.) Bush promised
300,000 more if needed."
"As Texans fled the coast and the metropolis of
Houston--and as gasoline supplies evaporated along the
way--a 100-mile traffic jam blocked I-45 from Houston to
points north. The domino effect: Motorists idling in the
jam also ran out of fuel, making it worse."
"'This is unprecedented,' said Mark Cross of the
Texas Department of Transportation."
"The core of the storm crashed into the (Gulf) coast
at 2:30 a.m." Saturday, September 24, 2005, "at the mouth
of the Sabine River, which sits on the border between
Texas and Louisiana. Its sustained winds of 120 miles per
hour qualified it as a Category 3 hurricane on the five-
category Saffir-Simpson scale."
"More than 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain fell
over some areas of the region. The storm surge of
seawater that accompanies the (hurricane's) eye wall
swamped coastal areas. Winds demolished some buildings,
ripped roofs off many others and brought down trees and
"A tornado spawned from the hurricane killed at least
one person in Humphrey County in northern Mississippi."
"Some 1.5 million homes and businesses were without
power, including 700,000 in Louisiana, where more than
200,000 customers still lack electricity because of
"A 6-to-7 foot (2-meter) tidal surge swamped low-
lying Jefferson Parish south of New Orleans. The flood-
prone cities of Houston and Galveston escaped a direct
In New Orleans, the repaired levees gave way under
the new flooding. "The lower Ninth Ward had 4 to 12 feet
(1.3 to 3.7 meters) of water, Mayor Ray Nagin said. Water
was up to the rooftops of some houses and continued to
seep from the Industrial Canal into the neighborhood."
"While the Army Corps of Engineers tried to stem new
flooding, it was the small remote communities of
southwestern Louisiana that appeared to bear the brunt of
"Some coastal towns flooded to the roofs. Residents
spoke of seeing armadillos and coffins float by. Cattle
stood in neck-deep water."
"Power and phone-line outages were suffered in all 64
parishes, leaving 500,000 customers without electricity."
"In Vermilion Parish, Rita pushed floodwater as much
as 12 miles (20 kilometers) inland, said Robert LeBlanc,
emergency management director."
"LeBlanc said the storm surge reached 8 feet (2.4
meters) in some spots of the parish, which was home to
about 55,000 people."
"Late Saturday, water managers in eastern Texas said
they had to release water from an overburdened dam at Lake
Livingston. They ordered people in several counties to
'immediately move to higher ground' and warned that
hundreds of homes along the Trinity River will be flooded
later this week."
"Still, authorities expressed a measure of relief."
"'It could have been worse in terms of flooding and
people dying,' Charles Kelly said as he inspected damage
to his downtown dance club in Beaumont, Texas. 'But we've
got a lot of cleanup to do before we can say it is over.'"
(See USA Today for September 20, 2005, "Rita rages toward
Florida Keys," page 3A; for September 21, 2005, "Rita
picks up strength," page 1A, and "Rita evacuees from Keys
play it safe," page 3A; for September 23, 2005, "Rita
closes in on coast," page 1A; and for September 26, 2005,
"Louisiana coast takes second hit," page 3A; the Duluth,
Minn. News-Tribune for September 21, 2005, "Hurricane Rita
picks up steam," page 1A; for September 22, 2005, "Texans
flee monster storm," page 1A; for September 24, 2005,
"Weaker Rita is still a killer," page 1A; and for
September 35, 2005, "Rita leaves floods, relief," page
HURRICANE OPHELIA HITS
NORTH CAROLINA SHORE
Following an erratic path that had it hovering near
the coast of Florida for days, Hurricane Ophelia, "moving
a 4 miles per hour Tuesday night," September 13, 2005,
threatened "to inundate coastal communities and lash them
with gusts of up to 92 miles per hour."
"Ophelia, the first hurricane to reach U.S. shores
since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast (Monday) August 29
(2005)" moved "along the northeast coast of North
Carolina, dumping heavy rain, producing high wind and
possibly spawning tornadoes."
"Terry Slaughter swayed in the mounting wind on
Wednesday," September 14, 2005, "watching a crew struggle
with a utility pole snapped by one of Hurricane Ophelia's
Slaughter "has lived there for 40 of his 47 years,
endured hurricanes from Bertha to Isabel, and had no plans
to leave for a storm whose winds don't top 100 miles per
hour, much less the ferocity of Katrina."
"Up and down Bogue Banks, a slender, sandy barrier
island, residents were mindful of the destruction Katrina
wrought on the Gulf Coast but not worried about a repeat
"At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Ophelia was about 35 miles (58
kilometers) southwest of Cape Lookout, N.C., according to
the National Hurricane Center. It had maximum sustained
winds of 85 miles per hour, making it a Category 1
hurricane on the 5-point scale. Katrina was a Category 4
storm with 145 mile per hour winds when it landed August
"North Carolina Governor Mike Easley warned people
not to be complacent. Tourists were told to leave the
popular beaches of the Outer Banks, and residents of some
low-lying areas were evacuated."
"'Let me be clear: Ophelia is a dangerous storm that
is already causing flooding, power outages and property
damage,' Easley said."
"Still dealing with Hurricane Katrina, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said it had stockpiled
food, water and ice at locations surrounding North
Carolina. It had 250 workers on the ground."
"The governor said that he had spoken to Homeland
Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and that National
Guard teams were prepared to evacuate sick, frail and
"Ophelia's pace of 8 miles per hour" meant that some
coastal areas "received hour after hour of pounding rain.
Some spots in North Carolina" reported being "doused with
15 inches (37 centimeters)" of rain.
"Up Highway 58, in the town of Salter Path, emertency
crews hunkered down at the firehouse. Gusts of wind
keened as they were sliced by power lines, and rain
plopped and smacked against windshields."
"Emergency medical technician Megan Kinnaman, 24,
ticked off hurricanes she has weathered on North
Carolina's coast: Isabel, Fran, Dennis, Bertha, Floyd."
"'This is just the usual for us,' she said, 'Most of
us will spend the night here. We'll cook and eat and wait
"They've already urged the elderly and ill to leave,
she said. When winds top 45 miles per hour, it's unsafe
for even the rescue crews to venture out."
"'People think they can just punch 911 and
everybody'll come running,' said Crystal Mizelle, 24,
another EMT. 'We have to be concerned for our own
"The two say they never thought about evacuating for
Ophelia. 'You live here, you deal with hurricanes,'
Kinnaman said." (See USA Today for September 14, 2005,
"Ophelia poised to swamp coastal N.C.," page 3A; and for
September 15, 2005, "Locals take it in stride as Ophelia
batters N.C. coast," page 3A.)
The story surfaced in New Orleans within hours of the
breach of the levees Friday, September 23, 2005, by the
heavy rains of Hurricane Rita.
National Guardsmen cruising in a powerboat on the
flooded streets of the city's Ninth Ward had come across
at least four floating, waterlogged Bibles. Each was open
to the Book of Revelation, the pages showing Chapters 9,
10 and 11.
(Editor's Comment: A kind of 9/11 symbolism?)
Revelation 10 and 11 speak of "a great storm that
lasts three days..bodies in the streets and a city
destroyed by a flood."
Revelation 9 says, "But the men left alive after the
plagues...would not denounce their demon worship...neither
did they change their minds and attracted about them all
their murders and witchcraft, their immorality and theft."
"Some really strange shit is going on in New
Orleans," one Guardsmen, who fished out a waterlogged
For the second year in a row, a "hurricane blitz" is
hitting the USA, and the widespread damage has really
shaken the American people's faith in George W. Bush as
their president. And nowhere more so than in the
evangelical Christian community.
"People are starting to talk of 'The Judgement of New
Orleans,'" Bob Liggett explained. "New Orleans was a city
steeped in sin, crime and homosexuality. It was destroyed
in a single day, just as several evangelicals warned.
Then the gays went out after Katrina and had their
'Southern Decadence' parade, anyway. And look what
happened--God sent Hurricane Rita to show he means
"The Bible says the east wind is reserved for God's
punishment, as seen during the destruction of the
Egyptians in Exodus 14:21, 'And God swept the sea with a
strong east wind.' Also, during the downfall of Tyre in
Many evangelicals are troubled by the fact that
these twin disasters occurred on President Bush's watch,
since the president is reputed to be a born-again
But others see no contradiction.
"The answer is obvious," said Hollis McFarland, "Mr.
Bush is not a born-again Christian. Or if he was, he has
since fallen away. The hurricanes are a judgement on
"Mr. Bush has to realize that he needs to come to
Jesus on Jesus' terms, not on his terms," he added, "You
can't walk the edge like Mr. Bush is doing. You can't say
'Lord, Lord' and then turn around and labor in Lucifer's
vineyard. The New World Order, global governance,
whatever you want to call it--'the United Nations as
envisioned by its founders,' yeah, devil-worshippers like
Adam Weishaupt--it's the work of the Devil. No man can
have two masters. You can't walk with Jesus and run with
the Illuminati. God just isn't going to let you do it."
"You'll always have a choice, Mr. Bush. Jesus is
waiting. Turn to Him before it's too late."
McFarland cited a story from 14 years ago, revealing
that the president's father, the 41st USA president,
George Herbert Walker Bush, saw his mansion in
Kennebunkport, Maine severely damaged by a hurricane storm
"On September 11, 1991, the elder Bush made his
speech about 'a big idea, a New World Order,'" McFarland
said, "Just six weeks later, the Walker Mansion was nearly
destroyed. According to USA Today for November 1, 1991,
President Bush's compound in Kennebunkport was 'hit by 28-
foot waves. The Bushes will survey the damage later
today. An ex-tropical storm lashed the (Maine) coast. On
Tuesday, the system sucked up what was left of Hurricane
Grace and moved toward the west. The storm is rare
because it formed out at sea and then turned about 1,000
miles (1,600 kilometers) in a westerly direction. 'That's
very unusual because storms in the northern hemisphere
travel from west to east,' (meteorologist) Barnes said,
'It was quite far north and traveled from east to west.'"
"In 1991, the east wind brought God's punishment to
Kennebunkport because the elder Bush supported the Satanic
plan for a New World Order. Billy Brim Ministries
explained this in their 2005 book, Why George H.W. Bush
Lost the 1992 Election."
It sure looked like the Illuminati were going public
in New York City last week when Mr. Bush's predecessor in
the White House, William Jefferson Clinton, held a Global
Initiative conference in New York City on Saturday,
September 17, 2005.
According to columnist DeWayne Wickham, writing in
USA Today, "It had the look of a revival meeting. At the
closing session of his Global Initiative conference last
week, Bill Clinton stood atop a circular stage surrounded
by rows of his faithful--people who had come from around
the world to pay homage to his notion of the global
village. The former president walked about the stage for
more than an hour speaking without the aid of notes about
the things that should be done to wipe out poverty, end
religious conflicts, control climate change and encourage
"In fact, Clinton seems to have found a new calling.
His work for a better planet is part crusade, part shadow
world government. His call for a global initiative--a
partnership among politicians, religious leaders,
entrepreneurs and activists--to do what the world's
nations haven't been able to do drew an eclectic mix of
people to his inaugural global conference."
"British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Sinn Fein
leader Gerry Adams were there. So were actors Leonardo
DiCaprio and Barbra Streisand; Democrat John Glenn and
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Also
Republicans Paul Wolfowitz and (U.S. Secretary of State)
Condoleezza Rice; the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jordanian
(Editor's Comment: This event must be what Condi's new
shoes were for.)
Also at the Sheraton Hotel event were actress and UN
ambassador Angelina Jolie and actor Brad Pitt.
(Editor's Comment: That's a nice full-page picture of
Angelina with the UN flag for a background on page 22 of
Life & Style Weekly. I'm sure that photo page will show
up on many a target range at militia camps in the USA.)
"Last year we speculated that the 'hurricane blitz'
might be the work of Shambhala, the hidden city of mystics
in Afghanistan," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said,
"Using the technology of ancient Atlantis, the Shambhalans
might be hitting the USA by steering existing hurricanes
toward our shore. The erratic behavior of Hurricane
Ophelia off Florida last month could be cited as an
example of that. Shambhala might be trying to 'persuade'
the USA to get its troops out of Southwest Asia. Or maybe
these are spoiling attacks are designed to prevent an
American attack on Iran."
"Remember the strange TV broadcast that was seen in
northern Pakistan several months ago? The speakers
claimed that the Himalayas region was now under alien
protection. As if to underscore that, a lake overflowed
and the flooding prevented a Chinese armored division from
entering the Himalayas from the north."
"I have no way of knowing if the Sages of Shambhala
read the Roundup, so I'm asking our readers in India to
get the word up north. I know Shambhala, for whatever
reason, is off-limits to Americans, but we are not your
enemies. The people of the USA are no threat to you. If
Osama Bin Laden says we are, then he is a liar. Try to
look at all of the facts before you take action."
Meanwhile, the scientific community continues to
debate whether the 'hurricane blitzes' are the result of
global warming. Ross Gelbspan, author of The Heat Is On
and Boiling Point, thinks they are.
"The wrenching tragedies that killed more than 1,000
people and uprooted more than 2 million from Alabama to
the Texas coast are not only heartbreaking. They are also
frightening--omens of some very destructive consequences
of global warming."
"Katrina and Rita began as relatively small storms
off South Florida with wind speeds about 70 miles per
hour. As they moved over the superheated waters of the
Gulf of Mexico, they intensified to categories 4 and 5
with wind speeds exceeding 160 miles per hour."
"A week before Rita hit Texas, researchers writing in
Science found no rise in the number of hurricanes since
1970. But they found 'a large increase...in the
proportion of hurricanes reaching categories 4 and 5.'"
"In July (2005) a Massachusetts Institute of
Technology scientist reported that tropical storms
globally have become 50 percent more powerful since the
'70s." (See USA Today for September 26, 2005, "Our denial
is at Category 5," page 16A; and for September 20, 2005,
"Clinton carves out global role," page 11A; Star for
October 3, 2005, page 53; Life & Style Weekly for October
3, 2005, page 22. For more on Shambhala and the 2004
hurricane blitz, see UFO Roundup, volume 9, number 38 for
September 22, 2004, "USA hurricane blitz: Attacks from
Osama?" page 1.)
MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS AT
CAPE MEARES, OREGON
On Saturday, September 17, 2005, around 9 p.m.,
eyewitness A.C. reported, "Shortly after sunset, we were
watching the western sky. The sky was clear of clouds
except for the distant (western) horizon, which had clouds
only at the base of the sky, and behind us (in the east)
there was a small band of clouds through which the nearly-
full moon had just risen."
"As we scanned the western horizon above the remnants
of the sunset, two of us saw 4, perhaps 5, repetitions of
a light show. We saw a row of very bright yellow-orange
lights, large 'panels' of light, perhaps four times as
tall as they were wide, in a regular horizontal row."
"One of these phenomena included two rows of lights
next to each other but not in the same-dimensional plane--
as if there were two objects going off together but were
not level with each other. The number of 'light panels'
that we saw at any given time varied from three to seven.
At the time we saw seven, there was a gap or space of
darkness, and we could see that the lights were slowly
rotating out of sight on the right-hand edge."
"The lights were out over the (Pacific) ocean,
perhaps 3 to 5 miles (5 to 8 kilometers) away, about 15 to
20 degrees above the horizon from our vantage point.
There were no other lights visible before, during or after
we saw these lights (no moving lights--A.C.) No sound we
could hear above the surf."
"The lights were very, very bright, like looking
through ports into a blast furnace for 20 to 30 seconds.
And they did not move, remained stationary in the sky, and
then they all took off."
"The second set of lights was west-northwest; then
the two sets of lights next to each other were
approximately due west; then west-northwest again; and
finally one light due west."
"As they appeared again in a different part of the
sky, it was only after a 30-second to one-minute pause.
All of this happened within a span of 5 to 7 minutes."
Cape Meares N.W.R. is about 10 miles (16 kilometers)
west of Tillamook, Ore. and 80 miles (128 kilometers) west
of Portland, the state's largest city. (Email Form Report)
KANSAS WOMAN SNAPS
PHOTOS OF DAYLIGHT DISK
On Monday, September 19, 2005, at 7:09 p.m., Naomi
Sweet was outdoors at her home in Galena, Kansas
(population 3,287) when she spotted an unusual object in
the sky--a gray disk. Quickly she grabbed her digital
camera and began shooting.
"I live in Galena, Kansas and was facing west
photographing the sunset," Naomi reported, "As I was
photographing, I noticed small bursts of tracer or
something going towards the direction of the craft. At
one point, there were three of the things. The disk was
in the same position in all of the photos."
"After taking more than 50 photos of the object, I am
sending them to you for your expert opinion. I lightened
and clarified very little in the photo. Other than that,
the photo is unedited."
Galena, Kan. is on Highway 66 about 10 miles (16
kilometers) west of Joplin, Missouri. (Email Form Report)
SEVEN SPHERICAL UFOs
SEEN IN PEORIA, ARIZONA
On Saturday, September 17, 2005, eyewitness D.W. was
at his home on 31st Avenue in Peoria, Arizona (population
108,634) when he saw something strange approaching from
"I was looking from my balcony at 10:30 a.m.," he
reported, "Looking east, I could see a bright object in
the sky. The orb was shiny. Seven other objects
appeared around it. They stayed in the same spot for
about 15 minutes and then moved to the left quickly, to
face north. They moved left to right and right to left,
almost hitting each other, and then got higher until they
were all out of sight."
"One of the objects appeared to collide with another
at one point. They floated left to right and back and
forth until they jumped from one spot to the next. There
was no sound at all, and they were above the (other
"31st Avenue, Peoria is about 30 miles (50
kilometers) from the (Phoenix) airport. We see planes
fly over all the time, but these were not planes. They
were too high in the sky. Also, there were seven of them
floating around from left to right. They were all orb-
shaped. Me, my wife and my parents could all see them."
(Many thanks to Canadian ufologist Brian Vike for
MYSTERY FIREBALL SEEN
OVER FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
"Dozens of people from Jacksonville (population
735,617) to Fort Pierce (population 37,516) flooded the
U.S. Coast Guard late Tuesday," September 20, 2005, "with
calls about a mysterious ball of fire seen flying in the
sky," according to the newspaper Florida Today.
"'Starting at about 7:30 last night, we started
receiving calls here in the newsroom,' Florida Today
Online news editor Dave Larimer said, 'In fact, the Coast
Guard station at Port Canaveral got more than two dozen
reports from people seeing a bright light in the sky over
the (Atlantic) ocean.'"
"From Fort Pierce to about 5 miles (8 kilometers)
south of Jacksonville, reports came in to Coast Guard
offices starting at about 7:30 p.m., a Coast Guard petty
officer in Port Canaveral said."
Petty Officer Yates "said callers to the Coast Guard
station said a boater might have been in trouble. 'A lot
of people thought it might have been a flare that might
have gone up,' Yates said of other callers."
"'One person thought the fireball went into the
ocean,' Larimer said."
"'The Coast Guard said it probably didn't and was
just his perspective. We know it was not a rocket launch,
and we know the Air Force was not doing anything.'"
"Experts said it could be a piece of space junk or a
large meteor burning up in the atmosphere."
"The Coast Guard station near Jacksonville also
"Babs Angel, a public affiars spokeswoman for Patrick
Air Force Base, said no local military activity was taking
place Tuesday night." (See Florida Today for September
21, 2005, "Mysterious 'ball of fire' seen in Florida
skies." Many thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper
LUMINOUS UFO SEEN BY PAIR
IN McKEESPORT, PENNSYLVANIA
On Sunday, September 18, 2005, at 6:15 a.m., Edwin
Heck reported, "Me and my life partner were taking my dog
out for a walk. A bright light in the sky flew right
above us. It had about six colored lights on it."
"It looked like it was watching us, then it took
"It was about 100 feet (30 meters) above us. It
approached from the northeast, and it had red, blue, green
lights on it."
McKeesport, Pa. (population 24,040) is on Routes 48
and 148 approximately 7 miles (11 kilometers) southeast of
Pittsburgh. (Email Form Report)
UFO STARTLES FAMILY IN
On Friday, September 16, 2005, at 10 p.m., eyewitness
J.R. reported, "While watching TV" at their apartment in
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, "first my daughter, 15,
noticed an orange glowing object in the north through our
balcony windows. We're on the fifth floor. There is a
Hydro field between our apartment and (Provincial Highway)
401, about one mile north. That area is quite dark. You
can see light towers of the 401 as the only source of
light when looking north. You cannot see any car lights
from our vantage point. It (the UFO) appeared to zigzag
across the sky. It appeared that the object was rather
large and probably flew a few hundred feet off the
"We noticed her expression, somewhat puzzled, and we
asked her what was going on, and she said, 'Nothing.'"
"Then, within a few minutes, my wife yelled out, 'Did
you see that!?' She described what she saw." The UFO was
"a few hundred feet up, moving quite fast, especially when
it zoomed out of her line of sight."
"Then my daughter said she had just seen that a few
minutes prior. My wife also noticed that the orange
object had a 'trail' like when using a (fireworks)
sparkler. In both cases, they got a quick glimpse of an
orange light zigzagging and then skipping out of view."
"We kept looking for another hour, but nothing
reappeared." (Email Form Report)
SIX GOATS KILLED BY
CHUPACABRAS IN MEXICO
"Six goats were found dead last night (Wednesday,
September 21, 2005) at Rancho El Cadillo in the
municipality of Juarez," in Mexico's northern state of
"The report came from Jesus Gel Gonzalez, the ranch
owner, at 10:30 p.m. Thursday night (September 22, 2005)
when he told the municipal police that six of his animals
had been found dead with many strange wounds on their
"Police officers and Dr. Oscar Sanchez, director of
the Department of Health for Juarez, responded to the
scene and found the carcasses of six goats, which
presented very deep cuts to their necks. The injuries
appeared to be the bite of some predatory animal,
although what most surprised officials was the fact that
there wasn't a drop of blood to be found in any of the
"The rancher stated that he had seen a creature
standing 1.2 meters (just under 4 feet--J.T.) tall and
with a 1.3-meter (4-foot) wingspan, which he suggests was
the culprit in the goat slayings."
"He added that this was not the first time had been
killed this way on his property, and that even some of his
dogs have disappeared."
"Police responding to the scene have found some
prints resembling long four-fingered claws but were unable
to determine the type of beast that corresponded to it.
Dr. Sanchez said that the injuries are not normal, given
that a predator such as a puma (cougar or mountain lion in
the USA--J.T.) would have ripped into the goat's abdomen
to feed on the organs. The creature responsible for the
goats' deaths only sucked their blood, and what kind of
animal could have caused this remains a mystery." (See
Mundo Misterioso for September 22, 2005. Muchas gracias a
Scott Corrales para estas noticias.)
CRAZY CROCS RUN WILD IN
THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE
"Reports that a 5-foot (1.5-meter) alligator was
spotted in Island Grove in Abington, Massachusetts
(population 14,605) Thursday," September 22, 2005,
"brought wildlife handlers, state environmental agents and
a crowd of onlookers to the Centre Avenue bridge at
"It was the fourth gator found in the area since one
was captured at Waldo Pond at D.W. Field Park in Brockton
in July (2005)."
"Environmentalists said the gator may have been
enjoying the bright morning sun along the shore and near
the heavily-traveled road before moving about the pond in
search of food."
"Island Grove is a small pond bordered by
residential property and a separate man-made swimming
area that draws summer crowds." Located on Route 123
about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Boston, Abington
is the northern nexus of "the Bridgewater Triangle," an
area of "high strangeness" in the Commonwealth that has
seen repeated weird phenomena over the past four
centuries. The other two "corners" of the Triangle are
Rehoboth and Berkley. Phenomena include UFOs, Bigfoot
sightings, ghosts, giant birds, frogs falling from the
sky, phantom panthers and "the crazy crocs."
(Editor's Note: In Forteana, the crazy crocs or the
crazy croc syndrome refers to the unexplainable
appearance of out-of-place crocodilians in areas far from
their native habitat. Two weeks ago, there was a crazy
croc case in Harbor City, California, a suburb of Los
Two crazy croc incidents were reported in
Massachusetts the previous Sunday, September 18, 2005.
"Someone dumped a 4-foot (1.3-meter) alligator into
a pond on East Grove Street in Middleboro, Mass.
(population 6,913) over the weekend, prompting plenty of
calls to police before specialists were able to apprehend
the green guy Sunday afternoon."
"'They lured the alligator out with a piece of
chicken and raw hamburger,' Middleboro Police Sgt. Corey
Mills said" Monday, September 19, 2005.
"The alligator, which was in a pond near The Cabin
restaurant, was duct-taped on the mouth for safety and
then taken away in a dog carrier, Mills said."
"It is not clear why the alligator was in the pond,
but police are guessing that someone kept it as a pet.
Eventually it got too big and was released. State police
environmental specialists are investigating."
Stumps Pond in Middleboro is "right in the heart of
the Bridgewater Triangle," UFO Roundup editor Joseph
Trainor added, "It's about 10 miles (16 kilometers) due
south of Abington."
"Two alligators were captured by police" in Eastham,
Mass. (population 1,250) "over the weekend. A 7-year-old
boy from Eastham found a small alligator outside the
family house. The boy's stepfather used a broom to shove
the reptile into a plastic tub before calling police."
"Officer Lorne Estabrook says police think they know
who set the animal free. Both gators were taken to
Rainforest Reptile Show in Beverly, Mass."
"Eastham is out on Cape Cod, about 40 miles (64
kilometers) east of Middleboro and well outside the limits
of the Triangle," Trainor added, "Still, it's very strange
to have this many 'crazy crocs' pop up all in the same
week in a state as small as Massachusetts. One thing is
for certain. Our nationwide 'crazy croc' flap is by no
means over." (See the Taunton, Mass. Daily Gazette for
September 20, 2005, "Gator pulled from pond;" and the
Brockton, Mass. Enterprise for September 22, 2005,
"Abington gator sighting draws crowd." Many thanks to
Mary Lou Jones-Drown, UFO Roundup's crazy croc expert, for
these newspaper articles.)
CRAZY CROC APPEARS IN
"While they haven't had to call in help from
alligator wrestler Steve Irwin, or from Crocodile Dundee,
police were able to capture an alligator swimming in Crum
Creek" in Nether Providence, Pa. Sunday, September 18,
"Swarthmore police assisted police from Nether
Providence to investigate a report of an alligator in the
creek around noon."
"An alligator-like reptile called a caiman, which is
native to Central America and South America, was located"
in the pond at the intersection of "Beatty Road and Crum
"'The animal was about 5 feet (1.5 meters) long. It
wasn't too difficult for the officers to capture the
reptile,' Swarthmore Police Chief Brian H. Craig said
yesterday," Monday, September 19, 2005.
"Like recurring sightings of the Loch Ness Monster,
there have been several sightings of the said animal
around the creek for the past few weeks."
"With help from Delaware County animal control
officer Allen Strickler, the reptile was turned over to
the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission."
"Police speculate that the alligator is an abandoned
pet, though the age and sex of the alligator has yet to be
Swarthmore, Pa. (population 6,170) is on Route 320
about 15 miles (25 kilometers) west-southwest of
Philadelphia. (See News of Delaware County, Pa. for
september 23, 2005, "An alligator, you say?" Many thanks
to Loren Coleman for this newspaper article.)
NEAR SPRINGFIELD, OHIO
"Despite what several citizens claim they've seen,
Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said he's pretty sure
there aren't any kangaroos in western Ohio."
"But Cindy Knisley of South Charleston, Ohio
(population 1,850) said the four-legged creature that
blocked her driveway and then hopped away Wednesday
evening," September 21, 2005, "sure looked like a
"She said other cars stopped, and people were giving
chase down the road, but the long-legged animal, which
Knisley estimates was 3 feet (0.9 meters) tall and weighed
30 pounds (15 kilograms), disappeared into a soybean
"Kelly and state wildlife officials say they're
uncertain of what Knisley and her neighbors saw."
"But, after reading on the Internet on Thursday,"
September 22, 2005, "Kelly said the animal may be a
Patagonian cavy (pronounced like Navy--J.T.), the world's
second-largest rodent and also a native of South America.
It's related to the guinea pig."
"He doesn't know where it came from."
"The local wildlife officer was stumped."
"'I'm used to deer and squirrels,' replied Byron
Rice, the (Ohio) Division of Wildlife officer assigned to
Clark County. 'This isn't really my thing.'"
South Charleston is on Ohio Route 41 approximately 46
miles (74 kilometers) southwest of Columbus, the state
capital. (See the NewsNet 5 broadcast of September 23,
2005, "Kangaroo loose in Ohio." Many thanks to Loren
Coleman for this news story.)
NEW OCCULT CRIME JOLTS
PIKE COUNTY, KENTUCKY
Elkhorn City, Kentucky (population 1,060) "the tiny
mounain town where a high school honor student sent home
from school for being intoxicated, killed three family
members and then died in a highway crash, already does
random student drug-testing and has a drug education
"But Pike County School Superintendent Frank Welch
said Wednesday that the string of deaths on Tuesday
afternoon," September 20, 2005, "show it might not be
"Matthew Hackney, 17, was under the influence of
drugs when he was sent home from school that morning,
cited for intoxication and released to his parents'
custody, according to state police."
"The teen told school officials he had taken five
tablets of the prescription painkiller Tramadol HCL. A
friend he spoke to later that day said he told her he also
was caught with marijuana."
"But Kentucky State Police Lt. Bobby Johnson, who is
overseeing the investigation, stopped short of saying the
drugs caused the violence."
"'Drugs cause a lot of different behaviors,' Johnson
said, 'I can't say 'because he was on drugs he did this.'
I can't rule it out, either."
"The scope of the tragedy--Hackney, both his parents,
his grandmother and another driver he crashed into are all
dead--has grabbed attention in eastern Kentucky, a region
that has seen an epidemic of prescription drug abuse."
"'We're all going to have to put our heads together
and try to do something about slowing it down, and putting
an end to it,' Welch said, 'If we don't, it's going to
destroy our country.'"
"Hackney had never been in trouble at school before,
Welch said. He had a 3.8 grade point average, played in
the high school band and worked after school at a grocery
"But Tuesday morning East Ridge Principal Ralph
Kilgore recommended Hackney be taken into custody because
he felt that the teen should be monitored for health
reasons, Kilgore said. He said he (Hackney--J.T.) was
released to his parents by a juvenile trial commissioner,
a common move in such cases, Johnson said."
"That afternoon, a friend notified authorities of the
"Christa Coleman, 18, called police after Hackney
stopped by the pizza restaurant where she worked, Johnson
"'He just told me he killed them,' Coleman told the
Lexington, Ky. Herald-Leader. 'He said they had caught
him with drugs and weed (marijuana--J.T.) at school today.
They had a drug test and he failed it, and when they tried
to arrest him, he ran.'"
"She said Hackney asked her if he could hide out at
her home for a few days 'and I told him, 'No way.'"
"The bodies of Ivan Hackney, 47, Shirley Hackney, 44,
and Wilma Hackney, 63, were found outside Hackney's home,
Johnson said. All had been shot multiple times,
apparently with a large caliber rifle, said Mike Maynard,
a paramedic with the Elkhorn City Medical Service."
"State troopers spotted Hackney on a highway and
tried to stop him, Johnson said, but Hackney lost control
and crashed head-on into a pickup truck, killing Terry A.
Taylor, 41, an Elkhorn City employee."
"Welch said the teen had told an assistant principal
that morning that he had taken five Ultrams, a brand name
for the prescription painkiller Tramadol HCL."
Fortean researcher Loren Coleman pointed out that
"the names Pike, Pikeville and Coleman are common 'name
"Elkhorn City is on the Kentucky-Virginia state line,
about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Pikeville,"
UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor observed, "This is the
third 'occult crime' in Pike County this year."
(Editor's Note: For details on the others, see UFO
Roundup, volume 10, number 12 for March 23, 2005, "Occult
crime wave hits Pikeville, Kentucky," page 18.)
Pikeville (population 6,295) is on Route 80 in
eastern Kentucky, approximately 141 miles (225 kilometers)
southeast of Lexington. (See the Duluth, Minn. News-
Tribune for September 22, 2005, "School, police search for
reasons behind student's rampage," page 7A. Many thanks
to Loren Coleman for this newspaper article.)
SECOND BIZARRE BUS MISHAP
KILLS HURRICANE EVACUEES
For the second time in a month, a bizarre jinx has
destroyed a bus filled with evacuees fleeing from a Gulf
"Thirty-eight nursing home patients from Houston used
Interstate (Highway) 45's gray ribbon of pavement to leave
Hurricane Rita behind on the Gulf Coast."
"Despite advanced age and various infirmities, none
of them wanted to chance drowning in Brighton Gardens,
their home in the low-lying Bellaire area of Houston.
They had seen that happen to Louisiana nursing home
residents who stayed put during Katrina."
According to USA Today, "Salvatore and Mabel Mangano,
owners of St. Rita's (my emphasis--J.T.) Nursing Home near
New Orleans" were reportedly charged "with negligent
homicide in the deaths of 34 people who were left in the
home despite evacuation orders" during Hurricane Katrina.
"Along with six caregivers and a driver, they
clambered onto a chartered bus at 3 p.m. Thursday,"
September 22, 2005, "and headed to Dallas-area nursing
homes that were to provide temporary shelter from the
"Two dozen of them never made it."
"After more than 15 hours on the road, with the
Friday morning sun rising behind them, they had come to
within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of their temporary home in
Dallas. Then a blowout flattened the bus's passenger-side
rear tire as it rolled through Corsicana," Texas
"The driver and caregivers changed the tire and got
back on the road. Another 25 miles (40 kilometers) up the
highway, some passengers noticed motorists frantically
motioning to the back of their bus as if something were
"Just as the evacuees were coming into Wilmer
(population 3,393), the bus went into a skid and slid
ontoa grassy embankment. Witnesses reported fire and
smoke pouring from its rear."
"Harry Wilson, 78, survivor of two paralyzing strokes
last year, was the first person rescuers pulled off the
burning bus. Acrid black smoke and piercing screams
filled the cabin, he said."
"'The fire department pulled me out, literally, like
a newborn baby,' Wilson told reporters."
"Fred Witte, who lives on the I-45 service road near
Mars Road said he saw 'five or six carloads of people'
pull off the highway and begin rescuing people and
depositing them on the grass."
"Then a series of explosions erupted, Witte said, 'I
was watching it burn and wham! I could feel it on my
"Witte said he heard at least three blasts--a big one
and two smaller ones. Charred chunks of metal shot into
the air like shrapnel, flying into the white metal fence
surrounding the nearby Texas Star truck sales yard."
"When Officer John Julin of the Ferris, Tex. Police
Department arrived at the scene, he heard two explosions.
Then the rest of the bus caught fire, he said."
"'That was it,' he said, 'There was no more trying to
get everybody out or nothing. Everyone was standing away
from the bus; nobody was near the bus... everyone was just
standing there. We shut the highway down.'"
"Oxygen tanks used to aid some passengers' breathing
appeared to add fuel to the blaze."
"'I can't remember one this bad,' said Sgt. Don
Peritz, a spokesman for the Dallas County Sheriff's
"The bus, carrying nursing home evacuees from
Hurricane Rita, caught fire and was rocked by explosions
on a gridlocked highway near Dallas, killing 24 people,
"I thought there might be a Fayette Factor link to
this case, as was the case with the Opelousas, La. bus
crash during Hurricane Katrina," UFO Roundup editor Joseph
Trainor added, "Opelousas is 13 miles (21 kilometers)
north of Lafayette, La. Curiously, Wilmer, Tex. is 13
miles south of Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the site of
President John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22,
1963. Dealey Plaza was also the site of the first Masonic
lodge in Texas. Two hurricanes, two different parties of
evacuees, two fatal bus crashes. I think we've gone
beyond the realm of coincidence here." (See the Duluth,
Minn. News-Tribune for September 24, 2005, "Bus accident,"
page 6A. Also USA Today for September 20, 2005, "La.
begins probe into 14 nursing home deaths," page 3A.)
>From the UFO Files...1886: THE EMBEDDED FROG
OF McKEAN COUNTY, PA.
Another long-running phenomena in Forteana is the
embedded toad syndrome, which researcher Bob Skinner
calls Toad in the Hole. One of the best documented cases
of this type occurred in McKean County, in northern
Pennsylvania, during the summer of 1886.
"Not long ago, Mr. James Stevenson of the U.S.
Geological Survey visited me for a day or two at Fort
Wingate and while here invited my attention to an
interesting specimen that had fallen into his possession
during a recent trip he had made in the coal regions of
"The specimen consists of a mummified frog taken from
the coal mine of McKean County, Penn. and the following
account of it from a local newspaper loaned me by Mr.
Stevenson for the present purpose."
"I quote the short notice in full; and the writer of
it says, 'One of the most curious finds unearthed lately
in this region, and what may yet prove a valuable fact in
the study of science and history, was singularly found by
Eddie Marsh, the fourteen-year-old son of Mr. D.B. Marsh,
a book-keeper for Stevenson Brothers, hardware dealers.'"
"'Eddie, becoming impatient at the fire in the stove,
which was not burning vigorously, took the poker and began
punching it. A large lump of coal lay smoldering, and he
determined to break it; and, after punching at it for a
moment, the lump burst open as if by explosion, and a
number of pieces flew out of the stove.'"
"'One piece he caught, and he was in the act of
casting it back into the stove, when its lightness (light
weight--J.T.) attracted his attention. On viewing it, he
saw that it was nothing less than a perfectly formed
"'On last evening, a large number of persons viewed
the little curiosity. It had been embedded in the centre
of a large lump of coal, and its bed was plainly
discernible when the lump was laid open. The lump of coal
came from the third vein of coal in the McKean County
coalshaft, which is 541 feet (163 meters) under ground.'"
"'The curiosity apparently was not petrified.
Apparently it had been mummified instead. It was
shrivelled until it was half the size of a full-grown
frog, and it is light and soft. Its shape is perfect, and
the warty protuberances of the skin are very plain. Its
limbs are regular and properly shaped, including the
finger-like toe of its feet, and its eyes and mouth are
natural. There can be no doubt of its being a mummified
frog, and now various and tough questions arise regarding
it: How did it get that far underground? How did it
become embedded in that chunk of coal, which had probably
been blasted from the centre of a thick vein? How many
thousands of years had it been buried? And various other
queries, which we will leave for the scientist to unravel
"Mr. Stevenson tells me that he is personally
acquainted with all of the parties concerned in the
discovery of this specimen, and has carefully examined the
piece of coal whence the (frog) mummy was taken, and says,
further, that it came from the vault, and not from either
the sides nor the floor of the mine."
Stevenson made the mummy available to R.W. Shufeldt,
who wrote up the odd discovery in the journal Science.
Shufeldt wrote, "The specimen is now before me, and I at
once recognized it as a species of Hyla, though I am
unable to say which one. It apparently agrees in all its
external characteristics with a specimen I have of Hyla
versicolor, kindly diagnosed for me by Professor Cope last
summer (1885), though it is rather smaller...it is in a
nearly natural position; its feet, however, are somewhat
drawn up under it...It is completely mummified, and in a
wonderfully perfect state of preservation, being of a
dark, snuff-brown color, somewhat shrunken, and, in short,
reduced to a condition that, if properly excluded from the
air, would keep for an indefinite length of time."
"I am aware that these tree-frogs very often climb
into some of the most unheard-of places; but it struck me
that it would be interesting to have some one tell us if
they ever heard of a Hyla finding its way to the vault of
a coal mine 541 feet under ground, and climbing into the
solid coal-bed after getting there."
Apparently, James Stevenson was a relative of the
hardware dealers and was able to interview the principal
eyewitnesses during a trip home to McKean County.
But there's another interesting Fortean link here.
The coal mine in question is within 10 miles (16
kilometers) of the town of Lafayette, Pennsylvania. The
Fayette Factor, anyone? (See the book The Unexplained: A
Sourcebook of Strange Phenomena by William R. Corliss,
Bantam Books, New York, N.Y., 1976, pages 280 to 282. See
also Science 8: 279-280 for September 24, 1886, "A
Mummified Frog" by W.R. Schufeldt.)
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