UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 10 Number 41
- Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.
Volume 10, Number 41
October 26, 2005
Editor: Joseph Trainor
LUMINOUS RED UFOs APPEAR IN ILLINOIS
"Unidentified flying red objects spotted recently
over Tinley Park and Orland Park" in Illinois "have
stirred up UFO investigating communities everywhere."
""National UFO Web sites are all over the red
According to the National UFO Reporting Center in
Seattle, Washington state, "Late Friday night, September
30, 2005, our offices began receiving reports of several
peculiar red lights seen in the night sky above Tinley
Park and Orland, Illinois."
"Those peculiar pulses of red light floated over
Southland skies last weekend, around 11:15 p.m. Friday
night, and again at 1 a.m. Saturday, eerily similar to
ones that showed up last year on mild weekend nights in
August and September (2004). Hundreds of Southlanders
saw the lights last weekend, too-and found them just as
puzzling as their predecessors."
"But a small circle of friends in Tinley Park
believe they've debunked the mystery of the glowing red
""Dave Palagi was sitting with his wife around a
fire in their friends' backyard September 30, enjoying a
lovely clear night when they all saw the oddity
"'We could clearly see the red lights themselves
were flares, and each was suspended by two balloons,' he
"'An occasional ash could be seen dropping. Another
member of the party then saw a third balloon, farther to
the north and much higher. We were watching them
actually rising-lazily drifting along and going up.'"
"Palagi figured the balloons were launched around
175th Street and 84th Avenue, not far from Wally and
Maureen Bekta's home in the 8200 block of Queen Victoria
Lane where the group sat."
"Maureen Bekta also saw the lights and 'the balloon-
type thing on top of the two that were lower and
"'It was low enough that we felt it was a prank,'
she said. The balloons themselves were dark-colored.
'You could just see the outline.'"
"'Aha!' Palagi said, 'This is how they did it. It
was just such a revelation after seeing these things last
"It's been anyone's guess what the lights are, since
everyone seems to know what they are not."
"A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spokeswoman
said she checked into the lights last year, too. If they
weren't planes or helicopters, the FAA wouldn't track
"'We don't track lights,' Elizabeth Isham Corey
"Tinley Park police, who received some calls last
weekend, denied reports of flares."
"'From all the reports we've received, they're not
flares with some helium balloons or anything like this,'
Tinley Park Police Commander Tom Boling said."
"Boling said his department would not investigate
the lights 'unless there's some reckless conduct that
would endanger someone.'"
"'We just don't know what's causing these red lights
to appear in the sky,' he said.
"The National Weather Services was also stumped."
"But an astronomer at Chicago's Adler Planetarium,
who concluded the lights weren't meteors or comets or
satellites, said they did appear to be man-made."
"Dr. Mark Hammergren watched several tapes of last
year's lights at the request of the local Mutual UFO
Network (MUFON) chapter."
"'One thing that makes me very suspicious is that
these sightings have all occurred on weekends - (that)
suggests that there's some human activity connected with
it,' he said. 'I would love to believe this, but I'm not
going to base my career and spend my time on something
that's been cooked up by hoaxsters.'"
"There exists a 'standard' UFO hoax that uses a
candle and a plastic dry cleaning bag to fashion a sort
of glowing hot-air balloons, but these (Illinois) lights
are too brilliantly red to be ordinary flames, Hammergren
"He likes the road flare theory." (See the
newspaper The Daily Southtown of Tinley Park, Ill. For
October 9, 2005, "UFOs have a flare about them." Many
thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
EIGHT FIREBALLS SEEN IN MARTINSVILLE, INDIANA
On Thursday, October 6, 2005, at 7:30 p.m., Kathleen
Amity was outdoors at her home in Martinsville, Indiana,
looking north, when she spotted "what first appeared as
two fireballs behind a hill and the tree line. Then the
two split into four smaller balls of fire. Seconds
later, four more appeared directly to the west."
"They all hovered above the tree line for about two
minutes. Then they slowly sank behind the hill. They
were extremely bright orange and let off an orange glow
in the sky around them. It was 7:30 p.m. and had just
She described the UFOs as "round, bright orange fire
balls." (Email Form Report)
UFO SIGHTED OVER BIRCH HILL, BERKSHIRE
"A noisy UFO woke Birch Hill residents in the early
morning hours of Monday," October 10, 2005, "as it zoomed
over the sleeping suburb" in Berkshire, UK.
"The craft spent half an hour hovering above houses
in Jevington before zipping towards South Hill Park,
according to witnesses."
"Susan Mallia, who called the (newspaper) Midweek to
see if anyone else reported the strange sight, said: 'I
have never seen anything like that before. It looked
like a pile of scaffolding with lights-red, blue and
"'It also had a big spotlight that was moving
around. I don't think it was a helicopter because it
sounded like a vacuum cleaner or a generator.'"
"'Perhaps it was a weather balloon. It was very
noisy, and it would have woken everyone in the area. It
woke me at 2:30 a.m., and my husband and I watched it for
half an hour.'"
"'Just as he went to get his camera, it headed off
to South Hill Park and was out of sight-but we could
still hear it.'"
"Midweek's sister paper, the Bracknell News, was
invaded with calls of an extra-terrestrial nature over
the summer as UFOs flocked to observe the town."
"Nowhere in Bracknell Forest was left out of the
spacemen's tour, with the paper reporting sightings at
the Coppid Beech Hotel (July 7), Birch Hill (July 14),
Crown Wood (July 19), Binfield and College Town (July 28
and another in Binfield (August 30)."
(Editor's Note: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used this area
as the location of the Sherlock Holmes story, "The
Adventure of the Copper Beeches." Curiously, Sherlock
Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson were in the area on April
20, 1889, which, of course, is the birth date of Adolf
"The News also interviewed local man Terry Walters,
who claims he was operated on by aliens in the 1960s and
has also exorcised a borough councilor's home."
"Since then, alien visitors seemed to have flown
south for the winter, but it appears that they are once
again spying on the town's residents." (See the
Berkshire newspaper Midweek for October 11, 2005, "Latest
UFO is spotted hovering over Birch Hill homes." Many
thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
FIVE UFOs SEEN BY THOUSANDS IN EASTERN BOLIVIA
Five unidentified flying objects (UFOs) were seen
last Wednesday night," October 12, 2005, "over eastern
Oruro" in Bolivia, "causing curiosity and amazement in
thousands of witnesses who managed to see the unknown
images, which were captured by Canal (Channel) 39 of the
Corporacion Orurena de Comunicacion," a Bolivian TV
"The flying objects appeared in the sky at 10:30
p.m. They consisted of two strange objects located in
the eastern region that drew people's attention due to
their red, green and blue lights. They also appeared and
vanished in the firmament."
Witnesses also reported that the multiple lights
blinked in sequence.
""The most notorious one was a silvery, circular UFO
that presented two circumferences-a smaller one located
inside the object and another outside the circumference,
spinning at an impressive speed."
"Canal 39 managed to record the UFOs' presence as
citizens phoned the television station to describe what
they could see from their respective areas."
"Abel Flores Mujica, one of the witnesses,
manifested his surprise at having seen the unidentified
object in space."
"'I refer to it as an artifact, since I couldn't
believe what I was seeing. My daughter went outside, and
I told her, 'That's a UFO. She replied that it wasn't a
UFO, that it was the planet Mars that was delayed in
covering (moving through-J.T.) space. But that object
had lights, and it wasn't a star. Last night's event
startled me, and then my daughter said, 'Look, it's not
the only one, there are others there,' and it was
evident,' he said."
"Canal 39 journalist and TV show host Pedro Rubin de
Celis said that Wednesday night's sighting confirms the
theory that we are not alone in the universe."
"'This has been a marvelous presence of UFOs in the
firmament, and many people stepped out onto their
balconies to observe this spectacle. The camera zoom has
shown us, beyond the vehicle's flashes, a circle making
concentric movements within other circles around the
vessel and with a black dot at the center. The objects
also had their own movement,' he explained." (See the
Bolivian newspaper La Patria for October 14, 2005,
"Channel 39 managed to capture images of five
unidentified objects." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y
Guillermo Gimenez of Planeta UFO por este articulo de
IMAGE OF DEAD PRIEST APPEARS AT A CHURCH IN CHILE
"The image of what appears to be a priest holding a
child has mysteriously appeared on the wall of a church
"Visitors from all over South America are flocking
to see the mysterious image, which appeared on the wall
of Cristo Rey de Tome Church in Santiago de Chile, the
"Elderly people of the (Roman Catholic) parish
identified the image, which shows the silhouette of a
youthful priest in a soutane and hat holding a small
child, as that of Father Luis Hurtado."
"During the 1930s, Father Hurtado looked after
orphaned and impoverished children of the favelas (slums-
J.T.). After his death, Chilean Catholics submitted his
case to the Vatican. Father Hurtado has already been
beatified, and he is due to be canonized (formally
declared a saint-J.T.) by Pope Benedict XVI at the end of
"According to the priests at Cristo Rey de Tome
Church, the image began to appear in early September
"'We don't know what's happening,' Father Hernan
Henriquez stated, 'We cannot be 100 percent certain, but
it appears that this image appeared out of nowhere."
"A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Santiago de
Chile said the (Roman Catholic) Church was 'aware of the
phenomenon' but added that the Church 'traditionally
moves very slowly in these matters. The Archdiocese will
investigate these claims and submit a report to Rome.'"
(See the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio for October 10,
2005. Muchas gracias a Monica Gaetano de Silva para este
articulo de diario.)
PHANTOM PANTHER SHOT IN AUSTRALIA
"A Victorian hunter believes he may finally have
solved the state's big cat mystery."
"Kurt Engel shot dead what is believed to be a
leopard or a puma in Gippsland," a region of central
Victoria state in Australia.
"Mr. Engel photographed the dead cat and cut off its
tail after shooting it while hunting deer in rugged
terrain near Sale, Vic. in June (2005)."
"A sample of the cat's DNA, taken from the tail, has
been sent to an international laboratory for analysis."
"The results, expected in about three weeks, will
determine the feline's exact species."
"The breakthrough follows decades of sightings of
mysterious wild big cats throughout Australia-but no
physical poof of their existence."
"Big cat researchers have hailed Mr. Engel's kill as
the best evidence ever uncovered to confirm the predators
roam in the Australian wilderness."
"Mr. Engel, of Noble Park, Vic., said he was hunting
in scrub when he noticed large paw prints in a dry creek
"Shortly afterwards, he saw a dark creature move,
then caught sight of a crouching big cat."
"'I could see the eyes of the cat, I kept very
quiet,' he said."
"The predator charged in his direction."
"'He came very low to the ground. His chest was
nearly on the ground (as the cat moved) and he came
straight towards me. I saw his teeth and white eyes-I
was only about 80 yards away,' he said."
"'I pulled up the rifle and at that moment it turned
to the left.'"
"'He was making long jumps. On about the third
jump, I shot him.'"
"The bullet entered behind the cat's shoulder and
blew its head off, he said."
"Mr. Engel said he found the remains of a freshly-
killed wombat nearby, which had had its skull crushed."
"The 67-year-old said he had not believed big cats
"'I think it was a million to one chance-I have been
hunting in forests for 50 years and have never seen a big
cat,' he said."
"The retired engineer said he lugged the cat back to
his camp, but put the carcass into the river after
removing the tail and photographing it."
"Mike Williams, a representative of the Centre for
Fortean Zoology, a body that researchers mysterious or
out-of-place animals, said he believed it was concrete
evidence that big cats are on the loose in Australia."
"Hundreds of sightings have been reported over the
years and a leaked government document revealed 59
sightings had been reported in Gippsland between 1998 and
"The cats are said to be descendants of animals that
either escaped from zoos or circuses or were released by
U.S. airmen who kept them as mascots while stationed in
Australia in World War II."
"'Kurt has killed an urban legend,' Mr. Williams
said. "He has proved all the hundreds of farmers have
been telling the truth. There is a breeding population
of big cats. The tail is 100 per cent-it is a concrete
"Scientists Bernie Mace, who has been researching
big cats ibn Australia for 30 years, said the animal was
far too big to be a feral domestic cat and predicted it
would be identified as a puma (a cougar or mountain lion
here in the USA-J.T.)."
"'I feel this is a very important breakthrough,' he
"Richard Roswell, Melbourne Zoo's keeper in charge
of carnivores, examined a photograph of the dead cat this
week but said it was inconclusive."
"'We don't dispute that there is a possibility they
(big cats-J.T.) are out there, but we are yet to see a
photograph that proves it categorically,' he said."
"Mr. Roswell said the DNA would ultimately determine
the breed of the cat." (See the Australian newspaper
Herald-Sun for October 10, 2005, "I shot the big cat."
Many thanks to Diane Harrison of the Australian UFO
Research Network (AUFORN) for this newspaper article.)
PHANTOM PANTHER GOES ON THE PROWL IN SCOTLAND
"A huge, puma-like cat, dubbed the 'Beast of
Balbirnie,' is prowling a public area of woodland in
"Police are hunting the massive feline after a paw
print measuring 4 inches (10 centimeters) by 3.5 inches
(8 centimeters) backed up numerous sightings by walkers
in the area."
"And they yesterday (Thursday, October 6, 2005)
appealed to the public to take care in the area because
of the beast, which is believed to have ripped a large
swan to pieces two weeks ago."
"They believe the beast, which is described as being
taller than a Labrador dog and twice the length, could be
a puma or leopard."
"It is prowling an area near Markinch, Fife, which
was once described as 'Scotland's Serengeti' because of
the number of sightings of big cats there."
"Big cat expert George Redpath said yesterday there
had been more than 30 sightings in Fife in the last year
"This figure, he said, did not include hoaxes and
those made by callers who appeared to be drunk."
"Retired policeman George, 61, who believes that
there are more than 10 different large cats in the area,
said: 'Fife is a real hotspot for big cats.'"
"'We only register sightings from credible
witnesses. We've logged calls from doctors, lawyers,
teachers and policemen, some of whom were originally very
"George said the area around Balbirnie Woods had
seen a lot of big cat activity in recent weeks. Two
greenskeepers at the local golf club watched a large
black animal sunning itself on a grassy bank."
"The men kept a close eye on it for over an hour."
"Two weeks ago, the ripped up remains of a large
swan were discovered by a rambler." (Hiker in the USA-
"Police initially thought the bird had been hit by a
car. But they decided it must have been attacked by an
animal larger than a fox."
"Pet care expert Susan McNab saw the 'beast' while
walking one of her customer's dogs last month. Susan,
36, who studied cats and dogs at college, said it was the
size of a leopard and jet black."
"She said: 'I saw this beautiful animal walking
towards me down a path. It was clear as day and about 50
yards away. It had a large round head and long tail and
looked very powerful and sleek. I remember saying out
loud to the dog, 'That's one cat you won't be chasing.''"
"The latest paw prints were discovered next to a
rabbit warren and experts at Edinburgh Zoo are examining
"Fife Police wildlife expert Mark Maylin said: 'The
next step is to try to capture the animal and have it
relocated in an environment that is safer. From the
witness reports I've seen, the most likely species to be
living in the Fife area would be lynx or puma.'"
"It is believed big cats were released into the wild
after 1976 when keeping them was banned by law" in UK.
(See the newspaper The Daily Record of UK for October 7,
2005, "Big cat roaming Scottish woods." Many thanks to
Robert Fischer, UFO Roundup's phantom panther expert, for
this newspaper article.)
"JAWS" SHARK IS REAL!
"A New Zealand fisherman got the surprise of his
life this week when he found a 15-foot (4.5-meter) great
white shark tangled in his fishing net."
"Warrick Harris was fishing several miles off" the
coast near Raglan, New Zealand "when he found the female
shark barely alive in his net."
"The shark was about 15 feet (4.5 meters) long and
weighed almost 3,500 pounds (1,750 kilograms)."
"A New Zealand Conservation Department marine
scientist said it was the largest shark he had ever
examined, with the average size for great whites around
New Zealand being less than 10 feet (3 meters)."
"A section of the shark's spine was taken to
determine its age, and samples and organs were collected
"Harris said he is trying to sell the shark's jaw
and fins to collectors."
"'Jaws' was the exact reaction, really,' Harris
said, 'It was quite unbelievable. I just couldn't get
over the sheer size of it.'" (See the newspaper Timaru
Herald for October 21, 2005, "Giant shark caught off New
Zealand." Many thanks to Kirsty MacLaren for this
(Editor's Comment: "Bruce," the shark in the 1975
movie Jaws, was about the same size as Harris's captured
female shark. Another case of life imitating art.)
SATANIST HOMICIDE IN CALIFORNIA LINKED TO THE FAYETTE FACTOR
"The teenager arrested in the slaying of a prominent
defense attorney's wife once drew a pentagram on the
ground at school" in northern California "and told other
students he was reading from the Book of Satan, according
to former classmates."
"Authorities would not identify the 16-year-old, but
the boy's name was widely publicized after his arrest
late Wednesday," October 19, 2005. "Police were still
working to determine a motive for the beating death of
Pamela Vitale, the wife of lawyer and TV legal pundit
"'Although we have a suspect, the investigation is
still going on,' sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said."
"Vitale, 52, was slain over the weekend at the
hilltop estate where the couple were building their dream
home in the wealthy San Francisco suburb of Lafayette."
(Editor's Comment: Bingo! The Fayette Factor!)
"The teenager lived down the hill on a remote canyon
"Ivan Golde, a friend of Horowitz and his co-
counsel, said Horowitz didn't know the teen well."
"'Dan knew the family somewhat but he didn't really
know this kid. He had no connection to this kid,' Golde
told NBC;s Today show on Friday," October 21, 2005.
"The suspect was described as a quiet student at
Acalanes High School in Lafayette, where he stood out
because of his attire."
"'He was really Gothic, always wore a long, dark
jacket,' said Kevin Etheridge, 16, 'He'd hang out with a
few kids, but he was pretty quiet, pretty much to
"Another student remembered him drawing a pentagram
on the ground with chalk in junior high school and
dancing around it with other students."
"'He told people the book he was carrying and
reading from was the Book of Satan,' Keith Kingon said."
"A man at the house where the suspect lived declined
to comment Thursday," October 20, 2005, "as goats and
chickens wandered around the property. A potbelly stove,
a bathtub and dozens of baseballs littered the yard."
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "citing an
unidentified law enforcement source, reported that
investigators believe the killing was related to a scheme
that involved using stolen credit-card numbers to fund a
"The source said the boy had ordered equipment for
the pot operation and mistakenly thought the supplies
were delivered to Horowitz and Vitale's home, the
newspaper reported on its Web site."
"The teen went there Saturday," October 15, 2005,
"looking for the equipment and got in a fight with
Vitale, striking her dozens of times in the head with a
piece of molding that was left behind at the scene,
according to the source."
"The boy apparently had scratches on his arms and
legs from the fight, the newspaper reported."
"If the boy is convicted of murder as an adult, he
would face up to life in prison. If convicted as a
juvenile, he would be freed on his 25th birthday. He is
too young to face the death penalty." (See the Modesto
Bee for October 21, 2005, "Teen suspect said interested
in occult." Many thanks to Tiffany Burton for this
Letter From the Editor:
First I'd like to apologize for not having issue 41
ready in time for October 19, 2005. My "Model T"
computer is up and running. However, my current server
will not allow me to connect and claims I am using
obsolete software. So now I have to find a new server or
else newer software before I can get back online.
While away from the Net, and deprived of my usual
news sources, I have been consoling myself by watching
Jimmy Neutron and Taradise on the relatives' cable TV.
My favorite episode of the former..."I Dream of Jimmy,"
which is a nice take-off on Dennis Quaid's 1983 film
They have some great one-liners on that show.
Here's an example:
Jimmy's Dad: "I'll never forget my first sleepover.
The food fights, the practical jokes, the crying for
Jimmy's Mom: "That was our honeymoon, dear."
And then there's Taradise, which stars Tara Reid,
who seems to have replaced Jessica Simpson as the world's
dumbest blonde. Occasionally, Tara issues
pronunciamentos called "Tara-Facts," which are truly eye-
In one segment, a British reporter asked our
heroine, "Did you visit the island of Lesbos?"
Tara replied, "No. What's that?"
(Editor's Comment: The buzzsaw noise you hear is Sappho
spinning in her grave.)
Visiting Croatia's seashore, Tara said, "This is the
highest spot on Earth."
And in the most recent episode, Tara proclaimed,
"Biarritz is the greatest country in the world!"
(Editor's Note: Actually, it's a seaside resort city in
Well, that's an F in geography for Miss Reid.
Somebody sign up that girl for summer school.
And we'll be back soon...hopefully...with more UFO,
Fortean and paranormal news from around the planet Earth,
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Hope to be seeing you all again soon.
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