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Volume 5, Number 13
March 30, 2000
Editor: Joseph Trainor
UGANDA DECLARES SECT
DEATHS "MASS MURDER"
The government of Uganda has backpedaled
and declared the deaths of the Marian sect members
in Kanungu "mass murder" following the discovery
of two more mass graves.
"The strangled and dismembered bodies of 153
people, including 59 children, were found Friday,"
March 24, 2000, "buried in the dirt floor of an
abandoned house--the second horrific discovery
linked to a Ugandan doomsday cult."
"The house was 20 miles (32 kilometers) away
from the cult's compound" in Kanungu, a market
town in the southwestern corner of the African
nation. "Where at least 330 members died in a
fire March 17--deaths authorities first believed were
a mass suicide."
"'It was definitely murder,' chief police spokesman
Assuman Mugenyi said after the bodies--which
apparently were buried six weeks ago--were found
"Police had at first thought the adult victims in
the church inferno were willing participants and had
considered only the 78 children who died there as
"'But now we have discovered these people who were
murdered. Things have changed,'" Mugenyi said.
"The house where the 153 bodies were found is
near the southwestern town of Rukungiri and had been
used as a meeting place for members of the sect,
known as the Movement for the Restoration of God's
"Police went to the house as part of the nationwide
investigation into the cult's properties and activities."
"Inside they found three mass graves dug into the
dirt floor of two rooms. Some victims were strangled,
others were hacked to death."
"After they had been examined by pathologists,
the bodies were reburied in two mass graves."
The cause of the fire at the sect's main church in
Kanungu "has been attributed to gasoline, a bomb
"Minister of State for Regional Cooperation Amama
Mbabazi, who visited Kanungu on Wednesday,"
March 22, 2000, "said two top sect leaders may not
have died in the inferno as had been initially announced."
"Credonia Mwerinde, a 40-year-old former prostitute,
and Joseph Kibweteere, 68, who was also known as
'The Prophet,' may both have left the compound before
Two days before the fire, Mwerinde claimed to have
experienced repeated apparitions of the Virgin Mary in
Mbabazi "said a 17-year-old cult member who had
slipped away from the church before the fire said
Kibweteere was not there at the time."
"Local residents also reported seeing Mwerinde leave
the compound, Mbabazi said."
"Two leaders' bodies have been positively identified--
the manager of the sect's farm and 'a priest.' A number
of the group's leaders were former Roman Catholic pritests,
lay workers and nuns."
On Tuesday, March 21, 2000, "Uganda's Roman Catholic
bishops" declared that "two former priests who helped
lead the sect were excommunicated because they 'erred and
broke the discipline of the Church.'"
On Monday, March 26, 2000, "prison laborers dug layer-
by-layer through rotting corpses, pulling dozens of bodies
from a mass grave at a sugar cane field" near Rugazi in
southwestern Uganda, "the third scene of carnage linked
to the doomsday cult."
"The laborers unearthed 73 bodies, including two dozen
children and babies, from the field belonging to a defrocked
Catholic priest who was one of the sect's leaders."
The former clergyman, Dominic Kataribabo, an associate
of Mwerinde and Kibweteere, was also found dead at the
"The grim discovery brings the number of cult-related
deaths that police have confirmed to 562" since
the mysterious explosion that began the church fire on
"James Bangirana, a local police official, said late
Monday that he wasn't certain that all of the bodies of
sect victims had been found."
"Some of the bodies recovered Monday bore stab
wounds and others had pieces of cloth wrapped
tightly around their throats. They appeared to have
been dead for at least a month, Dr. Ben Twetegire,"
the state pathologist, said.
"The bodies were apparently those of strangers--
sect members who came for seminars on righteous
living and the end of the world." (See the Duluth, Minn.
News-Tribune for March 25, 2000, "153 more bodies
linked to Ugandan cult," page 4-A, and March 28,
2000, "More bodies unearthed in Ugandan mass grave,"
(Editor's Comment: So much for the quaint theory
that all those nutty Christians wiped themselves out.
We have multiple crime scenes, bodies buried for
weeks, multiple causes of death. It all adds up to a
clandestine military force hunting these people down.
But whose force? That's the key question. I thought
everybody liked the former Miriam bat-Joachim.
UFO TERRORIZES WOMAN
MOTORIST IN COLORADO
On Tuesday, March 7, 2000, between 9 and 10
p.m., a woman was driving on a back road near
Olathe, Colorado (population 1,300). Sitting
beside her in the car's front seat was the
woman's baby, who was just under one year old.
She reported "an encounter with a low-flying
aerial craft," according to ufologist Davina Ryszka
of Montrose, Colorado.
"The craft/object exhibited 'a very bright white
light and had red and green lights on its sides.'"
"The woman reported that the UFO 'appeared to be
"As the object approached her car head-on, at
first the witness thought it was a low-flying airplane."
"The witness slammed on the brakes to try to avoid
what seemed would be an inevitable crash," said Ryszka.
"And the aircraft stopped right in front of her car. When
she tried to move, it moved. When she attempted to
turn the car around and go back the way she came,, it
moved in front of her car."
"At this point she was 'really frightened' especially
because she had a small baby in the car seat. Finally,
she managed to get in front of the object, and it ended
up behind her, and she could see it in the rear-view
"Then, for a time, it was not visible at all, and she
was relieved that it might be gone."
"Suddenly, a bright light came on directly above
her, illuminating her car and the surrounding area.
And she drove quickly on to Olathe, understandably
shaken by the whole experience."
Olathe is on Colorado Highway 550 approximately
57 miles (91 kilometers) southeast of Grand Junction.
On Friday, March 17, 2000, at 3 p.m., an Alanosa
County rancher named Chuck was driving his pickup
truck on Highway 285 just north of Antonito, Colorado
(population 76) "when he witnessed 'a metallic sphere
at the one o'clock position and about 30 degrees up'
from the horizon."
"'It did not move in any extraordinary way, but it
sure didn't look like any any airplane I've seen,'
Antonito is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers)
south of Alamosa. (Many thanks to Chris O'Brien,
author of The Mysterious Valley and Enter the Valley
for these reports.)
CYLINDRICAL ORANGE UFO
SIGHTED IN PUERTO RICO
On Friday, March 24, 2000, at 6:50 p.m.,
Luz Guzman and Orlando Pla were driving on
Monserrate Avenue in Carolina, Puerto Rico,
approximately 8 kilometers (5 miles) east of
San Juan, when they spotted a UFO.
"A high altitude unidentified flying object was
seen flying across the skies from north to south
over the San Juan and Bayamon metropolitan area.
The object looked like a thin orange line of about
one inch length at a 20 degree angle from the
"The object crossed the skies in a few minutes
at the same line of horizontal trajectory until it was
out of view."
"The orange color was very vivid, maybe was a
result of the sunlight shining from below since the
incident occurred during sunset. The perfect horizontal
trajectory also dismisses the possibility of it being
related to a burning satellite re-entering the atmosphere"
or a meteor glancing off the atmosphere, according to
Puerto Rican ufologist Lucy Guzman. (Muchas gracias
a Lucy Guzman para esta historia.)
FIVE ORANGE-SPHERE UFOs
RETURN TO PENRITH, N.S.W.
Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, a city
about 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Sydney,
became the focus of UFO action again last week.
On Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at 9:50 p.m.,
Sandra Wilson spotted something strange in the
night sky over Penrith. Five orange spheres
"appeared in the east" and "flew to the southwest,"
"I saw five orange globes gliding in a southwesterly
direction," she reported, "From the naked eye, they
seemed to be moving slow. But when viewed through
my telescope, they had the speed of a comet and were
very hard to keep in the lens."
"Through the telescope, they seemed to be the
colour of reddish-orange, but from the naked eye they
were just orange. In the centre of the orange glow, the
shape was that of a circle. I have no idea of the height."
Sandra added, "This is the second sighting of these
five objects during the last two months." (Email Form
HOVERING WHITE UFO SEEN
IN THE NETHERLANDS
On January 16, 2000, at 8:30 p.m., a young man
left his friend's house in Groningen, a city in the
Netherlands approximately 120 kilometers (80 miles)
northest of Amsterdam, and boarded his bicycle
for the trip home.
On the eastern outskirts of Groningen, the
witness "saw a moving object like a shooting star.
But it held still for a few seconds on the horizon
(near the border with Germany--J.T.), then it
"Even when it was still, it still had a tail," he said,
adding that the UFO was "nut-shaped." (Email
(Editor's Note: Groningen was the site of the
mysterious ice fall in the Netherlands a few
USAF CRUISE MISSILE GOES
HAYWIRE AND CRASHES IN
THE UTAH DESERT
"An Air Force cruise missile flew out of control
Thursday morning (March 23, 2000) and slammed into
the ground near the Goshute Indian Reservation in
remote Tooele County."
"No one was injured in the 11:16 a.m. crash on
isolated land administered by the Bureau of Land
Management (an agency of the USA's Department of the
Interior--J.T.) said Hill Air Force Base Tech Sgt. Timothy
Trager. There was no danger to the land, he said."
"'The 20-foot (6-meter) long cruise missile had been
dropped from a B-52 bomber that had originally taken off
from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. The missile
was being tracked by two F-15 chase planes and an
Airborne Range Instrumented Aircraft (ARIA) that keeps
the missile in the plane's radar scope, before it inexplicably
crashed,' said Staff Sgt. Sonja Whittington, spokewoman
for the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base."
"'The pilots never lost the missile visually, but why it
crashed will be determined by investigators,' she said."
"Whittington did not know the missile's intended
target, but said the accident occurred during the third
hour of a four-hour test run at the Utah Test and Training
"When the missile impacted, there was a slight
explosion caused by the crash but no fire. The missile
did not contain any explosives."
"No one was near the crash site in remote
Ibapah (population 11) about 185 miles (296 kilometers)
west of Salt lake City," near the Utah-Nevada state line.
"'I want to emphasize that these tests are routed
specifically to avoid populated areas,' Whittington said,
'We're not going to fly a cruise missile over some
"Thursday's cruise missile test was conducted by
the (U.S. Air Force's) 53rd Wing (located) at Elgin
Air Force Base, Florida, to ensure system reliability
and accuracy." (See the Salt Lake Tribune of Salt
Lake City, Utah for March 25, 2000, "Stray missile
hits desert-" by Richard Vigia. Many thanks to Jim
Hickman for forwarding the newspaper article.)
(Editor's Comment: The cruise missile went down just
south of Ochre Mountain, a sacred site to the
indigenous Nuche people. This is also the season
the annual Nuche Bear Dance. Maybe the Four
Thunders put the hex on that missile.)
Concerning the "black arrowhead" or delta-
shaped UFO reported last week in Rochester, N.Y.,
model airplane enthusiast H.B. Buchanan says we
shouldn't rule out the possibility that it was a man-
made model. He writes, "RC (radio-controlled) aircraft
are extremely light in weight compared to real aircraft,
owing to the lightweight building materials. Granted, for
a four-foot-long aircraft, 10 MPH (miles per hour) is
pushing the limit of maintaining lift, even for an RC model,
but considering that this was not a measured speed,
the witness could only speculate. As one who is
involved with model-building and flying, I've seen RC
models retaining lift at very low actual speeds." (For
more on the Rochester UFO, see UFO Roundup,
volume 5, number 12.)
Also, reader J. Sabiti reminds us that the African
nation of Zaire has changed its name back to the
Democratic Republic of the Congo once again.
Sorry about that, J.S. UFO Roundup regrets the
from the UFO Files...
1936: PANAMA RED
Here's another UFO sighting from the pre-Roswell
era. This one took place in the Central American nation
of Panama back in April of 1936. Thirty years later,
one of the witnesses reported the case to the old
National Investigating Committee on Aerial Phenomena
Back then, the USA administered a strip of land
known as the Panama Canal Zone (Full control of
the Zone reverted to Panama in December 1999 under
the terms of the Carter-Torrijos Treaty--J.T.) Many
Army and Navy families made their home in the Zone,
creating a kind of tropical Main Street USA, complete
with garden societies and country clubs.
In early April of 1936, Mrs. E.P. Higgins, the wife
of an American officer, attended a meeting of the Canal
Zone Astronomical Society at the country club in
Lago (Lake) de Miraflores, about 25 kilometers (15 miles)
north of the city of Balboa.
Following the meeting, the lecturer, whom we'll call
Prof. Adams, asked Mrs. Higgins if she would like a
ride back to the city. She agreed, and they set off in
the professor's 1932 Model A Ford.
Prof. Adams had graduated from Yale University
and had also taught there. Mrs. Higgins was familiar
with Yale and the city of New Haven, Connecticut,
so they talked about mutual acquaintances.
"Because the night was so black, and the golden
stars so numerous, we automatically scanned the
heavens with our eyes before saying goodnight,"
Mrs. Higgins told NICAP.
"Suddenly, the professor shouted, 'Look! That
"I don't know what I expected when I searched
in the direction his extended arm and finger
indicated. But then I saw it, and I felt suddenly as
though I'd been bewitched and that I couldn't possibly
be seeing this."
"But I did see it and continued to do so for some
time, so I had to believe it even though we couldn't
find any explanation whatever."
"His finger had indicated a spot in the sky...
about 33 degrees from the zenith in a northeasterly
direction...(that is, over Balboa Heights--J.T.)
I observed what appeared to be a red star making a
pathway among the stars. I can best describe the
look of it by saying that it looked like a red star
of rather small magnitude--and I can also say that
it glowed something the color of a cigarette butt in
"But the course of the thing--that was what
became increasingly unbelievable as the moments
ticked by. I had a feeling that it was very, very high.
At first it seemed like a star making a pathway among
the stars. Going in a rather straight line--it was
coming down a trifle and going northward (toward
Colon on the Atlantic side--J.T.) I think we must have
gasped aloud when it came to a complete standstill
for a few moments. And then it started turning over in
tiny circles. This, a plane could not possibly do, nor
could a weather balloon."
"Anyhow, by this time we were so excited that
we wanted to get a look at it through the (astronomical
society's) telescope. We rushed out to get the key to
the observatory, but by the time we drove the eight miles
out there, we lost track of it."
"The next day, the professor checked and found
from the Army that there was no weather balloon or
plane in the vicinity." (See the book Mysteries of the
Skies: UFOs in Perspective by Gordon I.R. Lore Jr.
and Harold H. Devault Jr., Prentice-Hall, Inc., New
York, N>Y> 1968, pages 112 and 113.)
That's it for this week. Join us again in seven
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