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August 3, 2000
Editor: Joseph Trainor
CONCORDE CRASH: THE UFO CONNECTION
On Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at 4 p.m., the Concorde, a sleek supersonic
passenger jetliner, fueled up at Charles de Gaulle International
Airport north of Paris, preparing for its flight to New York City.
At 4:42 p.m., the tower cleared the Concorde, now Air France Flight
4590, for takeoff. The Concorde began rolling down the runway. But as
the jetliner started its climb, a long trailing plume of fire poured
out of the Number 2 engine.
The crew apparently tried to bank to the right upon completing their
climbout, and the Concorde began losing altitude.
At 4:44 p.m., the jet crashed three kilometers (two miles) east of the
airport, killing all 109 passengers on board. Four people on the
ground were also killed when the crashing Concorde "obliterated the
Hotelissimo, a three-story hotel," located at the intersection of les
Autoroutes N17 and D902 in Gonesse, a town of 25,000 10 kilometers (6
miles) north of Paris.
Investigators combed the wheat fields near the Hotelissimo for
Concorde wreckage. One of the two cockpit data recorders was found
shortly after the crash.
"Investigators had known that the Concorde pilot reported problems
with the No. 2 engine, the innermost engine on the left, but the
flight data recorder shows that the No. 1 engine adjoining it also
lost power. The engine somehow regained thrust but lost power again
after being airborne for 'a bit less than a minute,'" the French
Accident Investigation Bureau reported.
"Shortly after reporting problems with the No. 2 engine, the crew said
that the landing gear would not retract."
"'The flames seen after takeoff did not come from the engine but in
all likelihood from from a major fuel leak,' the Accident and Inquiry
Office, part of France's transportation ministry said in a statement
Sunday," July 30, 2000, "'One of the pieces found on the runway seems
to come from a fuel tank,' the statement said."
(Editor's Comment: A burst or ruptured tank would halt the flow of
fuel to the No. 1 and No. 2 engines. But how would that cause the
electrical systems failure that affected the Concorde's landing gear?)
The crash took a strange twist, however, when it was revealed that the
Concorde had been leased by Dellmann, the German tour company. Of the
109 people aboard, 96 were German tourists, and 13 of these came from
Munchengladbach (population 260,000)m a mid-sized industrail city
located 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of Dusseldorf and 320 kilometers
(200 miles) southwest of Berlin.
Munchengladbach was in the news six weeks ago when a UFO reportedly
landed on the outskirts of the city. Over 50 German policemen hunted
for the landed saucer, and some residents supposedly made contact with
the saucer's occupants, which were described as "green humanoid males"
on an "odyssey through the universe." (For more details, see UFO
Roundup, volume 5, number 24, "German police hunt for landed UFO,"
Among the crash victims from Munchengladbach were "private business
school director Kurt Kahle, 51, who perished with his wife and
8-year-old son, leaving behind a daughter... Werner Tellman, head of a
chain of furniture stores, and Harald Ruch, founder of a company that
provides glass cleaning and security services to area businesses. Both
died with their wives on the Concorde."
On Thursday, July 27, 2000, a mysterious bomb explosion occurred at a
commuter rail station in Dusseldorf used by Munchengladbach residents.
""An explosion rocked a Dusseldorf commuter train station, injuring
nine people and sending bleeding commuters rushing from the station in
panic. Two of the injured were in critical conditions, fire officials
"Police said the blast was likely caused by a fragmentation grenade or
a homemade bomb. Authorities did not believe did not believe the
attack was politically motivated." (See USA Today for July 26, 2000,
"Shock and grief unite Germany and France," page 3A; July 28, 2000,
"Concorde was aflame during liftoff," page 13A; July 27, 2000, "In
Germany, 'an entire city is in mourning' after disaster," page 6A and
July 31, 2000, "Major fuel leak likely sparked flames on Concorde,"
(Editor's Comment: Suddenly it's very dangerous to be from
Munchengladbach. You know, this isn't the first time a UFO incident
has had a cockeyed link to a major tragedy in the news. Last year,
UFOs were seen repeatedly in Rosamund, California. Then, three months
later, former Aryan Nations member and longtime Rosamund resident
Buford O. Furrow Jr. popped up in Los Angeles with guns blazing. Makes
you wonder, doesn't it?)
CIGAR-SHAPED UFO HOVERS OVER COLORADO TOWER
"When Jody Messoline opened her UFO Watchtower in the San Luis Valley"
on the outskirts of Hooper, Colorado (population 90), "she never
expected them to come."
"But they did come."
"A bronze, cigar-shaped light glowed, hovered and sped away late one
night in late June, Messoline said. It was about 11 p.m. nd Messoline
was up on the watchtower with a few customers."
"'It was there, and then it went fszkt across the sky and was gone,'
said Messoline, who moved to Hooper from Golden (Colorado) about five
years ago. 'At first I was reluctant to mention it. But the other
people in the tower were with me at the time.'"
"'It scared one gal so much, she left.'"
"Despite this incident, Messoline isn't a believer--yet."
"'It does make you wonder,' she said."
Hooper's "UFO Watchtower is a 10-foot-high observation deck a
50-person capacity atop a geodesic dome, which opened on Memorial
""Some days, only a couple of people stop by--for (soda) pop and
(potato) chips. Other days more than 100 might stop for pictures, tell
Messoline stories about their sightings and encounters, buy
extraterrestrial=theme gifts,, camp overnight, take UFO pictures and
relate abduction experiences."
"Mostly they stop for a few minutes, but there are usually a few who
recline on air mattresses and and view the sky for hours well past the
"'Everyone has a story,' Messoline said, 'The serious ones come in the
"Some even pay the two-dollar fee she charges to go up into the
"'We wanted to see if the tower has had any sightings because there
has been a lot of stories about UFO sightings in the area,' said Ryan
Temple of Santa Fe, New Mexico, who stopped by for a look with his
"'I think they should mount a video camera up there and have it
scanning all the time,' Temple suggested, speaking in all
"Hooper, a small town" that cherishes ideals of "family, work, church
and school, isn't usually a hotbed of cosmic cowboys. Fewer than a
hundred folks live in the tidy homes that surround the town center of
the Hooper Elementary School and gas station, and a few of them wished
they had thought of building a watchtower first."
"Candace Knolan, who lives in Hooper and runs a jewelry store, said
she never thought about UFOs until she moved to the San Luis Valley
seven years ago and started seeing 'a lot of interesting things in the
"In early June (2000) she went to the tower because a group from the
Center for Extraterrestrial Intelligence was meeting. That night, she
saw a similar (cigar-shaped) object in the sky with red, white and
teal lights respond to one of the observers who flashed a powerful
flashlight (torch in UK or Australia--J.T.) of 250,000 candlepower."
"One of the guys went 'blink, blink' with the flashlight. Then the
object blinked back twice,' Knolan said. The guy with the flashlight
went 'blink, blink' again, and the thing raced across the sky and went
'blink, blink,' too.'"
"The double-blink exchange went on three more times before the object
in the sky vanished, she said."
"'It blew me away,' Knolan said." (See the Rocky Mountain News of
Denver, Colorado for July 23, 2000, "UFO Watchtower gets visit from
glowing light in the sky," by Deborah Frazier. Many thanks to Gerry
Lovell of Far Shores for forwarding the newspaper article.)
UFOs, BLACK HELICOPTERS SIGHTED IN SAN LUIS VALLEY
Hooper, Colo. isn't the only town in the San Luis Valley to report UFO
activity. During the past two weeks, there have been many sightings in
Crestone, Mesita and on the Baca Grande Development near Alamosa.
On Wednesday, July 12, 2000, between 1 a.m. and 1:45 a.m., witnesses
skywatching in Crestone, Colo. "observed seven to eight blinking
lights. They alternated green. red and white and were in a spherical
formation, approximately 19 degrees above the western horizon. The
formation of lights appeared to be hovering out over the Valley, and
after approximately 20 to 30 minutes, appeared to be lights slowly
moving west. Then they appeared to stop and started heading back east
towards his vantage point."
"The witness estimated the light formation to be about 10 miles (16
kilometers) away, when he noticed them. At one point during the
sighting, a helicopter 'approached from the west, flanked the
formation to the northeast, and then headed east into the Sangres
(that is, the Sandre de Cristo Mountains--J.T.) The helicopter was
flying at an altitude of approximately 15,000 feet (4,500 meters)."
On Friday, July 14, 2000, at 3:12 p.m., another witness reported the
presence of a black helicopter over Mesita, Colo.
The witness described it as "a large, dark, flat- bottomed unusual
military helicopter," adding, "At about 3:12 p.m., we were on our way
into Alamosa and had just turned off (Costilla County) Road K in
Mesita, north onto (County) Road 10 when we noticed it coming out of
the north-northeast, heading for the Ute Mountain area in the
south-southeast. It could not have been more than 100 feet (30 meters)
above the top of my truck., and if it had been going any more slowly
it would have had to land. There was no other craft in sight either in
the air or on roads or in the pasture."
On Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at 10:20 a.m., multiple witnesses at the
Baca Grande Development in Saguache County spotted "an extremely
low-flying, four-engine, jet cargo plane. One witness called it a C-17
which he thought was a NATO plane that replaced 'the old C-4.'"
(Editor's Note: The C-17 has been in service with the U.S. Air Force
The C-17 approached from the north, "made a dangerously low left-hand
turn just above the treetops on North Crestone Creek. Plane 'seemed
unusually quiet for a jet' and was between 100 and 200 feet (30 and 60
meters) in altitude."
Eleven hours later, at 9 p.m., in Crestone, Colo., a witness reported,
"I had stepped outside to check out the stars, not many up yet, and
there was a very bright star I noticed moving in the west and not high
up, like a satellite... I watched it and ran over to Dan's to get him
but could hear him on the phone, came back. It had continued traveling
fast, from the northwest to the southeast, and it was brilliant white,
no flashing, from behind it looked the same. It was well into the
southeast when I heard a rumble in the northwest like a jet would
make. But I honestly don't believe it to be a jet, as there were no
flashing lights. It was brilliant white like an intense star from the
side and from behind it."
On Thursday, July 27, 2000, a resident of Villa Grove "observed a
large, night-black jet that flew low over Hayden Pass and headed
southwest at treetop level over (Colorado) Highway 285. Witness called
the craft ''the strangest-looking plane I've ever seen.' A couple of
minutes later, two fighter jets followed the course of the first plane
down the Valley."
Author/investigator Christopher O'Brien commented, "The San Luis
Valley appears to be experiencing an upsurge of summer reports ranging
from classic UFO-type nocturnal lights to unusual military flight
activity." (Many thanks to Christopher O'Brienm author of The
Mysterious Valley and Enter the Valley for these reports.)
CHUPACABRA STRIKES AGAIN IN NORTHERN CHILE
A weird creature was sighted on the highway in Puerta Cuatro, midway
between the cities of Calama and Chuquicamata in northern Chile. It is
being called a Chupacabra although it is a quadruped rather than a
On Thursday, July 13, 2000,, at 1:30 a.m. a woman and her friend, a
professor, left the Lions Club dinner and were driving south of Calama
when they spotted "two strange yellow lights" on the road.
"Although we originally intended to remain beyond midnight at the
Lions Club transfer of power ceremonies, we both left at 1:30 a.m.
Upon reaching the Chuqui checkpoint, a Carabinero (Chilean national
policeman--J.T.) was inspecting a vehicle and we drove right by him,"
the driver reported.
"More or less in the vicinity of Puerta Cuatro, the driver flashed her
high beams (headlights on the driver's Ford K automobile--J.T.) at two
intensely yellow 'lights' a short distance away."
"'The other 'car' was about half a block from our own. We were
discussing God in a Christian framework when I began to slow down
because the lights remained stationary. I thought it could be a
stranded automobile or a bicycle.'" the driver reported.
"Nerves then got the better of the Ford K's owner who then sustained a
heated dialogue with her companion in an effort to explain the figure
who stood two to three feet (0.6 to 0.9 meters) away from the front
"'Is it the Devil?' asked one."
"Yes, it would seem so,' replied the other.
but much larger, lacking ears and covered in extremely long gray
hair--particularly around the neck----and having two immense slanted
"The women and the 'thing' exchanged looks for some five to ten
seconds, after which the car drove off along the left lane. The
'animal' followed its departure with its head--an extremtiy capable of
"'I felt a terrible fear. I wanted to get out of the car, but she
calmed me down. We saw the two yellow lights again, but this time they
lit up the entire road before disappearing.,'" the driver said, "'I
hit the accelerator and kept up speed until we reached Calama.'"
Calama is 300 kilometers (180 miles) north of Santiago de Chile, the
"Now feeling more calm, both women have tried to rationalize their
encounter. 'It's from somewhere else,' said the driver. Her companion,
the professor, still thinks it's the Devil." (See the Chilean
newspaper La Estrella de Loa for July 14, 2000. Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales, autor de los libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y
Forbidden Mexico por eso articulo.)
HUNDREDS SEE UFOs ON AUSTRALIA'S NORTH COAST
Hundreds of onlookers witnessed luminous orange spherical UFOs in the
sky over Casuarina Beach in the Northern Territory of Australia.
The sightings took place on Thursday, July 6, and Tuesday, July 11,
2000 during the evening.
Eyewitness P.A. Gibbs of Karama, N.T. reported, "We were there to
watch the fireworks display, as were hundreds of other people. My
friends quite facetiously said the orange lights were UFOs."
At first Gibbs thought the orange orbs "was sunlight reflecting off a
gold=foil sheeting" of a space satellite, being so far above the
horizon they would stillbe in sunlight even though we were in
darkness. I smugly and authoritatively favored this explanation until
the 'satellites' began doing manoeuvres and changing direction."
"Apart from the amazing phenomenon of witnessing UFOs, what I found
incredible was that there were hundreds of people on the beach, and
nobody else at all (was) astonished by the UFOs!" (See the Northern
Territory News for July 11, 2000. Many thanks to Diane Harrison of the
Australian UFO Research Network for forwarding this article.)
GOLFERS VIDEOTAPE A CIGAR-SHAPED UFO IN OKLAHOMA
On Friday morning, July 28, 2000, businessman Mike Proctor visited the
Elk City Country Club in Elk City, Oklahoma (population 10,500) "to
get a few tips from golf pro Si Friedman" when something very strange
"We were videotaping my golf swing," Proctor reported. "After hitting
several balls, we went inside to view the video, and in the background
we saw a cigar-shaped object that was moving at a very high rate of
speed It was at approximately a 30 to 40 degree angle moving from east
According to KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, "As a teaching tool, Si
*Friedman) uses a small video camera, and as he was rolling on one of
Mike's swings, he captured more than just your garden-variety birdie."
"In regular speed, it's just a black dot flying by, probably a bird,
maybe an airplane but more likely a bird."
Proctor said, "I asked him if he saw this, and he said, 'What are you
talking about?' 'Well, somebody hit a golf ball behind me is why I had
a bad shot on that swing.'"
So the tape was run in slow motion, and the cigar- shaped UFO
appeared, flying from east to west at an estimated speed pf Mach 2,
twice the speed of sound.
Proctor and Friedman have copyrighted the videotape and have contacted
the National UFO Reporting Center, according to KFOR-TV
Elk City is on Interstate Highway I-40 approximately 113 miles (294
kilometers) west of Oklahoma City. (Many thanks to Jim Hickman and
KFOR-TV for this report.)
(Editor's Comment: I'll have to ask our president, the golfer, what
kind of handicap you get if a UFO spoils your shot.)
CIGAR-SHAPED UFO SEEN BY COMMUTERS IN TEXAS
The same UFO videotaped in Elk City, Okla. may have been seen a few
hours earlier just east of Dallas, Texas.
On Friday, July 28, 2000, at 6:30 a.m., Anthony S. and his friend
"were driving (south) to work early in the morning" when "the object
approahed from the southwest."
"At first glance I thought it was a commercial plane, but it was
moving too slow and too low," he reported, "I pulled over and got out
of the car to get a clear glimpse. Soon we were joined by some
eyewitnesses who also also pulled over to witness the bizarre craft.
The cigar-shaped craft was like nothing we had ever seen before. After
a slow approach, it made a sudden vertical turn and sped with
unimaginable speed toward the rising sun."
Anthony said he pulled off the highway in Wylie, Texas (population
8,300), just east of Dallas. He described the UFO as "cigar-shaped,
silverish gray, just below the low clouds *estimated altitude of
10,000 feet or 3,000 meters--J.T.)" and was "seen by 20 to 30
early-morning commuters." (Email Form Report)
"BRING ME THE HEAD OF...MATA HARI!?"
"Eighty-three years after she was executed, sexy spy Mata Hari has
given authorities the slip again!"
After her execution by a French Army firing squad on October 15, 1917,
"her head was severed from her body, then mummified, then placed in
the Museum of Anatomy in Paris, along with 3,000 other preserved
noggins, which mostly came from criminals and killers, used for
"But a recent inventory showed Mata Hari's face was missing."
"'The remains are not in the museum now,' says curator Roger Saban.
'And no one knows where they could be.'"
"Now museum officials have launched an all-out search for Mata Hari's
gorgeous cranium, which still has her bright red tresses intact."
"Officials believe the skull was stolen by a collector--or one of the
beauty's modern admirers."
Mata Hari was born Margaretha Gertruide Zelle in the Netherlands.
After hanging around with Dr. Fritz Hartmann and other German mystics
of the Theosophical Society, she traveled to India in search of the
(Editor's Comment: Another one! Remind me to tell you sometime about
Detlef Schmude, the world's first door-to-door psychic investigator.)
Returning to Europe, Margaretha "became an exotic dancer in Paris,
billing herself as Mata Hari, (Hindi for Eye of the Dawn--J.T.), the
daughter of a dancing girl from India."
"The sultry beauty bewitched vaudeville audiences around Europe--and
secretly attended an espionage school in Germany, where she got cozy
with top officials."
She used her considerable charms to lure British, French and Russian
officers into bed, "where they would happily spill military secrets."
At her French Army court-martial in 1917, Mata Hari said, "I am a
woman who enjoys herself very much. Sometimes I lose, somethimes I
She added, "An officer in my eyes is a superior being==a man who is
always ready for any adventure. It did not matter to me what country
they came from. Harlot, yes. But a traitor, never!"
At dawn on October 15, 1917, as the French Army squad took aim with
their Lebel rifles, Mata Hari blew them a kiss. (See The Examiner for
August 8, 2000, "Who stole Mata Hari's head?" page 7.)
(Editor's Note: Two days before Mata Hari was shot in Paris, on
October 13, 1917, there was an apparition of the Virgin Mary at Cova
da Iria, near Fatima, Portugal, witnessed by 60,000 people.)
from the UFO Files...
1930: UNFORGETTABLE JUDGE CRATER
"Beam me up, Bailiff!"
Either this fellow was New York City's most notorious UFO abductee, or
else he pulled off a disappearing act worthy of Harry Houdini. He
disappeared seventy years ago this week, and this is his story...
Joseph Force Crater was born in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1889, the son
of Irish immigrants. He graduated from Lafayette College and then
enrolled in the Columbia University Law School, making New York City
"In 1913, he began to practice law in New York. Ambitious and
hard-working, he entered politics and soon became president of a
Democratic Party club" in the city's Manhattan borough.
"Because of his close ties with the city's Democratic leadership at
Tammany Hall, he was appointed to the New York Supreme Court in April
In 1916, Crater was retained as a lawyer by a New York socialite, Mrs.
Stella Wheeler. "and the next year, after Mrs. Wheeler's divorce
became final, Crater married his client. They appeared to be a devoted
Judge Crater "was impressive in both physical structure and dapper
dress. Although he stood six feet tall and weighed 180 pounds, he
walked with short mincing steps. His face was fleshy, and his
iron-gray hair was parted neatly in the middle."
But the judge's domestic life wasn't all that rosy. In 1930, he was
seeing two or three Broadway showgirls on the side, including
22-year-old Sally Lou Ritz.
When the state Supreme Court recessed in June 1930, Crater took his
wife to their summer home in Belgrade Lakes, Maine.
"On August 3 (1930) he received a telephone call and told his wife
that he had to go" to New York City for a few days, "'to straighten
those fellows out.'"
On August 4, Crater "arrived at his Fifth Avenue apartment but he
seems to have done nothing extraordinary that day or the next."
"On the morning of August 6, however, he spent two hours going through
the files in his courthouse chambers, and he had his assistant, Joseph
Mara, cash two checks for him amounting to $5,150. At noon he and Mara
carried two locked briefcases to his apartment, where he dismissed
Mara for the day."
"The same evening, August 6, 1930, "Judge Crater went to a Broadway
ticket agency and bought one ticket for the night's performance of a
new comedy, Dancing Partners, at the Belasco Theatre."
Crater "then went to Billy Has's chophouse (cafe) on West 45th Street,
where he encountered two friends," attorney William Klein and Sally
Lou Ritz, who was described as "a stunning showgirl."
"It was 9:10 p.m., well after the play's curtain time, that when the
judge said goodbye to his friends in front of the restaurant and
hailed a passing taxi."
Judge Crater "hailed a taxi, stepped inside and vanished forever."
"When he had not returned to Maine after ten days, Mrs. Crater
inquired of her husband's whereabouts among his friends in New York.
She was told that everything was all right, that the judge would
eventually turn up."
"Only when he failed to appear at the opening of the courts on August
25 did his fellow justices become alarmed and conduct a private
"A grand jury began to investigate the case in October (1930),
interviewed 95 witnesses, amassed 975 pages of testimony," but could
not decisively conclude whether he was alive or dead."
In 1937, Mrs. Stella Crater sued three insurance companies, trying to
collect her husband's death benefits. Her lawyer, Emil K. Ellis,
argued that the judge had been murdered by gangsters. But the court
ruled in favor of the insurance companies.
On June 6, 1939, the state of New York declared Joseph Force Crater
Yet, like Elvis, Judge Crater continued to pop up from time to time.
In the past 70 years, thousands of people have reported seeing him.
And among New York City's cabbies, there are even stranger tales--
stories of the well-dressed man with iron gray hair who vanished from
the back seat of a Yellow Cab on August 6, 1930. How he suddenly went
rigid in his seat, and the cabbie said, "You okay, pal?" And the
passenger's eyes bulged slightly, and he began sweating. And he opened
his mouth to scream, but no sound came out. He seemed to be screaming
in silence. Then he turned transparent and vanished, leaving one very
shaken cabbie behind the steering wheel.
To the end of her life, Mrs. Crater was "convinced her husband was
murdered 'because of a sinister something that was connected with
Today Judge Crater would be 111 years old and surely dead. But if he
is still alive, he is "perhaps pleased at having carried off one of
the most thoroughly investigated--and mysterious--vanishing acts on
Meanwhile, aboard a large silver saucer passing by the Crab Nebula, a
mellow human voice disturbs the cacophony of cheeps and whistles in
the ship's galley. "Uhhh, Reptoids...uhm, I don't mean to be a pest or
anything, but...ah...could I go home now? Come on, fellows, give me a
break. I'm supposed to be meeting Mayor Walker for lunch today..."
(See the books Strange Stories, Amazing Facts, Reader's Digest
Association, Pleasantville, N.Y., May 1978, pages 363 and 364;
Mysteries of the Unexplained, Reader's Digest Association,
Pleasantville, N.Y., 1982, pages 127 and 128. See also the New York
Daily News for September 3, 1930, page 1.)
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