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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Group Unearths Part of Ancient University 
More on Alexandria.

'Whittling Fiddler' named Arkansas 2004 Living Treasure  
Let's hear it for Violet Hensley of Yell-ville, the "Whittling Fiddler" and this year's Arkansas Living Treasure. Congratulations Violet!

BTK Survivor 
BTK is one cold-hearted son of a bitch.

Pardoned by Satan 
Kelsey Patterson, a paranoid schizophrenic, went to his death in Huntsville last week despite his belief that he had been granted an amnesty by Satan himself.

Mysteries of old museums see the light of day 
A FIBRE ball from a cow's stomach, python eggs and a fossilised shark tooth are part of a historic and eclectic display at the Warrnambool Art Gallery.

Mysterious disappearance of MIG-27 not the first 
The MIG-27 aircraft, missing without a trace even after 45 hours of search, is not the first fighter aircraft in the Indian Airforces' 72-year-long history to have mysteriously disappeared.

Mysterious coin sells for $3 million 
A 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was minted under mysterious circumstances, owned by royalty and celebrated in an episode of TV's “Hawaii Five-O” was sold Thursday for $3 million.

Stopped Truck Has Mysterious History 
Mysterious cargo in Alabama.

The Amazing Madalyn Murray O'Hair  
A nice article on the murder of Atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the most hated woman in America and apparently the founder of "shock talk" television. The story of the aftermath of her murder is worth the price of admission. Why do thieves always use cheap locks? They're thieves! Don't they know people steal? Or is that why the cobbler's children always go barefoot?

A wonderful article on the majesty and mystery of Photo Booths with a list of same in the Chicagoland area.

Goat Ranch Terrorist 
This article about "terrorist suspect" Adam Gadahn is strangely reminiscent of this powerful piece by Loren Coleman.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Zodiac and BTK 
Tom Voigt's excellent is back up and running and Tom has added something new-- an entire site dedicated to catching BTK. Good work, Tom.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

More on the unanswered questions surrounding the death of Nick Berg.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Could Aleister Crowley win a Grammy? 
6 CD-Box and Booklet, on Dressed To Kill

"When compiling this set, certain forces way beyond anyones control came into play, creaing circumstances, perhaps coincidental, perhaps not, which have left me, less of a sceptic than I would have confessed to previously being."

Can Steve O’Shea capture the sea’s most elusive

Doug James goes on 30-mile bicycle rides over mountain ranges. He does five-mile swims. He runs half-marathons with a 15-pound sack on his back. All in the same day. Surely less than 30 minutes of tai chi, where he didn't move quickly enough to shoo a fly, would be a breeze.

''It's a good workout,'' he said following a class at the D.A. Turner YMCA in Columbus, Ga. ''I broke a sweat."

Fake Nick Berg Beheading Video: CIA-Pentagon Hoax 
Is the Nick Berg murder video a hoax?

News - Bush Addresses Nation, Pants Mysteriously Catch On Fire 
The pants of United States President George W. Bush mysteriously caught fire early Wednesday morning while the President was delivering a speech on terrorism and the current war in Iraq.

In Kansas, a serial killer, a mysterious envelope, and a search for clues 
BTK plays his little games.

Inside the envelope were three sheets of paper. One lists titles for 13 chapters of "The B.T.K. Story." Another is a grid of letters, apparently a find-the-hidden-words puzzle. The third page contains a photocopy of an open billfold.

Dr. Eugene Mallove, Torch Bearer for Cold Fusion, Slain 
Editor of Infinite Energy magazine brutally killed May 14. Left MIT faculty position in 1989 in protest over what he considered to be rigged data intended to debunk Cold Fusion.

A Green Beret's Strange Suicide  
Did Lariam kill Bill Howell?

"But according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings, Bill's symptoms also appear to match the side effects from Lariam, an antimalaria drug invented by the Army that Howell took during his last deployment to Iraq. Lariam is a quinolone, a family of drugs with known mental side effects. Lariam can cross the 'blood-brain barrier' and dissolve in the fatty tissue of the brain. The FDA says Lariam can cause suicidal thinking, aggression, delusions and psychosis. The FDA also says that for some people, the side effects have been reported to last long after taking the drug. "

Police Solve Weird Blood Splatters Case 
Human blood found splattered throughout the home of an elderly couple came from the woman's leg, police said Monday.

Elmer and Viola Stacy, of Davenport, found the blood when they awakened May 11. It was splattered on the floor, furniture and lower walls in their kitchen and in several other rooms.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Library of Alexandria discovered 
Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the site of the ancient Library of Alexandria, often described as the world's first major seat of learning.

Mystery climbers on Everest 
The team searching for a solution to the mystery of Mallory and Irvine on Everest have spotted mystery climbers on the mountain.

Bletchley veterans tackle 'toughest puzzle yet' 
For 250 years it has exercised the minds of theologians, historians and scientists. Charles Darwin was observed pondering its meaning, and Josiah Wedgwood spent many an hour attempting to decipher its cryptic inscription. Some hope it may hold the secret of the whereabouts of the Holy Grail.

The mystery inscription is beneath a stone monument built around 1748, containing a carved relief of Nicholas Poussin's Les Bergers d'Arcadie II in reverse. The picture shows a female figure watching as three shepherds gather around a tomb and point at letters within an inscription carved upon it, which read: Et in Arcadia Ego! (And I am in Arcadia too.)

Nicholas Poussin is a major figure in the mystery of Rennes-le-Chateau.

Original link found at The Anomalist.

Friday, May 07, 2004

Did you see the gorilla? 
An absolutely fascinating article on the nature of perception.

Link found at the Fortean Times.

More on the new BTK Letter 
The letter seems to be genuine, according to police sources.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Oklahoma psychic helps police across the globe 
Police all over the world are using a secret weapon to help them solve crimes – a weapon with psychic abilities.

Valley Man Claims He Caught UFO On Tape! 
"Actually you see something spinning. I mean it looks like a mushroom, Pac Man and different colors. It's just pretty amazing, you know pretty colorful."

Urban Legend Or Is Lion Loose Near Columbus, Ohio? 
Police said that they were scaling back patrols Wednesday in an area where some residents claim a lion is roaming.

Bigfoot researchers and hoaxers add to NW lore 
Bigfoot hoax or Confessing Sams?

Letter From BTK? 
Is BTK toying with the media?.

Also here.

"I know I’m on the hit list,"  
More on cult killer Robin Marie Murphy.

WeirdWriter is back! We missed you, man.....

California man recovering after six nails driven into head 
With unbelievable picture!

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Ancient musical instrument found in Central Highlands 
An ancient stone xylophone called a "dan da" was unearthed in Bo Nom ward, Son Dien commune, Di Linh district in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

Archeology: Where's the Third Buddha? 
"For 15 centuries, before they were dynamited by the Taliban in April 2001 for being "idolatrous," two giant Buddha statues dominated the valley of Bamiyan, high in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan. Now all that is left of the two 140-foot statues is empty niches carved into the mountainside and fragments of stone and clay spilling down the hillside. But though the two standing Buddhas have gone forever, an archeological detective story may revive Bamiyan. Teams of Japanese and French archeologists have launched a search for a third, lost Buddha statue that may be buried somewhere in the Bamiyan Valley."

Be sure to check out the interactive map over at American Monsters to find out what nasties are lurking in your neighborhood. The rest of the site is very interesting as well. They're doing important work.

Mound Builders 
During National Parks Week (April 21-25), the kid-laden Dave Trippin’ wagon did its nomadic, patriotic duty and loaded up for a quick jaunt up to Hopewell Culture National Historical Park in Chillicothe, Ohio, home to the greatest concentration of the mysterious ancient burial mounds.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Major Preclassic Maya City Discovered in Guatemala 
New finds at a little-known, 2,000-year-old Maya site in Guatemala indicate it was one of the earliest and largest cities of the Preclassic Maya, a kingdom brimming with sophistication rarely associated with the period.

Ohio Lion 
If it's a lion, Ohio hopes it's a fraidy-cat.

State is still crazy over cat sightings 
Perhaps the Springdale Cemetery cougar has made tracks.

It's been three years since the last report of the purported prodigious puss. But cougar sightings have flourished elsewhere


Panic in the pews 

Sorcery, Cannibalism Cast Spell Over Village 
Ms Harriet Namboga, 25, told The Monitor that she has eaten only two people!

Our Lady of Death  
Gangsters pray to Our Lady of Death for protection on Mexico's meanest streets.

Woman Convicted Of Grave-Robbing For Cult Rituals 
A 61-year-old woman has been convicted of stealing human remains from cemeteries for religious rituals.

Cult killer gets parole  
Convicted murderer Robin Marie Murphy, the woman at the center of a Satanic cult controversy that has spanned nearly three decades, will be released from prison later this month after serving 24 years behind bars for the grisly murder of city prostitute Karen Marsden.

Ghost Stories Help Business In Alexandria 
Some Alexandria tourism leaders hope to capitalize on local stories of ghouls, spirits and phantoms.

Ancient Chinese were world's first astronomers 
The Chinese were one of the earliest to explore the heavens much before Galileo and other European astronomers.

This is proved by The Dunhuang chart, which according to a research conducted by the British Library is the most accurate star chart.

Drugstore culture threatens ancient Arab medicine 
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is fighting to save indigenous Bedouin herbal cures for complaints ranging from hepatitis to sexual dysfunction.

Giant Cannibal Cod 
The biggest cod left on the planet, creatures so large and hungry they have been known to swallow loons whole, are thriving in a remote saltwater lake researchers call a "living laboratory" in the Canadian Arctic.

Swedes left with a monster problem 
The placing of a mythical monster on Sweden’s endangered species list, in an apparent fit of bureaucratic zeal, has caused an administrative problem for the country’s authorities.

Hunt on for pirate treasure in wreck 
The wreck of a British warship captained by the swashbuckling 17th-century privateer Sir Henry Morgan has been discovered off the coast of Haiti, but the frigate has yet to give up the secrets of her treasure.

Cosmic patterns 
"Paisley Abbey is all part of the universal design."

Cougar tale takes on a life of its own 
Look close enough and long enough at the blurry photograph, and you can imagine
something lurking in the trees.

Ancient maps of the world 
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 10,000 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Collection categories include antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall, childrens and manuscript maps. The collection can be used to study history, genealogy and family history.

Monday, May 03, 2004

Calvi Conspiracy Continues! 
The mysterious case of Roberto Calvi, God's Banker, adds another layer of intrigue. Now, the coroner's files have been stolen.

Here's my previous post on the story.


Is the mystery of Roberto Calvi finally starting to unravel? After twenty-two years, four people are finally facing trial for his murder. I first heard of the strange case of Calvi and the mysterious P2 masonic lodge from the works of Robert Anton Wilson. Additional resources concerning Calvi may be found in Jim Marr's Rule By Secrecy and in the unfortunately out-of-print God's Banker.

Twenty-two years after the body of God's Banker, Roberto Calvi, was found hanged under London's Blackfriars Bridge, his death remains a compelling mystery. But with four people facing a murder trial in Italy, his son is hoping for an answer at last.

Calvi's death has long been the subject of wild speculation. Perhaps this trial will clear up some of the mystery. But don't bet on it.

Creepy Olsen Twins frighten me 
Normally, I wouldn't mention this, but after reading it and seeing yet another picture of the Twins entwined I thought to myself, "Why are they always touching each other?" Are they trying to be some really twisted version of TATU? Or some even more perverse edition of the Coors Twins? On a personal note, I disagree with the writer Steve Tilley. I don't think they look like "monkeys." I think they look like evil elves.

Link found at Drudge Retort.

Bear Lake Monster! 
With special appearance by Brigham Young, Jr.

Ace monsterologist Ardis Parshall has turned up the latest evidence of this natural phenomenon in the August pages of America's newspaper of record, The New York Times.

'Monster crabs' on the loose 
Stalin's crabs are on the loose.

Haunted Carousel 
Attention Ray Bradbury . . .

It was called the Ghost Horse because people say they saw the ghost of a woman riding it after the park closed . . .

Sunday, May 02, 2004

The O Files 
MSN weighs in on weird outdoor mysteries.

Today is the 71st anniversary of the first modern sighting of the Loch Ness monster in 1933. Learn more about it here.

Legends Pass 
Two legends in contrasting communities, the Hells Angels and the LAPD, have passed.

More than 800 Angels from around the world had descended on Santa Rosa for Norm Greene's April 18 funeral. The former chapter president was the only Hells Angel ever to spend 50 years in the club.

Oscar O'Lear had a knack for spotting pickpockets, apprehending more than 2,000 suspects during his 28 years on the Los Angeles Police Department.

A missing H-bomb lies off Georgia's coast – but is it a danger?

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Young treasure hunter helps detectives recover stolen loot 
The name on the pendant was what most likely made the burglars decide to dump it.

But a young treasure hunter uncovered the more than century-old piece of jewelry — and much more silver and gold — from its hiding place in East Naples.

The never-ending quest for Atlantis  
A quest for the lost island of Atlantis has begun off the southern shores of Cyprus.

After a decade of intense study an American, Robert Sarmast, claims to have evidence to prove that the fabled island lies 1.5 kilometres deep in the sea between Cyprus and Syria. He says he has detected "around 48" of the 50 geographical features described by Plato before it was "swallowed up by the earth".

More on Sarmast's expedition here.

I noticed that I've had some visitors from Cyprus. Thanks for stopping by. If you have any first hand knowledge about Sarmast's Cyprus Expedition, please contact me.

The Monster That Morphed Into a Metaphor 
More on Godzilla from the New York Times. Happy Birthday, Big Fella!

Superstar Jeter responds without the supernatural 
On slumps, superstition, and locker room exorcisms.

Child killings and black magic terrorise Pakistani town  
Fear and anger grip a town where children are attacked in what police suspect may be a black magic rite.

Ancient bets leave hundreds homeless 
Along the India-Bangladesh border - For generations, the all-powerful kings of two neighboring realms met to play cards. When one would lose, he'd give a little piece of his kingdom to the other.

Years later, this royal whimsy has created a geopolitical nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people - both Indian and Bangladeshi - who are stuck in tiny enclaves inside each other's country. Largely forgotten by their own countries, there are 111 such islands of Indian territory inside Bangladesh, and 51 bits of Bangladesh inside India.

Godzilla monster to die in Shanghai 
Since Weird Writer is still on hiatus, I thought I'd blog this for all you giant monster fans out there.

Godzilla is finally going to die - honest. And it's going to happen in Shanghai.

Japan's Toho Pictures is already filming the final Godzilla flick for the legendary monster's 50th anniversary on the big screen.

In "Godzilla: Final Wars," the fictitious green monster that wreaked chaos around the world will lose his final battle to a fire dragon and die by the Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Pudong.

Some mysteries veil U.S. wedding rites 
Everyone knows a wedding is a lot more than a few words in front of a minister. But where did those bridal showers, flower girls, wedding cakes, lavish receptions, stretch limos and all the rest come from?

Some of the answers are at a new Daughters of the American Revolution Museum exhibit, "Something Borrowed, Something Blue: the Invention of the American Wedding."

Publishing: First 'Mysteries of Hera" Dedicated to Dracula 
'Dracula: hero, monster or alchemist?', is dedicated to the legend and the esotericism of the figure of Count Vlad Dracula and vampirism from the mythological, alchemical, symbolic, literary and cinematographic point of view, the first number of the new bimonthly series, 'The Mysteries of Hera'.

Still Unsolved - Who Killed Chandra Levy? 
In courtrooms across the nation, lawsuits are moving forward that mention her name. In Los Angeles, a filmmaker is promoting a movie that highlights her story. And tucked between the fruit orchards and horse stables of Modesto, Calif., a family continues to grieve for her.

Murder Mystery in Melbourne 
A bizarre case involving a dead millionaire and his stamp-collecting accountant has stumped experts.

Suffering terminal cancer and with a year at the most to live, Mr Pegram was originally thought to have died of natural causes.

But an autopsy showed the former engineer had 26 stab wounds to the chest, with two fatal wounds to his heart.

The Strange Case of Homeopathy 
Psychology Today examines whether treating illnesses with homeopathy is simply unconventional nonsense or a medicinal cure that is here to stay.

BTK: The Untold Clues 
"Lately, the big city has come back to the former lead investigator on the BTK case. Bernie Drowatsky has been interviewed by NBC, Fox, People Magazine, and even America's Most Wanted. Drowatsky was the detective who retrieved the very first BTK letter from that book at the library. 'No doubt from the wording and information in the letter that this was from BTK. We were hopeful that maybe this would give us a clue to find the man,' Drowatsky said."

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