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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Mountain lions on the prowl once again 

Baby BOOM! impulse runs deep in men 

Four Mysterious 'Seismic Events' Recorded In N.J. 

Monday, November 29, 2004

The Holy Grail: Fact or Fiction? 

Hearing set for teens in "boom" case 

Just A Superstition? 

How About A Treasure Hunt? We Got A Doozy  

Estate sale buy yields a delicious treasure 
Would you believe rare menus?

Cruel Nicknames for Overweight Vampires. 

Anti-Aging Beer 
Listen up, Budweiser.

Ark Of The Convenant buried in county - claim 

After BTK's return, victims' son back in public eye 

Why are we obsessed with Jack the Ripper? 

Mystery beasts and two towns on edge 
Beware the fearful Glawackus.

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Black Dahlia Revisited 
I'm watching the 48 Hours Mystery episode "Black Dahlia Confidential". They are concentrating primarily on Steve Hodel's "Black Dahlia Avenger". So far, a half hour into it, it's pretty much a rehash of previously debated facts concerning George Hodel and Elizabeth Short. It is nice to see some of the locations, such as the still-existing Frolic Room and Hodel's amazing Franklin House, complete with secret room.

Here's some Dahlia news for you as well.

An article on Steve Hodel's "Black Dahlia Avenger" from the LA Times (subscription) and see also "Black Dahlia Murder FBI Files Published by" if you're interested.

They've interviewed Tamar Hodel, Steve's half-sister, who claims that George Hodel raped her as a child. She also claims that Man Ray was a dirty old man who took nude pictures of her and her mother saved her from getting raped by John Huston, yes that John Huston, director and actor, son of Walter, father of Angelica. I wonder what CBS lawyers thought of that. Of course, John Huston is long dead, but you'd think they'd be a bit more careful about calling one of America's great directors a raping pedophile. Of course, Huston played a variation on this character in "Chinatown", acting for a director with a confirmed penchant for young girls, Roman Polanski. The strange thing about this accusation against Huston is that I've heard it no where else, not even rumors. One would think the Huston family (or its lawyers) would have a comment.

Of course, if Huston was a pedophile perhaps his casting in "Chinatown" was a sick inside joke.

Wow, now they're interviewing Walter Morgan, 90 year old ex-LAPD detective. Cool. And the footage of the Franklin House is really amazing.

Okay, the substantials: they're comparing Hodel's handwriting with the handwriting on the Black Dahlia Avenger letters. Not enough evidence says their expert.

They examine the photos from George Hodel's photo book, the very photos that sent Steve on his quest. Their expert says she's 85 percent sure that the photos are not Elizabeth Short.

Now they're claiming as "new evidence" the supposition that Short's body was posed in imitation of Man Ray's "Minotaur'. This is neither new or "evidence". This idea is covered extensively in Hodel's book and is simply a matter of opnion.

James Ellroy just said he believes that Steve Hodel has solved the case. LAPD told 48 Hours that almost all the evidence from the Black Dahlia case has disappeared from their files.

Final verdict: Unsolved

I enjoyed Steve Hodel's Black Dahlia Avenger and I recommend it. I'm not sure Hodel solved the case but George Hodel was a fascinating man and the book is an insight into the underbelly of Los Angeles in the forties. And, as I've said here before, George Hodel's life has the whiff of something sulphurous and satanic. I think he was into much stranger things than we so far have imagined.

Mysterious Strange Rock Leads to Interesting Conversation 

The never-ending search 
Looking for the Holy Grail.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Engraving on watch may help to solve Jack the Ripper case 
Was James Maybrick Jack the Ripper?

And was this his watch?

I'm doubtful on both counts.

$20 Air Cannon - Death Lord Dot Net 

Lowering the boom on North Side mystery? 
Richmond booms solved?

Richmond officials haven't used the word bomb or described in detail what ingredients were used to make the "pressure-producing devices" found yesterday on the city's North Side.

Pressure-producing devices? I want one.

Charles Fort used to call these booms Skyquakes. Here's a long list of articles from Michigan UFOs concerning the phenomenon. It's quite common.

Here's an older article about similar booms from 2003.

Anyone know how to make these 'pressure producing devices'? Send the Professor an email.

Doctors' therapy 'slows ageing' 

Monday, November 22, 2004

The Men Who Stare at Goats  
A review of Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare at Goats.

Jon Ronson is forced to begin his book with an extraordinary disclaimer: 'This,' he writes, with some authentic shock and awe, 'is a true story.'

As you read on, it is hard to shift the impact of those five small words from your mind. It would be far, far better for all of us, you can't help thinking, if it turned out that Jon Ronson had actually made up his entire, wonderful investigation into 'psychological warfare' techniques used by America's elite Special Forces.

If he had not, for example, discovered that there was a Major General Albert Stubblebine III directing operations from Arlington, Virginia, who firmly believes he can walk through walls. Or if the existence of a secret unit in which psyops personnel stared at goats for hours on end with the aim of killing them was actually a figment of a warped author's imagination. Or that the Pentagon's playlist of torture music for use at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib was, in reality, a juvenile attempt at satire. Terrifyingly, however, all this - and much more - is shown, as he says, to be true.

Thanks to Professor Pan for the link.

Controversy Erupts Over Request For Police DNA In BTK Case 

On his majesty's secret service 
A review of "M: MI5's First Spymaster" by Andrew Cook

Amateur archaeologists curse pharoahs' guardian 

Monarch's statue yields secret French papers 

Saturday, November 20, 2004

In search of a striped phantom 

The enigma of Prince Charlie and the Holy Grail  
More on the Shugborough inscription. See below as well.

Woman says 'skunk ape' stood up beside highway 

Code king cracks monumental mystery 
Now, at last, the mystery of inscriptions carved on the Shepherds' Monument at Shugborough Hall, ancestral home of the earls of Lichfield, has been solved - well, possibly.

Following a competition launched earlier this summer, some of the most convincing explanations for the inscribed picture in reverse and a seemingly random series of letters will be presented this week by Bletchley Park, the centre that made its name cracking Hitler's Enigma code.

Bletchley itself is cautiously supporting a theory from a professional codebreaker whose job does not permit him to disclose his identity. He argues that the inscription points to the hiding place of a stone tablet handed down from the Old Testament prophet Jacob, which was a talisman for a secret society known as the Priory of Sion.

According to this theory, the 18th-century admiral who built the monument and was reputed to be a member of the priory captured the tablet from a French ship. He then buried it on an island off the coast of what is now Nova Scotia, Canada.

Okay, so the stone tablet of Jacob is what's buried on Oak Island? Seems like a lot of work to hide a tablet.

The inscription reads: D O.U.O.S.V.A.V.V. M

Friday, November 19, 2004

Atlantis team brush off scientific sceptics  

Oddities find way into man's life, store 
Finally a reason to visit Tampa: the Weird Shoppe

Found at the Anomalist.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

India's first black magic film 

Atlantis 'just a volcano'  

The mysterious booms: a tale told by a nonidiot 
First person boom account.

Lucifer, Arisen  

Wichita man says DNA swabbing for BTK continues 

Sea of mystery  

Team Says Humans Lived In North America Earlier  

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Da Vinci Connection  
A trip to Rosslyn Chapel.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Scouts make unusual find 

Monday, November 15, 2004

Confessions of an Occult Mastermind 
Here is another lovely sight full of useful information. Cat is a "redheaded spitfire" (I have such a soft spot for them) who has "been a student of the occult about as far back as I can remember" and practices "several platforms of spellwork." She also is a lively writer with a good sense of humor.

Professor Pan 
Every now and then I come across a blog I think my readers would like and Professor Pan is definitely one of them. And it's not just because we're both Professors.

Folklore expert teaches lesson on researching 

She's got the touch 
Qigong for horses.

Air Force explores psychic teleportation 

Dark Side of the Band 
A nice article on the mysterious Numbers Stations.

New claim on location of Atlantis 
Robert Sarmast claims to have found proof of Atlantis off the coast of Cyprus. As I've said before, I have no doubt that there are remains of a city off the coast of Cyprus, but that does not make it Atlantis.

Apparently, writer Colin Wilson has gone along for the ride.

I am interested in Sarmast's theory that the Mediterranean was formed much more recently than is currently believed and have often thought this myself. A sudden burst of the Atlantic into the Mediterranean basin and resultant diaspora would go a long way towards explaining the Great Flood myths of the ancients. I would imagine that the sea floor is littered with submerged ruins and they could be easily found if ancient trade routes were studied closely.

Da Vinci code priest is dug up, hidden from 'rapacious' relic hunters 

Strange Animal Turns Up In Yard 
With picture.

A total croc 
Beneath the murky waters of Burundi's Lake Tanganyika lives a monster crocodile that has struck fear into the hearts of people who live on the banks of the lake.

About 12m long and weighing more than a ton, the giant crocodile is believed to have eaten up to 300 villagers and an adult hippo.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Legend of a serial killer 
The notorious Dr. Cream.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Sexpo hopes to feature unholy relic 
Will Rasputin's Johnson go on tour?

Paranormal investigators confirm restaurant is haunted 

Ancient, mysterious Ouija board spills some secrets 
Ouija board fun facts.

The Real da Vinci Code 

Lost Treasure Coast of Georgia  
The Treasure Coast of Georgia.

BTK Back: The Secret Clues 
BTK yanks your chain.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Pure Evil Tries to Escape 
Charles Sobhraj has attempted a jailbreak in Nepal.

Sobhraj, known as the Serpent, has a notorious criminal past. There's more information about him over at

Tacoma mystery stone 
In their history of Gen. M.M. McCarver and his role in the founding of Tacoma, Thomas Prosch and Virginia McCarver Prosch leave this intriguing clue to the existence of an ancient artifact long sought by local historians:

"Another find of theirs at or near the spring was a large round stone, weighing several thousand pounds, upon the face of which were cut, with what must have been much effort, marks or hieroglyphics that neither they nor others afterward were able to decipher," wrote McCarver’s son-in-law and daughter in 1906. "In the grading of Pacific Avenue in 1873-4 this stone was covered with earth, and probably never again will be seen by men. If its location could be ascertained without too much trouble, it would be well for the present city to exhume this stone and place it in one of the public grounds."

The stone would be significant not just as a historic artifact. It could also hold clues of the origins of Puget Sound Indian tribes.

Glyndwr's burial mystery 'solved' 
A 600-year-old mystery about where Welsh rebel leader Owain Glyndwr is buried may have been solved.

The one-time Prince of Wales lies underneath St Cwrdaf Church, in Llanwrda, in Carmarthenshire, according to the author of a new book.

BBC article on the book "The Mystery of Jack of Kent and the Fate and Owain Glyndwr" and author Alex Gibbon.

Cracked: Himalayan mystery 
Ninth century deaths of hundreds traced to hailstorm.

Wow. Killer hailstorm with hail the size of cricket balls.

Monday, November 01, 2004

Bush was wired for all three debates 
More on the Bush Bulge.

I'm still not convinced it was an audio unit, though I'm sure Bush wears one. Whatever the "Bulge" is, I think it's too bulky for a electronic prompter. I still think it's most likely a medical vest of some kind.

Breaking the Laws (of Physics) 
"I'm certainly not the 'typical' scientist," says John Hutchison in a moment of monumental understatement. "I simply work as an artist does - with an intuitive feeling." Inspired by his childhood heroes Gene Roddenberry and Nikola Tesla, Hutchison has befuddled physicists with his claims of bizarre physical phenomena, known collectively as The Hutchison Effect.

For more on the Hutchison Effect please click here.

Track down Vancouver exhibition on Bigfoot 
If any of my readers visit this show I would love to hear from them.

The title says it all.

Mysteries of McMenamins 
For all my old friends in Portland.

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