Thursday, March 31, 2005
Highways West: Another Mystery Of The Desert
Why does the Army need to expand its Dugway base on the Utah-Nevada border? Biological weapons? Aliens? You'll never find out, that's what!
High number of twins poses mystery
In all, the subdivision of 55 families is home to six sets of twins. With its roughly 1 to 9 ratio, the neighborhood has far more twins than the national average of about 1 in 30.
Ghosthunters say presence felt at bar
When the Penn State Paranormal Research Society (PRS) started in 2001, it was a small group dedicated to exploring the supernatural.
Today, PRS's popularity has landed the group a television contract to do a reality series focusing on its experiences and investigations.
Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army Cloaked in Myth, Secrecy
A shadowy entity known as the Lord's Resistance Army has kidnapped more than 20,000 children across northern Uganda and has forced them to kill even members of their own families. Most girls become sex slaves, and many people have been raided and mutilated in random attacks.
Ghostly tours Nemacolin Castle begins accepting visitors this weekend
The cryptic heritage of Nemacolin Castle is a deep resource of ghostly legend, and the long darkened halls prodded only by candlelight provide visitors with an ominous setting to experience stories of unrest.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Abduction charge for satanist
The convicted leader of a deadly satanic cult was yesterday charged by a prosecutor in central Greece with abducting a woman and impersonating a police officer while on a five-day furlough from prison.
Monday, March 28, 2005
Documents show FBI helped Saudis depart after 9/11 attacks: New York Times
The FBI played an active role in arranging chartered flights for dozens of well-connected Saudi nationals -- including relatives of Osama bin Laden -- after the 9/11 terror attacks.
Charred doll mistaken for alien creature
A burnt rubber doll has been mistaken for a badly injured alien and taken to a hospital in Brazil.
The incident happened after people in Aracruz found a burnt "body" on the ground after seeing a fireball fall from the sky.
Saturday, March 26, 2005
The many lives of killer vice queen
TO MILLIONAIRE French financier Edouard Stern, who was found dead at his Geneva penthouse wearing a flesh-coloured latex bodysuit, she was "Maitresse Alice", a leather-clad dominatrix who shared his passion for sadomasochistic sex games.
To the inhabitants of the sleepy French village of Nanteuil-le-Haudoin, where she owned a modest two-storey home, she was a glamorous former model. And hundreds of miles away in the Swiss town of Clarens, she was known to residents as the devoted wife of a holistic doctor.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Happy Birthday, Professor Hex
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Professor Hex blog. The year has passed quite quickly. I'd like to thank Brian over at WeirdWriter
for showing me the ropes and getting me started. Brian's blog has been a little quiet lately, so hopefully he's working on a kickass novel. I would also like to thank Rikki for her redesign of this site and her continued support as a fellow blogger and friend. Be sure to visit her wonderful site at Poppet Projects.
I'd also like to thank Hex Correspondents Ian Nyquist, TJ Speckman, and Elisabeth Reynolds. Thanks for your comments, leads, and encouragement. And finally, I'd like to thank all of my readers from around the world who visit this site. I hope you've enjoyed this last year as much as I have. Our world is truly a strange and mysterious place.
A field guide to the mystery beasts of the British Isles
An 'attack' in Sydenham is just the latest sighting of an alien Big Cat on these shores. Paul Sieveking goes on the trail of the strangest creatures to have been spotted across Britain.
What exactly is a nimrod? Should I be offended if someone calls me one?
Another great site found through militantplatypus
Another Friday Must-See
Extremely cool works of art constructed without glue from pennies. Check it out!
Link found at militantplatypus
A must-see Friday funny. Hysterical.
Link found at boing boing
Bigfoot in the Garden State.
Maybe it's not exactly the same as the creature roaming the Pacific Northwest. It might, for example, sport a mullet.
Paging Winston Wolfe
Mexican Hit Men Dissolved Foes in Acid.
The Godfather In the Closet
The Republican boss of Summit County revels in crushing his enemies. Now his private life might crush him.
Link found at AMERICAblog.
Exhibit Shows Art of Medical Quackery
For hundreds of years, the flamboyant sellers of patent medicines relied not only on exorbitant claims and theatrical presentations to push their panaceas, but also employed accomplished artists to create advertisements for their too-good-to-be-true elixirs and gadgets.
Show dogs poisoned in mysterious Fryingpan case
Funny headline, sad story.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Jack the Ripper - new archive files released
'The New Criminologist' releases, from its 45-year archive history, a three-part feature called 'The Alembic Connection' written by Christopher Smith.
Search continues for origin of partial finger found in fast food chili
Searching a fingerprint database is typically used to solve crimes. Authorities in Santa Clara County are simply trying to solve an unsettling mealtime mystery.
How did a human finger get into a bowl of chili from a Wendy's restaurant?
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Swiss face sobering future after legalizing absinthe
Absinthe, the drink banned almost a century ago as "madness in a bottle" is making a comeback.
BOCCACCIO WAS PART OF TEMPLAR SECRET SOCIETY
Giovanni Boccaccio belonged to a Templar secret society, as reported by Renzo Manetti in the book "Le Madonne del Parto. Icone templari" (Edizioni Polistampa).
Health News : Yeti originates from mentally unbalanced individuals
"Respectable" Russian biologists have a hypothesis that the Yeti is, and I'm not kidding, "a wild retard or his retarded descendants."
Cezanne real, says expert
Secret clues hidden in a so-called $50 million Cezanne masterpiece at the centre of "Australia's biggest art heist" prove the painting is authentic, an international art expert says.
We're all paranoid
Sure, the people with the 9/11 conspiracy theories are a little odd. But not everything they're saying is entirely crazy.
Really? What a shock!
Zodiac's shadow crossed valley
"This is the Zodiac speaking ..."
Big believers renew search for Bigfoot
Reports of a shy 6 to 8 foot tall ape-like creature with 18-inch feet that walks erect like a man and lives deep in the forest have circulated for more than 150 years.
Collection manager stumbles on relic
An ancient relic has been discovered deep in the dark and damp cellars of a 250-year-old Wakefield stately home.
Nostell Priory's collection manager, Gareth Williams, stumbled on the Roman remains during a power cut as he searched for the fuse box in the cellar.
Ghostbuster fights demons with Islam!
Ghosts get out of Malaysia!
Backmasking: Old theory, new spin
It is one of our most enduring conspiracy theories: Rock 'n' roll albums often contain intentionally reverse-recorded messages from the dark side.
Now nearly four decades old, the debate over so-called "backmasking" has been resurrected thanks to the advent of digital music and easy-to-use editing software. No more spinning that vinyl record backward on a turntable: Satan, apparently, has gone binary.
Human Finger Found In Fast Food Chili
Health officials have confirmed that the tip of a human finger was found in some chili at a San Jose, Calif., Wendy's restaurant.
Is this what they mean when they say "finger food?"
Shrouded in Mystery No More?
The Shroud of Turn has mystified scientists for years. Now a literature professor from Idaho says he can prove it's a fake.
TAS TIGER HUNT BOUNTY GROWS
The race is on for the hunters to put to rest, once and for all, speculation that the Tasmanian tiger still exists.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Lawrence Man to Stand Trial
46-year-old Martin Miller, a carpenter and former leader of a Christian school, allegedly strangled his wife because "divorce was not an option" because "he believed it was frowned on by the Lord."
Special thanks to Hex Correspondent TJ for the heads up.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
ROLLING STONE BILL WYMAN WHILES AWAY HIS TIME METAL DETECTING
The perfect hobby for the retired rock star.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Anti-Cancer Compound in Green Tea Identified
Spanish and British scientists have discovered how green tea helps to prevent certain types of cancer.
Researchers at the University of Murcia in Spain (UMU) and the John Innes Center (JIC) in Norwich, England have shown that a compound called EGCG in green tea prevents cancer cells from growing by binding to a specific enzyme.
Monday, March 14, 2005
Hey! Ho! Let's Go!
The estate of Johnny Ramone is auctioning off some of his horror memorabilia. If anyone wants to buy me a present...
Trailing the Serpent
It is revealed that the new series airing on NGC would be Nat Geo Investigates, a show debuting with the tale of the notorious Charles Sobhraj.
The announcement follows the screening of the first episode, entitled The Serpent, which chronicles Sobhraj's crime career through the 1970s and 80s.
Jules Verne: mythmaker of the machine age
In the statue erected above his grave in Amiens, in Picardy, Jules Verne resembles God, or Santa Claus. A man with a flowing white beard heaves aside the marble covering of his own tomb and reaches portentously towards the heavens. The statue was designed to commemorate a visionary, an immortal, a man who saw beyond the horizons of ordinary men.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Author doubts Doubleday created baseball
The origins of baseball, America's game, may go back many centuries before Leif Erickson or Christopher Columbus visited this continent. In his search for the origins of the game, David Block explores studies that indicate the game dates back hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. He takes us through the ages with, among other artifacts, reproductions of medieval illuminated manuscripts; an 18th-century German manuscript containing rules for the game; and illustrated accounts of a game in Britain called "Rounders," which is similar to today's baseball. In many of these, while the rules and names are different, the principle of a pitched ball and a bat of some sort is consistent.
Phosphorus preserving pillar at Qutub Minar from rust
The iron pillar at the Qutub Minar complex here - one of the most enduring mysteries of Indian history - does not rust probably because of the high phosphorus content in the structure, experts said Friday.
The experts from various fields had arrived here to find what was protecting the 1,600-year-old structure, which is 7.2 metres long and weighs more than 6,000 kg, from rust.
A trip to Slovakia and the story of Elizabeth Bathory, the Vampire Countess.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
'The Mad Monk of Lidwell Chapel'
Great article on the investigation of Britain's first documented serial killer and the strange events that ensued.
Link found at The Anomalist
Fugitive Nazi cult leader arrested
A former Nazi who founded a secretive German colony in South America where opponents of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship were tortured has been arrested after more than a decade on the run.
Detectives in Argentina captured Paul Schafer, an 84-year-old German, on Thursday on the outskirts of the capital, Buenos Aires. Schafer has been wanted in Chile in connection with child abuse charges since 1996, when he disappeared. Last year a Chilean court convicted him in his absence of child abuse, together with 26 other cult members.
Schafer's cult compound, Colonia Dignidad (Colony of Righteousness), has been extensively investigated by author Peter Levenda. An article on Levenda can be found here
. Levenda is the author of Unholy Alliance: History of the Nazi Involvement With the Occult
and the forthcoming Sinister Forces-The Nine : A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft
Dolphin with artificial fin finds new porpoise in life
10 years after Aum sarin attacks, pseudo-religions thriving in Japan
Good long article.
At 27, [Asahara] was arrested for running an illegal pharmacy and selling quack medicine. He opened his own yoga studio, where he focused on developing extrasensory abilities through ascetic training. He claimed a 1986 trip to the Himalayas awakened special powers within him such as levitation and the capability to pass through walls.
Treasure hunters feel pull of magnetic gear
Magnets may be a staple of New Age mysticism, but a magnetometer might just lead a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to a centuries-old treasure.
That entrepreneur and a group of archaeologists hope to uncover an unusual haul off the coast of Mexico: a cache of Ming pottery that's more than 400 years old, sitting in the hull of a Spanish galleon.
HIDDEN GEMS BECKON AT TEXAS TREASURE SHOW
One man's trash may be another man's treasure, but with a combined value of $16 million, no one's going to call the stuff at the 2005 Texas Treasure Show "trash."
This annual two-day celebration of all things lost and found is the largest treasure show of its kind in America. Treasure collectors from all over the United States gather to display their valuables.
Objects range from dusty Civil War bullets to rose-shaped lockets to heavy metal toys.
Cairo to be Garden City once again
In the desert, an oasis is akin to paradise and in the sands of Egypt, many of history's greatest gardens flowered on the banks of the Nile.
But in Cairo, a city of 16 million people that has ballooned on the ruins of many Islamic dynasties from the 8th century Abbasid Caliphs to 19th century Ottomans, there has been, for several generations, barely a footprint of unbuilt open space for each of the city's inhabitants. Cairo has been choking on natural dust storms, the grit of modernity and even the smoke of kebab grills that are set up along the river bank every evening - with nary a green spot to retreat to.
China's Shaolin Kung fu abbot takes on the UN
Shaolin Temple monk Shi Yongxin knows only too well strength, flexibility, sensitivity, grace and endurance are important components of kung fu.
And the expert scholar of the discipline may well have to summon all the above if he is to succeed in his mission to have kung fu given UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) world heritage status.
Whatever happened to Evelyn West?
Nice article on the passing of Evelyn "$50,000 treasure chest" West.
Her chief claim to fame: her 39 1/2-inch bust that Lloyds of London insured for the $50K. She performed twice nightly in a striptease act at the Stardust Club on the old DeBaliviere Strip, just north of Forest Park and its Jefferson Memorial. In St. Louis in the '50s and '60s, her name was as familiar to male adolescents and young adults as that of Stan Musial, though, of course, the two inspired different forms of adulation.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Gallup on Blogs: Most Americans Have Never Heard of Them
Media and political types are currently obsessed with the newfound influence of blogs, but is the trend being overhyped? According to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, relatively few Americans are generally familiar with the phenomenon of blogging.
Extremely interesting article on the supposed influence of blogs.
Three-quarters of the U.S. public uses the Internet at work, school, or home, but only one in four Americans are either "very familiar" or "somewhat familiar" with blogs, Gallup reports.
More than half, 56 percent, have no knowledge of them. And even among Internet users, only 32 percent are very or somewhat familiar with blogs.
From the lowly acorn . . .
Longtime fugitive Jesse James Hollywood captured in Brazil
After eluding authorities for five years, Jesse James Hollywood was captured in Brazil and returned Thursday to California, where he faces charges of kidnapping and killing a 15-year-old boy.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Informant says He Killed Candy Heiress Who Disappeared in Minnesota
A federal informant claims candy heiress Helen Brach, who mysteriously disappeared from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester more than 28 years ago, was beaten, shot and dumped in an Indiana steel-mill furnace, according to an account filed in federal court.
Electrician Says in Suicide Note That He Killed Judge's Family
An out-of-work electrician whose delusional, decade-long legal crusade against doctors, lawyers and the government was dismissed last year by a federal judge, killed himself Wednesday night, leaving behind letters in which he admitted murdering the judge's husband and mother here last week.
Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction
A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated.
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Mongo's back, baby!
People always complain to me that they don't have anything good to read. "I just want something fun . . ." Well, listen up. George C. Chesbro writes strange and wonderful books about Dr. Robert Frederickson, dwarf, doctor of criminology, black belt in karate, private detective, and former world-class circus performer known as "Mongo the Magnificent."
I have always loved the Mongo books but they have been very difficult to find. I reread one last year from my local library, just to get a Mongo fix, and enjoyed the hell out of it. Now Chesbro is bringing them back into print.
And if the planned movie with Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent) gets off the ground, you'll be able to say you liked the books better and be on the cutting edge of cool.
Visit Chesbro's site at Dangerous Dwarf
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
THE DIANA-MORRISSEY PHENOMENON
Remarkable connections between the death of Princess Diana and the lyrics of the Morrissey.
Link found at Corpus Mmothra.
DNA in judge's home doesn't match profiles
DNA samples were pulled from a cigarette butt found in the home where a federal judge's mother and husband were shot to death, but tests did not match any known criminal profile in the United States, according to published report.
Vote Fraud Investigator's 'Suicide' Case Reopened by Georgia Police
The case of the mysterious suicide of Raymond Lemme of the Florida Inspector General's office was reopened by Valdosta, Georgia police last December shortly after we broke the story of computer programmer Clint Curtis' sworn affidavit charging that he had built a "vote-rigging software prototype" at the request of Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)!
Furthermore, graphic and disturbing photos from the crime scene -- said in the original police report to have not existed due to a failure in the camera's "flash memory cards" -- have recently been published on the web!
Great article on explorer Richard D. Fisher.
Link found at The Anomalist.
Monday, March 07, 2005
Chem-Phys murder fact, not fiction
One of those campus urban legends turns out to be true.
'Saint Death' Worshippers March in Mexico
Great article on the 'Saint Death' cult
Many of the faithful recount miracles performed for them by Saint Death - depicted as a smiling female skeleton known as our "Our Little White Girl," the right-hand servant of God.
The faithful regard La Santa Muerte as an angel or saint who only kills based on God's orders. "It's better to make her you're friend," Almanza noted.
Napoleon Strikes Again
Texas Man's 1980s Shirt Worn by Napoleon Dynamite.
'Napoleon Dynamite' fever makes little town a hot spot
Talk to a Preston resident for any length of time and you're likely to hear the town's new mantra.
"There's a little bit of Napoleon in all of us," says lifelong resident Thedora Petterborg. "Who hasn't felt like that once in a while?"
And now, based on the cult following the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" has earned, the tiny city of Preston has gained a cult following all its own.
Moon probe could kill conspiracy theory
A European spacecraft now orbiting the moon could turn out to be a time machine of sorts as it photographs old landing sites of Soviet robotic probes and the areas where American Apollo crews set down and explored.
The live-in customers at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Arizona reside in eight 10ft-high steel tanks filled with liquid nitrogen. They are incapable of breathing, thinking, walking, riding a bike or scratching an itch. But don't refer to them as deceased.
They may be frozen at minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit and identified by prison-like numbers. But to Alcor, the 67 bodies - in many cases, just severed heads - are patients who may live again if science can just figure out how to reanimate them.
Great leaping ninjas, gaijin are getting a grip on martial arts
Pursuing the paranormal
West Barnstable group uses tools to identify voices from beyond.
Probers of the paranormal want to shine the light of science on things that go bump in the night
Rieve, who is from New Britain, belongs to the Central Connecticut State University Society of Paranormal Investigations. The student group, organized last fall, is investigating what's known as the Coe mansion, or Coe Castle as it's sometimes called, which looks down at Platt High School from a nearby hill.
DNA Results Expected In Lefkow Murders
DNA results gathered at the home where Federal Judge Joan Lefkow's husband and mother were killed are expected back from the lab this week.
Lawyer: Rader is 'easy to deal with'
Rader trial expected to cost millions
The puzzle of Dennis Rader
BTK's distinctive signature revealed after 31 years.
Mysterious deaths weaken the 'left-wing media' myth
A common misconception some are led to believe is that the mainstream press has a liberal bias.
Those ascribing to the "liberal bias" myth believe the press will take any attempt to tarnish the President and other right-wingers credibility and reputations.
If this were so, surely they would've picked up on the suspicious suicides of people pointing fingers at our government leaders - Hunter S. Thompson, Gary Webb, Terrance Yeakey and Margie Schoedinger.
Farmer digs up mystery of tunnel network under field
A FARMER has unearthed a network of ancient tunnels on his land which are believed to be about 700 years old.
Peter Waddell uncovered the medieval system, thought to have been constructed by monks in the fourteenth century, during building work.
140-year-old murder mystery unravels
The scrawled words of a man tormented by his act of murder more than 140 years ago led police to the discovery of a mysterious bone yesterday.
Major Crime detectives followed exact directions contained in a written confession to the location of the victim in Birdwood - "underneath a pear tree, 400 feet behind the house and eight feet underground".
The 73-year-old letter, discovered recently behind a fireplace by the owner of the property during renovations, described arguments the author had with an Englishman. Those arguments, according to the letter, led to murder. "I am fearful of the consequences," the letter reads. "I buried his body and all the possessions. That incident has always been on my conscience but I have told no one."
See also this follow-up.
9/11 AND CHERTOFF: COUSIN WROTE 9/11 PROPAGANDA FOR POPULAR MECHANICS
Chertoff said he was the "senior researcher" of the piece. When asked if he was related to Michael Chertoff, he said, "I don't know." Clearly uncomfortable about discussing the matter further, he told me that all questions about the article should be put to the publicist - the one who never answers the phone.
Benjamin's mother in Pelham, New York, however, was more willing to talk. Asked if Benjamin was related to the new Secretary of Homeland Security, Judy said, "Yes, of course, he is a cousin."
Link found at MackWhite.com
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Police Find Skulls, Signs Of Animal Sacrifices At Home
Deputies are looking for several suspects after finding signs of an occult in a neighborhood in south Orange County.
Stick insects latest craze in weird pets
First foxes and now giant stick insects.
Speaking of "must have" pets for the wealthy, can you imagine Paris Hilton carrying one of these things around?
Baby Foxes Going to the Dogs
Unbelievably cute domesticated Russian foxes, with adorable pic.
So, how long until the pet fox becomes the de riguer pet of the wealthy?
Link found at boing boing
.Young foxes, or kits, scamper in a cage in Siberia, Russia, where they are part of a 45-year research project to domesticate foxes. Each generation has been selectively bred for tameness - fearlessness and nonaggression toward humans. By now the foxes in the project behave like pet dogs, barking and wagging their tails at humans.
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Did hobbits live until 200 years ago . . . when humans killed them off?