Monday, October 30, 2006
You're gonna need a bigger truck.
Spotted on 10/19, by an eagle-eyed Wonkette reader: The Mid-Atlantic Shredding Services truck making its way up to the Cheney compound at the Naval Observatory.
The Manbat of LaCrosse Wisconsin
Linda Godfrey has the latest tale of high weirdness in Wisconsin. And be sure to click on the other recent report on the bottom of the page.
Via the Anomalist.
Decades later, the Dover Demon still haunts
Twenty-nine years later, William Bartlett stands by his story of what he saw on Farm Street that night. It was an eerie human-like creature, he said, about 4 feet tall with glowing orange eyes and no nose or mouth in a watermelon-shaped head.
And Cryptomundo weighs in as well.
The Beast of Bladenboro
In 1954, a savage killer kept a small North Carolina town in a grip of terror. He left big tracks, a bloody trail and a hair-raising legend. Was it a bear? A vampire-cat? To this day, the creature remains a mystery.
Via the Anomalist.
I wonder if the Beast was the inspiration for the monster cat Greediguts in Robert McCammon's Usher's Passing,
also set in North Carolina.
THE ROOD BIGFOOT
Rood Creek Park can be an eerie place for reasons other than a possible Bigfoot sighting six years ago.
Don't answer that knock when staying in room 604
Ghosts don't necessarily disappear, so to speak, when businesses change locations.
Masonic lodges face declining membership
Within an hour of my arrival at the local Masonic lodge for a rare public ceremony, four older men wearing aprons decorated with drawings of T-squares and compasses have asked me to become a Freemason.
Ghosts of New York
You'd think that the City That Never Sleeps would have more than a few.
Do the ghosts of prisoners haunt the old W. Virginia Penitentiary?
Convicts serving afterlife sentences keep things lively in West Virginia's creaky, creepy old penitentiary.
Think your house is haunted? Effort couple can help
Co-founders and co-directors of Paranormal Investigators of the Poconos, the Pryors are dedicated to explaining the unexplainable.
The old haunting grounds
Some say Bridgewater Triangle is a paranormal hot spot.
Ancient Pyramids Of Bosnia? Many Are Believers
"The first thing I noticed was the peculiar shape of that hill," he said. "It had the perfect shape, the perfect geometry of the pyramid."
Conjuring magic for the movies
Creating effects for films such as 'The Illusionist' and 'The Prestige' is a delicate process as tricky as alchemy.
At UAA, ghosts are on the playbill
Eerie venue is known for creeping out actors, techies.
Mystery ship appears from Fort Morgan sands
Two local historians said the wreck is about three miles from the site where a Civil War blockade runner is buried under the sand, but they did not know the identity of the new ship.
Monday Morning Jackson Pollock
Monday artistic fun. Press keyboard keys to change colors and the space bar to reset.
A Village Of Curses?
Another article on Dudleytown.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Book Paints Escape-Artist Houdini As Spy
A new biography of the legendary performer suggests that Houdini worked as a spy for Scotland Yard, monitored Russian anarchists and chased counterfeiters for the U.S. Secret Service - all before he was possibly murdered.
Via rieraci's page at Stumbleupon.
Aliens in Tappen, ND?
Strange creatures in the Dakotas.
Via the Anomalist.
Marilyn's last day: Twenty-four hours in the death of a legend
Was it murder or suicide? Was she desperate or full of hope? Did Robert Kennedy visit her secretly or was he miles away? Monroe would have been 80 this year. As the anniversary is marked, Liz Hoggard reconstructs her final moments from the latest theories.
Speaker is no Rip-off
Few murderers have gained more notoriety and suspense than Jack the Ripper, and few people have gained as much expertise as Donald Rumbelow, retired London police officer and former chair of the British Crime Writers' Association.
Yoga for Asthma: Does It Really Work?
Yoga is an excellent alternative therapy for Asthma, new research shows.
Archeologists unveil Aztec monolith
Mexican archeologists have found a massive stone icon that may be the most important Aztec figure ever discovered, unearthing a door at a ruined temple in the throbbing heart of Mexico City.
Supplying the ghostbusting world
A profile of Noah Voss, paranormal investigator and the founder and CEO of GetGhostGear.com.
Builder tells of bizarre sighting
Did you spot a UFO flying over Ipswich yesterday morning? If you did you wouldn't be alone.
The Bethany Ghost(s)- persistent but elusive spirit(s)
Part One: Ghosts: Real or imaginary?
The light phantasmagorical
Interesting review of The Perfect Medium: Photography and the Occult.
DARK FUNERAL's First Visit To Chile Since Priest's Murder Creates Controversy
On July 24, 2004, 26-year-old Rodrigo Orias slit Father Faustino Gazziero's throat, smeared his face with the victim's blood and then stabbed himself several times in the chest and neck with the same knife while hundreds of churchgoers at Santiago's Metropolitan Cathedral watched in horror.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Ex-Bush official receives 18 month prison sentence
Raw Story's got it.
John Keel update
John Keel continues his recovery. At Cryptomundo.
And while you're there check out Loren Coleman's Top Cryptids.
Werewolves of Elkhorn
For decades, terrified eyewitnesses have reported encounters with otherworldly creatures on country roads near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. We sent a brave team of investigators to separate monster from myth.
Fantastic phantoms and the man who jams lights
Rutgers Rarities students share latest stories of the paranormal in Middlesex.
125th anniversary of the Gunfight at O.K. Corral
For all sorts of reasons, the lore and lure of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral lives on 125 years after a 30-second shootout immortalized the Earps, "Doc" Holliday and this community dubbed "the town too tough to die."
Great Wall size mystery may be resolved
A 500-year-old question - just how long is China's Great Wall? - will be answered in 2008 by two government departments.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
A Look Into the Vault
Offering some prime examples of totalitarian kitsch, the Kremlin Museums unveil their collection of gifts to Soviet leaders.
With pic of amazing "Hammer and Sickle Over the Globe" phone. Must be seen to be believed.
Mysterious humming driving Aucklanders 'bonkers'
A mysterious humming driving people to despair across Auckland has pricked the ears, and curiosity, of scientists trying to find the source.
Roll Call Provides Scandal Scorecard
With so many congressional scandals out there, who can keep track? Thanks to the good people at Roll Call newspaper, you can! They've created a handy-dandy chart listing 17 of 18 known federal investigations into members of the 109th Congress.
Gainesville Ripper executed
Florida has executed a serial killer whose grisly murders of five students haunted students at a major university and sent a chill through campuses across the US.
Recipe for a Cooked Election
From Greg Palast.
A personal account of the Battle of Los Angeles
An Eyewitness Account of the Mysterious Object that "Attacked" the Los Angeles Basin in the Wee Hours of February 25, 1942, plus a Ufological Assessment, Sixty-Four Years after the Fact.
Worth a look. This is the only first-person account of this story that I know of.
Wildcat Mountain's secret
Hauntings, buried treasure some say are part of history at state park.
Mysteries from Wisconsin. The Sentinel story may be of interest to those following the legends associated with the Knights of the Golden Circle.
Via the Anomalist.
A History Of Halloween
Halloween and the festivities associated with it evolved from ancient cultural and religious practices of the Celts.
Rougarou remains strong figure in Cajun folklore
As the end of October approaches, a mood shift can be seen across south Louisiana. For many, this time brings the cool weather they love, Halloween and trick-or-treaters and the accompanying bonfires with stories about the mysterious night-wandering creature known as the rougarou.
Island's terrors extend beyond the 'Triangle'
It wasn't known as the "Isle of Devils" for nothing.
Perhaps a haunted house isn't necessary for a real-life ghostly encounter
From what I understand, going to a particular home is not necessary to have a ghostly encounter. They can happen in places with no known reputation for being haunted.
Tales of Haunted Oregon Coast Lighthouses
They inspire imaginations, impart mystery and create an ever-widening array of emotions and thoughts. And many of them may or may not be haunted.
Mystery 'explosion' damages homes
Skyquake in Cornwall.
Visiting L.I.'s Most Haunted Places at Midnight, friday the 13th.
New twist in missing plane saga
One of the strangest stories I've encountered in a decade of writing columns is getting stranger.
Mysterious art marks remote canyon walls in Utah
All through southern Utah's rugged terrain, visitors find awe and mystery in the scattered ancient rock-art panels on remote canyon walls.
10 most real-life ghost photos
Or unreal life, if you prefer.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Paranormal Research Society gears up for TV show
Penn State University is known worldwide for a lot of things: football, authors, scientists, ice cream, etc. Early next year, however, it will also be known for its Paranormal Research Society, which is currently filming a series of 13 episodes for an upcoming A&E television show called "Paranormal U," a documentary-drama following the lives of PRS members as they balance paranormal research and investigation with the responsibilities of being college students.
True Curse Haunting Family's Forest Land Was Progress
The curse legend started with the 1938 publication of "They Found a Way," a popular history by Iveagh Hunt Sherry and William H. Garrigus that relies more on hearsay and hyperbole than fact. They wrote that the curse caused madness, suicide, fatal accidents, natural disasters and vanishings - both human and animal - to befall Dudleytown. They traced it to 1510, when Edmund Dudley of England was beheaded for plotting to overthrow King Henry VIII. Satanists placed a curse on his descendants.
History buff searches for Lost Colony
Nearly every North Carolinian knows that a band of English settlers vanished from Roanoke Island about 1589, creating the legendary Lost Colony. No one knows where they went. An outdoor production replays the mystery year after year.
But the full story is more complex.
Via the Anomalist
Before the 9/11 Conspiracies, There Was the Oklahoma Bombing
Much of the faulty logic and circumstancial evidence that justifies the 9/11 conspiracies are repeats of the theories that abounded in Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing.
Ghostbusters called in at village hall
Suffolk and Norfolk Paranormal Investigations (SNPI) was asked to look into a "presence" at Layham Village Hall following an incident last month.
See also: We Don't Serve Spirits Here
And A haunting on Del Paso Blvd
The Beautiful Cigar Girl
A review of Daniel Stashower's new book The Beautiful Cigar Girl - Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe And the Invention of Murder from the New York Times.
Sounds cool. Stashower is the author of a vastly entertaining series of mysteries starring Harry Houdini
, as well as biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle and Philo T. Farnsworth.
Legends and myths of Winona State
Winona State University ghost stories.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Blogging the Unsolved
The busiest man in the blogosphere, Steve Huff of Crimeblog, has started a new blog about unsolved cases, Unsolvedblog
. The Professor says check it out.
The Ultra-Extreme Calorie Restriction Diet Test
Is a life lived on the edge of starvation worth living? Our hungry reporter gives the ultra-extreme Calorie Restriction Diet a two-month taste test.In lab studies going back to the thirties, mice on severely limited diets have consistently lived as much as 50 percent longer than the oldest of their well-fed peers- the rodent equivalent of a human life stretched past the age of 160.
Via Boing Boing.
Has the Awful returned to Berkshire & Richford?