Monday, April 28, 2008
Cops Chase 'Smiley Face' Murder Mystery
etectives Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte have been tracking the suspicious drowning deaths of young men across the country ever since they investigated the death of college student Patrick McNeill, who drowned in New York City in 1997. Gannon made a promise to McNeill's parents that he would never give up on his case.
This is the same case the FBI said could not be the work of a serial killer. More here.
Hans Holzer: The Original Ghost Hunter
In a day when ghost investigation has become a subject for reality television and those involved are more like cartoon characters than serious researchers, it's prudent to take a look at a real Ghost Hunter.
James Dean and the curse of the Little Bastard.
It was like a silver bullet: Shiny, fast and rare. James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder was only one of 90 made. And on September 30, 1955, with Dean behind the wheel, the customized racing machine that he named Little Bastard proved to be just as deadly when it carried Dean into a collision that took the movie star's life.
Ghost hunters search world for the mysterious
They spend a lot of time in darkened basements using instruments like electromagnetic field meters, night vision goggles, and Geiger counters.
Bright lights, big city: UFO reported over Baytown skies
Lisa Fojt and her aunt, Kathy Boyd, say they saw more than the bright refinery lights of Baytown when they crossed the Fred Hartman Bridge Saturday night.UFO sighting in Decatur
Leader of Church of $cientology, David Miscavige, Physically Abused Staff For Years
When you read this transcribed interview I ask that you bear in mind, this man, David Miscavige, is a role model to $cientologists around the globe, he is the head of an organization which deems itself as the spiritual salvation for mankind.
Interesting site - mostly celebrity gossip with a healthy dose of $cientology expose.
Ancient rock drawings unearthed in northern China
With the help of local herdsmen , a huge cluster of ancient rock drawings has been unearthed in northern China’s Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region.
The man who created the Fortean Times
The supernatural frogs falling from the sky, mysterious airships, spontaneous human combustion... it all fascinated Charles Fort, whose appetite for the paranormal lives on today in sci-fi, conspiracy theories and that quirky chronicle of the unknown, the Fortean Times.
Book: Blackbeard and crew born in Carolinas
In a pirate-worthy broadside on conventional history, a Raleigh author claims that Blackbeard and many of his henchmen weren't rogue Englishmen, but sons of North Carolina landowners.
100-year mystery: Did Indiana woman get away with murders?
A century later, modern forensic scientists hope to solve once and for all what appears to have been a web of multiple murders, deceit, sex and money orchestrated by a woman dubbed Lady Bluebeard, after the fairy tale character who killed multiple wives and left their bodies in his castle.
Nazi treasure, giant scorpions... and a crystal skull: The adventures of the REAL Indiana Jones
The amazing life of Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges.
Fate of Holocaust rescuer Raoul Wallenberg remains mystery
Fresh documents are about to become public that might cast light on another puzzle: whether Wallenberg was connected, directly or indirectly, to a supersecret U.S. intelligence agency known as "the Pond," operating as World War II was drawing to a close and the Soviets were growing increasingly suspicious of Western intentions in eastern Europe.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Glimpsing the Bushman
When I came north, I chuckled at tales of a tall, hairy creature. Until I saw something.
Tapping in to sixth sense to avoid danger
Martial artist, professional trainer and professional psychic Jock Brocas has drawn together elements from his background in the martial arts, the armed forces and security industry along with what he regards as his own psychic abilities to create a defence mechanism based on awareness which forms the basis of his first book, "Powers of the Sixth Sense".
Tourist snaps UFO in Croydon
See also: Black patches and black secrets
Bigfoot in Fresno County?
Whether you want to believe it or not, there are a lot of people in Central California who think they've had a brush with a Bigfoot, or Sasquatch.
Seeking buried treasure of Yucatecan outlaws
When we entered the third room, we immediately heard a strong signal that told us: "Dig!" Only a few inches into the sandy floor, we dug out an eight reale (piece of eight), minted in 1803 when Mexico was still under Spanish domination. Coinage was lettered in Latin, indicating Charles IV was king of Spain and the Indies.
Voodoo Logic: So Who Cursed Whom With Jersey?
The burial of objects, and particularly names, can be traced back as far as the ancient Egyptians and the residents of what is now Iran. Benedictions and prayers were typically inscribed on the stones of houses to ward off evil spirits. Names were also inscribed on tablets of lead — a metal with strong symbolic connections to the underworld — and then buried to curse that person.
Witchcraft Link To Headless Stag Dressed In A Tshirt
The gruesome story of a beheaded stag whose carcass was left dressed in a T-shirt has left a community baffled and sickened.
Unexplained suicide spike in U.K. county
Since the start of 2007, 19 teenagers and young adults have taken their own lives in the tiny towns scattered through the southern Welsh county of Bridgend, where people have been living along the Ogmore River for centuries. Total population: around 130,000.
Vikings acquitted in 100-year-old murder mystery
Tests of the bones of two Viking women found in a buried longboat have dispelled 100-year-old suspicions that one was a maid sacrificed to accompany her queen into the afterlife, experts said on Friday.
What lay beneath an Oregon ghost town?
The blogosphere of treasure-hunting metal detector enthusiasts (yes, there is such a thing) is humming and beeping this week about a mysterious discovery in the Oregon outback.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Subway vent sea monster
Robotic Body Scoopers: Bring Out Your Dead
Meet Robokiyu the Rescue Robot, whose job it is to come in and extract the dead from any situation.
Sunshine State can be spooky
At Mike Conley's Tales of the Weird.
Asians invented oil painting?
Scientists say ancient paintings found behind the Afghan Buddhas were made of oil at a time that Europeans knew not of the technique.
Ghosts Attack Women?
Two Washington State women claim they've been sexually attacked by ghosts.
UFO Video: Phoenix Lights a Hoax, Man Claims
What were those four red lights that floated over north Phoenix? Several witnesses caught the light formation in photos and on video and many are wondering exactly what the four lights were and what was their source?
See also: Secrets And Lies director Mike Leigh admits crop circle obsession
Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm
Piotr Wozniak's quest for anonymity has been successful. Nobody along this string of little beach resorts recognizes him as the inventor of a technique to turn people into geniuses.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Searching for Bigfoot
For years there has been the question of whether human-like apes have stalked the woods of North America. Some people say yes, while others do not believe the creature - known simply as “Bigfoot” - could have escaped civilization. We talked to one Northeast Georgia man who has dedicated his life to exploring this cultural phenomenon.
Satanic Cults in Fashion in Rome, Says Priest
Satanic cults are on the rise in an unexpected location – Rome, says a Catholic priest.
A new angle on pyramids
It's a theory that gives indigestion to mainstream archeologists. Namely, that some of the immense blocks of Egypt's Great Pyramids might have been cast from synthetic material - the world's first concrete - not just carved whole from quarries and lugged into place by armies of toilers.
Iron Age druid's grave could be first burial site of its kind discovered in Britain
Archaeologists have discovered the grave of an Iron Age druid, near Colchester in Essex, UK, which could be the first burial site of an ancient mystic ever to be discovered in Britain.
Four Abandoned Stations of the London Underground
There are many legends about the station being haunted by the ghost of an ancient Egyptian woman dressed in a loincloth and headdress. The rumours grew so strong that a newspaper offered a reward for anyone brave enough to spend the night there. No one did of course…
Longevity Quest Moves Slowly From Lab To Life
Biologically, it could be possible one day to extend the average nearly 80-year human lifespan by five to 10 years, and eventually, perhaps, to 110 years, says Dr. Nir Barzilai, a professor of medicine and molecular genetics and director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein.
Watch the Skies!
Mystery Lights Spotted Flying 'In Formation' In Fla. Skies
Residents Report UFO SightingsMystery lights reported over PhoenixStrange Lights Spotted Over St. AugustineUFO Photos, Video: Phoenix Lights Part Two?Air Traffic Controllers Who Saw UFO Muzzled by FAA
Monday, April 21, 2008
Behind Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand
To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.
Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.
Via Steve Huff
, who points out that Fox analyst Paul E. Vallely specialized in psychological warfare and once authored a paper with Michael Aquino
, ex-member of the Church of Satan and founder of the Temple of Set.
'Button phobia is ruining my life'
Some people shiver at the thought of snakes or spiders but Gillian Linkins must have one of the most bizarre phobias – buttons.
DEICIDE's GLEN BENTON Claims Bigfoot Sighting
Glen Benton, vocalist and bassist for death metal legends DEICIDE, claims to have seen a Sasquatch or Bigfoot in a Florida state forest.
St. Augustine Residents Say a UFO Flew Over Their Homes
How to Create a Marilyn Myth
Let's say you wanted to lure a scoop-horny, gullible media into promoting your upcoming documentary on Marilyn Monroe. But you didn't want anyone suing you later. Here's how.
The Lost Leonardo Da Vinci
In the art world, there is perhaps no mystery more enduring than the fate of a lost masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, the greatest mind of the Renaissance. It was an immense unfinished mural known as "The Battle of Anghiari." For centuries, it has been assumed the work was destroyed, painted over or simply faded away long ago.
D.B. Cooper case has become an open book for the FBI
After a search that has lasted more than 36 years, all of the evidence in the case of the legendary outlaw known as D.B. Cooper fits easily into an inconspicuous box, carried comfortably under the arm of FBI agent Larry Carr.
Murder mystery of Shakespeare and the play that got away
THE Broad Acres might traditionally seem to be as remote from the Bard as the Globe Theatre is from Stratford.
However, for decades Shakespeare devotees have been puzzling as to whether A Yorkshire Tragedy, published by a W Shakespeare exactly 400 years ago in 1608, should be accepted into the lesser fringes of the great man's literary canon or whether it was more likely written by the hand of a contemporary playwright, Thomas Middleton.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Paranormal expert says ghosts won't be moving to new Yankee Stadium
The new baseball structure going up in the Bronx may represent something strange in the neighborhood for the ghosts of Yankee lore. They may not so readily transfer their energy from the old rafters to the new suites and skyboxes.
Man found in Lady Bird Lake was teacher, FBI target
Austin police said Thursday that they are leaning toward a ruling of suicide in the death of a middle school teacher and activist whose body was found Wednesday in Lady Bird Lake with his hands and legs bound and tape over his eyes.
Borneo's pygmy elephant last survivor: WWF
Leading conservation group WWF said Borneo's mysterious pygmy elephants might be the last survivors of the now-extinct Javan elephants.
Meredith's murder, an open-and-shut case that has turned into a mystery
Journalists have to wonder whether their faithful reporting of leaks from the Italian police - plus a little speculation of their own - was really justified. Could the allegedly guilty be innocent after all?
See also: Cutting Edge: Sex, Lies and the Murder of Meredith Kercher; Come Dine with Me'Foxy Knoxy' Innocent?As new evidence throws the Meredith Kercher case into chaos, just who DID kill her?
Another cougar in Chicagoland?
Searchers swooped low over the Skokie Lagoons in a helicopter Wednesday to look for signs of a cougar after several reported sightings of a big cat there -- including a sighting Tuesday, a day after a 2-year-old cougar was shot by police in Chicago.
4,000-year old Tibetan medicine: A combination of science and art
"Traditional Tibetan medicine is purely natural and unpolluted. It has unique curative effect. I believe Tibetan medicine will play a bigger role in China and the world in the 21 century."
Robert Capa photo investigators defend war picture news
Experts leading an investigation that could end controversy over whether one of Robert Capa's most famous war photographs was staged have defended its authenticity.
Mystery Illnesses Rise Among Pig Workers
The number of mysterious neurological illnesses among workers who processed pig brains at pork plants in three states has grown to as many as 24, and other possible cases are being evaluated, researchers said Wednesday.
Ind. police: Lights in sky a mystery
Police in Indiana's Tipton and Howard counties said they have received multiple reports of bright streaks of light in the sky Wednesday night.
See also: UFO Crash in North Texas 1891UFO mystery in the sky at night
(with pic)Argentina: UFO Wasn't Photographed on Purpose, They Say
Mystery object fell through New Zealand house roof
A piece of iron that smashed the roof of a house in New Zealand continued to have police and aviation experts puzzled on Friday, news reports said.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Saginaw, Michigan, man discovers UFOs do exist; and he has a picture
With tiny pic.
See also: Divers search for UFO
Grunt work: Scientists make Neanderthals speak again
After a nearly 30,000-year silence, Neanderthals are speaking once more, thanks to researchers who have modelled the hominids' larynx to replicate the possible sounds it would make, New Scientist says.
Our Paranormalist Subculture
I've always been fascinated with subcultures. I don't care if they're tattoo aficionados, snake handlers, stuffed animal enthusiasts, Rosicrucians and Freemasons, or lint collectors, I could spend the rest of my conscious life reading about the who, what, and why of such unique human collections of activity and enthusiasm.
Legend of the Crystal Skulls
Sixteen years ago, a heavy package addressed to the nonexistent "Smithsonian Inst. Curator, MezoAmerican Museum, Washington, D.C." was delivered to the National Museum of American History. It was accompanied by an unsigned letter stating: "This Aztec crystal skull, purported to be part of the Porfirio Díaz collection, was purchased in Mexico in 1960.... I am offering it to the Smithsonian without consideration."
Mystery pits found at Jersey care home
Large amounts of lime, which can be used to disintegrate corpses, have been found in a pit uncovered at a former children’s care home at the centre of abuse allegations.
In Pictures: Seven Stanes
Cops gun down cougar
City dwellers, consider this a confirmation: It is a jungle out there.
And residents of the North Side's Roscoe Village neighborhood found out firsthand Monday when a cougar -- or mountain lion, as authorities alternately referred to it -- pawed around their neighborhood and authorities shot and killed it.
See also: Cougar shooting leads to second-guessing of policeCougar killed in Chicago may have journeyed from South Dakota
Civil War anchor goes on display at Great Bridge Bridge
The city’s newest landmark is a 14-foot, 5-ton Civil War-era anchor that’s now on display at the foot of the Great Bridge Bridge.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Church of $cientology warns Wikileaks over documents
And Wikileaks tells them to $tuff it.
In search of Bigfoot
Twenty searchers taking part in a four-day quest for Bigfoot along a stretch of the Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County emerged from the woods on Sunday without making any visual encounters with the legendary primate.
Bigfoot in S.C.? | Experts: ‘it’s the real deal’
UFO 'gave me the heebie-jeebies'
Andrew Warren and his son, Stephen Whitrod, spotted a series of lights in the sky over their March Road home at around 11pm as they were checking on their chickens.
Last known Titanic survivor has KC connection
Did the cold Atlantic air wake her before the lifeboat swung away?
Before being popped into a sack, did she sense the confusion and fear on the sloping deck where her doomed father stood?
The mysterious black panther makes a rare appearance, scout reports
The Bay Area's ultimate wildlife mystery, the mythic black panther, may have been solved by a local wildlife expert who said he and a friend sighted an anomalous black mountain lion at Point Reyes National Seashore.
Morgellons Disease May Be Linked to Genetically Modified Food
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has given care giant Kaiser Permanente over $300,000 to test and interview 150 to 500 patients suffering from Morgellons Disease. The study will be done in northern California where many Morgellons patients live.
Japan’s Underwater Pyramid
Underwater rock formations resembling a pyramid found off Yonaguni Jima Island in the Ryukyu Islands of Japan may represent the Asian version of Atlantis according to Masaaki Kimura, a marine geologist at the University of the Ryukyus in Japan.
Arsenic used to treat leukaemia
Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered how arsenic works as an effective treatment for leukaemia.
Houdini's silent films reappear
New three-DVD set compiles the escape artist's movies, feats.
Witches more popular, less scary
Witches get more respect than they used to here in the Witch City.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
John Carter Almost Went to Mars 70 Years Ago
A film fantasy that never was.
Via Boing Boing.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
UFO Spotted above Alice
With good video.
Bigfoot Lends a Hand
Boston is a hub of scientific innovation. But one field of study has been low profile here....until now.
Researchers put Rum Story’s ghosts under the microscope
Behind the ‘fun’ facade of ghost hunts is a more serious investigation.
Man jailed for 'mock Satanic ritual'
A Brisbane musician who cut the head off a pet goat during a mock Satanic ritual at a church altar once worked at the RSPCA, a court has heard.
'Breakthrough' at Stonehenge dig
Archaeologists carrying out an excavation at Stonehenge say they have broken through to a layer that may finally explain why the site was built.
Professor will unwrap mysteries of mummies
Ancient Egyptians mummified more than their brethren. Dogs, birds and crocodiles also fill many tombs, and Salima Ikram, a professor at the American University in Cairo, is perhaps the foremost expert on the topic.
Police step up hunt for serial killer, 'the woman without a face'
The mystery woman is suspected of six murders and 15 years of burglaries in three countries. Her latest victims may be three Georgian second-hand car dealers shot execution-style.
Storms uncover ancient 'ghost forest' along Oregon Coast
High winds, heavy rain and powerful surf pounding the Oregon Coast recently uncovered a ghost forest known mostly through legendary tales in the small community of Neskowin.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
The Jayhawks are National Champions
Rock chalk, baby. Rock chalk.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Oak Island Treasure Tale
This is the story of Will, an informant who in 2006 disclosed his alleged involvement in a covert, state of the art treasure quest off the coast of Oak Island, Nova Scotia; the treasure island of legend and the source of considerable speculation and intrigue down through the years.
LAW OFFICER TRACKED TEXAS UFO SPEED WITH RADAR DEVICE
A Stephenville, Texas, area law enforcement officer on patrol Jan. 8, 2008, used his police radar device for tracking speeders to measure the speed of a huge unidentified object in the sky.
Psychic crackdown on the cards
Mediums are fighting new EU rules designed to protect the public from dodgy traders, fearing that honest spiritualists could be targeted.
Fated for the business
Chin, a palmist in her 50s who claims she has been reading palms “long enough to want to quit”, says the lines on our palms are controlled by our mind.
Theologian stirs 9/11 conspiracy pot in Ventura
There is an increasing number of Americans who believe that George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and several of their toadies should be in prison, this writer included. But to suggest that the Bush administration is somehow involved in the 9/11 attacks seems to be a jaw-dropping and frightening stretch, but not to the scores of interested folks who turned out to hear David Ray Griffin's talk March 28 at the Poinsettia Pavilion in Ventura.
Ghost hunters encounter museum spook
Team members from Niagara Area Paranormal Society aren’t quite ready to give up their day jobs, but one gets an eerie sense that they guys and gals live for the chance to meet the dead.
Union gold legend lives on
A 145-year-old secret, worth $20 million, lies buried somewhere in the Dents Run area of rugged Elk County.
Baby bones mystery: Case still unsolved 25 years later
Very weird story.
See also: Baby bones case still haunts former detective
Friday, April 04, 2008
Blips on the Scopes
UFOs in Time magazine from 1952.
Paw print was dog's, but 'big cat' seen again
Whether a big cat is cruising Lake County remains an unanswered question, with new information on two fronts adding more to the mystery on Thursday.
Ghost Ships and Sea Desert Curses
Throughout history, people have always been fascinated and at the same time horrified by records of bizarre testimonies about eerie ship sights, where inexplicable and mysterious events took place.
Hard Evidence: The Ted Phillips Story
You want physical evidence for UFOs? Talk to Ted.
Via the Anomalist.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Scientists Find Oldest Human Samples Uncovered in the Americas
Scientists have found and dated the oldest human remains ever uncovered in the Americas -- a discovery that places people genetically similar to Native Americans in Oregon more than 14,000 years ago.
Weird fish discovered in Utah
A bizarre find in Brigham City, Utah has biologists stumped. A fish with fangs was discovered; now officials are trying to figure out exactly what it is.
Interview: Speed Racer Designer Explains Future City's "Carchitecture"
Owen Paterson designed the bleak cityscapes of the Matrix movies and V For Vendetta, and now he's creating the candy-colored neopolises of Speed Racer. Not to mention concept cars with wheels that can turn a full 180 degrees. We tracked him down in Sydney, Australia and asked him about the visual influences behind Cosmopolis, the city where Speed races, and the cars which Speed and his opponents drive.
Further Observations on the Chicago O'Hare Airport UFO Report
If the statements posted by the reader are true, there's a goldmine of information lying underneath.
See also: Unidentified object flies Canterbury skies
(With pic).UFO sighting 'no hoax,' experts sayInside the Black Budget
(same article as yesterday, now with illustrations.)
Chipping away at world's mysteries
The myth of Stonehenge may be more powerful even than science.
DNA Tests May Solve Mystery of Anastasia
Answers to the mystery of what befell the heirs of the last czar of Russia nearly a century ago may rest behind locked laboratory doors in Moscow and New England.
Passer-by Finds Human Skull in a Cardboard Box
Missing father 'author of new age book'
One of four people who vanished in Western Australia nine months ago is the author of a book predicting the end of the world, the book's publisher says.
‘Sub lady' working hard to make sure story is told
It was July 30, 1942, and World War II was in its infancy. The USS Grunion, a Gato-class attack submarine, had been patrolling the Aleutian Islands on her first war patrol, just west of Alaska and north of Kiska Island.
After reportedly sinking two Japanese patrol boats and crippling another, the Grunion's Lt. Cmdr. Mannert "Jim" Abele (pronounced A-blee) reported intensified submarine activity in the area, so the boat was ordered back to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
The sub would never be seen, nor its 70-member crew heard from, again. Its vanishing would likely remain a mystery forever.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Libraries and the occult