Thursday, February 28, 2008
Encounters with the Strange and Unexplained
As a highly awarded portrait photographer, Matt Hoyle has met a lot of interesting people throughout his career. But when he traveled across America in search of modern ghost stories, alien abductees and monster sightings to shoot his first photography book, he encountered a lot more than he ever expected.
Bigfoot casts a philosophical shadow
On the heels of Darwin Day, the Hearst Museum displays plaster casts of alleged Sasquatch footprints — and ponders the nature of evidence and truth.
Shipwreck mystery draws a crowd
The mystery shipwreck discovered on a Wellfleet beach almost a month ago continues to draw the curious — and not just casual visitors.
DNA might solve identity of headless corpse
When work started to determine who really was in serial killer Belle Gunness' coffin, Andrea Simmons had no idea just how much she was taking on.
Now she's found that along with solving that mystery, she's tackling new ones, including one big surprise: How did bones of children end up in Gunness' coffin?
See also: Area sleuth on trail of serial killer
FBI documents contradict 9/11 Commission report
Newly-released records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request contradict the 9/11 Commission’s report on the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and raise fresh questions about the role of Saudi government officials in connection to the hijackers.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
State land purchase preserves historic E. Tenn. cave : State and Regional News : Knoxville News Sentinel
The state is buying an East Tennessee cave with bird-man creatures and other mysterious images carved or painted on the walls about 700 years ago.
On This Day in History: February 27 Famous Spook House Destroyed by Fire
On Feb. 27, 1939, an infamous house in England was destroyed by fire. It was Borley Rectory, reputedly the “Most Haunted House in England.”
Gautier Man Shares Story Of 1973 Alien Abduction
Flying saucers and aliens abductions sound bizarre to some people in South Mississippi, but 76-year-old Charles Hickson of Gautier claims he actually lived that nightmare.
A 300-year old mystery
"For the past 300 years, chunks of amber-colored beeswax, some reportedly weighing as much as 54 kilograms (about 125 pounds), have occasionally washed up on the shores of Oregon's Nehalem Bay after a storm," the January 4 edition of Science said.
"In a few instances, exceptionally low tides have revealed a wooden hull. But the "beeswax wreck" has been shrouded in mystery," the article said.
Study sheds new light on bats' animal magnetism
Bats use a magnetic substance called magnetite as an 'internal compass' to help them navigate, scientists have found. The research, which was partly funded by a Marie Curie grant from the EU, is published in the journal PLoS ONE.
Pensioner left murder confession say police
A pensioner who died this month left a confession to a 37-year-old murder mystery in Liverpool, police have said.
No mystery, bookstore closes
Another bookstore bites the dust."There was one bookstore in town, about three feet of mysteries, and dead center there was `The Maltese Falcon,' a first edition," Mitchell said. "It was marked seven fifty, and I thought, I can afford $750. She charged me $7.50," Mitchell said. "I felt guilty, and I went back and bought the whole shelf." He later sold the book for $6,500.
Labyrinth of tunnels, chambers discovered beneath City of Industry, California, home
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Haunted America - The Borden-Winslow House
On August 4, 1982, Andrew Jackson Borden and his wife Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Mass. They had been killed with several blows to their bodies with a hatchet, Mr. Borden having his head crushed. Their killer still remains a mystery, despite the heavy conjecture that it was their daughter Lizzie Borden. But could Andrew and Abby still be in the house?
Mystery Couple Not 'Whitey' Bulger, Greig
The FBI's international manhunt for the Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive James J. "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend took a hit this week after widely circulated photos and video — thought to be the couple — turned out to be German tourists.
'Black Widow' Pleads Guilty to Stealing Southport Widow's Identity
Sandra Camille Bridewell Powers - AKA the 'Black Widow' - may actually do some time.
For more on Bridewell see here
Season of the witch
"Where are all the witches?" I ask a street vendor selling fresh fruit and snow cones from a sidewalk cart near the cathedral.
Anywhere else such a question might raise an eyebrow, but not in Catemaco, Veracruz -- the witch ("brujo") capital of Mexico.
The Old Man Who Was Not There
I am 58 now. When I was in my 20s I lived in San Francisco CA. My mom and I went regularly to the best occult book store I have ever come across. I had been going there for about three years when I and my mom had the most unusual experience there.
Exorcisms May Be On The Rise
There is evidence, though, that the practice of exorcism is experiencing a revival.
Meteorites spark mysteries
Five months after a meteorite made an international splash in Peru, experts are suggesting explanations for some of the space rock's effects - for example, the sickening odor villagers smelled at the crash site, and the bubbles that were seen emanating from the water-filled crater left behind. But a study due to be presented next month also raises fundamental questions about the event. In fact, an international research team declares that the impact "should not have happened" at all.
Exercise buffs appear to have 'younger' DNA, research suggests
A recent study hints that fitness buffs appear to have "younger" DNA than the chronically sedentary.
The mystery cryptic animal of northern New South Wales
Northern New South Wales has its own mystery animal stalking the streets and bush land. Many local people have seen it. When talking to friends they are often surprised to find that they too have seen it. It looks like someone has crossed a dog with a kangaroo. It is observed at night as locals drive their cars through the wildlife corridors that surround our homes. Fishing parties on Marshalls Creek have seen it, as have people relaxing on their verandah. Families pedaling their bicycles during the day have seen it. At first, they believe that the animal is a dog or fox. Closer observations reveal unexpected characteristics. “What on Earth is this?” they ask themselves.
Helping the Deaf Hear Music
John Redden is a deaf professional musician. He can sing on key, harmonize on key, and hear musical intervals well enough to reproduce them. He does this with a cochlear implant, which is a computer chip surgically embedded in his skull. The chip drives 16 tiny electrodes threaded into his inner ear that stimulate his auditory nerves. It gets auditory data from an external computer sitting on his ear that looks like a hearing aid. Instead of amplifying sound, though, it digitizes it and sends it to the implant by radio through the skin.
RIP Creature actor Ben Chapman
One of the last surviving actors to play an iconic Universal movie monster, Ben Chapman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, has died at age 79.
Very nice tribute.
The Sphinx and the Spy: The Clandestine World of John Mulholland
At mid-century The Sphinx stood as America’s oldest and most prestigious magic magazine. Over its five-decade history, it had become part of the lifeblood of the conjuring world. Then, on June 29, 1953, John Mulholland wrote a letter to journal’s subscribers. “This is to inform you that as of June 1, 1953, the publication of The Sphinx has been suspended. The immediate cause is that my health does not permit me to do the necessary work. My Doctor orders me to confine my efforts at this time to the shows by which I earn my living.”
It was true that Mulholland's health was not good. An inveterate smoker, he suffered from ulcers, stomach disorders and arthritis. Editing The Sphinx for twenty-three years had taken a physical and financial toll. But rather than limiting his activities to his live performances, Mulholland had actually embarked on a new endeavor…an endeavor far more secretive than anything in the realm of conjuring. He had entered a world of covert operations, espionage, mind control, drugs, and even death. John Mulholland had gone to work for the CIA.
Storms reveal Oregon sunken treasure
The storms that have lashed Oregon's scenic coast this winter have dredged up an unusual array of once-buried secrets: old shipwrecks, historic cannons, ghost forests -- even strangely shaped iron deposits.
Friday, February 22, 2008
New Frog Species Discovered in USA!
Cryptomundo jumps on it.
Mothman and The Thunderbird (Could They be One in the Same?)
John Keel is the very definition of an UFO investigator. He didn't wait for sightings to come to him. He traveled the world in search of them. He journeyed to Egypt, the Himalayas and to India? He investigated the southeast? But his home was in New York. He loved the city but when not there he went to the far reaches of the globe in search of mystery and the unexplained.
See also: Was this a close encounter with a Thunderbird?
(Via the Anomalist.
Escaping the unimaginable: Woman recalls finding out husband was abuser, satanic
Austin ‘Trey’ Bernard was found guilty on child rape on December 3rd. He was the first of seven accused members of the former Hosanna Church to stand trial on charges of abusing young children.
FTA: “They were into satanic worship and they used a church, and God's name, and covered themselves with his name, with God's name to hide, to do these evil things.”
Police concerned about order to stop screening
Security details at Barack Obama's rally Wednesday stopped screening people for weapons at the front gates more than an hour before the Democratic presidential candidate took the stage at Reunion Arena.
The order apparently came from the Secret Service, Grassy Knoll Division.
RETURN OF 'THE BEAST'
A mystery big cat has been spotted in the Mearns.
See also: Fisherman spots mystery cat
The photographer accused of causing Diana's crash was at home the night she died
The princess died in a Paris car crash on August 31, 1997, along with driver Henri Paul and lover Dodi Fayed, and James Andanson has been blamed by Dodi's father, Mohamed Al Fayed, for causing the accident.
Photos, stories help identify the wreck
Archaeologists credit high-resolution photos as the key to solving the identity mystery of the George L. Olson shipwreck on Coos Bay’s North Spit.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Pilots rescued after fighter jets vanish
Eglin Air Force Base spokeswoman Shirley Pigott said the pilots were rescued after their single-seat F-15C Eagles disappeared Wednesday afternoon off the Florida Panhandle, about 35 miles south of Tyndall Air Force Base.
Excavations In Iran Unravel Mystery Of 'Red Snake'
The 'Great Wall of Gorgan'in north-eastern Iran, a barrier of awesome scale and sophistication, including over 30 military forts, an aqueduct, and water channels along its route, is being explored by an international team of archaeologists from Iran and the Universities of Edinburgh and Durham. This vast Wall-also known as the 'Red Snake'-is more than 1000 years older than the Great Wall of China, and longer than Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall put together.
Giant frog gives scientists a mystery
A frog the size of a bowling ball, with heavy armor and teeth, lived among dinosaurs millions of years ago -- intimidating enough that scientists who unearthed its fossils dubbed the beast Beelzebufo, or Devil Toad.
Police refute Bridgend suicides link
A total of 17 people aged between 15 and 27 and living in and around Bridgend have hanged themselves since January 2007. Local police, who have dismissed fears of a suicide cult, continue to deny any connection between the deaths.
Bigfoot seekers to look for proof in West Virginia
Some call it Sasquatch or Bigfoot. In other parts of the world, it's known as the Yeti or the Abominable Snowman.Is Bigfoot in the Mountain State?
The Great L.A. Air Raid Mystery
What was it that showed up on military radar screens the night of Feb. 24, 1942, prompting authorities to order a blackout and unleash an hourlong anti-aircraft barrage?
Could it have been enemy aircraft like those that attacked Pearl Harbor less than three months earlier? Was it just a weather balloon? Might it have been a UFO?
See also: UFOs: More sightings in FenlandThe UFO Lamp for space geeks
(Cool.)Why don't Americans believe UFOs are real?New Books Expose Patented UFO Technology, Exotic Propulsion Systems
Mysterious Creatures Found in Antarctica
Scientists investigating the icy waters of Antarctica said Tuesday they have collected mysterious creatures including giant sea spiders and huge worms in the murky depths.
Anonymous: Inside the world of Scientology
A mysterious online collective known only as ‘Anonymous’ has declared war on the Church of Scientology. Nicky Woolf tracks them down to find out why, and how.
Mysterious Pyramid Complex Discovered in Peru
The remnants of at least ten pyramids have been discovered on the coast of Peru, marking what could be a vast ceremonial site of an ancient, little-known culture, archaeologists say.
Satellites spot lost Guatemala Mayan temples
Ancient Mayan astronomers aligned their soaring temples with the stars and now modern archeologists have found the ruins of hidden cities in the Guatemalan jungle by peering down from space.
'Saboteurs' may have cut undersea internet cables, says UN agency
The specialist team investigating the damage to several undersea internet cables that caused web and telecoms outages across the Middle East and Asia said it could have been an act of sabotage.
Tsar's missing art treasure that was looted and hidden by Nazis is now 'found'
A team in Germany say they located the Russian Tsar's Amber Room after discovering two tonnes of gold in a man-made cavern 60ft undergound.
Mysterious material found on Saturn moons
Astronomers said there's mounting evidence some mechanism has spread the material found on several of the moons from one to another and the material might have a common cometary origin.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Oddball links area to lost city
An aspiring screenwriter from Brooklyn contacted this paper the other day, researching a baffling 1934 Stockton incident, a mysterious man and the lost civilization of Lemuria.
Via the Anomalist.
The skunk ape: Florida's answer to the abominable snowman
Deep in the swamps of Florida, something is stirring. Witnesses to its haunting presence speak of howls in the night, unexplained footprints in the mud and glimpses between the trees of a fiery-eyed creature that reeks of death.
A Revealing Night of Ghosts in Fort Lauderdale
The train shrieks and rumbles in the night, rocking side to side down its tracks, whistle screaming on its journey through the dark abyss of eternity. Packed inside are souls whose trip with purgatory has no end in sight . . . souls of those who died tragically on the tracks of the Florida East Coast Railroad.
See also: Hobby group hunts ghostsReal life ghost hunters search for supernatural evidence in Valley
Rising market for Russian icons
Fueled by religious patriotism and encouraged by both the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church, Russia's tycoons are reclaiming masterpieces that were scattered worldwide by the chaos of the Russian Revolution, the flight into exile of those opposed to the Communists, and the illegal export of art, which continued into the 1990s.
Exorcisms `more dangerous than Pagan beliefs'
Pagans have hit out at the Catholic Church after a church spokesman blamed an increase in exorcisms on people dabbling in paganism.
A century-old mystery: Did serial killer fake her death?
For a hundred years, people have doubted whether a zinc-lined casket in a Forest Park cemetery really entombed the body of one of America's worst female serial killers.
History group seeks to link zipper pull to Amelia Earhart
An aviation history group is turning to a historical society to see if a defunct zipper maker made a zipper pull found on an island where they think Amelia Earhart may have disappeared.
Hub’s silent serial killer
Nearly 24 years after attorney Timothy M. Burke locked up a Revere shellfish huckster for life for killing an East Boston woman, the former prosecutor is making his case that the portly predator is also a Bay State serial killer.
Texas reporter on UFO case leaves newspaper; News media trustworthy?
The local newspaper reporter in Stephenville, Texas, who helped cover a UFO sighting case there is no longer working at the Stephenville Empire-Tribune newspaper, effective last Thursday, Feb. 7.
See also: IS THIS REAL? UFO investigator tries to separate fact from fictionUFO sighting in Bubbenhall nearly wrecked our car, say couple
Psychic's tales inflame mystery of Tobias' demise
the Seth Tobias case just gets weirder and weirder.
Suicide websites blamed for deaths
A network of "suicide gurus" who use the internet to advise people how to kill themselves are blamed for prompting depressed and vulnerable youngsters to take their own lives.
Old JFK documents may stir controversy
A batch of old documents linked to the slaying of President John F. Kennedy has reportedly been unearthed, including a highly suspect transcript of a conversation between assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and Oswald's killer Jack Ruby, the Dallas Morning News said on Sunday.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Hidden Hollywood sign uncovers history
The sign that read "Outpost" in neon letters 30 feet high was, like the original "Hollywoodland" sign, raised up to publicize a new housing development, Hillside Homes of Happiness.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Is Ritual Child Abuse Just a Hoax?
Do we only see what we want to see? Or do we only see what we are shown?
Rock Carving Found After Recent Storm Sheds Further Light On Bronze Age Art
The mysterious rock art had been hidden by a huge tree in Forestry Commission Scotland's Achnabreac Forest, in West Argyll, until it was blown down around three weeks ago.
Mystery shipwreck creates traffic jam at Oregon coast
Storms first revealed the historic treasure last month.
Third right foot discovered in Gulf Islands
Three severed right feet have washed ashore on the Gulf Islands in the past six months, in what police say is one of the most bizarre cases in recent memory.
Friend Is Questioned for Eight Hours in Killing of Therapist
The case has alarmed Manhattan’s mental health community and made armchair detectives of many because it seems, on the surface, such a mystery.
Discover This Hidden Gem
Abandoned gold mine along the Potomac? It's more likely than you think.
Mystery watercolour found hidden in wall
The painting has been dated back to the 1870s. But experts at Sotheby's were unable to identify the artist.
Jets chase UFOs -- what's new?
After tendering initial denials, the Air Force admitted it dispatched F-16s — 10 of them — into the Texas skies near Stephenville on the early evening of Jan. 8.
See also: Why should people and media care about UFOs?A close encounter of the M27 kind?
(With pic)Chicago's Police investigate UFO incident
(Abduction!)UFOs over Silicon ValleyAce Frehley sees UFO!
(sort of)Texas peace officers describe UFOs; firefighters also have role
Source Reveals Secret UFO Meeting at U.N.New facts unfold in Texas UFO sightings: Police videotape, foreign-owned Texas newspapersMum baffled over UFO
(With video)U.S. biblical scholar's documentation of UFO incident provides insights into ExtraterrestrialsMystery lights still a puzzle
Paranormal 'beings' reported at the sewage station
A ghostbuster has been called in to Southern Water's wastewater treatment plant after reports of paranormal activity.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Stop talking about UFOs!
Angelia Joiner, the reporter for The Empire Tribune
in Stephenville, Texas who has been reporting on the local UFO flap, has "stepped down" from her post. Apparently her editor feels that unexplained craft in the skies over Texas is not much of a story.
Town officials also reportedly feel that the story is becoming an embarrassment.
You can contact the Empire Tribune here.
A Wild Man Discovered Near New Hampton, N. Y., 1870
From The New York Times. This page will take you to a pdf of the full article.
And be sure to read this hysterical tongue-in-cheek article from October 25, 1879
that blames the annual sightings of Giant Snakes, Wild Men, Alien Big Cats, and Sea Monster sightings on Darwinism.
Council pays psychic for exorcism
A psychic was paid £60 by a council to rid a County Durham home of a "poltergeist" after ghostly goings-on.
The Education of Amanda Knox
A Report from the Hills of Italy, the Scene of an International Mystery.
See also: Meredith Kercher suspect sings the Beatles
And don't miss crime novelist Douglas Preston's take on Meredith Kercher's murder
. Preston has had some unpleasant personal experience with the judge in the Kercher case, experience detailed in his soon-to-released book on the serial killer known as the Monster of Florence.
You can read an article he wrote on the Monster here.
Highly recommended, as are the rest of Preston's books. I'm particularly fond of his collaborations with Lincoln Child.
One dollar bill to be de-mystified
Conspiracy theorists take note: The myths surrounding one of America's oldest and most enduring national symbols are about to be debunked...if you believe the government, that is.
Is this another Leeds ghost?
This amazing picture appears to show a top hat-wearing phantom sat just behind the shoulder of an audience member at Leeds City Varieties theatre.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Mini-muscleman: Meet the world's smallest bodybuilder
Monday, February 11, 2008
If you haven't been over to ephemera
lately you might want to go check out the cool stuff he's got posted, including an interview with vintage roadside Americana collector Andrew Wood.
Prize Whippet, Phantom Mascot
Remember Vivi, the prize Whippet that escaped from Kennedy International Airport in February after appearing in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show? Yeah, she's still out there. And people are still seeing her.
See also: Have You Seen This Dog? Only With Telepathy
Tenant Discovered In Apartment 8 Years After He Died
For years, the neighbours who lived in an apartment building in Bristol, England (left) would complain endlessly about a strange smell coming from another tenant's residence.
'Anonymous' takes anti-Scientology to the streets
"Anonymous" now has a bunch of faces to go with its name.
See also:Photo Essay: 'Anonymous' Protest Church of Scientology in HollywoodScientology protestors focus on Dallas woman's deathCompanies deny Scientology links
Model of Easter Island Collapse Might Reveal Message for Today
When a thriving civilization suddenly collapses, it’s often a mystery – and an ominous one, at that. For Easter Island circa 1000-1400 AD, experts believe it was a case of humans overexploiting their natural resources – mostly, the palm tree. But exactly where did the culturally rich Rapanui society go too far?
The Young Pretender's 'secret service' ring goes up for auction
Entrusted only to those loyal to Bonnie Prince Charlie, it showed their allegiance to the Jacobite cause.
Mystery as 25 horses at remote farm attacked in dead of night
Witchcraft or something else?
See also: Mystery as 73 sheep carcasses found strewn across fields
The Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript
New analysis of a famously cryptic medieval document suggests that it contains nothing but gibberish.
HOW MOBSTER NICKNAMES GET 'MADE'
Thomas Cacciopoli: "Tommy Sneakers." He "likes sneakers."
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
I'll be out of town for a few days on family business so posting will be sporadic until then. I should be back by the weekend. Until then, check the links and dig through the archives. See you soon.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Scientology Elders Reach Out to the FBI to Help Prevent Internet Attacks