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July 20

On August 4, 1966, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy, both destroyers, were ordered on spy patrols in the Gulf of Tonkin. A storm struck and "Crews aboard the two destroyers thought they detected small, fast-moving vessels that mimicked the attack patterns of the North Vietnamese torpedo boats. For several hours, the two ships defended themselves, performing high-speed evasive maneuvers, firing almost 650 cannon shells and several depth charges into salty darkness." As a result, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a public announcement of an “unprovoked attack” in international waters, leading to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which fully committed the US to the conflict in Vietnam. When marine biologist Todd Newberry ran into the Turner Joy’s sonarman, he recognized the marine organisms that matched the sonarman's description of what happened that night. Read on to discover the nature of the rare but non-cryptozoological culprits that were undoubtedly involved in the crisis that drove the US past the point of no return in the Vietnam War. (PH)

The Pteranodano and Billy Meier A Different Perspective
Kevin Randle returns his skeptical gaze onto Swiss contactee-claimant Billy Meier, this time focusing upon, of all things, a photograph that Meier may, or may not, have taken of a "Pteranodano", a living, breathing Pteranodon (a flying reptile, not, strictly speaking, a dinosaur) seen in the wild on a planet far, far away. Just how far away is as up for grabs as is whether it was Meier or someone else who photographed an illustration in a science book. As Kevin navigates the logical maze behind this Meier brouhaha, you get a sense of the lengths people will go to in order to shore up a belief system. In keeping with the general topic of outrageous, supposedly prehistoric reptiles, Curt Collins has another short article letting the source material speak for itself in UFOs, Sea Serpents, Ridicule and Disinformation. In the process Collins skewers a popular notion about the origin of "little green men" and makes an important point about the treatment generally and historically accorded those who report anomalies. (WM)

David Halperin tells us that he probably never would have read Orfeo Angelucci's The Secret of the Saucers were it not for Car Jung. What David draws from his reading, with reference to Jung's fascination with Angelucci, seems about as far as one can get from Nick's recent thoughts on the subject. Perhaps Halperin's and Redfern's speculations both extrapolate a bit too far in some respects, but they are interesting, insightful, and illustrative of the fact that UFO-related accounts are at base stories about people who claim journeys beyond the borders of normal reality. And that brings us to the latest installment of Special Cases--The Long Island File (46): Jaye's Notes of Some of the Messages. Here Doug Skinner poses a fundamental question that readers must have been asking themselves for some time: "was [Jaye, Keel's go-between with the "androids"] Paro channeling or hoaxing, or both?" And we might add, "At whose instance?" to both possibilities. (WM)

July 19

Yep, it's that time of year again, when England's struggling farmers get their crops ruined by those pesky aliens, a.k.a. vandals. And to add to their plight there are the hoards of "gawkers" who arrive to marvel at the latest cereal killing. The Bobby's want the public to report any "suspicious activity" seen on Wiltshire farmland in the vain hope of catching the perp's. But while crop circles need daylight to show themselves, Mysterious Neolithic Carvings Only Appear in Moonlight. Paul Seaburn reports on the Hendraburnick Quoit monolith in Cornwall and its "cup and ring marks" which show up far better under a bright moon. Archaeologists speculate that they may be the result of some, as yet unknown, nighttime ritual practiced perhaps 6000 years ago. (LP)

Fox News recently picked up a story from Cryptozoology News about a recent sighting of "Normie" in Lake Norman near Charlotte, North Carolina. The "something splashing around in the water" was said to be 10 feet long and resembling a "dinosaur." All quite hard to believe considering Lake Norman is a man-made lake. But Micah Hanks quite rightly points out the creature could very well have been a very large catfish. Of greater interest is "Champ," Lake Champlain's legendary "monster," which as Lois Clermont points out, Champ sightings keep legend alive. Lois clams to have had a sighting of "a large, black, featureless stationary object" that divided into "two humps" two summers ago. Lois is now involved with the Moriah Chamber of Commerce, which promotes an annual Champ Day that takes place on Sunday, July 23, at the Port Henry Beach, State Department of Environmental Conservation Boat Launch and Port Henry Marina. Cryptozoology is obviously good for tourists, but are tourists good for cryptozoology? (PH)

July 18

A pervasive problem in anomalies study is the difficulty of getting real-time scientific data on a phenomenon. There are several initiatives underway to mount such studies, and Richard Hoffman reports on one such, preliminaries for which have already begun. This informative article deals with the history and sources for information on "spooklights", and plans for a fall field investigation. With Roswell, Mind-Control & "The Traveler" Nick Redfern gives us his promised pair of cases suggesting that mind control or manipulation may have been carried out on two people caught up in the events of that 1947 crash. One features, for goodness' sake, a "Man in Gold" courtesy of Kevin Randle, and the other A Man Who Knew Too Much about photos taken of the crash site. Both cases boast a modus operandi suspiciously like what Nick relates in previous posts, including that on the famous contactee Orfeo Angelucci after he had written his first book, The Secret of the Saucers. And if you read that relatively short tome, you might think there's a real pattern and that Nick may be on to something. (WM)

Ever Feel Like You're Going Crazy? Sarasota Herald-Tribune
It appears that the Russians are into everything American lately. Even Billy Cox couldn't make a farewell De Void post last September without some Cyrillic hi-jinx subsequently occurring. Billy's explanation clarifies matters some, and it's worth re-reading that reposted parting shot to realize what a loss ufology and, indeed, the mainstream media, have suffered with Cox' voice being stilled. And add to the losers the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, for on July 10, 2017--eleven months after its appearance--his August 10th, 2016 blog post Another Crash'n'Burn was far and away the most-visited offering on that organization's online newsroom leaderboard. This article probed abductee-claimant Stan Romanek's claims and "evidence", noting how they chased the excellent work of Glen Schulze and Robert Powell on the January 8, 2008 Stephenville Lights off the news horizon. And Romanek's then-and-still upcoming trial has likely added to the current popularity of Cox' article. But, as with the "Farewell Post", it's very much worth reading and reflection. (WM)

Three articles illustrating some of the problems with "UFO" photography. Alejandro Rojas reports on a July 11th case from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, featuring photos of what the witness said "looked like a large, rectangular, metallic box" floating and changing directions in the sky. None of the photos provides sure detail, and Rojas asks you whether a reader's proposed identification of the object makes sense. Staying with Open Minds, Roger Marsh headlines a post Witness Allegedly Captures Military UFO Chase Video. The article recounts some of what a UFO tour group conductor's clients saw and recorded at a recent Joshua Tree, California evening session. Marsh's account is rather "toned down" from the MUFON Case Management System's "Long Description of Sighting Report", and the video on its own does not seem overwhelmingly impressive. But the combination of elements has California MUFON's Chief Investigator looking into this one. And somebody ought to be able to test the claims in a Witness Says Strange Hole in Mt. Adams is a UFO Hangar Door. Paul Seaburn's got the story of this surprising discovery at James Gilliland's 2017 ECETI (Enlightened Contact with Extraterrestrial Intelligence) conference. It seems that conference attendee Fade to Blacks' Jimmy Church has day-before and day-of images and video of the hole's appearance. Seaburn's got his own opinions on the image, and how it might be verified. (WM)

July 17

Miguel Romero, aka Red Pill Junkie, offers another surpassingly weird encounter story not well-known to English-speaking ufologists. RPJ emphasizes that the witness in this case would later become a police officer. Witness credibility is of prime importance in this particular instance, because this July 1974 Spanish case is one of the strangest single-witness, single-event reports one could imagine. RPJ colorfully relates the tale of ghost trucks, MIB-like individuals, and a UFO that seems to dematerialize/materialize into two automobiles, with allusions to Don Quixote and an eye for detail. There's a jolting excursus towards the end, but used to bolster some conjectures about the event's meaning and provide a "shout-out" to the lively essay RPJ wrote for Robbie Graham's recent compilation UFOs: Reframing the Debate. (WM)

July 16

Fact-checking site Snopes sketches the Stan Romanek story, with particular emphasis on Romanek's upcoming trial and the prior release of a documentary on Netflix covering Romanek's years of alleged anomalous experiences. Editorial Staff member Dan MacGuill pans the flick and instances some of the times that Romanek's claims have been demonstrated as hoaxes. The Romanek saga and others like it detract mightily from the credibility of ufology at a time when the general public seems more open to anomalies, but such considerations pale before the gravity of the charges facing Mr. Romanek. Speaking of long-standing controversies, Kevin Randle tells us about MUFON, Billy Meier (and Michael Horn) and Me. This article elicits a series of connected comment-rebuttals by the "Authorized American Media Representative for Billy Meier" himself. Meier claims contacts with extraterrestrial entities called "Plejarens" going back to the early 1940s, and has produced numerous photographs of their "beamships". Numerous books and articles have been written and sites dedicated to the pro and con about Meier and his UFO "movement", with most scientists, skeptics, and even ufologists dubbing his photographs and films as fakes. Randle gives you the tools to investigate this matter, and Horn promises to continue his arguments for its legitimacy. (WM)

July 15

Kesha (she's mostly moved on from the ironic "Ke$ha" stylization she'd employed earlier in her career) is a musical entertainer and sometime-actress who's coming out with a new studio album in August. Fine, you say, but refer to the headline of this short article and you'll get why we're mentioning it here. Reporter Kelly K does a good job of summarizing the small part of the embedded interview that deals with the sighting and its impact upon the star. About the only major UFO-relevant items not reported in the post were that the objects looked like fireballs, and Kesha had always believed in "spaceships." Kesha is a talented person who's certainly come through a lot in general outside of this one experience, and at age 30 she seems to have integrated all her biography into a sane outlook on life. Another reminder that people claiming to see UFOs are, first and foremost, people indeed. (WM)

In an example of how human biology can be the biggest mystery of all, Brent Swancer brings us this story of Adam Rainer, a man born with a pituitary disorder that first impeded his growth greatly, then later caused explosive growth that resulted in infirmity and eventual death. Could this be the explanation for The Mysterious Giants of Catalina Island? While it was never been proven that the photographic evidence of giant skeletons was authentic, their discoverer, ad hoc archeologist Ralph Glidden, stated that not only was this race of giants real, but they were part of an advanced race of fair skinned, blue eyed beings. Sounds a bit like the "Space Brothers." Next, going small again, Dr. Beachcombing looks at Buckinghamshire Fairies and Little Witches, wherein fairy encounters are examined in 1934 England--about a century past the time one would think such incidents would take place. Be sure to read this one as Beach is looking for readers' input to feed his insatiable curiosity. (CM)

As many of our readers are aware, David Weatherly and his paranormal research team undertook an investigation this past March at the Ripley Believe It Or Not Museum in Panama City. The Two Crows Paranormal reporter is ready to share more details now, replete with bloody historic details as a backdrop. Of course, not every paranormal investigator is on board with hauntings: Why People Think They See Ghosts is an interview with senior research fellow Joe Nickell from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in Buffalo, New York. While Joe makes some excellent points about the impact of grief, the fear of death, and the ever popular sleep paralysis, we find it hard to forgive the somewhat arrogant attitude directed toward believers. Nickell may consider himself a true skeptic, but he seems to lack the ability to embrace all possibilities, which is a limitation in his line of work. (CM)

July 14

The poorest households in India have recently come under siege by a phantom barber creating mayhem while his unsuspecting clients sleep. The hair cutting assailant has not yet been caught, and the local superstitions and rumors are ensuring he remains the top dark celebrity (with a fettish?) for some time to come. On the other side of the world in Ontario, Canada, we wonder Is Hudson’s Willow Inn haunted? A team of ghost hunters intends to find out later this month. In the meantime, the Inn's owners are no doubt brainstorming how best to cash in on what has become a niche market for haunted accommodations. Anyone for a trip to Toronto? (CM)

Three substantive posts from Mysterious Universe for your consideration. Micah Hanks begs your forgiveness and indulgence as he demolishes the notion that "ufomania" began with the Roswell Army Air Field press release on July 8, 1947. Besides the instant furor caused by the announcement being doused just as quickly, and for decades, by a weather balloon fiction, the whole summer of '47 flap was far more complicated and in fact well underway when Walter Haut's info hit the wires. Next, Nick Redfern gives us More on "Mind-Control," UFOs & Conspiracy. Nick mentions the blow-back from his previous MU article suggesting that 50s contactee Orfeo Angelucci may have been monitored and "medicated" by government agents, then discusses another case very similar in outline. This one has a twist connecting it to none other than a key figure in MK-Ultra. Nick promises more in a like vein, involving yet another possible human target, and this time with a Roswell angle. Nick claims another similarity in A Giant UFO and a Military "Stand Down". Here a large UFO was sensed by the military in the same location (Cyprus) as recently-released British files show that just, a year prior (1981), an RC-135 spy plane itself was apparently spied upon by a UFO. Another fascinating historical case. (WM)

The Fairy Kiss Haunted Ohio
Chris Woodyard presents a tale that is at the same time sweet and a little bit creepy. Perhaps it's the similarity to modern day circumstances, but when a home renovation encroaches on old Gentry land the fairy folk living there have to go somewhere. Did something just tug on the bedclothes? A more aggressive style of "haunting" is described in How Gnomes Drove an Artist to Kill Herself. A band of nefarious, lecherous gnomes--one of the most unwanted house guests--are reported to have driven out one family from their home, and provoked the next resident, a promising young painter, to hurl herself from a window in an effort to escape the madness. Caveat Emptor, dear readers. (CM)

Every once in a while something occurs in, or tangential to, ufology that makes you shake your head in pure wonderment. Such is the case of the two "young" women who came to hear "Cosmic Ray" Keller's talk late last month at the Warren Light Center, a metaphysical retreat in Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania. Publicity stunt, New Age contactees, real, resurrected "emissaries," whatever...these two of these centenarians looked less than a quarter of their claimed age, and claimed biographies that, well, you've got to read to believe... . While Ladies Columba and Aurora "appeared in a shaft of light," their exit after Ray's lecture is not discussed. Lon Strickler, who passed this passing strange story on, also gives us Warning: Governments Dealing with 'Aliens that Cannot be Trusted'. The "warning" was conveyed 11 years ago to a Plymouth, Minnesota, resident. Lon adds a previous report from the same town; he thinks it may be from a different witness, and a reference within the text indicates this reporter is male, where the prior witness claims a husband and children. Lon's article also includes another Plymouth, Minnesota, report of an abduction 27 years ago. Strickler also notes what seems a strikingly large proportion of CEIII/IV reports from Plymouth, though the comparative databases are different. If something very wrong has been going on in that town of about 75,000, one hopes that good psychological resources are available there or in the nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The reporters all seem to have experienced lasting effects from whatever they encountered. (WM)

The means by which an unfortunate soul finds his or her way into lycanthropy are numerous and varied. Esoterx offers us an enjoyable tongue-in-cheek study of the history of Werewolf-dom, and how to avoid becoming a main course at the next hairy monster feast. Next, he takes on the study of the Dame of Doom: The White Lady of the Hohenzollerns. This is another case of what appears to be single phenomenon turning out to be virtual mosaic of possible phantoms, all of whom either suffered terribly or caused terrible suffering. You'll never look at the color white the same way again. (CM)


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