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Vol6#3, Issue #22 Fall, 2008 $6.95 US/CAN
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Exploring Mysteries from Modern Times to Yesteryear.
Exploring Mysteries from Modern Times to Yesteryear.

THE REALITY BEHIND THE

GARDEN OF EDEN

Times to Yesteryear. THE REALITY BEHIND THE GARDEN OF EDEN PRESOR T ST ANDARD US POST

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+ Dr. Robert Schoch Discusses the Paranormal Searching for the God Particle Rhode island’s Mysterious
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the God Particle
Rhode island’s
Mysterious
Newport Tower
Dr. Robert Schoch Discusses the Paranormal Searching for the God Particle Rhode island’s Mysterious Newport Tower
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COLUMNISTS

Kelly Bell Jaye Beldo Kenaz Filan Roy Stevenson Michael Newton Richard Mackenzie Charles Rammelkamp Carolyn Beavers Gonzales

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FEATURE WRITERS

Michael Ricciardi Mark S. Longo Michael Lohr Steve Taylor

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Alma Dizon

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Published and printed in the United States of America. Mysteries Magazine, Volume 6 #3, Issue #22 is a publication of Phantom Press Publications, ISSN #1537-2928, and published four times a year in the U.S. and Canada. Copyright © 2008 Phantom Press Publications, PO Box 490, Walpole, NH 03608 USA. All rights reserved. No work may be copied or reproduced without the express permission of the editor. Correspondence should be addressed to: Kim Guarnaccia, Editor, Mysteries Magazine, PO Box 490, Walpole, NH 03608 USA, email: edi- tor@mysteriesmagazine.com, web: www.MysteriesMagazine.com or call (603) 352-1645.

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Contributors Steve Taylor lives in Manchester, England and is the author of The Fall: the

Contributors

Steve Taylor lives in Manchester, England and is the author of The Fall: the Insanity

Steve Taylor lives in Manchester, England and is the author of The Fall: the Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New Era (O books). Colin Wilson has described the book as an “astonishing work” while Eck- hart Tolle has described it as “a fascinating and important book, highly enlightening and readable.” For more information see www.stevenmtaylor.com

 

Michael Lohr is a writer/journalist, university researcher, and professional treasure-hunter. He is a Fellow with the Mudlark Society of the British Museum in London and belongs to many adventuring groups.

He is a Fellow with the Mudlark Society of the British Museum in London and belongs
Michael Ricciardi is a poet/writer, naturalist, and teacher living in Seattle Washington. He is also

Michael Ricciardi is a poet/writer, naturalist, and teacher living in Seattle Washington. He is also an award-winning video artist, whose most recent video—My Name is HAM, an imagined memoir of the first chimpanzee in space—premiered in April at the Yuri's Night World Party for Space at NASA Ames Research Center. He is currently writing a chil- dren’s novel called The Wizard of Dreams.

An avid historian, Mark S. Longo is the founder of www.TheOptionsIn- sider.com. Although the current fi- nancial crisis consumes most of his time, Mark looks forward to the day when he can return to Newport, RI to study this mysterious historical oddity called the Newport Tower.

forward to the day when he can return to Newport, RI to study this mysterious historical

Caveat: The opinions of the contributors to Mysteries Magazine are not necessarily those of the editors of Myster- ies Magazine. However, Mysteries Magazine welcomes helpful criticism or comments on any of the articles con- tained herein. Please note that we reserve the right to edit all submissions. We also may occasionally use photos and illustrations that have been placed in the public domain. As it is not al- ways possible to identify the copyright holder, if you claim credit for something we have published, please let us know, so that we can acknowledge you in the following issue.

 

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Mysteries

Issue #22

November-December, 2008

Feature Articles

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RHODE ISLANDS NEWPORT TOWER

By Mark S. Longo

Newport, RI, has long been famous as the summer playground for the fabulously wealthy. But nestled amongst the luxurious mansions and the private yachts is a mysteri- ous stone tower whose history has baffled historians for centuries. It is believed to be the oldest stone structure in America, though no one can say precisely when it was built.

WAS THERE A G OLDEN A GE? HISTORICAL PROOF FOR THE GARDEN OF EDEN

By Steve Taylor

Almost all of the ancient cultures of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have myths which speak of an earlier time when life was easier and humans lived in harmony with nature and each other. Most historians believe that these myths are little more than fairy tales, perhaps the result of our need to idealize the past. However, there is now evidence that suggests that these myths may contain a kernel of historical truth, a kind of distant folk memory of an actual historical era.

T HE H IGGS B OSON AND T HE L ARGE H ADRON C OLLIDER:

SEEKING THE GOD PARTICLE

By Michael Ricciardi

Tucked away in a sleepy Swiss village lies the Center for Nuclear Experimentation and Research, the site of the recently completed Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle collider and perhaps the most complex machine ever built. The principle goal of the LHC is to reveal the so-called god particle: the Higgs Boson, which is about 120 times more massive than a proton, and gives mass to all other particles as they emerge from the primordial quantum field.

particles as they emerge from the primordial quantum field. 58 T HE P ARAPSYCHOLOGY R EVOLUTION
particles as they emerge from the primordial quantum field. 58 T HE P ARAPSYCHOLOGY R EVOLUTION

58 T HE PARAPSYCHOLOGY R EVOLUTION AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. ROBERT SCHOCH

By Michael Lohr

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"The best scientist is open to experience and begins with the idea that anything is
"The best scientist is open to experience and begins with the idea that anything is

"The best scientist is open to experience and begins with the idea that anything is possible."

—Sci-fi author Ray Bradbury

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Seattle’s Museum of the Mysteries Draws Paranormal Buffs

 

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Mutually Assured Destruction: Has it Happened Before?

 

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The Sky Kingdom of Malaysia’s Ayah Pin: Heretic or Healer?

 

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IRAQ WAR

CASUALTY TOTALS

A S O F O CTOBER 30, 2008

W e at Mysteries Magazine are dismayed that the U.S. government is no longer re-

leasing casualty totals from the Iraq war, and that the mainstream media is not

properly covering these totals either. So to rectify this oversight, we have de-

cided to provide these totals to you on an ongoing basis until the war officially ends.

U.S. MILITARY & COALITION

Deaths

4,503

Wounded

43,787

(approximate #)

IRAQI

Police/Military Reported Civilian Deaths

8,729

96,000

(approximate #)

Total # of Deaths/Casualties

153,019

e #) To tal # of Deaths/Casualties 153,019 For more info, visit www.iraqbodycount.org and

For more info, visit www.iraqbodycount.org and www.icasualties.org

Letters to the Editor Ayahuasca Not a Drug but Medicine Hello Kim, I just received
Letters to the Editor
Ayahuasca Not a Drug but Medicine
Hello Kim,
I just received issue #20 with the com-
mentary on hallucinogenic drugs by
Jaye Beldo. I do not know why Mys-
teries is promoting a lot of negative things
about the drug. As a veteran of 20
ayahuasca ceremonies now, I take excep-
tion to your unproven, unsubstantiated
allegations about it.
These articles also failed to mention
that the active substance in the drug
DMT, is also produced by the human
brain, and is speculated to be the source
of our nocturnal dreams. Or that it is
probably the oldest pharmaceutical com-
pound on the planet. Ayahuasca is not
addictive. In fact, it is utilized in Peru as
part of treatment for drug/alcohol ad-
dictions!
Ayahuasca ceremonies are serious
business, and preparations involve diet,
fasting, and sexual abstinence. There may
be people who will take it for a lark, but
I doubt they would try it a second time.
The foolish and irresponsible aside, it is
not for everyone, but I can say that I have
profound respect for anyone with the
courage to utilize it in their spiritual path.
As an agent of profound change in hu-
mans, it truly has no equal.
—TIM JACKSON
EMAIL
Vampires Real!
Dear Kim,
I n an article entitled Michelle Be-
langer’s Life as a Psychic Vampire in
issue #20, the author implies that the
vampire of myth and legend is an arche-
typal personification of humanity’s fear of
the hungry dead. My friend Jackson
T his is a 40-foot mimetolith face of King Arthur holding Excalibur,
located 3,800 ft above sea level on Sharp Top mountain, part of the
Blue Ridge Mountain National Park, in Bedford, VA. Daniel
Grimes, however, would dispute this
statement, as he says he has met real vam-
pires.
Allegedly, Mr. Grimes was staying at
the home of his friend, Anton La Vey, for
an extended period when he was intro-
Pillsbury found it in the summer of 1993 during a remote viewing journey
while living on the south side of the mountain. He believes it is an ancient
sacred site imbued with history, mystery, and intrigue, but long forgotten.
For more information, photos, or participation in solving the mystery, go
to www.facemountain.com or e-mail info@facemountain.com.

Letters to the Editor

 

duced to a man who was supposedly the head of a vampire sect. Even though he looked like a man of about 60, he swore he had come to the New World in the days of the wooden sailing ships. It seems in spite of the taboos against race-mixing, he got friendly with an Indian maiden who made him what he was today. According to his account, the human host is inhabited by a demon that buddies up in the body with the original spirit. By some undescribed means, the demonic companion is capable of slowing down the rate at which the host’s body ages, so it ages one year in nine. This, I assume, is why it needs to feed on the blood of liv- ing victims.

—HEATHER GOLDSMITH

Swann and Co. would be with military applications, Moch would be with the do- mestic applications of RV, such as with law enforcement. In the movie Suspect Zero starring Ben Kingsley, there is a truthful dialog be- tween RV agent O’Brian (played by Kingsley), and an FBI Special Agent (played by Echardt) about O’Brian’s in- volvement with Project Icaris (aka Project Stargate). The Paramount Pictures press kit stated that former military RV participant Ed- ward A. Dames was the consultant for the

Independence Day Sighting Dear Kim,

O n Friday, July 4, right after the

fireworks display in our neigh- borhood had ended at about

9:20 p.m., I was about to go inside when

I saw a bright steak of light. Looking up,

I saw a large orange blending light and

could see a craft rotating slowly straight above me, with red lights around its rim and a domed top. I watched it for about three minutes before it moved to the right, then to the left, then rose straight up and then it was gone! The next day at the local flea market everyone was talking about the UFO; it appears that at least 20 people there had seen it besides myself. Now I am watch- ing the skies more often.

—JEAN BEDNAREK

movie (A. Edward Moch

Edward A.

Dames). It is claimed that the studio got both of their names mixed up, with Dames becoming the consultant for Sus- pect Zero, but his student associate M. Donahue later complained that “he was used” by Dames in the movie. The reality is the original movie script was rewritten with RV material that was originally in- spired by A. Edward Moch!

EMAIL

 

EYNON, PA

Remote Viewing Article Incomplete Dear Ms. Guarnaccia;

I have just recently read “Psi Spies The

History of Remote Viewing” in issue

#21. Though I find your informa-

Both Harary and Moch were the youngest participants tested in RV as teenagers. In fact, if it wasn’t for Harary, Moch, and the other participants in the ASPR second series, there would proba- bly be no Project Stargate as we know it or even an Ingo Swann.

—A. EDWARD MOCH

tion on the British involvement in RV in- triguing, the article of its history is redundant and incomplete. Because Ingo Swann’s first RV data originally had no verified comparison, a second series of experiments were con- ducted at ASPR. It was this second se- ries that helped to verify Swann’s original RV data. One of the participants in the second series was Keith Harary, who later joined SRI, when the lab experiments were on the verge of falling apart, due to conflicts between Swann and Patrick Price. Harary would redefine the RV process with another protocol called Extended Remote Viewing or “ERV,” but the al-

leged resentment of Harary from the other SRI team-members took its toll, and Harary would receive little recogni- tion for his efforts. Meanwhile, another participant from the ASPR second series would also break new ground: A. Edward Moch. What

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Mea Culpa… Thanks to a dedicated reader, we were notified that we used the wrong
Mea Culpa…
Thanks to a dedicated reader, we were
notified that we used the wrong photo to
represent Robert Monroe in the Psi Spies
article in issue #21. (Ronald Russell, the
author of Monroe’s biography, is the per-
son who was mistakenly identified as
Bob Monroe.) Here is a photo of the real
Robert Monroe. Our apologies!
—KIM GUARNACCIA
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Noteworthy Revealing Stonehenge Guardians Fought To The Death Lost Altar Stone Found A rchaeologists are
Noteworthy
Revealing Stonehenge
Guardians Fought To The Death
Lost Altar Stone Found
A rchaeologists are claiming that Stonehenge may
have been the site of ritual battles to the death,
which would explain why recently discovered
A rchaeologist Dennis Price thinks that he has tracked down a lost altar
stone that was once an integral part of the rituals at Stonehenge. The dis-
tinctively shaped stone was described by Inigo Jones, a prominent 17th-
male remains from the 2.300 BC, buried with arrows
and a bronze axe, were from Switzerland, not Britain.
Archaeologist Dennis Price says skeletons found at or
close to Stonehenge have often been found buried with
weapons, suggesting that those buried close to the mys-
terious monument were warriors who died violent
deaths or who led lives of ritual fighting.
According to researchers, there is firm evidence of a
long-standing tradition of sentinels at Stonehenge going
back to when it was originally built in 2,600 BC. But
their function may have been more than just symbolic
guards of the temple; these warriors may have been
part of a complex social system in which they could only
be replaced by someone who defeated them in combat.
century architect who carried out the first known detailed study of the prehistoric
site in 1620. It was also shown in a Victorian woodcut of Stonehenge and sup-
posedly moved to somewhere called St. James during the Victorian era. Re-
searchers long thought that the account referred to the Palace of St. James, but
no such stone could be found there.
Price believes that the stone now stands in two pieces in the Wiltshire village
of Berwick St. James, just a few miles from Stonehenge. The two stones were
used in Victorian times to bridge a small stream and they now stand on either
side of a small lane in the tiny village. They are made of Jurassic limestone, which
is found in Dorset and the Cotswolds, but not in the area surrounding Stone-
henge. If put together, the pieces would look remarkably similar to the lost altar
stone shown in the Victorian woodcut.
—MICHAEL LOHR
SOURCE: LONDON TIMES
—JUDITH KANE
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Noteworthy

Albino Killings in Tanzania Worry Officials

A t least 19 albinos, including chil-

dren, have been killed in Tanza-

nia since the start of the year, their

bodies mutilated in order to harvest their organs. Addressing the African nation, Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has denounced the horrific trend of targeting albinos for murders. A beleaguered group whose members are often shunned as outcasts and die of skin cancer before they reach 30, albinos are being targeted by witch doctors who are now marketing albino skin, bones, and hair as ingredients in potions that promise to bring wealth and good fortune. The young are the prime targets. In early May, Vumilia Makoye, a 17-year-old albino, was eating dinner with her family in their hut in western Tanzania when two men showed up with long knives. Vumilia

had dropped out of school because of se- vere near-sightedness, a common problem for albinos. Vumilia’s mother Jeme saw the men and tried to barricade the door of their hut but the men overpowered her and burst in. The men sawed off Vumilia’s legs above the knee and ran away with the limbs. Police officials are at a loss to explain precisely why there is a wave of albino killings now. Commissioner Paul Chagonja said an influx of Nigerian movies, which play up witchcraft, might have something to do with it, along with rising food prices that were making people more desperate. There are more than 8,000 registered albinos in Tanzania. Police officers are drawing up lists of albinos in every corner of the country to better look after them,

in Tanzania. Police officers are drawing up lists of albinos in every corner of the country
in Tanzania. Police officers are drawing up lists of albinos in every corner of the country
in Tanzania. Police officers are drawing up lists of albinos in every corner of the country

and

escort-

ing albino children to school. Tanzania’s president even sponsored an albino woman for a seat in Parliament to show his support. Salvator Rweyemamu, a Tanzanian government spokesman, said the rash of killings was anathema to what Tanzania had been striving toward. “This is seri- ous,” he continued, “because it continues some of the perceptions of Africa we’re trying to run away from.” But the killings go on. They have even spread to neighboring Kenya, where an al- bino woman was hacked to death in late May, with her eyes, tongue, and breasts gouged out.

—CHARLES RAMMELKAMP

Morgellons Connected to Lyme Disease

T here may be a dramatic new breakthrough for thousands of people who suffer from Morgellons, a mysterious illness in which

people suffer from sores that produce strange fibers from the skin, crawling and biting sensa- tions, fatigue, and mental fog. Morgellons victims are often diagnosed as delusional. But San Francisco physician Raphael Stricker is one of a few doctors who believes something real is happening. His research has focused on a type of plant bacteria called agrobacterium which is known to cause infec- tions in animals and humans with compromised immune systems. In 2007, Dr. Stricker studied skin samples from seven Morgellons pa-

tients and found the DNA from the bacteria in all seven samples. Dr. Stricker believes the bacte- ria is entering the bloodstream from the bite of deer ticks. In fact, in a recent survey of 44 Morgellons patients in San Francisco, 43 of them tested positive for Lyme. “This sug- gests that the combi- nation of the Lyme bacteria and the agrobacterium may work together to cause an unusual and emerging disease such as Morgellons,” Dr. Stricker says.

However, research done by Vitaly Citovsky, pro- fessor of biochemistry and cell biology at Stony Brook University in New York, suggests that there may be a link between Morgellons and geneti- cally modified (GM) food, as agrobacterium has been widely used in creating GM plants since the

1980s.

The association of Morgellons disease with dirt and soil where agrobacterium lives, the wide- spread use of agrobacterium in genetically engi- neered plants, and the ability of agrobacterium to infect human cells all point towards a possi- ble role of genetic engineering in the cause of Morgellans disease via agrobacterium. The scientists all agree that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) needs to seriously fund further re- search on the causes of Morgel- lons beyond the $338,000 that it has pledged so far.

—TIM SWARTZ SOURCE: CBS-11 DALLAS/FT. WORTH

the causes of Morgel- lons beyond the $338,000 that it has pledged so far. —TIM SWARTZ

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Vampires of Celtic Heritage

T he discovery of a 4,000-year-old vampire burial cairn, believed to be the world’s first such ritualized

grave, has set the archaeological world on its ear, as it is similar to ancient Celtic tombs in Ireland and the British Isles,

which were constructed to prevent bloodsucking “revenants” from rising out of the grave. The discovery of the gravesite, during a routine archaeological excavation of an early Bronze Age burial site in Mikulovice, eastern Bohemia, means that the concept of vampires can now be traced back to the cultural folklore of

Indo-European tribes. During the site’s exploration, archaeol- ogists also discovered the skeletal remains of a man whose bore the unmistakable signs of vampiric ritual, including a bronze spike driven through its chest. The corpse had also been weighted down with large stones to prevent it from re- turning to the world of the living. Only the ancient Celts in Europe and ancient Irish tribes carried out such rituals on sus- pected vampires.

—MICHAEL LOHR

SOURCES: BBC & LONDON SUNDAY TIMES

Boy Kidnapped by “Little People” in AK

A n intriguing story circulated out of Alaska in May, 2008 when a hunter recounted how he found a boy alleged to have been abducted by strange creatures known as the ircenrraat, or little people who dwell underground, who disorient and trap unwary humans.

Nick Andrew Jr. from Marshall, AK was miles out of town on a snowmachine hunting birds when he decided to check a different location on a hunch. Stopping to look, he recognized a small boy standing all alone in middle of the marsh. He asked if he was alone. Scared and crying, the boy just answered, “I don’t know.” Andrew took the boy home, noting that there were no footprints in the snow to indicate anyone had walked into the area. But he counted at least 10 other snowmachiners in the neighborhood, none of whom had spotted the boy. It was not until the next day that the boy said he was brought into Pilcher Moun- tain, a site often associated with ircenr- raat encounters. There, he was questioned and saw other little beings. “He said he made contact with a little girl abducted over 40 years ago,” An- drew said. “She told him who she was and she wanted help.” After that, the ircenrraat released the boy. “And that's when he came to, I guess, a few minutes before I found him.”

—TIM SWARTZ SOURCE: ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS

VATICAN SAYS… It is OK to Believe In Aliens T he Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes
VATICAN SAYS…
It is OK
to Believe
In Aliens
T he Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes (shown
below), the Jesuit director of the Vati-
can Observatory near Rome, said that
the vastness of the universe means it is
possible there could be other forms of life
outside Earth, even intelligent ones.
In an interview published in May, 2008
by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Ro-
mano, Funes said that such a notion “does-
n’t contradict our faith” because aliens
would still be God’s creatures. “Just as we
consider earthly creatures as ‘a brother,’
and ‘sister,’ why should we not talk about
an ‘extraterrestrial brother’? It would still be
part of creation,” Funes said.
Funes said science, especially astron-
omy, does not contradict religion, touching
on a theme of Pope Benedict XVI, who has
made exploring the relationship between
faith and reason a key aspect of his pa-
pacy.
—TIM SWARTZ
SOURCE: THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE
 

Noteworthy

 

In Passing

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcenden- tal

Maharishi

Mahesh Yogi,

a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to

transcenden-

tal meditation (TM), died on Feb. 5, 2008

mentator during several of the Apollo moon missions and co- wrote a 1970 account of the first lunar landing with the Apollo 11 crew. He was knighted in 1998.

P

John A.

Wheeler, a

visionar y

hysicist

demanded respect. More impor- tant to him was the drug’s value as a revelatory aid for under- standing what he saw as human- ity’s oneness with nature.

Erik Beckjord, a San Francisco- based paranormal investigator who specialized in researching reports of Bigfoot, died June 22,

Joyce was in his 20s working at Roswell radio station KGFL in 1947 and was the first reporter to talk to rancher Mack Brazel about the strange, metallic de- bris discovered on the J.B. Foster ranch. Joyce thus became con- nected with the famous UFO story. He was interviewed about the incident a number of times over the years and depicted in documentaries and movies, such as the TV film Roswell. Later in his life, Joyce said that he had mixed feeling about his in- volvement. He liked the positive aspect of it but did not care for the people that did not believe that something unusual had hap- pened.

—TIM SWARTZ

at

his home in the Dutch town of

p

hysicist

Vlodrop. He was thought to be 91 years old. He began teaching TM in 1955 and brought the technique to the United States in 1959. But the movement really took off after the Beatles visited his ashram in India in 1968, although he had a famous falling out with the rock stars when he discovered them using drugs at his Himalayan re- treat. With the help of celebrity en- dorsements, Maharishi parlayed his interpretations of ancient scripture into a multi-million- dollar global empire. With his background in physics, he brought his message to the West in a language that mixed the oc- cult and science.

Science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, who co-wrote the epic film 2001: A Space Odyssey and raised the idea of communica-

tions satellites in the 1940s, died

March 18, 2008 in Sri Lanka

at age 90. Clark e

e dozens of novels and collections of short stories and more than 30 non-fic- tion works during a career that began in the

w

on

non-fic- tion works during a career that began in the w on r o t 1950s.

r

o

t

1950s. He served as a TV com-

that began in the w on r o t 1950s. He served as a TV com-

and teacher who helped invent the theory of nuclear fis- sion, gave black holes their name, and argued about the na- ture of reality with Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, died on April 13, 2008. He was 96. Dr. Wheeler was also involved in the Manhat- tan Project to build the world’s first atomic bomb. He later helped Edward Teller to develop

the even more powerful hydrogen bomb.

Dr. Albert Hofmann, the mystical Swiss chemist who gave the world LSD, died April 29, 2008 at his hilltop home near Basel, Switzerland. He was 102. Dr. Hofmann first synthesized

the compound lysergic acid di- ethylamide in 1938 but did not discover its psychopharmacolog- ical effects until five years later, when he accidentally ingested the substance that became known to the counterculture as acid. Hofmann took LSD hundreds of times, but regarded it as a powerful psychotropic drug that

times, but regarded it as a powerful psychotropic drug that 2008. He was 69. Beckjord theorized

2008. He was 69. Beckjord theorized that ani- mals such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster were extradi-

mensional entities that only ap- peared on Earth for brief periods of time. But Beckjord is probably best known for his confronta- tional atti- tude against not only skep- tics, but also fellow

cryptozool-

ogists. He activ e l y promoted his claims on Internet message boards, which often turned into wars between Beckjord and his opponents. Indeed, many web- masters banned Beckjord from their sites. Despite the extreme nature of his claims, his powerful and aggressive personality drew considerable attention from the paranormal research community.

attention from the paranormal research community. Frank Joyce , a New Mexico newsman who reported on

Frank Joyce, a New Mexico newsman who reported on the Roswell Incident as it unfolded and was a f a miliar face with his out- door re- port on KOB-TV, re- cently died at the age of 85.

as it unfolded and was a f a miliar face with his out- door re- port

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Noteworthy

Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed by Asteroid

A cuneiform clay tablet that has

puzzled scholars for over 150

years has been translated for the

first time and is now believed to be a Sumerian observation of an asteroid im- pact at Köfels, Austria, leaving in its wake a trail of destruction that may account for the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Planisphere clay tablet, which shows drawings of constellations and cuneiform, was inscribed around 700 BC. The noted Victorian archaeologist Sir Henry Layard unearthed the tablet in the remains of the library of the Assyrian royal palace at Nineveh, close to modern- day Mosul, Iraq. The tablet is a copy of the night diary of a Sumerian astronomer who referred to the asteroid as a white stone bowl ap- proaching the earth and recorded that it “vigorously swept along.” Alan Bond, managing director of Re- action Engines Ltd. and Mark Hempsell, senior lecturer in astronautics at Bristol University, used software to simulate tra- jectories and reconstruct the night sky thousands of years ago. They discovered that the Planesphere described the sky be- fore dawn on June 29, 3123 BC. Half the tablet records planet positions and cloud cover, but the other half records an ob- ject large enough to be noted even though it is still in space. The as- tronomers made an accurate note of its trajectory relative to the stars which, to an error better than one degree is consis- tent with an impact at Köffels. Geologists have long puzzled over a giant landslide close to the town of Köfels in the Austrian Alps, but since there was no crater, they were unable to prove it had been caused by an asteroid. Now re- searchers say their translation of the Plani-

sphere offers proof that a mile-wide as- teroid may have caused tens of thousands of deaths in a path that extended from Europe and into the Middle East. Scientists believe that the incoming angle of the asteroid was very low and that it clipped an alpine mountain called Gamskogel, which caused the asteroid to explode before it reached its final impact point. As it traveled down the valley it be- came a fireball, around six miles in diam- eter, causing the massive landslide near Köffels. “The ground heating, though very short, would be enough to ignite any flammable material (752°F), includ- ing human hair and clothes. It is probable more people died under the plume than in the Alps due to the impact blast,” ex- plained Mark Hempsell.

Alps due to the impact blast,” ex- plained Mark Hempsell. He also says that at least

He also says that at least 20 ancient myths record devastation of the type and scale of the asteroid’s impact, including the Old Testament account of the de- struction of Sodom and Gomorrah, which relates a tale of death and destruc- tion when God rained fire and brimstone down upon the cities because of the in- habitant’s evil ways.

—TIM SWARTZ

SOURCE: BRISTOL UNIVERSITY

Gnome Caught on Video A town in South America is living in fear after several
Gnome Caught on Video
A town in South America is living in fear after several sightings of a “creepy gnome” that
locals claim stalks the streets at night. The small creature, who wears a pointy hat and
has a distinctive sideways walk, was caught on video in March, 2008 by a group of
teenagers.
Jose Alvarez, who caught the creature on his cellphone camera, told El Tribuno that they
spotted the creature in General Guemes, in the province of Salta, Argentina. “We were chat-
ting about our last fishing trip. It was 1 a.m. in the morning. I began to film a bit with my cell
phone while the others were chatting and joking. Suddenly we heard a weird noise as if some-
one was throwing stones.” Alvarez said that the group then saw a gnome-like figure jump
from some nearby bushes.
After records showed that locals have reported seeing the crea-
ture for decades, police in Salta have launched an investigation. Only
weeks before it was captured on camera, frightened railworkers
called the police to say they had spotted the crab-walking gnome
moving around the train tracks at night.
El Tribuno reported that fear is now so widespread that the town
mayor has been inundated with calls from terrified locals and has
launched a police enquiry into the affair. He said that he was a little
skeptical, but had to respect that gnomes are a part of their culture.
—TIM SWARTZ
SOURCE: THE SUN (UK)

Noteworthy

DRS. BAFFLED BY BLEEDING GIRL

A 13-year-old girl from Uttar

Pradesh, India, is suffering from a

gested a common ulcer. But then, a few weeks later, the bleeding also started from her nose, eyes, feet, and hairline. Twinkle’s parents took her to see dozens of different doctors who could not find a reason for her blood loss. Finally, doctors at the All India Institute of Med- ical Sciences in Delhi decided she has Type 2 Platelet Disorder, a rare condition where blood is dangerously low in clot- ting particles. However, consultant haematologist Dr. Drew Provan of Barts Hospital in Lon- don believes her condition is not related to the number of clotting particles, but something called the von Willebrand fac- tor, which helps platelets stick to blood vessels and blood to clot. Sufferers of von Willebrand disease are missing a protein critical to the initial stages of blood- clotting. The glue-like protein in- teracts with platelets to form a plug to prevent the blood from free-flowing at the site of an in- jury. People with von Wille- brand disease are unable to make the plug. Dr. Provan suggests that Dwivedi see a coagulation spe- cialist for the condition, but Twinkle’s family is poor and unless a cure can be found soon, she will continue growing weaker and may one day die from blood-loss.

—TIM SWARTZ

SOURCE: THE

TELEGRAPH

strange disorder where she bleeds

through her skin without being cut or scratched. Twinkle Dwivedi has even un- dergone transfusions after pints of blood seeped through her eyes, nose, hairline, neck, and the soles of her feet. Sometimes her condition is so bad she wakes up with

her entire body covered in dried blood. Her frantic family have sought help from numerous doctors as well as preachers from many different religions, without success. Last year, Twinkle was a normal 12- year-old but then she suddenly started bleeding between five and 20 times a day.

“It didn’t hurt, she said, “but it was scary and messy, and my friends thought it was disgusting.” Twinkle was thrown out of one school and another school refused to teach her because of her strange condi- tion. Now she studies at home and rarely sees other children.

The first time the bleeding happened from Twinkle's mouth in July of 2007, her parents
The
first
time
the
bleeding happened from
Twinkle's mouth in
July of 2007,
her parents took
her to a
doctor
who
sug-

Giant Fish Feasts on Swimmers

A huge catfis, called a Goon, has started killing people in India and Nepal, after it developed a taste for partially burnt

human corpses. The extraordinary creature has been in- vestigated by biologist Jeremy Wade for a TV documentary to be shown in the UK. He said that the locals told him of a theory that this monster has grown extra large on a diet of partially burnt corpses from funeral pyres. Wade discounts theories that crocodiles could be responsible for the carnage before turning his attention to Goonches, among the world's biggest freshwater fish. He caught one fish which tipped the scales at 161 pounds and was nearly six feet long, a world record weight and far bigger than any landed before. An 18-year-old man disappeared in the river in 2007, dragged down by something described as like an “elongated pig.” But the first victim of a Goonch attack was thought to have been a 17-year-old Nepalese boy. He was killed in April 1988 as he cooled himself in the river. Three months later, another young boy was mysteriously dragged under- water as his father watched helplessly. Local officials said that rumors of “giant, man-eating fish” were merely local supersti- tions and that there was no reason to put an end to the tradition of placing the burnt re- mains of funeral pyres in the Great Kali.

—TIM R. SWARTZ SOURCE: THE SUN (UK)

 

Noteworthy

 

Peru Meteorite May Rewrite Science

S cientists who have been examining sam-

ples of the meteorite that plunged into the

Peruvian countryside in 2007 say that the

space rock should have shattered and dis- persed long before reaching the ground. The meteorite, which left a 16-yard-wide crater last September, made headlines when over 100 people complained that strange gases coming from the crater made them sick. Al- though follow-up investigations could find no reason for the mysterious sickness, experts say that the event challenges conventional theories

about the science of space impacts. Usually, only meteorites made of metal sur- vive the passage through Earth’s atmosphere sufficiently intact to produce a crater. But the ob- ject that came down in the Puno region of Peru was a fragile stony meteorite. During its descent, it should have fragmented into smaller pieces, yet the estimated one-yard-wide meteorite is thought to have hit the ground in one piece. This might have been due to the meteorite’s high speed (15,000 mph), in which fragments were unable to escape the shockwave barrier through

the atmosphere. However, Dr. Thomas Kenkmann from Hum- boldt University in Berlin, Germany, suggested that the crater was probably caused by a mete- orite traveling at low speed and at a slanting angle. Under this scenario, the space rock would have broken into just a few pieces, the largest of which would have made the crater. Others suggest that the meteorite was made of iron and that the bulk of it still remains hidden in the bot- tom of the water-filled crater.

—TIM SWARTZ / SOURCE: BBC

Saint Padre Pio on Display

 

S ome 15,000 worshipers gathered on April 25, 2008 in the town of San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, to

view the exhumed body of saint and mys- tic Padre Pio, on display for the first time since his death in 1968. Catholic practice allows for the remains of saints to be ex- humed, checked for their state of deteri- oration, and exhibited as relics for veneration.

smell and the body was well preserved. Padre Pio’s body is central to the cult that surrounds him. For believers, the vis- ible evidence of his sanctity was the stig- mata—the wounds of Jesus on the cross—that first appeared on Pio in 1910. But according to a book published in 2007, Padre Pio may have used carbolic acid bought from a local drug- store to create his wounds. A team of biochemists and other experts have worked since the exhu- mation to get the body into a fit state to be shown. Padre Pio’s face was covered with

a lifelike silicone mask of the type used in wax museums. This prompted a circle of Padre Pio devotees to ask for an autopsy to establish that the remains were au- thentic. Forensic scientists who took part in the exhumation denied his face was badly decomposed. Rather, they said the mask was used to protect the sensibilities of those who visited the body. The Capuchin friar was made a saint by the late Pope John Paul II. He was credited by his fellow friars with more than 1,000 miraculous cures and interventions. Until his death in 1968, the church authorities re- mained deeply skeptical of the claims made on Padre Pio’s behalf. It was only the momentum generated by his devotees that prompted a change in attitude. More than a million people are ex- pected to file past a transparent casket holding his restored corpse between now and September, 2009.

—TIM SWARTZ SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN (UK)

Saint Padre Pio’s body was exhumed on March 3 so that it could be prepared
Saint Padre Pio’s body was exhumed
on March 3 so that it could be prepared
for public display to commemorate the
anniversary of his death 40 years ago.
Local Archbishop monsignor Domenico
D’Ambrosio, who was present at the ex-
humation, said there was no unpleasant

Noteworthy

40,000-YEAR-OLD

FOOTPRINTS FOUND

A Call from the Grave

C huck Peck (shown below) died in the September 12, 2008 Metrolink train collision but his Simi Valley, CA fam-

ily is unable to explain why they received calls from his cell phone hours after the collision. As firefighters worked to rescue sur- vivors, family members said Peck's cell phone kept calling his son, brother, step- mother, sister, and fiancée. But when they answered, all they heard was static. And when family members called back, the calls went straight to voice mail. In all, Peck’s family say they received about 35 calls from Peck’s cell phone through the night. Nearly five hours after the crash at 9:08 p.m., a family memner received a call. “We were yelling in the phone, ‘hang in there baby. W e're gonna get you out. Yo u ’ r e gonna b o k ay,’” Katz said. When the rescue efforts turned to recov- ery, there was another call, which prompted search crews to trace it. They realized it was coming from the first train so they went back in one last time where the team discovered Peck's body. It appeared that he had died immediately on impact and that there was no way he could have been making the calls. The calls stopped at 3:28 a.m., about an hour be- fore Peck’s body was found. However, the phone calls helped the family get through the night. Investigators said they may never know how those calls were made because Peck’s phone was never found.

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F ootprints left in volcanic ash that fell in central Mexico’s Valsequillo Basin about 40,000 years ago

are evidence that humans have inhabited the Americas far longer than previously con- firmed. Silvia Gonzalez from Liver- pool John Moores University and Matthew Bennett of Bournemouth University found the footprints in an abandoned quarry close to the Cerro Toluquilla volcano south of Mexico City, in 2003. The footprints were preserved as trace fossils in volcanic ash along what was

the shoreline of an ancient volcanic lake. Recent excavations in Baja California have unearthed a rock shelter containing heaps of shells that are approximately 44,000 years old, a finding that bol- sters the notion that people lived throughout the region about 40 millennia ago. These findings support a theory that the first colonies may have arrived in the west- ern hemisphere by water, mi- grating along the Pacific coast, rather than by foot.

mi- grating along the Pacific coast, rather than by foot. —TIM SWARTZ SOURCE: SCIENCE NEWS Skin
—TIM SWARTZ SOURCE: SCIENCE NEWS Skin Can See Colors, Shapes A researcher at Tel Aviv
—TIM SWARTZ
SOURCE: SCIENCE NEWS
Skin Can See
Colors, Shapes
A researcher at Tel Aviv University says that hu-
mans may be able to see colors and shapes
with their skin. Engineering professor Leonid
Yaroslavsky explained that skin vision is likely a nat-
ural ability involving light-sensitive cells that are con-
nected to neuro-machinery in the body and brain.
He believes that once understood, skin vision could
help the blind regain sight. Yaroslavsky is currently
developing imaging simulation theories, which may
lead to devices that can detect radiation, new night-
vision goggles, or near-weightless mechanisms to
steer spaceships to stars beyond our galaxy.
Traditional imaging lenses only work within a lim-
ited range of electromagnetic radiation, are costly,
and limited by weight and field of view. But optic-
less imaging devices could be adapted to any kind
of radiation and wavelength. They could essentially
work with a 360-degree field of view, their imaging
capability determined by computer power rather
than the laws of light diffraction.
—TIM SWARTZ
SOURCE: NEW KERALA (INDIA)

—TIM SWARTZ

SOURCE: KTLA-TV

Mysteries on View Seattle’s Museum of the Mysteries Draws Paranormal Buffs For paranormal aficionados, the
Mysteries on View
Seattle’s Museum of the Mysteries
Draws Paranormal Buffs
For paranormal aficionados,
the Seattle Museum of the
Mysteries is a quiet, friendly
haven where one can gather
with others who share
a similar fascination with
the world’s mysteries.
by Roy Stevenson
T ucked away in a basement in Seat-
tle’s Capitol Hill lurks the Seattle
Museum of the Mysteries, a non-
profit museum and research center dedi-
cated to furthering education, research,
and history of paranormal science and an-
cient civilizations. The museum also ex-
plores alternate explanations of reality, such
as UFOs, crop circles, Bigfoot lore, and
local mysteries.
Special exhibits, photographs, artifacts,
books, documents, and weird inventions
line the walls of the museum. A wax head
reconstructed from FBI descriptions of
D.B. Cooper, the hijacker who bailed out
of a commercial airliner over southwest
Washington with a $200,000 ransom on
November 24, 1971, never to be seen
again, sits in a place of honor on a shelf, as
do four sets of plaster casts of Sasquatch
footprints. One set was found near Walla
Walla, WA. The other three are copies of
the Bluff Creek, CA casts taken by Roger
Charlette LeFevre,
director of the
Seattle Museum
of the Mysteries.
Mysteries on View The Maury Island UFO Mystery O n June 21, 1947, Harold Dahl,
Mysteries on View
The Maury Island UFO Mystery
O n June 21, 1947, Harold Dahl, his son, and two crewmen were salvaging logs
south of Maury Island in the Puget Sound when they saw six doughnut-shaped
disks hovering over the bay. One appeared to be in trouble and the wobbling disk
dropped some sort of shiny metal on the beach and into the water, wounding Dahl’s son
and killing their dog.
A B-25 bomber then crashed near Kelso, WA, soon after take-off from McChord Field
south of Tacoma, carrying rock samples and pieces of the UFO from Maury Island. Was
the bomber shot down by an unknown government agency to prevent analysis of the
rock samples? Or did someone else have reason for preventing this sample from being
made public?
This intriguing mystery is just one of the UFO sightings explored at the museum.
—ROY STEVENSON
Patterson of the famous Patterson-Gim-
lin film. The Sasquatch exhibits are
amongst the most comprehensive in the
country, with footprint casts, skull com-
parison charts, hand and knuckle casts,
hair samples, and artwork.
Pacific Northwest anomalies that never
quite made the national press also grab a
guest’s attention at the museum. One of
them is Mels’ Hole, near Manastash
Ridge in Ellensburg, WA, which some
say is the deepest volcanic vent hole in the
world. Another is the ghost town of
Wellington that was abandoned after a
catastrophic train crash on the Iron Goat
Trail near Steven’s
Pass. One of the
worst train wrecks
in U.S. history, it
killed 96 people in
1910. Some say
ghosts still haunt
the ruins of the
abandoned town.
Another display tells about Dr. Linda
Hazzard, the northwest’s first serial killer
who lured at least 40 unsuspecting
women to her health farm between 1910
and 1938 and proceeded to starve them
to death. She was nicknamed the
“Tomato Soup Killer” because she fed the
women a tomato-water broth to weaken
them. She then had them sign over their
possessions and then starved them to
death. Convicted of manslaughter, she
served time in the State Penitentiary at
Walla Walla, but eventually returned to
Ollala and continued her “work.” The real
horror was how state officials and locals
looked the other way for years while she
performed her grim work. (www.starva-
tionheights.com has more details about
this macabre case.)
A wax head
reconstructed
from FBI de-
scriptions of
D.B. Cooper
sits in a place
of honor on a
shelf, as do
four sets of
plaster casts
of Sasquatch
footprints.
But there is more here
than a collection of un-
usual artifacts. The pri-
vate book collection of
James Widener Ray
holds shelf after shelf of
books on all aspects of
the paranormal. Visitors
can also watch DVDs
and videos about the
paranormal or browse
through scrapbooks
about the unusual and
bizarre, in the small
lounge area. The mu-
seum also hosts weekly
presentations by au-
thors, explorers, re-
searchers, investigators,
and experts. z
The Seattle Museum of
the Mysteries is located at
623 Broadway Ave., Seat-
tle, WA 98102. For more
info, call 206-328-6499
or visit www.seattlechat-
club.org.

Archaeological Anomalies

M UTU A L L Y

A SSURED

D E S T R UCTION

Has it Happened Before?

Considering the destructive potential of our atomic arsenals, our world could well be reduced to charcoal by a thermonuclear war. But could such an event have happened in our long-distant past?

Archaeologists have dug up tektites in Baalbek, and many of the huge stone platforms (long assumed to be con- nected to Baal worship) are vitrified.

by Kelly Bell

W hen the first atomic bomb was

detonated in the New Mexico

desert in 1945, its heat melted

the desert sand into millions of small glassy fragments in a process called vitrification. Some of the scientists who examined this debris were stunned to find it looked iden- tical to the tektites that, for centuries, have been found in the vast region stretching from Tasmania to north of the Philippines and the East Indies to East Africa. Al- though tektites had long been assumed to be meteorites, there was the question of why, if of extraterrestrial origin, none have fallen in recent times? Furthermore, nearly all meteorites are composed of iron or stone—not glass. The 1945 New Mexico atomic test may provide a clue. Considering the lack of any other plausible explanation, could it be that

1945 New Mexico atomic test may provide a clue. Considering the lack of any other plausible

the tektites covering so much of the Pacific Basin and East Africa were blasted aloft by nuclear explosions and then rained back down onto this huge area? Additionally, the entire desert between Damascus, Syria and Baghdad, Iraq is so littered with charred, heat-blackened rocks that literally thousands of square miles of Mesopotamia must at one time have been subjected to tremendous heat. Such stones have also been found in Australia, France,

India, South Africa, and Chile. They are composed mainly of aluminum and beryl- lium, and analysis shows them to have been exposed not only to extreme heat, but also to powerful doses of radioactivity. Additionally, north of Beirut, Lebanon, there is the ancient city of Baalbek. In ruins since Biblical times, the city was dedicated to the worship of the sun god Baal. Ar- chaeologists have dug up tektites in Baal- bek, and many of the huge stone platforms (long assumed to be connected to Baal worship) are vitrified. The standard explanation for the partial melting of these rock structures is that they were struck by lightning. The problem here

is

that it would have taken many lightning

bolts striking the same spot to vitrify the stone. Lightning is a rare occurrence in the

arid Middle East. This is especially true when we consider that vast areas of Mon- golia’s Gobi Desert are also mysteriously vitrified. Moreover, outside Cuzco, Peru, there is

a

vitrified hillside covering 18,000 square

yards. The 3,000-year-old Indian epic Ma- habharata describes a battle scene in which

a

“blazing missile” was shot into the midst

of an army and produced “a radiance of smokeless fire” that instantly immolated chariots, men, elephants, and forests, and caused rivers to boil.” The passage in ques-

Archaeological Anomalies

tion is downright sobering:

contains this unsettling passage:

a figure was slumped. The furniture and humanoid outline were also crystallized. Thinking it was a statue he took a closer look and was horrified by what he saw. “Under the ‘glass’ that covered that ‘statue’ a skeleton could clearly be seen!” Yet another ancient epic was written by long-forgotten Indian scribes who gave descriptions so detailed that they seem to have come from eyewitness accounts. Called the Mausola Parva, it describes how an entire army was decimated by a “gigantic messenger of death” that poi- soned food stores, turned birds white, and caused survivors’ hair and fingernails to fall out. It likened the detonation to “ten thousand suns.” Those who sur- vived the initial blast seemed to have known what to do in order to survive, as the following in- dicates: “To es- cape from this fire the soldiers threw them- selves in streams to wash them- selves and all their equipment.” Although India appears to have been the center of this hypotheti- cal prehistoric thermonuclear holocaust (or perhaps it is just that more written ac- counts from India survived), the clues of its destruction are worldwide. Did an ear- lier civilization exterminate itself? Could the lost societies of Atlantis, Mu, and Lemuria all have existed at one time, only to obliterate themselves so long ago that we have only the barest evidence of their existence and passing? Scientific dogma says that these sup- positions are ludicrous. Yet this estab- lishment cannot even tell us where we came from, why we age, or even why we sleep. Perhaps the time has come to kick the pedestal from beneath the Great God Science. Who knows what we might learn? z

It was as if the elements had been un-

Formerly the valiant Asuras had in heaven three cities. …When, however, the three cities came together in the fir- mament, the Lord Mahadeva pierced them with that terrible shaft of his con- sisting of three knots. The Danavas were unable to gaze at that shaft inspired with the Yuga fire and composed of Vishnu and Soma. Exploration of India reveals clues that support these primordial accounts. 19th-century British explorer Charles DeCamp was

leashed. The sun spun round. Scorched by the incandescent heat of the weapon, the world reeled in fever. Elephants were set on fire by the heat…The water boiled, the animals died, the enemy was mown down and the raging of the blaze made the trees collapse in rows as in a forest fire…

war

chariots were burnt up, and the scene looked like the after- math of a conflagra- tion. Thousands of chariots were destroyed, then deep silence descended on the sea. The winds began to blow and the Earth grew bright. It was a terrible sight to see. The corpses of the fallen were muti- lated by the terrible heat so that they no longer looked like human beings.” There is no way of knowing how long before the Mahabharata was written that this Hiroshima-type incident took place, but the real question is how could the an- cients have known how to perfectly de- scribe an atomic blast if they had not actually witnessed it? If there were wit- nesses who later described these events, they would seem to have been quite for- tunate to have survived the great burning. It is likely that the reason for the paucity of accounts of how the vitrification oc- curred is that few survived to tell the tale.

Horses

and

A typical tektite.
A typical
tektite.

Aerial Warfare

traveling between the Ganges River and the mountainous area of Rajmahal when he came across stone ruins he described as having been fused together “…like lumps of tin struck by a stream of molten steel.” Then during a 19th-century hunting expedition deep inside an Indian forest, British sportsman/explorer H.J. Hamil- ton got the shock of his life when he stumbled upon an ancient building that had been exposed to such heat that its walls were crystallized. Filled with curios- ity, he got the shock of his life when he entered the structure:

O verall, it appears that long ago,

someone with an extremely ad- vanced technology laid waste to

a great deal of the Earth’s surface. By re-

“Suddenly the ground gave way under my feet with a curious noise. I got into a safe place and then widened the hole, which had appeared, with my rifle butt and lowered myself into it. I was in a long and narrow corridor.” Easing his way cautiously down the passage he saw a table and chair in which

turning to primeval India, we find evi- dence that this war was aerial as well as terrestrial. An Indian classic from millennia ago recounts how three “floating cities” were destroyed by what sounds like nuclear missiles. Known as the Drona Parva, it

treasures of the deep

The coins constitute the most gold ever found at an archaeological site in Africa outside of Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. Some of the coins were minted in Spain and depict Spanish monarchs Ferdinand II

other perishables and could have held up to 1,500 amphorae, suggesting that it was a ship of considerable size. More investiga- tions will be carried out.

and Isabella I, who ruled in the late 1400s and early 1500s. Others were minted in Portugal and bear references to Portuguese King John II, who ruled between 1481 and

Baltic Sea Yields Shipwreck

controlled submarine to make a

A Swedish film crew using a remote-

documentary spotted a nearly in-

1495.

tact shipwreck in the Baltic Sea. The wooden ship, which lies between the Swedish mainland and Latvia, is about 70 feet long and is thought to be a 17th-cen-

Oldest Sub-Saharan Shipwreck Found

Artifacts linked to Portuguese royalty suggest that the 75-foot-long ship could be the caravel of explorer Bartholomeu Dias, a nobleman from the Portuguese royal family who, in 1488, was the first Euro- pean to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, opening the lucrative trading route with the Far East. Dias disappeared in a storm off the cape in 1500.

tury Dutch merchant vessel. Experts say that icy waters and low levels of oxygen and saline helped to preserve the ship, which features intricate carvings.

G eologists from De Beers, the world’s largest diamond mining company, have discovered a late-

Bust of Caesar Found in River

15th-century shipwreck behind a seawall on the Atlantic coast of Namibia. The wreck, which is the oldest ever found in sub-Saharan Africa, has been badly battered by the sea, but the site has already yielded human remains, more than 50 ivory ele- phant tusks, several tons of copper and tin, pewter tableware, navigational instruments, thousands of gold and silver coins, and weapons, including muskets, swords, and breach-loading swivel cannons.

Roman Boat Found in Spain

D ivers in May, 2008 pulled a life- sized marble bust of Julius Caesar

Rhone River near Arles, in southern France. The statue— the earliest surviving representation of the Roman leader—is thought to date to as early as 46 BC, when Caesar founded Arles as a base for his cam- paign against Pompey, his rival for leadership of the Roman Empire. Experts think that the bust may have been carved from life, in part because it re- sembles Caesar as depicted on coins struck during his lifetime, at about age 50. The bust has a broken nose, but is otherwise well preserved. Experts speculate that it was thrown into the river after Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Several other artifacts were found at the site, including a nearly six-foot-tall marble statue of the god Neptune and two smaller bronze statues, one of which is a Greek statue of a satyr with his hands tied behind his back.

from the

T he wreck of a first-century BC

Roman boat was dredged up from

the bay of Cartagena, Spain in

March of 2008. The vessel is in nearly per- fect condition and lies at a depth of about 330 feet. Experts think that the Roman

boat was used to transport wine, oil, and

Whale Vomit Worth $1 Million

to transport wine, oil, and Whale Vomit Worth $1 Million T wo beachcombers who found 110

T wo beachcombers who found 110 pounds of whale vomit while walking their dog near

Criccieth, North Wales, could become millionaires as a result of the find. Commonly

known as ambergris, the clear substance vomited by sperm whales darkens and hardens

over time and becomes a sweet-smelling, waxy substance that has long been used in manu- facturing perfume. It usually washes up in the Americas and Australia, so it is unusual for it to

be found on a British beach.

—JUDITH KANE

treasures of the deep Jacobian Ship Found in English Channel Captain Kidd’s Ship Found I
treasures of the deep
Jacobian Ship Found in English Channel
Captain Kidd’s Ship Found
I n June of 2008, the wreck of a richly
jeweled 17th-century ship was dis-
covered in 23-feet-deep waters in the
A team of underwater archaeologists working off the coast of a tiny island near the Do-
minican Republic have discovered the wreck of the Quedagh Merchant, the last ship cap-
tained by legendary buccaneer William Kidd.
In 1696, Kidd was given a letter of marquee signed by England’s King William III, authoriz-
ing him to hunt pirates and seize the ships of Britain’s enemies at sea. Kidd was sent to the
Red Sea and Indian Ocean, where pirates
were attacking ships owned by the British
East India Company. Early successes
against the French earned him wealth and
glory, but his expedition ran into difficulties,
including a leaky ship and an outbreak of
cholera that devastated his crew. Kidd then
refused to allow the British navy to press
members of his crew into service and often
failed to turn over the 10 percent of his plun-
der that all privateers were supposed to
remit to the Crown.
In 1698, Kidd captured the Quedagh Mer-
chant, a 500-ton Moorish trader loaded with
gold, silver, and valuable textiles. After seiz-
ing the ship, which was sailing under a
French flag, he learned that the captain was
an Englishman and briefly considered hand-
ing the ship back, but his crew threatened
to mutiny, so instead he renamed it Adven-
ture Prize and set sail for the Caribbean.
English Channel, off the coast of Dorset.
Among the treasures recovered from the
three-masted ship is a wooden statue of a
merman, whose eyes would have been set
with precious stones. Experts say that the
sculpture was probably one of a set that
adorned the ship’s stern and that the ves-
sel would have been one of the largest of
its kind when it sank around 1520.
There are no known maritime records
of the sinking and the ship’s identity is
not yet known, but Britain was at war
with Spain, France, and the Dutch at the
time, and experts believe that the vessel
was likely of British or Dutch origin.
WWII Destroyer Discovered in Fiord
T he Norwegian Navy has located
the wreck of the HMS Hunter, a
British Royal Navy destroyer sunk
When he arrived there, he learned that the ship had officially been part of an East India Com-
pany convoy and that he had been declared a pirate and was a wanted man.
Kidd loaded gold, silver, and silk onto a smaller, less conspicuous sloop and sailed to New
York in an ill-fated attempt to plead his case and clear his name of
criminal charges. But the men with whom he entrusted the
Quedagh Merchant looted the ship of its remaining treasure and
then set it ablaze and adrift.
Kidd was arrested and charged with piracy and the murder of a
crew member. He was sent to London, where he was tried, con-
victed, and hanged in 1701, but the hangman’s rope broke during
the execution, leaving Kidd only slightly injured, so he was hanged
by the German fleet in 1940, during the
first of two battles for control of the Arc-
tic port city of Narvik. The ship rests at a
a
second time. His body was left hanging for three tides of the River
Thames, and was then locked in a gibbet (an iron cage), dipped in
tar, and left dangling over the Thames for two years as a warning to
would-be pirates.
The wreck of the Quedagh Merchant, was found just 70 feet from
the coast of Catalina Island in crystal-clear waters that are less than
10 feet deep. Experts say that studying the wreck’s construction,
contents, and armaments has potential for revealing further infor-
mation about Captain Kidd and piracy in the Caribbean and offers
a
rare opportunity to test the historical record against the archaeo-
logical record. The wreck site will ultimately be converted to an un-
derwater preserve, accessible to divers and snorkelers.
depth of more than 1,000 feet on the bot-
tom of the Ofot fjord, on Norway’s
northern coast.
Only 35 of the ship’s 145-
member crew survived. Hun-
dreds more perished aboard
two German destroyers, six
German merchant ships, and
several other British ships that
were sunk during the engage-
ment. The site was marked as a
war grave in 2008 by a proces-
sion of ships that conducted
memorial ceremonies on their
decks as they steamed across
the site. Honorees and family
members laid wreaths and
poured a tot of rum into the
ocean in the traditional tribute
of the Norwegian people for
those lost at sea.
—JUDITH KANE
—JUDITH KANE
haunted heritage AR’s Haunted Crescent Hotel Many restless spirits walk the halls at the Crescent
haunted heritage
AR’s Haunted Crescent Hotel
Many restless spirits walk
the halls at the Crescent
Hotel and Spa, located in the
Ozark Mountain resort town
of Eureka Springs, AR.
By Carolyn Beavers Gonzales
T he foreboding, gothic Crescent with
its many towers, overhanging bal-
conies, and 18-inch-thick granite
walls was built between 1884 and 1886 by
regional developers and railroad officials
who wanted to take advantage of the na-
tional interest in the “healing waters” that
were bubbling up from the ground nearby.
The hotel may have gained its first ghost
when one of the workmen, reportedly an
Irish stonemason, fell to his death during
the hotel’s construction.
After the hotel’s completion, people
came from around the country to “take in
the waters” in hopes of curing or easing a
variety of ailments. By the early 1900s, the
health spa’s popularity declined, and from
1902 until 1907, the Frisco Railroad oper-
ated the Crescent as a hotel in the summer
only. In 1908, the Crescent was opened as
the Crescent College and Conservatory for
Young Women.
In 1937, Norman Baker, a charlatan doc-
tor, purchased the Crescent to turn it into a
hospital and health resort. Baker began his
medical practice by starting a hospital in
Muscatine but in 1936, he was convicted of
practicing medicine without a license. De-
spite this setback, Baker remodeled the
Crescent and in the process, removed some
of its distinctive wooden handrails and bal-
conies. He also covered fine woodwork in
jarring shades of red, orange, black, and yel-
low paint. He decorated his own penthouse
in shades of purple and hung machine guns
from the walls. In addition, he installed se-
cret escape passages for himself, in case
members of the American Medical Associ-
ation came after him to shut him down.
Baker moved his cancer patients from
Iowa to Arkansas and attracted other pa-
tients by advertising his health resort at the
Crescent as a place where one could be

haunted heritage

cured of cancer without having to un- dergo x-rays or surgeries. Officially, Baker’s cures consisted of nothing more than drinking spring water and using various home remedies. Al- though most official reports say that Baker did not actually kill anyone with his medical treatments, local legends say that Baker experimented on both the living and dead. For instance, one of his miracle cures for brain tumors was said to involve peeling open a patient’s head and pouring a mixture of spring water and watermelon seeds directly onto the brain. He also is rumored to have performed other bizarre experiments, including live dissections. The many who died from these experi- ments, or from their own untreated ill- nesses, were said to have been burned in an incinerator in the middle of the night. Since Baker claimed that he could cure cancer in a matter of weeks, he had to hide the fact that numerous patients were dying every month. So those in the ad- vanced stages of illness were moved to an “asylum” area, where they died in extreme pain. Finally, in 1940, the law caught up with Baker, and the so-called hospital was closed, Baker was fined a minimal $4,000, and sentenced to four years in Leaven- worth Prison. After his release from prison Baker moved to Florida and lived comfortably until his death in 1958. The Crescent began a comeback in

1946, when new owners started restora- tion and again opened it as a hotel. Many changes were made through the years, and today, the elegant old hotel continues to fascinate its many visitors with its strange history. Ghost tours are regularly available for those wanting to learn the Crescent’s secrets where various entities are often seen, heard, and photographed.

Reported Ghostly Sightings

R oom 218 is said to be a particular

hotspot for strange paranormal

occurrences. There is a specter

that hotel staff call “Michael the Irishman”

who is seen on the spot where the work- man fell to his death. Room occupants often say that in the room doors slam shut mysteriously, and they hear footsteps when no one is there. One guest was vio- lently shaken awake at night to find that no one else was in the room. Another guest awoke in the middle of the night and saw blood spattered all over the walls and ran downstairs screaming. But when hotel staff examined the room, they could find no traces of blood. Another reported ghost at the Crescent is that of a distinguished-looking man with a mustache who is dressed in old- fashioned, formal clothing who is often seen in the lobby where people speak to him, but he never responds. The hotel also has a photograph, made by an un- known photographer, which shows a misty figure slouching in the closet of Room 202. And Room 419 is reportedly occupied by “Miss Theadora,” who often locks the door to keep people out and has been known to pack a guest’s bags and put them by the door in a spectral encouragement to vacate the premises. Another well-known ghost is that of a nurse who is seen push- ing a gurney down the hallways of

Crescent Hotel, c. 1886.

the second floor. In addition, the ghost of

a young woman student, who reportedly

either jumped or was pushed to her death from the roof or upper balcony, is some- times sighted. The Crescent staff is familiar with strange occurrences, including one of the cooks, who saw the apparition of a small child dressed in old-fashioned clothes skipping around the kitchen. Also, on more than one occasion, the cook opened the kitchen door and turned on the lights

to see some or all of the pots and pans fly- ing off their hooks and onto the floor. SciFi Channel’s Ghost Hunters even spent a week at the Crescent investigating strange phenomena and filming an episode of their show. One of the team members came back to his room, 419, to discover that his computer had been propped up by the door. He had left it by the TV, and no one else had moved it. The team also got high electromagnetic field readings in rooms 419 and 250. In addi- tion, they saw an image on their thermal camera in the morgue of what looked like

a Civil War soldier. After their experiences, they proclaimed the hotel to be the second most active site they had ever visited. Psychics say they believe that more than 500 spirits may inhabit the site, many of which are thought to be of people who died during the days of Norman Baker’s horrific medical experiments. But they also say that the mountain upon which the Crescent is built is a powerful earth- energy spot that was a sacred site to American Indians, who used the area for ceremonies and possibly for burials. Local psychics say that they and others are trying to help the spirits move on, but the large number of sightings indicates that this may take some time. Meanwhile, the Crescent Hotel and Spa remains a pretty sure bet for those looking for a paranormal experience. z For more info, write to Crescent Hotel and New Moon Spa, 75 Prospect Ave., Eureka Springs, AR 72632, www.crescent-hotel.com, or call 800-342-9766.

Ave., Eureka Springs, AR 72632, www.crescent-hotel.com, or call 800-342-9766. WWW .M YSTERIES M AGAZINE . COM

Arcane Cults

 
 

T H E

S K Y

K INGDOM

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M ALAY SIA

Ayah Pin: Heretic or Healer?

Malaysian spiritual leader Ayah Pin claims to be God’s latest incarnation.

by Kenaz Filan

He just heals those with troubled hearts, minds, and souls by offering advice and spiritual guidance, regardless of their re- ligious background.” Pin began preaching his message in 1975. Twenty years later, he and a few of his followers founded the Sky Kingdom compound in Malaysia’s remote Tereng- ganu state. There, on its six-acre head- quarters, they began building unusual structures based on dreams by Pin and his followers. Each structure paid tribute to various re- ligions. The teapot dispensed God’s bless- ings over the world, represented by a vase. For instance, water collected from the vase was then distributed to visitors as a bless- ing. The giant yellow umbrella represented the Nine Planets of Hindu astrology and a “shelter for God’s faithful” while the fish- ing boat represented Noah’s Ark and the crescent moon the indigenous peoples of Malaysia and the Orang Bunian (Malaysian forest elves). Moreover, the Sky Kingdom placed great stock in visions. Many of the people who came to the Sky Kingdom claimed they saw Pin or his brightly colored build- ings in a dream. Pin greeted pilgrims and devotees while seated on a circular dais and smoking Salem cigarettes. From there, clad in a bright blue robe and an ornate turban, he interpreted their dreams, of- fered advice, bestowed blessings, and healed illnesses. As he preached, teenage girls fanned him with ostrich feathers. As his fame grew, Pin attracted followers from Bali, Singapore, and other countries. And since he accepted members from all religions, Pin counted a large number of Hindus, Buddhists, and Christians among his entourage. Estimates on the total num- ber of Sky Kingdom followers range from

M any religions have erected mon- uments to their faith, but only the Sky Kingdom built a two-

 

story pink teapot, a concrete fishing boat,

and an orange umbrella-shaped building. While a casual visitor might have mistaken Ayah Pin’s spiritual headquarters for an amusement park, many of his Malaysian countrymen were not amused. Despite constitutional guarantees of freedom of re- ligion, the Sky Kingdom and its leader have been the subjects of a vigorous cam- paign of persecution for years. In 1973, Pin declared himself God’s lat- est incarnation. (Prior incarnations, ac- cording to Pin, include Shiva, Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed). As God, he as- serted that he had reincarnated on earth with yet another message for mankind:

Ayah Pin

you all come from me, and to return to me you must be united. Hence, according to Rosly Abdul Samad, one of his followers, “He doesn’t teach any religion or faith.

be united. Hence, accor ding to R o sly Abdul Samad, one of his followers, “He
 

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3,000 to 30,000. It is difficult to tell, be- cause many have been driven under- ground by social disapproval and legal threats.

The Divine Teapot

a serious crime, which can be punished with caning or imprisonment. So in 2001, Pin was arrested for “humiliating Islam” and spent one month in jail. As a result, many of Pin’s Malay followers

later, 35 masked assailants armed with machetes and Molotov cocktails attacked the Sky Kingdom compound, destroying

cars, burning the giant umbrella, and damaging the teapot).

kept their affiliation with the Sky King- dom secret. Others reminded authorities that Pin had ordered his Muslim follow- ers to obey Islamic laws.

Pin escaped capture during the raid; according to some of his devotees, he was cloaked by God’s protection and walked

unnoticed through the hostile crowd. As of 2006, it was believed that Pin was hiding in neighboring Thailand, where he is said to be suffering from chronic diabetes and other ailments. While he re- mains at large, his compound remains deserted; the teapot and other buildings now lie in ruins. Malaysia is considered a rela- tively progressive and liberal Is- lamic country. Bad international publicity surrounding the Sky Kingdom arrests—and the heavy-handed treatment of Pin and his devotees—embarrassed Malaysian political and business leaders. Even many devout Malaysian Muslims feel that the Sky Kingdom is a peaceful and harmless group that poses no danger to society or to Islam. But other equally devout Malays have called for stiff pun- ishment for Pin and his follow- ers.

I n some ways, the Sky Kingdom would seem an ideal reflection of Malaysia’s population and culture.

Situated on the maritime trade routes between China and the Middle East, Malaysia’s popula- tion has sizeable East Asian and South Asian elements. Hindu mandirs and Buddhist shrines ap- pear alongside Christian churches; in remote areas, indigenous peo- ples still practice their animist/shamanic traditions. And while there have been conficts in the past between religions and ethnic groups, by and large, Malaysia is remarkably integrated. But the Malay people who make up a bare majority (60%) of the population are overwhelm- ingly Muslim. A Malaysian citizen of Indian or Chinese ancestry may be any religion but according to the Malaysian constitution, ethnic Malays are considered Muslim at birth and, as such, can be pun- ished for violations of Islamic law and custom. Malays who re- nounce Islam can be disowned by

and, as such, can be pun- ished for violations of Islamic law and custom. Malays who

family members, lose their jobs, be harassed by the authorities, or

The infamous giant teapot, or kendul, signified the purity of

It is estimated that there are

mankind, a sacred vessel that dispenses God’s blessings.

currently only several thousand followers of the Sky Kingdom. Of the 50 people originally ar- rested, the Shariah court was lenient with 40 who chose to renounce their affilia-

tion with the group, were underage, or foreign. Today, only 24 people remain at the site of the commune, all of who are understandably suspicious of outsiders. In February of 2008, Kamariah Ali, a for- mer religious teacher and Sky Kingdom member, was sentenced to two years in prison for the crime of apostasy. z

jailed for “deviations against Islam.” Because Ayah Pin was born a Muslim, he was subject to the rulings of Malaysia’s Islamic courts. And the courts of Tereng-

ganu state, where the Sky Kingdom’s headquarters were located, are among the most conservative in Malaysia. Not only is Pin a Muslim in the eyes of Malaysian courts, so are many of his fol- lowers. Under Malaysian law, attempting to convert Muslims to another religion is

Still, this did not protect them from in- creasing legal pressure. In 2005, the Sky Kingdom compound was destroyed by bulldozers and 49 of Pin’s followers were arrested during a raid by police and Shariah (Islamic Court) authorities. The Sky Kingdom had great difficulty finding legal representation, as most Malaysian law firms refused to represent them for fear of vigilante reprisals. (Three months

From the Skies Byrd and the UFOs of ‘47 by Tim Swartz Over the years,
From the Skies
Byrd and the UFOs of ‘47
by Tim Swartz
Over the years, rumors have
circulated about the true
purpose of the largest Antarc-
tic military expedition ever
organized. And some of these
rumors question the possible
connection with the first
major UFO sighting in
the U.S. and the beginning
of the modern UFO era.
A t the end of World War II, Admi-
ral Richard E. Byrd was consid-
ered a relic of a more romantic
time when there were still parts of the
world that remained unexplored. Never-
theless, in 1946, Admiral D.C. Ramsey,
chief of naval operations, created the
Antarctic Developments Project with the
58-year-old Byrd as leader of the expedi-
tion. Even though the Antarctic Devel-
opments Project (code-named
“Operation Highjump”) was publicly
called an exploration and research opera-
tion, the basic objectives were not scien-
tific or economic—they were military.
History tells us that Operation High-
jump was simply an expedition of dis-
covery to Antarctica that also included a
unique opportunity to test out military
equipment in the harsh Antarctic envi-
ronment. However, from the very begin-
ning, there were elements about the mis-
sion that seemed unusual. For instance,
for a mission of exploration and discov-
ery, Operation Highjump used an amaz-
ing number of military personnel, ships,
planes, and even a submarine. Three
Naval battle groups included 12 ships,
the submarine USS Sennet, six R4-D
(military version of the DC-3) transport
planes, and over 4,000 men.
The central group of Operation High-
jump reached the Bay of Whales on Jan-
uary 15, 1947, and established Little
America IV, complete with three run-
ways. The aircraft carrier Philippine Sea
carried six R4-D transport aircraft and
Admiral Byrd to the edge of the ice pack.
The R4-Ds successfully took off from the
flight deck of the Philippine Sea and
reached Little America six hours later.
BYRD Antarctic Explorer A dmiral Richard E. Byrd was the per- fect choice to lead
BYRD
Antarctic Explorer
A dmiral Richard E. Byrd was the per-
fect choice to lead a mission to
Antarctica. Interested in polar ex-
ploration since he was a young boy, in
1926, he took leave from the Navy to or-
ganize a privately financed expedition to
the Arctic. Supported by Edsel Ford, John
D. Rockefeller, Jr., the New York Times,
and others, Byrd and pilot Floyd Bennett
flew over the North Pole on May 9, 1926.
Both men were awarded the Medal of
Honor after their return to the United
States.
Byrd next turned his attention to Antarc-
tica, where he conducted expeditions that
accounted for the discovery of hundreds
of thousands of square miles of territory
which he claimed for the U.S. He flew over
the South Pole in 1929. He then spent
most of the winter of 1934 alone in a hut
some 100 miles into the interior. This ef-
fort almost cost Byrd his life when he was
poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes.
Nevertheless, no other person in Antarctic
history has contributed more to the geo-
graphic discovery of the continent than
Admiral Byrd.
—TIM SWARTZ

The R4-Ds then conducted extensive aer- ial mapping that included a two-aircraft flight to the South Pole. Although the original mission state- ment declared that the operation would last four months, Byrd unexpectedly

From the Skies

withdrew from the program after only eight weeks. History books state that he left because every objective had been met and Byrd saw no reason to remain. But newspaper and personal accounts taken from those who actually participated in the operation tell a different story.

A Secret Nazi Base

O n March 5, 1947, the El Mercu- rio newspaper of Santiago, Chile reported that:

Adm. Byrd declared today that it was imperative for the United States to ini- tiate immediate defense measures against hostile regions. Furthermore, Byrd stated that he “didn’t want to frighten anyone unduly” but that it was “a bitter reality that in case of a new war the continental United States would be attacked by flying ob- jects which could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds.” Before a news conference, Byrd then repeated each of these points. Because of Byrd’s statements to the press, rumors began to circulate that the true mission of Operation Highjump had been to investigate, photograph, and pos- sibly even invade an alleged secret Nazi base located in Queen Mauds Land of Antarctica. This rumor was actually not so far- fetched. At the end of the war, the Allies had determined 250,000 high-level Ger- mans were unaccounted for. Nazi scien- tists and intelligence officials, who had been brought into the U.S. as part of Project Paperclip—a secret program to use former Nazis to assist the United States in the growing cold war with the Soviet Union—had reported that, during the war, the Nazis had spent several years sending materials and supplies to Antarc- tica in order to build a secret military base. Known as Base 211, this base would supposedly work in conjunction with Nazi enclaves in South America to offer the ultimate safe haven for high-

ranking Nazi officials, scientists, and top secret technology. One of the allegations made about the abrupt ending of Operation Highjump was that the flights searching for Base 211 were repeatedly harassed by strange flying objects known at the time as “Foo- Fighters.” These strange lights, thought to be some sort of Nazi secret weapon, were reported by Allied pilots over the Rhineland starting in the autumn of 1944. Now they were being seen in the skies of Antarctica, following the recon- naissance aircraft and possibly even inter- fering with their onboard controls, resulting in several crashes and deaths. Faced with their inability to pinpoint the exact location of Base 211—and by the apparent superiority of the mysteri- ous, unidentified aircraft—Admiral Byrd ordered the mission to withdraw in 1947. In the end, the taskforce returned to the U.S. with their data, which then immedi- ately became classified top secret. As well, Byrd was soon hospitalized for exhaus- tion and not allowed to hold any press conferences. The story might have ended there ex- cept it seems that the same mysterious aircraft that harassed Operation High- jump in Antarctica followed them back to the United States. Just a few months later, on June 21, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold spotted a fleet of strange wing-shaped ob- jects flying near Mt. Rainer, WA (later er- roneously dubbed “flying saucers” by a reporter). Then, around July 3, 1947, something, crashed in the desert near Roswell, NM. After that, UFOs, as they were now called, were seen flying the skies of the U.S., and later, other coun- tries, with apparent impunity. It would be nice if there were a tidy res- olution to this mystery. Unfortunately, when it comes to UFOs, there are no easy answers. It is safe to say, however, that what we think we know about UFOs and their history may be a lot more complex than we ever imagined. z

crypto corral A New York ABC O n April 19, 2008, Tsermaa Plum- ley heard
crypto corral
A New York ABC
O n April 19, 2008, Tsermaa Plum-
ley heard an intruder rummaging
through the compost heap out-
side her home in Keene, NY. Peering
through the window at the visitor, she told
her husband, “It’s a huge black cat!”
Dan Plumley grabbed his camera and
rushed outside to confront a “black pan-
ther.” Later, speaking to the Lake Placid
News, he said,
“This must have been an exotic pet that
had gotten too big for its owners. … It had
to be four and a half to five feet long from
its head to the tail. I judged its length in
comparison to the driveway.”
The cat soon fled and has not reappeared
in Keene, but the Plumley sighting is far
from unique. According to John Lutz,
founder and head of the Eastern Puma Re-
search Network, New Yorkers logged 245
black panther sightings between 1960 and
2005.
Lutz believes those cats are melanis-
tic cougars, but that solution poses a rid-
dle in itself, since New York’s last
acknowledged wild cougar was killed in
1894.
Nonetheless, Lutz claims that there
New Species Discovered
I n May of 2008, researchers announced
their discovery of a new gecko family
whose scientific name Phyllodactylidae
have been more than 1,000 cougar sight-
ings in the Empire State over the past quar-
ter-century, including more than 70 cases
of adult cats seen with cubs.
(“leaf toe”) describes the shape of their
toes.
Two months after that announcement,
another team led by Dr. Ute Radespiel at
the University of Veterinary Medicine in
Hanover, Germany, announced discovery
of a new mouse lemur species on Mada-
gascar, named Microcebus macarthurii, after
the MacArthur Foundation which funded
the research.
Bend It Like Yeti
B ritish wildlife artist Polyanna Pickering produced a police-
style “photo-fit” drawing of the elusive Himalayan yeti in
June, 2008—and she credits it, at least in part, to soccer
Nessie Captured on Film?
A t Loch Ness in the Scottish High-
star David Beckham!
Pickering was on a private yeti hunt in Bhutan when she ap-
proached a remote monastery. The site’s sole occupant was a
monk, who proved to be both a proud anglophile and an obsessive
David Beckham fan. Pickering explained her mission after talking
soccer, and the monk produced a supposed 100-year-old yeti
lands, July 2008 produced a new
videotape of Nessie, the world-fa-
mous Loch Ness Monster. The tape was
actually made in April by David and Gra-
ham Garside of Slaithwaite, Huddersfield,
who were enjoying a cruise on Loch Ness
when David spotted “something strange”
in the distance and zoomed in with his
camera. The Garside tape is currently avail-
able for viewing on YouTube.
While the Scots debated the existence of
Nessie, reports of a three-foot crocodilian
emerged from Pluck Lake in Swansea,
Wales. Police received the first call at noon
on April 27, 2008. On April 29, fisherman
Steve Jenkins saw the creature. As he de-
scribed, “It was definitely a crocodile.
There was a white van submerged in the
water and it swam over the top of it so I
had a good look. It was a meter long and
had a long tail.”
scalp. Pickering told London reporter Richard Holt, “I was told this
was from a Migoi, their name for the
yeti. All I know is, it was bigger than
any human or ape scalp I have ever seen. It had tufts of reddish-
black fur coming out of it and was mounted on a pole and seen as
holy relic.” Aside from tufts of hair, the scalp also had shards of
bone attached.
Monastery regulations forbade taking photos of the scalp, but
Pickering sketched it, then expanded her drawing into a full-body
likeness. She also collected numerous local eyewitness accounts of
a
the creature, suggesting that it is well-known to Bhutanese natives.
“I
was amazed,” she said, “when they told me of regular sightings,
close encounters, and even tales of people being carried off by
the Migoi. Their descriptions were so detailed, I ended up
doing this ‘photo-fit’ with them all sitting round telling me to
alter this or how that should look.”
Jonathan Downes, founder and head of Europe’s Cen-
tre for Fortean Zoology, told the Telegraph, “This is po-
tentially explosive. If this scalp is authentic and has
bone still attached, it will probably be the single most
important zoological find since the discovery of the
coelacanth.”
—MICHAEL NEWTON
crypto corral Panther Hunting in US A t 6 a.m. on May 19, 2008, Missouri
crypto corral
Panther Hunting in US
A t 6 a.m. on May 19, 2008, Missouri sheriff’s deputy Donn Hall shot and killed a do-
mesticated black panther which had tried to invade a woman’s rural home outside
Neosho, in Newton County. Captain Richard Leavens was skeptical when his depart-
ment received the 911 distress call but it took two blasts from Hall’s 12-gauge shotgun, plus
10
rounds from his .45-caliber Glock 21 automatic pistol, to finish off the big cat.
Agents from Missouri’s Department of Conservation were summoned to examine the three-
Colossal Calamari
T he capture of a rare colossal squid
(Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) made
global headlines in 2007. When it
was hauled aboard the fishing vessel San
Aspiring, it tipped the scales at 1,090
pounds and measured 26-33 feet long
(estimates varied). Once frozen and trans-
ported to the Museum of New Zealand
Te Papa Tongarewa, however, its tentacles
began to shrink. By the time it was de-
frosted and dissected in May 2008, the
specimen measured only 14 feet. Fur-
thermore, researchers discovered that the
squid they had identified as female was,
in fact, a male.
Still, the squid was no disappointment.
Its partially collapsed eyeball measured
10.63 inches in diameter, suggesting that
it would have been 12-16 inches wide in
life, the largest eye of any creature known
to science. Nor is the present specimen
the largest known colossal squid. Its beak
measures 1.7 inches long, but other beaks
retrieved from sperm whale innards have
topped two inches, suggesting that their
owners exceeded 46 feet overall.
foot-long, 60-pound carcass. They determined that the “panther”—actually a melanistic leop-
ard—was an immature male that had been surgically de-clawed. That operation marked the
cat as a former pet or occupant of some menagerie, but the information brought police no
closer to identifying its one-time keeper(s).
A different explanation was advanced for the black panther seen at northern California’s
Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco, in April of 2008. Hiker John Balawe-
jder—who, with his daughter Alani, saw the cat and has prepared an academic paper on the
incident—believes it was a melanistic cougar or mountain lion.
“This lion was not darkish, not a brownish-tawny like some I’ve seen, but jet black,” Bal-
awejder told the San Francisco Chronicle. Despite his confidence, most zoologists deny the
existence of melanistic cougars, noting that no confirmed specimen has ever been captured
or killed.
But witness Don
Callen snapped
three photos of a
supposed black
cougar on his 52-
acre Santa Rosa
property in late
April, using a sta-
tionary digital cam-
era from a range of
50
feet.
Case closed?
Hardly!
Jack Dumb-
acher, a curator at
the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, examined Callen’s photographs and
ranked them as “enticing,” but ultimately inconclusive. “That would be a really exciting find,
if that’s what it was,” Dumbacher allowed, but he suggested that the creature in Callen’s
photos might also be a large domestic house cat.
—MICHAEL NEWTON
Argentina’s Dogsucker
T he cryptid known as el chupacabra
(“the goat-sucker,” in Spanish)
first appeared in Puerto Rico, then
moved on from there to infest most of
Latin America, several parts of the United
States, and isolated beachheads in Eu-
rope. Descriptions of the creature vary
widely, and so does its taste for domestic
animals. Goats have never been the chu-
pacabra’s only victims, but it seemed
noteworthy to Argentinean journalists
when a mystery mauler in Rosario (Santa
Fe Province) revealed an appetite for
dogs.
The attack occurred on May 1, 2008
when a Rosario resident heard his dogs
barking in the pre-dawn hours. He ig-
nored them, and when he finally went out
to check the dogs at noon, he found one
dog lying dead beneath a patio grill,
drained of blood through a deep puncture
wound in its neck. Strangely, no blood-
stains appeared on the ground.
The local newspaper La Capital re-
ported that sheriff ’s officers filed a report
on the case and delivered the dog’s car-
cass to Argentina’s Instituto Medico
Legal for a necropsy. At press time, no
verdict had been announced.
—MICHAEL NEWTON
crypto corral Bigfoot on Ice! O n July 9, 2008—prison guard Rick Dyer and sheriff’s
crypto corral
Bigfoot on Ice!
O n July 9, 2008—prison guard Rick Dyer
and sheriff’s deputy Matthew Whitton—
proclaimed through YouTube videos
that they had found a Bigfoot carcass in the
woods and had it frozen in a block of ice. They
were prepared to share it with the world… but
for a price.
How much? For starters, Dyer and Whitton
offered Bigfoot safaris to the site where they
had found the corpse, beginning at $499 a
head. Word quickly spread that Tom Biscardi,
CEO of Searching for Bigfoot Inc. (shown here),
had paid Dyer and Whitton $50,000 as “a
good faith gesture,” in exchange for permis-
sion to view the remains. The story went global
on August 15, when Biscardi staged a press
conference to herald the discovery.
“I want to get to the bottom of it,” Biscardi
told the cameras. “I’ll tell you what I’ve seen
and what I’ve touched and what I’ve felt, what
I’ve prodded was not a mask sewed onto a
bear hide, OK?” Dyer warned skeptics, “They
don’t have a choice to believe us. We have a
body.”
But veteran Sasquatch trackers were not so
sure. They still recalled Biscardi’s promotion of
alleged Bigfoot photos faked by hoaxer Ivan
Marx, in the 1973 issue of Saga magazine.
When author William Childress suggested that
the photos might depict a man in an
ape suit—and a poorly fitted
one, at that—Biscardi
replied, “You’re looking
at the clearest pictures
of a Sasquatch ever
taken… And we’re
going find him.”
They did not, but
in 2005, Biscardi
claimed another tri-
umph. Appearing on
George Noory’s
Coast to Coast AM
radio program, Biscardi
said that he was “98 percent sure that his
group would capture the Bigfoot they have
been tracking. A month later, Biscardi said he
had access to a captive Bigfoot and was set-
ting up a pay-per-view TV event to film it. Then
days later, came the truth: there was no Big-
foot. Biscardi blamed an unknown mental pa-
tient for misleading him and criticized Noory’s
listeners for their own gullibility.
Strike two. But was he being truthful this
time?
Early results of DNA testing on hair allegedly
plucked from the carcass, performed
by biologist Curt Nelson at the
University of Minnesota, re-
vealed that the samples
had come from an opos-
sum. Disappointed
with that scientific
finding, Dyer and
Whitten shipped
their frozen speci-
men off to Steve
Kulls, host of
BlogTa lkRadio’s
“Squatch Detective”
program. As Kulls thawed
out the “creature,” he “ob-
served the foot, which looked
unnatural, reached in and con-
firmed it was a rubber foot.” The
rest, revealed by inches, proved to
be a tricked-out ape suit. Biscardi,
reached by telephone, told Kulls
that Dyer and Whitton “had admit-
ted the corpse was a costume.”
The stunt cost Whitton his job,
as Clayton County Sheriff Jeff
Turner told reporters, “This is basi-
cally a disgrace to be in law en-
forcement. You must have
integrity. He has none.” As for Bis-
cardi, confusion deepened when
spokesmen for the Bigfoot Field
Researchers Organization (BFRO)
declared that he “didn’t start this
hoax, but instead latched onto to
it once it was presented to him by
his dubious associate Steve Kulls.”
Kulls, in turn, blamed Rick Dyer for
that charge and urged his listeners
to consider the source.
—MICHAEL NEWTON
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The tower was originally designed with two floors and had a fireplace carved into the wall on the second story.

America’s Oldest Mystery

America’s Oldest Mystery THE NEWPORT TOWER N ewport, RI, has long been famous as the summer

THE NEWPORT

TOWER

N ewport, RI, has long been famous as the summer playground for the fabulously wealthy. But nestled amongst the luxurious

mansions and the private yachts is a mysterious stone tower whose history has baffled historians for centuries. It is believed to be the oldest stone struc- ture in America, though no one can say precisely when it was built. This imposing structure is situated on a steep hill that dominates the entrance to Narragansett Bay. At first glance, it appears to have been lifted directly from medieval Europe. Its ornate circular walls rise 24 feet into the air, supported on an intricate base of octagonal pillars and sweeping Romanesque arches. But why does this old tower inspire so much controversy and debate? Simply put, it may end up rewriting western history as we know it.

by Mark S. Longo

One of the oldest and most persistent theories about the tower is that it was built by ancient Norse explorers, long before Columbus arrived on America’s shore. This theory has been a favorite of Newport lo- cals for centuries, but it gained interna- tional prominence when an armored skeleton was discovered in 1831 in nearby Fall River, MA. First believed to be the remains of a Viking explorer, the skeleton was later de- termined to be the remains of a local Wampanoag indian. But that did little to stem the Viking frenzy then sweeping across the nation. The clamor over the skeleton was so intense that it inspired Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to write his epic poem “The Skeleton in the Armor,” which he crafted to sound like a Norse saga. Three weeks we westward bore, And when the storm was o’er, Cloud-like we saw the shore Stretching to the leeward; There for my lady’s bower Built I the lofty tower, Which, to this very hour, Stands looking seaward.

There lived we many years; Time dried the maiden’s tears She had forgot her fears, She was a mother. Death closed her mild blue eyes, Under that tower she lies; Ne’er shall the sun arise On such another! Since the poem’s first publication in 1841, a wealth of evidence has since emerged to support the Viking theory, in- cluding the bizarre unit of measurement that was used to design the tower: the ell. Unlike most American structures, the tower is not built around the English foot, or any other widely recognized unit of measurement. Instead, it was designed using an ancient Scottish measurement known as the ell. The ell equates to three Norse feet and was a common measurement used by Vikings. Another strong piece of evidence is the shape of the tower itself. The remains of round towers that are supported by eight pillars have been found in churches in both Denmark and Norway. This has led to spec- ulation that Catholic Norsemen built the

has led to spec- ulation that Catholic Norsemen built the Ne wpor t T o w
has led to spec- ulation that Catholic Norsemen built the Ne wpor t T o w

Newport Tower as it looked in the 18th and and early 19th centuries.

tower for use as a church during an early ex- pedition to Narragansett Bay. More evidence has been found in the form of apparent runic inscriptions that were carved into rocks throughout New England which, although still hotly debated, some claim were carved by Norse explorers. (See Mysteries, issue #6) Local Narragansett tribesmen have also added fuel to the Viking theory. According to tribal legends, the tower was built by red- headed men with green eyes who sailed up the river on strange-looking ships. These

mysterious voyages were also believed to have taken place centuries before the first English settlers arrived in the area in the 17th century. Although the Viking theory has remained popular over the years, it is only one of many. An even more outlandish theory claims that the tower was built by the Knights Templar, almost a century before Columbus’ voyage to the New World. This fascinating tale begins in the 12th century, when Europe was at the height of its cru- sading frenzy.

The Templar Theory

W hile the Templars’ reputation as

fierce crusaders is well known,

most people are unaware that