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Volume 5
Number 24
June 15, 2000

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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CHUPACABRAS GO ON THE RAMPAGE IN CHILE

Less than three weeks after the reported capture of three Chupacabras at the Radomiro Tomic mine nea Calama, a new wave of Chupacabra incidents swept Chile.

On Sunday, June 4, 2000, during the early morning hours, a Chupacabra slaughtered 14 chickens in a back yard in Talcahuano, a port city 8 kilometers (5 miles) north of Concepcion, which was the site of many Chuapcabra incidents during May.

On Wednesday, June 7, 2000, at 4 a.m., another Chupacabra attack took place in the barrio Villa Nonguen, in the city of Concepcion, which is located 300 kilometers (180 miles) south of Santiago de Chile, the national capital.

According to the newspaper Diario El Sur, "the strange case took place yesterday (June 7) around 4 a.m. while Julio Reyes and his wife, Carmen Andrade, were still asleep. They suddenly heard a loud noise coming from their home's back yard, a kind of small farm in which they have a henhouse" and a garden containing tomato, potato, chocla and pepper plants.

"'The light outside the henhouse was on. I saw the monster flapping his wings fiercely while the hens were crowing--something they never do at this time. That's when I saw the white one running toward the back. At this time, Bobby (the family's terrier watchdog)--J.T.) came out to take a look, but when he saw the back gate, through which the hens had fled, he refused to follow and remained standing still. He then ran toward the street gate and began barking,' explained Carmen, who did not witness the events herself out of fear that the intruder might be a burglar."

"'Bobby became sort of dopey and turned back. He didn't dare go forward,' Julio said."

"Around 7 a.m., the couple discovered what had transpired. In the very rear of the backyard--which can only be reached by crossing two gates--their three hens and one rooster were found dead, completely torn to shreds, as if they had been ripped open at the chest cavity and scattered in a 10-meter (33-foot) radius. It is worth noting that the house's entrance is a gate covered with chicken wire."

As with the other recent cases, the Carabineros (Chile's national police--J.T.) attributed the animal deaths to a roving pack of wild dogs. But Julio Reyes doesn't buy that explanation.

"However, based on several paw prints found on the site, twice the size of Bobby's, the owner was not satisfied with the explanation, given the difficulty a dog would have had in getting into the area."

"'No, this is completely abnormal. You see, last year there was a dog who'd appear during the day and steal chickens that would stray into the street. But that's what he did. He stole them and ate them one by one. The very same thing happened in the fields. Every time a dog made off with a chicken, it would take them one by one,' stated Julio Reyes, who added that nothing similar had ever occurred in his house, and he has been raising poultry for 25 years."

"There were also large prints in the surrounding area--the soil is soft and moist--which appeared to be those of a dog differing in that they were unrelated to each other and did not follow the sequence of footprints."

On Friday, June 9, 2000, at 11:45 a.m., Chile's Radio Pudahuel, 90.5 FM received a phone call from Antofagasta, a large city 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of Santiago de Chile. The caller wanted to speak woth Pablo Aguilera, the popular talk-show host, whose broadcast was then on the air. The caller reported a recent Chupacabra attack in the city of Antofagasta.

Accordiung to the caller, the witness "says he was asleep in his bedroom, and the cat started making noises, waking him up. That's when they saw the alleged Chupacabra. He says that when it saw them, the creature took off at high speed. He says it destroyed their car. It Killed it. It killed the cat."

Afterward, the witness reportedly found deep scratches, "made by its claws," in the doors and fenders of his car "It used some sort of claws to scratch the vehicle."

"They were told that they must remain quiet about the situation, if they want to get a new car in exchange for the destroyed one," the caller said, "Iff they speak to the press, they won't be given a new car. They'll be stuck with the one they have."

On Monday, June 12, 2000, a coalition of Chilean UFO groups went to the Ministry of Defense in Santiago "to investigate the alleged responsibility of NASA, the USA space agency, in the manifestations of the so-called 'Chupacabras which has caused the deaths of hundreds of domestic animals in the country."

"''Many people agree that they have seen a kind of ape or mandrill with humanoid features and with very large eyes which moves very quickly and in a zigzagging manner,' said Cristian Riffo, director of the Ovalvision group."

At a news conference on Sunday, June 11, 2000, Riffo cited the persistent reports of the capture of the three Chupacabras in the desert near Calama. ""For this reeason, Riffo stated that they will go to the Ministry of Defense to demand a clarification of these events. They will also ask the (Chilean) Army if the accounts of the death of a soldier during the capture of one of the creatures is indeed true." (See the newspapers Cronica for June 5, 2000 and Diario El Sur for June 8 and June 11, 2000. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, auto de los libros, Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y Forbidden Mexico y tambien Gloria Coluchi, Lucy Guzman y Patricia Borlone Rojas para esas historias.)

GERMAN POLICE HUNT FOR A LANDED UFO

Fifty German police officers were called out after a UFO was seen landing on the outskirts of Munchengladbach the night of Friday, May 5, 2000.

Munchengladbach is a city in the Hardt region about 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of Dusseldorf and 320 kilometers (192 miles) southwest of Berlin.

According to the Rheinishce Post, "Telephones manned by the German police were ringing off the hook, and a UFO researcher had already contacted Munchengladbacher Airport to enquire about the mysterious lighted objecct seen flying low on the night of Friday, May 5, near the Hardt region's Autobahn (Highway) A-52."

"One witness, Karl W., called to report that a slow-moving aircraft displaying red and white flsshing lights seemed to have crashed shortly after 10 p.m. after dropping behind trees."

"When an expert identified the light pattern as the possible landing lights of a small sport airplane, immediate search measures were initiated. Some 50 police officers, 12 firefighters and 22 German Red Cross aides with search dogs combed the area between the A-52 and the city limits."

"In the morning, a helicopter was dispatched to again search the entire locality, but it failed to find anything."

"Other witnesses had also observed the craft, including a policeman who reported the flashing lights as being extremely bright to the point of affecting his eyes. He said that real landings lights by comparison were very much weaker."

"The police were thorough in their attempts to explain the event but had to exclude the presence of a hot-air balloon as well as aircraft. They even conducted experiments afterward to determine if car headlights from the A-52 interchange (roundabout in UK--J.T.) might have been responsible but had to rule this out."

"The fact that the object was seen traveling so slowly, as well as soundlessly, at treetop height for some period of time but did not appear on radar, either, and also apparently crashed or landed, has left them with a large puzzle."

The case took a strange turn ten days later when a German "radio amateur" (ham operator in the USA--J.T.) claimed to have picked up radio transmissions from the search teams. The ham operator said he overheard the German policemen talking about green male humanoids, who were passing through our solar system as part of their long voyage through space.

"On May 18, the Rheinische Post reported, "In a further report on the incident two weeks ago, officials admitted that they were still baffled by the event of this night. However, a strange report has been offered by a radio amateur living in the area who had been tuning into frequencies. He claims to have listened to the end of transmission, that included the following fragments of conversation, 'green males' and 'odyssey through the universe.'" (See the Rheinische Post for May 8 and may 18, 2000. Many thanks to Gerry Lovell for forwarding the German newspaper article.)

SECURITY GUARD SIGHTS A HUGE DISC-SHAPED UFO IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE

"Star-gazing security guard Jim Brace is convinced he saw an enormous UFO and will not change his mind even if people make fun of him."

"The 29-year-old was on patrol at the Uniport depot in South Littleton, near Evesham, just before midnight on Monday, June 5 (2000) when he saw a large object in the sky. He then watched it for the best part of an hour."

Evesham, Gloucestershire, is located about 90 miles (146 kilometers) northwest of London.

"Mr. Brace, who did not believe in UFOs until this incident, said, 'It was partly cloudy and partly clear. The thing just gradually appeared. It looked like a plate with small domes dotted all over it.'"

"'Apart from ringing the police and my firm about it, I watched it the whole time.'"

"PC (Police Constable--J.T.) Tom Iddon said Evesham police would look into the matter. He said, 'We will keep an open mind, but it may have been an advertising air balloon which I believe was in the area at the time.'"

"Mr. Brace said he was sure it was nothing like a balloon lights from a laser show or a plane. He said, 'I've never seen anything like it and probably never will again. They could put me in a strait-jacket, but I know what I saw, and I won't change my mind for anything. It was massive and impossible to put a size on it. There was also no noise coming from it.'" (See This Is Gloucestershire for June 6, 2000. Many thanks to Gerry Lovell for sending this article.)

CROP CIRCLE DISCOVERED SOUTH OF MILAN, ITALY

On Thursday, May 18, 2000, at 1 a.m., a solitary crop circle was discovered in a field of wheat beside the railroad tracks in Villa Raverio, a small town in northern Italy.

Villa Raverio is located 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Milano (Milan). The circle was discovered beside the tracks of the Ferroviario Milano-Pavia (railroad).

"The witness spied a strange light in the sky that night, heading south on a bearing of 210 degrees," reported Giuseppe Monticelli of Italy's Centro Ufologico Nazionale (CUN). "The UFO was a light grey colour. It left behind a circle, not perfect, with trampled grain, all stalks lying in a uniform direction-- some lying in one direction, others in the opposite direction.. The stalks were primarily green with a few yellowing ones and some others which showed signs of charring."

CUN investigators conducted tests at the site, Mnticelli added, and found "ionization that was a little above the area's background radiation--0.02 millirems. The temperature within the circle was 18.1 degrees Centigrade. No electromagnetic anomalies were detected within the circle. The circle was oval- shaped and measured 5 meters long and 4 meters wide.' (16 feet long and 13 feet wide.)" (Gtazie a Alfredo Lissoni e Giuseppe Monticelli per questo rapporto.)

DISC-SHAPED UFO KILLS A CAR'S ENGINE IN WISCONSIN

On Saturday, May 14, 2000, the witness was driving on U.S. Route 12 in Millston, a small town near Eau Claire, Wisconsin when "my car engine suddenly died, and I had to coast to a stop."

"I got out to lift up the hood," he added, "I heard a sound coming down the road from the east. I looked, and it was a disk-shaped object that looked like a huge top spinning on the road. I ran inside my car and looked at it, and it suddenly began moving. It shot straight up. It did that about 25 yards from my car."

"It scared the living hell out of me. I did not tell anyone because they would not believe me. I will never travel that road again. I had to report this to someone, and I thought this was the right place. It also made a humming sound as it traveled over the road."

Eau Claire is also on Wisconsin Highway 12, located 241 miles (385 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee. (Many thanks to Peter Davenport of the national UFO Reporting Center for this report.)

HOVERING BLUE SPHERE SEEN IN AUBURN, NEW YORK

On Sunday, April 23, 2000, at 1:10 a.m., David P. reported, "I was driving home from work" in the Throop village section of Auburn, New York (population 32,000) "I saw this ball on the road. It was hovering at about 10 feet (3 meters). As I was getting closer to the ball to see what was going on, it kept on going away from me. All of a sudden, I got close up to it. The blue ball got brighter and shot off to the right of me, and it was gone. It lasted for about five minutes." ( Email Form Report)

(Editor's Note: A nearly identical case occurred in January 1967 when a couple traveling north on Route 117 in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA spotted a hovering blue ball in a roadside cemetery.)

BLACK HELICOPTERS AND GIANT DAYLIGHT DISC SEEN IN DALLAS, TEXAS

On Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at 3:15 p.m., the witness was on a bus "coming back from a (corporate) team-building retreat," traveling on Interstate Highway I-35, when he spotted "two large black helicopters with two propellors front and back flying south at about 500 feet (150 meters) altitude."

(Editor's Note: Both the Boeing Vertol CH-47D Chinook and the Boeing Vertol CH-46D Sea Knight have front and rear rotors.)

Turning to the person sitting beside him, the witness said, "'Look at the military helicopters.' He was on his cell phone. Most of the others were asleep around. At this point, I noticed a large silver disk-shaped object, metallic in nature, brilliantly reflecting sunlight at about 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above Dallas's Love Field (airport). The copters were flying directly toward it."

His companion "then looked at the copters. I said, 'What is that above them?' He said, 'Something is flying above.' I said, 'I think it is a UFO.'"

"At this point, we both stared out the bus window, transfixed. I was determined not to take my eyes off it. I know the object was extremely large because eventually the helicopters were directly under it in the same formation, and the diameter of the disk was larger than the tail of the trailing helicopter to the front of the leading one. This was actual, not apparent, and the copters were at least 8,500 to 9,500 feet below."

"About 30 seconds after the copters were directly under it, it disappeared. I was not blinking, let alone turning away, and it simply disappeared. The copters were out of sight a few minutes after." (Many thanks to Peter Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center for this report.)

VERY BRIGHT UFO SIGHTED IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

On Saturday, June 3, 2000, at 10:30 p.m., the witness "was out on my back deck, facing due north" in Cranberry Township, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, when he sighted an unusual bright light in the sky.

"At this time, I noticed a very bright white light speed into the area at a relatively low altitude, traveling roughly east to west from my vantage point," he reported. "The light sped into view from behind a row of trees at a fairly good clip, intensified slightly in brightness and" and continued on "at an angle due north from me, and then its flight curved to the right during the last second of the event, and quickly faded from view."

""The light itself was a steady bright white circular- shaped light and was slightly bigger than a pencil eraser held at arm's length. The light traveled at about 10 to 15 degrees above the horizon...I figure it was at a fairly low altitude--3,000 to 5,000 feet (900 to 1,500 meters) The UFO "was traveling faster the commercial jet aircraft that usually fly over my area into Pittsburgh International Airport." (Many thanks to Peter Davenport of the national UFO Reporting Center for this report.)

MYSTERIOUS CAVE WRITINGS DISCOVERED IN EGYPT

In late May 2000, pilot and amateur geologist "George Cunningham was in the desert 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Cairo looking for fossilized sea urchins, shells and plants-- a favorite hobby when he spotted 'an interesting looking wall.'"

On Wednesday, June 7, 2000, "Cunningham led Egyptian scholars to the site to investigate the find, which resembles a cave in a limestone hill."

"'We were astounded that this wall was there and that we had never seen it,' said Cunningham of Algona, Iowa. He has worked in Cairo for two-and-a- half years as a helicopter pilot trainer for an oil company and is a frequent visitor to the area where he made the discovery."

"The cave drawings appear to be from three eras, according to experts on Egypt. The earliest, which could date to 7,000 to 6,500 B.C., are hunting scenes: men and women carrying bows alongside what appear to be dogs or wolves."

"A later drawing appears to be religious: two gods or goddesses in an arch alongside three women, probably goddesses as well. (the Three Fates of Greek mythology?--J.T.) It could date to the early Pharonic dynastic period, around 3,000 to 2,500 B.C., the experts say."

"From another era comes writing with hieroglyphic elements. Specialists say it could represent a transition between languages, before or after hieroglyphics."

"Cunningham shared photos of his find with several friends, including a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. The diplomat sent them to Gaballah Ali Gaballah, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo."

"That led to the visit Wednesday by 15 archaeologists who fanned out around the cave and pointed out the different symbols. Exclamations of 'Fascinating!' (Shades of Mr. Spock--J.T.) and 'It must be excavated" punctuated their talk, as did 'This is all speculation.'"

"Mohammed el-Saghir, head of the Pharonic and Greco-Roman section of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says he is certain the find is of value. He did not accompany the team but saw the photos earlier."

""Archaeologists have found similar drawings in caves in southern Egypt. But, el-Saghir says, this might be the first time such etchings have been found in northern Egypt. If anything, the discovery could help mark the route that Stone Age nomads took from southern Egypt to the Nile Valley to settle in what is now Ma'adi, a posh suburb of Cairo." (See USA Today for June 5, 2000, "Pilot discovers ancient cave drawings in Egypt," page 16A.)

MORE CHEMTRAILS SIGHTED IN SOUTH DAKOTA

On Thursday afternoon, June 8, 2000. curved chemtrails were seen in the blue sky over Kadoka, South Dakota (population 800) a small town just off Interstate Highway I-90 approximately 78 miles (125 kilometers) east of Rapid City.

"The chemtrails first appeared west of town," the female witness reported. "They first appeared to be thin streamers and then got thicker. They crossed the sky from north to south, bending eastward. They drifted east with the the high-altitude winds."

In a related matter, one engineer suspects that the chemtrails may have something to do with the northern hemisphere's ozone hole.

""I've been searching for information on barium titanatee, the reputed component of chemtrail sprays reported in UFO Roundup," engineer Theodore T. wrotee, "It has some interesting electrical and photorefractive properties that make it very useful. It changes its refractive index when light hits it. The particular wavelengths of light that affect it can be changed by doping it with compounds. Doping it with rhodium makes it sensitive to infrared light."

He added, "I'm now suspicious that chemtrail sprays are indeed real and are being done with a doped barium titanate compound that reflects ultraviolet light, the idea being that with enough of this in the atmosphere, UV light that gets through the ozone hole might be scattered enough to become harmless." (Email Interview)


from the UFO Files...

1893: STRANGE CRUISE OF THE MINNIE H.

Devil's Lake in northeastern North Dakota is one of the most surprising features in the USA's Upper Midwest. The lake "spreads like a great inland sea across nearly thirty miles, although its irregular shape makes the distance from corner to corner, by water, more than sixty miles.

It's known to the Lakota, the indigenous people of the prairie (also known as the Sioux Indians) as Minnewaukan (Lakotiya for Magic Lake--J.T.), mainly because of its startling changes in water level.

Geological uplifts in the area have created a terrain in which all rainwater drains directly into Devil's Lake instead of the main Mississippi River region watershed. When I visited Devil's Lake, N.D. (population 7,800) in August 1996, rising waters were threatening to turn the city into the Venice of the Midwest.

"One of the earliest tales connected with Devil's Lake comes down from the Sioux (Lakota) and the Ojibwa (true name: Anishinabe), enemies in earlier centuries but later abiding by an agreement that made the lake neutral ground. The reason for the truce was a tribal legend common to both peoples. Two large war parties, one Ojibwa and the other Sioux, were engaged in a fierce battle on Devil's lake when an immense storm blew up and all of the warrios were drowned."

(Editor's Note: This is not as far-fetched as it sounds. In July 1942, a tremendous thunderstorm dropped eight inches of rain on Bayfield, Wisconsin, causing flooding all along Lake Superior's south shore. A similar storm could have flooded the Devil's lake basin in North Dakota.)

But Devil's lake does have its magical side. Consider what happened to a little steamboat called the Minnie H.

The Minnie H. was built and launched in 1883. The boat used to ferry passengers from the old Chautaqua grounds on the north shore to Fort Totten, N.D. on the south shore.

On July 17, 1893, the Minnie H. set out from her dock, bound for Fort Totten. Standing at the rail, enjoying the lake breeze, was J. Morley Wyard.

"'Along the shore, the trees in summer beauty reproduced upon the crystal surface,' he wrote in the Park River Gazette Witness."

"When the Minnie H. was in the center of the lake, Wyard said there appeared near the northern shore, west of Fort Totten, what looked like the hull of a large vessel, without mast or spar or sail, the color of new timber. The great ship was motionless, about a dozen miles away from Wyard's vantage point. An outcropping of shore called the Point of Rocks eventually cut off Wyard's view."

Note that this USO (Unidentified Submerged Object) was large enough to be seen by Wyard's naked eye on a clear sunny day at a distance of over 10 miles (16 kilometers). It could not have been a local ship. Fort Totten and Devil's Lake, N.D. are the only places where a ship that large could have been built. And such a project would have had people talking all the way from Bismarck to Fargo.

""Wyard's return trip across the lake a few hours later provided an even more amazing sight."

"'Far down the strait,' he wrote in the Gazette Witness, 'there appeared the glint of a sail, that, emerging from the distant outlet, came more clearly into sight. Though the air was breathless, (no wind--J.T.) the fairy craft swept along with wonderful rapidity until it might have covered ten miles in about as many minutes. Its rapid flight could be definitely measured. Upon the shore the taller trees were outlined against the sky, and the mystic yacht sped past them close under the hand, until it, too, like the sail-less and motionless hu;; of the earlier trip, disappeared at the boulder point near Fort Totten.'"

"An 1893 sailboat moving at sixty miles per hour? (100 kilometers per hour) It hardly seems possible, yet Wyard was q definite in his account."

That's North Dakota's Devil's Lake for you. A body of water, located thousands of miles from any ocean, and yet it boasts not one but two "mysteries of the sea"--a USO and a ghost ship. (See the books Historic Haunted America by Michael Norman and Beth Scott, Tor Books, New York, N.Y. 1995, pages 386 and 387 and North Dakota: A Guide to the Nirthern Prairie State, Knight Printing Co., Bismarck, N.D., 1938.)

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