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Volume 5
Number 37
September 14, 2000

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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SECOND CHUPACABRA SEEN NEAR MALPAISILLO

A second Chupacabra was sighted outside the sheep pen at the San Lorenzo ranch last week.

The creature was described as much smaller, "about the size of a Pekinese dog," with white fur and prominent fangs. Workers are standing guard at the ranch, located in El Barrio, a village on the outskirts of the small city of Malpaisillo, in the Leon state of Nicaragua.

"We stay awake all night when the Chupacabra is on the prowl," said Jorge Luis Talavera, the sheep rancher who shot the yellow-furred Chupacabra on Friday night, August 25, 2000. "We take shifts so we won't be tired, but it's becoming unbearable."

The new Chupacabra "prowling Jorge Luis Talavera's sheep pen at San Lorenzo...is slightly larger than a Pekinese dog. This is near the spot where the skeleton of the alleged (yellow-furred) Chupacabra turned up."

"Talavera told (the Nicaraguan newspaper) La Prensa that the animal comes up to the pen, which is adjacent to the living area and will be killed if it attacks a number of sheep put out as bait. Talavera will then fire his shotgun just as he did days ago with the other animal."

"'We'll let it taste blood once near, since that's the way the animal seems to develop the taste for sucking sheep. Once its shyness has been overcome, I shall hunt it down,' stated Talavera, adding that the new animal prowling his property is white in color."

Malpaisillo is located 154 kilometers (92 miles) north of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. (See La Prensa de Nicaragua for September 6, 2000, "Another Chupacabra prowls Malpaisillo" by Mariacely Linarte. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, autor de los libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y Forbidden Mexico, para eso articulo de diario.)

TALAVERA SAYS UNIVERSITY REPLACED THE REAL SKELETON WITH A FAKE

Residents of Malpaisillo are up in arms, charging that the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) in Leon botched the examination of the Chupacabra skeleton and then replaced the real one with the skeleton of a dog.

However, Dr. Edmundo Torres, vice chancellor and director of scientific research at UNAN-Leon, strongly denied the charges.

"'That animal was switched around at the university,' claimed rancher Jorge Luis Talavera."

"Talavera's reaction followed declarations by UNAN specialists that the skeleton allegedly belonging to the slain Chupacabra was that of a domestic dog."

"Talavera claims that there are several pieces of evidence 'that prove that the skeleton was indeed changed at the UNAN-Leon laboratory.'"

"The first of them 'is that the skeleton (shown on Managua TV--J.T.) is complete, although I kept a piece of the front leg,'" Talavera stated.

"He also claims that the bones turned from a dark color to a light one, the teeth turned from pink to white, and instead of the 22 teeth he had counted, there were now 40, as well as 'more skin on the legs.'"

"he added that he is willing to turn it (the front leg bone fragments--J.T.) over to international researchers for a better analysis of the animal's remains..."

Other Malpaisillo residents were just as dissatisfied with the results of the UNAN-Leon analysis, feeling that it left too many questions unanswered.

"For Sol Hidalgo, the experts' testimony left some gaps, such as the question of why an ordinary dog engaged in such a random act (of slaughter--S.C.) such as draining the blood of 12 sheep in a single night and leaving them uneaten, unlike any other wild animal."

"Leonel Navarro, mayor of Malpaisillo, and Sister Paula Hidalgo were not satisfied with the scientific results of the UNAN research laboratory, which established that the skeleton of the alleged Chupacabra was really that of a dog."

"Vice chancellor and research coordinator Dr. Edmundo Torres explained that the study conducted was purely scientific and proper for a serious university and scientific institution and that they have no interest in concealing the truth."

"He added that the canids (zoological branch which includes dogs--S.C.) are solitary hunters who attack their prey with great speed and on occasion with (feats of) endurance.," adding that "canids are highly adaptable and are spread out over 12 branches and 34 species including coyotes, dogs, foxes, etc.and cat attain speeds of up to 75 kilometers per hour (45 miles per hour)." (See La Prensa de Nicaragua for September 3, 2000, "'That's not my Goatsucker!'" and "Chupacabra study leaves questions unanswered" by Mariacely Linarte and Clarissa Altamirano. Otra vez, muchas gracias a Scott Corrales para esos articulos de dirio.)

(Editor's Comment: So where is the real Chupacabra skeleton at this moment? My guess is--the pathology unit at MediLab YY-11 at Area 61.)

CHUPACABRA KILLS GOATS IN NORTHERN MEXICO

Ten goats were found decapitated last week in the small city of San Pedro, in Coahuila state, sparking rumors that the Chupacabras have returned to northern Mexico.

"Several goats were found decapitated on the premises adjacent to a CONELAP Education Center. Some locals dared to suggest that the Chupacabra has reappeared in the region even while many of them have no certainty that such a creature exists."

"However, they said, anything is possible."

"The Municipal Public Safety Office (in San Pedro) reported that Evaristo Escareto Ramirez, 64, who resides at Calle Octava 50 in the barrio Agua Nueva (neighborhood) and the owner of the decapitated animals, reported to the said jurisdiction indicating that he was the owner of a herd of goats kept in a field outside the CONELAP center. He found that at least 10 of his animals had been beheaded for hitherto unknown reasons."

""The discovery was a source of surprise for the community, leading police and municipal authorities to pursue investigations aimed at finding the responsible party or parties."

"Indications at this time are that the means used to saly the goats remain unknown, although the attempt can be attributed to members of some cult engaged in some activities where animal blood is employed in 'spells'."

"Meanwhile, the community is abuzz with the mystery surrounding the case. Yet in fact no one known with any certainty what occurred with these goats, which were kept in the very same pasture where they were sacrificed."

San Pedro is in western Coahuila, located about 300 kilometers (180 miles) west of Monterey.

"However, according to Escareto Ramirez, what took place" has been very disturbing, "particularly among those involved in goat farming. He indicated that the possibility of the Chupacabra's reappearance in the area cannot be dismissed." (See the newspaper El Universal of Mexico City for August 30, 2000, "Chupacabra reappears in northern Mexico" by Enrique Proa Villareal. Otra vez, muchas gracias a Scott Corrales para eso articulo de diario.)

CROP CIRCLES POP UP AGAIN IN SASKATCHEWAN

Three more crop circle formations have popped up in Canada's Saskatchewan province.

On Thursday, August 24, 2000, farmer Ellis Randy was combining a field of durum wheat on his farm near Hazlet, Sask. when he came across a crop circle 22 feet (6.7 meters) in diameter.

"The formation was in a field of durum wheat, very neat and a tight clockwise spiral lay pattern, 'a perfect circle,' with no large plant stalks, or entry/exit paths."

Heather Randy, the farmer's wife, reported "an odd feeling when she stepped inside the circle, 'like too much coffee.'"

"The formation was well into the field and could not be seen from pathways or roads."

On Wednesday, September 6, 2000, cerealogist Dennis Eklund reported the discovery of a large ringed crop circle in a wheat field two miles from the city of Saskatoon (population 187,000)."

On Thursday, September 7, 2000, residents found another crop formation one mile from the large ringed circle. Eklund reported that it was an area of "randomly downed crops."

"The formation consisted of random patches of downed crop, along with long straight lines of downed crop, which run straight and then make sharp turns in the field, essentially following along with the other (random) patches.."

"Unfortunately, the field has already been swathed (combined in the USA--J.T.) by the farmer, but good photos were taken and diagrams were made beforehand."

The second Saskatoon formation is similar to a "random patch" crop circle found in Beaumont, Alberta a while ago. (Many thanks to Paul Anderson of Circles Phenomenon Research-Canada for these reports.)

RED SPHERE UFO APPEARS OVER GULL LAKE, ONTARIO

On Wednesday, August 30, 2000, eyewitness J.W. was at the family home on the shores of Gull Lake, which is is Lutterworth Township, Ontario, Canada, located about 112 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of Toronto, when a strange glow became noticeable in the night sky.

"We saw it at 11:05 p.m.," J.W. said, adding that the UFO approached from the northwest. "It was a perfectly shaped sphere, maybe 40 to 70 feet (12 to 23 meters) in diameter, with 40 to 50 red lights and three bright blue-white lights crisscrossing through the center."

J.W. estimated the object's airspeed at "25 to 35 miles per hour and no sound being heard. It was a red sphere, and I'd say it was 200 to 300 feet (60 to 90 meters) off the ground."

J.W. added that there was a story in the Minden, Ont. Times about "a power blackout that lasted for 50 seconds in two towns nearby. The UFO increased speed and flew away to the north." (Email Form Report)

(Editor's Note: Minden, Ontario, on Provincial Highway 30, was a UFO hotspot back in the 1970s, with over 500 sightings reported.)

HORSESHOE-SHAPED UFO SEEN IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

On Saturday, September 9, 2000, at 9:30 p.m., Daniel H., his brother and his girlfriend were strolling down Main Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan (population 112,000) when something unusual happened.

"As we were walking, I saw a family pointing up in the sky," Daniel reported, "I thought they were looking at the tall buildings, but I overheard the little girl ask her dad, 'What is that?' To which the father responded, 'I don't know. I've never seen anything like it.'"

"I looked up and saw an object moving north, high over the buildings. At first I thought it was some kind of odd-shaped balloon, but, as I watched, it turned in the sky, giving me a better look at it. The object was lit up. It was a red/ochre color, and it was shaped something like a horseshoe, with the open end facing the back."

""At this point I drew my comrades' attention to the object, and they watched it as well, as all talked about what it could be. The night was hazy, and the object wasn't bright, so it could not be seen unless you were looking right at it."

"My brother thought the reddish color was a reflection of the downtown lights. Who knows?"

"Anyway, we watched the object move slowly north right above the street. We were still walking around looking in the sky," discussing what the object was.

Then the trio "saw a plan following a similar flight path. The thing is, the plane looked like a small passenger jet, but it was tiny compared to what we saw. We talked about the relative size, and if indeed the objects were flying at the same height (altitude--J.T.) the object (UFO) would have been half a football field (45 meters) in length. It did appear that the heights were comparable. It was wild, and like that little girl's daddy said, 'I've never seen anything like it..'" (Email Form Report)

UFO GROUPS PLAN FOR A SKYWATCH IN THAILAND

Two UFO groups are planning an intensive skywatch at two sites in Thailand when that country's current monsoon season comes to an end.

In May of 2000, Thai ufologist Pop Hongsom and his girlfriend, using binoculars, tracked a series of red UFOs over Kala Hill in Thailand's Nakhonsawan province.

"I saw only unidentified red running lights in the early hours of the night," Pop Hongsom reported. "We saw them between 7 and 8 p.m. Right now the skies are cloudy and rainy, but when the (monsoon) season ends, we will return there."

Pop Hongsom is a member of Dr. Thepanom Muangman's UFO group, which is attempting to make direct contact with the aliens.

The group will be setting up skywatches at two sites: Kala Hill and at Pranburi Beach and Songkla Beach in Prachuabkirikhan province. (Many thanks to Pop Hongsom for this news story.)

ATLANTIS ASTRONAUTS GO ON AN EXTENDED EVA ABOARD THE SPACE STATION

"Space shuttle Atlantis blasted into orbit and gave chase to the international space station on Friday," September 8, 2000, "providing a perfect kickoff to the torrent of launches that lies ahead."

"It was the first time a space shuttle took off on its first try since John Glenn's return to orbit in 1998."

"'It's a great day,' said NASA's new launch director Mike Leinbach."

""'Make (the space) station into a home,' Launch Control urged the seven astronauts and cosmonauts."

"'We intend to do just that,' replied commander Terrence Wilcutt."

"The uninhabited space station was soaring over Hungary 6,600 miles away, when Atlantis vaulted off the pad."

Wilcutt and his crew arrived "at a space station that's nearly twice as big as it was the last time astronauts visited in May. The reason is Russia's Zvezda control module, which soared in July."

The crew, which consists of five Americans and two Russians, are unloading both the shuttle and the Zvezda. "Among the thousands of pounds of gear for use by the permanent (space station) crew, due to arrive in November: oxygen generator, carbon dioxide removal system, color TV monitor, ham radio, exercise machine, batteries, wrenches, sockets, flashlights, and, not to be forgotten, a toilet."

(Editor's Comment: Imagine the fuss a year or so from now when the permanent crew hears a knock on the airlock hatch and an alien voice saying, "Do you mind if I use the can?")

"There are also American and Russian meals, a food warmer, gas masks, notepads, Russian-to-English and English-to-Russian dictionaries, toothpaste, soap, sunblock and no-rinse shampoo."

Following a successful docking with the space station on Sunday, September 10, 2000, the crew began transferring equipment from the shuttle to the station.

On Monday, September 11, 2000, American astronaut Edward Lu and Russian astronaut Yuri Malenchenko "ventured from the space shuttle Atlantis to make the grueling ascent" up the station.

Malachenko is a veteran cosmonaut who performed many spacewalks while living aboard the Russian space station Mir.

Lu and Malachenko "were paired for a grueling climb up the 140-foot space station to erect a 6.6-foot (2-meter) boom for a compass. By measuring Earth's magnetic field, the compass, called a magnetometer, can determine which way the space station is pointed."

The two men "laid cable and installed a navigation unit on the exterior of the 140-foot station. Wearing 300-pound spacesuits, they carried the bundled cables on their backs, along with the boom and the tools. The work went flawlessly. The spacewalk lasted six hours and 14 minutes."

"'Got a great view back at the nose of the shuttle,' said Lu, who was on his first spacewalk."

Lu now joins the ranks of the USA astronauts who have performed a total of 50 EVAs (extra-vehicular activities or spacewalks--J.T.) since Major Ed White performed the first one outside of his Gemini space capsule back in May 1965.

"To get to the top of the towering station, Lu and Malenchenko first took a 40-foot ride on the shuttle robot arm. Then they ascended hand-over-hand, clipping and unclipping their tethers like rock-climbing ropes as they moved up."

"It was deliberate travel, slowed by a multitude of obstructions such as antennas and docking targets."

"Astronaut Daniel Burbank, watching from the cockpit, guided Lu and Malenchenko up the stack."

"'Watch your head,' Burbank ordered. 'Don't move right. Bring your legs straight up. Watch your right foot. Put your feet up.'"

By the end of the mission, the Atlantis crew is expected to transfer 4,800 pounds of equipment to the space station." (See the Duluth, Minn. News- Tribune for September 9, 2000, "Perfect, punctual liftoff: Atlantis chases space station," page 4A and September 11,2000, "Atlantis cruises to station docking." Also USA Today for September 12, 2000, "Spacewalkers make tough climb up International Space Station," page 4A.)

CHRISTIANS STILL UNDER SIEGE IN TRINIDAD, TEXAS

The Gray family remains under siege at their 47-acre ranch near Trinidad, Texas while state and federal law enforcement agencies ponder their next move.

"Inside the barbed wire about 10 adults and seven children belonging to the extended family of John Joe Gray and his wife Alicia have dug in for a long siege on their 47-acre homestead near Trinidad, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Dallas. The children's ages range from 3 months to 7 years."

"Gray, 51, is a wanted man, out on (bail) bond for allegedly assaulting two state troopers" after being stopped on the highway near Paradise, Texas back in December 1999.

Gray's daughter, Lisa Tarkington, 30, "has refused to surrender her sons, Joe, 4, and Samuel, 2, after losing custody of them in a divorce over a year and a half ago."

"Another daughter, Rachael Gray Dempsey, 24, is wanted for failing to appear in court for several traffic violations, including driving without a license and using fictitious license tags (plates--J.T.)"

"The fictitious tags used by Rachael Dempsey had come from the Embassy of Heaven," a sect of 400 fundamentalist Christians with its mother church in Oregon.

Mrs. Dempsey, however, has denied being a member of the Embassy of Heaven and has described her family as "Bible-believing Christians who have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal savior." (Editor's Comment: And for this, plus sundry traffic misdemeanors, the Assahollahs of Jerusalem are howling for her death.)

"Outside the barbed wire--and keeping a very respectful distance from it--Henderson County law enforcement officials and Texas Rangers mull over how to enforce the law without a bloody gun battle."

"'We are told there are children on the property, and the last thing we want is another Waco,' says Ronny Brownlow, chief deputy sheriff of Henderson County. 'Time is on our side.'"

But not everybody shares his optimism.

"In Anderson County, where Gray scuffled with troopers, District Attorney Doug Lowe says officials are 'walking on eggshells. Our goal is to get him back before the courts and to give him a fair trial. We would like to have a resolution, but ultimately the federal people will probably have to deal with it.'"

A news broadcast on WWCR short-wave radio on Wednesday, September 6, 2000, quoted a spokesman for the FBI as saying the Bureau "is monitoring the situation" in Trinidad. (See the National Examiner for September 19, 2000, "Another 'Waco' brewing in Texas," page 19.)

UNUSUAL CATASTROPHIC RAINS DRENCH JAPAN

"Flooding and landslides triggered by the heaviest rains in at least a century killed seven people in Japan."

"In Nagoya, authorities ordered 400,000 people to evacuate their homes. Automakers Toyota and Mitsubishi stopped production because of the relentless downpour."

"In central Japan, power outages interrupted bullet train (Shinkansen in Japanese--J.T.) services. About 50,000 passengers were forced to sleep at railway stations or in trains that ground to a halt."

"Twenty-three inches of rain (57 centimeters) was recorded in Tokai, near Nagoya," on Tuesday, September 12, 2000. "Rainfall was expected to surpass 32 inches (75 centimeters) in some areas."

"The rainfall was the highest on record for a 24-hour period since the local observatory began keeping records in 1891 and was nearly a third (33 percent) of the usual annual rainfall." (See USA Today for September 13, 2000, "Heavy rains kill seven, bring Japan to a halt," page 20A.)


from the UFO Files...

1938: PERRY'S ALIEN

Sightings of aliens, humanoids and other UFO occupants were pretty scarce in the pre-Roswell era. But they did happen on occasion. As you'll see in this particular case from the state of Massachusetts

Somerville is a small, highly-populated, heavily- urbanized city on the north bank of the Charles, just across the river from Boston. And the first week of September found the Boston area baking in an unprecedented late-summer heat wave.

(Editor's Note: A heat wave eventually broken by the catastrophic hurricane that struck the New England states on September 21, 1938.)

"In many respects, the summer of 1938 was memorable. The twin-rotor German Focke-Angelis FW-61, 'the first modern helicopter,' was demonstrated in Berlin."

But when Malcolm B. Perry jumped off the Metropolitan Transit Authority (now the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority or MBTA--J.T.) bus on Somerville Avenue and glanced at the Late Edition of the Record-American, he was probably more interested in the Red Sox than the new German "helio-copter."

It was about midnight, and 22-year-old Malcolm Perry was just returning from a date across the river in Boston. "The air had a clean fresh smell to it after a summer shower. A few scattered fleecy clouds moved with a slight westerly breeze, while a bright moon, midway to zenith, illuminated the quiet streets."

As he walked along, Perry had a sudden strange shiver, as if he were being watched by unseen eyes. Quickly he glanced over his shoulder. The damp street, with its close-set brownstone buildings and dim yellow streetlights, was deserted. He listened for footsteps. There were none.

So he kept on walking, and then he sensed it again, that eerie feeling of being watched.

"Perry glanced skyward and was startled to see a strange flying object just a few yards above him."

"'When first seen, it was in back of me and near the moon,' he said. 'Both I and the object were traveling from east to west. (from the Bunker Hill Monument towards Cambridge--J.T).I thought it was a Navy blimp at first glance and only gave it a casual look and continued walking.'"

"'I then glanced up again to my left and it was up to me and moving steadily westward. At this point, I looked for the usual gondola (or) propellers...beneath the blimp, and to my amazement, there were none.'"

"The silvery object flew silently against the wind with 'steady, slow even motion.' Its outline was sharp, and the body--'comparable to a twelve-inch ruler held at arm's length'--reflected the moon's glow. The craft appeared to be slimmer than a conventional blimp. Both ends tapered to sharp points, and there were four rectangular portholes on one side, through which Perry could see interior lights of 'an orange hue.'"

"'At this point,' Perry said, 'I could see the (dark) silhouette of a person looking down at me..."

And what a person! Tall and gaunt, almost skeletal, with a long head, stooped shoulders and spindly dangling arms. The entity seemed to be leaning on the windowsill, peering down at him. The orange background glow prevented Perry from making out any of the entity's facial features.

"'I had a terribly strong urge to wave with all my might, but restrained myself and instead turned and looked up and down the street to see if anyone else was seeing what I was watching. No one in sight.'"

"'.I looked back and could see other people in other portholes apparently changing places (and) looking down. At this point, it disappeared behind some low scudding clouds, and I couldn't see it anymore.'"

"'I looked in the newspaper the next morning for a report of an unusual object, but saw nothing, so I decided to keep it to myself...'" (See the book Mysteries of the Skies: UFOs in Perspective by Gordon I.R. Lore Jr. and Harold H. Denault Jr., Prentice Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1968, pages 135 to 137.)

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