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Volume 7
Number 35
August 27, 2002

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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INDIAN INTELLIGENCE SETS A TRAP FOR ROVING ALIEN

With a death toll now exceeding 12, and new sightings reported throughout the state of Uttar Pradesh, India's Intelligence Bureau has set a trap for the UFO known as Muhnochwa (Hindi for Face Scorcher--J.T.).

"With five visuals of what is feared as the Muhnochwa 'trapped' on videotape--three of which were recorded by the team of intelligence sleuths in the state--the scare does not seem to be unfounded."

"The sleuths who had worked on the Muhnochwa (case) did not rule out the possibility of the presence of an extraterrestrial body (ETB) with electromagnetic effects in at least three percent of the cases. While the Indian agencies have yet to admit the presence of an ETB, foreign research agencies, intelligence reports said, have already been to the affected areas, met the witnesses and collected necessary data."

"Sources said that after going through the videotapes provided by the wife of a lawyer in Mirzapur and another frame recorded by a resident in Sitapur, which has the flash of light speeding from one end of the lens to another within a second, an intelligence team reached Sitapur on (Wednesday) August 7 (2002) and set up an ingeniously-designed observatory."

"A base of a (cement) mixer-grinder was fitted with lights of the colours that the victims had narrated before the team, varying from orange, yellow, green to the most common red and blue combination. The apparatus was put on a height in total darkness. The idea behind the exercise was that the ETB may take note of something resembling it and might come near it. And it did."

"At 1:05 a.m., a flash of light neared the apparatus. 'It was like the photocopier's top plate with the sharp light while taking impressions,' revealed a member of the (Indian Intelligence Bureau or IIB) team."

"The team of experts also conducted a study by filling out questionnaires on the basis of the experiences of the victims from Mirzapur, Bhadohi, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Sitapur, Hardoi, Bara Banki, Rae Bareli, Lucknow and Sitapur. Out of a sample study of 100 injured victims, ten were found to be victims of an insect bite or scratch. Another ten suffered the injuries indirectly (like bruises while running after a scare in the night). The remaining (80) had one or more of the following:"

"(1) Experiencing electric shock;"

"(2) Seeing sharp light;"

"(3) Feeling a hard round object."

"Out of 80 people, 65 were found to have suffered physical injuries, and there were three who tried to overpower the ETB."

"'All three had suffered hundreds of scars, as if caused by a blade, on the palm (of their hands--J.T.), and it was inexplicable by any team member,' said an expert who examined the injuries, adding that this was what raised the possibilities of an ETB being out there."

"But there is indeed a long way to go before these experts could come up with anything conclusive on the Muhnochwa scare."

"However, Dr. N.K. Mehrotra, professor at the Department of Physics at Lucknow University, said that such possibilities are remote. 'It may be out of atmospheric changes that such things might have occurred, and there are people who might had added a dimension of mischief to it by putting a man-made thing in the air.'"

"C.D. Sharma, manager of ISTRAC, too expressed his doubts over possibilities of an ETB. 'I do not know what type of a study has been conducted and what were the findings, but with what I have gathered from the media reports, the ETB theory remains unconvincing,' he said in an interview" with the Times of India. (See the Times of India for August 18, 2002, "ETs invade UP, says IB." Many thanks to Prasant Solomon, UFO Roundup's correspondent in India, for this newspaper article.)

(Editor's Note: To our readers who live "Up North," like your editor, the UP in that headline refers to Uttar Pradesh, not Michigan's Upper Peninsula.)

UFO AND TWO F-16s TANGLE IN WEST CENTRAL TEXAS

On Wednesday, August 23, 2002, at approximately 9:30 p.m., eyewitness L.H. "was outside" at her ranch in Baird, Texas (population 1,623) "feeding the animals, and I heard a fighter jet, which is very unusual in our area," located about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Abilene.

"When I found (spotted) the (F-16) jet, it was moving at a very high rate of speed. Looking around, I noticed another jet moving much slower. The second jet was flying next to an object with dim yellow-orange lights."

"It was very obvious that the first jet was heading straight toward the second jet and the object. The object was much larger than the other jet. The object's lights numbered about eight to ten. I know it wasn't a plane because none of the lights were blinking strobes (navigation lights--J.T.) like the jets, and there was no engine noise. The object's lights were all the same color and never blinked. The object was a diamond-type shape, only the lights were visible. The object was five to eight thousand feet (1,500 to 2,400 meters) high."

"The first jet came from the south. When first sighted, it was directly above me and headed north-northwest. Departure estimate (speed) of 100 to 200 miles per hour (160 to 320 kilometers per hour)."

Baird, Texas is in Callahan County, at the intersection of Interstate Highway I-20 and state Highway 283. Interestingly, the site of this encounter is only 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Crawford, Texas (population 705). President George W. Bush is currently spending his summer vacation at his ranch in Crawford. (Email Form Report)

ANIMALS FOUND MUTILATED NEAR CACHI, ARGENTINA

Farm animals were found mutilated last week near Cachi, a town in Salta province in northern Argentina which has been the site of numerous UFO sightings since February 2002.

The strange nature of the mutilations has kindled fears among residents that Cachi has a colony of Chupacabras in the vicinity like its counterpart 300 kilometers (180 miles) to the west--the small city of Calama in Chile.

"The discovery of three large, dead and completely exsanguinated (drained of blood--J.T.) goats, with their flesh intact and completely black, has caused concern among the residents of Fuerte Alto, located some 3 kilometers (2 miles) west of Cachi, on the slopes of the towering El Nevado de Cachi (mountain)."

"The find, which rekindles the Chupacabra myth, took place on Wednesday," August 14, 2002, "at first light, by Maria Laura Liendro, the animals' owner. One of her nephews told her that the night before (Tuesday, August 13, 2002, the goats) had been attacked 'by a strange being some 80 centimeters (2 feet, 6 inches) tall, with a short tail and dense fur.'"

"The woman notified the (Argentinian) police immediately, and a swift investigation began."

"'We are certain that there is no need to attribute these events to strange matters. All of the signs point to the animals having been attacked by one or more pumas (mountain lion or cougar in the USA--J.T.), something which is quite common in the area,' said Tomas Oscar Lopez, the local sheriff, to El Tribuno reporters, calling the case closed."

"However, his conclusions were rebutted by veterinarian Carlos Arjona, who also visited Fuerte Alto to check the animals."

"'This is evidently not the work of a feline. I don't know what could have caused the goats' deaths, but I can say that I do not agree with the police estimation. I inspected three carcasses and found strange things. In two of the carcasses, I was able to see puncture marks that pierced the animals' jugular (vein). They appeared to have been made by very sharp and very long canines (teeth), to judge from the depth they achieved,' indicated the professional. 'The other carcass showed signs of similar lesions, but in the sternum, evidently made when the animals were alive. Likewise, there are also marks of two extremely long, sharp canines,' explained Arjona."

"The veterinarian pointed out two extraordinary findings from his analysis: 'The animals' flesh had turned completely black and did not have a single drop of blood.'"

"Roque Desiderio Lera could not shake off his amazement yesterday," Thursday, August 15, 2002. "No sooner had he gotten out of bed, he checked his flock (of sheep) and found a terrible surprise. Ten of the animals were dead, and four more struggled for life amid puddles of blood."

"The event that led to the killings probably took place between the early morning hours and sunrise in the El Quipon area, 3 kilometers (2 miles) north of Cachi, on the banks of the Rio Calchaqui. Despairing over the loss of his sheep, the shepherd, age 42, immediately alerted the authorities, who sent out a team to determine the reasons behind the odd and fierce attack."

"Also in attendance was veterinarian Carlos Arjona, who had examined the carcasses of the three bloodless goats found on Wednesday," August 14, 2002, "showing injuries caused by the strange and prominent incisors of 'an unknown animal' in Fuerte Alto, 5 kilometers (3 miles) west of El Quipon, at the foot of El Nevado de Cachi."

"These cases add the necessary amount of fuel with which to stoke the flames that feed the Chupacabra myth."

"The police are convinced that the animals at El Quipon were attacked by 'large dogs,' although a tracker and woodsman" named "Aaron Mamani, known for his abilities as a gaucho (Argentinian cowboy--J.T.) told El Tribuno that 'such a thing is impossible.'"

"Mamani noted that 'the deaths of ten animals and the resulting injuries inflicted to the others cannot have been produced by one, two, three or four dogs, but by at least twenty. I know every centimeter of the hills, gorges and open areas of Cachi, Molinos and La Poma and have never seen nor heard of packs of wild dogs in the area.'"

Mamani, "accompanied by UFO researcher Antonio Zuleta--who has collected surprising videotapes of the UFOs in Chalquian (local) skies--engaged in a footprint-searching task to find clues that could reveal the mystery of the slaughter of Roque Desiderio Lera's flock."

"'We found strange tracks,' said the gaucho, similar to those found in Fuerte Alto, although somewhat smaller (they only measured 12 inches or 30 centimeters--S.C.) I can assure you that they are not dog tracks.'"

"Veterinarian Carlos Arjona, however, disputed Mamani's point of view, noting that the tracks belonged to a wild dog that might have been driven out of its own habitat by deforestation."

Area residents "like Maria Laura Liendro of Fuerte Alto have chosen to transfer their animals to lower and safer areas. Roque Desiderio Lera takes a more radical approach: he will remain on guard with his shotgun loaded." (See the Argentinian newspaper El Tribuno for August 16, 2002, "Three exsanguinated goats at the foot of El Nevado" and "Ten more dead sheep." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, Gloria Coluchi, Alicia Rossi y Mercedes Casas para esos articulos de diario.)

UFO KNOCKS OUT POLICE VEHICLES IN ARGENTINA

The Argentinian UFO group Centro Ufologico Riocuartense (Spanish for UFO Center of Rio Cuarto--J.T.) is currently interviewing eyewitnesses who claim that a UFO knocked out the engines of a few police vehicles in south central Cordoba province the night of Sunday, July 21, 2002.

According to Mario Luis Bracamonte of COR, police Sgt. Guillermo Arias observed a 200-meter (660-foot) long "triangular device" over Chajan, a town 60 kilometers (36 miles) southeast of Rio Cuarto.

COR "has collected extensive commentary from other eyewitness accounts, varied measurements and in situ (on-site) measurements," Bracamonte said, "The evidence is being analyzed in detail in order not to overlook any aspects."

"COR is now investigating a report which claims that just before the Arias experience, 'a firefighter and a policeman were besieged in their official vehicles by a luminous unidentified flying object with a powerful violet beam.' They did add that the event occurred moments before Arias's episode and almost in a straight line in a north-south direction" between Chajan and Suco. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Mario Luis Bracamonte para eso informe.)

A STRANGE TALE FROM THE VIENNA WOODS

R.W. is "a reptile specialist" who has worked for several European museums.
He's seen some strange sights in his career but nothing as strange as what he saw last week near Vienna, the capital of Austria.

"It's not a UFO but a related (Fortean) subject I want to report," R.W. wrote.

On Monday, August 19, 2002, "I was out in the morning to collect mushrooms near a small village called Wolfsgraben in the Vienna Woods," he reported, "Up on a hill I suddenly saw a big swarm of very large birds, containing more than 100 specimens. Strange, I thought, it's not time for the birds' migration yet."

"One of the 'birds' left the group and sailed down to circle me for about five minutes or so. I could see it really clear, and, I swear, I have never heard of, or seen, a photo of a 'bird' like that."

"It had a long and bald head with a long beak, and something prolonging the head stuck out from its hindskull. It really rather looked more like a pterodactyl than a bird. The only difference was that it was covered with feathers. It had a body like a penguin and a long neck, also short legs. It had a white breast and belly, while the rest of it was totally black. The size of its wings (wingspread--J.T.) was more than 2 meters (6 feet, 7 inches)."

"I was thinking for a long time if I should report this to you. But, to me, it seems totally clear that a new species has shown up." (Email Report)

(Editor's Note: In Forteana, this is what we call an out-of-place animal case. Perhaps an ornithology major can identify the bird. It's possible that the flock diverted to Austria after being driven out of its habitat by the horrendous floods in central Europe last week.)

CHUPACABRA KILLS NINE SHEEP IN NICARAGUA

"The evil goat-and-sheep-killing monster appears to have returned to the stage. While goats, its main victims, rest in the sleep of the dead, terror has gripped the farmers of the country's central region, mainly Rio Blanco."

"Yes, the Chupcabra has reappeared, this time slaying nine Pelibuey sheep and injuring seven others." Two years ago, "a farmer from Malpaisillo in" Nicaragua's state of "Leon commanded news headlines even in foreign countries by claiming to have slain the blood-drinking beast. This means that there is a new one at Rio Blanco, according to locals."

"But there is a Nicaraguan from Corn Island who has his own theory after numerous encounters with these third-rate Draculas."

"Prof. David Castillo, a resident of beautiful Corn Island, contacted El Nuevo Diario after the latest attacks of the Chupacabra appeared in the media. He told us of his experiences with these creatures during his stay at Dr. Moises Arana's estate in southern Nicaragua, and he also caught some."

"'Dr. Arana had cattle, and five cows had been bitten on the neck. My brother and I kept watch all night until the bloodsuckers appeared.'"

"But the beings described by Castillo have nothing to do with the dire scarecrows described in accounts the world over."

"'They're great bats,' says Castillo, adding that the immense chiropterids measure up to a meter and a half (5 feet) between wing and outstretched wing. They are so aggressive, he says, that they attack several prey at once and, since they draw enormous amounts of blood from the victims, they often die."

"'People believe they are creatures from outer space and are four-legged, but that's not the case. They fly and live in the wilderness.'"

"To confirm that he speaks authoritatively on the subject, Castillo says he worked seven years for the (Nicaraguan) Ministry of Health (Spanish acronym MINSA--J.T.) on the eradication of tropical diseases such as rabies. In other words, he is knowledgeable about 'vampires.'"

"'In order to catch them, first we cut tree limbs, take the leaves and then shake them in the air to make a sound similar to that of the vampire bats. Confused, the creatures arrive, looking for their peers. Then we hit them with sticks until they fall down. They have very long fangs, radar on their noses, and resemble foxes to a surprising degree,' he adds."

"Prof. Castillo is not superstitious. He advises those who believe in the Chupacabras to forget about it. 'They're vampire bats,' he reiterates." (See the newspaper El Nuevo Diario de Nicaragua for August 19, 2002, "Vampires or Chupacabras?" Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para eso articulo de diario.)

YELLOW-ORANGE UFO SEEN IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

On Friday, August 23, 2002, at 6 a.m., David McNabb spotted a glowing object approaching from the east, from the Atlantic Ocean. He reported, "I was outside at around 6 a.m. and looked up because I had spotted a plane moving southeast, toward the Orion constellation. The sky was crystal clear, not a cloud in sight. The moon was on the other side of the horizon, west, behind the trees" in the Mandarin section of Jacksonville, Florida (population 735,617).

"However, just up and to the left of the plane was a yellowish-orange light. I saw it fade in. It just faded in. It did not flash or blink. It was a steady soft glow."

"It retreated almost directly east and was actually moving slower than the plane, or so it seemed. It followed a straight line toward the Orion constellation and, after passing under Orion's belt, (it) just faded out. The duration of the event was possibly 30 to 40 seconds."

"It appeared to me to be a fuzzy ball of yellowish-orange light that glowed softly. It did not blink or flash, only glowed steadily. It appeared to be higher than the plane and appeared to move slower than the plane. The speed of the object never changed. It was steady and straight." (Email Form Report)

(Editor's Comment: File this report under UFOs of the Bermuda Triangle.)

LUMINOUS UFOs SIGHTED IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

UFOs appeared on three consecutive nights last week in a wilderness area 64 kilometers (40 miles) from Houston, British Columbia, Canada.

According to ufologist Brian Vike, a logging contractor and his crew were working on Chisholm Road, well away from Houston, on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 and "watched two lights, one they thought was an aircraft, and it did have strobe lights (navigation lights--J.T.) on it, and the other just a faint dot of white light. Both of these lights were flying towards each other, and, as they got closer, the witnesses said it appeared as if they were circling each other over a long distance." Then "the white dot left in a southwesterly direction and was followed by what they thought was a normal aircraft of some kind. Their last sight of both lights was as they flew over and behind" Morice Mountain.

The logging contractor contacted Brian Vike by telephone. Two nights later, on Friday, August 16, 2002, at 4 a.m., the Canadian ufologist was with the logging crew at the Chisholm Road site. Brian reported, "The time was 4:10 a.m. when I spotted a dim white light flying slowly across the sky just above the horizon toward Morice Mountain. Then a large white light caught my attention. It was as if an aircraft was close to us and shone his spotlight in our direction, as it was so bright."

Houston, B.C. (population 3,934) is on Provincial Highway 16 about 500 miles (800 kilometers) north of Vancouver. (Email Form Report)

BLACK HELICOPTER SEEN OVER WASHINGTON, D.C.

Black helicopter reports continue to trickle in from the USA's East Coast.

On Tuesday, August 20, 2002, at 1 p.m., the male witness reported, "While out at lunch today, my date and I saw a very shiny black Huey (UH-1D) helicopter hovering above the buildings between K Street N.W. and Dupont Circle, between 17th and 20th Streets N.W." in Washington, D.C., about 3 miles (5 kilometers) north of the White House.

"I saw it first when I was walking to lunch. Then my date and I saw it hovering over the Cosi near Buffalo Billiards near Dupont (Circle). There were no markings. It was lacquer black and not matte, and it was a Huey similar to the Vietnam Era Air Cavalry transports. The doors were shut, and there didn't seem to be anything different about it, except for zero FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) or military or police insignias. Spotted at first around 12:30 p.m. and last seen at 1:30 p.m. Did anybody else see it?" (Email Report)

AN ALIEN MESSAGE IN A UK CROP CIRCLE?

A strange crop circle was discovered in a field of wheat (corn in UK--J.T.) at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, August 16, 2002. The circle was found at Vale Farm, next to the Crabwood Forest in Pitt, a village near Winchester, Hampshire, UK.

According to Linda Moulton Howe, "The circle partially overlapping the alien visage appears to contain digital information comprised of ones and zeroes. The information is represented on 8-bit data segments of identical length, all bit portions being equally marked. There is a narrow separator or synchronisation bit or ridge between the 8-bit data fields. The language is international English. The (code) circle is read from the inside out or counter-clockwise."

The cryptanalyst who claims to have decoded the sequence says the message is as follows: "Beware the bearers of broken gifts and their broken promises. Much pain but still time. There is good out there. We oppose deception. Conduit clearing."

In other crop circle news, a new formation was found on a farm in Atwater, Saskatchewan, Canada. "The five-circle quintuplet formation" was found Tuesday, August 20, 2002. "The large circle was approximately 15 metres (50 feet) in diameter and was surrounded by four smaller circles approximately 2.4 metres (8 feet) in diameter each. The centre circle also has a burned ring inside."

The Atwater case is being investigated by Daniel Clairmont and Paul Anderson of Canadian Crop Circles Research Network (CCRN). (Many thanks to Linda Moulton Howe, T. Peter Park and Paul Anderson for these reports.)


From the UFO Files...

1927: HOORAY FOR HOLLYWEIRD

Movie trivia time! What was pop diva Mariah Carey's feature film debut?

Answer: A 1999 film, The Bachelor, which starred Chris O'Donnell and Renee Zellweger. Mariah had a small part as an opera singer. Right?

Well...maybe...

Seventy-five years ago, in December 1927, a movie called London After Midnight opened at the Capitol Theatre in New York City. The Todd Browning film starred Lon Chaney Sr., also known as "The Master of a Thousand Faces," then one of MGM's biggest stars. Chaney is also considered the Father of American Horror Films, having played the title roles in such silent-movie classics as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, He Who Gets Slapped and The Phantom of the Opera.

(Editor's Note: From 1915 to 1927, movies were made without sound. In these "silent" movies, every so often, a dialogue box would appear onscreen, telling the audience what the actors were saying and helping the story along. All this changed, however, six weeks before London After Midnight debuted, when an actor named Al Jolson appeared onscreen in The Jazz Singer and forever changed the face of cinema by saying aloud, "You ain't seen nothing yet, folks!")

In London After Midnight, Lon Chaney plays "Inspector Burke of Scotland Yard." The film reveals how five years earlier Inspector Burke investigated the shooting death of Sir Roger Balfour and determined it a "suicide." But now he's not so sure, and he wants to reopen the case. Especially now that he's heard that Sir Roger is missing from the family crypt and is prowling Hampshire by night as a vampire.

The choice of "Burke" as Lon Chaney's character name is an odd one, since the actor has a second unbilled role in the film as "Hare." Burke and Hare, get it? No, Burke and Hare were not an early Nineteenth Century comedy team. They were a couple of Scottish graverobbers who used to dig up recently-buried cadavers and sell them to the University of Edinburgh Medical School. Then, when the supply of cadavers ran low, the boys decided to "drum up some business" by accosting travelers on the King's Highway and...well, you get the idea.

The movie opens with a dancing green spotlight, followed by the flash of a gunshot. As usual, Lon Chaney does not appear as himself at first but arrives onscreen in a clever disguise, after which he manifests his abilities as "Scotland Yard's foremost hypnotist."

Shortly thereafter, Chaney shows up at a theatre and talks to a witness about Sir Roger Balfour. In the background is a young female opera singer. Blink and you'll probably miss her. She sure looks like Mariah. But, of course, she can't be.
Mariah was born March 27, 1970, a good 43 years after London After Midnight was filmed.

Throughout the film, director Todd Browning shot numerous close-ups of Lon Chaney's eyes when "Inspector Burke" was doing his hypnosis thing. For years, there have been rumors that those aren't Chaney's eyes. Who is Chaney's "eye double?" Theories include everybody from Count Saint-Germain to Dracula.

(Editor's Comment: One article I read speculated that those disconcerting "eye shots" prompted MGM honcho Louis B. Mayer to withdraw the film from circulation permanently sometime between 1930 and 1932.)

Look closely at the scene in the manor's Great Hall in which actress Edna Tichenor, who plays "Lunette, the female vampire" puts the bite on the movie's female lead, actress Marceline Day. The caretaker is holding a Coleman battery-powered lantern. The kind that Coleman put on the market in 1985.

A digital alarm clock, a 1974 model, appears in the background of Conrad Nagel's bedroom at the manor. Nagel played "Arthur Hibbs," one of the suspects in Sir Roger's death.

The filming of London After Midnight was almost a family affair. "Sir James Hamlin," another suspect, was played by actor Henry B. Walthall, who was Chaney's co-star in The Road to Mandalay. Like his friend Chaney, Walthall did many macabre roles such as Stark Mad, The Whispering Shadow and Voice from the Grave.

The female lead, Marceline Day, has an intriguing background. She was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 24, 1907. She was the younger sister of Alice Day, one of Mack Sennett's "bathing beauties." Marceline made her first movie, The Taming of the West, in 1925 at the age of 18. She was a leading lady in several MGM films, gave up acting in 1933, married a lawyer and, in 1976, was reportedly still living in southern California.

Strangely enough, Lon Chaney himself came from Colorado Springs. He was born there on April 1, 1883, the son of deaf-mute parents. He left town in 1900 to join a traveling theatrical troupe, cut his acting teeth on musical comedy, and arrived penniless in Los Angeles in 1912. He began his film career as an extra at Universal Studios and later moved over to the MGM lot.

Did Chaney know the Day family in Colorado Springs around the time of the Spanish-American War in 1898?

The strangest rumor, though, about London After Midnight is that it was "the vampire movie with real vampires."

According to this legend, Chaney undertook the challenge of making a vampire appear on film. As everyone knows, a vampire casts no reflection in a mirror. Nor can it appear in a photograph, film clip or videotape. The task seemed impossible, but allegedly Chaney was willing to give it a try. If anyone could do it, Lon Chaney could. He wrote the section on "Theatrical Makeup" for the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

All he had to do was spray the vampires' faces with a fine latex solution. After this dried, he could have peeled off the "mask" of the vampire's face, color it with the right dyes to evoke silent-movie makeup, and then have the vampires slip on their "faces" before the film shooting began.

All of which has paranormal enthusiasts wondering about the mysterious Edna Tichenor, who played "Lunette." She has only two other film credits listed, both of them horror films. The first was The Show, in which she played "Koko, the Human Spider." The second was 1934's The Black Moon, after which she sort of dropped out of sight.

Even more puzzling is actor Andy McLellan. London After Midnight is his one and only film credit. What happened to Andy after 1927, no one knows.

Oh, and one other thing--there is an oddball connection between Lon Chaney Sr. and Mariah Carey. It's one of those "Six Steps to Kevin Bacon" type links. In 1923, Chaney made his first big "monster movie," The Hunchback of Notre Dame. A year or so later, silent-movie comedian Buster Keaton did a parody called The Halfback of Notre Dame and followed it up with Brideless Groom in 1925, which could also be called A Jogger's Guide to Southern California. Buster spends the last twenty minutes running across hundreds of miles of the USA's desert Southwest. Brideless Groom has been remade twice, once in 1947 with the Three Stooges, and again in 1999 as The Bachelor...with Mariah Carey. (See Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film and Television Credits by Harris M. Lentz, McFarland & Co., Jefferson, N.C., 1983; The American Film Institute Catlogue: Feature Films 1921 to 1930, edited by Kenneth W, Munden, R.R. Bowker Co., New York, N.Y. 1971 and Who's Who in Hollywood 1900-1976 by David Ragan, Arlington House, New Rochelle, N.Y., 1976.)


That's it for this week. We'll be back in seven days with more UFO, Fortean and paranormal news from around the planet Earth, brought to you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you then. And don't forget to mark your calendar. London After Midnight will air on Turner Classic Movies on October 31, 2002--Halloween Night! Keep your garlic handy.

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