THREE POLICEMEN SPOT A UFO IN NORTHERN INDIANA
"Three police officers who say a strange object drifted through the skies of" Huntington, Indiana (population 17,450) "are trying to find someone else who saw it--whatever it was."
"Officer Chip Olinger was warming up his car Friday," December 26, 2003, "when he reported seeing a circular object in the sky and radioed Officers Greg Hedrick and Randy Hoover, who also saw it."
"All three say they watched as the object moved out of the northwest, drifted toward a church steeple, then shot straight ahead north without a sound in an encounter that lasted less than a minute about 2:30 p.m."
"The trio described the object as about the size of a hot-air balloon or a backyard trampoline. They said it was low enough in the sky that Olinger thought it might crash into the steeple. They say it stopped a few times and spinned slowly, changing shapes and, at one point, turned orange, probably from reflected sunlight."
"'It wasn't any kind of flying saucer I can think of,' Olinger told the Herald-Press, 'And it wasn't like a '50s flying saucer. It was this big, but it didn't have a bulge in the middle.'"
"As unusual as their sighting was, the three officers may have been the only witnesses. No one called city, county or Indiana State Police to report it."
"And, for a few days, they didn't say anything about it."
"'We thought people would think we were crazy,' Hoover said."
"But now, the officers wonder if anyone else saw it and are hoping they come forward with their own accounts."
"Diane Redlich, a manager at Huntington Municipal Airport, said several aircraft took off from the airport that afternoon, but there's no record of any out-of-the- ordinary craft making either a takeoff or a landing at Huntington."
"Bill Scott at Fort Wayne's Smith Field doesn't have any clues, either. 'Other than Santa Claus heading home, I don't know what it could have been,' he said."
Huntington, Ind. is located at the junction of Highways 5 and 224 about 105 miles (168 kilometers) northeast of Indianapolis, the state capital. (See the Huntington, Indiana Herald-Press for January 5, 2004. Many thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. and Jim Hickman for this newspaper article.)
MORE UFOs SEEN OVER HUDDERSFIELD, UK
"We may not be alone."
"Mars is in the news, as Britain's space probe Beagle 2, which landed on the Red Planet last week, still fails to respond to signals, and NASA's Spirit landed on Sunday," January 4, 2004 (UK time--J.T.) "to start its exploration for signs of life."
"Meanwhile, we may be getting visits from elsewhere in exchange."
"More people have rung the Examiner to say they have seen UFOs over Huddersfield," a mid-sized city near Manchester, "last week."
"Mrs. Christine Beech, 62, of Cherry Tree Close, Golcar, saw two unidentified flying objects flying overhead at 12:35 a.m. on Wednesday," December 31, 2003, "after she stayed up to watch a late-night film."
"'I was looking towards Longwood Edge when I saw a circular yellow thing that came over the horizon, followed by another one,' she said."
"'It started moving towards where I live.'"
"'The first one came and turned round and went back over the horizon, then the other one came over the house, and I do not know where it went.'"
"Mrs. Beech's husband, Brian, and daughter Bev also witnessed the craft after she called them to the window."
"'It was not an aeroplane because we see a lot of those, as we are on the flight path to Manchester,' said Mrs. Beech."
"'They were a golden orange colour, illuminated all over and shaped rather like a squashed sphere, like a child's spinning top.'"
"Mrs. Beech said the craft were moving fast and looked as thought they had come over from Lindley and Salendine Nook."
"She heard no engine and thought they were not very high in the sky."
"'I definitely knew what I saw and it was something I have never seen before,' she added."
"Mr. Malcolm Stapp, 74, of Salendine Nook, was the first person to tell the Examiner of the strange craft he had witnessed on Monday morning," December 29, 2003, "which seemed very similar to Mrs. Beech's account." (For more, see UFO Roundup, volume 9, number 1 for January 7, 2004, "First panthers, now UFOs--the Huddersfield mystery," page 3.)
"Mrs. Gloria Gill, of High Green, Lepton, also reports seeing an unusual aircraft early on Tuesday morning," December 30, 2003, "after she was watching a film at 12:30 a.m."
"'I thought it was a plane coming in too low because we are on a few flight paths here,' she said."
"'But as I watched it, it was not moving, it was just hovering. I opened a window but could not hear an engine.'"
"'It hovered for about a half hour over the houses in Rowley Lane, then went back towards Woodsome. I saw one half an hour later over Woodsome.'" (See the Huddersfield Daily Examiner for January 6, 2004, "We visit Mars, but who's visiting us?" Many thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
MYSTERY METEORS THRILL THOUSANDS IN SPAIN
"Elements of the Guardia Civil (Spain's national police--J.T.) scoured several regions in Spain yesterday (Monday, January 5, 2004) searching for the remains of a meteorite weighing 50 tons that crossed the skies of Spain two nights ago."
"Thousands of bemused Spaniards from the northeastern Atlantic to the southeastern Mediterranean phoned the Guardia Civil to report the passing of a 'large fireball' seen between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. with loud noises and reports."
"According to experts, the phenomenon was a meteorite that broke up on entering Earth's atmosphere. Guardia Civil patrols, assisted by a helicopter, were concentrating their search in Leon and Palencia (northern regions of Castilla and Leon provinces--S.C.) above whose territory the cosmic stone would have fragmented."
"Its remains would have been dispersed in seven regions of Spain."
"According to a specialized witness, the director of the astronomical observatory at Santiago de Compostela (in Galicia, northwestern Spain--S.C.), the 'fireball was an enormous bolide weighing between 50 and 100 tons.'"
"What is strange about the meteor that fell in Spain is that it was visible during daylight hours prior to nightfall."
"'It isn't easy to see a similar phenomenon, not even for an astronomer,' said Jose Maria Quinana, 'What is odd is that no warning whatsoever was received from the many spotters who specialize in the subject.'"
"Hundreds of witnesses reported seeing fireballs cross the skies of northern Spain on Sunday," January 4, 2004, "from the city of Valencia to the northwestern pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela. The light flashes were spotted before 6 p.m. local time."
"'I left the house around 12 minutes to 6. I heard a big explosion, like an earth tremor, and a white cloud of smoke formed around a nearby mountain, which took a long time to disappear,' a local official of the northern region of Palencia told Spanish radio."
"Guardia Civil officials told Spanish radio an object had plunged from the skies into the northern province of Leon."
"Spain's civil aviation authority ruled out the possibility of a plane crash."
"Jose Angel Docobo, director of the University of Santiago's observatory, said the phenomenon had been caused by a small asteroid which had collided with Earth." (See the Spanish newspaper La Capital for January 6, 2004, "Remains of meteorite that crossed Spanish skies being sought." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, Gloria Coluchi y Robert Fischer para esto articulo de diario.)
ITALIAN NEWSPAPER SAYS AL-QAEDA THREATENED TO NUKE BROOKLYN
Il Giornale, the newspaper of Milano in northern Italy, reported in its December 31, 2003 edition that they had found an Al-Qaeda video clip in which the terrorist group threatened to detonate a small nuclear weapon in New York City.
"The threat was contained in a video clip on a Web site associated with the fundamentalist (Muslim) terror group. It announced that Al-Qaeda planned to destroy New York in a nuclear blast on February 2 (2004)."
"Il Giornale claims the FBI blocked all access to the Web site."
"The video clip showed three possible scenarios:"
"(1) A bomb or giant fireball from the skies will cover the metropolis with a radioactive cloud."
"(2) A storm of radioactive clouds will topple skyscrapers one by one, along with the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge."
"(3) An explosion on board a charter aircraft will cause a radioactive cloud to spread over the city."
"The video clip was accompanied by large, red- lettered Arabic captions reading, 'If Allah wills it, the end of America is near.'"
During the recent holiday season, "with large New Year's Eve celebrations and college football Bowl games only days away, the U.S. government dispatched scores of casually-dressed nuclear scientists with radiation- detection equipment hidden in briefcases and golf bags to search five USA cities for radiological or 'dirty' bombs, according to officials involved in the effort."
"The call-up of Department of Energy radiation specialists to Washington D.C., New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Baltimore was the first time since the actions taken in the days after the September 11, 2001 attacks" that the USA has responded to Al-Qaeda threats. The call- up "was conducted in secret, in contrast to the very public cancellation of 15 commercial flights from France, Britain and Mexico."
If Al-Qaeda attacks New York City in February, the Statue of Liberty sounds like the most obvious target. Here's why.
Researchers Richard Hoagland, Robert Bauval and Andy Lloyd have found a curious Masonic sub-text within the attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in September 2001.
Andy Lloyd writes, "According to Bauval, the Twin Towers were more than just buildings taking up two city blocks in Manhattan. The towers symbolised a pair of Talismanic pillars of distinctly Masonic character. The pillars were said to be inscribed with the secrets of the Craft in the Enochian tradition prior to the Great Flood, and were built to withstand dual cataclysms of fire and water."
"Regardless of whether the architect of the Twin Towers was aware of this symbolism, these two buildings stood as an archtypal monument to the Masonic knowledge and traditions of the West, representing as important a symbol as the Statue of Liberty."
The Statue of Liberty is fraught with Masonic symbolism, from her spiked crown down to her Saturnalian sandals.
According to David Ovason, author of The Secret Architecture of Our Nation's Capital, "Frederic Auguste Bartholdi," the man who sculpted the statue, "was a member of the Lodge Alsace-Lorraine in Paris; the Lodge was the first to see the Statue of Liberty, before it was gifted by the French people to the United States. Bartholdi had been encouraged to create the statue by the Frenchman Henri Martin, who was also a Mason, and a descendant of the great (Marquis de) Lafayette, who had been such a close friend and a Brother Mason of George Washington."
"William A. Brodie, who laid the cornerstone for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty with Masonic honors was at the time the Grand Master of Masons in New York. In 1984 a bronze plaque was set upon the pedestal recording the Masonic laying of the cornerstone on August 5, 1884."
This Atlantean-style copper colossus is a representation of Virgo, which is the ruling astrological sign of the USA.
Like the statue herself, the symbolism drags us into the murky depths of the Egyptian mysteries. In astrology, Mercury is the planet that rules Virgo. Mercury was the Roman messenger of the gods, comparable to the Greek Hermes or the Egyptian Thoth. By some strange coincidence, the Egyptian month of Thoth more or less corresponds with our February.
The second-in-command of Al-Qaeda is Dr. Ayman al- Zawahiri, a native of Cairo and former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who is just as familiar with the Egyptian mysteries as he is with al-Quran (the Koran-- J.T.).
There are only two locations in New York City's borough of Brooklyn where the detonation of a "suitcase nuke" could destroy both the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty simultaneously.
(1) From a truck on Interstate Highway I-278, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, west of Prospect Park.
(2) Or a boat out in Buttermilk Channel, close to the Upper Bay, just offshore from Brooklyn.
In the second instance, the nuclear fireball would roll across the bay, melting the copper Statue of Liberty as if she were made of beeswax.
Another potential Al-Qaeda target in Brooklyn itself is the international headquarters of Chabad Lubavitch, an Orthodox Jewish movement. But detonation of a "suitcase nuke" at this site would not greatly damage the Statue of Liberty.
(Editor's Comment: If any readers can explain the Masonic symbolism of the Brooklyn Bridge, please send us an email. Forty years before the bridge was built, Edgar Allan Poe wrote a short story about bridge symbolism in Masonry entitled Never Bet the Devil Your Head. Which is probably the best advice you'll get this week.)
As to whether Al-Qaeda has a "suitcase nuke" to carry out such an operation, there were rumors that Osama Bin Laden had acquired such weapons in Chechnya, but these stories have not been confirmed. (See the Washington Post for January 7, 2004, "'Dirty' bomb feared before New Year's," and Il Giornale of Milano, Italy for December 31, 2003, "Al-Qaeda: 'We will destroy New York within 35 days.'" Also the magazine Paranoia for Winter 2004, "Tolkien's Seven Stars" by Andy Lloyd, page 2. Many thanks to Nancy and Ahmet for the "heads up.")
(Editor's Comment: This must be the week for Weird Apple news, because here's one from the Jersey shore.)
TALL ALIEN SIGHTED IN ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY
On Sunday, December 28, 2003, Enrique Rodriguez and his friends were outdoors in their hometown of Elizabeth, N.J. (population 120,568), just across Newark Bay from the New York City borough of Staten Island, when they spotted something very strange.
"An alien ran to the left behind some trees and disappeared," Enrique reported, describing the entity as "a tall greyish figure with long, large black-brownish eyes, long arms and fingers. It had no mouth, either. Just the eyes. It was in my friend's backyard when I saw it. But he got so scared he ran. I just stood there looking, and the creature was looking back at me until the creature ran."
Enrique said the entity had "grey-colored skin same as a baby dinosaur, very shiny, and long--6 to 8 feet (1.7 to 2.4 meters) tall."
He added, "I just called the police. They laughed at me. They didn't believe me, but they did check the yards." (Email Form Report)
SPIRIT GETS READY FOR FIRST DRIVE ON MARS
"NASA's Spirit rover has fully unfolded itself and stretched up to its full 4 foot, 9 inch (1.4 meter) height, making it ready to drive off the lander that delivered it to Mars, the space agency said Saturday," January 10, 2004.
"The rover could reach the Martian surface as early as Wednesday morning," January 14, 2004.
"'It now stands at full height and all six wheels are in their final position,' mission manager Jennifer Trosper said during a news conference at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory" in Pasadena, California.
"The unfolding was one of the most complex deployments ever performed by a robotic spacecraft, mechanical systems engineer Chris Voorhees said. NASA had to fold up the rover to make it fit inside the lander, which opened up like a four-petal flower."
"When Spirit does leave the lander, it will take a different route than scientists had hoped. Air bags used to cushion the rover's landing are blocking the ramp NASA had planned to use. Instead, Spirit will turn 120 degrees to the right and take a second, more risky ramp to the ground, mission manager Matt Wallace said."
Spirit's successful landing in Gusev Crater has electrified space enthusiasts on planet Earth. "The rover's every move has been leading nightly newscasts."
"From 3:01 a.m. Saturday (January 3, 2004) to 9 a.m. Thursday (January 8, 2004), the NASA Web site received 1.45 billion hits. NASA officials believe this will be the biggest online event ever for the U.S. government."
Spirit's first images from Mars have also stirred the interest of geologists worldwide. As the rover "slid to a stop on the Red Planet, it mashed the soil, leaving a mess like nothing seen before."
"Eyeing the most detailed pictures ever sent to Earth from the planet, the NASA team said Tuesday," January 6, 2004, "that the malleable substance could be a sign of water's work on Mars."
"'The soil was stripped up and folded in an interesting way,' said Jim Bell, who designed the panoramic camera that Spirit used to photograph the 'mud- like' patch. 'It has quite alien textures.'"
"Scientists can't wait to dig in."
"'It is bizarre,' said Steve Squyres, principal investigator on the NASA team. 'It's strangely cohesive. It's not like anything I've ever seen before. It's weird stuff.'"
"Squyres said the patch looked similar to--but not exactly like--what had been termed 'duracrust' at the landing site of the 1976 Viking probe."
"Scientists picked Spirit's landing site inside Gusev Crater because they believe the depression once contained a brimming lake--the type of place that may have been hospitable to life. If that was the case, Spirit should be seeing a flat plain rich in fine-grain sediment, said Ray Arvidson, the mission's deputy principal scientist."
"'That's not what we're looking at,' Arvidson said."
"Arvidson said a volcanic eruption could have buried the dry lake bed with lava, which was then fragmented by blows from asteroids or comets. Later, deposits carried by wind, water or even ice glaciers might have further buried the area with the rocky debris that Spirit's cameras show in crisp detail." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for January 11, 2004, "Spirit rover stretches, gets ready for its stroll on Mars," page 7A; USA Today for January 7, 2004, "Imprint shows Mars craft landed in 'weird stuff,'" page 2A; USA Today for January 8, 2004, "Getting past deflated air bags in Mars rover's first challenge," page 10A; and USA Today for January 9 through 11, 2004, "Hollywood's romance with Mars might end as fact replaces myth," page 2A.)
LUMINOUS UFO SEEN IN ROSARIO, ARGENTINA
"A UFO was seen last Saturday," December 27, 2003, "between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. in the barrio El Patio de la Madera (neighborhood) of the city of Rosario," 250 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.
"The luminous object traveled from west to east at a speed similar to that of an airliner. Upon seeing the object, the witness ran for his camcorder but couldn't find a free tape, so he chose not to waste any more time and used his digital camera," instead.
"Rosario is less than 60 kilometers (36 miles) from Victoria in the province of Entre Rios, which is famous for sightings of lights similar to the UFO seen on Saturday."
"A fisherman recognized the object and said that it was identical to others he had seen in the past over the same area." (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Christian Quintero para esta historia.)
COUPLE FINDS CROP CIRCLE IN LOUISBURG, KANSAS
Henry C. lives in the small town of Louisburg, Kansas (population 2,576), not far from Kansas City, Missouri, and reports an unusual discovery on his farm.
"On the night of (Monday) December 15, 2003, as my wife and I were pulling into our driveway after a dinner out, we watched a bright light back in our fields. We live on a farm, you see, and our fields extend for a mile behind our house."
"It was raining and the air was thick as fog, but we could see the bright light out in the field. We thought it was someone's headlights, since a row of houses runs along the back of our property. All of a sudden, though, the light shot straight up into the sky, disappearing into the darkness."
"I didn't see anything but a big ball of light."
"I wanted to get out there right away, but the rain made it very hard to get back into the fields. The ground gets so muddy, even a tractor can stick in certain places. So we waited until the next day when the rain stopped."
On the morning of Tuesday, December 16, 2003, Henry and his wife "walked about half a mile (0.8 kilometers), just over a hill, when we saw it. The ring of mud on the ground. I swear to God on the Bible, the ring had not been there before. The ring seemed to be around 10 feet (3 meters) in diameter, the mud in the ring almost like quicksand."
"I never believed in UFOs before," he added, "And had never seen anything like this. Maybe we can find out is someone else has seen anything like this, too." (Email Form Report)
MYSTERY BOOM HEARD IN SAN DIEGO
"At 4:20 p.m." on Tuesday, January 6, 2004, "numerous residents of the San Diego area" in southern California "reported a mysterious boom. The sound was comparable to sonic booms but was of an unknown origin."
"Military authorities claimed they had no aircraft in the area flying at supersonic speeds at the time."
"Similar booms were heard in the area" during 1992 and 1993, and "were so persistent that they resulted in questions being asked in Congress. Although the (U.S.) Air Force denied any involvement at the time, it was generally believed that the booms were associated with the landings of the secret Aurora aircraft" at Edwards Air Force Base out in the Mojave Desert. (See the San Diego Times-Union for January 7, 2004, "Mystery booms heard in San Diego." Many thanks to Geoff Blackmore for this newspaper story.)
From the UFO Files...
1938: IN SEARCH OF KAMULA
So many of the sword-and-sorcery tales of Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) were inspired by vivid dreams that some researchers have wondered if REH was experiencing a phenomenon called retrocognition, i.e. dream-channelling or psychic glimpses of the remote prehistoric past.
Nowhere is the suggestion of this stronger than in Robert's unfinished Kull story, Black Abyss, which was never published in his lifetime. (For a fuller discussion of Black Abyss, see UFO Roundup, Volume 9, Number 1, for January 7, 2004, "1927: Shadows in Kamula," page 9.)
The story is set in "languid Kamula," a prehistoric city somewhere in Europe, "this dreamy pleasure city of snowy marble and lapis lazuli that crowned the crest of the hill." In Kings of the Night, a story published in Weird Tales in November 1930, REH reveals that his King Kull character lived "a hundred thousand years ago."
In Kings, there's a stirring scene where Kull steps out of his yuga into the Celtic Britain of 100 B.C., startling Bran Mak Morn, the king of the Picts.
"Against the golden birth of day he loomed colossal; a gigantic god from the dawn of creation. Now as he strode toward them the waking hosts saw him and sent up a sudden shout of wonder..."
"Sandals of curious make were on his feet and he wore a pliant coat of strangely meshed mail which came almost to his knees. A broad belt with a great golden buckle encircled his waist, supporting a long straight sword in a heavy leather scabbard. His hair was confined by a wide, heavy golden band about his head."
"Such was the man who paused before the silent group. He seemed slightly puzzled, slightly amused. Recognition flickered in his eyes. He spoke in a strange archaic Pictish which (Bran's aide) Cormac scarcely understood. His voice was deep and resonant."
"'Ha, Brule, (the wizard) Gonar did not tell me I would dream of you!'"
"For the first time in his life Cormac saw the Pictish king (Bran Mak Morn) completely thrown off his balance. He gaped, speechless. The stranger continued:"
"'And wearing the gem I gave you, in a circlet on your head. Last night you wore it on a ring on your finger.'"
"'Last night?' gasped Bran."
"'Last night--or a hundred thousand years ago--all one!' murmured Gonar, in evident enjoyment of the situation."
Soon it's revealed that the wizard Gonar (a sorcerer in the same major league as Merlin and Gandalf--J.T.) used his magickal arts to make contact with either his ancestor or his younger self in 125,000 B.C., to arrange for Kull to do some time-travelling to the next yuga to save the Picts from the armies of Rome.
As my old geology professor, Dr. Ralph Fellows, once explained, the Pleistocene Period saw four distinct glaciations, or advances of the ice sheets, across Europe and North America. The final Wurm glaciation began 120,000 years ago, leaving both continents looking like Antarctica today. It ended around 12,000 B.C. But prior to this was the Riss-Wurm interglacial period, which lasted from 120,000 to 190,000 years ago, in which Europe was free of ice.
As Henri Breuil and Raymond Lantier pointed out in their book, Les Hommes de la Pierre Ancienne (French for Men of the Old Stone Age--J.T.) "It was all too easy to forget the vast durations of geological time, the untold revolutions of the planet witnessed by ancient man, the constant and complete changes of scenery upon Earth's stage...We are all inclined to suppose that the world has always looked as it does today."
With Europe's topography totally reshaped by the Wurm glaciation, how is it possible to find lost Kamula?
Well, we have Robert's clues--a hilltop city, set amidst "the green hills of Zalgara," underlain by tunnels and caverns of incalculable age.
Is there any place in Europe that would still fit that description long after the Wurm ice flows retreated?
As a matter of fact, there is. It's the Schwaebische Alb region of Baden-Wurttemberg in southern Germany. The Schwaebische Alb is what geologists call an uplift feature, described as "an upland region of Jurassic limestone of about 700 meters (7,300 feet) in height, and extends for 210 kilometers (130 miles)...To the southeast, the Alb slopes gently down to the Danube," just west of Ulm, "in a gently undulating plateau of permeable limestone through which most surface water seeps away, forming caverns, swallowholes and dry valleys."
The Alb has been uplifted since the Jurassic Period, when dinosaurs swam in its shallow seas. Four times it's been scoured over by the Pleistocene glaciers. But in 125,000 B.C., the Alb was a hilly upland, just as it is today.
The Wurm glaciers long ago did away with any surface artifacts of lost Kamula. But it is possible that artifacts from Kull's era are tucked away in the caverns and tunnels deep within the Schwaebische Alb.
In April 1938, the Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler ordered the SS-Ahnenerbe (German acronym for Ancestral Heritage Office--J.T.) to undertake a massive archaeological survey of the upper Danube River valley west of Ulm. Nazi archaeologists, assisted by student volunteers, excavated a number of sites, including Bad Buchan on the Federsee (lake), where they found Neolithic and early Bronze Age remains; Alt-Hayingen and Zweifalten, where Stone Age forts were discovered; and a mysterious prehistoric citadel at Grosse Heuneberg in Upflamor.
(Editor's Note: Grosse Heuneberg has a long history. It was captured in 40 A.D. by the Roman legions of the emperor Claudius. But it was recaptured by the Alemanni, the ancestors of the Germans, in 260 A.D.)
These projects were immediately shut down in September 1939 with the outbreak of World War II.
Although many promising archaeological sites were found, Himmler, who was a great believer in the Hindu concept of world-ages, felt that the main prize had eluded him--proof positive of the existence of a prehistoric civilization in the Schwaebische Alb dating back to the Tetra Yuga.
(Editor's Note: Himmler actually kept a German translation of the Bhagavad Gita at his desk all through the war and read from it during his lunch hour.)
Exactly why Himmler was fixated on the Schwaebische Alb is not known. Most likely he was directed to those hills by his "Rasputin," SS-Brigadefuhrer Karl Maria Wiligut (1866-1946), an Austrian occultist who claimed to possess "ancestral clairvoyant memory" dating back to 300,000 B.C. Wiligut, who sometimes used the alias "Weisthor," claimed that the ancestors of the German people had come to northern Europe from the lost continent of Atlantis. (For more on Wiligut, see UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 51, for December 17, 2002, "1866: Hitler's Warlock," page 9.)
Since Robert E. Howard's Black Abyss did not see publication until 1967, twenty years after Wiligut's death, there's no way he could have read the story. So how did Wiligut come up with the idea of a Kamula in the upper Danube valley?
Maybe he dreamed it! (See the books Les Hommes de la Pierre Ancienne by Henri Breuil and Raymond Lantier, Payot, Paris, 1959, pages 30 and 31; Germany, Baedecker Guide, 3rd Edition, 1996, page 507; The Nazis and the Occult by Dusty Sklar, Dorset Press, New York, N.Y., 1977, pages 48, 77, 101 and 102; Bran Mak Morn by Robert E. Howard, Baen Books, 1996, pages 70 to 73; and King Kull by Robert E. Howard and Lin Carter, Lancer Books, 1967, pages 61 to 67.)
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