ROOFTOP MADMAN STRIKES AGAIN IN SANTA FE, ARGENTINA
The weird entity which the Argentinian media has dubbed El Loco de los Techos (Spanish for Rooftop Madman-- J.T.) has been sighted repeatedly in the barrio San Lorenzo (district) on the south side of Santa Fe, a large city in northwestern Argentina.
"Residents of barrio San Lorenzo remain frightened and agitated by the apparitions of the ghostly character called the Rooftop Madman. Given the prevailing state of nervous tension, two psychologists began meeting with the population through the health assistance needs center located in the area."
"As part of the plan, periodic meetings have been held with local residents. The next one is slated for Thursday afternoon, March 10, 2005, at 1 p.m. Interested parties have been invited--by means of handbills--to reach individual interviews with the national health specialists."
"Meanwhile, the ghostly character's 'visits' continue taking place, according to the numerous stories that are heard daily in the streets of San Lorenzo."
"This morning, (Friday, March 11, 2005) a 60-year-old man told El Litoral that he saw the Madman in a hallway of his own house, while another woman from the 4000 block of Calle Entre Rios (street) saw the phantom on top of an old pine tree."
"'My 11-year-old son fainted,' said the woman."
Santa Fe, capital of the province of the same name, is located 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires, the national capital. (See the Argentinian newspaper El Litoral for March 10, 2005, "The Rooftop Madman is still at large." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Proyecto Catent por este articulo de diario.)
ANOTHER BLACK-CLAD ENTITY APPEARS IN ARGENTINA
"Since January (2005), residents of La Playosa, a small city in Cordoba province" in western Argentina, "are restless over the presence of a man who could be the legendary Lobizon, thought to break into homes while issuing powerful howls."
(Editor's Note: In the folklore of Argentina, El Lobizon is the seventh son of a seventh son who turns into a werewolf when the moon is full.)
"Several women have brought complaints to the local sheriff's office and the fire department, but until now it has been impossible to apprehend the strange character who has kept the town up in arms."
"'Generally speaking, it attacks dwellings in which no man is present or happens to be away for various reasons. It tries to break in through backyards and alleyways, knowing that only women and children happen to be present. Fortunately, it has been unable to break into homes because the doors are locked,' explained Ana, one of the women attacked by the Lobizon, to the Cordoba newspaper La Manana."
"The woman's eyewitness account coincides with others who are able to see through their windows. 'It's a young person, thin and tall. Its eyes are bloodshot, and it's clad in black--I suppose with the intention of frightening the familes of the homes it's trying to break into.'"
(Editor's Comment: This one sounds like a cousin of the entity in Santa Fe.)
"Investigators believe that the Lobizon of La Playosa could be a deranged young man trying to break into the house of a woman he has studied previously and who, for some reason or another, has caused him to develop an interest or attraction. In any event, the town's peace has been disrupted, and no one dares sleep with open windows, or leave their doors unlocked as used to be the custom."
Cordoba, capital of the province of the same name, is located 425 kilometers (265 miles) west-northwest of Buenos Aires. (See the Argentinian newspaper La Manana for March 10, 2005. Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Proyecto Catent por este articulo de diario.)
MYSTERY BOOMS HEARD IN WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.
"The mysterious booms that rocked much of downtown" Winston-Salem, North Carolina (population 185,766) "Saturday night," March 5, 2005, "may remain forever a mystery."
"About 8:20 p.m., 911 dispatchers started getting a mass of calls reporting the booms, said Shawn Cline, the hazardous materials coordinator for the Winston- Salem/Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management."
"The calls concerned an area downtown between Glade and Cherry Streets, from Brookstown Avenue to the south and West 24th Street to the north, he said."
"Cline said he had not ruled out as of yesterday whether a small earthquake or sonic booms might have caused the noises, but by the end of the day he did not have a valid answer."
"There may not be enough earth-measuring equipment in the area to determine whether a small earthquake occurred, said Tyler Clark, the chief geologist at the North Carolina Geological Survey."
"'This is likely to go down in the history books as a mystery,' Clark said."
"Saturday's booms were about the tenth event he has had from the Winston-Salem area in the past five years, Clark said."
"'These are not anything new,' he said, 'They've happened to our state for a long time.'"
"There are more active fault lines in states that border North Carolina than there are inside the state, he said."
"'In North Carolina, we sit in the quiet zone,' he said. Because of this, there is not a network of seismic equipment to track local earthquakes."
"It may be possible that the noises were a sonic boom, which is more likely to make the kind of explosive sound reported than an earthquake, Clark said."
"But a sonic boom could not have come from a plane leaving or landing at Smith-Reynolds Airport because the plane would be going too slow, said Dave Short, the air traffic manager at the airport."
"Smith-Reynolds air traffic controllers do not track anything else above its air space of 12,000 feet (3,600 meters), Short said."
"City public utilities officials considered the possibility that a methane explosion in a nearby sewer could have caused the booms but ruled out the possibility."
"'If the explosion had happened, there's got to be a release of pressure elsewhere,' said Ron Hargrove, the deputy director of the City-County Utilities Division. There have been no such reports, which could include such things as blown manhole covers."
"Loud noises and vibration that struck the Konnoiac Hills in 1994 turned out to be a small earthquake, the largest of which measured 1.7 on the Richter scale."
Winston-Salem, N.C. is on Highway 421approximately 105 miles (168 kilometers) west of Raleigh, the state capital. (See the Winston-Salem Journal for March 8, 2005, "Source of mystery booms likely to remain unknown." Many thanks to Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
RED UFO SIGHTED OVER AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
On Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at 1 a.m., Paul W. "noticed a bright red object in the sky" over Auckland, a large city on the North Island of New Zealand.
"The object was entirely lit red and was circular," Paul reported, "It made no noise at all. And, if it had been an aircraft, I would have definitely heard the engine from the distance I observed it from at first. It was decreasing its altitude as it was flying away but not dramatically. When the object was 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from me, it suddenly changed its direction and started flying to my right at the same altitude. Not flying at a super-high speed but definitely than the aircraft that fly over my area."
"I would say it was about 5 kilometers (3 miles) away from me when I first noticed the object. I have a pet dog who was inside all the time. I really didn't notice any barking from him or from any other animal within the area. It was a fine and clear sky, only a few clouds. The object actually flew through one of these clouds during the sighting."
Paul called out to his mother to come and see the UFO "but by the time she made it outside, the object had changed direction to my right. She could see only a red object briefly before a neighbouring house blocked the view. The object was visible for one to two minutes. I have always had an interest in UFOs. After this experience, I know they exist. I can totally say seeing is believing." (Many thanks to Canadian ufologist Brian Vike for this report.)
TRIO SPOT A HOVERING UFO IN SWITZERLAND
On Tuesday, March 1, 2005, the male eyewitness reported, "I went to Parc de Mystere (French for Mystery Park--J.T.) with two friends. Ending the visit, we headed back to Geneva at 3:30 p.m. We were on the highway not far from Bern (Switzerland's capital--J.T.) when I suddenly saw, in the daylight sky, a light that appeared to be immobile. Still, I told myself, it could be a star. I told my friends to look at the light, but it went faster for a second, then disappeared."
"We looked at each other amazed, and they kept looking at the sky. Suddenly, one of my friends told me, 'It's back!'"
"It had appeared once again, and it was the same light at the same place. This (same sequence of events) occurred four times" as they drove along, "and then we couldn't see the light any more because trees blocked our view for a while. We knew it was a UFO. We had never seen anything like that previously." (Merci beaucoup a Robert Fischer pour cettes nouvelles.)
FAMILY SEES A TRIANGULAR UFO IN DUBBO, N.S.W.
"A black triangular object made a number of motions and then sped off right behind some trees" on Sunday, March 6, 2005 in Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.
"That's how police have described the footage claimed to be of an unidentified flying object by a Dubbo family last Sunday night."
"'I've never seen anything like it,' Suzanne Fuller said, 'It was hovering over there by five trees and was completely silent.'"
"The police arrived at the scene and 8 p.m., viewed the footage and filed an official report with Air Services Australia (ASA), a federal airways monitoring bureau."
"'It looked like a bird, but much larger, the size of a car, with a flat top and a deeper shape at the bottom.'"
"Mrs. Fuller has put in a call to UFO Researchers Independent Network and described what she had seen to Moira McGhee."
"'The object looked about 40 to 50 miles (64 to 80 kilometers) away to the southeast,' she said."
(Editor's Note: That would put the UFO in the area of the Burrendong Reservoir, a notorious UFO hotspot according to Australian researcher Rex Gilroy.)
"She said the family saw something between 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. At first, a male member of the family saw what he described to Moira McGhee as 'something that looked like a stationary chopper.'"
"'Now remember, it was still daylight at 7 p.m.,' she said.
(Editor's Note: Australia, like the other countries of the southern hemisphere, is just wrapping up its summer. Their autumn begins on March 21.)
"Mrs. Fuller said that, together with her husband and her three daughters, they continued watching until after 11 p.m."
"'Once the sun set, there was a light like from a lighthouse, flashing on and off every couple of seconds,' she said."
"'The police were here, and they said they had never seen anything like it before. Every now and then, it would move to the left again...and then back to the same position again.'"
"Duty Officer Inspector Alan Cusick commended the family for reporting the incident."
"'We take these calls on their merit,' he said, 'The family was genuine in their concern, they called the police and they did the right thing. We have proceeded in investigating the matter by referring the incident to the ASA and sending them the videotape for inspection.'"
"The sighting is not the first in Dubbo. In 2002, a man reported seeing an object 'as large as a house' hovering in the sky only 500 feet (150 meters) off the ground and allegedly mixing and changing colours."
"Mrs. McGhee said a similar sighting 10 years ago had a number of people in Dubbo report seeing an object 'as big as a supermarket' in the sky."
Dubbo, N.S.W. is located on the Macquarie River about 320 miles (532 kilometers) northwest of Sydney, Australia's largest city. (See the Australian newspaper The Liberal for March 9, 2005, "Black UFO hovers silently for 5 hours over OZ town." Many thanks to Todd and Kristin Rogan for this newspaper article.)
ORANGE, EGG-SHAPED UFO SEEN IN LAKESIDE, CALIF.
On Sunday, March 6, 2005, at 2 a.m., Joann Van Horn spotted a UFO approaching from the southeast at her home in Lakeside, California (population 19,560).
"A large, bright orange, egg-shaped craft (appeared to be a commercial airliner approaching Gillespie Field engulfed in flames--J.V.H.) stopped and split into three smaller craft that flew in a synchronized formation, firing off what appeared to be tracers. They joined back together approximately 15 minutes later, forming a triangular shape and flew off toward the southwest."
"There was a Lakeside Fire Department truck parked across the street, and the firefighters were watching it at the same time as myself and my son. Approximately a half-hour later, the bright orange craft flew from a southeasterly direction at an extremely high rate of speed at a lower altitude and stopped directly in front of me, then slowly flew off to the southwest again."
"It was about the size of a commercial airliner approaching for a landing at Gillespie Field or at San Diego International Airport."
"I called Channel 9 News several times, spoke with a newsperson and a photographer. Lakeside Fire Department told the station that it was a balloon that had gotten away and offered no other explanation."
Lakeside, Cal. is on Highway 67 about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northeast of San Diego. (Email Form Report)
MAN VIDEOTAPES A UFO IN NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
"Whether it's actually a speck of cottonwood fluff or a small bug darting around in the sun or an alien ship coming to inspect life in Fort St. John," British Columbia (population 15,021), one local man is certain that, for now, he has pictures of an unidentified flying object."
"Mark Mann has been taking video footage of the sky for a couple of years now and has come up with some remarkable images by pointing his camera at a brightly-lit area of the sky, where the sun has just tucked behind a building and leaving a backlit area just to the side of it."
"'There's hundreds of these things; they're just everywhere,' said Mann of the radical object he's seen floating across his video scenes. While he also studies the tape frame by frame, Mann can spot the 'spinning turnips' in this kind of radiant light."
"Mann has sent the footage to a UFO group in New York that estimated the object's speed across the sky as up to 18,000 miles per hour (28,800 kilometers per hour) and its size as 15 to 25 feet (4.5 to 7.5 meters) in diameter."
"'These things were highly polished and moving very fast,' he said, 'I don't know exactly what they are, but they're solid and silent.'"
"'The definition of UFO is an unidentified object--I can't begin to imagine where they're from, but they're not ours. I've seen too many different shapes, and too many people have seen them in different places.'"
"Mann has also been in touch with Brian Vike, a UFO enthusiast who collects reports of sightings" throughout western Canada. "Vike, who lives in Houston, B.C. (population 3,934), is a member of several national and international astronomical societies and appears regularly on radio programs in Okanagan, Alberta and the USA."
"Vike has seen Mann's mysterious footage and originally thought it could be a bright star. But when the object disappeared after two days, he wasn't so sure. 'It stands out in the sky like a sore thumb...if it was a star, it should have shown up again after two days.'"
"Vike said many sky observers have used a technique similar to Mann's, of daytime shots that reveal 'little blobs flying around' that could be anything from cottonwood fluff to dandelion pollen or, quite possibly, to UFOs."
"Environment Canada spokesman Bill Miller said they used to receive several UFO reports from the Peace region that were attributable to the lights of a weather balloon or aircraft. But, as for Mark's sighting, Miller doesn't want to hazard a guess."
"'Some could be bugs,' Vike offered, 'With the sun behind the building, if something crosses between the camera and the sun, it will look very bright. In Mark's footage, it looks like a giant hamburger, so I don't know what it was.'"
"Graham Conway heads up a group called UFO-B.C. And while he figures the bug explanation sounds reasonable, he doesn't quite buy it."
"'Depending on the time of year, say, when it's colder in the fall and winter months, the insect theory doesn't stand up.'"
"Vike has heard reports of sightings in the North Peace region from the 1970s but said this seems to be a lull right now, most likely because people are afraid of ridicule from friends and family."
"Mann's had his share of naysayers but is adamant about what he's seen."
"'I've had friends who say no way, but seeing is believing. There's nothing I can do to convince people until they see it for themselves.'"
"Vike can't say for sure what's in Mann's photos, but he's not ruling out some extraterrestrial visitors."
"'We can't be the only form of life in this universe,' he said, 'There's a lot more questions and not enough answers, but we can't be the only life form in this vastness.'" (See the newspaper Alaska Highway News for March 3, 2005, "Local man claims UFO sighting." Many thanks to "Sourdough Pete and Cheechako" for this newspaper article.)
BURN, WITCH, BURN!
"A woman branded a nymphomaniac by a local tantrik (Hindu priest--J.T.) was stripped naked, tarred, her head shaved and paraded naked on a donkey in Chandpur," near Lucknow, "around the Sarai Aqueel police station of Uttar Pradesh's Kaushambhi district."
(Editor's Note: Uttar Pradesh is a state in northern India. Chandpur is located near Lucknow, about 220 kilometers (144 miles) southeast of New Delhi.)
"Known as Shastriji, the tantrik reportedly told his congregation that 17-year-old Usha had an insatiable sexual appetite and had slept with innumerable men. He said the teenager would strive to bed other men unless she was burnt alive on the stake for her infractions."
"To make matters worse, Shastriji also held Usha responsible for the murder of a five-year-old who drowned in a pond a few days ago. Claiming that he had seen the gruesome killing re-enacted in a tumbler of mustard oil, the tantrik convinced everyone of the girl's guilt. She was subsequently denounced as a witch."
"While many of the locals had made up their mind to consign Usha to the flames, what saved her was dissension from a section of the crowd. As a compromise, it was decided to publicly humilitate the girl by taking out a procession in which she could be carried naked."
"Five people were arrested in connection" with the incident by Indian police. "The charges against them include forcing a girl to strip, obscenity in a public place and assaulting her with canes. Vijay, Amarnath, Rajendra and Shyam Sunder are among those currently in police custody."
"The local populace, however, has taken no liking to the police action. Usha they still believe to be a witch whom they had every right to attack. Although police say the child most likely drowned since the post-mortem report shows no external injury marks, no one seems willing to accept the explanation."
"Senior police officials, including the Sub- Divisional Magistrate, are camping in the area to diffuse the situation, following angry protests against the five arrests." (See the Hindustan Times for March 11, 2005. Many thanks to Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda for this newspaper article.)
TWO MORE SNOWSTORMS BURY THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE
The "Bridgewater Triangle," Massachusetts' paranormal hot spot, got chilled again last week when two more snowstorms swept through the region, dumping a total of 12 inches (30 centimeters) of new snow.
The three points of the "triangle" are the towns of Abington, Rehoboth and Freetown in southeastern Massachusetts. Within this area, Fortean phenomena have been manifesting since 1760, with numerous reports of UFOs, Bigfoot, phantom panthers, out-of-place alligators and giant birds.
Taunton, Mass. (population 55,976), at the heart of the Bridgewater Triangle, is experiencing the snowiest winter in its history, which dates back to 1639 when Elizabeth Poole of Taunton, Somerset, UK raised her cabin on the banks of the Cohannet River.
(Editor's Note: Although Elizabeth called it "the New English Canaan," Taunton was then part of the independent state of Pokanoket, one of many small lands ruled by the Eniskeetompauwaug indigenous people, better known as the Wampanoag Indians.)
"It's official. This has been the snowiest winter in the Silver City (local nickname for Taunton--J.T.) since the National Weather Service started keeping track. And it just keeps on coming."
"Last night (Tuesday, March 8, 2005) an icy blustery storm was expected to bring another four or five inches into the city, National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Field said. It was wet, windy and too cold to fathom that the arrival of spring is less than two weeks away."
Including Saturday's storm, Taunton's snow total for the winter of 2004-2005 now stands at 94 inches (234 centimeters). That is 21 inches (52 centimeters) more snow "than the 73 inches (182 centimeters) totaled in the winter of 2002-2003, the previous snowiest winter" in the city's history.
"And it's not over yet, not by a long shot, Field said. The city could see another couple of feet before the winter of 2004-2005 is history, he said, 'It's not beyond the realm of possibility.'"
"Where is our spring?" UFO Roundup correspondent Mary Lou Jones-Drown, who lives in neighboring Rehoboth, Mass., lamented.
In nearby Attleboro, Mass. (population 42,068), located 13 miles (21 kilometers) west of Taunton, "Shrieking, stinging wind whipped up near-whiteout conditions Tuesday night as commuters struggled first to reach their cars, then make their way home on snow-clogged roads. The icy maelstrom of a storm had dropped 3.75 inches of new snow on Attleboro by 10 p.m., pushing the city to its second-snowiest winter on record. Numerous accidents were reported Tuesday night, including dozens of vehicles reported sliding off the interstate highways in the area. No serious injuries were reported."
Carolyn Rzepecki, your editor's sister, provided an eyewitness account of both late-winter storms: "We were in the middle of this crazy winter storm most of the day (Tuesday). The temps dropped from 42 to 27 degrees (on the Fahrenheit scale--J.T.) in about an hour. Sometime later, between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., it changed briefly to freezing rain and got slippery very fast. By 7 p.m., it was snow mixed with freezing rain along with 40-mile-per- hour winds. It reminded me of the movie The Day After Tomorrow. It was just like it. Doors were frozen shut, ice everywhere. I think (Tuesday's) storm was worse than the (January 2005) blizzard."
No sooner had Triangle residents dug out of that storm than they were hit by another one. "We had lightning flashes and thunder on Friday night (March 11, 2005), which is pretty unusual for March," Carolyn reported, "The snow began at 7 a.m. on Saturday (March 12, 2005). The snow was very heavy, especially from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., coming down at one to two inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) per hour. It was very wet and sticky snow. Taunton got buried again. To make things worse, we got winds of up to 35 miles per hour (58 kilometers per hour), so there was drifting across many major roads. It was kind of mild in the morning, only 37 degrees (Fahrenheit), but still the snow came down. It's so weird. It's like we're having a miniature Ice Age but just in this area." (See the Taunton, Mass. Daily Gazette for March 9, 2005, the Attleboro, Mass. Sun-Chronicle for March 9, 2005 and the WJAR-TV Channel 10 newscast of Providence, R.I. for March 12, 2005. Many thanks to Mary-Lou Jones Drown and Carolyn Rzepecki for these news reports.)
SHOOTING IN ATLANTA IS LATEST OCCULT CRIME
On Friday, March 11, 2005, a gunman went on a rampage at the Fulton County Courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia (population 416,474), and it appears to be the latest in a series of occult crimes in the USA.
Fortean researcher Loren Coleman pointed out a series of lexilinks associated with the shooting, adding, "A U.S. Customs agent was killed on Lenox Road, Atlanta, and his gun and badge were missing. When Don O'Briant, an Atlanta Constitution-Journal reporter" reportedly ran into the suspect in "the Fulton Courthouse shooting. According to the reporter, he first asked him how to get to Lenox Square."
"The suspect is Brian Nichols, 33," Loren reported, "'Nichols' has been a mildly-warm 'Name Game' monicker. Think Terry Nichols," who was convicted in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing case, "and citizen Frank Nichols of Josserand, Texas, who saw an airship (UFO) over his home in 1897."
"Upon allegedly killing his fourth victim, a U.S. Customs agent in Lenox, suspect Brian Nichols gave himself up at the Bridgewater Complex in Gwinnett County and was transported to the FBI office in Decatur, Georgia (population 18,147)."
"Nichols plus Lenox plus Bridgewater plus Decatur equals twilight language lexilinks," he concluded.
"There are some oddball Masonic links here as well," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor added, "The suspect is 33 years old, as in the 33rd degree of Freemasonry. Gwinnett County is named for Button Gwinnett, a South Carolina delegate who signed the USA's Declaration of Independence in 1776 and who was also a prominent Mason. The FBI office is in Decatur, which was named for Capt. Stephen Decatur, a U.S. Navy hero of the war with the Barbary pirates 200 years ago. Decatur, too, was a Mason and, before he was killed in a duel, built the notoriously haunted Decatur House in Washington D.C., right on Lafayette Square. The square, today called Lafayette Park, used to be known as 'Tragedy Square.'"
"Strange, too, that Nichols gave himself up at the Bridgewater Complex," Trainor added, "Places named 'Bridgewater' are Fortean hotspots these days. Witness the three winter storms that have slammed the Bridgewater Triangle in Massachusetts in the past couple of weeks and the silvery UFO that crossed the sky over Bridgwater, Somerset, UK on February 20, 2005." (Many thanks to Loren Coleman for this news story.)
"Nazi Germany was not only trying to develop nuclear weapons but actually tested atomic devices near the end of World War II, the publisher of a yet-to-be-released book by a German historian says."
"The pre-publication claim being made by historian Rainer Kalsch drew headlines in a German newspaper on Friday," March 4, 2005, "but the publisher of Hitlers Bombe declined to give details or answer further questions until the book is distributed March 14 (2005)."
"Other historians played down suggestions that the Nazis were anywhere near taking on the United States in a nuclear war."
"According to the book, Kalsch says the Nazis secretly tested 'nuclear bombs' during 1944 and 1945 on the Baltic (Sea) island of Ruegen and in central Germany under the auspices of the SS, but they were not ready to be deloyed before the war ended."
"Bernhard Fulda, a lecturer on Twentieth Century German history at Cambridge University" in UK "said that even though Germany's intent to discover such rich energy sources is well-known, the ideas that the Nazis almost won the nuclear arms race are implausible."
"'I would disown any suggestion that these tests were comparable to those carried out by the Americans as part of the Manhattan Project,' he told the Reuters news service, referring to the secret program" that led to "the Hiroshima bombing of August 6, 1945."
"Kalsch has been on the staff of Berlin's Free and Humboldt Universities, the book's publisher DVA said."
"DVA spokesman Marcus Desaca said the book was based on research reports, construction plans, divisions, aerial photos, spy reports and the testimonies of many of the scientists involved."
"Under the supervision of the SS, German scientists tested nuclear bombs on Ruegen and in Thuringia in 1944 and 1945,' Desaca said. Hundreds of prisoners of war and internees died during the process, he added."
"Radiation measurements and soil analyses were used to back up the assertions, he said. No further details on the book will be released until its publication." (See the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel for March 4, 2005, "Historian claims Nazis did nuclear tests." Many thanks to Anton Meibauer for this newspaper article.)
GIANT CROP SWASTIKA APPEARS NEAR BERLIN
"Passengers on planes descending into Berlin's Tegel Airport were greeted by the sight of a huge swastika squeezed out of snow on a frozen lake little more than a kilometer (0.6 miles) from the runway, police said Thursday," March 3, 2005.
"The Nazi symbol, which is banned in Germany, was visible from planes arriving from all over Europe for most of Monday morning," February 28, 2005, "before the Water Police, having tested the ice thickness, could venture out to erase it."
"Alerted after a pilot told the airport control tower, police in a squad car went to the lake but failed to see anything from the shore. A police helicopter later spotted the 8 by 5 meter (26 by 16 feet) swastika and sent out the Water Police team."
"The suspected neo-Nazi stunt recalls an affair five years ago (2000) when a 60 by 60 meter (200 by 200 feet) swastika, visible only from the air, was observed in a forest 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Berlin."
"A devoted Hitler follower had planted russet-colored larch trees in 1938 which stood out each autumn and spring as the leaves changed color." (See the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel for March 8, 2005, "Giant swastika carved near airport." Many thanks to Anton Meibauer for this newspaper article.)
ARE ISRAELIS BUILDING A PRISON CAMP IN MISSISSIPPI?
Welcome to Wiggins, Mississippi.
It's a nice little Southern town just east of Highway 49. Rooms are reasonably priced at the Best Western Woodstone on Frontage Drive East. There's fishing on Four-Mile Creek and a nice breeze off the Flint Creek Reservoir north of town. Some venerable buildings to look at, too, like Stone High School on Brady Avenue. Great vacation spot.
There's just one small problem. There are disturbing rumors that Israeli troops are building a concentration camp within a few miles of this southern Mississippi community.
Not since "the Mouse Line" story made the rounds during Florida's hurricane blitz last summer has the rumor about a massive concentration camp in the USA spread throughout the Internet.
According to researcher Jeff Rense, "A new prison camp is being built in (Mississippi's) DeSoto National Forest near Camp Shelby."
"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is contracting with an Israeli company," later reportedly identified as Israeli Prison Systems International, "to build internment camps in Mississippi and Louisiana. An unidentified prison consultant has said the plan is to have them in the World War II Yakazasi-style internment camps."
"Zev Barkoff has written numerous studies and is considered one of the top men in the correctional field. He has stated most of this is in the formative stage and there is nothing concrete. He admits there have been some talks with small-town officials about labor pools. He admits the construction time could be as short as one year for a fully-functional facility."
"When asked about potential internees, Zev said they will be probable dissidents. He said Homeland Security is concerned about the damage that the Internet could do in a time of crisis and martial law. Arrests could be sweeping--similar to the Japanese experience after Pearl Harbor."
Several weeks after Pearl Harbor, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order EO-9066, which ordered the internment of all people of Japanese ancestry living in the USA. A month later, on March 21, 1942, Congress ratified and confirmed the internment order by passing a law that made any violation of the restrictions laid down by the President under EO- 9066, the Secretary of War or "designated military subordinates" a misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail. By August 1942, over 110,000 Japanese-Americans were behind barbed wire. The internees were finally freed in late 1945.
(Editor's Note: During the Yalta Conference of February 1945, Roosevelt told UK prime minister Winston S. Churchill and Soviet premier Joseph Stalin, "I am a Zionist." Which sort of tells you who's all in favor of "internment.")
"In a martial law situation," Rense concluded, "Homeland Security will be filling up the prisons. The Jews aren't going to let a few motor-mouths ruin their plans. The Rense and Rivero types will be targeted."
But, while Zev Barkoff reportedly said the Israelis were only talking to local community leaders about "labor pools," some Mississippi right-wingers claim that construction of a large camp, modeled after the Shin Beth prison in Beersheba, Israel, is already under way.
The Mississippi Militia has about a dozen color photographs of the site. Most of these, taken months ago, show a rural site with a guard tower, surrounded on all sides by concertina barbed wire. There is a steel gate, with high ground on either side. Sandbags form a makeshift berm on both sides of the entrance.
However, the most recent two photos show construction under way, with the concrete foundations already in and steel girders for a three-story building erected.
According to the rumors, this site was originally supposed to be one of the 600 camps operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), now a sub- agency of the Department of Homeland Security. The tower was installed in the year 2000, but then, for some reason, construction halted.
The rural area northwest of Wiggins, off Colville Road, meets all of the criteria for an internment camp listed by researcher Jeff Thompson, who has studied the FEMA camp system. Thompson wrote, "They all have a body of water (in this case, Flint Creek Reservoir--J.T.). They all have a train system within five miles or closer. They all have a major highway relatively close."
The urgency of construction is a mystery. Some observers believe that it may be some kind of deportation camp because of its proximity to Gulfport, Miss. (population 71,127), about 35 miles (58 kilometers) to the south.
The original plans for Operation Abacus--the mass roundup of the USA's born-again or evangelical Christians, which came out in the year leading up to Y2K-- called for simultaneous internment nationwide. But some believe that this Mississippi camp is being built for a preliminary operation.
In his book, Black Helicopters Over America, author Jim Keith wrote, "My guess is that it is more likely that the concentration camps are being set up to hold a select group of citizens. This group might include prison overflow, unbending patriots, random dissidents, anti-New World Order loudmouths and the politically incorrect."
"It could be a case of putting all of the bad eggs in one basket," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said. "To Jim's list, I would add evangelical Christians who belong to a Lordship church. This is a church whose sole authority is Jesus Christ, an especially galling concept to the Israelis. Then there are 'Holocaust deniers,' of course, and that small number of mainstream evangelicals who have their doubts about how 'born-again' Dubya really is."
"From a Zionist perspective, it would make a lot of sense to grab these dissidents before Operation Abacus, put them in one camp in Mississippi, and then deport them through Gulfport to Israel, where the Big Boy, Ariel Sharon, can deal with them personally."
The Power Hour radio talk show had call-ins on Friday, March 11, 2005, hinting that an Israeli attack on Iran and Syria, with a resulting escalation of the current war, might be "imminent."
According to John DiNardo, three alarming reports were provided by callers.
(1) "For the past month, National Guard troops at Fort Riley, Kansas have been conducting martial law exercises. Also, railroad tanker cars" have been seen sidetracked on the post "with boxcars labeled For Crowd Control Only and For Police Use Only--Keep Covered."
(2) "Convoys of Canadian troops were spotted coming into the U.S." through the border checkpoints at Detroit, Michigan and Port Huron, Michigan.
(3) "Military convoys were spotted in Pennsylvania, and the Willow Grove Air Base has had unusually heavy flight activity." (Many thanks to Jeff Rense, John DiNardo, Jim Danvers and "Patricia of the Militia" for these news items. See also Black Helicopters Over America by Jim Keith, IllumiNet Press, Lilburn, Ga., 1994, page 94.)
OUT-OF-PLACE IGUANA CAUGHT IN CENTRAL FALLS, R.I.
"Officials in Central Falls, Rhode Island (population 18,928) are looking for the owners of an iguana that was found sitting at an intersection."
"The lizard was sitting on an ice patch" afloat in a large puddle, "Monday morning," March 7, 2005, "said animal control officers who found it."
"Animal Control Officer Will Muggle said it's a very friendly animal. He said the iguana may have been outside for a while. The iguana was eventually taken to the police station, but it's being held at" the animal shelter in nearby Cumberland, R.I. (population 7,738) until some area resident comes forward."
"Muggle said the shelter is equipped to care for exotic pets." (See the Pawtucket, R.I. Times for March 8, 2005, "Have you lost a pet iguana?" Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Note: Despite its bucolic-sounding name, Central Falls is the most urbanized community in the Ocean State, with street after street of abandoned Nineteenth Century mills and tenement blocks. It has also played host to Fortean phenomena before. On June 21, 1907, there was a rain of fishes and frogs in both Central Falls and Pawtucket, an event that delighted 17-year-old Howard Phillips Lovecraft, then a high school student and amateur astronomer living in nearby Providence. See the Pawtucket, R.I. Times for June 22, 1907, "Rained fishes?")
GIANT CROCODILE CAPTURED IN SOUTHEASTERN UGANDA
"A 5-meter (16-foot) long crocodile said to have eatern more than 80 people has been captured alive in Uganda and transferred to a sanctuary, officials said Tuesday," March 8, 2005.
"The great beast, weighing about a ton, was captured by wildlife experts who spent three nights camping in the bush locating the target."
"Residents told the local media that the crocodile had killed 83 people over the past two decades, mostly fishermen plying their trade on Lake Victoria off the shores of the Bugiri district."
"'Much as the residents of Luganga wanted to kill the reptile after our rangers had captured it, it was our responsibility to protect it by removing it from this area and keeping it in a safe place,' Uganda Wildlife Authority spokesman Lilian Nsubuga said."
"The beast, reportedly more than 60 years old, was trapped using ropes and transported by pickup truck to the Buwama Crocodile Farm Wednesday," March 9, 2005, "in the capital, Kampala."
"The beast roared as it was released into a holding ground at the farm on Monday afternoon."
"Crocodiles sometimes attack villagers collecting water or fishing in Lake Victoria, which is Africa's largest lake." (See the Ugandan newspaper New Visions for March 10, 2005. Many thanks to Justin Sabiti for this newspaper article.)
(Editor's Note: To give our American readers a basis for comparison, this crocodile was double the size of the alligator caught at Bayou Bonfouca, Louisiana back in 1985. The Bonfouca alligator was 7 feet or 2.1 meters long.)
FAYETTE FACTOR OR VIDEO GAME INSANITY?
"Grand Theft Auto is a world governed by the laws of degeneracy. See a car you like? Steal it. Someone you don't like? Stomp her. A cop gets in your way? Blow him up."
"There are police at every turn and endless opportunities to take them down. It is 360 degrees of murder and mayhem, slickly produced, technologically brilliant and exceedingly violent."
"And now the (video) game is at the center of a civil lawsuit involving the murder of three men in the small town of Fayette, Alabama (population 4,922). They were gunned down by 18-year-old Devin Moore, who had played Grand Theft Auto day and night for months."
"Attorney Jack Thompson, a long-time crusader against video game violence, is bringing the suit. 'What we're saying is that Devin Moore was, in effect, trained to do what he did,' says Thompson."
"'He bought it as a minor. He played it hundreds of hours, which is primarily a cop-killing game. It is as though, which we think we can prove to a jury in Alabama, that, but for the video-game training that he engaged in for hundreds of hours...he would not have done what he did.'"
"Moore's victims were Ace Mealer, a 911 dispatcher; James Crump, a police officer; and Arnold Strickland, another officer who was on patrol in the early morning hours of June 7, 2003 when he brought in Devin Moore on suspicion of stealing a car."
"Moore had no criminal history and was cooperative as Strickland booked him inside the Fayette police station. Then, suddenly, inexplicably, Moore snapped."
"According to Moore's own statement, he lunged at Officer Arnold Strickland, grabbing his .40 caliber Glock automatic (pistol) and shot Strickland twice, once in the head. Officer James Crump heard the shots and came running. Moore met him in the hallway and fired three shots into Crump, one of them in the head."
"Moore kept walking down the hallway toward the door of the emergency dispatcher. There, he turned and fired five shots into Ace Mealer. Again, one of the shots was in the head. Along the way, Moore had grabbed a set of car keys. He went out the door to the parking lot, jumped into a police cruiser and took off. It all took less than a minute, and three men were dead."
"'The video game gave him a cranial menu that popped up in the flash of an eye, in the police station,' says Thompson, 'And the menu offered him the split-second decision to kill the officers, shoot them in the head, flee in a police car, just as the game itself trained him to do.'""After his capture, Moore is reported to have told police, 'Life is like a video game. Everybody's got to die sometime.'"
"Moore is awaiting trial in (Alabama) criminal court."
"A suit filed by the families of two of his victims claim that Moore acted out a scenario found in Grand Theft Auto. The player is a street thug trying to take over the city. In one scenario, the player can enter a police precinct, steal a uniform, free a convict from jail, escape by shooting police and fleeing in a squad car."
"David Walsh, a child psychologist who's co-authored a study connecting violent video games to playground aggression, says the link can be explained in part by pioneering brain research recently done at the National Institutes of Health which shows that the teenaged brain is not fully developed."
As a result, teens may be more susceptible to video game "suggestion" than older players.
Then again, this inexplicable rampage did take place in Fayette, Alabama. Devin Moore might have been another victim of "the Fayette Factor." (See the CBS-TV show Sixty Minutes for March 6, 2005, "Can a video game lead to murder?" Many thanks to Loren Coleman for the TV show transcript.)
From the UFO Files...
1976: BIGFOOT MARCH
March of 1976 proved to be a big month for Bigfoot sightings in the USA.
On March 14, 1976, strange footprints were found in Alcorn County, Mississippi, near Corinth (population 14,054).
According to the Richmond, Va. News-Leader, "Something is leaving giant footprints 15 inches (37 centimeters) long by six-and-a-half inches (16 centimeters) wide in the hills of Alcorn County, near Corinth."
"They were first spotted on March 14 near Smith Bridge Road, north of U.S. (Route) 72. Since then, other tracks have been found within 5 miles (8 kilometers) of Hatchie Chapel."
"Joe McKewen, a local naturalist, reckons the tracks indicate a creature 8 feet (2.4 meters) tall weighing 400 to 500 pounds."
McKewen "said a 'big hairy creature' was seen by two boys about two years ago (i.e. in 1974--J.T.), knocking down the door of their cabin and scaring them before they ran away, and a farmer (also) saw" the creature.
Nine days later, on March 23, 1976, a Bigfoot that "screeched horribly and walked upright, left a disemboweled and mangled deer carcass at Mill Valley, California (population 13,600)," about 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, "on Mount Tamalpais."
"Just after midnight on March 23 (1976), Caroline Morris, 26, reported to the police a frightening 'screaming, screeching and growling' in a ravine below her hillside home. Two patrolmen also heard the noise when they arrived. They searched the wooded slopes by flashlight and heard something moving through the underbrush, breathing heavily."
"One of them thought he glimpsed 'a large, dark- colored thing trying to climb over an 8-foot (2.4-meter) retaining wall.' In the morning, they returned to the scene to follow a trail of blood to the deer."
"Experts thought the deer had been killed by a mountain lion."
March 1976 also saw an appearance by Florida's elusive creature, the Skunk Ape. "Two brothers were driving along a dirt road near North Fort Myers (population 40,214) when they saw an ape-like creature in a clump of pine trees about 10 yards (9 meters) from the road."
The creature was described as being "'about 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall with long black hair.' The area was searched, and samples of lice-ridden hair, thought to be from the Bigfoot, were found on a barbed-wire fence. They were sent to Dr. J. Mason Valentine, anthropologist and Atlantis-hunter, at the University of Miami for identification."
In addition to the Bigfoot sightings, other Fortean phenomena during March of 1976 included:
March 5, 1976: "Plague of millions of rats in Senegal, 'displacing or affecting 150,000 people." The rodents were "thriving despite poisons and flamethrowers" deployed by the Senegalese Army.
March 14, 1976: "Vast numbers of cockroaches invade office building of Sutton Community Health Office, South London, UK."
March 14, 1976: "Many girls in South African TV company in Natal," South Africa, "convulse, dance, stare, make weird noises" for a week. The girls were "believed to be possessed by devils."
March 14, 1976: "A wild boar, supposedly extinct in Scotland since the Eighteenth Century, is killed by vehicle on the estate of the Earl of Cawdor, near Nairn."
March 19, 1976: "Chimps in Tarzana, California pelt 24 policemen with sticks and cabbage stalks."
(Editor's Note: Originally called Runnymede, Tarzana was reincorporated in the 1920s by a local committee, which included the town's most famous resident, Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950). The town was renamed for Tarzan of the Apes, Burroughs' most famous literary creation. Curiously, this "chimpanzee riot" took place close to the 26th anniversary of the author's death. Was this "the Mother of all Dum-Dums?")
March 21, 1976: A very large block of ice falls from the sky in Bridgwater, Somerset, UK.
(Editor's Comment: Yes, that's the same Bridgwater, Somerset, UK where Mike Taylor and his eight-year-old son saw the "silvery object with a hint of blue-green" on Sunday, February 20, 2005. For more, see UFO Roundup, volume 10, number 9 for March 2, 2005, "Daylight discs trigger major flap in UK," page 1.)
March 25, 1976: "Quake at Hopkinsville, Kentucky during a showing of the (1974) film Earthquake," which starred Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner.
March 27, 1976: "A witchdoctor hired to keep rain off the Malaysian Open golf Tournament in Kuala Lumpur," the capital of Malaysia, was so successful that "other parts of the city were deluged with torrential rains." (See the Richmond, Va. News-Leader for March 24, 1976; the Los Angeles Times for April 26, 1976; the Atlanta, Ga. Constitution for June 11, 1976; and Fortean Times No. 18 for 1976, pages 11 and 12.)
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