PHANTOM PANTHERS RUN RIOT IN UK
"A man been attacked by a large cat-like animal which jumped out from bushes in his garden during the night."
"Anthony Holder said a 6-foot (1.8-meter) long black animal pounced, knocked him to the ground, then mauled him with its claws" on Monday night, March 21, 2005.
"He said, 'I am 6 feet (tall) and weigh 15 stone, and it was considerably stronger and bigger than me. This thing was huge.'"
"Police were called at Sydenham Park in southeast London, and one officer saw a cat 'about the size of a Labrador dog.'"
"Another officer" noticed the beast "soon after, and a search of the nearby railway line and allotments was carried out."
"Mr. Holder was looking for his kitten at the bottom of his garden, which backs into woodland, when the powerful creature attacked him."
"He described him as 'a big black figure pounced' and he was 'in its claws for about 30 seconds.'"
"'Its teeth were out, and I tried to defend myself, and eventually I got the thing off my body.'"
"He was scratched all over his body and suffered swelling and bruising to his hands and the back of his head."
"The animal, which Mr. Holden is convinced is a panther, then went and set in the garden next-door, and he called the police."
"The Metropolitan Police have mounted extra patrols in the area, which is largely residential and backs on to a railway line."
"They have warned people not to approach the animal and to keep pets inside."
"The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals--J.T.) and London Zoo are being consulted for special advice."
In West Oxfordshire, UK, "a 5,000 pound (sterling) reward has been offered for the capture of a 'big cat' which has been terrorising a farming community."
"The so-called 'Beast of Burford' has been spotted prowling near farms and has killed several sheep in West Oxfordshire, according to farmers."
"Foxbury farmer Colin Dawes told the BBC he saw 'a large black cat' running away after killing three of his sheep."
"Cotswold Wildlife Park has now offered to pay 5,000 pounds ($10,000 USA) to anyone who can capture the creature alive."
"Mr. Dawes said, 'The sheep were killed with the typical big cat hunting technique.'"
"'It grabs them by the throat, strangling them, then rips out the throat before taking away the front shoulder.'"
"He said his neighbours saw the big cat on the Westwall to Burford Road two weeks ago."
"Pc. Ray Hamilton, wildlife crime officer at Thames Valley Police, admitted there have been several sightings- -but said this was not enough."
"'We've had sightings of everything you could imagine--pink flamingos, lions, dingos (Australian wild dogs--J.T.), wolves...and even a giant ant-eater (from Brazil?--J.T.) in Pangbourne.'"
"Reggie Heyworth, director of Cotswold Wildlife Park, said the big cat definitely did not escape from the park."
"He believes it was likely the cat was released into the wild by someone who was harbouring it illegally."
"'In January (2005), an antelope at the park was killed and partially eaten,' he said, 'The keeper, who has lots of experience with such animals, was convinced that it had been killed by a huge wild cat.'"
"Mr. Heyworth wants to put the creature in his wildlife park and has offered a reward for its capture." (See the Daily Mail of London for March 22, 2005, "Big cat attack in London," and BBC News for March 17, 2005, "Reward offered to catch 'beast.'" Many thanks to Robert Fischer, UFO Roundup's phantom panther expert, for these two news stories.)
THREE WITCHES CAUSE HAVOC IN INDIA'S CAPITAL
"A witch rumoured to be on the prowl in the streets of Delhi," the old city portion of India's capital, "has caused a panic among sections of people, the same who probably fell earlier for such stories as the Monkey Man who attacks at will, zucchinis filled with poison and milk-drinking statues of Ganesha (elephant-headed god of the Hindus--J.T.)."
"The witch--some say three of them--turn up at the front door and ask for onions."
"'When you give her an onion, she takes out a knife, cuts it in half and blood starts dripping. Then you die instantly,' said Shanti Devi, a housemaid working in an East Delhi residential colony."
"Saroj Chauhan, a homemaker from Rajouri Gardens in West Delhi, added, 'She is an evil soul. She can even disguise herself as a young woman, you know.'"
"Only a palm print in turmeric or henna on the door can ward off the evil hags, so don't be surprised at the sight of yellow handprints on doors in East, West and even upscale areas of South Delhi."
"But has anyone seen her? 'No, we have heard of it from many people,' said 11-year-old Rahul, whose neighbourhood of Mayur Vihar has been a prowling point."
"And some people say she has been spotted in neighbouring towns such as Meerut and Faridabad."
How did this menace get started? Well, according to the legends, half a million years ago, on the lost continent of Lemuria, the good wizard Sharajsha-ji left his home in the mountains of Mommur (now Hawaii--J.T.) and battled the Three Witches of Zaar. By his mighty spells, Sharajsha-ji imprisoned each of the witches in a nail made of orichalc and then drove the nails into a sacred pillar, imprisoning them for all time. Or so the maharishi (Hindi for great wizard--J.T.) thought.
Before the sinking of Lemuria, adepts brought the sacred pillar to India. It ended up in Delhi, which is kind of a flea market for relics of the past few yugas (previous world-ages--J.T.). This one in particular wound up at the Balaji temple.
On Sunday, March 20, 2005, the Sarasvati family decided to visit the Balaji temple. Their rambunctious youngest son, Chunder, age 2, wandered off and came upon the ancient artifact, and "the child unwittingly pulled at the nails which had pinned the witches to the pillar." Before his family could stop him, Chunder yanked out three nails, "and now they (the witches) are roaming the streets of the capital."
(Editor's Note: The same morning as this incident, there was an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale just west of Kyushu, the southernmost island in Japan. Coincidence?)
"Rumours have it that this nasty witch has claimed 100 victims already. Even natural deaths are being attributed to the women, causing phobias and alarms and calls to the local police."
"'We are not aware of any such problem, but police in these areas will be on the watch for any trouble,' said Ranjit Naryan, joint police commissioner for the Delhi region."
"Asked whether there have been any incidents, Naryan chuckled, 'Our men are there to protect. If they see her, they will tell her to lay off.'"
"But many people believe the witch is real, however. Sadhus (itinerant Hindu holy men--J.T.) sporting saffron (robes) and matted hair, who would normally make house calls seeking alms, have apparently used the opportunity to 'help' people ward off the witch for a price."
"'It's all nonsense,' said Sanal Edamaraku of the Indian Rationalists Association, who makes it his business to expose hoaxes and the so-called miraculous phenomena that have often gripped public imagination."
"'Undeniably, people are unquestioning and gullible. They are ready to believe anything,' he remarked, referring to past rumours like the monkey man and Ganesha's idols drinking milk."
"'Witch stories are interesting, but they are not real. People have to activate their critical faculties of thought.'"
"Edamaraku said he spoke to all of the (Delhi) district, who denied there had been any deaths caused by a witch attack." (See the New Kerala Times for March 24, 2005, "Witch rumours alarm Delhi residents." Many thanks to Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda and Robert Fischer for this newspaper article.)
SHINTO PRIEST PREDICTED JAPANESE EARTHQUAKE
"An annual ritual at a 1,200-year-old Shinto shrine" on Kyushu, Japan's southernmost island, "predicted a major earthquake five days before the tremor rattled the region, a priest said."
"In the fortune-telling ceremony at the Chiriku Hachimangu Jingu (shrine) in Miyaki city on the island of Kyushu, a talisman warned on (Tuesday) March 15 (2005) of a quake, even though the area is historically less prone to tremors."
"The shrine offers a bowl of rice porridge on the altar on February 26 and takes it back on March 15. A priest from a family that has been telling fortunes for generations the examines the (porridge's) surface to make predictions."
"'It was good porridge this year with a shiny surface and not much mould--but I saw a rare crack,' chief priest Masahiro Higashi said."
(Editor's Note: In Shinto, when a crack appears on the porridge's surface during the divination ceremony, it is considered the portent of an earthquake.)
"'But be careful and be prepared for an earthquake,' Higashi warned in a televised appearance on March 15."
"'I think people were surprised to see the prediction come true, but I myself was also surprised,' he said."
On Sunday, March 20, 2005, "a severe quake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale, killed one woman, injured hundreds and destroyed more than 600 houses on Kyushu." The quake's epicenter was just offshore from Genkai-jima, a small island just west of Kyushu. (See Asahi Shimbun for March 21, 2005, "Rice porridge ritual predicted Japan's quake." Many thanks to Angela Tarohachi and Kimiyo Kitamura for this newspaper article. For more on the earthquake, see UFO Roundup, volume 10, number 12 for March 23, 2005, "Powerful earthquake strikes southern Japan," page 14.)
ANOMALOUS TORNADO HITS SAN FRANCISCO
"A strong weather pattern that moved through South San Francisco" in California on Sunday, March 20, 2005, "was determined to be a tornado, meteorologists said."
"Meteorologists initially said strong winds were caused by a funnel cloud. But during a press conference Tuesday," March 22, 2005, they said wind speeds roughly 70 to 110 miles per hour (112 to 176 kilometers per hour) made the weather a tornado of 'moderate strength,'" i.e. an F3 on the Fujikawa scale.
"'To have a tornado in the Bay Area isn't exceedingly rare but it is infrequent,' said Warren Blier, a senior officer with the National Weather Service in Monterey, Cal. (population 29,674). Blier added that tornadoes usually hit unpopulated areas in the Bay Area."
(Editor's Comment: Don't bet the rent money on that. An F3 could do a lot of damage on Sacramento Street, going uphill from the Embarcadero to Lafayette Park.)
"The difference between a funnel cloud and a tornado, Blier said, is that during a tornado, strong winds will touch the ground."
"The whirling cloud was spotted Sunday," March 20, 2005, "at 3:40 p.m., just west of the city. It appeared in the middle of a heavy thunderstorm with blue-black skies and hail."
"The tornado moved over the Westborough Hills and bounded over Interstate (Highway) 280."
"After wreaking havoc in an industrial park and residential area close to downtown San Francisco, the tornado raced northeast and eventually disappeared over San Francisco Bay about 4 p.m."
"At least 20 homes and 20 businesses, including the city's new fire station, were damaged. The tornado also uprooted trees and triggered gas leaks." (See the San Francisco Chronicle for March 21, 2005, "Strong South San Francisco weather determined to be tornado." Many thanks to Tiffany Burton for this newspaper article.)
EARLY TORNADOES WREAK HAVOC IN BANGLADESH
Authorities in Bangladesh "deployed army troops to build temporary shelters for thousands left homeless by two tornadoes that tore through northern Bangladesh, with the death toll now at 39, officials said Tuesday," March 22, 2005.
"The tornadoes started simultaneously on Sunday," March 20, 2005, "blowing away thousands of flimsy huts and leaving nearly 15,000 people homeless in northern Gaibandhi and Rangpur districts."
Located on the Indian subcontinent, Bangladesh often has tropical storms, but these tornadoes, estimated to be F4 on the Fujikawa scale, arrived at least a month early this year.
"Two more bodies were discovered" late Monday, March 21, 2005, "in Gaibandhi, 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of the (national) capital, Dhaka, bringing the death toll to 35, said local administrator Tapan Majumder.""A second tornado swept through the neighbouring Rangpur district, killing at least four people and injuring about 200, police said."
"Many families huddled around the remnants of their houses or under open skies, with little food or water, witnesses said."
"The (Bangladeshi) Disaster Management Ministry sent emergency supplies, including rice, biscuits and building materials to the tornado-hit areas, the government said."
"Army and paramilitary troops have been dispatched to help afflicted villages to build temporary shelters, officials said."
"In the worst-affected village of Khamar Doshalia in Gaibandha district, many have lost their houses, cattle and crops, local journalist Afroza Siddique reported."
"The village lost at least 23 people, local administrator Saifullahil Azam said. Almost all of the village's 900 homes were destroyed."
"Last April (2004), tornadoes in northern Netrakona district killed about 74 people and injured nearly 1,000 others, authorities said." (See The Scotsman for March 22, 2005, "Tornado toll 39 in Bangladesh.")
LUMINOUS UFO SEEN AGAIN IN SPOTSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA
On Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at 7:45 p.m., two people saw a luminous UFO in Spotsylvania, Virginia (population 600), a small town on Route 208 approximately 48 miles (77 kilometers) north of Richmond, the state capital.
One witness reported, "I have observed the same flying object I have reported here (previously)--the same object as in January and February (2005). On March 15 at approximately 7:45 p.m., at a distance of about 5 to 9 miles (8 to 14 kilometers) on the skyline just above the horizon. I was looking northwest, and this is where they have always been seen."
"I had a digital camera with a 6X zoom 4.9 megapixels. I have one other witness who saw what I saw-- my 14-year-old daughter."
"Unknown why they are here. They are definitely not a plane as they are too close together and hovering for the amount of time that they are seen. I am wondering why nobody else has seen this strange occurrence. I was 7 miles (11 kilometers) west of Interstate Highway I-95. I was facing northwest toward the direction of Orange County, Virginia and Culpeper, Virginia (population 9,664) when the sighting occurred." (Many thanks to Canadian ufologist Brian Vike for this report.)
LUMINOUS UFO SIGHTED IN GOODYEAR, ARIZONA
On Sunday, March 6, 2005, in the early evening, Rocky A. "was driving along the Estrella Parkway in Goodyear, Arizona (population 18,911)" and "off to the right I saw a strange light moving slowly above the (Sierra Estrella) mountains. I really couldn't tell what it was. It looked like a large satellite."
"When we got home, I stepped out on the driveway, and the UFO was right in front of us. (Me and my friend-- R.A.) It was off to the far west like it was heading to the Pacific Ocean. It looked like a satellite but about two times bigger. It moved methodically through the night and had a half-circle with two metallic-like legs attached, slanted on the bottom. It had green, purple and blue lights on the rim that looked like Christmas lights but with a large red pulsating light in the middle. At first this was a large, pulsating, bright red light, then it became a white light, then back to red, then white again, and so on."
"I'd say it was 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) in the air. We had it in view for about 45 minutes, then it disappeared behind the western horizon." (Email Form Report)
JUMBO SQUID INVADE ORANGE COUNTY AGAIN
"Dead jumbo squid are again mysteriously washing ashore along Orange County's coastline" in southern California, "baffling scientists who are trying to find out why."
"The Ocean Institute in Dana Point, Cal. has conducted some of the research, shipping specimens to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and Stanford University for further study."
"Scientists at the Institute this week dissected a 5- foot (1.5-meter) long, 15-pound female Humboldt squid that was filled with parasites and sand. More than 100 squid have been spotted since Sunday," March 13, 2005, "between Dana Point and San Clemente."
"Still there are no answers."
"'We still don't know what is killing them,' said Linda Blanchard, director of the Ocean Institute, who has dissected about a dozen squid since the first one washed ashore in January (2005). 'All we have right now are theories.'"
"Scientists believe the squid are swimming north from Mexico to follow food sources, forcing them to come closer to the surface and the shore. Squid usually live and hunt 3,000 feet (900 meters) below the water's surface."
"Eric Hochberg, director of invertebrate zoology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, said an active fishing industry in Mexico may be depleting the squid's diet, forcing them to migrate to southern California."
"He said the squid possibly are discombobulated by sand clawed up by tides."
"Even if scientists cannot discover why the squid are moving ashore, they hope to learn about the mollusks' diet, where they spawn and the biology of their births."
"In January (2005), about 1,500 Humboldt squid washed up on the Orange County coastline about a week after an oil spill from an undetermined source killed more than 1,000 birds off the Southern California coast. The squid were found on the sands of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Crystal Cove State Park. Some were spotted in northern San Diego County and at San Onofre State Beach." (See the Los Angeles Times for March 18, 2005, "Dead squid wash up in California again." Many thanks to Terry Duckworth, the "Archimagos Maximus of Tsathoggua" for this newspaper article.)
NINE DEAD IN MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL MASSACRE
A 16-year-old boy gunned down eight people and then shot himself in what was the worst outbreak of school violence since Columbine six years ago.
"A high school student went on a shooting rampage" at the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota on Monday, March 21, 2005, "killing his grandparents at their home and seven people at his school, grinning and waving as he fired, authorities and witnesses said."
"Students pleaded with the gunman," Jeff Weise, 16, of Red Lake, Minn. (population 1,889), "to stop shooting, witnesses said."
"'You could hear a girl saying, 'No, Jeff, quit, quit. Leave me alone. What are you doing?' Sondra Hegstrom told" the Bemidji, Minn. Pioneer.
The mayhem began at 2:50 p.m. when Jeff Weise drove up to his grandfather's house in the Back of Town section of Red Lake. He reportedly argued with his grandfather, Sgt. Daryl Lussier, 58, of the Red Lake police for several minutes, then drew a .22 caliber target pistol and shot the older man dead. Weise then shot his grandfather's live-in companion, Michelle Sigana, 32, a newly-hired cashier at the Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, Minn. (population 8,410)."
(Editor's Note: Thief River Falls was the hometown of Brynne Hartman, 40, the wife of TV comedian Phil Hartman, who shot her husband and then herself in Hollywood in 1998.)
"Weise put on Lussier's bulletproof vest and took his service weapons, a 12- gauge shotgun and a .40 caliber pistol." He then climbed into his grandfather's white Red Lake police cruiser and drove to Red Lake High School.
Seeing the white cruiser pull up under the awning at the school's entrance, security guards Derrick Brun, 28, and Leann Grant, 22, went to investigate. Neither guard was armed. Brun had gone through the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) police training course in New Mexico but was forced to withdraw from the program prior to graduation because of a back injury. He went to work as a security guard at the school in September 2004 and was studying nights to become an emergency medical technician.
Brun, who knew Weise had been suspended from the school, reportedly told the youth, "You know you're not supposed to be in here, Jeff." Weise then shot the security guard twice.
"Leann Grant was able to escape down the hall, taking students with her." Weise started down the hall after them. He then saw "teacher Neva Winnecoup Rogers and some students." Mrs. Rogers, 62, was an English teacher and the adviser to the yearbook and the student newspaper.
"'We didn't know it was gunshots at first. I could hear my friends screaming,' said Ashley Morrison, 17, clinging to her mother, Wendy Johnson, in the lobby of the North Country Memorial Hospital on Tuesday," March 22, 2005.
"Morrison, 17, said she saw Jeff Weise walk past her classroom at Red Lake High School on Monday afternoon," March 21, 2005. "He wore a long dark trench coat and was armed with a shotgun."
"Students scrambled under desks."
"Suddenly, Weise was at Morrison's classroom door.""'He was trying to get in. He started banging on the door,' Morrison said, 'I didn't know if I was going to be a target...I thought he might have shot me because I have a lot of friends.'"
"She called her mother on a cell phone."
"'She was screaming and crying, 'He's at the door. He is going to shoot me. Come get me,' Johnson (Ashley's mother--J.T.) said."
Seeing Weise approach, "Neva Winnecoup-Rogers, 62, hustled some students into the classroom and locked the door to escape bullets ricocheting down the hall."
"But Weise 'shot out the window, reached in and unlocked it,' said Karla Lajeunesse, whose daughter, Ashley, 15, was huddled inside the classroom but lived to describe the ordeal."
"'Jeff is going to kill me; Jeff is going to shoot me,' Winnecoup-Rogers yelled before she was struck down, Ashley Lajeunesse told her mother."
"Ashley Lajeunesse was sharpening her pencil when Weise barged into the classroom, and another student, Chase Albert Lussier, 15, yelled for Ashley to dive under the desk."
"'Chase got shot and Ashley laid down on him and pretended she was dead,' Karla Lajeunesse said."
The other dead students were identified as Thurlene Marie Stillday, 15, of Ponemah, Minn.; Chanelle Rosebear, 15, of Red Lake, Minn.; Alicia Alberta White, 14, of Redby, Minn.; and Dwayne Lewis, 15, of Red Lake, Minn.
"Four (Red Lake) police officers entered the school. Weise fired on them. One of the officers returned fire. Weise returned to the math classroom and shot himself in the head."
"When the shooting stopped, students were evacuated from the school through the front door. 'I was running, and there were blood trails,' (Ashley) Morrison said."
"Outside of the school, teens scrambled to find relatives and friends."
"'We were all screaming. We ran out. 'Where's my cousin? Where's my brother?' Morrison said."
"Officials at North Country said six shooting victims arrived at the emergency room between 4:22 p.m. and 4:50 p.m. Monday. Hospital staff had advance warning and had surgeons, emergency room doctors and staff waiting."
"Two victims, both with head wounds, were airlifted to Fargo (North Dakota) for surgery. A third victim died in the emergency room at North Country."
"Ryan Auginash and Lance Crowe were two of the victims hospitalized at North Country."
"Auginash, 14, was shot in the chest, piercing his lung. Auginash, a freshman at Red Lake High, told his family he was in class when he heard gunshots and hollering. He entered the hallway and was confronted by the shooter," Jeff Weise.
"'The shooter came around the corner and pointed a gun,' said Andrew Auginash, relaying his brother's account."
"Ryan Auginash felt the wind being knocked out of his chest and realized he had been shot."
"'He's pretty scared,' said Andrew Auginash, 'He doesn't want to go back to public school.'"
"Crowe, 15, was in the classroom the gunman entered, said his grandmother Margaret Crowe. Lance Crowe was shot in the wrist as he tried to cover his face and shrapnel (bullet fragments--J.T.) struck his chest,' she said."
"'He would have probably gotten shot in the head but he put his hand up,' Margaret Crowe said. The boy was shot at close range."
"'He had powder burns on his neck and back,' Margaret Crowe said."
"'He saw his teacher (Mrs. Rogers) get shot twice. He watched his best friend get shot,' Margaret Crowe said."
There are four buildings on the campus. The gunfire was also heard by students in the Middle School, which is right behind the High School. "At the time of the shooting, all principals of the Red Lake School District schools were in a School Board budget hearing."
The Red Lake Indian Reservation is about the size of the state of Rhode Island and is located 240 miles (384 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis. It is a sovereign nation of the Anishinabe indigenous people (also known as the Chippewa Indians--J.T.). Red Lake High School has an enrollment of 300 students.
Already the first of the "copycats" has appeared. In Spokane, Washington state (population 195,629), "A high school student arrested for bringing a loaded gun to his former school allegedly planned to kill a teacher and himself. The 14-year-old was arrested and booked into juvenile detention for investigation of first-degree attempted murder. Police say he told investigators he was partly motivated by the recent deadly shootings in Minnesota." (See the Minneapolis, Minn. Star-Tribune for March 23, 2005, "Every piece but 'why?'," and "Troubled teen plotted fatal attack, official says," page A1; "Shots kept getting closer," page A8; the Duluth, Minn. News- Tribune for March 22, 2005, "Red Lake reels after rampage," page 1A, and "Shooting--Eight at school, two others dead," page 4A; the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for March 23, 2005, "Ten minutes of terror," page 1A, and "Officers traded shots with gunman before, they say, he shot himself," page 4A; USA Today for March 22, 2005, "School gunman kills 9," page 1 A; USA Today for March 23, 2005, "Red Lake community shaken by 'darkest day,' page 4A; and USA Today for March 28, 2005, "Across the USA: Washington," page 11A.)
JEFF WEISE--COLUMBINE FAN OR ESOTERIC NAZI?
Jeffrey Weise, the 16-year-old shooter in last week's high school massacre, was a mystery to his neighbors at the close-knit Red Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota.
"On a sparsely-populated reservation where everybody knows everybody, few seemed to know Weise and fewer still claimed to know him well."
"'He was a Goth,' said Allan Mosay, 14, who saw Weise occasionally on the Red Lake reservation (population 1,889) but didn't really know the 16-year-old, who affected the black fashion, musical tastes and often dark moods of the outsider subculture."
"'He had no friends,' Mosay said, 'He didn't communicate.'"
"'I knew Jeff when he was 4 or 5 years old,' said Delan Steven Omen, 42, who said he was the best man at the wedding of Weise's parents. 'His family used to live in the neighborhood where I lived. But I haven't really seen him since then.'"
"Sharon Garrigan, 62, a Head Start teacher on the reservation for 39 years, smiles at adults on the reservation and remembers when they were little. 'But I can't remember him,' she said of Weise."
"Sondra Hegstrom, who said she had classes with Weise, said he was quiet and 'never said anything.' He was teased--'terrorized,' she said--by people who thought he was weird."
"He often wore 'a big old black trenchcoat,' she said, and drew pictures of skeletons. 'He talked about death all the time.'"
"A couple of his friends had said he was suicidal, she said. They quoted him as saying once, 'That would be cool if I shot up the school.'"
"The friends dismissed it as talk, Hegstrom said."
"But Willy May, 18, who knew Weise from school, said people shouldn't have been surprised."
"'He fits the profile of a Columbine shooter, man,' he said."
"May said Weise always wore combat boots 'with red shoelaces,' similar to those of the shooters," Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, "at the Columbine High School" in April 1999.
"May also said that 'a while back,' Weise 'got blamed' for phoning in bomb threats at the school."
May's statement was confirmed by a posting Weise had made to a National Socialist Web site. In April 2004, someone phoned in bomb threats to Red Lake High School. Complaining to the Web site, Weise wrote, "By the way, I'm being blamed for a threat on the school I attend because someone said they were going to shoot up the school on April 20, Hitler's birthday, and just because I claim being a National Socialist, guess whom they've punished?"
In early May 2004, Weise wrote again to the Web site, reporting, "The school threat passed, and I was cleared as a suspect. I'm glad for that."
"And there appeared to be few limits on the hours Weise spent online. Time-dated entries to the forum the teen frequented show him making lengthy posts at all hours of the day...12:09 a.m., 2:43 p.m., 11:33 a.m., 2:27 a.m. and 4:39 a.m."
"Weise was a frequent visitor to an Internet forum called 'Rise of the Dead,' a site where people collaborate to write stories about zombies. Writing under the names 'Blades11,' he wrote this in his autobiographical profile, "I'm a fan of zombie films, have been for years, as well as a fan of horror movies in general. I like to write horror stories, read about Nazi Germany and history, and someday plan on moving out of the U.S."
Weise was also frank in his admiration of Nazism. In May 2004, he wrote, "You encounter a lot of hostility when you claim to be a National Socialist, but because of my size and appearance people don't give me as much trouble as they would if I looked weak. I already had a fistfight with a communist not long ago over me being what I am (I also won), but it was worth it."
"Weise, writing under the pen names Todesengel (German for Angel of Death --J.T.) or NativeNazi, appeared to do most of his online writing at www.nazi.org, the Web site maintained by a group calling itself the Libertarian National Socialist Green Party."
"On the site, the group states it believes in 'a resurrection of traditional values' and that it is a 'think tank for environmentalist and nationalist ideals."
(Editor's Comment: This group appears to lean more toward the esoteric Nazism of Savitri Devi and Miguel Serrano than the Aryan supremacy of Hitler's Nazi party.)
"Family member Lorene Gurneau said that despite those issues, there were no harbingers of Monday's horror."
"As she spoke about Weise, she remembered a young boy raised in Minneapolis who played alone. When Gurneau and her children--who were about six years older than Weise, would visit the boy and his mother Joanne, he would close himself in his room."
"Gurneau attributes some of Weise's troubles to his beleaguered life."
Weise's grandfather, and the first to die in the massacre, was Sgt. Daryl Lussier, nickname "Dash," a highly-decorated officer of the Red Lake police. "Lussier, 58, joined the Bureau of Indian Affairs police force in the mid-1970s. 'He lived his whole life here on the reservation, with his brothers, sisters and grandkids,' said Pat Mills, the reservation public safety director who was Lussier's boss. 'He was an easygoing guy who got along with everyone.'"
In 1979, reservation residents who had revolted against the tribal council laid siege to the BIA police station in Red Lake. Lussier and his partner, Officer Ed Naranjo, defended the station for eight hours, while being fired at by assailants with high-powered rifles.
However, Jeff Weise's "father, Daryl Lussier Jr., known to relatives as 'Baby Dash,' committed suicide in July 1997 following a police standoff that lasted for more than a day, Gurneau said. Not even Lussier's father, Red Lake officer Daryl Lussier, could negotiate a peaceful ending."
"Years later, (Jeff's mother) Joanne Weise suffered brain damage in a car accident after she and a friend had been drinking, Gurneau said."
"At 6 feet (1.8 meters) and 250 pounds, Jeff Weise was also the target of constant razzing. 'Plus he was held back a couple of grades,' Gurneau said."
"Though school officials refused to comment officially on Weise's student status, he apparently left school last year for unspecified medical reasons. Since his mother's accident, he had lived with his paternal grandmother."On Friday, March 25, 2005, the Washington Post reported that Weise "was taking the antidepressant Prozac and at least once was hospitalized for suicidal tendencies, said Gayle Downwind, a cultural coordinator at the Red Lake Middle School who taught Weise. It was not uncommon for Weise to spend one night a week at her home."
"'He considered my home a safe place to be,' she said." (See the Minneapolis, Minn. Star-Tribune for March 23, 2005, "Teen was a mystery in a life full of hardship," page A9; USA Today for March 23, 2005, "Red Lake community shaken by darkest day" and "Extent of Columbine's shadow hard to determine," page 4A; and the Duluth, Minn. News- Tribune for March 23, 2005, "Weise had been barred from Red Lake school" and "Officials to examine neo-Nazi beliefs," page 5A; and the Washington Post for March 25, 2005.)
SUSPECT ARRESTED IN RED CREEK ARSON CASE
"A fire outside the apartment of three black Pikeville College students was racially motivated and is being investigated as a possible hate crime, (Kentucky) state police said" on Wednesday, March 9, 2005.
"A former neighbor, Bobby Gibson, 33, of Red Creek, Ky. was arrested Tuesday," March 8, 2005, "and charged with arson, said Trooper Scott Hopkins, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police in Pikeville (population 6,295)."
"The three students, football teammates at the college, said they decided to live off-campus in January (2005) and rented an apartment on Red Creek Road, about 8 miles (12 kilometers) south of Pikeville."
"After they moved in, the students said, Gibson told them he didn't want black people around, and they could hear him making racial slurs."
At 2:24 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2005, police reported, Kurtis Ellison, 21, of Chicago, Ill. was returning to the apartment. His roommates, Quinton Collins of Waldo, South Carolina and Michael Shepperd of Ellenboro, North Carolina, were already inside. The three roommates smelled something burning and, going to investigate, found a Mason jar with a burning flammable liquid set against the building's doorway. The students extinguished the blaze and moved back to the campus the following day.
"Gibson also was charged as a persistent felony offender and was taken to the Pike County Detention Center, jailer Rodney Scott said."
The Red Creek case had drawn attention as one of a series of "occult crimes" that have taken place recently in Pikeville. "The age of the suspect, 33, and the use of a Mason jar resonated in an odd way with recurrent themes in Freemasonry," UFO Roundup editor Joseph Trainor said. (See the Louisville, Ky. Courier-Journal for March 10, 2005, "Pike man charged with arson; police suspect hate crime.")
(Editor's Comment: First Red Creek...then Red Lake...what's next? Red River?)
MORE SNOW SMOTHERS BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE
Four days after the official arrival of spring, Massachusetts' notorious "Bridgewater Triangle" got buried in yet another snowstorm.
"The early spring storm that swept through southern New England late Wednesday and early Thursday," March 23 and 24, 2005, "left behind between 2 and 9 inches (5 and 22.5 centimeters) of snow."
Taunton, Mass. (population 55,976) received 6 inches (15 centimeters), boosting this season's snowfall total to the highest in the city's history. Taunton is at the heart of the Bridgewater Triangle, the points of which are the towns of Abington, Rehoboth and Freetown.
The new snow brings Taunton's total for the winter of 2004-2005 to 100 inches (250 centimeters), exceeding the previous seasonal record for the city which was 73 inches (182 centimeters) in 2002-2003.
The heaviest snowfall was in nearby Rhode Island, however. "The National Weather Service said that, according to unofficial observations, the highest snowfall was recorded in Foster, R.I., which measured 9 inches (22.5 centimeters)."
(Editor's Note: Foster appears in H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "The Horror at Red Hook," published in Weird Tales back in the 1920s.)
Taunton's neighboring town, "Rehoboth got 4 or 5 inches," UFO Roundup correspondent Mary Lou Jones-Drown reported, "It was heavy, wet 'heart attack' snow. But when the sun came out afterwards, the temperature jumped up into the 50s, and now everything is mud. Hopefully, this is the end of the snow for us."
"Some schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts had delayed going in or closed on Thursday," March 24, 2005. "Parking bans were put in effect in several communities. People with heart or respiratory problems should be very careful about removing the heavy, wet snow." (See the Providence, R.I. WJAR-TV Channel 10 news broadcast for March 24, 2005. Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown for this report.)
Rising tensions between Arizona citizens and the Mexican government of President Vicente Fox are coming perilously close to an outbreak of violence.
Fed up with the never-ending tide of Mexican immigration to the north, several Arizona groups have formed the Minute Men Project, a militia designed to assist the U.S. Border Patrol in turning back illegal immigrants. Mexican consular officials in the USA have stated that they will seek court action against the New Minute Men.
On Friday, March 25, 2005, CNN quoted President George W. Bush as calling the Arizona volunteers "vigilantes," something President Fox of Mexico had called them previously.
On Saturday, March 26, 2005, the Times of India reported, "President Bush has authorized President Fox of Mexico to use military force against U.S. citizens and on American soil. There are not enough U.S. forces currently available to control the growing citizens' militia movement in Arizona."
"Practically unknown to the American people is the citizens' effort called the Minute Man Project, which has gathered thousands of volunteers, from all over the country, in an effort to protect their southern border from the continuing invasion. Some reports have estimated it to be as high as 11 million, according to the MSNBC news service," the Times of India reported.
The USA's "undocumented immigrant population surged to 10.3 million last year (2004) and started largely in 2000 with the arrival of unauthorized Mexicans to the U.S."
A few days earlier, Mexico announced that it would be sending 6,400 more troops into its northern state of Sonora, which borders the USA's state of Arizona.
"To keep up the fight against drug smugglers, Mexico is mobilizing 6,400 soldiers next week. The troops will be heading to the northern states to do battle in a drug war that has cost 200 people their lives."
In Sonora state, the Mexican Army has set up a command post in the state capital, Hermosillo. Approximately 1,600 of the new troops will be sent to Caborca, La Joya and Alamos, on the border with the state of Sinaloa.
"A representative of the Sonora state government, based in Arizona, says the additional soldiers will supplement Mexican Army troops already based in different cities throughout the state. These soldiers will work with the (Mexican) Federal Attorney General's Office. They'll be destroying marijuana crops in northern Sonora and launching operations against desert runways that drug traffickers use to fly into southern Arizona."
Reservation officials of the Tohono O'Odham Nation in southern Arizona are having talks with the New Minute Men about the possibility of joint patrols along the USA/Mexico border south of Gu Vo, Vamori and San Miguel.
(Editor's Note: The Tohono O'Odham indigenous people were once called the Pima Indians.)
"I am aware of Mexican military incursions into the U.S." on the reservation, one source reported, "In one of these incursions, the village of San Pedro was sealed off by the Mexican Army for three days, probably to protect a large drug shipment. I know that many folks of many nationalities are coming across the border, mainly on the Tohono O'Odham Indian reservation. Many of the folks who make their money as 'coyotes' (over-the-border guides-- J.T.), either for illegals or drugs, have told me personally of Orientals and Middle Eastern types being among the border-crossers they've escorted."
"I have had first-hand reports of Chinese military maneuvers in the Naco area across the border from Douglas, Arizona (population 14,312)," he added.
(Editor's Note: Naco is on the Sonora side of the border approximately 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of Bisbee, Arizona.)
For years there have been strange rumors coming out of that area but only recently has the rhetorical heat reached a boiling point. Frank Running Elk, our First Nations correspondent, told UFO Roundup what he's heard on "the Rez grapevine."
Immigrants "are coming across by the hundreds. They're using the reservation as a highway. Some Tohono O'Odham guys--ex-Marine Recon who served in Desert Storm-- conducted their own little LRRP (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol--J.T.) down into Sonora. They came back with some interesting stories. Tanks and armored vehicles--lots of them. Some were painted in desert camo. They didn't know whose--it sure wasn't NATO's. The rest were white with the black letters UN on the skirt."
Correspondent Dolores Echevarria, who lives in Texas, had "more of a third- or fourth-hand story, but I thought you might be interested. A schoolteacher and her family" from Texas "went down to Mexico for winter vacation. They went to Guaymas. They took the bus out to Punta Narizon to look for whales, and they saw something strange. It was a ship, and it was on the beach, oh, about 3 kilometers (2 miles) east of Empalme. It was on the beach, and the front part (bow--J.T.) was open. They saw a couple of big white tanks come out. Then what looked like white armored cars came out. They all went up into the hills, and the family didn't see them any more. The teacher thought it was strange because Guaymas has good harbor facilities, so why were those vehicles being put ashore on that deserted beach?"
Col. Farrell, who says he "still has contacts in the intelligence community," claims that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has set up a new United Nations base at Punta Salsipuedes, 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of Tijuana, in Mexico's state of Baja California Norte, adding, "There are primarily 20,000 Chinese soldiers in uniform at this base."
"Six years ago, in the months preceding Y2K, UFO Roundup received all kinds of reports about preparations for martial law. The most common of these were reports of eighteen-wheeler trucks being stopped and the interior loaded with yellow 'martial law' signs," editor Joseph Trainor said, "At the time, there were also stories about UN activities in Mexico, and I got an unusual report from a Brazilian Army officer, who had apparently read our 1996 articles about the Varginha case."
"Anyway, in 1997, Capt. Ramos Ferreira claimed, he was assigned to Brazil's diplomatic mission at the United Nations in New York City. He sat in on meetings of the UN Military Subcommittee on Peacekeeping Operations. At each meeting, the officers, who comprised representatives from the armies of many UN member states, were tasked with coming up with a UN peacekeeping response to a crisis scenario. This particular meeting had two chairmen, a Russian colonel and an Israeli colonel, and the task was to come up with a plan to quell violence in southern Arizona. Ramos Ferreira was intrigued by the fact that no American military personnel were present at the meeting."
"At the end of the day-long session, the officers presented their alternate plans. These were soon boiled down to a single 'response,' of which the captain presented a summary:"
"(A) Following a vote by the UN Security Council, two UN armored task forces cross the border into Arizona. Task Force Hammarskjold (TFH) crosses at a point 10 kilometers (6 miles) east of Lukeville, Arizona. Task Force U Thant (TFUT) crosses at Bisbee Junction, Arizona."
"(B) Day One: TFH sweeps through the Tohono O'Odham reservation, up the dirt road to Gu Vo, then on to Schuchuli, bursts out of the reservation and takes Ajo (population 3,705). Meanwhile, TFUT takes Bisbee (population 6,090), bypasses Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista, takes Tombstone (population 1,504) and finishes the day by taking Benson (population 4,711)."
"(C) Day Two: TFH races up Highway 85, taking the vital junction at Gila Bend (population 1,980), then north again on Highway 85 to Buckeye (population 6,537), then northeast across the desert, cutting Highway 60 at Wittmann (population 1,000). Then a final dash east to capture the Carl Pleasant Dam. Operational success hinges on reaching Wittmann in the first 48 hours."
"In the east, bypassing Tucson, TFUT drives north, taking Redington, San Manuel and Oracle in quick succession. By late morning, TFUT sweeps north on Highway 79 and launches a full-scale assault on Florence (population 17,054). Like Wittmann, Florence must be taken in the first 48 hours."
"(D) Day Three: TFH captures Cave Creek (population 3,728) and drives southeast. TFUT takes Apache Junction (population 31,814) and drives northwest. The UN task forces link up at Fountain Hills (population 20,235). Three million Americans in the 'Phoenix Pocket' are now prisoners of war."
"During the question-and-answer period, Capt. Ramos Ferreira told the chairmen that the scenario was 'unrealistic.' If there was unrest on the USA-Mexico border, it would more likely happen in Texas. The Russian colonel then commented that Texas was 'too hard a walnut to crack.' Too many guns, he said. The Israeli colonel said a Mossad survey had discovered that the average household in Texas had six guns. Not only that, but one out of every five gunowners in Texas has reloading equipment and enough lead and chemicals to manufacture his own ammunition for at least two, perhaps three months. 'Besides,' the Israeli colonel said, 'There is no indication the goyim in Texas would obey an order to lay down their arms, even if it came from their president.'"
"'What makes you think the situation would be different in Arizona?' Capt. Ramos Ferreira asked."
"'The Arizona goyim are city dwellers,' the Israeli colonel said, with a trace of contempt. 'Unused to hardship. Shut off their water and their television and their air-conditioning, and they will soon submit to UN occupation.'"
"When the meeting finally broke up, Capt. Ramos Ferreira wondered cynically what the committee did on the days no Brazilians were present. Were they also planning the occupation of Bahia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro? Who could say?"
Although we got past March 25, 2005--the Jewish festival of Purim --without any renewed warfare, Col. Farrell said, "We're not out of the woods yet." He pointed out that April 19 is coming up, and it will be the tenth anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City.
"Keep your eyes on Cuba," Col. Farrell said, "The U.S. will be giving Cuba 'free trade' status. Three weeks after Cuba gets 'free trade,' Israel will attack Iran and Syria. Bush will send 670,000 troops to South Korea. Everything is going to be shut down in this country (USA). There will be no travel."
Will it happen? Stay tuned! (See the Times of India for March 26, 2005, "Mexican military receives U.S. permission to quell Arizona militia uprising." Many thanks to Krishnari Bai Dharapurnanda, Jeff Logan, Jim Danvers, Dolores Echevarria, Frank Running Elk and others for these news stories.)
WEIRD STONE MONUMENT WORRIES GEORGIA FOLKS
"The Georgia Guidestones have been part of the landscape in Elberton, Georgia (population 4,743) for a quarter of a century. Tourists flood to Elberton's 19- foot (5.7-meter) tall granite monument, often posing for pictures standing beside it."
Now, "after 25 years, a Christian organization named The Resistance is calling for the monument's immediate removal."
"'The satanic Georgia Guidestones will be destroyed,' insists John Conner of The Resistance. 'The Guidestones should be smashed into a million pieces and the rubble used for a constructive purpose.'"
(Editor's Note: Here's what's strange about the leader's name. "John Conner" is the name of the Twenty-first Century American liberator who saves humanity from the killer robots in the three Terminator movies.)
"The notion of bashing the monument into smithereens for construction scrap has a certain appeal, given the hype of how it came to dominate the lovely landscape in the first place."
"The Georgia Guidestones were ordered, constructed and paid for in total anonymity."
"The monument, which has stood since 1980, consists of four large stones with ten commandments engraved into the surface in eight different languages."
"Some folks call this 'The Ten Commandments;' others a set of New Age golden rules."
"The first commandment or rule calls on everyone to 'Maintain humanity under 500,000 in perpetual harmony with nature.'"
"A little difficult to achieve considering that the current world population tops 6 billion."
"Other commandments or rules speak of a world court and a new universal language."
"The origin of the Georgia Guidestones is steeped in a bizarre mysticism. They were said to be paid for by an anonymous man with the unlikely name of 'R.C. Christian' back in 1979. Indeed, the name of the donor has remained a secret ever since."
"As folk legend would have it, a certain Mr. Christian came to town out of nowhere and just as quickly returned to nowhere."
(Editor's Note: If this sounds familiar, it's the basic theme of Charlie Daniels' song, The Devil Went Down to Georgia, which features some fine fiddling that would lure the Sacketts clean out of the hills.)
"Elberton, Ga. is self-touted as 'the Granite Capital of the World,' leading many to believe the creation of the monument was a publicity stunt for the town."
"Then there's the camp that dismisses the stones as the creation of an eccentric environmentalist."
"Many Christians have seen the Georgia Guidestones as the New World Order's Ten Commandments of the type already written up by United Nations Poster Boy, Maurice E. Strong, and former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev, the duo who authored the Earth Charter."
"Others see the stones as an out-of-the-way monument of the occult."
"Whatever the source for their existence, Conner and Company have organized a national campaign for the destruction of the stones."
"Conner is the author of The Resistance Manifesto, a publication that exposes Satanic influences in America, including the (occult) meaning behind the phrase 'R.C. Christian,' the name of the man who paid to have the monument erected."
"The Resistance is a worldwide subculture of Christians 'fighting the invasion of privacy from the growing New World Order.'"
"In addition to organizing a national movement for the destruction of the Georgia Guidestones, members of The Resistance organize to hit the airwaves. They often flood the airwaves of call-in radio and television shows on topics of interest when they think they can influence the direction of the show in their favour."
"'Power to The Resistance' is both their intention and their catch-phrase."
"According to Conner, he has made a flood of calls to numerous programs" and talk show hosts, "including Larry King, Bill O'Reilly, Shawn Hannity, Allan Colmes and Michael Savage."
"'People need to remember that the airwaves belong to the public and that these corporations have the privilege of using them,' said Conner, 'We simply exercise our rights to free speech over the airwaves, which we own.'"
"If you've never had a gander at the Guidestones, you can see them by logging in to www.TheResistanceManifesto.com, but you'd better log on soon as group members insist they are coming down."
"Meanwhile, stray dogs, cats and coyotes in Elberton, Ga. will be looking for some place to leave their collective calling cards."
Elberton is on Georgia Highway 72 about 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Atlanta. (See the Canada Free Press for March 22, 2005, "Dismantling the Georgia Guidestones." Many thanks to Burt Mayfield for this newspaper article.)
From the UFO Files...
1974: BLACK HELICOPTERS OVER ONTARIO
Lindsay (population 17,638) is a mid-sized town in Canada's Ontario province, located on Highway 35 about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northeast of Toronto. Its main claim to Fortean fame is that it was the site of the first large flap of black helicopters back in 1974.
Coverage of the flap was provided by Canada's Res Bureaux, led by Mr. X (Yes, boys and girls, that was indeed his name--J.T.), and was published in their now- defunct Res Bureaux Bulletin.
"There were two sightings of a UFO in early January (1974) near Snow Road Station, Ontario. One witness, whose account was filed with the Meteor Centre, described it as looking like the bottom portion of a hovercraft with two rotors on the top. And the other witness I located feels convinced it was a helicopter travelling away from her as she couldn't see the tail of it...Both witnesses stated that the craft was moving eastward."
These sightings soon drew the attention of local newspapers, in particular, the Lindsay Post. "Later, in early March (1974), a series of sightings of a weird aerial artifact occurred near the Lake Boshkung area. They were said to have four large wings with an overall wingspan of 20 feet (6 meters), dark in colour, and with lights that appear to change colour."
"'They were monstrous planes, black in colour and shaped like a pollywog,' according to" one witness, Ms. Lunham, who "said that they were noiseless, with one exception--when one of them appeared to have some difficulty taking off and gave off a thump-thump noise. It is her belief that they are not from outer space but (are) some experimental craft being tested by the U.S. and Canadian military."
"And in her concern, she has written to the (Canadian) Minister of National Defence without receiving a response."
"An effort to photograph the lights was made by (reporter) Peter Courtney of the Minden Progress, but the lights were too dull and moved too fast for any good photographs."
"One description of the UFO was that: 'It looked like a helicopter with the tail off.' Markings of a landing behind the Lunham residence made several weeks earlier were examined; and though they were fairly old, they were made up of a V-shaped marking with two pad-like markings at right angles to it."
"Two further sightings were made by a Jerry Gavreau, to the south of Lindsay. 'The first...was made when he noticed that what he had first taken to be helicopters were 'tail-less' while watching them through binoculars; and the second was made near Orono when a cigar-shaped object passed before him at low level." (See the Lindsay, Ont. Post for March 14, March 20, March 27 and April 24, 1974. See also the Res Bureaux Bulletin No. 1 for 1974, pages 10 and 11; and The News--A Miscellany of Fortean Curiosities No. 7 for 1974, "Canadian Phantom Copters," page 20. Notes: (1) The News was the forerunner of today's Fortean Times. (2) The Res Bureaux also published a fine quarterly magazine, Chaos: The Review of the Damned. Gone but not forgotten!)
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