Please note that Joe is still having problems getting online and as a result there are no UFO sighting reports in this issue - John @ UFOINFO.
HORSE MUTILATIONS FEARED IN CALHAN, COLORADO
"Folks in this close-knit community on the eastern plains" of Colorado "are baffled and worried about two mysterious incidents in which 22 horses and a burro were found dead."
"The rural residents in" Calhan, Colorado "are pretty level-headed people, and they scoff at the notion that UFOs might be responsible. But many were around when a spate of unsolved cattle mutilations occurred in the 1970s and again in the early 1990s, and they're willing to entertain the notion-maybe with a little tongue in cheek-that cults, creeps and 'black helicopter' people might be to blame."
"'There's strange stuff going on,' Terry Ashcroft said Monday," October 24, 2005, while doing some business at the Pikes Peak Co-op in Calhan."
"Ashcroft, who lives 19 miles east of town, remembers driving a farm truck down a dark rural road 15 years ago at harvest time and 'running off' a helicopter in a field where cattle were later found mutilated."
"'It's all speculative at this point, but I wouldn't rule out a cult being reactivated like 15 years ago,' he said."
"The veterinarian investigating the deaths of the animals, John Heikkila, fielded lots of questions from worried stockmen Monday as he performed state-required inspections of animals at the weekly Calhan livestock auction."
"The tall, burly Montanan (citizen of the USA's western state of Montana-J.T.), who has cared for animals in the area for years, said he's pretty certain the 16 horses found dead Saturday," October 22, 2005, "in rancher William DeWitt's pasture were killed by lightning. All of the horses were found lying within 50 yards (45 meters) of one another, including one found still perched on its knees, snout to the ground."
"But Heikkila said he's willing to entertain even farfetched ideas about the deaths of six horses and a burro owned by rancher Ned Sixkiller."
"'I've got so little clues on Ned's land, it just might be UFOs,' he said with a laugh,"
"Sixkiller found his animals dead on (Tuesday) October 11 (2005), less than two miles from where the 16 horses were found Saturday."
"Heikkila performed autopsies on Sixkiller's animals and found perfectly round puncture wounds in their hides and skulls, about the size of .22-caliber bullets. But the wounds were no more than three-quarters of an inch (1.75 centimeters) deep, and exams and X-rays revealed no bullet fragments or slugs in the carcasses."
"The vet said a first round of tests for poisons and for a feed additive for cattle that is deadly to horses have come back negative. He said he's waiting for further tests that might reveal why the blood on sixkiller's animals didn't clot, which he said would be expected."
"If that test doesn't solve the mystery, he said, a definitive cause of the animals' deaths might never be known."
"'Ned's was not a case of lightning,' Heikkila said, 'In real life, there are a lot of incidents where we just don't know.'"
"Still, Heikkila knows folks in the Calhan area are suspicious about the mysterious deaths happening so close in time and distance to one another. When he walked into the pasture Saturday and saw the 16 horses lying dead, he was, too."
"'When I first saw all those dead animals, I about wanted to puke myself,' he said, 'I came in with a biased opinion. I went looking for puncture wounds like I found on Ned's animals. It took me a lotof time working through the problems, but I don't think they're related.'"
"He said the horses did not show signs of being burned by lightning, but he said that's not unusual. But he did find some other classic signs they had been hit by lightning, signs he didn't find in the six animals owned by Sixkiller."
"Among them: The eyeballs in many of the animals had literally been exploded; the tissue had essentially melted away in the three to seven days that passed between death and discovery; and the horses had not been disturbed by scavengers, which avoid the flesh of animals killed by lightning."
"The vet said it's unusual for so many animals to be killed all at once by lightning, but he said it isn't impossible. He said the horses were in a pasture that had a lot of moisture, and a couple were found entangled in wire fencing that can conduct lightning."
"Ralph Lewis, who was herding cattle through the auction pens from atop his horse Monday, doesn't know what to make of the deaths."
"He owns 30 to 40 horses near where the dead animals were found, and he plans to move his most valuable horses to a friend's pasture where they can be watched."
"'Nothing makes sense about it,' he said, 'It could be lightning, but it seems strange. We haven't had that much lightning. And I've had cattle killed by poisonous weeds, but they don't all die in the same spot.'"
"'Personally, I think somebody did something to them. I'll tell you what, if I caught someone doing something to my horses, it wouldn't be good. That's my livelihood.'"
"Clare Loughrey, who stepped into the co-op to get some supplies Monday, agreed."
"Loughrey said she can understand how lightning killed the 16 horses; she's seen up to eight cattle killed by one strike."
"But those deaths-or the six others days earlier-had better not be caused by cults or methamphetamine addicts that folks around here say have moved to the plains in increasing numbers, she said."
"'If somebody is pulling a sick prank, we're not going to stand for it,' Loughrey said, 'We all love our horses.'" (See the Colorado Springs Gazette for October 25, 2005, "Ranchers worry about horses." Many thanks to Mary Lou Jones-Drown for this newspaper article.)
MYSTERIOUS AILMENT FELLS PARISHONERS IN CONNECTICUT
"A mysterious illness forced the evacuation of hundreds of parishioners in the middle of a Mass Sunday," October 23, 2005, at a church in Wethersfield, Connecicut.
"Police, fire and environmental crews responded to the (Roman Catholic) Church of the Incarnation during the 11 a.m. Mass after getting reports that several people had fallen ill. About a dozen people were affected and at least two were taken to the hospital."
"The symptoms included dizziness, nausea and, in one case, fainting, said Deputy Fire Marshal Jeffrey Morrissette. About a dozen people were affected, and at least two were taken to the hospital."
"Some 400 people were evacuated while crews from the (Connecticut) Department of Environmental Protection took air samples. Tests for carbon monoxide came back negative, but the church remained closed while authorities await results of further tests."
"A confirmation service scheduled later in the afternoon was moved to a church in Rocky Hill, Conn."
"'Until the fire chief and the health director are totally convinced that things are safe, obviously they're not going to let them return to the church," the Rev. James Moran told WVIT-TV." (See Newsday for October 23, 2005, "Mysterious illness prompts mid-Mass evacuation.")
(Editor's Comment: And under related Fortean phenomena, we find this news item...)
THOUSANDS BAFFLED AS WEIRD ODOR PERMEATES NEW YORK CITY
"It smelled like brunch."
"Most thought it smelled like maple syrup, though there were a few votes for French toast, pancakes or even coffee cake."
"But even as the concensus clearly pointed to Aunt Jemima, no one could figure out what exactly wafted across Manhattan (an island borough of New York City- J.T.) and parts of New Jersey Thursday and yesterday," October 27 and 28, 2005.
NYC "Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced that tests had been conducted by the (New York state) Department of Environmental Protection, the Health Department and other agencies."
"'So far, no toxic material has been found,' Kelly said" on Friday, October 28, 2005.
"'It's believed to be some sort of food substance, but we can't substantiate that...'"
"Even Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg weighed in."
"'The Coast Guard, the DEP, the Office of Emergency Management, the police-everybody has checked to make sure that it is nothing dangerous,' he said."
"Neither Jersey City Police nor the Port Authority Police Department reported receiving calls about the odor, but one Hoboken (New Jersey) resident said she did smell something like French toast in the air Thursday night."
"'I smelled it as I was walking home from Tribeca to the Upper West Side, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.,' said Michelle Collins, 24, who runs the online blog, youcanmakeitup.org."
"'At first I didn't say anything but when my roommate got home, she said she heard people talking about it all over the city. By then it was like IHOP on a Sunday morning.'"
"'At least it's a nice smell,' she continued, 'It's a lot better than (the air in Manhattan) usually smells. I wasn't concerned at first, but then I read somewhere today there is some sort of chemical that smells like maple syrup, and it's harmful but not deadly.'"
"On the Lower East Side, Nicki Benitz, an 85-year- old resident of a Madison Street housing project, was more pragmatic about the smells."
"'Down here,' she said, 'every time we fall asleep, we don't know if we're gonna wake up, anyhow.'" (See the New York Daily News for October 29, 2005, "Smell hath no fury.")
ANCIENT PYRAMID FOUND IN BOSNIA
A stone pyramid "of monumental size" has been discovered in Bosnia and is believed to date back to 14,000 B.C.
"Near the city of Visoko, 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Sarajevo, there is a stone pyramid of monumental size, claims Bosnian archaeologist Semir Osmanagic, who lives and works in the USA."
"After several months of geological and archaeological research, Dr. Osmanagic concluded that, under the present hill of Visochica, hides a step- pyramid, about 12,000 years ago. Dr. Osmanagic, who has done extensive research on pyramids in the Americas, Asia and Africa for the past 15 years and who has written several books on the subject, says he's quite sure he's found the first pyramid in Europe, which he claims is quite similar to the ones in Central and South America."
"He believes that the project would completely change Bosnia's significance in the world of archaeology."
"On top of the 'Bosnian pyramid of the Sun' was a temple, built by the pre-Illyrians, people who lived in the area, according to Dr. Osmanagic, about 27,000 years ago."
"This predates the Hyborian Age, or Age of Conan, by a good 17,000 years,' Aimee Kokotovic, UFO Roundup correspondent in the Balkans, commented, "It's possible that this pyramid was built by the mysterious and occult empire of Acheron, which, according to the American author Robert Howard, flourished during this period."
(Editor's Note: Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936) was the American fantasy author who wrote the Conan saga. The lost empire of Acheron appears in many Conan stories but most prominently in REH's one full-length Conan novel, "The Hour of the Dragon.")
"Dr, Osmanagic thinks he will solve the 'secret of the Bosnian pyramid of the Sun' within the next five years. He also believes that a second pyramid, 'the Pyramid of the Moon,' exists beneath the neighboring hill of Kriza."
"The (Visochica) pyramid is 100 meters high, and there is evidence that it contains rooms and a monumental causeway...The plateau is built of stone blocks, which indicates the presence at the time of a highly developed civilization."
"Archaeological excavations near the surface have uncovered a part of a wall and the fragments of steps."
"Visochica Hill could not have been shaped like this by nature,' Bosnian geologist Nada Nukic said, 'This is already far more than we had anticipated. We expect a lot more data from further analysis at the site,' she said." (See the Bosnian newspaper Dnevni Avaz for October 26, 2005, "Pyramid found-in the heart of Bosnia!" Many thanks to Aimee Kokotovic for this newspaper article.)
FLORIDA KILLER CLAIMS "ANTICHRIST" DEFENSE IN COURT
"A man with a history of mental illness was convicted of murder" in Pensacola, Florida "after testifying he shot a retired policeman because he believed the University of Alabama 'A' on the victim's baseball cap signified he was the Antichrist."
"The jury Thursday," October 20, 2005, "also convicted Ryan Thomas Green, 22, of attempting to murder a second man."
"Green had pleaded insanity" at his arraignment.
"The jurors returned yesterday (Friday, October 21, 2005) to hear testimony on whether Green should be sentenced to death or life without parole."
"Retired Pensacola Sgt. James Hallman, 59, was shot to death while taking a walk in 2003. House-painter Christopher Phipps was wounded and is now in a wheelchair."
"Green testified that a talking bull, religious signs, colors and symbols led him to shoot the two men." (See the Boston, Mass. Herald for October 23, 2005, "Florida jury doesn't buy killer's 'Antichrist' bid."
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