Thursday, 26 September 2013

The Roswell UFO cover up begins

Another man who was in a position to know what had really happened was Sheriff George Wilcox. He was visited by a pair of military officers who told him that they had come to take away the box of debris that Mac Brazel had brought in. Wilcox had kept the box locked up and was only to happy to hand it over. The officers then told Wilcox that the entire matter was one of national security and that he must not discuss it with anyone. If he received any enquiries from press or public then he should say nothing other than to pass the caller on to the USAAF. They told Wilcox that there would be “grave consequences” if he did not comply.

According to Wilcox’s wife Inez there was a second visit from the military a couple of weeks later. This visit was altogether more sinister. Wilcox was told bluntly that he would be killed if he spoke of the matter to the press. Wilcox’s staff recall that he seemed to lose interest in his job soon after the Roswell Incident. He did not run for re-election.

Dan Dwyer, the firefighter, and his daughter were visited and threatened. So was Herbert Ellis, a civilian contractor who had been working on Roswell air base at the time. It is not known what Ellis had seen, but several of his friends remembered the visit from military men who told him to keep quiet and issued threats. Walter Whitmore, the owner of radio station KGFL, received a phone call from the authorities in Washington telling him that his company’s licence to broadcast would be cancelled unless he dropped the story.

Another loose end was the press release issued by Lieutenant Walter Haut announcing the capture of a flying saucer. Several newspapers from 1947 report that Haut (he is sometimes named as ‘Haught’ as that was the spelling of his name given in the original AP wire story) received a rebuke direct from the Pentagon for having put out a press release and was ordered to retrieve it. Speaking in 1989, Haut denied that he had gone around the media in Roswell confiscating the original press release. Surviving staff from the newspapers and KPFG radio station do remember military officers calling round in the days after the original reports to ask for the return of the press release, but do not recall that it was Haut himself. In any case no original copy of that crucial first press release can be found today. There is only the AP wire story that was based upon it and the first report in the Roswell Daily Record that was likewise based on the release.

from "Roswell" by Rupert Matthews.

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Monday, 23 September 2013

The Claims of a Poltergeist

When a poltergeist makes statements about itself, these usually follow a set pattern. Most noticeably the poltergeist will usually make a claim that fits in with how it is being viewed by the humans. Gef said he was a mongoose after the Irvings had become convinced that he was a small animal. The Fox Sister’s poltergeist said it was the ghost of a man after the girls had discussed the idea that the noises were caused by a ghost. The poltergeist at the convent of St Pierre de Lyon claimed to be the spirit of Alix de Telieux only after a nun had suggested that this might be the case.

When asked why it is causing the nuisance that it does, a poltergeist will typically reply that it is doing so for sport, for a joke or for fun. The response is almost universal when the question is put.

Another feature of claims made by poltergeists about themselves is that they are almost uniformly sensational, exciting and frequently salacious. The poltergeist claiming to be Alix de Telieux seemed to delight in regaling the nuns with tales of Alix’s debauched sexual escapades, while the Cock Lane poltergeist claimed that it was the spirit of a woman murdered by her husband. Claims of murder are common among poltergeists, as are tales of crimes, immoral behaviour and daring deeds. If poltergeists are to be believed then none of them are humans who have led routine lives of normal activity. They are all either perpetrators or victims of the most appaling and outrageous crimes.

When these claims made by poltergeists are checked out, they usually turn out to be false. When they are true, they are claims relating to events that are generally fairly well known in the area. It is extremely rare, if not unheard of, for a poltergeist to know any information that is not already known to the human witnesses.

from "Poltergeist" by Rupert Matthews.

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This book is an exploration of the phenomenon from earliest times to the present day that highlights the variety of activities of these most frightening of phantoms, the efforts of researchers to document and understand the phenomenon and the explanations that have been put forward. Written in an easy-reading style that makes this potentially complex and difficult subject understandable to the non-specialist.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The "UFO" that came to Earth

Finally, it must be said that the whole subject of UFOs and aliens is rife with hoaxes, trickery and practical jokes. On 31 March 1989 one such stunt caused widespread alarm in Surrey. The first sign of trouble came in the afternoon when police received a call from a woman living near South Godstone to say that a flying saucer was hovering over her house. The telephonist responded calmly, asking the woman for a description. The woman was clearly agitated, but was able to explain that the object was bigger than her house, was round with a dome on top and a row of windows around the rim. It was, she said, now moving very slowly north.

What the woman did not explain, because she was unaware of the fact, was that she was standing in the doorway of her house totally naked. She was so amazed by the object overhead that she had forgotten that she was getting changed to go out. Only when a neighbour shouted across to her did the woman realise her situation and dash back inside.

Next to call in was a motorist on the M25 near Limpsfield. He was using the emergency roadside telephone which was usually reserved for breakdowns to report a huge UFO overhead heading toward London. Then a second motorist called in, this time on a car phone, to report the same thing. Convinced that something odd was happening, the telephonist alerted a police car in the area and sent it to investigate.

The police car arrived to find several vehicles stationary on the hard shoulder of the M25 as the occupants stood about staring into the sky to the north. The police followed their stares and were amazed to see a large, disc-shaped object that looked exactly like the popular image of a flying saucer. It was silver, had portholes or windows around the outer edge and was topped by a dome, also bearing windows. The object was huge, estimated at around 90 feet across, and was quite clearly descending to land.

The policemen sprang back into their car and raced off toward the landing site. They arrived to find that the ‘UFO’ was in fact a hot air balloon specially commissioned to look like a flying saucer by the millionaire businessman Richard Branson. The balloon was being test flown for an April Fool Day’s stunt in London’s Hyde Park the following day.

from "Paranormal Surrey" by Rupert Matthews

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The county of Surrey may wear a face of suburban and rural normality, but lurking not far below the surface is an unequalled amount of paranormal activity and strangeness. In this volume, well-known local author Rupert Matthews, an expert on the subject of the paranormal, draws together a terrifying and intriguing collection of first-hand accounts and long-forgotten archive reports from the county's history. From big cat sightings and ancient monsters to poltergeists and UFOs, this compendium of the bizarre events that have shocked and frightened the residents of Surrey is richly illustrated with a range of modern photographs and archive images. Finally revealing the story behind many of Surrey's most famous myths and legends, whilst also shedding light on some lesser known paranormal phenomena, this book will fascinate those who are unaware of this side of the county's character.

Monday, 9 September 2013

The Cycling Skeleton of Woodhorn, Northumberland

Quite why a spectral skeleton riding a a bike should be seen in the in lane outside the church is quite unclear,

The ghostly skeleton of Woodhorn might stand for the ghosts of Northumberland. It is utterly mysterious, bizarre, unexplained and yet it exists. Frightening and alarming though t it may be, the ghost goes about its own business without seeming to so much as notice the mere mortals that it frightens so much. And so the ghosts wander about Northumberland adding their own mystery to this most mysterious of counties.

From "Mysterious Northumberland" by Rupert Matthews

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This book concentrates on all aspects of the supernatural, paranormal and mysterious in the county of Northumberland. Ghosts, myths, legends, big cats, witchcraft, sacred wells and the little people all feature in the book. Among the mysterious place to feature are: Bamburgh Castle - a number of different ghosts are said to lurk here, including the very active lady in the central keep. This is also the supposed location of the Lost Hand of St Oswald. Elsdon - home to the notorious Brown Man of the Moors, an elemental spirit is in here as is the site of a Fairy Market, with a fairly long legend attached The book is arranged by subject, though each and every area of Northumberland is covered to give a wide geographical spread around the county.

Friday, 6 September 2013

The most notorious witch in Cornwall

The most notorious witch of Cornwall was Madgy Figgy, who lived at Tolpedn near Penwith at some indeterminate date. She was said to have consorted with a coven of witches at St Levan in her youth, but in later years to have operated alone. She is said to have been a master of the black arts, but to have specialised in second sight - that is the business of prediction.

On certain stormy days she would climb up to a stone formation above Porth Loe and sit down on a natural rocky seat, now known as Madgy Figgy’s Chair. From there she would gaze out to sea. If she began to rub her hands and cackle with glee, the locals knew that a wreck was imminent. It was never entirely clear if Madgy Figgy was merely foreseeing the disaster, or if she was causing it with her magic. Either way, a wreck inevitably followed her glee.

The locals would gather on the cliffs to await the wreck. They were always careful never to go down to start searching the shore for valuables until Madgy Figgy had first taken everything she wanted. Only then could the ordinary people move in.

One day a foreign ship - some say she was Portuguese - came ashore after Madgy Figgy had been sitting in her fatal chair. Among the debris thrown ashore was the body of a young, beautiful woman wearing a fabulous collection of jewels. As soon as she saw the body, Madgy Figgy stopped short and glared. She summoned a group of local men, ordering them to carefully remove the jewels without damaging them in any way. The jewels were put into a stout box and the woman’s body buried on top of the cliffs. Madgy Figgy stood over the grave in silence for some time, then gazed out over the stormy seas. “It takes one to know one” she declared, then stalked off home.

That night the awestruck locals saw a strange, eerie blue light emerge from the grave of the beautiful stranger. The light drifted over the hills to Madgy Figgy’s Chair and hovered there a while before moving on to alight on the roof of the witch’s house. Every night for three months the weird blue light was seen. Nobody dared ask Madgy Figgy what was going on. The old witch did not seem too bothered.

Then there came to Porth Loe a dark stranger who spoke not a word of English, but who paid for his lodgings and meals in good gold coins. Although he had never been seen before, the stranger seemed to know where he was going. One evening he walked up the hill to the spot where the beautiful stranger lay buried. He stood on the clifftop as if waiting.

When the eerie blue light appeared, the stranger watched it carefully then followed it to first to Madgy Figgy’s Chair and then down to her cottage. As he approached, Madgy Figgy appeared in the doorway. The two gazed wordlessly at each other for long minutes. Then Madgy Figgy nodded and went back inside. A few moments later she was back with the small wooden box containing the jewels in her hands. Without a word she handed them over. The stranger nodded, then turned and left.

from "Mysterious Cornwall" by Rupert Matthews

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Mysterious Cornwall concentrates on all aspects of the supernatural, paranormal and mysterious in the county of Cornwall. Ghosts, myths, legends, big cats, witchcraft, sacred wells and the little people all feature in the book. The road out of the village is haunted by Dorothy Dingle, whose battered body was found here in 1665. No murderer was ever caught and her ghost returns frequently; Hingston Down - A fabulous treasure is said to be buried somewhere on this hill, guarded by the little people and accessible only to certain humans under the most bizarre conditions; - The waters drawn from Dupath Well, housed in a small stone shrine, are said to cure whooping cough; All these and more are featured. The book is arranged by subject, though each and every area of Cornwall is covered to give a wide geographical spread around the county.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

A Skunk Ape Sighting

Baptist Minister S.L. Whatley was cutting firewood near his home at Ocala, Florida, when he saw an ape-like creature watching him from about 300 yards distance. The creature was covered in dark fur and had a chocolate-coloured face free of hair. The arms were long and hung down loosely. Whatley picked up an axe intending to tackle the creature, but it scampered off.

from "The Little Book of the Paranormal" by Rupert Matthews

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The paranormal is a subject of endless fascination to mankind. There is an insatiable appetite for tales of UFOs, ghosts, cryptozoology and other features of our world that are frequently reported by eye-witnesses, but are not yet accepted by science as being genuine phenomena or events. This little book introduces the reader to the world of the paranormal and entertains them with numerous anecdotes, snippets of information and lists of events. Rupert Matthews has produced an amusing, and yet serious volume that will leave the reader wondering just why scientists refuse to accept the amazing world of the paranormal. Including chapters on UFOs and aliens, Bigfoot and man-apes, ghosts and hauntings, sea-serpents and lake monsters, predictions and curses, poltergeists, paranormal humans as well as near-death experiences and mediumship, this is a thought-provoking book covering all aspects of the paranormal in an accessible and entertaining way. In 1944 an RAF air crew operating over Europe at night reported seeing mysterious glowing balls that followed their aircraft, swooping and diving around the night sky at amazing speeds. In 1943 prospector John McQuire staggered into Ruby, Alaska. He said that he had been attacked by a large, hairy 'bushman', but that his dogs had chased the creature away. McQuire was badly injured and died a few days later. In 1838 HMS Fly was cruising off California when it encountered a large, crocodile-like creature. It was reported as having the head of an alligator, but with a much longer neck. Instead of legs it had four flippers similar to those of a turtle. On 21 July 1961 Helen Stitt and her father were camping beside Loch Ness on a fishing trip. In the early evening they saw a sudden splashing, from which arose a humped, rounded object. The object then swam off toward the centre of the loch where it slowly sank from view. In 1889 a poltergeist that infested a Quebec farm owned by the Dagg family developed a fascination with money, It moved cash from one place to another, even throwing a five dollar bill into a fireplace on one occasion. Find out about all these mysteries, and many more within ...