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Plane Passenger Films Weird Lights Next to Aircraft -
How Hackers Spy on You Through Your Security Cameras -
The Crimes Against Mankind and Nikola Tesla's Genius Continue -
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Was Harry Houdini a closet Psychic? Clairvoyant? Or Spirit Medium?  His friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle insisted he had the evidence that the world's greatest escape artist was not the skeptic he made himself out to be.

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The creator of Sherlock Holes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Harry Houdini were strange bedfellows. Doyle was a contemporary of the world's greatest magician and escape artist, who continually battled his friend over the legitimacy of life after death, and the reality of spiritualism. Doyle was a "true believer," while Houdini made it his "mission" to denounce just about all things preternatural. . .

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- UFO MYSTERY DEPARTMENT -

Plane Passenger Films Weird Lights Next to Aircraft

An aeroplane passenger claims to have captured genuine UFO evidence on camera.

The man was returning from a holiday in Greece when he spotted a series of strange lights hovering in a flying saucer-shaped formation next to his plane.

He spent several minutes filming the lights in the pitch black night sky, between 20 and 30 minutes before the plane landed in Cardiff, reports WalesOnline.

While the man is unable to conclude what it was he saw and filmed, he's certain it constitutes an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO).

The unnamed man, 29, said: "We were flying from Greece to Cardiff. It was on Tuesday night and happened about 20­ to 40 minutes before we arrived at 10pm.

"The lights could have been from a few miles away - it was pitch black outside, so it's hard to say what it was.

"It was quite weird. It was very bright, it was the brightest thing I've ever seen. I just realised how bright it was and said to my girlfriend 'look at that!'"

Considering the footage was captured so near to landing, it is thought the spectacle was spotted in UK airspace.

The man added: "I was staring at it for a while before I picked up my phone to film it, but it was there for about three or four minutes.

"I thought it maybe could have been lanterns, but they didn't go away, they kept flying until I couldn't see them anymore.

"I really have no idea what it could have been - it was just really, really bright.

"UFO is a really broad term. That's what it is, you know, an unidentified flying object."


UFO Photographed Over Portsmouth

Thousands of miles from suspected alien crash sites, the people of Portsmouth, located on the south coast of England, have good reason to consider themselves safe from the prying eyes of extra-terrestrials.  But images shared by residents of what appears to be a UFO suggest otherwise.

Hovering ominously in the dusk sky, the dark grey, disc-like object has sparked mystery among sceptics and space enthusiasts alike.

And as weather experts rule out the possibility that the object was a cloud, the town has been left wondering just exactly what it was flying over its homes on Tuesday evening.  

Johnny Blackwell from Southsea said: 'I don’t believe in UFOs, but when I saw this I didn’t know what it was.

'It didn't look like a cloud, and it was moving very fast.

'It was a grey, disc-like shape, which I know sounds like a stereotypical UFO, but that’s what it looked like.
 
'I don’t know much about military aircraft, but this was very fast-moving and very odd to see,' the 23-year-old added. 

Another observer, who declined to be named, said: 'My initial thought was it was an aeroplane, but it was just moving too quickly.

'I was the only one that saw it but was quick enough to take the picture.

'I definitely believe in UFOs and am very interested in science fiction, and often look up at the sky in the evening wondering if there is anything or anyone else out there.'

Twitter users shared their confusion online.

Josh Harcourt-Kelly wrote: 'Watching the sky and saw what looked like a UFO! Starting to believe in what people have been saying.'

Accompanied with the hash-tag '#pompeyufo,' another, writing under the name Meral, said: 'What's this I'm hearing about a UFO spotted over Portsmouth'. 

Experts dismissed claims that the object was a cloud, saying it was 'nothing to do with the weather'. 

Laura Young, from the Met Office, said: 'After looking at the images, I can say the object is nothing to do with the weather.

'There is no meteorological explanation for it. It's not a cloud.'

Karen Masters, senior lecturer in the institute of cosmology and gravitation at The University of Portsmouth, added: ‘Given the pictures show a dark object against a daytime sky, it’s clearly not an astronomical object.

'Many UFO sightings are the planet Venus, but this one can’t be that.'

Those fearing alien invasion can rest easy however as even if there is extra-terrestrial life somewhere in the galaxy, it is too far away to make contact with Earth, she added.

'The distances in space are so vast that it’s just not possible for aliens to be visiting Earth, so any interpretation suggesting this is an alien spacecraft is clearly wrong.'

Source: The Mirror
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ufo-mystery-plane-passenger-films-4280874

- WE ARE WATCHING YOU DEPARTMENT -

How Hackers Spy on You Through Your Security Cameras

Security camera footage from inside homes, offices and shops are being intercepted and broadcast live on the internet – without the owners’ knowledge.

A Mail on Sunday investigation has shown that ‘home hackers’ are easily able to spy on people going about their daily lives through cameras that were installed in homes to improve security.

During a two-hour period last week, reporters watched an internet website – available to anyone in the world – and saw footage from British locations of:

    Babies in cots
    A schoolboy playing on his computer at home in North London
    Another boy asleep in bed
    The inside of a Surrey vicar's church changing room
    An elderly woman relaxing in an armchair
    Two men in a kitchen sharing a meal

If you have installed a camera of the type that can be hacked in this way, you could be being watched now. Vulnerable devices include baby monitors, domestic security cameras and CCTV units that monitor offices, shops and factories. Hacking can be prevented simply by changing the factory-set default security codes that every camera comes with.

Some 350,000 individuals and businesses buy such cameras every year and many fail to change the default passcode – leaving them exposed to hacking.

A large number of buyers will be parents who use the devices to monitor babies and young children. They will be horrified to learn that footage they assumed could be accessed by them alone has, in some cases, been made available by hackers for the world to see.

Investigators found that nearly 60,000 hours of live feed from surveillance cameras can be viewed every day on one website alone. As well as raising a number of security concerns, experts said it also represented an appalling invasion of privacy.

Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber security specialist, said: ‘The really scary thing is that people buy these cameras for their own security. But they have no idea that thousands of people might be spying on them at any one time.’

Much of the footage is mundane and reflects the enormous growth in home security systems, but there are also huge amounts of live feed from offices, restaurants, bars, swimming pools and gymnasiums.

Cashiers and hotel receptionists are observed in close-up from cameras fixed to walls behind them; there is footage from inside a London hair salon; women can be seen having their nails manicured in Eastleigh, Hampshire; and another stream shows men lifting weights in a Manchester gym.

Technology expert Shawn Day said there was worrying potential for the footage to be exploited by criminals. He said: ‘There was one camera in an office and I could actually read the screen of the computer where they could be entering private information such as passwords, but it’s fully displayed to the world.

‘It’s not just the creepy feeling that you are being seen, which is the main concern, it’s also the content of what is being seen. We’re talking about financial information, private information – exactly the sort of stuff the camera is designed to protect, but is doing the opposite.’

Investigators were able to watch footage showing scores of people inside their homes, who were oblivious to the fact that they were being observed.

Many cameras were fixed on babies and small children sleeping in their beds. There was also close-up footage of an elderly lady relaxing in Aberdeen. Another camera in a London home filmed a schoolboy texting on his mobile phone. A man in Crawley was seen on a sofa with a cup of tea, with family photographs on the wall behind him.

In the past there have been some incidents of computer hacking to seize control of built-in webcams.

That process is called ‘ratting’, as the hackers send out a virus that allows them access to a person’s desktop computer or laptop without their knowledge.

But we discovered that the hacking of stand-alone security cameras – IP (Internet Protocol) cameras – is a much simpler process and more widespread. Most cameras that connect to the internet come with a default username and password which most people do not realise they can – and must – change.

If owners fail to do so, their live feed, which they can access from smartphones, could also be picked up by hackers who scan addresses on the internet until they find an exposed IP camera. Experts fear large numbers of such cameras are vulnerable to hacking.

The hackers then input a number of commonly used default passwords until they gain access. Finally they stream the results on to their own websites for all to see.

For security reasons, the hacking website is not being named. The site keeps the exact locations of the cameras deliberately vague, providing only names of cities and towns.

During one investigation, footage being beamed from a travel agent’s office in London was discovered being broadcast online.

A reporter visited the office to alert the owner, who had no idea his daily business was being broadcast to the world. As the reporter helped him log on to the hackers’ website the businessman was astonished to see his shop on his computer.

The shop could easily be identified to any criminal watching because one of the hacked cameras partially revealed its address on a hoarding.

‘This is absolutely appalling,’ said the manager, who asked not to be named. ‘The system was installed three months ago and they didn’t tell us anything about passwords. I can assure you they will be changed.’

His cameras were manufactured by China-based Hikvision, which insisted last night that it does ‘everything possible’ to warn of the need to change default passwords.

In another case, we identified a house in Southend, Essex, because the Hikvision cameras at the property – fixed on the drive, back door and side gate – included the owner’s name and address on screen.

The owner said: ‘We got these cameras to try to keep our property safe but we never imagined that people are looking at our house and what we’re doing. Burglars could see when we’re out.’ After being alerted, the travel agent and homeowner both changed their passwords. Their footage is no longer available online.

Many of the hacked cameras used by parents are made by another Chinese company, Foscam.

A spokesman said it was aware of hacking and will now ‘force’ users to change passwords. It is not clear who is behind the hacking website, but The Mail on Sunday established that it is ‘hosted’ by a company called MediaNet based in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We were not aware of this. Thank you for letting us know.’ She could not say what action, if any, would be taken.

Tony Neate, of the Government’s Get Safe Online campaign, said: ‘The most important thing to take away from this is how important it is to change the default password on the device. Camera instruction manuals should explain how to do this, and if not, then you should contact the manufacturer for guidance.’

It is unclear what can by done by police, who have spent more than £20 million investigating phone hacking. The National Crime Agency said: ‘It is vital that individuals and businesses take all possible steps to protect themselves from having personal or financial information compromised, making sure operating instructions are followed, security software is up to date, and passwords are strong and regularly changed.’

Source: The Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2763664/How-home-hackers-spy-children-YOUR
-webcam-The-shocking-evidence-shows-private-lives-snooped-streamed-live-web.html

- NO AGENDA TO RESEARCH DEPARTMENT -

UFO Phenomena Deserve Unfettered Study
By Bill Wickersham

One of the world’s foremost investigators of unidentified flying objects and extraterrestrial visitation (UFO/ETV) is my close friend C.B. “Scott” Jones. It was Jones who organized and convened the 1995 Washington, D.C.-based conference “When Cosmic Cultures Meet,” which involved many of the world’s leading UFO scientists and analysts. It was also Jones who was funded and tasked by philanthropist Laurance Rockefeller to travel to Europe, Russia, China and other regions to gather information from ufologists and government officials regarding UFO/ETV activities in those and other parts of the world. Scott, who now resides in Kerrville, Texas, is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer and special assistant to the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island. He is also a political scientist whose interests include peace research and impact analysis regarding human contact with off-planet cultures and other issues related to UFO/ETV phenomena.

In his work, Jones bases his research on two major assumptions:

1. The consequences of cosmic cultures meetings will be profound in the extreme. Every segment of Earth’s civilization will be affected, including religion, politics, science, technology, health, agriculture, education, etc.

2. Contemplation of the UFO/ETV impact on various human cultures, including probable and preferred consequences as envisioned by members of those cultures, is a critical research/education project for the best minds willing to undertake the challenge.

According to Jones, some of the key questions for those worldwide scholars who accept the challenge are:

    When full, open UFO/ETV disclosure occurs and meetings are held with the Visiting Others, what will be the likely impact on the populations/nations/cultures of each scholar’s primary concern?
    Will some segments of these groups, including various religious denominations be more affected than others? Which ones? Why?
    What difference, if any, do you anticipate regarding the meeting of Visiting Extraterrestrials with cultures in other parts of the world?
    To what degree have the populations/nations/cultures of each scholar’s concern already anticipated a meeting with ETV representatives?
    To what extent have the populations/nations/cultures of each scholar’s concern previously engaged in serious research regarding UFO/ETV phenomena?
    On a global basis, how should our planetary response to UFO/ETV disclosure and contact be orchestrated? Who should speak for humankind?

In the future, as more UFO/ETV issues surface, there will be increasing pressure on the academic community to focus attention on related problems.

As Scott Jones has said: “The once very effective counter-intelligence program targeted against the U.S. public and supported by, or at least acquiesced in, most countries with a technical capability to recognize and assess ET activity has crumbled. … Thousands of daytime photos of UFOs taken in skies over countries around the world have statistically overwhelmed the usually trotted-out full allowance given to the usual cloud formations and weather phenomena, classified military aircraft and misidentified other ‘things’ that traverse the sky.” The government and others “could not continue to control by threat of fines and imprisonment, men and women of strong moral conviction about what society was being denied. Hundreds of whistleblowers have come forward revealing much and have agreed to reveal under oath when given protection by the White House or Congress. ... Additionally, there is a mature Exopolitics community that has earned respect to the point where there is collaboration with military and intelligence organizations to garner and analyze information about phenomena still very much an enigma.”

Note: Exopolitics is defined as the art or science of government concerned with creating policy toward extraterrestrial phenomena and extraterrestrial beings. For additional information, see Michael Salla’s website www.exopolitics.org.

Jones further said: “Small parts of the global academic community have awakened. An Australian University recently awarded a Ph.D. in UFO Studies, and the University of Hong Kong is offering a credit course on the subject. In the U.S., there is a growing coverage of UFO/ET issues by college newspapers, and students are increasingly opening their minds to something very important to their future.”

Another scholar, the late astronomy professor J.Allen Hynek, who was the lead scientist for the U.S. Air Force’s 17-year UFO study “Project Blue Book,” made the case for stepped up efforts on the part of academics in the field of ufology.

He said: “If any other phenomenon had had thousands of witnesses like those of UFOs, there would have been hundreds of research studies with full support throughout academic institutions.”

Sadly this has not been the case.

The overarching goal of academic institutions throughout the world is the search for the true, the good, and the beautiful.

When unbiased, unfettered inquiry, powered by intellectual might is focused on a problem, we can expect that civilization will probably be well-served by such research. The UFO/ETV problem is indeed perplexing and, for some, frightening.

As such, it certainly qualifies as a problem for which the truth needs to be sought.

Peter Sturrock, emeritus professor of space and astrophysics and former deputy director of the Center for Space Astrophysics at Stanford University, has said it well: “The definite resolution of the UFO enigma will not come about unless and until the problem is subject to open and extensive scientific study by the normal procedures of established science and administration in universities.”

Bill Wickersham is an adjunct professor of Peace Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Source: Columbia Daily Tribune
http://www.columbiatribune.com/opinion/oped/ufo-phenomena-deserve-unfettered-study/article
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- OUR HERO TESLA DEPARTMENT -

The Crimes Against Mankind and Nikola Tesla's Genius Continue
By Chris Holly

I have been a huge fan of the super genius Nicola Tesla for many years. He was a man far beyond his time who could have advanced society far beyond where we are today.

If he had been backed by our government as well as private investors and allowed to develop the huge amount of incredible inventions he designed the world would be far more advanced as well as a better place to live.

One of the most important inventions that Tesla developed for mankind was his free energy system which he not only invented but had nearly finished building on Long Island New York when the greedy and power criminals Thomas Edison and the banker J P Morgan not only stopped him but dismantled and destroyed the tower and machine which would have been the start of fee energy for the entire world

If Nicola Tesla had been allowed, funded and aided in his pursuit of creating a free energy power system this world would now be a far more advanced better planet. Instead for personal reasons of wanting wealth and power Thomas Edison and JP Morgan not only stopped this from happening they drove this incredible genius in to poverty and black balled him by being bullies keeping the world dark and set back hundreds of years.

People laugh when I say this yet I remain faithful to the statement if there were ever two men who I would have punched over and over in the face it would be Edison and Morgan. They should have been thrown in jail to rot for life for crimes against humanity - for what they did to this world for private wealth and power.

I cannot give an exact number to the death toll of those who have died over the last one hundred years or so due to the search for energy to keep the world moving, lights glowing and winters where homes are warm and dinners cooking on stoves all over the world. I do know most of those deaths can be directed towards those who stopped the genius Nicola Tesla from finishing his work. Our government of course is also directly responsible for this crime against mankind and still continue to this day in continuing to keep Tesla’s free energy knowledge hidden and this world in terrible turmoil.

The number of people who have died in mining for coal, digging for oil, or simply dying from extreme cold without the ability to heat their homes over the last century is enormous.

Let us not forget all the wars fought over the need for oil. Add the fact terrorism is at least partly if not completely funded by way of the profits from the worlds urgent needs for energy and we have lists of millions of dead bodies covering this world all due to need for energy . Now would anyone like to join me while I punch Edison and Morgan’s nasty noses across their selfish greedy faces?

That is only part of my anger which brings me to the main question that I just do not understand. That question is why are we still fighting for oil and where is Tesla's free energy system and why are we not building and using it ? How can that question contine to remains without answer to this very day.?Wars continue people die however we still remain without Nicola Tessa’s free energy system. I do not believe for a moment it is still hidden or lost. I do not believe for a second that with the knowledge known about this system that our scientists today could not finish Tesla’s free energy system which would free the world.

Yes I know the story that it is a big mystery to who it was that entered Nicola Tesla's small dwelling in New York City on the day he died ,alone and penniless, and supposedly removed all his papers and invention details to never be seen again. Of course I do not buy this at all and feel if we are able to explore space we should be able to find the plans for the free energy system he built on Long Island and try to continue along with Tessa’s pursuits of free energy.

If we can give a private company millions if not billions of dollars to poke around in space why not do the same and give a chunk of that money to those who could continue with Tessa’s free energy system. I truly feel our needs during these trying times here on earth now out way our need to explore space. The amount of life saved as well as a knife in the heart of the flow of money that funds terrorism would be huge with Tesla’s free energy system in place.

I watch as we push off planet reaching for the stars but must say that I know I am right in saying the condition of this planet and the human race needs to be our first concern. I also know that until we can maintain and provide for our planet and the earthlings upon it we are not going to be welcomed in to the universal neighborhood. We need to stop being a planet or killing, destroying primitive beings before those far more advanced want anything to do with us. It is why they keep us at arm’s length. They watch. They visit and even have interaction with us but past that they leave us be as we continue our savage ways.

I refuse to be pushed aside with how ridiculous I am to think his machine would work or that no one knows what he was doing or that his years of hard work are all missing. I think the need for greed and power still dominates us all and withholding free energy from the world continues for the benefit of the few instead of moving towards and forward for the benefit of the many.

It is the continuing case of a few select who want all the toys and feel you do not deserve any. This is the problem of life and the very tests our souls are handed as we live our human lives on planet earth. In this class room of life Edison and Morgan’s souls I assure you will not be found with the many, the good or the kind, the energy of their souls surely are helping keep hell fully burning.

My wish is for Nicola Tesla’s inventions to be developed and used for the benefit of mankind and the advancement of humanity. Nicola Tesla was without question one of this planets greatest minds. Tesla was a super genius who invented technology that we still have not mastered. The least we can do for the gifts he tried to give to us is to build and use and hopefully in the end give thanks to him for his work and his genius.

Nicola Tesla also was a man who was beaten down, abused and ignored by the greedy and powerful. Tesla was a threat to those who stood to make large sums of money from old technology they were involved with or funding. Thomas Edison was an enemy of Nicola Tesla because Tesla had advancements that would have made Edison's endeavors obsolete. Stopping Tesla from continuing with his inventions gave Edison his road to power, money and fame. The real price of Edison's greed was that we all paid the price for being without the advancements of Tesla's genius.

I hope one day we understand more about space and can travel beyond our own planet and solar system but we are not there yet as a society. We continue to allow the elite to use our money to explore space and ignore what is happening to each of us here on the surface of the earth. We should not allow another Edison or Morgan to keep us living in war and hardship so the few can explore space or take trips to space stations for vacations only designed for the rich or elite few. We need to use our money and our brain power to develop free energy and concentrate on the advancement of mankind here on earth before we reach for the stars. When we have finally become a civil working society I am sure our universal neighbors will decide to become more openly forth coming with us but until then my bet is as long as we stay as we are, they will stay as they are, at arms length - in fact I know it.

I can only hope for these things to happen and try to reach out to others who may feel the same way. Maybe if we pull together for a new way of things in this world we might actually one day get there.

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Belief in Sex-Mad Demon Test Nerves in Zanzibar

CHAKE CHAKE, Tanzania - Mohammed Juma starts to sweat and fidget as he recalls his rape by Popo Bawa, the most feared spirit-monster of the Zanzibar spice islands.

"We believe reading the Koran is our only defence, nothing else," says the 41-year-old driver and father of four. "But Popo Bawa is real, and well prepared."

Holidaymakers on the Indian Ocean islands tend to smile dismissively at accounts in guidebooks of the bat-like ogre said to prey on men, women and children. But for superstitious Zanzibaris a visit from the sodomising gremlin is no joke.

Although no one ever has seen it, belief in the monster and his unnatural lust is so strong that entire villages will sleep out of doors for protection: Popo Bawa (Swahili for Bat's Wing) prefers to attack behind closed doors at night.

In huts set amid rustling groves of jackfruit and mangoes on Zanzibar's Pemba island, victims said in interviews that they detected a bad smell, became cold and went into a trance in the moments before they felt the creature's inhuman strength.

Some attacks were heralded by the sound of giant wings and claws rattling and scraping on huts' tin roofs. Others cringed in terror at what sounded like a car engine ticking over.

"We heard a rustling on the roof," recalls Asha Saleh, in her late 50s, in Machomanne village near Pemba's main town of Chake Chake. "I felt someone fondling me. I felt very cold. I felt weak," she said, recalling the attack some 35 years ago.

"I couldn't call out for help to my husband who was lying asleep beside me. Popo Bawa is strong: He really presses down on you. And it took such a long time: One hour! Eventually I lost consciousness. And I was one of many who were attacked."

Successive waves of colonisers and traders -- Arabs, Portuguese, Hindus, Chinese, Britons, Persians and Africans -- left behind a multinational array of legends on Zanzibar.

Accordingly, many dismiss Popo Bawa as another of the satanic stories swapped over the centuries by migratory Indian Ocean peoples as they moved back and forth on the tides from Indonesia to the Comoros, from Madagascar to the Maldives.

Zanzibar's distinctive past as an Arab-run slave market prompted some academics to speculate that the story of Popo Bawa emerged from a collective race memory of the horrors of slavery.

But Popo Bawa is unlike the many goblins believed by the islanders to populate the tall grasses that ring their huts.

Many on the islands are adept at exorcisms, placing charms at the base of fig trees or sacrificing goats to avert evil or draw favour from the spirit world.

So experienced are the isles' traditional healers that they draw visitors from the Gulf and east Africa, with the successful amassing riches and prestige.

But no placatory offering or witch doctor can deflect Popo Bawa when he has made his mind up to strike, islanders say.

The monster favours Pemba, the poorer and more backward of the archipelago's twin islands despite being home to the clove plantations that provide the mainstay of Zanzibar's economy.

He also becomes active at election time: a habit that is testing nerves ahead of polls due in October.

His last major visitation was during elections in 1995, when Juma says he endured his terrifying ordeal, although some reported his presence again in 2000 and in 2001.

Pemba's population are staunch opposition supporters. Many accuse the ruling party of Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa of neglecting the island since 1964, when Zanzibar merged with mainland Tanganyika to form the United Republic of Tanzania.

But Juma says Popo Bawa is apolitical even though electoral emotions seem to summon him from the beyond. "He can strike even if the opposition wins the elections," he said.

The driver vows to do his utmost to avoid what happened to him back in 1995 as he sat alone late one evening.

"Many were afraid and were sleeping outside. But I was confident and was alone in my room. I was reading the Koran for protection. After about 20 minutes I started feeling sleepy. I heard something falling on the roof. I continued reciting. I started feeling something in the room.

"I felt my mouth becoming bigger and bigger. I started losing my ability to form words. My feeling was that my lower lip had stretched to my lap. I felt weak in my body. I became very sweaty. My experience was like that of a neighbour of mine who said his head seemed to grow to an enormous size."

Popo Bawa gets annoyed if villagers deny his existence -- a fact to which Khamis Juma Hamad says he can testify.

Hamad, a retired village chief now aged 75, said that in 1971 Popo Bawa spoke to terrified villagers on Pemba through a girl possessed by the monster.

"I am Popo Bawa," said the girl, called Fatuma, speaking in the unnaturally deep voice of a man. "You have challenged my existence so I have come to prove I am here."

Seconds later, he says, the villagers heard the sound of a car revving and a rustle on a nearby roof -- signs of Popo Bawa. "The people felt cold, almost paralysed. They were terrified."

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Late Witch Attack, 1924

The Beachcombing's Bizarre History blog has long had an interest in witchcraft from western Europe and particularly bizarre late examples of witchcraft including alleged human sacrifice in Britain during World War II and even some witch killings in the nineteenth century. Here is a case of late witchcraft scratching: it was sincerely believed that if a witch had overlooked you then the best thing was to scratch said witch till blood fell thus ending their magic hold over you. In another post Beach and latterly a reader, Jill has gathered various examples of these stretching back through the centuries. The most recent British example comes, apparently, from 1924 and involves one Alfred John Matthews. This example appeared in our earlier post but we now have access to the full details of the case courtesy of Coxhead’s Devon Traditions & Fairy Tales and some contemporary news reports. There is no question that it deserves a wider audience:

    A remarkable defence was set up by a man  charged at Cullhompton Petty Sessions, on Monday 8th December, 1924, with having assaulted a woman on 21st November. He declared that the woman had ‘ill-wished’ him and ‘bewitched’ his pig and he declared that the police should raid her house. The defendant was Alfred John Matthews, aged 43, a smallholder living at Clyst St. Lawrence. He was summoned by Ellen Garnsworthy, a married middle-aged woman, of the same place, who alleged common assault, on the 21st November.

The details are ‘enchanting’, one can only imagine the shock of Mrs. Garnsworthy as a neighbour, she had a passing acquaintance with, grabbed her as she walked past.

    Ellen Garnsworthy stated that on her way to fetch water on the 21st November she passed defendant’s door, and as she did so Matthews put out his hand and caught hold of her. She had to pass his door a second time and he grabbed both her arms. She felt a sharp pain, and her arms began to bleed. Witness was frightened, and said she would fetch her husband. Defendant said: ‘Perhaps that will teach you to leave other people’s things alone.’ Witness declared that she had never touched anything of his, and that she did not understand his meaning. Defendant thereupon said, ‘I have something else inside for you’ and witness thought he meant a gun, and that he would shoot her.

She understandably legged it. The policeman who was called to restore order stated that  there were five scratches on Ellen’s left arm and four on the right. The scratches were as long as five inches… Clyst St Lawrence (pictured) is just to the east of Exeter, hardly the wildlands of north Devon, where things really did get out of hand at times. Why did the man so fear Mrs Garnsworthy? He told the magistrates that she had a crystal: which led to some low humour in court because several heard the word ‘pistol’. A crystal would be a fairly exotic thing to have in a house today. But they seem to have been more common in Edwardian England in an age when spiritualism (and various other creeds) were encouraging contact with ‘the other side’. There is only one credible Ellen Garnsworthy that Beach has able to find in the British censuses from these years. She was born in Sandford in Devon (another part of the county) and, if this is the same Ellen, she would have been about 67 when the attack took place. An outsider of a witchy age, then. Did she have a cat?

Perhaps the best line came at the end of the case when Matthews was sentenced to a month’s imprisonment and was told that the fallacy of witchcraft had died out years ago.

    Oh, no it didn’t. It hasn’t with some of us. I say there should be a raid on that house.

Matthews was convinced that his pig couldn’t fatten, hence the overlooking. Perhaps it did rather better while he was in jail.

Source: Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog
http://www.strangehistory.net/2014/09/16/late-witch-attack-1924/

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