3/15/21  #1078
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This week, Conspiracy Journal brings you such Thokolosi-Taunting Tales as:

- Documents Show FBI Searched For Lost Civil War Gold -

- Schoolchildren's Eerie Drawings After 1977 'Alien Encounter' -

- 4-Year-Old Remembers Past Life 9/11 Experience -

AND: Thokolosi on the Loose

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Documents Show FBI Searched For Lost Civil War Gold
By Gino Spocchia

Recently disclosed FBI documents have revealed that an excavation almost three years ago was a search for lost Civil War-era gold.

The secret dig was carried-out in March, 2018 in Pennsylvania, after a father-and-son duo, Dennis and Kem Parada, provided a tip-off to the federal agency.

Documents revealing the FBI dig were disclosed in court documents in recent days, following a lawsuit brought by the father-and-son against the FBI, who claimed nothing was found at the location, which is about 135 miles northeast of Pittsburgh

The gold was sent by President Abraham Lincoln to pay Union soldiers but first had to make a stop at the US Mint in Philadelphia.

It was last spotted in St Marys, Pennsylvania, travelling northeast towards the capital.

When the wagon train didn't arrive at the Mint, searchers were sent out who discovered empty wagons and the bodies of dead soldiers.

Various accounts say that the lieutenant charged with leading the wagon had fallen into a fever and divulged the secret of their cargo to the lower ranking soldiers.

Roguish elements within his own squadron are then said to have slain the rest and made off with the treasure.

In any case, despite the best efforts to track down the gold it was never found.

Until the lawsuit, the FBI had long refused to disclose why it went digging in the area, called Dent’s Run, and described the court-authorised excavation of “what evidence suggested may have been a cultural heritage site.”

But the Parada family believed the federal agency was hiding something about the dig, which recently disclosed documents confirmed as a search for a “cache” that was “3x5x8 (feet) to 5x5x8” in size.

The email, which was sent to the FBI by K.T. Newton, an assistant US attorney in Philadelphia in 2018, was marked “Confidential”, the Associated Press reported.

The Paradas also allege that an FBI agent revealed to them, as well as a geophysical consultant sent to initially investigate the site, that there was a “mass”. Both parties are due to press their claims further in a press conference on Wednesday.

The “mass” was described to them as being located “one or two feet off Denny’s sweet spot,” in reference to the author of “Rebel Gold,” a book exploring the possibility of buried Civil War-era caches of gold and silver.

A spokesperson for the FBI said last week that “The FBI unequivocally rejects any claims or speculation to the contrary.”

Bill Cluck, the lawyer for the Prada family, is pressing further access to some 2,4000 pages of government documents in relation to the dig, which could reveal more information, through a Freedom of Information request.

The treasure hunters believe that a ground-penetrating scan carried out by the FBI at the site was evidence they must have thought something big was buried there.

"They had 50 agents there…We have witnesses that they were there all night with armored cars. So, what are we supposed to believe?" Cluck said.

"We are convinced that they found gold."

Source: MSN

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Schoolchildren's Eerie Drawings After 1977 'Alien Encounter'

Children’s drawings released by the Ministry of Defence have revealed spooky images of a so-called ‘alien encounter’, hinting at a sighting like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Drawn by pupils at Upton Priory School in Cheshire, the pictures were released as part of the files from the MoD’s UFO desk before it closed down in 2009.

The file reveals that in October 1977 10 children had spotted a mysterious object hovering in the trees while out on their lunchtime break.

They told a teacher Mrs Hindmarsh, describing that they had seen a mysterious object floating in the trees, which then vanished into the sky.

Their teacher then told them to each draw what they had seen separately from each other, using coloured pencils and crayons.

The results were so eerie that she then passed on the dossier to Cheshire police, and from there it found its way to the UFO Desk at the Ministry of Defence.

In a covering letter, a police officer described “a remarkable similarity in the sketches with regard to the UFO and its location between two trees”.

Dr. David Clarke, a former journalist and lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, helped to transfer the files into the public domain between 2009 and 2013.

He told CheshireLive : "When I opened this particular one, it struck me as more interesting than the usual, because it was full of all these crayon drawings by these schoolkids from Macclesfield.

"I suppose kids say all kinds of things about things they've seen in playgrounds but the teacher must have thought this was something to be taken seriously and sat them down to get them to draw what they had seen independently.

"Then because the drawings were so similar she actually gathered them together and took them to the police station in Macclesfield.

"Then this copper had written a report about this and sent it to air traffic control in Manchester to see if they had anything on the radar.

"Then this dossier ended up being sent to the Ministry of Defence in London and passed to the UFO desk. It really is quite something."

The drawings also feature in Dr. Clarke’s book UFO Drawings form the National Archives, published in 2017.

Dr. Clarke said: "The Macclesfield case was one of the ones I selected to go in the book because the images are just so amazing.”

He also speculated that the children may have been inspired by the popularity of science fiction at the time

The 53-year-old added: "1977 was a big year because that's when Star Wars was released. I remember really clearly at the time being really into space and science fiction.

"Then Close Encounters of a Third Kind was out the following year and Dr Who was very popular at the time.

"There could have been something there that might have inspired them to see this."

Source: Daily Star


Another Mystery Boom Heard in San Diego

John Wilkens - The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — Everybody loves a mystery. But we like them solved, too, and so far an answer has been elusive for the Big Border Boom.

It rattled windows and shook doors across a large swath of San Diego and Tijuana late Wednesday afternoon, jangling the nerves of residents who’d experienced a similar noisemaker last month, and one a year earlier.

The region joined a list of communities from coast-to-coast that are defined in part by unexplained goings-on. “Mysterious Shaking Rattles San Diego County AGAIN,” the website Strange Sounds trumpeted in a headline this week.

It isn’t always aural. Thirty years ago, thousands of San Diegans were drawn to what some believed was the apparition of a slain girl on a blank billboard in Chula Vista. But unexplained loud, shaking noises are the most common, sometimes falling under the general term “skyquakes.”

On the East Coast, enigmatic booms are known as “Seneca Guns,” the name drawn from a lake in upstate New York, the setting for a short story, “Lake Guns,” written in 1850 by James Fenimore Cooper.

“It is a sound resembling the explosion of a heavy piece of artillery that can be accounted for by none of the known laws of nature,” he wrote. “The report is deep, hollow, distant and imposing. The lake seems to be speaking to the surrounding hills, which send back the echoes of its voice in accurate reply. No satisfactory theory has ever been broached to explain these noises.”

After Wednesday’s boom here, the first thought of many people — this being California — was “earthquake.” But the United States Geological Survey said no. Their seismic-activity sensors recorded nothing.

This being San Diego, longtime home to military jets, a lot of folks thought “sonic boom,” too. “That wasn’t one of ours,” said Cmdr. Zachary Harrell, a Navy spokesman, who noted that planes breaking the sound barrier are required to do it far off the coast.

The Marines? They didn’t respond to a request for comment. Local defense contractors testing some kind of newfangled weapon? Mum was the word there, too, as it usually is with classified military projects.

In 2012, when a similar boom rattled windows and doors along the local coastline, initial “not us” denials from the military gave way to an admission: The pilots in two Navy F/A-18 aircraft had been showing off for guests aboard the carrier Carl Vinson during a family cruise.

“Those two aircraft went supersonic about 35 miles from the coast,” a Navy spokesman said at the time. “Usually you don’t hear the side booms travel that far. It was kind of surprising to us.”

This time around, Humberto Mendoza Garcilazo, a researcher at the Center of Scientific Research and Higher Education in Ensenada, said supersonic airplanes may have been responsible for the “rumble.” But he also suggested it could have come from the day’s stormy weather and drastic changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure.

Brandt Maxwell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego, was skeptical about ties to the weather. He said there weren’t thunderstorms in the area at the time of the boom, which was about 5 p.m., and “even with a strong cold front, you won’t get that kind of rumbling.”

So, for now, a mystery.


Explosive booms with no definitive origin have been reported all over the world.

India calls them Barisal Guns; Japan, Uminari. Belgians may have the most fun talking about the phenomenon — “mistpoeffers” — although Filipinos come close: “retumbos.”

The noises have been attributed to various things, from the familiar (earthquakes, sonic booms) to the out-of-this-world. Some scientists have pointed to bolides, large meteors traveling so fast they explode when they hit the Earth’s atmosphere. Others suggest certain atmospheric conditions amplify the sounds of large ocean waves crashing far offshore.

Last year, seismologists at the University of North Carolina published results of a study of the East Coast skyquakes.

They gathered newspaper reports and other accounts of booms between 2013 and 2015 in North Carolina and compared them to data collected by a network of seismographs and atmospheric sensors that were in the area then.

The results ruled out earthquakes. There was no sign of ground-shaking. So the researchers believe Seneca Guns are “an atmospheric phenomenon.”

The network of sensors picked up unusual signals varying in length from 1 second to 10 seconds that corresponded with the newspaper accounts of mysterious booms. But the researchers didn’t have enough information to pinpoint their precise location or cause.

They said they hope to do more studies in coming years and finally solve that particular mystery. And sometimes even the most durable ones do get solved.

New Yorkers were baffled for several years in the mid-2000s about sweet-smelling air that would occasionally waft over Manhattan. The city created a special team to track what became known as “maple syrup events,” deploying them with special cannisters to capture the aromatic evidence.

In 2009, they traced the smell to a factory across the Hudson River in North Bergen, N.J. The culprit: seeds from fenugreek, used to make fragrances.

To the factory’s immediate neighbors, this was no mystery. They were familiar with the smell, and its effects. “Ooh, it makes you hungry,” one resident told the New York Times.

Source: SF Gate


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4-Year-Old Remembers Past Life 9/11 Experience

Responding to a TikTok, which said, ‘Tell me a time when your child told you a past life story,’ Riss White opened up about a disturbing account given by her young daughter a couple of years ago.

On September 11, 2018, Riss had been scrolling through social media and came across some 9/11 memorial posts. One of these posts showed an image of the Twin Towers, which appeared to strike a familiar chord with her daughter.

The little girl pointed to one of the towers, Riss believes it was the North Tower, and said, ‘Hey mom, I used to work there’. When Riss asked her when this was, her daughter simply responded ‘before’.

Riss continued:

    She said that one day she was working and the floor got really hot. So she stood on her desk because the floor was too hot.

    And she said that her and her friends were trying to get through the door but they couldn’t open the door so she jumped out of the window and flew like a bird.

Riss then went on to clarify that the child had never before heard about 9/11, making the details of her story all the more eerie.

Whether or not you believe in past lives, this video cannot help but draw a shudder, and many of those who’ve watched it have shared similarly strange statements made by their own children.

One woman recalled:

    When one of my kids was three, she randomly turned to me and said, ‘hey mommy, remember that time I was an old lady and got hit by a car and died?’

Another mother commented:

    My daughter is four and has told me so many times that her and two other girls fell in water and sank to the bottom then fell asleep and now she’s here.

There are many different theories as to why kids often speak of ‘memories’ of past lives, with many people believing that the suggestible nature of children’s brains means they are more susceptible to false memories. However, there are those who believe there’s more to it.

Speaking with The San Francisco Chronicle in 2006, medical director of the Child and Family Psychiatric Clinic at the University of Virginia, Jim Tucker, spoke about his beliefs that reincarnation could exist.

Tucker, who has taken case studies of past-life memories and attempted to verify them, said:

    If it’s a case where the statements aren’t verified, then it may well be just fantasy – like the boy who said, ‘I used to drive a big truck’.

    If you have got one where the children have made numerous statements about another life that is quite some distance away, including proper names and everything else, and it all checks out, then unless you are going to say, ‘It’s all one heck of a coincidence,’ you can’t really just blame all of that on fantasy.

In a blog post for the University of Virginia, Tucker recommended that parents ‘be open to what their children are reporting,’ noting that some children ‘show a lot of emotional intensity regarding these issues,’ and so parents ‘should be respectful in listening’ just as they are with other topics.

Source: Unilad


Bigfoot and Railroad Tracks

There is a rare story, unelaborated, the tidbit of which is currently being investigated by Strange Maine author Michelle Souliere, that tells of the finding of an “apeman” near the railroad tracks at Greenville, Maine, in 1856. It holds the promise of further intrigue. Can you help? Has any Cryptomundian ever heard of this 1856 case and knows more details?

This item has brought to mind the quite frequent place that railroads fit into such stories.

Have you ever noticed there seems to be something special going on with railroad tracks and Bigfoot?

For anyone who reads the hominological and cryptozoological literature, you will be quite familiar with the notion that railroads keep popping up in sighting accounts. Cases like the Enfield Monster of Illinois, 1973, mention the railroad tracks almost as if they are being used as the avenues of movement for the creature. In the midst of a series of Bigfoot sightings, on January 15, 1980, near Manchester, Iowa, railroad engineer Cyrii O’Brien, who was on a train at the time, saw a strange creature on all fours eating a carcass; weird six-toed tracks were found in the area later.

Rail right-of-ways are natural greenbelts for animals to employ for ease of travel. Is it any wonder that railroads are so often involved?

Railways, of course, have been used as a form of explanation, too. Various threads have been linked to the railroads in Bigfoot stories in the same fashion that the “wrecked circus train myths” were used by early news reporters to explain away unknown mystery cat sightings. Those “circus trains,” needless to say, rode the rail lines.

It will be recalled that during the “white wild man” sightings in British Columbia, in 1922, it was written at the time that “the ‘wild-men’ running at large, more or less, [have been sighted] ever since the advent of the G.T.P., [and were] supposed to have been working on the railroad construction, afterwards squatting on the wild lands abounding in this district, until they in turn become ‘wild’ themselves, according to the remoteness from supplies or from other human companions.”

The stray people became the feral or wild people who became Sasquatch, we are told. The theme has been used before.

One of the most discussed historic Bigfoot-railroad cases, of course, is the Jacko incident.

The story of Jacko – that of a small, apelike, young Sasquatch said to have been captured alive in the 1800s – is a piece of folklore that refuses to die, despite a superb investigative article published in 1975, co-authored by John Green and Sabina W. Sanderson.

The investigation into the Jacko story did not began until decades later. During the 1950s, a news reporter named Brian McKelvie became interested in the then-current stories of the Sasquatch being carried by his local British Columbian papers. McKelvie searched for older reports. What he found was the Daily British Colonist July 4, 1884, article about Jacko. The account detailed the sighting of a smallish hairy creature (“something of the gorilla type”) supposedly seen and captured near Yale, British Columbia, on June 30, 1884, and housed in a local jail.

McKelvie shared the Jacko account with researchers John Green and René Dahinden. MeKelvie told them this was the only record of the event due to a fire that had destroyed other area newspapers of the time.

In 1958, John Green found and interviewed a man (August Castle) who remembered the Jacko talk of the time, but he said his parents did not take him to the jail to see the beast. Other senior citizens remembered the talk of the creature, but no one could produce any truly good evidence for or eyewitness accounts (other than the British Colonist story) of Jacko.

The story’s appearance in Ivan T. Sanderson’s 1961 Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life propelled the Jacko incident into history. I dealt with the Jacko story anew in my book, Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America (NY: Simon and Schuster, 2003), beginning on page 41.

Meanwhile, some of the older accounts are merely short references to the sightings of wild people (whatever that means).

For example, the appearance of a “black wild man” is noted in one old article as having been seen near a railroad station in 1870 at Chatawa, Mississippi. This seems similar to the Vincennes Monster (also said to look like a “black wild man”) seen near a railroad bridge in Indiana, in 1885.

But the question for today is, what happened in Greenville, Maine, in 1856?

BTW, when is an old report of a “wild man” in Maine not really in the state of Maine? When it’s an account from Maine, New York, of course.

In Robert Bartholomew’s and Paul Bartholomew’s Bigfoot: Encounters in New York & New England (2008), the authors detail “wild-man” sightings occurring between August and November 1883 at just such a location. They write that these encounters took place “in extreme south central New York near the small town of Maine on the western border of Broome County, northwest of Binghamton.”

This Maine (New York) creature was described as “low in stature, covered with hair, and running while bent close to the ground” with no forearms as its “arms ended at the elbows,” (p. 22). I wonder how any of the Cryptomundian artist would draw that creature?

Source: Cryptomundo


Thokolosi on the Loose

By Kabelo Dipholo

Young boy tormented by faceless creature in Tobane

A violent, short-tempered faceless creature with a fierce throw and an even hotter slap has been tormenting an 11-year-old Tobane Primary School boy.

The child was temporarily taken out of school and briefly relocated to Mmadinare, as his parents sought refuge from the supernatural being which has made a habit of slapping and choking him.

Throwing stones at passing cars, breaking windows and even slapping the pastor reportedly sent to exorcise it, causing the man of God to flee, are just some of the things this faceless terror was accused of.

News of a Thokolosi in the village of Tobane, nestled deep in the eastern part of Botswana some 20kms from Selebi Phikwe, broke on social media late in February.

The allegations would later gain traction as more stories about a Thokolosi throwing tantrums in the village emerged.

In an interview with The Voice last Saturday, two weeks after the Thokolosi first struck, the tormented boy’s grandmother and guardian, Mmatala Modise, insists the reports have been greatly exaggerated.

However, the old woman reluctantly admits that strange happenings have hit her home recently – literally, as four smashed windows indicate. Her absent grandson is further proof that something is amiss.

A staunch member of the African Baptist (AB) church, Modise angrily blames a certain ‘MmaPatricia’ for spreading falsehoods about her and her family.

“She’s a daughter to a traditional doctor in the village and I was alerted to this personal attack by concerned neighbours, who shared a voice recording of her just spewing lies and making all sorts of claims,” remonstrates the stooped elder.

Visibly uneasy and growing increasingly agitated, the granny reveals her grandson woke up in the middle of the night weeping that he was being pinched and punched.

“Like this past Saturday, he woke up screaming saying something was hitting him. He was evidently in pain but I could not see anything. I don’t know why someone will go around claiming a Thokolosi attacked my son. How do they know that? I’ve never seen a Thokolosi in my life and just like everyone else I’ve no answers,” she said, fixing this reporter with a soul-piercing stare.

Standing in her well swept yard, with several chickens roaming about, blissfully unaware of the old woman’s anguish, Modise further told The Voice the faceless intruder has a habit of throwing stones at her two-bedroom house.

“The first time it happened, I was at a neighbour’s house around midday when I heard a loud bang on the roof. I initially thought teenage boys hunting birds may have thrown the stone. However, the second stone landed and together with my neighbour we went to investigate.”

When a third stone hurtled through the front window, they realised something out of the ordinary was happening.

“This thing continued for some time and as you can see, all my windows are broken, but that’s as far as it goes. No passersby have been hurt, nor stones thrown at passing cars. The village leadership even came here to assess the damage and none of them was slapped by the alleged Thokolosi,” she said.

“As you mentioned, you’ve been here for the past two days, has anything slapped you yet?” challenged Modise, adding her grandson was due to return the following day.

In an interview with The Voice, Kgosi Nametsego Motlhasedi of Tobane confirmed visiting the tormented family after the matter was reported at her office.

“We saw the broken windows and the little boy, but that’s as far as I can say. I don’t know where the Thokolosi story comes from,” maintained Kgosi Motlhasedi, who declined to have her picture taken.

Meanwhile, a prominent religious leader in the village, Prophet Frank Mod of Heavenly Embassy International Church, confirmed stories of mysterious creatures are rife in the village.

“I once had a similar case in church where a man complained that a hairy female creature joined him in bed every night. He said the creature was really scary and had been tormenting him for years. We prayed for him and he was delivered,” said Prophet Mod.

The youthful religious leader defined a Thokolosi as Satan or evil spirit that occupies a host body to torment the human race.

“I’ve been in the village for seven years, and the most common complaints of people who come to my church are people complaining about spiritual wives and husbands. People say they are being sexually used while they sleep,” he said.

“We can pray and deliver these people, but they’ve to keep reading the word of God and be prayerful,” concluded the pastor.

Source: The Voice BW

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