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- Research Brings Hope To Morgellons Patients -
- The Mechanism of Poltergeist Activity -
- Clay Tablet Identifies Asteroid that Destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah -
- UFOs, Aliens No Strangers to Grand Valley -
AND:  Devil's in the Detail of 'Haunted' House Sale

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Orfeo Angelucci Enters An Alternative Reality  Of "Infinite Entities," Voyages to other Dimensions, Dramatic  Moments of Illumination, and the Strange World Of Alien Intervention In Our Lives

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Michelle Belanger: Life as a Psychic Vampire

Science and Psychism:The Future of Artificial Intelligence

From Microbes to Monoliths:The Search for Life on Mars

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News Blackouts and the Non-Reporting of UFOs

The Mysterious Disappearance of Agatha Christie

College Campus Urban Legends:Tall Tales that Students Tell

Moonville, OH:A Haunted Railroad Town

Virginia’s Twitching Illness and Other Mass Maladies

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Research Brings Hope To Morgellons Patients

There may be a dramatic new breakthrough for hundreds of Texans who suffer from a mysterious disease.  CBS 11 News was the only station at a medical conference that uncovered new research in the fight to prove Morgellons Disease is real.

Most doctors don't believe Morgellons exists.  Patients who say they have it are often diagnosed as delusional.  But at a conference in Austin, they learned independent researchers are working to prove they aren't crazy.

"Its gut wrenching," says Donna, a patient with Morgellons. Belinda, another woman who says she has Morgellons, told CBS 11, "It's really like a living hell."

For the more than 100 people in attendance at the first ever National Morgellons Conference held in Austin, the symptoms are very real.

"It was so severe, that at one time, my husband and I talked about amputation of the fingers that were infected," says 79-year old Morgellons patient, Harriet Bishop.

Bishop believes she was infected on August 14, 1994 when she gashed her fingers on thorns while gardening at her home in British Columbia.  Two months later, she and her family moved to Canyon Lake, Texas, but her wounds from that August day never healed.  Even more alarming, strange fibers began coming out of her hands.

"The fibers would come out, they emerge on their own," she says.  "They make a hole and they come out and it's very painful."

It wasn't until 2005 that Bishop found out about Morgellons.  She joined a growing list of people which now totals more than 14,000 worldwide, according to the Morgellons Research Foundation.  That number includes at least 830 Texans who believe they're infected.

San Francisco physician, Raphael Stricker, is one of only a few doctors who believe something real is happening to patients like Bishop. "There's almost always some history of exposure to dirt basically either from gardening or camping or something," says Dr. Stricker.

His research has focused on a type of plant bacteria which is known to cause infections in animals and humans with compromised immune systems.

"Agrobacterium is a plant bacteria that lives in soil," he says.  "It can cause skin lesions when injected into Swiss mice, which are a strain of mice that are immune deficient."

In 2007, Dr. Stricker and experts in agrobacterium studied skin samples from seven Morgellons patients and found the DNA from the bacteria in all seven samples.  Now the question is, how are people getting the bacteria in their bodies.  Dr. Stricker believes it could be from ticks.  The small insects are well known for carrying the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.  In fact, in a recent survey of 44 Morgellons patients in San Francisco, 43 of them tested positive for Lyme.

"This suggests that the combination of the Lyme bacteria and the agrobacterium may work together to cause an unusual and emerging disease such as Morgellons," Dr. Stricker told the audience at the conference.

"It could be that they're both tick-borne diseases," says Ginger Savely, a nurse practitioner who treats more than 300 Morgellons patients.  "The ticks we know harbor at least 300 different pathogens."

Savely believes the researchers are onto something, and hopes that it can lead to treatment or even a cure. "I just hope that sometime before I die, we find out what this is," she says.  "It is the most perplexing and it's just incredible stuff."

For Harriet Bishop, Saturday's conference was about learning, but also about offering support to those who need it...people like Belinda Smith of San Antonio. "I've been isolated from my family," explains Smith, who is also a nurse.  "I haven't seen my family, my mother, my dad, my sister in four years because they're scared."

"Be open to the possibility that there could be something emerging here that needs to be treated," Bishop added.

The research presented at the Austin conference was all done through independently funded programs.  The Centers for Disease Control announced in January it was launching its own field study.  The study is expected to take at least 18-months.

Source: CBS-11 Dallas, Ft. Worth


The Mechanism of Poltergeist Activity

The sight of small blonde girls watching television is guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of anyone who has watched the movie Poltergeist.

We're right to be terrified, say physicists. Children generate poltergeist activity by channelling energy into the quantum mechanical vacuum.

Pierro Brovetto, whose last known address was the Instituto Fisica Superiore, in Cagliari, Italy and his colleague Vera Maxia wanted to explain the origin of poltergeist phenomena, characterised by objects flying around the room "of their own accord".

In their paper titled: "Some conjectures about the mechanism of poltergeist phenomenon," the researchers note that poltergeist encounters have been reported around the world and across different cultures, but tend to have one thing in common.

"Poltergeist disturbances often occur in the neighbourhood of a pubescent child or a young woman," the authors note in their paper.

So Brovetto and Maxia have come up with a mechanism to explain just how these women and children create such havoc. Like so many problems that arise in adolescence, puberty gets the blame.

"Puberty is a modification of the child body which involves various organs, chiefly the brain," they state.

Their summary states that poltergeist accounts concern at least four kinds of strange spontaneous manifestations, such as burning of materials, failures of electric equipments, rapping noises and movements of objects. A simple analysis of phenomenology of these disturbances shows that they might have a common origin, that is, a reduction in strength of molecular bonds due to an enhancement in polarization of vacuum which decreases the actual electron charge.

Arguments based on Prigogine’ nonequilibrium thermodynamics are proposed, which show how transformations in brain of some pubescent children or young women might be the cause of these effects.

Brovetto and Maxia hypothesize that the changes in the brain that occur at puberty involve fluctuations in electron activity that, in rare cases, can create disturbances up to a few metres around the outside of the brain.

These disturbances would be similar in character to the quantum mechanical fluctuations that physicists believe occur in the vacuum, in which "virtual" particle and antiparticle pairs pop up for a fleeting moment, before they annihilate each other and disappear again.

Brovetto and Maxia believe that the extra fluctuations triggered by the pubescent brain would substantially enhance the presence of the virtual particles surrounding the person. This could slowly increase the pressure of air around them, moving objects and even sending them hurtling across the room.

The poltergeist paper will appear in the journal Neuroquantology.

Brian Josephson, a Nobel laureate physicist who is on the editorial board of Neuroquantology commented that the paper looked "distinctly flaky" to him.

Source: New Scientist


Clay Tablet Identifies Asteroid that Destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah

A clay tablet that has baffled scientists for 150 years has been identified as a witness’s account of the asteroid suspected of being behind the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Researchers who cracked the cuneiform symbols on the Planisphere tablet believe that it recorded an asteroid thought to have been more than half a mile across.

The tablet, found by Henry Layard in the remains of the library in the royal place at Nineveh in the mid-19th century, is thought to be a 700BC copy of notes made by a Sumerian astronomer watching the night sky.

He referred to the asteroid as “white stone bowl approaching” and recorded it as it “vigorously swept along”.

Using computers to recreate the night sky thousands of years ago, scientists have pinpointed his sighting to shortly before dawn on June 29 in the year 3123BC.

About half the symbols on the tablet have survived and half of those refer to the asteroid. The other symbols record the positions of clouds and constellations. In the past 150 years scientists have made five unsuccessful attempts to translate the tablet.

Mark Hempsell, one of the researchers from Bristol University who cracked the tablet’s code, said: “It’s a wonderful piece of observation, an absolutely perfect piece of science.”

He said the size and route of the asteroid meant that it was likely to have crashed into the Austrian Alps at Köfels. As it travelled close to the ground it would have left a trail of destruction from supersonic shock waves and then slammed into the Earth with a cataclysmic impact.

Debris consisting of up to two thirds of the asteroid would have been hurled back along its route and a flash reaching temperatures of 400C (752F) would have been created, killing anyone in its path. About one million sq km (386,000 sq miles) would have been devastated and the impact would have been equivalent to more than 1,000 tonnes of TNT exploding.

Dr Hempsall said that at least 20 ancient myths record devastation of the type and on the scale of the asteroid’s impact, including the Old Testament tale of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and the Ancient Greek myth of how Phaeton, son of Helios, fell into the River Eridanus after losing control of his father’s sun chariot.

The findings of Dr Hempsall and Alan Bond, of Reaction Engines Ltd, are published in a book, A Sumerian Observation of the Köfels’ Impact Event.

The researchers say that the asteroid’s impact would explain why at Köfels there is evidence of an ancient landslide 5km wide and 500m thick.

Tale of devastation

Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of Heaven; and he overthrew those cities and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities . . . [Abraham] looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and beheld, and lo, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.

Genesis 19:24-28

Source: The Times Online


California Crew Thinks "Lizard Man" May Be "Bigfoot"

BISHOPVILLE, SC - It's a story that got a lot of people talking in the Midlands. Back in February, a Lee County family woke up to find their van torn and bloodied. Some people thought the legendary Lizard Man had struck again.

Dixie Rawson of Bishopville discovered one morning that the whole front half of their van was chewed up. "There are bite marks right through the front grill," said Rawson. "Both sides of the van above the wheel wells were bitten and the metal is bent like a piece of paper."

"I couldn't believe it, I just couldn't believe it," Rawson said. He looks down at the blood and claw marks on his van. "He literally bit, you can feel where he bit straight through here."

Who is "he"? It's a point of renewed debate in the area. Some are sure they know the only creature capable of this kind of damage is the Lizard Man.

If it is the Lizard Man, he's back nearly two decades after first being spotted near Scape Ore swamp. No one's ever been able to confirm the account of the seven-foot monster with green skin, three toes and a three clawed fingers.

In addition to the car damage, the Rawsons didn't find their cats in the boxes where they usually sleep. They did find the towels inside shredded, and the same story with the morning paper.

Now, an investigator says those who believe the legend have it all wrong. Instead, he says a very different type of creature is to blame.

"Think about it. It's incredible," says Tom Biscardi. He wants answers, so he drove all the way from California to Bishopville. Biscardi is traveling with his team of researchers - trying to figure out what could've chewed up the front of the van, biting right through metal.

Biscardi heard all the rumors. The only freak of nature that could do it was supposedly the Lizard Man.

A giant creature of legend was first reportedly seen near Scape Ore swamp nearly 20 years ago. Biscardi doesn't think so. "There's no Lizard Man. I'm telling you, you've got something else."

Biscardi, says his investigation - will debunk all the rumors. He can't prove it yet, but Biscardi traces the damage to a creature like the one in Texas. "I'm going to tell you, it's not a Lizard Man. What you've got is a primate, a thing called a swamp ape."

The creature Biscardi speaks of is more commonly known as "Bigfoot."

The team found 18-inch prints in Texas. Biscardi's team of Bigfoot hunters says it's found similar prints near Scape Ore Swamp. The team set surveillance around the swamp, and near the damaged van.

Forensic evidence was also gathered. But after two days of searching, no creature was spotted. Biscardi says, "No problem."

He'll be back next month with a bigger crew. "If anything does travel out on this area, we'll get it. I have no doubt in my mind."

Whether the Lizard Man story ends there remains to be seen. What's clear for now, the mystery's plot - has only thickened.

Source: WIS-TV Columbia, South Carolina


Psychedelic Chemist Explores Inner Space, One Drug at a Time

Alexander Shulgin is the world's foremost "psychonaut." The 82-year-old chemist has not only created more of the 300 known consciousness-altering (or psychoactive) compounds than anyone living or dead, he has, by his own account, sampled somewhere between 200 and 250 of them himself—most of them cooked up in the musty lab behind his home in the hills east of Berkeley, Calif., where he has shared many a chemical voyage with his wife of 26 years, Ann.

"I take them myself because I am interested in their activity in the human mind. How would you test that in a rat or mouse?" says Shulgin, known to friends as Sasha.

He has paid the price for his avocation. Some of his creations have induced uncontrollable vomiting, paralysis and the feeling that his bones were melting, among other terrors. And though some believe Shulgin has opened the doors of perception to a new class of potentially therapeutic mind-altering compounds, others argue that he bears responsibility for the damage that ongoing abuse of such now-illicit substances can cause.

As a student at the University of California, Berkeley, in the 1950s, Shulgin's gateway drug was mescaline, a naturally occurring psychedelic found in peyote and other groovy cacti. "It introduced me to new colors which I had never seen before," Shulgin says. "It allowed me to interpret whatever I was looking at with an entirely new vocabulary…. And yet, what a simple structure!"

In the 1960s, while working as a biochemist at The Dow Chemical Co. in San Francisco, he couldn't resist tinkering with the potent mescaline molecule. He synthesized entirely new compounds that retained similar, trippy qualities. Some variations were less potent, but others were even more powerful or imparted their own unique twist.

Shulgin, who left Dow in 1965 to consult for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) among other pursuits, offered the best of his new chemical darlings to Ann, his second wife; the most promising of these were passed along to a close circle of 10 friends until the mid-1990s, when the DEA, no longer paying for his services, raided his lab and revoked his license to work with illegal drugs.

His personal favorite, which he describes as "extraordinarily comfortable and quite erotic," is known simply as 2C-B for its chemical makeup.

One by one, Shulgin has seen many of the compounds he invented or experimented with become illegal in the U.S., including some that have never been synthesized by anyone and some that he thought might prove therapeutic, such as MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine), better known as ecstasy. "I was very sad to see MDMA achieve the status of a Schedule 1 drug," a designation that prohibits its manufacture or use in the U.S., he says. "I felt that it would inhibit research into its medical value and that's the way it's turned out."

Some researchers agree that the government's response to psychoactive drugs has deprived them of a unique window into human consciousness. After all, rodents will happily ingest most intoxicants and narcotics —from marijuana to heroin—but not the headier psychedelics.

"Peculiarly, not only did we make them illegal, but we backed away from them scientifically," says neuroscientist Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, one of the researchers who is restarting basic research into psychedelics. His lab has shown that psilocybin, the active ingredient in the variety of fungi known as magic mushrooms, can bring on lasting feelings of well-being. This may indicate that it could be harnessed to help clinically depressed or addicted patients.

Shulgin, who continues to study cacti for new chemical routes to altered states, predicts that by the year 2060, the number of different known psychedelics will have grown from 300 to 2,000. He intends to discover—and perhaps sample—as many of them as he can. "It is like opening a door to a hallway," he says, "that has unopened doors for its entire length, and behind every door is a world with which you are totally unfamiliar."

Source: Scientific America


UFOs, Aliens No Strangers to Grand Valley

Far from being vast, vacant spaces between us bipeds and the stars, the skies are full of wonders, some closer than you might think. By some accounts the skies above Earth are busy with activity.

That there are unidentified flying objects is not exactly a revelation in the 21st century. They’re part of the cultural lexicon: UFOs. But the skies above western Colorado and the Grand Valley might be a little different, unusual, even.

It was somewhere above western Colorado, maybe eastern Utah, that a Kansas man said he found “hard evidence” that UFOs are, as the phrase frequently goes, “not of this Earth.”

And in Paonia lives a woman who says she can explain why it is that strange lights seem to pulsate with some regularity over the Grand Valley’s skies.

Hint: It’s not necessarily because of what’s above, but what lies beneath.

“Grand Mesa is a huge facility,” said Marcellina Beckwith. “There are portals and vortexes that open up all over the Grand Mesa.”

Humans can’t see them because they exist in different dimensions than humans occupy, she said.

Beckwith said she’s in a position to know. She is the reincarnated soul of the commander of the craft from Zeta Reticuli that crashed in 1947 in Roswell, N.M., Beckwith said.

The author of two books, “Stranded on Earth: The Story of a Roswell Crash Survivor” and “Zeti Child: Lost Upon a One Star World,” Beckwith is a regular columnist for the monthly UFO newsletter “Star Beacon,” writing as Commander Sanni Ceto, her identity at the time of the crash.

The sky above the Grand Valley is a busy place, Beckwith said, because its inner recesses are filled with creatures who are working with the American military. The creatures, called reptoids, are not to be trusted.

She is here, Beckwith said, because “someday, your earth might need our help, to save you from a disaster that might be man-made.”


The fact is, said Beckwith and Max Harris, a Grand Junction man who tracks all things UFO, Earth is something other than a paradise. Actually, humans and Earth are under quarantine.

Humans, it turns out, aren’t to be trusted and that is why the race is stuck on a tiny rock swirling in a far corner of the universe. One of many universes, actually.

There is more. A lot more. But for the moment, it’s enough to know that the reason humans occasionally see UFOs is because more advanced beings are checking up on their progeny.

It’s also important to know, Harris said, that it’s no accident that the Mayan calendar marks the end of days on Dec. 21, 2012. It’s at that point that Earth’s universe begins a new revolution of 25,625 years, launching us all into a new, better dimension.

In the meantime, though, Earth remains a cosmic Hells’ Kitchen. Like a restaurant with a reputation for poisoning the clientele, “We’re on everybody’s maps” as a place to avoid, Harris said. “We’re angry. We’re hostile.”

But, like any other malignancy, humans also have to be observed, presumably from safe vantage points.


Perhaps that explains the experience of KJCT-TV news director Karla Shotts, who got a call Jan. 25 from the newsroom about 7 p.m., telling her the station was getting calls about lights in the sky.

Sure enough, Shotts said, the lights were visible from her Redlands-area home.

There were three sets of lights, Shotts said, hovering in the night sky. She thought of them as a clock, with the moon at midnight, one set of lights at 11, another a 3 and the third in the center, where the hands would attach.

The light arrays were identical, she said. A larger light that flashed blue, red and then gold was surrounded by tiny lights that behaved like strobe lights.

“All three stayed exactly in the same place for at least two hours,” she said.

About 9 p.m., it was over.

“The one at 11 disappeared first, then the second to disappear was the one in the middle and the one at 3 was the last to go,” she said. “There was no motion, no nothing. They were just gone.”

Shotts checked with military bases in Colorado and was told no one was doing anything in the skies over Grand Junction. There’s no video of the event because “power bumps” that night near the station left it with irregular electrical service, she said.

No, nothing cosmic. More like road work, she said. “We lost a lot of stuff that week.”

And about the UFO? “It was just really neat,” she said.

But she and other Redlands residents saw something. In that, they are — yes, but wait for it — not alone.


Robert White, a Kansas man who was passing through the Grand Valley in 1985, was driving west on Interstate 70 out of Grand Junction when he, too, spotted lights hovering in the darkness.

His view was of two parallel, elongated tubes, glowing blue, in the sky.

“Then I saw a huge ball of light and the thing took off straight in the air,” he said. He saw something strike a nearby hillside and ran to see more.

He found a groove in the ground leading to a glowing, hot object, White said. He retrieved something from the car to help him hold the object, which had cooled by the time he returned.

The object, shaped like an elongated teardrop with “chads that stick out,” has been determined to be pure aluminum, he said.

“It does strange things,” such as interfere with electrical devices, pick up radio signals and mystify viewers, White said.

“Everybody that sees it agrees, they’ve never seen anything like it, ever,” he said.

White has taken polygraph tests, submitted the object to various labs and been generally frustrated that the object hasn’t generated the interest it deserves, he said.

“The mainstream media doesn’t want to touch it,” he said.

His Web site calls it “the bullet from the smoking gun” that shows there is more science than fiction to UFOs. On his Web site,, White speculates that the artifact might have a Martian origin.

White wasn’t alone when he had his encounter. There was another witness, he said, but declined to elaborate.

“She’ll never be found,” he said.


Robert St. John, a fixture in Grand Junction radio for decades, said White is “the real deal.”

He’s hefted White’s artifact and talked to White, St. John said. More to the point, he saw what White saw, 10 years later.

He was running on Colorado National Monument one August morning in 1995 when he saw the same kind of thing described by White hovering over Fruita.

“Then it drops two pods that shoot into the Bookcliffs,” St. John said. “There was no sound. They gave out a white light like a welder’s light. Poof, poof and they were gone.”

The object itself floated in the air, he said. “It shimmered into existence and it shimmered out of existence.”

That very same day, minutes later, a man in Salida saw exactly the same thing, St. John said. He got the Salida event on tape and it was shown on Denver television, St. John said.

Given all that, “I don’t doubt anything anyone says anymore” about UFOs, he said.

Which brings us back to Beckwith, who said that White’s story about his artifact “makes sense, as Earth people haven’t perfected the process to create pure, flawless aluminum.”

White’s theory, though, that his object came from Mars is flawed, she said, because Mars is mostly iron.


It’s now Beckwith’s job to help humanity find its way through the maze of growth in the cosmos, she said.

Humans didn’t just happen upon this planet, Beckwith said. The planet itself is no coincidence. Earth is the result of “terraforming” and mountains make for great bases as they can be hollowed out, “like Cheyenne Mountain.”

Earth’s denizens are the result of sophisticated genetic work by the Pleiadians, a race of human-like people who hail from the stars of the constellation Pleiades, she said.

“I’m a star person,” she said.

She has sewn together representations of her father, Khinyeo, as well as other grays, and she sells them on the Web. But her real work is the preparation for the events of 2012, when the fate of humanity will be decided, she said.

It is then that humans will decide whether they are to be creatures of love and peace, or of hatred and war, she said.

“I’m here as a teacher and educator” intended to reveal the truth of humanity’s origins and its potential, Beckwith said.

“I want to see the cover-up ended.”

She is particularly suited for her job because she had a reckless streak, herself, as Sanni Ceto.

“We were not supposed to be there,” she wrote in “Stranded on Earth.” “As a matter of fact, we were violating the orders of the Council by coming to Earth in the first place. Earth was strictly off-limits to all spacecraft, but my desire to lead a specimen-collecting scientific expedition there had been just too tempting to let a little thing such as Federation rules and regulations stop me.”

Her craft crashed because she was momentarily distracted during an electrical storm, and in her book, Beckwith recounts her treatment by her human captors and her eventual torture and death as Sanni Ceto.

Beckwith grew up in Ohio and made her way with the help of the Star Beacon to Paonia, where she said she finally feels at home on Earth.


There are ways, said Harris, to help humanity along its course.

“When somebody does something unselfish,” he said, “they potentialize themselves.” And in doing so, “You accelerate our own evolution. Every human being is the beneficiary.”

He hasn’t seen a UFO, Harris said, but he doesn’t need to, either. And those who have seen them aren’t necessarily ready to concede that aliens walk among us.

But among many who say they have seen a UFO, there is a bond.

“Once you see, you know,” St. John said. “Once you see, you understand.”

Understanding, though, has its price. Ask Agent K of “Men in Black,” who dealt daily with the scum, and the cream, of the universes.

“They’re beautiful, aren’t they?” K said, scanning heavenward. “The stars. I never really look at them anymore, but they actually are quite ... beautiful.”

And now, if you’d be good enough to look right here ...

Source: The Daily Sentinal


Devil's in the Detail of 'Haunted' House Sale

After enduring howls in the night and creaking staircases for the past three years, an Italian family is preparing to sue the previous owners of their house for not telling them it was haunted.

Gaetano Bastianelli, 57, and his wife Stefania paid €120,000 (£94,000) for the modern home in the Umbrian town of Spoleto in 2005 - encouraged by the fact that all the furniture and fittings were left by the owners, right down to the coffee cups. "We considered it the deal of the century," said Mr Bastianelli.

The couple claim they were unaware that the house in Santo Chiodo road had been built close to the disused Pozzi Ginori cemetery, or that strange goings-on at the address during the 1970s had necessitated an exorcism - and prompted a visit from Perugia University's paranormal research team.

"The ghosts started their haunting on the first night," said Mr Bastianelli, a former long-distance lorry driver. "I woke suddenly at around one or two in the morning. There was water seeping from under the bathroom door.

"The hot water tap was pouring out boiling water and the room was full of steam. My wife was stunned, because she had turned off everything before going to bed."

He claimed that by next morning, malevolent spirits had left "luminous green mold all over the walls".

After that things got worse. He said the sound of chains rattling had alarmed his 10-year-old daughter, and claimed that the lawnmower and his wife's car had spontaneously combusted.

Now Mr Bastianelli has engaged a lawyer, Antonio Francesconi, to sue the previous owners for failing to inform him that the house was haunted.

"We have a good case," said Mr Francesconi. "Under article 1490 of Italian law, you have to tell buyers if there is anything wrong. I think that the previous owners will settle out of court."

A local historian, Sergio Grifoni, confirmed that an exorcism had been performed on a girl in the house in 1977.

"The local papers at the time said a girl had been possessed by the devil and had been taken to the bishop. Nothing helped, until Pope John Paul II prayed for her."

The episode was confirmed by Fr Gabriel Amorth, the Vatican's senior exorcist, who said: "Pope Wojtyla carried out an exorcism on this girl who was rolling around on the floor of her house."

He could not confirm whether the house was the same one in Santo Chiodo road.

Source: The Telegraph (UK)

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