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“The popular notion that ghosts are likely to be seen in a graveyard is not borne out by psychical research... A haunting ghost usually haunts a place that a person lived in or frequented while alive... Only a gravedigger's ghost would be likely to haunt a graveyard.”

- John H. Alexander, Ghosts! Washington Revisited: The Ghostlore of the Nation's Capitol

This week Conspiracy Journal brings you such fantastic tales of weirdness as:

Indian Army Photographed UFO Over Himalayas -
- Unraveling the Secret Life of the Mysterious George Hunt Williamson-
- New Ebook Examines "Unified Field Theory" In Non-Human Encounters -
- Vampire Skeleton Rediscovered in Britain -
AND: Prince Charles, Heir to Dracula's Blood Line

All these exciting stories and MORE in this week's issue of

~ And Now, On With The Show! ~


Traveling the Path Back to the Road in the Sky      


George Hunt Williamson – known as “Brother Philip” throughout the highlands of Peru, the jungles of South and Central America, and the arid plains of the Southwest – traveled the longest highway in the world, leading him to discover a vast road into the sky that can be linked to the arrival of visitors from elsewhere in the universe throughout the ages.

Within these pages are the stories of the Hopi Sun Clan, including the legends of the “Giant Star.” The secret of the Stone Tablets of Peru. The Time Spanners. The Beacon of the Gods. The Martian Miniatures. Fossils, Footprints and Fantasy.

Evidence for the existence of the “Silent World,” and the reality of the Unholy Six. Also this is the book that gives: * Williamson’s behind-the-scenes battle with the FBI and the Silence Group.

* His investigation into the mysterious disappearances of Hunrath and Wilkinson, who might have been murdered or abducted by UFOs.

* The accusations of smuggling and his “association” with a sexy flying saucer pilot whom the FBI identified as a “ravishing woman commandant!”

Williamson, sometime in his life, must have come to realize that, in America, if you try to buck the status quo or change the system you can easily be slandered and identified as a dangerous dissident, whether you are called a communist, a fascist, or a neo-Nazi.

Many of the contactees of the early UFO/New Age communities were unduly slandered, as was the man aka “Brother Philip.” It was also suggested that Williamson was a “Mind-Controlled Soldier” of the Soviet Union, a label he found difficult to shake off during his years of conflict with the “system.”

How he persevered in spite of all this undeserved conflict makes for a story of true UFO heroism.

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Indian Army Photographed UFO Over Himalayas

According to Indian media reports, units of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) have reported UFOs in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. An ITBP unit based in Thakung, close to the Pangong Tso Lake, reported over 100 sightings of luminous objects between August 1 and October 15 this year.

In reports sent to their Delhi headquarters in September, and to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), they described sighting "Unidentified Luminous Objects" at day and by night. The yellowish spheres appear to lift off from the horizon on the Chinese side and slowly traverse the sky for three to five hours before disappearing.

These were not unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS), drones or even low earth-orbiting satellites, say Army officials who have studied the hazy photographs taken by ITBP.

In September, the Army moved a mobile ground-based radar unit and a spectrum analyser-that picks up frequencies emitted from any object-to a mountaintop near the 160-km-long, ribbon-shaped Pangong Lake that lies between India and China. The radar could not detect the object that was being tracked visually, in dicating it was non-metallic. The spectrum analyser could not detect any signals being emitted from them. The Army also flew a reconnaissance drone in the direction of the floating object, but it proved a futile exercise. The drone reached its maximum altitude but lost sight of the floating object.

In late September this year, a team of astronomers from the Indian Astronomical Observatory at Hanle, 150 km south of the lake, studied the airborne phenomena for three days. The team spotted the flying objects, Army officials say, but could not conclusively establish what they were. They did, however, say that the objects were "non celestial" and ruled out meteors and planets.

Scientists however say, the harsh geography and sparse demography of the great Himalayan range that separates Kashmir Valley from Ladakh, lends itself to unusual sightings. "The region is snowbound in winter, has few roads and is one of the most isolated places in India," says Sunil Dhar, a geologist at the government Post Graduate College in Dharamshala, who has studied glaciers in the region for 15 years.

Yet, none of the experts from the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO)-in charge of technical intelligence-and Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), has been able to identify the objects. Source

Samudra Tapu Valley Lake Humanoid Sighting   

There is still also no explanation, however, for what is believed to be the clearest UFO sighting yet, which was sighted over Lahaul-Spiti region of Himachal Pradesh less than 100 km south of Ladakh.

Tucked away high in 15,000-ft glaciated mountains, Chandratal, the only sacred lake in the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh , has for long been steeped in mythology. Legend has it that the crescent-shaped pristine water body is an abode of fairies who descend on Earth on moonlit nights.

It was the penultimate day of a week-long expedition undertaken by Ahmedabad-based Space Application Centre (SAC) of ISRO on September 27, 2004. The team comprising three SAC scientists and two geologists had pitched camp in the valley some 17,000 ft above sea level. They were studying the Chandra basin glacier using satellite data. Around 6.45 a.m., as the scientists were preparing to leave their tents, one of the porters spotted a white object on top of an adjacent mountain ridge, and screamed: "Sir, the snow man is coming."

Anil Kulkarni, a senior ISRO scientist who has been mapping glaciers for a quarter century, and his team members saw what appeared to be a robot floating a few inches above the ground, approaching the camp along the mountain slope. Kulkarni and his co-researcher, geologist Sunil Dhar, pulled out their digital cameras and began shooting the object even as the team raced towards the mountain to investigate.

The oblong object, between 3 and 4 ft high, kept moving down the slope towards the team. It had a cylindrical head with two balloon-type attachments, a body, hands and two legs. It seemed to be walking, planting and pacing its steps like a human being,  recalls Dhar. It seems when the object reached the lower edge of the hill, 50 m away from the stunned scientists, the team members excitement alarmed it. It stood still for a few seconds, turned and started a steep 70-degree ascent towards the ridge top. By this time, apparently due to the rays of the rising sun, its colour had changed to black. Soon it changed to white again, hovered above the camp for five minutes before noiselessly receding into a white dot in the sky. Ever since 1947 when businessman Kenneth Arnold sparked off a worldwide UFO mania reportedly spotting flying discs, thousands of fake sightings have been reported from across the globe. It would have also been easy to write off the Samudra Tapu sighting as a mistaken aerial phenomenon except that it was observed and reported by a group of scientists willing to stick out their necks and reputations to swear by what they saw.

From the photographs, the UFO looks like a bunch of balloons caught in a mountain draft, but an SAC report claims the object displayed complex manoeuvrability. It is a riddle beyond human perception, says Dhar who, along with Kulkarni, has contacted robotic labs across the world to determine what is technologically possible in unmanned flying vehicles.  It didn't look like a man-made object, adds geologist Rajesh Kalia. Even more incredible is the photographic evidence.among the first in India for a UFO sighted on the ground. of the experience classified as a close encounter of the first kind in common UFO parlance. Was it an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a cross-border spy mission or an extraterrestrial being? Or was it simply a helium-filled weather balloon which had lost its way? The jury is still out.

The scientists circulated the account of their close encounter in ISRO, army headquarters, Snow and Avalanche Study Establishments (SASE), an affiliate of Defence Research and Development Organisation which runs weather monitoring stations in high altitude regions, and among district authorities in Kullu. The army and SASE are the only agencies stationed in high altitude areas.

I thought it was a helium balloon, but Kulkarni's description indicates an object with ahead-of-age technology, says R.N. Sarwade, director, SASE.

Perplexed, the scientists are now wondering if it could be something man-made.  But there is no known matching technology yet in the civilian realm to explain the mysterious object we saw so up close, says Kulkarni. Over the past year, Kulkarni and Dhar have been critically examining their sighting to deconstruct the object technologically, contacting top robotic laboratories in the US, Germany and Sweden. Kulkarni has shared his report with the director general of military operations. Efforts to demystify the Samudra Tapu UFO sighting have made little headway, given the sheer high altitude, heavy snow cover and peculiar weather conditions which render the snowbound region virtually inaccessible for both air and ground expeditions.

But the quest for demystifying the sighting has not stopped.  One way to understand the mysterious object is to undertake more expeditions in the area,  says Dhar. But the question is whether the object will ever be sighted again?  Unless the sighting is repeated, it will remain a puzzle, says Kulkarni. Till that happens, this is an enigma scientists may have to live with.

Source: India Today


Unraveling the Secret Life of the Mysterious George Hunt Williamson
By Sean Casteel
    George Hunt Williamson, one of the major players on the UFO contactee scene of the 1950s, continues to be a shadowy, hard-to-define personality in the years since his death in 1986. He embodied a great deal of the contactee era's optimistic faith in Space Brothers as the saviors of our planet and would be crucial to the formation of a large portion of accepted New Age doctrine. But he also had ties to a neo-fascist organization and was investigated by the FBI as a possible communist propagandist. He claimed degrees in anthropology that could never be verified, even while he traveled throughout the Americas collecting legends and stories from various indigenous peoples about visits from those same Space Brothers and their help in establishing functioning tribal communities. He would change his name to suit the occasion, sometimes calling himself Brother Philip, or by the Serbian moniker Michael d'Obrenovic.

    Who was the real George Hunt Williamson? A complete answer to that question may never be totally forthcoming, but some recently updated and expanded books offered by Timothy Green Beckley's Global Communications may help shed at least a little light on the subject.. One of the new releases is called "The Saucers Speak: Calling All Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," and the other is entitled "Traveling the Path Back to the Road In the Sky." They both contain the complete text of the original titles by Williamson as well as new and updated material from Beckley's stable of writers, myself included.

    Williamson was born in Chicago in 1926, the son of George Williamson and Bernice Hunt. As a youth, George Hunt Williamson had a variety of psychic experiences, which climaxed with a vivid out-of-body experience in his late teens that led to a lifelong interest in the occult. One online posting entitled "Tracks In The Desert" said it would be a huge error to categorize Williamson solely as a UFO researcher because he was "above all an occultist whose activities helped to usher in a new magical era, the era of the flying saucer. No attempt can be made to understand him or his work unless this fact is first taken into account."

    Williamson did at least attempt to earn a degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona, but it has been claimed he was thrown out because of a poor scholastic performance in early 1951. While there, he had read the 1950 book "Star Guests" by William Dudley Pelley. He relocated to Noblesville, Indiana, where he took up an editorial position with "Valor," the monthly journal of Pelley's "Soulcraft" organization.

    At the time Williamson made his acquaintance, Pelley was enjoying a new lease on life, having recently been released from prison after serving an eight-year sentence for his wartime opposition to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was a former fascist who had led an organization called the Silver Shirts. He also had a deep interest in the occult and compiled 32 volumes of automatic writing on contact with higher intelligences, a quite fascinating bit of information when you consider that the German National Socialist Party - i.e. the Nazis - also harbored an immense interest in the supernatural, and had even successfully attempted to establish contact with a group of extraterrestrials through automatic writing. Pelley was a profound influence on Williamson, and is believed to also have had a relationship with contactee George Adamski, who would prove to be another important figure in Williamson's story. Meanwhile, charges of being a neo-fascist would dog Williamson for the rest of his life.  
Whether or not he was officially affiliated with an accredited university research program, Williamson wrote in his book "The Saucers Speak: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft," that in 1951, when he was in his mid-20s, he was doing anthropological field work in northern Minnesota among the Chippewa Indians and had already gathered many legends of the tribe. The stories included tales of "Earth Rumblers" and "Flying Wheels" and "Flying Boats" and the sacred "Little People," who appeared in ancient times to the Chippewa and taught the natives better ways of living, then faded away after the arrival of the white man. But at the time, Williamson related none of that to the flying saucer phenomenon that was puzzling the entire world.

    That is until one rainy afternoon when he began to read a paperback edition of "The Flying Saucers Are Real" by early UFO expert Major Donald E. Keyhoe. Williamson compulsively read the whole book in one sitting, so fascinated was he by the stories told by the retired naval officer who had once been a ghostwriter for aviation ace Charles Lindberg. Keyhoe wrote about a UFO event that had taken place in Tucson, Arizona, witnessed by thousands. Williamson recalled being on the scene of that sighting himself, and soon a new understanding of reality began to form in his mind. He suddenly understood that human life existed throughout the universe, and that the Creator had not restricted the pinnacle of his creation to only Planet Earth. He also began to gather Chippewa Indian stories and myths with this new, more serious outlook, looking now for stories that felt connected to his newfound interest in the saucers. He found many such stories among the Chippewa, and would soon discover that almost all Native American peoples and so-called primitive people throughout the world shared nearly identical legends of being visited and helped by beings from the stars.

    Williamson rejoined his wife in Prescott, Arizona, who had been conducting her own anthropological research in Tucson. She concurred that the stories she had gathered fit into the flying saucer mold, and the couple began to read about UFOs voraciously, consuming all the current literature on the subject.


    Late that summer, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C. Bailey of Winslow paid a social call on the Williamsons. Williamson had enjoyed a correspondence with the Baileys on subjects like anthropology, ancient history and philosophy. They also shared an interest in flying saucers, and conjectured together as to whether the saucer occupants could master earthly languages. Just for the sake of entertaining themselves, they did an experiment with automatic writing, letting a spirit guide their hands across the paper to see what words were produced. They didn't relate the occult parlor game to the aliens right away, but it would come to be a deep and fascinating fixation for all of them.

    When it occurred to the two couples that the aliens were in fact trying to communicate through automatic writing, the earthlings assembled a homemade Ouija board and began to receive longer, more complicated messages.

    "Good and evil forces are working now," said one alien through the board. "Organization is important for the salvation of your world. Contact us as soon as you can. There is a mass of planets in the organization. Why are your peoples unbelievers? You have begun the research. The time is up to you! Look up into the skies above you. We are friends of those interested, but we are not interested in those of carnal mind. By that we mean the stupid preservation of self; disregarding the will of the Creative Spirit and His Sons."

    After sending several similar sounding messages on the Ouija board, the aliens suggested that they try to switch the method of contact to radio.  Williamson and Bailey then sought to find a radio expert to work with, finally acquiring the help of (skeptical but willing to try) ham radio operator "Mr. R," who asked that his real name not be used since the work involved attempted contact with flying saucers and he feared all the ridicule that comes with it. 

    Almost immediately, the small group began to receive coded signals, something similar to Morse code, but nearly impossible at times to unscramble and translate. As time passed, Mr. R was able to work out bits of what was being "said" by the aliens, but the messages were still short and hard to understand. One intelligible message received through the radio set said "Look for a dark spot in the sky," repeated three times. The listening crew stepped outside and did indeed see a strange dark object toward the south in the Milky Way. The object stayed visible in that position for about an hour and then moved on. There were numerous other instances when the warnings sent by the aliens were possible to verify in real world terms, and a bond of trust and friendship began to grow up between the aliens and the humans.

    At one point during the proceedings, the aliens promised to land and hold a face-to-face meeting with Williamson and company. A landing site and an exact time were agreed upon and the Williamsons and Baileys even packed a picnic lunch to take with them on the trip. Unfortunately, the two-car caravan got separated and lost, and the hapless mortals were unable to get there for the appointment. Williamson wrote that they had missed the chance of a lifetime. Not deterred for long however, the Williamsons and Baileys would move on to California and their new friend, George Adamski.

    George Adamski was the best-known of the "four guys named George" among the mid-1950s contactees. Besides George Hunt Williamson, the others were George King and George Van Tassel. The Williamsons and the Baileys heard about Adamski's commune at Palomar Gardens in Southern California and the alien-based religion that Adamski was preaching, so they made the journey from Arizona to meet him. They witnessed Adamski telepathically channeling and tape-recording messages from the friendly humanoid Space Brothers who were said to inhabit every planet in the solar system.

    The Williamsons, the Baileys and two other Adamski disciples claimed to be witnesses to Adamski's famous meeting with Orthon, a handsome blond man from Venus, near Desert Center, California, on November 18, 1952. When Adamski began to reap major publicity after he told reporters about the meeting with Orthon, triggering an explosive growth in the membership of his cult, the Williamsons and Baileys continued to rely mainly on their Ouija board sessions to receive their own personal revelations from the Space Brothers. The conflict over channeling led to a drastic falling-out with Adamski.

    All of this was not going unobserved by government, however. In the newly expanded version from Beckley's Global Communications, "Traveling The Path Back To The Road In The Sky," prolific British writer and researcher Nick Redfern - now living   in the U.S. full time - contributes an excellent chapter on the life of George Hunt Williamson that provides the details, gleaned from declassified FBI files released under the Freedom of Information Act, of the government's then-covert pursuit of Williamson for possible communist ties and leanings.

    "To understand how and why George Hunt Williamson became a person of interest to the FBI," Redfern writes, "it's highly important to note the climate that existed in the United States in the early 1950s. This was, of course, the formative years of the   Cold War, the Soviet Union was perceived as being the next big threat, and Communism was seen as downright evil."

     FBI surveillance of George Adamski began in 1950, according to the files unearthed by Redfern. Adamski was considered to be an outrageous subversive, and is alleged to have said that the alien form of government was very different from the democracy of the United States and was most probably a Communist system. Adamski also predicted that Russia would dominate the world, which would usher in a 1,000-year era of peace on Earth.


    "One does not have to be a genius," Redfern writes, "to realize that Adamski's assertions that his long-haired alien friends were nothing less than full-on Russia-loving Reds led the FBI to elevate its secret spying on the man to a whole new level."

    George Hunt Williamson was known to espouse similar ideas, claiming that his very own Space Brothers communicated with him by Ouija boards. This was a fairly common state of affairs according to the FBI, who received similar reports from various sources claiming that human-looking aliens walked among us, that they were Communists, and that their method of contact seemed to utilize the occult, such as Ouija boards, as well as advanced science. An alternative FBI theory was that the Communist extraterrestrials weren't visitors from other worlds at all but were instead the outcome of Soviet mind control experiments on unsuspecting U.S. citizens who were led to believe they were having real-life experiences with aliens who wanted to tell us how wonderful Communism is.


    The complicated but fascinating machinations surrounding Williamson's period under the scrutiny of the FBI - as revealed exclusively by Nick Redfern - is perhaps better saved for readers of the book. To provide a rather condensed summation, it involves a claim by one contactee that the aliens had revealed to him a new technology that could catastrophically bring down U.S. military aircraft from the skies. The contactee, one Karl Hunrath, visited other contactees like Adamski and Williamson, at first mixing easily with fellow believers. One January morning at Adamski's home, with Williamson and others in attendance, Hunrath boasted of his ability to destroy the U.S. Air Force's aerial armada in a flash with the secret alien weapon. Adamski became worried that the information might get back to law enforcement officials, so he ordered the group to leave and never return. One of the attendee's wives, having heard about Hunrath's boasting, called the Air Force and the FBI, who descended on Adamski's home that same day, incorrectly thinking that Adamski had the rumored weapon in his possession.

    Later that same year of 1953, Hunrath and fellow believer Wilbur Wilkinson took to the skies in a small plane to rendezvous with the aliens in the California desert and were never heard from again. Their disappearance received local newspaper coverage, including the attendant theory that their vanishing act was the work of aliens.  

     When Williamson spoke publicly on the Hunrath-Wilkinson affair, his words were carefully noted by the FBI. In 1954, Williamson and Al Bailey published their own   book "The Saucers Speak," - now part of Beckley's expanded collection - which chronicled their attempts to contact the aliens through shortwave radio and Ouija boards, and Williamson found himself increasingly in demand on the lecture circuit. When he shared a bill with contactee Truman Bethurum, who claimed to have met the beautiful Space Captain Aura Rhanes of the planet Clarion, another "Communist alien," the investigation of Williamson went to a whole new level.

    "The FBI paid careful attention," Redfern continues, "to who - in the saucer scene of the time - Williamson and Bethurun were speaking, what the then-current line of thinking was with regards to their claims of alien contact, and the potential impact of their planned lectures. In other words, both men - unbeknownst to them - were having pretty much their every move watched by the secret eyes of officialdom."

    In 1962, Williamson was suspected of being involved in the smuggling into the U.S. of priceless Mexican artifacts of an historic and archeological significance. A confidential source for the FBI informed them that the Mexican government intended to arrest Williamson if he ever chose to reenter the country. Large pieces of jade and gold were among the goods allegedly stolen, valued at around $100,000. Since the crime took place in Mexico and was out of the FBI's jurisdiction, they decided to drop the matter altogether. But Redfern points out that the documents relevant to the thievery are heavily censored with the same degree of classification given to documents with a potential effect on U.S. national security, which would hardly seem appropriate to the mere theft of Mexican antiquities. 

    "Unless of course," Redfern writes, "there are additional files on Williamson that the FBI has still yet to declassify, and which remain behind closed doors for reasons tantalizing and unknown."

    Williamson was and still is a man of mystery, as one can easily see after reading Redfern's history of government surveillance of the UFO believer. Meanwhile, while his academic credentials as an anthropologist remain unproven, one cannot deny that Williamson did an impressive amount of field work among the indigenous peoples of North, Central and South America. His work is chronicled extensively and in great detail in the just released "Traveling The Path Back To The Road In The Sky."  (Williamson, Redfern, Casteel)


     Of particular interest is Williamson's comparison of the contact made by the Hopi Indians of the American Southwest and the story of Moses in the Old Testament. Both the Hopis and the ancient Israelites were delivered from bondage by the intervention of their respective versions of God. Like the Israelites, the Hopi were nomadic for a time while they awaited the sign from above that they had reached the Promised Land.

    "Massau (the deliverer of the Hopis) had told the people," Williamson writes, "that when they saw bright fires on the mesa tops and a Great Star hovering over the area, they should stop and build their villages on the mesas where the fires were seen, and the land under the Great Star would be their new country."

    Massau then left but promised to return as their "Great White Brother" to deliver and purify the people once again. In another similarity to the story of Moses, two sets of sacred stone tablets were prepared by Massau. One set was presented to the Hopi leaders, while Massau took the other set with him. He told the Hopis that in his absence they must look after the land he had given them and obey his laws as set down in writing on the stone tablets. Massau breathed life into the laws on the tablets and they became a living testimony to his will. One is immediately reminded of Moses returning from Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments written in stone by the finger of God.

    This story embodies the classic patterns of both the Ancient Astronauts theory and the study of comparative religion but I don't know of anywhere else that this particular story has been told. Which adds further weight to the argument that, for all his faults, Williamson was a genuine and compelling researcher of ancient aliens who was decades ahead of his time. "Traveling the Path Back" is full to the brim with other similar stories of great interest to those who believe the aliens have been here since prehistoric times and have led all the world's civilizations at some point in their early development. 
    While he lived among the Native-American peoples he researched, Williamson  called himself "Brother Philip," probably for the sake of simplifying his identity to the indigenous peoples and showing himself to be similar to the harmless priests and missionaries the natives were already familiar with. Williamson  published  two more books - which have been slightly retitled by the publisher who has reset the type, added more illustrations/photos as well as the contributions of other kindred souls - "Secret of the Andes And The Golden Sun Disc Of Mu,"  and Other Tongues: Other Flesh Revisited! - after which little is known about his life until his death in January of 1986.

Both "The Saucers Speak: Calling All Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" and "Traveling the Path Back To The Road In The Sky" are heartily recommended for the enlightened truth seeker and those who take an historical interest in the contactee movement of the 1950s. It is from the roots planted by George Hunt Williamson and others of his time that many of our current UFOlogical and New Age beliefs have blossomed. He deserves to be both remembered and read by the current UFO community, and these reprints from Global Communications are a good place to start.

[If you enjoyed this article, please visit Sean Casteel’s “UFO Journalist” website at www.seancasteel.com to read more of his articles and interviews or to purchase his books.]


New Ebook Examines "Unified Field Theory" In Non-Human Encounters

Just how paranormal IS the paranormal?  The dictionary defines the paranormal as experiences that lie outside the range of normal experience.  OK, that's fine, but what is considered normal experience? 

For the most part, normal experience can be pretty subjective.  Someone who is blind has a completely different take on their day to day experiences than someone who can see.

So if someone has spent a lifetime seeing ghosts or other "non-human" entities, are their experiences any less real than someone who has never seen a ghost?

Science tends to shy away from these sort of questions, regulating ghosts and other cases of weirdness to the land of fantasy and fairy tales.  Nevertheless, despite the best efforts of debunkers, people continue to have unusual experiences that seem to defy explanation.

However, maybe there could be an explanation to "the paranormal" that satisfies both those who have been touched by the shadow world, and the scientific community.

This is why the new ebook, "The Problem of Density In Regard To Non-Human Encounters: Moving Toward A New Understanding" is an excellent attempt to better understand that which has eluded understanding for so long.

Writer and researcher Wm. Michael Mott, the author of the expansive Caverns, Cauldrons and Concealed Creatures (3rd Expanded Edition) and other works, has been examining and ruminating on the mysteries and anomalies of our world for decades. In this short booklet, Mott puts forth a revolutionary new idea concerning encounters with non-human beings, apparitions, entities and creatures, those which generally do not seem to conform strictly to the everyday "laws of nature" to which humanity must conform.

What Mott has uncovered demonstrates that, rather than being "paranormal" or "supernatural", encounters between humanity and these various "others" may in fact be completely, even predictably, natural in the truest sense of the word.

This treatise in e-book form should offer a serious step forward in the way the human race looks at these types of anomalous and frightening encounters, and perhaps lead us to a better understanding of how to record, thwart, and deal with them. If he is right, then we may be able to move quantitatively and qualitatively closer to studying such phenomena within the context of scientific investigation and examination.

Featuring a foreword by renowned researchers and writers Brad and Sherry Steiger, and a thoughtful afterword by writer and researcher Tim R. Swartz, this illustrated book offers compelling food for thought, and hopefully will open up new avenues for consideration in the study of anomalous phenomena.

This e-book is now available on Kindle and is definitely worth a look.


Helicopters of the Mysterious Kind
By Nick Redfern

There can be very few people – if, indeed, any – with an interest in UFOs, conspiracies, cover-ups, and strange and sinister goings-on of a distinctly weird nature who have not heard of the so-called “black helicopters” or “phantom helicopters” that seem to play an integral – albeit admittedly unclear – role in perceived UFO-connected events. And one of the biggest misconceptions about this deeply weird phenomenon is that those same mysterious helicopters are lacking in official documentation. Actually not so at all. In fact, exactly the opposite. If you know where to go looking…

The FBI’s now-declassified files on cattle-mutilations in 1970s USA make for fascinating reading and demonstrate the Bureau had a deep awareness of the presence of the enigmatic helicopters in affairs of the mute kind. On 29 August 1975, Floyd K. Haskell, Senator for the State of Colorado, wrote an impassioned letter to Theodore P. Rosack, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI at Denver, Colorado, imploring the FBI to make a full investigation into the cattle mutilations, in an attempt to resolve the matter once and for all.

He said: “For several months my office has been receiving reports of cattle mutilations throughout Colorado and other western states. At least 130 cases in Colorado alone have been reported to local officials and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI); the CBI has verified that the incidents have occurred for the last two years in nine states. The ranchers and rural residents of Colorado are concerned and frightened by these incidents. The bizarre mutilations are frightening in themselves: in virtually all the cases, the left ear, rectum and sex organ of each animal has been cut away and the blood drained from the carcass, but with no traces of blood left on the ground and no footprints.”

And there was an unmarked helicopter out in force in Colorado too, as Senator Haskell was only too well aware:

“In Colorado’s Morgan County area there has [sic] also been reports that a helicopter was used by those who mutilated the carcasses of the cattle, and several persons have reported being chased by a similar helicopter. Because I am gravely concerned by this situation, I am asking that the Federal Bureau of Investigation enter the case. Although the CBI has been investigating the incidents, and local officials also have been involved, the lack of a central unified direction has frustrated the investigation.”

He continued: “It seems to have progressed little, except for the recognition at long last that the incidents must be taken seriously. Now it appears that ranchers are arming themselves to protect their livestock, as well as their families and themselves, because they are frustrated by the unsuccessful investigation. Clearly something must be done before someone gets hurt.”

The loss of livestock in at least 21 states under similar circumstances suggested that an interstate operation was being coordinated. Senator Haskell closed his letter by urging the FBI to begin its investigation as soon as possible. Senator Haskell forced the issue by issuing a press release, informing the media that he had asked the FBI to investigate the mutilations. This caused the Denver Post newspaper to take up the Senator’s plea on 3 September:

“If the Bureau will not enter the investigation of the mysterious livestock deaths in Colorado and some adjacent states then Senator Floyd Haskell should take the matter to Congress for resolution.”

Aware of previous FBI statements that the killings were not within the Bureau’s jurisdiction, the Denver Post stated firmly: “The incidents are too widespread – and potentially too dangerous to public order – to ignore. Narrow interpretations of what the FBI’s role is vis-a-vis state authority are not adequate to the need.”

The issue of possible disregard for the law should the Bureau not wish to become involved was also high on the Post’s agenda: “There is already federal involvement. Consider this: Because of the gun-happy frame of mind developing in eastern Colorado (where most of the incidents have been occurring), the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has had to cancel a helicopter inventory of its lands in six counties. BLM officials are simply afraid their helicopters might be shot down by ranchers and others frightened by cattle deaths.”

On the day after publication, Special Agents Rosack and Sebesta of the Colorado FBI made a visit to the offices of the Denver Post, where, in a meeting with three Post representatives, Charles R. Buxton, Lee Olson and Robert Partridge, they spelled out the FBI’s position with respect to mutilations: “…unless the FBI has investigative jurisdiction under Federal statute, we cannot enter any investigation.”

One week later, on 11 September, Senator Haskell telephoned Clarence M. Kelley at the FBI to discuss the issue of cattle and animal mutilation and the possibility of the FBI becoming involved in determining who, exactly, was responsible. Again, the FBI asserted that this was a matter outside of its jurisdiction.

The Bureau noted: “Senator Haskell [said that] he understood our statutory limitations but he wished there was something we could do,” reported an FBI official, R. J. Gallagher. Haskell had additional reasons for wanting the mutilation issue resolved swiftly, as Gallagher recorded in an internal memorandum of 12 September 1975:

“Senator Haskell recontacted me this afternoon and said that he had received a call from Dane Edwards, editor of the paper in Brush, Colorado, who furnished information that US Army helicopters had been seen in the vicinity of where some of the cattle were mutilated and that he, Edwards, had been threatened but Senator Haskell did not know what sort of threats Edwards had received or by whom. He was advised that this information would be furnished to our Denver Office and that Denver would closely follow the situation.”

The FBI ultimately determined that the unidentified helicopter issue was also outside of its jurisdiction. Curiously, however, during this same time frame, numerous reports of both UFOs and unidentified helicopters surfaced in the immediate vicinity of strategic military installations around the USA, and there is evidence that someone within the FBI was fully aware of this, and was taking more than a cursory interest in these sightings.

Proof comes via a number of Air Force reports forwarded to the FBI only weeks after its contact with Senator Haskell. One report from December 1975 states:

“On 7 Nov 75 an off duty missile launch officer reported that unidentified aircraft resembling a helicopter had approached and hovered near a USAF missile launch control facility, near Lewistown. Source explained that at about 0020, 7 Nov 75, source and his deputy officer had just retired from crew rest in the Soft Support Building (SSB) at the LCF, when both heard the sound of a helicopter rotor above the SSB. The Deputy observed two red-and-white lights on the front of the aircraft, a white light on the bottom, and a white light on the rear.

“On 7 Nov 75, Roscoe E. III, Captain, 341 Strategic Missile Wing, advised that during the hours of 6-7 Nov 75, two adjacent LCFs, approximately 50 miles south of aforementioned LCF, reported moving lights as unidentified flying objects (UFO). During this period there were no reports of helicopter noises from personnel at these LCFs.

“This office was recently notified of a message received by security police MAFB, MT., detailing a similar nocturnal approach by a helicopter at a USAF weapons storage area located at another USAF base in the Northern Tier states. Local authorities denied the use of their helicopters during the period 6-7 Nov 75.”

It’s curious that these reports should have been of interest to the FBI, given the statements made to Senator Haskell that the unidentified helicopter sightings reported in Colorado were outside of the FBI’s jurisdiction.

It is also notable that an unauthenticated document made available to researcher William Moore (co-author with Charles Berlitz of The Roswell Incident) refers to the Northern Tier helicopter and UFO sightings of 1975, and expresses concern that, in view of the fact that the media had picked up on the stories, there was a need on the part of some authority to develop an effective disinformation plan to counter the developing interest that was surrounding the sightings.

In view of all the above, whatever the truth behind the matter of helicopters of the black and phantom kind, methinks we have not heard the end of this controversy…

Source: Mysterious Universe


Vampire Skeleton Rediscovered in Britain

Long dismissed as myth and legend, the vampire is associated with spooky stories or - for many teenagers - a Twilight heartthrob.

But for those who lived in the Middle Ages, it was a deadly serious business - and they took extreme measures against anyone suspected of being able to haunt them in the afterlife.

Now, details of one of the few 'vampire' burials in Britain have emerged.

A new archaeology report tells of the discovery of a skeleton, dating from 550-700AD, buried in the ancient minster town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, with metal spikes through its shoulders, heart and ankles.

It is believed to be a 'deviant burial', where people considered the 'dangerous dead', such as vampires, were interred to prevent them rising from their graves to plague the living.

Only a handful of such burials have been unearthed in the UK.

The discovery is detailed in a new report by Matthew Beresford, of Southwell Archaeology.

The skeleton was found by archaeologist Charles Daniels during the original investigation of the site in Church Street in the town 1959, which revealed Roman remains.

Mr Beresford said when Mr Daniels found the skeleton he jokingly checked for fangs.

'In the 1950s the Hammer Horror films were popular and so people had seen Christopher Lee's Dracula so it would have been quite relevant,' said Mr Beresford.

In his report, Mr Beresford says: 'The classic portrayal of the dangerous dead (more commonly known today as a vampire) is an undead corpse arising from the grave and all the accounts from this period reflect this.

'Throughout the Anglo-Saxon period the punishment of being buried in water-logged ground, face down, decapitated, staked or otherwise was reserved for thieves, murderers or traitors or later for those deviants who did not conform to societies rules: adulterers, disrupters of the peace, the unpious or oath breaker.

'Which of these the Southwell deviant was we will never know.'

Mr Beresford believes the remains may still be buried on the site where they originally lay because Mr Daniels was unable to remove the body from the ground.

He said: 'If you look at it in a spooky way you still have the potential for it to rise at some point.'

Mr Beresford added: 'Obviously this skeleton comes from a time in Southwell's history that we don't know much about.'

John Lock, chairman of Southwell Archaeology, said the body was one of a handful of such burials to be found in the UK.

He said: 'A lot of people are interested in it but quite where it takes us I don't know because this was found in the 1950s and now we don't know where the remains are.

Mr Lock said no one could be sure why the body was staked in the way it was.

He said: 'People would have a very strong view that this was somebody who, for whatever reason, they had a reason to fear and needed to ensure that this person did not come back.'

The discovery comes five months after archaeologists found remains from a third grave in central Bulgaria linked to the practise.

The skeleton was tied to the ground with four iron clamps, while burning ambers were placed on top of his grave.

The bones of a man in his thirties were believed to be at least several centuries old, and experts believed he had been subjected to a superstition-driven ritual to prevent him from becoming one after his death.

Source: The Daily Mail


Mark Twain Writing From Beyond The Grave

By Jason Offutt

Mark Twain has been busy since he died in 1910.

In October 2006, “From the Shadows” brought you the story of Emily Grant Hutchings, a struggling novelist, teacher and writer for St. Louis newspapers, and Spiritualist medium Lola V. Hays. The women claimed Twain dictated a novel, “The Coming of Jap Herron,” and two short stories, “Daughter of Mars” and “Up the Furrow to Fortune,” to them one letter at a time between 1915 and 1917 through a Ouija board.

Through an out-of-court settlement with the publisher Harper & Brothers, owners of the copyright on the pen name “Mark Twain,” the copies of “Jap Herron” were destroyed.*

But in the late 1960s in Independence, Mo., Twain paid the living another visit. Marcene Boothe remembers those visits – they were in her neighborhood.

“We had a next door neighbor that talked to Mark Twain with a ‘Nona Board,’” she said. The “Nona Board” was a type of Ouija board created by her neighbors, John and Mildred Swanson.

Mildred Swanson once wrote she and John created the board since the word Ouija means “yes-yes” (Oui: French, Ja: German) and “there is also need for a ‘no-no’ reaction.” The word “Nona,” she explained, came from an Egyptian seeress from “an earlier time.” And with it, they, and other members of the Swanson’s Midwest Society of Psychic Research, conducted séances.

“They regularly talked to Mark Twain and other deceased people,” Boothe said. “She eventually wrote a book regarding these conversations (with Twain) and entitled it ‘God Bless U, Daughter,’ as that is how Twain ended each conversation with her.”

But Boothe, a conservative Missouri housewife, was never invited into the Swanson home for one of these séances.

“Present? No. Oh, no,” she said. “I was never asked to join in. I think that they knew we probably wouldn’t have gone along with it. She would talk about it.”

Mildred liked to talk. A full lot stretched between the Swanson and Boothe homes, and that’s where Mildred kept her garden, a garden sectioned off by a fence the Boothe children were afraid to hop to retrieve baseballs.

“I wouldn’t call them normal neighbors,” Boothe said. “They didn’t socialize with people around the neighborhood. The only time we talked was because she’d be out working in the garden.”

But the Boothes became close enough to the Swansons they received a copy of “God Bless U, Daughter.” Because the name Mark Twain was on the cover, the Swansons found the book hard to publish.

“It was by Mildred Burris Swanson and Mark Twain,” Boothe said. “She could not get a publisher to publish a book that was written by a deceased person as she claimed the authors to be her and Mark Twain, so she published it herself.”

Only the Swansons, who are now deceased, know the number of copies sold. However, Mildred Swanson left behind a reason for seeking out Twain and writing the book.

“I spent years asking a question that no living person could answer. ‘Where do we go when we die?’ It was important that I know because a controversy, created for me at an early age, has never been resolved,” she wrote. “Mark Twain, from his home on the astral plane, with love and patience, finally restored my ordered world so that I came full circle to the origin of my problems.”

The book, unlike “The Coming of Jap Herron,” is not a novel; it is a diary of the conversations the Swansons claim they had with Twain. Swanson claimed Twain told her of incidents before they happened, such as her mother being injured in a fall, and that other famous authors were watching her, such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

A medium from Independence, Mo., Margie Kay, said both cases are legitimate.

“Emily and Lola are telling the truth,” she said of the Jap Herron readings. “They did communicate via the Ouija board. I think this one is real … and I’d take the writings seriously.”

The Swanson case, Kay said, is a bit more complicated.

“I see them talking about the previous case – they read about it, and may even have the book in hand,” Kay said. “They were talking about how they could attract more people to join their group and thought about trying to contact Twain themselves using the same method. At first, they are not in contact with him – it may have been another spirit or no spirit at all, but later on he does come in and he is angry and amused at their shenanigans.”

Despite the 1920 Supreme Court ruling on Ouija boards, in some circles these boards aren’t toys. According to Dawn Newlan, a medium with the Ozark Paranormal Society, these boards are a dangerous gateway to the spirit world.

“A Ouija board, until you experience it, is a fascination,” Newlan said. “Your common sense tells you you really shouldn’t be doing it, but your curiosity pushes you. Once it scares the hell out of you, you’ll quit.”

So beware, you may conjure something a little more dangerous than a humorist from Hannibal.

* Not all copies were destroyed. One is in the Mark Twain Museum in Hannibal.

Source: From the Shadows


Prince Charles, Heir to Dracula's Blood Line

The Romanian tourist board is to use links between the British Royal family and Count Dracula to lure in UK tourists, it has emerged.

Until now its lonely mountains have been synonymous with the legend of the vampire, the cruel ruler who drank his victims’ blood, terrified his enemies and could turn into a bat at will.

But Transylvania should also be known as the ancestral home of the Prince of Wales, defender of faiths, with a love of gardening and classical architecture, according to the Romanian National Tourist Office.

Links between the Royal Family and Vlad the Impaler, the 15th century nobleman whose deeds inspired the vampire legend, are being exploited in an attempt to lure tourists to the eastern European country.

The Romanian National Tourist Office is trumpeting the lineage in a brochure distributed at the World Travel Market, a leading industry event which opened in London on Monday.

 The Prince himself appears in a video being used to promote the country in which he claims distant kinship with Vlad Tepes, the 15th–century Wallachian ruler on whom the Irish novelist Bram Stoker based his Dracula.

“Transylvania is in my blood,” he jokes in an interview first shown on satellite television last year. “The genealogy shows I am descended from Vlad the Impaler, so I do have a bit of a stake in the country.”

The Romanian National Tourist Office is using the video on Youtube and new brochures try and boost UK visitors by more than seven per cent.

 The video climaxes with a reference to the Prince of Wales, “who can trace his ancestry back to Romania’s dark and distant past”.

Other literature highlights a short visit by Prince Harry to the country in Easter this year, saying he travelled with Wizz Air, which operates 20 flights a week to four Romanian cities from London Luton Airport.

A spokesman for the Romanian National Tourist Office said the country, which incorporates the region of Transylvania, was looking to use these links with the British Royal Family to increase UK tourists over the coming years.

Maria Iordache, UK director of the organisation, said 118,000 UK tourists visited Romania in 2011.

“It will be more in 2012. We have experienced a 7 per cent increase in UK visitors in the first quarter, which is traditionally a quiet period for tourists from the UK. For the summer and the autumn the percentage increase will be even better.”

According to Royal Highness, a book published in 1982 by Sir Iain Moncreiffe, the former chairman of Debrett’s, the Prince is a great grandson 16 times removed to Vlad III.

He can trace his lineage back through his great grandmother Queen Mary, the consort of George V, to Vlad IV, the half brother of the notorious ruler.

Another link to the country originated with Princess Marie of Edinburgh, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who went on to marry King Ferdinand 1 of Romania and ruled Romania after the First World War.

It has been claimed that porphyria, an iron deficiency which is thought to lie behind the vampire myth, has run in the Royal Family.

The Prince has made no secret of his love for Romania and is believed to travel there frequently.

In 2006, he purchased a farmhouse in Viscri, a village in rural Transylvania, which is available as a guest house at certain times of the year.

 The prince is patron of the Mihai Eminescu Trust, which works to restore the cultural heritage, economy and nature of Transylvania’s Saxon villages and their surroundings.

In addition to restoring some 180 medieval houses and several churches, the charity has supported traditional rural technologies such as the construction of wood-fired kilns for handmade bricks and tiles, and organic farming.

Transylvanian-born Vlad the Impaler is said to have dispatched more than 100,000 Turkish warriors in battle.

The vampire legend is said to have been inspired by his predilection for eating bread dipped in his victim’s blood. Dracula means “son of the devil” in Romanian.

The country’s alleged links to British royalty, however ghoulish, could prove a welcome boost to its tourist industry.

Thousands of tourists visit the town of Castle Bran, Transylvania, where Vlad III lived, every year.

 Simon Press, from World Travel Market which hosted the exhibition, said: ““Romania has a great deal of tourism potential. It is a beautiful country already receiving many tourists for its nature and culture.

“The link to the British Royal Family and the clear fondness the Royal Family has for the country will only help to promote the country across the Commonwealth and particularly in the UK.”


Vlad the Impaler. Died 1507.

- Half brother of:

Vlad IV, known as Vlad the Monk. (1431 - 1495)

-Father of:

Radu IV Prince of Wallachia from (1495 – 1508)

- Father of:

Mircea the Shepherd. Prince of Wallachia. (1479 - 1560).

- Father of:

Princess Stanca Basarab of Wallachia. (1518 - 1601).

-Mother of:

Zamphira Logofat de Szazsebes. (Died 1602).

- Mother of:

Adam Racz de Galgo. (Living 1609).

- Father of:

Peter Racz de Galgo. (1583-1672).

- Father of:

Christina Racz de Galgo.

- Mother of:

Catherine (Katalin) Kuun de Osdola.

- Mother of:

Ágnes Kendeffy de Malmoviz (born 1727).

- Mother of:

Baron Gregor, Inczédy de Nagy-Várad (died 1816).

- Father of:

Baroness Ágnes Inczédy de Nagy-Várad (1788-1856).

- Mother of:

Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde (1812-1841).

- Mother of:

Francis, Duke of Teck. (1837–1900).

- Father of:

Princess Mary of Teck, later the Queen consort of King George V (1867-1953).

- Mother of:

George VI (1895 –1952).

- Father of:

Queen Elizabeth II (1926).

- Mother of:

Prince Charles (1948)

Source: The Telegraph

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