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Psychology of ‘Spirit Possession,’ ‘Hauntings’ -
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The History Channel recently rewrote the life of Harry Houdini. Here, Conspiracy Journal sets the record straight with two amazing books containing the research of both Houdini and the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Revealing The Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini
The Paranormal World of Sherlock Holmes

Was Harry Houdini a closet Psychic? Clairvoyant? Or Spirit Medium?  His friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle insisted he had the evidence that the world's greatest escape artist was not the skeptic he made himself out to be.

At his burial some curious and suggestive words were used by the presiding rabbi: "HOUDINI POSSESSED A WONDROUS POWER THAT HE NEVER UNDERSTOOD AND WHICH HE NEVER REVEALED TO ANYONE IN LIFE!

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

Doyle was convinced - from what he personally witnessed and what others confided to him - that Houdini could read minds, dematerialize, possessed supernatural strength, and was guided by angelic forces which shielded him from harm even during the most dangerous of escape performances which likely would have caused death to others. Doyle stated that Houdini had once remarked, "There are some of my feats which my own wife does not know the secret of." And a famous Chinese conjurer who had seen Houdini perform added, "This is not a trick, it is a gift."

Sadly, many of Houdini's feats died with him, even though they would have been an invaluable asset. "What can cover all these facts," states Doyle, "save that there was some element in his power which was peculiar to himself, that could only point to a psychic element -- in a word, that he was a medium."

Here, is both sides of the story -- in the actual words of the famed Sherlock Holmes originator and Houdini himself, who went out of his way to create the impression that fakes and phonies were afoot everywhere in the "shady world" of table tapping, levitating trumpets, spirit photography, slate writing, as well as the materialization of ectoplasmic forms in the darkening shadows of the séance room.

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NSA Says it Has Lost its Non-Redacted UFO Files
By Alejandro Rojas

UFO and government secrecy researcher John Greenewald has been petitioning to get the National Security Agency (NSA) UFO files that were released in the 90s further declassified. When they were released, after a legal battle, much of the information was redacted. There are large swaths of information that have been blacked out or covered with white out. However, the NSA recently told Greenewald they could not find even one original of the hundreds of pages UFO files.

Greenewald received this information in response to a request for a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) of the NSA’s UFO files. MDRs require that the agency re-review previously released redacted files to unredact information that is now declassified. This is a similar process that was used to reveal the name of Area 51 in CIA documents last year.

The MDR was fulfilled for an affidavit related to the lawsuit asking the NSA to release its UFO files in 1980, called the Yeates affidavit. As for the rest, the NSA writes, “With the exception of the enclosed document, we cannot locate unredacted copies or the original documents that were previously reviewed and released to the public.”

In the late 70s, the Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS), headed by lawyer Peter Gersten, sought to get UFO files from several government agencies released using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The NSA refused to release their files, so CAUS sued.

The NSA had a large amount of UFO files, not necessarily because they were investigating UFOs, but because they monitor communications worldwide as part of their regular duties. These files are called communications intelligence (COMINT). Among this large amount of data, there were hundreds of files referring to UFOs. However, the NSA felt they should remain classified.

In 1980, Eugene F. Yeates, chief of the Office of Policy for the NSA, submitted a 21 page document to the judge overseeing the case, Federal Judge Gerhart A. Gesell, as to why these files should remain classified. This is the Yeates affidavit. However, this document was also classified.

Although Gesell did not have the clearance to read the documents in question, the Yeates affidavit convinced him that the NSA files should stay classified. He wrote, “The public interest in disclosure is far outweighed by the sensitive nature of the materials and the obvious effect on national security their release may well entail.”

When the Yeates affidavit was released, it was heavily redacted. UFO researcher Stanton Friedman shows a page from the document to demonstrate government UFO secrecy, and as he says, this goes over well on television where a simple image can be very effective when making a point.

Eventually, in 1997, due to laws making it more difficult to keep files over 25 years old classified, the NSA released a less redacted Yeates affidavit, and 156 UFO documents. As Friedman puts it, the affidavit was originally about 75% blacked out, the second version was only about 20% blacked out. However, the UFO documents are heavily redacted.

The NSA must have seen Friedman’s talks or television interviews, because instead of mostly blacking out the text, this time they largely whited it out, making it much less visually poignant.

Greenewald writes, “In essence, the ‘originals’ were destroyed or lost when they blacked out the records many years ago — and now in 2014 — they are missing and can not be further reviewed for declassification and release. The history, whatever it may be, is lost forever.”

Source: Open Minds TV


The Never-Ending Battle Between Believers and Debunkers
By Sean Casteel

Is it possible to literally “speak” to the dead? Can a gifted medium actually help us to converse with a loved one who has passed on? The supreme logician, Arthur Conan Doyle, believed it IS possible, while his rival, the magician Harry Houdini, decried the practice as a cruel fraud. Read the story of their sometimes bitter feud in “Revealing the Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini.”

Did Houdini possess supernatural powers he kept hidden from the world, even his wife? Were his seemingly impossible feats of magic and escape really a product of bizarre, otherworldly gifts and not mere stagecraft? Who was the angelic “voice” who guided him through the public displays of his amazing defiance of immutable physical laws?

Budd Hopkins and Philip Klass, both now deceased, fought a grudge match over the truth behind alien abduction that lives on today and was much like the debate between Doyle and Houdini over Spiritualism. What are we to learn from such hard-fought battles over the crucial truths of phenomena we can as yet only dimly understand? Which side will be proved right when the answers are finally known?

Escape artist Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle are what people used to call “household names,” personages so familiar and instantly recognizable that they require almost nothing by way of introduction. What some may be less familiar with, however, is the fact that they were not only contemporaries of one another but also intimately acquainted rivals. They differed greatly on the subject of Spiritualism, specifically the practices of mediums who conducted séances and claimed to be able to speak to the dead.

Surprisingly, it was Doyle, whose fictional detective relied on the keenest logic to solve crimes, who believed that spirit contact was real and that the dead could communicate from the “other side” through a skilled and genuine medium. Meanwhile, Houdini, the master of deception and sleight of hand, quite strenuously decried the Spiritualist movement and its medium minions as cruel charlatans who exploited the grief of the living and led them to believe they could converse with souls who had passed over.

In the newly updated book from Global Communications, entitled “Revealing the Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini,” publisher Timothy Green Beckley writes in his introduction that Doyle and Houdini had initially been good friends but their disagreements over Spiritualism put an uncomfortable strain on their relationship. Doyle professed to have actually caught Houdini deceiving an investigating committee from the prestigious magazine “Scientific American” into believing that one of the best documented mediums of the time was fraudulent. Houdini never admitted to his part in the deception, and the rift between the two men widened.

In an even more interesting twist, Doyle became convinced that Houdini’s own secret supernatural powers played an essential role in the latter’s feats of escape and magic. According to Doyle, Houdini achieved something in his performances that could not be accomplished by even the most supremely complex trickery of a mere mortal. Houdini must have possessed some kind of mysterious paranormal ability that he covered with tales of standard human stagecraft. Houdini did confess at one point to hearing an angelic voice in his head that guided him through his often extremely dangerous escape performances. He added that he once tried to do a performance without his angelic companion and had fallen quite badly. He never tried to go solo again.

Such an extreme and even bitter rivalry between believer and debunker is nothing new to the UFO community. The divisiveness within the ranks of UFO enthusiasts is bad enough, but even more rancorous is the ideological battle between those who make the leap of faith that UFOs are real, for any number of personal reasons, and those on the outside who devote a great portion of their time trying to prove the opposite case.

As a journalist, I was witness to one such rivalry. I refer to the acrimony between the late abduction research pioneer, Budd Hopkins, and his opponent in the boxing ring of truth, the late Philip Klass. On more than one occasion, Hopkins told me that Klass did a great deal of psychological damage to some of the abductees Hopkins worked with. Hopkins said that the emotional and mental state of abductees is a very fragile thing, especially when they first begin to explore, under regressive hypnosis, what has happened to them. There are also usually issues of trust that arise which sometimes prove to be insurmountable. A person in such a delicate state of mind, Hopkins said, does not need to be told that they are essentially suffering under a delusion and that the researcher working with them is deluded as well. This condemnation of abduction research as so much misguided craziness was the gist of the message Klass proclaimed in his books and media appearances. 

When I spoke to Klass, he portrayed himself as the true friend of the alleged abductees, hoping to deliver them from the clutches of the wicked, self-serving abduction “experts.” Klass argued that the abductees were simply emotionally disturbed individuals who did not deserve to be misled by wild, unfounded stories of aliens and spaceships. It was comparable, he said, to a person who needed delicate brain surgery but turned to the local butcher for help instead. Meaning, of course, that the butcher/abduction researcher would clumsily make the damage even worse as he hacked away with his knives and bloodied his apron.

For his part, Hopkins, who was known to all as a dapper, sophisticated member of the New York intelligentsia, would sometimes unleash a long string of curses whenever Philip Klass was mentioned. The hostile emotions ran deep in Hopkins in that regard and Klass most likely had similar moments himself.

Doyle and Houdini’s mutual disregard may not have been as overt, but they nevertheless publicly opposed one another on many issues surrounding Spiritualism until they passed away. The updated book, “Revealing the Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini,” begins with a 35-page section, written by Doyle himself, in which he recalls with some affection the good qualities he saw in Houdini, including his impressive, manly courage and heartfelt concern for the poor, to whom he often donated large sums of cash. Houdini even paid the rent on an indefinite basis for people he hardly knew and once outfitted some 500 impoverished, barefoot children who had attended one of his performances with brand new boots. Doyle said Houdini so deeply loved his late mother and was devoted to his wife with such intensity that Doyle felt it must reflect some Jewish part of Houdini’s character. Today we recognize this as blatant “reverse discrimination,” but for Doyle it was a sincere attempt to praise his friend, who was not governed by what the non-Jewish Doyle called “our colder Western blood.”

“So much for his virtues,” Doyle writes. “And most of us would be very glad to have as goodly a list. But all he did was extreme, and there was something to be placed on the other scale. A prevailing feature of his character was a vanity which was so obvious and childish that it became more amusing then offensive. This enormous vanity was combined with a passion for publicity which knew no bounds and which must at all costs be gratified.”

It was that thirst to be constantly in the public eye which drove Houdini’s campaign against Spiritualism, Doyle theorizes. Houdini knew the public took a keen interest in the subject and that there was unlimited publicity to be had from it. Houdini continually offered large amounts of money to any medium that could prove, to Houdini’s satisfaction, that he or she had genuine supernatural abilities. Since Houdini could always dream up some objection or say some condition hadn’t been met, he was never in any real danger of having to pay the money at all.

While Doyle’s opening section is quite a fascinating portrait of the Houdini he knew, the real meat of “Revealing the Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini” is the reprint of the escape artist’s own book, a thorough and complete debunking of the Spiritualists of his time. It is a skillfully written uncovering of the many frauds in the field and their fraudulent tactics, including illustrations that explain such deceptions as false tables and trick shoes worn by fake mediums that were used to produce the rapping sounds that otherworldly spirits allegedly employed as their method to communicate with the living.

In fact, there are many illustrations throughout “Revealing the Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini,” such as classic photos of Doyle and Houdini and reproductions of newspaper articles from that long ago time, the early years of the 20th century, as well as dramatic photos of the mediums that Houdini so vociferously denounced.

Both Houdini and Doyle argue persuasively for their respective points of view in the pages of “Revealing the Bizarre Powers of Harry Houdini,” and the reader may feel that it is not easy to choose which of them to believe. It may be even more difficult to decide whether or not to agree with Doyle’s opinion that Houdini was a gifted medium himself who hid the knowledge of his preternatural powers from the world, his wife, and other intimates, although his rabbi hinted of such uncanny abilities when he eulogized Houdini at his funeral. But, as with all the books published by Global Communications, the joy is in our wondering and pondering over the possibilities and not in having so-called “final answers” thrust upon us.  

Read more from Sean Casteel:  http://www.seancasteel.com/


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The Paranormal World Of Sherlock Holmes

UFOS, Time Slips, Other Realms And The Science Of Fairies


Psychology of ‘Spirit Possession,’ ‘Hauntings’
By Tara MacIsaac

Peter Sacco is a psychologist who writes on a variety of topics, including haunting, spirit possession, and poltergeists. He has a unique perspective as both a psychologist and an investigator of these strange phenomena.

He is based in the Niagara Falls region, on the Canadian side in a city called St. Catherines. The region is arguably one of the most haunted places in North America, he said, giving him plenty of incidents to investigate close to home. Sacco is a criminal psychology professor, host of a TV show titled “Niagara’s Most Haunted,” and author of the recently published his book “Paranormal Niagara: Cases of the Mysterious and the Macabre.”

First, we’ll briefly summarize a famous incident featured in his book. Then, we’ll share a Q&A in which Epoch Times asked Sacco how he understands the psychology of the people who report these phenomena, the other witnesses, and even the ghosts themselves, should they actually exist!

A Poltergeist, a Police Officer, and a Priest

In February 1970, a poltergeist in St. Catherine’s attracted even the attention of Johnny Carson, who mentioned it on “The Tonight Show.”

Hearing loud banging on the walls in an apartment prompted many neighbors to call the police. Multiple police officers visited the house to find something altogether different from the domestic dispute they expected.

Sacco interviewed the officers, including Bob “Scotty” Crawford who became the primary officer handling the case. They witnessed many strange things.

Crawford saw the little boy of the family who lived there sitting in a chair that seemed to rise off the ground of its own accord and fly across the room. Another time, two officers called to the apartment saw the boy pinned to the ground by a chair. When one of the officers tried to pull it off, he found it stuck there with an unnaturally strong force. He couldn’t remove it. After a few minutes, it came off of its own accord.

Then a plate flew across the room, seemingly tossed by an invisible hand, right at the officer’s head. The officer dodged it, luckily, and hastily left with his partner, saying whatever was happening in the apartment wasn’t something the police could handle.

Priests came to the house. The first priest to come had a chair hurled at his legs like a bowling ball aimed at a pin. After the priests spent some time at the apartment, the problem seemed to dissipate.

Crawford also described a time “The boy was sitting on the lap of an adult and something was ‘trying to rip him away.’ A couple of officers tried to hold the kid down while this was all taking place. It was like something more than superhuman was trying to tug the kid away.” Crawford said he was sure the boy was not faking any of it. His body and other objects were acted upon with such suddenness and force. Some events, such as a levitating couch and bed couldn’t be explained. They’d investigated other possible sources of the noises in the walls, including the heating system and animals such as mice, and ruled them out.

Poltergeists are thought to perhaps be the result of psychokinesis. The person at the center of the phenomenon, in this case the little boy, may unintentionally manifest a psychological state in physical surroundings. Learning to control the psychokinesis could remedy the situation in these cases, said Sacco.

Epoch Times: A stigma around these phenomena may stop many people from discussing them. Yet the police in this story took the poltergeist seriously and openly discussed it as a supernatural phenomenon. Do you have any comments to make on the group psychology at play in these situations, either in terms of fear of acceptance from the group or how multiple people may share the same hallucination/delusion?

Sacco: First of all, teaching criminal psychology and having worked with police for many years myself, I do know one thing: cops will never sign their name to anything like this, because they’re the first ones that won’t believe in this stuff, usually. … So when I got several cops telling me that this is exactly what happened—first of all, what do they stand to get from this? … There were too many eye witnesses.

I had one person suggest it was mass-hysteria. When you’ve got different cops from different departments going in there, I don’t buy into cops being easily mass-hypnotized or buying into this mass hysteria, because it just doesn’t work that way.

[If that were the case,] why aren’t cops all mass-hysterical about UFOs when they get a report? …

You had very unique cops … they all came from different backgrounds, different belief systems in terms of religion, and you also had a crown attorney (equivalent to a district attorney in the United States), who had nothing to do with these cops. He walked into the place … and he’s watching a couch with three adults sitting on it floating off the ground … and he got out so fast, it wasn’t even funny.

To meet them in person and to see the looks on their faces and how they describe it … it says a lot. So I believe what they saw, totally.

Epoch Times: Some people who believe in ghosts say they are spirits with unfinished business or strong attachments to life, et cetera. If ghosts really are present in reported haunting cases, do you have any insights into the psychology of the ghosts themselves?

Sacco: When I spoke to people who are really experts in the field, the parapsychologists and such, I get a couple of answers. One of them is, because we live in an area that was tragically hit by wars—the big War of 1812, a lot of tragic deaths—some of these spirits don’t even know they were killed. Some of these spirits were snatched so fast from this dimension that they still think part of them is still here. …

Others said it’s energy, residual energy, like a photographic Polaroid. Once a person is active in a certain place, they emit this energy, and the energy has been fixated in time, if you want to call it the ‘universal ether’ … certain people can see it.

For example, some people can see auras … I’ve never met a person that can 100 percent deny that auras exist. If I point up at the moon and I see a ring around the moon, and that’s energy being emitted, what is that called? That’s an aura. … Auras exist, because all it is is heat given off.

Epoch Times: Could spirit possession really be at the root of some mental illnesses as many have believed throughout history?

Sacco: I would absolutely have to say, ‘yes’ to the possibility it could happen in select cases. I think you need to kind of keep an open mind. Let’s be realistic, we don’t know everything. … Even if you pick the Big Bang as the theory of creation, who started the Big Bang? … You’re back into this domain of the unknown.

I like to think that before this world existed, there was an unknown mind, creator, entity, God. I believe that you have to definitely look at the possibility that there are such things as demons or other entities, whatever you want to call them, within this unknown world.

Epoch Times: Some, and even many, of the reported paranormal cases are thought to be fraudulent. What psychological factors would cause someone to fake it?

Sacco: Some people, if they were faking it, may have what’s called Münchausen by proxy syndrome or Münchausen syndrome.

Editor’s note: Münchausen syndrome is defined by WebMD as: “a mental disorder in which a person repeatedly and deliberately acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when he or she is not really sick. Münchausen syndrome, is considered a mental illness because it is associated with severe emotional difficulties.” The U.S. National Institutes of Health defines Münchausen syndrome by proxy as: “a mental illness and a form of child abuse. The caretaker of a child, usually a mother, either makes up fake symptoms or causes real symptoms to make it look like the child is sick.”

It could be done first of all for attention seeking. … it’s going to give them a sense of people caring for them. It’s like what’s called feigning, where somebody would make up illness just to get out of responsibility for something, or to get attention … or to gain something, like in an insurance scam. … It could be just because [the person is thinking], ‘I’m living in an apartment here, I don’t want to pay rent, I hate the place. I can’t get out of my rental agreement, therefore I’m going to create a poltergeist.’

… It could be a joke, it could be for giggles, they’re just trying to play somebody.

Epoch Times: As a psychologist, you’re in a position to assess people’s mental health. As an author and television host who publicly discusses these strange phenomena, you probably have many people telling you their experiences. Are there some indicators that help you determine whether a story is more or less genuine?

Sacco: There has to be some sort of level of credibility—the person telling the story has one or more witnesses, or there’s a similar story that can kind of back it up … I’m hoping, too, that there’s some sort of historical significance. …

We us—to be blunt—the stupidity factor.

We were doing a film shoot … where there’s an old flour mill that burned about a hundred or so years ago. People died and people have continually seen ghost flames … and some people have heard screams.

The night we were filming it … I find my camera crew … listening to four drunken people telling them a ghost story. … [One of the people said he has] a haunted boat and the ghost only goes to eat bacon in his fridge.”

Source: Epoch Times


El Cucuy Has Roots Deep in Border Folklore

Its name is whispered in hushed tones. For mothers, it is the ultimate threat that keeps their sons and daughters in line. For children, it is the bogeyman, the closet monster and their worst nightmares rolled into one hideous being.

It is el cucuy.

Walk down any market in Brownsville or Matamoros and you can hear mothers invoke its name.

“Portate bien o te lleva el cucuy,” they say. “Behave, or the cucuy will get you.”

With today’s children obsessed with video games, movies and other features of modern life, why do they still fear the shadows at night? Why does this age-old monster still haunt them?

Cultural Creature

The beast is known by different names to different people throughout Latin America. It has been called cucuy, coco, cocu, chamuco and a dozen other titles.

Anthropology professor Tony Zavaleta explained that the “shadow figure” is a common myth passed between parent and child. Fathers traditionally tell children that there’s nothing under the bed or in the closet, while mothers tell the child to fear cucuy.

“One of my earliest recollections, being a little kid ... is hearing the ladies raising kids always say ‘oo-ee,’” Zavaleta said. “That sound would alert the child of danger; it would alert them to the dark side. There was something out there that could get you.”

Pre-industrial societies create a conceptual fear creature to keep children away from dangerous places, a theme seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s 2004 blockbuster film “The Village.” These legends often continue as civilization develops, and new names are assigned to it.

“The cucuy is ours,” Zavaleta explained.

Social sciences professor Manuel Medrano said popular legend describes cucuy as a small humanoid with glowing red eyes that hides in closets or under the bed.

“Some lore has him as a kid who was the victim of violence ... and now he’s alive, but he’s not,” Medrano said, citing Xavier Garza’s 2004 book “Creepy Creatures and other Cucuys.”

“He’s childlike with red eyes, and somewhere between life and death.”

The legend came from Latin America but has remained a strong part of border folklore.

“These creatures develop a permanence by word of mouth, from generation to generation, usually from the grandmother to the grandchild,” Medrano said. “It’s got an appeal not only because it is mysterious, but also because it is a good way of maintaining a child’s discipline.”

This bogeyman takes different forms depending on the family.

“You take a traditional (legend) like La Llorona, and you are going to get different versions,” Medrano said, referring to the popular ghost story. “Some people say she has blond hair and a skeleton face. Other people say she has black hair and a horse face.”

Zavaleta said descriptions change from family to family, but bogeyman legends are common worldwide.

“In every culture, there is that mythological monster,” Zavaleta said. “In modern times, it could be the chupacabra. It’s always a feeling that there is something just waiting to get you.”

Mysterious Monster

As more myths fall to the clarity of science, many people are trying to find the truth to monsters that hide in the night.

“They told me not to go out at night because cucuy would get me,” said Bob Melendez, paranormal investigator in Brownsville. “I was afraid to look under my bed.”

Although he dismissed such stories as he grew older, Melendez has come to view the tales in new light after interviewing people who have seen things they could not explain.

“Now, I think, maybe the old folks knew something more.”

The chupacabra is not a recent phenomenon according to Lynn David Livsey, president of the Brownsville Enlightenment Society, a group dedicated to understanding the unknown.

“Most civilizations have an oral history,” Livsey said. “Since it was not written down, we can say they are fairy tales or they didn’t really happen.”

Stories of small bloodthirsty creatures with glowing red eyes, like cucuy or chupacabra, have been around for years under different names.

“Before the chupacabra incidents, there were stories of bat-like creatures living in the Sierra Madre,” he said. “Are people crazy with nothing better to do, or is there something happening?”

In September 2004, a giant squid was captured on film for the first time, further cementing the existence of this once-mythical beast. Livsey hopes the same can be said for monsters along the border some day.

“With research, one day we will find answers to these mysteries,” he said.

Medrano said people often try to explain the unknown using terms that are familiar to their culture, such as spirits, ghosts, aliens or monsters.

“When something unknown happens, oftentimes, you say ‘The devil did it,’” he said. “The chupacabra is a little more contemporary and a little more rural, while the cucuy is more urban and indoors.”

Independent filmmaker Henry Serrato premiered his mockumentary “Search for the Chupacabra” in the 2005 CineSol Film Festival. The film mixed real and rehearsed interviews with people discussing how the chupacabra has become a modern cucuy for some parents.

“Mexican’s don’t practice ‘time out,’ so they put the fear of the bogeyman, the chupacabra or La Llorona in their children,” Serrato said. “Overtime the chupacabra just got tied in with Hispanic culture, even though it has not been around as long.”

Although seen as modern “urban legends,” monster stories are still used in indigenous parts of Latin America to keep children and adults inside at night.

“Once night falls, that’s when the creatures come out,” Zavaleta said. “Those fears are universal, it’s not just children.”

Different theories may be offered to explain away unknown monsters, but witnesses say nothing can challenge what they’ve seen.

In the early 1970s, Alex Resendez, along with his wife and son, saw what has been dubbed the “Big Bird.” Like the chupacabra, the giant bird was linked to livestock deaths, and like the cucuy, children were told it could come for them.

“I saw the bird twice, one time here in Brownsville and one time by Mission,” Resendez said.

The big bird menaced people in the 1970s, and the chupacabra was a blamed for animal deaths in the 1990s.

Serrato wonders if it isn’t time for a new cucuy to take the spotlight.

“Maybe another creature to pop up again, maybe it’s due for an appearance,” he said.

Whatever name is called, and whether or not it is ever caught, the cucuy will continue to frighten little children, and keep wary adults watching the shadows at night.

Source: The Brownsville Herald


Scientists Don't Know Why Things Just Disappear

Yeah, yeah, this is the 100th anniversary of Einstein's ''Miracle Year'' - the year he figured out everything from relativity to atoms to e=mc2. So how come Mr. Genius never bothered to explain the deepest physics mystery of all:

Where does the pen by the phone go?

As an absent-minded-professor type, Albie could not have been unaware of this problem. If he didn't address it, it must be because he, too, could not figure it out. I mean, you take a message. You hang up the phone. You get a snack, the phone rings, you come back and...No pen!

Or, sometimes, no paper! Or if there is a pen, now it doesn't write. How can it possibly be the same pen?

In the interest of science - and matrimony, since it is hard to stay happily married when you suspect your spouse of constantly misplacing the pen and, ridiculously, your pen-pilfering klepto-spouse suspects you - I asked a consortium of physicists and one persnickety professional organizer to explain:

Why does stuff just disappear? And just as mysteriously: Why does some of the stuff, particularly the toothpaste, suddenly reappear, after you have either forgotten all about it or spent many, many, MANY hours hunting for it RIGHT WHERE IT SUDDENLY REAPPEARS!? Explain this!!

''Einstein proposed that mass distorts space-time like a bowling ball distorts the surface of a mattress,'' said Daniel Koon, a professor of physics at St. Lawrence University, thinking he was being helpful. (Think again!)

This bowling ball creates a black hole, ''like a newly formed blob in a lava lamp,'' said Koon. And this blob swallows pens.

Or something. On second thought, maybe I shouldn't have started with the physicists.
But anyway, I did, and another one - Lawrence Brehm at the State University of New York at Potsdam - said that, in fact, black holes are NOT to blame. It's the entropy, stupid!

''There is usually enough random energy around to create disorder'' - i.e., entropy. ''This random energy can be a breeze or a vibration, but often it takes the form of a child, spouse or pet.''

AHA! So then it is my husband (or child or pet) who is always walking off with the pen, right?

Well, not according to Donald Ware. Ware happens to be the director of the International UFO Congress but he does hold a graduate degree in physics, and he says that ''advanced aliens'' hang around, moving objects through ''what some call telekinesis.'' Moreover, they do this to ''expand the awareness of the individual involved.''

In other words, when I cannot find the pen, it is because aliens have moved it in order to make me more aware of the other inhabitants of the universe.

Other inhabitants who have picked up all my husband's bad habits.

Lisa Zaslow, the professional organizer, shakes her head. The problem is not space-time or aliens or entropy, she chides, but that we don't pay enough attention to where we put stuff.

Yeah. Like that really makes sense. Lisa, I pay constant attention to my stuff and, in fact, have just found my phone pen, so there! The only remaining physics mystery is this:

How'd it get into my underwear drawer?

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

UK Couple Spooked By House Built on Old Burial Ground

Danielle Evanson and her boyfriend Brandon Waterton should have been as happy as clams in their newly-rented home. However someone – or something – seemed determined to make their lives hell…

“My boyfriend and I were in love and we’d finally moved in together,” says the 18-year-old from Crewe, Cheshire.

“Snuggling up on the sofa, I gave him a kiss. Our two-bed house was just perfect. What more could we want?”

But the nightmare was soon to begin for her and Brandon, 20.

Danielle continues: “A few weeks later a friend of mine came to stay. While she was in the bedroom upstairs one evening, I decided to make some tea.

“But I was shocked at what I saw. Last time I’d been in the kitchen, the cupboards were closed.

"As a naturally tidy person, I always washed up and put everything away, but a tin of beans lay on the floor and a cupboard was wide open. ‘Strange,’ I thought.”

In bed that night, the couple’s sleep was suddenly disturbed.

“I woke with a start,” recalls Danielle. “A terrible banging was coming from downstairs. Brandon! Did you hear that?’ I shook him.

“Wide awake, he nodded. ‘It’s probably just your friend.’ He crept downstairs to see what it was. Furniture was moved about but the front door was firmly shut. No one was there.”

They began to blame each other.

“We even asked my mate if she was making the noises but she thought it was us. She soon left.”

Over the next few weeks it got worse.

Danielle says: “Taps turned on by themselves, and the bathroom flooded. Handprints appeared on windows and we found a knife embedded in a door.

“And when a bag of doughnuts left on the living room table went up in flames, Brandon had to rush downstairs to put out the fire. Another time I found the words ‘get out’ written on a mirror,” shudders the teenager.

“Then Brandon started taking photos as evidence. In one I was shocked to see a white blur behind me. We didn’t believe in ghosts, but then…

“I even saw a shadow in a mirror that looked like a man, a monk.”

Eventually, action had to be taken.

“We asked the council if they knew anyone who could exorcise our house, but they told us not to be silly. So we found a local paranormal team on Facebook.”

One of the team inspected the site and revealed some dark news to the couple.

“He said our house was built on a burial ground from centuries ago,” says Danielle.

“The family died a terrible death and it seemed the father blamed his wife. She was a Wiccan witch. Now one of them – the father perhaps – wouldn’t move on from the house.

“A few days later we began the DIY exorcism. Brandon walked round wafting sandalwood incense into every nook and cranny and I had to pray in the living room. But when my boyfriend went into our bedroom the door slammed shut.

“My heart raced. He was being dragged down the hallway. Using all his might, he got to me in the dining room.

"Then there was a huge gust and we saw the monk reflected in the mirror. An enormous tall dark shape.

The nightmare was almost over.

She continues: “The spirit will be trapped in the mirror, the team had told us.

“Brandon took the mirror outside and smashed it to pieces – before bringing in one of the shards of glass. The spirit was finally broken.

"Immediately the house felt calmer. We can only hope it stays that way.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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