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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 7 Number 25

From: John Hayes <webmaster@ufoinfo.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 15:34:41 +0100
Fwd Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 03:00:27 -0400
Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 7 Number 25

Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.


Volume 7, Number 25
June 18, 2002
Editor: Joseph Trainor



       Argentina's current wave of cattle mutilations
entered its second month with a spectacular outbreak of
cases throughout La Pampa province.  The total of dead
cows found mutilated now exceeds thirty.
       "Five cows were found dead this past weekend (June 8
and 9, 2002) in the Cuchillo Co region.  The animals'
lifeless bodies were missing organs, and their mysterious
deaths were added to more than ten cases that still
perplex police officers and veterinarians alike in
investigating these events."
       "The Aberdeen Angus cows were found at the estancia
"La Sierra" (ranch), owned by Gregoria Echevez, located
some 150 kilometers (90 miles) west of General Acha."
       "Police sources informed (the Argentinian newspaper)
La Arena on Sunday (June 9, 2002) that Maria Alejandra
Veralli had filed a complaint after receiving a telephone
call from her sister (Sra. Echevez--J.T.) discussing the
fact that the deaths of the five cows had been
ascertained, and some of them were missing vital organs."
       "The police undertook the pertinent action and
reported the event to the Second Duty Court.
Subsequently, for reasons of jurisdiction, the police
report was forwarded to the Cuchillo Co Sheriff's Office,
given that the field (crime scene) is located at the
intersection of Provincial Highways 28 and 13."
       "The weekend's finds were added to the rest of the
area's cases, which have kept police and veterianrians on
edge.  This includes mutilated cows found in Salliquelo"
in Buenos Aires province "and in fields at Macachan,
Bernasconi, Jacinto Arauz, Villa Iris and General Acha" in
La Pampa province.
       "In all of these cases, the animals had been rendered
bloodless and presented incisions made by high-precision
instruments which are unknown to the police conducting the
investigation.  The shroud of mystery is further thickened
by the fact that in the hours prior to one of these
discoveries, strange lights were seen in the vicinity."
       And near the city of Santa Rosa, "it is a strange
event close to home: the dead cows lacking organs and
blood," cases "which have flourished throughout the (La
Pampa) province and astounded many without any
explanations having been found for such a singular
       "Four animals near Santa Rosa had their turn now, and
not only did the Provincial Police become involved but
professionals from the Universidad Nacional de La Pampa,
who offered to perform (post-mortem) analyses."
       "Yesterday (Wednesday, June 12, 2002), it was learned
that there was another case in addition to the one
reported by La Arena on Tuesday (June 11) and with more
spectacular details: in a field belonging to the Stock
Capella family, located at Kilometer 126 on Provincial
Highway 14, scant kilometers from Toay, a heifer was found
with a large portion of its head burned off 'as if by
fire' and the animal's sexual organs removed 'as if by
(Editor's Note: Unlike other nations in Latin America,
Argentina had significant numbers of immigrants from UK
and Italy.  It's common to see family surnames of English
or Italian origin.)
       "'The boss said he didn't want to see it because it
gave him the chills. I brought people to see it, since I
couldn't believe it.  I wanted others to see that this
isn't normal,' said Jose Ibarra, still showing signs of
the amazement he felt at finding a dead steer on Saturday
(June 1, 2002)," at the estancia "Las Tranqueras" (ranch)
"on Highway 14 in the vicinity of La Arana, owned by Luis
Stock Capella."
       "On that Saturday, doing his morning tour of
inspection, he found a 400-kilogram steer dead, missing
several organs but astonishingly intact, without a trace
of blood or any tracks whatsoever."
       "'When I found it, there was a circle of yellow grass
measuring some 20 meters (66 feet in diameter).  What drew
my attention the most was the color of that grass.  I
surveyed the field to see if there were any signs of
people or cars, and I found nothing.  Here you have to
drive in along (close to) the house, and there are no
tracks...or you have to come in by air,'" Ibarra said.
       "But it isn't just the animal flesh and muscles,
neighbors and other witnesses in the case claim having
seen 'the strangest lights in the sky, which look like
UFOs--unidentified flying objects--and burnt holes around
the (dead) heifer.'"
       Santa Rosa's first case "was in the San Jorge field
in the Campo Lagos region some 18 kilometers (11 miles) to
the northwest and according to police sources both cases
occurred the same day."
       "Owner Claudio Ferrerro found a nine-month-old cow
dead 11 days ago (i.e. on June 1, 2002--J.T.).  This
Monday (June 10, 2002), he found that its face and neck
were missing flesh and its sexual organs had been
       ""The site was visited yesterday (Wednesday, June 12,
2002) by police officers from Regional Unit 1, along with
a team from the Criminology Division.  Heading the group
was Sheriff Hector Garcia, and the officer in charge of
the criminology team, Nestor Garcia (no relation--J.T.)."
       "They found that the animal's face was missing its
muscles, along with the musculature of all the neck.
Furthermore, a hole was discovered in the animal's
hindquarters through which the genitalia had been
       The cow's face "looked as though it had been burned,
and, according to Ferrerro, two strange incisions were
noted, one on one ear and the other on the neck."
       "It became known on Wednesday (June 12, 2002) that
several cows had been founded dead on mysterious
circumstances in fields of the Rivera and Macachan
regions.  The cows showed incisions and the removal of
       "One of the new cases in the hitherto-unexplained
wave of cattle deaths was recorded last weekend (June 8
and 9, 2002) on the property owned by the Diez family in
Arano, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Rivera.  On
Wednesday, the landowner's son showed La Arena a videotape
and related his experiences."
       "'My father found the dead animal last Saturday (June
8, 2002) and discussed it in the afternoon upon his
return.  He immediately went back out with a friend and
saw that it had several strange incisions whose edges
showed signs of intense heat which (had) cauterized the
       "According to the young man, and to what appears on
the videotape, the cow presents a perfectly round arch
around its ocular cavity, from which the eyeball was
completely missing.  It also had incisions upon the upper
and lower maxilla.  The tongue had been cut out 'with
signs of high temperature.'"
       "Another incision began in the abdominal area and
progressed toward the tail, where it was perfectly skinned
back, revealing the absence of mammary glands,
reproductive organs, anus and intestines."
       A veterinarian "informed the Diez family that the
animal's left ear had been cleanly cut away with signs of
heat manipulation."
       "Another strange case was recorded on the property of
cattleman Pedro Miller, located 15 kilometers (9 miles)
southeast of Macachan."
       "The animal--a red heifer--was found in a strange
position: spread out on its four legs.  It also displayed
the customary incisions in the mouth area and the ears."
       "Finally, a new case emerged last week in a field
belonging to the Kuderschmidt family, some 15 kilometers
(9 miles) south of Rivera, where the strange events
affected three steers."
       The following day, Thursday, June 13, 2002, "ten dead
animals were found in a field near Rio Colorado, missing
the tongues, eyes and udders and showing no signs of
having bled.  There were no tracks whatsoever in sight.
Officials have not offered an explanation."
       "In Guatrache, the dead animal found Thursday
afternoon (June 13, 2002) was an Aberdeen Angus steer,
missing its left eye, the front half of its tongue, its
left ear, anus and rectum, and featured a circular cut in
its abdomen and another on the left flank."
       "Within the wave of mutilated cattle found with their
organs missing was a 20-month-old steer found on the
property of Luis Cano, located 7 kilometers (4 miles) east
of Guatrache on Provincial Highway 24."
       "Yesterday morning (Thursday, June 13, 2002)
personnel from the Guatrache Sheriff's Office reported to
the site where the animal was found dead, accompanied by
veterinarian Alberto Blanco."
       "'The circles were perfect,' mentioned an official of
the Sheriff's Office, reporting on the case. 'The
incisions were made with a peculiar instrument which
cauterized as it cut, avoiding bleeding,' he added."
       "'The animal had blood inside it, but not a drop on
the ground.  On one of its flanks, the animal had a circle
measuring 7 centimeters (3 inches) without hair, as though
it had been shaved, but its skin was neither burned nor
       Argentina's UFO community has also entered the hunt
for the cattle mutilators.
       "Ufologists are holding a skywatch in the countryside
near Ataliva Roca. According to ufologist Oscar Alfredo
Mario, 'Strange lights have been seen at the locations
where the cattle mutilations have occurred.'"
       "'We have eyewitness accounts from local cattlemen
who have seen strange lights at night.  One farmer claims
having seen a vehicle in the rural area of Ataliva Roca
only a few days ago,' Mario reported, 'In areas in which
animals have been found dead, we have reports of strange
lights seen at night.'"
       Nor is this the first time the region has played host
to UFOs.  Mario added, "'At (the town of) Remuco in 1999,
one cattleman claimed to have seen two objects over the
wilderness 43 nights in a row.'"  (We have a lot of
sources for this report, so here they are: La Arena for
June 11, 2002, "Five cows found dead under mysterious
circumstances at Cuchillo Co;" for June 13, 2002, "Two
more cases in Santa Rosa and Toay;" and for June 14, 2002,
"Mystery in La Pampa over mutilated cattle."  Also the
newspaper La Nueva Provincia of Bahia Blanca for June 15,
2002, "A new case in La Adela."  Also the newspaper El
Diario de La Pampa for June 15, 2002, "Cow mutilated in
bizarre fashion at La Arana" and "Strange lights occur at
mutilation sites."  Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales,
Gloria Coluchi y Proyecto Catent para todos esos articulos
de diario.)
(Editor's Comment: So here we have a major Fortean news
event.  As usual, it is reported only in Argentina and
nowhere else in the world.  And they say we don't have a
controlled global media.  Right!)


       TUVPO, the Turkish research organization that
investigates anomalous phenomena, has challenged the UFO
sightings reported in Istanbul and Antalya last week.
       On May 26, 2002, Saffet Sap, 42, and his sister,
Serpil Sap, videotaped a UFO over the Anadolu Hisari
section of Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey.  But Erol
Erkmen, director of TUVPO, insists that the videotape is a
       "Even though it was a new camera, the shot was
published in black and white," Erkmen stated on Thursday,
June 13, 2002, adding that TUVPO "determined that the shot
was inverted and that it does not show the colour and
density of the sky at that time (Istanbul at 6:30 p.m.--
J.T.).  And also it was determined that the image of the
flying object was extremely enlarged during the editing of
the film" and "is a deformed silhouette, so anyone can
suggest their own imaginary guesses by watching the
       "It is clearly observed that after the invertation
process (negative-positive--E.E.) the vision had
transformed into the colour and density of the sky at 6:30
p.m., and the object (UFO) is Venus," he added in a
written statement.  "The special markings on the tape are
signs of the falsification in the original footage from
many tries, and the published view (result--J.T.) is not
the original footage."
       Erkmen stated that he also doubted the validity of
last week's report of a UFO landing in Antalya, a seaport
city in southern Turkey.
       At Antalya, 45 people reported seeing a UFO pass over
the city.  Three children--Murat Esici, Zeynep Cipinar and
Malan Donmez--reported that the saucer had landed in the
backyard of the Fatima Pirilti Primary School and that
they saw "an alien being getting out of the unusual
       The alien was described as 1.8 meters (6 feet) tall,
humanoid in appearance, "with a large head and red eyes."
(See UFO Roundup, Volume 7, Number 24 for June 11, 2002,
"Aliens land at a school in southern Turkey," page 1.)
       The Antalya landing, Erkmen stated, "was an event
which was sent to the media by a group named UFO Avcisi
(Turkish for UFO Hunters--J.T.), who published by TVs
(appeared on Turkish television--J.T.)  The children told
different stories on TV, and they were laughing at the
same time."
       "The National Observatory is located in Antalya," he
added, "There are also foreign scientists residing at the
observatory, which has a 150-centimeter telescope.  No
evidence was found in the area which the UFO report
claimed, nor in the observations executed by local police
and scientists.  The National Observatory explained
scientifically that it could be a meteor."  (Many thanks
to Erol Erkmen of TUVPO for this news story.)


       On Sunday, June 9, 2002, "a disc-shaped UFO passed
overhead at 10:30 p.m., There was only one witness.  Its
colour was white."  The incident took place in Sri Lanka,
an island nation in the Indian Ocean.  The UFO passed over
the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, in north central Sri
Lanka, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of
Colombo, the national capital.
       The sighting was reported on the morning newscast on
Monday, June 10, 2002, by Television Rupavahini in
Colombo, reported Nalaka, UFO Roundup's correspondent in
Sri Lanka.
       According to the Times of India, "Sri Lanka is dizzy
over aliens after some villagers and a journalist spotted
an unidentified flying object (UFO) in the north central
town of Polonnaruwa, but visionary space scientist Sir
Arthur Clarke has played down the local X-Files episode."
       "The unusually glimmering flying object was first
spotted by a farmer in Polonnaruwa, but its presence was
also confirmed by several others in the area, including a
television journalist.  The object had been seen over Sri
Lankan skies for nearly a week and eventually prompted the
Sri Lankan Air Force to investigate the matter, the
reports added."
       "Polonnaruwa is the ancient Sri Lankan capital and a
popular tourist attraction because it houses many rare
historical ruins dating back to the First Century A.D.  A
team of astrophysicists--led by Dr. Chandana Jayaratne of
the University of Colombo--has also started studying the
Sri Lankan sky to determine what the object is."
       "But for the internationally-reknowned author of
several books on the subject, Sir Arthur Clarke, all the
hype appears to be largely uninvited."
       "'I wish I will one day be able to meet a visiting
alien, but I don't for a moment agree that aliens are
visiting the Earth in UFOs, making secret appearances and
contacting a handful of human beings,' Clarke said in a
statement, 'We need to discern enthralling science fiction
from science fact.'"  (See the Times of India for June 17,
2002, "UFO in Lanka?  Clarke says no way."  Many thanks to
Nalaka, Raaj and John Hayes for this report.)


       On Monday, June 10, 2002, "at around 11:30 p.m.," a
family staying aboard their boat at the Hoo Marina on the
river Medway, near Rochester and Strood, Kent, UK saw
"travelling from east to west, either on purpose or
coincidentally following the river," a brightly-lit UFO.
       "We are moored in Hoo Marina, and it went right over
the top of us," the witnesses reported.
       "Estimated by my mother, who was the one who saw it
at close range, it was around one-and-a-half times the
size of our vessel, which itself is almost 50 feet (15
meters) in length."
       "Loud helicopter noises were preceding it.  To my
ear, it sounded like several craft.  The object of
interest had no discernable sound.  Certainly not a jet.
Flying at treetop level, it should have been extremely
loud."  But the UFO made no sound.
       The object "took two minutes to go into the near-
distance, at which point it hovered for approximately one
minute, and then carried on.  Very bright white lights on
each corner.  Each was flashing in synchronisation, at
half-second intervals.  Especially at leading part and
centre (we estimated same magnitudes) with both rear
corners (of the triangular UFO--J.T.) being in turn far
brighter than the many small white lights which made up
the outline.  Strangely, none of these lights seemed to
illuminate either the ground or cast any reflection on its
own surface."
       "Object was either black or dark, though, if the
latter, certainly not light enough to be seen as grey in
colour.  Main lights were flashing, although no beam
effects were noticed at all."
       "Our Dobermann (pinscher) dog was agitated and on
edge during the time of the helicopters appearing,
although he is usually fairly anxious about such sounds.
My radio and computer were unaffected before and after the
event."  (Many thanks to Eric Adams and Chris Rolfe of UFO
Monitors-East Kent for this report.)


       On Saturday, June 15, 2002, at midnight, eyewitness
Michael N. and his friend Steve were sitting in a third-
floor flat in the Hietzing section of Vienna, the capital
of Austria, when they noticed a strange glow beyond the
       "We saw maybe 20 of these gleaming objects from the
window of our room on the third floor," Michael reported,
"It was approximately midnight when we saw them.  They
went in groups from the ground into the sky.  First they
moved quite fast, then they stood still in the sky, and
then they moved again.  And we also heard several loud
       Michael described the UFOs as "yellow-orange round
glowing objects, very fast-moving" as they "went up into
the sky."  (Email Form Report) (Editor's Comment:  This is
the second UFO report the Roundup has gotten from that
section of Vienna.  Is there some kind of UFO parking
garage under the ground in Hietzing?)


       On Friday, May 24, 2002, at 4 p.m., Tony Dickson "was
sitting on the back deck" of his home in Brampton,
Ontario, Canada (population 268,251), a suburb six miles
(10 kilometers) west of Toronto, "just west of Highway 10,
just slightly north of the Williams Parkway," when he saw
a UFO approach from the north.
       "While sitting on my back deck, looking northeast, I
spotted a jet way up, about 30,000 feet (9,000 meters),
and directly below it at several thousand feet
(approximately 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) at a guess--
T.D.) a silver, reflective, cone-shaped object" that
"traveled from north to south at an extremely fast speed,
faster than normal jet speeds," he reported, "It was
reflecting bright silver to dull.  It was very clear,
although the bright sunlight was behind me.  I wonder if
anyone else has seen this other than my wife and I."
(Email Form Report)
       On Monday, June 10, 2002, at 11:30 p.m., Sean
Johnston was walking home from the movies in Oshawa,
Ontario (population 134,364) when "a UFO came in front of
me, then turned and went to the left.  I was walking home
from a movie when I saw this UFO."
       Oshawa, Ont. is located about 15 miles (25
kilometers) east of Toronto, which is Canada's largest
city.  (Email Form Report)


       "Authorities are investigating a mysterious silver
orb that washed up on the South Carolina coast."
       "They haven't been able to identify the object and
say its only features are a series of numbers painted on
       "The 3-foot (0.9-meter) diameter orb is being
examined by a number of maritime experts who think it may
belong to a ship."
       "NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) haven't been able to help identify
       "Experts think it could be a flotation device used by
a dredging ship but say it doesn't look like one."
       "Marie Segnera, whose family found the object near
their Isle of Palms beach house, said, 'They thought it
was a giant beach ball--they were going to bring it in.
They swam out and said it was a very heavy ball--it was
metal, had numbers on it--and there was no way they were
bringing it in.'"
       "Isle of Palms, S.C. Fire Chief Ann Graham said,
'We're calling it a UFO--unidentified floating object.'"
       Isle of Palms (population 4,581) is located 20 miles
(32 kilometers) east of historic Charleston, South
Carolina.  (See Ananova for June 17, 2002, "Mystery orb
has been dubbed 'unidentified floating object.'  Many
thanks to Steve Wilson Sr. for this report.)
(Editor's Note:  Charleston was the home port of the CSS
Hunley, the first submarine to sink an enemy warship.  The
Hunley herself went down on her way home from her
successful sinking of the USS Housatonic in February
(Editor's Comment:  Maybe the silver orb belonged to the
Nautilus, the fabled Nineteenth Century submarine built by
Captain Nemo and made famous by French science fiction
author Jules Verne.  I just thought of something...what if
the Hunley was deliberately sunk by Captain Nemo!?)


       "Men In Black star Will Smith plays an alien hunter
in the movies, but he claims to have had a close encounter
in real life!"
       "He's convinced he saw a pair of UFOs flying above a
California desert 10 years ago.  'They were not man-made,'
insists Smith, whose MIB sequel premieres July 3 (2002).
'They dashed across the horizon at unbelievable speeds.'"
       "Smith, who played boxing legend Muhammad Ali in the
film Ali, isn't the only celeb convinced that UFOs are
real.  In fact, the champ himself is a believer."
       "'If you look into the sky in the early morning
hours,' says Ali, "you can see them playing tag between
the stars.'"
       "Beam William Shatner up--Star Trek's Captain Kirk
says aliens saved his life after his motorbike broke down,
leaving him lost and stranded in the Mojave Desert (of
southern California--J.T.).  'A shimmering figure led me
to a road so I could get help,' Shatner says, 'Then he
disappeared and a shining, orb-style object zoomed off at
high speed.'"
       "Movie Ghostbuster Dan Aykroyd swears he saw
something strange in his neighborhood a few years back.
'I was in Massachusetts and saw two objects tracking at
about 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), doing amazing
maneuvers,' he reveals, 'I am convinced they were UFOs.'"
       "The truth is out there for X-Files supernatural
sleuth David Duchovny--he claims he saw a triangular UFO
while jogging along a New Jersey beach in 1993.  'I don't
know what it was,' he admits, 'I don't think I ever
       "Grease star Olivia Newton-John once spotted a
multicolored globe in her native Australia.  She adds, 'It
could change direction like no plane I'd ever seen.'"
       "And (rock star) David Bowie saw many UFOs while
growing up in Kent, England.  'They came over so
regularly,' he recalls, 'we could time them.'" (See the
tabloid Globe for June 18, 2002, "Spaced-out stars believe
in UFOs," page 59.)

  From the UFO Files...

            HEARD IN TUNISIA

       One of the strangest cases of "mysterious sky booms"
on record took place in North Africa on June 17, 1881.
       That day, Ishaq al-Taabi was seated in the courtyard
of the Mosque of Sidi Driss in Gabes, a seaport city in
what is now Tunisia.  With his fellow students, Ishaq was
listening to the imam Mohammed al-Aziz al-Ghassani discuss
verses from al-Quran (the Koran).  It was a typical sunny
June morning at the habou (Islamic school similar to a
madrassa in Pakistan--J.T.).  Suddenly, an earsplitting
explosion drowned out the imam's words.
       "What was that!?" a student shouted.
       Before anyone could reply, a series of multiple
booms, "sounds like cannonading," followed, and even the
imam jumped to his feet.
       "They're shelling the city!" Hassan Bin Ahmad
       Oblivious to the imam's warnings to be careful,
Ishaq, Hassan and the other teenaged boys scrambled out of
the courtyard and rushed through the souk (marketplace--
J.T.)  They found shocked, puzzled and frightened adults
milling around.  Weaving their way through the crowd, the
boys headed southeast to the Oued Gabes River, intent on
getting a look at the "foreign fleet" they thought was
bombarding their city.
       Suddenly, the boys were knocked off their feet by an
earth tremor.  The cry went up from the souk.
"Earthquake!"  But Ishaq and his friends pressed on,
racing through the narrow crooked streets.
       "That quaking of the earth was felt, at intervals of
32 seconds, lasting about six minutes," reported a French
scientist living in Gabes at the time.
       By the time the final tremor subsided, Ishaq and his
schoolmates were at the river, looking east towards the
Mediterranean Sea.  But there were no gun flashes, no
clouds of coal-fired smoke, no European battleships
offshore, just a few lateen-rigged boats belonging to
Tunisian fishermen.
       The mystery of the 1881 "sky booms" was never solved.
(See the book New Lands by Charles Fort, Boni and
Livewright Inc., New York, N.Y., 1923, page 126.  Also the
French periodical La Nature, 17-126 for 1881.)

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