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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 6

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Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 6



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      UFO ROUNDUP
Volume 9, Number 6
February 11, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor

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Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/


WEREWOLF CAUSES HAVOC
IN MEXICO'S YUCATAN

      "Over 100 residents of the Texan Palomeque
commissariat of the municipality of Hunucma," in Mexico's
state of Yucatan, "headed by 10 police officers, went
after an alleged 'paranormal being' dubbed 'the
Wolfwoman,' whose escapades have caused fear among
residents of this and other Yucatan communities."
      Like a scene from a Frankenstein movie, "armed with
rifles, shotguns, pistols and equipped with lanterns, the
locals organized into groups and plunged into the
wilderness (rain forest) in order to put an end to the
'being,' described by witnesses as being hairy, standing
approximately a meter and a half (or 5 feet tall), walking
on two legs and with glowing red eyes."
      "The alleged Wolfwoman has slain hundreds of farm
birds in the commissariat and has been seen in communities
within the municipality such as Uman, Halachi and Sisal."
      "Tadeo Cuich, one of the municipal police officers of
Hunucma who accompanied the hunters, said that the matter
has already turned into a legend and that there is a great
amount of fear in the locality, to the extent that the
residents of Texan Palomeque and other neighboring
communities no longer go out at night, fearful of
encountering the strange being."
      "Residents of Texan did not have the luck to find the
'Wolfwoman,' although some say the creature was running
towards Uman."
      "But it wasn't just the Wolfwoman who has the hairs
of the locals standing on end since the municipalities
claim having seen other supernatural beings, as occurred
in Opichon, an eastern locality, was there was talk of the
Huay Kekon (Mayan for devil hound--J.T.) responsible for
slaying dozens of pigs, dogs and cats in the area."
      "The presence of the notorious Chupacabra has even
been reported in Merida, the state capital."
(Editor's Comment:  Right now, the Chupacabra is extremely
active in Chile.  See the following story in this issue.)
      "No one slept in Texan Palomeque last night (Sunday,
February 1, 2004).  Residents organized into groups and
ventured into the wilderness to hunt down 'the
Wolfwoman.'"
      "Until 11 p.m. last night, about 100 people armed
with rifles and lanterns combed the wilderness of this
rural comissariat near Hunucma, searching for the strange
creature that has caused its dogs to become restless."
      "Movement began in Texan at 7:30 p.m., after the
barking of dogs was heard from a two-story house outside
of town, where hogs and poultry are raised."
      "Since last Wednesday (January 28, 2004), when
turkeys were found dead 'under bizarre circumstances,' the
locals are alert to the slightest commotion.  The constant
barking of the dogs attracted the first group of
'hunters,' whose number gradually increased."
      "Minutes later, someone said 'the Wolfwoman' was seen
outside of town, on the road to Uman."
      "Benito Canul Canul, a 45-year-old worker who took
part in the posse, said that he managed to fire at the
strange being outside his house on the way to the
cemetery.  He is unsure if he hit it."
      "'The creature was dog-shaped but with glowing
eyes,'" Benito said.  (See Edicion Yucatan for February 2,
2004, "Posse searches for wolf-woman."  Muchas gracias a
Scott Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para esto articulo de
diario.)


COUPLE SEES CHUPACABRA
IN CENTRAL CHILE

      "Completely overwhelmed and not at all desirous of
returning to the countryside--at least not for a while--a
state prosecutor and his wife have returned to Santiago
after having spent a week in La Serena, where they ran
into a hairy monster that made their blood run cold as
they took an alternate route to the main highway.  They
say it wasn't a creature made by the Lord."
      "The beast was nearly identical to the one seen in
early January (2004) by (bus) driver Juan Berrios in
Buin," a city just south of Santiago de Chile, the
national capital.  (For more, see UFO Roundup, volume 9,
number 5 for February 4, 2004, "Chupacabra spooks bus
drivers in central Chile," page 6.)
      "Roberto Ayar Rojas, Maribel Arnaiz Cazaux and their
young daughter, Daphane, left La Serena around midnight on
Wednesday (February 4, 2004) toward Highway 5 North.  'We
wanted to take our time before heading home.  We're used
to traveling at night because it's a lot less hectic,'
said Maribel, from her home in Quinta Normal," a suburb of
Santiago.
      "As they have for many years, the Ayar-Arnaiz family
decided to go off the beaten track and take scenic routes
through inland towns to avoid the recurrent tolls and
traffic and partly to discover non-tourist destinations
even if it was already nighttime."
      "Some 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Santiago,
the family headed for the town of Romeral in the Fifth
Region and entered the town.  After driving for more than
an hour, Roberto found that the road ended in a fork, and
they were forced to choose which path to take.  'We
finally decided to take the right-hand path, and in no
more than a kilometer along the road, we found someone in
a microbus terminal of whom we asked the route to take
back to Santiago.  He told us to take the other road, so
we had to turn back,' said the head of household."
      "The time was about 6 a.m. when they turned back and
took the alternate road.  To one side, dense vegetation
covered the side of the road, and on the other side there
were trees.  The girl was sleeping in the back seat, and
the couple spoke excitedly while they smoked cigarettes.
It was then that the 'thing' appeared."
      "'It was horrible.  I swear to you that I've never
seen anything like it.  It was a dog, a rabbit or any
other known animal.  It was halfway in the middle of the
road, standing on two feet.  It was completely covered in
hair and had red eyes,' recalled Roberto, less than 24
hours after seeing the unexplained creature.  'It was bent
and had a hump on its back.  It had the body of a
kangaroo.  It had two small hands (forepaws) that it moved
quickly and deep-set eyes.  In fact, it looked at us, was
just as scared as we were, and it ran off, jumping into
the bushes,' added Maribel, still feeling the fright."
      "Both were frozen and later asked each other if they
had seen the same thing.  After recovering from the shock,
the couple agreed that the most frightening detail was
(the creature's) gaze and the two large fangs protruding
from its upper jaw."
      "'They were like two tubes, one stuck to the other.
Some seconds elapsed and it took off.  It walked just like
those two-legged lizards, sort of knock-kneed.  I don't
have a word for it, but it's supernatural,' said (Roberto)
Ayar, who explained that he'd always thought the
Chupacabra was a media creation designed to conceal other
things."
      In the barrio Santa Filomena in the village of
Viluco, near Buin, where the bus drivers saw the
Chupacabra, rumors began flying fast and furious when a
mysterious group of "gringos" appeared one night and began
shooting video footage and taking still photographs.
Locals said the men were agents of the USA from a variety
of different organizations, including the CIA, NASA and
FEMA.
      "Juan Espinoza, another driver of the bus line,
claimed that the foreigners were probably 'gringos'--
seemingly Americans--who arrived in a jeep to determine
where the event occurred."
      "'They were there until 6 in the morning.  They came
around, took some photos, but didn't ask any questions,'
said Espinoza, who was startled by their high-tech gear."
      The Chilean newspaper La Cuarta investigated the
story and, "as regards the 'gringos' who were taking
photos in Buin, La Cuarta was able to determine that these
men were members of the Instituto de Investigaciones
Exobiologicas, made up of Spaniards who have worked in the
paranormal field for over 30 years."  (See La Cuarta for
February 4, 2004, "Americans visited Buin to hunt
monster," and for February 7, 2004, "Prosecutor, spouse
see monster."  Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Liliana
Nunez para eses articulos de diario.)


UFOs REPORTED IN INDIA

      On Wednesday, January 28, 2004, Sandeep Chau was
outdoors at his home in Bhatwadi, near Smashan Bhumi,
Ghatkopar, in the west end of Mumbai (formerly Bombay--
J.T.), India's largest city, at 7:40 p.m. when he looked
up and saw "an unusual light travelling from west to
east."
      "It was looking like a star but not blinking and was
moving erratically. It disappeared after three seconds,"
Sandeep reported, "The same thing happened three times
within 15 minutes at different locations in the sky.  It
is confirmed that it was not a shooting star, and it was
not like a normal aeroplane.  On this day, the sky was
clear, and we should have been able to see it up in that
area of the sky.  It was very high and travelling
smoothly."
      On July 26, 2003, Sumeet Gupta spotted a luminous UFO
over Haryana in India.  He wrote, "I, Sumeet Gupta, 24, a
businessman from Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, India, report that
on the evening of July 26, 2003, I, along with six or
seven others, was outside my home after dinner when we saw
a large light in the sky.  While the object could have
been nothing but the planet Mars, I decided to film it
using a SONY 700X Handycam Digital 250E (camera).  I was
struck by what I saw."
      "The object emitted a yellow fire-like light and was
quite big compared to the other stars.  It was moving
around and also made a bright flash of light.  This object
was disc-shaped."  (Email Form Reports)


MORE AUSSIES REPORT
SEEING VICTORIA UFO

      "The tiny town of Beveridge, north of Melbourne," in
Australia's Victoria state, "is fast earning a reputation
as Australia's UFO hot spot."
      "Since Whittlesea Council released a photograph
purportedly showing a UFO, other locals have come forward
claiming to have seen flying objects."
      "Kilmore resident Peter Christie said he was taking
his daughter, Elise, to a friend's house about 10 p.m. on
Saturday, January 10 (2004) when he noticed something
flying to the west."
      "'I saw this round thing in the sky with lights
coming out of it,'" Elise said, "'It was sort of moving.
It wasn't going very fast or anything.  It had big round
lights coming out of it.  It was too wide to be a plane,
and it was nothing like a helicopter.'"
      "She said there were several lights beaming outwards
from the side of the object, parallel to the ground."
      "'We both said, 'No, that's definitely not a plane,''
she said, adding that the object was in view for several
minutes."
      "'We were going over a hill, and there was one stage
where we couldn't see anything.  Then it appeared again.
I wasn't scared.  I was a bit shocked.'"
      "Mr. Christie, who was driving, managed a few short
glances at the object but agreed it was definitely not a
plane."
      "'We didn't know what it was...and then we heard the
news the other day,' he said."
      "Elise said several people had greeted her comments
about the sighting with scepticism.  So she stopped
talking of it until Whittlesea Council's photograph, with
a disc-shaped object in the sky, was widely publicised
late last month. (January 2004)"
      "The release of Whittlesea Council's UFO photo
sparked much interest, and the council's website recorded
more than 37,000 hits over three days."  (See the
Australian newspaper Herald-Sun of Melbourne for February
8, 2004, "UFOs call town home."  Many thanks to Jim
Hickman for forwarding this newspaper article.)


MORE UFOs SEEN OVER
HUDDERSFIELD, UK

      "Strange lights have been seen in the skies above
Linthwaite."
      "Alan Robinson of Reinwood Road, Quarmby was in his
garden at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, January 19 (2004), when he
saw a bright round light in the sky in the distance."
      "He had been trying to spot a man-made satellite
which can be seen near the Moon at certain times."
      "Mr. Robinson said: 'I saw this UFO.  It was big and
bright and flying at cruising speed at a very high
altitude for about six seconds.  There were no navigation
lights.  I am a plane enthusiast and I can normally
identify aircraft.  It was just really strange.'"
      "Robert Williams, a member of the Huddersfield
Astronomical and Philosophical Society, said no one had
spotted the object from the society's Crosland Hill
observatory."
      "But he said there were several rational explanations
for the sighting."
      "He said it could be the International Space Station
(ISS), which is sometimes visible above Huddersfield.  He
said the space station was very bright and moved quickly."
      "Alternatively, the object could have been a man-made
satellite, said Mr. Williams.  There are about 30 man-made
satellites which pass over the Earth, some travelling in
groups at an altitude of 200 miles (320 kilometers)."
      "There is one particular group of three--in a
triangular shape--which passes above Huddersfield."
      "Finally, Mr. Williams said the object could have
been an 'iridium flare.'  These flashes of light, lasting
just seconds, occur when communications satellites catch
light from the sun when they rotate."
      "Mr. Williams added: 'I would imagine that anything
anyone sees in the night sky is not strange or unusual.'"
(See the Huddersfield Daily Examiner for February 2, 2004,
"Strange sighting in sky puzzles satellite watcher."  Many
thanks to Robert Fischer for forwarding this newspaper
article.)


UFO SPOTTED BY MANY IN
BANOS MORALES, CHILE

      "An event that few will never forget occurred last
Saturday (January 31, 2004) when at 11 p.m. a strange
object flew over the Banos Morales area at an unusual
speed, flying from west to east."
      "'The night was completely clear, and we managed to
see an object flying at considerable speed.  On two tips,
it had yellow and red lights, with a blue tail,' said one
of the eyewitnesses."
      "According to many ufologists, this is a privileged
area for observing unidentified flying objects, just like
Cajon del Maipo."
      "'We couldn't believe what we were seeing.  It all
happened in a matter of seconds.  I'm sure, like many
other residents, that what we saw wasn't an aircraft or a
satellite.  It was a very strange thing, but wonderful at
the same time.  I'll never forget what I saw,' said the
witness."  (See the Chilean newspaper Puente Alto al Dia
for February 6, 2004, "UFO sighting at Banos Morales."
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Liliana Nunez para esto
articulo de diario.)


PERU SHOCKED BY EERIE
RITUAL MURDER

      "In a ritual comparable to the ones performed by
ancient Andean tribes, peasants in a village located in
the southern Andes of Peru discovered a year-old child
whose heart was torn out and offered to the gods in
exchange for fertile soil and an abundant harvest."
      "'He was sacrificed, no doubt about it,' said a
veteran agent of the Yunguyo Sheriff's Department, upon
seeing the child's remains spread on the slopes of Torre
Torrni peak, the site chosen for the cruel ceremony."
      "Sergeant Juan Felipe Quispe, 58, told the newspaper
La Republica that he had never before witnessed such a
sight."
      "'On many occasions I have heard stories about deaths
and unmarked graves for those who were murdered to honor
the soil, the sun and the moon, but never thought they
were true until now,' he stated."
      "According to the authorities, those who sacrificed
the child--whose identity is unknown--celebrated the event
as a grand affair.  'They beheaded him and then opened his
chest,' reads the police report."
      "The victim was approximately one year old and showed
no physical defects, he added.  All of the cadaver's
organs remained within the thorax except for the heart,
which was removed by hand without the use of surgical
instruments."
      "It is known that a full ritual was held at the scene
of the sacrifice due to a specific fact: the heard was
found 300 meters (1,000 feet) away from the body, covered
in multicolored wildflower petals."
(Editor's Note:  Right now it's late summer in Peru and
the other countries of the southern hemisphere.)
      "Investigators also found 43 plastic bottles
containing rum and chicha (a beer--J.T.) made from the
maceration of roots and tubers.  A tin of coagulated blood
was also found."
      "The information was given to police by other farmers
who reject such sacrifices."
      "Payment to the Earth with human sacrifices was
customary in the Andes during and before the Inca empire.
Children and virgin girls were preferred as the potential
victims."  (See the newspaper La Republica of Lima, Peru
for February 5, 2004.  Muchas gracias a Monica Gaetano de
Silva para esto articulo de diario.)
(Editor's Note:  The "Vatican" of this religion was
Pachacamac, a city of ancient pyramids in the Rio Lurin
valley, located 32 kilometers (20 miles) south of Lima,
the national capital.)


MYSTERIOUS BOOMS HEARD
IN BASEHOR, KANSAS

      "A mysterious sound, something like a 'sonic boom,'
has some local residents of Basehor," Kansas (population
2,280) "scratching their heads, curious about the sound's
origin and, more importantly, its function."
      "Basehor police chief Vince Weston and his police
officers have taken reports from residents in the past
several months, since Halloween, about booming noises in
the night air."
      "'We've gotten a couple,' Weston said, 'It's not a
continuous thing, but on some weekend nights, there is a
noise that sounds like fireworks without the display.'"
      "One local man reporting the sound to police
described the noise as sounding like 'dynamite or TNT,'
the police chief said."
      "Residents reporting the strange recurring sound have
told police it is usually a quick blast coming at strange
times.  Some have placed the noise coming from the south
of the city, toward areas along County Road 2."
      "'It's usually one or two blasts, and then it's done
for the evening,' Weston said."
      "The police department opened an investigation into
the matter but, as of yet, it has not revealed any helpful
information."
      "An official with the Tonganoxie Police Dept. said
there have been no reports of their noise in their
jurisdiction.  As of press time, deputies with the
Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department were reviewing
past reports to see if any matched similar descriptions."
      Basehor is just north of the Kansas Turnpike,
approximately 16 miles (28 kilometers) west of Kansas
City.  (See the Basehor, Kan. Sentinel for January 22,
2004, "Police puzzle over strange sounds."  Many thanks to
Daniel Wilson for forwarding this newspaper article.)


PHANTOM PANTHER TURNS
UP IN SHROPSHIRE, UK

      "A new breed of wildcat could be flourishing on the
Shropshire countryside, a police wildlife expert has
warned."
      "Several 'big cat' sightings have been reported close
to the (motorway) A442 in Telford, said Alan Mootham,
wildlife liaison officer for the south of the borough."
      "And although none of the tip-offs has led to any
mystery animal being captured roaming the countryside, Mr.
Mootham insisted all sightings are taken seriously."
      "He said a reason for an increased number of
sightings, both in Shropshire and across the country,
could be a new type of cat flourishing."
      "'We have had recent reports in the last few months
of large cat sightings close to the Eastern Primary.'"
(See the Shropshire Star for January 29, 2004, "Increased
sightings of big cats."  Many thanks to UFO Roundup's
phantom panther expert, Robert Fischer, for this newspaper
article.)


UNDERGROUND BASE STIRS
FEARS IN COLORADO

      Construction of a giant underground base in western
Colorado has locals and visitors wondering just what the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is up to.
      According to researcher Rose King, "There is a new
tunnel that has been under construction for about two
years now.  It is located on the east side of the San Juan
mountain range just west of South Fork, Colorado
(population 604) on Highway 160."
      South Fork is about 40 miles (64 kilometers)
northwest of Alamosa, the "UFO capital" of Colorado and
the heart of the San Juan Valley.  Ufologist Christopher
O'Brien has documented hundreds of UFO sightings in the
area in his two books, The Mysterious Valley and Enter the
Valley.
      "Dulce, New Mexico is just south of this position in
the San Juan range," Rose added.
(Editor's Note:  Dulce is alleged to be the site of a
large underground base that was the scene of a battle
between U.S. Marines and space aliens in September 1969.
Also, Alamosa, Colo. is the site of the King Ranch horse
mutilation case of September 1967, an event which kicked
off the current wave of animal mutilations.)
      "One day, during a rainstorm, the traffic on Highway
160 had stopped to allow the opposing lane's traffic to
come through the flaggers" because construction had
reduced the road to one lane for a short distance.
      "As we were all waiting in line," Rose recalled, "I
didn't pay much attention to the white truck in front of
me.  Then, surprisingly, the guy got out wearing a FEMA
coat (field jacket--J.T.).  I am sure he only had it on
because it was lightly raining and might not have worn it
any other time.  It was one of those kinds of dark blue
cop, FBI or some agency coat they put on during a field
event."
      "He got out, looked up the hillside, and then looked
over the edge down toward the stream below as if he was
checking out strengthening positions."
(Editor's Comment: Could be.  But I think he was just
looking for a private place to go to the bathroom.)
      "There are a few of us that feel this is one of the
cover tunnels for an underground entrance into the tunnel
systems here in Colorado.  It's sort of like a connection
to the Denver International Airport underground city
system."
      "The tunnel is still under construction, and both
entrances are blocked now.  Anyone have any more
information about this?"
      Just three miles (5 kilometers) northwest of South
Fork, in the Rio Grande National Forest on Highway 149, is
a tiny town with the curious name of Masonic Park.  The
town abuts the area of the underground base.  (Many thanks
to Rose King for this news story.)


DATELINE: MARS...

      "NASA's Opportunity rover took microsopic images
Sunday," February 8, 2004, "of a bedrock outcropping on
the surface of Mars that scientists hope will answer
questions about whether could have formed in water."
      "The images will help scientists understand what the
environment was like when the rock was formed, said Jim
Erickson, deputy mission manager."
      "Opportunity's camera spotted the outcropping, which
is about 50 feet (15 meters) long and a foot (0.3 meters)
high, within days of its January 24 (2004) landing.  It is
the first bedrock outcropping seen on any Mars mission."
      "The microscopic images and other tests could shed
light on whether water--a key ingredient for life--ever
flowed freely on Mars."
      "Also Sunday, scientists were studying data that the
Spirit rover had gathered Saturday," February 7, 2004, "by
drilling a small hole into a sharply-angled rock dubbed
Adirondack."
      On Sunday night, February 8, 2004, an enlargement of
an image downloaded from Opportunity's exploration site in
Meridani Planum showed what looked like a petroglyph
chiseled by non-human hands.  The petroglyph shows a
perfect circle with three sweeping lines, looking like
comet's tails, to the right of it.  The image was
circulated by the Brazilian magazine Revista UFO.
      Brunilda Barros, UFO Roundup's Brazil correspondent,
speculated that "the circle might represent the rogue
planet or star Nibiru.  Perhaps Nibiru's close approach to
Mars billions of years ago destroyed the Red Planet's
ecosystem.  An unknown Martian carved the petroglyph to
show how his world ended, which is what Immanuel
Velikovsky (who wrote Worlds in Collision in 1950--J.T.)
suggested."
      "The rovers are exploring opposite sides of the
planet Mars as part of their $280 million mission."  (See
USA Today for February 9, 2004, "Mars rover snaps images
of bedrock," page 10A.  Muito obrigado a Revista UFO por o
fotografia.)


MISSING PLANE MYSTERY
PUZZLES NIGERIA

      "Nigeria's Aviation Ministry on Saturday," January
31, 2004, "cast doubt on reports that a 25 to 35-seat
passenger plane had crashed into" the Atlantic Ocean, off
the coast of West Africa.
      "Witnesses and at least one airport official in
Lagos," Nigeria's capital, "reported the crash on Friday,"
January 30, 2004, "saying the plane had disappeared under
the waves along a busy West African flight path that is
also used by multinational oil companies to fly workers to
and from facilities in Nigeria's oil delta."
      "But on airline has reported any planes missing so
far, the Aviation Ministry said in a statement Saturday."
      "A rescue boat dispatched by the (Nigerian)
government earlier in the day combed the waters off of
Lagos, but found no evidence of a plane crash."  (See the
Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for February 1, 2004, "Ministry
questions report of crash," page 2A.  Many thanks to Jim
Hickman for this report.)


ELVIS CHURCH HAS ONTARIO
"ALL SHOOK UP"

      "When it comes to eternal salvation, it's now or
never."
      "At least that's the message you might hear if you
attend church services celebrated by an ordained Anglican
priest--who officiates as an Elvis impersonator."
      "Rev. Dorian Baxter--known to followers as 'Elvis
Priestly'--recently celebrated his one-year anniversary of
his self-proclaimed Christ the King Graceland Independent
Anglican Church of Canada."
      "Baxter, 53, says he broke away and formed his own
church after the Anglican Church of Canada banned him from
the pulpit and told him to stop imitating Elvis in his
services."
      "The preacher of pop is known for celebrating
weddings in a red-velvet jumpsuit and even driving couples
to the ceremony in his white Cadillac."
      "And if that's not enough, he even alters the lyrics
of Elvis's songs to make them a bit more spiritual,
including Blue Suede Shoes."
      "While some parishioners get all shook up by the act,
he draws about 100 'idol' worshipers every week."
      "Baxter's fascination with the King of Rock began at
age 6 after his family got a new hi-fi (high fidelity)
stereo."
(Editor's Note to our Younger Readers: A stereo was a
machine with two speakers that produced music from round
black plastic disks called records.  You might find some
in an antique store or in your grandmother's attic.)
      "'It was 1956 and Elvis came on,' he says, 'I was
mesmerized.'"
      "Years later, after entering the priesthood, Baxter
turned to (Elvis) Presley in an attempt to help turn teens
away from what he saw as the satanic overtones of heavy
metal music."
      "'I thought, 'Well, it's time to fight fire with
fire.  And if this music is going to influence these young
people so badly, then I'm going to use music for good.'"
(See the National Enquirer for February 10, 2004, "Blue
Suede Pulpit," page 35.)
(Editor's Comment:  Can you imagine what will happen in
August 2077, when the Elvisians--two million strong--
descend on Graceland for the centennial of the King's
death or disappearance or what-have-you?  By then, Blue
Suede Shoes will probably be a hymn.  I can hear it now...
      Well, it's one for the Father
      Two for the Son
      Three for the Spirit
      Let's have some fun
      Don't you--
      Send my Elvis away!
Graceland in August 2077--it's a date!)


READER FEEDBACK:

INVESTIGATING THE MYSTERY VAN

      Concerning the silver-grey mystery van that has been
seen and photographed in Arizona recently, (see UFO
Roundup, volume 9, number 5 for February 4, 2004, "Mystery
van seen by many in Arizona," page 4) Morris C. Coller
writes, "There are several things that make me more than a
little suspicious about that grey van.  The first being
the license plate.  I have yet to see a government vehicle
without government plates on it."
      "What's more, I can't imagine a spook vehicle having
ordinary license plates and then all sorts of government
markings all over it; by the way, of which I don't see
any."
      "I am also almost willing to bet that the number
beneath the license plate is completely bogus and was put
there to make people think it was a government vehicle.
If someone was really smart, they would check out the
license plate and see who the vehicle belongs to."
      "Number Two reason is that the sign that was about
damaging the vehicle, etc. does not show any reference to
the appropriate Federal Code number.  Also, these signs
can be made in any sign shop in the country or a person's
basement or garage if they have a small sign company."
      "Another, and very interesting, thing is the antenna
that looks as if it is marked Raytheon.  At first glance I
thought it was a regular Raytheon antenna, but the word on
it is not Raytheon, though it is supposed to look as if it
is."
      "Maybe the thing that bothers me the most is the
report that not only the people with the van been quite
willing to talk to bystanders but have shown them the
inside of the vehicle, plus they have made no complaints
about being photographed."
      "I wonder if they would be willing to show somebody
about in the engine compartment of the van.  I say this
because even if those antennas are only for receiving
purposes, it will take a lot of electricity to power the
equipment, and since I am sure at least a couple of those
antennas are for transmitting data, it will take even more
power for the frequencies they are tuned for."
      "No matter how you look at it, if this van is legit,
it needs one heck of an alternator system to power the
equipment.  I would also like to know the electrical
frequency of this alternator.  The FA-18, as well as most
other military planes and maybe even commercial planes,
use a 400 Hz AC system for their electronics, as well as a
28-volt DC system for general power."
      "Something also interesting is the fire extinguisher
notice.  It is completelt different from every one I have
ever seen and is in a completely wrong place and is the
wrong color.  Every one I have ever seen has been in RED
and no strange arrows are used.  The marking will say,
'Fire Extinguisher behind the door' in RED.  It also has
to be in close proximity to the most likely source of
fire, usually the engine compartment.  And must be readily
accessible; notice there are no handles on those doors."
      "Another thing that makes me almost positive it is
bogus is the wording on that 'Warning' sign.  I have never
seen any kind of official, state or Federal warning of
this type, and I have seen more than a few, that states,
'in most cases.'  It will read 'is punishable by a fine of
$XX,XXX and/or imprisonment for up to XX years.'"
(Editor's Comment:  Morris, you make a very compelling
case for the "mystery van" being an elaborate, if
expensive, hoax.  If you're right, then just who is the
hoaxer?
An independently wealthy eccentric?  A renegade ufologist?
What will happen next in this bizarre six-year-old case is
anybody's guess.)

Also last week Bill Hamilton wrote in to say "I have not
been in Arizona for six years.  I am with MUFON Ventura
currently and ED of Skywatch International.
http://www.skywatch-research.org


 From the UFO Files...

1977: THE FAYETTE FACTOR

      Who--or more precisely, what--is "the Fayette
Factor?"
      It's probably one of the strangest mysteries in
American Forteana, first discovered by researcher Bill
Grimstad back in 1977.  Namely, a surprisingly high
incidence of paranormal events linked to places named
after one of the USA's Founding Fathers--the Marquis de
Lafayette.
      According to Grimstad, "Lafayette traveled widely in
this country (USA) and doubtless must have been the
inspiration for many or most of the 18-odd counties and 28
towns and cities across the land that I have been able to
find with some form of his name."
      Marie-Joseph Paul Roch de Motier, Marquis de
Lafayette, was born in 1757.  His father, a French Army
officer, was killed in the battle of Minden in 1759, and
the marquis was brought up by his mother's prestigious
family, the de Noailles.  At the age of 18, he traveled to
the Americas at his own expense and became an aide to
General George Washington, who loved him like a son.  By
the end of the War of the American Revolution, Lafayette
commanded the Continental Army in Virginia.
      That's the Lafayette every American schoolboy knows.
But, as researcher Manly Palmer Hall has pointed out, the
marquis had ties to the esoteric groups of the late
Eighteenth Century.
      "In addition to his political pursuits," Grimstad
wrote, "Lafayette was busily involved in certain circles
that should be of interest to contemporary Illuminati
buffs."
      According to Manly Palmer Hall, Lafayette was an
associate of both Dr. Anton Mesmer, "the Father of
Hypnotism," and Giuseppe Balsamo, better known as
Cagliostro, a Sicilian sorcerer who was an acolyte of Adam
Weishaupt's Illuminati.
      Hall wrote, "In 1785, the Marquis...joined the
Egyptian Masonry of Cagliostro and proclaimed his absolute
confidence in the 'Grand Cophte.'  (One of Balsamo's many
titles--J.T.)  When Anton Mesmer arrived from Vienna with
his theories of animal magnetism, Lafayette was one of his
first customers."
      Grimstad adds, "But Lafayette also had the closest
ties with Benjamin Franklin, the American revolutionary
sage (and member of (Sir Francis) Dashwood's 'Hell-Fire
Club' in Britain (also known as the 'Medmenham Monks' of
High Wycombe, Kent--J.T.).  As Hall puts it, 'Benjamin
Franklin was a philosopher and a Freemason--possibly a
Rosicrucian initiate.  He and the Marquis de Lafayette--
also a man of mystery--constitute two of the most
important links that culminated in the establishment of
the original thirteen American colonies as a free and
independent nation.'"
      "Lafayette, Hall summarises, 'is a direct link
between the (esoteric) political societies of France and
the young American government.'"
(Editor's Comment:  Maybe one of our French readers could
find out if any of Lafayette's ancestors in either the de
Motier or the de Noailles families ever had ties to the
Knights Templar or the Cathars.)
      How much of the marquis's involvement in such matters
was due to his deeply-held esoteric beliefs or to mere
socializing is something for historians of the future to
determine.  What's of interest to Forteans is the uncanny
number of paranormal incidents linked to the name
Lafayette.
      Grimstad has an impressive list.
      "In Fayette County, Alabama, is the Musgrove
Methodist Cemetery.  The tombstone of one Robert L.
Musgrove there bears a discoloration, not especially
realistic, that is locally believed to be the bridal-
veiled figure of Musgrove's fiancee.  Apparently he was
killed just before the wedding, and the sorrowing girl"
willed her image "onto the marble by her many visits to
the grave."
(Editor's Comment:  And I have to wonder if Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle used this real-life case as the basis for his
Sherlock Holmes story, "The Musgrave Ritual.")
      "The engima-laden state of Arkansas has two sites."
      "The city of Fayetteville, in the northwest corner"
of Arkansas, "has long been legendary for oddities.  UFOs
and aerial lightshows, water monsters in the nearby White
River and Springheel Jack-type window peepers are among
the manifestations."
      "In the southwest angle of Arkansas is a Bigfoot
hotspot that has been immortalised--in America, at least--
by the (1974) movie The Legend of Boggy Creek.  The
critters have been known hereabouts since 1856, centering
their activities lately upon the town of Fouke in Miller
County and ranging eastward into Lafayette County."
      "In the scenic Bluegrass area of Kentucky, the
university city of Lexington sits atop one of America's
more dramatic lost cave stories.  Historian G.W. (George
Washington) Ranck recorded in 1872 that hunters in 1776
had found a tunnel behind a rock panel of 'peculiar
workmanship' and covered with hieroglyphics.  The
descending portal widened to a sort of gallery running
downward a few hundred feet to a huge underground room.
Ranck cited the hunters' reports that this chamber
contained idols, altars and about 2,000 human mummies.
Although the entrance to the amazing cavern was (of
course--B.G.) lost, there are still cave true-believers
who poke about looking for the weird mausoleum beneath
this part of Fayette County."
      "Followers of ghost lore may have heard of the recent
(1976) antics of a supposed phantom in Lilac Hill, a large
old farmhouse at Fayette, Missouri.  A number of
psychically-sensitive individuals have been trying to
discern what is troubling the alleged spirits, of whom
there are said to be at least two."
      "In New York state, a farm near Cardiff, 10 miles (16
kilometers) south of Syracuse, was the starting point in
October 1869 for one of the more sensational fossil
controversies.  The 'Cardiff Giant' is still displayed at
museum near Cooperstown," and the weird stone idol was
found in a quarry near "the Nineteenth Century town of La
Fayette."
      Also, "it was in April of 1830 that the Church of
Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (also known as the
Mormons--J.T.) was founded by Joseph Smith and a few
disciples, who claim to have received more than a little
help from certain angelic friends in the neighborhood.
The place: Fayette, New York."
      "Another haunted house story takes us to an American
state that perhaps rivals New York and Arkansas in the
number and interest of its anomalies.  It also brings us
back across the trail of the peripatetic Marquis de
Lafayette.  This is the A.S. Slocumb Mansion, located in
the North Carolina city of Fayetteville.  The Slocumb
House is supposed to have a number of special occupants.
It also has, or had, a secret vault in the basement and at
least one tunnel leading to the Cape Fear River channel."
      In 1977, the USA experienced one of the most severe
winters in its history.  "As of February 3, 1977, the
National Weather Service announced that the 'hardest hit
area' of the north-central states region was Fayette
County, Ohio."
      Bigfoot "became rather more aggressive on April 23,
1976 when it attempted to carry off a four-year-old boy
from his backyard on a farm in Tennessee.  A sheriff's
posse pursued the entity and seems to have shot enough
high-powered rifle fire into it to have felled King Kong
himself.  However, as if tiring of the game, the creature
finally leaped out of its cul-de-sac and simply vanished.
These events occurred within a few miles of the hamlet
called Fayetteville, Tennessee."
      "Now I would like to consider some examples of a more
ominous character," Grimstad wrote, "We find 'the
Lafayette factor' in the Abraham Lincoln assassination of
the 1860s...A slippery character named Lafayette Baker had
been brought in to head the Secret Service by the
enigmatic Edwin M. Stanton, President Lincoln's arrogant
Secretary of War.  Otto Eisenschiml, the pioneer
revisionist historian of this amazingly crude murder
conspiracy, delved into the story as far as the surviving
records would allow."
      "His findings suggest that Lafayette Baker and
Stanton had maneuvered to facilitate the escape into the
South of assassin John Wilkes Booth, and when that proved
impossible (owing to Booth's broken leg--J.T.) to ensure
that the killer was not brought back and that his
evidently-incriminating diary did not survive intact."
      At the same hour Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre,
Secretary of State William Seward "was attacked and
savagely knifed by a deranged giant named Lewis Paine, who
had forced his way into the Seward home.  This house
fronted upon Lafayette Square, just across Pennsylvania
Avenue from the White House."
      Residents of the District of Columbia sometimes refer
to the area "as 'Tragedy Square.'  No other section of
Washington has had so much intrigue, mystery, murder and
macabre happenings as has the area directly opposite 1600
Pennsylvania Avenue.'"
      The Fayette Factor has also come into play in occult
crimes, as well.
      "On July 3, 1977, 23-year-old Gary Rock was charged
on two counts of criminal homicide after two local
volunteer firemen were killed by a sniper while responding
to a fire alarm at Rock's isolated cabin, near
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania."
      "On July 31, 1977, two young people sitting in a
parked car along the Brooklyn, New York seashore were shot
several times by a mysterious assailant who had become
known as 'the Son of Sam.'  The girl, Stacy Moskowitz,
died of her injuries; her companion, Robert Violante,
suffered eye damage.  Miss Moskowitz was an alumna of
(Brooklyn's) Lafayette High School.  When she and Violante
were shot, it was while they were sitting 'not far from
Lafayette High School,' according to the New York Times"
of August 1, 1977, page 34-C.
      To Grimstad's list, your editor can add one site
which he has visited personally.  On Peirce Street in East
Greenwich, Rhode Island is the General James Varnum House.
This fine old Georgian mansion was built in 1761, its
grand opening on the very day the Marquis de Lafayette
turned four years old.  During the war, Lafayette was a
frequent visitor to the Varnum House and visited it yet
again during his tour of the USA in 1826.
      Today the Varnum House is notorious for its periodic
ghost and poltergeist manifestations.
      It's just all part of the enduring mystery we call
"the Fayette Factor." (See Fortean Times No. 25 for Spring
1978, "Fateful Fayette" by Bill Grimstad, page 3; Why Was
Lincoln Murdered? by Otto Eisenschiml, Little, Brown &
Co., Boston, Mass., 1937; America's Assignment with
Destiny by Manly Palmer Hall, Philosophical Research
Society, Los Angeles, Cal., 1951; and Weird America by Jim
Brandon, E.P. Dutton Co., New York, N.Y., 1978.)

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