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Argentine Monte Maiz Phantom

From: Scott Corrales <lornis1.nul>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 08:55:38 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 11:46:04 -0500
Subject: Argentine Monte Maiz Phantom

SOURCE: La Manana de Cordoba (digital)
DATE: March 22, 2004

Argentina: The Monte Maiz Phantom

[Note: students of ufology may recognize Monte Ma=EDz as the scene
of the Eugenio Douglass CE3K some 40 years ago, one of the most
spectacular cases in South American saucer lore. There are
certain points of contact between the following story and
"Springheel Jack" events  - SC]

A silhouette of a man who walks on rooftops, drags heavy chains
and makes strange noises turned into a disquieting "phantom"
that has made residents of Monte Ma=EDz restless. As is common in
these cases, the accounts of those who claim having seen or
heard this ghostly shade spread by word of mouth and eventually
reach local police authorities without the persons who claim
having undergone the experience ever being identified. Opinions
on the phantom are diametrically opposed, since some claim
having seen "a figure standing over 2 meters tall, dressed in
black and with spectacular agility" while others say it's all
imagination. Journalist Carlos Maldoni has not hesitated to say
that the culprit "is a foolish or stupid person in disguise,
with a face mask, red eyes and white cape over his shoulders,
who ventures out at night to terrify women living alone." Police
authorities, in any event, are patrolling the streets and
listening to the stories of the terrified residents.

The peace of this 9000 inhabitant locality in the department of
Union was interrupted in the past three weeks by a strange
creature who wanders the night to terrify residents. It is seen
in outlying neighborhoods close to the city limits, where people
wait for sunset to shut themselves in their homes under lock and

The residents call it "the phantom". Those who have seen it say
that it is a young person, very tall and slim, with red eyes. It
dresses in white, sometimes black and others grey. Always wears
a hat and covers its face with a mask or hood.

The sounds on the rooftops begin after 21:00 hours, as do the
calls to the police. Residents claim that it walks on the roof,
shuffles and runs, drags chains, scratches at windows and bangs
at doors. It doesn't speak or yell - it has only been heard to
laugh in dark or whistle; some claim having heard it imitate the
howling of a dog.

One of the characteristics that locals coincide on it the
creature's agility. "They say it runs swiftly and jumps over
barbed wire fencing and walls without touching them," according
to concerned neighbors. Its agility has made law enforcement's
tasks all the harder, since the person runs and vanishes into
the pasturelands surrounding the town. Police say it appears to
have no intention to commit burglary - only to frighten. "It's a
sick person that's causing residents of Monte Maiz to lose their
sleep," said Sheriff Jorge Vivas.

The sheriff added: "Given its m.o., we suspect [the phantom] to
be two youths with a thorough knowledge of the town and the
community. [the phantom] moves very quickly and can be in two
different neighborhoods within minutes. It knows which homes to
upset and chooses those with single women."

In Monte Ma=EDz the popular imagination is fed hourly with a new
story and a different version of the events. There is talk of a
phantom, supernatural doings and special powers are ascribed to
the person. The lack of answers from the police has fed the

Police units scoured the area at night and reconnoitered the
outlying neighboirhoods. Since the police force is small, they
have had collaboration from municipal workers and volunteer
firemen. Neighborhood watch groups have also formed to spend the
nights awake waiting for "the phantom" to appear. They sally
forth with clubs and some weapons, which is of concern to
policement. They spend the nights awake defending their homes.

Eyewitness accounts follow.

Ivana Molina: "I went out to the yard and saw a man dancing,
whistling and slapping his hands. The neighbors heard similar
noises. The next day, I went out the next day and the same man
tried to grab me. I ran into the house and phone de police. It
banged on our bathroom window and wrote "mueres" (you will die)
with its finger.

Oscar Gonzalez: "I was standing in the yard and saw a shadow
walking along. I could see its red eyes. We went out with
another fellow to find it and [the phantom] jumped into the
neighbor's yard. It was dressed in white. On the following day
it whistled at us again. We went out to chase it and it

Veronica Bertrando: "My husband saw it as it crossed the patio.
He says it was dressed in grey with a hood over its head. When
it went by, the dog barked, my husband went outside and it took
off running. He tried to find it but couldn't find it. [The
phantom] hides in such a way that no one can find it."

In a report to Radio Mitre in the city of Buenos Aires, Sheriff
Vivas reported that the alleged phantom has the following

-1.8 to 1.9 mters tall
-dresses in black
-white face (possibily a mask)
-black hat (some describe it as a gaucho hat)
-movements are generally silent
-extreme agility: jumps over fences, walls and climbs up trees
 with ease
-normally appears between 21:30 and 03:00 hours


Translation (C) 2004 Scott Corrales
Institute of Hispanic Ufology (IHU)
Special thanks to Christian Quintero, Planeta UFO.

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