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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 18

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      UFO ROUNDUP
Volume 9, Number 18
May 5, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor

Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/
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CHUPACABRAS GO ON A
RAMPAGE IN CHILE

      "A family in Collipulli," a small town 150 kilometers
(90 miles) southeast of Concepcion, Chile, "is going
through hard times after having discovered the remains of
12 hens kept locked in a henhouse beside their house."
      "'This looks abnormal,' said Orlando Coronado, still
painfully disturbed by the macabre spectacle that revealed
itself before his eyes yesterday morning (Monday, April
25, 2004) and which affected his household located at
Calle Agromedo 807 (street) in this city."
      "'I don't understand what happened.  I opened the
chicken coop like I do every day to feed my birds, and I'm
faced with this.  All of them were dead.  Some were
headless; others were missing their legs, and the
strangest thing is that there wasn't a drop of blood.  I
really don't understand how they were slain, or exactly
what happened.'"
      "There are two fierce dogs in the Coronado backyard,
but neither of them barked.  As for himself and his
family, they heard nothing, in spite of the fact that the
master bedroom isn't far from the henhouse."
      "'We heard no sound at all.  Nothing.'"
      "'I keep my hens under lock and key every evening, so
there's no explanation.  We don't know what happened, and
we don't understand it,' he said, showing the dozen or so
dead and exsanguinated birds."
      "The event caused a stir among Collipulli's
inhabitants.  Word spread immediately that a 'Chupacabra'
attack had taken place, attributing the event to the
legendary contemporary character to whom hundreds of
poultry attacks throughout Latin America have been
blamed."
      "A less sensational explanation involves a mink, a
foreign species that has caused serious losses to
residents of the north Aysen region after having been
introduced there a few years ago."
      Elsewhere, "a new series of animal slayings occurred
in Tocopila," a port city in northern Chile just south of
the border with Peru, "reviving old fears about the
existence of a pitiless creature that attacks without
leaving a trace or explanation as to how the deaths
occur."
      "Yesterday (Tuesday, March 9, 2004) in the Tres
Marias section of town, north of the port area, the
Chupacabra legend was brought up in the small household of
Eduardo Covarrubias, when 32 farm birds were found dead.
Their bodies were scattered within the henhouse, which
showed no signs of forced entry by trespassers or other
animals from the region."
      "Covarrubias made the macabre find when he went to
feed his animals, as he does every day, coming across the
unpleasant scene of the lifeless hens."
      "The (Chilean) police were immediately informed.
Alarmed by the violent animal slayings, law enforcement
reached the site swiftly.  Carabineros (Chilean national
police--J.T.) cordoned off the area to avoid losing
evidence, while bloodhounds aided in collecting the final
bits that would explain the strange event.  However, area
residents blame the legendary Chupacabra, who has returned
to trouble their nightmares, a belief substantiated by the
manner in which the deaths occurred."
      "It was possible to ascertain that the birds showed a
single orifice (wound) on the base of their necks, being
almost the same depth" among all of the hens.
"Furthermore, it was not possible to find vast amounts of
blood on the ground despite the magnitude of the
killings."
      "Add to this the deaths of only two roosters, who
were beheaded during the attack."
      "Covarrubias was shaken by the attack, which
represented" a personal loss of 300,000 Chilean pesos.
"Research personnel conducted a thorough investigation at
the site, taking some of the dead hens with them for more
detailed tests."
      Another Chupacabra attack was reported in Ancud, in
the far south, about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) south of
Santiago de Chile, the national capital.
      "Arturo Strange is adamant.  He insists that it is
not common for a dog attack to result in all of the prey
bunched up, as he has seen inside his henhouse--one
chicken piled on top of another."
      "Furthermore, he maintains that 'there is a hole in
the back through which the creature came in.  As far as I
know, dogs don't dig and travel underground.'"
      "A henhouse suffered a bloody attack, and 25 hens
were the victims.  The owner of the birds is a long-time
resident of the barrio Pudeto Alto (neighborhood) in
Ancud, a region where the urban borders the rural."
      "No one can disabuse Strange of the notion that the
animal that killed his birds is a strange beast--the
Chupacabra.  He is so convinced of this that, despite
having lost all his birds, he has summoned a veterianrian
to undertake an analysis."
      "In what is now known as 'the Ancud case,' it is
possible to believe that the Chupacabra was actually
involved.  Veterinarian Andres Norambuena visited the
scene of the attack at 1 p.m. at Calle Pudeto 772
(street).  Without discarding any speculation, the
professional has ventured with some certainty that a dog
could be involved.  But Strange is unconvinced, since he
insists that 'the only dog I had barking yesterday was my
own.  The hens didn't make a sound.  They were nice and
quiet.'"
      "Strange's belief has been corroborated by local
residents particularly on the Calle Las Americas (street)
where two residents witnessed an unknown animal.  The
creature was described as having 'an elongated body,
pointy head, slanted eyes and stands on two legs...I only
saw it for a few seconds,' says Jacqueline Cordero, one of
the locals, who only six months ago saw an unidentified
creature that she believes claimed the lives of six
chickens."  (See the Chilean newspapers El Diario de
Araucania for April 25, 2004, "More mutilated animals,"
and La Estrella  del Loa for March 10, 2004, "Strange
animal deaths."  Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, Liliana
Nunez y Marco Reynoso para estos articulos de diario.)
(Editor's Comment:  And welcome to South American Monster
Mash Week here at UFO Roundup.  The monsters are running
wild in South America.  Maybe they heard that Van Helsing
will be released next week.)


EL UNYUDO CAUSES A PANIC
IN WESTERN ARGENTINA

      El Unyudo (Spanish for The Clawed One--J.T.) is South
America's newest monster.  He made his debut in San Luis
province, in western Argentina, a few weeks ago.
      "Local residents, police and community protection
brigades went in search of the elusive creature, but it
managed to escape yet again."
      "First it was a source of amusement, and very few
paid it any attention.  But the fact is, since Wednesday
night," April 7, 2004, "El Unyudo went on to become the
main topic of conversation in Justo Daract," a small town
in San Luis province, located about 560 kilometers (350
miles) west of Buenos Aires, the national capital.
      "As reported by this newspaper, the strange creature
drew attention when it appeared before some young women
who work for the Community Safety Watch; one of them
fainted."
      "In any event, the most serious episode involving the
creature occurred on Wednesday night when a child heading
home from doing some errands was startled by it."
      "According to the information collected, the 11-year-
old boy was returning home when on the darkened corner of
Calle Liniers and Calle Los Andes (streets) in Justo
Daract's barrio Norte (neighborhood), he felt something
tap him on the back.  Upon turning around, he saw
something or someone who frightened him considerably.
Terrified, the boy ran home screaming, alerting neighbors
to the situation.  They immediately came out of their
houses to find out what the commotion was about."
      "While residents of the sector, north of the train
station, started their search, elements of the 18th
District Sheriff's Department combed the area, as well,
without positive results."
      "Journalist Maura Avila of radio station RJD-1
reached the scene to conduct interviews as the search
continued.  She told (the newspaper) El Diario de la
Republica the following: 'I was informed that there was a
great deal of movement in Barrio Norte, near the hospital,
and we headed there just as the police arrived.  We heard
that El Unyudo had appeared--a character who has gained
notoriety in Justo Daract because he has been appearing
for several days now, and he terrified an 11-year-old on
the corner of Liniers and Los Andes.'"
      "'Those who claim having seen El Unyudo say that it
doesn't have human form, rather an animal one, adding that
it walks on four legs and hops, being capable of very
swift movements.'"
      "The search, conducted by residents, volunteers and
community watch workers, concentrated around the railroad
tracks, since 'some claimed having seen it climb to the
very top of the grain silos found there.  Some even
climbed them but found nothing abnormal.  They also
searched nearby wells without any results.  It managed to
escape once again.'"
      "Regarding the child, the journalist confirmed that
'he was taken to the hospital to see if he had experienced
any injuries, but it was clear that he had only suffered a
good fright.'"
      "Beyond the remarks and questions regarding the
phenomenon, Maura Avila stated: 'Personally, I've seen
nothing at all, and I think there isn't much relating to
it, and a good deal of psychosis.  It is time that much is
being said about the character in Justo Daract, especially
among the kids, but it could be a case of mass hysteria.'"
      "She added that El Unyudo isn't the only weirdo being
spoken about in town: 'There have been other cases and not
only featuring this entity, and they always take place in
poorly lit locations.  For example, a naked man is
believed to appear in certain areas, as well.'"
      "Avila finally added that 'it is worth noting the
time at which these events take place, that is to say,
Easter Week.  In this regard, there are those who speak of
the existence of black magic cults that could be involved
in these events.'"
      "A resident of Barrio Norte told the Panorama
Informativo radio show, hosted by Maura Avila, that what
happened was 'a little boy was frightened and the
neighbors, especially the men, ran everywhere and couldn't
catch it, although many saw it.  The lad was taken to the
hospital, as the entire neighborhood was alarmed, since
this character, whom I believe is known as El Unyudo, had
already appeared in this area twice before.'"
       "The woman added that 'there is very little light in
the neighborhood, so let's hope the (municipal) commission
can do something because you can't see a thing at night.
But there is a great deal of concern now because it's not
normal.  It's not a game any more, and an end must be
found to the situation.'"
      "Many sources claimed that several police officers
were able to reach the mysterious intruder on Wednesday
night, and were able to trap it, but, in a display of
tremendous strength, and because of its slippery body, it
was able to slip away and escape with prodigious leaps and
bounds."
      "Sheriff Miguel Miranda of District 18 rejected such
stories, stating that 'it's true that there was running
about a person dressed in black, but officially we have
nothing--no reports making reference to such an event.  In
any case, we have increased our patrols as a preventive
measure.'"
      "The police officer acknowledged having heard remarks
that the creature 'walks on four legs and hops like a
kangaroo, but there is no evidence to corroborate such
statements.'"
      "While some alleged witnesses describe it as a
mystical, almost ethereal animal, others have described it
as a tall man, dressed in black and caped, covering his
face with a mask and using gloves equipped with long,
seemingly metallic claws, a detail which earned him the
name 'the Clawed One.'"
      "His latest apparition leads to the belief that it's
a person disguised with the purpose of frightening the
population.  Added to this is the fact that the children
and teenagers of Justo Daract are fond of X-Men cartoons,
whose participants are mutants.  One of them--Wolverine--
has metallic claws as his main weapon for fighting crime."
      "On the other hand, the exploits of this mysterious
creature are reminiscent of those who aroused popular
curiosity at this time.  Last year (2003), and on the same
date, there was talk of El Cuervo (Spanish for The Crow--
J.T.), a being described as similar to the bird in
question; while in 2002, several locals claimed having
seen two individuals in white robes; and others recalled
another character whose brief fame earned him the nickname
El Encapuchado Verde (Spanish for The Green Hood--J.T.)
until he was identified as a mentally impaired
individual."
(Editor's Comment:  The Crow!?  The Green Hood!?  What is
this--the Justice League of Argentina!?)
      "Padre Fabian, (Roman Catholic) parish priest in
Justo Daract, dismisses the phenomenon, saying that 'there
are only three things to be said.  First, there isn't
enough street lighting in Justo Daract.  Therefore, at
night, one sees not only clawed ones, but also dinosaurs,
sea serpents and other things, especially when there's a
psychosis afoot.  Second, if a prankster is involved, he
will be apprehended at any time by the authorities, since
the police force is on alert.  Finally, if it is a
supernatural force, it would evidently be some game of the
Devil to confound people, since at this time of year their
attention should be fixed on Christ.  Of course, you can
add the psychological element to all of this, especially
in small towns and cities.'"  (See the Argentinian
newspaper El Diario de la Republica for April 10, 2004,
"Concern in Justo Daract."  Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales, Mario Luis Bracamonte y Carlos Iurchuk para esto
articulo de diario.)


EL LOBIZON FRIGHTENS MANY
IN SAENZ PENA, ARGENTINA

      "'I saw it...I saw it...it was so huge!  I don't
believe in such things, but others at the 10 service
(petrol in UK--J.T.) station also saw it.  It was a
lobizon,' said Francisco, a young man who yesterday
evening (Saturday, February 21, 2004) was driving along
the Calle Belgrano (street) in his small Fiat Spazio, when
suddenly, 'a dog the size of a calf crossed my path and
uttered a very ugly cry.  I pulled over because I was
really scared,' he told a local radio station" in Saenz
Pena, a large city in Argentina.
(Editor's Note: The Lobizon is Argentina's version of a
werewolf, an accursed human who periodically transforms
into a large, ferocious wolf.)
      "The appearance of an animal similar to a large dog
in the downtown area caused a stir in the city, and it
wasn't long before" the story "spread--mainly over the
phone--the 'the Lobizon is loose in Saenz Pena,' according
to countless stories collected by radio stations contacted
by dozens of frightened locals, who claim having seen and
heard a strange beast they didn't hesitate to associate
with the Lobizon."
      "'Call Professor Lopez and ask for his opinion,
because it's the same creature that appeared in Concepcion
del Bermejo,' suggested an AM radio listener."
      "The alleged Lobizon appeared suddenly--who knows
how--in the downtown area.  Witnesses claim seeing it
around the Club Accion (Calle 15 (street) to Calle 16 and
Calle 18--J.T.) and later along Calle 11 heading eastward,
zigzagging in the vicinity of a service station."
      "'I was on my motorbike, about to fuel up, when I saw
that the service station employee got scared and ran into
the office, but I had no idea what was going on.  Then I
stopped the bike and heard a howl similar to a human,
something chilling, but saw nothing until a boy told me
that the Lobizon was afoot.  I tried to start the
motorbike, but it wouldn't turn over...I almost fainted,'
said Alejandro Soto to an FM radio station.  He works as a
security guard and was heading back to his home in barrio
Puerta del Sol (neighborhood)."
      "A well-known radio journalist from barrio Santa
Teresita acknowledged that the howling of local dogs
'didn't let us sleep.  Then I went outside and heard
growls that gave me goose-flesh,' he said."
      "Other accounts were also heard: 'Why shouldn't we be
afraid, when a huge dog the size of a calf, with big ears
and howling like a human, appears?" asked Martin
Caballero, who was heading home along Calle 11 on his
bicycle, returning home from a friend's house."
      "'This was a hairy, long-eared critter that ran very
fast--I saw it!  It screamed like someone was beheading
it,' explained Ramon Arroyo, who had just finished his
work shift at this early hour of the morning."
      "Jorge Garcia, director of the city's zoo, confirmed
that the Lobizon was (in reality) 'just a poor, harmless
aguara guazu' that was captured after a long chase that
ended at a garage on Calle 17."
      Garcia reportedly said that the reason for the aguara
guazu's sudden appearance in the city was the prolonged
drought affecting the province.
      "Add to this the modification of its natural habitat,
the expansion of the agricultural area and the permanent
alteration and fragmentation of its natural environment,
'and the animal goes in search of a more hospitable
habitat, disorientedly so, sometimes to a suburban or an
urban area, finding an excess population of dogs, which
frightens it.  With every step, it hears more barks, more
klaxons, and it begins a frightened race.'"
      According to Garcia, this was the second time that an
aguara guazu made its way into downtown Saenz Pena.  (See
the Argentinian newspaper El Norte for February 22, 2004.
Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para esto
articulo de diario.)


UFO SIGHTED IN ARGENTINA'S
CHALCHAQUI VALLEY

      "'It was an intense light that suddenly began moving
and stayed above us.  I thought it would whisk us away.'"
      "The terrifying story was told by Julio Rafael
Espinosa, 39, a farmer of the La Poma region," in
Argentina's northwestern province of Salta, "who, two
weeks ago, in the company of his two sons and an elderly
shepherdess, witnessed one of many luminous apparitions at
Quebrada de Orozco, 20 kilometers (12 miles) away from La
Poma, in the Rio Chalchaqui valley."
      "'On this night, around 8:30 p.m., we were waiting on
National Highway 40, which links La Poma to San Antonio de
los Cobres, waiting for the merchandise truck that passes
by a few times a week bringing novelties and supplies with
it,' the man recalled."
(Editor's Note:  The camion de provisiones, or "store
truck," is a common sight in rural South America.  I
hitched a ride on one to get from Casma on Peru's Pacific
coast to Huaraz and Caras in the Callejon de Huaylas.)
      "'We were with my two boys, ages 6 and 9, and with
Grandma Braulia, 82, a shepherdess who is a neighbor of
our stand in the Sauzalito area, when suddenly a luminous
object appeared out of the slopes of Nevado de Cachi
(mountain), flying at low altitude and zigzagging.'"
      "According to the humble farmer's testimony, the huge
object's luminosity increased and diminished in the
measure that it approached the point where the group
observed the phenomenon from the edge of the road."
      "Espinosa says that they were perplexed and nearly
frozen" with fear as "the UFO stood over their heads,
which was the time of the greatest luminous intensity
emanating from the vehicle."
      "'It lasted only an instant.  It was motionless in
the air some 50 meters (165 feet) above us, and its white
light suddenly became yellowish.  It had no shape as it
was like an enormous, reflugent mass."
      "Espinosa said that 'after a few seconds, the object
lost itself swiftly among the northern hills in the
vicinity of the location known as Punta del Agua.'"
      "'The UFO came from the area of La Poma, and the
entire event lasted some three minutes, from the moment it
appeared, stood over us and vanished.  After that, we
remained waiting for the truck, didn't say anything to
anybody, and left.  The next day, Grandma Braulia told me
that that wasn't the first time she'd seen a similar
phenomenon in the area.  Before that, I thought I was the
only one who had seen any flying objects.  However, many
more locals have witnessed the phenomenon,' the man said."
      "Espinosa, a privileged witness to the new sighting,
had already witnessed similar events, such as one last
December (2003) as he traveled in the company of six
people aboard a bus on the Tin Tin Highway.  On this
occasion, he managed to see lights similar to those of a
UFO on the ground in the middle of Los Cardones National
Park.  But on this occasion, Espinosa claims having seen
some aliens descending from the craft and who appeared to
be taking samples of the soil or shrubs growing in the
region."
      "Somewhat more confidently, Espinosa dared to reflect
that 'this area appears to be used by those strange
devices as a passageway to the Cordilleran region because
it's surrounded by large massifs, and the basin of the Rio
Chalchaqui, could serve as a permanent means of
communication with the Andes.'"  (See the newspaper El
Tribuno of Salta for April 27, 2004, "La Poma: Another
sighting in the Chalchaqui valley."  Muchas gracias a
Scott Corrales y Gloria Coluchi para esto articulo de
diario.)


LUMINOUS UFO SIGHTED
IN NORTHERN SPAIN

      "On Thursday, April 22, 2004, a mysterious object was
reported in the vicinity of the Biscayan town of
Apatamonasterio" in northern Spain "at around 9:30 p.m."
      "A 14-year-old boy was returning home when he saw
lights in the sky that attracted his attention.  He saw
something in the far distance that 'didn't seem like an
airplane and had different lights, aside from moving at
faster speeds.'"
      "According to his testimony, the alleged UFO changed
direction, just to go right back the way it had come,
losing itself in the night toward Durango."
      The Spanish paranormal group "SEIP investigated the
incident, and, a week later, we ran into a woman, almost
by sheer coincidence, who told us of her own experience.
It seems that on the very same day of the event, and at
the same time--9:30 p.m., she observed three small white
lights that appeared to be 'stationary in the sky.'  The
woman was unsure if it was a single object with three
lights on it or three small objects in formation."
      "Months ago, SEIP investigated a similar flap 'in
areas of Bizkaia and Guipizcoa pertaining to luminous
spheres and triangular objects.'"  (Muchas gracias a Scott
Corrales y J. Manuel Duran de SEIP para esto informe.)


GOLDEN UFO SEEN OVER
CANCUN, MEXICO

      On Thursday, April 22, 2004, eyewitness Jeff Guy
reported, "My wife Debra and I were on vacation in Cancun
with my young daughter.  It was another fine day, and my
wife and I were sitting on a second-floor balcony at the
Crown Paradise Hotel overlooking the ocean.  The night
skies were clear with patchy clouds.  It was about 9 p.m."
      "We were having a pleasant discussion when I suddenly
noticed my wife staring over my right shoulder at probably
a 45-degree angle.  I asked her what she was looking at,
and she pointed out an object that was deliberately moving
in the sky.  It was moving north-northeast (towards the
Yucatan Channel--J.T.) with a golden glow.  We could not
tell how large the object was, but we knew it was not a
plane, a helicopter or weather balloon.  It moved very
deliberately but in all directions, meandering through the
sky.  We watched it go behind clouds and then back in
front" of them.
      "At one point, it dropped a great distance in a very
short period of time.  It wasn't really like a dead drop,
though, it looked like a powered descent.  It stayed there
for a brief period and then rose to its original level.
After about ten minutes of this, the object flew to the
northeast."
      UFO sightings have been on the increase lately in
Mexico's state of Yucatan.
      On Friday, March 19, 2004, Nicte Ha Martin Loeza "had
a multiple UFO sighting at 8:17 p.m. while she was at the
Haltun Ha estate in Nolo, Yucatan, Mexico doing some
stargazing."
      "Suddenly, she noticed four white lights racing over
her head.  It was clear that they were not aircraft since
there were no blinking (navigation) lights.  She also
remembered that no noises were heard."
      "The weather was completely clear, and the sky could
be seen perfectly.  While she observed the movements of
the lights, the third light that followed the first two
vanished from sight and reappeared in front of the two
others."
      "Her first idea was that this was some sort of
satellite but dismissed the possibility in view of the
race that the objects seemed to be engaged in.  The second
light seemed to be catching up with the first.  All of the
lights vanished after being in view for two minutes."
(Muchas gracias a Jeff y Debra Guy, y tambien Scott
Corrales y David Triay Lucatero para estos informes.)


RECTANGULAR UFO SEEN
IN SITTINGBOURNE, KENT

      On Saturday, April 18, 2004, at 10:30 p.m., Sam
Hanson reported, "I was out playing football (soccer in
the USA--J.T.) and was on my way home" in Sittingbourne,
Kent, UK.  "Something caught my eye.  When I looked up, I
saw a big, box-like shape dipping out of the sky.  A big,
grey, box-like shape with flashing multicoloured lights.
Then it shot straight back up like a flash of lightning.
It was grey, box-shaped and had lights all around it."
      The object's "approaching speed was about 200 miles
per hour (320 kilometers per hour) and its departure speed
was 300 miles per hour (480 kilometers per hour). (Email
Form Report)


WOMAN SEES A UFO AT
BREAKFAST POINT, SYDNEY

      On Saturday, April 24, 2004, at 7:25 p.m., Susan Cruz
was at Breakfast Point in Sydney, New South Wales, the
largest city in Australia, when she noticed a strange
object coming from the north.
      "It had a very bright, fireball-like appearance,"
Susan reported, "At first I thought it was an aeroplane on
fire, which lasted for approximately 15 seconds.  It then
reduced in size to a small white light, then to a red
light which was flashing.  Then it started toward the west
and disappeared into the darkness of the sky."  (Email
Form Report)


MAN PHOTOGRAPHS A UFO
IN CRADOCK, SOUTH AFRICA

      On Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at 6:32 p.m., William
van der Merwe was outdoors near his home in Cradock, South
Africa, a small city located about 450 kilometers (270
miles) east-northeast of Cape Town.  He had his new camera
handy and planned to take a few snapshots of the sunset.
      "I was taking a photo of the sunset and did not see
anything while taking the photo," William reported, "After
looking at the photo on the LCD (liquid crystal display)
screen of the camera a few minutes later, I saw IT in the
picture!"
      "IT" was a flattened silver-white disc.  William
added, "The object was about 50 degrees above the horizon.
I took this photograph at 84 Bree Street in Cradock,"
South Africa.  (Email Interview)

[The image available with the online edition of UFO Roundup.
See http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup/ ]


DAYLIGHT DISC SIGHTED
IN SPOKANE, WASH.

      On Thursday, April 30, 2004, eyewitness S.N. was
driving south on Highway 195, just south of Spokane,
Washington state (population 195,629) when he spotted a
strange glimmer to his right.
      "In the western sky, I saw a white disk-like object
traveling to the east, away from me.  I watched it for
about 40 seconds.  It slowly disappeared in the
southeastern sky," towards Mica Peak.
      "It was traveling at an extremely fast rate."  (Email
Form Report)


FAYETTE FLAP DIES DOWN

      The strange surge of Fayette Factor incidents, which
hit a record high during the past month, finally began to
die down last week.
      The Fayette Factor is one of the strangest phenomena
in Forteana.  It's an extraordinarily high incidence of
strange incidents and events taking place in American
towns and cities named after Marie-Joseph de Motier, the
Marquis de Lafayette, one of the Founding Fathers of the
USA and a prominent Freemason.
      Fortean researcher Loren Coleman has pointed out that
the name Fayette "is not even in the Top Ten of most
common municipal names in the U.S.," which would tend to
suggest that these happenings are beyond the realm of
coincidence.
      Last week's incidents all had to do with unusual
deaths.
      In Kentucky, "James Richie 'Jamie' Sinkhorn, 20, of
Lexington was positively identified by family members
Monday," April 26, 2004, "the Fayette County coroner's
office said."  Sinkhorn's remains were found over the
weekend.
      In Oregon, "a body was discovered in Terry Park,
along the Willamette River in Lafayette, Ore., according
to the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office."
      In Georgia, "a 65-year-old man fatally shot his wife
while she was being treated at a dental office, then
killed himself, authorities said."  The incident took
place in Fayetteville, Georgia on Wednesday, April 28,
2004.  (Many thanks to Loren Coleman for these reports.)


MARS ROVERS EXCEED
ORIGINAL MISSION GOALS

      "NASA's Mars rovers just keep rolling across the Red
Planet."
      "Opportunity and its twin, Spirit, have completed
their original 90-day science missions, scientists and
engineers reported Wednesday," April 28, 2004, "at NASA's
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
Opportunity reached its 90th day on Mars Monday," April
26, 2004," and Spirit reached the same milestone earlier
this month."
      "'We have now completed or exceeded' all mission
goals, JPL's Matt Wallace says."
      "And neither rover shows signs of stopping."
      "The twins, golf-cart-sized mobile geology labs
designed to investigate the history of water at two
Martian sites, landed in January (2004).  Detecting signs
of past water is considered a first step in learning
whether Mars ever harbored life."
      "What's next?  'We want to get to them thar hills,'
says Spirit rover Dave Des Marais of NASA's Ames Research
Center in Moffett Field, California."
      "Spirit has seen signs of volcanic rock at Gusev
Crater, the Connecticut-sized in which it landed on
January 3, 2004.  But from space, Gusev looks as if it
once held a channel-fed lake, which has made Spirit's
findings a bit disappointing."
      "But the Spirit team is planning to reach some nearby
hills in mid-June in hopes that the terrain will reveal
signs of an ancient lake bed."
      "Opportunity discovered in March (2004) that a sea
once covered its landing site, the Oklahoma-sized
Meridiani Planum region.  The rover found sedimentary rock
laced with salt deposits lining the small crater in which
it landed on January 24, 2004.  Mission scientists have
turned Opportunity toward its next target, a large crater
named Endurance.  From a distance, the crater seems ringed
with more of the bedrock that provided the earlier
evidence of water.  The crater is about 430 feet (109
meters) across and is much deeper than Opportunity's
landing crater.  Its deeper rock layers may reveal the
presence of water billions of years ago."
      "Engineers hope to drive the rover to the crater's
edge within the next week."
      "'We'll face some fun decisions then,' says
Opportunity mission scientist Scott MacLennan of the State
University of New York at Stony Brook, as the team debates
whether to send the rover into the deep crater.  Getting
in may be easy, but getting out may be hard.  It took two
tries to get Opportunity out of its shallow landing crater
because of the slippery Martian sand."
      "The big relief to team members in meeting their
mission goals is that they are no longer working on Mars
time, Wallace says.  A Mars day, or Sol, is about 40
minutes longer than an Earth day.  As a result, some team
members suffered from a skewed sleep schedule."
      "'It's a wonderful thing being on Earth time,'
Wallace says, 'You feel like you've come back from being
someplace like Mars.'"  (See USA Today for April 29, 2004,
"Mars rovers are still going strong," page 6-D.)


CASSINI IS IN THE HOME
STRETCH FOR SATURN

      On Monday, May 3, 2004, "the Cassini Image Science
Team released the last image of the whole of Saturn and
its rings that can be taken" as the robot Cassini
spacecraft closes in on the ringed planet.
      "From now on, the rings will be larger than the
(spacecraft) camera's field of view.  The image was taken
(Saturday) March 27 (2004) from a distance of 29.7 million
miles."
      Cassini, and its onboard planetary probe Huygens, are
scheduled to start orbiting Saturn on July 1 (2004) and
will collect data for four years."
      "The Huygens probe will seperate on December 25
(2004) and descend onto Titan, Saturn's largest moon (and
about the same size as Earth--J.T.) on January 14, 2005."
      "Cassini-Huygens is a collaboration between NASA, the
European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency."  (See
USA Today for May 3, 2004, "Saturn gets ready for its
closeup," page 6D.)
(Editor's Comment:  I wonder if it's too early to begin
drawing up the blueprints for Masinaigan Estates, UFO
Roundup's planned subdivision on Enceladus.)


From the UFO Files...

1918: LADY SOPWITH

      People sometimes ask if there were any unidentified
flying objects during the First World War, comparable to
the famous "foo fighters" of World War II.
      Yes, there was a "mystery aircraft" flap in 1918, the
last year of World War I, and it featured one of the
strangest personalities of that conflict--a woman pilot
who challenged all comers, Allied and German alike.
      The strange saga began on a Wednesday, January 9,
1918. A British S.E.5 Scout, flown by Lt. Frederick
Ardsley, was on an early-morning patrol between Amiens and
Villers-Bocage in northern France.  Ardsley was out
looking for sausage-shaped German barrage balloons,
tooling along at 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), the ice-cold
slipstream tugging at his leather flying cap and silk
scarf.
      All at once, Ardsley had a sudden compulsion to look
to his left.  He did, and then blinked in astonishment
behind his goggles.  Flying just a few feet away from his
biplane was another S.E.5 of the Royal Flying Corps
(forerunner of today's RAF--J.T.), complete with a
brightly-painted red nose, a Lewis gun over the top wing
and twin machine guns mounted on the fuselage right in
front of the cockpit.
      One of our chaps, Ardsley mused.  Thank God for that!
If he'd been a Hun, he'd have had me for certain.
      The young pilot had the oddest feeling something was
wrong.  Then he realized what it was.  The other S.E.5's
engine was strangely muted.  Indeed, it sounded more like
a toyshop buzzing than the throaty roar of a Rolls-Royce
engine.  He also noticed that the other plane lacked the
blue-white-and-red RFC roundels and any identifying
squadron numbers.  Instead, there was a curious golden
symbol on the canvas fuselage--the astrological sign of
Venus.
      The other pilot gave him a jaunty salute.  Ardsley
nodded and waved back.  Then the pilot reached up and
pulled off the goggled leather cap, letting a cascade of
golden hair unfurl in the slipstream.  He heard her
jubilant laughter over the sound of his own engine.
      "What the bloody hell--!?" Ardsley bellowed, gaping
at the female pilot.
      She seemed to be teasing him, making exaggerated
kissy-face expressions and winking her cornflower blue
eyes.  Then she began moving around in her own cockpit.
      Now what's she doing? the stunned pilot wondered.
      She was sitting on the cockpit's wicker rim, with her
back to Ardsley.  Suddenly, she leaned forward, gripped
the voluminous khaki skirt, and performed a Can-Can
routine that would have been the envy of La Gouloue.  The
slipstream blew the skirt aloft, exposing a shapely
derriere clad in white satin.
      Ardsley's jaw fell.  The satin-clad behind moved in a
rhythymic side-to-side motion.  The RFC pilot could not
believe what was happening.  I must be dreaming, he told
himself.
      Laughing merrily, she pulled down the billowing
skirt, plopped back into the cockpit, and, with another
jaunty wave, banked sharply to the left.  Ardsley hit the
throttle and followed suit, his engine drone growing in
intensity.
      Ground observers rotated the cranks of their field
telephones and reported a most unusual dogfight: an S.E.5
of 49 Squadron in hot pursuit of a red-nosed S.E.5.
      Ardsley was an experienced pilot (meaning he'd
survived his first three weeks on the Western Front--
J.T.), and he strove hard to keep up with the mad
aerobatics of the mysterious aviatrix.  Every time he had
that rogue S.E.5 in his gunsights, she managed to dip,
dart, barrel-roll or split-S out of danger.  Or else a
sudden burst of mysterious speed would carry her just out
of range of his machine guns.
      Suddenly, her S.E.5 began climbing, heading for a
bank of clouds at 20,000 feet (6,000 meters).  Ardsley
listened closely, but, unlike his own, her engine did not
seem to be laboring.  He cocked both fuselage machine guns
and fired.  Both guns fell silent after four seconds.
Frowning grimly, he reached up and triggered the Lewis
gun.  It jammed!
      The high-altitude cold stung his exposed lips.  He
had trouble catching his breath.  His engine began missing
on all cylinders.  He knew he was at the S.E.5's flight
ceiling.  His plane could go no higher.  But her biplane
flew effortlessly toward the clouds overhead.
      Ardsley's plane began to stall.  Its propellor
whirled uselessly.  The air up there was too thin for his
flimsy machine.  With a grimace of defeat, he pushed down
on the yoke and sent the S.E.5 into a controlled dive.
Glancing over his shoulder, he watched the mystery biplane
enter those all-concealing clouds.
      Two hours later, Ardsley faced an irate squadron
leader at his field near Amiens.
      "Are you going to tell me that fellow's number?" the
older man asked, "Or am I going to have you confined to
quarters?"
      "It wasn't one of our chaps, sir.  It was a woman."
      "A woman!?"
      "Yes, sir."  Ardsley stood at rigid attention.
"Somebody's popsy, I suppose.  She stole one of our kites
(RFC slang for planes--J.T.) and was out for a lark when
she came up behind me."
      And then he offered a detailed explanation of the
encounter.
      When he was finished, the squadron leader shook his
head.  "Ardsley, if I send that report to Trenchard, he's
going to think I've gone stark raving mad.  No, I much
prefer the observers' version.  You and another S.E.5
pilot fought a mock dogfight over the forward lines--"
      "But, sir--!"
      "Yes, that's the report I'm sending to Trenchard," he
replied, "And you, lieutenant, are confined to quarters.
Dismissed."
      It was the world's introduction to Lady Sopwith.
      In no time at all, this "new air legend ran the
length of the front."  In late January 1918, a German
pilot, Albert Roehl, "was shot down and captured" behind
the Allied lines.  When brought to an RFC field near
Amiens, he told the British squadron leader, "Sir, I
should very much like to meet her."
      "Her?" he echoed.
      "The woman who shot me down.  Die Walkure (German for
The Valkyrie --J.T.)."
      Nor was Roehl the only German pilot to encounter the
mystery aviatrix.
      "In this period every German aviator who was shot
down and captured within Allied territory--and there were
very few--when brought in for interrogation claimed that
he had been downed by a girl who was flying a red Sopwith
triplane (affectionately called a "Tripe" by the RFC
pilots--J.T.).  In some instances, the plane was a red-
nosed S.E.5..."
      "No one refuted these claims, not even when some of
the (German) captives went so far as to request an
introduction to this militant female, before being sent to
POW compounds."
      "Dozens of Allied airmen claimed to have seen this
blonde siren skipping about at twelve thousand feet,
shooting the tails off unsuspecting Fokkers and
Halberstadts.  It was no optical illusion, brought on by
equal parts of mist, sunshine and Guiness's stout.  They
had seen her clearly, and she was a beautiful dish.  Her
Irene Castle-styled bobbed hair fluttered in the wind as
she zoomed and banked all over the sky," in her red
Sopwith Tripe or red-nosed S.E.5 that outflew and outran
every other biplane in the air.
      "The (Allied) infantry adopted this fable with
wholehearted enthusiasm, and in no time at all, this
flossy figure was zipping up and down the enemy wire,
shooting Hun gunners out of machine-gun pits and
performing all sorts of fantastic deeds of aerial daring.
Nothing in La Vie Parisienne could match this charmer."
      Lady Sopwith was seen by civilians, as well.  In May
1918, six-year-old Robert Tuchel was collared in the
family farmyard east of Amiens by his irate mother,
following some juvenile escapade.  Madame de Tuchel seated
herself on a bench outside the farmhouse, hauled her
errant son over her knee and lifted her hand, ready to
smack.  Suddenly, the red-nosed S.E.5 zoomed over the
rooftop, just above chimney height.  Its engine let out a
loud roar.  Startled, Madame de Tuchel stood up, and her
son rolled off her lap.  Next thing you know, Albert was
off and running across the field, waving his thanks to the
blonde pilot for having saved him from a spanking.
      As the Germans launched their big spring offensive in
1918, the question was on everyone's lips: Who is Lady
Sopwith?  There was no end to the theories.
      British pilots believed that she was the sister of
Captain Albert Ball, a famous RFC ace shot down only a
couple of months earlier.  "Ball's sister, Lois, a tomboy
who loved him devotedly...was carrying out a scourge of
family revenge."
      Americans tended to think in terms of conspiracy.
That Lady Sopwith was the prototype of a "secret squadron"
of female pilots being developed by the U.S. Army Signal
Corps.  That she was a Suffragette on a special mission
for President Woodrow Wilson.  Or, more cynically, that it
was all just a publicity stunt dreamed up by Wilson's
Director of War Information, George A. Creel.
      "Whenever the war situation became grave for the
Allies, the girl in the red-nosed S.E.5 sometimes became a
German fraulein flying a black-and-white Fokker.  This
particular damsel had long yellow braids that seemed to
streak back all the way" to the biplane's rudder.
      By June 1918, "American soldiers impressed with the
story of the Red Knight of Germany (Manfred Freiherr von
Richtofen, the top-scoring ace of World War I with 80
confirmed "kills"--J.T.) were certain she was a sister of
the baron, out to take revenge for the death of her famous
brother."
(Editor's Note:  In actuality, Freida von Richtofen was
married to British novelist D.H. Lawrence and spent 1918
interned in UK as an enemy alien.)
      Long after the war, novelist Arch Whitehouse
speculated about the origins of Lady Sopwith.  "I think I
know the actual basis for this flossy legend that began
innocently enough on a field near Chipilly near the Somme.
We had a squadron of S.E.5 pilots on the same field with
us, and these young scout pilots were always up to some
healthy devilment.  Around Christmas of 1917...they
decided to enliven the dreary days by organizing a
squadron party complete with a theatrical performance.
They were especially good at this, and one of the
ringleaders was a female impersonator.  He was young,
beardless and probably should have been back at Rugby
(School) conjugating Latin verbs."
      Whitehouse thought that this RFC pilot, dressed in
drag and wearing a blond wig, clambered into an S.E.5
cockpit after the performance, was seen at a distance by
some mechanics, and so the legend of "Lady Sopwith" was
born.
      But this theory ignores the numerous times Lady
Sopwith was seen in the air, plus the amazing stories
about her aircraft's unusual performance capabilities.
Indeed, no one ever saw Lady Sopwith make a landing.
Eyewitnesses' last glimpse of her was usually the sight of
the red-nosed S.E.5 plunging into a high-altitude cloud.
      I have often wondered how many Allied and German
pilots pursued the red-nosed S.E.5 into that thick
cumulous cloud...and never returned.
      Kind of makes you wonder what was in that cloud.
      On the last day of the war, November 11, 1918, German
pilot Kurt Enniger entered the now-abandoned headquarters
of his Jagdstaffel (fighter squadron). Picking up a piece
of chalk, he jotted a few lines on the blackboard where
missions were posted.
      Die Walkure           (The Valkyrie)
      Im Krieg geboren    (In war born)
      Im Krieg gestorben (In war destroyed)
      It was a fitting epitaph for the mysterious female
who had dared to fight both sides in World War I.  (See
the books Heroes and Legends of World War I by Arch
Whitehouse, Doubleday & Co., Garden City, N.Y., 1964,
pages 328 to 331; and They Fought for the Sky by Quentin
Reynolds, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, N.Y., 1957,
pages 168 and 169.)

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