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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Just the Facts?: Ohio Pterosaur Sightings -- 'Mel's Hole' Mystery -- Britain Big Cat Updates
Ohio Pterosaur Sightings
A living pterosaur in Ohio, not millions of years ago but in the twentieth centuryâ"that should be in the news. But a number of eyewitnesses have reported apparent live pterosaurs in Ohio, regardless of the apparent lack of newspaper headlines. Probably unknown to many news media reporters and editors, sighting in neighboring states may be of the same species or at least are related to what was seen in Middletown, Ohio, years ago. (Middletown is about thirty miles north of Cinncinati.) âoePterodactylsâ have also been reported in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
Middletown, Ohio, Pterosaur Sighting
This is a second-hand report given to the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization. The sighting of the flying creature (bird, bat, pterodactyl, or by whatever label it received by the eyewitnesses) was at night.
"Him and a bunch of guys about 17 years old were looking around an old barn one night and they saw a large, featherless bird. He said it was standing like a bird would but was about 6 feet four inches tall. Its skin appeared like leather. This occurred sometime in the early 1990â²s. This was at that time an undeveloped area. Just a farm area. . . . as they entered the barn the [flying creature that was referred to as a "bird"] turned to look at them [moving only its head]. They ran out . . ." - Investigating Reports of Living Pterosaurs, by Jonathan Whitcomb
NOTE: I have received at least 2 'Mothman-like' reports from the Middletown, Ohio area within the past few years...Lon
Live Pterosaurs in America, second edition: Eyewitness Reports of Pterosaurs in the Contiguous United States
Searching for Ropens: Living Pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea
'Mel's Hole' shrouded in mystery
From Bigfoot to the disappearance of D.B. Cooper, the Pacific Northwest is full of mysteries.
Another mystery burred deep in the hills of eastern Washington keeps resurfacing.
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Are children more likely to be able to see into the spirit world? It would make sense, and most people who believe in the ability will tell you yes. Babies often stare at a particular area just over their heads, as when they are lying in their cribs, and some would say that they are talking to angels. Children have imaginary playmates, so is it so much of a stretch to believe that some of these ''imaginary playmates" are not imaginary at all, but spirits sent to watch over and befriend them?
Many believe that small children and babies are close to the other side, having just been born, or born recently, and so are still connected somehow to the other side. As we grow older, distractions of the material world begin to replace this, and they lose their ability to see and talk to unseen beings. If they were in spirit form before they were born, perhaps they had communication with departed loved ones of the same family before they came to the physical world.
Most times spirits and children seem to have a friendship, there have been reports of ghosts and spirits comforting children during stressful events. However, Hollywood has taught us that seeing spirits is bad, wrong, or should be scary.
And, although rarely, it sometimes can.
Poltergeists are manifestations in the form of banging, thuds, movement of objects, such as doors or shutters and even kitchen drawers opening and closing without anyone near. There have been reports of foul odors, and unexplained electrical activities, such as lamps turning off and on by themselves.
This is typically associated with a female in the house under the age of 25, and scientific researchers who study unexplained occurrences such as these lean toward subconscious psychokenesis as the explanation. Often the young girl is completely unaware of the correlation between the happenings and it is unintentional, nothing like the Hollywood portrayal of, for example, "Carrie" by Stephen King, wherein she was very much aware that she was the cause of the commotion.
Psychiatrists and investigators have a theory that poltergeist activity stems from emotional problems such as the inability to express anger normally for the developmental stage, or anxiety. In some cases poltergeist activity associated with a teenage girl has been thought to have been brought on by schizophrenia. Almost always the activity stops as the girl matures. A modern (1800's) and well documented account of this type of activity was the famous "Bell Witch" case in Tennessee.
The difference between poltergeist activity and a true "haunting" is that the poltergeist occurrences are triggered by a living person's trauma while haunting is related to spirits of the deceased. Fear and anger are both made up of tremendous energy. The more energy you put into ''dealing" with poltergeist activity, the more frequent the occurrences will become.
Because of the 'openess' of children it's not unusual for true hauntings to revolve around them. While most cases of children and ghosts relate to a relative that has passed and has remained to look over the family, sometimes the ghost that attaches itself to a child has darker intentions. There have been cases of children being attacked by something unseen only for the family to discover that a violent individual once lived in the house. Children themselves have been responsible for their tormenting spirit.
Often children look at tapping into the paranormal as fun. Holding seances and using Ouija boards are often seen as a distraction during a slumber party. However, often dark spirits or even demonic forces are called through this activity. Cases of possesion have been found to correlate with the use of a Ouija board. Ridding the dwelling and child of these spirits and demons typically becomes a long and drawn out process involving exorcism and constant vigilance.
Children experiencing paranormal activity is common. However, because of their active imaginations, it is hard to tell if they are actually seeing a ghost or are simply playing. Some ways to determine if a child is experiencing a haunting:
* Does the child have full conversations with someone you can't see?
* Does the child know things that a child simply wouldn't know at their age?
* Ask the child to ask the ghost about it's history. Do they come back with answers they wouldn't know or understand at their age?
If you have determined that your child is indeed being visited by a ghost then what do you do?
A haunting can be frightening for you and the child. It is important for you to be a solid influence that the child can depend on. Explain to the child what is happening. Most often, hauntings will not result in any physical harm, and ghosts will typically obey the child. Let the child know that if the ghost is frightening them they can sternly tell it to go away. Ghosts usually will not try to strain their re
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The Bell Witch
On an overcast day in 1817, John Bell was inspecting his corn field. He had spent the last few years acquiring the land adjacent to property he had purchased after moving his family to Tennessee from North Carolina, and the farm had grown large and prosperous.
Up ahead in the middle of one of the corn rows, John thought he saw something move. As he got closer, the sight almost made his heart stop. The animal appeared to have the body of a small dog, but the head of a rabbit. He did what every pioneer did when they came across something unexplained and frightening, he shot at it.
He missed both times. It seemed to smile and wag a paw at him before vanishing.
And so begins the story of the Bell Witch, one of the oldest and possibly the best documented case of a haunting in America. The genealogy of the people who lived on the Bell farm can be traced all the way up to today, the depositions are complete, and the paperwork is accurate. Many people who had nothing to gain by telling their stories have sworn to the eerie voice and laughter, the singing, and most of all, the taunts and abuse suffered by both John Bell and his youngest child, Betsy.
Later that same night, the family heard the sounds of beating on the side of their home, and every night after that the beating noise became louder and stronger. One night John Bell threw open the door and yelled into the night
"What is it? What do you want?"
The haunting became persistent and often times violent, especially against John Bell. Both John and Betsy were slapped, pinched, and relentlessly taunted, John even to his deathbed. Only minutes after he breathed his last breath, his son found a vial of blue liquid. Kate's voice rang out in the room, "I got ol' Jack good that time!" (The entity, now called Kate often referred to John Bell as Jack) The son reportedly gave some of the liquid to the family's cat, which went into convulsions and died within minutes.
Kate also had conversations with the Bell children. She reportedly liked to quote scripture, sing hymns loudly, and discuss current events. She was adamantly against Betsy's decision to marry a local boy, Joshua Gardner, and tormented them when they were together to the point where Betsy eventually, tearfully, broke off the engagement.
Nights were anything but quiet around the Bell home. The sounds of rats gnawing on the bedposts and covers being jerked away by unseen hands made a restful sleep impossible. Two of John Bell's sons had fought under the command of Andrew Jackson at the battle of New Orleans, and the future President made a visit to see the Bell Witch for himself. Upon their arrival, Kate tormented one of Jackson's men, who claimed to be a "witch tamer," so relentlessly that the men begged Jackson to take their leave of the place, and the party stayed only one night.
One day Kate told Lucy Bell, John's wife that she was leaving and would return in seven years. Seven years later she did, tormenting John Bell Jr in much the same way she had his father and making three chilling predictions--in hindsight--regarding both world wars and the great depression. She vowed to always torment and eventually kill all of the male descendents of John Bell, and was supposed to make another appearance in 1935. As of 2006, there have been no reports by direct descendents of the Bell witch legend, even though many of the family members still live in the area, which is now Adams County.
Some investigators of the unexplained feel that by shooting at and "taunting" the entity first, he brought this century long haunting on himself. Other's believe that the Bell Witch, commonly referred to as "Kate," was an obstinate neighbor, Kate Batts, who had a bitter disagreement with John over property ( some legends say it was slave) rights. This was only a hundred years after the Salem witch trials, and old women who lived alone were still suspect for strange goings on. Some believe that this is a classic case of poltergeist activity, because "Kate" never manifested physically and poltergeist activity is often associated with a girl entering puberty, as was the case with Betsy Bell. Other's have no reasonable explanation at all.
But there was a cave that Betsy and Joshua used to play in while they were still courting, and it still sits on the Bell property today. Unusual mist around the mouth of the cave can not be explained by geological studies, and sometimes the air is thick, heavy, and you might feel a pinch on the back of your ear. The cave is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only on weekends for most of the year, and is located at 430 Keysburg Rd, Adams, Tennessee. You can also see a replica of the cabin that the Bell family lived in during the time of the attacks.
Click here to go to the Bell Witch Cave's Haunt Spot and see what others have experienced.
A word of caution, do not attempt to call out to Kate or
The Christmas Tree Curse
The Christmas Tree CurseFragrant, strong-limbed, and long-lasting when cut, the Fraser fir is a popular choice for a Christmas tree. It is also a common carrier (and victim) of Phytophthora cinnamomi, a deadly water mold that attacks hundreds of plant and tree species, from oaks to avocados. No cure exists, and climate change could allow the fungus to steadily march northward.
If your Christmas tree is a Fraser fir, be sure you know what not to do.
Native American Ghost Dance
The ghost dance is a ceremony for the regeneration of the earth, and, subsequently, the restoration of the earth窶s caretakers to their former life of bliss. Not surprisingly, the religion experienced its height of popularity during the late 19th century, when devastation to the buffalo, the land, and its Native American guardians was at its peak. Between 1888 and 1990, various tribes sent emissaries to a man named Wovoka, who claimed to be a visionary, and who was hailed as a Messiah by many desperate Indian nations. Wovoka maintained that Spirits had shown him certain movements and songs after he had died for a short period of time. In a manner reminiscent of Christ, Wovoka preached non-violence, and most tribes abandoned their war-like ways in preparation for future happiness.
From the page: Moscow (CNN) -- A historian has been arrested in central Russia after police found the corpses of 29 women, dressed as dolls, in his apartment, authorities said this week.
The 45-year-old man, who police did not identify, has been charged with desecrating bodies and graves, officials said.
Video released by police showed an eerie collection of what looks like life-sized dolls, outfitted in shabby dresses and headscarves, their hands and faces wrapped in fabric. Authorities say the man also stole clothes from the graves when he took the bodies.
Russian Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Valery Gribakin told CNN police couldn't figure out for a long time who was behind the "numerous blasphemous acts against the graves and the dead bodies" at several cemeteries in and around Nizhny Novgorod, about 250 miles east of Moscow.
The incidents started about two years ago, authorities said, with each case producing a public uproar in the region. Gribakin said police went the extra mile to find the culprit.
"Our leading theory was that it was done by some extremist organizations," Gribakin said. "We decided to beef up our police units and set up ... groups composed of our most experienced detectives who specialize in extremist crimes."
But even seasoned investigators and forensic experts were shocked when their investigation led them to the historian and the contents of his apartment, where the women's mummified bodies were found. The corpses were those of women who died between the ages of 15 to 25, officials said.
Gribakin also said during the search the police found "photographs and plaques from gravestones, doll-making manuals and well as maps of local cemeteries."
Police said the man is a well-known historian specializing in Celtic studies who authored many books and articles, and used to be a college professor at some point.
State-run RIA Novosti and local media in Nizhny Novgorod identified the man seen in the police video of the crime scene as Anatoly Moskvin, a resident of that city. Russian journalists have retrieved articles written by Moskvin in local newspapers from the past several years, indicating his profound interest in and great knowledge of all cemeteries across the region.
The suspect faces charges of desecrating dead bodies and their burial sites, a crime punishable by up to three months in jail or a year of correctional labor.
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