James Burne Worson disappeared into thin air
On September 3rd, 1873 James Burne Worson, a man from Warwickshire, England, literally disappeared into thin air, leaving no trace as to how it happened, or where he went. Or so the legend goes.
Worson and two friends, Barham Wise, a linen draper, and Hamerson Burns, a photographer, were returning from a local pub after a night of drinking when Warson brazenly boasted about his skill as a long-distance runner. His friends then made up their minds to challenge Worson and decided that in order for him to prove his skill, he should run, non-stop, the 40 mile distance between Leamington and Coventry that night.
Worson, who was three-sheets to the wind, did not want to embarrass himself after such conceit, and promptly accepted to the challenge. It was agreed that Wise and Burns would follow along closely behind and keep watch from their horse and cart.
So the race began.
Worson managed the first few miles cheerfully, laughing and carrying on animated conversation with his challengers, when unexpectedly, his footing gave way and he stumbled, falling forward to the ground and then giving out the most ungodly scream. Without any warning, before Worson had time to collide with the ground below him, he disappeared into thin air, leaving nothing behind.
Burns and Wise, who were understandably stunned, hurried quickly to the nearest town to report what they had just witnessed to the authorities. They returned to the scene with scouts and searched the woods for many hours that night and though the area was thoroughly explored in the following days, the body of James Burne Worson was never found, nor an explanation for the manner in which he disappeared. That is to say of course, aside from the act of disappearing altogether.
This legend, often stated as fact alongside other “true” stories of mysterious disappearances, is most likely derived from a short story written by American author Ambrose Bierce titled An Unfinished Race, in which it ispositioned as a factual retelling of the tale. This is unlikely, as the first known materialization of the the strange yarn appears in Present at a Hanging and Other Ghost Stories, written by Bierce.
While the legendary tale of James Worson may have a fairly lackluster explanation, the story itself retains a bit of it’s eeriness when juxtaposed against the rather strange disappearance of Ambrose Bierce himself.
In the October of 1913, At 71 years of age, Bierce left his home in Washington DC to tour the Civil War battlegrounds, eventually passing into Mexico and joining the army of Pancho Villa as an observer, witnessing the Battle of Tierra Blanca during the Mexican Revolution.
His last known correspondence with the world was in a letter written in the Mexican city of Chihuahua in December 1913, sent to friend and San Francisco journalist Blanche Partington. He closed the letter by saying, ”As to me, I leave here tomorrow for an unknown destination,” and from that point, was never heard from again.
To date, no search has turned up any substantial clues about what exactly happened to Ambrose Bierce. Some say that he was executed by firing squad in the town of Coahuila, others that he committed suicide, and still, there are many who believe that he never went to Mexico at all.
Despite the arguments about the fate of Bierce, the one thing that investigators do agree on is that he left no trace. In an odd bit of foreshadowing, Ambrose Bierce had effectively vanished into thin air, much like his literary creation of James Worson.
Bloody Mary is a ghost or witch featured in English folklore. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called three times or sometimes more while in a dark room, depending upon the version of the story, often as part of a game or dare.
One of the more common ways participants attempt to make her appear is to stand before a mirror (usually in the dark) and repeat her name 3 times, though there are many variations including chanting more than 3 times, chanting at midnight, spinning around, rubbing one’s eyes, running the water, or chanting her name thirteen times with a lit candle. In some versions of the legend, the summoner must say, “Bloody Mary, I killed your baby.” In these variants, Bloody Mary is often believed to be the spirit of a young mother whose baby was stolen from her, making her mad with grief, eventually committing suicide. In stories where Mary is supposed to have been wrongly accused of killing her children, the querent might say “I believe in Mary Worth.” This is similar to another game involving the summoning of the Bell Witch in a mirror at midnight. The game is often a test of courage and bravery, as it is said that if Bloody Mary is summoned, she would proceed to kill the summoner in an extremely violent way, such as ripping their face off, scratching their eyes out, cutting their head off, driving them insane, bringing them into the mirror with her or scratching their neck, causing serious injury or death. Some think if she doesn’t kill the one who had summoned her then she will haunt them for the rest of their life. Other versions tell that if one chants her name thirteen times at midnight into a mirror she will appear and the summoner can talk to a deceased person until 11:08a.m., when Bloody Mary and the dead person asked to speak to will vanish. Still other variations say that the querent must not look directly at Bloody Mary, but at her image in the mirror; she will then reveal the querent’s future, particularly concerning marriage and children.
Bloody Mary Worth is typically described as a child-murderer who lived in the local city where the legend has taken root years ago, somewhere in the west. There is often a specific local graveyard or tombstone that becomes attached to the legend and a destination for legend trips.
On the other hand, various people have surmised that the lore about taunting Bloody Mary about her baby may relate her tenuously to folklore about Queen Mary I, also known as “Bloody Mary,” whose life was marked by a number of miscarriages or false pregnancies. Speculation exists that the miscarriages were deliberately induced. As a result, some retellings of the tale make Bloody Mary the queen driven to madness by the loss of her children. The mirror ritual by which Bloody Mary is summoned may also relate to a form of divination involving mirrors and darkness that was once performed on Halloween. While as with any sort of folklore the details may vary, this particular tale encouraged young women to walk up a flight of stairs backwards, holding a candle and a hand mirror, in a darkened house. As they gazed into the mirror, they were supposed to be able to catch a view of their future husband’s face. There was, however, a chance that they would see the skull-face of the Grim Reaper instead; this meant that they were destined to die before they married.
Legend of the New Jersey Devil
Most tellers of the legend of the Jersey Devil trace the devil back to Deborah Smith who emigrated from England in the 1700s to marry a Mr. Leeds. The Leeds family lived in the area of the NJ Pine Barrens (Leeds Point, Galloway Township, Atlantic County). Mrs. Leeds had given birth to 12 children and was about to give birth to her 13th. The story goes that Mrs. Leeds invoked the devil during a very difficult and painful labor and that when the baby was born, it either immediately, or very soon afterwards, (depending on the version of the story), grew into a full-grown devil and escaped from the house.
Another version of the story says it was when Mrs. Leeds found out she was pregnant with her 13th, that she said that if she were to have one more child, “may it be a devil”.
Another version is that the child/devil was the result of a family curse.
Another version is that Mrs. Leeds, who was a Quaker, had refused to be converted from the Quaker faith and that the clergyman who had been trying to convert her was so angry that he told her that her next child would be an offspring of Satan.
Another version is that the child was born a monster and that Mrs. Leeds cared for the child until her death. In this version the child/devil “flew off” into the swamps after Mrs. Leeds’ death.
People in the 1700s still believed in witchcraft and many people of the period felt a deformed child was a child of the devil or that the deformity was a sign that the child had been cursed by God.
It may be that indeed Mrs. Leeds gave birth to a child with a birth defect and given the superstitions of the period, the legend of the Jersey Devil was born.
In any event there do not seem to be any subsequent reported encounters with the Jersey Devil in which he/it actually harmed anyone.
In the last 200 years or so, there have been a number of “sightings” and the hearing of eerie noises/wails in the forests which have been attributed to the Jersey Devil, but since these accounts are, in the main, generic descriptions, one is somewhat drawn to the conclusion that any number of “weird” things in southern Jersey are attributed to the Jersey Devil as a matter of course.
Over the years the Jersey Devil has been called by a number of names, “Hoodle-Doodle Bird”, “Wozzle Bug” and the “Leeds Devil”.
This is all not to say that people do not believe in the Jersey Devil. Many over the year have believed and reported sightings of the creature.
Sightings included one in 1870 by a Long Beach fisherman who said he saw the Jersey Devil serenading a mermaid.
The best known sightings however were in January 1909 when Councilman E.P. Weeden of Trenton claimed to have been awoken by flapping wings outside his bedroom window. The Councilman said he found cloven footprints in the snow and several other instances of similar footprints were reported in Trenton at the time. Hundreds, if not thousands, of other people also claimed to have seen the Devil within a week or so of the Councilman’s “sighting” and news of the multiple sightings were reported in local papers. The January 1909 sightings were not limited to New Jersey…there were reported sightings across the river in Pennsylvania and some sightings in Delaware as well.
In 1978 two teenage boys were ice-skating near Chatsworth in the Barrens and smelled an odor like “dead fish” and saw two red eyes staring at them. They didn’t stay around to investigate, but claimed they had encountered the Jersey Devil.
A number of people have claimed, not to have seen the Devil, but to have heard him, rampaging through woods, or emitting blood-curdling cries.
People have found “strange” tracks and attributed them to the Jersey Devil. One instance of such tracks was reported, (along with loud shrieks), near May’s Landing in 1960. Also in 1960, merchants in Camden offered a $10,000 reward for the capture of the Jersey Devil. They said they would build a private zoo to display the creature if anyone could capture it. The reward is unclaimed.
One Legend Found, Many Still to Go
A live giant squid (Architeuthis) measuring roughly 25 feet (8 meters) long attacks a baited fishing line off the Ogasawara Islands. Japanese scientists recently released the first-ever images of a live giant squid in the wild. Their series of photos offers clues about the way giant squid swim and hunt in the deep ocean.
The human instinct to observe nature has always been mixed with a tendency to embroider upon it. So it is that, over the ages, societies have lived alongside not only real animals, but a shadow bestiary of fantastic ones - mermaids, griffins, unicorns and the like. None loomed larger than the giant squid, the kraken, a great, malevolent devil of the deep. “One of these Sea-Monsters,” Olaus Magnus wrote in 1555, “will drown easily many great ships.”
Science, of course, is in the business of shattering myths with facts, which it did again last week when Japanese scientists reported that they hooked a giant squid - a relatively small one estimated at 26 feet long - some 3,000 feet down and photographed it before it tore off a tentacle to escape. It was the first peek humanity has ever had of such animals in their native habitat. Almost inevitably, the creature seemed far less terrifying than its ancient image.
Scientists celebrated the find not as an end, but as the beginning of a new chapter in understanding the shy creature. “There’re always more questions, more parts to the mystery than we’ll ever be able to solve,” said Clyde F. E. Roper, a squid expert at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.
Monster lovers take heart. Scientists argue that so much of the planet remains unexplored that new surprises are sure to show up; if not legendary beasts like the Loch Ness monster or the dinosaur-like reptile said to inhabit Lake Champlain, then animals that in their own way may be even stranger.
A forthcoming book by the noted naturalist Richard Ellis, “Singing Whales, Flying Squid and Swimming Cucumbers” (Lyon Press, 2006), reinforces that notion by cataloguing recent discoveries of previously unknown whales, dolphins and other creatures, some of which are quite bizarre.
“The sea being so deep and so large, I’m sure other mysteries lurk out there, unseen and unsolved,” said Mr. Ellis, also the author of “Monsters of the Sea” (Knopf, 1994). Explorers, he said, recently stumbled on an odd squid more than 20 feet long with fins like elephant ears and very skinny arms and tentacles, all of which can bend at right angles, like human elbows. “We know nothing about it,” Mr. Ellis said. “But we’ve seen it.”
Historically, many unknown creatures have come to light purely by accident. In 1938, for example, a fisherman pulled up an odd, ancient-looking fish with stubby, limblike fins. It turned out to be a coelacanth, a beast thought to have gone extinct 70 million years ago. Since then, other examples of the species have occasionally been hauled out of the sea.
Land, too, occasionally gives up a secret. About 1900, acting on tips from the local population, Sir Harry H. Johnston, an English explorer, hunted through the forests of Zaire (then the Belgian Congo) and found a giraffe-like animal known as the okapi. It was hailed as a living fossil.
In 1982, a group of animal enthusiasts founded the International Society of Cryptozoology (literally, the study of hidden creatures) and adopted the okapi as its symbol. Today, self-described cryptozoologists range from amateur unicorn hunters to distinguished scientists.
At the Web site for the group, www.internationalsocietyofcryptozoology.org, there is a list of 15 classes of unresolved claims about unusual beasts, including big cats, giant crocodiles, huge snakes, large octopuses, mammoths, biped primates like the yeti in the Himalayas and long-necked creatures resembling the gigantic dinosaurs called sauropods.
In the past 100 years, the Bermuda Triangle has claimed over 1000 lives. In reality, that is only 10 a year. Though these lives lost are tragedies, this is not that incredible of a figure. It is how they died that have sparked many legends. These flames were given fuel by V. Gaddis article in “Argossy: Magazine of Masterpiece Fiction” where the term “Bermuda Triangle was first used.
The first legends of the Bermuda Triangle begin already with Cristopher Columbus. As a captain, he was greatly respected, and his brave sailing efforts helped revolutionize the world. Much of the information we have about Columbus is picked up directly from his journal, so we are able to trace his footsteps to the New World. His first problem occured as he ran into the Sargasso Sea. The crew was greatly disappointed when seaweed and land birds were sighted, but after a few days no land was to be seen. Soon after, Columbus reported his compass acting strangly. He did not report this to his crew due to their deep superstitions. Days later, Columbus saw a large meteor fall from the sky. He described it as “a large ball of light fallen from the sky.” It is unsure whether he mentions this occurences in awe, because of its great size, or in fright. Later in their trip, Columbus and a few crew members sighted a few dancing lights on the horizon. They wandered about in the Carribbean for over a week yet before sighting land.
Since Columbus, as many as 100 ships and planes have been reported missing, taking over 1000 lives. A select few of them are reported here…
1872: The Mary Celeste
1945: The disappearance of 5 Navy avengers - Flight 19
1947: Army C-45 Superfort vanishes 100 miles off Bermuda
1948: Four-engined Tudor IV lost with 31 lives
1948: DC-3 lost with 32 passengers and crew
1949: Second Tudor IV vanishes
1950: Giant US Air Force Globemaster lost
1950: American freighter, SS Sandra (350 ft), sinks without a trace
1952: British York transport plane lost with 33 aboard
1954: US Navy Lockheed Constellation vanishes with 42 aboard
1956: US Navy seaplane, Martin p5M, dessappears with crew of ten
1962: US Air Force KB-50 tanker plane lost
1963: Marine Sulpher Queen vanishes without a trace
1967: Military YC-122, converted to cargo plane, lost
1970: French freighter Milton latrides disappears
1972: German freighter Anita (20,000 tons), lost with crew of 32
1997: Passengers dissappear from German yacht
Other people believe that the Triangle houses the famous lost city of Atlantis. No evidence has been brought forth to prove this theory, but many claim to have seem or “felt the powers” of the lost city. Other people look at the lack of information and mystery involved and turn to the only other possible solution—Aliens! Again, there is little evidence to show any sign of UFOs in the area. Several people have claimed to have made UFO sightings, but even popular UFO experts and enthusiasts do not support the photographs involved.
Perhaps the ocean is to remain a secret to man, a mystery, to keep us away from the power nature truly has over man. This mystery can serve as a warning and to inspire awe into men’s heart, looking at the greatness and power this great Creation.
I don’t claim to have discovered the truth as many other researchers do, but would rather lay evidence before and let you judge for yourself. I find that so many legends are purely fictitious myths. However, cynics often go too far in their criticisms, making their claims less credible. The area is undoubtedly an area of great tragedy and even mystery. Many good points have been pointed out by scholars, historians, and scientists alike.
1. Tropical Weather. Many short and intense storms build up quickly and dissipate quickly, undetected by satellite surveillance. These even hold such dangerous elements as waterspouts that could easily destroy any passing plane or ship.
2. Amateur Sailors. This area is a boon for the inexperienced or unknoweledged boater. The Coast guard gets over 8000 distress calls a year (more than 20 a day!). However, most are sailors who have run out of gas or encountered some other foolish problem. The beautiful area is highly deceptive in its calmness, so sailors are often not prepared for what the sea can throw at them.
3. Underwater Earthquakes. Though none have been officially recorded, scientists have found a great deal of seismic activity in this area. In shallow areas, underwater earthquakes have the power to cause such disturbances such as the tsunamis of the far east.
4. The Gulf Stream. This ocean current is extremely strong. It has been reported to move faster than 5 mph in some areas. This is enough to throw many boaters hundreds of miles off coarse because they did not know how to compensate for the current. This, combined with the unusual effects of magnetism on the area, is the cause of many confused sailors.
5. The Gas Bubble Theory. A theory also exists among serious scientists that a high concentration of gas hydrates that exists in the area causing the water to become less dense within small patches. This would cause ships to sink quickly and without a trace.
6. Pirates. A common way to get into the drug smuggling business in the ’70s and ’80s was to pirate a boat for your business. Suspicion also arises at the coincidence of the World Wars and the greatest count of mysterious acts in the Triangle.
7. Traffic. There is undeniably a great deal of boat and airplane traffic over this area. It is not as great as some critics claim, but still a much visited area. Logic would have it that accidents will happen. In fact, it is reported that there are many other areas on earth where more “mysterious disappearances” have occured, such as the Devil’s Sea near Japan. The ocean is a dangerous place.
The Bermuda Triangle lies vaguely east of Florida. Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and Miami are said to be the “points” of this legendary triangle. However, the U.S. government denies the existence of these borders. Many “phenomena” enthusiasts claim that the triangle is not truly a triangle but a general area of water found east and southeast of North America. In any event, the geography of the area is awe-inspiring and deeply misunderstood.The humid subtropical climate of the region brings with it heavy rainfall and high temperatures. An annual rainfall in excess of 60 inches (152 cm) can be expected. Though much this rainfall is mostly spread evenly through the year, hurricanes and harsh thunderstorms occasionally drop 10 inches of rain within hours. This area is well known by geographers for the sudden nature of its storms. There have been many reports of complete whiteouts being formed in seconds. Waterspouts and extremely strong winds are dangerous elements that often accompany these storms.
The topography of the ocean floor bottom is surprising to many that sail the area. It is commonly believed that this whole area is very shallow. This is true near to the Florida coastline, but as the North Atlantic Continental Shelf breaks off only miles away, depths quickly reach as low as 12,000 feet. About 100 miles north of Puerto Rico is the deepest part of the Atlantic, the Puerto Rico Trench, estimated at 30,000 feet deep!
The Florida Straits within this area are approximately 5000 feet deep. While people snorkel in the water only a few hundred feet deep near the coasts of the islands and Florida and ships can be seen sunk in the clear blue waters, this area is incredibly deceptive. To this day, the ocean floor of this area has not been systematically mapped out. It is known that the ocean floor is littered with caves and varies greatly in depth. For more information on ocean topography visit The Geology World Data Center.
The ocean floor, being highly unexplored, is host to many strange phenomena. The area of “The Bermuda Triangle” is not an exception. Recently, scientists have found an anti-current matching the Gulf Stream hundreds of feet below the famous gulf current. Studies are just beginning this hidden current. However, it undoubtedly has a profound effect upon these waters. Unexplainable white “masses” are said to reside in these waters, seen only by satellite photography. This region is also one of only two places on earth that true north lines up with physical (compass) north. The other is another place of legend and tragedy on the opposite side of the earth, the Devil’s Sea. A worldwide scientific project was created to study the earth’s magnetism by the U.S. government. Results found no odd magnetism as claimed by many airplane pilots and ship captains. Scientists agree, however, there is much to be learned about magnetism, its properties being greatly unknown…
… Finally, a fascinating area called the Sargasso Sea resides to the east of the Triangle. Sitting in the middle of the Atlantic, it houses a few small islands and masses of clumped floating seaweed. A warm water current within it swirls clockwise, affecting the weather of the area, keeping it calm and steamy. Having little wind, this area greatly affects unpowered ships. Christopher Columbus wrote in his diary of this sea. In fact, it so fooled his crew that it almost led them to mutiny. The possibility exists of never leaving this legendary sea. Another fascinating feature of this sea is its ability to draw things in from all over the Atlantic. Some even claim it to be the “catch-basin” of the Atlantic.
This case has had probably the most attention of any other case in the history of UFOLOGY. However, the case remained buried for nearly 30 years before, slowly the code of silence was broken which allowed researchers to start uncovering the truth.
Obviously I can only give a fraction of the account, on this Web Site but I hope it will contain enough info for both the experienced and the beginner. People interested in this case should read some of the many great books, particularly the ones by Kevin Randle.
The data will be presented in timeline form:
Tuesday, July 1st 1947
A strange object is detected on the radar scopes at Roswell, White Sands and Alamogordo. Its tremendous speed and erratic motion indicated that it is neither a plane or a meteorite.
Wednesday, July 2, 1947
An oval object is spotted by Mr. and Mrs. Dan Wilmot as it passes over their house in Roswell.
Thursday, July 3, 1947
Radar operator Steve MacKenzie is sent to White Sands to track the object 24 hours a day.
Friday, July 4, 1947
Warrant Officer Robert Thomas and a team of men arrive from Washington to co-ordinate to operation of tracking and possible retrieval.
Mac Brazel as well as others report hearing a tremendous explosion.
William Woody and his father observe a flaming object fall to earth north of Roswell.
Jim Ragsdale and Trudy Truelove observe a bright light crash near to their campsite.
The object which has been tracked on radar for 3 days suddenly disappears. The retrieval team assemble and start heading for the calculated crash site.
Saturday, July 5, 1947
A sheepherder finds the remains of a crashed saucer but does not report this until many years later.
A group of Archaeologists also find the crashed object. The phone Sheriff George Wilcox thinking it is some from of crashed aircraft. Wilcox then inform the local fire department who arrive at the scene shortly afterwards.
The special retrieval team locates the crashed craft, takes the names of all the civilians on site and the escorts them away. The site is cleaned and secured within 6 hours and 5 bodies are removed.
Mac Brazil finds strange debris in his field. The debris consists of strange foil like substance, balsawood like beams and a strange sort of ‘string’. None of Brazels sheep will go anywhere near the debris.
Lydia Sleppy a reporter for KSWS tries to send the first ‘unconfirmed’ reports of the crash over the teletype. The message is intercepted by the FBI who order her to cease transmission.
Melvin Brown who was one of the guards in the truck transporting the bodies claims that they were small with large heads and that their skin was an orange/yellow colour.
Glenn Dennis is called by the Roswell mortuary officer and is asked several questions relating to preserving bodies, making small caskets, and how to treat bodies that had been exposed to the sun.
Dennis is later summoned to the base to treat an injured pilot, while he is there is sees several ambulances and some wreckage. Dennis is then threatened by two officers who warn him not to report anything he has witnessed.
Mac Brazel returns to the debris site and picks up some the stuff and takes it to his neighbours, Floyd and Loretta Proctor. They suggest that he informs the Sheriff.
Sunday, July 6, 1947
Brazel drives 75 miles into Roswell and shows some of the debris to Sheriff Wilcox who in turn informs the Military. Wilcox then also send two of his deputies to the ranch.
William Woody and his father try to get close to the site where they saw the strange object crash. However they are stopped by a heavy military presence who refuse them entry.
Colonel William Blanchard commanding officer of the 509th Bomb Group sends Jesse A. Marcel out to the Sheriffs office to investigate the reported debris. Marcel meets with Brazel and after seeing the debris decides to go out to the debris field. He is accompanied by Captain Sheridan Cavitt and Mac Brazel. Blanchard then orders that all debris at the Sheriffs office be sealed and flown to Fort Worth Army Air field where it is given to Colonel Thomas DuBose.
Marcel and Cavitt arrive too late at night to see the debris field so they spend the night with Brazel and his family. They also get a chance to observe some of the debris that Brazel had brought back with them. Neither of them had seen anything like it. It would not burn or scratch, yet when held in the hand it felt weightless. Several pieces of the foil like substance when crumpled in a ball would return to its original shape when released.
Monday, July 7, 1947
Some of the debris and bodies from the main crash site are sent to Andrews AAF.
Brazel, Marcel and Cavitt arrive at the debris field. It is three-quarters of a mile long and three hundred feet wide. They spend the day loading as much of the debris as possible into Marcel’s car and then drive back to Roswell.
General Nathan Twining, Air Material Command commander suddenly changes his current engagements and flies out to Alamogordo.
Rumours start spreading around the Roswell base that a flying saucer has been retrieved.
Tuesday, July 8, 1947
Marcel decides to show his family some of the debris that he has recovered before the debris becomes classified. He tells his son that it is parts of a flying saucer.
Marcel and Cavitt meet with Colonel Blanchard to report what they have seen. As a result Blanchard orders that guards be placed around the debris field and to stop anyone trying to obtain access.
Brazel who spent the previous night at Walt Whitmore’s (KGFL radio) house, is interviewed by him and wire-recorded. Whitmore is then informed from Washington not to air the interview with Brazel.
Brigadier General Roger Ramey orders Blanchard to send Marcel to Fort Worth.
Mac Brazel is interviewed by military personnel. This interview is to last several days.
Lieutenant Walter Haut finishes the Press Release that Colonel Blanchard had authorised. He gives copies to both radio and newspapers. The story is released, and claims that “The Army Air Forces here today announced that a flying disc had been found”. Within a couple of hours the base is flooded with calls from around the world.
Marcel arrives at Fort Worth and meets with General Ramey. Marcel shows Ramey the debris, who then takes Marcel into the Map room so that he can show him the location of the debris site. When Marcel returns the debris that he had brought in was gone, it had been replaced by bits of an old weather balloon.
Ramey then orders that the real wreckage be sent to Wright Field, Dayton.
The military clean the debris site back on Brazels ranch and transport all the debris to Wright Field.
A press conference is held in which Warrant Officer Irving Newton identifies the debris as that of a balloon. Marcel is ordered not to say anything and Ramey confirms that the men at Roswell had simply made a mistake. Marcel is then ordered to be photographed with the balloon debris.
Interest in the story dies down due to the fact the debris has been identified as that of a weather balloon.
Wednesday, July 9, 1947
Brazel’s field is completely cleaned of debris. The remaining debris is sent to Los Alamos via Kirtland AFB.
Brazel is seen by friends as he is escorted from the Air Force base into town. They report that he looked very shocked and stressed. Brazel remarks to a friend, Frank Joyce, that he has had to change his story to protect his family.
Haut’s press release is confiscated by military personnel.
Many ground personnel at Wright Field claim to of seen strange debris being unloaded from unmarked planes. Others report seeing bodies at the Andrews AFB.
Marcel meets up with Sheridan Cavitt, who now claims that he never went with Marcel to the debris field on Brazel’s ranch.
Thursday, July 10, 1947
Sheriff Wilcox calls on Glenn Dennis’s father and informs him that his son is in trouble with the military and advises him to talk to Glenn to make sure he remains silent.
Further balloon explanations are reported in the local papers.
Friday, July 11, 1947
Glenn Dennis tries to contact a nurse who had told him that she had helped in one of the autopsies of the bodies. However, when he phones the base he is informed that no-one knows where she is.
All military personnel involved in the retrieval and cleanup operation are debriefed and told to forgot that it ever happened.
Military Police start visiting the civilians who were on the site of the main crash, they are warned not to say anything or they and there families would go missing.
Saturday, July 12, 1947
Mac Brazel’s son Bill turns up at the ranch to help out while Mac Brazel is still being held under military guard.
Tuesday, July 15, 1947
Mac Brazel is finally released. All he says is that the military kept asking the same questions over and over again. Brazel revealed that he had to take an oath never to saw what he saw.
Arthur Exon, a pilot stationed at Wright Field claims that he flew over the crash site and he could still make out the impact site.
Dr W. Curry Holden and Dr C. Bertrand Schultz attend a meeting in Albuquerque. They discuss the events in Roswell and Holden tells Schultz that he had seen a ‘heel-shaped’ craft and the bodies of the alien flight crew.
The Roswell incident remained buried for another 30 years until Jesse Marcel, allowed himself to be interviewed by several researchers including Leonard Stringfield and Stanton Friedman.
Charles Berlitz and William L. Moore release the book ‘The Roswell Incident’ in 1980 after interviewing more than 70 witnesses. Since the release of this book many other researcher have investigated the case and many other books have been written.
There have been many hoaxes associated with this case such as the Majestic-12 documents and the now already infamous ‘Alien Autopsy Video’. None of these hoaxes helps the serious study of the Roswell case.
The US Government after 40 plus years admitted that the ‘weather balloon’ story had indeed been a cover story. However it was not a cover story for a crashed alien spacecraft but that of Project Mogul a secret project the Air Force were undertaking and that the bodies were those of rhesus monkey’s. This theory also has proved to be wrong and for a full explanation of this and other possible causes I strongly recommend the book ‘The Truth about the UFO Crash at Roswell’ by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt.
In 1947, the day after the crash was reported in Roswell, the government put out a headline that said that they had recovered a crashed UFO and that they were sending the debris to Texas for evaluation. That very night the base in Texas stated that what was found was none other than that of a weather balloon. Weather balloons were not made of foil and wood and the other countless materials that were found at the site.
Right after the Roswell incident, a UFO craze swamped the United States. Rumors then began that there was a secret group that was going around and intimidating witnesses that had seen the phoneme. The government has denied to this day that this secret group does not exist. As the claim that there is no such area that is called area 51. Yet there are pictures that are circulating from a secret government satellite that shows the existence of this base. Many believe that this is where the crashed UFO that was found in the Roswell area is being kept.
Now the government then came out with a different story to explain the debris. Project Mogul as it was called was a “TOP SECRET” project that was to be used to spy on the Soviet nuclear testing. While this was recently released, after the many things that the government has seemed to do to keep this about Roswell a secret, now they are telling us the truth. I THINK NOT!
Now the government claims that Roswell had no crash because it was all a joke that the government had done for publicity. The government also released documents that took nearly 20 years to de classify and the reason that this took so long according to the government is due to the fact that the base in Roswell was the only nuclear strike force in the U.S. at the time.
Maybe the passengers of the UFO at Roswell
The Mysteries Of The Bermuda Triangle
The Bermuda Triangle sometimes referred to as the Devils Triangle has been a mystery for centuries. It was once thought that traveling in the Bermuda Triangle was deadly because of the strange and mysterious things that happen.
Many ships have reported navigation equipment going haywire while some have reported having an eerie feeling. The Bermuda Triangle did not become well known until 1945 when the Navy Avenger bombers disappear. Then a rescue plane vanished when trying to find the missing five aircrafts. All together, there were twenty-seven men missing along with six planes. The story about the Bermuda Triangle and the missing five bombers was explained away by military personal. They said that the planes flew in the wrong direction because of bad equipment. They speculated that the planes flew deeper out into the Atlantic Ocean and eventually disappear from earth so to speak. They believe that they flew as far as the Puerto Rico Trench in the Bermuda Triangle, which is said to be at least thirty-thousand down below the surface. They then claimed that the search craft blew up shortly after take off. Although no wreckage in either disappearance has ever been found.
The stories that have come from the Bermuda Triangle may be explained for some instances, but not all mysterious happenings can be explained that easy. Is there really something mystical about the Devils Triangle or are these just stories being told. The truth is that no one has ever been found to explain what happened to them. They have vanished, never to be heard from again. Is it really just faulty equipment that causes navigation systems to malfunction when ships or aircrafts get near the Triangle? What really causes the navigation equipment to stop working or go haywire? Is there a mysterious force taking control of the ships and aircrafts?
If you ask the Navy, they will tell you that the commander in charge of the five bombers was hung over, the equipment malfunctioned, and he was fighting by landmarks. What caused the equipment to malfunction you might wonder. Why did they let him fly if he was hung-over? Why did the others follow if they thought he was going the wrong way? There are too many answers and not enough truth about the Bermuda Triangle. One can only believe that, yes, there is something strange happening in the Devils Triangle and no one has ever lived to tell the story. That alone tells a different story.
If the Navy feels that the planes flew into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean all those years ago, then why have they not used the newest technology we have today to go find those aircrafts and prove to everyone that there are no mystical powers in the Bermuda Triangle? Surely, someone could invent something that crawl the depths of the Bermuda Triangle to see what is down there or are they afraid of what might happen or what might not be found? Only those who disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle know for sure what happen and they cannot tell us.
The Legendary Land of Lyonesse
The lost land of Lyonesse is often mentioned in British and Cornish folklore. It joins other mysterious places such as Camelot and Avalon in King Arthur legends.
According to legend, Lyonesse once existed between the coasts of Cornwall and the Scillies. During the 16th century, an antiquarian named William Camden interviewed many Cornwall locals about their folklore beliefs. They often mentioned the “City of Lions”, and how they could sometimes hear the “ghostly bells” ringing out. It was said that only a man named Trevelyan escaped the sinking of Lyonesse by riding away on a white horse.
The legends say that Lyonesse sank to the bottom of the sea, just as Atlantis did. There have been field remains showing up at low tides along the Sampson Flats sands, which is between the islands of the Scillies. Could these alleged field remains be the lost land of Lyonesse? According to ancient Roman maps, the Isles of Scilly were all once linked together as a single island. Seven Stones Reef, which is located in the Scilly Isles, is said to have once been the capital of Lyonesse.
Lyonesse has been linked with Lothian, Scotland, as well as Leonais in Brittany, although neither of these places has ever “been lost to the sea”. According to the ancient Saxon Chronicle, Lyonesse was destroyed on November 11, 1099. The tale explains how the people, towns, and animals were taken by the sea. This date shouldn’t be taken too seriously though, as other versions of the tale date back to the 6th century.
Lyonesse plays a large part in many Arthurian legends. In some versions of the legend, King Arthur was born at Tintagel castle in Conrwall; in other tales, he was born in Lyonesse. In some tales, it was the ghost of Merlin who flooded Lyonesse. King Arthur and his fabled knights fled to Lyonesse to get away from the evil Mordred. They climbed to the highest peaks of the Scilly Isles while Merlin brought the tides in to sweep Mordred’s army away. It’s also been said that Sir Tristran’s uncle, King Mark, ruled over Lyonesse.
If the Isles of Scilly are all that remains of the Great Land of Lyonesse, can’t researchers search the waters surrounding The Scillies? Legends describe Lyonesse as being a “densely populated” area, containing many villages and churches. To this day some still claim to hear those church bells ringing from beneath the sea. So why then have no physical remains of the villages or churches ever been found?
Sometimes fishermen claim to pick up “old pieces of buildings” with their fishing nets, but unfortunately there’s no real, conclusive, scientific evidence. Despite that, people will continue being fascinated by tales of long, lost lands. We’ll perhaps never learn the truth of Atlantis, either, yet many people still believe in some of those legends.
A Terrifying Legend is Real?
The high rolling hills and deep valleys of the forested places of Kentucky are serenely beautiful, but these hills have long been rumored to be the dwelling of spirits and strange terrifying beasts.
The state gets it’s name from the Cherokee, Shawnee, Pawnee, and the other Native American dialect word of the tribes that lived in what would become the surrounding areas of what would become the states of Tennessee, Ohio, Missouri, and Virgina and West Virgina. Can-tuck or Kain-tuk-ke, means “Dark and Bloody Ground”. It was considered to be sacred ground. This was the land of restless spirits and strange creatures. One such creature was feared more than most by the native tribes, and the legends and tales of encounters with this terrifying beast still continue to this day.
The first close encounter with this creature was during a camping trip about 10 years ago. We were waken by our two friends who had pitched their tent several yards away from our van. They had been awakened by a terrifying, unearthly sounding howling that neither could really describe. They also heard the sounds of a great deal of snapping of what sounded like branches and other sounds of destruction. (My mate and I had not heard anything but we are very sound sleepers.) We all remained awake the rest of the night sitting in our van talking about this incident, waiting for morning to break. As soon as it got light enough to see by we went looking to see what we could find. We found an area of ground torn up and very large tree branches snapped from fairly high up on several trees. We also found what looked like really large foot prints of a bi-pedal creature that had some rather large claws extending from the toes. We all decided to make a quick breakfast and pack up. No one really wanted to stay another night in the area.
A few weeks later my mate and I were at another camping area and there was a large creek between us and a large expanse of forest when we had a more personal encounter with that horrible screaming howl. Fortunately we were in our van and that gave us some sense of protection, (but this thing sounded as though none of that would have really mattered if it really wanted to get at us.) The sound this creature made is very hard to describe. Over the years both of us have heard panther, bobcat, bear, deer, and a host of other indigenous creatures, but NEVER anything like this! This was like a howl, moan, screech and scream all rolled together. Nothing in nature should be able to sound like that.
The next day we crossed the foot bridge over the creek and saw an amazing amount of destruction. Trees up to 5 inches in diameter had been snapped off about 2-3 feet up the trunk and the picnic table in the area had been smashed in to bits. There were some very deeply scored claw marks on the trunks of some of the trees. Something sure seemed to have been angry.
Over the years other people we have met and known have come forward with tales and descriptions of encounters with a creature that left them utterly terrified. The old legends of the native tribes have of this creature say that it is a demon of sort. The descriptions in the old legends, and more recent encounters, says that this beast walks on two legs like a man and stands around 7 feet tall. It is covered in shaggy grey-white fur and has large, dead black eyes, sometimes also described has having a red glow. It has long vicious looking claws on the ends of very long fingered hands and a mouth full of teeth that look quite capable of rending flesh. One of the names given by the Cherokee people for this thing was the Ewah, or “Soul Stealer”.
Whatever this thing is, one thing is for certain, something dark and truly terrifying roams the Appalachian hills of Eastern Kentucky.
The Kensington Runestone
“8 Goths and 22 Norwegians on exploration journey from Vinland over the west. We camp by 2 skerries one day journey from this stone.
The history of the Kensington Runestone, which is 16 inches wide and 31 inches high weighs 202 pounds and is six inches thick, fascinates historians and caught the attention of a Wisconsin university student Hjalmer Holand. He deciphered the writing on the stone, which reads:
We were and fished one day. After we came home, 10 men red with blood and tortured. Hail Virgin Mary, save from evil. Have 10 men by the sea to look after our ship, 14-day journeys from this island year 1362.
The stone was unearthed in 1898 by Olof Ohman, whose ten year old son Edward found the rock slab as his father was clearing land to make level ground on a hill top two and half miles from Kensington. The Historical Society of Minnesota had the stone authenticated by five scholars.
Other evidence found were the triangular holes in rock ledges where boats were anchored with pins, which is conclusive with how the Vikings secured their boats and is still practiced in Norway. Early settlers and the Indians of Minnesota didn’t use these types of holes for securing boat. Norse instruments from 1362 were found and said to be identical to the tools used by the Norwegians.
Another stone that was found in 1783 by the North Dakota city of Minot may have been another message from the Vikings. The Verendrye Runestone was taken to Canada, then to France where it disappeared. The Historical Society of Minnesota offered a reward of $1,000 for its return, without any success. Many believe that this may have been another message from the Vikings that also carved the Kensington Runestone.
Those that study the Vikings and their exploration of the Minnesota area, feel that the Vikings taught the Mandan blued-eyed Indians about Christianity. The Indians lived in buildings of Norwegian design. It is said that the Vikings for some reason, may have had problems returning to the boat to travel back to Europe and settled in with the Mandan Indians.
Controversy over the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone that would predate the arrival of Columbus leaves people wondering about the stone. The controversy is warranted as some say, but those that have studied the stone and the instruments from around the same area suggest that it was indeed the Vikings, not Columbus that took their first steps on the soils of Minnesota.
The Kensington Runestone changes history as it is taught in schools. It may be that the Vikings that discovered America and not Columbus. Until the Verendrye Runestone is found, no one may ever know for sure. Since no can explain how the blue-eyed Mandan Indians learned about Christianity before the arrival of Columbus, the logical conclusion would be that they learned from the Vikings. Their way of building must have come the Vikings as well. How else could they have built buildings of Norwegian design?
Skinwalker Ranch, also known as Sherman Ranch, has been the sight of many paranormal experiences
that have been reported by people who have both lived and visited this Utah based property. The name Skinwalker comes from local folklore, which is the tale of a supernatural creature who can take the shape of both a man and an animal. Some of the strange occurrences at this location include crop circles, glowing orbs, bigfoot-type creatures, poltergeist activity, and even UFO’s. This ranch, located on the border of the Ute Indian Reservation in west Uintah County, has been popularly known as “UFO Ranch” due to the odd events that have reportedly taken place here for more than half a century.
Some of the disturbing things that have been said to occurred here are the mutilation and vanishing of cattle, animals that have piercing yellow eyes that don’t seem to be harmed by guns, and unidentified orbs and flying objects. The most reported type of anomaly seen at the ranch is something described as “The Spotlight”. This is a beam of light that reportedly hovers around 8 feet above the ground and is similar to a motorcycle headlight. It usually lasts anywhere from 10 seconds to 15 minutes, and at times has been seen with a red tail light in the background. It sometimes beams right on a witness, and at other times seems to ignore them. It has also been reported to be interactive at times.
Another mystery of the ranch includes what is known as a “mini stealth”. This appears to be a mini version of a stealth fighter, reported to be about six feet wide with a length of about eight feet. It has been reported by witnesses to fly around 500 feet overhead and usually is moving across the ranch from south to north. It is a black aircraft that can only be seen for about 5 to 10 seconds due to the high rate of speed it is traveling at.
Sightings of the “bullet-proof wolf” have also been reported not only by witnesses, but also two researchers who were working on the ranch as well. The researchers reported that the wolf actually manifested itself from another anomaly associated with the ranch, the “Flash Drones”, which are pulsating, spherical balls of light that hover in silence. The wolf does not exude the personality of a normal wolf, as it is known to approach to within ten feet of the witness. It also is said to have yellow eyes and an abnormally long and bushy tail.
There are also reports about an “orange football”. This approximately 15x10 orange glowing plasma ball is said to have the shape of a football with red tendrils around the edges. It usually hangs around for about 5 minutes and seems curious about those that have witnessed it. Several past investigators have also reported hearing the voice of a little girl around the ranch. The voice is reported to be so low that witnesses can not figure out if the girl is speaking English or some other language.
Other reported anomalies include the “Invisible Chopper”, which can only be heard but not seen, and what are known as “The Controllers”, which is the voice of two men speaking in an unknown language that is usually heard by witnesses after hearing the chopper fly over. There have also been reports of what is known as “The Portal”, which is a very bright flash of light that is rumored to emit creatures and beings from other dimensions, as well as act as a portal for vehicles to pass through.
Legend of Morrow Road
Located in Clay Township, Michigan, old Morrow Road is famous for a horrifying reason.The story goes that a mother and child went missing from their home on this road sometime in the late 1800’s. The little boy disappeared into thin air and shortly after, the mother also vanished. It is believed she died a terrifying death while searching for her son. Locals say the ghostly figure of a mother can still be seen wandering old Morrow Road to this day.
The rural road spans 2.5 miles and, until recently, was all dirt until half of it was paved over as citizens relocated to the area. In the last 200 years that this legend has survived, several different versions have come together to create one startling likeness between them. Each version differs only slightly:
- A kidnapper was involved, ripping the young boy from his mother’s arms.
- A momentarily distracted mother makes the realization that her son has drowned and upon finding his lifeless body, she becomes distraught and takes her own life.
- A home invasion — their old farm house was robbed and they were the only two victims.
- A fire, maybe an out-of-control bonfire took hold of the boy and claimed his life. The mother last saw him near the fire and came to this conclusion. She herself succumbing to the flames after making this terrible realization.
- A freezing, stormy night may have captured the boy as he wandered away from home. As the mother searches, she also succumbs to the blistering cold.
- A murderer on the loose takes hold of the boy, ending his life. The mother meets the same demise while searching for her lost son.
- The mother gives birth out of wedlock and due to the shame she felt (in the late 1800’s), she abandons her child outdoors. However, her guilt overcomes her and when she returns to fetch her child, he is gone and her endless search begins.
As locals and tourists alike drive up and down the old rural road they have reported actually hearing the mother screaming out for help in the fruitless search for her child. Many of these people independently report the ghostly woman to be wearing the same blue nightgown. Orbs have been spotted floating in the woods nearby; many people believe this type of phenomenon to be the energy of a spirit.
One must wonder how this legend has survived generation after generation, all the while gaining so much popularity that it has captured the attention of people across the country. Something is acting to perpetuate the life of the legend and it doesn’t seem to be slowing as time goes on. Could it be the repeated sightings or audible recognitions of a ghostly mother crying out in pain? How is it that complete strangers have recognized this woman always wearing and shouting the same things? Some may say it is coincidence or possibly bored teenagers on a Friday night; the thing to consider is the length of time this legend has continued to scare young and old alike. Over two centuries of torturing those who dare to take a drive on old Morrow Road, just to see what they can find.
The Grinning Man – A Cryptoid Or Just an Urban Legend?
The Grinning Man is a name given to a mysterious creature that has been reported in various areas over the last century.
He is believed to either be an alien or some other type of unknown creature. If nothing else, he is very creepy and all the witness accounts describe him as being very strange. Everyone who has seen him will never forget him or what he looks like. Nobody knows if there is just one Grinning Man or many, or if the whole thing is just an urban legend.
One account of the Grinning Man happened in October 1966. Two boys in NJ were walking along Fourth Street, and when they reached a corner parallel to the NJ Turnpike, one of the boys, James Yanchitis, could see a strange figure standing on the other side of a fence. He nudged his friend, Marvin Munoz, who then noticed the man too. They both describe the man as being “a really big man with a big old grin”. Allegedly, another resident in the neighborhood claimed to have been “chased by a tall green man” down that very same street.
John A. Keel, a well-known paranormal investigator and author of “The Mothman Prophecies”, visited the boys a few days later to speak to them about their incident. He interviewed each boy separately and they both gave the same exact story. The man, they claimed was more than six feet tall and was dressed in a green coverall costume. The costume even appeared to be shimmering in the street lights. There was a black belt around his waist. Neither boy noticed any hair, nose, or ears on the man, just two, beady eyes and a really big grin.
There were other, similar reports of such a strange man in other parts of the country, including on in Parkersburg, WV, which is about 40 miles away from where the mothman sightings took place. In Nov. 1966, Woodrow Derenberger was driving home in his truck when he heard a crash. Out of nowhere, a vehicle came zooming up behind him and quickly passed him up. After passing him up, the vehicle slowed down and stopped, blocking the road. The witness noticed that it was the strangest vehicle he had ever seen, and described it as looking like a “kerosene lamp chimney”. It apparently was flaring at each end, and the ends were narrow. The vehicle had a large bulge in the center.
All of a sudden, a strange, tall man stepped out. He was described as being “really tall and tanned”. Derenberger claimed that the man had a “gleaming green” outfit on, similar to what the boys in NJ noted. The Grinning Man alleged communicated with Derenberger telepathically and asked him strange questions about UFO sightings in the area. The entity then, telepathically, revealed his name to be “Indrid Cold”.
There have been other reports of a strange, grinning man, including on in Point Pleasant, WV, where the mothman sightings took place. Nobody knows for sure who—-or what—-this strange man was, or why he was here. Of course, he could just be an urban legend. Or, he could’ve just been an ordinary, albeit strange man. There haven’t been any more reported sightings of him as of late. Whenever he had been around in the past, there were usually UFO sightings or crypto sightings such as Mothman. He couldn’t be associated with the Men in Black, since he supposedly wears a shimmering green outfit.
Mysteries of Chupacabra
While the legends of some cryptids extend back centuries, others are relative newcomers to human experience and sightings.
The first officially reported sighting of this strange beast was in Puerto Rico in 1995. In the midst of a rash of animal deaths to small livestock, Madeleine Tolentino and some friends saw what they described as a being about four feet tall with a large head that had a lipless mouth, fangs and large red eyes. They said the beast had kangaroo-like hind legs, short clawed arms and webbed wings like a bat.
Just a few weeks before this, a number of sheep had been found with only a few puncture wounds to their necks but totally drained of blood. The multitude of animal deaths in the town of Canovanas also displayed small wounds and an absence of blood in the bodies. These deaths, usually occurring among chickens, dogs, pigs, sheep, goats and other small animals was very similar to a number of events that took place around the city of Moca twenty years earlier. At the time it was blamed on a vampire but the sightings of the creature responsible had the beast confirmed and named “El Chupacabras” the goatsucker.
Soon reports of blood-drained animal deaths spread to Mexico and then south from Central to South America and up into the United States, especially the southern regions. Along with the increased numbers of exsanguinated farm animals, fear of this strange and ghastly looking creature spread among the population, especially among rural farm communities.
New witnesses added to the general look of the bipedal, lizardlike creature reported from Puerto Rico. A line of sharp quills down the back of the beast was reported. Others said that chupacabra had a forked tongue. Finally there were reports of a more dog-like looking creature being seen running from the area of blood-drained corpses. The only good news was that chupacabra confined its depredations to farm animals. There are no reports of the beast attacking or killing humans.
There have been several bodies brought in for scientists to examine. Several of these bodies were discovered in Texas. DNA analysis has stated the beasts in question were mange ridden grey foxes and mutated coyotes. One body, provided by Reggie Lagow of Coleman, Texas, was described by him as being a mix of hairless dog, rat and kangaroo. He gave the body to Texas Parks and Wildlife officers for identification but it swiftly disappeared without a further trace.
Speculations on the actuality and origins of chupacabra are many. There are those who insist this blood drinking creature is an extraterrestrial beast that has been let loose on our planet. Some conspiracy theorists claim it must be the result of genetic experiments gone wrong and escaped from secret government labs. Whatever the truth behind the legend of the chupacabra, none seem to have ever been photographed alive. For the most part the bodies that have been found have been identified as mundane, if abnormal, creatures. As a contemporary legend, the belief in chupacabra has grown to worldwide proportions and is not slowing down for lack of proof.