Friday, April 17, 2015

Shaggy Men & Strange Lights

Some researchers get really worked up about the idea of Bigfoot sightings that occur at the same time as UFO reports, but ignoring the reports because they don’t fit one’s paradigm doesn’t make them go away.  It’s important to look at these accounts and determine if an area of high weirdness offers more clues as to what we’re really dealing with.  Often some areas have a concentration of various kinds of strange activity, becoming “hotspots” only for a brief period.

It’s hard to predict where a hotspot of paranormal activity will occur, but it’s doubtful that the people of rural, northwest Wisconsin expected their area to become such a focus in the early 1970s.  In fact, most were left completely puzzled over their experiences and never felt like they received any answers.
Take the Bakers for instance.

In the fall of 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Art Baker of Trade Lake, WI, were traveling along a county road when a strange incident occurred.
According to the Inter-County Leader:

“As they drove, their car suddenly stopped for no apparent reason.  A huge ball of bluish light surrounded the vehicle for a minute or so, but there was no sound nor sight of anything other than the strange light.  The dog in the car with them became ‘stiff as a board,’ they reported.”
Before the Bakers could even recover from their surprise at the weird light, it left.  The car engine suddenly restarted itself and the vehicle continued moving down the road.  But the encounter wasn’t over.  A short distance down the road, the light suddenly returned and the events repeated themselves, with the car shutting down automatically.  Once the light departed the second time, the Bakers stopped at the next crossing and got out of the car.  They both felt very odd and their dog looked bewildered, shaking himself as if coming out of a trance.

Mrs. Baker discovered a spot that appeared to be a bruise in the middle of her forehead which remained for a week.  Furthermore, the Baker’s found that their car engine was producing a strange sound after the incidents.  Mechanics were unable to locate the source of the sound and the Baker’s soon traded the car in.
A lot of strange lights were reported in the area during this period.  A Mrs. Delbert Melin said that she observed a lighted object that landed in a field.  Being alone, she chose not to investigate further. 

Just before Christmas, Gunnard Linder of Frederic reported a large, slow-blinking red light over the treetops.  His dogs grew excited and barked up at the object.  Linder watched the object until it dipped down below the tree line and vanished.
Strange lights weren’t the only thing being reported in the region though.  Jerry Strese was driving to work one morning before sunrise when a large, hairy creature ran across the road in front of his vehicle.  Driving south from Sullivan’s Corner, Strese spotted a bipedal creature emerging from a swampy area close to highway 48.  The creature was covered in fur and ran across the road very quickly in a hunched over position.

Strese reported that the creature’s fur was light in color but that otherwise the body was manlike.
Other people in the area had reported sightings of shaggy men with long hair and long beards.  While some believed that the sightings may have just been hippies transiting through the area, others insisted that the figures were human like, but not human at all, being completely covered in fur.

Frederic seemed to be a focal point of much of the activity, with numerous reports of weird bipedal creatures and strange lights in the sky, but a lot of locations around Wisconsin have seen unexplained events.  Perhaps the whole state is a hotspot!

Thursday, April 16, 2015


I’m frequently asked about accounts of black eyed people that predate the Brian Bethel report.  More and more early accounts continue to surface has researchers digging through old publications and material find relevant connections.  As I’ve pointed out on numerous occasions, it’s the common term “BEK” that is new, and not the black eyed phenomena itself. Now in fact, more people are starting to use the term BEPs (black eyed people) since there are more accounts surfacing of adults with creepy black eyes.  It seems there are plenty of cases of black eyed beings through history, especially in UFO and demonic related lore.

Here are a couple of cases recently brought to my attention.  Thanks to researchers Albert Rosales and Jamie Brian for tips on these cases.

The first case comes from author and UFO researcher Craig R. Lang:

1994, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Janice and a friend were browsing at the local huge mega shopping center "Mall of the Americas" and Janice had stopped to look at a kiosk in a well-traveled area.  Janice looked up from the kiosk to suddenly notice a strange couple standing in front of them.  The couple had features that suggested a racial origin not familiar to her.  She also noted that the eyes seemed to be solid black. Janice has a rather high degree of psychic sensitivity, and she felt a powerful sense of fear that seemed to emanate from these strangers.  It was a sense that Janice could only describe as being "behind enemy lines."  This strange couple simply stood there for a few seconds, apparently observing them.  Janice brought them to her friend's attention, but her friend did not seem to sense the same strangeness about them.  The mysterious couple then walked away, melting into the crows.  Two more times that day, while still at the mall, Janice noted them.  She sensed that the strangers seemed to be observing them.  Then the strangers would again melt away into the crowd and disappear.  Once Janice and her friend had left the mall, they no longer encountered these strangers, and have not seen them since.
Source: Lang, Human Aliens--Close Encounters of the Third Kind in Our Every Day World Type: E
Iconic researcher and author John Keel mentions a case involving a black eyed man in his book, "Operation Trojan Horse."  The book was originally published in 1970 under the title "UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse."  The case involves an Italian contactee named Luciano Galli:
Signore Galli left his home after lunch on July 7, 1957, and was headed back to his plant when a black Fiat pulled up and a tall, dark-skinned man with piercing jet-black eyes spoke to him.
"Do you remember me?" the man asked.  Galli had seen the man before on the streets of Rome and, for some reason, had felt like speaking to him, but he had disappeared into the crowds.
"I remember you," Galli replied.
"Would you like to come with us?" the man asked.
"Where to?"
"Have confidence," the man smiled.  "Nothing will happen to you."
Keel goes on to relate further details about Galli and his purported experience on board a classic flying saucer.  1957 was a big year for contactee reports with countless tales of meetings with space beings and rides aboard flying saucers.  Galli was adamant that his account was true and later stated:

“I don’t care what anybody says, the story is true.  You can believe it if you wish.”

Craig R. Lang's website can be found here:

Anomalist books recently reprinted Keels’ Operation Trojan Horse, it can be ordered directly through their website:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Demonic Factor

This week, the Vatican endorsed, annual “Course on Exorcism and Prayers of Liberation” is taking place in Rome, Italy.

The course, now in its tenth year, is sponsored by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, the church department that oversees matters involving priests.  The course is designed to bring greater awareness to the topics of exorcism and possession through the lens of Catholic belief.  Specifically, the course hopes to help priest and interested parties recognize the difference between medical and psychological conditions, and what the church considers actual demonic possession.
To that end, the week of lectures include topics such as:

Psychological dimensions
Criminological dimensions
Social dimensions of Satanism
Legal dimensions and the Ministry of an Exorcist.

There’s much more being covered, but it’s clear that the congress is serious about approaching the idea of possession and exorcism from as many directions as it can within the scope of its traditions.
There’s a lot of interest in the course this year, but much of that can be attributed to the fact that numerous reports claim that the church is increasing the number of trained exorcist among its clergy.

Officially, the Vatican states that genuine demonic possessions are rare.  However, recently, Pope Francis urged dioceses to ensure that they follow Catholic law and maintain at least one properly trained exorcist.
Some take this as a mixed message, but the current pope has made no secret of the fact that he believes that the devil actually exists and is not a myth.  In fact, his frequent comments have led to what some call the “Pope Francis effect,” leading to more attention on possessions, exorcisms and a focus on older church concepts of the devil and evil.

Swiss exorcist, Father Cesare Truqui told “The Independent” that the course was important for priest as well as laypeople because it hones awareness of what signs to look for.  Additionally, he reported that dioceses in Italy and beyond have been experiencing a surge in reports of the symptoms of possession.  Father Cesare himself reports that he has witnessed sings of possession including people speaking in tongues and displaying inhuman strength including one “small woman, who could not be pinned down by three strong men.”
In 2012, news emerged that the diocese of Milan, the largest in the world, had installed an “exorcism hotline” to manage the large number of possession related reports coming in.  Milan’s chief exorcist, Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, increased the number of trained exorcist in his diocese from six to twelve, stating that the number of calls for help dealing with the demonic had increased 100 percent over the last 15 years.

The diocese of Rome also recently doubled its team of resident exorcists from five to ten and reports that a full third of phone calls they receive relate to request for exorcisms.
While the church remains adamant that only officially trained Catholic priests may perform exorcisms, plenty of other religious and spiritual traditions carry out the practice.  They too report a growing number of people describing problems with what they believe to be demonic activity.

It’s interesting to consider the church’s comments regarding the rise of possession related cases in conjunction with the general rise in reports of paranormal incidents over the last ten to fifteen years.  While those who are more devout in their religious beliefs may report strange activity as possibly demonic, others may simply believe that the activity is the result of ghosts or other active spirits that are not evil.  Of note though, are the growing numbers of people who do not identify themselves has strongly religious, yet still equate paranormal activity to something demonic.
The barrage of demon related topics in popular entertainment is likely a factor too.  Over 40 years ago, when the Exorcist hit the movie screens, reports of possession rose dramatically.  In recent years, possession has been a popular subject of horror movies and television shows.  But is media influence the sole reason for the increase of reports?

Many religious groups blame the increase on the rise of interest in occult topics which, it claims, opens a door to the demonic.  Paranormal investigators site a wide range of factors that could be causing the increase, including everything from people wanting attention, to the modern level of comfort in opening up about strange activity.
Whether an investigator believes in the demonic or not, it certainly must be considered a factor when approaching cases.  It’s important to determine if the person reporting the activity believes they are dealing with something demonic due to their religious background, or, due to undue influence from the mainstream media.

Either way, the current increase of incidents of paranormal activity are not likely to fade away any time soon, so we can expect further demonic related reports.  Whether it’s due to media influence, or whether something darker and more sinister is at work, only time and further research will tell.



Monday, April 13, 2015

Northeast Lecture Tour Updates

Some folks in the Northeast are hosting me for a short lecture tour this spring.  I’ll be giving presentations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. 
Seating will be limited and each lecture will end with a Q&A session. 
Locations and dates are being secured now, so if you’re interested, be sure to get on the list.

To reserve your spot, send an email at:


The Baltimore lecture has sold out and there are only two spots remaining for the Philadelphia lecture.  Still a few seats left in D.C.  So if you have any interest, let the organizers know while there's still space.  Email link is above.  To clarify, there will not be any tickets available at the door, these lectures are pre-reservation only.  Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Fate Radio

Had a great time tonight as a guest with one of my favorite show hosts, Chase Kloetzke on Fate Magazine Radio.

Fate magazine was a big influence for me from the time I discovered it in the 1970s.  The publication has been around since the 1940s and over the decades it has covered an amazing range of strange and paranormal topics.  I'm happy to see that the current publisher, Phyllis Galde has continued the magazine's fine traditions and has also expanded Fate's reach with this program on the KGRA network.

It was a quick hour, but Chase and I managed to touch on the djinn, shadow people, tulpas and a number of other topics relevant to the paranormal. 

Catch the show in the archives if you missed it, and be sure to check out previous shows, they're well worth your time.  Chase asks probing questions that go beyond the basics, and as a serious field researcher herself, she avoids the fluff and gets serious.

Check out the links below for show archives, and for Fate's main website to keep up on current news or to subscribe.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

French Encounter 1974

During my recent appearance on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, I spoke about a bizarre humanoid encounter from France that occurred in 1974.

I’m currently pursuing some further details on the incident so hopefully more will be uncovered.
The original researchers on the case were French investigators Joel Mesnard and Jean Marie Bigorne.  Thanks to researcher Albert Rosales for bringing the case to my attention.

The incident occurred in the fall of 1974 in an unnamed village in Aisne, France.  Aisne is in the north of France in the Picardy region. 
Two men, listed as Alain G. and Patrick V. decided to take a leisurely drive and enjoy the autumn day.  It was about three pm when they left.  As they approached the town limits, they decided to turn around and take a different route.

The driver, Patrick, stopped in front of the last house in the village in order to turn around and change their course.  The house was on the driver’s right and when the men stopped in front of the dwelling, they couldn’t believe what they saw.
In the courtyard of the home were five strange figures.  Three of the beings were in the background and to the left.  The fourth was walking slowly in front of the home, touching the sides of the building with both hands.  The fifth stood in the middle of the courtyard facing the car.  Alain, the passenger, opened his window and found himself a few meters from the strange entity.  He reports that his blood ran cold when faced with the being.

The appearance of the five characters was as strange as their behavior.  They were all around 1.30 meters tall (just over 4 feet).  They were all dressed alike with long garments that almost reached the ground.  These garments were decorated with multicolored spots.  The beings themselves had earthy yellow skin and long hair that fell down their backs and to their waist.  Their noses were compressed inwards, and their eyes were described as enormous, solid black hemispheres, the size of billiard balls.

Time seemed to freeze as the two men stared at the weird beings.  The entity closest to the vehicle raised an arm and gestured to the two men, indicating that they should “come here.”  This was enough to push the men over the edge.  Alain started shouting at his friend to get them away.  Patrick put the car in reverse, backed up and made a turn, getting away from the location as quickly as possible.
Gathering some other people, the two men returned to the location a bit later but the beings had vanished and everything seemed normal.

Eight months later, an investigator finally made it to the scene and spoke with nearby residents.  Interestingly, he found a neighbor who had noticed the beings on the road in front of the home.  He reported that he thought the beings he saw were “children dressed in yellow oilcloth.” 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Northeast Lectures

Some folks in the Northeast are hosting me for a short lecture tour this spring.  I’ll be giving presentations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. 
Seating will be limited and each lecture will end with a Q&A session. 
Locations and dates are being secured now, so if you’re interested, be sure to get on the list.

To reserve your spot, send an email at:


The Baltimore lecture has sold out and there are only three spots remaining for the Philadelphia lecture.  Still a few seats left in D.C.  So if you have any interest, let the organizers know while there's still space.  Email link is above.  Looking forward to seeing you there.