Thursday, September 20, 2018

A New Paradigm: Awash in Shootings

One of those "experts" on CNN on Thursday, September 20, 2018, talking about the latest shooting, this one in Maryland, said that we are dealing with a "new paradigm."

This paradigm, of course, is that we are use to mass shootings on almost a daily basis. Needless to say, you heard about this paradigm shift beginning long ago, in books like The Copycat Effect (Simon and Schuster, 2004).

Middletown, Wisconsin

The remarkable coincidence is that on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, a shooting that took place was at a software office in Middleton, Wisconsin named "WTS Paradigm." Four employees were shoot and the gunman, an employee, was killed.

Masontown, Pennsylvania

Elsewhere, four people including a police officer were shot after a man opened fire Wednesday, September 19, 2018, in the lobby of municipal building near a judge's office in Masontown, Pennsylvania. The suspected gunman was also shot and killed by an officer at the scene. The suspect had a protection of abuse order against him in regards to a domestic violence case. 

The suspected gunman walked into the lobby and opened fire, blowing out the entrance to the courtroom. He then walked into the courtroom, which had 60 people in it.

Bellingham, Pennsylvania

The next mass shooting began on September 19, 2018, and ended during the early morning of September 20, 2018. 

Bruce Rogal, 59, of Glenmore in Chester County, Pennsylvania, was upset that his ex-wife had been awarded their home in their divorce on September 19th. Rogal first went to the house the two shared in West Bradford Township at 5:45 p.m. and shot at his ex-wife six times as she changed the oil in a car in her driveway. The ex-wife ran down the block, dodging at least five bullets.

Rogal then drove to his parents' Bellingham Senior Living Center on East Boot Road, in nearby East Goshen Township at 6:15 p.m. and shot them dead, police said. William and Nancy Rogal were both in their late 80s.

State police began to pursue Rogal around 1 a.m. Thursday after he drove along Strasburg Road, near the Pennsylvania State Police barracks. The police pursued him for about 3-1/2 miles into the neighborhood where Rogal's ex-wife lives.

Rogal crashed into his ex's home, then exchanged gunfire with the troopers. It was unclear if Rogal shot himself or was shot by police. First aid was rendered on the scene but Rogal was dead. No troopers were hurt.

Aberdeen, Maryland

On September 20, 2018, three people at a Rite Aid distribution center were killed by a female suspect in Aberdeen, Harford, Maryland, United States. The shooting occurred 30 miles northeast of Baltimore. 

Deputies responded to reports of shots fired at 9:09 am EDT. Officers reportedly never discharged their weapons while responding to the scene. Agents from the Baltimore offices of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI responded to the scene. The suspected shooter was admitted to the hospital, and officials did not immediately identify the suspect.

Name Game

These incidents set up some intriguing syncs and links.

"Paradigm" in Middletown. To Masontown to Bellingham.

To Aberdeen ~> Scotland / Rite Aid.

Zapped by Aberdeen's gases

The American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) is directly associated with Aberdeen, Maryland.

His family moved often because his father, a chemist and mathematician, worked in the defense industry. After a time in Florida in the 1940s, the family returned to Maryland, where Zappa's father worked at the Edgewood Arsenal chemical warfare facility of the Aberdeen Proving Ground. Due to their home's proximity to the arsenal, which stored mustard gas, gas masks were kept in the home in case of an accident. This had a profound effect on Zappa, and references to germs, germ warfare and the defense industry occur throughout his work.
Zappa was often sick as a child, suffering from asthma, earaches and sinus problems. A doctor treated his sinusitis by inserting a pellet of radium into each of Zappa's nostrils. At the time, little was known about the potential dangers of even small amounts of therapeutic radiation, and although it has since been claimed that nasal radium treatment has causal connections to cancer, no studies have provided significant enough evidence to confirm this.
Nasal imagery and references appear in his music and lyrics, as well as in the collage album covers created by his long-time collaborator Cal Schenkel. Zappa believed his childhood diseases might have been due to exposure to mustard gas, released by the nearby chemical warfare facility. Source.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Medici: First Cape Cod Shark Fatality Since 1936

A 26-year-old man Arthur Medici of Revere died after being attacked by a shark in the waters off Cape Cod on September 15, 2018, Saturday afternoon, Massachusetts State Police said. Medici was born and raised in Brazil and came to the United States two years ago to go to college.

"He was a Medici. The House of Medici ruled FLORENCE, Italy in the 15th century. Sync to Hurricane Florence." ~ Sibyl Hunter

Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici, founder of the Medici bank.

Joe Booth, a local fisherman and surfer, said he was on shore at Wellfleet beach and saw Medici and his friend boogie boarding when the attack happened.

He said he saw Medici aggressively kick something behind him and a flicker of a tail from the water. Booth realized what was happening when the friend came ashore dragging his injured friend.

"I was that guy on the beach screaming, 'Shark, shark!" Booth said. "It was like right out of that movie Jaws. This has turned into Amity Island real quick out here."

The successful shark movie, The Meg, was playing in theaters in mid-September 2018.

Booth said others on the beach attempted to make a tourniquet while others frantically called 911.

Medici succumbed to his injuries shortly after the attack and was pronounced dead at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, according to Wellfleet Police.

The incident occurred shortly after 12 p.m. ET, approximately 300 yards south of Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet, making it the most recent fatal shark attack in the state since 1936.

This is the second recent attack in the area after Dr. William Lytton, 61, from New York, was left injured on August 15, 2018, after encountering a shark at Truro beach. This attack  was the first fatality in the U.S. since 2015.

According to the International Shark Attack File (ISAF) at the Florida Museum, there were 53 reported incidents of alleged shark-human interactions in the U.S in 2017, which is a slight decline from the 2016's number of 56 cases. There were no fatalities either year.

Florida has the most reported number of unprovoked shark attacks with 31, with South Carolina coming in second with 10 cases, and Massachusetts tied at fifth place with only one fatality in 2018.

While shark attacks have been on the increase due to a combination of an increase in population and the popularity of water sports, for the Cape Cod area, this increase in attacks is new.

"Shark attacks don't happen as often, there has only just been a recent rise in incidents," Chris Hargrove, a special officer for Cape Cod National Seashore told NBC News. "There are more sharks because of the human population and because of the seal population, [which are] the main food source for great white sharks."

Local police have yet to confirm the type of shark involved in Saturday's incident.

The shark that attacked the man off Truro, Massachusetts on August 15, 2018, is thought to have been a great white shark. This theory was reinforced by footage of a great white mauling and eating a seal near there a day afterward.

The Cape Cod Times is noting that the death of Medici is believed to have been caused by a great white shark.

Friday, September 14, 2018


Alessandra Biaggi, a progressive first time candidate, won the Democratic nomination for the New York State Senate in District 34 in New York City, beating a 13-year incumbent on September 13, 2018.

Biaggi entered politics with an internship for Representative Joseph Crowley (D-NY). She went on to work at the Kings County D.A.’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of NY, the Presidential Succession Clinic at the John D. Feerick Center for Social Justice as an editor, and the NYS Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery as Assistant General Counsel.

In early 2015, Biaggi was offered a position on the vetting team of the Hillary Clinton campaign. On April 1, 2015, her official title on the campaign became Deputy National Operations Director. 

On Thursday, September 13th, Alessandra Biaggi's, as the New York Times noted, "high-profile casualty was Senator Jeffrey D. Klein of the Bronx, the former head of the I.D.C. In that role, he was for years one of Albany’s most powerful players, sharing leadership of the chamber with his counterparts in the Republican conference and participating in the state’s secretive budget negotiations."

As her Key Wiki page quietly mentions: "Alessandra Biaggi's grandfather was Representative Mario Biaggi of New York."

Her father's father is former Congressman Mario Biaggi, who died at the age of 97. The date he passed away - June 24 - in 2015 - is one of the most significant in ufological history. It is the date that marks the beginning of the "modern era of flying saucers," June 24, 1947.

Mario Biaggi was involved in the "UFO disclosure" movement, and was once pictured on the cover of Ideal's UFO MAGAZINE, December 1978, Number 4. Within the periodical, there appeared the following, "Interview: Mario Biaggi 'There Is A UFO Cover-Up By The Government.'" 

On the cover, an image of Biaggi was shown with President Jimmy Carter.

Mario Biaggi (October 26, 1917 – June 24, 2015) was a U.S. Representative from New York (serving from 1969 to 1988) and former New York City police officer. He was elected as a Democrat from The Bronx in New York City. In 1987 and 1988, he was convicted in two separate corruption trials, and he resigned from Congress in 1988. Was he driven from office because he knew too much?

What surprises are in store for the electorate from Alessandra Biaggi? Stay tuned.


For a complete list of those who might be associated with the UFO field who died on June 24ths, see here

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ohio's Sasquatch Triangle

Ten years ago, on June 18, 2008, Don Keating, the head of the Eastern Ohio Bigfoot Investigation Center, appeared on MonsterQuest to detail his investigations of local sightings. The creatures were known as the Ohio Grassman and where they lived was called the Sasquatch Triangle.

The Sasquatch Triangle of Ohio is a well-established research area of Bigfoot sightings, although some investigators may disagree on the exact borders of the "triangle."

As Guy Edwards notes in his Bigfoot Lunch Club, January 28, 2012: "This triangle, including sections of Tuscarawas, Guernsey, Muskingum and Coshocton counties, is home to the most frequent Bigfoot sightings in the state."

Don Keating is generally given credit for coining the word, although you will find internet mention of a "newspaper" having come up with the term in 1987. I find this a misunderstanding of the stories that began to appear about Keating's search groups.

For example, in the following article published on April 19, 1987, in the Dover Times Reporter, Dover, Ohio, the content centers on Don Keating and his associates.

Below, on the right is Donald Keating, who first published in 1987, The Sasquatch Triangle, about this specific area in Ohio. Keating began the concept of large Bigfoot conferences in Newcomerstown, Ohio; they evolved into the Ohio Bigfoot Conference today run by Marc DeWerth.

In 2001, Keating self-published his The Sasquatch Triangle Revisited, a revised edition of his original work.

When Finding Bigfoot broadcast their episode on Sunday, January 29, 2012, about the Sasquatch Triangle and Ohio Grassmen, they focused on local hunter Tim Stover.

In recent years, Don Keating is known and respected in East-Central Ohio, as a television weatherman. 

Sometimes you do need a weatherperson to know which way the wind blows...


About other "Triangles":

See also "Top Ten American 'Bridgewater Triangles'" in Twilight Language, August 30, 2015. 

I first wrote about the “Bridgewater Triangle” in Boston Magazine in 1980, and in my book Mysterious America in 1983. Vincent Gaddis coined the name “Bermuda Triangle” in Argosy, February 1964. There is some thought that Ivan T. Sanderson worked with Gaddis on the concept from the beginning.

Sanderson died February 19, 1973, at 62. Gaddis died February 25, 1997, at 83. Keating and Coleman, needless to say, are still alive and active.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Ancient Indian Mound Marks Fountain Square Shooting

An early incorrect report said the police had detained a suspect in a shooting Thursday, September 6, 2018, at a Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati's Fountain Square, a police dispatcher said. Details of the multiple shooting were not immediately available, but the dispatcher said the situation is no longer active, and a suspect was in custody. But the gunman was not in custody.

The Shooting

At 9:11 am local time, a white male in a business suit with a handgun began shooting individuals at the 5th 3rd Center Tower's loading dock and what was first said to be in the bank's lobby. Instead, individuals were shot in a familiar Cincinnati ice cream parlor, Graeter's Fountain Square.

Several people were transported to the hospital. The suspect was deceased. Additionally, three of the five injured were dead.

The gunman turns out not to be "white," per se, but probably Latino. His name is Omar Enrique Santa Perez.

The Location

Fifth Third Bank (5/3 Bank) is a bank headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio at Fifth Third Center. It is the principal subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, a bank holding company.

The company is ranked 389th on the Fortune 500. It is on the list of largest banks in the United States.

The name "Fifth Third" is derived from the names of both of the bank's two predecessor companies: Third National Bank and Fifth National Bank, which merged in 1908.

The Mounds

The history of the location is "haunted."

An ancient Indian mound stood at the present site of Fountain Square when the first white settlers arrived. Foundation Square has been the symbolic and sacred center of Cincinnati since 1871. It was renovated in 1971.

In Marguerite S. Shaffer's edited book, Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy, and Community in the United States (2008), this observation is made:

"With eerie precision, one ancient mound lines up directly underneath the city's Central Parkway; another exactly where early Cincinnatians built the city's first market. The market closed in 1871 when an ornate fountain was the built on the same spot. This urban plaza, known as 'Fountain Square,' has long been regard as the city's spiritual center."

A film clip at Cincinnati's Natural History Museum ends with this voice-over concluding statement: "Ancient monuments brought people together for festivals, rituals, trade, and pleasure, a process we repeat today among newer monuments."

The mythical, folkloric, and sometimes based-in-reality legendary "ancient Indian burial ground" stories resulting in curses, suicides, and murders have resulted in a frequent underlying theme of fiction films and novels.

The Amityville Horror said to be based on a true story, tells of the haunted house being built on a burial ground. It probably wasn't.

Haunted Indian burial grounds have appeared since in Poltergeist II, in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, and in countless lesser-known films, novels, and TV shows.
Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary is a particularly striking version of this narrative, in part because he describes in great detail the nature and function of the [Micmac] burial ground. ~ "The Suburban Horror of the Indian Burial Ground" by Colin Dickey, The New Republic, October 19, 2016.

Daniel Drake’s 1815 map of Cincinnati with “Remains of Antient works” highlighted in red. Location of the earthworks recorded by Daniel Drake transposed onto a contemporary Cincinnati map. Source.

Note how the largest of the mounds is centered between 5th and 3rd.

It appears that one of the illustrated Cincinnati earthwork is comparable to the Great Serpent Mound located elsewhere in Ohio.

One of the best known mounds in Ohio, located 60 miles from Cincinnati, is the the Great Serpent Mound. It is a 1,348-foot-long, three-foot-high prehistoric effigy mound on a plateau of the Serpent Mound crater along Ohio Brush Creek in Adams County, Ohio.

When investigating the cluster of suicides in Camden, Maine, in the 1990s, I was confounded with the frequent rumor that the local high school had been built on the site of an ancient Native American burial grounds. (Other problems lived there too, due to the link to the book/film Peyton Place.)

The Date

September 6, 1757 – Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, French general is born (d. 1834).

September 6, 1901 – Leon Czolgosz (born May 5, 1873, Alpena, Michigan; lives in Warrensville, Ohio after 1898), an unemployed anarchist, shoots and fatally wounds US President William McKinley (born January 29, 1843, Niles, Ohio) at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

September 6, 1966 – Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid, is stabbed to death in Cape Town, South Africa during a parliamentary meeting.

September 6, 1972 – Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day.

September 6, 2018 – Burt Reynolds (born February 11, 1936, Lansing, Michigan), American actor, director and producer dies in Jupiter, Florida. WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982) actress Loni Anderson was married to Burt Reynolds from 1988 to 1993.


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Shyamalan's Shadows

"Good cannot exist without evil and evil cannot exist without good." 
— M. Night Shyamalan

Glass is coming.

January 18, 2019 - M. Night Shyamalan's Glass opens in wide release. It follows two-thirds of his trilogy, Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2017).


"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." -- 
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

January 18, 1882 - A. A. Milne, English author, poet, and playwright, is born. He is best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh.

January 18, 1932 – Robert Anton Wilson, American psychologist, author, poet, and playwright, is born. He wrote nonfiction and partly autobiographical books, including Cosmic Trigger Trilogy (1977-1995), and novels, such as The Illuminatus! Trilogy (1975).

January 18, 1936 – Rudyard Kipling, English author and poet, Nobel Prize laureate, dies. He wrote many works, including the short stories, "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888) and "The Mark of the Beast" (1891).

January 18, 1967 – Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler," is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.

January 18, 1967 - Clint Eastwood's A Fistful of Dollars is released in the USA.

January 18, 1985 - The Coen Brothers' Blood Simple debuts in Texas.

January 18, 2008 - Matt Reeves' Cloverfield opens.

March 19, 1955 - Walter Bruce Willis is born in Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany. David Dunn.

Unbreakable (2000)

Split (2017)

Death Wish (2018)

Glass (2019)

April 16, 1996 - Anya Taylor-Joy is born in Miami, Florida. Casey Cooke

The Witch (2015)

Morgan (2016)

Split (2017)

Glass (2019)

April 21, 1979 - James McAvoy Jr. is born in Glasgow, Scotland. Kevin Wendell Crumb / The Horde / The Beast

Split (2017)

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Glass (2019)

August 6, 1970 - M. Night Shyamalan, was born in Mahé, Puducherry, India, and grew up in the suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

September 24, 1987 - Spencer Treat Clark is born in New York, New York. Joseph Dunn.

Arlington Road  (1999)

Gladiator (2000)

Unbreakable (2000)

Glass (2019)

December 21, 1948 - Samuel Leroy Jackson is born in Washington, D. C. Elijah Price / Mr. Glass.

Unbreakable (2000)

Glass (2019)

December 29, 1953 - Charlayne Woodard is born in Albany, New York. Mrs. Price, Elijah's mother.

Unbreakable (2000)

Glass (2019)

The Last Jedi (2017)