Friday, August 17, 2018

Creepy Clowns Check-In

The actual Whataburger in Albuquerque, New Mexico, terrorized by a "creepy clown."

It is time to do a little roundup of recent clown stories.

Albuquerque Police say they arrested a "creepy clown" that was terrorizing customers at a local Whataburger.

On Monday night, August 6, 2018, police arrested 32-year-old Stephen Ames, who was reported to be wearing a clown mask and waving a machete at customers in the parking lot of the Whataburger at the intersection of Carlisle and Claremont.

According to a criminal complaint, the manager of the Whataburger told Ames to leave after he reportedly spent 20 minutes in the restaurant’s restroom. Once outside, the manager said Ames took out the machete from its sheath and started banging it against his knee. Fearing an attack, police say the manager then locked the doors of the restaurant.

The original Whataburgers used a "W" in their roof design.

They evolved, by 1961, to some locations with the W-less look, while still retaining the A-frame look.

Police say Ames then approached cars that were stopped at a nearby traffic signal. While wearing the clown mask, police say Ames blew kisses at passengers, then approached a car to write the words “kill you” on a window. Before the car could leave, police say Ames shouted “I will f**k you up” at the occupants.

When police arrived at the scene, they say they encountered Ames with the clown mask on, thrusting his hips in a sexual manner toward the Whataburger restaurant. Ames was taken into custody without further incident. Police say they found a filled heroin needle in Ames’ possession, along with the machete.

h/t AWG
Other incidents...

On July 10, 2018, a gunman involved in a robbery reportedly wearing a golden "angry clown" mask shot a Waffle House patron in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sightings of a Phantom Clown described variously with a "clown mask," and/or with "red hair and red pants," near the Hudson Falls Primary School, occurred on May 29, 2018.  The Post-Star (Glens Falls, NY) 5-31-18, pg. 3, notes, "Police looking into 'clown' sighting near Kingsbury school."

At the Little Caesars pizza shop in Holly Hill, Florida, around 11:50 pm on May 26, 2018, a "clown" attacked an employee closing up the store. The "clown" used a wooden post. The employee pulled out his concealed weapon and shot the attacker dead.

Two men wearing clown masks held up a Queens, New York, Walgreen's at gunpoint on May 22, 2018.

On April 11, 2018, there was a Beverly Hills, California incident involving a clown, kids, and a machete. NBC Los Angeles, on April 11, 2018, at 10:19 pm PDT, updated their story:  "A man in a clown mask spooked a Beverly Hills neighborhood Wednesday when he reportedly wielded a machete at children."

On April 9, 2018, WPRI in Warwick, Rhode Island, reported, "Clown-masked robber targets local Dunkin' Donuts."


See "Phantom Clowns: Classified," for the definition and differences between Phantom Clowns, Killer Clowns, and Stalking Clowns.

See also "Creepy Clowns" and the NY Post's historical article from 2016.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

August 16: The Birth and Death of Queens and Kings

Aretha Franklin, born 1942, dies August 16, 2018. 

Elvis Presley, born 1935, dies August 16, 1977.

Madonna, born August 16, 1958, turns 60 on August 16, 2018.

Anne of Austria, Queen of Poland, born August 16, 1573, dies 1598.

Ranavalona I, Queen consort of Kingdom of Madagascar and then sovereign, born 1778, dies August 16, 1861.

Robert Johnson, born 1911, died August 16, 1938.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Michael A. Persinger, Developed God Helmet, Dies

A youthful Michael A. Persinger, Ph. D., was an early Fortean.

In the early 1970s, when Jerry Clark and I were writing extensively together, often for Fate, on Illinois cases, I engaged in an intense but brief correspondence with Michael A. Persinger. He was a professor interested in out-of-the-ordinary reports of all kinds. I found him a bright individual who was well-read on Forteana.

I was struck later to find his book, Space-Time Transients and Unusual Events, (Chicago: Nelson-Hall, 1977) contained maps, which correlated high levels of Fortean weirdness for southern Illinois based on the Clark-Coleman articles. I spoke of my skepticism for these results in Mysterious America (1983). 

On August 15, 2018, Laurentian University announced on Twitter that Dr. Michael Persinger has passed away at the age of 73, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

A professor of psychology at Laurentian since 1971, Persinger is perhaps best-known for the development of the "God Helmet," a device used to study creativity, religious experiences, and the effects of stimulation of the temporal lobes.

The God Helmet is a popular name given to a laboratory apparatus originally called the "Koren Helmet," after Stanley Koren of Laurentian University's Neuroscience Department, who built it according to specifications provided by Dr. Michael A. Persinger, it's director.

Michael A. Persinger (born June 26, 1945, Jacksonville, Florida) was most well-known for hypotheses that concluded the temporal lobes as the central correlate for mystical experiences, that subtle changes in geomagnetic activity were mediators of parapsychological phenomena, that the tectonic strain within the Earth’s crust was the source of luminous phenomena attributed to unidentified aerial objects, and that the importance were specific quantifications for energy (10−20 Joules), photon flux density (picoWatt per meter squared), and small shifts in magnetic field intensities (picoTesla to nanoTesla range) for integrating cellular activity as well as human thought with universal phenomena.

His major research themes have involved electromagnetic field effects upon biological organisms, epilepsy, temporal lobe functions, properties of biophotons, geophysical-human interactions, physical cosmology, and the quantifiable examination of what Persinger terms "low-probability phenomena," such as time travel, parallel universes, and the universe as a simulation.

In November 2006, Persinger called the school's administration “draconian” and “fascist” when they refused to allow a television crew to film a demonstration of his research.

In February 2007, he was asked to vacate three testing rooms at Laurentian's animal care facility, due to a shortage of research space on the campus.

At the time, Persinger's students filed a lawsuit against the university for locking them out of the research space and he filed a grievance with the faculty association to remedy the situation.

Despite his feuds with Laurentian's administration over the years, Persinger has also been recognized for his teaching style.

In 2007, he won a TVOntario contest and was named the province's best lecturer.

Persinger made national news headlines in 2016 when he was removed from a course by the university because of a form he had students sign, warning them that they would encounter some words and language that they may find offensive.

An online petition was started to re-instate Persinger, which garnered hundreds of signatures and positive comments from students who believed he was being treated unfairly.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Who Played Dana Scully's Father?

Who played Dana Scully's father?

Don Sinclair Davis was born on August 4, 1942 in Aurora, Missouri, and ended up playing a military individual in science fiction movies and television series during most of his life.

He died ten years ago this year, on June 29, 2008, of a heart attack at age 65.

In terms of synchromysticism and the twilight language, Davis hit the mark on many fronts, from "42" to "Aurora."

In ufo researcher Budd Hopkins' 1981 book, he makes the case that the year 1942 is significant in terms of several abductees being born during this year. (Look for scars on the back of their knees.)

Furthermore, synchromystics Douglas Bolles and William Morgan host a lively weekly conversation via the flagship podcast of Sync Books, called "42 Minutes."

Davis had a livelong career in many powerful roles, from Twin Peaks and Stargate, through The X-Files, The Twilight Zone, and The Outer Limits.

Major Garland Briggs in Twin Peaks (various 2017, 2014, 1990-1991 )

Major General George Hammond in Stargate (various 2009, 2008, 1997-2007)

Neil Chapman in Beyond Loch Ness (2008)

Dr. Tate in The Twilight Zone (2003)

Colonel Zapf in The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc. (1996) 

Harold Taggart in Poltergeist: The Legacy (1996) 

General Callahan / Detective Wilson in The Outer Limits (1995)

Captain William Scully in The X-Files (1994)
Dana Scully's father, dies of a heart attack at the beginning of the episode. 

Jake Madison in Omen IV: The Awakening (1991)

In 1970, Davis received a Master's Degree in Theatre from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU-C); his thesis was Design and Construction of Stage Settings for Black Comedy and The Two Executioners. He taught for several years before returning to SIU to complete a Ph.D. in Theatre; his dissertation was The Evolution of Scenography in the Western Theater.

[Of course, having received my B.A. from SIU-C, that note in someone's biography always strikes a personal cord.]

Drone Danger: Assassination Attempt, Gas Explosion, or Failed Delivery?

Seven National Guard soldiers were injured after explosions interrupted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro mid-speech during a military event in Caracas, Saturday, August 4, 2018. The Venezuelan government has confirmed that the explosions were an "assassination attempt" on Maduro. Maduro was speaking to mark the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard of Venezuela, when the explosions occurred, which are reported to be drone attacks. Footage shows Maduro interrupted mid-speech as officials look up, while Maduro's bodyguards shield and escort him to safety. Maduro and other government members were unharmed in the attack.

One group told of two drones filled with C4 explosives being prematurely shot down by snipers.

Other reports talk of a gas tank explosion at a nearby high-rise building.

Due to the immediate Venezuelan government's claims that this "attempt" was fostered by Columbians, political opponents, and Florida millionaires, some ridicule is being sent Venezuela's way after the incident.

Various videos of the event and it's aftermath:

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Active Shooter or Training Exercise At Wright-Patterson? Aliens Behind It?

There were reports of an active shooter at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at the base hospital, according to an alert sent to base personnel. Or was there?

WHIOTV7 says the incident began with a training exercise in which something went badly wrong. Was this merely a miscommunicated discharge of a sound like a firearm during a training event?

Reports at first noted that someone was barricaded inside the hospital, according to emergency dispatch traffic.

“Emergency responders are enroute. All WPAFB Gates are Closed. All personnel take cover. Limit all communication to emergency use only,” according to the alert.

“At approximately 12:40 p.m. today our base emergency responders which included security forces and fire department personnel reported to an incident in building 830, which is the Wright-Patterson hospital. No additional details are available at this time and info will be released as it becomes available,” said Marie Vanover, director of public affairs at Wright Patt.

The base was scheduled to hold quarterly basewide exercises from July 30 to Aug. 3, however it’s unclear what role that could be playing in this afternoon’s incident.

The FBI and ATF, around 2 pm Eastern, have told local law enforcement to remove themselves. The federal authorities were taken over.

Media have been using Gate 12-A and 1 to attempt to access more info.

Reports from the 4th floor of the hospital (the psychiatric ward?) has a hostage situation.

By the day's end, statements were being released that this event was all only a misunderstanding, a locked door, and a firearm used to attempt to break down a door. No shooter. No hostages. Another training exercise that became the problem.


Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) has traditionally been strongly associated with UFO studies and rumors of alien bodies being stored there.


Project Sign (Project Grudge in 1949, Project Blue Book in March 1952) was WPAFB's T-2 Intelligence investigations of unidentified flying objects (UFO) reports that began in July 1947. In 1951, the Air Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) began analysis of crashed Soviet aircraft from the Korean war. In March 1952, ATIC established an Aerial Phenomena Group to study reported UFO sightings, including those in Washington, DC, in 1952. By 1969 the Foreign Technology Division (FTD) and its predecessor organizations had studied 12,618 reported sightings: 701 remained unexplained when the Air Force closed its UFO investigations, and a 1968 report concluded that "there seems to be no reason to attribute [the unexplained sightings] to an extraterrestrial source without much more convincing evidence." FTD sent all of its case files to the USAF Historical Research Center, which transferred them in 1976 to the National Archives and Records Service in Washington, DC, which became the permanent repository of the Project Sign/Grudge/Blue Book records. In a 1988 interview, Senator Barry Goldwater claimed he had asked Gen. Curtis LeMay for access to a secret UFO room at WPAFB and an angry LeMay said, "Not only can't you get into it but don't you ever mention it to me again."

A focus has been on WPAFB's Hangar 18 as the storage area for recovered aliens from UFO crashes. A list of UFO crash/retrievals included two separate incidents near the Roswell region in 1947, and another in 1949, which resulted in the capture of a live extraterrestrial that was taken to Los Alamos National Laboratories. Apparently, the being was held captive before it died of unknown causes in 1952. Other crashes listed included Aztec, New Mexico; Kingman, Arizona; and Loredo, Texas.