Monday, July 08, 2019

The Aroostook Triangle

Cartoon by Andrew Greenstone.

Souliere's Strange Sojourn 

Michelle Souliere noticed a void. She felt that Maine's weirdness was being ignored.

In 2016, Souliere shared her personal journey towards "strangeness" with the Lewiston Sun Journal's Mark LaFlamme:
I sensed a void, and had lots of material to fill it with. I had read Loren Coleman’s Mysterious America, Joseph Citro’s Weird New England, William Robinson’s Abandoned New England. I was fired up! I wanted to know if I could I find out more about our own Maine urban legends, hauntings, weird history and personalities.
By 2005, Souliere had begun her blog Strange Maine, and soon after, a print version, the Strange Maine Gazette.

On November 6, 2009, her bookstore, The Green Hand opened at 661 Congress Street, Portland, Maine, and gave her a foundation location in Portland from which her art, research and writings grew.

In 2010, Michelle Souliere published her first book, Strange Maine: True Tales from the Pine Tree State. Soon after, I asked her to join me in writing Bigfoot in Maine, after the publisher asked me to pen that book. But I was overwhelmed with book projects, and soon was delighted to turn the entire title over to her. For almost a decade Souliere has been working on the historical and contemporary sightings of large forest giants in Maine.

Conducting research for her Bigfoot book, Souliere has traveled extensively throughout the State of Maine.

A Weird Window

In 2006, Michelle Souliere, in her blog Strange Maine, hinted at a mysterious area, called a "triangle" or "window area" by Forteans and ufologists, in the upper tier of Maine. She was learning more and more about it, sometimes as reflected in popular culture. She wrote:

There is
a television show, made in Northern Maine, that is currently [in 2006] running on over 50 public access stations across the country. Dark Currents [was] its name.
The Story takes place in the fictional town of Hawks Landing and in an area that is a magnet for strange events and even stranger characters. At one time, HAWKS LANDING was an Indian village. The area is filled with old stories and legends. The land between the river and the town is kind of a "Bermuda Triangle" for Maine. The town itself is supposedly cursed. One Indian tale told of an Indian chief saying "The Matawahoc river shall run Dark Currents as long as the white man lives on it."
Like most home-grown shows, Dark Currents exists on a meager budget, and is produced predominantly on the enthusiasm of its staff, to the delight of a small cult following in New England, according to their site.
By 2006, the show was gone, and yet Michelle Souliere pursued the notion of this "triangle" area in her research.

In June 2019, cartoonish/journalist Andrew Greenstone captured a lecture that Souliere had given at the Third Annual International Cryptozoology Conference in September 2018. He recorded his impression of the talk via a cartoon overview.

"Of the stories I've heard, a number of them all take place in this little triangle in the northeast quadrant. Ten miles at its base and 25 miles tip-to-tip in this isolated area around US Route 1," Michelle Souliere said in her lecture. On the screen in the background, a map of Maine showed the little triangle.

Greenstone continued, "Michelle related stories about a series of mysterious woodland encounters. Wood knocks, trees snapping, large rocks being thrown, and unidentifiable roars that left those who experienced them forever changed."

These all can be linked to Sasquatch/Windigo/Wendigo/Bigfoot characteristics, but Souliere is correct in merely pointing to the collective unexplainable nature of these pieces of evidence. No telling what is making all these signs, but what may be more intriguing is that Souliere has discovered a concentration of such reports in one specific area.

Comparing Greenstone's rendering of Souliere's map and where the Triangle is located, you will see the dot is southeast of the little town of Presque Isle. The location of this anomalous area is larger than it looks and near Presque Isle.

Presque Isle

Presque Isle is the commercial center and largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 9,078 in 2017 as estimated by the US Census, a decrease from the count of 9,692 in the 2010 Census. The city is home to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College, Husson University Presque Isle, Northern Maine Fairgrounds, The Aroostook Centre Mall, and the Presque Isle International Airport.

Presque Isle is the headquarters of the Aroostook Band of Micmac, a federally recognized tribe, with, at last estimate, a population of 960. Like their kin in Canada, the Micmac in Maine would rather be termed Mi'kmaq. Since the 1980s, the Miꞌkmaq consider the spelling Micmac as "colonially tainted." Lnu (the adjectival and singular noun, previously spelled "L'nu"; the plural is Lnúk, Lnuꞌk, Lnuꞌg, or Lnùg) is the term the Miꞌkmaq use for themselves, their autonym, meaning "human being" or "the people".

The Miꞌkmaq or Miꞌgmaq (also Micmac, Lnu, Miꞌkmaw or Miꞌgmaw) are a First Nations people indigenous to Canada's Atlantic Provinces and the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec as well as the northeastern region of Maine. They call their national territory Miꞌkmaꞌki (or Miꞌgmaꞌgi). The nation has a population of about 170,000 (including 18,044 members in the recently formed Qalipu First Nation in Newfoundland), of whom nearly 11,000 speak Miꞌkmaq, an Eastern Algonquian language. Once written in Miꞌkmaq hieroglyphic writing, it is now written using most letters of the Latin alphabet.

The Aroostook Triangle

After Greenstone's cartoon panels were published on July 5, 2019, they were spread around Facebook by various folks who were at the conference. Soon a discussion took place on Michelle Souliere's FB page. I was startled that the location was nameless, and commented that only the "faint of heart" do not venture forth to name events, creatures, and locations.

So, for the stake of gathering all the comments on the topic, I named this weird new spot that Michelle Souliere had discovered The Aroostook Triangle, for after all, that's what it is.  Of course, if it becomes known by some other moniker from Souliere or other commentaries on this weird wonder, so be it.

This triangle, like Aroostock County itself, is sparely populated. Formed in 1839, Aroostook County has the largest area of any county in New England, and Maine residents often call it “the” county. The Britannica says its name is derived from a Mi’kmaq word meaning “clear,” or “beautiful water.” Some others, like Your Dictionary, say the meaning is "unknown," which would fit well with the stories behind this "Triangle."

Triangles Elsewhere

The actual coining of the term "Bermuda Triangle" seems to point to Vincent Gaddis, a Fortean friend of Ivan T. Sanderson and correspondent of mine too. In the February 1964 issue of Argosy, Vincent Gaddis' article "The Deadly Bermuda Triangle" used the phrase widely for the first time. Sanderson wrote the well-known followup article, "The Twelve Devil's Graveyards Around the World," in 1972, for Saga magazine.

Based on their inspiration, the name "Bridgewater Triangle" was coined in the late 1970s (circa 1976) by yours truly, Loren Coleman, when the phrase was published for the first time in the April 1980 article of the same name in Boston Magazine, and in the 1983 book, Mysterious America (Faber and Faber, 1983; now in the revised 2007 Simon & Schuster edition). A local newspaper published the name "The Bridgewater Triangle" after I gave a Bridgewater area library lecture using the phrase in the late 1970s, in the Bridgewater area.

In 2015, due to the national broadcast of the 2013 documentary film, The Bridgewater Triangle (directed by Aaron Cadieux and Manny Famolare), I wrote an essay about the "Top Ten American Bridgewater Triangles."

These include:
1. Bridgewater Triangle, Massachusetts.
2. Bennington Triangle, Vermont. 
3. Coudersport Triangle, Pennsylvania.
4. Virginia Triangle, Virginia-North Carolina.
5. Great Lakes Triangle or Michigan Triangle, Wisconsin, Michigan, Canada
6. Big Lick Triangle, Indiana-Kentucky
7. Nevada Triangle, Nevada-California
8. Alaska Triangle, Alaska.
9. Little Egypt Triangle, Illinois.
10. Ossipee Triangle, New Hampshire. 

Some are small, like the Aroostook Triangle. Others are huge.

A few such as the Bridgewater Triangle in Massachusetts and the Big Lick Triangle in Indiana-Kentucky nicely have, respectively, "Bridgewater" town names on each corner, and "Lick" town names on theirs.

There is a lot to absorb from these triangles.  And I'm sure Michelle Souliere has a great deal to share about the Maine's special spot too.

Michelle Souliere's forthcoming Bigfoot in Maine book will have much to say on the Aroostook Triangle.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

The Twilight Zone Visits Twilight Lane

Sometimes when you venture into the Twilight Language you end up in the Twilight Zone. Here is one, thanks to news tip from J. Lenski, that is filled with the Name Game names of Lewis, Logan, and Twilight Lane. "Lewis," in its most elementary meaning, is the "son of a Freemason." I've been talking of "Logan" as a power name since before 1983. In Gaelic the meaning of the name Logan is "from the hollow." In Scottish, the meaning is sometimes translated as "Finnian's servant." The Scottish meaning of MacClennan is: Son of Finnian's servant. Finnian is the Irish Anglicized form of Gaelic Finnén, Finnian meaning "little white one."

The 2019 case includes an unknown woman who said she was a "devil" and her eyes said to be completely black, like saucers. She was heard laughing hysterically.

This all occurred in Chesterfield County, Virginia. On 25 May 1749, the Virginia House of Burgesses separated Chesterfield from Henrico County and created the new county. The first county seat was established at Chesterfield Court House. It has continued as county seat except for 1870–1876, during Reconstruction, when the county government was located at Manchester. The latter community has been subsumed by South Richmond.

The legislature named the county for the former British Secretary of State, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield (pictured above). Lord Chesterfield was famous for his "good manners and writings". One of his most frequently used sayings implies avoiding rudeness; "An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult." Many years later, Chesterfield Cigarettes were named after this county. This is former tobacco country.

Chesterfield cigarettes were the favorites of Rod Serling, the creator and host of The Twilight Zone.

[Serling, who had a small body frame at 5' 4", was said to smoke 3-4 packs of cigarettes a day. On May 3, 1975, he had a minor heart attack and was hospitalized. He spent two weeks at Tompkins County Community Hospital before being released. A second heart attack two weeks later forced doctors to agree that open-heart surgery, though considered risky at the time, was required. The ten-hour-long procedure was performed on June 26, but Serling had a third heart attack on the operating table and died two days (on June 28, 1975) later at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. He was 50 years old.]

"Chester" + "Field" is from a surname that originally belonged to a person who came from Chester, an old Roman settlement in Britain. The name of the settlement came from Latin castrum "camp, fortress". The ancestry of the name Field dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the area that was near a field. This surname is a topographic name and is derived from the Old English word feld, which literally means the "pasture or open country."

The Incident
A Chesterfield [Virginia] family spoke with 8News on Friday (July 5, 2019) after fending off a naked intruder who broke into their home on South Twilight Lane [on] the night [of the 4th]. The intruder claimed to be the devil and attacked the family, prompting the homeowner to fire 39 rounds.
Melissa Lewis recalls the encounter. "She looked possessed," Lewis says.

The incident was a traumatic experience for the Lewis family’s first night in their brand new home.
“She was in to kill us,” Melissa Lewis said, “that was her almighty, to kill us. She attacked us and I held her down just kept on punching her and punching her as hard as I possibly could.”
The Lewis’ dream home now looks like a war zone, with blood soaked into the carpet, the walls and windows riddled with bullets and shell casings scattered all over.
“I said ‘who are you?” Lewis’ husband, who did not wish to go on camera, explained. “She said ‘I need your help, please help me.’ I said ‘get out of my house,’ and she goes ‘I’m the devil.’”
The homeowner says the woman, who had a blue ponytail, broke into the basement around 10:30 p.m. on July 4. The family said she was laughing menacingly and refused to leave.
“She looked possessed, her eyes were completely black, like saucers, and she was laughing like it was a joke,” Lewis’s husband told 8News.
Fearing for his life, the father of three grabbed his pistol and gave a verbal warning to the woman. With his family sleeping upstairs, he opened fire on the intruder. Lewis said the woman aggressively charged at him with superhuman strength.
“She was not stopping,” he said. “She had the strength of four grown men.”
When he ran out of bullets, Lewis began throwing furniture at her. His wife and children eventually jumped in and attempted to stop the woman. The intruder didn’t stop until one of the children, the Lewis’ 12-year-old son Logan, shoved a wrench into her neck.

Blood stains were evidence of the encounter, and photographs were taken. 
Police arrested the intruder and she is being treated and evaluated at the hospital. The Lewis family left with bruises and bite marks. Detectives told the family that the suspect lives nearby and will eventually be charged robbery, breaking and entering and attempted murder. She is currently in the ICU with severe head trauma. Source.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Fortean Way of the Ray Passes Away

In the age before emails and the Internet, Forteans would carry on long distance exchanges of letters and news articles via (what today is termed snail) mail.

One individual known by name more than in person was Ray Nelke. He quietly died at 91, in February.

Raymond T. Nelke was born on November 21, 1927, and it was recently noted on the web that he died on February 7, 2019.

His official obituary, published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, mentioned he "worked for the St. Louis Post Dispatch as a typesetter and then went on to be the president of the Typographical Union#8 until his retirement at the age of 62. He was an avid collector of unusual subject matter pertaining to UFO’s and the paranormal {Forteana}. Ray was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in St. Peters."

Ray Nelke was the "beloved husband of the late Marie Nelke for 66 years; loving father of Chris (Mary) Nelke, Karen (Tim) Prickett, Mickey (Dave) LaChance, Gene (Ellen) Nelke and Steve (Kathie) Nelke; dear grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 19; dear brother of the late Joan Beine."

"Collectors of Unusual Data, International" (COUD-I) of St Louis, Missouri, was founded by Ray Nelke. He would characterize "his home as a clearing house for all sorts of weird news" and would give out "huge packets on a trade basis only."

Ray's presence wasn't much on the web, but, at least, on Facebook he liked Coast to Coast AM, International Cryptozoology Museum, and The Black Vault, which was quite an array.

He did appear on early net-forums as "Way of the Ray."

Another classic Fortean is gone, pulling off a long endplay. 

The Way of the Ray had his day, and he's now gone away. He was always helpful and enlightening in his heyday. Ray had much to say, via his oft-shared repeated communique.

Thank you for all you sent our way. My way. In your way.

Goodbye, Ray.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

He Died On June 24, 2019

It often takes time to learn who passes away on a certain date. Generally noticed, of course, are the more famous, well-known, and/or notorious people, about whom we learn the quickest. Virtually immediately the media tells the world about those deaths, as they are usually framed as "celebrities."

On June 22, 2019, I asked "Who Will Die on June 24, 2019?" I felt this might be someone who would be ufo-aligned, as I put it, pass away on St. John's Day. Let's take in this news.

New York Tabloid News Legend Dies

One such individual, called a "New York tabloid news legend" and "the heart of New York Post" by the media, died on Monday, June 24, 2019: Steve Dunleavy. He passed away at his Long Island, New York home. At 81, having retired in 2008, one might feel his death was expected. But it was not.

His son Sean Dunleavy told the New York Daily News on Monday, "It just was very sudden. But he was home, it was peaceful. But we don’t know what the cause of death was."

Steve Dunleavy was a member of the world's stage.

Stephen Francis Patrick Aloysius Dunleavy (January 21, 1938 – June 24, 2019) was born in Sydney, Australia on January 21, 1938, grew up to be a journalist in Australia at The Sun and The Daily Mirror, then became best known as a columnist for the New York Post from 1976 to 2008, after Rupert Murdoch purchased the group that owned the paper. He was a lead reporter on the tabloid television program A Current Affair in the 1980s and 1990s.

His reality television and tabloid newspaper reporting focussed on some rather infamous cases, including interviews and stories with the mother of Sirhan Sirhan, Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin, and the confessed “Boston Strangler” Albert DeSalvo, about the Beltway Snipers, with the "Son of Sam" victim families, and with Elvis Presley’s “Memphis Mafia” bodyguards.

Dunleavy's book, Elvis: What Happened? (July 1977) was prophetically published two weeks before Elvis died (August 1977) and became a best-selling book.

Dunleavy's irreverent shock-jock style was the model for actor Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as "Wayne Gale" in Oliver Stone's film Natural Born Killers. Downey spent time with Dunleavy as part of preparing for the role. Dunleavy is credited on IMDb for his reality work, as well as an actor, known for The Preppie Murder (1989),  So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), and The Vampire Project (1995). (Are there Cryptokubrulogy links here?)

Dunleavy and UFOs

While working on the New York Post and A Current Affair, Steve Dunleavy was surrounded by an atmosphere that included Elvis' obsession with UFOs in Elvis: What Happened?, of course. Dunleavy apparently was regaled about Elvis's alleged dealings with extraterrestrials, including a bright blue UFO witnessed by his father, Vernon, the night baby Elvis was born. Elvis was also said to have had been contacted by two “alien beings.” Elvis was a firm believer in UFOs and claimed to have seen them on many occasions.

But what of Steve Dunleavy? As it turns out, Dunleavy is the #23rd eyewitness claimed for a very famous UFO incident. Dunleavy was part of UFO history.

One of the most debated, discussed, and famous UFO abduction cases is the Linda Cortile incident.

The abstract of the event begins thusly,
On Thursday, November 30, 1989, at 3:15 a.m., New York City resident Linda Cortile was reportedly abducted by aliens from her 12th story apartment on the lower east side of Manhattan. Five aliens allegedly came into her bedroom while she was still awake. They paralyzed her and moved her into her living room. Linda and three of the five aliens were then floated out through her living room window in fetal positions, directly through the regulation window fence guard. The other two aliens appeared to have remained in her apartment until she was returned. (For the rest, see here.)
As Sean F. Meets notes in his website on the case, "In the Linda Cortile UFO abduction case there are 23 witnesses that are on the public record."
 At the end of the list, you will find this:

Witness #23 - Reporter Steve Dunleavy (Late 2002)
The twenty-third witness to Linda's case was Steve Dunleavy, an investigative reporter for the New York Post. Dunleavy was an independent, firsthand eyewitness to the procession of limousines along South Street during the November 30, 1989 UFO abduction. His addition as a witness came in Late 2002 when Yancy Spence phoned him to see what Dunleavy recollected about the November 30, 1989 UFO abduction incident.

by Yancy Spence

In the comments below, a person wrote, "Mr. Dunleavy was not just a witness,he was a participant in the abduction. He was taken from the upstairs bar at the South St Dinner at 3:15 and returned at 3:55 along with three other coworkers who were taken as well. They all had physical traces on their bodies from the abduction."

Intriguing, in the midst of the debunking and defensive of the Linda Cortile case, we find skeptic George Hansen versus ufological intellectual Jerome Clark. On October 24, 1992, Clark issued a rebuttal entitled, "The Politics of Torquemada; or, Earth Calling Hansen's Planet." Clark was responding to Hansen's October 12, 1992 memo to Budd Hopkins, Walt Andrus, John Mack, David Jacobs, and Jerome Clark.

Now late in June 2019, Steve Dunleavy, Witness #23, has died.

And so too are gone these defenders of the Linda Cortile incident challenged by George Hansen:

American psychiatrist, alien abduction researcher, writer, and professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. John Mack died Monday, September 27, 2004, in London, England.

Artist, author, speaker, and ufo investigator Budd Hopkins died on Sunday, August 21, 2011, in New York City.

Motorola manager and founder of the Mutual UFO Network Walt Andrus died on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, in Cibolo, Texas.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Who Will Die on June 24, 2019?

Kenneth Arnold opens the Modern Era of Flying Saucers, Washington State, on June 24, 1947.

Some previous events on this day include:

Knights Templars displayed “Mysterious Head” at Poitiers (1308). Founding of the Order of the Garter (1348). A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance (1374) caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations, and jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion. John Cabot discovered North America (1497). Lucrezia Borgia (1439) died. Samuel de Champlain discovered (1603) the mouth of the Saint John River, in New Brunswick, Canada. Galileo released (1633). “Woman of the Wilderness” utopian community arrived in America (1694). “Woman of the Wilderness” angelic visions (1701). Grand Lodge of Freemasons inaugurated (1717) in London. Napoleon's Grande Armée crossed (1812) the Neman River beginning the invasion of Russia. Ambrose Bierce born (1842). Red rain, Italy (1877). Ice fall, Ft. Lyon, Colorado (1877). Fall of jelly-like mass, Eton (1911). Fred Hoyle born (1915).

Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded, landed (1938) near Chicora, Pennsylvania.

June 24ths have often had a "fiery" theme.

Arthur Brown ("Fire," 1942 or 1944, both are reported) is born. Jeff Beck (Yardbirds, 1944), Charlie Whitney (Family, 1944), and Chris Wood (Traffic, 1944), all born. Colin Blunstone (The Zombies, 1945) born. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac, 1947) born.

Filmstock fire killed seventeen people, Brussels (1947). Movie theaters evaluated during huge fire, Perth Amboy, New Jersey (1947). United Airlines plane struck by lightning over Cleveland. Ohio (1947). Invasion of grasshoppers battled with flame-throwers, Guatemala/El Salvador (1947). Woman attacked and killed by bees or wasps, Seattle (1947).

More births of future musicians. Patrick Moraz (Yes, 1948), John Illsley (Dire Straits, 1949), Astro (UB40, 1957), Dennis Danell (Social Distortion, 1961), Curt Smith (Tears for Fears, 1961), and Richard Z. Kruspe (Rammstein, 1967) were all born on June 24ths.

Bizarre aerial sightings near Daggett, California (1950) and on Iwo Jima (1953). The Angora Fire (2007) started near South Lake Tahoe, California, destroying over 200 structures in its first 48 hours.

On June 24, 1908, Grover Cleveland, the 22nd & 24th US President (1885-89, 93-97), died at the age of 71.
What will occur on St. John's Day, June 24, 2019? Who will die?

Here is my list of some notable ufo-aligned deaths on past June 24ths. ~ Loren Coleman

(1) June 24 or 23 (there is some dispute), 1964, Frank Scully, 72, author of one of the first crashed-saucer books, Behind the Flying Saucers (1950), dies.

(2 and 3) June 24, 1967, two British UFO contactees, Ernest Arthur Bryant, a contactee, and Richard Church, an author and chairman of CIGIUFO, die.

(4) June 23 (US) or 24 (UK), 1967, Frank Edwards, 55, popular UFO author and radio personality in the 1950s, dies a few hours before Arthur Bryant. Indeed, Edwards passes away shortly before midnight on the 23rd, which would have been the early morning of June 24th in the UK, thus being the same date as Ernest Arthur Bryant's death. James Moseley stuns the delegates assembled for the 1967 Congress of Scientific Ufologists at New York City’s Hotel Commodore on June 24th, with the news of the sudden death of Frank Edwards.

(5) June 24, 1969, Willy Ley, 62, a rocket scientist and Fortean author, dies. Willy Ley was one of the first respected modern scientist to attempt to answer the question of what is a flying saucer. In 1952, he was one of the first, if not the first person, to say that 85% of UFO sightings are misidentified craft, leaving the other 15% open to notions of "interplanetary travel," that he began writing about in 1926.

(6) June 24, 1978, Robert Charroux, 69, the best-known pen-name of Robert Joseph Grugeau dies. Charroux was a French author known for his ancient astronaut theories and writings on other Fortean subjects, in such books as Masters Of The World: Groundbreaking New Revelations About The Ancient Astronauts (1979).

Some of Charroux's other books include: Treasures Of The World (1967); The Mysterious Unknown (1972); Forgotten Worlds: Scientific Secrets of The Ancients and Their Warning For Our Time (1973); The Mysterious Past (1974); Legacy Of The Gods (1974); The Mysteries Of The Andes (1977); and One Hundred Thousand Years Of Man’s Unknown History (1981).

(7) June 24, 1987, Jackie Gleason, 71, the actor, who was an early advocate of flying saucer research, dies. Gleason's known interest in UFOs allegedly prompted President Richard Nixon to share some information with him and to disclose some UFO data publicly.

(8) June 24, 2006, Lyle Stuart, 83, the renegade publisher who published anomalist writer Frank Edwards’ Fortean book, in 1959, Stranger than Science, a paperbook full of information on ufology and other unexplained accounts, dies.

(9) June 24, 2013, James Martin, 79, a former rocket scientist, computer scientist, and author of After the Internet: Alien Intelligence (2000), was found floating dead in the waters off Agar's Island. Dr. Martin bought Agar’s Island in 1977 and made his home in Bermuda. The multi-millionaire kept a relatively low profile in Bermuda.

(10) June 24, 2013, Alan Myers, 58, the most prominent drummer (1976-1987) of the band Devo, dies of stomach cancer in Los Angeles. Devo played punk, art rock, post-punk and new wave music, and performed stage shows that mingled kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary. Devo recorded at their own UFO Studios. More.

(11) June 24, 2015, Mario Biaggi, 97, a former Bronx congressman was involved in the "UFO disclosure" movement, dies. He once was 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. More.

(12) June 24, 2017, Loren Janes, 85, a legendary stuntman and stunt coordinator, dies. He was involved in some intriguing UFO-related movies.

Loren Janes gets a cryptokubrology mention too. In Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus (1960), Janes was Kirk Douglas' stunt double ("slave general"). Janes also was a "salt mine slave," and a "gladiator."

Loren Janes (also known as Loren James) was the safety stunt coordinator for the UFO cult classic film, Repo Man, which has its fair share of UFO insider jokes about flying saucers, the name game, Men in Black, and conspiracy theorists. He was in in Back to the Future (1985), for his stunts, and in the closeted UFO story of Steven Spielberg's 1941 (1979), in the intriguing Logan's Run (1976) and in Ice Station Zebra (1968). More.

"Immersing oneself into the world of synchronicity and synchromysticism can be a bit disorienting at times." ~ Andrew W. Griffin, January 29, 2015, "Lattice of coincidence," Red Dirt Report.
"A lot of people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch of unconnected incidences and things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything." ~ Repo Man, 1984, Alex Cox Writter/Director 
(13) June 24, 2018, Stanley Anderson, 78.

Stanley Anderson starred in Roswell's first season as the aging ex-government official looking for the truth about the crashed saucer - as a character who as a deputy sheriff was first on the scene of the 1947 UFO site.

Stage, film and TV actor Stanley Anderson, known for his role as the judge in the final episode of Seinfeld and as General Slocum in Spider-Man, has died on June 24, 2018, six weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer. He was 78.

In addition to Spider-Man, his feature work included roles as the president of the United States in Michael Bay’s Armageddon and The Rock. His most recent film credits include Red DragonLegally Blonde 2 and Runaway Jury. On TV, he had a recurring role as Drew Carey’s dad on The Drew Carey Show and played the memorable role of Judge Vandelay in the final episode of Seinfeld.

Anderson also was a longtime member of three unions for actors, according to his family, and worked behind the scenes doing voiceover work in ads for Democratic candidates and issues across the country.

“He was most proud, ultimately, of the part he played in politics,” his family said.

Anderson was also in...

The X-Files (TV Series)
playing Agent Schoniger on
- "Closure" (2000)
-- Stanley Anderson (Agent Lewis Schoniger, who consults with Scully while viewing Mulder's regression tape) had a recurring role on The Drew Carey Show playing Drew's father.
-- Agent Schoniger is named for the next door neighbor of Chris Carter's grandparents....
-- The original script included a scene between Scully, Skinner, and Agent Schoniger discussing the fact that the Treasury Department was not happy that the records regarding Samantha's abduction were being pursued. The Official Site even ran the script crawl from this scene which was not in the final episode. Source.

Anderson, cryptokubrologically, did appear in...

The Shining (TV Mini-Series)
Delbert Grady
- "Episode #1.3" (1997) ... Delbert Grady

But Anderson's clearest link to UFOs came via his role (and his character's role) on...
Roswell (TV Series) - as James Valenti Sr., especially on one episode - "Secrets and Lies" (2001).

James Valenti, Sr. (through three actors) is a recurring character on Season 1 of WB sci-fi series Roswell.

A former Sheriff of Roswell, James Valenti (played by Anderson in the older role) spent his life attempting to prove that aliens are real. (This role appears to have been inspired by the real-life Sheriff George Wilcox, who told the Army about the Roswell UFO crash.)

The Westinghouse Broadcasting Network's series Roswell looked at what happened to the community's youth in the years after the UFO crashed there in 1947.

Deputy Valenti (played by a younger actor) at the crash site in 1947.

From the Roswell wifi-files:

After serving in World War II, James joined the Roswell Sheriff's Department. Deputy James Valenti was at the scene of the Crash in the summer of 1947. Over the next twelve years, James became a father (Jim Jr., born 1951) and eventually Sheriff of Chavez County.
On November 16, 1959, Sheriff James Valenti Sr. discovered the corpse of James Atherton. That same year, Valenti investigated the death of an actress who died from a freak lightning strike during the filming of They Are Among Us in Roswell. According to makeup artist Bess Covendall, Valenti's investigations caused 'quite a stir'.  Valenti's efforts to uncover the truth earned him the ridicule of the F.B.I. and the nickname "Sgt. Martian". His eight-year old son Jim Jr. was an eyewitness to his father's growing obsession.
In 1972, Valenti met Everett Hubble. Valenti learned that Hubble's wife was killed in the same manner as Atherton; the killer leaving no marks other than a silver handprint. Hubble convinced Valenti that the killer had disguised himself as a drifter, and the two men tracked the suspect to a silo. Hubble shot the drifter, but Valenti took the fall. Valenti lost his job as Sheriff, beginning a slow slide into dementia. 

Jim Valenti, Jr. was eventually forced to put his father (Stanley Anderson playing this role) in a home, where his visits have since become less and less frequent. Source.
Stanley Anderson's actual end-of-life health issues, with brain cancer, mirrored, in a fashion, his on-screen struggle with dementia, 17 years earlier, on Roswell 17.

June 24 and July 2 are World UFO Day(s), celebrating awareness of unidentified flying objects. There are two per year. June 24 because Kenneth Arnold had the first “flying saucers” sighting in 1947. July 2 commemorates the UFO crash in the 1947 Roswell (NM) UFO Incident.

July 3, 2019, will be the tenth anniversary of the death of John A. Keel.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Monsters and Pike Counties


Pike County is a county on the eastern border of the U.S. state of Missouri, bounded by the Mississippi River. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,516. Its county seat is Bowling Green. Its namesake was a city in middle Kentucky, a region from where many early migrants came. The county was organized December 14, 1818, and named for explorer Zebulon Pike. The folksong "Sweet Betsy from Pike" is generally thought to be associated with Pike County, Missouri.

Pike County is said to be the home of Momo (The Missouri Monster). The first reported sightings by the Terry Harrison family, in the 1970s, were traced to various locations throughout the county, especially at Louisiana, Missouri. During 2019, the film production company of Small Town Monsters has released MOMO: The Missouri Monster.

The melodrama that unfolded at Louisiana, Missouri, continued in 2010, regarding the kidnapping of Alisa Maier ~ a granddaughter of the Harrison family. (See here and here.)

Pike County (next to Lincoln County) is well-known for Bigfoot and UFO sightings.


Pike County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 65,024. Its county seat is Pikeville. The county was founded in 1821. Pike County was founded on December 19, 1821. The county was named for General Zebulon Pike, the explorer who discovered Pikes Peak. Between 1860 and 1891 the Hatfield-McCoy feud raged in Pike and in bordering Mingo County, West Virginia. On May 6, 1893, Pikeville officially became a city and the county seat.

Hellier is an unincorporated community and coal town in Pike County, Kentucky, United States. A post office was established in the community in 1906, and named for Ralph Augustus Hellier, the head of a Pike County coal mining company.

Hellier was featured in an independent documentary called Hellier. It is a five part series that follows the investigation and research of the Kentucky goblins. Dana & Greg Newkirk, owners of The Travelling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult, lead the investigation, along with Conner James Randall and Karl Pfieffer.

Hellier can be seen on and YouTube.


The famed 1997 Elkins Creek cast is well-known in the Bigfoot community. It was found in Pike County, Georgia. 

According to Cliff Barackman, of the five prints found, the track from which "the cast was obtained [was found] near Double Bridges Road. Elkins Creek is over 8 miles to the north of this road, but apparently in between these two locations are thick woods and not much else. It seems that the southern border of Pike County more or less follows the course of Elkins Creek, so it can be reasonably assumed that it was found somewhere along that stretch north of Sprewell Bluff State Park and Wildlife Management Area."


Pike County is a county located in the Appalachian region of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,709. Its county seat is Waverly. The county is named for explorer Zebulon Pike.

In the Winter of 1987, near a trailer on Chenoweth Fork Road, there was "A tale of a Bigfoot sighting in Pike County," Ohio.