Friday, December 06, 2019

"Haunted" Naval Air Station Pensacola's Mass Shooting

Two days after the Pearl Harbor shooting, a day before Pearl Harbor, there has been a mass shooting incident at the Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. It should be noted since 1825, the area designated for the Pensacola Navy Yard "is said to be haunted by a light keeper murdered by his wife."

An unidentified gunman opened fire inside the Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday, December 6, 2019, killing at least two person and injuring several others.

The shooting is over, the Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff's Office said, and the shooter has been confirmed dead.

Family members have identified Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, a recent graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, as one of the victims of Friday’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

In The Rebirth of Pan: Hidden Faces of the American Earth Spirit, Jim Brandon writes, regarding the overall "name game":
I'm not talking here of such spooky tongue-twisters as H.P. Lovecraft's Yog-Sothoth or Arthur Machen's Ishakshar, but of quite ordinary names like Bell, Beall and variants, Crowley, Francis, Grafton, Grubb, Magee/McGee, Mason, McKinney, Montpelier, Parsons, Pike, Shelby, Vernon, Watson/Watt, Williams/Williamson.
In my 1983 Mysterious America, I wrote:
Cryptologic or coincidence? Jim Brandon should be credited with calling attention to the name Watts/Watkins/Watson, and its entanglement with inexplicable things. Some other names involved in mysterious events pinpointed by Brandon are Bell, Mason, Parsons, Pike, Vernon, and Warren. The influence of such names as Mason, Pike, Warren, and Lafayette, for example, issues, in some cryptopolitical and occult way, from their ties to the Masonic tradition.

Naval Air Station Pensacola or NAS Pensacola, "The Cradle of Naval Aviation," is a United States Navy base located next to Warrington, Florida, a community southwest of the Pensacola city limits. It is the home of the Blue Angels. Above is the logo of the Commander of the Navy Region Southeast (note trident), and the new Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) Logo (released in 2012).

One of the Blue Angels.

Forts and batteries near the Pensacola Navy Yard on 27 May 1861.

The first lighthouse built by the U.S. on the Florida coast, at Pensacola. It was originally a lightship, the Aurora Borealis. The first Pensacola Light was the lightship Aurora Borealis. It was moved to Pensacola in 1823 from its previous post at the mouth of the Mississippi River after a lighthouse had been completed there. Because of frequent rough seas, the lightship had to be anchored inside the bay entrance, behind Santa Rosa Island, and could not reliably be seen from ships outside the bay. In 1825 a 40-foot (12 m) tower was built on a 40-foot (12 m) bluff at the south entrance to Pensacola Bay.

In 1825, the US designated this area for the Pensacola Navy Yard and Congress appropriated $6,000 for a lighthouse. Operational that year, it "is said to be haunted by a light keeper murdered by his wife." [Source: Shettle, Jr., M. L., "United States Naval Air Stations of World War II, Volume I: Eastern States, Schaertel Publishing Co., Bowersville, Georgia, 1995, LCCN 94--68879, ISBN 0-9643388-0-7, p. 178.]

A display in the Pensacola Lighthouse.

SyFy's "Ghost Hunters" have been to the lighthouse a few times, and smaller ghost hunting groups have visited the historic district. The Pensacola Lighthouse and Maritime Museum conduct "ghost hunts" there. It has been called "One of America's Most Haunted Lighthouses."

There is also a story of Quarters A being haunted by Marine Captain Guy Hall, Avaitor #3751, who died in a training mission in the 1920s.

On 20 February 1939, a squadron of twelve U.S. Navy aircraft, described as "fast combat ships", were returning to NAS Pensacola, Florida, from a routine training trip and found the Gulf Coast socked in by a fog described as one of the heaviest ever witnessed in the region. Eight planes were lost with two pilots killed. Three aircraft piloted by instructors, and one other plane, were diverted by radio and outran the fogbank to land safely at Atmore and Greenville, Alabama.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Pearl Harbor Shooting

The Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941, happened 77 years ago. Saturday, December 7, 2019, will mark 78 years.


At 2:30 pm local Hawaiian time, on December 4, 2019, a male U.S. Navy sailor shot three people, then killed himself at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday, four days before the anniversary. The shootings happened near Dry Dock 2 and 3.

Of the three victims, two people died almost immediately and one was hospitalized in stable condition, officials at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam said.

Notice the numbers 2 and 3 crop up often in this shooting. A total of 2300 American-aligned individuals died at Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941.


The names of the victims, all Department of Defense civilian workers, will be released after their families are notified.

Officials identified the gunman as an active duty sailor assigned to the USS Columbia. (Please refer to my essay on the meanings associated with Columbia, Columbus, and Columbine here.) The submarine was being repaired at the dry dock.

Victim identified: Vincent Kapoi Jr.

Pearl Harbor shooter identified as Petty Officer Gabriel Romero. One of the victims who was killed has been identified as 32 year old Vincent Kapoi Jr. Shooter used his M4 service rifle to kill the victims, and then turned the gun on himself, using his M9 service pistol.

USS Columbia (SSN-771), is the 60th flight II Improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine, and is the eighth vessel of the United States Navy to bear that name. The earlier Columbia's were given their names for differing reasons; SSN-771 was specifically named in honor of Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia, Missouri, and Columbia, Illinois.

It was unclear what type of gun was used or whether the attack was targeted.

A Synchromystical Place

Located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, the naval shipyard is across the harbor from the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Japanese imperialists bombed the harbor on December 7, 1941, killing more than 2,300 Americans. Survivors from the attack had already begun arriving in Honolulu for commemoration events, the base tweeted.

As I noted in "Pearl Harbor: A Synchromystical Place?" (December 7, 2013), the location was associated with hauntings and folklore long before the Japanese attack there in 1941. 


In the wake of December 7, 1941...

A view of the Navy Yard as seen from the Submarine Base in Southeast Loch. Honolulu, St. Louis, San Fransisco, and New Orleans are visible in the center distance. The submarine Narwhal is in the left foreground, while smoke in distance is from burning vessels in Dry Dock No. 1, YFD-2, and Battleship Row to the right.

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Canal Street Shooting

According to the New Orleans Police Department, at least 11 people were struck by gunfire in the 700 block of Canal Street just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, December 1, 2019. It happened near Royal and Canal streets, near the Hotel Astor and a McDonalds.

A person was detained near the scene, however police say their involvement in this incident remains under investigation.

No arrests have been made.

During a 5 a.m. press conference, NOPD said two of the 11 victims were in critical condition. No further details are available as to their respective statuses at this time. Source

The shooting took place in the 700 block of Canal Street, not far from Lafayette Square, The Ruby Slipper Cafe, and the Museum of Death.

On the same weekend in 2016, a man was killed and nine other people wounded in a shooting on Bourbon St.

In June 2014, another shooting incident on Bourbon St left one person dead and nine injured.

h/t Enki King for comment

Friday, November 29, 2019

London Bridge & Hague 2019 Incidents

November 29th is the anniversary of the Partition Plan of November 29, 1947, when The United Nations General Assembly approved a plan for the partition of Palestine.

2019 Incident

London Bridge

On this date in 2019, a "major incident" has taken place on the London Bridge. Reports indicate a number of people are believed to have been injured after a stabbing at London Bridge, police have said. One account says five have died ~ although this is totally unconfirmed.

The Met Police said they were called to a stabbing at a premises near the bridge just before 14:00 local time. They have declared this a "terrorist incident."

The force said it had killed a suspect, a man. The male killed was convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28. Two citizens of London were killed.

London Ambulance Service has declared a "major incident". British Transport Police said London Bridge station was currently closed and no trains would be stopping there.

Police have advised people near the scene to follow directions from officers on the ground.

The prime minister tweeted he was being updated on the incident and wanted to thank police and all emergency services for their response.

Home Secretary Priti Patel also tweeted that she was "very concerned" about the incident.

The suspect had a "hoax" bomb jacket on his body.

Heroes credited were tour guide Thomas Gray, 24; Fishmongers' Hall chef Luckasz originally from Poland; convicted murderer James Ford out on day release; and other Small Car Big City tour guide Stevie Hurst.

Fishmongers' Hall was hosting a prisoner rehabilitation conference organised by the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University. Usman Khan, who had on an ankle tracking bracelet, was attending the conference and a speaker.
The Narwhal Tusk

Polish chef Luckasz at the Fishmongers' Hall took a narwhal tusk off the wall to fight the London Bridge attacker. He is quite visible in photographs and videos of the incident. Source.

The narwhal (Monodon monoceros), or narwhale, is a medium-sized toothed whale that possesses a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth. It lives year-round in the Arctic waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. It is one of two living species of whale in the family Monodontidae, along with the beluga whale. The narwhal males are distinguished by a long, straight, helical tusk, which is an elongated upper left canine. The narwhal was one of many species described by Carl Linnaeus in his publication Systema Naturae in 1758.

Its name is derived from the Old Norse word nár, meaning "corpse", in reference to the animal's greyish, mottled pigmentation, like that of a drowned sailor and its summer-time habit of lying still at or near the surface of the sea (called "logging").

In Inuit legend, the narwhal's tusk was created when a woman with a harpoon rope tied around her waist was dragged into the ocean after the harpoon had struck a large narwhal. She was transformed into a narwhal, and her hair, which she was wearing in a twisted knot, became the characteristic spiral narwhal tusk.

Some medieval Europeans believed narwhal tusks to be the horns from the legendary unicorn. As these horns were considered to have magic powers, such as neutralising poison and curing melancholia, Vikings and other northern traders were able to sell them for many times their weight in gold.

Pale Horses on the Bridge

Revelation 6:8
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

The Hague

Then in the afternoon of Friday, November 29, 2019, several people were injured during a stabbing attack at a busy shopping district in the Netherlands, Dutch police said. It was the traditional "Black Friday" shopping day. There appears to be no terrorist connection in this incident.

At least three people were injured in the attack in The Hague, near the town’s historic center, Dutch police said. The suspect is still at large, officials said.

In a statement, Hague police said they were seeking a man aged 45-50 and described him using a Dutch term often applied to people of North African descent.

The attack came hours after a terrorist armed with a knife killed two pedestrians at the London Bridge. That suspect was shot dead by London cops.

2017 Incident

I posted of the earlier 2017 incidents here and here.

March 22, 2017 was the first anniversary of the 2016 terrorist attack in Brussels. Three suicide bombers killed 32 people and injured 316 in the 2016 Brussels bombings at the airport and at the Maelbeek/Maalbeek metro station.

Previously on March 22, in 2004, Ahmed Yassin, co-founder and leader of the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas, two bodyguards, and nine civilian bystanders are killed in the Gaza Strip when hit by Israeli Air Force Hellfire missiles.

On 22-3-17 in the U.K., at about 2:40 (2:37?) pm local time, a terrorist incident occurred. A woman was killed on Westminster Bridge in central London in what police are treating as a terrorist incident. Reportedly a police officer has died too. Five people are reported to have died. At least 40 people have been injured, some severely

London attack summary of June 4, 2017:

- Six dead, 49 injured and taken to hospitals

- Incident declared as terrorism

- Three suspects shot dead

- Total dead is 6 (4 pedestrians, 1 police officer, and the perpetrator Khalid Masood)


Photos from 2017.

"London Bridge is falling down" is the code for "The Queen has died."

Friday, November 15, 2019

Dressed in Black, Caught Between Two Worlds in Santa Clarita

The news out of Saugus, California, was of another school shooting on November 14, 2019. Santa Clarita High School is located in Saugus, north of Los Angeles. The town is known as the home of film star notable Harry Carey (who died in 1947) and his son Harry Carey Jr. (who died in 2012). Both are known for Westerns, and both claimed Saugus as their home.

The elder Harry Carey, actor and one of silent film's earliest superstars, is most often recalled for his Oscar-nominated role as the President of the Senate (the Vice President of the United States) in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939).

Carey Sr. married Olive Fuller Golden in 1920, and they purchased a 1,000-acre ranch in Saugus, California, north of Los Angeles, which was later turned into Tesoro Adobe Historic Park in 2005.

As an homage to Harry Carey, John Wayne held his right elbow with his left hand in the closing shot of The Searchers (John Ford, director, 1956), imitating a stance Carey himself often used in his films. According to John Wayne, both he and Carey's widow Olive (who costarred in the film) wept when the scene was finished.

Saugus is named after the town of Saugus, Massachusetts, the hometown of Henry Newhall, upon whose land the town was originally built.

Saugus rancher Harry Carey Sr. (right) returns as "Cheyenne Harry" opposite Winifred Westover (left) — the future Mrs. William S. Hart — in the 1919 John Ford Western, Marked Men (a lost silent film). The character, Cheyenne Harry, always dressed in black. "The Carey Family in the John Ford Western Universe" (August 7, 2016).

Saugus and Santa Clarita. All just coincidences? Perhaps? Perhaps not?

Andrew W. Griffin, on October 31, 2019, "Working' on a mystery," in Red Dirt Report, wrote:
Oddly, Santa Clarita, where Del Shannon spent his final days, has been coming up in the news the past few days. Santa Ana winds in the Santa Clarita area have led to devastating wildfires in that area, while a Santa Clarita-based congresswoman, Katie Hill, a Democrat, has resigned over an ethics investigation.
Not sure if any of this means a doggone thing. Just taking notes as I continue to "work on this mystery."
A man in black is the shooter....

A young man described as "Asian," dressed in all-black, on his 16th birthday, shot at five fellow classmates for 16 seconds on November 14, 2019, at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. He killed two people, injured three, and attempted to kill himself with a self-inflicted suicidal wound.

The shooting began at 7:38 a.m., before the beginning of classes.

The perpetrator reportedly pulled a .45 caliber handgun from his backpack and fired on fellow students in the school's quad. One of the students was struck in the stomach. A student was found at the school's choir room, and another was struck outside the school. A handgun was located outside the area of the shooting. Shortly after the attack on his classmates, the perpetrator turned the semi-automatic pistol on himself and attempted suicide. The shooting lasted sixteen seconds.

Three off-duty police officers had just dropped off relatives at the school and became the first responders on the scene: a detective with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and police officers from Inglewood and Los Angeles. They were joined within a minute by uniformed deputies on duty from the sheriff's station in Santa Clarita, as well as a sheriff's deputy who works at the school as the school resource officer. The Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed firefighters responded to the shooting before 8 a.m. Santa Clarita, as a contract city, uses county sheriff and fire services in lieu of operating its own police and fire departments.

Two students, a 16-year-old girl (Gracie Anne Muehlberger) and a 14-year-old boy (Dominic Blackwell), died following the shooting. Blackwell turned 14 on September 11, 2019. Muehlberger turned 15 on October 10, 2019.

There were two girls, aged 15 and 14, injured in the shooting. Four students were hospitalized at the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where three are in critical condition. Two students were transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.

The suspect was identified as Nathaniel Berhow, a student at the school, who turned 16 that day. He was in critical condition after shooting himself in the head.

It was announced on the afternoon of November 15, 2019, that Nathaniel Tennosuke Berhow had died of his self-inflicted wound at 3:32 pm Pacific time.

In Japanese, there is a culture of Kanji which is a set of characters originated from Chinese characters, and the meaning of the name changes according to the choice of Kanji characters. It appears that mostly the meanings are "heaven" with forms of "assistance."

This ties into the first name, Nathaniel. Nathaniel is a given name derived from the Greek form of the Hebrew נְתַנְאֵל (Netan'el), meaning "God/El has given" or "Gift of God/El."

His Japanese mother is Mami Matasuura. His American father, Mark Berhow died on December 5, 2017, at the age of 55. Mark Berhow was an avid hunter.

Nathaniel Berhow appears to have been caught between two worlds...between cultures...between living and dying...

Between two worlds...

Enki A. King adds...

"Twin Peaks again. The suspect lived on Sycamore Creek Drive. In the Twin Peaks universe, sycamores are associated with portals between worlds."

The Black Lodge was surrounded by sycamore trees. "Sycamore Trees" is a song performed by Jimmy Scott as the Black Lodge performer in Episode 29 of Twin Peaks. The music was written by Angelo Badalamenti and the lyrics by David Lynch.

Sycamore trees have a long history in folklore dating back to Egyptian times where the Holy Sycamore is said to connect the worlds between the dead and the living.

It was the ancient Egyptian Tree of Life. The fruit and the timber, and sometimes even the twigs, are richly represented in the tombs of the Egyptian Early, Middle and Late Kingdoms.

And between other worlds...

With Monument Valley in the background, John Wayne as Ethan Edwards, at the end of The Searchers, symbolizes much.
As for the doorway, it’s a brilliantly simple way to show Ethan is trapped between two worlds: the outlaw West and civilization...When Ethan returns from his journey, he discovers a world where settlers are throwing parties and the great Comanche war chiefs are dead. Texas has become a more peaceful place, only Ethan can’t bring himself to settle down. He doesn’t belong in this civilized world, and, really, he isn’t even welcome there. None of Ethan’s friends or family members invite him inside, and the door closes to lock him out. There isn’t anywhere for Ethan to go. He isn’t welcome with the Native Americans; the Confederacy lost the Civil War; and everyone he knows has either died or left him behind. Much like the Comanche corpse earlier in the film, Ethan is fated to “wander forever between the winds.” "What does the final shot of The Searchers mean?" (June 5, 2015)


Also on November 14, 2019: Another school shooting.
Russian police responded to a college shooting in Blagoveshchensk, where a student killed one and wounded three more students, dying by suicide shortly after the attack. Russia’s state Investigative Committee said the 19-year-old shooter brought a hunting rifle to class in Blagoveshchensk near the border with China and opened fire on students, killing one and severely injuring three more.


November 14, 1970 – Southern Airways Flight #932 crashed in the mountains near Huntington, WV, killing 75, including most of the Marshall University football team. 

November 14, 2017 – Kevin Janson Neal, 44, killed his mom the day before, then killed 4 and injured 12, on the Rancho Tehama Reserve, California.

A twilight language site surrounded in cultural chaos? July 23, 1982: Outside Santa Clarita, CA, actor Vic Morrow and two Asian children are killed when a helicopter crashes onto them while shooting a Vietnam war scene for Twilight Zone: The Movie.