Thursday, April 28, 2016

Goatman Tragedy

A tragedy this week in Louisville, KY as the death of an amateur paranormal investigator highlights the dangers of investigating the strange.

Roquel Bain, 26, of Dayton, Ohio died while looking into the legend of the Goatman.  According to reports, Bain and her boyfriend were in town to take a haunted tour of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium.  Since they had time before the scheduled tour, they decided to make their way to train tracks reported to be the location of goatman sightings.

The creature, also known as the Pope Lick Monster, is reported to be half man-half goat and purportedly tries to lure people to their deaths on the trestle over the Pope Lick Creek.
Legend states that when one crosses the trestle from one side to the other, the Goatman will appear.  Many people believe the tracks are no longer in use, but this is far from the case as trains regularly cross the creek at this point.

Bain and her boyfriend walked out on the trestle, not realizing the tracks are still active.  While on the tracks, they spotted a Norfolk Southern train heading their way.  Realizing they didn't have time to make it off the trestle to safety, they elected to hang off the side until the train passed.  In their attempts, Bain was struck by the train and fell an estimated 80 to 100 feet.  Her boyfriend survived with no injuries.

Deputy Coroner Jack Arnold reported that the woman died of multiple blunt force injuries suffered in the collision and subsequent fall from the railroad trestle. 

Area residents are disturbed at the number of problems that have arisen from stories of the goatman and people trying to access the trestle to investigate.
A chained fence and warning signs are in place to deter people from entering the area.

Area resident Michelle Burns stated:

"I see a train pass every thirty minutes or so.  It's shocking, people hear about so many deaths and they still take the risk.  It's sad, I pray for the family, my thoughts are with them, but I wish that people would think about what they're doing before they do it--it's definitely dangerous."

Many locations connected to paranormal and supernatural reports are filled with hazards and dangers.  While reality television portrays investigating such things as exciting and easy, Bain's tragic death should serve as a warning to those interested that such field work can be filled with danger and should not be taken lightly.

While some recent reports are claiming that the Goatman has taken another victim, this is more likely a tragic accident resulting from interested explorers being uninformed about area conditions.

If you chose to work in this field, please taken proper precautions and safety measures.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Russian Mothman II

I've received a lot of messages regarding my recent post on the possibility of the Mothman's 1999
appearance in Russia.

To me, it's always interesting to get reports out of countries like Russia.  Many people in the United States have devoted a lot time and energy to the study of strange phenomena over the years.  In Russia, the number of researchers is fairly small by comparison but they've been hard at work uncovering old reports and documenting new ones.  Thankfully, it's getting easier all the time for English speaking researchers to translate and find old news reports.

While the 1999 incident was fascinating, it's not the only Russian encounter with a weird flying creature.  In fact, flying humanoids were making themselves known in the region just after the famous encounters in Point Pleasant, WV.

The following incident is reported to have occurred one night in 1968 in the Russian Far East.  To be precise, the encounter was on the river Amur in the Primorskiy Kray region.

Thanks to researcher Albert S. Rosales for bringing this one to my attention:

"Because of the tense relations between the USSR and China at the time, Soviet KGB frontier troops intensified their patrols in the territories of the Russian Far East which bordered the People’s Republic of China. One night the crew of a Soviet patrol boat on the River Amur spotted a suspicious object flying in from the Chinese bank of the Amur. When the strange object came closer the men on the boat realized that the object resembled a winged human figure. The wings were visibly flapping in the air as the entity flew overhead. At the moment that the winged figure crossed the frontier into Russia the frontier guards opened fire with their automatic weapons. The flying entity stopped moving its wings and glided down sharply to the nearby taiga and dense pine forest. The crew of the patrol boat radioed headquarters about the incident and the order was given to find the object or creature whatever it was. The KGB frontier guards suspected that the figure was probably a Chinese spy, wearing some kind of flying apparatus or equipment. However a thorough search which included dogs conducted by the frontier guards proved fruitless. The mysterious flying man had disappeared."

Source: Polina Belova in: “Mir Uvlecheniy” newspaper
Kiev Ukraine # 1 December 6 2005

For my earlier post on a Russian Mothman see:

Friday, April 22, 2016


The Society of the Supernatural sat down with our friends Jay & Teresa Lynch for their ZTalk Radio show, Sit, Chat & Laugh with the Lynch's.

It was two short hours of great discussion.
You can catch the show in ZTalk's archives, and while you're at it, be sure to listen in on other great episode from this pair.  They're laid back but well informed on paranormal matters.  It was a pleasure to be on.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mysteries of Antarctica on Paranormal Zone TV

Recently, Dave Spinks and I joined show host Norene Balovoich on her program, Paranormal Zone TV--Do You Believe, for a discussion on some of the strange mysteries of Antarctica.  Cryptids, weird disappearances and Nazi activity in this frozen land are some of the topics we covered.

The show is available at the link below.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Stigmata Reported in Samoa

A woman in Samoa claims she developed Stigmata while performing in a church play on Good Friday.

Stigmata is primarily linked to the Catholic faith.  It's a phenomenon wherein a person develops bleeding wounds similar to those suffered by Christ during the crucifixion.  The faithful see such a condition as a miracle and a sign of holy influence.

In the latest Samoan case, twenty three year old Toaipuapuaga Opapo says started bleeding from wounds on her palms, feet, forehead, and side.  She says the wounds appeared while she was performing as Jesus in a play re-enacting the crucifixion. 

Footage of her at the church was broadcast on television and shows what appears to be blood running down her arms, and later, emerging from her side.

In an interview with TV1 Samoa, Opapo told reporters that she spontaneously started bleeding while news cameras were rolling.  The station did not confirm the claim.  Opapo told reporters:

"I'm just another human being...but my body has been used as a reminder because God knows that the faith of his servants are dying."

Samoa is a largely Christian country and even the Prime Minister weighed in on the stigmata case.  PM Tuilaepa Sailelel Malielagaoi told the Samoa Observer newspaper:

"We should be happy about these events that it has happened to a daughter of a pastor in Samoa.  If it happens to someone, it means they are holy."

Some controversial aspects have developed around the case.  Opapo it seems, is not Catholic, but a member of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS).  A spokesman for the church, general secretary Afereti Uili stated:

"Stigmata is not part of the Reformed tradition of which CCCS is a part.  If it really is stigmata, it would be a unique occurrence.  We are therefore undertaking our own investigations into the matter."

Uili added that the Church would release an official statement once their investigation was complete.

TV1 Samoa's news editor, Merita Huch, said that the case has created a divide across faiths in the country.

"The Catholic Church has since been taking care of her, they have held a Mass for her.  There have been villages who have invited her as they want to meet her and touch her. 

But there are other churches who are warning people not to believe it, saying it is the work of the devil...Some people say she was possessed by an old boyfriend's spirit."

As is always the case with reports of stigmata, the doubting cry hoax and the faithful proclaim miracle, but the debate continues.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

I Would Still Be Drowned In Tears Reviewed

Historians often ignore the evidence for a connection between President Abraham Lincoln and Spiritualism, opting to claim that the only spiritualist ideas observed by the first family sat firmly in the mind of the President's wife Mary Todd.  A woman that many historians claim was mentally deranged.  In the skeptic's narrow belief system, only a mentally unstable person could believe in the tenants of the spiritualist tradition.
Sadly, such views are one sided and fail to account for the popularity of Spiritualism during the period of Lincoln's rise to the nation's highest office.

When the Civil War went into full swing, the idea of communicating with the deceased became even more appealing to those who had lost loved ones to the conflict.  Séances were all the rage and were being conducted around the country.  Washington D.C. was a hotbed of Spiritualism and members included those in high society.  Is it any wonder that the first family wouldn't have been well aware of this trend?  Furthermore, could there be any doubt that a man with a constantly inquisitive mind such has Lincoln, wouldn't at least investigate the popular craze that so many people were embracing?

While a lot has been written about Spiritualism of the period, a more in-depth study of Lincoln and his relationship to such beliefs is long overdue.
Author Michelle L. Hamilton has tried to fill some of the void with her recent work, "I Would Still Be Drowned In Tears."  Subtitled, "Spiritualism in Abraham Lincoln's White House," the book digs into historical documents to give us examples and evidence pointing to President Lincoln's interest in the Spiritualism of the day.

There's a great mention of Lincoln's encounter with a levitating piano at a séance conducted by medium Nettie Colburn.  According to accounts:

"The President, with a quaint smile, said, 'I think we can hold down that instrument.' Whereupon he climbed upon it, sitting with his legs dangling over the side, as also did Mr. Somes, S.P. Kase, and a soldier in the uniform of a major...from the Army of the Potomac.  The piano, notwithstanding the enormous added weight, continued to wabble about until the sitters were glad 'to vacate the premises'"

The book comes in at about 150 pages, so it just breaks the surface of a very deep subject.  It's a quick read, and there's a great bibliography of source material for those who wish to dig further into a fascinating aspect of history.

Check it out for a glimpse into an untapped and strange aspect of civil war history.