Saturday, January 14, 2017

Native American BEK Encounters

Lon Strickler over at Phantoms & Monsters has just posted a brief piece about some BEK encounters on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The reservation, in South Dakota, is Oglala Lakota territory. It's a world that most people never step foot into. Steeped in history and tragedy, the reservation is much bigger than people often realize, covering an area larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

Typically, Native Americans have a very different perspective on supernatural events due to their unique cultural worldview.

What's really intriguing about these accounts is that I have similar reports from one of the native reservations in the Southwest. Although I have not written about these accounts, I have discussed the topic briefly in a couple of interviews.

Additionally, I've recently received word of some encounters on yet another reservation in a different part of the country. Why the sudden rash of accounts of BEKs on Native land?

According to the report of Phantoms & Monsters, the BEKs that appeared on Pine Ridge asked to come inside, requested food, and during one encounter, asked for blood.

Read more here:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chimera Farms

How close is the world coming to creatures actually created in a lab?

Genetic creations, hybrids, it all seems to be rushing towards reality.

"We are not near the island of Dr. Moreau, but science moves fast. The specter of an intelligent mouse stuck in a laboratory somewhere screaming, "I want to get out" would be very troubling to people."

 --David Resnik, ethicist for the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more in my new article, "Chimera Farms" in the new issue of Politics, Prophecy and the Supernatural available at:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Serpent Mound UFO Sighting

The Serpent Mound in Adams County, Ohio is a three foot high effigy mound. Though the site was first documented in the 1840's, much about it still remains a mystery. Originally, the mound was attributed to the Adena culture, but studies in the 1990's pointed to a much earlier construction.

The site has long attracted those who pursue the mysterious and some believe there is a possible Ancient Alien connection. The television show of the same name has in fact featured the Serpent Mound, drawing possible correlations between the ancient site and extraterrestrial visitors.

I received the account below from a witnesses who had an unusual sighting at the Serpent Mound. The encounter reportedly occurred in 2014. The sender chose to remain anonymous, probably due to the fact that the mound itself is a designated historic landmark and the park currently closes at sunset. Due to the sensitive nature of the site, no one is allowed on the mound itself, or on the grounds after hours.

"My girlfriend and I had heard a lot of stories from friends about the Serpent Mound and strange things going on out there. My cousin had told me that he'd seen a UFO himself out near the mound and we were really curious to see if we could spot one. We were out near the park one night, some friends of my cousin live out near it and the three of us decided to go in. Honestly I knew that we were not supposed to be in there but we didn't get on the mound or anything, we just walked into the parking area and we were sky watching.

We were probably only there about ten or fifteen minutes when we heard this weird buzzing sound. It was like an electrical vibration sound. We were looking all around and it sounded like it was coming from above us. My girlfriend was getting freaked out, she thought we were going to get into some real trouble. We went up to the little museum on the chance that the sound was someone there, but it was of course closed. 
The walkway from there leads over to the mound and there's a viewing tower right by the mound. That's when we realized the sound was getting louder and that's when we spotted the three orange lights. 

They were these three round balls of light and they were over top the Serpent Mound. From where we were, they were about the size of basketballs I guess, but it looked like they kept expanding and getting bigger, then contracting and getting smaller to the basketball size. This could have been a trick of light I guess because as we were standing there, these three orange lights were going back and forth over the length of the serpent. They were tracking the line that the serpent follows. They were all in a line and there was at least a couple of feet or more between them. They did this pattern a bunch of times, picking up speed as they went back and forth. We were all frozen to the spot watching and then my girlfriend made a sound. It was sort of a cry and gasp I would call it. It was weird because when she did this, the orange lights suddenly stopped in mid air, right around the middle of the serpent. It was almost like they had heard her. They just hovered there for a few seconds, then suddenly, they shot straight up into the sky. The went so high and straight up that in a second or two, we couldn't see them at all, they had faded into the sky.
We hightailed it out of there as fast as we could all swearing that we would never go back. It was exciting, but it was really scary at the same time.
The other thing I remember is there being a smell like burned air. We all felt like those lights were aware of us before they took off."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winged Creature Attacks in the Bronx: 1904

From reports published in the New York Times on June 22, 1904, we learn of a problem faced by policemen working a lonely post in the Bronx. According to numerous officers, a giant winged creature was causing so much turmoil that the location earned the nickname "the hoodoo post."

Some thought the creature was merely a large, aggressive owl, others were convinced it was something of a more supernatural nature. According to information posted in the Times:

Acting Captain Wilson of the Bronx Park Police Station last night asked the Superintendent of the Zoological Gardens to try to take into custody a big brown 'owl' for which the past three weeks has been scaring the policemen who were assigned to Post 16, which is one of the most lonely posts in the gloomy old Bronx.

For many days, it was believed that a winged demon had deigned to hover over Post 16, and the policemen who were assigned to duty there came into the old station in the Lorillard Mansion night after night with wonderful tales of what had happened on the hoodoo post.

Policeman Patrick J. Hickey said it was the most horrid thing he had ever encountered.

"It's not an owl, it's a devil with wings. Sure I know an owl when I see one, but no man ever seen an owl with wings six feet wide. And it "whooo's" like a ghost in a graveyard too, when it's not growling beneath its breath. Why men, he's no owl; he a devil; and I'm going to get transferred."

After Hickey was transferred, a German policeman was assigned to Post 16, which takes in Lorillard Lane. The German policeman had only been on the post an hour one night when he came running into the station house to report that he had seen the creature, shouting at his fellow officers:

"I've seen it! It had a stick on its claw, and it tried to smash my head. When I ducked, it ducked too, and I had to run behind a tree. I think it is supernatural, that's what I think."

Policeman Walter Kane was the next one assigned to the now infamous post but he put in for a transfer in a hurry after reporting that a strange, winged creature had knocked his helmet off while he was patrolling the lane.

Next up was Policeman Frank Campbell, sent to the Bronx station from a downtown Manhattan precinct. He was on duty on Post 16 for only two nights when he encountered something strange that flew down out of the trees and attacked him. Campbell had not heard about the other reports from previous officers on Post 16. He entered the station with his face scratched and his helmet battered in and wrote out his report:

"Shortly before midnight, encountered a dark, flying object with four legs and two wings, the beast attacked me, if it was a beast, and I fought back. Has the resemblance of a tall, slim man at times, and at other times assumes the form of a mountain dwarf."

On the night of June 21st, Julius Wensch, a resident of the Bronx, ran into the police station and shouted for help. He told Sgt, Appel, who was at the desk, that he had been attacked by something wild that "yelled like a tiger." He said the strange thing had carried away a young woman who was in his company, and he asked for police assistance. Policemen Ollet and Baker were sent to rescue the girl, and they found her running through Lorillard Lane screaming. She explained that a "wildcat with wings" had attacked her and had torn the feathers from her hat. The policemen went back to the station and reported that it was undoubtedly the big, brown owl which had been frightening policemen for the past three weeks. The acting Captain notified the Bronx Park folks and a squad of men were sent out to capture the thing at midnight.

Curiously, there are no further reports about this string of attacks. No record of an owl or any other creature being captured, or, of any further sightings.

What were all of these people encountering in the Bronx? Was it a devil as one officer proclaimed, or was it an owl, or even Mothman?
Perhaps there was a rational explanation, or perhaps it was something unearthly. Unfortunately we'll never know exactly what the creature was so we're left with a curious historical note of some unusual encounters.

Original sources: The New York Times, and Kate Massingill writing in the Magonia Exchange List.

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Grinning Man and Floating Fish

I've always been intrigued by accounts of "grinning men," from my own encounter with one on a remote back road, (detailed in Strange Intruders), to the accounts collected by John Keel.

Although not as well known or as wide spread as other weird humanoids, encounters with these odd characters do seem to happen frequently enough to leave a collection of tales to ponder. Of course, as with a lot of other phenomena, many questions are left in the wake of these encounters.

Researcher Jamie L. Brian just sent me this transcription of a grinning man account from an episode of Ground Zero Radio. It's a brief report, but very puzzling. The report was given my a man named Clay who called in from Ohio to relate his childhood experiences with a grinning man. From his quick description, it sounds as if Clay suffered from sleep paralysis, and it's during these incidents that a grinning man appears:

"I'm 43 years old now. When I was a child, all the way up until I was in my early teens, I would have such fear [trying to sleep] that I could not move. I could open my eyes and there would be a man wearing big overalls and a big work shirt, you know, like a plaid type of work shirt. He had white-grayish hair. His eyes were like black sunken in holes and he had perfect teeth when he smiled. And when I would focus on him, he would float up through the ceiling.

And I would have this for many years, and sometimes there would be these, the only way I can describe them is, like black fish floating around the room when he came in. That's the only way I can describe them. Almost like black spots."

Original source: Ground Zero Radio with Clyde Lewis - June 21, 2016.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

B.E.K. Black Eyed Kids #10

B.E.K. Black Eyed Kids number 10 is out this week as the creepy story continues to unfold. Also, my BEK Case Files in this issue details a report about a black eyed child encounter in Florida.

From the preview:

Writer: Joe Pruett
Artist: Szymon Kudranski
Colorist: Guy Major
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla
Gus and Meredith are on the run from the wrath of the B.E.K. leader! Meanwhile, Jim Loudin and Riley wonder if there’s any chance of saving Michael after their last dangerous encounter with him! And if so, at what cost?
From the Eisner Award-winning writer of X-Men Unlimited and Cable.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Fontana Monster Sightings of 66'

August 1966. Two teenagers rushed into the sheriff's office in Fontana, California to report their close encounter with a strange creature.

Jerri Lou Mendenhall, 16, told officers that she and her friend had been driving along a dirt road just north of town when a creature suddenly came out of the bushes and attacked the car.
The creature reached through the driver's window and tried to grab Mendenhall. She quickly hit the accelerator and rushed away but not before a hairy hand brushed against her. The girl showed officers a set of scratches on her neck that she claimed to have received from the monster's large human like hand.
The witnesses described the beast as being at least eight feet tall and "like a gorilla on its hind legs."

The youths were in a hysterical state and described their encounter in great detail. The officers however, were not receptive to the report and made fun of the teens. One official laughed and said to Mendenhall:

"I suppose next you will be telling me that the monster was dressed in a pink bikini and you will expect me to believe that too?"

Angered, the girl retorted to the officer "Sure, of course, it was wearing a pink bikini!"

Still in a distraught state, the teenagers left the office, trying to ignore the laughter of the officers. Unfortunately, the pink bikini comment was picked up by a Los Angeles newspaper which further made fund of the entire account.

But there was more to the story. A number of other teens reported having encounters with a large, hairy creature on the local lover's lane. While law enforcement insisted that there was nothing to the story, at least one officer admitted, off the record, that he had found a huge, four toed footprint at the scene but didn't report it.

Several papers ran stories about Fontana's creature.The San Bernardino Sun-Telegram reported on the monster several times and included numerous witness statements. The Ontario Daily Report informed readers that there were numerous reports of the beast near the old Fontana dragstrip between Foothill Boulevard and Base Line Road. According to the paper, the creature was "A horrible monster with a hairy body, long hands, and claws dripping with slime."

By the end of August, the Daily Report ran a news item about an impromptu hunt for the monster. Sheriff's deputies were called out to reports of shots fired around the race track. Arriving on the scene, they found four teenage boys with a pair of rifles who were "combing the brush and shooting at everything that moved."
The boys were reportedly determined to find the local monster and bring it down once and for all. Officers confiscated the firearms and sent the boys on their way.

It was the last reported sighting of the Fontana monster of the period. While many people tried to play off the accounts as wild stories, the admission by a law enforcement that he found an unusual track implies there may be much more to the story of Fontana's monster.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My Haunted Journal

Hot off the press is Ross Allison's "My Haunted Journal," an innovative idea for those wanting to chronicle ghostly activity in their environment.

I had the honor of writing the forward for Ross's book and I can recommend it both for beginners who want to learn to document strange activity, as well as seasoned investigators who want a fresh take on detailing their findings. It's also a useful tool to leave with homeowners and families who may want to learn to understand and document paranormal occurrences in their homes.

From the book's description:

"My Haunted Journal offers basic ghost hunting tools and steps for those living with paranormal activity to learn to live with spirits. In its pages you will find out how to conduct your own investigation, descriptions of strange encounters you might face, the three simple rules for controlling your ghosts, what to do and not do when dealing with your troublesome guests and how to journal your encounters with the unknown.

Also included are explanations for why ghosts haunt, lists of things people mistake for hauntings, 20 ways to communicate with the spirit world and much more!

It's a fun and educational look into the paranormal, and once you've learned about the spirit world, the book becomes your very own Haunted Journal. Use the blank pages and reports to document your encounters as you use your new skills to investigate your haunted locations."

My Haunted Journal is available at

Monday, January 2, 2017

Encounter in the Italian Alps:1947

Here's a strange encounter that occurred at Villa Santina, near Raveo Carnic in the Alps of Italy. The date was August 14, 1947 and the incident happened at nine a.m.

It'a a fairly early case in terms of UFO occupant lore and bears some curious aspects, including the disappearance of all aluminum from the witness's possession:

"Ascending a mountain stream, the Chiarao, R.L. Johannis came upon a 10-meter wide, lens shaped object of red burnished metal wedged into a rock crack so that it stood on edge. It had a low cupola bearing a thin telescoping antenna like a car's radio, and no openings.

Seeing two "boys" 50 meters away, he called out to them and began to approach them. When he was within 25 meters, he saw that they were midget-sized beings not over 3 ft. tall, wearing dark blue overalls of translucent material, with bright red belts, collars, and cuffs. Their large heads were covered with broad tight fitting caps.
They had immense round yellow green eyes with vertical slit pupils, and a mere slit of a shaped mouth, which kept opening and closing. Their skin was dull greenish; they walked like robots, with arms hanging.

After a couple minutes stupor, Johannis waved his geologist's pick and called out, asking who they were.

At this, one raised his hand to his belt and a thin puff of smoke was emitted; Johannis found himself flat on the ground, paralyzed, and feeling as if he had received an electric shock.

He saw one of the beings pick up his pick with a green hand that had eight fingers; four of them opposite like our thumbs. Then, with small steps, they slowly walked to the saucer.

A few minutes after they entered the rock crack, the disk rose vertically to about 15 ft above the ground (still on edge, "like a gong") & hovered there while Johannis tried to get up but fell back again. The disc tipped a bit and then took off with a blast of wind that rolled Johannis into the stony riverbed.

It was more than 2 hours before he felt able to walk home. When he unpacked his pack, he found that the aluminum objects in it were missing. 

At this time, he had never heard of flying saucers."

This incident was originally reported in Flying Saucer Review Vol 13 #1 from May, 1964 and more recently by researcher Albert Rosales.