Monday, April 20, 2015

The Roswell Slides and the "Ant People"

There's another new article from me on the "Roswell Slides." You can find it at Mysterious Universe and it starts like this:

"Last week, I revealed here at Mysterious Universe that back in 2012, I was given the extensive files, notes, correspondence and archives of the late UFO researcher Kathy Kasten. I also noted that, as Kathy’s files show, much of her research was focused upon studying claims that one of the people who was brought in to study the mysterious bodies reportedly found outside of Roswell, New Mexico, in July 1947, was William Randolph Lovelace II – a man with a prestigious background and who worked with both the U.S. military and NASA.

"But, there is something else about those fascinating files I inherited: repeated references (specifically in relation to the curious corpses found on the Foster Ranch, Lincoln County) to legends concerning the legendary 'Ant People.' And, if you’re not aware of the controversy, you’ll likely say: 'Huh? Ant People?' Okay, let me explain."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Roswell Slides: The Kodachrome Controversy

Over at Rich Reynolds' UFO Conjecture(s) blog, there is a new guest post from Jose Antonio Caravaca, on the matter of the cardboard Kodak sleeves that hold the slides purporting to show a body from the Roswell crash.

Jose says: "...although the Kodak company ceased production of the aforementioned type of cardboard sleeves in 1949, it does not mean that in any camera store in the United States stopped using them. They would have continued until their inventory of them was exhausted, the switched to the new Kodak sleeves. Therefore, the evidence surrounding the dating of the slides is circumstantial..."

I don't have a solid view on what the slides show (or don't), and like most of us, I'm waiting to see what will be revealed in Mexico next month. But there is something people might find intriguing...

I personally possess numerous, old, cardboard slide covers, one of which contains a photo of a flying saucer, from around 1969. Yes, it's true! Well, in a way it's true.

When I was about 4 or 5, my dad (whose job was a carpenter) made me a wooden flying saucer, about 10 inches wide, and which he painted, added landing gear, and which looked pretty cool! I used to play with it for hours!

One day, my dad and I thought it would be cool to take a photo of the saucer, and so he hung it on a piece of cotton (or string, or whatever, it barely matters now) on the washing-line in the back garden and snapped a shot. He then got it developed and had a slide of it made - mounted in an old Kodak, 1960s-era cardboard sleeve.

Of course, it's important I stress that this was not intended as a hoax, no money was made from it, and it was only shared with family and friends as a bit of fun and nothing else. It was just something made, and photographed, by a father for his very young son.

That's the slide above. And at the end of this post is the photo (you can just see the washing-line on the top right, from which the intergalactic Adamski scout-craft was carefully hung).

What this serves to demonstrate is that having a controversial image housed in a cardboard, Kodak sleeve and from a specific time-frame proves nothing, regardless of its year.

It's what's in the image that is important (or, conversely, isn't important). It's not hard, at all, to get hold of very old cardboard slide frames. Indeed, thanks to my dad, I have a huge collection of old family photos all preserved in 50 and 60 year old cardboard, Kodak frames.

No doubt, some of the more paranoid elements of Ufology might ponder (given the saucer photo, and the decades-old cardboard sleeve) on the possibility that I had a role in the slides issue - which I didn't, of course.

However...if I wanted to, I could easily have a slide made of something weird (or allegedly weird) and insert it in one of those hundreds of old 1960s-era slide covers I possess. Lo and behold, something new appears to be something from the 1960s.

What a thought! The thick plottens...

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Children of Roswell - Coming in November

Coming in November of this year, another new book on the world's most famous UFO crash. Yeah, you know the one.

The title: The Children of Roswell: A Seven-Decade Legacy of Fear, Intimidation, and Cover-Ups, by Tom Carey and Don Schmitt.

Here - below - is what the publisher, New Page Books, says of The Children of Roswell:

This is not just another book about Roswell. It's not about any of the events surrounding one of the most famous UFO incidents of all time. It's not even about any of the men or women involved in the recovery of a spaceship and its crew in the summer of 1947.

Rather, it's about the aftermath--the lifetime impact Roswell has had on the families who were forced to live with the truth while accepting the government's account of the incident, then forced to face years of suppression and fear of reprisal from a government sworn to protect them.

Despite the government's best efforts to explain it away, after nearly 70 years, Roswell is a story that just won't disappear. Parents who were present during or immediately after the incident may have passed on, but their children know what happened‚ and have paid dearly for their knowledge. These are their stories. You will finally learn the truth about:

  • The daughter of a witness to an alien body who discovered that her phone had been bugged for years.
  • How the U.S. Air Force tried to change the mind of the son of the Roswell intelligence officer in 1995.
  • What really became of the son of the principle witness, who disappeared in 1960.

    These are stories worth reading that force you to think about why the government would go to such lengths to keep these families quiet.
  • Hippies, Mothman, and Cthulhu

    A few shots from my apartment: the Mothman wall, the Cthulhu door, and a warning to bearded, hippie types...

    Roswell, Files, and Much, Much More...

    Back in 2012, I inherited the UFO files of the late researcher, Kathy Kasten, who was a frequent contributor to the now-defunct, UFO Updates. The files amount to thousands of pages of research files, notes, correspondence, and much more - including a huge dossier on a certain man that Kathy came to believe played a direct, significant role in the Roswell affair of 1947.

    And here's my new Mysterious Universe article on that very issue: the man in question and Roswell.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    From God To The Roswell Slides

    That's the topic of Rich Reynolds' new post at UFO Conjecture(s) on the matter of those slides...

    Roswell Slides/Not Roswell Slides

    Kevin Randle, at his A Different Perspective blog, gives us the latest news on the "Roswell Slides," which, apparently, we shouldn't be calling the "Roswell Slides," after all. If you're confused, you're definitely not the only one...

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    A Woman In Black

    If you know your Men in Black lore and history, the name of Albert Bender will be instantly familiar to you.

    But, what of the Woman in Black of the Bender family?

    That's the subject of my new Mysterious Universe feature.

    The WIB are also the subject of a full-length book I'm now close to completing.

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    The Roswell Religion

    Over at his UFO Conjecture(s) blog, Rich Reynolds has a very interesting new article on the parallels between the Roswell affair of July 1947 and Christianity. Check it out here...

    Profiling The Linton "Worm"

    A study of British folklore will reveal a number of intriguing, centuries-old reports of giant "worms" roaming around the countryside - and usually causing mayhem and death and doing battle with valiant knights and heroes of old.

    Over at Mysterious Universe, I profile one such story, that of the wriggly beast of Linton, Scotland. And here's how it begins: 

    "Our world has no shortage of modern day monsters – Bigfoot, the Chupacabra, and the Yeren of China make that very clear. The world of the past had no shortage, either, as the strange saga of what became known as the Linton Worm makes very clear. It’s a tale that has fascinated me for many years, and which dates back to the 1100s.

    "It tells of a horrific, man-eating, giant, worm-like beast that terrified the good folk of Linton, Roxburghshire, which is located on the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Interestingly, and as will soon become apparent, the monster has parallels with a number of Scottish lake monsters, and particularly so Nessie of Loch Ness and Morag of Loch Morar."

    Mothman and the Silver Bridge Collapse

    There's a new e-book out right now from George Dudding, on the subject of the December 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, which plays a central role in the Mothman controversy.

    I write about Dudding's book (titled The Silver Bridge Tragedy) at Mysterious Universe, and here's the link.

    One to check out!

    Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    Bigfoot, Caves, and a Monster-Movie

    And one more new Mysterious Universe article from me, this one focusing on a certain horror-movie, cave-dwelling monsters, and parallels with the Bigfoot mystery...

    The Narrabeen "Thing"

    Over at Mysterious Universe I focus on a very weird case of cryptozoological proportions from 1968. It involves the sighting of a strange creature that seems to have been several parts of several animals - if such a thing were even possible!

    Anyway, whatever "it" was, it scared the life out of the witness, an Australian woman named Mabel Walsh.

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    Phantom Hounds in Latin America

    My new Mysterious Universe article is a review of a cool booklet on "Phantom Black Dogs" that was published a few years ago, but which is now available as a free download.

    While most people associated the PBD phenomenon with the UK, as Simon Burchell (the author of Phantom Black Dogs in Latin America) notes, there is an amazing and extensive body of data on near-identical beasts in Latin America.

    A fascinating study of an under-appreciated aspect of the PBD mystery!

    Here's the link.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    A Paranormal Hot-Spot

    What do (a) a controversial "crashed UFO story; (b) anomalous black cats; (c) Bigfoot; (d) a werewolf; (e) a band of occultists; and (f) weird, flying balls of light all have in common?

    The answer: they have all been seen/encountered in the direct vicinity of the small Texas town of Aurora.

    In other words, we're talking about one of John Keel's "window areas."

    It's a story I tell over at Mysterious Universe.

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    Going Offline

    I'll be offline from later today and back online at the weekend. So, as all the comments at this blog have to be moderated, don't whine and stamp your feet if you don't see your comment until Sunday.

    Roswell Slides and Shady Characters

    That's the subject of my new Mysterious Universe article, which focuses on the controversial lives of two guys who got involved in the crashed UFO controversy back in the 1940s and who are now (even after death) playing a role in the saga of the so-called Roswell Slides. Their names: Leo Gebauer and Silas Newton.

    Here's the link.

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Gray Barker & the MIB: AUDIO

    Fans of the Men in Black mystery, don't miss this: a new audio edition of Gray Barker's classic, 1956 study of the MIB phenomenon, They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers, is now available as an audio-book.

    Check it out.