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Nick Redfern: From an Ouija Board to Sasquatch

Ouija board
© Jon Santa Cruz/Rex Features
Laura Carter was thirty-six, lived in New York, and was employed by the Post Office when I interviewed her in 2007. She related to me the details of a distinctly odd and unsettling series of occurrences that took place back in mid-1985. On one particularly warm summer's night, Laura said, three of her friends had come over to visit. Her parents were out of town, and so the girls planned to have an evening hanging out, playing music, drinking, and and generally having a fun time.

At some point during the night, the discussion turned to horror-movies, ghosts, spooks and specters, and the four girls decided to experiment with an old Ouija Board. As Laura admitted to me, none of them were seriously frightened by the board or the possible implications of what might transpire - in fact, they had no real idea at all how to even use the board, apart from "what we had seen in horror movies," added Laura. But, like teenagers everywhere, they found the idea of "playing with the Ouija Board while my mom and dad were out" to be great fun and immensely exciting. However, what initially started out as nothing more than a bit of late-night joking around quickly changed into something far darker and much more disturbing.

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Missing 411? Crews search for missing hiker in the North Cascades, Washington

Missing hiker, Sam Sayers
© KOMO News
Search and rescue crews are now on their third day of intense efforts to find missing hiker Sam Sayers, who disappeared while hiking Vesper Peak.
Search and rescue crews are now on their third day of intense efforts to find missing hiker Sam Sayers deep in the mountain loop highway area of Vesper Peak.

"We have about 70 search and rescue members down on the Spada side, including canine, and we also have our helicopter and air operations," said Sargent Greg Sanders of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

Sayer's friends reported her missing after she didn't return from her hike this past Wednesday. Although she was alone, she's hiked this area before. And even though its summer, conditions up top are very different. "It's alpine, at about 5,400 feet we actually still have snow up there."

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Grey Alien

Aliens blamed for spate of cow mutilations in Argentina after 'strange lights' seen in sky

Aliens accused for Argentinian cattle mutilation
© Express, UK
Local farmers in Santa Fe, north-eastern Argentina, have seen seven cows killed and mutilated with some believing extraterrestrials are killing the bovine animals.

Witnesses claim the cows look as if they were attacked with lasers, while strange markings were also found on their tongues and genitals.

Farmers in the region are blaming aliens or the mythical chupacabra - a myth from South America which supposedly feeds on animals' blood.

Norberto Bieri, owner of one of the seven cows, told local media: "They did not have tongues or flesh around the jaw, but they did not take any animals away or remove their bones.

"It seems as though the clean incisions were done with a laser as there is no trace of a knife being used. The cows did not have signs of blood and nothing had appeared to eat them.

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'Alien craft' discovered at the Bermuda Triangle using maps made by NASA astronaut

scuba diver
© Darrell Miklos / Instagram
A treasure-hunter exploring the depths of the Bermuda Triangle using a secret map made by NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper in space has made a mysterious discovery which he claims may prove the region was visited by aliens.

Explorer Darrell Miklos has been investigating more than 100 magnetic 'anomalies' using maps created in the 1960s by his friend and famed NASA astronaut Cooper to locate shipwrecks in the Caribbean.

Many of Miklos' discoveries have been featured over two seasons of the Discovery Channel docu-series 'Cooper's Treasure.' However, the latest installment of the show includes an unexpected discovery at an undisclosed location near the Bahamas.

Miklos had expected to find an ancient shipwreck but instead, the explorer said he found an astonishing structure unlike anything he had seen before. The 'unidentified submerged object' (USO) is huge, and has 15 long 15,300ft obtrusions extending from its side.

Comment: More pictures from The Daily Mail:

ancient coral

Horizontal cylinder structures jut out from this large dome feature at the center of the site. Geophysicists on the team report that the coral covering these structures appears to be more than 5000 years old.
underwater discovery

A close up of one of the horizontal structures which has scientists baffled. Because of the extreme currents at the location it's almost impossible for coral to grow at all, let alone into a anything this large.
underground discovery

Here, what he describes as the right jutting section of the USO. According to scientists on Darrell's team, no coral anywhere in the world could grow in this formation naturally, there would have to be an underlying structure to support that type of growth.



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Plymouth, UK paranormal investigators receive major spike in calls over June, July

Ghost hunters at Palace Theatre
© John Allen
Ghost hunt- search for paranormal activity at Palace Theatre.
The scorching heatwave is being blamed for causing a massive increase in paranormal activities in people's homes around the South West region.

This is according to ghost hunter expert Gary Parsons of the Plymouth Paranormal Investigators (PPI), who says they have received a "major spike" in the number of calls during the past two months.

Some people have even been afraid to enter their own homes.

Mr Parsons said: "We have received a major spike in the number of calls during June and July, with people reporting scary supernatural phenomena, and one couple almost afraid to go into their own home because of poltergeists, and residual energies making things move."

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Reflection in the window or 'Gollum' in Canadian woods?

Gollum
© YouTube/Kong Viral
SPOOKY footage of faceless creature spotted in woods in Canada.
A mysterious faceless beast has been captured on camera stalking a moose.

While Audree Frechette was filming a moose peacefully feeding by the side of a desolate road in Gaspé Valley in Quebec, she didn't expect the camera to film anything unusual. But when she re-watched the tape, she noticed a pale, faceless monster-like creature hiding in the shadows. Compared to the moose, it was 6ft (1.8 meters) tall and appeared to be eying the animal.

The video went viral, garnering almost 700,000 views in just one week. Many of YouTube users thought that the creature resembled Gollum - a lean, pale character in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Others remembered Rake - a monster that was supposedly seen in 2009 in the woods of Canada.

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'Gargoyle' seen in eastern Massachusetts

Gargoyle sighting in MA
© Phantoms & Monsters
The following account was posted at Reddit today, by the user named Decay_WithMe:
I live 25 minutes south of Boston. About 6 months ago I saw this insane thing. It was about 3 AM, I had been up late as I normally am. I stepped outside to smoke a cigarette. It was dark as Hell except for the stars and moon. As I was smoking I heard this noise of something flying. I look up and see this winged creature land on my neighbor's roof and just sit there like a Gargoyle would. I thought I was seeing sh*t or seeing something wrong but then the creature jumped up and flew away and I could see its whole body. It was the size of a small human but massive wings. It reminded me of a Gargoyle. I don't know what the f**k I saw but it was crazy. Has anyone ever had an experience seeing something like this? Humanoid creature with wings?
I contacted the witness and received a bit more information.

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Strange, smelly foam bubbles up from ground in Detroit

strange foam detroit
© WDIV
Residents downriver are wondering if the material bubbling out of the ground near the Marathon refinery is from the rain.
A mysterious substance has been found coming out of the ground in Melvindale, Michigan, and nobody can seem to figure out where it is. Residents downriver are wondering if the material bubbling out of the ground near the Marathon refinery is from the rain.

It's oozing onto the street at Schaefer Highway between Oakwood Boulevard and I-75. Melvindale police and officials from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department investigated the substance, and the road was shut down.

"They want the whole road shut down right now until we can figure out exactly what's going on," a Melvindale police officer said at the scene.

UFO

Are these UFOs? Eerie videos showing mysterious lights over Chongqing, China

People in China saw the two lights changing places, sparking theories they were UFOs

People in China saw the two lights changing places, sparking theories they were UFOs
Chinese residents claimed to have sighted UFOs after several mysterious lights were seen flashing in the sky of Chongqing.

The strange bright dots appeared to move in a line as one disappeared and another one emerged in front of it. The eerie scenes from Wednesday have been captured in videos, which are trending on Chinese social media platforms.

While the rumours of extra-terrestrial activities were circulating among Chinese web users, a leading UFO expert claimed that the footage could be of 'a rocket zooming into the atmosphere'.


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Missing 411? Search for Colorado hiker continues with K-9 units, aerial support

Missing hiker Tim Cannon
© Courtesy the Cannon family
Tim Cannon, a longtime local, has been the subject of an intense search since he failed to return from a hike in the Iron Mountain area Sunday, July 8.
For a third day, San Miguel County Search and Rescue, Sheriff's deputies and a cadre of citizen volunteers combed the wilderness area around and on Iron Mountain, where Tim Cannon had reportedly spent Sunday hiking. On Wednesday, a private K-9 search and rescue unit from Dolores joined the search party. As of press time Wednesday afternoon, there was still no sign of the missing man.

Cannon, 55, left his home early Sunday morning, telling his wife, Amy, he would be hiking up Iron Mountain. When he failed to return, Amy's pre-dawn call to 911 on Monday kicked off what has become and extended search for the longtime local. Considered an experienced hiker, Cannon is assumed to have appropriate gear for a day hike, and knowledge of his surroundings. His car was found parked at the Deep Creek Road and Last Dollar Road intersection.

Comment: On July 12th, Fox 31 reported that the search for Tim Cannon had been discontinued for safety reasons.
"The safety of our teams is always a priority, and the longer this search continues in this treacherous terrain, the risk of injury to these volunteers increases. This is not the outcome we all hoped for."

Masters also thanked everyone who helped in the search effort. He said he would re-evaluate the decision should credible evidence in the case become available.
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