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Newlyweds flying to the Bahamas disappear in the Bermuda Triangle

A Texas couple traveling to the Bahamas for their honeymoon may be the latest victims of the infamous Bermuda Triangle.

At the start of what was to be a week-long trip, Forrest and Donna Sacco flew from the city of Fort Worth in their private plane and landed on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas on September 25th.

That refueling stop was the last that anyone has seen of the couple as they departed that airport the next day and headed for the nearby island of Rum Cay, but never arrived at their destination.

Unfortunately, their lack of contact with family and friends over the course of the next week did not arouse suspicions since they were ostensibly celebrating their recent nuptials in a proverbial paradise.

Comment: See also: Could mysterious hexagonal clouds in Bermuda Triangle be behind centuries of bizarre disappearances?

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'Haunted' bar has seriously spooky things caught on surveillance tapes

A bar and restaurant in Ventura, CA, may have a ghost on their hands.

Cronies Bar uploaded two videos on Facebook showing furniture in their restaurant moving on its own.

The surveillance tapes show two incidents where a chair moves without anyone touching it - once after hours of a chair toppling over by itself and another during business hours where a different chair tilts up and down. In the second video, a family who spots the moving chair goes over to investigate the strange event.

The Cronies owners say it's not part of any Halloween stunt, and claim to be just as confused as their patrons.

Comment: See also:
Proof of ghosts among us? 1860's spirit photography
Ghosts photographed at the Stanley Hotel that inspired horror novel 'The Shining'


The case of the St. Helens UFO, and what if it comes back?

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In the early hours of a cold, misty morning on March 17, 1981, SHPD Sergeant Russell Yokum reported a close encounter of the first kind. At 4:03 a.m., Yokum was patrolling Highway 30 west of the Columbia River when he spotted a bright light moving in an easterly direction toward the Portland Airport upriver. While aircraft were known to regularly pass over the area on the way to the airport, the light was unusually bright, so much so that it lit up the river like the sun was "just coming up."

"I thought it was an aircraft landing light - but it was brighter than a normal landing light would be," Yokum told The National Enquirer in '81.

Convinced the light was not an aircraft, Yokum radioed headquarters and then headed to the county courthouse to view the unidentified flying object from the banks of the Columbia River. A few local citizens and two Oregon State Police officers, Ricky Cade and Tom McCartney, joined him there and Yokum got in contact with Donald Askins via CB radio. Askins lived in a home across the river in Ridgefield, WA, and went by the handle "Lucky 13." He could not only see the light, but hear it, too. Askins reported an eerie and extremely loud noise that sounded like "a power plant diesel motor and a screeching noise in between."


Mysterious fires plague Malaysian family

Six years ago, Zainab Sulaiman and her family claimed to have suffered from "paranormal activity", including mysterious fires at their home in Kampung Penambang Mas near Pantai Cahaya Bulan.

The phenomena lasted for several months, resulting in the former petty trader and her family suffering huge losses, including the destruction of their wooden house and other valuable properties. Though still unable to explain the things that were happening to her family, Zainab was glad when the occurrences stopped.

But the 80-year-old and her family are now suffering again, claiming that the paranormal activity began again last month. Zainab claimed unexplained fires again occurred, damaging her house and another belonging to her sister.

"The latest incident happened on Friday. I was at our rental homestay with my daughter Ropeah Zakaria, 50, and her three children, aged between 17 and 21, when suddenly five unexplained mysterious fires started to burn our clothes and prayer mats.

"Worried the fire would spread to the whole house, we immediately took some water and splashed the fires," she said. Zainab said, since the incident, they are having sleepless nights worrying that the fire will occur while everyone was asleep.


Chilean researcher wants inquest into alleged Paihuano UFO crash opened 19 years later

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Artist depiction of Paihuano UFO crash
Each year, on October 7, the residents of the Paihuano commune recall one of northern Chile's most significant and controversial UFO events: the alleged UFO crash against Cerro Las Mollacas.

This mysterious event began on the hot afternoon of 1998 when many witnesses claimed having seen a silvery object colliding only meters away from the summit of this mountain.

From that moment onward, numerous witnesses were interviewed by local and national media and some UFO researchers from the capital city allegedly saw a strange glow on the slopes of Las Mollacas. Raul Flores was among them. He said he had never seen anything so strange before. "I could see the object on the mountain. It resembled a metallic disc reflecting the sunlight with a glint of metal. Others saw it as well. I'm sure of what I saw. It wasn't the sun shining against rocks or anything similar," he explained.

Marco Antonio Gallardo, a well-known broadcaster, said the object "[approached the summit] with smoke, it was cylindrical and measured some 3 to 4 meters in diameter, and was red in color."


44th anniversary of the Pascagoula alien abduction incident

Charles E. Hickson ( left) and Calvin Parker, who stated in 1973 that they was kidnapped by a UFO.
Today marks 44 years since the alleged Pascagoula alien abduction. The incident had news outlets from all over the world coming to Jackson County.

News 25's Gina Tomlinson sat down with the former deputy who was working the night of October 11th, 1973 when two men claimed they were picked up by a UFO.

It's been 44 years and people are still wondering: is the Pascagoula alien abduction all a hoax or were two fishermen really picked up by a UFO in Jackson County on October 11th, 1973? Retired Jackson County Deputy Glenn Ryder was working the night the call came into dispatch. "That boy was so upset, he was crying. He was scared to death and literally begging Charles not to talk to us."

After 42-year-old Charles Hickson and 19-year-old Calvin Parker frantically told deputies they were just abducted by aliens, the two men were brought in for questioning in a room secretly rigged with a tape recorder. Ryder and other authorities left the two men in the room alone. "That boy was still crying, saying 'don't talk to them Charles. Those people are going to come back and get us. I'm scared. I'm scared.' And I when I played it, I knew something was wrong."

Comment: Another documentary on the event:


Rural South Dakota witnesses report bird-like humanoid

I recently received the following account:
This happened on June 9, 2014, to a friend and I in rural South Dakota. It was a clear night, kinda boring. We had been visiting friends here and there all evening...just going around visiting. Usually we'd be sipping a beer by the time evening came but for whatever reason that day we decided not to. We were just cruising and listening to music. It started getting late and everywhere we went people were drinking. Sad but just another night here. So after wasting gas all night, we decided to go check out some other people we knew.

We pulled up, by then it was around 2:00 in the morning. But everyone was hanging out outside in the front yard passing a bit of liquor around. We sat around and visited...I think either of us took just one shot before we decided to head out cause I was getting tired and wanted to go home. We said our 'laters' and jumped in the car. Now the place we were visiting was down a street almost the last house on a one-way street with houses on each side, until a few driveways before the stop sign where you'd enter the street. There were like two or three lots vacant on the right side...just open field with a row of trees farther back. Well here we are driving maybe 15 mph if not less trying to find a song to listen to. We're both not really paying attention to the road.

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The Paris Station ghost story and an extraordinary warning

This is one of the very best ghost stories: partly because of how its written; partly because of how difficult it is to explain away. The author is Shane Leslie, an Irish member of the British establishment in the 1920s and 1930s, a cousin of Churchill and a witty and delightfully gossipy talker. He had a lifetime interest in the supernatural particularly the undead: he had been a student of M. R. James. 'This was an experience which I can describe an experience which I reckon the most vivid of my life. It is a ghost story, but with dates, facts, places and even a few surviving witnesses to my tale. Even so there is no explanation.'

Here we go. The image at the head of the post will soon make sense.


Project Blue Book: The controversy continues

© U.S. Air Force
Project Blue Book panel
In 1969, the U.S. Air Force closed down their "Project Blue Book" investigation of "Unidentified Flying Objects" by claiming their evaluations of more than 12,000 sightings had not yielded a single instance where a UFO had ever posed a threat to national security, nor demonstrated technology "beyond the range of present day scientific knowledge", nor been categorized as extraterrestrial. Headquartered at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio where legend long suggests recovered salvage from the 1947 Roswell incident was taken for further research and development, all of the project's declassified records were allegedly transferred to the National Archives and Records Service.

But did the Air Force really shut down the project, or just move it into a private sphere where the public could be kept at arm's length? A handful of government documents have slipped out over the years pointing to the latter scenario. A look back at Project Blue Book is insightful here, for knowledge of how the project evolved remains relevant to modern assessments as well as the effort to gauge what current high-level insiders might know. Historical information indicates that the Army Air Force took serious attention to UFOs when reports of "foo fighters" started coming in from pilots during World War II. Further sightings at military installations in 1947 led to classified orders that UFO reports be sent to division offices at Wright-Patterson Air Field where General Nathan Twining was selected to oversee any type of evaluation.


Is there a conspiracy to murder Ufologists?

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​Remember how MUFON's John Ventre got caught up in a racism scandal after he made disparaging comments about the "F-ing Blacks" on Facebook back in May and alleged that "everything" in the world was created by white Europeans and Americans? The UFO community reacted in horror for about a week, and now the racist ufologist is back representing ufology in the media and hawking a new conspiracy theory. Ventre is the host of the String Theory of the Unexplained radio show on the Live Paranormal radio network, and an undated video of him describing a conspiracy to murder ufologists is making the rounds after Britain's Metro tabloid mined it for a quick clickbait article. It appears to have been filmed sometime before his racism scandal, given that he uses his MUFON title, and he has since been removed from that position; however, Metro said that the video was released this week. The YouTube posting date does not necessarily correlate to the date when the video was shot, or when the radio show aired.