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Polish family terrorized by a poltergeist

The Pokropski family

The Pokropski family
The story of a family terrorised by a poltergeist exploded across the Polish media in early December 2017. While the case created a news frenzy in Poland, it seems to have been completely missed by the English language press.

The events had commenced in late November in the town of Turza Wielka, around 200km north of Warsaw. An excellent summary of the initial reports can be found at the Polish news portal codziennikmlawski.pl, whose editor-in-chief Jerzy Kącki generously allowed me to publish translations of two of his articles. The author of the articles and the photographer was journalist Szymon Wyrostek.

If the poltergeist literature gives us any clue, the family should be looking closer at their 12 year old daughter, Martyna. In many of the reports I have investigated, the focus of the events is usually a young girl around Martyna's age. I'm still investigating the case so expect further follow-ups on the blog.

The content, including photographs, remains the copyright of Szymon Wyrostek.

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Worlds unknown: Tales of mysterious underground civilizations

Shrine of the Mystic Dragon

Shrine of the Mystic Dragon
In this age of exploration a lot of attention has been paid to what lies out beyond our planet and what swims about in the darkest depths of our unexplored seas, but an area that seems to get significantly less attention is the world that lies locked down in the never-ending black night below us. Here caves and caverns stretch out and meander over vast distances, sometimes harboring new discoveries beyond our wildest dreams. Yet the most bizarre and baffling supposed accounts of the deep places of the earth are those concerning strange, unknown civilizations long gone, who are claimed to have dwelled within the earth and that remain lost and unconfirmed. Covering everything from giants from the inner earth, to aliens, to reptilian monsters and the protectors of mysterious lost religious artifacts, here are some of the weirdest claims of supposed lost civilizations that supposedly rose and fell beneath the world as we know it.

One of the most seemingly absurd claims of an underground civilization was detailed in a 1956 bestselling book called The Third Eye, which is an allegedly autobiographical account by a man named Tuesday Lobsang Rampa, outlining his experiences at Chakpori Lamasery, in Tibet. Among the wealth of strangeness in the book, such as Rampa's operation to drill a hole in his head to release mysterious mental powers, the titular Third Eye, and the strange discovery of his own mummified body from a previous incarnation, there is his curious account of finding a vast subterranean world crafted by inscrutable entities under the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.

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From the black depths, bizarre cases of underground monsters

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Many of us never think about the fact that down below us, beneath the world of light and civilization lurks another world altogether, one of cold, eternal darkness, a stranger to the sun. Down in these black depths of the earth exist vast caverns and caves that most are not even aware of, and there are reports that these are not necessarily devoid of life. Indeed, it seems that there possibly exist strange monsters down in the deep places of the earth, which shuffle about and stalk the never-ending night, even once in a while poking up from their hidden lairs into our world to baffle and terrify.

When talking about underground monsters, something one might wonder is whether there are any sorts of mystery giant worms prowling about out in the wilds under our feet, and the answer is, according to some reports, yes. If you've ever seen the movie Tremors, then you might know what I mean, and there is said to be a cryptid in the remote areas of South America that is very much like this. Called the Minhocão (literally "big earthworm" in Portuguese), this creature is described as an absolutely enormous worm-like beast measuring from 75 feet up to an astounding 150 feet long, which burrows through the earth and feeds on anything it can catch walking above. Some added details are that it has black skin, small eyes, a pair of tentacles on its mouth or head, and an array of large, sharp teeth within its maw. The creature is so massive that it is believed to leave huge trenches in its wake, which sometimes collapse to send houses and other structures tumbling down into the ground, and there are various reports of it sucking animals down into the earth, such as dogs, cats, and even livestock such as cows.


Vatican reportedly sets up new exorcism course amid soaring claims of demonic possession

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A woman holds rosary beads
The Vatican has reportedly set up a new exorcism training course amid soaring demand for priests trained to rid people of demonic possession.

Sicilian priest and trained exorcist Benigno Palilla told Vatican Radio that demand for priests trained in exorcism had tripled in recent years, with 500,000 alleged cases now recorded in Italy annually.

He attributed the rise to the popularity of fortune tellers and tarot cards, which he said "open the door to the devil and to possession." However, he noted that many cases of apparent possession were in fact caused by spiritual or psychological problems.

Gold Coins

Coins rain down on Madhya Pradesh, India

rain of coins in India
This blog will occasionally cover fortean cases I've turned up that simply intrigue me. I'm not endorsing them, just putting them up for discussion and hopefully some further investigation. A good example is the rain of coins in Madhya Pradesh, India in October 2017. Rains of coins are relatively rare in the fortean literature.

According to Patrika.com, the website of an Hindi-language daily newspaper, the strange event had taken place in Devlochri village, part of the Jaisinagar Block in the Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh. A translation of the Hindi article follows:


Fortean fish fall at Fulshea, Texas?

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More reports of falling fish have emerged from Fulshear, Texas.

A resident posted the following to a private Cross Creek Ranch facebook group on February 16:
"...last weekend we found back in our backyard some dead fish, (around 4) we don't fish and we don't live close to the lake, this morning I found another dead fish but this time in our patio I'm guessing is (sic) a kid's prank. Our dog doesn't even come close to the dead fish, he is too afraid of them. Any similar situation? One time is ok but I dislike to be picking up dead fish from my patio so I hope this doesn't continue..."
I was able to contact the witness, who lives in the same general area as the earlier falls. She confirmed she had found several dead fish on February 14 in her backyard, then another the next day on her porch. They were larger than the original fall of fish, between 4 and 7 inches long, and looked pretty messed up. They also appear to be a different species to the ones that fell in January.


Russia: Police summon Priests to exorcise poltergeist

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Police in Siberia have reportedly requested backup from local priests to exorcise a poltergeist from a haunted house.

A police report cited by the Tomsk.ru news portal described officers as having seen furniture and appliances scattered around the residence as well as "a knife sticking out of the kitchen wall."

"A closet fell in the bedroom (in the immediate vicinity of the police officer) in the presence of police officers at the address," the report reads. "Afterwards, books fell out of a rack and a stick flew out of an unoccupied room."

Comment: In light of the increasing activity being recorded by religious figures around the world, and comments from their leaders about dark forces and end times, this story is all the more interesting:

Grey Alien

A brief history of Australia's eeriest alien encounters

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The Lucky Country has had no shortage of strange encounters of the third kind over the decades. Here, we recount some of the strangest. The struth is out there.

Think about it: massive expanse of land, plenty of room to take the saucer for a spin without much scrutiny, decent population of humans lurking about for the odd probing... Australia just might be the perfect spot for vacationing aliens.

Though Oz might not be known as the UFO hub of the world, Australians have reported an impressive number of eerie encounters with unexplained phenomena over the decades.

Here's a rundown of some of the most harrowing home-grown 'X-Files' occurrences.


What's up with those Pentagon UFO videos?

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According to a New York Times story, a secretive Pentagon program analyzed reports of UFOs. But the associated videos raise some questions.
On December 17, 2017, a newspaper printed a story titled "Real U.F.O.'s? Pentagon Unit Tried to Know." No, the headline wasn't surrounded by text about post-baby bods and B-listers' secret sorrows. Because it was on the front page of The New York Times.

The article describes a federally funded program that investigated reports of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs, the take-me-seriously acronym that includes UFOs). And within the story, the Times embedded videos of two such UAPs.

Although the article was careful not to say that unidentified meant extraterrestrial, the Department of Defense acknowledged the program, and it was easy enough for readers to draw the conclusion that these videos could show alien aircraft. The Times supplemented one of the clips with a first-hand account of a Navy pilot who was sent to investigate "mysterious aircraft" that appeared - poof! - at 80,000 feet, dropped down to 20,000, and then seemed to hover before either leaving radar range or launching straight up. Weird, right?

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Maybe it's not such a crazy idea to believe the Illuminati controls the world

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Questioning the hidden power of elites - whether big pharma or secret societies - is really quite sane

If the Illuminati is real, it's got to be the least secret secret society in the universe. It's so bad at keeping itself hidden that its existence is proclaimed all over the internet by people whose investigative toolkit consists entirely of Google and a lively imagination.

The most recent would-be whistleblower, however, is far from your usual ex-sports commentator. Paul Hellyer, a former Canadian minister of defence, has blamed the Illuminati for suppressing technology brought to Earth by aliens that could end our reliance on fossil fuels.

Why the possessors of such fantastic kit should prefer to cash in on the extraction of still abundant oil rather than on their incredible, exclusive alternative is mysterious. But since the whole point about secret all-powerful elites is that they are mysterious, maybe that's to be expected. Perhaps the Illuminati is like that other great mystery, quantum theory: if you think you understand it, you don't.

Comment: As the author acknowledges, our pattern recognition system runs on a spectrum. While some may have their system running amok into fantasy land, others may have a system better attuned to reality, thus seeing what others cannot (yet) see.