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Crop circle season is on and investigators are Wiltshire bound

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The Ridgeway, nr Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire. Reported 23rd June.
For several months each summer, Monique Klinkenbergh gets up at dawn and heads to the tiny Wiltshire airport to climb into her ultralight aircraft. It's important for her to get in the sky as quickly as possible, as the sun rises over Southern England's rolling hills and lush green farmland, because hunting for crop circles is always a race against time. As soon as the first human feet touch the crops, carefully laid down in intricate geometric patterns and designs, all hope of a scientific investigation is lost. So Klinkenbergh and her colleague Andreas Muller start early.

It's easy to dismiss crop circle truthers as conspiracy theorists, new-age spiritualists, or crazy people, but the fact is that there are crop circles. The intricate patterns in fields have been observed for centuries and, throughout that time, frequently proven to be man-made projects. Klinkenbergh and Muller aren't fooling themselves. They know assume crop circles are man-made. But, every so often, they find a circle that shows no detectable signs of human involvement. Muller and Klinkenbergh have seen enough of these pristine circles, unclaimed by any artist, to be convinced that something is happening — all hoaxes aside.

"For me it has never been a question that crop circles can be man made," Muller tells Inverse. "I'm aware that many crop circles are man made, but I choose to focus on the general phenomenon that they are not man made."
© Crop Circle Connector
What doesn't interest him, Muller says, are theories of what causes crop circles. Both he and Klinkenbergh have no time for speculation; their work is as scientific as possible. Spiritualism, "esoteric ideas," or wild theories about aliens and fairies are someone else's problem. And there are plenty of someone else's in the pubs around town.

Attention

Why is paranormal research taboo?

For over 30 years the few scientists willing to publicly investigate para-psychological phenomena have been uncovering statistically significant evidence that paranormal abilities exist. However despite a majority of people believing these abilities are possible (including many scientists) there is a public taboo on para-psychological (or "Psi") research. This insightful video and article by Dr Dean Radin explain why.


Dr Dean Radin, the Chief Scientist of the Institute of Noetic Sciences is at the forefront of para-psychological research (commonly referred to as "Psi" research), having conducted empirical research in the field for 25 years. Dr Radin, along with many other researchers have uncovered recurring and statistically significant evidence for the existence of paranormal abilities, however their research is largely unknown.

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Strange pulsing lights photographed over North Wales

© John White
In 2005, former DIY store manager John White was baffled by strange lights appearing in the sky over his rural home in Denbighshire.

For weeks they appeared as he looked on from his house in Llannefydd near Denbigh, but weren't stars, planets or any other object he could identify. Between one and three separate lights would turn up regularly, appearing as bright spots changing colour between blue, red, orange and purple.

The unidentified flying objects sometimes seemed to pulse or shimmer and grow in size before shrinking back, or silently moved across the night sky. He contacted the Daily Post to see if an answer could be found, and had taken hours of footage in a bid to try and establish what they were.

Speaking at the time, Mr White said: "I had just gone into the room to pick up my glasses. "I looked through the window and I could see this light. I didn't know what it was.I have viewed them through my binoculars. They pulse all sorts of colours: reds, blues, greens and purples. You would also get sparks of white light.I contacted the police and they told me to get in touch with the Ministry of Defence. A man there took a look and he had no idea what they were."

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Residents aggravated by Windsor hum, say it's reached highest volume in years

© Scott Webster/Postmedia News
The view of the Canadian side of the border and the Ambassador Bridge.
The volume got cranked up on the Windsor Hum Sunday night.

A Facebook page for hum haters and rumble recorders exploded as person after person said the pulses, pounding and vibrations were some of the worst in years.

"It was disastrous last night," west-end dweller Mike Provost said Monday. "It's past unbelievable. I have never heard it like that in six years that I've been recording. Never have I ever heard it like that."

Provost, a retiree whose back yard on Hillcrest Boulevard faces towards Zug Island, stressed the hum is not back. It's always there and becomes more persistent and annoying at times, he said. Provost described it as a thunderous roar or rolling thunder that he said was reported to be felt or heard 17 kilometres away in McGregor, Amherstburg and River Canard Sunday night.

For years residents in west Windsor and nearby parts of Essex County have been complaining about a mysterious hum like a refrigerator truck running. In March there were more complaints. In 2014, a federal government study linked the hum to U.S. Steel Corp. operations on Zug Island but an exact cause couldn't be pinpointed when the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said it couldn't access the U.S. site. The guess was furnace blasts.

Comment: Mysterious 'Windsor hum' returns to haunt Canada


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Juror dismissed at start of Strasser-Hird trial after claiming visit from victim's ghost

© Crystal Schick/Calgary Herald
The Calgary Courts Centre.
Perhaps if they had inquired about the eventual verdict, participants in the Lukas Strasser-Hird homicide trial could have avoided more than a month of evidence.

Just one day into the multi-week trial on May 5, an unidentified female juror indicated to Justice Glen Poelman she was no longer able to remain impartial in the case.

In a letter she sent to the Court of Queen's Bench judge, read into the court record by him, the juror explained she couldn't go on after hearing Crown lawyer Marlo MacGregor outlining the prosecution's case the previous day.

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Christchurch man films mysterious flashing lights

© Oisin Lavelle/Screen Capture
The mystery object filmed above Christchurch.
"I thought, am I losing my mind?"

That was the reaction of Oisin Lavelle as he spent two hours watching a mysterious, brightly coloured sphere moving in the sky south-west of Christchurch on Monday night.

Lavelle took footage of the object before it moved away at high speed. On Tuesday night it reappeared and he drove nearer for a better look, and saw three such objects. He said he found the whole experience haunting and would like to know what he saw.

"I'm quite an open-minded person, but I'm not a UFO buff or a conspiracy theorist or anything.

"I couldn't come up with a logical explanation for it. My gut feeling is, this was not some sort of technology we have on earth," he said.

Lavelle, the managing director of a building firm, was letting out his dog Rollo when he first saw the bright lights in the night sky from the deck of his lower Cashmere home. It was just after 10.30pm on Monday.

"I grabbed my camera and tried to get the thing steady and in focus. I just didn't know what to think, it was just so peculiar," he said.

"I just kept watching and filming because I wanted to see what it would do".

Lavelle described the object as a brightly lit perfect sphere. The lights kept changing through a wide range of colours at first, but the colour spectrum narrowed.

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Mystery 'alien' creature washes ashore on Mexican beach


The specimen was found on Cerralvo Island near the coast of Baja California Sur
A mysterious carcass found on a Mexican island has left experts baffled as they try to discover what it is.

The body of the creature was said to be "in such a bad state of decomposition, experts could not determine what it was," according to local Mexican media outlet BCS Noticias.

However, its haunting appearance has baffled people around the world, who claim the specimen could even be a 'humanoid fish' or some form of alien creature.

The as-yet unidentifiable specimen was found on the rocks of Cerralvo Island near the Mexican coast of Baja California Sur.


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The headless bear and the woman who became a hoop

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Headless bears must be one of the strangest of all British bogeys. Where do they come from, what do they mean? This is a question for another day. But here is the single most detailed account of an encounter with one. The events described took place 9 May 1584 in the house of one Stephen Cooper 'a man of good wealth and well-beloved of his neighbors'. Stephen was ill and sent his wife Margaret on a job away from the house to look after a farm of his in nearby Gloucestershire. While there Margaret began to experience some form of possession, which followed her back home. Her husband attempted to cure her with the Lord's Prayer, and from then on in things get sixteenth-century strange.

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Halloween 2013: From the 'Screaming Man of Pluckley' to the 'White Lady' of the Tower of London - Britain's 20 most haunted places
Northern Ireland: Ghostly mysterious 'white lady' seen by dozens of locals


Black Magic

The enduring legend of Kansas' haunted Stull Cemetery: Visiting America's most off-limits gateway to Hell


Stull Cemetery as depicted on the CW’s Supernatural episode “Swan Song”
America has no shortage of haunted graveyards dotted across the country, but none of them are quite as legendary as Kansas' Stull Cemetery, an infamous "doorway to hell" with a reputation so big that even the pope himself is said to make his plane fly around it. With legends that involve human sacrifice, occult rituals, and even a yearly visit from the devil himself, Stull has gained an over-the-top reputation that has landed it in countless books, most haunted top ten lists, and even appearances on Supernatural, but is there any truth to the rumors swirling around America's "most evil" graveyard?

When you're a long-time paranormal adventurer like me, Stull Cemetery has been on your haunted hot-spot bucket list since it rose to internet prominence in the 90s, but its out-of-the-way location always made a late-night adventure prohibitive. Hidden away in rural Kansas, Stull's inaccessibility remains one of the biggest reasons that good information (and good photos) of the legendary graveyard are so hard to find. Fortunately, while driving from Ohio to present The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult at the Colorado's Stanley Hotel, I finally came within an hour of Stull, and wasn't going to pass up the chance to visit. It was much weirder than I expected - the most evil cemetery in the world, the portal to hell, was actually on fire when I arrived.

UFO 2

Notes from the John Keel Special Investigations File

I continue to work my way through John's "Special Investigations" files. These bound collections contain John's notes on his investigations in 1967: letters from witnesses, clippings, reports, correspondence with other investigators. These four pages follow the last report I posted: a page about "Telephone Incidents," a letter from the Air Force about impersonations of officers in UFO cases, and an annotated clipping about a UFO sighting (John is dubious). Some of the old photocopies have faded; I've tried to darken them.


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