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Rural South Dakota witnesses report bird-like humanoid

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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

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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

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© 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?

John Ventre Ufologist
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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.

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When you really love your job: Christopher Monig, afterlife apothecary

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Vintage Mardi Gras costumes
"I would make bold to opine, that here the most fretful and malicious ghost, that ever begrudged the living their enjoyments, and had the most lively inclinations to mar them, what, between the murmur of the waters, and the music of the trees, would be so fascinated as never to dream of wandering beyond the narrow girth of its grave, or of revisiting its former haunts, and mingling again in the affairs of men, to prosecute its wonted avocations, like the restless apothecary, Christopher Monig, or those two pestilent knaves, the Cobbler of Breslaw, and the Alderman of Pentsch in Silesia" - William Motherwell

Well, yes he's a corpse, but he has a good job...

Imagine you're dead. Not just dead inside. Truly pushing up daisies. An ex-parrot. There is an upside. You don't have to go to work anymore. Or perhaps the career options are just somewhat limited. You can strum a harp in heaven, roast in the Lake of Fire, or idle away the millennia in the oblivion of Limbo wondering if some other religion had the inside track. No doubt these are dissatisfactory pursuits for those who felt they had a noble, albeit mortal calling. Sure you get to rub elbows with the long dead luminaries of your field, but that gets old quickly when you point out their shocking revelations can be found in middle school textbooks and it's a bit disingenuous to discuss philosophy with deceased intellectual giants when you have hundreds of years of commentaries about them to draw from. Aristotle and Plato are probably right now itching to wring some punk, recently dead graduate student's neck. It's no wonder that historically there exists a class of phantasm that I like to think of as "the working undead". Take the 17th Century Prussian apothecary's apprentice Christopher Monig.

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Alien implant documentary 'Patient Seventeen' convinces filmmaker topic not so crazy

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Jeremy Corbell investigating the alien implant case in a scene in Patient Seventeen. (Credit:
A paranormal documentary filmmaker who explores people's extraordinary beliefs, has tackled the often ridiculed topic of alien abduction, and the related phenomenon of alien implants. However, this documentary features an actual doctor, a credible alleged abductee and some science. All of which has convinced filmmaker Jeremy Corbell that alien implants deserve a serious examination.

Of all of the fringe ideas in the UFO field, the idea that people are being snatched up by aliens and then returned without their knowledge is pretty hard for many to swallow. Added on top of that the claims some of these people have had implants placed inside of them by the aliens, well, for many, that is bat-poop crazy.

When first asked to document a surgery to remove an alleged alien implant, Cobell responded it was "way outside of my scope of knowledge or interest."

"It seemed too wild for me to put my mind around," explained Corbell.

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Ghosts photographed at the Stanley Hotel that inspired horror novel 'The Shining'

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There are few adaptations of Stephen King's horror novels better than The Shining. It's a well-known fact that King was inspired to write it while staying at the stately Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. As a result, the hotel has become a center for paranormal investigations and ghost sightings. The latest occurred last month when a family that had taken a spirit tour while visiting the Stanley noticed what appears to be two apparitions in one photograph.

John Mausling, his wife Jessica Martinez-Mausling and their children visited the Stanley Hotel, a popular tourist spot near the Rocky Mountain National Park, in September. None remember seeing anything unusual on their spirit tour, a popular guided trip through the hotel highlighting its haunted history, but it wasn't hard to spot something strange in one of the photographs of their guide on a staircase. Taken from above, the shot shows what appears to be a ghostly apparition of a girl near the guide and a second glowing apparition next to her.

Comment: See also: Proof of ghosts among us? 1860's spirit photography

The Mauslings told media:
"We were just instructed to take a bunch of photos so that's basically all I did. I was kind of lagging behind the group and putting myself in different positions," Mausling told InsideEdition.com. "I was standing on top of the stairs when I took the picture. I just took a picture of a wall a couple times and under the staircase. We looked at the photos later and sure enough, we caught something. "

That "something" was what appeared to be a little girl in a white robe walking up the stairs of the hotel, but no one from the tour remembers seeing a child.

"At first I thought maybe a little girl ran by," said Jessica Mausling. "I was in shock. How could all of us miss her, especially a little girl in a white gown?"

Jessica said she contacted the hotel and the tour guide said she did not recall seeing the little girl either.

"By no means did anyone see a little girl in what looks like her pajamas and her slippers walking up the stairs right in front of us," Jay Mausling said. "Even if you look at the picture, you notice [that] no one is looking there. You just don't excuse something like that. My initial reaction was, 'No way!'"

Mausling said he's shown the picture to friends and co-workers and some have suggested he changed the photo in some way.

"People are like, 'You photoshopped this' and I am like, 'I don't even know how to use my cell phone,'" Mausling said. "I couldn't believe it and everyone I show finds it hard to believe."
It's not the first time a spooky image has been taken in the hotel:

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Mysterious deaths, vanishings, and spooky surveillance footage

We are approaching an era in which security cameras are becoming more and more numerous and pervading our lives, in which often much of what we do is captured on video to some extent, even without our knowledge. In some places, such as the United Kingdom, such surveillance cameras are omnipresent and inescapable, and practically every move anyone makes is recorded constantly, with no real escape from the ever watching eye of this network.

With this dwindling privacy and the sheer number of cameras quietly and dutifully watching practically our every move, it is perhaps no surprise that they sometimes provide curious insights and clues into mysterious deaths and disappearances, capturing victims of crimes, perpetrators, and those who have vanished into thin air. However, the existence of this potential evidence does not always lead to solving these mysteries, and in many cases can even weave more puzzles around these cases. I have covered this topic here at Mysterious Universe before, but there are many such cases, and the rabbit hole goes deep. Here are some more.


Proof of ghosts among us? 1860's spirit photography

In the 1860s, "spirit photography" suddenly became very popular. Practitioners would use a special technique to create the appearance of spectral figures in people's homes and family photos...and people couldn't get enough of them!

One photographer, William Hope, took things up a notch by actually claiming to be a medium, and that his photos were "proof" of ghosts living among us. Sure, that sounds completely bogus now, but when you see them, you won't be so sure!

1. Is that a ghost's arm under this table
Ghost under the table
© William Hope


Former manager of DOD aerospace threat program: "UFOs are real"

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A TTS Academy concept for a vehicle drawn by Stephen Justice, embodying the technology they seek to understand and develop - a visionary concept for a revolutionary electromagnetic vehicle based on technology observed in unidentified aerial phenomena
Something extraordinary was revealed today. Former high-level officials and scientists with deep black experience who have always remained in the shadows came forward on one platform. These insiders have long-standing connections to government agencies which may have programs investigating unidentifed aerial phenomena (UAP/UFOs). The team includes a 25-year veteran of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, a Lockheed Martin Program Director for Advanced Systems at "Skunk Works", and a former deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Today marked the official launch of To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTS/AAS) an innovative Public Benefit Corporation which will advance research into unexplained phenomena and develop related technology. It has established three synergistic divisions: Science, Areospace, and Entertainment. "We believe there are discoveries within our reach that will revolutionize the human experience," says company President and CEO Tom DeLonge. Please see my previous story,- released yesterday - for background on today's announcement which was live-streamed and is archived on the company website.

According to a TTS /AAS statement, it's team members who have been "operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades" believe that "there is sufficient credible evidence of UAP that proves exotic technologies exist that could revolutionize the human experience."

Comment: Video of the TTS announcement:

See also: Tom DeLonge forms public UFO research project with government insiders including DoD and CIA veterans