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Volume 5
Number 42
October 19, 2000

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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On Friday, October 13, 2000, ufologist Jim Hickman "was monitoring local law enforcement (radio channels) and at 7:31 p.m. local time, a radio call came in that four or five fighter planes were sighted by local police officers, and they were traveling to the northwest."

"At the same time, an unidentified flying object (UFO) encountered the fighters and reportedly crashed into the ground north of Elk City, Oklahoma."

The fighters were presumably from Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City.

The descending UFO, Hickman reported, "was seen by multiple witnesses as far west as Shamrock, Texas and as far east as Clinton, Okla., north to Cheyenne, Okla. and south to Granite, Okla."

According to a radio transmission reportedly made by Hammond, Okla. police cruiser, the UFO "was headed north" and crashed on a farm just north of Hammond.

"At about this time, I made a personal observation out my back door," Jim reported, "and I noticed a bright luminous vapor trail that went from the southwest to the northeast. There were several other trails in the area to the north (of Elk City--J.T.) but they seemed normal in color. I saw no other lights or aircraft in the area."

Another eyewitness also reported seeing a strange luminous vapor trail in the lower atmosphere.

Richard P. of Jenks, Okla. (population 1,100), a town 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Tulsa, reported, "There was cloud cover everywhere but to the southwest." At 7:20 p.m., "I had just stepped outside when I saw a light in the southwest sky, moving to the north. It was about 'a fist at arm's length' above the horizon. It was more like two or three lights on the front of an object that was leaving a definite trail. The trail, which had sort of a shine to it, made me question if the object was an airplane. It seemed more like a fireball that was starting to break apart. As the object moved north, it would pass behind scattered cloud cover, but I saw it for at least thirty seconds before it disappeared for good."

"The trail stayed in the sky for another 10 to 15 minutes. Also, as the sky got darker, the trail got brighter! Finally, it was a beam of light, as bright as the full moon, across the southwestern sky."

The Rogers Mills County Sheriff's Department also reported, "Sparks in the sky," according to Jim Hickman.

On Saturday, October 14, 2000, KFOR TV in Oklahoma City reported, "It happened last night at 7:30 p.m. when a strange sight surface in the sky. Reports came into our newsroom from across the state, and many callers saw the same thing. They had seen a mysterious fireball in the sky."

KFOR TV reported sightings of the UFO and its luminous trail in the cities of Elk City, Erick, Enid, Alva, Clinton, Leedy, Oakwood, Choctaw, Mangum, Ringwood and Sayre."

The TV station telephoned Tinker Air Force Base, the National Weather Service and NORAD., "and we quickly learned that the object had been seen by folks from Texas to Nebraska."

However, eyewitnesses in Kansas saw more than one object in the sky.

"'There's one big light and around it just five little balls, just lights, just following them. And then through the sky there was just like vapors, and vapors like different colors--blues and oranges--that were just cool,' said eyewitness Arthur Davis of Valley Center, Kansas."

There were also reports of "fire in the sky" from McCook, Nebraska.

In Wichita, the largest city in Kansas, hundreds saw the aerial display.

"Gary Bishop of South Wichita said, 'Just looked over my shoulder and right across the sky, from the southwest to the northwest, down a little bit. This was a meteor that left a trail of blue light. It was beautiful!'"

"911 supervisors said they had more telephones ringing than dispatchers to handle them. They say they had around 150 calls from witnesses saying they saw everything from space aliens to a plane crash."

"At NORAD, M/Sgt. Larry Lincoln said, 'It seems to be a very heavy meteor shower. Our weather people told us to expect something like this between October 10th and the 19th of October, with the heaviest coming down around the 15th. It seems to be probably coming down a little early.'"

(Editor's Comment: Right, Sarge. And that's why, despite advance warning, NASA launched the space shuttle Discovery right into the teeth of this meteor storm.)

At 7:43 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) office in Oklahoma City reported that it was a meteor shower. (See the Wichita, Kansas Eagle for October 14, 2000. Many thanks to Jim Hickman, Louise A. Lowry and Todd Lemire for these reports.)


Three days before the mass sightings in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, there was a UFO incident in Perryville, Missouri.

On Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at 3:30 a.m., Mrs. Terry Haggard reported, "I have been having trouble sleeping for the last three or four months, so I was up at 3:30 a.m. I couldn't go back to sleep so I went into the kitchen, got a Diet Coke, then went into the living room, sat down on the couch and turned off the lamp."

Mrs. Haggard, who describes herself as "a 48-year-old mother with three frown children," added, "There was a glow that I could see out the window, and my first thought was, My daughter's house is on fire! Her house is located about 100 feet (30 meters) fwest of my house, with nothing obstructing the view. This is what made me get off the couch and look. I couldn't believe what I saw. It was solid orange with no blinking lights, and my guess is that it was about the size of a football field. It was shaped like an oval, and it was hovering over my daughter's house. It hovered for about three minutes, and then was gone."

"I really couldn't judge the height off the ground." (Email Form Report)


On Friday, October 13, 2000, James C. Gilliland and one of the female guests "were cleaning up brush and burning areas to reduce the (forest) fire danger" at the Self-Mastery Earth Institute near Trout Lake, Washington, a town on Highway 141 about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Portland, Oregon.

Gilliland reported, "I was hosing off an area of burn and at 10 p.m., to my right, a large flash of white light appeared."

At first Gilliland didn't react, wondering if he was having some sort of "clairvoyant experience." But then, "one of the guests said, 'Did you see that!?' I said, 'See what?' She said, 'The white light that flashed to your right.'"

"Right after the flash of white light, another strange anomaly appeared. It had an orange glow to it, and you could see the ribcage of an entity illuminated with a glowing light but could not make out the other features."

"It was moving and seemed to light up as it moved, then phased out."

"We both just looked at each other and said, 'Did you see that!?'"

"Agreeing fully on what we had both just witnessed, we had to shout that there was something bizarre just 60 feet (19 meters) away in full view of both of us. There were no tracks in the mud or any other evidence of as to what had just appeared in full view."

""The sky also was showing strange anomalies. It was overcast, raining off and on, yet there were orbs of light about the size of softballs seen everywhere. The guests saw other bright lights in the sky which were of unknown origin." (Many thanks to Jim Gilliland for this report.)


On Sunday, September 24, 2000, at 3 p.m., Simon Adams was in the town of Walton-on-Thames, East Molsey, Surrey, UK when he spotted "a small silver object, about a mile away, moving in a way no normal aircraft would" and traveling from the southwest to the northeast.

"This was also witnessed by my girlfriend,' Simon added, "It was silver, saucer-shaped but thicker, especially in the middle. Estimated speed of 300 kilometers per hour (180 miles per hour), although short bursts of acceleration caused sudden changes (of direction--J.T.) and speeds well in excess of this." (Email Form Report)

On Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at 8:15 p.m., Mrs. Lisa Greatrix of Rugeley, Staffordshire, UK "was on my way to the local shop (store in the USA--J.T.) when I saw a group of youngsters looking at something in the sky. I looked up and saw what appeared to be a large ball of orange fire moving in a northerly direction. It was (then) stationary and I stood and watched it for about two minutes."

"Realizing this was something out of the ordinary, (I am definite it was not an aircraft or a star--L.G.) I raced back to the house to alert my husband and to get my digital camera. As soon as I started to run, the object began to move again, increasing in speed. Unfortunately, my camera has a delay on it so I was unable to take a clear picture of the object. As we watched, a large, low-flying plane approached the object, flying southward. It appeared that the pilot must have seen the object as he immediately put his full (landing) lights on."

"As he did so, the object seemed to split, and something descended from the ball. Both objects then disappeared, and we did not see anything else. I heard no sound at all until that of the approaching aircraft. It was a clear night with no cloud." (Email Form Report)


Following several delays, the space shuttle Discovery rocketed into space last week and "arrived at the International Space Station Friday," October 13, 2000, "for a week of demanding construction work."

"Commander Brian Duffy had to execute the 240-mile-high rendezvous without the use of the shuttle's radar, which broke Thursday," October 12. "Instead he relied on a star-tracking system and hand-held lasers operated by his crew."

(Editor's Comment: Somewhere RAF Bomber Command group leader Guy Gibson, dead since 1944, is having a good chuckle.)

"Discovery latched onto the station as the two craft soared over Russia at 17,500 miles per hour. It was a smooth and fuel-efficient docking despite the antenna failure which knocked out the radar and TV links."

"'Excellent rendezvous.' Mission Control informed Duffy."

"Sequential snapshots of the final approach and linkup were beamed down via a much slower antenna on Discovery, and a camera on the space station provided grainy black-and-white views. The lack of live, continuous video will be especially missed..."

(Editor's Comment: I guess we won't be able to watch the "big meteor storm" NORAD mentioned.)

Flight director Chuck Shaw said the antenna problem appears to be with an electronics component. Engineers will not know for sure what broke until the shuttle returns to Earth."

"Messages and files were getting through Discovery's slow antenna. 'It's like working with a slower modem,' Shaw said."

On Saturday, October 14, 2000, astronaut Koichi Wakata of Japan "used the shuttle robot arm to lift" an 18,000-pound bos-like aluminum truss from Discovery's cargo bay. "The truss held four motion-control gyroscopes and two antennas and will serve as the base for solar wings to be installed by the next shuttle crew."

Next, "with a joyous whoop, two astronauts floated out of space shuttle Discovery on Sunday," October 15, 2000 "and hooked up cables and antennas on the newest addition to the International Space Station."

"Spacewalkers Bill McArthur and Leoy Chiao spent six hours working on the aluminum framework that had been installed on the space station Saturday."

""Their excitement streamed through the radio lines as they toiled 240 miles up."

"'Woo-hoo!' they shouted again and again. They described the 140-foot space station towering out of Discovery's cargo bay as 'huge' and 'gorgeous.'"

"This is too cool,' McArthur called down."

In the first of four spacewalks planned for this mission, "McArthur and Chiao connected power and data cables between the new framework, a girder-like truss, and the space station's Unity module."

Chiao and McArthur "also rearranged two antennas on the truss and bolted a tool box to its surface. They attached the powerful 6.5 foot (2-meter) dish antenna to the end of a 12-foot boom and gently swung it out."

Duffy's crew is under pressure to successfully complete all four vital spacewalks by the weekend. "NASA astronaut Bill Shepherd and his two cosmonaut" shipmates "are scheduled to lift off October 30 aboard a Russian rocket. They will spend four months aboard the space station." (See the Chicago Tribune for October 14, 2000, "Radar out, Discovery still links with station" and October 16, 2000, "Excited astronauts connect cables, antennas ro station.")


Less than two weeks after the appearance of the Chupacabra in the city, a new paranormal phenomenon has popped up in Iquique in northern Chile--a fire poltergeist.

""The technical section of the (Iquique) Fire Department is seven combustions recorded at several days and times within a building at Avenida Arturo Prat 480 where the offices of the Wackenhut security agency were located."

"Extraofficial sources attributed those events yo paranormal phenomena since occupants have spoken of pictures and artifacts falling from the walls for no apparent reason."

"The seventh fire in less than a week took place in the 'haunted house.' The firefighters who put out the fire claim having seen clocks and pictures flying through the air while at the same time cries, lamentations and the clanking of chains were heard."

"The house, haunted and persecuted by disruptive spirits, has residents of Rancho Cavanche and the Fire Department in a statede of alert. Volunteer firefighters are at a loss to explain the seven spontaneous fires they have had to extinguish in the past several days/ The strange paranormal phenomena are taking place in the old wooden house located in front of Cavancha Beach. Within the structure--which until last Sunday (October 1, 2000) was the headquarters for a security company (the Wackenhut Corporation--J.T.--can be hears the sound of chains and shattering lamentations, along with the unexplained fires."

"The most harrowing situation occurred last Friday (October 6, 2000), just before President Ricardo Lagos and Mayor Jorge 'Choro' Soria of Iquique toured Cavancha Park, some 500 meters (1,650 feet) from the 'haunted house.' A tremendous fire broke out at the location which required the efforts of several fire brigades" to extinguish it.

(Editor's Comment: Most curious! There was a similar poltergeist manifestation in Columbus, Ohio in 1984 when then-President Ronald Reagan came to town.)

"The firefighters were hard-pressed to extinguish the tongues of flame, above all because the flames seemed to emerge out of nowhere."

"While the fire was being put out, several firefighters claimed having seen plates, pictures and clocks fly from one end to the other of the main hall. Some witnesses claimed having also heard the sound of children screaming, babies crying, and the clanking of chains. Decorations which had been bolted to the wall fell to the floor."

"'What most attracted our attention on Friday was that a wall clock fell down and wound up two meters away. Desks and other heavy furniture were also moved around. It was terrible,' said one of the volunteers."

"The superintendent of the Iquique Fire Department, Frederico Petrillo, reported that the specialist volunteers engaged in a detailed investigation into the cause of the strange fires. He also claimed to have seen with his own eyes how tables and chairs moved around on their own."

On Tuesday, October 10, 2000, the Chilean newspaper La Cuarta interviewed psychic Silvia "Silvita" Veloso, "who predicted not long ago that a conflagration would occur in the house, which was occupied by a security firm."

"'I was called in to look at the house and saw what was happening with my own eyes. Upon going in, I felt the presence of a considerable negative force, which was reflected later in the movement of the objects without them being pushed by anyone. Even one person in the bathroom was unable to get out,' she stated."

Upon touching the walls, "I perceived that they were starting to heat up, which is why I warned that a cleansing would be made of the house.'"

(Editor's Note: This case sounds remarkably like the Macomb, Illinois fire poltergeist case of August 1948. See Mysterious Fires and Lights by Vincent H. Gaddis, pages 165 to 168.)

Silvita said the house was once inhabited by a sorcerer. Older inhabitants of the area told her that 'It happened more than 100 years ago. He was a man named Gaite, who invoked the spirit of a famous dead physician.'" (See the newspapers El Mercurio for October 8, 2000, "Spontaneous fires in Iquique" by Narciso Donoso, and La Cuarta for October 11, 2000, "Occultist says, 'Only an exorcist can banish sprits dwelling in the haunted house.")

(Editor's Comment: This is the second time this year the Wackenhut Corporation has been involved in a paranormal event in Latin America. The first time, a UFO hovered over their offices in Mexico City. You'll find the whole story in UFO Roundup, volume 5, number 8 for February 24, 2000, "Police mobilized as UFO hovers over Mexico City," page one. What's the big attraction in Cavancha beach? Maybe one of our readers in Chile can give us a bit more information about the mysterious Sr. Faite.)


"The grave of a woman gladiator has been found in a Roman cemetery in London."

"Archaeologists say this is the first-ever proof that females fought and died in arenas all over the empire."

"Although only her pelvis was unearthed, scientists say she died, probably violently, in her early twenties, about the average age of death for a Roman gladiator."

"Artifacts found with the young woman's remains indicate the fighter was a wealthy and popular member of her profession."

"One ceramic dish depicts a fallen gladiator, and other pieces bear the symbols associated with gladiators, says Hedley Swain of the Museum of London."

"Three lamps found with the bones were decorated with images of the Egyptian god Anubis--a deity related to the Roman god Mercury. Slaves dressed as Mercury dragged the dead bodies of slain gladiators out of the arena with hooks."

(Editor's Comment: Not unlike the Viking tale of Brunnhilde and her Valkyries toting the slain to Valhalla. The Anubis symbols are no surprise. Egyptian magick was all the rage in the late Roman Empire.)

"'The fact that we have this association with gladiators indicates that she was a gladiator, or someone deeply involved with gladiators,' says Jenny Hall, curator of early London history at the London Museum."

"Scientists have long known that women fought to the death in arenas throughout the Roman Empire."

"An inscription in Pompeii (Italy) refers to female gladiators, and Emperor Septimius Severus, the ruler from 193 to 211 A.D., allowed woman combatants."

"The recent findings are part of an exhibition opening in October at the British Museum. Other artifacts include a relief carving from the Second Century that depicts two women fighting with short swords and shields."

"An inscription on the relief says that both women were given 'an honorable release from the arena.' The pair are also identified--one as Amazonia and the other as Achillea. (Latin feminine name for the Greek warrior Achilles--J.T.)"

"Archaeologists from the museum are also working on the excavation of a Roman amphitheatre near London's financial district."

"The structure had enough space for 7,000 bloodthirsty spectators, nearly one-third of the population of London (or Londinium as it was then called--J.T.) at that time." (See the tabloid Sun for October 10, 2000, "Gladiator Women!" page 6.)

from the UFO Files...


In the annals of the Great Lakes Triangle, there is no case more startling than that of the schooner New Connecticut in October 1833. Not only was this disappearance unusual, its aftermath was even more remarkable.

"In the Autumn of 1833, Capt. Gilman Appleby of Conneaut, Ohio was captain and part-owner of the schooner New Connecticut. A steamboat (the S.S. North American-- J.T.) was then being built at Conneaut of which Capt. Appleby had charge and was many years her master. "

"An aunt of his then residing at Black Rock, below Buffalo *New York (was visiting a brother at Erie (Pennsylvania). The lady went to Conneaut in company with a nephew to visit a brother there. After remaining there some time, she became exceedingly anxious to get home. Capt. Appleby, who was busy with the steamboat, endeavoured to dissuade her from taking the home journey until he should be going out with his vessel, when he would take her home. His efforts, however, in that direction were unavailing, and he had her taken on board the schooner to go to Buffalo in charge of the crew."

"Everything passed off quietly until after the vessel passed Erie, when a sudden squall struck her (the New Connecticut-J.T.) and rolled her over on her side. She nearly filled with water but continued to float."

"The crew, lowering the vessel's yawl, jumped in and pulled for the shore, leaving the woman in the cabin, as they supposed, drowned. The party landed at or near Portland, Chautaqua County, N.Y. and made their way as best they could back to Conneaut."

"Three days after the accident, Capt. Wilkins, of the steamboat William Peacock, in coming down from Detroit was besought by Capt. Appleby to board the wreck, if he saw it, and if possible get the body of his aunt out of the cabin and convey it to Buffalo."

"Captain Wilkins encountered the disabled vessel drifting down the lake, and, after coming alongside, Capt. William Henton (then first mate aboard the William Peacock--J.T.) boarded the wreck and made search. The schooner lay upon her side, and to all appearances, was full of water. A pole was employed and it was supposed that every part of the cabin was touched, and as no object in the shape of a human body was touched, the conclusion was, that the body had floated out of the cabin into the lake; hence further search was given up."

""Two days afterward, Capt. Appleby came down with a vessel with facilities to to right the schooner and tow her to the nearest port."

"When the vessel had nearly reached a level position, the woman walked through the water and came up the stairs to the deck. She was caught by Capt. Appleby, while her son, who was present, wept and the sailors screamed."

The survival of Capt. Appleby's aunt was just as miraculous as it was unexplained. In autumn, the average temperature of Lake Erie is about 53 degrees Fahrenheit. The lady, who must have been in her forties, was immersed to the neck in cold water. She should have been dead of hypothermia by the end of the first day. Yet she walked out of the cabin of the New Connecticut five days later, thoroughly drenched but still very much alive.

Henton and his men probed every inch of that cabin with their long pole. They found nothing. If Capt. Appleby's aunt had been standing in an air bubble, and still alive, she would have certainly heard their voices and hollered for help. But she did not.

If she wasn't in the New Connecticut's cabin, then where was she? Good question! (See the book Strange Adventures of the Great lakes by Dwight Boyer, Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, N.Y., 1974, page 68.)


Middle East leaders have agreed to a cease-fire, but passions spawned by the three-week-old religious war continued to raise.

On Friday, October 13, troops of the Zahal (Israeli Defense Force--J.T.) occupied the grounds of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, denying access to Muslims under the age of 56 who arrived there for Friday prayers and pushing and clubbing resisters. So Muslims bowed and prayed in the streets of the Old City.

(Editor's Comment: That buzzsaw sound you hear is Thomas Jefferson spinning in his grave.)

On Saturday, October 14, 2000, vowing to "send the Jews to Petah Tikva," a mob of Muslims, led by the Martyrs of the al-Aqsa Mosque, firebombed the old Jewish synagogue in Jericho. Built during the reign of King Solomon 3,000 years ago, the synagogue was a proceless remnant of the ancient world.

The violence spilled over into the USA and the UK, as well.

On October 5, an unknown arsonist firebombed the three-story Temple Chev Sholem synagogue in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

On October 13, another unknown arsonist firebombed Temple Beth El in Syracuse, New York, completely gutting the building.

On October 13, in West Rogers Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, a gunman opened fire with an automatic rifle on a car driven by Rabbi Avrohom Brownstein. Over a dozen shots struck the vehicle, but the rabbi miraculously escaped unharmed.

(Editor's Comment: It's unclear who's doing the terrorism in the USA. It could be Hamas or other Muslims, Then again, it could be the Jews' other enemies--the rightwingers like Aryan Nations, the Church of the Creator and the Phineas Priesthood.)

On October 17, in London, Jewish student Daniel Meyes was sitting on a park bench when he was jumped and stabbed 20 times by a Ghazi from Algeria.

On Monday, October 16, 2000, "in Jerusalem, Israeli police prevented a hard-line Jewish group from laying a foundation stone on the Temple Mount, a site holy to both Jews and Muslims. The Temple Mount Faithful want to rebuild the Jewish temple that stood there until A.D. 70."

(Editor's Comment: Yes, that's the same Temple Mount Faithful who accompanied Gen. Ariel Sharon to the al-Aqsa Mosque on September 28.)

The Jewish group held a march that featured a rabbi in Biblical costume, a horde of shouting Hasidic Jews and a flatbed truck supporting a four-ton marble block festooned with Israeli flags.

"it is more important than ever to get rid of these foreigners--the Arabs--from Israeli land,' said Gershon Solomon of the Temple Mount Faithful, 'If we don't get rid of them, they will lynch us all, one by one.'" (See USA Today for October 17, 2000, "Prospects of a Mideast truce grow dimmer," page 22A)

And here's an ominous item that USA Today neglected to mention: there are big troop movements in Iraq. Saddam Hussein has sent an armored division--250 tanks and 150,000 men--into Iraq's Al-Anbar province, on the border with Jordan. Military vehicles have been seen in the town of aAl-Qa'im.

It appears that the Likud is bound and determined to destroy the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosques to make way for their Third Temple, which the Christian Book of Revelation refers to as "the abomination of desolation" or Temple of Lucifer. Why this has to happen right now--this week--is beyond me. Maybe it has something to do with the week-long Sukkot celebration, commemorating the first tabernacles the Hebrews built in the Sinai Desert.

Right now we have a cease-fire. Keep those hopes and prayers flying, and maybe it will hold.

We'll be back next week with more UFO and paranormal news from around the planet Earth, brought to you by "the paper that goes home--UFO Roundup." See you then.

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