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Volume 7
Number 6
February 6, 2002

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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The mysterious skull and metal fragment found buried in the Rhodopes mountain range in southern Bulgaria on May 21, 2001 are generating a lot of excitement and controversy in that southeastern European nation.

According to Iassen Kobarelov, UFO Roundup correspondent in Bulgaria, the news magazine BTA published a photo of the skull in the edition that appeared on newstands in Sofia on Thursday, January 31, 2002.

"The mysterious skull of unidentified origin has confused Bulgarian scientists and stirred the emotions of the fans of extraterrestrial civilizations," Iassen reported.

"The strange skull is as large as a baby's. There are six cavities (orifices) in it, but none of them resembles a mouth. The skull weighs 250 grams and its bones are light," and thinner than the skull bones of the average Homo sapiens.

The skull "was found by a 38-year-old resident of Plovdiv," a mid-sized city about 150 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Sofia, "who requested anonymity. He is said to have shown his find only to a narrow circle of scientists and people with a pronounced interest in the paranormal."

However, Bulgarian archaeologist Katya Malamet has disputed the article which originally appeared in the Turkish newspaper Milliyet. "Archaeologist Katya Malamet, a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, said she had never seen such a thing."

"The director of the Paleontology Museum in Asenovgrad, Dimiter Kovachev, is positive that the find is no fossil and has no analogy" or resemblance to any hominid skull known to science.

"Anthropologist Prof. Yordan Yordanov believes that the skull doesn't look like any human cranium known to science for the past 30 million years."

"In the view of reknowned (Bulgarian) psychic Koubrat Tomov, the creature could be a product of the Atlanteans, which was created to serve man. He believes that it was a scientific experiment which, in all likelihood, had been unsuccessful but which can 'overturn the notions of our existence on Earth,' Tomov claims."

"Scientists are not in a hurry to draw categorical conclusions before DNA tests and carbon-14 analysis to determine the age of the skull" have been made.

"In addition to the structure of the skull, the metal found nearby will be examined, too."

"However, interest from abroad has already become evident. The find's owner admitted to the scientists that he had been offered handsome sums of money to sell his discovery."

"'We risk the disappearance of a discovery which might change the notions of our origins and existence,' said Marin Maidenov, president of the Bulgarian Association for Astral and Paleontological Contacts."

The mysterious skull was discovered last year after the Plovdiv man had a strange dream in which five aliens, dressed in one-piece yellow uniforms, directed him to go to a certain spot on Mount Rodop, on the border between Bulgaria and Greece, and to dig there. (Many thanks to Iassen Kobarelov for this news story.)


"Unidentified flying objects are not unusual in Rockingham County (New Hampshire) but, at an increasing pace over the last decade, UFOs have benn spotted performing a gymnast's repertoire of aerial maneuvers."

"Last Thursday (January 17, 2002) New Hampshire may have been visited again."

"At 10:40 p.m., Fremont (N.H.) Police Officer H.D. Wood was dispatched to Main Street to investigate a report of two objects hovering silently in the air. The objects were described as 'bright and full of lights,' according to the police report."

"Wood had been on these calls before, though his department lacks any protocol to follow and the police academy does not train cadets for these situations."

"'Quite frankly, I don't believe it has a policy as to how to handle this kind of thing,' Wood said, 'I guess it's common sense, really.'"

"Wood said the witness was describing the actions of the UFOs as he was enroute. The witness described the objects as hovering silently in the air. The larger of the two objects flew south toward Sandown. The smaller object flew north toward Brentwood. They were gone when Wood, assisted by a Brentwood police officer, pulled up."

"'We arrived at the scene and (the witness) said, 'I'm not crazy. I'm not on drugs,'' Wood said."

"He said the witness and the witness's wife and daughter all saw the objects. The witness claimed a passing motorist also saw the event but didn't stop."

"Wood investigated the area, saw no evidence the snow had been disturbed and wrote his report. Without other witnesses or any physical indication of a visitation, Wood said he considers the case closed."

"'In my mind, if it's unsubstantiated, you call the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration--J.T.) to see if there are any reports of aircraft in the area,' Wood said. 'Then you call other dispatch centers to see if they've gotten calls, because what happens is, if something is sighted, everyone is going to call.'"

"Wood said his first reaction when he received the call was to seek background on the caller."

"'To be honest, when I did get the call, I did pull up my laptop to see if we had any previous contact at the address,' Wood said."

"He describes himself as a skeptic but said he absolutely believes that the witness did see something."

"'I was skeptical at first,' he said, 'Then I listened to the person discuss the issue and they were very adamant that they saw something.'"

"Fremont Police Chief Neal Janvrin was an officer with the Exeter (N.H.) Police Department on September 3, 1965, the night of New Hampshire's most notorious UFO encounter, an incident that became the subject of a book, Incident at Exeter (by John G. Fuller--J.T.) That day will be a significant day in history for believers in alien visitations. It is rare that a police officer can substantiate a sighting, but on that day, two of Janvrin's fellow officers, Dave Hunt and Gene Bertrand, as well as many civilians, would report seeing a large elliptical object with red lights around it. The object reportedly moved between houses and trees while the lights blinked in sequence."

"Janvrin said he's been on UFO calls before, but he's never seen a UFO himself. Janvrin said the only thing an officer can do is take a report." (See the Rockingham News of Plaistow, N.H. for January 25, 2002, "Area UFO sightings not yet identified by officers," page 1. Many thanks to Gerry Lovell of Far Shores for forwarding this newspaper story.)


On Friday, January 25, 2002, at 8 p.m., Daniel Williams was burning brush on his property on Wayne Mountain in Bigelow, Arkansas when he noticed an unusual black cloud approaching from the west.

"I was clearing my property, cutting and removing small-diameter pine trees and burning them in four-to-five-foot (1.5-meter) lengths. Bonfire was five feet in diameter, seven-foot-tall (2.2 meter) flames. The sky was unusually clear with a three-quarter moon, extremely bright as I could walk into my woods and tell which of the trees (that) had been cut were pine and which were oak as they laid on the ground," Daniel reported.

"I made a pile of five or six logs on the fire, and it would burn down, and I would load more, then rest, etc. As I was resting, I noticed an airplane blinking at the southern horizon. To my right (west) there was a black cloud. As I looked, it was gliding towards me to my left. I guess it was at 600 feet (180 meters), maybe at 1,000 feet (300 meters), no higher. The moon was reflecting off the curves of the nose of it, as it came closer. No lights, no blinking as it approached."

"I thought about getting my wife but by then we both would have missed it because I was 400 feet (125 meters) or so from the front yard. I stood there and I realized that what I was seeing was black or very dark and it was shaped so damn strangely. It was shaped like one of those 'candy corn' sugary candies, but the front of it was blunt and it tapered back to an actual oval."

"As if drifted by, I could plainly see it. It had no windows and no lights. I mean, the streetlights of the next street were reflecting on its underside. As it continued, I watched the back (the UFO's stern). It had two large round, dark red, very dimly lit circles...the only way I can describe them is to say that they looked like dirty red taillights of an automobile. Then I saw that they were surrounded by segmented 'flaps' or raised areas that encircled all the way round the red circles. The red circle filled each side of the oval rear."

"I would guess this craft to be 100 feet (30 meters) long and 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Also the thing that I noticed was that it was cruising with the right side of the craft lower than the left side, but it was maintaining a straight line (course). It continued on out of sight, flowly floating."

"I realized that I was standing next to my fire, and 'they' could see me, too. I was numb. I surprised myself because I didn't get hysterical."

"This thing did not look aerodynamic. The front wasn't pointed enough. I realized that all airplanes must have (navigation) lights, blinking all the time. This had nothing but those big eerie dark red burners or whatever."

Bigelow, Ark. is on the west side of Maumelle Lake, which is about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock, the state capital. (Email Form Report)


On Saturday, January 18, 2002, at 9:36 p.m., Phil X. "was taking the dogs out" at his home in Monroe, Ohio (population 7,133), a town on Highway 63 about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Cincinnati, when he spied an unusual object.

According to Phil's wife, Becky, "who works for the local school system...her husband routinely looks into the sky and enjoys looking at the stars because he formerly worked for NASA. Upon observing the sky, he summoned their (his family's) attention to it."

"Becky's son Chris and five others stood out in their driveway and watched the streak-like object hold stationary for a lengthy duration." Chris "speculated that the object was holding its position at a very high elevation and was twice the size of his thumbnail held at arm's length."

"He described the object as resembling 'a comet's streak' but with no distinct head or tail, being brighter in the middle part of it. The brightness in the center of the streak was described as a dull blue color with each edge fading into a neon orange color with a soft gradation."

"Chris also reaffirmed that the object was almost directly overhead and described the atmospheric conditions as relatively clear with high whispy clouds. He said that occasionally the object would be obstructed by cloud cover, but the glow could be seen behind the clouds."

"Chris said that he did not have any film for his camera and has no video capability but did observe the sky through binoculars. Looking at it through binoculars, he said that he could see a second fainter object to the north of the main object. This smaller object was a faint blue color."

There have been several UFO sightings in this area during the past year, according to Cincinnati ufologist Kenneth Young. "In August 2001, one person reported a UFO in nearby Springboro. In April 2001, several police officers observed a UFO nears Waynesville, Ohio." (Many thanks to Kenny Young for this UFO report.)


South America's current UFO flap logged another encounter last week, this time in Argentina.

On Thursday, January 30, 2002, at 5 a.m., two young women were walking to work in the small town of Capilla del Monte, in the province of Cordoba in central Argentina, when they spied an unusual light.

"A UFO emanating rays of bright light colored yellow, blue and white was seen by the two young women in Capilla del Monte. The report, which was written in El Diario by Jorge Suarez, said the UFO was first seen over the Cerro Las Gemelas (hill), provoking terror in both of the witnesses. A third witness said the object disappeared as it was rising at a dizzying velocity in front of the startled gaze of both women." (See NotiOVNI for February 3, 2002. Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz para esas noticias.)


Like its neighbor Argentina, the nation of Chile contributed more events last week to South America's ongoing UFO flap.

On Sunday, January 27, 2002, "while engaged in filming a tourist video, Canal (Channel) 13 cameraman Felipe Martinez did not realize that while his (videocam) lens picked up the loveliness of the desert landscape" outside of Lota, a seaside town on the Golfo de Arauco, nine perfectly-shaped UFOs crossed the heavens at full speed. The professional cameraman cannot say if these objects were alien spaceships, since he had never recorded a similar phenomenon before--something so swift and so strange."

Lota is located about 300 kilometers (180 miles) south-southwest of Santiago de Chile, the national capital.

The next day, Monday, January 28, 2002, at 10:30 p.m., ufologist Jaime Ferrer "photographed a UFO hovering near the city of Calama over the Atacama Desert. Using a digital camera, Ferrer snapped four images of a green sphere moving upward into the sky. Each image was taken at one-minute intervals. Ferrer said there was no large electric light in that area that could have produced this presence, which was very similar to a UFO spotted over Calama on September 10, 2001.

Calama is located in northern Chile, about 700 kilometers (420 miles) north of Santiago de Chile. The small city has been the focal point of UFO sightings and landings, alien encounters and sightings of strange creatures such as the Chupacabra and the Mataperro since January 2000. (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, autor de los libros Chupacabras and Other Mysteries y Forbidden Mexico, y tambien Rodrigo Cuadra Salazar y Jaime Ferrer para esas noticias.)


On Sunday, January 27, 2002, at 6:30 p.m., Mexican ufologist "Pedro Hernandez videotaped a luminous UFO performing aerial maneuvers to the north and south of Tlacotepec," a suburb located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) west of Mexico City.

"According to Hernandez, the UFO gave off a very intense light and flew at a very low altitude as was also seen by a large proportion of the valley's population. The video shows a peculiar object in the evening sky performing various maneuvers for three minutes at a great velocity."

"Later that evening, Hernandez observed seven luminous objects passing across the sky at intervals of five minutes over the (nearby) town of Metepec. An eyewitness reported that the strange light cavorted in the night sky, following a consistent trajectory. Hernandez grabbed his videocamera and taped five of the seven objects, which glowed with the intensity of the full moon."

On Friday, February 1, 2002, the Mexican news show Hechos de la Tarde, a production of the Televisora Azteca network, "was filming an eruption of Mount Popocatepetl. The camera zeroed in on a spectacular fire fountain and a backdrop of thick black volcanic smoke. Then the camera picked up a sphere of a metallic aspect flying over (Mount) Popocatepetl."

"This was a live broadcast about volcanic activity in Mexico. The sighting was broadcast at 3:20 p.m. The object was seen flying away to the south."

Mount Popocatepetl is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Mexico City and is one of nine Mexican volcanoes that are currently active. (See NotiOVNI for February 3, 2002. Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz para esas noticias.)


"The rusty remains of a U.S. Army plane that disappeared with three soldiers aboard during World War II have been found in the mountains of western Panama, authorities said Saturday," February 3, 2002.

"The discovery came after officials from the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii spent more than a month digging in the dense (rain) forests outside El Valle de Anton, 65 miles (108 kilometers) west of Panama City."

The twin-engined C-47 cargo plane (military version of the Douglas DC-3 airliner--J.T.) "was flying from a U.S. military base in Rio Hato, just outside El Valle de Anton, to the Caribbean city of Colon when it vanished without a trace on June 8, 1941."

"Dozens of search-and-rescue missions in the following months failed to find the aircraft or its crew." (See the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for February 4, 2002, "Missing WWII plane discovered," page 2A.)

(Editor's Comment: Apparently the C-47's two Wright Cyclone engines failed immediately after takeoff. It'll be interesting to see if the present-day U.S. Air Force can determine the cause of the crash.)


On Tuesday, January 29, 2002, at 2:30 p.m., ufologist Jeff Willes "was at work" in Phoenix, Arizona, "sitting at my desk when I looked out my window and to my shock I saw a cylinder UFO flying slowly in the sky. I grabbed my Sony 360x Night Shot videocam and zoomed in. I have been videotaping UFOs in Phoenix, Arizona for years now, and this is the best I've ever shot. It's going to be hard to top this one. At the end of the sighting, the thing shoots off like a bat out of hell."

Jeff said the video will be available on his website "in a few days." Readers can access Jeff's site at http://beam.at/phoenixufos (Many thanks to Jeff Willes for this report.)

NOTE: Since this issue went to press Jeff has notified us that they are having problems with the website. If they are unable to get it back up soon the new footage will be at www.umedia.com/Jeff.html


"Sarah Howard and her husband, John, were looking for a second home when they ventured from England in the summer of 1999 to the Dordogne Valley, a place where they could retire one day to enjoy the earthy pleasures of rural France."

"For about $270,000 (USA dollars) they found just what they were looking for: a two-bedroom stone mill house on about 10 acres of land, a pond and a lake. It was near the town of Cadouin, a place to which pilgrims once flocked to view what they were told was the Shroud of Turin, said to bear the image of Christ's face."

"But then in October 2000, after returning from a trip, the couple was reading through the mail that had piled up in their French home when they spotted a letter from the French Ministry of Culture. The Howards discovered that they happened to be the proud owners of land atop a Paleolithic-era cave that contained wall etchings and human skeletal remains dating back between 25,000 and 30,000 years."

"'The letter said this cave had been discovered on our property,' said John Howard, who grew up in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood and in Oak Park (Illinois)."

"But this was not just any cave. The Dordogne Valley, a place that was home to prehistoric human beings, is rich in such cave dwellings. The world-reknowned cave at Lascaux is perhaps the best known. But the cave discovered on the Howards' property turned out to be something extraordinary."

"First, what were found were not the kind of cave paintings and drawings normally found on the walls of Dordogne caves but rather etchings carved into the soft limestone walls. Some of the images were those of animals--bison, horses, mammoths--that are almost universally found in the area. But in addition there were figures of human females who appear to be pregnant, some sort of fertility symbols. There are also etchings of female genitalia."

"'We appear to have Paleolithic pornography,' Howard said."

"French authorities have said these are among the first such images found in Dordogne caves."

"The Howards' cave saga began on September 30, 2000 when a Frenchman named Marc Delluc, a member of the Dordogne area spelunker club, was nosing around the countryside near Cadouin and noticed what looked like a cave entrance as he walked near the Howards' house."

"The entrance had been sealed by a rock fall, Sarah Howard recounted."

"'But he cleared it enough to crawl inside at incredible risk to his life,' she said."

"Delluc pressed on through the narrow cave entryway until the opening widened and he was able to see that he had happened upon a major find."

"Delluc contacted French authorities who ordered further exploration and eventually invited the Howards to explore the treasures buried beneath the property where they had hoped to spend their golden years."

"'It (the cavern) was huge,' Sarah Howard said, 'It is 40 feet (12 meters) high.'"

"According to the French Ministry of Culture, the cave spans an area of about one-half by one mile (0.8 by 1.6 kilometers)."

"Howard described how she and her husband, with the help of French cave experts, used ladders, flashlights and headlamps in the pitch dark. She said the walls and the floor of the cave were damp."

"'It was rather slippery,' she said, adding that it was clear that the French government would not be able to develop the cave for tourism since it appeared too dangerous."

"The Ministry of Culture reports that even with the limited amount of exploration done on the cave--it is called Grotte de Cussac--more than 100 complete, or partial, figures have been counted. Not only is the style of etching unusual, but the presence of figures of birds is quite rare. The same is true of the female silhouettes and other sexual representations."

"A portion of the cave seems to have been a burial site, the ministry concluded. There are several depressions where the skeletal remains are gathered, one of which contains an almost complete collection of human bones."

"After they had been made aware of the cave discovery, the Howards were sworn to secrecy by the French government so that the Ministry of Culture could make a grand announcement in the regional capital of the Dordogne, Perigueux." (See the Chicago Tribune for January 29, 2002, "Two bedrooms, 10 acres, one paleolithic-era cave," section 5, pages 1 and 3.)

(Editor's Comment: It looks like Grotte de Cussac might have been an initiation cave for a Paleolithic "Earth Mother Goddess" religion, predating the worship of Cybele in pre-Roman Gaul by tens of thousands of years. There are similar sites right here in the Americas, too, such as El Arbolillo and Zacatenco, just north of Mexico City and the pre-Incaic ruins at Huaco Toledo, near Cajamarquilla, north of Lima, Peru.)

From the UFO Files...


Thirty years ago, on February 3, 1972, one of Peru's most famous UFO encounters took place. It happened in broad daylight and the saucer's alien occupant was seen by the two human witnesses.

It all began early that morning in Puquilo, a desert town about 500 kilometers (300 miles) south of Lima. Tito Rojas and Adolfo Penafiel owned a feed store, and they had a delivery to make that day. So before the hot summer sun climbed too high in the cloudless blue sky, the men loaded up the flatbed of Tito's pickup truck and set out for Nazca, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) to the north.

(Editor's Note: In Peru, as in other countries of the southern hemisphere, February is a summer month.)

With the truck's windows rolled all the way down, hoping to catch a breeze off the Pacific Ocean, Tito and Adolfo drove north on the Pan-American Highway. On both sides of the road, a monocolor landscape of brown sand and jagged rocks met their gaze, with the rugged cordillera rising on their right.

As they were crossing the desolate Pampa Carbonera south of Nazca, the truck's radio, which had been tuned to a station in Arequipa, began to act up. The Latino music faded in and out. Bursts of static obliterated the music. Finally, the radio started emitting just static, and then it went silent.

"Not again!" Tito said, and he thumped the dashboard with his right fist.

"Maybe it's the antenna," Adolfo suggested.

Suddenly, the pickup truck's engine began missing on all cylinders.

"Now, what!?" Tito swore, stepping down hard on the gas pedal.

The engine raced, but the truck didn't respond. Swiveling the stickshift, Tito tried for a lower gear. The engine continued to sputter and cough. Finally, it quit completely, and Tito coasted over to the sandy shoulder of the highway.

"It might be the gas filter," Adolfo said, as they left the truck's cab.

"I think it's the battery," Tito replied, "The radio is out. So is the door light. I hope it's a bad connection."

"Why do you say that?"

"Because if we need water, we've got enough," Tito said, gesturing at the leather bota (water jug--J.T.) dangling from the gunrack. "But it will take all day and all night if it has to recharge by itself."

Lifting the hood (bonnet in UK--J.T.), Tito licked his thumb and pinky finger and touched the battery's terminals. He let out a fierce yelp.

"Madre de Dios!" He shook his hand ginerly. "That wasn't the problem."

Adolfo, who had been looking toward the rugged quebradas of the coast range, pointed suddenly. "Look!"

"Look at what?" the driver replied.

"Out there on the pampa." Adolfo squinted against the morning sun's glare. "I think it's a car."

"A car!? Out there!?" Exasperated, Tito turned to that direction. "You're seeing things. There's no way a car could have driven..."

Tito let the rest trail off. He had seen it, too. A silvery gleam in the midst of the dwarf sand dunes. Shading his eyes, he added, "You're right. There's something out there. What the hell is that!?"

"Let's find out," Adolfo said, slip-sliding down the highway embankment, kicking up a miniature avalanche of pebbles and sand.

The two feed dealers hiked across the desert. As they closed in on the spot, the sun dazzle lessned, becoming a shiny gleam on the mirror-like silver surface of a large disc.

Excitement had Adolfo's heart pounding. "Caramba! Un disco volante!"

It was a flying saucer, all right. What ufologists call "a daylight disc." The object rested on a tricycle landing gear. There was no sign of any lights, windows or openings. Later they described the craft as 15 meters (50 feet) long and four meters (13 feet) high. Its surface was so highly polished that their gaze rebounded painfully from the sun's reflection.

At that moment, to add to their surprise, the craft's occupant rounded the front of the saucer. Adolfo described the alien as "a man of average height, wearing green clothes under a transparent space suit."

Instantly Tito and Adolfo began running towards the saucer. They hurried "to the place to greet the strange visitor. But as soon as he saw them, he stopped his inspection of the pampa and took off."

"The saucer rose into the air with a shrill metallic whine, a sound familiar to the people who live in the area, which would seem to indicate that the pampa is a landing field for extraterrestrials."

Tito and Adolfo watched as the disc rose into the sky at a nearly vertical angle and disappeared. After it was gone, they returned to the truck. On impulse, Tito put the key in the ignition, pumped the gas pedal and switched on.

The truck's engine responded without hesitation. The Arequipa radio station came back loud and clear.

The Tito Rojas/Adolfo Penafiel case was the first of Peru's great UFO flap of the early 1970s. Before it was over, Peruvian ufologists "counted two hundred and fourteen (214) 'reliable' sightings in 1973. In more than ninety (90) percent of them, the saucers were piloted by beings who seemed human except for their size and the color of their skin. In eighteen (18) cases, the pilots appeared to be robots."

(See The Mysteries of the Andes by Robert Charroux, Avon Books, New York, N.Y., 1977, page 171. Also Reparaz's Guide to Peru, Ediciones de Arte Rep, Editoriales Unidas S.A., Lima, Peru, 1974, pages 210 to 215.)

(Editor's Comment: I made my first trip to Peru in July 1973, at the tail end of this flap, and "los OVNIs" were the topic of conversation in the Callejon de Huaylas. But I didn't encounter any Hermanos Espaciales (Space Brothers). Not even Jelu...darn it!)

We'll be back next week with more UFO, Fortean 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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