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Volume 7
Number 31
July 30, 2002

Editor: Joseph Trainor

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"For Renny Rogers, it was strange enough that military jets were flying low over his home in Waldorf," Maryland (population 22,312) "in the middle of the night. It was what he thinks he saw when he headed outside to look early Friday," July 26, 2002 "that floored him."

"'It was this object, this light-blue object, traveling at a phenomenal rate of speed,' Rogers said, 'This Air Force jet was right behind it, chasing it, but the object was just leaving him in the dust. I told my neighbor, 'I think those jets are chasing a UFO.''"

"Military officials confirm that two F-16 jets from Andrews Air Force Base" in Maryland "were scrambled early Friday after radar detected an unknown aircraft in Washington area airspace. But they scoff at the idea that the jets were chasing a strange and speedy blue unidentified flying object."

"'We had a (radar) track of some interest, so we sent up some aircraft," said Major Douglas Martin, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) in" Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, "which has responsibility for defending U.S. airspace. 'Everything was fine in the sky, so they returned home.'"

"At the same time, military officials say they do not know what the jets were chasing, because whatever it was disappeared."

"'There are any number of scenarios, but we don't know what it was,' said Major Barry Venable, another spokesman for NORAD."

"Radar detected a low, slow-flying aircraft about 1 a.m. Friday (July 26, 2002), according to a military official. Controllers were unable to establish radio communications with the unidentified aircraft, and NORAD was notified."

"When the F-16s carrying air-to-air missiles were launched from Andrews, the unidentified aircraft's track faded from the radar, the military official said, speaking on the condition that he not be identified."

"Pilots with the" District of Columbia "Air National Guard's 113th Wing, which flew the F-16s from Andrews, reported nothing out of the ordinary, NORAD officials said."

"'It was a routine launch," said Lieutenant Colonel Steve Chase, a senior officer with the Wing, which keeps pilots and armed jets on 24-hour alert at Andrews to respond to incidents as part of an air defense system protecting Washington after the Sept. 11 (2001) terrorist attacks."

"Rogers remained convinced that what he saw was not routine."

"'It looked like a shooting star with no trailing mist,' he said, 'I've never seen anything like it.'" (See the Washington Post for July 27, 2002, "F-16s pursue unknown craft over region," page B-2. Many thanks to Jose Gonzalez for forwarding this newspaper article.)


As of Friday, July 26, 2002, cattle mutilations had spread to seventeen of Argentina's provinces and had reached a total of 394 mysterious deaths.

According to Proyecto Condor, the breakdown of mutilation deaths by province includes 149 in Buenos Aires province, 2 in Catamarca, 14 in Chaco, 2 in Chubut, 27 in Cordoba, 4 in Corrientes, 23 in Entre Rios, 8 in Formosa, 77 in La Pampa, 11 in La Rioja, 1 in Mendoza, 15 in Neuquen, 7 in Salta, 4 in San Luis, 20 in Santa Fe, 14 in Santiago del Estero and 15 in Tucuman.

And still the mutilations continue in Argentina.

Last week, "six cows were found dead and mutilated in a section known as El Cajon, inside the La Troja ranch," in Salta province, "some 75 kilometers (45 miles) east of the provincial capital."

Judge Carlos M. Aguero Molina ordered an expedition of veterinarians and researchers to visit the ranch to conduct an on-site investigation.

"The veterinarians performed autopsies on two of the animals and submitted samples of tissue and organs to the Police Biochemistry Lab and the School of Natural Sciences at the National University of La Salta."

"The six cows, who were missing eyes, tongues and the flesh covering the lower maxillaries (jaws) and, in one of three specimens, the genitalia and udders of a female bovine, died in an area 6 kilometers around (3.6 miles in circumference) and were almost exactly 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) from each other."

"Despite the difficulty (of negotiating the terrain--S.C.) and the torturous paths followed by the cows, if an imaginary line were drawn between each of the carcasses, an almost perfect isoceles triangle could be found, a matter which could be coincidental but which nevertheless astonished the police, who were headed by the chief of the 4th Sheriff's Office of the (provincial) capital, Miguel Armando Miranda."

"Despite the peculiarities of the geometrical arrangement of the deaths, there are other factors which are no less disturbing: the bovines were untouched by the usual carrion creatures, did not give off an odor, no traces of blood were found, and the flesh did not appear to have entered the process of decomposition, although it is certain that the deaths occurred at least ten days ago (July 11, 2002)."

"It is also certain that the animals died simultaneously and suddenly, since they fell as though struck down, without having made the motions characteristic of a struggle for life. Of the six bovines, only one left traces of having made any movement prior to its death. it made a small circumference (circle) with one of its front legs. Then it collapsed and remained still."

"'I never saw anything like it in my life,' said Tito Yurquina, 70, the animals' owner, whose family has been in this area for over four generations."

"A similar opinion was offered by Margarita Maidana, 77, the clan's matriarch, who made the report to the police."

An even stranger incident occurred in southern Cordoba province.

"On the last Friday of June (2002), an event of truly strange characteristics took place in a field in Suco, located to the west of Rio Cuarto," in Cordoba province, "very near the border with San Luis province."

In Suco, "a livestock producer, regarded by all for his responsibility and honesty, found 19 animals within an Australian-type water tank (That is, a steel-sided, sheet metal tank with a conical cap--S.C.) Nine of the bovines were dead," drowned according to local veterinarians, and "the rest were alive but affected by the low (winter) temperatures and near death due to freezing."

"The news not only spread like wildfire throughout the area; it was confirmed by police officers of Regional Unit 7, headquartered at Rio Cuarto, who took over the investigation of the case utilizing personnel from the Sampacho District Sheriff's Office, located 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Rio Cuarto on National Highway 8."

"What no one could explain is how the 19 animals could have entered the enormous water tank, bearing in mind that they first had to cross an electric barrier, then a 1.5-meter (5-foot) tall fence, and finally 'jump' over the tank wall."

(See the Argentinian newspapers El Tribuno of Salta for July 21, 2002, "Cattle mutilations at La Troja," and El Diario del Sur de Cordoba-Villa Maria for July 9, 2002, "Cows found inside a water tank." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, Gloria Coluchi, Alicia Rossi, Christian Quintero, Andrea Perez Simondini, Silvia Perez Simondini y Daniel Valverdi para esos articulos de diario.)


Argentina's UFO flap hit a new high level of intensity last week with sightings reported in several provinces.

At the La Troja ranch in Salta province, where six cows were found mutilated, "two other family members, Carmen Salva, 15, and Nelly Tarifa, 51, added an item which revives the belief that all of this (the mutilations--J.T.) has extraterrestrial causes. Both women swear that in the days preceding the macabre find 'strange and powerful lights were seen in the skies.'"

"'I saw a circle, like the full moon, over the hills. It gave off intermittent beams of different colors,' said the teenager (Carmen Salva), a student at the Sargento Cabral School" in Salta, the provincial capital. Carmen "is helping out with farm tasks during her winter vacation."

At Colonia Yatai, in Formosa province, "rancher Luis Fernandez told of something that had captured his attention. At those locations" where 7 cattle were mutilated two weeks ago, "late at night, 'I saw lights on the horizon in the place where the mutilations occurred. The light looked like a large flashlight that points down from above. We thought they were helicopters belonging to some agency touring the area. We went to look but couldn't hear or find anything. The light looks like someone's lighting something from below, like a spotlight with an intense white light.'"

"Another witness corroborated Fernandez's testimony. "It's true. We always see things like immense flashlights in the area which point downward from above, as though looking for something, but never discuss it for fear of being taken for madmen or liars. This has to happen to you for you to understand it. Like my compadre (best friend--J.T.), who would always laugh when I told him that at the edge of Salado Creek certain shining things would appear out of the sky, turning night into day. We went fishing one night and what he didn't believe in unexpectedly happened. The light appeared above and lit up the sky like daylight. We told others what had happened but no one believed us.'"

At the Feklo supermarket in Colonia Yatai, "local residents said, 'It's true. From here we have seen great lights land in the area several times. The thing rises very quickly to become lost in swift movement. At high speed. No one believes us, but it's true. It doesn't happen very often, but it happens after a rain shower or a storm, and on cold nights, and always in the area where Don Luis (Fernandez) found his dead animals.'"

(Editor's Note: For more on the Colonia Yatai mutilations, see UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 30, for July 23, 2002, "Mutilations continue to sweep through Argentina," page 3.)

"Public opinion around the country was startled yesterday (Monday, July 22, 2002) following news of a UFO sighting in southern Cordoba (province) on Sunday night (July 21, 2002)."

"At least 20 police officers from the Cordoba region saw the strange craft."

"One of the officers had the most significant experience, since the squad car in which he was traveling and approaching the strange object ceased operating as the object drew closer. The same happened to his cellphone and police radio. Once the craft moved away, the equipment began operating once more--even some of which had been broken."

"The police officers were some 10 meters (33 feet) from the craft and said that it had the shape of a triangle measuring approximately 200 meters (660 feet) along the side, with countless portholes through which a light similar to that of a spotlight emerged, lighting up the entire area. Behind the illuminated windows, the police officers could see shadows, but which were not clearly visible. Yesterday (July 22, 2002) he told the media that he was stunned by the experience."

According to reporter Jorge Almiran of the newspaper El Puntal of Rio Cuarto, "twenty days ago (July 3, 2002) the Cordoba police saw another very strange, large light in the same area."

In Chacabuco, "a driver was taking three girls back to their homes on Sunday morning (July 21, 2002). According to the vehicle's four occupants, in the early morning hours of Sunday and at the Terapia exit, in the vicinity of the Garay extension, they saw a very powerful light that was not a star and appeared to be hovering low over the local houses. The light was motionless and changed color from light blue to green."

"'When I stopped the car to see if I could hear something, I couldn't start the engine again. So I got out (of the car--S.C.), fooled around with the engine a bit, and finally made it start. The girls were scared and holding hands, but we went out on the side of the road to get a better look. Before (getting there--S.C.) we could already see that it was closer to us. It was about the size of the rising moon, emitting flashes, and, at a given moment, the entire edge of the light was covered by some sort of fog, and I didn't like the matter at all,' remarked the driver, who also made the report to the authorities."

"Residents of Calle 25 de Mayo (street) in Chacabuco saw an object the day before yesterday (Sunday, July 21, 2002) during dusk. It remained in the sky for a few minutes before vanishing swiftly and mysteriously after having remained motionless."

"An unidentified flying object of large size and intense luminosity was seen on Monday (July 15, 2002) in the town of Campamento Vespucio, 7 kilometers (4 miles) west of General Mosconi" in Salta province. "The event caused a sensation in this community, some 350 kilometers (210 miles) north of Salta, which not long ago was the oil-producing capital of the Argentinian northwest."

"The presence of the object--visible to the unaided eye over the forested tropical hills of the San Antonio range, which act as the region's natural border, was the size and shape of a rugby ball."

"Residents of Vespucio took to the streets to look at the object, which remained motionless for 40 minutes, before vanishing suddenly to the west at a 'prodigious' speed, according to witnesses."

"A housewife, who chose to remain anonymous, said, 'It was oddly beautiful. The intensity of the light was enormous, although it produced no fear whatsoever.'"

"The same woman added that 'we were all marvelling at first but got serious when we realized that, along with the phenomenon, the phones stopped working and the electrical systems of several cars were left for dead (failed--J.T.), making it impossible to start them or to turn on their lights.'"

"Residents of the Tablillas area, some 3 kilometers (2 miles) inside the canyon where Campamento Vespucio is located and consequently closer to the UFO, were not surprised by the event, since they said, 'We are used to seeing these singular luminous events since 1999,'" and "'that whenever they appear, they cause failures in motor and electrical equipment.'" (See the Argentinian newspapers El Tribuno of Salta for July 21, 2002, "Cattle mutilations at La Troja;" El Comercial for July 21, 2002, "Residents of Formosa claim having seen 'Light;" El Diario de la Republica for July 23, 2002, "Commotion over UFO sighting in sourthern Cordoba;" El Puntal of Rio Cuarto for July 22, 2002; and El Tribuno for July 22, 2002, "An alleged UFO causes a commotion in Campamento Vespucio." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, Alicia Rossi y Gloria Coluchi para esos articulos de diario.)

(Editor's Comment: And just when you thought things couldn't possibly get any stranger in South America...)


On Sunday, July 14, 2002, an image of the Virgin Mary suddenly appeared on the window of a home in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, a cidade satelite (suburb) of Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil.

(Editor's Note: Sao Paulo, with its population of 8 million, is also the largest city in South America.)

"The alleged image of the Blessed Virgin (birth name: Miriam bat-Joachim--J.T.) was found on the morning of (Sunday) July 14 (2002) around 8:30 a.m. by two children, Alan Jose de Rosa, 8, and his cousin, Joao Fagner de Jesus, 10, who were playing when they noticed 'a strange stain' on the windowpane."

"The image is a silhouette on glass on which can be seen a halo and a mantle. It appeared Sunday morning and was first seen by a nephew of Ana Maria de Jesus Rosa, who owns the house" at Avenida Antonio Bernardino Correa No. 330 in Ferraz de Vasconcelos, Sao Paulo state.

"'I told the children that by cleaning it, the image would disappear, but as I passed a rag and several cleaning products over it, ranging from alcohol to glass cleaner, it only became more defined,'" said Sra. da Rosa.

"'We look at the image and see a silhouette on the glass that is very similar to the images we can see, for example, in Fatima,' said Father Jose Eduardo Ferreira, 36, the priest at Our Lady of Peace Church, to whose (Roman Catholic) congregation Sra. da Rosa belongs."

(Editor's Note: On May 13, 1917, Miriam appeared to three children--Lucia Abbobora dos Santos, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto--at Cova da Iria, near Fatima, Portugal. It was the most spectacular of the Marian apparitions of the Twentieth Century.)

Word spread rapidly through Sao Paulo, and pilgrims by the thousand converged on the house. "According to the Sao Paulo Policia Municipao, 42,000 people passed through the site on (Monday) July 22 (2002)."

"Standing in line to see the image, which is already being called Nossa Senhora da Janela (Portuguese for Our Lady of the Window--J.T.), people managed to take up three city blocks."

"Yesterday (Sunday, July 21, 2002) TV personality Gugu Liberato visited the site and filmed the image" for his show News Sunday.

"The presence of the TV show host caused a riot of pushing and shoving among persons hoping to see the image. Due to the commotion, visits were prohibited until 8 p.m."

"Among those present were Francisco Pereira Cabral, 19," a seminarian from Maranhao in northern Brazil. "'After I arrived, I saw the image and asked it to increase our faith,' he said."

(Editor's Comment: Don't be too surprised if Francisco becomes the Pope around the middle of the Twenty-First Century.)

"In the opinion of Sister Otalia Barboza de Sousa, 69, who accompanied him, there is no doubt that it is an image our Our Lady. 'It is a sign. I asked for a blessing on our house (convent--J.T.) and for all people. If she appeared, it's because we need her.'"

"In spite of having stimulated the faith of the homeowner, the neighbors and people from other cities" elsewhere in Brazil, "the image was not confirmed as a miracle by the Roman Catholic Church."

"The Church plans to form a commission of theologians, psychologists, physicists and chemists to analyze the phenomenon. Until then, visits shall be allowed. In eight days, nearly 89,000 visitors have come to the site at Avenida Antonio Bernardino Correa No. 330."

"The owners are uncomfortable. 'I wasn't expecting all this. Sometimes people don't get to sleep. The faithful are here until one in the morning, singing and praying,' complains Antonio da Rosa, the owner of the house."

"The behavior of the thousands of faithful pilgrims is similar. Eyes fixed on the mysterious image, their hands hold pamphlets with images of saints, crucifixes, Bibles and other things. To avoid riots, 15 municipal police guards have organized lines so that the faithful may parade in front of the window."

"Padre Quevedo, a specialist in paranormal phenomena, visited the house. To him, the image 'is not miraculous. The Church respects and admires such devotion, but it cannot say that it's a miracle.'"

"To him, the faithful should wait for scientific reports before venerating the image."

"Pilgrims are coming from all over. Creusa Ferreira dos Santos, 46, came from Araras (169 kilometers or 102 miles from Sao Paulo--J.T.), moved by her faith. 'It's worth it. I went to pray for health for my entire family,' she said, holding the hand of her son, Caio, 4, her traveling companion during the two-hour trip." (See the newspapers El Universal of Mexico City for July 18, 2002, "Image of the Blessed Virgin appears on a Sao Paulo window," and La Folha de Sao Paulo for July 22, 2002, "Visit to the alleged image of the Blessed Virgin Mary ends in riot." Muito obrigado a Scott Corrales e Gloria Coluchi por eso caso.)


"The strange and mysterious appearance of an image in a floor mosaic of Our Lord of Miracles Church" in Metan, a small city in Argentina, "has shaken the local Roman Catholic population. Without any logical explanation, the image materialized from one day to another with well-defined characteristics" similar to "the traditional image of the face of Jesus Christ."

"The figure, which was discovered on the afternoon of (Tuesday) July 9 (2002) in the area surrounding the church altar, was found by a group of faithful who were praying for the country (Argentina) on National Independence Day."

(Editor's Note: In fact, the widest street in Buenos Aires, the capital, is called Avenida Nueve de Julio, meaning Ninth of July Avenue.)

"Stunned by the find, the prayer group alerted the pastor, Monsignor Jose Vicente Tejerina Monserrat, who did not provide any official information at this moment, hoping to find a rational explanation for the phenomenon."

"However, everything seems to suggest that the mysterious portrait is molecularly embedded in a 20-square-centimeter piece of granite, and it has been impossible to erase it."

"'This is a call from God, a summons to conversion, and a blessing for the people of Metan. The face,' added the pastor, who is a monsignor and has headed the parish for 36 years, 'was found on Independence Day, which has a special meaning. Jesus is calling on all Argentinians to reconcile and unite...," but he was unable to continue his statement to El Tribuno as he was unable to contain his tears."

"After composing himself, Msgr. Tejerina Monserrat noted that 'we are on the verge of celebrating a new miracle, and this has great meaning.'"

"Journalists for El Tribuno at the site were able to ascertain that the portrait consists of a series of shades of gray on a brown mosaic. Numerous efforts have been made to erase the mysterious face, but the image appears to be part of the stone itself. The church's floor consists of granite blocks measuring 20 square centimeters, alternating in red and brown." (See the Argentinian newspaper El Tribuno of Salta for July 12, 2002, "Face of Christ appears on church floor." Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales y Alicia Rossi para eso articulo de diario.)


Following a quiet June, crop circles burst forth in several countries during July. Formations were sighted in Canada, UK, Slovakia and Switzerland.

On Saturday, July 13, 2002, a crop circle "estimated at 60 meters (200 feet) long" was found in Erin Township, Ontario, Canada, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) west of Toronto. Although it was "difficult to tell a specific shape," the formation was surrounded "by other very small markings nearby (grapeshot--P.A.). The edges were reported to be 3 to 4.5 meters (10 to 15 feet) in size, with some stalks bent over as much as 0.46 meters (1.5 feet) above the ground."

Six days later, on Friday, July 19, 2002, "randomly downed areas of crop" were found in other communities of southern Ontario province, notably near Alliston, Everett, Richmond Hill, Brampton, Caledon and Nobleton.

According to Paul Anderson of Canadian Crop Circles Research Network, the circles "ranged from small to approximately 'two football fields' (180 meters or 600 feet--J.T.) in diameter, and, as at Erin, featuring random or quasi-geometric designs, appearing 'maze-like' and 'rough, circular, squarish, triangular and arrowhead-shaped."

On the same Friday, in UK, crop circles appeared in wheat fields at Alton Barnes, Beckington, Avebury and Pewsey in Wiltshire.

From Wiltshire, the crop circle outbreak spread to Lancashire, Kent and Hertfordshire, with formations discovered at Ashford, Preston, Alton Priors, Latton Park, Stanton Bridge and Barbury Castle.

Also on Saturday, July 13, 2002, "three large crop circles were discovered at Nitra-Drazovice," about 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Bratislava in Slovakia. The formations "were spotted by glider pilots in an international competition."

According to cerealogist Miroslav Karlik, "these crop circles are not faked and would have never been found if not for the pilots." He described the formations as "rings with diameters of 15.3 meters (51 feet), 7.4 meters (24 feet) and 6.3 meters (20 feet), connected with a 0.5 meter (1.5 foot) wide path, were only visible from a bird's eye perspective. No curious crowds had trampled them, and they could be examined by the experts."

On Tuesday, July 23, 2002, "a large crop circle was found in a farm field" near Baselbiet, Switzerland. The field belonged to farmer Hansjoerg Mangold. According to the newspaper report, the formation "resembles a key, and its circular portion has a diameter of 25 meters (82 feet). Cerealogists have taken samples from the downed plants in the field." (See the Swiss newspaper Basler Zeitung for July 24, 2002. Many thanks to Paul Anderson of CCCRN, George A. Filer of MUFON and Daniel Munoz for these reports.)


"Aircraft engaged in cropdusting activities in the region of Pozarevac in eastern Serbia were attacked by enormous owls during daylight--an unprecedented event in the region."

"In the town of Veliki Popovac, in the Mlava River valley," about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of Belgrade, "large owls fly during the day and, as soon as the airplanes approach, hurl themselves against them, a local source says."

"Olga Obradovic, a farmer from Veliki Popovac, told (Serbia's) Radio B-92 that the owls have been nesting closer to the community in recent months and even inside of house attics and stable haylofts. The birds have expelled the swallows from the Mlava River valley, and the farmers believe that this is an evil omen."

In Serbia, "people believe that anyone who kills a swallow will be punished with the death of their mother, their daughter or another close female relative."

"Some villagers believe that the owls are carrying out acts of retribution for the neglect of certain abandoned churches in the valley, which are now covered with vegetation."

"A newspaper reporter sent to the area says that enormous owls are attacking cattle in the afternoon, which encourages the herdsmen to bring them in before sundown."

"Area residents believe that the north wind brings fine dust from radioactive mineral heaps in (neighboring) Romania. They think the radiation may have caused genetic changes in the owl population, who now perceive aircraft as prey to be attacked, and hence their attraction to cropdusters." (See the Balkan newspapers Glas and Dnevni Avaz for July 17, 2002. Many thanks to Milo Kokotovic, Scott Corrales and Gloria Coluchi for the newspaper articles.)


On Saturday, July 20, 2002, at 9 p.m., the male witness reported, "Me and my friends were sitting on a (backyard) trampoline waiting to see the fireworks at a nearby picnic" in Mayfield, Pennsylvania (population 1,756), a town on Interstate Highway I-81 about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northeast of Scranton.

Suddenly, "we noticed a fast-moving object, too high to be considered a jet or an airplane. It had six lights around it, and it was somewhat shaped like a baseball diamond. Blackish or kinda gray. Diamond-shaped. Flying at a high distance (altitude), it arrived from the south, and flying even higher, it departed to the north." (Email Form Report)


On Sunday, July 21, 2002, Antoine D., age 22, "was on my way, walking toward the Mondial-SAQ annual fireworks show" in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada (population 127,977), just across the St. Lawrence River from Montreal. "The show begins at 10 p.m.," he reported, "I was about 500 meters from the St. Lawrence River, scanning the sky as usual, and I was lucky enough to actually witness for the first time in my life what is without any doubt a UFO."

"I first saw a non-blinking red light that was hovering in the sky in plain view, without moving, about 300 to 500 feet (90 to 150 meters) high. Then it started moving, and I could see more clearly the form of the light but not the body to which the light was attached. It looked like two red lights in the shape of an arch when the UFO was facing me. It moved from my right to the left, came in my direction and departed to the left."

"It also emitted a speck of white or multi-coloured light two or three times in front of the main red light (no regular intervals of time between the illuminations--A.D.) Also, there seemed to be another 'ship' that appeared just behind it at the same time while it was moving, (the newcomer) showing two bright white lights. Since I was looking at the first one, I didn't follow the second one (It didn't move--A.D.) and when I looked back, it was gone, but the first one was still on the horizon, going away."

"I can't say for sure, but the red-light UFO was about the size of one or two small planes. It did not make any noise during the whole sighting and flew 30 percent faster than any plane. But this thing didn't look like any plane at all. It didn't seem to float in the air but rather to cut effortlessly through it, more like levitating than flying. I watched it for a good four to five minutes." (Email Form Report)


"A mysterious hum is rattling the brains and destroying the sleep of some Victoria residents."

"The hum--like the low rumble of a diesel engine, some say--has been more than a daily annoyance to at least 40 people. Many sufferers blame it for chronic headaches, nausea, insomnia, devastating fatigue and joint pain."

"'It's hard to sustain an effort against the unknown,' said Bernard McCarron, a retired Vic High English teacher who started hearing the hum in 1996."

"McCarron organized a loosely-based organization in 1997 for other residents harried by the hum. At its peak, there were about 40 members, made up mostly of seniors but also including some children."

"There are now only about 20 members in the group, and they communicate mostly by email or telephone."

"McCarron is confident that a new study in the U.S. may bring some legitimacy to local sufferers. Commissioned by the City Council of Kokomo, Indiana (USA), investigators will try to find the source of the hum there. Sufferers in (Kokomo) this city of 40,000 have been complaining for years about a low, grumbling sound similar to the one heard in Victoria," British Columbia, Canada. (See the Victoria, B.C. Times-Colonist for July 18, 2002, "Mysterious hum bedevils victims." Many thanks to Louise A. Lowry for this news story.)

(Editor's Note: For more on the Kokomo hum, see UFO Roundup, volume 7, number 22 for May 28, 2002, "Mysterious hum heard in Kokomo, Indiana," page 5.)

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