Not all mysteries at cemeteries are ghosts — or are they? Employees of a cemetery in Turkey have reported seeing a mysterious teenage girl in black clothes and red shoes nightly, crying at one particular grave site before disappearing into the darkness as they approach. In this age of complete lack of privacy, the mystery has become a social event, with large groups of people showing up hoping to see the mystery girl and perhaps get a selfie, while interfering with police and social workers trying to find out a reason for the young woman’s strange appearances.
Since time unremembered there have been rumored to be forces from beyond our understanding out to attack, harass, torment, and possess us. As well, just as long as these sinister entities have been around there have been those who would face and confront them, using the power of their faith to battle back the forces of evil. Exorcists have come in many forms and from many walks of life, all trying to keep the power of darkness at bay and becoming the themes of many a horror film. One of the most talked about and prolific of these would be demon hunters has been a man who has become battle weary after doing combat with tens of thousands of the vile entities, and who has brought about himself both followers and controversy.
One man who has made it his mission to confront evil in all of its forms is the Reverend Bob Larson, who began his bold move into the occult as a young budding musician. A guitarist in his younger days back in the 1950s, he began to express concern for the potentially destructive evil influences of rock music, and would even incorporate guitar into his sermons in the 1960s as he tried to convince his congregations of the sinister forces inherit to the music. He would spend much of this era trying to preach the evils of the lyrics, drug use and atrocious, vile behavior of the rock musicians of the day, before launching off into a lucrative career as a radio and television evangelist and author of several books, as well as the eventual head of the Spiritual Freedom Church of Scottsdale, Arizona, in the United States.
In the 1980s and 1990s Larson became known for his heated debates with Satanists, during a time when talk of human sacrifices, devil worship, and dark rituals was rampant, a time known widely as the “Satanic Panic.” Larson would try to convert what he saw as lost souls and bring them over to the light, often without success, but it was during this time when the idea of launching a crusade against demonic forces on earth began to seed within his mind. By the late 1980s he was performing live exorcisms on his weekday call-in radio show Talk Back, and he tried his hand at writing novels that denounced Satan and his forces, such as the novels Abaddon and The Senator’s Agenda, and he has gone on to encompass a library of around 33 titles to his name, all about demons and Satan’s influence on the world, including the titles Demon Proofing Prayers and Hell on Earth: A Sobering View On What Satan’s Up To…..
The job of police officer is a noble profession to be sure. They are here to serve and protect, to deal with the dangers that lurk in the shadows and beyond the corner, and to keep us safe from the often violent world we live in. Yet do these officers of the law sometimes have to deal with dangers not only from our own world, but also those from beyond the veil of our reality? Do they sometimes have brushes with the unexplained and the paranormal? Apparently yes they do. Police officers surely must see some strange things on their patrols, but nothing quite as strange as some of the reports that have come in over the years of cops who have apparently had encounters with something they cannot explain, and possibly direct contact with entities beyond the barrier that separates the world of the living with the world of the dead. Here we will look at some reports of high strangeness that have allegedly been made by various individuals within the law enforcement community, and which show us that this profession can be far weirder and more frightening than one might guess.
There is actually a surprisingly vast number of paranormal encounters reported by law enforcement, so many that it is hard to even know where to begin. One official police report contains a very strange story indeed. In one case an unidentified officer was called to a residence on a call referred to as a “5150,” which is assigned to a psychiatric problem of some kind. When the officer arrived, an elderly woman who turned out to be the homeowner greeted him to tell him that her son had taken drugs and was convinced that when he entered his room he could see an old man in a WWII uniform hanging on a noose from the ceiling. When the officer spoke to the son directly, the strung-out man claimed that he had been told not to enter the room by the spirit dwelling within because it was the angry spirit’s father who was supposedly hanging from the ceiling…..
Wartime has always proved to be a wellspring of amazing tales and strange experiences. History is rife with such accounts and it seems that the fog of combat can produce some truly bizarre stories. Often these accounts and reports go well off into the world of the weird, with wars producing their fair share of tales of the odd and unexplained. The Vietnam War was no different, and there among all of the combat, lodged deep within the remote, dangerous jungles permeated by gun smoke, blood, mosquitos, and the cacophony of war are strange encounters with things that should not exist. It seems soldiers deployed to these wildernesses had more to fear than just the human enemy, as the Vietnam War is rife with alleged encounters and sightings of a myriad of strange beasts and entities, ranging from mysterious undiscovered beasts to otherworldly beings, to things which quite frankly defy classification. Here we will take a look at the very strange underbelly of the Vietnam conflict that show sometimes war can be terrifying in more ways than one.
By far the most reported on encounters with strange creatures during the Vietnam War are those dealing with an apparent race of hairy humanoids in the forests which were known locally as the Nguoi Rung, or “the people of the forest,” as well as the Batutut and Ujit. These were hairy, ape-like creatures covered in reddish hair and typically reported as being very muscular and around 5 feet in height, with distinctively ape-like features. The problem is, Vietnam has no wild apes. These creatures were widely reported by both American forces in the Vietnamese jungles, who called them “Rock Apes” due to their purported habit of throwing rocks, as well as by the Viet Cong. The reports of encountering these creatures during the Vietnam War and even confronting them are many, and this is a topic I have covered in some depth on Mysterious Universe before.
Yet Rock Apes are certainly not the only strange creatures to haunt troops during the Vietnam War, and such encounters run the range from the odd to the downright otherworldly. Many accounts are, similarly to the case of the Rock Apes, of a decidedly cryptozoological nature. One such account was reported in the book Very Crazy, G.I.: Strange But True Stories of the Vietnam War (2001), in which combat veteran and author Kregg P.J. Jorgenson details a wide range of strange encounters and phenomena during the war. One of these accounts concerns what can only be described as some sort of sea serpent…..
One very pervasive feature upon the landscape of the strange is that of the spectral, phantom hound. No doubt the most famous of these is the black dogs of the British Isles; demonic entities often associated with the Devil that room the countryside in the form of fierce hounds the black of night, which were often seen as a portent of death and destruction. Yet there is a lesser known variety of these formidable entities in the form of similarly large, ghostly dogs that appear as a decidedly lighter shade; the white spirit hounds. Far from being the opposite to the malevolent nature of the black dogs, these paler versions have proven themselves to be just as sinister, and have haunted both folklore and the real world for ages.
One type of ghostly white dog that goes quite far back into history and lore is the Galley Trot, which has its origins in northern England and Suffolk. These white hounds were said to be truly enormous, sometimes the size of full-grown bulls, with a coat of snowy white fur and often described as having glowing eyes as well as often red ears, all creepy features which added to their namesake, with “Galley” meaning “to frighten.” The Galley Trot has a good amount of dark legend associated with it. These imposing white hounds were said to lurk in ancient, abandoned ruins guarding lost treasures, as well as in old cemeteries or buildings, and would defend their territory fiercely by ruthlessly attacking and even eating anyone who approached. They were considered to be harbingers of death, often said to appear and skulk about in places where someone was about to die, where disaster was about to occur, or locations that were imbued with the shadow of death, such as old battlefields or hospitals, to the point that in some areas they were known as “Dogs of Death.” It was often said that they lived underground in hollowed out hills or caves called “fairy mounds,” and are attributed with having various powers such as invisibility, teleportation, and the ability to cloud the mind with fear. One pack of these white hounds reported from Wellington, in Somerset, is even said to be able to shoot flames from their mouths…..
Amongst the many alleged monsters, creatures, phantoms, beasts, and assorted entities within the world of the weird are often those that stand out as being particularly bizarre. These are the creatures that seem to occupy their own realm of high strangeness, lying out on the dark fringes of the unexplained in a territory inhabited by things that that defy easy classification. Surely to be counted among the denizens of this domain are the various creatures allegedly encountered all over the world that can only really be described as being actual beings from fairy tales, as if they have stepped off the page and into the real world. How can his be? Are fairy tales based on these real entities? Are they the product of fanciful imaginations? I do not intend to get too far into the how or why of such things here, but what I am going to do is present to you some damn strange cases of seemingly fairy tale beasts and beings that have wandered in from the furthest reaches of the fringes of the universe of the strange.
One of the most prolific and widely reported types of fairy tale creature encounters concerns gnomes and other assorted little people, and there is actually a surprisingly large number of such sightings from all over the world. In many of these cases, the term “gnome” isn’t even a nickname just given to some unidentified small humanoid, but rather denotes a literal gnome straight out of a fairy tale, complete with caps, boots, and gnomish clothes. One bizarre report comes from a witness who had just moved to Puerto Rico with his mother when he was 17 years old. He claimed that one day he had gone to take a shower and suddenly heard the family dog frantically barking at something outside. It seemed that the dog was quite worked up and upset over something, so the witness got out of the shower to go take a look out the window, where he saw something far weirder than what he had perhaps been expecting…..
War can be frightening in more ways than one. In addition to the fighting and death there also often come reports of things that evade conventional explanation, which often are overshadowed by the more covered events of the war at large. Yet slipping between the cracks are numerous tales of soldiers who have come face to face with not the enemy, but rather creatures, beings, and entities that inhabit the wilds of the battlefield and the fringes of the imagination. Most wars produce such reports, and the seemingly never-ending engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan are no different, hiding within the tales of bombings, battles, and warfare stories of strange, mysterious encounters which are often equally as harrowing. Here troops have reported coming across unknown animals, otherworldly entities, and bizarre beasts straight out of myth, proving once again that war is at times way weirder and more frightening than you might imagine.
There are a myriad of strange stories to have come out of the warring in the Middle East concerning a range of strange creatures sighted and confronted by troops that defy explanation and run the gamut from the odd to the downright bizarre. One curious report was mentioned in the book Phantoms & Monsters: Strange Encounters, by Lon Strickler. The account concerns a witness who worked for several years in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2004-2009 with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigations (CID), investigating crimes amongst military personnel such as bribery and theft. In 2005, he was embedded within an Army infantry unit deep in the rugged mountains of a region of Iraqi Kurdistan called the Sulaymaniyah Governorate, in northeast Iraq near the Iranian border. After being briefed on the general situation, he learned of some decidedly bizarre activity that had been occurring in the remote area concerning a mysterious creature haunting the locals that no one was able to identify…..
For some reason, central England has become one of the world’s busiest UFO hotspots lately. Dozens of strange crafthave been seen in the skies above many English cities, particularly Devon, England – which just so happens to be situated near a joint U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force base. While definitive evidence of otherworldly visitors remains elusive, another odd sighting in English skies complicates many of the military testing theories surrounding the recent UFO sightings.
According to the Derbyshire Times, a World War Two-era “ghost plane” has been recently sighted by multiple Derbyshire residents. Derbyshire resident Pam Orridge described the surprising appearance of a low-flying, older prop plane just above her car as she drove with her son:
Suddenly in front of us was an aircraft flying very low towards us. So low we thought it would crash into us but then it banked sideways and disappeared. We could not identify the aircraft other than it was old because it happened so quickly and left us quite shocked.
Another local woman, Sandra Holland, described a similar apparition to the Derbyshire Times:
I have never seen anything like it. It looked like it wasn’t running quite right and was going to run into us. It was sideways on and then it vanished – it was very strange and a real shock to us.
Sightings of ghost planes in the area actually date back decades, and are sometimes attributed to the “Dark Peak,” a highland district north of Derbyshire sometimes referred to as “England’s Bermuda Triangle.” Dozens of planes have mysteriously crashed or vanished in these highlands, including many WWII-era planes similar to those described by these recent eyewitnesses…..
If I understand what you just declared, you just asserted that CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research, disproved the existence of ghosts.
What did British physicist and professor Brian Cox say to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to elicit such a response? Is Tyson right? Is Cox right? What would Charles Dickens say?
Tyson was a guest recently on Cox’s BBC Radio 4 show, The Infinite Monkey Cage. The discussion was supposed to be about particle physics but who changes the channel from their favorite oldies station to listen to that? Cox decided to grab everyone’s attention by opening with a bold statement.
Before we ask the first question, I want to make a statement: We are not here to debate the existence of ghosts because they don’t exist.
This was Cox’s ear-catching lead-in to a discussion about CERN’s Large Hadron Collider particle physics. If there is any machine capable of detecting ghosts, it’s the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), whose near speed-of-light collisions of protons has created quark-gluon plasma (the densest matter outside of black holes) and discovered the Higgs boson. Finding a ghost should be a particle of cake for this machine……
There can be no doubt that terrifying things can happen in times of war. However, in most cases it can at least be counted on that the enemy one faces is a living human being. What happens when other, more supernatural forces creep into war zones? What are soldiers to do when faced with mysterious phantoms, ghosts, apparitions and entities against which they have no experience and which they have not been trained to fight? War zones have attracted tales of hauntings and supernatural phenomena since time unremembered, and certainly one of the more modern such places of paranormal terror is the desolate battlefields of the war in Afghanistan. This is a place that is not only plagued by fighting and violence, but also apparently strange forces that have shown some soldiers here that human enemies are not always the only thing to be scared of in these bleak, violent wastelands.
Several mysterious reports came from a United States Marine who had just come back home after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. The witness tends to be quite secretive about his role in the war, only stating that his unit was “relatively safe,” and only suffered two non-combat related casualties. The witness claims to have had a couple of potential encounters with ghosts during his service, and one of them occurred as he was sitting with some superiors and colleagues within a makeshift office in the desert which had three rooms. There were reportedly four other people in the cramped room with him when, as he was standing near the backdoor, he noticed his Lieutenant step through the door and enter a small adjoining contractor’s office. He saw the man clearly, but at this point there was nothing particularly strange about it, and the witness explained “he was wearing a FROG suit and everything. Nothing unusual about him. Even had the moustache.”….