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The Taman Shud Case, also known as the "Mystery of the Somerton Man", is an unsolved case revolving around an unidentified man found dead at 6.30am, December 1, 1948 on Somerton beach in Adelaide, Australia.


Considered "one of Australia's most profound mysteries",[1] the case has been the subject of intense speculation over the years, over the identity of the victim, the events leading up to his death and the cause of death.


The man, of European appearance, was thought to be aged about forty to forty-five and in top physical condition.[2] He was 180 cm tall, with hazel eyes, fair hair, slightly grey around the temples,[3] wide shoulders, a narrow waist, hands and nails that showed no signs of manual labour, big and little toes that met in a wedge shape, like those of a dancer, and calf muscles formed high in his leg, consistent with people who regularly wore high-heeled shoes. He was dressed in a fashionable European grey and brown double-breasted coat, white shirt, red and blue tie, brown trousers, socks and shoes and a brown knitted pullover,[4] although all labels on his clothes were missing.[3] Clean-shaven and with no distinguishing marks,[3] he carried no identification (which led police to believe he committed suicide)[5] and his dental records did not match any known person.


When police arrived, they noted no disturbance to the body and that the man's left arm was lying beside his body and the right arm was bent double.[3] A half-smoked cigarette was on the right collar of his coat.[6] A search of his pockets revealed a used bus ticket to Glenelg (the suburb adjoining Somerton), an unused second-class rail ticket to Henley Beach, a narrow aluminium American comb,[7] sixpence, an Army Club cigarette packet containing cigarettes of a different brand, Kensitas, and matches.


Witnesses came forward to declare that on the evening of 30 November they had seen a man resembling the dead man in the same spot near the Crippled Children's Home where the corpse was later found.[6] They recounted that he had not moved during the time he was in view of them (in one case for half an hour) but they had thought he was drunk or asleep, and so did not investigate further.[8]


An autopsy was held and found that the time of death was around 2am on 1 December, that his stomach was highly congested with blood and his heart had failed, traits consistent with poisoning.[8] However, besides the revelation that the man's last meal was a pasty,[6] tests failed to reveal any foreign substance, although poisoning remained a prime suspicion (the pasty was not believed to be the source of the poison). Other than that, the coroner was unable to reach a conclusion on the man’s identity, cause of death or whether the man seen alive at Somerton Beach on the evening of 30 November was the same man, as nobody had seen his face while he was alive. Scotland Yard was called in to assist with the case but with little result[9] and a photograph of the man and details of his fingerprints were widely circulated throughout the world but no positive identification was made.[8]


Due to the body remaining unidentifiable, the body was embalmed on 10 December 1948, the first time in the memory of the police that such a situation had occurred


A coronial inquest into the death initially commenced a few days after the body was found but was adjourned until 17 June 1949.[26] The investigating pathologist Sir John Burton Cleland re-examined the body and made a number of discoveries. Cleland noted that the man's shoes were remarkably clean and appeared to have been recently polished, rather than the state expected of the shoes of a man who had apparently been wandering around Glenelg all day.[9] He added that this evidence fitted in with the theory that the body may have been brought to Somerton beach after the man's death, accounting for the lack of evidence of vomiting and convulsions, the two main effects of poison.[9]


Cleland also found in one trouser pocket a piece of paper with the words "Taman Shud" printed on it.[27] Public library officials were called in to translate the note, who identified it as a phrase, meaning "the end," found on the last page of a collection of poems called the The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam


The identity of the deceased man and even the cause of death remain unsolved to this day.

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An extremely compelling and controversial case of alien abduction is that of Linda Napolitano, (originally aliased as Cortile) which was researched by the well-known and respected Budd Hopkins. Napolitano claimed that she was abducted by the so-called "greys," who floated her from a closed bedroom window into a hovering UFO. The craft was waiting for her above a Manhattan apartment building at about 3:00 A.M. November 30, 1989. Linda's experience, though intriguing, was hampered at first by memory loss. She could recall only bits and pieces of the abduction. She could remember vividly the actual kidnapping and the room where she was examined, but the transportation process itself was totally lost to her. Further details of the case would be forthcoming via the passage of time, other witness statements, and through regressive hypnosis.

Hopkins received mail correspondence from two witnesses, (known as Richard and Dan) who claimed to have actually seen the abduction.

Doubtful at first about these witnesses, their claims would ultimately be a building block of the case itself. Agreeing perfectly with Linda's account of the abduction, the two men were bodyguards of a senior United Nations statesman who was visiting Manhattan. This diplomat would eventually be identified as Javier Perez de Cuellar, who, according to his two bodyguards, was visibly shaken while viewing the surreal scene. These three men encountered an unbelievable sight...the plight of a woman being floated through the air, and not only that...but three entities were also being floated, accompanying her on a short trip to a massive hovering flying craft.


Linda's own words:


"I'm standing up on nothing. And they take me out all the way up, way above the building. Ooh, I hope I don't fall. The UFO opens up almost like a clam and then I'm inside," said 41 year old (at the time) Linda.


"I see benches similar to regular benches. And they're bringing me down a hallway. Doors open like sliding doors. Inside are all these lights and buttons and a big long table."


"I don't want to get up on that table. They get me on the table anyway. They start saying things to me and I'm yelling. I can still yell. One of them says something that sounds like {Nobbyegg}. I think they were trying to tell me to be quiet because he put his hand over my mouth."


The high-level of security clearance and professionalism required for the two bodyguards' positions would be no help in dealing with what they had seen. What they witnessed that night would become a curse to them, having a deep impact on their lives for years to come.


The actions of the two bodyguards, whom would later be revealed as CIA agents, presented a strange, enigma to Hopkins. On April 29, 1991 they kidnapped Linda, bundled her into their car in broad daylight and quizzed her for three hours. Dan became increasingly upset with Linda as she repeated stated that she had no idea why it (the abduction) had happened. Linda would be kidnapped a second time by the men who tried to pry information from her, thinking she had a part in the alien abduction herself, which brought them into the case involuntarily.


As was the usual, Hopkins kept the details of his case private until they reached a certain level of credibility. The additional eyewitnesses stated that they too, had seen the abduction that night from the Brooklyn Bridge. The witnesses (one of which was one Janet Kimbell?, or Kimble) thought they were watching the filming of a scene from an upcoming Sci-fi film. She was a retired telephone operator. Soon, Hopkins could not keep the lid on the Napolitano abduction any longer.

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Why does every alien abduction story involve little gray men with big eyes and fantastical Star Wars like technology? Also, why do Aliens never speak and why do they always want to experiment on us? And how are they all able to survive on our planet? Surely there aren't too many planets out there with the same mix of elements that Earth has.


You're telling me that these creatures that have evolved beyond the point of speaking and are so smart they somehow figured out how to travel faster than light (because otherwise it'd take them a few hundred to thousand years to get here) need to experiment on humans to learn about us? They haven't figured anything out yet? They can't ask us quesitons civilly? They can't look through medical research with their super computers and brains?


Sorry, but I've always been a UFO skeptic. I just don't think that there's beings out there that can travel faster than light and get here.

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Jack the Stripper was the nickname given to an unknown serial killer responsible for what came to be known as the London "nude murders" between 1964 and 1965 (also known as the "Hammersmith murders" or "Hammersmith nudes" case).


His victimology - and even his nickname - was similar to Jack the Ripper's. He murdered six — possibly eight — prostitutes, whose nude bodies were discovered around London or dumped in the River Thames. The victim count is ambiguous because two of the murders attributed to him did not fit his modus operandi.


His confirmed victims, prostitutes Hannah Tailford, Irene Lockwood, Helene Barthelemy, Mary Flemming, Margaret McGowan, and Bridget "Bridie" O'Hara, were all found in similar conditions. They were killed by asphyxiation, strangulation or drowning. All were found naked, except with stockings. Some of the bodies had been stored near intense heat, and there were flecks of paint on four of the corpses. It is believed that some of the killings were committed using a ligature, possibly one fashioned from the clothing of the victims - a persistent belief is that the victims actually suffocated on the penis of their murderer, but that has been dismissed as "a fairytale". [1][2]


The two uncertain cases, prostitutes Elizabeth Figg and Gwyneth Rees, were manually strangled, but both were found naked except for their stockings with their underwear lodged in their throats. Both were found in the Thames. Their deaths were dismissed by the police as unfortunate because they were well known with the police and were jailed several times for poncing and theft.



[edit] Investigation

Chief Superintendent John Du Rose of Scotland Yard, the detective put in charge of the case, interviewed almost 7,000 suspects. He then held a news conference, falsely announcing that the police had narrowed the suspect pool down to 20 men. After a short time, he announced that the suspect pool contained only 10 members, and then three. The Stripper did not kill any more after the initial news conference.


According to the writer Anthony Summers, two of his victims — Hannah Tailford and Francis Brown, the Stripper's third and seventh victims — were peripherally connected to the 1963 Profumo Affair. Also, some victims were known to engage in an underground party and pornographic movie scene; several writers have postulated that the victims might have known each other, and that the killer may be connected to this scene as well.


Like the Jack the Ripper killings, the Stripper's reign of terror seemed to cease on its own, and there were few solid clues for police to investigate. Crime writer Donald Rumbelow notes that the killer could have been a young man who committed suicide in south London. This main suspect, who was also one of Du Rose's favorite suspects, was a security guard on the Heron Trading Estate in Acton whose rounds included a paint shop where one of the bodies was thought to have been hidden after the crime. Though there was never any hard evidence to link him to the crimes, his family found his suicide inexplicable, and his suicide note cryptically said only that he was "unable to take the strain any longer head".

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Why does every alien abduction story involve little gray men with big eyes and fantastical Star Wars like technology?


Well, it's not like they could walk here.


Also, you should consider that an alien who was from another planet would have a radically different view then people on pretty much everything. Maybe they don't talk to people because we're literally not smart enough to comprehend their viewpoints. Maybe they think of us the way we think of animals. Could be any number of reasons why aliens do that sorta thing.


And no, this isn't a "don't be a skeptic" argument. I think there's plenty of reasons to disbelieve in this kinda stuff, but I just don't think that one is fair.


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My favourite part of Tropic Thunder was Downey Jr's character taking exception to someone joking about "a dingo stole my baby!" because it was a tragedy that actually happened.


I'd also never heard of the Taman Shud case, even though I live in the same city. Our city is pretty notorious for it's serial killers, I know that.

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Who takes a nine week old camping anyway.


On aliens, as TMM said, it can't be looked at from what we know and our point of view, not that I believe in most abductions anyway. I'm also no science major, but long-distance travel would rely on something like the wormhole theory, efficiently shortening the distance, and not something as simple as merely trying to match or exceed the speed of light.

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Can't believe this one hasn't been posted





Incredibly freaky. Dead at 17, no apparent cause of death and some mysterious shit happening between his disappearance and the discovery of the body.



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At 3:42 a.m on the morning of February 17, 1970, dispatchers at Fort Bragg received an emergency call from MacDonald, who reported a "stabbing". Responding officers arrived to find Colette, Kimberley, and Kristen all dead in their respective bedrooms.


Colette, who had been pregnant with her third child, was lying on the floor of her bedroom. She had been repeatedly clubbed (both her arms were broken) and stabbed 37 times with a knife and ice pick. Her husband's torn pajama top was draped upon her chest. On the headboard of the bed the word "pig" was written in blood.


Kimberley, age five, was found in her bed. She had been clubbed in the head and stabbed in the neck with a knife between eight and ten times. Her younger sister Kristen, age two, was also found in her bed. She had been stabbed with a knife 33 times and stabbed with an ice pick 15 times. [2] [3] [4]


MacDonald was found next to his wife, alive but wounded. He was immediately transferred to a nearby hospital. His wounds were much less severe than his family's injuries. In addition to various cuts and bruises, he had what a staff surgeon referred to as a "clean, small, sharp" incision that caused one lung to partially collapse. He was admitted to the hospital, where he was released after one week. [5]



[edit] MacDonald's account

MacDonald told investigators that on the evening of February 16, he had fallen asleep on the living room couch. He told investigators that he was sleeping on the couch because his youngest daughter had been in bed with his wife and had wet his side of the bed. He was later awakened by the sounds of Colette and Kimberley's screams. As he rose from the living room couch to go to their aid he was attacked by three male intruders.


A fourth intruder, described as a white female in a white floppy hat, stood nearby with a lighted candle and chanted "Acid is groovy, kill the pigs." The three males attacked him with a club and ice pick. During the struggle, MacDonald claimed that his pajama top was pulled over his head and he then used it to ward off thrusts from the ice pick. Eventually, MacDonald stated that he was overcome by his assailants and was knocked unconscious in the living room end of the hallway leading to the bedrooms.[6]



[edit] Investigation

The army's Criminal Investigation Division (C.I.D.) did not believe MacDonald's version of events. As they studied the physical evidence, it did not seem to support the story told by MacDonald. The living room, where MacDonald had supposedly fought for his life against three armed assailants, showed little sign of a struggle apart from an overturned coffee table and plant. [7]Fibers from MacDonald's torn pajama top were not found in the living room, where he claimed that it was torn. Instead fibers from the pajama top were found under the body of Colette and in Kimberley's and Kristen's bedrooms. One fiber was found under Kristen's fingernail. [8]The murder weapons were found outside the back door, all three were determined to come from the MacDonald house. The tips of surgical gloves were found beneath the headboard where "pig" was written in blood; they were identical in composition to a supply MacDonald kept in the kitchen.


The MacDonald family all had different blood types — a statistical anomaly that was used to track what had happened in the apartment. Investigators theorized that the fight began in the master bedroom. Colette, they speculated, hit her husband in the forehead with a hairbrush. As MacDonald retaliated by beating her with a piece of lumber, Kimberley — whose brain serum was found in the doorway — was struck, possibly by accident. Believing Colette dead, MacDonald carried the mortally wounded Kimberley back to her bedroom. After stabbing and bludgeoning her (Kimberley's blood was discovered on the pajama top MacDonald said he hadn't been wearing while in her room), he went to Kristen's room, intent on disposing of the last remaining witness. Before he could do so, Colette — whose blood was found on Kristen's bedcovers and on one wall of the room — regained consciousness, stumbled in, and threw herself over her daughter. After killing them, MacDonald wrapped his wife's body in a sheet and carried it back to the master bedroom, leaving a footprint of Colette's blood on the way out.[9]


C.I.D. investigators then theorized that MacDonald attempted to cover-up the murders, using articles on the Manson Family murders that he found in an issue of Esquire in the living room. He then took a scalpel blade from a supply in the hallway closet and went to the adjacent bathroom and stabbed himself once. Putting on surgical gloves from his supply, he went to the master bedroom, where he used Colette's blood to write "pig" on the headboard. Finally, he laid his pajama top over Colette and repeatedly stabbed her in the chest with an ice pick. MacDonald used the phones to summon an ambulance, discarded the weapons, and lay by the body of his wife while he waited for the military police to arrive.


On April 6, 1970, Army investigators interrogated MacDonald. Less than a month later, on May 1, the Army formally charged MacDonald with the murder of his family. [10]



[edit] Article 32 hearing

An initial army Article 32 hearing into MacDonald's possible guilt, overseen by Colonel Warren Rock, convened in July 1970 and ran through September. MacDonald was represented by Bernard L. Segal, a civilian defense attorney from Philadelphia. Segal's defense concentrated on the poor quality of the C.I.D. investigation and the existence of other suspects, specifically Helena Stoeckley.


Segal presented evidence that the C.I.D. had not properly managed the crime scene and lost critical evidence, including skin found under Colette's fingernails. In addition, he claimed to have located the woman that MacDonald had seen the night of the murders in his apartment. Her name was Helena Stoeckley, a well-known drug user in the area. Witnesses claimed that Stoeckley had admitted involvement in the crimes and several remembered her wearing clothing similar to what MacDonald had described.


In October 1970, Rock issued a report recommending that charges be dismissed against MacDonald because they were "not true", and recommended that civilian authorities investigate Stoeckley.


MacDonald received an honorable discharge from the Army and returned to his home state of New York.[11]



[edit] Justice Department

After the Article 32 hearing MacDonald returned to work as a doctor, briefly in New York and then in Long Beach, California, where he was an emergency room physician at the St. Mary Medical Center. [11] He also made media appearances, most notably The Dick Cavett Show, during which he made jokes and complained about the investigation and its focus on him as a suspect.


Between 1972 and 1974 the case remained trapped within the Justice Department as they struggled over whether to prosecute.[12] In April 1974, after much persistence in pursuing the prosecution of MacDonald, [13] [14] Alfred and Mildred Kassab, Colette's stepfather and mother, filed a formal complaint against MacDonald for the murders. [15] As a result of the complaint, a grand jury was convened in August 1974.



[edit] Trial and conviction

A grand jury in North Carolina indicted MacDonald on January 24, 1975 and within the hour MacDonald was arrested in California. On January 31, 1975 he was freed on $100,000 bail pending disposition of the charges. On July 29, 1975, District Judge Franklin T. Dupree Jr. denied MacDonald's double jeopardy and speedy trial arguments and allowed the trial date of August 18, 1975 to stand.


On August 15, 1975, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the trial and on January 23, 1976, a panel of that court, in a 2-1 split, ordered the indictment dismissed on speedy trial grounds. An appeal on behalf of the Government led to an 8-0 reinstatement of the indictment by the U.S. Supreme Court on May 1, 1978. On October 22, 1978, the Fourth Circuit rejected MacDonald's double jeopardy arguments and, on March 19, 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review that decision.


The trial began on July 16, 1979 in a Raleigh, North Carolina courtroom. Although MacDonald’s lawyers, Bernard Segal and Wade Smith were confident of an acquittal, from the first day, one thing after another went badly for the defense. It began when Dupree refused to admit into evidence a psychiatric evaluation of MacDonald, which suggested that someone of his personality type was unable to kill his wife and children. Dupree explained that since no insanity plea had been entered for MacDonald, he did not want the trial bogged down by contradictory psychiatric testimony from prosecution and defense witnesses.


Dupree allowed the prosecution to admit into evidence the 1970 copy of Esquire magazine, found in the MacDonald household, part of which contained the lengthy article of the Charles Manson murders in August 1969. The government attorneys, James Blackburn and Brian Murtagh, wanted to introduce the magazine and suggest that this is where MacDonald got the idea of blaming a hippie gang for the murders.


Government lab technicians testified that MacDonald’s blue pajama jacket had 48 small, smooth and cylindrical ice pick holes through it. In order for this to have happened, the jacket would need to remain stationary, an unlikely occurrence if MacDonald had wrapped the jacket around his hands to defend himself from the blows from an attacker wielding an ice pick. Also, by folding the jacket one particular way, the government demonstrated how all 48 tears could have been made by 21 thrusts of the ice pick, the same number of times that Colette MacDonald had been stabbed with the ice pick and in an identical pattern, implying that she had been repeatedly stabbed through the pajama jacket while it was lying on top of her.[16]


Brian Murtagh and James Blackburn staged an impromptu re-enactment of the alleged attack on MacDonald. Murtagh wrapped a pajama top around his hands and tried to fend off a series of blows that Blackburn was inflicting on him with a similar ice pick. The prosecution made two points to the demonstration. First, the ice pick holes in the pajama top were jagged and torn, not smoothly cylindrical as the holes in MacDonald’s pajama jacket. Also, Murtagh received a small wound on his left hand. When MacDonald had been examined at Womack Hospital, he had no wounds on his arms or hands which were consistent with a struggle. The inference was obvious and highly damaging to the defense.


Another piece of damaging evidence against MacDonald was an audio tape made of the April 6, 1970 interview by military investigators. The audio tape of the interview was played for the jury. On this tape, they heard MacDonald's matter-of-fact, indifferent recitation of the murders. They heard him become emotional in response to suggestions by the investigators that he had committed the murders, asking the investigators why would they think he, who had a beautiful family and everything going for him, could have murdered his wife and two daughters. The jury also heard the investigators confront MacDonald with their knowledge of his extramarital affairs, to which MacDonald calmly responded, “You guys are more thorough than I thought.”


During the defense stage of the trial, Segal called Stoeckley to the witness stand, intent on extracting a confession from her that she had been one of the intruders MacDonald claimed had entered his family's apartment, murdered his family and attacked him. Over the past nine years, Stoeckley had made several contradictory statement regarding the murders - sometimes saying she was involved, other times stating she had no recollection of her whereabouts the evening of the murders. Just prior to her testimony, separate interviews had been conducted by the defense and the prosecution, during which she denied ever being in the MacDonald apartment or ever seeing MacDonald before that very day in court. Afterwards, Segal argued for the introduction of evidence from other witnesses to whom Stoeckly had confessed. Dupree refused in the absence of any evidence to connect Stoeckly to the scene, and noting her history of long-term drug abuse.


MacDonald's defense called forensic expert James Thornton to the stand. He unsuccessfully tried to rebut the government's contention that the pajama top was stationary on Colette's chest, rather than wrapped around MacDonald's wrists as he warded off blows, by conducting an experiment wherein a similar pajama top was placed over a ham, moved back and forth on a sled, and stabbed at with an ice pick. [17]The defense also called several character witnesses. MacDonald took the witness stand as the last defense witness. Under Segal’s direct examination, MacDonald tearfully denied committing the murders. [18] When Blackburn cross-examined him, however, MacDonald could offer no explanation against the evidence. [19]


On August 29, 1979, MacDonald was convicted of one count of first-degree murder in the death of Kristen and two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Colette and Kimberley. Dupree gave MacDonald a life sentence for each of the three murders, to be served consecutively. He also revoked MacDonald's bail. Soon after the verdict, MacDonald appealed Duprees's bail revocation ruling, asking that bail be granted pending the outcome of his appeal. On September 7, 1979, this this application was rejected and an appeal on bail was further rejected by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on November 20, 1979.


Macdonald sits in jail to this day


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Tina Resch (born October 23, 1969) achieved some fame during what the media called the Columbus Poltergeist case. She was an adopted child, and in 1984 unexplained events of alleged spontaneous telekinesis at her home were covered extensively by news media. The coverage included a series of color photographs that were taken by newspaper photojournalist Fred Shannon of "The Columbus Dispatch" of Columbus, Ohio USA, which showed her sitting in an armchair with a telephone handset and flexible cable in flight in front of her from left to right. Tina's story, including the now-famous photograph, was featured on Unsolved Mysteries



The story lost some of its credibility when a video camera that had accidentally been left on by a visiting television station crew revealed Tina knocking over a lamp, an event that had been ascribed to the poltergeist. Tina claimed she had done that to get the reporters to leave. James Randi accused the Resches and parapsychologist William Roll of denying him a look at the phenomena


Tina now resides in jail for killing her 3 year old daughter



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Skinwalker Ranch is a ranch reputedly located in the Uintah Basin of Utah; it is allegedly the site of a series of paranormal activities.


A wide variety of paranormal activities have allegedly been encountered at the ranch. Unusual or unidentified aircraft, balls of light, poltergeist activity, cattle mutilation, and strange creatures have been reported [1]. The last owners reported no problems while living there[citation needed]. Chapter 14 in Kelleher and Knapp's book "Hunt for


A refrigerator-shaped object about the size of an RV with a white light at the front and a red light at the back was reported by the Gorman family prior to NIDS' arrival. The vehicle allegedly retreated from Gorman and his nephew as they approached it. It then floated up into the clear sky and flew away.[2] The vehicle bore a limited resemblance to a Chupa, a type of UFO reported in Brazil.


A black triangular object resembling an F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter was also allegedly witnessed by Mrs. Gorman. The vehicle hovered about twenty feet above her parked car before it vanished.[2]


Known by locals as "ghost lights", the Gormans claimed that they could also move towards people as if to play a game of "chicken"[1].



[edit] Orbs and floating lights

Glowing orbs of various colors, particularly orange and blue, were allegedly seen on the property. They were described as ranging from basketball- to baseball-sized, and some contained what appeared to be swirling liquid. These objects were allegedly capable of affecting electrical items, particularly lights merely by their presence, and of melting animals, such as dogs.[2] This was possibly due to extreme heat or radiation that might have emanated from the orbs.


Another phenomena observed by the Gormans were large orange circles that floated in the sky and occasionally expelled orbs and unidentified beings. Mr. Gorman claimed blue sky was visible through one such circle he witnessed at night.[6]



[edit] Cattle mutilations and strange creatures

The Gormans allegedly witnessed numerous cattle mutilations on the ranch during their stay.[2] Some common traits of these included:


One ear being cut off

Excision of the cattle's genitals

The rectum being 'cored out' of the cattle

Exsanguination, some instances of which took place very quickly (twenty minutes, on one occasion)[citation needed]

Numerous encounters with unidentified or strangely behaving creatures allegedly occurred on the ranch. In some tales, the creatures were reminiscent of dogs or hyenas. The first unusual encounter the Gormans had on the ranch involved what appeared to be a very large wolf on one of their first days after moving to the ranch. The animal was not aggressive towards the family, but when it attempted to capture a calf, Mr. Gorman shot at the creature. The shots had no noticeable effect and the creature eventually left the homestead. Gorman later found a hunk of flesh from the animal that smelled of burning sulfur or rotten meat.[2]


Other creatures, including what appeared to be Bigfoot and an unknown, semi-transparent entity, were also said to have been encountered on the property.[2]


Exotic, multicolored birds were also reported on the ranch[2], although such instances could be explained by the wide variety of rare and exotic bird species that are seen in Utah[8].



[edit] Poltergeist activity

Trickster or poltergeist-like activity was reported both inside the Gormans' home and on their property.[2] Claims included doors opening and slamming shut, salt and pepper being switched, and objects disappearing and reappearing later in strange places. One story told of four large bulls that had disappeared from a pasture found later in a cramped cattle trailer, seemingly entranced.[9] The Gormans also reported on instances of what sounded like heavy machinery being moved beneath the ranch, and unintelligible voices emanating from the sky[9].



Terrain alterations and unusual landmarks

Other strange phenomena involving dirt, grass, and ice allegedly occurred on the property. These included several hundred pounds of soil being mysteriously removed from the ground, crop circles appearing in long grass on the property and an ice disc found in an irrigation channel.[2].



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Who Killed Rhonda Hinson?

The most investigated case in the history of the Burke County Sheriff's Office remains unsolved. The shooting death of Rhonda Annette Hinson, an attractive 19-year old from Valdese, continues to frustrate detectives assigned to solving a crime which has no apparent motive.



On the evening of Tuesday, December 22, 1981, Rhonda attended her office's (Hickory Steel Company) Christmas party at the American Legion Hut in Hickory. After leaving the party around midnight, she stopped by a friend's house to pick up her vehicle and call her boyfriend.


After leaving the friend's residence, Rhonda drove her beige Datsun 210 two-door west on Interstate 40 and exited onto the Mineral Springs Mountain/Highway 350 off-ramp. She turned right (north) and began traveling up a steep hill toward her home when a high powered rifle projectile was fired into the vehicle. The bullet entered the Datsun through the trunk and continued through the back seat and driver's side seat, entering Rhonda's back and piercing her lung and heart.


Rhonda was found lying in a ditch beside the open driver's side door of her Datsun. She was less than a mile from the home she shared with her parents in Valdese. The vehicle was running and apparently had rolled backwards across the opposite lane into a ditch near the top of the grade after Rhonda was shot.


Numerous questions shroud Rhonda's death. There are medical opinions which feel she would have been rendered incapacitated after being shot, yet her body was found outside the vehicle. Did the assailant pull her body from the car? Did Rhonda know her assailant? Was this an act of random violence or a case of mistaken identity? Was anyone in the company of the shooter? What was the motive behind firing the fatal shot?


Throughout the years, hundreds of persons have been interviewed by investigators assigned to the case. The file on the Hinson murder contains thousands of documents and has expanded to fill several filing cabinets. Potential suspects and witnesses have been polygraphed; psychics have been called in to assist; the crime scene and evidence have been analyzed and re-analyzed; yet Rhonda's death and the strange circumstances around it remains a mystery.


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David Dowaliby was convicted of murdering his 7-year-old stepdaughter, Jaclyn Dowaliby in 1990. That conviction was overturned by the Illinois Appellate Court in 1991, which did not order a retrial, and the Illinois Supreme Court declined review of the case in 1992, thereby putting an end to the murder charges against David. To date, the only other suspect arrested for the murder of Jaclyn was her biological mother Cynthia Dowaliby, who was found not guilty by a directed verdict that was ordered by the Honorable Richard A. Neville, the judge who presided over the trial that resulted in David's conviction. No other suspects have ever been arrested in the case, and the case remains unsolved.




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Raoul Wallenberg (August 4, 1912 – July 17, 1947?)[1][2][3] was a Swedish humanitarian who worked in Budapest, Hungary, during World War II to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. Between July and December of 1944, he issued protective passports and housed Jews, saving tens of thousands of Jewish lives.[4]


His death has long been a source of dispute. On January 17, 1945, he was arrested by the Soviets after they wrested control of the city from the Nazis, and was reported to have died in March. In 1957, the Soviets announced that Wallenberg had actually died of a heart attack in 1947. In 1991, Vyacheslav Nikonov was assigned by the Russian government to find out the truth, concluding that Wallenberg did indeed die in 1947, but by execution. However, a 2001 Swedish report said: "There is no fully reliable proof of what happened to Raoul Wallenberg". [5]

Several former prisoners have claimed to have seen Wallenberg after his reported death in 1947.[40] In February 1949, former German Colonel Theodor von Dufving, as a prisoner of war, provided evidentiary statements concerning Wallenberg. While en route to Vorkuta, in the transit camp in Kirov, Dufving encountered a prisoner with his own special guard and dressed in civilian clothes. The prisoner claimed that he was a Swedish diplomat and that he was there "through a great error."[33]


Efim (or Yefim) Moshinsky claims to have seen Raoul Wallenberg on Wrangel Island in 1962.[41][42] An eyewitness asserted that she had seen Wallenberg in the 1960s in a Soviet prison.[43] The last reported sightings of Wallenberg were by two independent witnesses who said they had evidence that he was in a prison in November of 1987.[44]


A Swedish-Russian working group was set up in 1991 on Guy von Dardel's initiative[45] to search 11 separate military and government archives from the former Soviet Union for information about Wallenberg's fate.[24][46][47]


Raoul Wallenberg's brother, Professor Guy von Dardel,[7] a well known physicist, retired from CERN, is dedicated to finding out his brother's fate.[48] He travelled to the Soviet Union about fifty times for discussions and research, including an examination of the Vladmir prison records.[49] Over the years, Professor von Dardel has compiled a 50,000 page archive of interviews, journal articles, letters, and other documents related to his quest to understand the fate of his brother Raoul

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Thelma Todd was a popular actress of the late 1920s and early 1930s. Born in Lawrence, MA in 1905, Todd was a schoolteacher and model before beginning her career in film. Appearing in over 40 movies between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films like Marx Brothers movies, Monkey Business and Horse Feathers. In the 1930s, she opened a restaurant, Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe, and took up residence in a luxurious apartment above the cafe. Located near the ocean on the Roosevelt Highway at Catellammare, it became a popular meeting and eating place. It was in the garage of the Sidewalk Cafe on December 15, 1935, that she was found in her parked car, dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. Was it suicide or murder?



The Grand Jury investigation into her death yielded conflicting results. Spots of blood were found both on and in the car, and on Todd's mouth. This led to the theory that she might have been knocked out, then placed in the car by persons unknown. In support of this theory was the additional fact that her blood alcohol level was .13; enough, it was stated, to "stupefy" her. To further this theory, Todd would have had to ascend a steep flight of outdoor stairs after leaving the cafe to reach the garage, and the shoes she was wearing when her body was discovered were high-heeled sandals and were free of any dirt. Additionally, an unidentified, smudged handprint was found on the door of her car.




If it was murder, who might have had a motive, and was there any supporting evidence? Todd had been the victim of an extortion attempt, and had also just come through a rather acrimonious divorce that involved charges of spousal abuse. Investigators ultimately decided that neither of these occurrences were related to her death, and no other motives or suspects were revealed during the investigation.


The suicide theory was supported by the testimony of several witnesses at the Grand Jury investigation, who stated that Todd had been subject to depression, and often spoke of ending it all. It was also revealed that she was in trouble with the IRS, and on the verge of bankruptcy.


In the end, the Grand Jury ruled her death a suicide. But doubts reamined, and the mystery lingers: What really happened to Thelma Todd on that December morning in 1935?

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Since 1993, upward of 340 young women have been brutally murdered in the Mexican border town. More than a dozen suspects have been jailed, but the killing continues.







Abduction and murder of 8 young women associated with the University of Wisconsin in Madison began suddenly in 1968 and ended without a clue in 1984.

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The murder conviction of John Marshall Branion, Jr., a prominent black doctor and confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr., was achieved without a single scrap of direct proof, demonstrating that, occasionally, circumstantial evidence is the best evidence of all.


At 11:30 A.M. on December 22, 1967, Dr. John Branion set off in his car from the Ida Mae Scott Hospital on Chicago's South Side. Five minutes later—after passing his home—he picked up his 4-year-old son from outside a nursery school, then called on a Maxine Brown, who was to have lunch with Branion and his wife. When Brown explained that she was unable to keep the engagement, Branion drove to his apartment at 5054 S. Woodlawn Avenue. His story was that he had arrived at 11:57 A.M. and found his wife Donna lying on the floor of the utility room. She had been shot four times by a. 38-caliber automatic pistol. Branion immediately summoned help.


Police treated Branion's story with palpable disdain; already witnesses were coming forward to dispute his version of events. Another factor was Branion's unpalatable detachment. Just two days after his wife's murder he flew to Vail, Colorado, for a Christmas break.


One month later, armed with a search warrant, police recovered two boxes of Geco brand. 38-caliber ammunition from a closet in Branion's apartment. One full box contained 25 shells. The other box had 4 shells missing, the same number that had killed Donna Branion. Shortly afterwards Branion was arrested for murder.


According to prosecutor Patrick Tuite, the story that Branion had told police was correct in every respect save one: chronology. Yes, Tuite said, Branion had gone to pick up his son, then on to Maxine Brown's, but first he had sneaked home and shot his wife, before hastening to establish an alibi. This theory was borne out by Joyce Kelly, a teacher at the nursery school. She testified that Branion had entered the school between 11:45 A.M. and 11:50 A.M., some 10 minutes later than he had claimed. Furthermore, she said that Branion's young son was waiting inside the school, again contradicting the defendant's story.


Detective Michael Boyle described for the court a series of tests that he and another officer had performed, driving the route allegedly taken by Branion. They had covered the 2.8-mile journey in a minimum of six minutes and a maximum of 12 minutes. Time enough, said the prosecution, for Branion to have committed the murder and then gone to pick up his son. Oddly enough, this assertion was never seriously challenged by the defense.


A ballistics expert, Officer Burt Nielsen, stated that the bullets which had killed Donna Branion could only have been fired from a Walther PPK. 38-caliber automatic pistol, a very rare make. The prosecution pointed out that Branion, an avid gun collector, had at first denied ever having owned a Walther, until it was shown that he had received just such a gun in February 1967 as a belated birthday present. This had prompted Branion to change his original statement in which he claimed that nothing was stolen from his apartment; now he said that the Walther must have been taken by the intruders who killed his wife. The murder weapon was never found.


Much was made of Branion's peculiar indifference toward the discovery of his wife's body. He admitted not bothering to examine it because he could tell from the lividity that she was dead. (Lividity is the tendency of blood to sink to the lowest extremities in a corpse.) But Dr. Helen Payne testified that when she examined the body at 12:20 P.M. lividity was not present. Branion again altered his story, saying that he had really meant 'cyanosis,' a blue discoloration of the skin caused by dc-oxygenated blood.


Declining to testify on his own behalf, Branion remained mute while the jury convicted him of murder and Judge Reginald Holzer passed sentence of 20-30 years imprisonment. Defense counsel Maurice Scott immediately argued that the trial had been prejudiced by Chicago's recent racial disturbances and vowed to appeal.


In 1971, Branion, sensing that the end was nigh, fled the country. After an amazing jaunt across Africa he found asylum in Uganda, occasionally acting as personal physician to Idi Amin, that country's dictator. Upon Amin's ouster, Branion was arrested and returned to the United States in October 1983.


Yet another stunning twist came in 1986, when Judge Reginald Holzer received an 18-year jail sentence for extortion and racketeering. Branion's lawyers seized this opportunity to charge that Holzer had received a $10,000 bribe during the 1968 trial, paid by the defendant's brother-in-law, Nelson Brown. Prosecutor Patrick Tuite admitted that he had heard rumors of Holzer's intention to overturn Branion's conviction and had gone to see him, urging that the law be allowed to take its course. The speculation is that Holzer, unnerved by Tuite's visit, swindled those who allegedly paid the bribe, then sought to placate them by substituting a ludicrously low bail of $5,000, allowing Branion to escape. Because there was no way of corroborating the story—Brown had himself been stabbed to death in 1983—this final effort to overturn Branion's conviction met with the same fate as its predecessors.


After serving just seven years of his sentence, Branion was released from prison in August 1990 on health grounds. One month later, at age 64, he died of a brain tumor and heart ailment.

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On March 14th, 1998, Leonard Dirickson and his son were having breakfast together in the kitchen of Dirickson's Oklahoma farmhouse.

A truck pulled up outside and Leonard went out to investigate. Leonard came back into the kitchen to say the man wanted to see the studhorse Leonard had for sale. Leonard told his son that he was taking the man to see it and that he'd be back later that night. He said he was traveling to Elk City, Oklahoma, then to Mobeetie, Texas, to look at the horses. The two men drove off.

Dirickson was last seen with a White male with had a reddish-brown beard, was approximately 6’2”, 210 lbs, 41 years of age, was right handed and smoked Marlboro Light cigarettes. driving a white 1994 Ford, F-150, extended cab pickup possibly with New Mexico tags.

Leonard Dirickson was not seen in Elk City or Mobeetie.

After a divorce, plummeting prices and high feed costs forced the Dirickson's dairy business to fold. Dirickson sold out in December 1997 -- three months before he vanished. Leonard was having a lot of financial problems. In January, Dirickson found work at a local metal company and told his parents he liked it. Then he disappeared.

Relatives believe he had less than $150 cash on him that day. His last paycheck was not cashed. His credit cards have had no activity on them. Foul play is possible.


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