13 febbraio 2020

The truth is out there …

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Since starting his podcast/Youtube channel, “The Ethan Clerc Show” and the crew has invited people from all backgrounds in the southern Minnesota area. Periodically, Clerc and the crew have brought individuals from a certain niche — the paranormal. 

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Clerc has interviewed ghost and demon hunting experts, UFO field investigators and psychics.

“I’m definitely a skeptic and I want to believe.”

Though a nonbeliever, he believes that bringing in people like Mr. Wolf (a demon hunter), Adrian Lee (psychic and author) or Michael Cimino (UFO field investigator) gives people a chance to research into the subject more.

“You have to do your research,” Clerc said. “It’s good to be open minded about it because if you are, then you have a better chance of discovering something you don’t believe in.”

Being a skeptic, he said, allows one to ask better questions, which then might provide more evidence in a particular subject.

Clerc is right. So we decided to sit down with a few of these folks to ask some of those questions.

And we found that, sometimes, you can come out with more questions than answers.
Demons, beware …

Mr. Wolf had no choice, he said, but to learn how to read the energy around him. It was for protection.

He recalls unexplainable activity in his Mapleton family home as early as age 3. The house was haunted, and whatever was there took every opportunity to mess with him.

Late at night, Mr. Wolf (not his real name) would hear what seemed like dragging nails in the attic. Eventually, he heard whatever had been tormenting him drag itself across his bedroom floor.

It wasn’t until he was 16 that he started to piece the information together that some kind of paranormal being was in the attic.

“I wanted to fight back.”

He began to learn how to protect himself — and eventually others — from the unknown.

The easiest way to describe it, Mr. Wolf said, would be magic.

“But I don’t really call it magic because there’s really no ceremony to it.”

He realized he could manipulate the energy around him. The idea became more profound for Mr. Wolf when he began to read epic fantasy novels by author Terry Goodkind. The more he read, the more the world of magic made more sense.

“But I was raised Lutheran,” he said. “So it’s like, ‘Oh no, magic is bad.’ It just got to a point where I had to do something.”

He continued to self-educate, especially in alchemy and shamanism. He found a common link between the two practices.

Mr. Wolf explained the common link is changing our perception to other worlds.

“At the same time, like Tesla said, everything is energy,” he said. “There’s the alchemic principle of the duality material. For every physical, there is a metaphysical.”

Through years of training and education in both practices, Mr. Wolf said he has learned to make different tools combining metaphysical properties. These tools are used in his demon hunting, including a gun with an apple wood frame filled with crystals.

“I got a crystal. It’s kind of like the trigger. That’s the contact point. Then it’s pushing my energy through the contact point and into the frame.”

The combination of the crystals and his own energy, he said, helps focus in on a target energy — basically cornering an evil spirit.

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He’s been investigating for 22 years, always keeping a toolbox full of crystals, a Pandora’s box, essential oils and a Happy jar on his person.

The Pandora’s box is the first thing that comes out during an investigation. It has magnets, a variety of salts, several different types of obsidian and a black tourmaline.

“The Pandora’s Box absorbs negative energy. If you think about it in terms of science, humans are on the plus spectrum, anything else is in the negative spectrum.”

This serves as a magnet to draw in the negative spectrum, again cornering the negative spirits.

He then pulls out the Happy Jar — full of Frankincense, Palo Santo, celestite and selenite — to counterbalance the negative energies attracted to Pandora's box.

“If that’s not how happy smells, I don’t know what is,” he said. “This is putting positive energy out.”

He uses these tools during his investigations, including the time he helped his friend’s son whom they believed was possessed by a demon. It was in the Twin Cities when Mr. Wolf was in his late 20s. At the time, he made use of what was in his friend’s kitchen to whip up a version of “Voodoo goofer dust,” which is a hexing technique for good intentions. This particular goofer dust — made of sea salt, basil, oregano, black pepper and cayenne — was concocted to target bad energies.

“We went through what she had, and I found anything that had exorcism-breaking and protection properties.”

For two weeks he had the victim place the mix on the middle of his forehead, then on his chest.

“Because that’s the soul core. That’s why when you feel emotions, it always comes from right there first.”

The main idea is to make the host —in this case the victim — be incompatible. That night, Mr. Wolf said the demon that had latched onto the victim had been standing only a couple feet away from him all night.

“It was the shadow of it, really. And it was just staring daggers at me. It was so mad that I cut that kid loose.”

Ultimately, Mr. Wolf said demon hunting comes down to energy.

For as long as he can remember, he’d been able to pick up and identify different spirits.

“In this room right now, there’s seven ghosts and three nonhumans.”

This particular night, he said, the three nonhumans were a fairy, a very old soul and an angelic spirit.

Thankfully, nothing malicious. But that’s not always the case, he said.

“It’s not an issue of a spirit. There are people here that are not human. Not everything that wears a meat suit is human."
Ghostly historian

Matthew Kohler was a fireman when the Schmidt Brewery was up and running in St. Paul.

Not a firefighter, a fireman — one who lit the fires in the furnaces and the lamps in the basement’s brewery. He died April 16, 1904. Spilled oil on himself, set himself on fire and wasn’t able to put the fire out.

Kohler burned alive at the Schmidt Brewery.

Adrian Lee, author, historian, psychic and paranormal investigator (among other things) was able to unearth the death of Kohler during an investigation he had done at the brewery in St. Paul in 2008.

It took Lee nearly two years to figure out who Kohler was. During the investigation, a disembodied voice was picked up through the equipment — “Matt,” the voice said — and when asked who Matt was, the voice reportedly replied, “A fireman.”

A historian by trade, he began to research using digitized newspapers dating to the 1860s. He searched until he discovered a news clipping confirming Kohler’s death and profession, now immortalized in Lee’s book, “Mysterious Minnesota.”

Lee moved to Minnesota about 10 years ago from London, discovering and investigating different parts of the state. Many of his investigations led to his aforementioned book, of which one includes Mankato and can also be purchased on Amazon. (You can also check out his show “More Questions than Answers” every Friday at 10 p.m. on the Dark Matter Digital Network.)

“That was the moment I suddenly realized that we can talk to the dead to gain information from them to do historical research and use them as a tool to bring back history that’s been lost,” Lee said.

He has been a paranormal investigator for more than 20 years and has investigated all over the globe. But it was Kohler’s compelling story that lit the idea to rediscover untold history.

He thinks that learning and interviewing the dead are vital in humanity's history. In investigating, there’s a primary source in the event that happened.

And sure, there are paranormal teams investigating that are happy to get activity or an EVP (electronic voice phenomena), and that’s it.

“What a waste of time,” Lee said. “How are we learning from them? How are we furthering ourselves? What can we solve? What can we bring back historically?”

Lee’s work is distinct in searching for those answers.

“Uniquely, about the work I do, is that I’m using (the dead) to further history. I’m bringing back history from the lips of the dead.”

He explains that, as a historian, one can simply make an educated guess based on the information left in history from newspapers or death certificates and banking details. It is all secondary material.

“Could you imagine, via the equipment and psychic skills, being able to talk to somebody that was actually there? Because you could interview them,” Lee said. “I’ve interviewed the dead and asked them what it was like in the fire. How often do you get to use primary material as a historian? That’s like asking your granddad what he did during the war.”

Ghosts aren’t the only thing Lee has encountered. In 2017, during a separate investigation in a Redwood Falls cemetery, he said the team experienced UFOs.

“I was actually talking, or trying to talk to Maude Kleeman. That was the woman who was killed by William Kleeman with an ax,” Lee said. “I was at the cemetery talking to her, asking if her husband had killed her.”

The investigation had barely started with niceties, Lee said, then the activity above ground started.

“There was the most mad UFO activity and we had everything recording. We were running the equipment and the first thing that happened was all the equipment went just nuts.”

The ghost box they were using (a tool to communicate with spirits through radio waves) began to make noises Lee didn’t recognize. Then the compass they had started to act up and all their EMF (electromagnetic field) meters started to light up like Christmas trees.

They looked up and there was a big, yellow, fiery ball of light that moved around the sky.

“This was one of the most important sightings in American UFO history because it’s the first time ever that there’s empirical data attached to a UFO sighting,” Lee said.

The UFO then left. Then came back but red this time. Then left and came back orange.

It has been reported and investigated by the Mutual UFO Network.
Artist by day, UFO hunter by night

MUFON was founded in 1969 and is a nonprofit organization in which volunteers investigate submitted reports of UFOs around the country.

One volunteer is local artist Michael Cimino.

His interest in ufology began early as a kid, picking up books about UFOs and aliens. It wasn’t until two years ago that Cimino began to pick up the subject again and revisited it as a real hobby.

He began doing amateur investigating, which led him to join MUFON during one of his research sessions.

“All of this information (on MUFON) is available to the public, and once I started seeing this, it’s still a very modern phenomenon,” he said. “Most people think that ufology, or the study of UFO, it ends at Roswell, but that was genuinely the beginning of it and the reports that are coming in now are staggering.”

Cases like the Redwood Falls UFO that Adrian Lee and his team had incidentally captured are just one example.

There are other forms of finding UFO videos, too — YouTube. However, Cimino said the front pages are usually flooded with clickbait videos with no merit. It does a disservice.

“We've totally lost like the human nature of it, or the human phenomenon, and then that's kind of what led me to MUFON.”

There was one video, however, that was filmed in Mankato during a terrible thunderstorm in 2011.

“Gusts of winds 40 mph with heavy lightning activity,” Cimino said.

The video shows clouds moving sporadically, among a few balls of lights that pop up in the video. To this day, Cimino hasn’t been able to explain what was occuring in those clouds.

Cimino is still a “trainee” in field investigating but has taken on a few in the MUFON database.

Each trainee receives the field investigators manual that is purchased from the MUFON website, in which the trainees must study and then can take a test.

“The book is extensive and the test was either 150 or 200 questions,” Cimino said. “We’re talking about knowing your categories, how to classify a UFO, how to collect physical evidence without tampering.”

Other categories include making radiation surveys, using Google Earth, using a compass and learning how to use Madara, a magnetic anomaly radar. Cimino received his certification last year.

Anyone that has access to the internet is able to share their experience with MUFON by submitting a report, which is then fully investigated by a field investigator, such as Cimino.

There are about 100 cases in a year’s span in Minnesota. It begins by verifying the identification of the reporter, which can be done by researching online. An interview with the reporter follows.

“The most important part is the initial interview. We try to get it as soon as possible so that no memories either disappear or distort. Then there is evidence.”

If there’s physical evidence claims, like a scorch mark or cattle mutilation for example, the investigators go together to check out the area. All data is then collected. Videos and photos submitted, to prevent hoaxes, are then analyzed by Cimino. Then another interview is conducted with those who reported.

“We have the scientific method, a hypothesis, test the hypothesis, analyze the data and come to a conclusion. Every single case we go through that,” Cimino said. “If the person reported this and they saw it, we are always trying to put together a genuine scientific method to all of our approaches. We speculate as little as humanly possible.”

Because, after all, when people report anomalies or experience a UFO, most people didn’t want to encounter that.

“A lot of these people genuinely believe what they see in the sky is something. Some people are scared, very scared and unsure and insecure about what they saw. We do everything we can to build a solid case on every single person who makes a report, that’s the important thing.”

One way to corroborate a story is by calling local police stations and airports. Cimino has done both. And … well, he’s not particularly liked at particular police stations. Mainly because of his incessant research; if they don’t respond to Cimino’s request, he calls again.

He does introduce himself as a MUFON investigator, which at times can be difficult to explain.

“It’s so easy to certain people to come off like a person with a tin foil hat. You don’t want to be. You’re just trying to piece a story for another person’s peace of mind.”

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7 novembre 2019

43 Most Haunted Places in the World That Are Beautifully Scary

Nothing beats a good ghost story on Halloween, and our planet is chock full of 'em: UFO sightings in Transylvania, murders on luxury cruise ships, and spirits wandering the halls of British castles. No matter where you're traveling, you're sure to find some sort of haunted site, as well as a ghost tour to go along with it. But even if you're not a fan of paranormal activities, some of the spookiest locations are still worth your time, whether for their beautiful architecture, jaw-dropping locations, or fascinating histories. Here, the 43 most haunted places in the world you'll want to visit any day of the year—not just on October 31.


Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania

From the moment a military technician captured a photograph of a "UFO" hovering over the forest in 1968, Hoia-Baciu has gained paranormal notoriety around the world, with some believing it to be a portal that causes visitors to disappear. Those who have passed through the forest without being zapped into another realm have reported rashes, nausea, and feelings of anxiety, according to The Independent. Known as the "Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania," the spooky curved trees that populate the forest just add to the eerie atmosphere.


Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Canada

Built in 1888 to encourage tourism and sell train tickets, this chateau-style hotel sits pretty by the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park. But it gets a tad more Gothic once you get inside—and we aren't talking about the architecture. The Calgary Herald has reported several resident ghosts, including a bride who supposedly fell down the stone staircase during her wedding. But there’s a less tragic spirit, too: Sam the bellman, who worked at the hotel until 1975 and claimed he’d come back to haunt the joint. His spirit supposedly pulls shifts helping people with their bags before disappearing.


Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA

The castle-like Eastern State Penitentiary took solitary confinement to new levels when it was built in 1829. Prisoners lived alone, exercised alone, and ate alone; when an inmate left his cell, a guard would cover his head with a hood so he couldn't see or be seen. The prison had to abandon its solitary system due to overcrowding in 1913, although the forms of punishment did not get any less severe (chaining an inmate's tongue to his wrists is one example) before it closed for good in 1970. The site now welcomes thousands of visitors every year, both for its museum and Halloween celebrations. Reported paranormal happenings have included disembodied laughter, shadowy figures, and pacing footsteps.


Bhangarh Fort, India

Located just 100 miles southwest of Delhi, the lush ruins of Bhangarh Fort make for a curious juxtaposition against the desert landscape of Rajasthan. To this day, the oasis remains largely uninhabited due to an alleged curse cast by a disgruntled sorcerer after his advances were rebuffed by a local princess. If you prefer your trips to skew more spiritual than haunted, Traveler's former editor-at-large Hanya Yanagihara suggests saluting the sun during a session of pre-dusk yoga at the site.

 Château de Brissac, Brissac Quincé, France

Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France

One of the tallest castles in all of France, the seven-story Château de Brissac is perhaps best known as the home of "The Green Lady," aka the ghost of Charlotte of France. The chateau's website tells the legend of Charlotte, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII, who was murdered by her husband after he discovered her having an affair. Named for the color of her dress when she was killed, the Green Lady can be found roaming the chapel's tower room and moaning in the early hours of morning.

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO

The Stanley Hotel's stately Georgian architecture and world-renowned whiskey bar have lured travelers to Estes Park since opening in 1909, but the hotel reached new levels of fame after inspiring Stephen King to create the The Shining's fictional Overlook Hotel. That eerie association aside, many other ghost sightings and some mysterious piano music have been connected to the hotel, and the Stanley Hotel leans into its reputation with nightly ghost tours and psychic consultations from the in-house Madame Vera.


La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

You don't have to be religious to be moved by La Recoleta Cemetery, which features thousands of statues, mausoleums, fairytale grottoes, and intricate tombstones, as well as the remains of Argentina's most iconic figure—Eva Perón. The stone walkways and labyrinth of mausoleums are as beautiful as they are eerie, and Recoleta has a couple haunted legends of its own. One of the most famous stories involves David Alleno, a former grave-digger and caretaker who worked at the cemetery for 30 years before killing himself. Today, people report hearing Alleno's keys jangling as his ghost walks the pathways at dawn.

Tower of London, England

Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, this uncompromising fortress has had many functions. But it’s best known for its bloody history as a prison and execution site—Henry VIII famously ordered the execution of two of his wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, here. It's also where two young princes were imprisoned after the death of their father, King Edward IV; they disappeared shortly after in 1483, and their remains weren't found until 1647. Unsurprisingly, ghost stories of the Tower's victims—and ghost tours through Historic Royal Palaces—abound.

 Haunted Places in the World, Jazirat Al Hamra, UAE

Jazirat Al Hamra, United Arab Emirates

You'll find the nearly-abandoned town of Jazirat Al Hamra about 14 miles southwest of Ras Al Khaimah in northern UAE—located between a huge mall and a huge waterpark. Established in the 14th century, the town grew into a thriving pearl fishing village in the 1830s before it was suddenly abandoned in 1968. The town now consists of dirt roads, 13 mosques, and more than 300 coral-and-mud houses—and, of course, some resident spirits. People claim that visitors are bound to experience strange noises and chilling apparitions, usually djinns (genies) in the form of animals.


St. Augustine Lighthouse, FL

The St. Augustine Lighthouse is visited by nearly 225,000 people annually, but it's just as well-known for its otherworldly visitors. Several tragic events that occurred at the now-historic site have contributed to the alleged paranormal activity. The ghost of a lighthouse keeper who fell to his death while painting the tower has been spotted watching over the grounds. And ever since the horrific death of three young girls, who drowned when the cart they were playing in broke and fell into the ocean, visitors have claimed to hear the sounds of children playing in and around the lighthouse.


Whaley House, San Diego, CA

Thomas Whaley built this family estate in 1857, on the former site of San Diego's first public gallows. Shortly after he moved in, he reported hearing the heavy footsteps of "Yankee" Jim Robinson, a drifter and thief who was hanged on the site four years before the house was built. Whaley's family history ended up being filled with tragic deaths and suicides—many of which occurred inside the home itself. According to the Whaley House Museum, some of the family members still haunt the landmark, often accompanied by cigar smoke and the smell of heavy perfume.


Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

People have been placing crosses at this spot in northern Lithuania since the 14th century, and for various reasons: Throughout the medieval period, the symbols expressed a desire for Lithuanian independence. Then, after a peasant uprising in 1831, people began adding to the site in remembrance of dead rebels, and the hill became a place of defiance once again during Soviet occupation from 1944 to 1991. While the hill and crosses were bulldozed by Soviets three times, locals kept rebuilding it—there are now more than 100,000 crosses crowded together. "As the wind blows across the fields of rural Siauliai County, ornate rosaries clink against metal and wooden crucifixes, filling the air with eerie chimes," Egle Gerulaityte wrote for the BBC in 2017.


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

One of the biggest attractions in Scotland’s capital city is also considered to be one of its most haunted. With sections dating back more than 900 years, the historic fortress’s ancient dungeons have led visitors to the castle to report sightings of colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War, French prisoners from the Seven Years War—and even the ghost of a dog wandering the castle's dog cemetery.

Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA

The entire city of Savannah is pretty much one giant ghost story, due in large part to the mysterious tunnels that run below the town's streets. The underground structures play a major role in many of Savannah's most haunted locations, including Forsyth Park, the fountained green space you probably recognize from a postcard or two. According to Savannah Magazine, doctors at the adjacent Candler Hospital (now the Savannah Law School) performed autopsies in the tunnels below. Maria Pinheiro, a historian and spokesperson with Ghost City Tours, says these below-the-surface rumblings make Forsyth Park particularly ripe for sightings of shadowy, now-you-see-them-now-you-don’t figures.


Obvodny Canal, St. Petersburg, Russia

Running five miles through St. Petersburg, the Obvodny Canal goes by another, much more sinister name: Suicide Canal. Ever since the artificial canal started being built in the late 18th century, strange events have surrounded the site, including construction workers complaining of headaches, sudden outbursts of violence, and, of course, suicides. While most of the suicide attempts have been successful, people who have been saved claim they don't know why they jumped in the water, or an invisible force pulled them off the banks. Some claim the force comes from restless souls lurking beneath the water, even claiming to see a woman in white floating just beneath the surface before suddenly disappearing. So if you ever find yourself in St. Petersburg on a gloomy day, maybe stick to the sidewalks.


Oriental Theater (formerly Iroquois Theater), Chicago

Ghosts are said to haunt the Oriental Theater (formerly the Iroquois Theater) in the Loop area of downtown Chicago, where almost 600 people perished after a fire famously broke out in 1903, writes Atlas Obscura. Even though the theater was completely rebuilt and rebranded, spirits of the dead remained: apparitions have been seen in "Death Alley," the street behind the theater where bodies were stacked after the disaster (and a common stop on many a Chicago ghost tour).

Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England

Built around 1620, the 7000-acre Raynham Hall is one of the most impressive estates in Norfolk. As is the case with most historic buildings, the home also has its fair share of legends and ghost stories, most notably ones surrounding Lady Dorothy ("Dolly") Townshend. Dolly was the wife of Viscount "Turnip" Townshend, and the couple lived in Raynham Hall during the 18th century, during which time Dolly was reportedly locked up in the house by her husband. Lady Dorothy's ghost is now said to haunt the estate, as "proven" by a photo taken of her in the 1930s. "No one has proved the picture taken of her is a fake," Lord Charles Raynham (the home's current resident) told the BBC.

 Haunted Places in the World, Höfði House, Reykjavik

Höfði House, Reykjavik, Iceland

Overlooking Reykjavik's waterfront, the Höfði House is most famous for hosting a meeting between Ronald Regan and Michael Gorbachev in 1986, a historic moment during the end of the Cold War. The house has housed many other famous figures over the years, including Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, and Marlene Dietrich, plus a handful of British ambassadors. It was one such ambassador who first experienced "The White Lady," a ghost who many believe to be a victim of suicide. The phantom lady apparently caused so much panic and distress, the ambassador persuaded the British Foreign office to sell the house immediately.


The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

No trip to Beijing is complete without a visit to the Forbidden City, China's former imperial palace that now serves as a museum. But you might not know that the popular tourist destination has quite the reputation among supernatural enthusiasts. During its 600-year tenure as a palace, the complex had its fair share of murders, whether from jealous concubines poisoning one another or executions performed at the emperor's behest. Needless to say, there have been many reports of strange phenomena since the palace opened to the public in the 1940s. The most common story involves a woman dressed in white (as most good ghost stories do) strolling around the grounds and sobbing.


RMS Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA

Aside from a brief stint as a war ship in World War II, the RMS Queen Mary served as a luxury ocean liner from 1936 to 1967. During that time, it was the site of at least one murder, a sailor being crushed to death by a door in the engine room, and children drowning in the pool. The city of Long Beach purchased the ship in 1967 and turned it into a hotel, and it still serves that purpose today—although the reported ghosts of the deceased passengers get to stay for free. (For an extra dose of spine-tingling experiences, try and visit the ship's engine room, considered by many to be a "hotbed" of paranormal activity.)


Leap Castle, Coolderry, Ireland

Built some time between the 13th and late 15th century, this Irish castle has seen more gruesome deaths than a Game of Thrones wedding. As legend has it, during a struggle for power within the O'Carroll clan (which had a fondness for poisoning dinner guests), one member plunged a sword into his brother—a priest—as he was holding mass in the castle's chapel. The room is now called "The Bloody Chapel," and the priest is said to haunt the church at night. The horror doesn't end there—at least not according to the macabre history outlined on Leap Castle's website. During renovations in the early 1900s, workmen found a secret dungeon in the Bloody Chapel with so many human skeletons, they filled three cartloads when hauled away. The dungeon was designed so that prisoners would fall through a trap door, have their lungs punctured by wooden spikes on the ground, and die a slow, horrific death within earshot of the sinister clan members above.


Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa

A sprawling building near the shoreline of Table Bay, the Castle of Good Hope dates back to 1666, making it the oldest colonial building in South Africa. Originally built by the Dutch East India Company as a replenishment station for ships, the site also served as a military fortress and prison during the Second Boer War from 1899 to 1902. Today, you can tour the fort's many rooms and buildings (including the gruesome torture chamber) but you might want to prepare yourself for a ghost sighting. Back in the 1700s, Governor Pieter van Noodt condemned several men to be hanged to death; one of the men cursed the governor from the gallows, and van Noodt died of a heart attack later that day. According to the Castle of Good Hope's official website, his ghost has been haunting the battlements ever since.

 Haunted Places in the World, Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Crumlin Road Gaol, a Victorian-era prison in Belfast, is said to be one of the most haunted sites in Ireland. Often referred to Europe's Alcatraz, the jail contained some 25,000 inmates (men, women, and children) during its 150 years of operation, publicly hung many prisoners, and buried their bodies within the prison walls. The institution officially shut its doors in 1996, but the ghosts of deceased inmates are said to still roam the iron walkways today. If this sounds like the sort of place you want to spend time in, you're in luck—Crumlin Road Gaol offers daily tours, live concerts, and reasonably priced meals at its in-house (in-prison?) restaurant. It even serves as a venue for conferences and....weddings.

Poveglia Island, Venice, Italy

Less than half a mile from the canals of Venice, Poveglia Island has served as a quarantine zone for bubonic plague victims, storage space for Napoleon's weapons, and the site of an early 20th-century insane asylum. The asylum played host to horrific medical experiments, reports The Travel Channel, and finally closed for good when a doctor threw himself off the institution's bell tower. Locals still claim to hear echoing chimes from the island—even though the bell was removed decades ago. It's illegal to visit Poveglia today, but you can see the island and decaying hospital safely from the beaches of nearby Lido.


Catacombs of Paris, France

After a prolonged bout of heavy rains flooded and unearthed the overcrowded Les Innocents cemetery in the spring of 1780, a wave of rotting corpses tumbled onto the property next door. According to Smithsonian Mag, this horrifying event started a 12-year project to move bodies from Paris's cemeteries down into the city's former limestone quarries, eventually packing the underground tunnels with some 6 million bodies. Today, about a mile of the subterranean labyrinth is open to visitors, who can take tours of the tunnels and artfully arranged displays of bones.


Larnach Castle, New Zealand

Larnach was built between 1871 and 1887 to serve as the residence of William Larnach, a prominent local politician. Most notable is a 3,000-square-foot ballroom, which Larnach had built as a 21st birthday present for his favorite daughter Kate, who later died of typhoid at age 26, and is said to still haunt the ballroom. Don’t chalk those taps on your shoulder and whispers in your ear as all up to imagination: The building has been visited by paranormal investigators and featured on Ghost Hunters International.


Ancient Ram Inn, Wotton-under-Edge, England

Built in 1145, England's Ancient Ram Inn has played many roles over the centuries: a former priest's residence, housing for masons and slaves, an inn, and a public house. It also happens to be one seriously haunted spot. Architectural Digest writes: "With ghostly children, a high priestess, and even an incubus (Google it, but don’t say you weren’t warned) wandering the halls, guests have reportedly leapt from the windows in a frenzy to escape."


Xunantunich, Belize

Deep in the jungles of Belize, less than a mile from the Guatemala border, Xunantunich is an ancient Mayan ruin that has sat abandoned for the past millennium. An earthquake caused the original civilization to crumble, but the complex was re-discovered by explorers in the 1890s. Since then, Xunantunich has served as an important archaeological site, under-the-radar tourist attraction, and hotbed of ghostly sightings. The ancient city is said to be haunted by one female ghost—a black-haired lady with red, glowing eyes. She was first spotted by one of the earliest research teams in 1893, and has been spotted near El Castillo (the tallest building in the complex) many times since then. No one knows exactly who the so-called "Stone Lady" is, but many speculate that she may have been a human sacrifice whose death ritual was performed on the top of the El Castillo pyramid.


Eden Brown Estate, Nevis

Often overshadowed by neighboring St. Kitts, Nevis has just as much to offer travelers—in fact, it offers even more for the more morbidly-inclined. Case in point: The Eden Brown Estate, a former plantation that now lies in ruins. The estate was originally owned by a wealthy businessman who intended to give the property to his daughter as a wedding present. However, a mysterious duel between the groom and the best man left both men dead the day of the wedding, and the the daughter remained unmarried and alone for the rest of her life. Today, many visitors say they have seen the reclusive woman's spirit roaming throughout the estate.

 Haunted Places in the World, Ponte Sisto bridge, Rome

Ponte Sisto, Rome, Italy

In a city as ancient as Rome, practically every brick in every building has a story that goes along with it. In some cases, those stories are downright creepy. One such story surrounds the Ponte Sisto, a romantic bridge spanning the Tiber near Rome's city center. Local legend has it that if you visit the bridge at sunrise, you'll see a charging carriage helmed by the ghost of Olimpia Maidalchini, Pope Innocent X's advisor (hence her nickname, the "female pope"). The spectral occurrence is said to be Olimpia's attempt to flee the city with the church's gold, just as she allegedly did after Pope Innocent X's death in 1655. While the Ponte Sisto is closed to pedestrian traffic, you can visit the bridge as part of Dark Rome's daily “Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends of Rome Night Walking Tour.”


The Langham Hotel, London, England

The spirits are so active at this 153-year-old hotel, they drove out several English national team cricket players back in 2014, who cited sudden heat and lights, and an unexplained presence during the night. Ghosts have long been associated with the tony hotel, says Visit Britain, and it's thought to house elite spirits such as former resident Emperor Louis Napoleon III and a German prince who jumped to his death from his upper-level window.


Isla de las Munecas (Island of the Dolls), Mexico

Despite its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its well-preserved example of Aztec life, the neighborhood of Xochimilco has reached a certain amount of internet fame for its Island of the Dolls. Hidden among the region’s many canals, the site is famous for the hundreds of dolls—and doll parts—hanging from trees and scattered among the grass. While it might look more like a horror movie set, the chinampa (akin to an artificial island) used to be the residence of a now-deceased man named Julian Santa Barrera. After finding a dead girl's body in a nearby canal, Barrera collected and displayed the toys in the hopes of warding off evil spirits, reports National Geographic. Daring souls can hire their own boat and view the island safely from the water.


Borgvattnet Haunted Vicarage, Ragunda, Sweden

Originally built in 1876, weird happenings have been noted in this parsonage since the 1960s. The gray wooden structure now serves as a bed and breakfast in a rural area with snowmobiling, fishing, and...not a lot else. Guests at Borgvattnet have claimed to hear footsteps, music, and the sound of three crying ladies coming from the inn—and the proprietors will reward you with a certificate that says you stayed through the night.


eatro Tapia, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is known for its natural beauty and rich history, the latter of which lends itself quite well to eerie experiences. One of the most famous spooky sites on the island is Teatro Tapia, a San Juan theater known for its plays, concerts, and paranormal activity. According to urban myth, an actress who fell to her death while performing at the theater returned to haunt the venue. Some visitors claim to have seen her ghost wandering the theater grounds, with others report mysterious footsteps, doors swinging open and shut, and an unseen choir of voices coming from the stage. Teatro Tapia still holds frequent ballet and music performances, so purchase a ticket to see some local acts—and maybe a local ghost while you're at it.


Lawang Sewu, Semarang, Indonesia

Built in the early 20th century by Dutch colonialists, Lawang Sewu (or "Thousand Doors") served as head office for the Dutch East Indian Railway Company before the Japanese turned it into a detention camp during WWII. During the war, many harsh interrogations, tortures, and violent executions occurred within the building's walls—all of which contribute to its current status as one of Indonesia's most haunted sites, says the country's Ministry of Tourism. Tourists are free to visit the abandoned site today, perhaps to confirm whether the many circulating ghost stories tied to Lawang Sewu have any truth to them.

Aokigahara Forest, Japan

This seemingly serene forest at the foot of Mount Fuji has a tormented past. Colloquially known as “Suicide Forest,” Aokigahara has been the site of 500 reported suicides since the 1950s, reports the BBC. Some blame this trend on the forest’s association with demons in Japanese mythology. Others point towards large underground deposits of iron, which interfere with compasses and make it easy to get lost. In fact, many hikers will mark their path with tape or string to make it easier to find their way back out again.

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur began as a penal colony in 1833, housing British convicts until it was abandoned in 1877. During those decades, the island—touted as "inescapable"—focused on correcting the inmates' morality, using methods like solitary confinement and mandatory church services. The settlement has been a destination for curious tourists since the time of its abandonment, and was officially preserved as a historical site in 1979. Today, you'll find what The New York Times describes as "an impressive apparatus for remembering, complete with a ferry, interactive exhibit for children and well-trained guides." Ghost tours are available of the ruins and open-air museum, as well as the nearby "Isle of the Dead," an island housing the bodies of deceased convicts in unmarked graves.

Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, India

Dubbed one of the best hotels in India by our readers, the five-star Taj Mahal Palace is located right in the heart of Mumbai. Yet along with amazing views and interiors fit for a royal, one of the hotel's more macabre claims to fame is its aura of mystery. According to legend, the building's architect jumped to his death from the fifth floor after discovering the hotel was facing the wrong direction. His spirit now roams the halls, running into guests in the hallways and walking around the roof.

Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC

Renovated in 2010, Charleston's Dock Street Theatre is a beautiful downtown venue, hosting plays and concerts throughout the year. But the site has quite a tumultuous history, according to Charleston's official city website. Aside from a fire burning town the original theater in 1740, the building suffered damage from an earthquake in 1886 and fell into abandon during the early 20th century. To make matters even more spooky, a prostitute named Nettie Dickerson was supposedly struck by lightning while standing on the balcony in the mid-1800s, and her ghost is said to glide along the theater's second floor.

14 ottobre 2019

Donne che spariscono sulla strada delle Lacrime nel Canada

La strada delle lacrime, così la chiamano i nativi americani è tristemente conosciuta per le donne che spariscono nel suo percorso. Secondo gli amerindi (nativi americani) le sparizioni e le uccisioni, cominciate nel 1980 e mai finite, sarebbero almeno 4000, un numero impressionante che non si ferma.

Dal 2016 al 2019 il Governo Canadese ha condotto un investigazione ufficiale che ha portato ad una conclusione, le donne scomparse o trovate morte sono almeno 1017. Per il Governo canadese la fine dell’indagine porta ad una sola parola “Genocidio”. Ma chi o cosa perpetua questi crimini e chi fa sparire queste donne? Per quale motivo lo fa?

la strada delle donne che spariscono
Un cartello stradale che indica alcune ragazze scomparse ed il nome della strada

Ad aver voluto l’investigazione è stato direttamente il Primo ministro in carica Justin Trudeau. Qui a seguire una foto manifesto di alcune delle donne scomparse.

donne che spariscono
Una parte delle donne scomparse nella strada delle lacrime in Canada

“Le vostre verità non possono essere ignorate, avete iniziato a riscrivere la storia canadese”
Presidente della commissione d’inchiesta Marion Buller

Cosa dice il New York Times a riguardo

Vediamo qui a seguire, come si parla della questione canadese delle donne che spariscono, negli Stati Uniti.
Donne e ragazze canadesi, molte delle quali indigene, sono scomparse o sono state assassinate vicino all’autostrada 16, un remoto nastro di asfalto che taglia in due la Columbia Britannica e serpeggia attraverso fitte foreste, tagliando le città e impoverendo le riserve indiane mentre si dirige verso l’Oceano Pacifico.
Un’unità speciale formata dalla Royal Canadian Mounted Police ha ufficialmente collegato 18 di questi casi dal 1969 al 2006 a questa parte dell’autostrada e due arterie di collegamento. Da allora sono scomparse più donne e attivisti della comunità e parenti dei dispersi affermano di ritenere che il totale sia più vicino ai 50. Quasi tutti i casi rimangono irrisolti.
L’autostrada delle lacrime e le sparizioni delle donne indigene sono diventate uno scandalo politico nella Columbia Britannica. Ma quei casi sono solo una piccola parte del numero di persone che sono state assassinate o scomparse a livello nazionale.
La Royal Canadian Mounted Police ha contato ufficialmente circa 1.200 casi negli ultimi tre decenni, ma una ricerca della Native Women’s Association of Canada suggerisce che il numero totale potrebbe arrivare a 4.000.
Nel dicembre 2016, dopo anni di rifiuto da parte del suo predecessore conservatore, il primo ministro Justin Trudeau ha annunciato un’attesa indagine nazionale sulle sparizioni e gli omicidi delle donne indigene.
New york times
Qui a seguire nell’album, troviamo la strada delle lacrime, una tomba di una defunta, una foto della strada circondata da boschi ed una foto di una conferenza sugli eventi.




L’inchiesta è costata 60-70 milioni di dollari canadesi ($ 31 milioni), fa parte della promessa di Trudeau di un “rinnovamento totale” delle relazioni del Canada con i suoi cittadini indigeni. Le donne e le ragazze aborigene rappresentano circa il 4% della popolazione femminile totale del Canada, ma il 16% di tutti gli omicidi femminili, secondo le statistiche del Governo.
Carolyn Bennett, Ministro degli affari indigeni e del nord, ha trascorso mesi viaggiando attraverso il paese per consultare le comunità indigene intervistando oltre 2500 persone. Durante i suoi incontri, le famiglie e le sopravvissute si sono lamentate del razzismo e del sessismo da parte della polizia, che secondo lei ha trattato le morti delle donne indigene “come inevitabili, come se le loro vite avessero meno importanza”.
“Ciò che è chiaro è l’applicazione irregolare della giustizia”
signora Bennett

Interviene l’ONU

La cartella del file è vuota.” dice la Bennet, capo gruppo dei Nativi americani vittime della strada delle lacrime. Dubravka Simonovic, relatore speciale Onu sulla violenza contro le donne, nell’aprile scorso ha avuto parole dure per Ottawa. Nel rapporto delle Nazioni Unite del 2015, egli ha descritto le misure del Governo precedente per proteggere le donne aborigene dai danni come “inadeguate” e ha affermato che la mancanza di un’inchiesta sugli omicidi e le sparizioni ha costituito “gravi violazioni” dei diritti umani delle donne.
La Bennet parla di abusi nei confronti delle minoranze perpetuati per decenni e sistematicamente nelle comunità aborigene, dove c’era profonda emarginazione sociale, alcolismo, uso di droghe, ecc. ma soprattutto grande povertà. Gli abusi ai minori nelle scuole si traducevano persino in abusi sessuali, ed il tutto era fatto sotto l’egida di un programma governativo che ovviamente non prevedeva nulla di tutto ciò.
Il programma è stato completamente chiuso a metà degli anni ’90.

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Una manifestazione delle native americane

Cosa ha fatto il Governo

A pochi chilometri da Prince George, l’autostrada si immerge in fitte foreste venate di strade forestali e il cartello occasionale di “attraversamento delle alci”. “Le ragazze non fanno l’autostop sull’autostrada delle lacrime”. Gli alberi sono molto fitti qui, quindi se stai cercando qualcuno, è piuttosto difficile trovarlo”, ha detto la Bennet, elencando i nomi di diverse donne che sono ancora disperse.
Il Governo provinciale ha annunciato a dicembre piani per migliorare la sicurezza lungo l’autostrada 16, compresi fondi per telecamere del traffico e veicoli per le comunità indigene. Ma poco è cambiato sulla strada, che manca di illuminazione o di qualsiasi trasporto pubblico diverso dal raro servizio di autobus Greyhound, che non raggiunge le comunità remote. I pericoli non impediscono alle persone disperate di sfogliare corse in una regione in cui i trasporti pubblici sono praticamente inesistenti.

Alcuni serial Killer

La Columbia Britannica è famosa per i serial killer e i criminali che spesso prendono di mira le donne aborigene. Nel 2007, Robert William Pickton , un allevatore di suini, è stato condannato per aver ucciso sei donne, sebbene il DNA o i resti di 33 donne siano stati scoperti nella sua terra. Molte di loro erano native.
Uno dei più giovani serial killer canadesi, Cody Legebokoff, aveva 24 anni quando fu condannato nel 2014 per aver ucciso quattro donne vicino all’autostrada delle lacrime. David Ramsay, ex giudice del Tribunale Provinciale di Prince George e condannato pedofilo, è stato imprigionato nel 2004 per aver aggredito sessualmente e fisicamente ragazze indigene di 12 anni. Anche in South Dakota spariscono le donne indiane.
A seguire alcuni estrapolati da documenti ufficiali delle donne scomparse ed un ritaglio di giornale che parla delle stesse.


Dopo le spiegazioni investigative, diamo spazio anche alle ipotesi

Come abbiamo letto qui sopra qualche rigo fa, anche in South Dakota negli USA avvengono queste stesse sparizioni. La strage delle native che spariscono hanno anche un altro nome, il “Red river” (fiume rosso, ovvero fiume di sangue, quindi strada di sangue).
Ciò che ci apprestiamo a scrivere è il frutto di riflessioni basate sulla conoscenza acquisita negli anni. Ciò di cui stiamo per parlare, rimane sempre una teoria e quindi di conseguenza, una mera speculazione intellettuale. Essa non vuole offendere alcuno e nemmeno sminuire fatti e vicende affermati, tra l’altro, persino da documenti ufficiali del governo canadese.
Ovviamente in precedenza, abbiamo potuto appurare che, dietro alla donne che spariscono in Canada ed anche probabilmente in alcuni stati USA, c’è un problema di crimini razziali e serial killer. Le indagini ufficiali però, hanno dimostrato, che solo alcune decine di casi sono imputabili a crimini seriali, i cui autori sono stati per altro catturati.

Introduzione alle ipotesi

Ma quanti casi sono realmente imputabili a crimini seriali? In pratica le indagini hanno raccolto dati ed appurato la colpevolezza di questi criminali per solo qualche decina di casi, su una stima di oltre 2000 accertati solo nel Canada e di altri 2000 probabili sparizioni lungo la strada delle Lacrime.
Ma come è possibile per un Governo tirare le somme, con la cattura di pochi criminali che hanno infine ucciso qualche decina di donne, in una indagine pubblica su oltre due migliaia di sparizioni ed omicidi irrisolti? Vi invito a riflettere su ciò.
A tale domanda, vogliamo però dare una presunta risposta. Le cose sono due, o quelli del Governo canadese, hanno scoperto l’inghippo e lo hanno deliberatamente nascosto perchè vergognoso e terribile, ma soprattutto imbarazzante (crimini razziali i cui colpevoli non sono identificabili o lo sono ma non toccabili), oppure era terrificante e celava l’incapacità di agire e reagire al problema da parte dello stesso, lasciandolo tra l’altro in fase di compimento i crimini e le sparizioni.

Ipotesi MUM di massa

Scrivendo spesso sulle Mutilazioni animali e di persone ad opera di entità e di strane manifestazioni ad esse correlate, non ho potuto fare a meno di notare alcuni dettagli. Ho deciso quindi di esporre la mia tesi, che spero non ferisca o urti la psiche di nessuno.
Le sparizioni di donne amerinde avvengono in alcune aree del Canada e degli USA, queste regioni sono tra quelle dove avvengono e sono sempre avvenute le Mutilazioni animali (di cui abbiamo ampiamente discusso). Abbiamo imparato a definire MAM gli eventi legati ad animali, e MUM quelli che riguardano invece gli uomini. Questo tipo di fenomeno avviene ovunque in tutto il Pianeta.
Tutte o quasi le persone colpite da tale fenomeno sono Amerindi, Indios, Inuit, ecc.ovvero Nativi americani del nord, del sud, ecc.. Ma che altro hanno in comune queste persone?
Essi sono per lo più del gruppo sanguigno 0, tra l’altro un ceppo che si dice abbia origine proprio nelle Americhe. Nell’ambiente ufologico viene definito il sangue di una civiltà perduta (atlantidei, lemuri o abitanti di MU) o addirittura sangue di diretta discendenza aliena. Le persone con questo sangue sarebbero geneticamente più forti del resto dell’umanità a livello immunitario. Vero o falso che siano, queste cose ci danno però alcuni spunti di riflessione, vediamoli insieme.
Le donne che spariscono hanno tutte o quasi lo stesso tipo di sangue, la stessa etnia, le stesse caratteristiche somatiche e morfologiche, pressappoco la stessa cultura e sono quasi esclusivamente appartenenti agli antichi popoli delle due Americhe. Questi popoli hanno interagito, secondo molti dei loro miti, con esseri venuti dal cielo, con entità cosmiche, con dei ancestrali che portavano cambiamento e distruzione viaggiando nello spazio.

Popoli e persone emarginate

I luoghi dove questi popoli vivevano sono per lo più diventate piccole riserve, la maggior parte dei terreni e dei luoghi sacri sono stati espropriati ed in alcuni di essi sono state costruite grandi basi militari e sotterranee. Oggi per esempio la famigerata base di Dulce sorge in uno di questi luoghi e si dice che sia stata costruita su una preesistente base aliena, con cui gli americani avrebbero stretto poi un’accordo.
E se il cambio di gerarchia al comando sul territorio americano con gli europei, abbia scombinato degli equilibri? Se alcune razze extraterrestri esistenti già sul suolo del nostro mondo abbiano stravolto i loro piani ed adottato misure differenti? O più semplicemente quella parte umana geneticamente più resistente a virus e batteri fosse da debellare per indebolire la stessa umanità ad opera di squilibrati terrestri o ostili entità non umane?
L’umanità si trova in una fase in cui proprio quel gruppo 0 si sta diffondendo attraverso le coste in tutto il mondo, viene forse ritenuto una minaccia da qualcuno proprio per questo fattore?

Sparizioni in tutto il mondo

Possiamo continuare a porci delle domande a tali riguardi, in effetti i corpi scomparsi sono un’infinità, ma non ci risulta che quelli trovati siano stati mutilati con i metodi tipici del fenomeno MUM e spesso hanno ricevuto violenze sessuali.
Se questo fattore però risultasse presente, spiegherebbe almeno alcuni casi in più. Ma potrebbe cambiare la percezione del fenomeno delle donne che spariscono e potrebbe essere una prova, di fatti sconcertanti e terrificanti che per ora, ancora, passano per lo più in sordina.
L’intera umanità deve comprendere e non può più continuare a nascondere la testa sotto la sabbia come gli struzzi, che ci sono molti rischi in agguato nel nostro futuro e che non siamo padroni incontrastati dell’Universo.
Nel mondo scompaiono ogni giorno decine di migliaia di persone e soprattutto donne e bambini. Questa sparizione avviene per lo più in luoghi dove non esistono nemmeno le anagrafi, ma sono in aumento ovunque, persino in Europa.
Molti casi di scomparse, sono riconducibili a questioni etniche, razziali, furto di organi, prostituzione, ecc. altri sono ascrivibili a crimini efferati di serial killer e via discorrendo, ma la maggior parte delle sparizioni sono insolute e le poche persone ritrovate, spesso vengono recuperate in circostanze discutibili ed attorno a loro, un alone di mistero avvolge i casi, li offusca e li disperde nell’oblio.

Gabriele Lombardo

Federazione Ufologica Italiana