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  1. Article for Friday, 01-22............. ''Carl Menchkoff'' (World War I) Article for Saturday, 01-23........ ''Indian-Israeli Barak 8 SAM'' (Modern Era)
  2. ''HONOR NEVER DIES – THE GHOSTS OF DUELIST ALLEY'' Charleston, South Carolina (US) is a City of quaint colonialism to this day. Much of this American Town has changed little since the 19th and 19th Centuries. It is a mecca for tourists for this very reason. It is also one of The United States more haunted locations, with plenty of Ghost Stories and haunted locations. One such is Duelist Alley. Dating to 1776, the alley was built to connect homes well offset from the main street. It was (then) somewhat secluded – which is why it would become popular later among those who wished to settle their differences with a test of ''Manhood'' – with pistol or rather the Duel. It seems that the traditional ''21 Paces'' (the steps each Duelist needed to traverse before turning and discharging their weapon) fits perfectly into the length of the alley – without need for exact measurements. Many ''fought their last'' in the Alley, with one in particular in 1783. A newly established young Doctor, was well known for His love of poetry and His habit of whistling. He also was known for the love He had for a young and beautiful girl who lived in one of the homes at the far end of the Alley. However, another had His ''eyes'' on the girl. This suitor decided to attack the general honor of the Doctor, by accusing Him of having an affair with...an Actress! Fearing His love would believe this rumor, He hunted down the source (the rival). He challenged Him to a very public duel in the Alley. He may have been a good Doctor, but a lousy shot, for He would die later of His injuries. Since then, many say they ''hear'' the faint whistling of someone ''passing thru'' the Alley as well as occasionally even ''seeing'' a ''Man in old colonial clothes walking down the Alley''. Where some do wear period costumes on certain occasions for tourism, such a ''sighting'' could be explained that way.......of course. Other Duels were fought until the late 1820s, when the activity became very illegal. Some say other ''victims'' have been seen (or heard) in the Alley. Many state that it is nothing but a quaint local tourist tale, but still.....One never knows.
  3. ''THE DEVIL'S TOYBOX'' While just about everyone has experienced a ''Haunted House'' attraction during Halloween Season, most are harmless fun. ''Guests'' often traverse a series of themed rooms with Actors dressed as various Haunts and Demons, popping out of the enforced darkness for a quick scare. But in 2014, one such Haunted House caused such a stir, that it's ''effects'' are still unexplained. In The Town of Alexandria, Louisiana – a local businessman built a rustic ''Swamp Cabin'' – along with several other themed structures, for a Halloween scare. But the cabin was decorated rather oddly. The entire interior is made of mirror. The floor, walls and roof are all reflective. In a flashing strobe light, one could very well become disoriented. But few thought the cabin could drive one insane. After only a few hours of operation, Guests ran screaming from the cabin. Many stated that the very room ''made them see things'' – best described as from the ''bowels of Hell''. One local Man was up to the challenge it seems, and stayed inside the cabin for 30-minutes. He was taken out, white haired and unable to talk. He still hasn't. So pervasive and creepy was this effect, that the businessman closed His attraction, but never demolished the cabin – which still stands in the Alexandria woods. Locals now call it.....''The Devil's Toybox''. One theory is that (unknown to most), the land was used by local Voodoo Priests for hundreds of years to conjure various Demons. The Earth is thus so saturated with evil that the installation of mirrors (and the resulting ''Mirror Magic'') conjured up what people experienced. Of course, we can easily attribute the ''effect'' to the very real phenomenon of induced seizures which can be brought about by bright and flashing lighting (which has been medically documented as well). The rest is chalked up to superstition.......at best!
  4. ''RAUM'' An Earl in Hell, The Demon Raum is one of the few who has several physical appearances. His most common form, is that of a Crow or Raven. Called The ''Destroyer of All Dignities'', Raum will bestow great wealth and knowledge for honoring Him. However, the price is to strip away all vestiges of humanity from The Summoner. In another form, Raum is more ''Lovecraftian'' in form – being said to resemble a great black ''blob'' with ''octopus-like'' appendages. When ''cast out'' by a traditional Exorcist, Raum will assume a ''human look'' – as that of an ''old Man''.
  5. ''THE BANDAGE MAN'' While many visit The American state of Oregon for it's hunting, fishing and extremely peaceful and soul resting environs, The State has always been a place ripe with Myths and Legends. Conversely, it has it's fair share of Ghost Stories. One such is The Bandage Man. The Legend started in the 1930s – but others claim it was in the 1950s (with some validity to the story). As it goes, near The Township of Cannon Beach (along US Highway 101), the area was a mainstay in logging and timber reclamation operations. One such Logger was very severely injured (slashed and cut from head to toe). His fellow workers bandaged Him as best they could and placed Him into a Company vehicle for emergency transport. While enroute, a freak mudslide (common) happened, overturning the vehicle and killing all – save the injured worker. Later, rescue personnel tried to find Him (or His body). Neither were recovered. Several years later, strange sightings from Residents and other Loggers began to arise. Tales of a ''strange man, wrapped in dirty and bloody bandages'' were told. Seen wandering through the woods and walking along the Highway, in quick time, ''He'' was dubbed ''Bandage Man''. In even more time, the tale took on a more ominous telling. By the 1960s, ''Bandage Man'' was said to be the ''living'' dead – a foul rotting (and smelly) phantasm – wandering the woods in search of revenge on those who ''failed'' to find His body. The ''zombie-like'' creature was said to have broken every window of several Cannon Beach businesses as well as being responsible for the consumption of several Town (pet) animals – found brutally torn up and eaten. One is ''aware'' of Bandage Man'' by His putrid smell, which is detected first. In the 1970s, stories of such a ''bandaged maniac'' – chasing vehicles driving along Highway 101 came into light. State and local Police investigated each Case, but found no evidence of ''Bandage Man''. In time, due to the continued problems with mudslides – Highway 101 was slightly redirected away from it's original path. Even now, when nowhere near the original location – motorists still report the occasional sighting (and smell) – of what is still called ''The Bandage Man''.
  6. ''MYSTERY OR FORGERY – THE CASE OF THE BELMEZ FACES'' The ''Belmez Faces'' or locally known as ''La Casas de las Cara'' – ''House of The Faces'' is a purported Paranormal phenomenon which was said to have begun in 1971, in Andalusia, Spain. The simple adobe and brick home was owned by The Pereira Family, it was claimed that ''images'' of ''human-like faces and bodies'' mysteriously appeared on the concrete and stone floor of the Family kitchen. Ghost-like in appearance, these images would – without cause, suddenly appear and disappear at (what some say) was the ''will of the images''. The phenomenon caused quite a stir Nationally, and many came from not only all around Spain, but Europe (in time) as well – to catch a glimpse of what was immediately deemed Paranormal. Maria Pereira Gomez claimed to be a Psychic and determined that the images were the result of a theory known as ''Thoughtography''. Commonly understood by Mediums and alike, a Conduit (Psychic) is able to channel the very images of deceased persons onto canvas, paper and other related Mediums. Conversely, Maria ''claimed'' that the images that appeared in Her and Her Family Home were Spirits trying to make their ''presence known''. Naturally, the stir caused Government Authorities to question the validity of The Belmez Faces. Teams of investigators poured through The Home. After hundreds of tests, they determined that Maria (or others), had used some form of paint which faded into the concrete effectively enough to become ''invisible''. Only thru the application of various acids would the images ''gradually and slowly'' appear. However, despite Laboratory experiments, the same results were not as easily produced in The Pereira Home. This led to two distinct ''camps''. Believers and Skeptics. To ''hammer home'' the idea of no trickery, Maria's Sons pickaxed and hammered the images into dust. The next day, it was said – the images returned. Many have both seen and photographed ''The Faces''. The last such test into their authenticity was in 2014, when more advanced methods where used to replicate The Faces, both in a controlled (Laboratory) environment as well as in the Home itself (Maria died in 2004). The investigators could not reproduce the images, nor could they explain the ''addition'' of Maria's image as well! The ''Belmez Faces'' are either to be accepted or not...............It's your choice!
  7. Hope you liked it! I have a couple other Lugosi stories VERY soon as well.
  8. ''THE HAUNTED MIRROR'' Bela Blasko was a Hungarian Stage Actor. Don't know His name? No need really, for He changed it when He came to The American Stage as one Bela Lugosi (ring a bell?) Lugosi would be known for His many character roles during Universal (US) Studios ''Golden Age of Horror'' Movies (1930s-1940s), but His greatest (and most lamented by Bela) – was the titular Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's Stage (and later Film) Production of the Novel ''Dracula''. An early example of typecasting (from which Lugosi never recovered), as ''annoyed'' as He was about being identified as the infamous blood drinker, He was also strongly protective of it. Lugosi suffered an injury as a young man and suffered from a damaged nerve. It caused Him great pain in later life, so much so – His Doctors prescribed Him a wide variety of painkillers to include Morphine. Lugosi would become addicted and dependent on drugs. It was also well known of by Studio Heads, who began to dial back on His role offers, other than cheap bit parts. Lugosi (who one had Millions and many Real Estate holdings – was reduced to living in a modest Beverly Hills Apartment Complex. He would die in near poverty in 1956. A Lugosi ''legend'' centers around many of His personal articles, in particular His personal Make-Up Mirror. Lugosi kept the self-lighted Stage Mirror for His entire career. There was a reason it seems. It was said that Lugosi, as a young andf struggling Actor also dabbled in The Occult. In order to ensure success in His employment, Bela was said to have invoked ancient Romani Demons, using ''Mirror Magic''. As such, His ''Mirror'' was used as a portal to some unknown demonic world for His ''Associates'' to enter. But Lugosi failed to realize that such ''requests'' come at a cost (hence His later troubles with His health and maintaining His wealth as a Star). Mirror Magic can be tricky. Most Cultures that cite the various rituals state that demons will be trapped within the glass. One must keep the Mirror covered when not being used to summon the ''dark beings''. If not, they can use their powers to influence others foolish enough to gaze at their own reflection. Such an accident apparently happened in the early 1960s, when a close friend of Lugosi was inside one of His long abandoned (but still furnished) Homes. Perhaps His friend (who too was accompanied by an Associate), thought to take some of the ornate items and sell them for money. Imagine how much Bela's Mirror would fetch......... Bela's friend was found later, murdered in the house by His friend. The body was found laying in front of Bela's Mirror. The bloodlust sedated the Demons......for then. Eventually, during an Estate Sale, The Mirror made it's way to another Owner. In all (3) people claimed to own Bela's Mirror. All met with death or misfortune. In the 1990s, The Mirror made it's way into a Las Vegas Museum of The Paranormal – which, it is purported, to display only ''haunted or possessed'' Objects. According to the display, The Mirror is displayed ''covered'' in a Bela Lugosi section. Probably ''old hype'' made new to sell tickets to The Museum. Perhaps..........
  9. Article for Thursday, 01-21........ ''British Slave Trade Act of 1788'' (General History)
  10. Article for Wednesday, 01-20............... ''Heinrich Gontermann'' (World War I)
  11. SPOTLIGHT ON UFOs AND EXTRATERRESTRIALS THE MYSTERY OF THE JALISCO ARTIFACTS Long a hot debate among UFOlogists and ''Mainstream'' Science – The Jalisco Artifacts are either an enigma of a proof positive existence of Alien Life (or Contact thereof) or a very clever hoax (meant to establish the previous theory). ''Discovered'' in 1999 in and around Jalisco, United States of Mexico by former Military Doctor Pablo Garcia - His ''find'' was dismissed as a forgery. You will have to be the judge of such debate. Dr. Garcia was a retired Mexican Army Officer and Doctor by trade. Wishing a more ''simpler'' life and hobby, He turned to mountaineering. It was in the dense and forlorn Jalsico Mountains and Foothills that He found ''something'' which – according to Him – ''shouldn't have been.'' The good Doctors discovered (according to His testimony), a Cave in which was a a series of stone carvings, each more intricately carved than the next, which showed imagery of not only Alien Contact in Mesoamerica – but having happened roughly 10,000 years prior. The series of 20 ''carvings'' show not only Alien Spacecraft, but different Races of Extraterrestrials – such as The '' Grays''. Some carvings (many of which) show Star Groupings (known and unknown) – are also common. Dr. Garcia took the carvings to a local Mexican Museum for verification. Initially agreeing with His ''assessment'', when many of the Objects were photographed for The World – almost immediately, the ''Mainstream'' Community rose it's ''voice'' in disagreement. The Objects were obviously faked and made to ''look'' older than they were. One must concede that in Central America (at best) – many examples of possible Alien Contact from the Ancient past - may exist. From ''unexplained'' Cities (long dead) with technology that shouldn't have existed, to even stranger ''disappearances'' of whole Societies. The Jalisco Artifacts could well explain ''why''? Independent Research Groups from around The World wanted a ''crack'' at verifying the actual age of each artifact. Dr. Garcia was resistant (sue to mostly Him being called a ''liar'' to begin with). And while many hundreds of the strange and obviously ''otherworldly'' carving have been published, Science still decries them as ''modern forgeries'' – designed to create a form of ''hysteria''. Perhaps they are....or perhaps they are ''what'' they are purported to be......''PROOF”.
  12. Article for Monday, 01-18......... ''American Constitutional Union Party'' (General History) Article for Tuesday, 01-19................ ''US Army Commendation Medal'' (Medals and Decorations)
  13. Article for Saturday, 01-16............ ''Japanese Suguira .32 Caliber Pistol'' (World War II) Article for Sunday, 01-17.............. ''Japanese North China Type 19 22mm Pistol'' (World War II)
  14. SPOTLIGHT ON UFOs AND EXTRATERRESTRIALS ''THE SUNKEN WONDER OF YONAGUNI'' First mentioned in Our previous Article of ''The Lost Continent of Mu'' – The Yonaguni Formation then mentioned, deserves more scrutiny. The sandstone and mudrock deposit located off Japan's Ryukyu Islands, if a strange collection of (what appears to be) hand machined stone foundations, stacked with a form of geometric perfection. Some 26 Meters deep in the sea, they were first ''seen'' by Divers in 1986. Said to be 20 Million years old by conventional scientific measurement, some have revised this figure to be more accurate at 3,000 years old. Either way, technology at that time did NOT exist (with the Million figure precluding the existence of Humankind all together!). At first, many thought that The Yonaguni (''Submarine'') Formation was proof positive of the fabled Continent of Mu. Others, the fabled and equally mythic ''Lost'' Chinese ''Empire'' of Yamatai. However intriguing, Japanese Officials are (for some reason) – NOT interested in researching Yonaguni. They are quite happy to agree that the formation broke away from The Mainland Eons past and thru erosion – ended up in their present location. When pressed about the even stranger markings (odd shapes and scrapings on many of the stones which ''appear'' to be some form of long lost language) – they cite that it is a natural erosion process. They are very staunch in their belief to spend no time on Yonaguni – even at times making it illegal to dive the location (citing strong currents as the real reason). The Artifact of some long lost and hyper-advanced Culture? A possible Alien Artifact which was long ago hidden from Human eyes? Yonaguni may just well be what Japanese Officials say it is - a geological anomaly. Or....................................
  15. SPOTLIGHT ON UFOs AND EXTRATERRESTRIALS ''TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR....WHAT AN ALIEN LIGHT YOU ARE!'' On June 16, 2014, NASA/Caltech's Martian Exploratory Platform – aka ''Curiosity'' was ''On Patrol'' on The ''Red Planet'' – as it was more or less constantly. Both it and it's ''Brother'' nicknamed ''Rover'' had sent back many photos of objects on that Planet which have (and still are) a matter of hot debate. Images of possible Alien Artifacts, which if true – would establish the truth behind the age old question of there being ''Life'' on Mars (in the positive). Of course, with all these photographs released – Government Authorities have offered ''plausible'' explanations for each (despite being vague at best). But at 03:53 Hrs. Sol Time, ''Curiosity'' took a series of black and white photographs that were offered as explainable – but only after many days of scrutiny. The Rover recorded a controlled series of bright light beams that at first seemed to be coming from the Martian ground. The light was almost a type of ''intelligent signal'' by some accounts. Another view of this mysterious light shows ''it'' forming into a ''disc like Object'' – similar to what ''We'' on Earth would call a ''Flying Saucer''. The verdict by NASA? Simple – a Cosmic Ray, ''seen'' by a camera lens and refracted as such (thru the lens). Even better, the ''Ray'' hit a ''shiny rock'' and caused it to illuminate even brighter than it should. Most in the scientific community ''brought this''. Most of the General Public remained skeptical, due to the fact that it has never been recorded (as we are aware) again. Further, no other known Probes to other Worlds or Satellites have likewise never recorded such a phenomenon. Maybe it was a signal to Rover from Martian Life (still living well beneath the surface) to simple ''STAY AWAY” or ''LEAVE''. It could be a theory.......................?
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