Last March, The eXile reported a story so shocking and so gruesome that it made every other item in the Death Porn catalog seem like a parking violation. If you read the story, you remember it. A mass grave containing the mutilated remains of more than a dozen teenage sex slaves was unearthed in a forest outside Nizhny Tagil, an industrial city of 400,000 just east of the southern Urals. The young victims were linked to a local prostitution ring that had been kidnapping, enslaving and killing local girls for five years. Even by Russian crime standards, the story jumped out, blacker than pitch and colder than a snow-frosted corpse. Continued...
A rubbish dump found floating in the Pacific Ocean is estimated to be twice the size of the United States.
The vast expanse of debris, made up of plastic junk including footballs, kayaks, Lego blocks and carrier bags, is kept together by swirling underwater currents.
It stretches from 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.
Because the rubbish, which has been called a "plastic soup" and a "trash vortex", is translucent and lies just below the water's surface it cannot be seen in satellite photographs.
American oceanographer Charles Moore discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by chance in 1997 while taking a short cut home from a yacht race.
He said: "Every time I came on deck there was trash floating by. How could we have fouled such a huge area? How could this go on for a week?"
He warned that the rubbish could double in size over the next decade if consumers do not cut back on their use of plastics. More than a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals die every year as a result of plastic rubbish.
Syringes, cigarette lighters and toothbrushes have all been found inside the stomachs of dead seabirds.
The rubbish can also be dangerous for humans, because tiny plastic pellets in the sea can attract man-made chemicals which then enter the food chain.
Research director Dr Marcus Eriksen said: "What goes into the ocean goes into these animals and onto your dinner plate. It's that simple."
Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer compared the rubbish to a living entity. He said: "It moves around like a big animal without a leash."
Describing what happens when it reaches land, he said: "The garbage patch barfs, and you get a beach covered with this confetti of plastic."
The dump is made up of two linked areas either side of Hawaii. About one fifth of the junk is thrown off ships or oil platforms, while the rest comes from the land.
Jessica Alba was attacked by a ghost when she was 17.
The Eye star claims she was visited by an otherworldly being, and was so terrified afterwards she refused to stay in her house.
She recalled: "I had no idea what it was. I felt this pressure and I couldn't get up, I couldn't scream, I couldn't talk, I couldn't do anything.
Something definitely took the covers off me and I definitely couldn't get off the bed, and then, once I did, I screamed, ran to my parents' room and I don't think I spent many nights in that house ever again!
"There was definitely something in my parents' old house - I don't know what it was. I can't really explain it. But they got it blessed and they burned sage and stuff since then."
Jessica - who is currently expecting her first child with fiancé Cash Warren - also revealed the pregnancy has been playing havoc with her hormones.
The 26-year-old beauty said: "I think I've already thrown Cash out of the house twice since I've been pregnant. He's like, 'Are you just pregnant? I hope you're just pregnant and acting crazy,' and I'm like, 'It has nothing to do with that!'
"And then we cry and we hug and he's like, 'You're pregnant, what do you want?' Little things get me so mad. You get so emotional when you're pregnant, and so irrational. It's totally dumb."
Mr Webb, of Terrace Road, Newport, saw a silent glowing object fly across the sky on January 27 and now several Islanders have called or e-mailed the County Press with similar tales, some dating back to August.
Three workers at Calbourne Classics, Richard McFarlane, 27, Barry Holland, 49 and Paul Westmore, 35, saw what they thought was a UFO the same day as Mr Webb’s sighting.
Mr McFarlane said: “It was a yellow ball in the sky. It had a haze around it and it wasn’t moving at all. We watched it for ages.”
But Andy Linington thinks it might well have been an aircraft.
He was near Ryde Town Hall when he saw a yellow object moving west to east, just as Mr Webb had described.
He said: “It turned and started going towards London and it wasn’t until it was above me I saw navigation lights on its nose. I think it was an aircraft.”
Jane Johnson, of Shanklin, claimed she saw UFOs twice in different places a few weeks ago. She saw one at Compton Bay, then while with her parents, Rick and Patsy Mellor, between Carisbrooke and Chillerton.
She said: “Both times, there was no noise and it moved quite slowly. It looked like an orb.”
Neil Clark, of Downend, Arreton, also said he had seen UFOs on several occasions, including once during the Bestival. He said the craft was close enough to see it looked like a diamond.
Ivan and Margaret Howes, of Lake, saw an orange object circle over their heads while watching New Year’s Eve fireworks outside their home.
Bobbie and Jock Pratt with their two daughters, Louisa and Charlotte, saw an unusual object gliding across their conservatory in St Helens over Christmas.
“They looked like illuminated kites. There were three of them in a line, very neat and tidy,” said Mrs Pratt.
In August, Brian Humphryes, of Brighstone, said he and his wife saw a balloon-shaped object “lit up like a chandelier”.
Ricky Sorrells just wants answers. And, in light of what he's been through, it doesn't seem to be a lot to ask.
Witnessing an unidentified flying object four times since the beginning of the new year, then having military aircraft whizzing over his land and disrupting his sleep and livestock, followed by a string of mysterious phone calls and in person encounters from individuals demanding he “shut up” about what he saw, and landing unexpectedly in the international spotlight, has taken a toll on the 37-year-old man accustomed to the simple life.
“If you told me a while back that I would be sitting here talking to you about UFOs I would have said, ‘No way, not in a million years,” Sorrells said. “ Now, I know for the rest of my life I'll keep looking to find out what it was.” Continued...
It is over 40 years since the first public spate of sightings hit the headlines with the Surrey Puma, yet we are still no closer to solving the mystery. Experts from all over the country will be gathering to discuss if these cats really are all black leopards? Hybrids? or a relic, indigenous species that we never knew existed alongside us, ever since the Ice Age?
The Big Cats in Britain group average three sightings daily from all over the countryside including Ireland, in fact people these days are more likely to see a big cat rather than a pig. The conference will be held at Tropiquaria near Watchet, Somerset, on the weekend of the 7th of March. Continued...
Since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, a troubling mysticism is emerging in Russia, attracting up to 800,000 followers, experts say
To the people in this snowy Russian outpost, Piotr Kuznetsov was a pious Christian man who brought life to their dying village.
From across Russia and beyond, Mr. Kuznetsov's spiritual followers flocked to Nikolskoye to worship in the movement he founded called the True Orthodox Church.
They grew their own food, prayed outside in meadows and socialized with the village's lonely old women.
Then last November, the streets and yards fell silent. Mr. Kuznetsov's 35 followers, including four children, vanished.
When police came to Mr. Kuznetsov's blue wooden cottage, he told them his people had all retreated to a man-made cave he designed, where they will await the apocalypse, which he said will occur in May.
Three months later, his followers are still holed up in their tunnel beneath the snow, about 600 kilometres southeast of Moscow. Mr. Kuznetsov has been held since mid-November in a psychiatric hospital where doctors are trying to determine his mental health status. Under Russian law, a person can't be held for more than 30 days without being charged, but the criminal medical examiners asked the prosecutors' office for more time because they said the case was "so unusual." The prosecutor agreed. Continued...
Over 100 pupils of Sir Tito Winyi Primary School Kiziranfumbi sub-county in Hoima district became "hysterical" yesterday, forcing the school to close, in what the authorities described as a demonic attack.
Some victims had undressed. Hundreds of parents flocked to the school and took their children away.
As the situation seemed to run out of hand, the Rev. Geoffrey Matata of Kiziranfumbi Church took the children for special prayers.
Head teacher Vincent Kitende said 720 pupils had reported for the first term, which opened yesterday. "The situation is bad. About 100 pupils are totally mad. They are chasing everybody including teachers and fellow pupils, throwing stones, banging doors and windows. The situation is difficult to explain."
The school, named after the late Tito Winyi, the King of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom and father of King Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, is a UPE mixed day school, with a total number of 970 pupils.
Kitende said late last year, a similar incident happened at the school, affecting about 210 pupils. "We do not know what to do. on Sunday, we held special prayers before the pupils reported and assured parents to send their children, knowing there was no cause for alarm. But here we are in a bad situation again."
Last year, four residents of the area, one of them a Congolese national, were arrested and charged in a Hoima court with casting a spell on the school. However, when the prosecution produced witnesses, court had to adjourn and magistrate George Obong and the prosecutors fled the courtroom after the pupils who were witnesses became hysterical again when they saw the suspects. The suspects reportedly have a land dispute with the school.
However, experts said the children could be facing mental challenges. "It could also be a form of mass hysteria where there is anxiety and bizarre behaviour," said Paul Nyende, a lecturer at Makerere University's department of mental health and community psychology.
"But it does not mean demons do not exist and the school may need to get services from religious exorcists. The pupils also need counselling because it is a traumatic experience."
Area MP Tom Kyahurwenda, who visited the school, said: "As government, we are concerned because the pupils are missing education."
The assistant chief administrative officer for Buhaguzi county, Hannington Asaba, said prayers would be held to solve the matter.
It’s only in the last few years that The Heavy Stuff has really become aware of Tulpas and the possibility that Tulpas may explain certain types of fortean events. Indeed, once in awhile other blog posts speculate in the same manner. This will be the focus of this Heavy Stuff. Continued...
22 JULY 1947 ROSWELL NEW MEXICO 4 BODIES 13 FEB 1948 AZTEC NEW MEXICO 12 BODIES 7 JUL 1948 MEXICO So.of LAREDO TX 1 BODY 1952 SPITZBERGEN NORWAY 2 BODIES 14 AUG 1952 ELY NEVADA 16 BODIES 10 SEP 195O ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO 3 BODIES 18 APR 1953 S.W. ARIZONA NO BODIES 20 MAY 1953 KINGMAN ARIZONA 1 BODY 19 JUN 1953 LAREDO TEXAS 4 BODIES 10 JUL 1953 JOHoFNISBURG S.AFRICA 5 BODIES 13 OCT 1953 DUTTON MONTANA 4 BODIES 5 MAY 1955 BRIGHTON ENGLAND 4 BODIES 18 JUL 1957 CARLSBAD NEW MEXICO 4 BODIES 12 JUN 1962 HOLLOMAN AFB NEW MEXICO 2 BODIES 10 NOV 1964 Ft.RILEY KANSAS 9 BODIES 27 OCT 1966 N.W. ARIZONA 1 BODY 1966-1968 5 CRASHES IN/KY/OH AREA 3 BODIES (ONE UFO INTACT REMOVED) 18 JUL 1972 MORROCO SAHARA DESERT 3 BODIES 10 JUL 1973 NW ARIZONA 5 BODIES 12 MAY 1976 AUSTRALIAN DESERT 4 BODIES 22 JUN 1977 NW ARIZONA 5 BODIES 5 APR 1977 SW OHIO 11 BODIES 17 AUG 1977 TOBASCO MEXICO 2 BODIES MAY 1978 BOLIVIA NO BODIES NOV 1988 AFGHANISTAN 7 BODIES MAY 1989 SOUTH AFRICA 2 ET LIVING JUNE 1989 UFO & 2 ET TRANSPORTED IN 2 GALAXY TRANSPORTS -> WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB FROM SOUTH AFRICA. JULY 1989 SIBERIA 9 ET LIVING
This should provide a wealth of autopsy evidence on ET body structure and workings when accumulated in any one place. ETs coming from UFOs have strange properties, a report: THE UFO CRASH/RETRIEVAL SYNDROME (STATUS REPORT II: NEW SOURCES, NEW DATA) by Leonard H. Stringfield is published by MUTUAL UFO NETWORK INC.,103 Oldtowne Road, Sequin Texas 78155. It has a January 1980 copyright date. The report interviews several med- ical doctors who did autopsies on ET bodies from UFO crash sites. ET had large heads and were around 4 ft tall. They have small noses and mouths with no ears or hair. The ET photo that I have was taken by an ET and has an eye diameter of an inch. He has his left hand raised in a salute. That hand has 4 fingers on it with one finger twice as long as either outside finger. The photo was taken at a range of 3 ft from the waist up. Brain capacity is 1800 cc versus 1300 cc for the average human. The skin is grey or ashen and under the microscope appears meshlike. This meshlike appearance gives it the reptilian texture of granular skinned lizards like iguana or chameleon. There was a colorless liguid in the body without red cells, no lymphocytes, no hemoglobin. There was no digestive system, intestinal, alimentary canal, or rectal area in the ET autopsy.
On one side is the Church of Scientology, freshly boosted by a $10m donation from the actor Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson.
On the other is what the self-styled church has dismissed as a "pathetic" collection of "computer geeks": a maverick band of hackers who have launched an online war against the organisation.
The hackers were infuriated by the removal from YouTube last month of a Scientologists' video clip featuring Tom Cruise. They have alleged that Scientologists forced YouTube to remove the embarrassing footage, in which the actor hailed the religion as "a blast".
Cruise claimed: "We are the authorities on getting people off drugs, we are the authorities on the mind, we are the authorities on improving conditions ... we can rehabilitate criminals ... we can bring peace and unite communities."
Yet the church has appeared powerless to stop the online sabotage. Guerrilla action has so far included the temporary disabling of its international website and "Google bombing", a manipulation of the search engine which has resulted in the website being the first result returned by Google when users type "dangerous cult". Scientology's UK website has been unavailable and in the US the FBI were investigating what they said was the hoax dispatch of white powder in envelopes to 19 churches in the Los Angeles area.
Meanwhile, the intensity of the battle shows no signs of easing. A day of free speech protests have been planned outside Scientology centres around the world next Sunday, with campaigners mobilising on Facebook and YouTube.
Protesters are vowing to picket buildings in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and York on the British leg of the day of direct action, three weeks after a group of internet activists called Anonymous vowed to destroy the movement.
They said they were opposed to Scientologists' "speech-suppression tactics", which they claim include "frivolous" lawsuits and the use of copyright and trademark laws to silence free speech.
An Anonymous video posted on YouTube about the anti-Scientology campaign - called "Project Chanology" - has been watched more than 1.7m times. Protest sites against Scientology have also proliferated. Two Facebook groups have more than 3,500 members. A British organiser claims more than 1,000 people will join the UK demonstrations on February 10, with protests also planned in dozens of American cities and around the world, including Toronto, Vancouver, Oslo, Sydney, Melbourne and Dublin.
"I don't want them to get a foothold in the UK the same way as they have in other countries," said one demonstration organiser, a 21-year-old student who asked to remain anonymous in keeping with the protesters' aims. "They claim to be a church and a religion but they charge people to attend their sessions and they are a registered trademark - that doesn't strike anyone as a religion."
The organiser described the protesters as mainly a "youth movement" drawn from all walks of life. "At the start this was a hacker operation but it is more than that now. Scientologists say it's just a bunch of hacker geeks but that's going to be proved wrong on February 10."
In a series of warm-up rallies on Saturday, 100 people gathered outside a Scientology centre in Orlando carrying signs saying "Knowledge is Free". In the UK, half-a-dozen protesters leafleted shoppers and brandished a banner reading "Scientology Sucks" in Manchester.
Scientologists have fought back by hiring a specialist internet company to help defend its website. In the US, a Scientology spokesperson dismissed the campaigners as a "pathetic" group of "geeks".
But they played down the conflict yesterday. "We don't get into responding to such threats on the internet, particularly anonymous ones," said Janet Laveau, a spokeswoman for the Church of Scientology in Britain.
Laveau said the online publication by hackers of the Cruise video had caused a surge of interest in the movement. Presenting "these selective and out-of-context excerpts with the intent of creating both controversy and ridicule nevertheless resulted in people searching for and visiting Church of Scientology websites," she said. "Those wishing to find out the Church of Scientology's views and to gain context of the video have the right to search official Church websites." In a US statement, the organisation said it did not threaten websites for posting the Cruise video.
But Scientologists have previously mounted legal challenges against other internet publishers. A 10-year legal campaign against a Dutch writer, Karin Spaink, and a number of internet service providers ended in defeat for the Scientologists in court in the Netherlands in 2005. Spaink and others had posted documents from a disaffected former Scientologist that were claimed to be the secretive official teachings.
According to Andreas Heldal-Lund, a free-speech campaigner from Norway and critic of Scientology, the "war" has been won by internet activists - with the wide dispersal of negative publicity about Scientology. Heldal-Lund welcomed the demonstrations but condemned the sabotage of Scientology websites.
"One of the biggest arguments against Scientology is they are a threat to free speech and here they can say people are hitting back at their free speech. It ruins our argument."
On January 26, 2008 residents from Orange and LA County, Anaheim, and Brea, California were witness to a very unusual but spectacular UFO event. Numerous people watched as an object fell from the night sky and to their amazement it came to a complete stop while in flight. Most folks thought at first they were witnessing a meteor falling to earth until the object stopped and hovered, leaving everyone scratching their heads. While these objects sat and moved around the sky, aircraft were seen and appeared to be checking out these objects. As just about all of the eyewitnesses mentioned to me, they are baffled at no mention in any of the newspapers over the event, or media in general. I must admit, that makes me wonder why not, when so many people witnessed this really unusual event in the night sky.
HBCC UFO Research would love to hear from anyone else who observed the unusual UFO event. There has to be many other people out there who saw this interesting sighting. You can reach Brian Vike through his website at: http://www.hbccufo.org. Continued...
By Mark Collette (Galveston Daily News) - Two weeks after dozens of residents in Stephenville, a dairy town near Fort Worth, reported seeing military aircraft chasing a UFO, the Air Force has reversed its previous statement that none of its planes were in the area Jan. 8.
Now, according to The Associated Press, the Air Force said it made a mistake and wanted to set the record straight “in the interest of public awareness.” The military says it had 10 F-16 fighter jets training in the area on Jan. 8.
But residents, including respected business owners and a constable, say the military planes were chasing something much larger, faster, quieter and closer to the ground than an airplane.
People often ask, “Do you believe in UFOs?”
To which I reply, “Of course I do.”
There will always be flying objects that can’t be identified for one reason or another. The burning question isn’t whether they exist, but, as in this case, what are they? Planes? Weather phenomena? Something out of this world?
He was busted for not paying for a small package of donuts, and now he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Friday in court, Robert Fassbender’s attorney, Michael Webb, tried to get the charges dropped before having to go to trial.
But the District Attorney’s Office plans to prosecute the case to the hilt, even if it means life in prison for Fassbender under California’s controversial three strikes law.
"I just hate to think that he's going to have to do the rest of his life in prison, but then that means he'll die in there and I don't want that,” said his mother, Marceline Fassbender.
The family said Fassbender is a reformed convict leading a Christian life, and is sometimes tortured by drug use.
"It's just hard and he's going to do life over donuts,” said Fassbender’s Brother, Eric. “It's just that my brother did so good for years and years and he took people from prison into his Christian home"
But Kern County District Attorney Ed Jagels said Fassbender has earned his third strike, with two previous felonies dating back to 1977 and 1999 for robbery.
Fassbender is scheduled for another hearing on Feb. 11.
(NOTE...use this link if video is not working - VIDEO LINK ) Hope Steffey's night began with a call to police for help. It ended with her face down, completely naked and sobbing on a jail cell floor.
Steffey says Stark County sheriff's deputies used excessive force and assaulted her during a strip search 15 months ago, according to a federal lawsuit.
Stark County Sheriff Timothy Swanson denies the allegation.
Steffey's attorney says her clothes, including her underwear and bra, were stripped from her body by at least seven male and female sheriff's deputies and jail workers. She lay face down in handcuffs at the time.
"Hope begged and pleaded with her ... assailants to stop," the lawsuit says. "There was no forcible penetration but Hope felt as if she was being raped."
The sheriff denies this was a strip search.
The sheriff's policy requires officers conducting any strip search to be of the same sex.
Her attorney, David Malik, said Steffey, 41, was never asked to voluntarily remove her clothes.
In an e-mail, Swanson said Steffey was asked to remove her clothes but refused. He said deputies took them off for her own safety.
Swanson declined to comment further, saying the details would come out in court.
Channel 3 News obtained exclusive video of Steffey's night in the Stark County jail cell. You can click the link at the bottom of the page to view it. A warning: it is difficult to watch.
Steffey declined to be interviewed for this story. But her husband, a high school educator, talked to Channel 3's Tom Meyer.
Greg Steffey said his wife is still traumatized. But the couple wants the story told to prevent it from happening to someone else.
"This could be your wife or anyone's wife," Greg Steffey said.
He said he still can't believe this happened to Hope, a 125-pound woman who, earlier that night, turned to police for help.
"You don't treat people like this," Greg Steffey said. "I don't think murderers are treated like this much less people charged with disorderly conduct."
Steffey's ordeal with the Stark County Sheriff's deputies began after her cousin called police for help.
In a 9-1-1 call, her cousin said Steffey had been assaulted by another cousin.
When a Stark County deputy arrived, he asked for Steffey's driver's license. She accidentally turned over her dead sister's license, which she said she keeps in her wallet as a memento, the lawsuit says.
The deputy refused to give the license back and told Steffey to "shut up about your dead sister," according to her attorney.
The sheriff denied that in a written response to the lawsuit.
Eventually, Steffey was arrested and taken to the Stark County Jail. She was later charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
After her clothes were removed, she was locked in a cell. To stay warm, she wrapped herself in toilet paper. She remained in the cell for six hours.
During that time, she was not allowed to use a phone or seek medical attention for injuries she suffered that night, including a cracked tooth, bulging disc and bruises, the lawsuit says.
The Beatles’ song Across the Universe will be the first ever to be beamed directly into space next week, Nasa said.
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney said it was an “amazing” achievement and John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono called it the “beginning of a new age”.
The transmission of the song over the space agency’s Deep Space Network on Monday will mark the 40th anniversary of the day the band recorded the song.
The song will be aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light years away from Earth, and it will travel across the universe at a speed of 186,000 miles per second, Nasa said.
In a message to the space agency, Sir Paul said: “Amazing! Well done, Nasa! Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul.”
Ms Ono added: “I see this as the beginning of the new age in which we will communicate with billions of planets across the universe.”
Anything listening out there would hear the lyrics which include the chorus line: “Nothing’s gonna change my world.” Fans have been invited to participate in the event by playing the song around the world at midnight GMT on Monday night - the same time it will be transmitted by Nasa.
The event will also mark 50 years of Nasa, 45 years of the Deep Space Network and 50 years since the founding of Explorer 1, the first US satellite.
A Nasa spokesman said many of the senior scientists and engineers involved in the project were among The Beatles’ biggest fans.
Dr Barry Geldzahler, the network’s programme executive at Nasa Headquarters in Washington, said: “I’ve been a Beatles fan for 45 years - as long as the Deep Space Network has been around. What a joy, especially considering that Across the Universe is my personal favourite Beatles song.”
Some 200 students of Sekolah Menengah Sains Dungun probably felt they were in a real live ghost story. They are convinced they saw ghosts flying around the school on Sunday -- in the classrooms, the dormitories and the assembly hall.
With many of the girls at the co-educational boarding school in hysteria, classes for the 600 students of the school were cancelled for the rest of the day.
On Monday, the hysteria repeated itself so the school was closed, and remained so as of yesterday. Many of the students who live nearby have been taken home by their parents, but the out-of-state students had no choice but to remain in their dormitories.
School administrators and the state Education Department did not want to comment, but one of the parents, Mazlan Ariffin, said his daughter said she had seen ghosts flying around the classroom.
"My daughter kept telling me that she saw the figure of a woman wearing all white flying around her classroom before closing in on her. She said she felt a sudden chill just before the ghostly figure reached her, and she just screamed," he said.
A student named Wati said the incident began just after the weekly school assembly on Sunday morning, when a Form Two girl started screaming uncontrollably, seemingly in fear of something.
"Then other students started to scream and they had to be taken back to their rooms. I felt sick to my stomach and my head hurt so much that I probably passed out. I don't remember much of what happened after that," she said.
Another parent, who did not want to be named, said the second day was no better as more students were affected and once again classes had to be cancelled.
"The school told me to come and pick up my daughter. At first she refused to leave and scolded me for no reason. It was only when we were a few kilometres away from the school that she managed to recite the "dua kalimah shahadat" verse and felt fine all of a sudden," she said.
There have been no classes for four days, but the school is making efforts to bring the situation back to normal.
A former priest began a seven-year jail term Wednesday for murdering a young nun during an exorcism ritual when she was bound, chained to a cross and denied food and water for days.
Irina Cornici, 23, died from dehydration, exhaustion and suffocation during an ordeal that stunned Romania and prompted the Orthodox Church to promise reforms and psychological tests to screen potential clergy.
The former priest, Daniel Corogeanu, and four nuns were all convicted and sentenced in September but Corogeanu was freed pending an appeal, which he lost Tuesday. He was picked up by police in the remote northeast Wednesday and sent to jail.
Cornici, who had previously been treated for schizophrenia, had believed she heard the devil talking to her. Corogeanu and the four nuns decided to try an exorcism ritual in June 2005 using techniques that the Romanian Orthodox Church condemned as "abominable".
The church, which has benefited from a religious revival in recent years, defrocked Corogeanu and excommunicated the four nuns, who in September were handed five- and six-year jail terms.
When arrested Wednesday, Corogeanu said he would serve his term if that was God's will, the national news agency Rompres reported.
Corogeanu, a Romanian, dropped out halfway through training for the priesthood, but still served as a priest for the secluded Holy Trinity convent in northeast Romania because of a shortage of suitable candidates for convents and monasteries.
The city of Chilpancingo (state of Guerrero’s) La Cronica Vespertina newspaper reported the sighting of an unknown light that landed at Cerro Pie de Minas, emitting flashes for over 30 hours and causing alarm among the locals.
The event took place in the early morning hours of December 31, 2007 in the town of Mezcala, Guerrero. According to the news report from journalist Francisco Rangel, dated January 10, 2008, the phenomenon was observed by the entire town, cutting across all ages ranging from children to senior citizens and including mining engineers and laborers at the Los Filos gold mine.
Eyewitness accounts suggest that drivers halted their vehicles all the way to the Federal Highway in order to take a look at the intense light source that traveled across various parts of the locality at an estimated altitude of 300 meters. They describe a saucer-shaped craft that passed over the town square slowly and silently before landing on a hill known as Pie de Minas, where it emitted flashes for over 30 hours.
According to the newspaper story, witnesses to the phenomenon complained of eye irritation despite the fact that they saw it at a considerable distance. Not only that, but there is also talk of fluctuations in the level of electric power in spite of the fact that no voltage changes were detected at the electric substation belonging to the Comision Federal de Electricidad.
Many people took photos and videos with their cameras and cellphones, but their recordings were affected and distorted by an alleged magnetic force. They added that even the pictures taken with analog cameras were overexposed.
According to the newspaper article: “The object was seen by most of the population, ranging from small children to the elderly and entire families, seen at considerable distances by the luminosity that affected the eyes of many residents and the fact that the electric levels of all the homes dropped whenever the light’s intensity increased, ranging from a soft shade of light blue to a white and phosphorescent blue, acquiring yellow, orange and soft red tones....”
Many video recordings exist in spite of this, taken by people who managed to record it from their homes at a distance of 4 or 6 kilometers away. The footage shows a round light, whether white or light blue, with strange figures at its core that were described-- by those who peered at the object through binoculars – as something resembling a cat or a being with horns, causing the greatest degree of fear among the locals, rendering them unable to sleep for the two following nights. The sighting was not made known beyond the confines of the town until the first days of this week, although reports of alleged meteorite activity had been received from Amojileca and Xochipala on January 1st. Residents of Mezcala say that the inclement weather – strong, cold winds – could have been caused by the luminous UFO which appeared to have landed on the hill known as Pie de Mina in the wilderness known as “La V”, from where it was filmed by many locals with their diminutive Handycams and who were clearly afraid that something awful would happen, or that the vehicle’s crew would harm them.
Alfonso Ramirez Maya, 35, a farmer and board-layer, had a chance to film the UFO with his video camera and his daughter’s cell phone. He showed us the images taken, and those in which the light can be seen moving, but with deformations of the images on the cellphone. The white light resembles a balloon that changes shape, despite their best efforts at remaining steady. The images were obtained from their house on Calle Francisco Villa n/n, Colonia Cabeza de Culebra, 5 km from the sighting one kilometer distant from the Mexico City – Acapulco Federal Highway that passes through Mezcala.
Another person who had the opportunity to record a video was Jesus Santana Hernandez, who filmed the UFO as it flew over the community, but sent the video to Houston so that a relative could make it known through a local TV station, since some thought they could profit from selling the images. However, the majority of the locals who have the evidence are hesitant to disclose it, as they do not wish to earn themselves a poor reputation or be dismissed as lunatics.
However, they are all willing to discuss the experience after being told that an effort is underway to document the sighting, and even willing to accompany a research group to the site, as it is a rugged terrain filled with rattlesnakes and scorpions. Many of the people interviewed, among whom were serious individuals of all ages, youths and even children, offered interpretations of the story that agreed with one another's regarding the sighting of the light on the hill and its transit over the community of Mezcala, further agreeing with the fear and consternation they experienced for the 30-hour span in which the “flying saucer” was present.
Many residents of this community stated that there were several occasions in which some people tried to reach the place where the UFO touched down. In the night and evening of January first, when up to 20 or 30 pickup trucks laden with people tried to reach the sight were the light could be seen, the light simply went dark. There exists, however, the report of a group that came within fifty meters of the vessel described as a flying saucer, whose color was similar to that of brilliant, galvanized sheet metal, with a whitish or light blue light. These people brought with them video and still cameras, but their vehicles were left without power, with no electricity and stalled engines. Furthermore, camera batteries were inexplicably drained despite having been charged, and returned to normal operating conditions later on.
Bold youths who dared approach the UFO clearly heard two dry, metallic sounds emerging from the interior of the alleged craft. This spooked them into hiding under their pickup trucks and even made them weep like children, as they believed the occupants would emerge to seize them. This fear prompted them to flee the site as best they could, and they refuse to talk about it.
Closer images were obtained from videos taken from the slopes of Pie de Mina – one kilometer distant – where the object can be seen as larger, resembling a large white circle of encapsulated light. Symbols can be made out, and even the shape of a face drawn on a card by another witness, having the shape of a feline or a horned being that appears to be at the center of the light.
To many businessmen in downtown Mezcala, and food vendors who witnessed the phenomenon from the early hours of December 31, also saw the gathering of people who had set out to see the UFO phenomenon and who offered their versions about what it could be. There were many who recorded videos or took photos, but after the novelty wore off, they became disaffected after making the trip in groups of pickup trucks – accompanied by two local sheriffs – without finding anything. To calm the populace down, they said [the sighting ] had been caused by the clash of high voltage wires that entwined in the strong wind.
The owner of a budget store says that sales declined because people became frightened, and that Mezcala looked “like a ghost town” as many of its residents fled out of fear, believing that harm would befall them because the vehicle remained on the hillside, emitting powerful flashes skyward even in broad daylight. There are even those who say that another light above appeared to blink, as if communicating the one below. This made them fear the worst, and contributed to restless sleep for two nights.
There is much more evidence of the extraordinary event, known as a Close Encounter of the 2nd Kind (CE-2), a variety of eyewitness accounts from an entire community stricken with terror by the tremendous light that lit all of the nearby hills, and even caused the city’s own electric lights to dwindle, all of this amid strong winds and the cold nights of early 2008.
In order to reach the landing site of the luminous UFO, it is necessary to walk for several hours or reach the site on all-terrain vehicles, since there could be evidence of some sort to be found where the UFO remained for 30 hours, all the while flashing its lights.
It should be noted that the area has various mineral and metal deposits, such as uranium, cobalt, gold, silver and copper. A more thorough investigation of what appears to be a genuine UFO case must be performed, verifying if there were any traces left behind at Pie de Minas hill, in the “La V” wilderness of the community of Mezcala, Municipality of Zumpango del Rio, state of Guerrero. Other reports involving strange phenomena have been received from other municipalities early this year.