Nomoli Statues

The Nomoli Statues is the small figure of stone that has been found by local people when searching for diamonds in Sierra Leone, West Africa. This statues is the most unusual, outstanding and oldest Nomoli artifact. The age is estimated of 17.000 years. When it was found a certain noise was recognized when it was moved. A sculptor cut out one piece of the object. He discovered a hole and also a very small ball of metal. So where do those mysterious stone figures come from? Are they relics of a foreign and sunken culture? Did the unknown creator have had a profound purpose? Scientists, especially ethnologists, developed numerous theories about those figures. They do not have the same opinion because the origin and the purpose of the sculptures are unexplained.

Strange Nomoli Figures

Myth and legend of Western Africa says that in ancient times a people of angels lived in heaven. As a cause of bad behaviour God banned them from the divine empire. To punish the angels he transformed them into men and sends them to Earth. The Nomoli Statues are said to be a reminder of those once divine creatures. The faces of the Nomoli figures show typical characteristics: The statues are made of different sorts of stone, soft materials as well as hard granite. They have a very big nose like an eagle with nostrils, a big mouth, sometimes showing teeth and significant eyes. Their skulls are flat. The objects were about 40cm tall; their origin is unknown. The dating of the Nomoli still is a problem. According to the geological stratums in which they were found, they must be 2.500 to 17.000 years old. The figures that laid in deeper stratums were raw and simple made. The sculptures have various poses and expression. The majority are human figures, some riding on horses, most of them sitting with crossed legs or on their knees. Some put their faces in their hands. Sometimes the figures have weapons or a shield.

The natives often call the figures “men in stone”. But some see them as guardian god and god who brings luck and they put them on their fields to guard and increase the harvest. Some native tribes like the Mande and Kissi in Guinea put such statues of Nomolis on their fields. So a “vegetation cult” developed that is seen in connection with death. They put the stones on their fields and made them sacrifices if the harvest was rich. If harvest was bad the Nomoli have been punished ritually and whipped.

Angelo Pitoni, an Italian geologist, deals with the Nomoli statues. He took some organic samples from the places the figures where found. To define the age different materials have been taken, e.g. founds made of wood (a stick that was found in a depth of 10 meters). Prof. Giorgio Belluomini from University of Rome also examined the artifact and estimated its age of 400 to 500 years. In 1992 the object was analysed three times and the C-14-dating showed an age of 2470 years, +/- 50 years. Until that day one thought that the only civilization in Western Africa was the so-called Afro-Portuguese civilization, about 400 years old. But the Nomoli objects do not fit this conception.

Also there is some mysterious stones that are connected with the strange Nomoli figures called the “Sky Stones”. They were also found in Sierra Leone in a great quantity. Based on local legend, it says that the part of the sky the Nomoli lived in, turned into stone. Then it split and fell down on earth in huge pieces of rock. The stars that were in this part of the sky have also been destroyed and rests came to earth. Sparkling rests of those stars are the diamonds.

Natives showed excavation-places where in a depth of 40 m to 40 cm numerous blue stones were found. They had different sizes. Their colour, similar to Cobalt, some pieces have been analysed in different laboratories in the whole world. The results based on analysis made by the Institute for Precious Stones of the Museum of Natural History have been astonishing: It showed that the stones were made artificially, the pulverised samples consist of 77% oxygen, 20% carbon and lime, silicon and traces of iridium. However, there is no iridium on Earth, unless it was brought in from space by a meteorite.

Unsolved Mysteries: “An Exhibition of Unsolved Mysteries and Enigmatic Findings in the History of Humanity” by Reinhard Habeck, Dr. Willibald Katzinger and listed authors;

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Warminster UFO Mystery

Among the numerous ‘UFO phenomena’ or ‘poltergeist-type phenomena’ reported from Warminster on Christmas Day after 6 a.m., when a young married couple claim that they were awakened by the frantic barking and whimpering of their dog in the garden outside. Josie, their daughter, went to investigate, and found the dog lying in a corner of the woodshed, trembling and whimpering. Just as Josie was about to re-enter the house she experienced, as it were from the air right overhead, the terrifying ‘whining, crackling, rasping, droning, shattering phenomenon’ which later became known throughout the world as ‘the Warminster Thing’ or 'The Thing'.

Map of Warminster

At around the same period there also occurred a case in which a flock of pigeons allegedly fell dead near Warminster, struck down by this mysterious force, “rigor mortis” supervening in the bodies almost at once. The same informant claimed that on yet another occasion large numbers of dead field mice had been found on the ground just after the passage overhead of ‘The Thing’, their bodies riddled with tiny holes.

Other such "sonic attacks" which occurred at around the same time in different locations around the town were later reported. Perhaps the strangest was that witnessed at 6.12am that morning by Mrs Marjorie Bye, who was walking to the Holy Communion service at Christ Church in Warminster. As she approached the church the air about her filled with strange sounds that she found disturbing, and made her feel weak and unable to move. These unidentified noises continued on an ad-hoc basis until at least June 1966. Roughly nine cases are described in The Warminster Mystery in which the only unusual phenomena are noises. Over the course of time this "noise" phenomenon receded and the visual phenomenon took its place to become the most important element of the Warminster phenomenon; the Warminster Thing became a UFO.

Arthur Shuttlewood at the time was the features editor on the local weekly newspaper, The Warminster Journal. He reported in his book The Warminster Mystery: "The air was brazenly filled with a menacing sound. Sudden vibrations came overhead, chilling in intensity. They tore the quiet atmosphere to raucous rags and descended upon her savagely. Shockwaves pounded at her head, neck and shoulders." By June 1965, strange objects were being seen in the skies around the town. Shuttlewood soon became the voice and champion of The Warminster mystery. Sightings of "The thing" continued, but, by the early 1970s, they were beginning to decline. Cradle Hill became the centre of skywatching activities, but Starr Hill and Cley Hill were also popular with skywatchers.

Warminster's reputation as a UFO hotspot diminished towards the end of the 1970s, although UFOs do continue to be reported in the area. However in the 1980s the growth of the crop circle phenomena in Wiltshire rekindled interest in Warminster's UFO connection.

Mysterious Visitors: “The UFO Story” by Brinsley Le Poer Trench;;

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The Dropa Stones

There have been many unusual and puzzling artifacts that have been unearthed, or otherwise discovered, that do not fit into conventional theories of our geologic and historical past, one of them is the Dropa Stones. The “stones” were found buried beneath millennia of dust in 1938 on an archeological expedition led by Dr. Chi Pu Tei in caves in the Baian-Kara-Ula mountains on the border that divides China and Tibet. Chi Pu Tei, a professor of archaeology at Beijing University, was leading some his students on an expedition to survey a series of interlinking caves in the Himalayan mountains. According to one account, the caves may have been artificially carved, and were more like a complex system of tunnels and underground storerooms. The walls were squared and glazed, as if cut into the mountain with a source of extreme heat.

Dropa Stones

Inside the caves they found several ancient, and neatly arranged burial sites, and in them the skeletal remains of a strange creatures. The skeletons had abnormally big heads, with small, thin, fragile bodies. A member of the team suggested that these might be the remains of an unknown species of mountain gorilla.

There were no epitaphs at the graves, but instead numbering several hundred stones in all were found, each disk measured about nine inches in diameter having 3/4 inch wide holes in their centers, and spiral grooves etched into the surface, like an ancient phonograph record. On the walls were carved pictures of the rising sun, moon, stars, the land, mountains, and lines of pea-sized dots connecting the earth with the sky. The cave drawings had been determined to be about 12,000 years old and the artifacts found with the stone disks have been dated to about 10,000 to 12,000 years old.

Small hieroglyphics were found in the grooves that, when translated, tell of an extraordinary story of extraterrestrials, who called themselves the Dropa, who had crash-landed in the mountains of China. Reports indicate that, in some of the caves, along with the disks, were discovered the remains of the Dropa, or their descendents, and that they may have, in fact, been Chinese.

Mystery of America: Book 1 “Enigmatic Mysteries and Anomalous Artifacts of North America – A Connection to The Ancient Past” by Tédd St. Rain;;

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Uyghur Civilization

At the time of Rama and Atlantis many ancient cities are said to have existed in the Uyghur civilization of the Gobi Desert. Though the Gobi is now a parched land-licked desert, these cities were ocean ports thousands of years ago. Advanced flying devices are said to have been in use in the Uyghur area, and perhaps the craft was an ancient Vimana coming from a still active city using Uyghur technology that exists in Northern Tibet or the Gobi Desert. In the 1930’s the famous Russian explorer Nicholas Roerich reported seeing a flying disc over northern Tibet. Significantly, it is claimed that the Elders of Lemuria or the “Ancient Ones”, also known as the “Thirteenth School,” moved their headquarters prior to the cataclysm from the Gobi Desert to the uninhabited plateau of Central Asia that we now call Tibet.

The great Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu, (604 B.C.), talked frequently of “Ancient Masters” and their profound wisdom. When he finally left China, near the close of his very long life, he journeyed to the west to the legendary land of Hsi Wang Mu. According to the ancient chinese, this was the headquarters of the Ancient Ones. Hsi Wang Mu is a member of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Xian, who were once worshipped as gods in Ancient China. Not much is known about the Xian, but it believed they once lived on Earth as human beings and were ancestors of the ruling families of China, Korea and Indochina. Hsi Wang Mu is also adept in tapping and manipulating mystical energies, but to an unknown extent. She can cast spells, creating and altering spells regarding the longevity spells of the peaches of immortality. In ancient times, she was capable of creating disease and plague and conjuring illness in mortals. However the full range of Hsi Wang Mu's mystical power is unrevealed.

Very early Tibetan legend speaks of a former glorious civilization on earth when all people had telepathic abilities. People in this age, before the so-called “Fall of Man,” were people with an amazing ability to utilize their “light bodies” at will. Here they supposedly established a library and school known as “The Great White Brotherhood.” Regardless of local language, this highly advanced race of humans could convey their thoughts telepathically, travel in the astral, see by clairvoyance and levitate themselves or heavy objects. One version of the Fall of Man describing people abusing these occult powers and using them for self-interest, rather than the development of humankind as a whole. The universal capacity of telepathy was lost (represented in the Bible as the Tower of Babel), and humans were thrust back into dense third-dimensional bodies. While Tibetan Lamas never forgot these ancient human abilities, they kept to themselves in isolated development throughout the ages. It was not until the recent Chinese occupancy that these remarkable human abilities became known to the Western world, and then only gradually.

Potala Palace in Tibet

Although no one is allowed entry, it is reported that deep inside the Potala mountain there is a labyrinth of hidden caves and corridors. This subterranean system of passageways is dominated by a huge cave with several passages radiating from it, including one that ends at a sacred lake. The lake contains several islands that were once used for initiating lamas. The lake flows into an underground river, which empties into the River Tsang-po some 40 miles (65 km) away. The subterranean chambers under the Potala are said to contain all the jewels and treasures of Tibet, along with a gigantic golden statue of the Buddha.

One of the most curious underground rooms is the Temple of Secret Wisdom, containing bodies of a giant race of people unknown to modern archaeologists. The mountain and caves are believed to have originated before the planet’s last polar shift, a time when Tibet was a country at sea level. The plates shifted, new continents formed and Tibet rose as the Himalayas thrust the northern land skyward. Successive monasteries were built and rebuilt upon the same mountain, that very same mountain which is a treasure-trove of secret passageways and ancient esoteric knowledge from the very early days. Could this mysterious giant race is the Ancient Ones or Hsi Wang Mu?

Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol. 01 Nov/Dec 1994: “Top 10 Ancient Civilizations With Advanced Technology” by David Hatcher Childress;
Sacred Places Around the World: 108 Destinations by Brad Olsen;;

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Kilstuitheen The Phantom Island

For several centuries, mysterious islands were reportedly appearing and disappearing along the west and north of Ireland. The witnesses claimed, these were more than just mirages. According to the Irish folklore of County Clare, beside Hy Brasil, there is another mysterious island called Kilstiffin, Kilstapheen, or Kilstuitheen with a city of great riches, sank beneath the waves after the defeat of its king in battle. It now reportedly that the sunken church and city, of which the golden dome appears off the Clare coast once every seven years. County Clare is located in the province of Munster, Ireland. There was a Neolithic civilization in the Clare area — the name of the peoples is unknown, but the Prehistoric peoples left evidence behind in the form of ancient dolmen; single-chamber megalithic tombs, usually consisting of three or more upright stones. The remains of the people inside the tomb have been excavated and dated to 3800 BC.

The purported resting place of Conan Maol

ased on the Kilstuitheen legend, there is a key, hidden somewhere in Ireland, which will raise the island from its grave. Those who have witnessed the island’s appearances have described seeing churches, towers, a monastery, and on one occasion horsemen.

One of the purported location for the key was beneath a megalithic monument on Mount Callan in County Clare. Widely believed to the tomb of the ancient warrior Conan Maol, the monument’s cryptic ogham inscriptions had caused great debate amongst academics at the turn of the 18th century; and many travelled to Clare to study the tomb and its markings first hand. But the arrival of Mr. Burton in 1765 aroused great suspicion amongst the local people: they believed he was searching for the key to Kilstuitheen. If that was Burton’s goal there is no record of his find, and when the monument was removed in 1850, an excavation uncovered only bone and iron.

Paranormal Magazine Issue 53, November 2010: “The Vanising Islands” written by Shane Cochrane page 34;

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Mysterious Cattle Mutilations

Cattle and animal mutilations have been reported since ancient times, when Roman farmers spoke of demons that attacked their livestock. In more recent times, there have been sporadic outbreaks of strange attacks. Their alleged link to UFOs have been one of the more surreal aspects of ufology for over 130 years. In 1874 mysterious sheep slaughters were reported in Ireland and in England from 1904 through 1906 and in 1910; another rash of cattle mutilations took place in Kansas and in Pennsylvania in 1967, and from 1975 through 1976 yet another outbreak of cattle mutilations occurred in fourteen states in the Midwest and the West: Montana, Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi, Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, South Dakota, and North Dakota. In the 1980s a third outbreak occurred in Colorado, and in the early 1990s some southern states were affected; strange attacks on livestock and domestic animals occurred in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador from 1995 through 1996; from april to july 2002 cattle mutilations also reported in Argentina.

Explanations offered for the strange slaughters vary. In Latin American cultures, the killings are blamed on an unidentified creature called a Chupacabra, Spanish for “goat sucker.” In the United States, however, the dominant view has been that intelligent beings are behind animal mutilations. This idea gained prominence in the late 1960s and the 1970s. During this period, by some estimates, more than ten thousand oddly butchered carcasses were discovered across the western half of the country.

The famous case occured in September 1967, a woman in Alamosa County, Colorado, found her pony dead in a field with pieces of its flesh sliced away, its internal organs removed, and its body drained of blood. The Associated Press carried an item that told of the possible role of UFOs in the killing of Snippy, a three-year-old gelding. There was no blood on the ground and no footprints nearby, even the pony’s. (Its tracks ended approximately 100 feet [30.5m] away.) The carcass was discovered about a quarter of a mile from the ranch house of Harry King in the desolate mountain country near Alamosa, Colorado. King notified the horse’s owners, Mr. and Mrs. Burl Lewis, who were disturbed by the condition of the carcass, which suggested that something out of the ordinary had been responsible for their horse’s demise.

A pathologist admitted bewilderment when he found the horse’s abdominal, brain, and spinal cavities to be empty. All flesh had been stripped from the horse’s head and neck, but the rest of the animal was untouched except for the openings left by the mysterious surgery. Because of the sharpness of the incision, the medical examiner thought that it had been cauterized by a laser beam, even though no laser technology existed in 1967 that could have made the cut. Although the carcass had lain exposed for several days, it was not unduly decomposed, nor had it begun to smell. Even more unusual is the fact that no predators, vultures, or buzzards had approached the carcass. However, on the ground nearby were fifteen circular marks, as though something had scorched the brush. King’s mother claimed that a “large object” had passed over the ranch on the night of the mutilation.

UFO investigators stated that they had noted a high radiation count around Snippy’s remains and reported finding areas where the chico brush had been squashed to within 10 inches of the ground. Fifteen circular exhaust marks were found 100 yards from the carcass of the horse. Six identical holes, each two inches wide and four inches deep, were found in a nearby area. In addition, the investigators said that they found the imprint of a circle 75 feet in diameter, and a number of smaller areas where the chico brush had been flattened in circles 15 feet in diameter.

Since UFOs had recently been reported in the area, many people assumed that the scorch marks had been caused by the landing of an alien spaceship. A few weeks later, eight more animals, both horses and cows, were found mutilated in the same area in much the same way, sometimes only a few hours after ranchers had checked on them. Journalist Linda Howe produced a documentary and a book linking cattle mutilations to UFOs. According to Howe’s research, mutilations have been reported dating back to the 1700s, implying that this is not a new phenomenon. Howe’s evidence for extraterrestrial involvement seemed to keep mounting.

New Mexico State Police Officer Gabe Valdez, who coordinated an interstate investigation of livestock mutilations in the 1970s, examines a mutilated cow carcass.

In late 1973 farmers in Kansas and Minnesota began reporting deaths of cattle under apparently mysterious circumstances. Certain factors were found common to all mutilations: There seemed to be no visible cause of death; soft body parts had, it was claimed, been removed with surgical precision; the cattle were systematically drained of blood, often through small holes punched in their jugular vein; internal organs— especially sex organs—seemed to have been cut away; evidence of residual radiation or tranquilizing chemicals (it was claimed) were discovered; some animals were found with broken legs and backs pushed into the ground, as if they had been dropped from above; there were no footprints near the carcasses; and, finally, UFO sightings were common in the areas where the mutilations occurred. Various earthly interpretations have been put forward to explain the phenomena. A veterinary lab at Colorado State University insisted the deaths were the work of animal predators.

In December 1973 a group of sheriffs met and decided, from essentially no evidence, that the deaths were probably the work of “cultists.” Other law-enforcement officials were more skeptical, and the Kansas State University Veterinary Hospital proved that the animals had died of blackleg, a bacterial disease. Nevertheless, many rural people had come to believe that “Satanists” had sacrificed the cattle, and this rumor persisted.

In 1975 Donald Flickinger, an agent for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, was assigned to investigate reports of a nationwide Satanist network engaged in animal and human sacrifice. He could find no supporting evidence. Furthermore, because of the large number of mutilation reports—1,500 cattle in 22 states —it was physically impossible for cultists to have accomplished the feat.

Few years later another case occured in Texas, a rancher in Waco, claimed that he saw two four-foot-high creatures while searching for his missing cow. The creatures were described as having egg-shaped heads, no hair or nose, with eyes angled upward. He asserted they carried the cow between them. Other “evidence” came from a woman named Judy Doraty, who, under hypnosis, reported memories of an abduction. While driving with family members, she saw a craft beaming down a light. After pulling over and exiting the car, she saw a calf being drawn toward the light. Then she was pulled into the craft. The occupants then asserted she wasn’t supposed to be there. They told her that they were trying to fix a pollution problem caused by humans, in which nuclear testing or wastes caused a chemical composition change. This pollution had gone from the water to plants and animals, and people would die if nothing was done. So the aliens were studying the reproduction system of the animals to determine the extent of the contamination. After they were done examining the cow, they dropped it to the ground. Then the aliens abducted her daughter and examined her, taking tissue scrapings from her mouth before putting her and her mother back in the car. No one else in the car remembered the encounter. Ufologists have speculated that the aliens, since humans eat cows, were studying them to figure out how manmade radiation is affecting humans.

In 1981 a high-school biology teacher, Iona Hoeppner, came across the carcass of a mutilated calf in Weld County, Colorado. Hoeppner took several samples from the carcass, as well as of the ground around it. Shortly thereafter, most of these samples were stolen from her laboratory, and since by this time government officials were aware of the carcass, some people suspected that the U.S. government was responsible for the theft. However, the thieves had missed two samples: a piece of hide that included an area of incision and a bit of fluid collected from the ground. When Hoeppner examined the fluid, she discovered that it had chemical properties she could not identify, though she could tell that it had the ability to kill germs (and therefore to sterilize wounds and surgical instruments). Hoeppner then considered the incision on the hide and found that, unlike an incision made with a knife, scalpel, or laser, the incision did not cut through the animal’s cells but instead separated the tissue in between each cell, as though pulling them apart. Hoeppner concluded that only someone with access to highly advanced technology could have accomplished this.

Reports from Argentina in July 2002 stated that beginning with the first detected mutilation in April, more than 200 cattle had been found with their blood drained, their tongues, organs, flesh, and skin removed by angular, nearly curved, cuts. Although the official explanation centered on a carnivorous mouse, no one, from ranchers and veterinarians to biologists specializing in rodents have ever seen mice feed upon cow carcasses. Crews from UFOs were most often named by ranchers as the most likely mutilators of their cattle herds.

In some of these cases, as with the Colorado pony mutilation, some people had reported spotting UFOs in areas where mutilated cattle were later found. In other cases, however, particularly when the carcasses appeared near military bases and installations, people said they had seen mysterious black helicopters hovering nearby. These helicopters had no identifying markings, but after one such sighting in Colorado, a rancher found a bag with surgical tools that he felt resembled bags issued by government agencies. Though this was never proven, his discovery fueled suspicions that the U.S. government was somehow involved in cattle mutilations.

Speculations concerning secret intelligence operations came out of Vietnam-and Watergate-era fears that the U.S. government could be counted on to be up to no good — which was not the logical conclusion from an abundance of evidence. In fact, the only arguably suggestive physical evidence consisted of a curious, if ultimately inconclusive, discovery made in Lincoln County, Colorado, in 1975. A rancher found a blue satchel — assumed to be government issue — near his mailbox. Inside the satchel he discovered plastic artificial insemination gloves, a bloody scalpel, a cow’s ear, and part of a tongue. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation unsuccessfully checked for fingerprints, and area law-enforcement officers were unable to connect the animal parts with any cattle-mutilation reports known to them.

By the late 1980s this idea had merged with the notion that aliens were mutilating cattle, creating two new theories: that the government and the aliens were working together on experiments involving cattle, or that the aliens were being allowed to remove the animals’ organs in exchange for providing the government with certain goods, medicines, or technologies. By this time, the media had reported on several instances in which people claimed to have been abducted by aliens who then subjected them to odd medical tests. For believers in alien abductions, it was not too far-fetched to imagine aliens conducting experiments on animals as well. Popularizing this theory was a 1980 “documentary” called Strange Harvest, which laid the blame for cattle mutilations squarely on alien invaders.

However skeptics argue that there would be no need for aliens and/or the U.S. government to mutilate privately owned cattle since the government has the ability to buy all of the cattle it wants. Skeptics reject the notion that a mysterious government agency has been conducting biological and chemical tests on the animals in any case. Instead, skeptics insist that there are only two possible explanations for cattle mutilations: some of the cattle, they say, were killed by Satanists and/or cultist as part of some religious ritual; the rest died of disease or were killed by predators. Indeed, this was the finding of a 1979–1980 investigation into cattle mutilations that was launched by the state of New Mexico (with the help of federal funding and with the cooperation of nearby states) into cattle mutilations throughout the American West. Investigators concluded that, except for a few instances in which evidence pointed to Satanists and/or cultists, the majority of the mutilations could be attributed to predators, insects, and/or birds.

As to the sudden death of seemingly healthy cattle, the surgical precision of the animals’ wounds, and the fact that only certain organs were removed, skeptics say that natural processes can cause all of these phenomena. A cow with a disease known as lactic acidosis, for example, often shows no symptoms before it dies, and blowflies and other insects, as well as scavengers and predators, usually target the softest parts of a carcass (the very organs missing from mutilated cattle) and any blood left in the dead animal. Skeptics also contend that the teeth of scavengers and predators can produce cuts that seem as precise as those of a surgical instrument. Believers passionately disagree with such explanations, and arguments over the cause of cattle mutilations continue, as do the mutilations themselves.

The Gale Encyclopedia of the Unusual and Unexplained Volume 3 by Brad Steiger and Sherry Hansen Steiger;
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia D. Netzley;
UFOs and Popular Culture: “An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Myth” by James R. Lewis;
Unexplained: "Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurences & Puzzling Physical Phenomena" by Jerome Clark

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James Dean's Cursed Car

If houses are haunted by their occupants, can dead drivers haunt the cars they died in? Maybe as we’ll see in this case of the seemingly cursed. The car in question belonged to James Dean – who is still a hollywood icon more than forty years after his untimely death. Even though he starred in only three movies, Dean has become the object of cult worship. James Dean (1931-1955), the legendary Hollywood movie star, died in a fatal car crash in September 1955. For most of the summer preceding his death, he was on the set of the movie Giant just outside Marfa, Texas. After returning to Los Angeles, Dean bought a silver-gray 1955 Porsche Spyder. Dean loved the car and nicknamed it "Little Bastard," but many of his friends were leery of it. For some reason, it made them feel uneasy. Driving the car on the way to the races at Salinas, California, Dean collided head-on with another car, which had paused while making a left-hand turn. Dean was killed instantly. Soon, a legend grew that the mangled remains of Dean's car were cursed.

James Dean was born on February 8, 1931, at the Seven Gables apartment house in Marion, Indiana, to Winton Dean and Mildred Wilson. Six years after his father had left farming to become a dental technician, James and his family moved to Santa Monica, California. The family spent several years there, and by all accounts young Dean was very close to his mother. According to Michael DeAngelis, she was "the only person capable of understanding him".

When Dean got the part in East of Eden, he bought himself a red race-prepared MG TD and, shortly afterwards, a white Ford Country Squire Woodie station wagon. Dean upgraded his MG to a 1954 Porsche 356 Speedster, which he raced. Dean came in second in the Palm Springs Road Races in March 1955 after a driver was disqualified; he came in third in May 1955 at Bakersfield and was running fourth at the Santa Monica Road Races later that month until he retired with an engine failure.

During filming of ‘Rebel Without a Cause”, Dean traded in the 356 Speedster for one of only 90 Porsche 550 Spyders. He was contractually barred from racing during the filming of “Giant”, but with that out of the way, he was free to compete again. The Porsche was in fact a stopgap for Dean, as delivery of a superior Lotus Mk. X was delayed and he needed a car to compete at the races in Salinas, California. After that Dean asked custom car painter and pin striper Dean Jeffries to paint “Little Bastard” word on the car. When Dean introduced himself to actor Alec Guinness outside the Villa Capri restaurant in Hollywood, he asked him to take a look at the Spyder. Guinness thought the car appeared 'sinister' and told Dean: "If you get in that car, you will be found dead in it by this time next week." This encounter took place on September 23, 1955, seven days before Dean's death.

While still on the set of his last movie “Giant”, Dean filmed a cautionary public service announcement, he was said: “You know, i used to fly around quite a bit on the highways. I took unnecessary chances, but now when i drive, i’m extra cautious. I don’t have the urge to speed so take it easy when you drive. The life you save might be mine.” Shortly after speaking these words of wisdom, on September 1955. Dean jumped into his New Porsche 550 Spyder and hit the highway at 85 mph en route to the Salinas Car Races, Dean was stopped for a speeding citation, then sped on – and at 5:50 PM, he crashed into a Ford driven by one Donald Turnupseed. Donald was only slightly hurt; Dean's passenger, Rolf Wuetherich, was thrown from the vehicle and badly injured. The 24-year-old Dean fulfilled the many premonitions of early death he had voiced to friends. Not only had Dean predicted his death in real life, but in “Rebel Without a Cause”, he spoke these immortal words: “You know something? I never figured i’d live to see eighteen.”

Meanwhile, the vehicle of his death was carying its own doom laden legend. When car buff George Barris purchased the crumpled wreck, it promptly slipped from its tow truck and broke a mechanic’s leg. Barris then sold the Porsche’s engine to Troy McHenry, a physician, for his race car, and William F. Eschrid, another doctor, bought the drive shaft. Both raced with cars using the parts from Dean's car for the first time at Pomona, California, on October 1, 1956. McHenry spun out of control, hit a tree, and was killed. Eschrid flipped his car on a curve and was seriously hurt.

The jinx continued when another race car got two of the porsche’s tires. This driver actually did die when the tires blew out simultaneously. And when the cursed car’s crumpled frame was sent on display to promote highway safety, it broke its mountings and injured a teen’s hip. Another fatality occured in a multi-car pile up while the derelict Porsche was being loaded onto its tour truck. The same truck then suffered unexplained brake loss, swerved out of control, and slammed into a storefront.

Subsequently, two young would-be thieves were injured while attempting to steal parts from the car. When one tried to steal the steering wheel from the Porsche, his arm was ripped open on a piece of jagged metal. Later, another man was injured while trying to steal the bloodstained front seat. This would be the final straw for Barris, who decided to store "Little Bastard" away, but he was quickly persuaded by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to lend the wrecked car to a highway safety exhibit. Nearly a million tickets were sold when the wreck was put on ghoulish exhibit in a carnival. Pieces of the twisted, bloodstained hulk were pried off as macabre souvenirs, until the remains abruptly fell apart into eleven pieces. Then, somehow during the return train trip to Hollywood, the eleven pieces of James Dean’s death car mysteriously vanished. The cursed car and dead driver were both gone now.

Some people believe that certain objects can become cursed if they're involved in tragedy or violence. Was the wreckage of Little Bastard, an inanimate object, haunting others with just such a curse? Until it's found, we'll never know.

The Big Book of The Unexplained by Dough Moench;
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ghosts and Hauntings by Tom Ogden;

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La Llorona The Crying Woman

The timeless legend of La Llorona (the Crying Woman or the Weeping Woman), originated in South America and traveled to the American southwest via Mexico. La Llorona is always said to be tall and thin, with long dark hair and a flowing white gown. There are numerous stories of La Llorona, the ghost of a weeping woman who searches each night for her children, usually near a river. According to some of these stories, she drowned her children after her lover told her he did not want a family, then became horrified over what she had done and killed herself and now eternally sobs as she searches for them along creeks and rivers. La Llorona is also a prominent figure in Taos and Taos Pueblo, Guadalupta, and Colfax, a ghost town near Cimarron, New Mexico. In fact, the California Milk Advisory Board sometimes runs a “got milk?”ad that features La Llorona.

The most famous version is probably the Mexican one: Long ago, a beautiful Indian princess, Doña Luisa de Loveros, fell in love with a handsome Mexican nobleman named Don Nuno de Montesclaros. The princess loved the nobleman deeply and had two children by him, but Montesclaros refused to marry her and married another woman, Doña Luisa went mad with rage and stabbed her two children. Authorities found her wandering the street, sobbing, her clothes covered in blood. They charged her with infanticide and sent her to the gallows. She then dies and becomes a spirit. Ever since, it is said, the ghost of La Llorona walks the country at night in her bloody dress, crying out for her murdered children. If she finds any child, she’s likely to carry it away with her to the nether regions, where her own spirit dwells.Sometimes she is said to be hitchhiking along a road, and after an unsuspecting driver picks up the weeping woman, she suddenly disappears from the car.

In Santa Fe, the skeletally thin wailing woman has been repeatedly sighted in and around the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) building. The five-story structure, near a tributary of the Rio Grande, is built over an old Spanish graveyard. The two bottom floors are underground, deep in the graveyard. Employees report hearing sobbing echoes through the corridors and sometimes feel unseen hands push them on the stairs. Many locals refuse to go anywhere near the building.

The finer details vary, but while the Weeping Woman is most often thought of as a tragic figure, she is also portrayed by parents of disobedient children who will come for them if they don’t behave. Some believe that those who hear the wails of La Llorona are marked for death, similar to the Gaelic banshee legend. She is said to cry "Ay, mis hijos!" which translates to "Oh, my children!"

Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: “Ghostly Locales from Around The World” compiled and edited by Jeff Belanger;
The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia D. Netzley;
The Supernatural Book of Monsters, Demons, Spirits and Ghouls by Alex Irvine;

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