The Area 51 Roswell Incident

The Area 51 Roswell Incident

The world has always wondered about the existence of beings from other planets or other dimensions. This nagging question about aliens visiting our planet in secret or UFOs being spotted all over our airspace continues to pile with no clear answers anywhere in sight.

It seems like the more we dig about it, the more confusing it gets. While many inquisitive minds run after the truth, countless of government and affiliated private agencies work tirelessly to conceal the truth.

So what happened in Roswell back in the stormy night of July 4th, 1947?

Will we ever get the truth about the Area 51 Roswell incident?

Why do world governments spend so much time and state resources trying so hard to hide the truth from us?

Is it to protect us?

Is it for their own selfish benefits?

No one knows yet…but the Roswell incident is only one of the many UFO stories that the US government has never really succeeded in sweeping under the carpet.

There were just too many witnesses to control or muffle without directly breaking the law…

New Mexico Wakes Up to New Neighbors From The Sky

The first people to visit the Roswell UFO crash site were a rancher called Mack Brazel and a young boy belonging to the Proctor family.

The two were in the fields checking up on sheep after a stormy night to ensure that the sheep were okay.

Factual historic accounts say that once Mack and the boy got to the field, they came across debris from an unknown craft that had crashed in the open fields that previous night.

According to Mack, the thing was like nothing he’d seen before; a shiny but extremely light metallic foil like material that could not be broken or remain bent or even show signs of creasing no matter how much Mack folded it.

He decided to carry some of the debris home and immediately shared his discovery with the Proctors.

Soon after inspecting the pieces from the strange craft, the Proctors were convinced that Mack had found a UFO (alien spacecraft) since there were numerous cases/rumors of UFO sightings in the Roswell area for some time.

Roswell, New Mexico: June 1941
Roswell, New Mexico: June 1941

They then asked him to report the matter to the county sheriff in Chaves, George Wilcox which he did two days later.

Wilcox then called Maj. Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer in the 509th Bomb Group who was stationed at RAAF (Roswell Army Air Field – now known as the Walker Air Force Base) at the time to discuss this mysterious phenomenon with him and that’s when everything started growing dark and confusing.

That was the beginning of the gradual cover up by the government.

Two well-known UFO researchers, Kevin Randle and Don Schmitt reported that their research had shown a possibility that military radar had picked up this unidentified flying object before it went down.

These two UFO enthusiasts wrote in their book titled A History of UFO Crashes that two more eyewitnesses, William Woody and his dad had seen the strange craft as it crashed some 40 miles northwest of Roswell.

In the book, Woody is quoted talking of a dazzling object plummeting to the ground as he and his dad watched.

Randle and Schmitt continued to point out that the crash site was totally closed to the public for a couple of days as the military worked quickly to clear the wreckage.

Nobody was allowed to go near the crash site during this time… and that can be confirmed by Woody’s recorded claim that the military personnel present at the site barred him and his dad from gaining access to the area when they both went out looking for the strange object from the night before.

So what solid evidence supports the validity of the Roswell incident?

The Unearthly Debris

This is the first piece of evidence that aliens live secretly among us and that one of the ships went down in Roswell that fateful night of 4th July, 1947 despite efforts from the government to keep this story under tight wraps.

After the heads up from Wilcox, Marcel was ordered by Col. William Blanchard, the commanding officer of the 509th to go investigate the crash site together with Capt. Sheridan Cavitt (a senior CIC –Counter Intelligence Corps – agent) and Brazel.

The first stop for these three was Brazel’s home where Marcel inspected one of the large pieces of debris that Brazel had dragged home.

When they got to the field the next morning on the Monday of 7th July 1947, Marcel noted that the debris covered an area approximately three-quarters of a mile and a couple of hundred feet wide.

The Unearthly Debris

Marcel later said that the debris was strewn all over the place and it looked like the spacecraft had exploded in the air before crashing down to the ground.

Marcel who had even been to the White Sands Testing Grounds and a witness to numerous secret government projects is quoted saying, “I have seen rockets, both experimental and weather balloons, but I have never seen anything like this!”

He was referring the small pieces of indestructible tinfoil debris and some structures that resembled I-beams that he could neither break nor bend despite their startling weightlessness.

He also noticed strange markings on the I-beams that he could not comprehend. Marcel’s story was confirmed by Dr. John Watkins who interviewed a hypnotized Marcel in May, 1990.

Blanchard is also on record saying that the materials recovered from the Roswell crash site was not something he’d ever seen or heard of before.

The Case of Mysterious Bodies

This is where a bit of confusion and a big blur come into the story. None of the previous witnesses ever talked of encountering any bodies.

In fact, there were no mentions of any bodies on the crash site until an incident with a young mortician, Glenn Dennis, from Ballard Funeral Home, made one curious call from the morgue at the army base making a very unusual request; to be supplied with air-tight coffins.

One strange thing that happened to Dennis during this time was being kicked out of the army base hospital after he went there for a friendly visit with one of the nurses.

He also chanced to see pieces of the spacecraft’s wreckage which had more strange markings peeking from the back of one laden military ambulance.

When Dennis met the nurse the following day, she drew him pictures of the creatures she’d seen and that was the last time Dennis saw her.

Rumors say that she was transferred to England but who knows…?

Her whereabouts have remained a mystery since then!

The Press Release

Blanchard was really throwing a lot of orders around and one Walter Haut would soon find himself at the receiving end of one.

Being RAAF’s public information officer, he was ordered by Blanchard to write a press release on the discovery of the UFO.

Blanchard was in a hurry to get credit for the UFO’s discovery and he forgot to ask his superiors, a decision that came back to haunt him a few days later.

The finished press release had been given to 2 radio stations and the two local newspapers in Roswell.

The heading read: “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region”.

This was the beginning of the government cover up.

The Government Gets Involved Through the Army HQ

When Blanchard sent Marcel to Carswell Air Force Base (formerly Fort Worth Army Air Field), to report to a Brig. Gen. Roger M. Ramey (8th Air Force commanding officer), he carried a piece of debris from the crash site to show to Ramey.

This is where the strange became stranger…upon his request to be shown the exact crash site on the map, Ramey and Marcel stepped out of his office to the map room so that Marcel could show him where the aliens had crashed.

When they returned to Ramey’s office, the piece of UFO material brought by Marcel was gone and in its place was a weather balloon!

And thus the cover story began.

The press release was quickly cancelled and Haut was sent to retrieve the copies he’d given to the newspapers and the radio stations and instead give them this new story about the debris being out of a weather balloon, and not from a UFO as earlier reported.

A cleanup crew was then dispatched to the site and just like that, all evidence was gone!

Broadcasters Walt Whitmore and Judd Roberts who hoped to see the debris before it was moved by the military were sternly turned away.

Everything was collected in crates and stored at the army base hangar for a while before making a total vanishing act…forever!

Even Mack Brazel was seen by Whitmore as he was escorted to the Roswell Daily Record offices to recant his story.

The debris from the UFO suddenly turned into a weather balloon and that was that…the newspapers had to go with this new story.

And that’s how the Area 51 Roswell incident went under.

So what do you think of this Roswell affair? Was it true that a UFO crashed on earth? Does the US government still have the preserved bodies of the recovered aliens?

Let us know what you think of this story at the comment section below. Help us bring out the truth.

Are Wendigos Real?

Are Wendigos Real?

There is no culture in the world without a folklore…

We’ve all heard of evil spirits and flesh eating monsters such as dragons, demon bears, the Loch Ness monster or the Alaskan Tizheruk, leprechauns, trolls, Baba Yaga, Yuki-onna, the Cyclops, the grim ripper, banshee, werewolves, the Russian Gamayun or Alkonost, to the Celtic children eating Bugbear and more…

There are countless spirits and monsters associated with good and evil from every culture and each one carries their own significance and serve a particular purpose within their respective cultures.

Some of these monsters and spirits were totally fictional and only used to deliver messages, warnings and teachings to a particular people while some cultures still insist that their folklore monsters are real.

Which brings us to the main topic of discussion for this piece…and we’re asking…are Wendigos real?

Let’s take a closer look at this Algonquian folklore and try decipher the historicity behind this evil, winter time, man possessing spirit/half-man beast associated with insatiable greed and cannibalism…

Note: alternative forms include Windago, Wiindigoo, Windiga, or Windigo. Also associated with starvation and famine.

The Algonquin speaking people originally occupied the Great American Northern Frontier covering the areas running from the Atlantic Coast all the way to the Great Lakes in the interior (both in Canada and the US).

There were several known language groups forming different native tribes that had populations numbering hundreds of thousands.

They were primarily fishermen and hunters although some of them managed to cultivate a few supplementary crops such as squash and corn or wild rice which was a staple for the Ojibwe.

The Wendigo Origin: A Malevolent Monster is Born

Nobody really knows when, why or how the Wendigo legend came to be but what we know so far is that this was a common belief shared by a few Algonquin language groups that included the Innu, Ojibwe, Cree, Assiniboine, the Naskapi, and the Saulteaux.

According to the above Algonquian people, the Wendigo was a colossal monster usually appearing during the winter or famine and it had a serious appetite for human flesh and also possessed human beings overtaken by their own greed to become cannibals.

The Wendigo Origin: A Malevolent Monster is Born

These possessed humans developed an unstoppable craving for human flesh and could never seem to have enough of other destructive obscenities regarded as taboo.

The detailed descriptions of this monster/spirit varied from tribe to tribe but the overall view of the Wendigo was somewhat standard.

Until recently, surviving members of the Ojibwe, Assiniboine and Cree language groups still practiced an ancient form of ceremonial dance (especially during famines) to try and bring the community together by fostering moderation and co-operation among the people.

This was a way to keep the Wendigo spirit from possessing people during these hard times when individuals could very easily be tempted to act in selfish greed.

Historical reports collected from the Jesuit Relations talks of a disease of some sort that combined all the symptoms of lunacy, frenzy and hypochondria.

These reports were made by early European explorers and they were part of a larger campaign aimed at raising funds for the conquests.

The explorers talked of ravenous attacks from natives afflicted by this folk illness commonly known in the medicine world as the Wendigo Psychosis, a “culture-specific syndrome”.

The Wendigo Controversy

Here comes the exciting part…

Now, we know the Wendigo myth to be of Algonquin origin, and all the characteristics of the Wendigo as defined by the Algonquin people, point to an evil beast that ate men and possessed natives to start acting like the Wendigo itself… right?

So here is a random thought…

Could the natives have developed this myth when they first met European explorers?

The Wendigo is associated with winter and famine which could very easily be the two times when the waters were favorable for European ships to cross the oceans.

Remember what we said earlier about folk lore and its use in the society? Warning, teaching…

I mean, how else could the tribal chief of a “savage” tribe or their scouts explain a frail looking white man with white ashy skin, emaciated and stinky from months of sea travel without a proper bath, and who just happened to appear on their shores?

One scholar and teacher from Ontario, Basil Johnston, describes the Wendigo close to what we would describe a zombie in the modern context.

Loose skin covering an emaciated body structure, bloody tattered lips, smell of death and decay, ashy-gray complexion… everything a zombie would look like.

And Now to The Interesting Part…

In my opinion, the Wendigo was the white man who came to their shores during winter or during the dry seasons. Why?

Caged WendigoWe all can imagine how some of the explorers looked like to the natives. This is after months of traveling in the sea and sometimes suffering illnesses that left most of them dead and most of the survivors looking like zombies.

Some of these expeditions were poorly funded and most of the times the crew would have to go with small food rations and have to endure much of the final leg of the journey without any food at all!

Did these white men land on the American Northern Frontier with cannibalistic characteristics?

Probably not…but where did the man eating beast and Wendigo spirit come from?

Here’s my Theory…

According to the Algonquin, the Wendigo is a beast that eats and keeps eating while it gets bigger after every man it feeds on.

The Wendigo can also possess men to become greedy flesh eating half-men beasts and portray other characteristics described as taboo.

Now, we all know what happened with the native American tribes as the white man took over their lands.

They were slaughtered, their land was taken over, sometimes by rich individuals who wanted to own large chunks of land in their own “greed”.

These individuals indulged in other vices like alcohol and sexual promiscuity which were totally viewed as taboo to communities that lived together, hunted together, fished together, and even had community meals and other social formalities to strengthen their unity.

What else do we know about these reports from the Jesuit Relations?

Wendigo psychosisThey continued to report that the natives who suffered Wendigo psychosis came at them like werewolves and this is why they had to be killed as the only solution.

The reports also talk of the Wendigo psychosis also affecting their deputies…

Okay, call me stupid but my logic tells me that if you come to my land, start killing people left right and center without care or any good reason that I can see, then hell yeah I will come at you in a rage!

What will a poor explorer looking for funds and trying to justify killing off the resisting natives do?

Invent a disease connected to a people’s folklore, twist it and call the native’s rage and retaliation “a culture-bound syndrome”.

Let’s Break it Down…

The Wendigo has an insatiable hunger for human flesh:

Translation…the white man (who landed at their shores looking like a zombie…) just kept killing and killing more natives without any signs of ever stopping.

Hence, the legend of the Wendigo constantly feeding on human flesh…moving from one man to the next.

The Wendigo only knows greed and destruction:

Translation…the white man took over their farming, hunting and fishing grounds.

The white man also hunted in excess killing sacred animals on sacred grounds, cleared forests day and night which included cutting down sacred trees, it was the ultimate indulgence into greed driven taboos.

Gluttony…always wanting more…!

The Wendigo keeps growing and growing as it feeds on more men:

Translation…the white man kept increasing in numbers as he moved into the interior taking over more land from natives to settle the growing numbers of Europeans families that continued to pour in using larger commercial vessels.

The wendigo possesses men to start acting like it, they get the “wendigo sickness”:

Translation… remember the Jesuit Relation’s reports talking of “deputies” who also could suffer from Wendigo psychosis?

We know that these deputies were recruited native porters and guides. And we also know that some of these “deputies” were used to betray their own people, helping to kill others and displacing even more from their lands.

Some of the “clever” ones went on to own small pieces of land while they indulged in the white man’s vices such as prostitution and alcoholism.

And who were the deputies suffering from Wendigo psychosis?

Natives who defaulted and decided to turn against the white man’s agenda of course!

This is how the Wendigo spirit possessed men and forced the possessed men to act like a Wendigo or how explorers justified killing “native friendlies” who turned on them.

Wendigos of The Modern Times

Although the wendigo psychosis controversy continues to turn and pull the medicine arena in all directions, it has become increasingly difficult for the supporters of this theory to prove it’s actual existence.

Of course we know that folk illnesses or culture-specific syndromes have no solid scientific backing.

Nowadays this term is mostly associated with individuals and corporations considered destructive to the environment – as a result of the perceived excessive greed they exhibit or as portrayed by their actions.

Wendigos of The Modern Times

The Wendigo legend has also been kept alive through several works of literature since Algerno Blackwood first wrote The Wendigo horror story in 1910.

There have also been numerous screenplay and game characters based on this legend.

Wendigo characters can be found in movies such Ravenous or in TV series like Hannibal and Charmed among others.

They also appear in video or computer games such as Warcraft, Until Dawn and Tearaway.

So…Are Wendigos Real?

Well, while it’s highly doubtful that there’s a real monster prowling the Alaskan cold forests looking for tasty men to feed on or possess…

The legend behind the Wendigo spirit is plausible…we just explained it!

Any opposing or supporting views about the Wendigo folk lore?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Burke and Hare Murder Dolls

The Burke and Hare Murder Dolls

Wonders and mysteries will never cease. Nobody knows how the two Irish friends turned from respectable construction workers to lodgers, to body snatchers and later to cold-blooded killers…

But that is the tale connected to the Burke and Hare murder dolls.

The story of William Hare and his fellow murderous Irishman by the same first name, William Burke began late in the 1820’s.

The two had separately moved to Scotland in search of a better life before ending up in Edinburgh where they met and struck a friendship.

As fate would have it, Hare had an old “roomer” called Donald who died of natural causes. This was the beginning of Burke and Hare’s journey to the dark side!

After the burial, the pair raided the cemetery and stole Donald’s corpse.

Hare and Burke had received news about the shortage of dead bodies at the local university and there was one professor in particular who was in charge of appropriating the dead bodies for the institution for use in anatomy classes.

His name was Dr. Knox.

The two lodgers now turned grave thieves thought the 7 pounds that Dr. Knox was offering for a single dead body was just too good an opportunity to pass.

And with fewer lodgers dying of natural causes, the two decided that they would have to start killing people so as to deliver more bodies for Dr. Knox; who many still believe was well aware of the pair’s serial killing activities as the main source of all the bodies he’d been buying.

He, however, was never charged with anything connected to the murders committed by the two greedy friends.

They killed and sold a total of 17 dead bodies to the “good” doctor.

The two continued killing old prostitutes and homeless old men until Burke made a fatal mistake and a dead body belonging to one of his lodgers was discovered under his bed by another tenant who turned them in to the police.

The Mystery of the Murder Dolls

Things were soon to take a sudden mysterious turn a decade later when 17 wooden “murder dolls” were accidentally discovered by a young boy hunting for rabbits in a cave.

The small carved effigies, each stuffed in a miniature coffin, measure 4 inches each and 8 of them are still on display at the National Museum of Scotland.

Although their origin is not fully known, there have been many speculations as to where they might have come from.

At first, the dolls were associated with witchcraft or some ritualistic cult items. But later someone made the connection between the 17 murders committed by Hare and Burke and the 17 wooden dolls.

Some people believe that this was an act of remorse by one of the killers or people close to the pair who knew of their killing spree.

The only people assumed to have had knowledge of the murders include Hare’s mistress Margaret, Burke’s wife Helen, Dr. Knox, and the doctor’s brother who usually helped in receiving the bodies from the two serial killers.

The only theory that makes any sense is that someone close to these two killers made the dolls as a way of giving the victims some sort of a respectable send-off.

An Eye for An Eye: Brutal Justice

As the story goes, Hare ratted out his friend to save his own skin! He decided to cooperate with the police and implicate his friend. Hare was later released but he just disappeared was never heard from again.

So what happened to Burke?

He was found guilty of all 17 murders and sentenced to death. He was hanged in 1829 but his body was not released to his family for a burial.

Instead, it was given to the same University to be torn apart for human anatomy classes.

It is rumored that his skin was removed and used to make wallets. The rest of his body was also stripped off in separate pieces and his skeleton has been kept at the University to-date.

DNA Testing: In Search of an Elusive Connection

Numerous people and organizations have come forward trying to connect the dolls to Burke through various DNA tests.

The truth, however, is that none of these tests have ever given any conclusive results and we’re afraid the mystery of the Burke and Hare murder dolls might never be uncovered.

Professionals say that DNA testing is no longer viable since the dolls have been handled by so many hands throughout history. They were in fact privately owned by a collector before the Museum bought them.

Are the dolls connected the murder victims? Did Burke carve them? Did Hare’s guilt for the murders and selling out his friend drive him to carve the effigies as a sign of remorse? The truth is still out there…