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Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Mystery Of The Dead Birds

I just had a very interesting phone call direct from Cronulla beach. A young psychology student and youth worker was doing his weekly walk along the shore when he noticed something very interesting. At first it was one dead bird, then a few metres away another, then another. As his walk progressed he counted one hundred and thirty two birds, and when he examined a couple noted that in his opinion they were all recently deceased (see photo's). They were all the same species except for one which was described as a small pelican like bird. All
Whilst this is not a paranormal or cryptozoological issue, it is very interesting. What weather or other phenomenon kills birds in those numbers?
I'd really like to find out so please let us know if you know.
Pastor Baz.

Real Life Story - The Hisser

I say it here all the time - I know I'm a lazy researcher but that is because stories always come to me when you work in a Church. We get access to stuff that could keep a team busy for months.
Maybe we need to team up with someone else who can follow all our leads up from a technical and investigative perspective :) Any takers :)
Last night, a lady in her mid twenties who is highly intelligent, articulate, well educated and not overtly spiritual asked if she could talk to me after the Church service.
If you are a regular visitor here you may recall that she had shared with me in the last month how that in her first night at a half way house for women that something that was obviously present had been next to her bed deeply breathing all night, to the point where she was terrified to sleep. We had gone to the house and prayed. And I'm not exagerrating this to make a blog interesting - even without knowing the room she was talking about, everyone who walked in felt very, very oppressed and commented on it. It was a room that made you feel haired out for no obvious reason.
So when we sat down I assumed this may have something to do with the house again and hoped that the cleansing had worked.
"Baz, you know how I told you about the breathing thing. Well I had to do an overnighter again at the house. I was a bit stressed but put on some worship music in the loungeroom and started to sing. And then it started".
"What started" I asked quizzically.
"Well, this sounds really weird, and I'm not overspiritualising things when I say this....but something was in the room. I couldn't see it but it was a force that was just a few feet away from me and it was hissing at me".
"Hissing like a cat"?
"Like this....HISSSSSSS....." And she made a really awful throaty gutteral cat like noise.
"How long did it go for"?
"It went for about ten seconds....it wasn't static or background noise....something was in the room hissing at me".
"Did you notice anything else".
"I noticed that when I was trying to sleep that the beaded pulley for the blinds kept getting played with. Not like a breeze was doing it but like someone was pulling it through their fingers".
I made a couple of suggestions in terms of taking spiritual authority over the room when that happened and promised to get back to her asap.
So anyway, in terms of Unity in the Paranormal Community, I'm grateful that Allen Tiller and his team at Eidolon provided some very good feedback on conducting an investigation which we will implement this week if I can drag Shannon out of the shaping bay :)
If we get anything recorded we'll put it out there for public listening and open analysis.
I agree with guys like Abel Garcia, there are too many false anomalies that get named as real paranormal phenomenon. He is correct in saying that it has gone too far and we need some serious discernment and thorough analysis. The Paranormal has become an industry but that does not change the reality that there are things happening that are not easily explained. I just hope that in dealing with each other in this area we can show a lot of mercy and grace along the way, so people stop flinging stones at each other.
But this one has me really intrigued so i'll stop taking the path of least resistance in my busy life (which as I mentioned tends to be consumed by sport) and get cracking on this one with Bryony and the team.
Keep you posted.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always - Pastor Baz.

An apparition caught on film by PA. Dept of Paranormal Investigations

I read this on both phantoms and monsters and paranormal about.com 
Photo Copyright 2009 by Doreen Hill

PRLOG press release

"Apparition Caught By Doreen 
Investigator Doreen captures an apparition. She was up on the second floor of a home, she was in a room by herself when this was caught. 

Barb King is the founder of the PA. Dept of Paranormal Investigations or PDPI, a non-profit investigative team based in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania vicinity. She describes Doreen Hill as "a strong investigator with good skills," then adds, "I trust her totally." 

One evening in March, 2009, Doreen Hill and a handful of researchers from the Pittsburgh Paranormal Society accepted an invitation to investigate a rental property in East McKeesport, Pennsylvania. 

The mother and her two sons living there felt threatened. The family witnessed shadow phenomenon in the stairway leading to the second floor. Vile odors wafted through the residence. They began sleeping on the living room floor before finally retreating to a relative's house since they did not have anywhere else to go. 

When investigators arrived, there was a "TERRIBLE" smell in the home. They asked the tenant to check her refrigerator to see if maybe something had gone bad... nothing. 

Two investigators immediately decided to check things outside. 

Doreen escorted the mother upstairs to escape the stench, shoot video, and maybe run an EVP. Being somewhat "sensitive," she was drawn to a bedroom currently being used for storage. The mother returned downstairs to be with her children and to check on what everyone else was doing. 

Doreen shot some video without incident. 

Routinely checking what her Sony Handycam Hybrid DCR-SR45 had captured, her eyes more than likely popped out of her head reminiscent of some 1940's animated cartoon. "

To read the rest of the story please click here
Analysis from Bry:

Putting a video like this out there for the public to scrutinise is a brave thing to do. People love tearing things like this apart. I'm going to try and look and look at this objectively.

My first question... who's feet with shoes on were they right at the beginning of the shot? Doreen couldn't have been alone in the room as claimed. 

The lady in the video... is that in a mirror? 

Comparing a photo of the lady/ghost and Doreen, there are similiarities but not shockingly so... (I got this photo from the teams website) Could it be the reflection of Doreen in a mirror?

They claim it isn't -

"Doreen says, "As far as the colors I was wearing....I know for a fact that I was wearing a black shirt with white lettering and jeans. The shirt I was wearing was the shirt I wore when I was with Pittsburgh Paranormal Society." This is no reflection or accidental capture of any living person present in that dwelling. The family is African American. No one in attendance dressed in the manner of this apparition. This is no orb or pareidolia. "

I would like to see photos of her and her other investigators from the investigation showing what they were wearing on the night. 

The lady/ghost to be fair doesn't look like she is holding anything or panning a camera around but could it be the other person in the room standing there? (the persons who's shoes are seen at the beginning of the shot?)

Someone on youtube points out that it looks like light reflecting off the ladies/ghosts forehead making it appear as a solid form and not very ghost like.

I can't say for sure whether this is paranormal or not and its not my place to. I think its important to question everything though and yes, there are many questions to answer with this photo.  If you are putting a photo into the public forum it is to be expected and is not necessarily a bad thing as long as people aren't horrible to one another.

I'm looking forward to seeing if anything else comes forward from this group in regards to the photo. 

Until then, I will strive to keep an open mind. 
Let me know what you all think in the comments below. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bizarre In The News - Could 'time traveller' caught on film in The Circus mean Future Day has arrived?

This week, the makers of Back To The Future kicked off celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the release of the original movie starring Michael J Fox.

In the same week, an Irish independent filmmaker has gone public with what he says is footage of a time traveller caught walking through a scene on a recent DVD release of Charlie Chaplin's 1928 film, The Circus.

"I believe I'm the first person to find something quite unusual from a bit of film footage from 1928," Mr Clarke says.

The scene can be found in the extras menu in Documents, under The Hollywood Premiere.

It's not in the movie - it's real footage and it features real members of the public in 1928.

Or does it, asks Mr Clarke, who spotted a mysteriously dressed stranger walking past the camera talking into what he says can only be a mobile phone.

"The only conclusion I can come to - which sounds absolutely ridiculous I'm sure, to some people - is it's a time traveller," he says.

"When you're looking at a bit of 1928 footage with an old woman ... on a mobile phone, it's kind of strange. You can't explain it."

Now the YouTube footage has passed the half-a-million mark, plenty have tried.

YouTube user "Barnwash" claims Australian police tested the first true two-way radio in 1928 and that maybe the woman was security in disguise.

Others claim it was a type of hearing aid.

Most of the naysayers hang their arguments on the fact that there were no phone towers or satellites in 1928, but they are quickly shot down by the believers who say those who possess time travel tech surely could circumvent this.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/could-time-traveller-caught-on-film-in-the-circus-mean-future-day-has-arrived/story-e6frfro0-1225944037896#ixzz13VVe7Amz

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bizarre In The News - Ghostly photograph taken at execution site

"The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham claims to be one of the most haunted locations in Great Britain.
Scores of highwayman, murderers and thieves were subjected to public hangings from within its walls.
Many modern visitors to the site in Nottingham, now a museum, claim to have witnessed spooky goings-on from flying orbs to strange smells and rattling keys.
Now, a couple has stepped forward claiming to have photographic evidence of a supernatural being haunting the former dungeon.
Christine Spice visited the old prison and courtrooms with her partner Denyer earlier this month and took snaps of what she describes as "an eerie mass of white, like an evil male figure."
The figure is pictured behind a second apparition, which appears to be a small child in some form of period dress, captured on Christine's mobile phone camera."

To read more click on the link above.

From Bryony:
Hmmmm looks like a classic case of pareidolia to me or even motion blur... What are your thoughts?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Australia: Cryptozoological hotbed or land of delusion

Australia is a very interesting place if you are interested in Cryptozoology, or the study of animals currently unrecognised and classified by science or thought to be extinct.
We apparently have Yowies, Black Panthers, Lake Monsters, Bunyips, Thylacine's, Prehistoric Maruspial Giant Cats (Thylacoleo's) among others.
We have an incredible amount of resources dedicated to the subject. Websites include Rex Gilroys Australian Yowie Research Centre, Dean Harrison's AYR and the scientific based Ozcrypto. There are a number of great books including Out of the shadows and The Yowie by Healey and Cropper and now a book on the Black Panther mystery has been released by Mike Williams and Ruby Lang.
These resources include eyewitness reports by State, season and year and offer up as much evidence as has been reasonably found. If you are interested in Cryptozoology, then those sites and books by those authors need to be in your favourites and on your shelf. (We have a lot of these sites and books listed under our favourites on this page).
Like all belief systems, each group at times has clashes and falling outs over opinion, dogma, integrity and personality. But if you can sort through that you will find some gold from all of those sources. But clearly its gold yet to be backed up by tangible evidence that would lead the average non-investigator to be certain of the existence of these creatures.. Even personal accounts within my own family and friends do not equate to proof - in reality only a body will provide that evidence. And when some parties believe that sometimes we are not dealing with something entirely flesh and blood but supernatural by nature (refer Nick Redfern et al) it makes the evidence trail even murkier.

So for many people, it is the land of tall tales and good spin. I'm from Irish descent like so many others in this country and everyone knows a lot of Australians can spin a good yarn as its in our DNA.
Which brings me to an interesting story from around six years ago which highlights the sort of experience people are having.
In 2004 I was contacted via my links with the then BFRO (Bigfoot field research organisation) by a man who was a local radio announcer in Goulburn, NSW.
He was easy going, articulate and after a few minutes of small talk got down to business. He had an experience that he was not quite sure how to articulate, or who to articulate it to.
Living about 20km Northwest of Goulburn,  he often walked his dog in the State Forest near his house.
They were walking the trails and as they got to the bottom of a small valley, he noticed something sitting on a log.
He had to look through rows of saplings to see it was in a clearing.
As he got closer he realised that it was in the shape of a very large man.. It had discernable man like features. But it was covered in grayish hair all over. 
And his medium sized dog, which would normally terrorise any animal, was quiet, whimpering and very anxious.
He watched the being for as long as he could bear, unable to figure out what it was, then continued out of there as quietly as he could.
Many times he went back and never saw anything like it again, but he was 100% sure of what he had seen, hence the call. In his own words, he called the being a 'Yowie' and implied that his neighbours were aware of it. 
In the process of the interview and follow up he checked out to be who he claimed to be. It this story was about ratings for his station he could have gone public with it. But he was very tentative and wanted reassurance that it would only be disseminated amongst other researchers. The information was passed on for more detailed interview.
His report is like so many that you will read on the crypto websites and books. An honest person who see's something that is hard to describe. 
Amidst the lack of hard evidence, there is definately something out there. Or multiple things.
Maybe you will be the first to crack the puzzle. And if you have seen something that is hard to explain, we can put you in touch with people from AYR and Ozcrypto for follow up.
It is an interesting issue for a Pastor to be involved in, but I know that God gave us intellect and we need to use that as freely as passion, feeling and intuition so we don't jump to conclusions to easily.
Now stop reading this and get out there for a bushwalk and do your bit for hands on research :)
A tip: Dean Harrison from AYR always said to go in pairs only as larger numbers are too noisy and going solo means that you will be the only witness.
Make sure you take a good camera and have it ready to go, with a decent zoom to avoid 'blobsquatches'.
And as always, God bless you - Pastor Baz.

From Bryony:

I want to leave you with this piece of scripture:

1 Corinthians 1:19-20
 19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
      and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
 20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.

What i take from this verse is that there is more to the world than what the "brilliant debaters, the philosophers and the scholars" have to say.  If only we opened our eyes.

Bizarre in the news - Baby dies as family jump to 'escape devil'

A baby was killed and several more people seriously injured when a family of 11 threw itself from a third-floor flat to flee a man they mistook for the devil, French investigators say.
The bizarre tragedy came to light on Saturday when firefighters were called to the village of La Verriere on the outskirts of Paris following reports that several people had jumped from a balcony in a social housing block.
Among the injured they found an entirely naked man of African origin with a knife wound in his hand and two children, a baby and a two-year-old girl. The baby died later after receiving hospital treatment in Paris.
The assistant prosecutor from Versailles, Odile Faivre, told reporters the incident began in the early hours when a group of 13 people were watching television in an apartment and the naked man heard the baby cry.
"The man got up to prepare a bottle for the baby when his wife, seeing him, screamed 'It's the devil, it's the devil'," she explained.
In the confusion following this apparent case of mistaken identity, the naked man's sister-in-law stabbed him in the hand and he was ejected through the front door of the flat. When he attempted to get back in, panic erupted.
Read more here

The Little people of the Pilbara part 2

A while back, we shared the story of the inland missionary who was warned about the 'little people' by the local Indigenous people and had a terrifying personal encounter one night with them.
In a follow up to that is an interesting discussion I had at a Sports Conference with a Chaplain to the Indigenous AFL players.
I was sharing with him details my meeting with the Aboriginal elders at Eden and some of their stories about the Doolagahls (Yowie's) including my own personal story from 1982.
He was quite guarded with me at first. One thing he taught me in this conversation about the Indigenous Australian culture was the need to earn the respect of the Indigenous people. That they sit back and watch who they can trust and if you are genuine. They choose who they will and wont talk to on that basis. This is something we all must remember before we 'barge in' and try to interview them about traditions, myths and legends. Something I have been guilty of in the past when I have desired to gather some facts on a subject. First we need to show a genuine concern for the people/person and the culture. It's something we have lost in the world of online relationships. It's called friendships and community:)
After a while, he then shared something with me that was very interesting.
He told me that in Western Australia, the local Aboriginals asked the missionaries to make camp at a beach for a couple of months and then they would come onto the mission. They thought that was strange, but did as they suggested. They had some interesting experiences in the beach dorms which they could not figure out the source (I am vague because he was vague on this) but they held a cleansing prayer service over the area and the experiences stopped.
When the Aboriginals arrived they explained their motives.
"We ask you to come here to get rid of little fella's first"
"What little fella's" replied the missionaries.
"The little fella like doolagahl but bad spirit. Your magic more powerful than their magic. We scared of little people and won't camp here because they are here. But your white fella magic make them leave".
They then explained who the little people were - exactly the same description given to me by the teacher on the mission nearby. This was also attributed to some the issues they had experienced when they arrived that they could not explain.
But like that experience, prayer in the name of Jesus Christ had authority in the spiritual realm and had the same effect - a cleansing of the area.
God bless you - Pastor Baz.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Spider Goats!

Not paranormal but pretty darned cool!


Couldn't they have just taken the path? Apparently not. The Cingino dam in the Italian Alps has attracted a herd of death-defying goats who seem happy to flirt with a 160ft drop.

These incredible pictures show Alpine Ibex goats wandering across the face of the near-vertical dam in Northern Italy without a care in the world.
The gravity-defying goats typically live in very steep and rocky terrain at altitudes of up to to 4,600m and have no fear of falling whether climbing up or down the 160ft dam wall.
And they aren't doing it just to show off.
It is thought the goats are actually grazing, licking the stones for their salts.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-1320804/Mountain-goats-climb-160ft-near-vertical-Cingino-dam.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz12fTlSPB4

Supernatural acts or mischevious minds: When things move or re-appear without explanation

So often you need to check yourself - you know that something isn't right but you don't want to label it as 'supernatural'.

You notice something has moved or mysteriously reappeared - you question yourself, your family, room mates, co-workers. Usually the answer is that someone 'did it'.

Other times there is no adequate explanation, like the two true tales I am about to share with you.


Everyone loses their keys. But I'm an extroverted sanguine type personality so I am always putting stuff down and then not remembering where they are because I'm talking, moving, not concentrating. So when I lost my Church keys at a tag Rugby training session it was no surprise. But how they turned up was.

When I realised they were missing I re-traced my steps. I contacted the person I got a lift with. I checked the street where he dropped me off. I went back to the training ground. I got my 'eagle eyed, never miss a thing' wife to scour the house. Nothing.
Every morning I stood in front of the area where my keys would normally be as did my wife. I looked at that spot. And as they hang on a long bright blue lanyard, they were always impossible to miss. I began to plan to get new one's which was expensive as they were a very specific locking system which was over $100 to replace per key.

The same morning I made that decision to replace the keys I stood where I always did when I leave home, in front of a dresser. There, hanging perfectly were the keys.

I questioned every single person in the house. No-one had seen, touched or replaced them. It was as if they just magically appeared in the spot where they normally hung.

The only thing I know is that someone put them back, but not anyone in our house. But whoever did, knew I was looking for them and saved me a lot of time, money and trouble. I am very thankful to them. :)


Surfboards are made of shaped foam, covered by fibreglass. They are beautiful but fragile. When you knock them with your knee's or elbows you get deep 'depressions' in them. When you drop them on the ground, as they slip out of your hands occaionally, even a 10cm drop onto concrete or a road leaves a spiderweb like crack.

What I am trying to get across to you is that when a surfboard falls onto a hard surface, you know it by the dings and cracks. No doubt about it.

When the owners of the surfboard factory packed up, everything was in order. All the boards were on the racks, everything in it's place. No-one else had a key and there was no other access to the factory. In fact, a large trailer boat was stored inside and had to be pulled out each morning before you could get into the factory.

The day of the incident, a local pastor (me :) had been in to visit one of the workers who had been suffering from severe pain in the jaw. He had also been experiencing some very strange events at home. Things that were hard to determine the source of. But both he and his wife felt that another presence would often come into their room, and their boy had also seen the 'spooky' which they had seen appear as a black mass with form and at times physical intent which resulted in touching.

We prayed together, I asked that he would be healed in Jesus name and that also any spiritual forces which may have been oppressing him would cease and desist.

The next morning I recieved a phone call from the owner of the factory..

"Baz, you wouldn't believe it, I think we have a spooky"..

"Why do you think that"?

"Because we came in, and two of our fish boards were lying flat on the ground in the middle of the floor, five feet away from their stands. I know for a fact that we didn't put them there as they were in the stands last night".

"And they couldn't have fallen?"

"Baz, the floor is concrete and rough, every board that has ever fallen has had to go straight into being repaired. There is not a mark on either of these boards. Someone has deliberately put them there".

"Have you ever had anything else happen like that?"

"Yeah, (co-worker with the 'supernatural' stuff in his house) had a ladder that was leaning up against a wall securely jump off the wall at him. Also, you see things that make you turn to look and you feel like you are being watched".

Ok, so that isn't evidence that anything supernatural is going on. But it is certainly worthy of additional investigating. A camera would soon sort out how things are being moved.
Have you or any of your friends or family experienced something like this? Was there a logical explanation? We'd love to hear your stories.

Pastor Baz.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bizarre in the news - UFO's


Was it a bird? A plane? A flying jellyfish? Or just a set of balloons that had caught the sunlight?
A mysterious set of shiny objects sparked a UFO alert over Manhattan yesterday when they were spied drifting over the trendy Chelsea district.
Traffic ground to a halt and thousands of people stopped in the street to point at the sky and the cluster of dots hovering overhead.

The FAA was unable to find anything abnormal or offer an explanation as to what had happened.
Spokesman Jim Peters said technicians double-checked their radar settings but nothing was amiss. He had also not been informed of any weather balloons due to be in the area.
‘Nothing that we can account for would prompt this kind of response,’ he said.

To read the article in full: here

New York Daily News

UFO? NYC kids say no, mysterious floating orbs were escaped balloons from teacher's engagement party

All those theories about Wednesday's mystery UFO sightings over Manhattan are about to go "pop."
Westchester elementary school believes the puzzling orbs floating over Chelsea were likely a bundle of balloons that escaped from an engagement party they held for a teacher.
"UFO? They're crazy - those are our balloons!" said Angela Freeman, head of the Milestone School in Mount Vernon. "To me it was the most automatic thing. But it's all over YouTube."
A parent was bringing about 40 iridescent pearl balloons to the school for language arts teacher Andrea Craparo when the wind spent a bunch away around 1 p.m.
"They looked big and they were all together, so it looked like one UFO," said fourth-grader Nia Foster, 9.

Read more: 


So what was it? Was it really balloons? 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Follow up to the haunted halfway house part 3

Last week Pastor Baz did a second post about a follow up to the haunted half way house investigation. To read it, click here.

He asked for advice on what equipment to use, the best approach etc.

Allen from Eidolon Paranormal said:

"I would look into EMF readings in the two rooms you speak of, first with the electricity on, then without, see if there is difference in reading - EMF is a powerful thing, it can change the way we think, and if exposed to high levels for long durations, one can feel watched or even see apparitions..."

I agree with Allen. High EMFs can cause a whole range of problems (paranoia, sickness) and could be causing the oppressive atmosphere. Some people theorise that high emf levels produced by power points etc can give spirits energy to manifest. 
Either way, the EMF levels need to be looked into and if needed an electrician could be called.

The sudden drops of temperature mentioned by Baz should be recorded with thermometers. I would get a base temperature and then record any fluctuations. Check for drafts, open windows, heaters/air conditioning units etc. Looking for anything that could rationally explain the drastic drops in temperature. By eliminating the rational explanations we can then look into other causes of the phenomena.

I would put voice recorders/cameras in all the rooms where activity has been reported to see if any of the noises can be heard. I would look for anything that could cause the sounds of footsteps (pipes/floor boards expanding and contracting) or screaming? 

If we had the equipment available I would use a Accelerometer to record any vibrations etc for measuring/capturing the footsteps.

I would also spend some time in each room to get a feel for the atmosphere. I think our bodies are as important as all the other equipment on measuring atmosphere, temperature and general feelings. 

At some point as well I would try to find out the history of the building. What it was before. If anything negative had ever happened there etc.

After collecting all the information together I would then show the clients and ask them how they wanted to proceed. 
What would you do? Would you do things differently? If so, how?