When a Space Agency Takes an Interest in the Chupacabra: Monsters and Governments

For years, sensational and sinister stories have surfaced from deep in the forests and lowlands of Puerto Rico that tell of a strange and lethal creature roaming the landscape by both night and day, and while striking overwhelming terror into the hearts of the populace. This is not at all surprising since the animal has been described as having a pair of glowing red eyes, powerful claw style hands, razor sharp teeth, a body not unlike that of a monkey, a row of vicious spikes running down the length of its back, and occasionally, and of deep relevance to this particular chapter, a pair of large and leathery bat-like wings. In other words, we are talking about a definitive monster. And if that is not enough: the beast is said to feed on the blood of the local animal – and predominantly goat – population, after puncturing their jugular veins with two, powerful, sharp teeth. That’s correct: Puerto Rico has a monstrous vampire in its midst. Its name is the Chupacabra, a term that very appropriately means Goat-Sucker. Theories abound (and have done so for decades, now) with respect to the nature of the beast, with some researchers and witnesses suggesting that the monster is some form of giant-bat; others prefer the theory that it has extraterrestrial origins; while the most bizarre idea postulated is that the Chupacabras is the creation of a top secret, genetic research laboratory hidden deep within Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rain Forest, which is located in the Sierra de Luquillo, approximately forty kilometers southeast of the city of San Juan.

(Nick Redfern) El Yunque rain forest

On a number of occasions, I have traveled to the island of Puerto Rico to try and seek out the vampire-like Chupacabra for myself, and, perhaps one day, even to determine its true nature. On one particular occasion, while roaming around Puerto Rico in 2005 with Canadian film-maker Paul Kimball, I had the very good fortune to meet and interview a man named Antonio, a pig farmer who had an unusual experience in 2000 that led to a decidedly strange visit from a Woman in Black/Man in Black duo. As Antonio told me (and the film crew, too), one of his animals had been killed, after darkness had fallen on the land, by the now familiar puncture marks to the neck. In this case, however, the animal exhibited three such marks, rather than the usual two. In addition, a number of rabbits kept on the property had been slaughtered in identical fashion. At the time that all of the carnage was taking place, a considerable commotion was, quite naturally, being made by the rest of Antonio’s animals. As a result, upon hearing this, he rushed wildly out of his house with a machete in his hand, and flung it hard in the direction of the marauding predator. Very strangely, he told me, the makeshift weapon seemed to bounce off something that seemed distinctly metallic in nature.

(Nick Redfern) Puerto Rico: The lair of the Chupacabra

In fact, Antonio suggested that what the machete had made contact with seemed armor-plated in nature. Due to the overwhelming darkness, however, he had no idea what the creature may have been. But something deadly was most certainly prowling around the property. The machete was later given to Antonio’s cousin for safekeeping. The most confounding aspect of the affair was still to come, however. That’s right: Antonio was about to get a visit of the type we have encountered time and again in these pages. Shortly after the killing of the pig and the rabbits, a man and woman – dressed in typical, official-looking black regalia, on a stifling hot day, no less, and who announced they worked for NASA – arrived at the farm and quickly proceeded to ask Antonio a wealth of questions about what had occurred, what he had seen, and the way in which his animals had met their grisly fates. When the conversation was over, the pair thanked the bemused farmer, in a fashion befitting both the Women in Black and the Men in Black – wholly unemotionally, in other words – and left without uttering another, single word. How the dark duo even knew that the attacks had taken place, and why on earth NASA would be dispatching personnel to his farm to investigate them, Antonio had no idea at all.

(Nick Redfern) My own quest to find the Chupacabra

One thing that Antonio told me he had held back from informing his two mysterious visitors was that on the morning after the attack he had found strange footprints on his property that were spread quite a distance from each other; and he formed the opinion that whatever had made them, had the ability to leap considerable distances, in a fashion similar to that of a Kangaroo – or, perhaps even, he mused, it had the ability to fly. Leaping or flying monsters, Men and Women in Black, and mutilated animals collectively suggested that something highly strange was, and perhaps still is, afoot on Puerto Rico.

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SpaceX Rocket On Course to Crash on the Far Side of the Moon

If you’re one of those people who believes there’s a secret base occupied by humans on the dark side of the Moon, you might want to send them a message that a rocket will crash there in a few weeks … and make sure they know it was sent by Elon Musk’s SpaceX so they don’t retaliate against the wrong people. It’s true … and, while it may be a danger to anyone or anything in its path and an embarrassment to SpaceX employees (except for the shameless Musk), some scientists see it as an opportunity to watch firsthand how craters form on the lunar surface.


“SpaceX launched its first interplanetary mission nearly seven years ago. After the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage completed a long burn to reach a transfer orbit, NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory began its journey to a Sun-Earth LaGrange point more than 1 million km from the Earth. By that point, the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage was high enough that it did not have enough fuel to return to Earth’s atmosphere. It also lacked the energy to escape the gravity of the Earth-Moon system, so it has been following a somewhat chaotic orbit since February 2015.”

According to Eric Berger, senior space editor at Ars Technica, that chaotic orbit will end on March 4, 2022, when the rocket stage smashes into the Moon on its far side near the equator. (An inside tip if you’re betting in the SpaceX lunar rocket crash pool.) He gets his information from Bill Gray at the Project Pluto website which tracks near-Earth objects, asteroids, minor planets, comets and large pieces of space junk. Gray is trying to organize amateur and professional astronomers to use his coordinates (“2022 March 4 12:25:58 Universal Time, at latitude +5.18, east longitude 233.55, plus or minus a few seconds and a few kilometers”) to record the impact for posterity and science. (Not to mention possible lawsuits against Elon Musk.) Unfortunately for astronomers and bettors, the rocket stage is tumbling erratically so Gray’s coordinates aren’t exact.

For those interested, either on Earth or the far side of the Moon, the SpaceX rocket weighs about four metric tons and will be hitting the Moon at about 1.6 miles per second (2.58 km/s or 5760 miles per hour). It’s not the first time for such an artificial impact — NASA sent the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite in 2009 which hit the Moon in two locations and the craters were analyzed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Neither the LRO nor India’s Chandrayaan-2 will be in the right position to watch the SpaceX crash live, but they will see the crater later.

No one will be getting a view like this of the crash.

What about the occupants of the far side bases? China’s lunar rover recently inspected what looked like a hut or a small base, but it turned out to be a rock. Conspiracy theorists have long theorized that Adolf Hitler’s Nazis set up a base colony on the far side as early as 1942, while the other side’s (the Allies) conspiracy theorists say the U.S. has one there. And there are plenty of people perusing Google Moon with digital magnifiers and finding things they swear are alien lunar bases hiding from Earth. Shouldn’t we, out of courtesy, let any or all of them know?

How about everyone facing the Moon on March 4 and yelling “Look out!!!”?

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Ice Cores Reveal an Ancient and Mysterious Solar Storm

Recent studies of ancient ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica revealed that there was a massive solar storm approximately 9,200 years ago. The study, which was conducted by a research team that was led by Lund University in Sweden, showed that the mysterious solar storm happened during a time when the sun was actually rather quiet.

This new information baffled experts as solar storms are thought to occur when our sun is most active during its sunspot cycle. However, the fact that a massive storm happened during a quiet solar time put that theory into question.

The discovery was made when experts studied drill cores, looking for rising amounts of radioactive isotopes beryllium-10 and chlorine-36 which are present in sediment and ice from when our planet is hit with high-energy cosmic particles. Raimund Muscheler, who is a geology researcher at Lund University, stated, “This is time consuming and expensive analytical work. Therefore, we were pleasantly surprised when we found such a peak, indicating a hitherto unknown giant solar storm in connection with low solar activity.”

To put this significant event into better perspective, if a solar storm of that magnitude were to occur in modern times, the effects on our planet today would be drastic. It would cause power outages, numerous communication systems would go down, and there would be radiation damage to our satellites.

“These enormous storms are currently not sufficiently included in risk assessments. It is of the utmost importance to analyze what these events could mean for today’s technology and how we can protect ourselves,” Muscheler noted.

The study was published in Nature Communications where it can be read in full.

While this was a massive solar storm that occurred almost 10,000 years ago, it isn’t the only large storm that has been discovered and reported. Back in 2019, it was revealed that a huge solar storm hit our planet about 2,600 years ago and was around ten times stronger than any in modern times.

There have been several documented massive solar storms that have hit Earth in the past, such as the Carrington Event that happened in 1859. If an event that like that were to happen today, power outages could last weeks, months, or even years. An even stronger storm occurred around 660 BC based on the discovery of radioactive atoms that were found in ice from Greenland. Another strong one happened sometime between 993 and 994 AD, while the strongest known solar eruption to have ever occurred was between 774 and 775 AD.

Let’s hope that massive solar storms like the ones I just mentioned don’t happen any time soon.

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27.03 – MU Podcast – Abramelin Meltdown

Rumours of Faustian pacts or “deals with the devil” litter the musical industry and are said to have assisted in the meteoric rise of numerous musicians. Some claim that rock band Led Zeppelin’s immense success has occult origins. We discuss the occult history of Jimmy Page and its influence on Led Zeppelin and hear how a curse ultimately led to its disastrous fall.

And in our Plus+ extension we follow the trail of the ancient biscuit tale which leads us to a suave Indonesian king, his Chinese princess and a hut full of snakes.


The Book of Abramelin
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Kingdom of Mempawah
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Dancing Mars Rover, Witch Pardon, High-Tech Pizza Slicer and More Mysterious News Briefly — January 28, 2022

In a week of unusual maneuvers to remove rocks stuck to it, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover first dislodged pebbles obstructing its sample collection system by spinning its “bit carousel” 75 degrees to knock them off, then removed two more by shimmying and shaking one leg. Who knew doing the Hokey Pokey at a wedding reception was training you for a job at NASA?

A team of students from Kundong High School in Japan won a regional innovation competition with their high-tech device that shows how to cut a round pizza or cake so that all of the slices are equal no matter how many are needed – it uses geometry and math to calculate the exact size and angle, then beams a laser for the knife-holding cutter to follow. Does this revolutionize the pizza industry or political negotiations?

Engineers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a soft, stretchable, self-powered thermometer that can be integrated into stretchable electronics to make extremely flexible smart clothing. Isn’t ‘smart boxers’ an oxymoron?

After 20 years of study, astronomers have finally determined the mysterious downward movement of a strange solar flare emitted in 1999 – these” supra-arcade downflows” were not the product of breaking magnetic fields but were formed in the turbulent environment on their own and dropped because of an absence of plasma in a solar phenomena similar to the mixing and separating of oil and water. Who knew that one day your experiments making salad dressing would help in the astronomy lab?

The art world is buzzing over news that a blue glass bowl estimated to be around 2,000 years old was unearthed by archaeologists in Nijmegen in the Netherlands and the Roman artifact has no visible cracks or chips. Once the insides are tested, we may finally know what Romans snacked on while watching the finals of gladiator contests.

The parliament of Catalonia, a government region in northeastern Spain, announced it has formally pardoned more than 700 women who were executed for “witchcraft” between the 15th and 18th centuries, but supporters of the move still want some of Catalonia’s streets to be named after the persecuted “witches”. Worst possible name for one of these streets? Witch Way.

Researchers from the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory confirmed that, in a test last August, they got more energy out of a fusion reactor than was originally needed to make the material fuse – making it the first time anyone has crossed the threshold of “ignition” of inertial confinement fusion and moving us one step closer to a true fusion generator. Is it too soon to put up your “Solar panels for sale” sign?

Kyle Hippchen, a 43-year-old Endeavor Air captain from Florida, revealed he was the person who won a spot on SpaceX’s first tourist flight but had to give up his seat because his 330 pounds exceeded the 250-pound weight limit, so he gave his seat to his college roommate and fellow space zealot Chris Sembroski. Or was he afraid of what might happen if the capsule crashed in desolate mountains and the other passengers noticed they brought no food?

A mysterious animal captured recently in Pennsylvania that some think might be a Chupacabra has escaped from the wildlife center where it was being held before DNA testing could be repeated. Was it upset that longtime Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger announced his retirement?

According to a new study, a “highly predatory” 13-year-old female brown bear woke up from hibernation and killed 38 reindeer calves in a single month, then 18 young moose the next month. Time to get a new mattress?

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Apple stock up 8% following announcement on intent to join the metaverse

Apple saw its shares jump 8 percent in the after-hours trading after CEO Tim Cook said the company was investing in the Metaverse.
Other companies boast a competitive advantage over the iPhone maker for being early players in the space. 

Apple saw its stock rally during Thursday’s after-hours trading after CEO Tim Cook expressed interest in the Metaverse. The company gave its Q1, 2022 earnings call yesterday, after which the executive said of the Metaverse, “we see a lot of potential in this space and are investing accordingly.”

We’re always exploring new and emerging technologies and I’ve spoken at length about how it’s very interesting to us right now.

Apple shares (APPL) fell about 3 percent to $159.22 during regular trading hours, only to recoup 8 percent to trade at $167.23 in the after hours.

According to Appleinsider, in the call, Cook notes that Apple’s App Store hosts a cluster of 14,000 apps designed using AR (augmented reality) developer platform ARKit. Due to the technology backing them, these apps can be used to access the Metaverse. In comparison, Meta plans on using the Oculus headset to immerse users into the virtual reality space.

Initially, the iPhone maker had scheduled for the release of an Apple headset this year. The piece would enable gaming, communication, and content consumption using Apple devices. However, a Jan. 14 report by Bloomberg says the project may be held up due to hardware and software difficulties.

Apple and the Metaverse industry

Even though it is one of the world’s largest company with a $2.6T market cap, Apple is lagging behind its fellow tech colossi in the Metaverse space. Meta, (formerly Facebook) made the rebrand in October last year, signaling its focus on the new technology. Currently, the social media giant is developing the world’s fastest supercomputer to plug users into the Metaverse. Meta has already completed phase one of the new AI project and plans to complete the rest of it within the year. And even though the company saw massive failure with its Diem stablecoin project to the point of selling it off, these developments make it one of the most advanced companies diving into the Metaverse. 

Heavily competing with Meta in this space is Microsoft. Just days after Facebook’s rebrand, Microsoft announced its intent to bring the Metaverse inside Microsoft Teams using the Mesh platform. The firm will blend mixed reality and HoloLens work with video calls and meetings featuring real people and animated avatars. More recently, Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard for $69 billion to move further into Metaverse gaming.

Read More: A $69B bet on the metaverse? Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard

But not everyone is convinced about the hype, positive comments, and grand expectations for the Metaverse. Ex-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Tesla CEO Elon Musk brushed it off as a marketing buzzword. Playstation creator Ken Kutaragi expressed similar sentiments, calling it a “pointless” pursuit. Criticism of new things is quite natural, and only time will tell how the Metaverse turns out.

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Qubit Finance exploited, loses $80M in one of the biggest DeFi hacks

Qubit Finance was attacked on Friday morning, with the attackers draining the platform of 216,000 BNB coins, worth over $80 million.
The platform says it’s working with security and network partners to pursue the attackers and has sent a message to them urging them to give back the money.

Qubit Finance has been exploited for $80 million, becoming the latest DeFi project to fall victim to attackers in what is becoming a worryingly common trend. The attackers took advantage of a vulnerability to mint xETH tokens and exchanged them for Binance Coins, taking off with over 200,000 BNB coins. The platform says it’s working on pursuing the attackers, partnering with network and security partners.

Qubit revealed on Twitter that it had been exploited, with the hacker minting an unlimited amount of xETH which he used to borrow on the Binance Smart Chain protocol. “The team is currently working with security and network partners on next steps,” it claimed.

The protocol was exploited by;
The hacker minted unlimited xETH to borrow on BSC.
The team is currently working with security and network partners on next steps.
We will share further updates when available.

— Qubit Finance (@QubitFin) January 28, 2022

In a more detailed report, the platform revealed that the attackers targeted their QBridge deposit function. PeckShield, a blockchain security company, added:

It seems the QBridge of QubitFin is hacked to mint a huge amount of xETH collateral and drain the pool funds about $80M. Please note we audited the Qubit lending, not the QBridge!

The attacker stole 206,809 Binance Coin tokens, worth $79.7 million at press time, as on-chain data from BscScan shows.

On the actions it has taken, Qubit said that it’s continuing to track the exploiter and monitor the affected assets. It has also contacted the exploiter to offer him the maximum bounty if he returns the money he stole. This has become a common tactic when DeFi platforms are unable to take other measures and instead plead with the attackers. Surprisingly, it has worked in the past.

Read More: Update: Poly Network hacker returns $260M of the stolen funds, defines the network as “decent” and “sophisticated.”

1. The team continues to track the exploiter and monitor affected assets
2. The team has contacted the exploiter to offer the maximum bounty

— Qubit Finance (@QubitFin) January 28, 2022

In its on-chain message to the attacker, Qubit said that it’s hoping to minimize the effect to the community, as the screenshot below shows.

In another message, Qubit further pleaded with the attacker, stating:

We propose you to negotiate directly with us before taking any further actions. The exploit and loss of funds have a profound effect on thousands of real people. If the maximum bounty offer is not what you’re looking for, we are open to have a conversation. Let’s figure out a solution.

Qubit is a DeFi protocol that allows its users to borrow loans against cryptocurrency collateral for fixed interest rates. The $80 million it lost is the seventh-highest amount lost in a DeFi hack. Its native token QBT is down 27 percent since it got attacked, trading at $0.00459207 at press time.


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UAE money transfer firm Al Fardan joins RippleNet

Al Fardan has become a member of RippleNet Cloud as it seeks to get an edge in the UAE remittances market which has rebounded strongly.
Ripple says that it’s proud to partner with the firm and revolutionize cross-border payments in the Middle East.

Despite being clouded in the SEC lawsuit debacle, Ripple is still making strategic moves in its core business line – enabling the cheap and fast cross-border transfer of value. The latest to join the Ripple family is Al Fardan, a UAE-based funds transfer service that will rely on RippleNet to offer cheap transfers into and out of the Middle Eastern nation.

As reported by local outlet National News, Al Fardan announced the partnership this week, saying it will enable it to offer real-time international money remittance.

Al Fardan joins RIppleNet Cloud, a service by the California-based blockchain company allowing financial institutions to integrate the speed, resilience, and flexibility of cloud computing without the burden of hardware management, it said.

Hasan Al Fardan, the CEO and founder, commented:

We are well into a digital future and payments powered by technology, which is becoming key in the region. This partnership underscores our commitment to offer new channels and opportunities for people to remit money more securely, with more flexibility and convenience.

Ripple, on its part, is proud of the partnership as it will allow the company to grow its presence in the remittance industry and expand its services in the Middle Eastern region.

Commenting on the partnership, Navin Gupta, the managing director of RippleNet for South Asia and MENA stated:

We are proud to partner … to leverage blockchain technology to revolutionise cross-border payments and the thriving payments industry in the UAE and the Middle East.

For Al Fardan, the partnership will allow it to get an edge in a remittance industry that’s quickly rebounding after being wrecked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Personal outward remittances from the UAE increased by 8.7 percent, or Dh3.6 billion ($980 million) in the second quarter of 2021 according to data by the Central Bank of UAE. Al Fardan has pledged in recent times to partner with more fintech firms to expand its presence in the sector.

As Ripple makes new partnerships, the SEC lawsuit cloud is still hanging over its future. The case has seen very few developments in recent months, with the SEC striking at Ripple’s fair notice defense by quoting a similar case as precedent.

Read More: SEC makes surprise move on Ripple but analysts say XRP is set for up to 44% surge this month

Unfazed, Ripple has continued developing its platform and striking new partnerships. Just weeks ago, it enabled NFT functionalities on the XRP Ledger.

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Mastercard to focus on increasing Ethereum network scalability in 2022 says CEO

Mastercard shall be working with ConsenSys for introducing a scalability system for the Ethereum blockchain.
The company reported stellar earnings for the fourth quarter of 2021 and has plans to expand its services further.

On Thursday, January 27, Mastercard reported its fourth-quarter earnings for the year 2021. During the earnings call, MasterCard CEO Michael Mieback spoke that one of the major areas of focus for the company will be improving Ethereum network scalability.

“We want to help increase Ethereum scalability via our ConsenSys partnership,” said Mieback. Last year, Mastercard partnered with blockchain firm ConsenSys to roll out Ethereum scaling solutions. The common goal was seeking expansion on both the Ethereum mainnet and for private use.

Mastercard shall be working with ConsenSys to address key challenges of scalable applications on the Quorum tech stack. It will do this via an offering that will provide “enterprise-grade scalability” to financial institutions.

Last year, when Mastercard announced its investment in ConsenSys, Raj Dhamodharan, executive vice president of Digital Asset and Blockchain Products & Partnerships said:

The accelerated shift of financial services to blockchain is continuing to reshape how businesses, governments and people transact around the world in real-time. Our investment in ConsenSys will enable us to fast-track our blockchain innovation and support a growing number of customers that are actively developing applications on Enterprise Ethereum and leveraging open-source technologies and communities.

Mastercard to facilitate NFT purchases

Mastercard delivered a strong set of numbers during the last quarter of Q4 2021. The company reported total earnings of $2.3 billion or $2.35 per share. This was much more than the Street estimates.

During the earnings call, Mastercard CEO Michael Mieback also expressed the desire to expand its services and partnerships. this also includes a new collaboration with crypto exchange Coinbase. As part of this collaboration, Coinbase users will be able to purchase non-fungible tokens with Mastercard. Meibach said:

We are executing on our strategic priorities and making good progress in scaling new products, strengthening partner relationships and winning new deals,

Mastercard has been taking up some key initiatives in the crypto space recently. Two months back, the payments giant said that it will be focusing on “crypto enablement” that will allow spending, cashing out, purchasing, and rewards in cryptocurrency.

Besides, Mastercard is also working with businesses and consumers in the Asia Pacific region for accessing crypto-linked Matercard credit and debit cards. With this, Mastercard users will be easily able to convert their crypto into fiat. To make this possible, Mastercard has partnered with players like CoinJar, Bitkub, and Amber Groups.

In the U.S. Mastercard has also partnered with Digital assets company Bakkt. The move will make it easier for banks, fintechs, and merchants to accept and provide crypto solutions and services.

Mastercard New Payment Index revealed that 77 percent of new millennials said they are interested in learning about crypto, and 75 percent stated that they will use crypto if they understand it better.

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UFOs, Animal Mutilations, Strange Creatures and a 25th “Anniversary”

Through much of 1997 – now 25 years later – the skies of south Devon, England were filled with UFOs, bizarre aerial vehicles, and mystifying lights. Strange creatures – including large black cats resembling mountain-lions, flying beasts that had the appearance of huge jellyfish, and ghostly black dogs with blazing, hate-filled eyes – provoked terror in those that encountered them. Unidentified robed and hooded figures were seen prowling around local, dark woods by moonlight, seemingly engaging in infernal, occult-driven rites and rituals. Animals were found dead, and hideously mutilated, under mysterious circumstances. Trying to make some sense of all this high-strangeness were two dedicated investigators of all things paranormal, Nigel Wright and Jon Downes. Nigel is a well-known, long-time investigator of UFOs in England, while Jon is the director of the Devon-based Center for Fortean Zoology – one of the few groups that investigates reports of such anomalies as lake-monsters, Bigfoot, and the Chupacabra on a full-time basis. Such was the sheer scale of supernatural activity that descended on ancient Devon in that specific period, Jon and Nigel found themselves plunged into a dark and turbulent world, one which closely paralleled the menacing environment that threatened to swallow up John Keel, as he investigated the turbulent Point Pleasant, West Virginia Mothman: hang-up phone calls in the middle of the night and bizarre threats. Why, exactly, the pair never knew. As for the research of the two, it ultimately led to the publication of a book from Jon and Nigel on the 1997 wave. Its title, The Rising of the Moon. As an example of the research that went down when south Devon was blighted by dark forces, consider the following:

(Nick Redfern) Nigel Wright: A Terrible 25th Anniversary

Any mention of “animal mutilations” invariably, and quite understandably too, provokes imagery of the notorious “cattle-mutilation” events that reached their peak in the southwest regions of the United States in the mid to late 1970s. On the issue of whether or not the killing and mutilation of animals on a large scale was, and perhaps still is, the work of extraterrestrials, occult groups, government personnel engaged in biological warfare experimentation, scavengers, shadowy figures with concerns about exotic viruses entering the U.S. food-chain, or a combination of all the above, the jury is very much still out. But, less well known, is that such events are not limited solely to the United States. The U.K. has been hit hard, too. One particular case stands out for truly memorable and macabre reasons, as will now become apparent. Consider, below, the extract from one of Nigel Wright’s journals reveals: “Approximately three weeks ago two young men were swimming in Otter Cove [at Lyme Bay, Exmouth, England]. As darkness drew in, they decided to make for the shore and change to go home. As they got changed, one of them looked out to sea. He saw what he described as a ‘greenish’ light under the surface. He called to the other young man and they both watched as this light ‘rose’ to the surface of the water. The next thing they knew there was a very bright light shining into their faces. They turned the scene and fled.” Meanwhile, on the top of the cliffs, equally strange things were afoot. The two young men raced for the car of a relative and breathlessly explained what had happened. Incredibly, she, too, had seen something highly unusual in precisely the same time frame on the road leading to Otter Cove. It was a strange animal that she likened to “an enormous cat.” Whatever the origin of the cat-like beast, however, she was certain of one thing: it was, to quote her, “all lit up” – almost glowing, one might say.

(Nick Redfern) Jon Downes on expedition

On the following day, a dead whale was found washed upon a stretch of beach directly below the cliffs. This did not appear to have been merely a tragic accident, however. On receiving reports that a whale had been found in precisely the area that anomalous lights and a strange creature were seen, Wright quickly launched an investigation. “The first thing that struck me as I looked on at this scene,” recalls Nigel, “was how perfect the carcass was. There was no decay or huge chunks torn from it. Then, as I wandered around it, I noticed that there was only one external wound: in the area of the genitals a round incision, the size of a large dinner plate, was cut right into the internal organs of the mammal. The sides of this incision were perfectly formed, as if some giant apple-corer had been inserted and twisted around. From the wound hung some of the internal organs.” Nigel continues: “I quizzed the official from English Heritage, who was responsible for the disposal of the carcass. He informed me that no natural predator or boat strike would have caused this wound. As I looked at this sight, the first thing that came into my mind was how this looked just like the cattle mutilation cases of recent times.”

Nigel was also able to determine this was not the only time that unusual lights had been seen in the vicinity of Lyme Bay: “No precise date can be given for the evening when a fishing boat encountered a strange light over Lyme Bay,” he wrote, “but, since this was told to me by the skipper of the vessel concerned, I can vouch for its authenticity. The vessel in question was five miles off Budleigh Salterton. The crew became aware of a bright, white-blue light which hovered some distance from the boat. At first they thought it was a helicopter but they heard no engine sounds, nor saw any navigation lights.” Nigel was told by the captain of the vessel that the night had been “bright and clear” and that if the object had made any noise, it would certainly have been “audible for miles.” And: “The light remained stationary for about one and a half hours. Judging by the mast of their vessel, which is twenty-eight feet high, the crew estimated that the light was not much higher than that,” adds Wright. “It then very suddenly disappeared.” Thankfully, the madness and mayhem was then over.

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