Sunday, June 27, 2010

Westall 1966 Suburban UFO mystery

Phantoms and Monsters

Herald Sun   
          Flying saucers, crop circles, missing film, disappearing files, denials, military cover-ups,threats and                                                shadowy Men in Black.
It couldn't happen here?
Most people would say it couldn't happen anywhere!
But more than 100 witnesses to one of the world's biggest UFO mysteries are adamant that it did, in broad daylight in Clayton South on April 6, 1966.
And 44 years after the event, many are still fuming that the military they say were swarming around the scene for days have offically denied the incident and no record appears to exist.

To read more click the links above... 

Was anyone reading this there?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Paranormal Activity in Prospect, NSW

Rouse Hill Times BELIEVE it or not. These photos have been provided to us.
Are they an illusion or is there really something out there?
The first photo was taken during one of the St Bartholomew’s Church and Prospect Cemetery ghost tours.
Photos: Ghostly images captured at St Bartholomew’s Church and Prospect Cemetery
It was taken by a photographer of the paranormal while the door was open to the vestry on the Great Western Highway side of the church.
The first question asked is how could someone be up that high, because the windows are abnormally high from ground level.
The photo was sent overseas for authenticity tests and they said to look above the face of ``child’’ at what appears to be an abnormal apparition of another face.
To read more click here.
From Bryony: Without meaning to sound so skeptical and putting a downer on it I do have to wonder what "authenticity test" means and the process it goes through. What is it authenticating? I don't understand.
Anyway, I'd like to see another photo of the area that this was taken in so we can get a clearer picture of the area and how high off the ground this was etc. In my opinion it looks like the reflection of the photographer in the glass. Actually looking closer it looks like someones elbow and they are wearing a green t-shirt. Can anyone else see this? (Apologies for the poor quality - I used "paint")

Darkened and slightly more contrast

What I percieve the photo to be: T-shirt, Shoulder and Elbow and the bright light is the flash reflecting off the wood and glass.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

On The Hunt For The Big Cat That Refuses To Die

Exotic feline or enduring phantom? Something big, something strange has been stalking the Blue Mountains for decades and it's back in the spotlight, Eamonn Duff reports.

PAUL CAUCHI and his girlfriend Naomi were in a celebratory mood.

The couple had just signed the paperwork for their new home near Mudgee but that's not why they will remember May 28, 2010.

''We were driving through Yarrawonga and Naomi saw it first,'' explained Mr Cauchi.

'''Look,' she said, 'Can you see that? … It's … it's a panther!'

''And the moment I saw it, I swore out loud in disbelief - because that's exactly what it was.''

The couple had ''a perfect seven- or eight-second view'' of the creature standing in front of them, outside a goat farm.

''I'd heard the stories but never believed a word of it,'' said Mr Cauchi. ''I've seen how big feral bush cats grow, but this was no feral cat. There is no mistaking, this was a panther. Now I'm thinking, how has this remained in doubt for so long?''

To read more click here

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Interview with Bradley Scott from Ghost Hunters Australia

Bradley is a member of Ghost Hunters Australia and are currently filming a series about their team which will be available to view later in the year through a site called Triptych Concepts. 
I thought it would be a good idea to get to know the man behind GHA a little better.

1.How did you become interested in the paranormal?

A: It all started fairly early for me, I was about 4 when we relocated to Gladstone in Central Queensland after the Ipswich floods of 1974, my parents bought 1950's housing commission house, you know the type, fibro construction, cold in winter, hot in summer but a great place to grow up in. It all started when I would see a mist making it's way up the hall and into my sisters room, I would be lying there at night watching shadows dance up and down the hall way, and it got worse had lights go on and off, Tv would turn it self on and off - remember back in the 70's we didn't have remote controls, the old stereo would start playing records all that type of stuff. I will admit it scared me shitless. The worst account I had was with what I believe to be the main thing causing the problems, I remember late one night my Dad had moved me into the main living area of the house due to a really bad storm, I would have been about 8 at this stage. I am lying on my mattress on the floor watch the lighting through the window when I heard a growl just behind me, it took me ages to get the courage to roll over and face the other side and when I did I saw sitting on the arm of the old lounge chair something that I will never forget. It was quite small but hunched over, very large claw like feet and very large eyes, just sitting there looking at me. I couldn't scream, couldn't move, just lay there watch it watch me. It took off from the lounge straight at me and then it was gone. We moved out of the house when I was about 12 and never saw it again but it didn't stop all the activity in the house. I guess from there it was learn as much as I could. We didn't have the internet or TV shows - I was all learnt from reading and asking questions.

2.How long have you been investigating the paranormal?

A: The main part of 18 years now. As I got older and my thirst for what is actually going on with the paranormal and strange events sort of took over, I wasn't happy following the rest of the crowed, mostly went out on my own, made a lot of mistakes, broke a lot of equipment doing stupid things, but from those days of doing it on my own I learnt the hard way on what and what not to do.

3.What was your inspiration for doing an Australian TV show?

A: Having the crap nagged out of me - no seriously, doing a TV show was the last thing on my mind, I did a series in NZ that did pretty well for a little production, so when I landed back in OZ I had numerous requests to do one from different production companies, remember I have been around for a while long before NZPI or GHA. But I just wasn't interested, because they all wanted their own spin on it. I told them all to go and take a running jump and get some other tool to make a dick out of themselves. Anyway, I was approached by Triptych Concepts and the reason why I am working with them is because I get to do it my way, no bullshit, no theatrics, no one gets possessed every episode, but a raw and honest look at what does go on within this field. 

4.Whats the scariest moment you've had whilst investigating?

A: Wrights Hills Fort in Wellington, to cut a long story short myself and 2 friends decide to go down into the tunnels of the old fort, a big no no, but if there is adventure about what more can I say. Any way we climb down about 2 flights on a crappy old ladder and start checking the place out. The next second all our equipment goes dead, cameras, torches, EMF, everything all at the same time. So we are standing there in pitch darkness, no idea where the exits are, next we hear growing and scratching coming from the big steel doors, it wasn't an animal it was human! It only lasted about 15 seconds but it was enough to put the willies in up me, and I have been in some bad places, from Mental Hospitals, Warehouses, Tunnels you name it I have just about explored it in the name of Paranormal Research.

5.What is the one piece of equipment you can't go ghost hunting without?

A:To be honest even though I carry a lot of equipment, it can also be very distracting, stick me in a room with just myself and no equipment and just rely on my brain and I am happy. I know it sounds strange to some who would see all the TV shows out there but your body is the best gadget you have. You know within your gut when all hell is about to break loose.

6.What has been your favourite/most active/most interesting place you've investigated?

A: That is a tough one, each place that I have gone into that has shown true paranormal activity is always exciting. It doesn't matter if it is a big historic building or a tiny 1 bed room flat, it is the quality of the investigation that matters most. Between here and New Zealand there are many places that bring fond memories, like been scratched up and pushed over by un-seen entities, you can find most of these details on the website just look into past posts.

7.Has anything ever followed you home from an investigation?

A: Who would want to follow me home? I am a 6 foot 2, 100 kg grump with a mean streak to match. You learn very early on that you take no chances when it comes to the unknown. Protect your self and your team. I have just been lucky that my personality works for me, I have been called everything from the Bad Boy to a Hard Bastard and everything in between, but if that what it takes to know I come home on my own than that is fine with me. I won't lie, I have upset a lot of people with my approach, but it is my way of protecting myself and whomever is with me, but in the same tone we all have a great time doing it and a lot of fun. The day this turns into a job and isn't enjoyable anymore is the day I hang up my EMF Meter.

Here's a link to their website: Ghost hunters Australia

Monday, June 14, 2010

My spooky workplace

I've always found the place I work a bit spooky... Not so much the floor I work on (not that i'd want to be here alone) but the rest of the building. There are 5 floors here and we're on the fourth. The rest of the building is completely empty which provides quite the eerie experience when one has to go to any other floor. 
Like I said, we're on the fourth floor. The building is strange because its built on a slope so level 3 is on street level. I have to go in and out of that floor at the beginning of the day and at the end. The morning is not so bad but leaving at night when its dark is pretty spooky. Turning around and turning the lights off, making sure no ones followed me etc. But generally that floor is okay. Its level 2 and Level 1 that give me the goosebumps. Level 2 is the car park and some empty offices along with our archive room. There is a really old air conditioning unit that takes up an entire room there. There is also a TONNE of electrical wires down there. So i attribute most of my eerie feelings to it being a "fear cage" and the strange pops and bangs to the old air con unit.

By the way the defintion of a fear cage is: 
A term used to describe a confined area such as a walk in closet, hallway or basement with very high EMF readings. The combination of being close and confined with in an area of strong EMF often brings out extremely great feelings of uneasiness, anxiety, paranoia and/or uncontrollable fear. ...
A confined area or room with a high EMF reading. This can cause hallucinations as well as headaches, body aches, nausea and paranoia. It is also thought to be an area conductive to strong paranormal activity. 

Level one is by far the creepiest area....
Mainly because its practically like a basement. There are offices down there (empty of course) and a massive storeroom which we've just started to use. I HATE going down there because its dark, no lights on, no one around and there's just a weird feeling to it as though someone is right behind you. Again, I write this off as over imagination and watching to many horror movies ;)

The floor that I feel most comfortable on is the floor I work on but today someone I work with described some spooky experiences they've had when they've worked on the floor alone. 
He described hearing someone enter the office as though it was one of his co-workers. He walks up the other end of the office to say hello and no one is there.
He's seen people walk into reception out of the corner of his eye but when he looks no one is there. 
I wanted to talk to him further but really it wasn't the right time and I felt a little uncomfortable asking him as he's my boss and I didn't want him thinking I was slacking off work! ;-)
He described the noises of someone entering the office...which i'm assuming he meant either hearing a door open, the lift doors open or footsteps. Those noises can't be attributed to sounds from other offices as there is no one else in the building!

Anyway, I will keep my eyes open and my ears alert to any other stories.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Does the Hawkesbury have a loch ness-style monster of its own?

Hornsby Advocate 

"Imagine a monster living on the borders of the upper north shore. An aquatic beast which lurks in the depths of the Hawkesbury River. A creature related to the Loch Ness monster.

For cryptozoologist Rex Gilroy, the fledgling legend of the Hawkesbury River Monster is real and he’s determined to prove it.

Since 1965, he and his wife Heather have been gathering information on a creature he believed still lives in our major waterway, or once did.

After years of ``patience, field trips and stake-outs’’ along the shores of the river, Mr Gilroy, who is also known for his research on the Blue Mountains Panther, hopes to finally obtain photographic evidence.

``Sooner or later, I’m hoping to get the shot of shots,’’ Mr Gilroy told the Advocate.

The Gilroys say they have compiled hundreds of sightings reports."

To read more click here.