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Repeated Mothman sightings in Chicago

It was a normal summer night for John Amitrano, working a Friday shift as security for Chicago’s popular Logan Square hangout The Owl – but when we went outside, he saw something odd. “I saw a plane flying, but also something moving really awkwardly under it,” he told VICE. “It didn’t look like a bat so much as what illustrations of pterodactyls look like, with the slenderness of its head and its wing shape. I know what birds and what bats look like. This thing didn’t have any feathers or fur, and it didn’t fly like anything I’ve ever seen.”

Amitrano added that the thing he saw – which, according to him, had muscular legs, a jutting tailbone, and a human-like shape – flew in a “strange swooping motion, undulating up and down.” After it flew away, he retrieved his phone from charging in the bar and texted his girlfriend and close friends what had happened. “I remember thinking, This was the worst time in the world to have my phone charging,” he laughed.

What Amitrano saw that night was one of 55 reported Chicago-area sightings of a flying humanoid in 2017. Accounts have varied from “a large, black, bat-like being with glowing red eyes” to “a big owl” or something that resembled a “Gothic gargoyle” or a “Mothman.” Most eyewitnesses spotted the being in-flight, but some particularly disturbing reports detailed it dropping onto hoods of cars, peering in through windows, and swooping down at bystanders. The alleged “Mothman” has captured the attention of the city, from local media articles and rap songs to Halloween costumes and countless speculative Facebook groups.

Amitrano later remembered seeing something on Facebook about the sightings, and as he read more about it he contacted Lon Strickler, a self-described Fortean researcher who’s been compiling all of the Chicago sightings on his website Phantoms and Monsters. Strickler – whose book Mothman Dynasty: Chicago’s Winged Humanoids was released last month – has been investigating paranormal sightings since the late 1970s and claims to have seen both a “Mothman” and Bigfoot. Since the rash of sightings started in February, he’s been painstakingly interviewing witnesses and documenting their accounts.

According to Strickler, these Chicago sightings are unlike anything he’s seen in his decades investigating alleged flying humanoid sightings: “This group of sightings is historical in cryptozoology terms. For one, it’s happening in an urban area for the most part and that there are so many sightings in one period.” He added that he believes there are at least three flying humanoids around Chicago due to the varied locations, the concentration of sightings in certain neighborhoods, and the small differences in the eyewitness testimonies.

The main reference point Strickler uses for explaining this phenomenon was the wave of reported “Mothman” sightings in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. From 1966 to 1967, there were several reports of a large, man-like bird with glowing red eyes; local folklore later tied the monster to a bad omen connected with a tragic bridge collapse in 1967. The sightings were popularized by John Keel’s 1975 novel The Mothman Prophecies, which was later adapted into a 2002 film starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney – and since 2002, the town has commemorated the “Mothman” sightings with an annual festival.

Strickler doesn’t believe that what Chicagoans have been seeing are harbingers of bad things to come: “These beings are less aggressive than the one in Point Pleasant, for the most part. I believe overall there was only one being in the Point Pleasant-area that was seen during that period.” While he’s not sure why Chicagoans are seeing what they’re seeing, he theorized, “I think they’re flesh and blood beings that aren’t of this world.”

Dr. David A. Gallo is a psychologist from the University of Chicago whose research deals with memory – specifically, how people “actively (and sometimes inaccurately) reconstruct the past,” studying why people believe or are skeptics of paranormal psychic phenomena. A fan of The Mothman Prophecies, he offered his own explanations for what’s happening in Chicago: “It’s a selective sample. When people are choosing to report sightings, the basis of data upon which your paranormal researchers are collecting is all self-report,” he said over a phone call. “He’s not sampling random people and asking if they saw the Mothman – he’s just counting the number of people that voluntarily came forward to report a sighting.”

According to Gallo, the people more likely to visit a paranormal-centric website like Strickler’s might also be more inclined to believe in, and therefore witness the existence of, a “Mothman.” “Ideas about the supernatural can be culturally transmitted and socially transmitted. When incidences of UFOs are reported in the media or represented in popular culture, more sightings happen. I’ve heard it called The Will Smith Effect.” But Strickler doesn’t buy that explanation: “We have had very few cranks from what I can tell, which I think is pretty unusual. If the media would have picked up on it more than it has, I think that we would have had more fraudulent sightings.”

“So many things could be different factors for why there’s such a big uptick in the sighting,” Gallo stated, adding that he doesn’t deny these witnesses saw something out of the ordinary. “There’s a phenomenon where there’s basically some real witnessed experience, but if there are holes or gaps in that original experience, sometimes the mind is unable to fill in the gaps.” Because of this, Gallo warned, “if something is suggested to them subsequently as a plausible scenario – like a Mothman or whatever – that person might be inclined to fill in the gaps with that.”

While Gallo’s theories for why people have been seeing this flying humanoid might help soothe the nerves of Chicagoans afraid to look up at the sky, Amitrano still believes he saw something that night: “The reason I said something in the first place is that nobody wants to say anything because they don’t want to be perceived as a crackpot or a crazy person. That doesn’t mean that those things don’t happen.”

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Camera recorded an extraneous movement in Massachusetts. And this sight is not for the faint-hearted

A Redditt user with the nickname grandslammer0891 from Mansfield, Massachusetts, posted a video from security cameras at a friend’s house, which scared him and left users in disbelief.

The author of the video explained that his friend left home by the end of August, leaving four huskies in the care of a friend. He usually visited them during the daytime.

One day the owner of the apartment received a notification in the middle of the night that the camera recorded some kind of extraneous movement. At that time there were only dogs in the house.

The video captured the kitchen and part of the living room. A dog is lying on the sofa in the right corner, and you can trace the turns of the head by its ears. When her ears turn to the left, then in the dark you can see the transparent figure of a moving person.

The video puzzled users and caused a mixed reaction from them. Some could not find an explanation for what they saw and panicked slightly. The dog’s head turns towards the ghost, which suggests that it also noticed the apparition.

“What is it, I saw it … with my own eyes. Does anyone else see this? Because it seems to me that I definitely saw something wrong. No no”.

Others decided that a man had walked past the window on the right, and his shadow flashed on the left in the headlights. Some users even believe that a live person got into the frame.

“I hope your buddy has a gun. There was a real intruder. “

Some readers agreed that the ghost video is quite plausible, since Massachusetts is full of ghosts.

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Paranormal researcher warns that Ouija boards can summon dangerous demons

Paranormal researcher Paul Marsters criticized British retailer Poundland for selling Ouija boards as part of Halloween decor. He warned that only professional mediums should use the boards, and ordinary people can summon deadly demons. 

Paul, who is a member of True Paranormal Events UK, was stunned when he saw a £ 1 ($ 1.29) Ouija board in a local budget store.

 “Ouija boards are definitely not toys and should not be available to children to buy in stores on Halloween, let alone adults who are not trained in how to use them. It doesn’t matter if they are plastic or wooden ”, – quotes the words of the ghost hunter Hull Live. 

Paul Marsters explained that people can accidentally summon dangerous spirits that will torment their victim in the future and may even lead to suicide. 

“On Halloween night, the veil on the spirit world is very thin, and people only buy these boards for Ouija sessions on Halloween, so I’m afraid to imagine what will happen when these boards are in the wrong hands,” the expert said. 

Poundland noted that Ouija boards can only be purchased by persons over 18 years of age. This item sold out quickly before Halloween due to its popularity.

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Paranormal activity at the Pit Pretoria mine

In the 80 years since the biggest disaster in the UK mines, no one has thought of erecting a normal monument to the dead miners. And the ghosts didn’t like it very much.

One of the most impressive types of ghosts, these are the ones that cannot rest until there is justice for the circumstances of their death. For example, murder victims may visit places where they were killed or buried in the hope of bringing the perpetrator to justice.

These ghosts in the West are called “ghosts with a purpose” and the incident in the English city of Bolton is one of the clearest examples of this manifestation. Bolton is a working-class town in the north of England. It began to develop actively in the Victorian era, when there was an industrial rise in Great Britain and coal mining became its main industry.

There were so many coal mines here that Bolton was one of the centers of coal mining in Britain during that era. However, by the early twentieth century, Bolton’s coal mines were suddenly depleted as rich surface seams ran out. In search of coal, miners now had to “bite” into the ground deeper and deeper.

The Pretoria Pit mine quickly became one of the deepest and most dangerous miners to work with. Moreover, many of these miners were children or adolescents, because in those years only the poor went to such harmful work, among whom it was considered normal to earn their living from the age of 7-8. They simply could not quit, because they simply would not find another job in a mining town and would face the risk of poverty and starvation. Therefore, they humbly continued every day to descend underground, praying that they would return in the evening.

Even the strange supernatural omens, though frightening them, did not become a reason for not going to work. These omens included the corpses of black crows that somehow ended up in even the deepest levels of the mine, as well as an incomprehensible noise that greatly frightened the horses driving the minecarts. And in 1910, a disaster struck at the Pit Pretoria mine. There are several theories about it, but the main one is considered to be a small deep collapse, which released natural gas into the lower mines and exploded.

The explosion killed almost all the miners who went underground on that ill-fated day – 344 people. Only three were able to reach the surface, of which two soon died of their wounds. It was the worst industrial disaster in the UK and left a deep psychological scar on the locals. Eighty years later, in the early 1990s, memories of the catastrophe faded away, even the children of the miners who died were no longer alive. Bolton no longer held an annual memorial service for the dead miners, and many locals heard of the Pretoria Pit explosion only briefly in class.

However, the spirits of the dead were not ready to sink into oblivion. And suddenly, a series of intense paranormal activity erupted in Bolton County, witnessed by hundreds of people. It began in 1993, when local resident Brian Lowe was driving along Platt Lane, an old dirt road that ran very close to the place where the heaped Pit Pretoria mine was. And suddenly Lowe saw dozens and dozens of brilliant human eyes that looked at him from the darkness of an abandoned mining warehouse, which was on the side of the road.

Frightened, Lowe added speed to get past this place, but then he heard a strange pop. It was loud enough and Lowe thought that his tire had burst, but the car continued to drive smoothly. However, when Lowe reached the city, there he was met by a frightened friend who said that there had recently been an explosion near Platt Lane, which was seen by many local residents. In the darkness of the night, a large flash of light was very noticeable.

The police were called to the old warehouse, the road was blocked, but nothing unusual was found. No traces of the explosion and the destruction it created. But then, over the course of 17 years, many of those who approached the Pretoria Pit saw unusual things – the bodies of many dead people lying by the road, limping and waddling figures that walked somewhere through the bushes and the darkness of the night. AND SMELL. The smell of burnt meat.

Many also reported hearing the sounds of an explosion, but again they found no evidence that something exploded there. As well as signs that some pranksters are working here who wander near the mine at night and scare passers-by and drivers. No sign of any people at all near the Pretoria Pit. This is understandable, the locals usually avoided this place as best they could. One day a policeman arrived at another call about an explosion or about observing corpses near the road and saw with his own eyes a severed human hand hanging from a tree branch. And right before his eyes, this hand disappeared, disappeared into thin air.

After that, a whole group of local residents gathered, who finally realized that this was not a joke or a practical joke. They decided that the ghosts of the dead miners wanted something and that it should be done to calm them down. It was decided to erect a monument to them, which for some reason none of the local authorities did for 80 years. When the memorial was built and the names of all the dead miners were indicated on it, a special memorial service was held and the priest consecrated the memorial. Since that day, there have been NO other reports of paranormal activity near the Pretoria Pit.

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