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Strange Tales from the London Underground

by Nick Redfern

England’s famous London Underground railway system serves Greater London and parts of the counties of Essex, Hertfordshire, and Buckinghamshire. It’s also the world’s oldest underground network of its type: services began on January 10, 1863, on the Metropolitan Railway. Today, the London Underground has no fewer than 268 stations and approximately 250 miles of track, making it the longest sub-surface railway in the world. In 2007, over one billion passengers were recorded as having used the Underground since its creation.

According to some, however, the London Underground is home to much more than just tracks, trains and commuters. Deep within the maze of dark old tunnels, distinctly strange and diabolical things are said to lurk…

Underground in WW2 copy

Devolved Humans

Tales of ghosts and monsters roaming the sinister depths of the London Underground have circulated for years. Some of these legends were incorporated into a 1972 film titled Death Line, starring horror-movie stalwarts Christopher Lee and Donald Pleasance. The movie tells the story of a cave-in at a station being built at Rus­sell Square in the 1890s. When the accident occurs, several Irish laborers (both men and women) are presumed killed. The construction company subsequently goes bankrupt and cannot afford to dig out the bodies. As might be expected, the laborers don’t actually die, but instead they survive and reproduce. Eighty years later, their devolved offspring live deep within the underground tunnels, replenishing their food supply from the platform at Russell Square.

Michael Goss has studied legends of such devolved humans roaming the tunnels of London, and is skeptical that they have any basis in fact: “These troglodytes exist in that nebulous quasi-material form that is part-rumor, part-legend…the subterraneans seem a deceptively playful kind of London legend, the sort which narrators repeat with disparaging amusement, but which cries out to be believed… They probably eat the sandwiches and burgers we discard and it is ‘widely believed’ that they also eat tramps, drunks and other isolated late-night commuters. Now you have another good reason for avoiding the Northern Line after rush hour.”

But not everyone is quite so certain that the reports are the stuff of myth. Jon Downes is the director of the British-based Center for Fortean Zoology, dedicated to the investigation of mysterious animals such as Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, and the Loch Ness Monster. Between 1982 and 1985, Downes worked as a nurse at the Royal Counties Hospital, near the English city of Exeter. While employed there, Downes heard stories of how at some point in the 1940s, disturbing things occurred that had a direct link with the tales of strange goings-on beneath the London Underground.

Wild Man Captured

According to a doctor Downes spoke with, the events began with a series of late-night phone calls to the hospital from the Lord Lieutenant of the County, from the then-Earl of Devon, and from elements of the Devonshire Police Force, all secretly informing senior personnel at the hospital that a highly dangerous patient was to be brought to the hospital within the hour, and would require specialist care in an isolated, locked room.

Around 45 minutes later, a police vehicle arrived at the hospital, reversing with a screech up to a side door. Several police officers tumbled out of the back door of the vehicle while trying to hang onto what the doctor said resembled a dirt-encrusted and hair-covered caveman.

The creature was reportedly around six feet in height and completely naked. It had a heavy brow, wide nose, and very muscular arms and legs. For three days, the man-beast was securely held at the hospital, Downes was advised, before it was transferred to an unspecified location far below the London Underground. Its fate remains unknown.

In some respects, this story eerily parallels that of a man named Colin Campbell, who maintains that while traveling home on the Underground in the mid-1960s, he had a nightmarish encounter with a very similar beast.

It was late at night and Campbell was the only person to get off the train at its scheduled stop on the Northern Line. As the train pulled away from the deserted platform and Campbell made his way towards the exit, he claims to have heard a “funny growl coming from behind me.”

Campbell quickly spun around and was shocked to see a large, hairy, ape-like animal lumbering across the platform towards the track. Most bizarre of all, the beast was seemingly spectral in nature, rather than flesh and blood.

Campbell says “it was like it was embedded in the concrete… About three-quarters of its body was above the platform, but its legs were in it, and [it was] walking right through it, like a ghost.”

As Campbell stood in awe, too shocked to move, the beast continued to walk through the concrete, right onto the tracks, and then straight through the wall directly behind the tunnel.

Could this have been the ghostly form of the hairy wild-man taken from Starcross Hospital all those years ago? We may never know. But sightings of weird creatures on the London Underground are not limited to man-beasts.

For the last 40 years or so, tales have abounded of so-called “big cats” on the loose in the British countryside. Such reports are now at almost epidemic levels. Precisely what they are, where they come from, and why no one is ever able to capture a specimen are matters of heated debate, with no end in sight. Long before the present-day controversy reared its head, however, the London Underground may very well have been home to one of these elusive beasts.

Maureen Abbott saw what she describes as a “big black panther” (in reality, “black panthers” are melanistic big cats, such as cougars and leopards) that was “bounding along the track” as she stood awaiting a train on the Bakerloo Line late one winter evening in 1954 or ’55. The animal was “running very fast,” and as it passed her, it quickly looked in her direction with a “horrible frown on his face” before vanishing into the darkness of the tunnels. Although Abbott did not see the creature again, she has never forgotten her terrifying encounter with the unknown, deep below the city of London.

Egyptian Ghost

Strange creatures aside, encounters of a distinctly spectral nature have been reported on the London Underground for decades on countless occasions and in numerous tunnels.

British Museum Station closed on September 25, 1933. For many years prior to its closure, however, a local myth circulated to the effect that the ghost of an ancient Egyptian haunted the station. Dressed in a loincloth and headdress, the figure emerged late at night into the labyrinth of old tunnels. The rumor grew so strong that a London newspaper offered a reward to anyone who would spend the night there. Surprisingly, not a single soul took the newspaper up on its generous offer.

The story took a far stranger turn after the station was shut down, however. The 1935 comedy-thriller movie Bulldog Jack included in its story a secret tunnel that ran from the station to the Egyptian Room at the British Museum. The station in the film is known as Bloomsbury, and was a stage set; however, the scenario presented in the film was based on the story of the ghost of British Museum Station.

On the same night the movie was released, two women disappeared from the platform at Holborn, which happened to be the next station along from the British Museum. Strange marks were later found on the walls of the closed station, and more sightings of the ghost were reported, along with weird moaning noises coming from behind the walls of the tunnels.

London Underground officials played down the story, and there has always been a blanket denial on the existence of a tunnel from the station to the museum’s Egyptian Room. Nevertheless, the story was resurrected in Keith Lowe’s novel Tunnel Vision, in which the lead character, trying to impress and scare his girlfriend, states: “If you listen carefully when you’re standing at the platform at Holborn, sometimes—just sometimes—you can hear the wailing of Egyptian voices floating down the tunnel towards you.”

British Museum Station is also said to be home to a ghostly figure that roams the tunnels in a large coat, tall hat, and gloves. Supposedly, the ghost is that of William Terriss, an actor who was stabbed to death near the Adelphi Theater in 1897.

And then there is the ghost of Bank Station. During the construction of this station, workmen are said to have awakened the spirit of a woman named Sarah, better known as the “Black Nun.” Her brother Philip was said to be a bank employee executed for forgery who worked close to the station. According to legend, Sarah’s spectral form still roams the platforms and tunnels, looking for her long-lost brother.

With stories of hairy man-beasts, mysterious big cats, and a dizzying assortment of ghosts, specters, and spooks prowling the London Underground, we might legitimately ask: what else lurks in the shadowy underworld of England’s capital? Perhaps in time those mysterious tunnels will finally give up all their terrible secrets. Until then, however, if you ever find yourself alone on the Underground, late at night, beware: they may be watching you…

Nick Redfern’s new book, There’s Something in the Woods, is published by Anomalist Books (See www.anomalistbooks. com).


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Earth is threatened by asteroid collision a day before US elections

A refrigerator-sized asteroid could hit Earth a day before the US presidential election , which is scheduled for November 3. American astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson announced this on his Instagram page.

“Asteroid 2018VP1, a refrigerator-sized asteroid in space, is speeding towards us at over 25,000 miles per hour,” he wrote.

At the same time, the scientist assured that there would be no particular harm from such a collision, since the asteroid is relatively small in size. According to Tyson, if “the end of the world comes in 2020, it is not the fault of the universe.”

According to NASA, the probability that an asteroid will enter the Earth’s atmosphere is 0.41 percent. It is expected to flyby at 384 thousand kilometers.

Asteroid 2018 VP1 was discovered on November 3, 2018. It belongs to the “Apollo” group – these are asteroids whose paths cross the earth’s orbit.

No protection from dangerous asteroids

Humanity does not have the technical ability to prevent a large asteroid from falling to Earth. Currently, there are no such opportunities. The only means is to notify the population. However, we cannot predict where on Earth the asteroid will hit. The orbit and angles of entry into the atmosphere are determined with an error. It turns out that one asteroid can have a whole track from possible points of impact, which can stretch for half of the Earth.

The origin of life when an asteroid falls

Japanese scientists studying the origin of life on Earth simulated on an experimental setup the conditions that arise when an asteroid falls into the ocean. It turned out that with such an event complex organic compounds such as amino acids are formed in water.It turned out that the shock produces amino acids such as glycine and alanine, which serve as building blocks for proteins involved in many biological reactions.In the early stages of development on Mars, as on Earth, falls of meteorites and asteroids were common, and the formation of amino acids induced by impacts could well be the first step towards the origin of life, scientists say.

US presidential election

The US presidential election will be held on November 3. The current leader of the country, Donald Trump, is running for a second Republican term. His main rival is Democratic candidate Joe Biden. 

According to the data on the number of views in the past debate, Biden’s speech was watched by 600 thousand more people than Trump.

Most states vote in whole or in part by mail. Earlier, Trump called Biden “the worst presidential candidate in history” and jokingly promised to leave the United States if he loses the election.

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“Ummite Letters” of Aliens. KGB experiment or shocking truth?

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Once upon a time, Europe was flooded with information from the alleged residents of the planet Ummo, and defectors from the USSR claimed that the KGB even managed to detain and study one of the aliens.

This story began in 1966, as usual, with devilry. Bored students at the University of Madrid organized an esoteric circle in which they practiced table-turning and talking with spirits – a rather strange activity for Catholic Spain.

Once, one of them came up with a “wonderful” idea – to try to call into conversation not the souls of long-dead ancestors and not demons, but aliens. And what was the surprise of young scientists when some “inhabitants of the planet Ummo” from the constellation Virgo responded to the call. Yes, they did not just respond, but began to actively talk with students, telling them about their own planet. They talked so much that one of the students, Fernando Sesma, even published a brochure on this topic.

Had he lived in the Middle Ages, he would have been burned at the stake for communicating with demons, but, unfortunately, the grain fell on fertilized soil. Here and there in the media, there were reports of flying saucers, and the book began to be bought. Sesma was already rubbing his hands in anticipation of profits, but one night, he received a phone call in his apartment.


Photo of the "Ummo Ship", published June 1, 1967.  Photo © Wikipedia

Photo of the “Ummo Ship”, published June 1, 1967. Photo © Wikipedia

A muffled voice on the phone told the student that a resident of the planet Ummo was talking to him, that aliens had been exploring Earth for 70 years and that the last resident troop was landed on the planet in 1956. In the Alps (in a mountainous region that belonged to France), six agents of the Ummite civilization landed from a space “saucer”: two women and four men. They had to not only study the flora and fauna of the planet, but also study the culture of people.

According to the ummit, the diversity of human relations, nationalities and cultures amazed the aliens so much that they decided to postpone official contact with earthlings for a while in order to get to know them better. Sesma’s interlocutor was outraged by the multiple inaccuracies that were present in the brochure, and demanded that the earthling fix the mistakes.

Already in the morning, Sesma considered the night conversation a good prank, but, to his surprise, a few days later he received in the mail a whole pile of documents describing life on the planet Ummo. Each of the sheets was marked with a special emblem. The documents claimed that planet Ummo revolves around the star of Yumma, its coordinates were given right there, and the civilization and culture of the Ummites were also described. It turned out that the structure of their society resembles the era of victorious communism. Each of the inhabitants of Ummo was a neuron of one huge brain, united by a “common soul”. The Ummites were very similar to earthlings, light-haired, light-eyed, and the average height was two meters.

Smells played an important role in the Ummo civilization, there were their own ideas about God, reminiscent of Kant’s ideas, there were also eschatological ideas about the end of the world. The arts never existed on the Ummo, but the Ummites were good engineers, and all important decisions were made together through some semblance of the Internet.

Men in Black

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Photo © Getty Images

Since then, Sesma began to receive letters from the Ummites with enviable regularity – every second Tuesday of the month. Letters came to him from all over the world: from America, from Australia, from Africa and even from behind the “Iron Curtain” (from the territory of Eastern Europe and from the Soviet Union). A year later, in 1967, information began to be dictated by telephone, and at the beginning of the summer Sesme was told that the Spaniards should wait for guests: on July 1, 1967, an alien ship would land in the suburbs of Madrid.

An agitated Sesma warned the local police about this, but they only laughed at him.  On July 1, a flood of messages from local residents poured into the Madrid police and local newspapers. All of them saw UFOs in the sky over Madrid, and at the site of the announced landing they found several strange cylinders and ten strips of polyvinyl with the inscription “Ummo” in Latin.

Finally, journalists became interested in the aliens. They found that in Madrid alone, 65 people received letters from the Ummites. The contactees were not only in Spain, but also in France and in other European countries. Some have received letters since 1962. Obviously, the letters and information from the Ummites should have given humans a chance to get used to future alien intervention.

A letter in Spanish sent to a certain Enrique Villagras on November 28, 1966.  Noteworthy is the lilac seal with the Ummo symbol (bottom right).  Photo © Wikipedia

A letter in Spanish sent to a certain Enrique Villagras on November 28, 1966. Noteworthy is the lilac seal with the Ummo symbol (bottom right). Photo © Wikipedia

In the Spanish town of Burnet, they even recalled the appearance of strange, very tall, fair-haired people in black suits, who kept themselves apart, and then disappeared somewhere. The result of their appearance was the disappearance of a whole bus with tourists who were never found.

After covering the problem in the media, scientists got involved. The astrophysicist, head of the National Center for Scientific Research of France, Jean-Pierre Petit, was most interested in the question. At first he wanted to expose the invention, but in the process of studying the materials he changed his mind. The data about the science of Ummo were so interesting and difficult to understand that they baffled the scientist, and he began to lean towards the opinion about the authenticity of the documents.

Petyo even wrote once that more than 90% of his discoveries are the result of ideas suggested to him by the Ummites. For example, the scientist proposed to revise the Big Bang theory, since the speed of light is not always the same, and time under certain conditions can flow backwards.

What was it?

Modern researchers of the problem have several versions of the appearance of the Ummite letters. The first version says that the letters are authentic, the Ummites exist. In Russia, they were even associated with a whole series of deaths among ufologists. However, there is still no direct evidence of the existence of the Ummites, and the letters do not carry any fundamentally new information for humanity. Scientists have long scanned the space where the star of Humma should have been, but they did not find anything there.

The second version says that this story is an operation of the special services. For example, the Spanish special services at one time stated that the letters were a provocation by the KGB. Say, in such an intricate way, the Soviet Union wanted to change the political background in Spain, because the country remained practically the only place in Europe in which there was no communist party. Again, there was no evidence, except that the lilac emblem of the Ummites somehow very suspiciously resembled the Cyrillic letter “zh”.

Photo © Shutterstock

Photo © Shutterstock

After the fall of the USSR, there were people who allegedly saw the “blue folder” “leaked” to the West, into which the KGB put all documents related to the study of extraterrestrial intelligence. And supposedly it said not only about the authenticity of the letters, but also about the fact that in the USSR it was possible not only to catch, but also to study one of the Ummites. A former KGB officer P. Klimchenkov who fled to the West told about this to one of the American journalists. The third version was that the Europeans became the target of a prank by a leftist youth group, which thus spread their ideas.

But the most popular was the assumption that the Ummite letters were the fruit of a complex hoax, behind which stood a whole group of scholars who disliked the dictator Franco. In 1992, psychologist Jose Luis Peña admitted this, who said that in such an intricate way he wanted to test the readiness of humanity for contact. He was indeed among those who received the Ummite letters. And in 1966 he even claimed to have seen a spaceship with the emblem of the Ummites. By the time of recognition, the scientist had already suffered a stroke and completely lost his speech.

Wait and see

In the 21st century, Ummites communicate with people through tweets. They report that there are now 240 aliens on Earth, that 432 more Ummo agents will arrive in December 2020, and preparations for contact between civilizations will begin in three years – in 2023. Then a certain hierarch with powers will arrive on Earth.

The Ummites have already had their harmful influence on the earthlings. For example, in Bolivia, a sect has emerged whose followers call themselves the children of the Ummo. Perhaps a group of students engaged in table-turning really looked into the abyss somewhere. And the abyss, as it should be, looked at people in response.

Source: LIFE Magazine

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“In October the world is waiting for something”: a new catastrophe predicted

In social networks, they began to actively discuss the prediction of Jordan Maxwell that in October 2020, humanity will face an unprecedented catastrophe.

This spring, Maxwell revealed that he knew about the coronavirus back in 2019.

“I said it would come 6 months ago,” he said in April.

He explained that he has a best friend, he is an astrologer, but not an ordinary seer, but a genius, the level of Nostradamus. He told him that people would be tested by the stars “a kind of new biological weapon that will hit the world.” Moreover, the apogee of disasters falls on October.

“In October, the world is waiting for something that no one has ever seen before,” Jordan said.

According to him, this month will bring problems to all countries on the planet. Unrest and riots will break out in many places. But in the end, the world will go through a “death experience”.

“In October, the whole world, humanity, all countries will be involved in some kind of major ‘shutdown’ that will cause political and social unrest on a scale that we have never had to face before. It will be a tremendous, incredible disaster. “

Earlier, the soothsayer also noted that people can go crazy and start attacking each other all over the planet.

Maxwell’s prediction is now actively discussed on social networks around the world. Moreover, supporters of various conspiracy theories are actively involved.

“If people start going crazy and attacking each other all over the planet, which he says will happen (we already see this, albeit on a smaller scale, in the USA), then I would say that the trigger is for this ( although there will be many other factors) there will be 5G, “one commentator wrote

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