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The manor is also known as William A Bell House, it is a pink sandstone house in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Construction started in 1872, he went off to marry a woman in England who said she would live with him in Colorado as long as she could have her children in England. In 1973 it was added to the nationa; Register of Historic places.

In 1886, one night Dr Bell was away on business and Mrs Bell woke up to a room full of smoke. Embers had escaped from a fireplace and fortunately the children, and herself, got out along with the servants. The gardener also managed to help her save a painting by Thomas Moran but the rest of their belongings were lost.

The family returned in 1887, constructing a second manor, with a school room, conservatory, cloister and library with a special alcove so they could display the saved painting.

There have been eye-witness reports of people hearing chimes, of being bumped or touched. Strange noises have been heard, mystery footprints seen and objects moved.

There have been reports of apparitions too, a young girl with curly red hair, Mrs Bell and more oddly a skeletal woman in white who roams the estate.

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Thanks to the Youtube channel series ‘Ask a Mortician’ I ended up travelling to Lincoln Cathedral. I spent a good twenty minutes from the car park up the steep hill to get there and was not disappointed, it was worth the walk and I got plenty of good exercise too.

According to Wikipedia they are also known as transi, and the term Cadaver Tomb refers to a variety of monuments. Thee carving is of a decayed/decaying body with the shroud wrapped around it. Some of them have another sculpture above of the persons likeness before their death. The term includes both the single cadaver monument and the ‘double decker’ that hosts the alive and dead.

The one I went to see if the one at Lincoln Cathedral, it is of Bishop Richard Fleming who died in 1431. It’s said to be the earliest surviving one in England and I took a video and pictures, you can enjoy the link –

There are examples in Italy too, including in Rome at the tomb of Pope Innocent III. France also has examples, Henry II is buried in ice.

I found a very good and lengthy resource.

http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/4274/2/DX082064_1.pdf

Cadaver tombs look dramatic and macabre, with perhaps a deep meaning for those of faith. A reminder that the body must decay so the soul can be released, once left to dust the soul would not longer be trapped and paired, instead the soul would be released and thanks to prayers (and of course money) the soul could ascend.

My last one to look at is a transi-monument that really went the full hog… René de Chalon’s memorial is at Saint-Étienne Church at Bar-le-Duc in France. The young prince died at age 25, either his wife asked or he had asked her, but the upshot was the memorial was about a life-sized skeleton with strips of skin over it, a right hand clutching at the rib cage. He wanted the left hand holding up his heart up high. The hand once held his real and dried heart but somewhere along the lines it was believed to have been stolen during the French Revolution.

I didn’t get to France but I did appreciate the one I found more locally. I hope you like the pics I got courtesy of my phone.

 

Cattle Mutilations are known as bovine excision, this subject refers mainly to cattle but other livestock and wild animals have been reported with similar conditions that would put them in this bracket, Often the animals put into this bracket have died with trauma that seems unusual such as missing organs or lack of blood.

In 1606 a case was recorded and is perhaps the first for this subject, it refers to sheep. It is recorded in the records of James I of England and records sheep had been slaughtered in London and around the shires nearby. It records how nothing but their tallow and some internal parts were missing, some conjecture was also made that fireworks could have been involved. Stalking the Herd: Unraveling the Cattle Mutilation Mystery – Christopher O’Brien is the source, via Wikipedia it is also noted that Charles Fort collected cases between the 19th and 20th Century.

9th September, 1967 saw Agnes King and her son, Harry, found their dead horse, Lady, who was only three years old. The horse had been skinned, de-fleshed and some cuts that king felt looked very precisely aimed. They noted that there was a medicinal smell, there was no blood on the scene and at the time the cause of death was not determined. “No Earthly Cause” and the press for some reason put it down as Snippy, not Lady. Snippy was a sire and you can go visit the website, snippy.com which goes into more detail. There are also comments on there about how it could be naturally explained so you can investigate a little more if you wish.

1975 saw a Democratic senator Floyd K Haskell approach the FBI to ask for help due to public concern over mutilations. His claim was that there had been 130 cases of animal mutilations in Colorado alone, there was further public concern that another 9 states reported more of them, the details can be found at the FBI Vault and again if you want to read up, you should. The FBI indicated that overall 8,000 mutilations in Colorado cost around a million dollars in damage.

In 1979, Sheriff Herb Marshall of Arkansas, USA, dealt with the event in Washington County, a little differently. Having gained a fresh cow corpse, he left it in a field and then watched it, for 48 hours he had it watched. It was observed that a series of natural events and entomology on a basic level provided them with similar results. The cow split open from gasses and flies/maggots would eat away at eyes, hips, anus and accessible soft tissue. It felt like it was case closed to Marshall. A Canadian study ten years later added natural scavengers to the list but pretty much agreed with his summons.

So, what should we be looking for in these cases? Well often it will appear that the animal has been drained of blood or there is no sign of blood in the area around their wounds. George E Onet, a doctor of veterinary microbiology, investigated and concluded that in these cases predatory animals would avoid the beast for several days after the death. He also observed that domestic animals would be ‘visibly agitated’ or even ‘fearful’ of that carcass.

Dr Howard Burgess, recorded the average ages were between four and five years old, 90% of his cases fit that range, this would put Lady out of that range.  (Alien Contact: top-secret UFO files revealed, Good Timothy).

Lady does fit the bill for the lack of tracks and any clues around the body. They noted that there were strange puncture holes in the ground and in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, 1976 found those as well. The conclusion was that the indentations came from a tripod. I found no conclusion about why these marks were involved.

Some, but not all, animals have shown either unusually high or low vitamins or minerals in their tissue samples. The samples were of chemicals not normally found in the animals either.

It seems to be that lab reports feedback some interesting points too, as an example it seems the time of death and decay were hard to pinpoint, just the knowledge of when the animal was last visibly seen then up until their discovery, again reference to this is in the FBI documents released.

1978 New Mexico, the death of an 11-month-old bill was found with what might be considered as classic signs. They sent samples off for testing and gave no conclusions or investigation why the heart was an unusual colour or texture, the second lab concluded did find the liver was devoid of copper and had four times the usual level of zing, potassium, and phosphorus but could not explain how or why it may have occurred.

In this case they had blood samples from the scene it was pink in colour and did not lot after several days. There was a note that the flesh was very brittle for an animal that had been dead around 5 hours and the flesh underneath was discoloured.

I also found a more recent case in Trinidad, Colorado, USA about cattle mutilations on Tom Millars farm and an investigator called Chuck Zukowski. Zukowski indeed the missing udders, tongue and that on one bovine the rib cage was separated from the back bone from a very serious impact. There had been two cows, one dead with the trauma already mentioned and a second one that had internal injuries, the injuries led to the animal being put down.

Both had gone missing and were then recovered in their state but the rancher noted the gully was not deep enough to have injured the animals that way, the deaths did not resemble animal attacks and could not see the dead animals condition being a result of scavengers either.

I found nearly all references related to sources for cases in the USA which makes me wonder, do aliens only want to test cows from there? Well no but it seems the phenomenon isn’t entirely all theirs and I did start with that London note.

Nick Redfern wrote a book which includes a 1985 case from Cannock Chase, it seems he found other animal mutilations I his book were quite often linked to occult sacrifice but he found one that might suggest something else. It was in the autumn that year and around 8,30pm, father and son were crossing a fairly large area of woodland to collect a motorbike. Driving along they went around a bend, coming to an area that had once been used by the military, about 100 feet away and up in the air was a large black triangular object with three lights on the underside.

The two men got out to look closer, reminder this is before smart-phones, and the object flew off without warning – prompting the man to race off and then once back in their car they raced home to Rugeley. They reported it to the police and the matter was going to rest there but then nearby in Penkridge a man was out in the early hours of the morning for a ‘duck-shoot’ and saw an object that flashed down a light beam towards a herd of cows in a nearby field.

The man was astonished to see that the beam aimed at them and he ran to his car to get his friend. The two ran back but the cows were fine and neither saw the strange object, had he witnessed and interrupted a cattle mutilation attempt?

So how/what causes this phenomenon and can it all be explained away?

The FBI had come under pressure to explain it and opened up ‘Operation Animal Mutilation’ in May, 1979. Rommel’s report was 297 pages long and cost $45,000 which centralised on the New Mexico events. It concluded that many of the results could be explained as a natural phenomenon. The report did conclude that some of the anomalies could not be concluded. Rommel conclude that the answer was down to normal predator and scavenger activity.

An ATF investigation concluded another investigation in New Mexico, they found some evidence that there were animals that had been tranquilised and treated with anti-coagulant but could not find out who was responsible or any motives.

So, if it is not natural or caused by humans who seem cruel what else can it be?

It it’s not just about cruelty but down to humans could it be cult activity? It suggests that the acts would be planned and the theory is supported by the idea that there is a lack of blood at the sites, the organs may have been removed for ritual needs and some think that they may even be aiming for some cattle with unborn they could extract.

At the height of this period during the 1970’s and 1980’s there was reason to attribute some of them to this, Jonestown and People’s Temple were in the news and TV evangelist Bob Larson spoke on his programmes to raise public awareness about it, no doubt adding fuel to the fire.

This was harder to investigate when so many animals were too far decayed to look at or had been given a natural cause of death for the cow’s demise.

There has also been rumour about government involvement with one going back to the 1985 case at Cannock Chase, already mentioned, the idea of it being that they might be testing an aircraft, or perhaps, as some might think, they may be testing diseases or viruses they might want to test about when they came into contact with human beings. I was unable to find more information that I could summarise with, there is a lot of information to wade through, can you help with anything you might know about this? Any reported illnesses or cases of this I can look at about humans getting sick after handling cattle mutilation cases?

In regards to another theory – Aliens/UFO involvement and that other worldly investigations are/have been conducted. It is the idea that they may be using them to gather information on living beings. A hypothesis exists that the UFO’s can collect the animals, investigate on their ships and then deposit the remains back down or conduct them very swiftly and leave with the parts they need for further analysis.

Other theories are that creatures like the Chupacabra might be involved. There are, simply put, a varying number of explanations and some might feel more reasonable over others but also that comes down to personal belief or experience.

Sources:

https://www.amazon.com/Stalking-Herd-Unraveling-Mutilation-mystery/dp/1939149061/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Wikipedia

Vault – FBI files archive

Skeptoid

Ufonut.com

Kdvr.com

Google

Fortean Times

 

(image – South Park Cows)

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This case is interesting because it was in 1804 and set out a legal precedent in the UK about self-defense; could someone be held liable for their actions even if they were the consequence of a mistaken/misguided belief…

Near the end of summer in 1803 a number of people claimed to have seen and even been attacked by a ghost in the Hammersmith area, London. It was believed that the ghost was a man who committed suicide the year before and was buried in the Hammersmith churchyard. It was believed he should not be buried in consecrated grounds, it was thought that suicide victims would not find rest if that happened.

3rd January, 1804 and a member of the armed patrols set up in response shot and killed a plasterer, Thomas Millwood. The man mistook the white clothes of Millwoods trade for the ghost and 29 year old Francis Smith was found guilty of murder. Mr Smith was tried for willful murder, and a witness stated she had warned the victim he might want to put on something that stopped him being all white, she had said he had already been mistaken for the ghost on a previous occasion.

Millwood’s sister testified that Smith had called on her brother to sop or he would shoot but he then fired almost immediately. The Lord Chief Baron Macdonald advised the jury that Smith’s character before may well have been good and there may have been no malice but the question was more if he had at that point shot with intent to kill.

Smith had not been provoked and had not made any attempt to apprehend the ghost, therefore he felt that the jury should be directed to find him guilty if they believed the facts presented. It took an hour for the jury to come back with a verdict of manslaughter. MacDonald said they could not deliver that response, it must be either guilty or acquittal, the belief that he was a ghost was to him irrelevant to the case. The jury then came back with guilt… MacDonald stated he intended to pass the case to the king, who had the power to commute the sentence.

Initially the trial stated that it was a sentence of hanging and dissection. It was commuted to a year’s hard labour. The publicity meant that the true culprit of the ghostly encounters came forwards, John Graham had been pretending to be the ghost so that he could frighten his apprentice, and his apprentice had been scaring the local children with stories of ghosts.

The impact on the law was that a question arose about whether the action taken under a mistaken self-defense would be chargeable, and it went to the Court of Appeal. It wasn’t clarified until 1984, when appellant, Gladstone Williams, had seen a man dragging a younger man along the street, the younger man was shouting for help. Williams thought that an assault was taking place and intervened, Williams had not known but the person being dragged had been caught trying to commit theft. Williams was then convicted of assault with actual bodily harm, and the Lord Chief Justice Lane referred to the debate when the appeal came up.

It was a problematic issue, Williams was trying to help albeit without understanding the situation he had seen someone in peril and thought he was doing the right thing. It was not unreasonable perhaps, that he stepped in trying to assist, the man was crying out for help. So in the end for Williams an appeal was allowed and his conviction was quashed… the decision was also later written into a more concise reference for law, Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, section 76.

And all this because a man dressed up in a white sheet and tried to scare his apprentice!

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The title meaning ‘shared psychosis’ and is a rare disorder when seemingly delusional beliefs are somehow transmitted from one person to another.

A case of this may be cited as that of Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, Swedish twin sisters, born in 1967 who were involved in strange events on the M6 motorway and the subsequent murder of Glen Hollinshead from Fenton, Staffordshire, U.K.

The women had been travelling in Ireland before they came to England, they got on a coach in Liverpool to go to London. Their behavior was odd and the coach driver would not allow them to get on again after exiting it at a service station on the M6.

Highways Agency Traffic officers were called out, the two were seen at the central reservation on the M6 and they ran across the motorway, Ursula dodged traffic but Sabina was struck and the police arrived. Shortly after they did the woman again ran out into the motorway. They now had Ursula with serious leg injuries and Sabina who was unconscious for several minutes due to head injuries. They were both treated by paramedics but both were resisting treatment.

Sabina was shouting out “they’re going to steal your organs” and “I recognize you – I know you’re not real” amongst a stream of profanities. Sabina refused to lay still and even struck a female officer before the public, police and emergency workers all managed to get her and she could be sedated and taken to hospital. Ursula stayed in hospital for several weeks.

Here is where it really seems to have fallen apart, 19th May 2008 Sabina was allowed to go. She was not given a full psychiatric evaluation and she pleaded guilty to her actions, she had been detained long enough supposedly and then headed out with her possessions in clear plastic bag, she was around Stoke-On-Trent and it was assumed she was off to rejoin her sister.

At 7pm that evening she was seen by two local men whilst they were walking a dog. Glenn Hollinshead was a 54 year old welder, he was also a qualified paramedic and former RAF worker. The other man was his best friend Peter Molloy, she seemed friendly enough as they talked but her behaviour seemed odd and so Molloy was uneasy about her.

She asked about a bed and breakfast but Hollinshead took pity on her and offered to let her stay at his place on Duke Street. She explained to them that she was trying to find her sister who had been hospitalized. At the house her strange ways continued, she offered them cigarettes and when they took them to smoke she snatched them back, saying that they were poisonous. She also had multiple phones and a laptop. Her behaviour was very paranoid and Molloy thought that maybe she was trying to flee an abusive partner.

Molloy left just before midnight, Sabina stayed for the evening and the following day he called hospitals to find Ursula. At 19:40 the next evening he borrowed tea bags from his neighbour, Frank Booth, and went back inside. A minute later he staggered back out saying that he had been stabbed by Sabina and Booth called 999.

Sabina had stabbed him five times and fled, she had murdered the person that had given her shelter for seemingly no reason at all. She had, herself, ran from the house in possession of a hammer which she hit herself over the head with and was seen by a passing motorist. The motorist was Joshua Grattage who tried to stop her, Sabina then pulled a roof tile from her pocket and hit him over the head with it. By this time the paramedics had found her and were taking chase, she then jumped 40 feet down from a bridge on to the A50, with broken ones she was finally taken to hospital.

She was arrested 6th June 2008 and charged with murder. The trial was scheduled for February 2009 and had to be adjourned as they had difficulty getting hold of her medical records from Sweden. On 2nd September 2009 Sabina plead guilty with diminished responsibility. There was never an explanation for her actions provided. Whilst seemingly sane in appearance the prosecution and defense used insanity for their case and whilst in prison she turned to Christianity. Ursula went back to Sweden and then went to the USA.

There is a suggestion that the incident was also worsened by the police arrival, the officer is there telling her that he is there to help and even with the damage to her legs Ursula was still trying to get up, she was repeatedly saying that they were not real. Once sedated it seems that Sabina was calmer and more rational, what was found out is that Ursula was the one with the history of mental illness and some wonder if that was transferred to Sabina somehow.

PCP has been put forwards as a possible explanation, a paramedic said that this is not entirely unusual behaviour for the pathology of the drug but that the case is very extreme. A urine test had a potential to pick up the drug but there is no more information for this to go by.

Sabina was released, or at least the Prisoner Location Service states there is no one of that name in custody. This is most likely to have been to protect her so she could be released quietly and resume her life.

The case was also put forwards as evidence for the super soldiers of the MK ULTRA program.

With a lack of information no more is likely to be given about the whole case, what we should remember is that a man died who may not have been if there had been a proper psychiatric evaluation.