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The Motel Shadow Person

--by Katie K. This story is PG-rated, but it is true and happened tome. A few years back, my roommate (at the time) and Iwould occasionally drive around the eastern half ofthe country, selling t-shirts for a young risingcountry singer (no one you'd know as he still hasn'trisen far!). Anyway, on one of these jaunts we drove from Wisconsinto Alabama overnight, driving straight throughthunderstorms, lightning and tornadoes in Tennessee.Needless to say, by the time we arrived at our motelat 4AM, we were exhausted. The singer's manager hadtold us that he reserved a pre-paid room for us which wewere very grateful for, so we checked in, planning ongoing straight to the room and getting some sleep. The room was a typical small motel room on the firstfloor with an entrance direct from the parking lot. Myroommate crashed out on the bed nearest the door whileI took the other one closest to the bathroom, thinkingI would fall right asleep. However, I w

Abduction Face Off

Tonight's guest Budd Hopkins and other researchers have long faced scrutiny for bringing to light controversial reports of alien abduction that many find too incredible to believe. For instance the 1996 PBS documentary program Kidnapped by UFOs? produced by NOVA was considered by many in the ufological field to be a hatchet job, deliberately ignoring research. Now in an article penned by Hopkins on his website, he outlines how the abductees themselves have come under attack by various debunkers. One newer report of skeptical research comes from Professor Richard McNally of Harvard who concludes that while abductees show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, it may stem from their strong beliefs in their alien encounters which he suggests are based on fantasies and sleep disorders. I examined the phenomenon of sleep paralysis (SP) for After Dark in 2001 and found that it was widely cited by skeptics as the cause of alien abduction reports. Susan Blackmore posited in th

Sounds of Hell

Friday Night Feature took the night off, so that we could bring you another special request-- your own personal mp3 of the ever-popular "Sounds of Hell." Allegedly the cacophony was recorded in Russia where someone placed a microphone into a hole that ran deep into the earth. Click here to have a listen. Some say this story falls into the Urban Legend bin. Check out this piece from the folks at Snopes.com for their take.

Sylvia Sees Into the Future

Tonight's guest, psychic Sylvia Browne has offered a set of predictions for the next 100 years on her website. Here are a few of them to consider: Aliens will begin to show themselves in the year 2010, they will not harm us, they simply want to see what we are doing to this planet. They will teach us how to use anti-gravity devices again, such as they did for the pyramids.Third floor of houses have rollback roofs to allow Hovercrafts to come and go. People will be able to simply "walk out" of their bodies upon death. There will be no US Presidency; our government will go back to a Greek Senate structure. Atlantis will begin to show itself by 2023 and be fully visible by 2026. West Coast goes under in 2026. Parts of the East Coast also get inundated. Tsunamis will wipe out a large portion of Japan. The Hawaiian Islands will have upheaval and be the site of a large new landmass. To read more of Sylvia Browne's predictions visit this page.

Russian UFO Crash Update

Moscow-based paranormal investigator, James L. Choron, has been following the mysterious crash of a "flying wing" shaped UFO into Kalingrad harbor which reportedly took place on April 18, 2003. He sends us this update: Remains of Kaliningrad UFO Taken to Prominent Moscow Institute by James L. Choronkommissar@mtu-net.ru www.wintersteel.com MOSCOW, RUSSIA (Tuesday, April 29, 2003) Almost ten full days into theongoing investigation of the Unidentified Flying Object which fell,unexpectedly, into Kalingrad harbor, near the suburb of Baltisk, there arestill more questions surrounding the incident than answers. Divingoperations, at the scene, were suspended on Friday, owing to the apparentlack of any large pieces of debris, while dredging continues. Coverage onRussian State Television RTR, and other national networks has substantiallydecreased, with only the occasional mention of the fact that "operationscontinue". Debris recovered, to date, have b

A Tale of Friendship

On Monday night, George read the following story that was sent to him, to celebrate National Friendship Week. Here is the text: "A Friend" One day when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all of his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd." I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so that he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses and I saw a tear in his eye.

Guardian Angels

Tonight's guest John Ronner has said that "tens of millions of people have had angel encounters." In some cases these encounters border on the miraculous. One such incident was detailed in an article from the December issue of After Dark. A worker at an Indiana chemical plant, Steven J., describes what happened one afternoon when he was cleaning out a vat, and there was a sudden explosion. "Everything erupted into this great chemical fire. There was no escape. Horrified, I started calling out to God for help. Suddenly, I saw 'an opening' where there shouldn't have been an opening. A voice inside my head commanded me in a very strong voice: 'Go now!' Without waiting another second I moved towards what looked like an opening where no opening should have been." "When I recovered, I found myself on the main floor of the plant. Everyone had assembled around me and several company nurses were fussing with First Aid. When I told everyone what happened, they couldn't believe it. I kn

Friday Night Double Feature:

The Spirit of the Shed by Michelle O. About 5 years ago I was living in a small house with 2 other roommates. One was an older man by the name of Pedro and the other was my female cousin, Paula. At the time of this incident I had been living there about 6 months but Paula had been there over a year and Pedro's family actually owned the house. He had been living there a number of years. One night in late October we had quite a few friends over for a party and as the night wound down we found ourselves listening to Pedro tell us stories about the spooks and spectres that lurked about the house. Now Paula and I had both already heard these tales and had heard a few noises and witnessed Pedro's cat behave strangely a few times. Since nothing sinister ever happened so we didn’t think too much about it. But there was one tale that I had not heard and it was about the shed that faced the rear bedrooms of the house. My room was on the side of the house and I never went int

Predicting Violence

One of the books that tonight's guest Gavin de Becker has written is The Gift of Fear, a kind of guidebook for using one's intuitions and instincts to recognize and react to potentially dangerous situations. de Becker points out that many Americans live in denial about violence, yet our country has a murder rate that is ten times higher than that of other Western nations and there are more firearms than adults in the U.S. Instead of focusing on predicting and preventing violence he believes our country expands the "technologies of conflict," with more guns, prisons, SWAT teams, stun guns, and Tasers. "Like every creature, you can know when you are in the presence of danger. You have the gift of a brilliant internal guardian that stands ready to warn you of hazards and guide you through risky situations," de Becker writes. By trusting their "gut feeling," rather than logic, de Becker believes a person can be more grounded in nature and make smarter choices. He also writes tha

Beings: Light and Dark

One of the books tonight's guest Steve Quayle has written is titled Aliens and Fallen Angels: The Sexual Corruption of the Human Race, in which he looks at the mythology and history surrounding the idea that supernatural beings mated with earthly women. Another book that makes some interesting connections is Angels and Aliens, a provocative treatise by Keith Thompson. He writes that the word angel was derived from a Greek translation of the original Hebrew "mal'akh," which meant the "shadow side of God." Thompson documents the changing perceptions of angels over the centuries and how in the past the demonic and angelic were not necessarily considered two separate types of beings. While Thompson chooses not to reduce "complex realms to one another"—i.e. today's aliens are the same as angels of the past, he does draw parallels between the experiences. "The beings who visited George Adamski in the California desert appeared in pleasing human form (angels of light?), whereas the Me

Friday Night Feature: Encounter with "Dimensional Tourists"

This is a very frightening and totally unexplained event that happened to me seven years ago on a lonely, desolate road in Texas. My name is Markham A., and I am a former US Marine (0315-Recon), and I now work in the film industry as a cinematographer. In January of 1997 I was supervising the construction of my first home in north Houston, Texas. At the time, I was dabbling in semi-pro wrestling to make extra money. I had just left a match at a Bingo Hall around 1am, and was driving my Ford Explorer home down FM 1485 (small highway) in Montgomery County. I was thirty minutes into the one hour drive home. There were no other vehicles on the road, and I was not particularly tired or even sleepy. I stopped at a red light and bent down to grab my container of Gatorade. When I looked up, I immediately noticed a bright pair of headlights coming up behind me very fast! I jammed on the accelerator and proceeded to avoid getting hit. For the next mile or so, this vehicle rode my butt and woul

Visionary Scientist

I had the occasion to interview and photograph tonight's guest, Dr. Michio Kaku for After Dark back in 2000. It was a crisp September morning, when I dropped by Dr. Kaku's office at City College in New York City, where he has been a professor for the last 28 years. As might be expected, his office was filled with books, papers and journals—it even had a blackboard in it! Here is an excerpt from our interview: LL: It seems like the future is littered with certain dangers that you outlined in the book (Visions), such as by 2050 there could be self-aware styled robots. You can imagine the Frankensteinian possibilities that they could replace or destroy us. MK: There's that possibility. There's also a possibility that we may want to merge with them. By the late 21st century we should be able to tinker with not just one gene at a time but hundreds or thousands of genes at a time and we may be able to interface the human brain better than we can today. So it gives us the option of

Biochemistry of Love

Peggy LaCerra has studied cognitive neuroscience to develop her theories about the evolution of the human mind. As mind and brain studies continue, new information is coming forth about little-researched emotions such as love. In an article in the latest Discover, Steven Johnson writes about how studies have shown that a brain peptide called oxytocin may contribute towards feelings of love and romantic relationships. Neuroscientist Sue Carter examined the brain of prairie voles, a rodent species known for their unusually monogamous couplings, and found when they were injected with oxytocin they bonded more rapidly. But when the natural oxytocin in their brains was blocked, the voles coupled indiscriminately. There is some evidence that a similar chemical process is going in humans, and enhanced levels of oxytocin have been noted during such bonding experiences as childbirth, breast feeding and sexual relations. "Some scientists believe oxytocin works in tandem with the bod

Dirty Money

Among the types of germs that Dr. Philip Tierno has looked at, include those found on paper currency. A study by Dr. Peter Ender of the Wright Patterson Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio found that dollar bills might be capable of spreading disease. To gather a sample to study, they swapped new for old bills at a concession stand and grocery store. Among the 68 bills they gathered, just four were found to be free of bacterial contaminants. Of the remaining dollars, 59 had microbes such as Streptococcus that can cause infections in hospitalized people or those with compromised immune systems. The remaining five bills had bacteria including Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae that can cause infection in healthy people. "One-dollar bills are widely used and each is exchanged many times…If some bills are contaminated with bacteria, there is potential to spread these organisms from person to person," Ender told a meeting of microbiologists. But he cautioned that the small sa

Spotlight on: The Michigan Plates

Tonight's guest Glenn Kimball has been associated with the publication Ancient American, which examines archaeological evidence that may indicate there were non-indigenous visitors here before the time of Columbus. For instance, in the article Christ in North America writer Wayne May takes a look at the controversial "Michigan Plates," relics which were first reported in a newspaper in 1879. The objects "feature portrayals of familiar scenes mostly of the Old Testament and three or more, undeciphered written scripts, together with depictions of what appear to be persons from Europe or the Near East in hostile interaction with Native Americans," May writes. Although dismissed by most archaeologists as being fraudulent, some antiquarians believe the artifacts were made by an "Old World" religious community who lived in the Michigan area during the fourth century A.D. or before. May reports that thousands of related tablets were unearthed by locals clearing forests and roads over

Life Elsewhere

Tonight's guest, Dr. David Darling, has pondered the idea of life in the universe. Many scientists have found the popular portrayal of humanoid-styled aliens as being statistically unlikely and a case of anthropomorphizing. "Looking at the diversity of life on Earth and thinking about how it has evolved should convince anyone that any aliens will have as much resemblance to us as a doorknob," said Daniel Altshculer, the director of the Arecibo Observatory. Certainly it's a difficult task to imagine life so dissimilar to ours, that to us it wouldn't even be life. "Our kind of life, biochemical life- needs water…But it wouldn't surprise me at all that we found other kinds of non-water based life. You can find self-replicating vortices in the atmosphere of the sun. There are all sorts of self-reproducing systems in all sorts of environments," said biology expert Dr. Jack Cohen in an interview on ThinkQuest. One topic that's been batted around in both scientific and science-ficti

Friday Night Feature: A Dangerous Encounter

--by Maria R. Late one night while I was laying in bed waiting for the Art Bell program to come on, I was attacked by several entities. This was not the first time I had been attacked by these creatures, but the first time while I was wide awake (I had insomnia) and never by more than one. I was lying in bed listening to the local news and all of a sudden they came through the mattress and lifted me off the bed. Well, I can tell you it happened so fast that I didn't have time to respond. Here I am, wide awake with these things levitating me and I am completely paralyzed. I can't move a muscle, my arms and legs are dangling in mid air, and they're beneath me pushing me higher up toward the ceiling. I then realize to my horror that they are lifting me up toward the ceiling fan. I can't do a thing about it because I am completely immobilized. When my face is only about a 2 inches from being pushed into the ceiling fan I hear a voice loud in my head saying very calmly 'they can only

Spotlight on: Mayan Prophecy

Among the books tonight's guest Maurice Cotterell has written is a fascinating treatise called The Mayan Prophecies (co-authored with Adrian Gilbert). When Cotterell was working as an electrical engineer at the Cranfield Institute of Technology, he developed a computation that correlated the relationship between the sun's magnetic field and the Earth. His calculations yielded the known 11.5-year sunspot cycle but he also discovered evidence of much longer cycles-- including one of 1,366,040 days. When Cotterell found that the Mayan Holy Number (1,366,560 days) nearly matched his number, he realized there could be a connection. He traveled to a Mayan ceremonial center in Palenque, Mexico to study their inscriptions. "Imagine my astonishment when I realized that my discoveries about the sun, and how its cycles affect life on earth, had all been discovered before; by the Maya more than 1,250 years ago," he wrote. According to Cotterell, the Mayan Holy Number refers to the "birthdate

Spotlight on: Interpol

David Bannon's thriller-like book Race Against Evil recounts his experiences working for Interpol. While most have heard of Interpol, it has a mysterious connotation for many. "We're seen as a semi-mythical organization of super-sleuths, (but) we want to get rid of that myth," Peter Nevitt (Interpol's Director of Internet Security) told CIO Magazine. Indeed Interpol, claims it is not a secretive agency populated by spies and double agents. "Interpol's mission is to promote international police co-operation i.e. to help officers from different police forces, countries, languages, and cultures to co-operate with one another and work together to solve crime," explains a fact sheet on the Interpol website. Over the years more and more nations have joined Interpol and they now have network of 181 charter member countries. The eighty-year old organization, which once sent data out using Morse code, now uses the Internet to house a secure database of information available in four la

Friday Night Feature: The Inherited Goggles --by Rev. Troy Heidt

When I was a young boy my father, who was a minister as I am now, pastored a church on a Native American reservation! My father befriended an elderly Native American man who had fought in World War 2 and was quite fond of Dad. This man developed lung cancer and passed away, but left my father with a very strange gift. My father had been given the wooden goggles and belt buckle of a Japanese soldier that this Native American elder had killed in the war. He wanted to leave it to his children, but they were all troubled in their lives so he left these items in the care of my father until one of his children would turn themselves around. (It seems like a morbid inheritance- but it meant something to this man who had fought for his life and our freedoms) My father held on to the belt buckle and goggles for years and then one of this man's sons became a tribal leader on the reservation. Dad remembered the articles he'd been holding for such a time and presented them to our frien

Weekend War Special

George Noory hosted an early broadcast this Saturday evening. "It's not the military obstacle but the global tidal wave of world opinion," that is posing difficulty for the U.S., said John M. Curtis (onlinecolumnist ), the first guest of the evening. Curtis,the director of a West Los Angeles think tank, is a specialist in understanding the mechanisms of spin, propaganda, and "damage control." Don McAlvany (mcalvany.com), the editor of the Intelligence Advisor which analyzes global, economic, and political developments spoke with George about the underpinnings to the current war. He believes a turning point was when Iraq switched currencies for their oil transactions from dollars to euros in 1999. "Osama is no longer a human. He is an idea," said Howard Bloom (howardbloom.net), George's third guest of the evening. Bloom, a paleopsychologist and author, suggested that after Iraq is conquered, the US may have to contend with a united Islamic population set against them.

Special Broadcast

George spoke with bioterrorism expert Steve Quayle (stevequayle.com), on Wednesday night's first hour feed of the show (9pm PST), available in some markets. Streamlink members can now hear that interview (it's listed as the first Show Clip above).

Another Threat Looming?

Investigative reporter Joseph Trento believes there had been a warning going as far as 1995 that Islamic terrorists might use commercial planes to stage attacks, and that this information was basically ignored. Now in his column for the National Security News Service, titled When the Enemy of My Friend is My Customer, Trento is sounding the alarm for another danger. It concerns a souped-up anti-ship missile called the C802, which has been sold on the world market to countries like Iran. "Iran, with its tiny patrol boats and toy navy, now controls naval access to the Persian Gulf," Trento writes of the country that he suspects has greatly expanded the number of C802 missiles it owns. The cruise missiles launched from land, sea or air could place all shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf at risk, and Trento says that the US Navy has not been able to develop an effective defense against them. Further he writes that an arms dealer told him that "last year's attack on the USS Cole was car

A UFO Skeptic

Tonight's guest, James Oberg, an expert on space exploration, has over the years been skeptical of the UFO phenomenon. "We can account for decades of UFO sightings without resorting to supernatural explanations," Oberg said in a debate with famed researcher J. Allen Hynek back in 1985. Hynek at the time suggested that the phenomenon could be coming from a parallel reality or another dimension. Oberg pointed out that even creditable, intelligent witnesses would be capable of misidentifying flying objects such as when astronomers in the USSR reported UFOs in 1967 and it turned out they had actually witnessed tests of space-to-Earth thermonuclear warheads. Oberg has also weighed in against the UFO hypothesis in the case of the STS-48 Shuttle Video from 1991, which was purported by some to show huge objects moving at sharp right turns. Oberg believes that such images have prosaic explanations. "It's a phenomenon that's very familiar," Oberg said on the Larry King Show. We've seen "this

Spotlight on: Jean Houston

Tonight's guest, Dr. Jean Houston, a world renowned author and lecturer, is widely considered to be one of the powerhouses of the Human Potential movement. Houston was a protégé of the great anthropologist Margaret Mead, and she also co-led seminars with the influential mythologist Joseph Campbell. In the 1960's she married Robert Masters (the sexologist who co-authored the Masters-Johnson Report) and together they studied altered states of consciousness derived through LSD usage, which was documented in their book The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience. Later, they focused their research on altering consciousness via meditation and guided imagery. In the 1990's, it was reported that Houston was an advisor to Hillary Clinton, visiting her at the White House and conducting playful exercises with her to get in touch with the wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt. One of Houston's long-standing endeavors is the Mystery School which she began in 1984. "Mystery School is a community of ordina

Spotlight on: SETI@home

Want to contribute to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence? SETI@home lets you (well your computer actually) get into the act. Why, you could even be out having lunch, while your computer running a special screensaver, is contributing useful bits of data to the study. Launched in May of 1999, the program takes advantage of what is called "distributed-computing," which makes use of many separate computers each processing small "work units" which are then sent back to the SETI@home lab at UC Berkeley. The program is parceling out data gleaned from the huge radio telescope at Arecibo, with the overall intention of detecting signals from outer space that appear to be coming from an intelligent source. Many were skeptical of how useful this group collaboration would be when it first began. But as of May 2002 there were over 3,725,900 signed-up participants whose computers had analyzed a staggering 983,487 years of computer processing time. According to one project director,

Friday Night Feature: The Thing at the Window

Before moving to Arizona in 1959, I lived in the small town of DowagiacMichigan. It must have been 1956 or 57, I was 6 or 7 years old. The boythat lived across the street was a spoiled little rich kid. This kid hada basement full of the latest and best toys you could buy. I was over tohis house one night and we were playing the pinball machine he had inthe basement. Over all the dings and bells of the machine we both heardsome grunting and clawing. We stopped playing and looked toward thenoise. When we looked at the basement window there was this terribleface staring at us, and this thing was scratching at the window. The face was bright, almost shining red (in more contemporaryterms, it was a raw skinned face like Freddie Krueger). Well, weboth let out blood curdling screams. This thing bolted at the noise andwe dashed up the stairs. We felt it was a race, for at the top of thestairs was the back door and we felt that this thing was going to thedoor. But w

When Lex met Lexa

Tonight's guest, Dr. Evelyn Paglini, was born into a centuries old family of practitioners of the Occult, and at an early age received training in Natural Magic. Back when I was living in New York City, I had occasion to interview a Manhattan witch. It was the summer of 1999, and Blair Witch Project had just come out and the hype was making some people dredge up very negative associations with witchcraft. At an occult shop called Enchantments, I met with Lexa Roséan, the stores' longtime manager and resident witch. Lexa was truly a witch for the modern era, complete with her own publicist. (She's the author of a series of popular magical spell books published under the banner of The Supermarket Sorceress.) In recent years, she told me, many have been more informed about Wicca, such as knowing that it's related to goddess worship, "but since Blair Witch Project came out, they are back to this sort of stupid mentality." Explaining why witches get such a bad rap, Lexa said "ther

Egyptian Roots

Laurence Gardner has drawn some fascinating conclusions about the roots of modern day Judeo-Christianity. In a lecture he presented at the Nexus Conference in 1998, he discussed how many stories, prayers, and rituals in Judaism and Christianity are actually hybrids or adaptations from older Egyptian, Canaanite and Mesopotamian traditions.

Is Bigfoot Interdimensional?

Tonight's guest Dr. Matthew Johnson will be reporting about his encounter with a Sasquatch. An ongoing debate in the Cryptozoology field is whether or not Bigfoot could be an interdimensional rather than flesh and blood creature. Experts such as Loren Coleman believe that solid evidence such as tracks and other samples lend credence to the creature being a physical form. Paranormal researcher Rob Riggs told After Dark that "we always want to jump right in and say that's extradimensional or paranormal but you know I think we may simply be talking about creatures that have access to physical spaces that humans cannot perceive. That they in fact are three-dimensional physical creatures but they are able to go into spaces that lie outside our perception because they are outside our reality tunnel…that somehow these creatures enter into spaces that we have not mentally tuned into." Meanwhile remote viewer Ed Dames, who was just on the show last week, also commented on the Bigfoot

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