Curioser & Curioser
La Domenica del Corriere was a weekly newspaper in Italy and lasted longer than most human beings. The doors closed in 1989 but they had opened way back in 1899. Thanks also to Walter Molino, a magnificent illustrator who left many incredible images on its Sunday’s front pages, many of those editions have now become collector’s items. This picture to the left is definitely on the tamer side of the images he portrayed; in stark contrast many show human beings tumbling through the air, or in various and sundry situations of plain and dangerous peril.
Fig 1 Walter Molino’s version of Ida & the Bear
La Domenica del Corriere (The Sunday Courier is English) was also the first to carry the following story about a ‘time machine’ that could photograph the past:
“In the 2 May 1972 issue of the paper Father Pellegrino Maria Ernetti (1925-1994) claimed to have seen the actual crucifixion through a device called a Chronovisor which allowed individuals to view events from the past (and possibly the future) by looking through a tube. Father Ernetti submitted a photograph of this so-called peek into the past in this date’s issue however it is contested whether or not the claim contains any truth, as an almost identical (though mirrored left to right) photograph of a wood carving by the sculptor Cullot Valera, turned up, thus casting doubt upon Ernetti’s divine claim. On his deathbed, Ernetticonfessed that the “photo” of Christ was a “lie”.” (courtesy Wikipedia)
Now the image above showing a baby girl cradled in the arms of a bear is from a story perhaps a little truer to life than peeking into the past via the Chronovisor. Here is the caption (in English):
“Red Riding Hood 1955. A 2-year old daughter, Ida Mae Curtis, who was with her mother in a camp at Libby (Montana, USA), has been kidnapped by a bear who then walked away toward the forest holding it between his front paws. There were organized rescue teams. After 21 hours of research, little red was found in a pit, alone. The mother reported that by now she despaired of her salvation. Health who visited the child, realized that it had only a few scratches, caused unintentionally by the beast that had behaved with extreme delicacy. Illustration for La Domenica del Corriere, 17 July 1955.”
One of the interesting things is that La Domenica published this on July 17, 1955… she went missing on the 5th. Didn’t take long to get half way round the world! Well she really went missing on the 4th… and perhaps 2 weeks isn’t that amazing. Still Mr. Molino- to have it ready for the edition on the 17th- may have known of the trials and tribulations of Ida sometime before- probably several days before. One of the truly curious things about this story is Ida herself not only did not seem scared by whatever really happened but… well even strangely cheerful about what seemed to be an ordeal to everyone but her.
Here is that story from the July 5, 1955 edition of the San Bernardino Sun :
“2-Year-0ld in Good Condition Despite Ordeal- Searchers Say She Merely Wandered Away From Camp LIBBY, Mont. UP) A 2-year-old girl who wandered away from the family camp .was found alive and well Monday about 300 yards from where she disappeared Sunday night. The girl, Ida Mae Curtis, was found in a hollow surrounded by cedar boughs. She was wearing only a shirt, shorts and her shoes, but seemed undisturbed after spending 22 hours in the open. It was cold and rainine heavilv m the Kootenai National Forest Sunday night and Monday. Ida Mae greeted her father, Mortimer Curtis, with a “Hi Daddy.” Curtis broke down and cried.
BEAR STORY REFUTED First reports quoted the girl’3 mother as saying a bear had carried her into the woods. The story spread quickly and scores of volunteers from as far away as Spokane were ready to go. But Sheriff Ray Frost of Lincoln County discounted any suggestions that the girl had been taken by a bear. He said she didn’t have a scratch on her. A doctor said she was in “perfect condition.” Earlier, Mrs. Curtis sobbed, “I think the bear got her.” She said she had chased a bear from camp Sunday night and the possibility that a bear had kidnaped the child had this little lumber town in Northwestern Montana up in arms. BLOODHOUNDS USED A search party of more than 100 men was organized and bloodhounds were brought in from the state penitentiary at Deer Lodge. Curtis, a former miner at Deer Lodge, joined in the search while his wife and the family’s six other children remained behind. The family had come up for the weekend to visit Curtis, a woods worker who was employed in the area 17 miles south of here.”
Another report from The Independent Record from Helena, Montana– again from July 5, 1955:
“Found unharmed in a wooded hollow, little Ida Mae Curtis bounded to her father’s arms with a cheerful “Hi Daddy” Monday after she was lost for 22 hours in a rugged mountain area south of here. Searchers found the two-year- old girl only 300 yards from where she disappeared Sunday evening. Fearful his daughter might have been carried from their tent by one of several bears seen in the vicinity, Mortimer Curtis, the child’s father, broke down and cried upon embracing her. Mrs. Curtis, mother of seven, had said she saw two bears near the camp where Curtis works as a logger shortly after Ida Mae vanished at dusk Sunday. The youngster was taken to a hospital, where a doctor said she was in “perfect condition.” Sheriff Ray Frost of Lincoln county said she had not a scratch from her experience. “She may have been frightened by a bear, but I doubt if it touched her,” he said. “She was awake when we found her, lying on her side. She was a little frightened but not as much as you would think.” Ida Mae was wearing only a thin shirt, shorts and shoes, but seemed undisturbed at spending a chilly night and most of the day alone in the Kottenai National forest. Two hundred fifty rescuers at one time took up the search, hampered Monday by a steady rainfall. Bloodhounds were employed in the search. They were brought to this northwest Montana area, 50 miles from the Canada border, from the state penitentiary at Deer Lodge. Volunteers from as far as Spokane, Wash., stood ready to join the rescue teams combing the region as word of the little girl’s disappearance spread. Mrs. Curtis, who remained at a cabin during the search operation, sobbed “I think the bear got her.” Then, when told her daughter was safe, she cried: ‘Thank God! I’ve been praying all day. The mother had said bears had bothered them at their mountain camp and stole food Saturday. She said she chased another of the animals from near the camp Sunday, within an hour of the child’s disappearance.”
What really did happen..? Here is another story about a missing child, just as inconclusive…
The picture below is from one of the earlier reports, from 1869, of a similar but equally weird occurrence. Her name is Katie Flynn… We found the picture at left on the internet… where did they find it? The caption reads in part:
“Two year old Kate Flynn in Walhalla, Michigan in 1869 went missing. Searchers the next day jumped a huge creature reporters labeled a ‘bear’ that jumped into a river and disappeared on the other side. Kate was found by the river. She told her father that she had been playing and a big ‘dog’ walked up to her, held out its paw, she took it , and the two walked away into the woods. The dog left her for a while and then returned with berries which they shared. Then the creature scraped by leaves and spread them around her. Finally, the ‘dog’ lay down next to her and covered her with his body to keep her warm…” David Paulides has this story in his work, you can find it scattered ‘abroad’ in slightly different versions and Kate in many of those versions refers to the creature as Mr. Wolf.
Fig 2 Courtesy Creationist Bigfoot Coalition
“In his April 2012 interview with famed paranormal researcher Whitley Strieber, Paulides relates an anecdote about two-year-old Keith Parkins, who vanished in April 1952 from his grandparent’s ranch near Umatilla National Forest in eastern Oregon. Nineteen hours later and over two thickly-forested mountains, twelve miles north of his grandparent’s ranch, Keith was found by rescue workers unconscious in a riverbed. His clothes were torn to shreds, and he was suffering from severe exposure.”
Unfortunately the subject of disappearances is quite vast, and to some extent mind-numbing. What we do know is probably but the tip of an iceberg. Just the snippet above about Keith Parkins will give an idea of how truly nonsensical, outrageous, and simply enigmatic some of these stories are. They challenge our ideas of the world we think we know.
How do we go about thinking just what happened to Keith..? It seems almost like some strange magic trick, and if we begin to think about it at all we might question just the bare facts. Did it really happen like this or is this some story floated about, for reasons not clear at all, but whose outline may somehow fit something that happened but whose details are… well perhaps something from the imagination.
So perhaps Keith was in fact kidnapped and the story ended up in the media like this… because however you look at it a two-year old boy did not walk 12 miles over that terrain to end up in a riverbed. Even kidnapping, if these bare facts are true, probably doesn’t make sense of what happened; at least not kidnapping the way one might usually think about the idea. What did happen then..?
Someone- or something- took him, carried him that distance, only to set him down. There is a site on line that claims a giant prehistoric bird might be responsible… although from his state when recovered one might easily question whether or not he was ‘simply carried’ anywhere…
Whatever did happen it isn’t kidnapping the way we understand it. And why did it- or them- take him in the first place… in other words almost as soon as we start thinking through this escapade we come to some difficult conclusions that seem themselves strange and nonsensical.
There is a further peculiarity about this case that seems definitely strange and in a way even stranger than just these bare facts; ordinarily the search pattern for a two year old would not be expanded to 12 miles. Why did that happen… how did it happen they even continued the search that far away… the natural assumption would be a two year old couldn’t begin to cover anything like that distance… yet they would not have found him otherwise. How did that happen..? Doesn’t it make sense they would expand the perimeter..? But 12 miles..?
Now believe it or not one can still dig up a news article or two about the Keith Parkins adventure. The below quote is from the Albany Democrat-Herald of April 11, 1952:
“HORNET Boy, 3, Survives I Night in Canyon PENDLETON, April 11. (U.R) Attendants in a Pendleton hospital said today that three-year-old Keith Parkins is expected to recover after spending Wednesday night in a brush-filled canyon near Ritter, Ore. His condition was listed as critical. The youngster, son of a Washington state penitentiary guard, wandered away from his grandfather’s ranch at Ritter about noon Wednesday. He was found unconscious on the frozen ground of Skull canyon early Thursday morning by a search party that included his father, Allen O. Parkins. The spot was several miles from the ranch at Ritter. State police officer Thomas Taylor of John Day, Ore., said the lad was still from cold and exposure when found. He was flown to a hospital here in a private plane.”
Skull canyon… hmmm… well until we came across this news story we didn’t realize that… Here is another article… from the Statesman Journal of Salem, Oregon also April 11, 1952:
“Tot Located Alive After Night in Cold PENDLETON (JP)- A 2 1/2 -year-old boy, lost 19 hours in the snow-covered Blue Mountains in sub-freezing weather, was recovering In Oregon Thursday in a hospital here from shock and exposure. The unconscious boy, Keith Parkins, was found at 6:45 a.m., lying face down on the ground nearly nine miles from his grandparents’ home, where he had been visiting. About 150 men searched for the boy through the night until he was found by Charles Schoine of Ritter. The boy’s father, Allen O. Parkins of Walla Walla, was only a short distance away. At Schoine’s call, he rushed over, snatched up the boy and cradled him in his arms.
Thought Him Dead “I thought he was dead,” the father said later. “He was stiff and cold and his eyes were closed.” He hurried to the nearest airfield at Long Creek. There the boy’s mother was waiting with Pilot Jack Lemberger. They flew the boy to Pendleton. State police met the plane here with an ambulance. Keith regained consciousness a few hours after reaching the hospital, and his mother said he was feeling better. Keith, his mother and two brothers, Michael, 6. and Terry, 5, had been visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Constant, Mrs. Parkins’ parents.
Had Been Playing The three boys had been playing at the barn and were called to dinner at noon Wednesday. Michael and Terry went to the house, but Keith failed to appear. The search began and continued in an ever-widening area until virtually every man in Ritter and Long Creek had joined the hunt. The boy crossed at least one icy creek and plowed through snow in the timbered area, finally dropping unconscious on Bald Point, near Deep Canyon above the North Fork of the John Day River. The father said he thought Keith must have been running most of the time to have covered so much distance. He said the boy, in leaving the barn, had made a wrong turn and quickly became lost in the rugged terrain.”
And one more… from the Indianapolis Star of Indianapolis, Indiana- same date:
Tot Found Alive After 19 Hours In Snowy Woods Pendleton, Ore. (AP) A little boy who ran and stumbled over a dozen miles of timbered, snow-covered mountains in 19 hours, was found unconscious yesterday morning but is expected to recover. The boy, Keith. Parkins, 2 years old,- wandered away from his grandparents’ mountain farm near Ritter, south of , here, at noon Wednesday. He was found face down on the chilly ground at 6:45 a.m. yesterday nearly nine miles in a direct line from the farm.’ His father, Allen O. Parkins, Walla Walla, Wash., picked him up. “I thought he was dead,” the father said. “He was stiff and cold and his eyes were closed.” But at the hospital to which he was flown, he was reported recovering from shock and exposure. The temperature dropped far below freezing in the mountains Wednesday night. He crossed at least one icy stream and went through Snow and fell exhausted above the north fork of the John Day River, It was there , that Charles Schoine of Ritter, one of 150 or more men who searched through the night, found him. Schoine turned and called the boy’s father who was only 200 yards away. The father said he thought the little boy, In panic, must have been running “most of the time to have covered so ‘ much ‘ ‘
Now all of these news stories are interesting not only from what is said but also from what is left out; however drawing anything like conclusions from any of this is difficult. Did they really believe Keith managed to cover this territory by himself on foot; it would seem to be true but it also seems, between the lines, they were a bit amazed and probably dumbfounded by the exercise as well. Keith would have had to travel over half a mile an hour to cover the distance- and probably much faster as we have no definite way of knowing how long it really took except it was under 19 hours- and how did he survive the below zero temperatures; those are good questions without really good answers.
Jade and Max
“Joint Assistant for Development and Execution (JADE) is a U.S. military system used for planning the deployment of military forces in crisis situations.”
Also from the same reference, just a curiosity: “The name “JADE” comes from the jade green color seen on the island of Oahu in Hawaii where the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) is headquartered.”
The Operation Jade Helm 15 fits into our discussion in a roundabout way, through the involvement of the Green Berets. This, again from Wikipedia:
“Approximately 1,200 troops were engaged over the course of the exercise. They were “mainly Army Green Berets, but also a small group of Navy SEALS and Air Force special operations troops as well as conventional Army infantry”, although the initial request to state officials from USSOCOM listed as participants elements of the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC), Marine expeditionary units, the 82nd Airborne Division, and “interagency partners”. Troops engaging in the exercise assumed the roles of either occupying or resistance forces. Most locations were in sparsely populated arid regions near small towns. Some participants wore civilian attire and drove civilian vehicles. Maps of the exercise included areas of the United States such as Colorado and California where no actual operations were planned. The cities in Texas include Bastrop/Smithville, Big Spring, Caddo Lake, Caldwell, Christoval, College Station, Dell City, Eldorado, Goliad, Junction, Leakey, Menard, Mountain Home, San Angelo, San Antonio, and Victoria.”
The Green Berets, from their very beginnings in the Fifties, have been globetrotters; their reason for being having to do with national security. Still they earned their keep in the Sixties here in the USA and with everything going on- both here and abroad- many of us were simply glad they were around. So they may do things like Operation Jade Helm 15, not to mention all the operations outside of our great country, but believe it or not they participate in search and rescue operations right here, and those sometimes include missing people.
Dennis Martin was one such case; the wrinkles and strange complexion of that case lead us to not include many of its details in this narrative… but indeed it is a rather strange case in all its facets.
However one of the reasons for introducing the Green Berets was to introduce Max. Max is someone that left an interesting comment on a site probably not very well known; but thanks to Brent @ Mysterious Universe and his post- which is in itself quite well done and to the point and quite interesting- still his post- even this post on Tormance- re the comment by Max maybe have made that site- Raven Tales of the Weird- a little better known than maybe it deserves to be. Maybe not… here is just a tidbit from his article to whet your appetite:
“In fact, I had not actually seen this particular piece of enticing information, despite my deep research into the case, and I was immediately enthralled by it. It is an astute observation that the commenter throws out little offhand “facts” like the number of times special forces have been called out on missing persons reports. Is this just a red herring, some made up piece of fluff to make him sound like he knows what he is talking about and further stir up debate? It is hard to say, as it is difficult to find any documentation to corroborate this claim. It is hard to even know what the commenter’s real name is, as his username is “Harold Cleveland,” yet he immediately introduces himself as “Max.” It all adds up to paint a possible picture of one of the most curious and nonsensical clues in the Dennis Martin case; that of those damn special forces troops at the scene. If any of “Harold Cleveland”’s comment are true, then what does this all mean? What could be the significance of their presence, and if it is, as he says, indicative of some threat to national security, then what sort of threat was it and if it really did happen, then did it have anything directly to do with Martin’s vanishing or was it just a freaky coincidence? After all, what could the disappearance of a 6-year-old boy possibly have to do with national security?”
All this is quite to the point and just plain… weird. Max’s comment does seem to be all about the Green Berets and why they are really there. His main point is simply there is more to the Dennis Martin case than meets the eye. What that more is he refuses to elaborate on; yet to make his point it isn’t what you think he uses something that happened in Cambodia to show the dogs they used then could track the man they had lost in some of the worst conditions imaginable. So the fact the dogs used in the Martin disappearance couldn’t even find a trail… that is his evidence of something very unusual… it is an interesting point. The comment was indeed in response to the Dennis Martin case but its generality has to do with a certain category of missing persons’ cases; and the details of Max’s comments make it quite interesting and his comment deserves a little more publicity. We will spend a little time on it…
To all concerned,
I’ve read some incredibly uninformed and ignorant comments here and I feel it’s my responsibility to help out when appropriate. My name is Max and I am a retired Army SOCOM Commander. Spent 26 years in service with most of them attached to 10th mountain division in Colorado. Our Special Forces are NEVER called to assist in civilian operations. That falls to the local National Guard and approved by the state governor. The fact that they were armed as well is another huge no no. During my command and every other mission I was aware of we were NOT allowed by Federal protocol to do either. Something is very wrong with this missing kid scenario.
I’ve done some research on this case both while on active duty and after my retirement. The inside facts of this case depict a frightening investigation. Bottom line is that searching started within a few minutes of the boy’s disappearance and lasted three months with every resource imaginable being deployed. Don’t even start with “the terrain was difficult, holes and caves and cliffs and creeks”, etc. Our special troops can find almost anything, anytime and in ANY terrain. We have the highest technology available worldwide and easily the best training and real world wartime and mission specific experience that the normal civilian populace can scarcely imagine. After studying this case, the fact that NO TRACE of the boy was ever found is mind boggling.
The Green Berets that were tasked in this search were there for a specific reason. They were armed for a specific reason. I can’t and won’t say why because my oath documents won’t allow it. But I will remind you of these facts. Nationwide there have only been four occasions where the Special Forces were brought in on a civilian missing persons case. Two of these involved a possible armed perpetrator. The other two were this case and another similar to it about three years later and regionally nearby. This is out of thousands of missing cases since the early sixties when our special troops were born. There is no such thing as “well, they were training nearby anyway and….” nope, we as Commanders were NEVER allowed to divert orders unless the division general officer (at least a one star) within SOCOM approved it. For that to happen, it MUST be for reasons that have a DIRECT effect on our national security. No missing persons case has ever been on that level ever based on its own merit. My research proved that to my own eyes.
In conclusion, this case goes way beyond a simple missing boy. Let me put it this way to you skeptics out there. In 1969 (same year as this case) in the southern jungles of Cambodia we lost a man on team maneuvers one night. This was in some of the worst weather and impossible terrain known in this world. His tracks were instantly washed away and nighttime operations were notoriously difficult as a rule. After a weeks’ time, it was our dogs that finally tracked him down. They live for these missions and they love it. In the Martin case, the dogs just laid down whining and refused to search. Several sets of dogs of different breeds. The FBI second in command told me this in person. That fact alone promotes the high strangeness factor. These cases are far from normal and must be reinvestigated to ensure that the horror that this family went through never happens to anyone again.
When it’s YOUR child that slips off for just a minute and the panic sets in and assets are immediately deployed in great mass, you would expect to find the child pretty quick. But when they just flat disappear like smoke as in this case, it baffles even the most experienced of us and breaks our hearts as well. I hope this hideous event never happens to any of you for I have seen it many times firsthand and you just cannot imagine anything worse, God bless and thanks for reading.
Again much like the stories re Ida Mae Curtis & Keith Parkins what is most amazing here is what is not said. Max does state clearly he knows something he cannot share; he has a ‘secret’ in other words. “I can’t and won’t say why because my oath documents won’t allow it.” This is really the biggest thing he says… that he isn’t going to tell us his secret. Now if we believe who he says he is we can understand his statement. Or is he playing us? The date of the entry is after all April 1st!
So we have a sort of reason for completely dismissing his comment in its entirety. Or did he want us to be able to do that? A great deal of his comment is obviously true. Without a doubt just about everything he says is true..! Of those statements that are clearly true or false most of them are demonstrably true.
Now for those of us not in the military his identification of himself as a “…retired Army SOCOM Commander. Spent 26 years in service with most of them attached to 10th mountain division in Colorado…” may seem quite ordinary even unremarkable. But to someone in the military that knows something about SOCOM commanders and the 10th Mountain Division… his statement may not only seem confusing but contradictory.
The 10th Mountain Division has nothing to do with Special Forces. They may cross paths; but if you are part of the one you are not part of the other. Still if you attend closely to his wording he doesn’t actually say he was part of both at the same time. He says he was a commander but he spent most of them attached to the 10th Mountain Division. So we could interpret this as yes he was a SOCOM commander too- either before or after his stint with the 10th– just not during.
Now the other problem has to do with the 10th Mountain Division. Though it was in Colorado at one time it has long since been moved; only recently did a ‘battalion’ return to their old stomping grounds. Again though he doesn’t really say he spent all that time in Colorado; he may only be referring to their origin. The interpretation is open to some extent. So what at first may seem like an outright lie turns into what may simply be an idiosyncratic wording.
His statements re the Green Berets and civilian outfits may not quite ring true to many of us that have thought Green Berets are just everywhere but a little research really seems to bear out what he says; Green Berets are simply not ‘tasked’ with very ordinary duties. So when they are tasked with something like missing people- it is a very rare thing- go ahead and look..! See if you can find them in the wake of all these searches for missing people; it is an extremely rare thing. So that much is quite true.
The ones we have mentioned- well the Green Berets have nothing to do with them- with the exception of Dennis Martin… and Max refers to another without mentioning his name but his name is Douglas Legg. Yes even that is true: “The other two were this case and another similar to it about three years later and regionally nearby.” Douglas Legg’s case was in the Adirondacks; not that far away from Dennis Martin. The Green Berets were part of his search too. Have there only been four times… beyond our capacity to confirm or deny. It may even be classified information!
There are several things about his narrative, general observations if you will, that are rather interesting. All of his statements are about what most of us take to be the ‘real’ world. We have no trouble understanding him; Max seems quite intelligent. Most of the statements we can either confirm or deny seem to be true… His narrative is really a very short story; he is telling us a story about himself, he weaves into it Dennis and the Green Berets. His story shifts its locations; he mentions Colorado and Cambodia, and of course Dennis is lost in the Great Smoky National Park… was he actually in North Carolina? Or Tennessee..?
His narrative has several threads and they aren’t hard to disentangle. One thread has to do with his secret, another the Green Berets, another missing persons, but Dennis especially, another has to do with an aspect of search & rescue- using dogs to track people- but these four threads are quite close together. It isn’t hard to imagine that he had in his mind to tell us a little story of sorts. The essence of his story is quite simple: “…this case goes way beyond a simple missing boy.” And in trying to illustrate this statement- what probably to him seems an obvious truth- he embellishes the ‘skeleton’ of his story, still without revealing his secret.
Another statement one might take exception to is his reference “…since the early sixties when our special troops were born…” It is plainly not true as anyone that knows a little bit of history re the Special Forces would know; their origin was in the Fifties and their roots go even further back. Yet there is a sense in which he isn’t completely wrong; the Sixties were an unusual time. And it was Kennedy that finally gave the official nod to the wearing of the Green Beret. “…since then Army Special Forces have been known as the Green Berets.” The year was 1961. So again there is a sense in which he isn’t quite wrong; even if he isn’t completely right.
And there were Special Forces in Cambodia in 1969; whether his story about losing a man on team maneuvers- did it happen? – of course it is impossible to say but it was hardly impossible. The 10th Mountain Division on the other hand had been ‘inactivated’ in 1958 and was not ‘reactivated’ until 1985. So presumably if Max was with the service during that time he was in Special Forces. Trying to work out the math however so he spends the greater part of his time in the 10th Mountain Division does seem confusing.
When did Max retire..? Presumably he could have spent some 10 years in Special Forces, or longer, perhaps even left the service, and returned and spent some 15 years or so with the 10th Mountain Division… really trying to work that out is confusing. Perhaps Max indeed is lying about all that… still the statements that aren’t simply his opinions or exposition seem quite true; the ones that can really be checked. Of course his time in the service is one of those things that can’t be checked.
Out of his entire narrative one of Max’s most nonsensical statements is the following: “Our Special Forces are NEVER called to assist in civilian operations… The fact that they were armed as well is another huge no no. During my command and every other mission I was aware of we were NOT allowed by Federal protocol to do either.”
Of course his entire comment is about the exception to the NEVER that proves the rule… but his statement about not being armed… what do we make of that? Apparently they were armed for the Dennis Martin ‘mission’… Jade Helm… well it seems they had blanks for Operation Jade Helm. So perhaps he is referring to operations like Jade Helm… as opposed to the ‘real’ thing!
Much of his commentary is ‘expository’ in nature and if we underline all the ‘undoubtedly true’ statements as well as his ‘exposition’… well his comments are generally in three categories: statements that obviously are true or false- whether or not we can tell the difference- this includes several personal statements- and exposition. About all that is left are personal statements whose truth value is known to Max but elusive to us. The only other statements are the following- obviously true or false but beyond our resources to identify as either:
“Nationwide there have only been four occasions where the Special Forces were brought in on a civilian missing persons case. Two of these involved a possible armed perpetrator.” And “No missing persons case has ever been on that level ever based on its own merit.”
Now we haven’t said much about his choice of avatar, the date of his comment, or the name that the comment itself is under on this site. One can search for the image he has used for his ‘avatar’ and the best guess the search engine comes up with is it is from the Patterson-Gimlin film… The Patterson-Gimlin film is often thought of as a hoax. The truth, like all truth, has quite an individual and unique face:
“Had Gimlin not been a gifted handler of quiet-stepping Rocky Mountain horses, and had Patterson not been a seasoned rodeo rider, with a strong drive to make documentary about sasquatches … the footage would probably not exist.
When the two men came into view of the creature, Roger’s normally unspookable mountain horse reared up in panic and fell over on him. Roger’s leg was pinned to the ground. With a thrashing horse pinning him to the ground, he pulled himself out from underneath it, and whipped out a 16mm camera from a saddle bag, and then dashed toward the fleeing figure, finally steadying his aim as it walked away.
It all happened faster than it takes to describe. You get a sense of how fast it actually happened when you watch the unstabilized full version of the footage.
It was a violent burst of energy and motion, then a quickly steadied control of his body and hands — the characteristic maneuvers of a seasoned rodeo rider.”
So what do we make of Max.. is it April Fools… or not? Should we extract some further meaning from the April Fools date? If you have read his comment and attended to what he may be trying to say you can easily see most of what he has to say is plainly true. The really questionable things… the statements that can be answered true or false that are not simply personal… the ones having to with the number of times the Green Berets have assisted in operations like this etc… well we cant answer them. And the really big thing – is there more to the Dennis Martin search than meets the eye – well if there is we are no nearer to knowing in what sense that is true. Just how could that be true anyway..? So what could the April Fools mean if anything? That someone has pulled the wool over somebody’s eyes but they aren’t who you think they are at all?
Landscapes of Panic
We stole the name for this section from Patrick Harpur’s Landscape of Panic; the article originally appeared in Fortean Times:
“I suppose it was Panic,” he surmises.” Sebastian had seen the goat-foot god or something of the kind – he was forest-born, and Bavarian peasants are very near primeval things – and he had made me feel his terror. “It is a terror, salutary or fatal, which we are always open to whenever we stray off the beaten track; a horror we are liable to hook whenever we sink a line into the depths.”
So this panic wasn’t Mr. Big… but perhaps something stranger, more ‘eldritch’, as Lovecraft might put it.
Our maps come from four sources: Mr. Henry Franzoni, a pioneer in the Fortean realm, Mr. Paulides, whose 411 books have now made his name well known- well in the ‘crypto-world’ & Forteana generally- and Josh Stevens who has taken the time with some of the data and worked his own ‘magic’. And let us not forget the FBI.
Mr. Franzoni has an incredible short summary of all those explanations at the top of the list for Mr. Big, or the explanations to cover such things:
Fig 3 Courtesy Josh Stevens
“The most plausible explanation is a hoax. It’s the simplest too, it’s only one word and one concept. Many people buy the hoax explanation, and it’s easy to see why. As everyone in the world knows, no body has ever been found. That makes it awfully tough to claim Sasquatch is more than a hoax. Unless one claims that sightings of Sasquatch are really just sightings of mis-identified bears. This ranks as the second most plausible explanation. And this leads us right to the third most plausible explanation, which is that the person was mistaken in general, somehow their perceptual mechanism failed…
The most implausible explanation of the four is that someone actually saw something unknown, a hairy giant. That’s a hard sell. Especially when there are three simpler plausible explanations ready to go. Occam’s law of limited imagination would say you have to falsify the first three simpler explanations before using the fourth more complicated one. I thought the whole exercise was a waste of time.”
The map at the right- and below- is Devil Place Names in the good ole US. And was compiled by Mr. Franzoni; the one further below as well. They are both taken from his book In the The Spirit of Seatco.
One of the first things we notice about all three is the similarity in clustering. Also both Josh Stevens and Henry Franzoni reach the same conclusions about correlations with population. Here is what Mr. Franzoni has to say:
Fig 4 Courtesy Henry Franzoni from In the Spirit of Seatco
“In other words, there was some clustering of the data points, there were geographic areas that all the Bigfoot researchers know are the hot areas for sighting reports, and indeed, they appear on the map. So, there is some clustering in the data, but what is interesting is what is not found. The dog that isn’t barking. There is no movement, no seasonal migration, there is no change in location from winter to summer, no seasonal change in average elevation, although many sighting reports are located far from areas of human density, some are not, and there is no strong mathematical correlation found between the frequency of sighting reports and the inverse of population density. In other words, there is no significant correlation between low population density geographic areas and Bigfoot sightings. This indicates that bigfoot populations are not necessarily higher in very rural areas. Wherever they are, near or far, it appears they want to avoid us.”
“Right away you can see that sightings are not evenly distributed. At first glance, it looks a lot like a map of population distribution. After all, you would expect sightings to be the most frequent in areas where there are a lot of people. But a bivariate view of the data… shows a very different story. There are distinct regions where sightings are incredibly common, despite a very sparse population. On the other hand, in some of the most densely populated areas sasquatch sightings are exceedingly rare.”
Fig 5 Courtesy Henry Franzoni from In the Spirit of Seatco
Figure 6 Courtesy David Paulides from his ‘411’ Research
The above is of course the map compiled by David Paulides in his 411 research on the national parks. Let’s face it all four of these maps seem to be too similar to ignore the patterns… but what do we really make of this similarity? They could be purely coincidental though that does seem stretching the word past its breaking point… doesn’t it?
Here is one more map, a bit out of left field, we recently had suggested to us… it is clearly not the same yet it is hard to look at it without getting the idea it is covering somehow the same or quite similar ‘skeleton’:
Fig 7 “This map shows the more than 500 cases in our Highway Serial Killings Initiative database; the red dots mark where bodies or remains have been found along highways over the past 30 years.” Courtesy FBI.
We are not the first to notice some of these similarities…The other conclusion- beyond the same ‘unknown creature (or creatures…)’ is responsible- somehow- is that there is something going on a little less obvious that may somehow be inclusive of the possibility of such a creature and may- again somehow- give ‘scope’ for the details of these patterns. What that ‘force’, ‘operation’, ‘situation’, ‘condition’ etc. could be is… well impossible to say.
Let’s put this another way: Why would a map of places with ‘devil names’, a map of sightings of Sasquatch, a map of people that went missing in national parks, and finally a map of highway killings over the last 30 years… why would these have anything in common? Yet it seems obvious, unless you want to play innocent and simply ignore the obvious, something very, very strange must be going on here. The explanation isn’t simply Bigfoot, or serial killers, or truckers, or … we are simply and completely clueless. The only thing that comes to mind is what Keel had to say about Ufology :
“Ufology is just another name for demonology,” Keel explained, and claimed that he did not consider himself a “ufologist” but a “demonologist”; as an early admirer of Charles Fort (1874-1932) he actually preferred to be called a Fortean, which covers a wide range of paranormal subjects.” (This is from an obit in The Telegraph here.)
Believe it or not there are reports of what seem to be otherwise ‘ordinary’ animals talking. Here is an example (courtesy of the Fantasy World Project, Fortean Times, etc.):
“The Fortean Times (No. 45, Winter 1985) reported on a vociferous bruin. It seems that Greg and Stephanie McKay of Enumclaw were camping near Greenwater, Washington, in July 1985. On the morning of the 6th, their camp was invaded by “a bear-like animal” eight feet tall.
“You may think this sounds crazy, but the bear talked to us,” Stephanie, 35, said in a telephone interview. In a very high-pitched voice that didn’t sound human it asked them their names and whether they had permission to use the campsite. They said they had permission, but the bear told them to get off the property immediately. While they gathered up their belongings, the bear stood on its hind legs and began throwing stones at them. “It must have weighed almost a ton,” she said. “We ran like anything.”
Greenwater Fire Department officials visiting the site found only the paw prints “of a large dog,” though saying the creature was an eight-foot-tall talking dog isn’t much better. “The case was eventually dismissed as a product of over-active imagination.”
I remember seeing this story in The Weekly World News, which did not help its credibility. However, the Fortean Times‘ sources were (from UPI) the Boston (MA) Globe, Houston (TX) Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego (CA) Union, Seattle (WA) Times 10 July 1985, among other newspapers.”
Just the mere reporting of some of these events adds a kind of authority to reports that sometimes should have none at all. The Fortean field is filled with scams and plain untruth and it isn’t always easy to tell the difference. Rob Kryder and Kryder Exploration seem to be doing some quite amazing and interesting things. Sasquatch Ontario… lets just say less so… Why don’t we have good pictures of Mr. Big if he is real… why isn’t there a body… why after all this time do we really not know more about him… if indeed he is real?
We think there are two actually not simply really good answers but excellent answers to all these questions. The creature is quite intelligent but the important thing is he doesn’t want to have much if anything to do with us. Now it might be interesting to consider why he doesn’t…
A Walk in the Black Forest
Without doubt from the wide subject of disappearances some proportion of them are simply accidents, some of them just as certainly are murders- and the reasons behind those accidents and murders are again undoubtedly quite various. Just getting lost and being unable to find your way back to civilization- an accident of sorts- accounts for some percentage of the people that go missing. Kidnapping is another obvious source of disappearances… Of course yet another obvious category would be those people that don’t want to be found… how many different reasons behind that desire..?
Brent, whose article on Lisa Lam has obviously been thought through- another missing person whose case we will take up in part 2 of this ‘enquiry’- has an article on people that have disappeared but many years later been found; his summary of some of these incidents is quite interesting:
“As mysterious as some of these cases are, as unsolvable as they may seem at first or as high as they have propelled themselves into the atmosphere of mystery and cold cases, they indeed give us a sense of hope that the vanished do not always remain that way. Sometimes people disappear from the face of the earth for reasons other than sinister death, the supernatural, or abduction. In some cases these people fade from the world to start anew, because they have lost their grip on reality, have had their lives erased from their minds somehow, or are running from personal demons. The cases I have covered here are strange, yes, and full of weird details and questions that may remain unanswered, but above all they offer a sense of optimism for those who have lost someone who has simply vanished. Yet that does not stop the sense of awe, shock and wonder when these long gone people suddenly thrust themselves into our lives again. Why would they leave everything behind? What forces of the human mind would cause someone to forget a lifetime? Indeed sometimes the mysteries of human nature are every bit as enigmatic as anything within the realm of the supernatural and unexplained.”
So just who are the missing? The effort at finding numbers to measure the dimensions of this question are problematic at best. You could try and imagine the many different ways someone might end up with such a label, we made a stab at it above, but definitely left many possibilities out. Of course many of the ‘missing’ are found; ‘most’ of them are found but that ‘most’ does depend on the nature of the situation. Most ‘runaways’ are found. Not all of them. Many of those ‘abducted’ are recovered.
Now there are many organizations trying to ‘address’ the ‘plight’ of the ‘missing’. We have come a long way since the ‘milk carton’ days still it does seem we are in the position of the Titanic; we are aware of but the tip of an iceberg. The problem seems to be vaster than we normally can even get our heads around, troubling in the extreme and with more facets and dimensions than we can really measure. So there are statistics out there, and different organizations have different statistics, and trying to get a handle on what we are really talking about is more difficult than one would imagine before ‘wrestling’ with this subject matter.
Two of the more well known organizations are the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Missing & Unidentifed Persons System (NamUs). Here from NamUs is a fact most of us probably never even think about:
“Nationwide, 4,400 unidentified remains are found every year and over 1,000 of these remain unidentified after one year. Holistically, there may be upwards of 40,000 human remains nationally that continue to go unidentified.”
Hmmm… what!!??!! Please read that again and think about what that means as far as the ‘plight’ of the ‘missing’ goes and what it means for our understanding of this plight…
You can find a few other statements on their site that seem at first contradictory:
“Nationwide, there are as many as 85,000 active missing person cases at any given time.” And “As of December 1, 2016, 28,360 total missing person cases have been reported to NamUs. 11,756 cases have been resolved (1,477 with direct assistance from NamUs) and 12,731 cases are active in the NamUs Missing Person database.”
How can there be 85,000 active cases at any one time and only 28,360 reported..? Does that make 85,000 an estimate understood to include all those cases not directly reported to NamUs..? Well perhaps this information comes from NCIC- the National Crime Information Center. Here is what they say:
“As of December 31, 2013, NCIC contained 84,136 active missing person records. Juveniles under the age of 18 account for 33,849 (40.2 %) of the records and 9,706 (11.5 %) were for juveniles between the ages of 18 and 20. *
During 2013, 627,911 missing person records were entered into NCIC, a decrease of 5.1% from the 661,593 records entered in 2012. Missing Person records cleared or canceled during the same period totaled 630,990. Reasons for these removals include: a law enforcement agency located the subject, the individual returned home, or the record had to be removed by the entering agency due to a determination that the record is invalid.
*This fulfills requirements as set forth in Public Law 101-647, 104 statute 4967, Crime Control Act of 1990 stating the Attorney General is to publish a statistical summary of reports of missing children. This act was modified
April 7, 2003, by “Suzanne’s Law” that changed the age of mandatory missing person record entry from under 18 to under 21 years of age. [ref. 42 USC 5779(c)]”
The more up-to-date version:
“As of December 31, 2016, NCIC contained 88,040 active missing person records. Juveniles under the age of 18 account for 33,706 (38.3%) of the records and 42,807 (48.6%) records when juveniles are defined as under 21 years of age.*
During 2016, 647,435 missing person records were entered into NCIC, an increase of 1.9% from the 634,908 records entered in 2015. Missing Person records purged during the same period totaled 644,294. Reasons for these removals include: a law enforcement agency located the subject, the individual returned home, or the record had to be removed by the entering agency due to a determination that the record is invalid.
The Missing Person Circumstances (MPC) field is optional and has been available since July 1999 when the NCIC 2000 upgrade became operational. Of the 647,435 records entered in 2016, the MPC field was utilized in 315,995 (48.8%). When the MPC field was utilized in 2016 entries, 303,237 (96%) were coded as Runaway, 2,107 (.7%) as Abducted by Non-custodial Parent, 303 (.1%) as Abducted by Stranger, and 10,348 (3.3%) as Adult – Federally required entry. In 2015, the MPC field was utilized in 313,403 (49.4%) of the 634,908 records. *”
We have barely touched this topic. Did you know they are still trying to account for the victims of the Holocaust? Here from BBC News:
“Six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices during World War Two. In many cases entire towns’ Jewish populations were wiped out, with no survivors to bear witness – part of the Nazis’ plan for the total annihilation of European Jewry.
Since 1954, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem (“A Memorial and a Name”), has been working to recover the names of all the victims, and to date has managed to identify some 4.7 million.
“Every name is very important to us,” says Dr Alexander Avram, director of Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names and the Central Database of Shoah [Holocaust] Victims’ Names.
“Every new name we can add to our database is a victory against the Nazis, against the intent of the Nazis to wipe out the Jewish people. Every new name is a small victory against oblivion.”
So we have now talked about NCIC, NamUs, NCMEC, and the Missing Identity Project and the Holocaust. Just the very tip of a vast iceberg about missing persons. The scale is global. There is an International Commission on Missing Persons:
“The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is an intergovernmental organization that addresses the issue of persons missing as a result of armed conflicts, violations of human rights, and natural disasters. It is headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands. It assists governments in the exhumation of mass graves and DNA identification of missing persons, provides support to family associations of missing persons, and assists in creating strategies and institutions to search for missing persons. In December 2014, a treaty was signed which established the commission as an “International Organisation in its own right”, which has 5 signatories, but has not entered into force. The treaty designates The Hague(Netherlands) as the seat of the organization.”
There is also the Doe Network (as in John Doe etc.); they are international. Project Jason: “Family is what Project Jason is all about. We want continue to assist families of the missing and provide them with the hope and resources that they need. In order to do this, we need your help.” The Polly Klaas Foundation: “The Polly Klaas Foundation is a Petaluma, CA based, national nonprofit dedicated to the safety of all children, the recovery of missing children, and public policies that keep children safe in their communities.”
Websleuths is an unusual internet community: “Websleuths is an internet community that concerns itself mainly with crime and missing persons. The privately owned, Websleuths LLC, maintains a forum for registered users to discuss and classify information related to crimes, trials and unsolved cases. Tricia Griffith purchased the site in 2004. Some content is available for viewing without registration. Members have an option to be verified with their credentials with the administrator if they have a specific expertise such as DNA analysis professionals, law enforcement, or related to a specific crime in some way.”
Probably before we leave this general subject- because the different groups that now that something to do with missing persons… well the list is a long one now- INTERPOL does its own searches but Dennis isn’t in that database and Polly Klaas has a ‘master list of missing persons’ but it doesn’t extend far enough into the past to include Dennis- but Reddit is often quoted in articles about Dennis. Reddit per Wikipedia: “Reddit (stylized as reddit, /ˈrɛdɪt/) is an American social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website. Reddit’s registered community members can submit content such as text posts or direct links. Registered users can then vote submissions up or down that determines their position on the page. Submissions with the most up-votes appear on the front page or the top of a category. Content entries are organized by areas of interest called “subreddits”. Subreddit topics include news, science, gaming, movies, music, books, fitness, food, image-sharing, and many others. The site prohibits harassment, and moderation requires substantial resources.”
NCMEC has Dennis Martin: http://www.missingkids.com/poster/NCMC/1178747/1/screen
NamUs has Dennis Martin: https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/2370/0/
The DOE Network has Dennis as well: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/460dmtn.html
Websleuths has quite a bit about Dennis Martin. A very long thread of discussion as well as the two other people lost in the Smokey Mountains too. Here is a link to the thread on Dennis: http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?50306-TN-Dennis-Martin-6-Great-Smoky-Mountains-NP-14-June-1969
Let us round out this summary with some things deeper in that iceberg we mentioned and often not given enough exposure. Are there missing persons mentioned in the UFO literature…? One can see from the above that the ideas most of us have about missing persons will be mediated not only by our own experiences but also by the media we have had the most exposure too. The cases we talk about above are more likely for us to have heard something about… if at all… but there are some famous UFO missing cases; Valentich & the Travis Walton case among others. And there was a movie made about the Walton case though in some UFO circles his case is thought to be a hoax. Hoaxes- at least the rumor of such- seem to be rife when it comes to ‘the unexplained’.
Well here is another less well known example:
“Mr. William S. English reported to the UFO research community that he has seen the rumored and elusive Project Grudge/Bluebook Report No. 13. He told us that it is full of all sorts of strange and dark stories. Included is a missing child case, perhaps ufology’s first. In October, 1953 a young boy was reportedly kidnapped off his parent’s farm by little men who got out of a flying saucer. The parents witnessed this happen. Soon after the government came in and took charge; the boy and his parents were taken away to a special facility and were not seen again. Report No. 13 calls this “the Darlington farm case out of Ohio.” Was Mr. English’s report of this case taken seriously? Not for long. No one who looked could find Darlington, Ohio. Thus, it was concluded that the story must have been a hoax. It dropped out of the UFO news until MidOhio Research Associates (MORA) found Darlington, Ohio. In fact, MORA found three of them. Two are located in Ohio, one south of Mansfield and another near Zanesville Another is located in western Pennsylvania, northwest of Pittsburgh, within 5 miles or so of the Ohio border. Does this prove the kidnapping took place? Obviously, it does not, but it should make us feel a bit uncomfortable. MORA will continue to investigate this case as new information becomes available. (See: Ohio UFO Notebook, August, 1991, pp 15-17.)”
More about this case can be found here… a quote:
“One case especially noted and remembered very vividly was entitled “Darlington Farm Case” out of Ohio. Case apparently took place in October 1953. Man, wife and 13 year old son were sitting down at dinner table. As they sat there the lights in the farm house began to dim. Dogs and animals raised ruckus on outside. 13 year old boy got up from dinner table to see what was going on. Called his mother and father to come look at the funny light in the sky. Father and mother went out onto the porch. When they got out on the porch one of the dogs broke loose from leash beside house and came running around front. Boy began chasing it into the open field. As mother and father watched the light comedown from the sky. They described it as a round ball of fire and it began to hover over the field where the boy and dog had run to. As they stood and watched, the mother and father heard the boy start screaming for help whereupon the father grabbed his shotgun which was right next to the door and began to run out into the field with the mother following. When the father got to the field he saw his son being carried away by what looked like little men, into this huge fiery looking object. As it took off the father fired several rounds at the object, to no avail. They found the dog, it’s head had been crushed but no sign of the boy or any other footprints of the little men who apparently carried him off. Father immediately called the Darlington police and they immediately came out to investigate. The official report read that the boy had run off and was lost in the forest which bordered the farm. Within 48 hours the Air Force made the determination that the family was to be relocated and the mother and father were picked up by Air Force Intelligence and all personal belonging and possessions were loaded into U.S. Air Force trucks and moved to a northwestern relocation site.
The mother was in shock and had to go through a great deal of psychotherapy and deprogramming as did father. One interesting aspect about this case was classification under Air Force report which read it was a genuine CE 3 and that for the good of national security the mother and father had been relocated to relocation zones Z21-14. Not sure whether this indicated map grid coordinates or latitude longitude. According to the report there were at least four relocation sites across the United States. Depending upon which type of encounter these people had, the report indicated that there were extensive medical facilities available at the relocation sites to deal with all medical emergencies up to and including radiation poisoning. The report mentioned a site located in the Utah-Nevada area, but no indication of it’s purpose or what it was for.”
This is pretty far out stuff… well the field of Ufology does suffer itself from that still even for the UFO literature we are stepping outside some ordinary boundaries… its hard enough for people to believe the usual… stuff… unless of course they have been there. The following is again from The Unspeakables referred to above but we are being led deeper into other facets of reports beyond simply missing persons and they escalate into some rather grotesque angles that often are ignored:
“Having been taken to task for this report by abductee and author Whitley Strieber, Don Ecker replied in the March/April 1990, Volume 5, No. 2, of the same magazine that he rechecked the data and his sources and he stands behind what he first wrote. He adds that an assistant medical examiner in a New York county has reported that fresh human cadavers in several area morgues had undergone similar cattle-like mutilations. The situation was quickly hushed up. Ecker concludes, “No concrete evidence can definitively link the UFO to these occurrences, but, as Alice in Wonderland said, ‘Things are curiouser and curiouser.'”