Fort Report: Psychic Kids, Abduction Misconceptions, Evil Spirit Scams, and The Living Dead Rise Again

Fort Report: Psychic Kids, Abduction Misconceptions, Evil Spirit Scams, and The Living Dead Rise Again


Aloha, weirdos!

How was your holiday weekend? Still have all your fingers? I’m here to help you adjust back into the work week with another roundup of the weirdest links from everywhere else on the internet. In this edition of The Fort Report, we’ve got psychic kids, an evil (spirit) scam sweeping New York, connections between UFO abductions and religious experiences, portals, ghosts, Bigfoot, the living dead, and more!

Enjoy the links, and remember to keep your livestock away from uranium mines.


Real Sixth Sense: Meet the ‘psychic’ children who see and talk to ghosts at their family home

Jadon Billington, 10, and his sister Lucy, eight, regularly talk to dead people at their home in Cheshire, and have made friends with more than 10 spirits – including their own grandmother.

‘Evil spirit’ scam plagues Asian immigrants in NY; dozens of victims, $1.8M swindled this year

Detectives say there has been a rash in New York of what’s known as an evil spirit or blessing scam, where older immigrant women, mostly Chinese, are swindled out of their valuables by clever scammers arriving from China who prey on superstition and fear. In the past six months, two dozen victims have reported valuables stolen — in some cases more than $10,000 in cash and $13,000 in jewelry, according to police reports. A total of more than $1.8 million has been stolen.

H/T to the one and only John E.L. Tenney for the story.

Setting The Record Straight, The Misconceptions Of ET Abductions And Religious Superstitions

Tony Elliot examines how common religious belief and alien abduction scenarios can influence one another, and why he believes that religion is incapable of teaching spirituality.

Mysterious Livestock Deformities and Deaths Rampant in Mongolia

In April this year, two concurrent events were reported from the Dornogobi (East Gobi) province in Mongolia. AREVA, a multinational uranium mining company headquartered in France, announced that its Mongolian subsidiary, Kojegobi LLC, had located an estimated 55,000-ton uranium deposit in the Ulaanbadrakh district. Around the same time, local media reported the strange deaths and deformities of a number of young livestock in the district.

NASA Discovers Hidden Portals in Earth’s Upper Atmosphere

NASA recently reported that University of Iowa plasma physicist Jack Scudder discovered that there are regions in the Earth’s magnetic field that directly connect it to the magnetic field of the sun, across 93 million miles of space. These mysterious regions, known as “magnetic portals” are thought to be opening and closing dozens of times every day.

H/T to Adman Moore for the story tip.

Bigfoot researcher says hundreds of sightings in Ohio

Bigfoot believer told a library audience he is one of hundreds of people to spot a sasquatch wandering the state’s woods, following up with a plea to “be skeptical”.

The Haunting of Wells Hall

The building was quiet. Wells Hall, built in 1938, is home to Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Communication and Mass Media, and two radio stations. During the school year, students work on projects, or at the campus media, at all hours. However, on Sundays in June, the building is empty; at least of the living.

Bid to uncover truth behind haunted pub

A landlord called in a paranormal investigator after discovering his new pub contained more spirits than just the ones behind the bar, most notably the ghost of a “red monk”.

H/T to Lee D. Munro

Guilt lingers over murder of ‘witches’ at Norway’s ‘Gates of Hell’

Four centuries ago in the remote Norwegian Arctic, a region known as the “Gates of Hell” for its harsh climes, dozens of women were prosecuted for witchcraft and killed. Centuries afterwards, a sense of collective guilt lingers, and the women wrongfully convicted for non-existant crimes are remembered at a memorial in the small town of Vardoe.

Horticultural Hate: The Mystery of the Forest Swastikas

Over 20 years ago, a landscaper in eastern Germany discovered a formation of trees in a forest in the shape of a swastika. Since then, a number of other forest swastikas have been found in Germany and beyond, but the mystery of their origins persist.

Anomalous Meteors and Nebulous Nature Behind the UFO Phenomenon

For serious scientific researchers of unexplained aerial phenomenon, one thing that cannot be overlooked is the possibility–no, the likelihood–that certain phenomenon of a very natural variety can often account for the seemingly inexplicable.

Rescuers shocked after ‘dead’ woman in river wakes up

An apparently dead 70-year-old woman found floating in a British river with her head partially submerged stunned rescuers who went to retrieve her body when she suddenly opened her eyes.

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  1. Raven Storm

    07/08/2013 at 11:10 AM

    “Asian Scam” I shared this on FB Saturday night too. It’s just an example of how cultures use superstitions to prey on people. They do the same thing here in Texas as well. Sadly, people are duped for their beliefs on a daily basis by con artists and sadly most won’t go to the police to report being scammed because they are too embarrassed to admit it. I did an experiment once where I picked out several people claiming to be psychic’s and used an alias as well as a made up script to make appointments with them. It was mind blowing to what extent some went through to try and get more than the $10 or $20 fee they initially asked for. I had one tell me my money was cursed and she needed to perform a “ritual” which would require $1,000 to get rid of the evil attached to it! Another asked that I place my purse under the table while we both close our eyes, concentrate on the “problem” and pray. I actually caught her trying to use her feet to remove my wallet from the bag! (I had placed my foot through one of the straps to detect any movement) Out of the ten psychic’s I picked, only one gave very unique information even going so far as to tell me I had the wrong name and that she saw me with certain initials, which of course matched my real name. She also was the only psychic who had a small duplex apartment with very normal inexpensive furnishings throughout. The only ad she used was a small sign located outside her door that simply said “Psychic Readings $7”. After some of the things she told me did happen, I went back to talk to her and found she was no longer there and no one knew what happened to her or where she was.

    • Coppertop

      07/12/2013 at 8:45 AM

      Ugh, Texas is thick with psychic frauds and other scumbags. I swear, something about the heat here brings out the worst in people.

  2. alanborky

    07/10/2013 at 1:41 PM

    When d’y’knock out that Jesus firin’ green rays out his eyes Greg?

    It says July 8 but presumably it took you a few days to knock it out but then again in the back of my mind I’ve a suspicion you’ve used it before.

    For a few weeks now I’ve been wakin’ up of a mornin’ on the few days I’m actually allowed to sleep at that time and I quite literally sit up and green beams seem to fire out my eyes and anythin’ I look at seems to turn into or be made of this sort of patchwork or quilt of green energy until patch after patch turns yellow then eventually everything returns to normal.

    I was thinkin’ it might be a side effect of doing Red Tara practise especially given there’s a Green Tara but now I’m won’drin’ if it’s evidence of telepathy.

    Havin’ said that this mornin’ it didn’t happen for the first time so I don’t know what to make of that.


    • Greg Newkirk

      07/12/2013 at 9:53 PM

      I wish I could take credit for the Laser Eyed Jesus, Alan, but that credit belongs to some mysterious artist whose name I couldn’t find.

      Maybe you’re turning into an X-Man? Time to start fighting crime!

  3. Coppertop

    07/12/2013 at 8:43 AM

    Hello, new desktop background.

    Glad to see you guys are up and about again. I’ve always enjoyed stories of haunted pubs and bars, mainly because I like the idea of spirits sticking around after death for a quick pint. This, of course, begs the idea that there are no good beers in heaven, which is somewhat depressing.

    Anyways, keep it up!

  4. Coppertop

    07/12/2013 at 8:51 AM

    Also, I hate to spam this board here, but have you guys ever found any articles you’d describe as… Mothman-esque? I started reading into the numerous Mothman-like stories from around the world, and it occurred to me that there hasn’t been a black, winged, red-eyed flying humanoid sighting since the mid-80’s. Where’d the Mothman go? And why?

    • Greg Newkirk

      07/12/2013 at 9:58 PM

      Hey Coppertop!

      That’s a great question! Wish I had a good answer, but I’m a bad fortean and don’t have the best background when it comes to John Keel. I can tell you this though: I once scoped out a case where a couple girls from Troy, Pennsylvania claimed to have seen something that fit the description of the Mothman, red eyes and all. It flew over their car. This was around 2003.

      Interestingly enough, just about 5 miles from there a rash of incidents with what locals called the Granville Black Beast occurred a few years earlier. It matches the same description. Skulked around houses and peered through windows.

      Purely anecdotal evidence, but take from it what you will.

      • Coppertop

        07/13/2013 at 6:54 PM

        It’s better than nothing. But it’s just that… well, the Mothman (or thunderbird, or garuda, or whatever) is supposed to appear prior to events of great tragedy. The Black Bird of Chernobyl. The Owlman. The Black Bat of Kent. The Houston Batman. The Chinese Man-Dragon. Numerous others. Horrible things are still happening. Why aren’t we seeing the Mothman more?

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