Unsolved Mystery of Wayang Jimat

In Indonesia a traditional Javanese puppet show called Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet) normally made from animal skin, however Wayang Kulit in the village of Ndakan, Magelang, Central Java called Wayang Jimat made from human skin and it is believed has special power. Even though in Wayang Jimat there is 80 characters, interestingly only one character named Arjuna (Janoko) which believed has supernatural or magical power because it was made from human skin, while the rest of characters in Wayang Jimat made from cow (bull) skin. The word of "Jimat" was taken from Javanese language means Amulet (if an object has a supernatural power or strength).

For several hundred of years until now, Wayang Jimat should only be stored and performed in small village on Mount Merbabu slopes called the Village of Ndakan. According to Sumitro (70), the elder of the village,a long time ago Wayang Jimat was given by the King of Keraton Surakarta to Ki Ajar Ndaka as a present because at that time he had succeeded in healing the prince.

Ki Ajar Ndaka was a hermit from Mount Merbabu slopes. The king of Keraton Surakarta heard that he has extraordinary medical skills, so he bring his son to meet Ki Ajar Ndaka in the hope the hermit can heal his son's illness. He said he is able to heal the prince. After he recited incantations and give some medical potions, he order the prince to go back to Keraton and take some rest.

Few days later, his illness gradually cured. Soon afterward, the king gave orders to his soldiers to bring Ki Ajar Ndaka into Keraton Surakarta as an honorable guest. At first, the King wanted to appoint him as one of the royal family, however the hermit refused it. Then, the King want to give him a land property and plenty of gold coins, he also refused it. After various gifts he humbly rejected, the King gave him one of Keraton's heirloom in the form of a wooden crate which containing Wayang Jimat. Finally, he accepted the gift with pleasure.

He bring the wooden crate back to his place in Mount Merbabu slopes. He treat the Keraton's heirloom nicely until he died. Just before he died, he advised that Wayang Jimat should be treated nicely and must be performed to entertain people. However, he wanted Wayang Jimat is not passed on to his offspring, but to the elders of the village. To commemorate his services to the village, local people named the village as the Village of Ndakan

People believe that one of the characters, Arjuna, is made from human skin and during the process of making, the sculptor using the water for bathing the corpse. Sumitro who has been trusted to keep Wayang Jimat for 30 years said, this heirloom must be treated by the elder of the village for generations which capable to treat it nicely, not by outsiders or someone elses beside the elders.

Now, the old heirloom is stored inside Sumitro's house. Wayang Jimat is still kept inside the original wooden crate (made from Jati wood (Teak tree) with 1 metres long, 3 metres width and height half of meters) as when Ki Ajar Ndaka received it from the King of Keraton Surakarta.

Wayang Arjuna
Sumitro said, only character of Arjuna (Janoko) which made from human skin, it is from the skin of a young man who live around Surakarta when Keraton Surakarta have not been established. However, he has no clue who the young man was. In general, character of Arjuna has small body (diminutive), sharp nose and tall. Normally, it has bright yellow skin, however Arjuno in Wayang Jimat has darker skin, if it touched it will feel softer, lighter and thinner than the usual.

When Sumitro first store Wayang Arjuna in the wooden crate, often he heard loud noise sounds like someone is knocking from inside the crate every Friday Kliwon night. Strangely, the knocking noise subsides when he give an offering on the top of the crate. So, every Friday Kliwon he regularly gave offerings of flowers, incense and water on the top of it. Beside that, inside the crate there is a letter which written on palm leaves. No one has been able to translate the letters until now. Perhaps therein lies the secret of Wayang Arjuna.

Before the performance of Wayang Jimat, people have to prepare the offerings so that the show will run well. They explain that Sumitro as the dalang (puppet master) is possessed by spirit while he runs the Wayang Jimat performance. The interesting thing is that he does not know the story until he is done.

"Only the elder of the village is capable to play it especially the character of Arjuna. When it is performed by other dalang, Wayang Arjuna feels heavy and the dalang's hands will be shaky," said Sumitro.

It also has to be performed at least twice a year in the Village of Ndakan on month of Sapar and Syawal, these two months has good omen according to Javanese calenders.

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Mystery of the Black Orlov Diamond

According to legend, the Black Orlov Diamond originally rough 195 carat came from India in the 19th century as one of the eyes of Brahma (the Hindu God of creation) statue in Pondicherry. That's why this diamond also known as the Eye of Brahma Diamond. However, the real history about the diamond remain unclear. It is said one of the eyes was stolen by a monk, after that the rumor about the diamond being cursed began to spread. It is believed whoever own the Black Orlov Diamond will suffer violent deaths.

The first known victim of the cursed diamond was J.W. Paris, a diamond dealer. In 1932 he has imported the precious stone to America. Few days later after he arriving and sold it to the buyer in New York City, he committed suicide by jumping from the top of Manhattan skyscraper. It is rumored that J.W. Paris had been suffering from extreme anxiety due to business worries, and that two letters were found in his possession at the time of his death, one addressed to his wife and the other to a fellow jeweller, but no details of either contents were ever made public.

Black Orlov Diamond
In 1947, Princess Nadia Vyegin-Orlov was said to be former owner of the Black Orlov - which the cursed diamond gets its name - leaped to her death in apparent suicide from the top of a building in the city of Rome. Only one month previous to Princess Nadia's death another member of Russian royalty, Princess Leonila Viktorovna-Bariatinsky had also committed sucide. At the time of her death Princess Leonila was married to Royal Navy Officer Prince Andre Glinstine, however there was no details are on record as to the reason why she killed herself, although it was later discovered that she had been the owner of the Black Orlov Diamond.

After several mysterious deaths that have happened to the previous owner, the diamond was re-cut into three separate gems in an attempt to break the curse and since then the new private owners seem to have escaped the curse. Now it only weighs 13.50 g (67.50 carats)

Dennis Petimezas, the current owner of the Black Orlov Diamond said, "In the middle of the 20th Century, the media christened it the 'Evil Death Gem' but I've never felt nervous about owning the Black Orlov. I've spent the past year trying to discover everything I can about the stone's melodramatic history and I'm pretty confident that the curse is broken."


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The Sibylline Books

The Sibylline books were a collection of manuscripts which embodied the secrets of human destiny, the work of the prophetesses of the ancient world. According to Tacitus, these books were first preserved in the Capitol. The oldest collection of Sibylline books appears to have been made about the time of Solon and Cyrus at Gergis on Mount Ida in the Troad; it was attributed to the Hellespontine Sibyl and was preserved in the temple of Apollo at Gergis. From Gergis the collection passed to Erythrae, where it became famous as the oracles of the Erythraean Sibyl. It would appear to have been this very collection that found its way to Cumae and from Cumae to Rome.

Since they were written in hexameter verse and in Greek, the college of curators was always assisted by two Greek interpreters. The books were kept in the Temple of Jupiter on the Capitol, and, when the temple burned in 83 BC, they were lost.

When it was burnt down, the precious leaves of Fate were preserved, and removed to the temple of Apollo Palatinus. The Roman Senate sent envoys in 76 BC to replace them with a collection of similar oracular sayings, in particular collected from Ilium, Erythrae, Samos, Sicily, and Africa.

Erythraean Sibyl as a floor mosaic in the Cathedral of Siena

Their after - fate is enshrouded in mystery, but it would seem that the Cumean books existed until 339 A.D., when they were destroyed by Stilikon. Augustus sent three ambassadors - Paulus Gabinus, Marcus Otacillius, and into Asia, Attica, and Italy but especially to the Erythraean Sibyl, to collect whatever could be discovered of the Sibylline Oracles, to replace those which had been lost or burnt. The books are of two kinds; namely, the books of the elder Sibyls, that is, of the earlier Greek and Roman times; and the later, which were much falsified, and disfigured with numerous interpolations.

Of the latter, eight books in Greek and Latin are still said to be extant. Those which are preserved in Rome had been collected from various places, at various times, and contained predictions of future events couched in the most mysterious of symbolic languages. At first they were permitted only to be read by descendants of Apollo, but later by the priests, until their care was entrusted to certain officials, who only replied to inquiries at the command of the Senate, in cases of extraordinary emergency.

Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Secrets by Nye;

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The Angel Soldiers of Mons

In August 1914, one of the most famous cases of apparent angelic intervention took place at a World War I battlefield in Mons, Belgium. French and British Allied soldiers were fighting against an advancing German force, and it looked as though the Germans would win. Then the tide of battle turned; fire from the Allies suddenly increased, and the Germans retreated. At first this seemed to be a normal battlefield event, but wounded French and British soldiers told an unusual tale while in the hospital. They insisted that they had not been fighting alone; they had seen angels on the battlefield fighting alongside them.

According to the French soldiers, the army of angels had been led by the archangel Michael; British soldiers said that they had recognized the angelic general as St. George, a medieval knight famed for slaying dragons. A few soldiers said there were only a few angels, while most saw many. Descriptions of the angels also varied, although most of the soldiers said the figures in question emitted a bright light and had wings.

Map of Mons

Initially, the hospital workers disbelieved these stories, saying they were the result of the soldiers’ injuries and mental trauma. When uninjured French and British soldiers came forward with similar stories, skeptics attributed them to battlefield misperceptions or a mass hysteria that produced hallucinations.

Later, German soldiers who had been on the Mons battlefield seemed to corroborate these stories, saying that the tide of battle turned when they suddenly felt powerless to proceed. At this time, the Germans’ horses began running away from the battle, and it seemed like there were thousands of troops opposing them, even though there were relatively few. However, the German soldiers did not report seeing any angels.

On 24 April 1915, an account was published in the British Spiritualist magazine telling of visions of a supernatural force that miraculously intervened to help the British at the decisive moment of the battle. This rapidly resulted in a flurry of similar accounts and the spread of wild rumours. Descriptions of this force varied from it being medieval longbow archers alongside St. George to a strange luminous cloud, though eventually the most popular version came to be angelic warriors.

However. according to Fortean Times, Arthur Machen (a Gothic horror writer) insisted until his dying day that the Angel of Mons was fiction. Machen believed that his short story "The Bowmen", was the true source of the legend, pre-dating all other claims that were made from the spring of 1915 onwards. From that time the legend took on a life of its own and even today, versions of the story continue to circulate in folklore and the mass media.

The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Paranormal Phenomena by Patricia D. Netzley;

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The Mysterious Green Children of Woolpit

In the 12th century, during the reign of King Stephen of England (1135-1154), there was a legend in the village of Woolpit, in Suffolk. At harvest time, two young children emerged from deep ditches excavated to trap wolves (wolf pit) while the reapers were working in the fields. The children, a boy and a girl, had skin tinged with a green hue, and wore clothes of a strange color, made from unfamiliar materials. They wandered around bewildered for a few minutes, before being taken by the reapers to the village, where the locals gathered round to stare at them. No one could understand the language the children spoke, so they were taken to the house of local landowner Sir Richard de Calne, at Wikes. Here they broke into tears and for some days refused to eat the bread and other food that was brought to them. But when recently harvested beans, with their stalks still attached, were brought in, the starving children made signs that they desperately wanted to eat them. However, when the children took the beans they opened the stalks rather than the pods, and finding nothing inside, began weeping again.

Village sign in Woolpit depicting the two green children

After they had been shown how to obtain the beans, the children survived on this food for many months until they acquired a taste for bread. As time passed, the boy, who appeared to be the younger of the two, became depressed; he sickened and died. But the girl adjusted to her new life, and was baptized. Her skin gradually lost its original green color and she became a healthy young woman. She learned the English language and afterward married a man at King's Lynn, in the neighboring county of Norfolk, apparently becoming "rather loose and wanton in her conduct." Some sources claim that she took the name Agnes Barre, and the man she married was a senior ambassador of Henry II. It is also said that the current Earl Ferrers is descended from her through intermarriage. What evidence this is based on is unclear, as the only traceable senior ambassador with this name at the time is Richard Barre, chancellor to Henry II, archdeacon of Ely and a royal justice in the late 12th century.

After 1202, Richard retired to become an Austin canon at Leicester, so it is seems unlikely that he was the husband of Agnes. When questioned about her past, the girl was only able to relate vague details about where the children had come from and how they arrived at Woolpit. She stated that she and the boy were brother and sister, and had come from "the land of Saint Martin" where it was perpetual twilight, and all the inhabitants were green in color, as they had been. She was not sure exactly where her homeland was located, but another "luminous" land could be seen across a "considerable river" separating it from theirs. She remembered that one day they were looking after their father's herds in the fields and had followed them into a cavern, where they heard the loud sound of bells. Entranced, they wandered through the darkness for a long time until they arrived at the mouth of the cave (presumably the wolfpits), where they were immediately blinded by the glaring sunlight. They lay down in a daze for a long time, before the noise of the reapers terrified them and they rose and tried to escape, but were unable to locate the entrance of the cavern before being caught.

The two original sources of the story are both from the 12th century. The first is William of Newburgh (1136-1198), an English historian and monk, from Yorkshire. His main work, Historia rerum Anglicarum (History of English Affairs), is a history of England from 1066 to 1198, in which he includes the story of the Green Children. The other source is Ralph of Coggeshall (died c. 1228), who was the sixth abbot of Coggeshall Abbey in Essex from 1207 to 1218. His account of the Green Children is included in the Chronicon Anglicanum (English Chronicle) to which he contributed between 1187 and 1224. As can be seen from the dates, both authors recorded the incident many years after it was supposed to have taken place.

The story of the Green Children remained in the popular imagination throughout subsequent history, as testified by references to it in Robert Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy, written in 1621, and a description based on the 12th century sources in Thomas Keightley's The Fairy Mythology (1828). 

Interestingly, there was even a supposed second sighting of Green Children in a place called Banjos in Spain, in August 1887. However, the details of this event are almost exactly the same as in the Woolpit case and the story seems to originate with John Macklin in his book Strange Destinies (1965). The most glaring similarity between the two stories, however, is in the name of the man whose home the children were taken to. In Keightley’s account, the Woolpit children are taken in by a knight named Sir Richard de Calne; in Macklin’s account, the Banjos children are helped by “the village’s chief landowner,” a man named Ricardo da Calno. In the end, the only major difference between the two accounts is that the green girl dies after a mere five years. Besides, there is nowhere called Banjos in Spain, and later this account is considered a retelling of the 12th century English story. 

Various explanations have been put forward for the enigma of the Green Children of Woolpit. The most extreme include that the children originated from a hidden world inside the earth, that they had somehow stepped through a door from a parallel dimension, or they were aliens accidentally arrived on Earth. One supporter of the latter theory is the Scottish astronomer Duncan Lunan, who suggests that the children were aliens transported to Earth from another planet in error by a malfunctioning matter transmitter.

The most widely accepted explanation at present was put forward by Paul Harris in Fortean Studies (1998). His theory is: First of all, the date for the incident is moved forward to 1173, into the reign of King Stephen's successor Henry II. There had been a continued immigration of Flemish (north Belgian) weavers and merchants into England from the 11th century onwards, and Harris states that after Henry II became king these immigrants were persecuted, culminating in a battle at Fornham in Suffolk in 1173, where thousands were slaughtered. He theorizes that the children were Flemish, and had probably lived in or near to the village of Fornham St. Martin, hence the St. Martin references in their story. This village, a few miles from Woolpit, is separated from it by the River Lark, probably the "very considerable river" mentioned by the girl in account. After their parents had been killed in the conflict, the two children escaped into the dense, dark woodland of ThetfordForest.

Harris proposes that if the children remained there in hiding for a period of time without enough food, they could have developed chlorosis due to malnutrition-hence the greenish tinge to the skin. He believes that they later followed the sound of the church bells of Bury St. Edmunds, and wandered into one of the many underground mine passages which were part of Grimes Graves, flint mines dating back more than 4,000 years to the Neolithic period.

By following mine passageways they eventually emerged at Woolpit, and here the bewildered children in their undernourished state, with their strange clothes, and speaking the Flemish language, would have seemed alien to villagers who hadn't had any contact with Flemish people.

Harris's ingenious hypothesis certainly suggests plausible answers to many of the riddles of the Woolpit mystery. But the theory of displaced Flemish orphans accounting for the Green Children does not stand up in many respects. When Henry II came to power and decided to expel the Flemish mercenaries previously employed by King Stephen from the country, Flemish weavers and merchants who had lived in the country for generations would have been largely unaffected. In the civil war battle of Fornham in 1173, it was Flemish mercenaries, employed to fight against the armies of King Henry II, who were slaughtered, along with the rebel knights they had been fighting alongside. These mercenaries would hardly have brought their families with them. After their defeat, the remaining Flemish soldiers scattered throughout the countryside, and many were attacked and killed by the local people. Surely a landowner such as Richard de Calne, or one of his household or visitors, would have been educated enough to recognize that the language the children spoke was Flemish. After all, it must have been fairly widespread in eastern England at that time.

Harris's theory of the children hiding out in Thetford forest, hearing the bells of Bury St. Edmunds, and thus being led through underground passages to Woolpit also has problems of geography. First of all, Bury St. Edmunds is 25 miles from Thetford forest; the children could not have heard church bells over such a distance. In addition, the flint mines are confined to the area of Thetford forest; there are no underground passages leading to Woolpit, and if there were, it is almost 32 miles from the forest to Woolpit, surely too far to walk for two starving children. Even if the Green Children originated from Fornham St. Martin, it is still a 10 mile walk to Woolpit, and as to the "considerable river" mentioned by the girl-the River Lark is far too narrow to qualify for this.

Hidden History: "Lost Civilizations, Secret Knowledge, and Ancient Mysteries" by Brian Haughton;
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Berwyn UFO Incident

The Berwyn UFO or Berwyn Mountain Incident, similar with Rendlesham Forest incident also known as the ‘Welsh Roswell’ is one of the world famous and well-known British UFO crash story to date, which took place in Wales in January 1974. At that time, there was a huge bang and a brilliant light over the Berwyn Mountains in north east Wales. It was considered possible that an aircraft had crashed, or a meteorite had impacted. The Ministry of Defence investigation found that there were five other reports of UFOs seen over the United Kingdom on 23 January 1974, when the Berwyn Mountains incident happened. Three sightings were in the Home Counties, one in Lincolnshire and another in Sussex. However a Ministry of Defence (MoD) investigation insisted there was no UFO.

Berwyn Mountain
At 8.30 p.m. on January 23, 1974, a large disc-like object was seen to fall from the skies over Clwyd in Wales. Dozens of witnesses across Lancashire and Cheshire had phoned the police earlier that evening after seeing a strange formation of green lights flying erratically over the skies of the north-west. At exactly 8.38 p.m., something impacted into the Berwyn Mountains in Clwyd, and the resulting tremor, which measured 3.5 (other source said 4.5) on the Richter Scale, was also felt in Wrexham, Chester, Liverpool, Southport, and even in some areas of Greater Manchester. Police immediately converged on the Berwyn Mountains, expecting to find a crashed passenger jet, but just what they did find has never been divulged. A convoy of army trucks passed through Chester that night and made their way to the epicentre of the crash site, then the army threw a cordon around the area. Even the police and crash investigators were warned off. Also, there were reports that the villages in the vicinity were visited by 'Men in Black'.

A nurse who lived near the scene of the impact told a local newspaper that a flying saucer ‘the size of the Albert Hall’ had smashed into a mountain, throwing debris and bodies for over a mile. She said she walked up to one of the bodies, and realized it wasn’t human, but before she could describe what she had seen, the military intervened, and two Ministry of Defence officials ordered her to remain silent about the UFO because her comments ‘would constitute a threat to national security and the defence of the realm’. That nurse has never been seen in the area since, and the news reporter who visited the scene of the alleged crash refused to talk about the incident up until his death in 1979.

In 1980, an electronics engineer named Arthur Adams, who had worked on Concorde, visited the Berwyn UFO crash-site and found strange green coloured pieces of metal embedded in the rocks there. He took samples of the metal to his laboratory and discovered that a sample the size of a 1-inch cube gave off two kilowatts of electricity, when wired up to a volt meter. Mr. Adams contacted the Daily Express, and they published a series of articles about the strange find, but the Ministry of Defence stepped in and killed the story.

It was later alleged by "the UFO community" that a UFO crashed, that non-human (extra-terrestrial) bodies were found there and that the British Government covered up the event. Today, no one knows what crashed in the Welsh Mountains on that winter night in 1974; some think it was an experimental man-made top-secret military aircraft possibly a prototype Stealth bomber; others think it was an alien craft from another world, while skeptic people think it only meteorites.

36 Unsolved Mysteries of the World by Vikas Khatri;

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Mystery of Pre-Egyptian Eye of Ra

In 2002, Peter T. Lund, an archaeologist, has found ancient stone artifacts called the Eye of Ra, along the rocky shoreline of the peninsula in Portland, Maine, USA. Peter said, it has been inscribed by laser or similar beam. The design consists of a pre-Egyptian Eye of Ra complete with the two lines representing the falcon's eye markings and the cheetah’s tear line. The lines are to either side of the Eye whereas in the conventional Egyptian version they appear centered directly beneath the Eye. He claims that this is the oldest Eye of Ra in existence in the world today and any qualified person can examine and test the stones to verify their authenticity.

According to Dr. James Feathers at the University of Washington the stone dated to before 70,000 years ago, by using thermoluminescence. The most startling observation is the profusion of heat-related morphology on or directly adjacent to these features, indicating that the alterations were produced by deliberate and intentional exposure to a directed source of extremely intense heat, such as laser. Evidence includes cuts of diamond-saw precision and smoothness, obviously melted/re-hardened areas with streaking and rippling, localized red and black discoloration from oxidization of iron particles (due to extreme temperatures), glassy/vitreous patches, and large singular linear heat stress fractures.

Pre-Egyptian Eye of Ra
There is also an image resembling a bird in upward flight. (Ra's totem is the falcon, he is usually depicted with a falcon's head.) The Eye, the tear at the end of the tear line, and the falcon are all melted to shiny black glass. The normally dark basalt has turned white and red around the features due to the intense heat used in making the designs. The lines are not physically carved into the stone, they are delicately made heat stress fractures from a beam approximately 1/16 of an inch in width.

A local professional geomorphologist was consulted, and upon inspection of several of the stones, sat scratching his head in perplexity. He said, "They appear to have been deliberately made for some purpose by a process involving intense heat." However, he refused to commit his observations to paper when requested.

Peter said that he already contacted dozens of professionals in the fields of conventional and alternative Archaeology, Anthroplogy, and Egyptology over a period of ten or more years, with very few serious responses. Apparently, there is no other artifacts of this type has ever been recorded.
Atlantis Rising Magazine Vol. 33: "Pre-Egyptian 'Eye of Ra' Found In Portland, Maine, USA";

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The Harrisville Haunting: The True Story Behind The Conjuring Movie

In the winter of 1970, Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased their dream home, the Old Arnold Estate located on Round Top Road in Harrisville, Rhode Island. The 14-room country house was built in 1736 and they decided to raise their five children (Andrea (Annie), Nancy, Christine, Cindy, and April) in that old house. However, shortly after Roger and Carolyn Perron moved their family into the 18th-century farmhouse in 1971, the evil spirits started to haunt them and so began the "Harrisville Haunting" which inspiring the 2013 box office horror movie entitled "The Conjuring".

The Perrons’ witnessed many other ghost sightings and unexplained phenomena in that old farmhouse. It did not take long before the Perrons’ understood why the previous seller advised them: “leave the lights on at night,” when they moved into the house.

The Old Arnold Estate farmhouse

In the story which was published in August 1977 by The Providence Journal: “Mrs. Perron said she awoke before dawn one morning to find an apparition by her bed: the head of an old woman hanging off to one side over an old gray dress." Also there was a voice reverberating, ‘Get out. Get out. I’ll drive you out with death and gloom.’ Beds would levitate several inches off of the floor, telephone handsets would hover in the air and slam down onto the phone base when someone entered the room, and various household objects would glide about the house on their own. Often chairs would be pulled suddenly from beneath an unsuspecting guest and pictures would tumble from the walls. The Perrons’ once reported seeing an orange ooze blood and a wall dissolve into nothingness.

Later it would be learned that eight generations of families had lived, and died, in the Old Arnold Estate including Mrs. John Arnold who at the age of 93, hung herself from the rafters of the barn. Other unfortunate losses of life on the estate included several suicides (hangings, poisonings), the rape and unsolved murder of eleven-year-old girl Prudence Arnold (later presumed to have been murdered by a farm hand), two sudden drownings in the creek located near the house, and four men who mysteriously froze to death on the land.

Also there was one evil spirit known as Bathsheba which haunt and later possessed Mrs. Perron. The entity was thought to have been the ghost of Bathsheba Sherman, a 19th century witch and a Satanist who had lived in the home and died there after hanging herself from a tree behind the barn.

Bathsheba Thayer was born in Rhode Island in 1812 and on March 10, 1844 she married a Rhode Islander named Judson Sherman. During her lifetime, she had lived a life of solitude, an outcast of the community after being accused of killing her young baby as a sacrifice to Satan. The baby’s body was found to have been impaled in the head with a sharp object. Because of lacking evidence, eventually the case was dropped by the law enforcer at that time. Bathsheba was believed to have had three other children, none of whom survived past the age of four. Her children may not have been her only victims. Bathsheba was also known to have tortured her house-staff and beating them for minor infractions. When Bathsheba committed suicide on May 25, 1885, the coroner wrote that he had never seen anything like it – her emaciated body had eerily solidified, seemingly turned into stone.

At first, Carolyn would be pinched, slapped, or have objects thrown at her. Her greatest fear, fire, was soon discovered by the Bathsheba's spirit and used repeatedly to strike terror in her as Bathsheba banged torches against her bed while demanding that she leave the home immediately.

As time progressed, the attacks grew harsher. In one instance, Carolyn was lying on the couch when she felt a sharp pain in the calf of her leg. She examined her leg and found a large, bleeding puncture wound that looked “as if a large sewing needle had impaled her skin”. Later, after threats failed to motivate Carolyn to leave, Bathsheba took a different tack and attempted to invade Carolyn from within.

In the movie (the Conjuring), Carolyn seeks the help of the Warrens. But Andrea Perron said the Warrens were brought in by a paranormal group in Rhode Island and one day just arrived at the front door.

“Mrs. Warren came into the house knowing nothing,” Andrea said, But, she added, “She stepped into the kitchen and said, ‘I feel a dark presence, and her name is Bathsheba.’ ”

The Warrens later concluded the Harrisville house was haunted by Bathsheba Sherman. She had been a practicing Satanist, according to the Warrens’ account in The Journal, “who had murdered her young daughter as a sacrifice to Lucifer. So that she might remain on the premises to haunt the house for ever more, the woman followed established black rituals and took her own life. She hanged herself — hence her apparition to Mrs. Perron, according to the Warrens.” She had also cursed anyone who subsequently lived on the property. Mrs. Warren said that one of her biggest concerns about the Harrisville haunting was the family’s lack of religious faith. “At that particular time, the people did not have religion,” she said. “It was very dangerous.”

The Warrens (Ed and Lorraine Warren) made frequent trips to the house in 1974 to investigate, but Lorraine insists she and her husband would never try an exorcism, which must be performed by a Catholic priest. However, a seance allegedly caused Carolyn Perron to be temporarily possessed, which Andrea claims she secretly watched:

“The night I thought I saw my mother die was the most terrifying night of all. She spoke in a voice we had never heard before and a power not of this world threw her twenty feet into another room.”

Unfortunately, the true story of the Perron family’s haunting ended differently than the movie portrayed. In reality, the Warrens were not successful in ridding the Perron family of their demonic tormentors. Carolyn Perron described the events that night as “dreadful,” and added that “the Warrens tried to help, but we essentially found things got worse around them.” Andrea Perron said her father was so upset by the events of that night that he asked the Warrens to leave.

The Perron family had no other choice but to stay in that 18th century old farmhouse for nearly 10 years because of financial problems. They endured the inconvenience and the torture of malevolent ghosts bestowed upon them. Until finally, in 1980, at the insistence of Carolyn, the Perrons’ were financially able to vacate the home. They moved to Georgia.

The broken grave marker of Bathsheba Sherman
On August 2013, the vandalism done by unknown person to the grave of Bathsheba Sherman believed to be a spirit that haunted the Harrisville farmhouse. The gravestone has been pieced back together but there is still one piece missing. Andrea Perron who once lived in the house said: "I can't tell you how disgusted and disturbed I am by recent events in my hometown of Harrisville, Rhode Island".

A firefighter with the Harrisville fire station, across the street from the historical cemetery, told NBC 10 that his chief and some members of the fire department fixed the gravestone and said the spot had been busy with curious onlookers.

Now Andrea Perron (54) has self-published two volumes of a trilogy about the Harrisville Hauntings, entitled “House of Darkness, House of Light.”

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The Los Roques Curse

On January 4th, 2013, approximately at 11am, a twin engine plane BN-2 Islander (built in 1968) took off from the resort of Los Roques –– a coral reef of 350 palm fringed islands in the Caribbean –– heading 87 miles (140km) south to Caracas in Venezuela carrying Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni and five others seems to have disappeared over open sea. A hotel owner on the islands said he last saw the plane entering a bank of clouds, and Venezuela’s civil aviation authority said the aircraft’s last recorded position was 11 miles (18km) south of Los Roques. Speculation about the cause included mechanical failure and kidnapping by drug smugglers, while some people blamed the ‘Los Roques Curse’.

Over the past decade, an unexplained phenomena called 'Los Roques Curse' has been attached to the area between the Caribbean archipelago of Los Roques and the Venezuelan capital Caracas, 140km to the south which blamed for series of mysterious plane crashes and disappearances. This phenomena also compared to the notorious Bermuda Triangle.

Los Roques Curse

Since the mid-1990s, there have been at least 15 reported incidents in which small aircraft have crashed, disappeared or declared emergencies while travelling in the area.

In 2008, 14 people were killed when a plane making the same journey as Missoni’s crashed into the sea. No wreckage was ever found and only one body was recovered. Some have blamed pilot error or the release of methane hydrates from the sea floor. More fanciful commentators have pointed the finger at aliens living beneath the waves or souls from Atlantis.

No clue as to the fate of the plane carrying Missoni turned up until about 24 January, when a German tourist walking along the rocky north coast of the Dutch island of CuraƧao – about 200 miles (320km) west of Los Roques – found a bag. It belonged to an Italian who missed the flight but whose luggage was on board the plane.

Italy’s air safety agency said the pilot had an expired medical fitness certificate and the company operating the aircraft was not yet authorized to fly. However, the agency said neither factor was yet being blamed for the disappearance. Seven minutes after take-off the pilot reported that he was at 5,000ft (1,524m) and 10 nautical miles from the Los Roques airport, according to the agency. The last radar readings showed the aircraft accelerating at 5,400ft (1.646m) before it quickly lost altitude and speed, veering to the right until it disappeared.

Fortean Times Magazine Vol.299 April 2013 "New Bermuda Triangle - Another aircraft vanishes: are submarine aliens to blame?" ;
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