Sweden’s Ghost Rockets

The Roswell UFO crash of July, 1947 is one of the most publicized UFO events in American pop culture. In fact, the little town of Roswell has exploited this event to a point that it has become a cottage industry for many of its residents. Nearly every storefront window is decorated with green alien blow-up dolls and cardboard flying saucers. It seems more of a joke than a page from New Mexico’s history.

Sweden hasn’t turned their UFO sightings into a joke, but it has been turned into a documentary. Most Americans have never heard of the Ghost Rockets of Sweden. But this series of events began about seventeen months prior to the Roswell event and it is, by far, a bigger story than the Roswell crash. One big reason is that is wasn’t just a single event. In fact, it even continues to this day.

The first reports of a sighting of something unusual occured on February 26, 1946. Witnesses claimed they saw a missile-shaped craft crashing into a lake. Over the next few months, similar reports were received from all over Sweden at different lakes. The most remarkable sightings occurred on July 19, 1946 (almost exactly one year before the Roswell incident). On that day, four Ghost Rockets crashed into four different lakes, all within the span of four hours.

Sketch of a Ghost Rocket

A witness’ sketch of a Ghost Rocket. The handwritten notes, when translated, describe the rocket as having a green stripe on the side and a heat wave exhaust pattern at the rear.

Initially, these sightings were assumed to be a meteor shower. But when some witnesses described a small, metallic aircraft it was then assumed that the Russians were testing missiles. To prove this theory, the Swedish military searched an area where some of the sightings took place. Their investigation centered on lake Kölmjärv, conducting an underwater search for three weeks. They did discover fresh impact craters on the lake bed and damage to some aquatic plants. It definitely appeared as though something crashed into the lake, however no craft was ever recovered.

The United States and British military forces attempted to offer Sweden additional manpower and technology to help in the investigation. But, the world was still in the throes of the second world war and Sweden’s Prime Minister, Per Albin Hansson, feared that granting US and British troops entry into their country would risk Sweden’s “neutral” status, and enrage Stalin and Hitler, causing a bigger problem than a few unidentified falling objects crashing into lakes.

Now, nearly seventy years later, Ghost Rocket activity is still being witnessed. The stories are familiar — missile-like craft crashing into Sweden’s lakes or landing on the surface of a lake and slowly sinking beneath the surface. According to these new witness reports, the UFOs vary in size. Some are described as having wings, others appear to be wingless. But, they all seem to be too small to carry a human-sized pilot.

The Ghost Rockets documentary will cover the history of this weird chain of events, including the investigations. It has already been shown to limited audiences in some Swedish theaters. It will finally make its TV debut on Swedish television this coming November.

What are they? Where do they come from? And why are they choosing Sweden as their target? These are the questions everyone asks. Unfortunately, the Ghost Rockets documentary will still leave that up to your imagination.

An Unlikely Hero In The Killing Fields

The little country of Cambodia, located in South East Asia, has suffered three decades of war. This has taken a severe toll on its citizens. But even though the battles have finally ended, the casualties continue. The victims are often curious young boys who explore the countryside and discover one of the many existing landmines planted decades ago.

The Cambodian Mine Action Authority, established in late 2000 to regulate mine activities, estimates that these demining operations cost a staggering $30 million per year. But the cost of lives and limbs is even more staggering. The Cambodian Mine Victim Information Service has recorded 19,684 people killed by mines since 1979. They also have one of highest rates of amputees in the world, with approximately 40,000 sufferers.

Currently, there are four main demining organizations working in Cambodia – The Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC), the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), The HALO Trust, and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). At the current rate of funding and activity, it could take up to another 20 years to clear the mines from Cambodia’s soil.

It is extremely dangerous work to locate and disable landmines. They are buried beneath the soil, so they are an invisible threat. Since their housing is typically made of plastic, a metal detector will not find them. Unfortunately, there are no maps or charts to indicate where they are buried.

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This unlikely hero is doing an important job.

But now, Cambodia is getting a “little” help from an unusual source. Rats! Gambian Pouched Rats to be precise. These rodents were deployed to Cambodia from Tanzania in April by a Belgian non-profit organization, APOPO, to help clear these deadly mines. APOPO has used the rodents for mine-clearing projects in several countries, including Angola, Mozambique, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

One of the biggest advantages of using rats is that landmines pose no danger to them because the rats are not heavy enough to trigger an explosion. These clever rats are trained from the time they are 4 weeks old to sniff out TNT. When they find it, they scratch the ground at the site. 

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All the rats ask in return is a little love and a bite of banana.

The team of 15 rats and 18 handlers are still in training mode, but these rats are showing great promise. It takes one of these rats a matter of minutes to find a mine. It could take a human days, and it would be extremely dangerous work. One false move and a limb or a life could be lost.

A typical work day for these rats will find them in a training field, fitted with a harness which is connected by a leash to a matrix that confines the rat to a specific section of the field being searched. The rat sniffs around within this area and reacts when it gets a whiff of dynamite by digging at the target spot. The rats are then rewarded with a bite of banana.

Deploying these little bomb sniffers and their handlers in high numbers could drastically reduce the time needed to remove the deadly mines in Cambodia’s killing fields.

For their handlers, the rats are more than bomb detectors. “They are not just rats, they are like my brothers,” said 41-year-old handler Meas Chamroeun.

Next Step, Transhumanism

Last year, Rachel Dolezal was elected president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. However, last week she resigned that prestigious position because she was caught in a lie.

She lied about her racial heritage. There is absolutely no African-American ancestry in her family tree, yet she has been parading as an African-American for years. She claims to identify closer to that ethnicity more than her actual Czech-German blood line.

But, race in itself is not the bigger story. I’m looking at this in a totally different way than most people.

Consider another recent story that has been making headlines and magazine covers. I’m referring to the former Bruce Jenner. According to him, throughout his life, he felt there was a woman inside that desperately wanted out. As he grew older, medical advances and social attitudes had progressed to a point where he felt it was time to release the woman trapped inside. Bruce is no more. Caitlyn lives.

And then there are those who desparately desire to change, but will never be able to. Society is not ready for them, but neither is science. No, I am not talking about race or gender. No this goes even deeper. I’m talking about species.

Gary Matthews, of Pittsburgh lives much of his life as a dog. He first got this idea when he was a kid of seven years old and saw the Disney Movie, the Shaggy DA. At that age, his parents just assumed it was a child’s wild imagination when he barked and dug holes in the backyard with his bare hands. But when he continued these behaviors as a teen and then as an adult, his parents would scold him and forbid his dog bahaviors.

So he stopped—in front of them. But it went underground until his parents died.

Now as a 50-year old man, he lives much of his life as a dog named Boomer. He wears a shaggy dog costume, eats dog food from a bowl on the floor, chews on dog treats, and even sleeps in a doghouse he built himself. Not surprisingly, he is a member of a Pittsburgh Furry group.

In case you are unaware, Furries are people who dress up in animal costumes and socialize together. To many in the furry community it is an obsession as it is for Gary Matthews. Furry role playing was introduced to the public at large in a 2013 music video entitled “What Does The Fox Say

Vastly different as these three stories are, there is a common thread. Some people are willing to give up the person they are to become something totally different, taking the chance of being shunned by society.

Being born one thing (be it race, gender, or even species) is now becoming optional and changeable. With enough cash, creativity, and/or courage, we can transform ourselves into whatever we desire.

But should we? Are their limits? Where will this lead us next?

I believe that the next thing down the line is transhumanism. This involves augmenting humans with technology to enhance our mental and physical abilities.

People who are old enough, might remember the popular TV show “The 6 Million Dollar Man” starring Lee Majors in the title role. In this series, his sight, strength, and running speed was way beyond normal human ability. We didn’t have a name for it then, but that is the definition of transhumanism.

Many people who suffer now, could benefit greatly. Those who have lost limbs could have some of their normal abilities restored.

But, I predict that people with normal abilities will also be taking advantage of these technologies, to become super humans. And these super humans may become the soldiers of our future. Because, as we know, every time a new technology is developed, it eventually ends up on the battlefield.

Can Fred, The Singing Sailor Keep Putin Away?

In October 2014, Sweden accused Russia of operating a submarine in its territorial waters. However, an investigation by the Sweden military discovered that the object suspected of being a Russian submarine was actually a Swedish vessel.

Yet, the Swedish government still decided to spend nearly $112 million on its defense, due to fears that Russia might increase its military presence in the Baltic Sea.

And now, neighbor Finland is concerned about three cables that were discovered recently on the bottom of the sea in their territorial waters.

Two of these cables were identified as hydrophone cables. These are specifically used to detect submarines. The Finnish Maritime Border Guard says these cables are a mystery. They were not placed there by the Maritime Border Guard.

Finland has not outwardly accused Russia, yet, but behind closed doors they probably suspect they placed the cables. The entire Scandinavian region is on high alert, fearing a Russian threat in the area. In this region of the world, Russia would most likely arrive by sea.

The Finnish Maritime Border Guard investigated another  incident in late April that allegedly involved a mysterious underwater object, believed to be a submarine in the Finland’s territorial waters. Alas, they were not able to determine the origin of the suspicious underwater sounds they detected. The investigation was closed, and the case will not be taken to the prosecutor’s office. However, the military said they cannot rule out the presence of a submarine or other kinds of underwater activity.

All this heighten fear (hype) of a Russian intrusion has precipitated a call to action by a Swedish peace activist organization. In May, members of the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) used Puten’s opinion of the Gay movement to discourage Russian submarines from arriving on the shores of Sweden. This organization’s motto is “If weapons had functioned as a conflict solving method there would have been peace in the world a long time ago.”

SPAS placed, into Swedish waters, a subsurface sonar beacon they have named “Fred, The Singing Sailor,” Fred is a neon character. He dances and sends out a morse coded message that can be detected by any underwater visitor nearby. The message welcomes one and all to Sweden with the following message:

THIS WAY IF YOU ARE GAY

The idea behind the message is that Russian sailors would make a quick u-turn and avoid Sweden because of Putin’s animosity towards the gay lifestyle.

Take a look at their video. It’s really quite entertaining.

Catching a Wave On The Moon

Imagine you have a telescope and you decide to take some video of the moon. You connect your digital camera to the telescope and start videotaping. You get some great footage and later review it.

As you review it you notice something that shouldn’t be there. At first it appears to be an abberration of the digital camera, and you consider cutting that part of the footage out of the video clip.

But the little voice in your head tells you to reconsider that idea. You view the footage again and it dawns on you. That is not a camera glitch. This is real. And this is going to rock the world.

This is not fiction, this actually happened to an amateur astronomer.  But,what did he see in the video that shocked him and changed his ideas of the nature of the moon?

His discovery was an out-of-place wave moving across the face of the moon. At first, the amateur astronomer, known anonymously, as Crrow777 on YouTube, thought it was a camera glitch but this explanation had to be thrown out because of the nature of the wave and the fact that he moved the camera at just that moment and the wave does not follow the movement of the camera. This accidentally captured phenomena is now making big waves on YouTube and on alternative radio programs.

Crrow777 carefully inspected the wave and ruled out everything except the fact that it does exist and it is local to the moon. The first time you see the video of this wave you might feel compelled to reject it as a hoax or some misidentification of something else. Give it some time to sink in.

This wave behaves like a very sophisticated holographic-like projection refreshing itself. But, it’s probably a technology far more advanced than any hologram. Whatever it is, it is likely hiding something on the surface of the moon. Otherwise, what would be its purpose?

Not suprisingly, when he shows his video to professional astronomers he is called a kook, fraud, and more.

However, Crrow777 is not the only one who has captured what he has dubbed the ‘lunar wave’. There are other amateur astronomers around the world who are now videotaping the lunar wave. They have even coordinated some of their taping sessions in an attempt to get simultaneous captures from different locations across the globe for comparison.

But, by far, the first known capture of this wave has been the best to date. If you are ready to have your world rocked, take a look at the video clip that started it all, The Lunar Wave. This version includes a very clear and informative narration by Crrow777, himself.

Check out this interesting interview on Higherside Chats.

Mistake #1: Giving The Groom An Important Task

St Georges Hall

A bomb threat called in to St. Georges Hall  delayed the McArdle wedding.

Neil McArdle and his fiancee, Amy Williams had been planning to get married. Nothing elaborate, just a city hall ceremony with a few family members to witness the event.

The couple lived together, but getting married was still a big thing, especially for Amy. Neil later commented, that in the days and weeks leading up to the big day she talked about nothing else. She was so excited about getting married.So, with the constant daily reminders, watching Amy as she prepared and planned their big day, it boggles the mind that when the big day finally arrived Neil slapped his forehead and suddenly remembered he had forgotten to fill out paperwork at St George’s Hall that was required before the wedding could take place. Just a technicality, but a necessary one, for sure.

How could Neil face Amy and tell her the wedding would have to be postponed because he forgot a small, but crucial, detail. The day of the planned wedding, he tried to muster the courage to tell Amy, but she had gotten up at 4am and put on her wedding gown.

She looked amazing.” Neil later recalled. He just could not get out the words to tell her that the wedding would have to be delayed.

Not surprisingly, Neil panicked. If he admitted to being so forgetful, Amy would cry, get angry, maybe throw something at him. He’d never live it down. He needed to find a way to postpone the wedding without implicating himself and his forgetfulness.

Lots of crazy ideas entered his mind. But the one that made the most sense, in Neil’s panicked condition, was inspired by the recent bombing that happened only 11 days earlier at the Boston Marathon. He concocted a plan. On the morning of the wedding, he called St. George’s Hall from a payphone near his house and told the receptionist, “There’s a bomb in St George’s Hall and it will go off in 45 minutes.”

St. George’s Hall was evacuated and searched by the bomb squad. Nothing was found and it was deemed a hoax. After the building was checked, the staff tried to help Neil and Amy to go on with their ceremony, but it was discovered that no booking for the wedding had been made.

McArdle’s soon-to-be in-laws were becoming suspicious and the bride’s sister was overheard telling a flustered McArdle: “You probably done the bomb scare yourself.”

Police quickly traced the call and he was arrested the same day. He sheepishly admitted to his “embarrassment and shame.” He explained that he had panicked over bungling the forms and staged the bomb scare.

It was just a ridiculous thing I did,” McArdle told the Daily Mail. “It might be funny to other people, but not to me. It’s wrecking my family’s life. I’m still together with Amy, but she’s got high blood pressure and wants nothing to do with a wedding right now,”

McArdle pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months in jail.

This incident occurred in October, 2013, so Neil has completed his jail sentence. But, now, he has to deal with Amy. This is one fairy tale that has not ended “happily ever after.”

Pretty in Pink — Hillier Lake, Australia

You are probably thinking that this little lake was the unfortunate target of some prankster or maybe it was a crazy publicity stunt for Breast Cancer Awareness. But you would be wrong to think that.

This is Hillier Lake, a small (1/3 mile long) salt lake located on Middle Island, one of the larger islands in the Recherche Archipelago, off the coast of Western Australia, just south of Cape Arid National Park.

Hillier Lake was first discovered in 1802 by navigator and map maker Matthew Flinders who took samples from the lake and wrote about it in his journal.

The water in this lake is actually captured ocean water. For eons the process of water evaporation and regular refilling of ocean water has caused the salt content to become extremely high, evident by the thick rim of salt on its shoreline. Not surprisingly, salt was extracted for human consumption in the early 20th century. But that practice ended after six years.

Hillier Lake’s only real claim to fame is the other-worldly color of its water. Depending on the time of year, and the angle at which you view it, the water may appear as though someone just stirred a little Koolaid into the water, or that someone replaced all the water with Pepto-Bismol.

The reason that this little lake sports such a unique color is still in debate, but most scientists studying this lake, suspect a micro-algae known by its scientific name, Dunaliella Salina. Its probably a good guess, because this lake is filled with it. Dunaliella produces carotenoids, a pigment which is responsible for making carrots orange.

The north side of Middle Island is lined with eucalyptus and paperback trees. A narrow strip of land, about 150 feet wide, separate the lake from the Pacific Ocean. The water is safe for swimming, but you won’t have the pleasure of doing so. It is not possible for tourists to visit the island.

You may, however, consider booking a charter plane and flying over Middle Island to capture this blushing beauty in pictures. In fact, the best way to view the little lake is by air. The colors are more intense when viewed from above. As unique as Hillier Lake is, it is not the only naturally pink lake in the world.

Here are a few others:

32. salt fisherman to work. Ten A twelve hours per day Oumar is extracting the salt of the pink lake. its only protection vis-a-vis with salt: the oil of shea tree of which it coats its body. It scrapes the bottom of the lake to extract the white gold. the lake is not very deep one at two meter at the major places.- Retba lake.

 Retba lake in Senega

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Hutt Lagoon in mid-western Australia

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Warden Lake near Esperance, Western Australia

Who Would You Like to Eat Today?

In 1931, Winston Churchill predicted a future in which all the world’s meat would be grown in labs. Churchill asked, “What, was the sense in raising a whole chicken merely for the sake of its wings or breast meat?” Where did he come up with that idea? What kind of mad science was he privy to in the early 1930s that caused him to predict lab-produce meat? Can you imagine the funny looks and the gossip that followed such a statement?

That would be the equivalent to President Obama predicting that in the future we will be visiting cantinas on Mars and taking honeymoon trips on the actual moon.

Its been 84 years since Churchill’s odd prediction, but he has finally been vindicated. He wasn’t crazy after all, he was quite the visionary. Because, right now, there are several labs working on that exact problem. The world’s population is growing, yet the earth has only a finite amount of land. 30% of the Earth’s inhabitable land mass is used for the production of meat. If we could reduce that to 5%, new villages, towns, and cities could take the place of factory farms.

Most people who witness the way animals are treated in factory farms would categorize it as cruelty. These farms also have a measurable negative impact on the environment. Antibiotics are used on these animals to reduce loss from disease. Growth hormones are given to animals to fatten them up so they can get the to market quicker. As consumers of this meat, we also ingest these antibiotics and growth hormones to the possible detriment of our own health. On the other hand, lab grown meat removes all these issues. The amount of land needed to produce the same amount of meat is drastically reduced and other environmental issues are eliminated.

The process of growing meat in the lab still requires an animal, but the animal is not killed. One cow would replace many thousands. The process starts with a small biopsy of a cow’s myoblast cells (also known as stem cells). The cow is not slaughtered. These myoblast cells multiply, increasing in volume until they have reached the desired mass. Once the first batch of meat is grown, the next batch could be started with a sampling of the first.

This method of growing meat in a lab can offer so much more than just replicas of beef, pork, and chicken. Imagine tasting the meat of a rare species, like Polar Bear or Python. Artisan blends created by famous chefs could be developed.

One of these meat producing companies, Bitelabs, is adding an even wilder twist to this concept. And to be honest, it is a little creepy. Bitelabs is going to offer celebrity meat. That’s right, meat cultured from a biposy from a celebrity donor. I am not aware of any celebrity who has signed up for this, yet. But Bitelabs is urging tweeters to tweet their favorite celebrities and urge them to offer a little of piece of themselves in the interest of science.

This idea may have the unintended consequence of shining daylight on vampires, cannibals, necrophiliacs, and Jeffrey Daumer wanna-bes. We may be sorry we opened up that can of worms.

If you decide to tweet some celebrities about this novel way to connect with their fans, make sure you are selecting the right celebrity. I would personally not tweet the likes of Charlie Sheen because of all the bad stuff he puts into his body.

It might be a better choice to convince someone like Ellen DeGeneres who became a vegan after watching footage taken at slaughterhouses and dairy farms. Since she is so opposed to the way livestock is treated, she might be the first celebrity to get behind this science. She could go down in history as the first edible talk show host.

If Bitelabs is looking for a catchy product name they might consider “Soylent Green”. That’s the title of a 1973 sci-fi movie, starring Charlton Heston. It takes place in our not too distant future (the year 2022) and portrays an overpopulated world facing food shortages and starvation.

With our global population tipping the scale at 7-billion people, the dystopian world depicted in this movie may be predicting our real future, which includes a bio-engineered food source called Soylent Green that is distributed to the population on Tuesdays only.

Below is a very short clip showing Charlton Heston’s character revealing the secret ingredient in the government-supplied food, Soylent Green.

You May Never Look At Chocolate The Same Way Again

Abdul, a young Syrian man (not his real name) was trying, once more, to escape the Syrian civil war. He had made seventeen previous attempts to sneak into the U.K. and failed seventeen times. He learned from his mistakes every time he failed, but no two attempts were identical. There was always something unexpected that foiled his plans. He figured by now he had experienced it all. The eighteenth attempt would surely be a success.

Abdul, six other men, and an experienced smuggler all gathered at a truck stop outside of the small village of Coquelles, France. Earlier this evening truck drivers had pulled in, parked their loaded rigs, and settled down for the night, sleeping in their cabs. In the morning, some of these drivers would be delivering their trailers to the train station loading dock where they would be loaded onto flat cars. The freight train would then transport the trailers the rest of the way to England by way of the Channel Tunnel. This routine never changed and that made the smuggler’s job easy.

The smuggler, a Kurdish man, originally from Iraq, had been organizing these refugee operations for years and knew that tanker trucks were never x-rayed for stowaways. So he checked the tanker trucks for their destination stickers and identified a tanker that was destined for the U.K. The smuggler, Abdul, and the six other men quietly approached the tanker so as not wake the driver.

First, the smuggler climbed the ladder to the top of the tank and used a bolt cutter to remove the padlock on the hatch. Then he signaled for the refugees to climb to the top of the tank. The contents of the tanker were not identified. If it turned out to be something dangerous or toxic, they hoped it would be obvious before they ventured inside.

The moment the hatch was opened a familiar aroma permeated the cold night air. Chocolate! Seven men were going to sneak into the UK in a tank of liquid chocolate. It was near freezing that night, so as they climbed down into the warm chocolate it felt great, like a chocolate hot tub. The smuggler then closed the hatch, leaving a little gap so they could breathe and eventually escape.

Abdul stands 6 feet tall, but he still couldn’t touch the bottom of the tank with his feet. They were all holding on to the rim of the hatch with one hand. If anyone had lost their grip and gone under, the others would not have been able to rescue the fallen man.

It didn’t take long for the men to realize the chocolate was becoming uncomfortably hot. The heat was actuallly becoming unbearable. The seven men could do nothing else but cling to the hatch rim in a tight circle, submerged in chocolate up to their necks. They had to keep moving their legs to keep from getting totally trapped in the heavy chocolate.

They naturally began to consider their dilemma. The trip to the train should take no more than 30 minutes. Once they had passed the checkpoints they would be able to escape their chocolate prison. Unfortunately, the truck wasn’t moving. They had now been in chocolate limbo for more than two hours. The men were careful to remain quiet, but under their breaths they cursed the smuggler for putting them in this, now precarious, situation.

Some of the men wanted to give up and escape the chocolate. But Abdul wanted to stay with the original plan. Seventeen attempts under his belt—would he never complete his personal pilgrimage? He felt so close to freedom that he could taste it (and it tasted like chocolate). If just one of them left, all of them would have to leave. Whoever left would leave a trail of chocolate all down the side of the tanker. Anyone staying behind would be discovered, for sure.

The situation was not getting any better. In fact it was becoming serious and two of the men started to cry. In the end it was unanimous. It was time to leave while they still had the cover of dark. The chocolate was heavy and slippery. It was almost like a game of tug-o-war. It took the entire group to help push or pull each man, one at a time through the hatch. The last guy struggled the most. It was difficult to extract against the pull of the chocolate. He finally had to kick off his shoes and allow them to drop to the bottom of the tank.

All seven men, exhausted, but safely extracted from that unforgiving chocolate, began the long, cold, hike to their tent hidden deep in the nearby woods. They were covered head to toe in chocolate and as they walked, they left seven sets of chocolate foot prints, one of them shoeless. In the frigid night air the gooey chocolate hardened and cracked on their clothes and skin. They chipped off pieces and ate the chocolate. They all agreed, it was very good chocolate.

Abdul did eventually make his way to the U.K. He avoided tankers and instead stowed away on a trailer loaded with new truck cabs. He found one that was unlocked and hid inside. He was granted asylum in the U.K. and found a job at an Arabic restaurant in Sheffield.

To this very day, whenever Abdul gets a whiff of chocolate, it reminds him of that cold winter night when he and six other grown men nearly experienced Death By Chocolate!

The Most Haunted Place in America

The Alamo, located in San Antonio, Texas, was the site of the legendary siege of 1836, one of the most important battles for Texas’s independence from Mexico. During this battle, thousands of Mexican soldiers were killed or wounded and 182 Texan defenders of the Alamo lost their lives.

The Alamo was erected in the 1700’s. It was built as a mission to bring Christianity to the Native Americans. However, In the 1830’s, this mission housed revolutionaries and rebels. It was during this time that the mission was re-purposed as a fort with the addition of high walls and numerous outbuildings.

In 1836 Mexico’s General Santa Anna (known as the Napoleon of the West) marched on San Antonio with 1,000 troops. Santa Ana’s goal was to conquer the Texan rebels. When he arrived on the 23rd of February, 145 rebels had taken refuge within the Alamo. For the next 13 days, a raging battle ensued.

William B. Travis, commander of the regular army and Jim Bowie commander of the volunteers, managed to increase their numbers to 182 men to defend the Alamo. Unfortunately, Santa Ana’s army swelled to 4,000 men.

Grossly outnumbered, the Texans fought valiantly but Santa Anna’s troops stormed the Alamo on the morning of March 6, killing most of the men. Among the dead were William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett. The Mexican army won the battle, but at a high cost, 1,600 Mexican soldiers lay dead or wounded. When General Santa Ana spoke of this victory, he was reported to say, “One more such glorious victory and we are finished.”

After the battle, the bodies of the Alamo defenders were desecrated by Mexican soldiers. They were looted, dismembered, buried in mass graves, dumped in the river, and even burned. In contrast, the fallen Mexican soldiers were given proper burials on the site. To this day, construction crews and utility workers dig up skulls and other bones when excavating in the area.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of unsettled souls haunting the Alamo. Several Federal Marshals have quit their jobs after encountering wandering entities on the portion of the lawn that covers the old cemetery.

In the gardens, the spirit of a cowboy, wearing a black duster and hat, appears dripping wet as if he has ridden through a thunderstorm. Some historians feel this spirit may be one of the 22 dispatch riders that William Travis sent seeking assistance.

Other witnesses report seeing a tall stately, but sorrowful Mexican officer who is believed to be General Manuel Fernandez de Castrillon. He was one of Santa Anna’s regimental commanders and opposed the final assault on the Alamo, stating it was bound to be a “bloodbath.”johnwayne

Park Rangers report seeing Davy Crockett standing guard at various locations. He is described as holding his flintlock rifle and wearing his coon
skin cap and buckskin clothing.

Even the spirit of John Wayne has been spotted. In life, he was cast as Davy Crockett in the 1960 version of “The Alamo” and was obsessed about researching the famous battle, It is speculated that he was so captivated by heroic stories that he chose to spend eternity alongside the real Davy Crockett and the rest of the fighting Texans.

This is just a small list of the apparitions seen at this famous battle site. In fact, this historical site is considered to be the most haunted place in the United States, possibly even the world.