Case File #6: The Shag Harbour Submersion

June 13, 2018

On this week's episode of The Spoop Files, we tackle Canada's best-documented UFO sighting. Hope you weren't expecting a week of debunkings and tragedy!

Supplementary Files

 

The incident

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shag_Harbour_UFO_incident Wikipedia - yes, we went there.

https://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/mobile/canada-s-best-documented-ufo-sighting-still-intrigues-50-years-on-1.3600020 a look back at the incident, from 50 years later

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/we-saw-something-something-came-down-the-shag-harbour-ufo-sighting-50-years-later/amp another article

https://www.barringtonmunicipality.com/visiting-us/things-to-do/shag-harbour-ufo-incident from the town where the RCMP firat respondera reported from

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1058641475643 an audio recording about the Sightings from CBC radio

 

Shag Harbour

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g3610895-d6994932-Reviews-Shag_Harbour_Incident_Interpretive_Centre-Shag_Harbour_Southwest_Nova_Scotia_Nov.html the Shag Harbour UFO museum’s Trip Advisor Page.

https://www.novascotia.com/see-do/attractions/shag-harbour-ufo-centre/1640 the museum’s website

https://globalnews.ca/video/3775981/shag-harbour-ufo-incident-festival a yearly festival celebrating and trying to solve the mystery

Chris Styles

http://www.noufors.com/Chris_Styles.htm - A bio page on Chris Styles by Northern UFO Research & Study

http://www.mufonoc.org/the-shag-harbor-incident/ - MUFON page about a presentation on the Shag Harbour Incident presented by Don Ledger

https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/99199/dark-object-by-don-ledger-and-chris-stylesedited-and-with-an-introduction-by-whitley-strieber/excerpt - Penguin Books online page for Dark Object, with excerpts by Ledger and Styles

 

CFS Shelburne

http://militarybruce.com/abandoned-canadian-military-bases/abandoned-bases/nova-scotia/ - A list of abandoned Canadian military bases in Nova Scotia, with a rather comprehensive description of CFS Shelburne and the SOSUS system

http://www.forposterityssake.ca/SE/SE0016.htm - A description of CFS Shelburne, “For Posterity’s Sake”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFS_Shelburne#HMCS_Shelburne_(1955%E2%80%931968) - Wikipedia article on CFS Shelburne (I know, Wikipedia, but sue me)

https://www.barringtonmunicipality.com/visiting-us/things-to-do/shag-harbour-ufo-incident - A rather fanciful loval version of the Shag Harbour UFO Incident and subsequent retreival from Government Point

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Case File #5: Running for the HIlls Part 2

June 6, 2018

On this week's episode of The Spoop Files, we offer a (hopefully) comprehensive criticism of the Barney and Betty Hill case. Hope you're ready to have your "true believer" hats blown so far off of your heads that they may never come back!

 

Supplementary Files

 

Zeta Reticuli

http://www.lordbalto.com/images/HillMap2.jpg - Betty’s star map, reimagined with real-life locations that roughly match Betty’s “stars”

http://astronomy.com/bonus/zeta - An updated re-release of the original Astronomy article about Zeta Reticuli and the Hills’ abduction story

Betty and Barney Hill

https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4124 - Skeptoid podcast on Betty and Barney Hill (a major source of inspiration for me)

https://futurism.media/betty-hill-abduction - Futurism article talking about how Betty Hill ended up basically crazy

http://www.theironskeptic.com/articles/hill/hill_index.htm - An article on Betty and Barney Hill’s general (in)credibility by The Iron Skeptic

https://www.bustle.com/articles/93790-6-reported-alien-encounters-that-were-never-fully-explained-in-honor-of-world-ufo-day Betty and Barney Hill summary, and 5 other unexplained UFO sightings

 

Alien Abductions

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1111/jpcu.12545 - a discussion of abductuon phenomena in the USA, and why Aliens seem to abduct mostly White People

http://mentalfloss.com/article/29817/extraterrestrials-and-cows - cows and the odd occurances of cow mutilations and the connection to aliens

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/u/kc-zX9IzOTIyL558CYTHMwii5CKGTJDk4TbzTlBbZJvoD2RxRdxQtMEStdJH9W7c82r0uTE/ more about cattle mutilation  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4651410/Cattle-mutilation-40-YEARS-stumps-FBI-farmers.html again, cows

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Case File #5: Running for the Hills Part 1

May 30, 2018

On this week's episode of The Spoop Files, we move out of Canada for the first time to cover America's first alien abduction case! This case is, in technical terms, is a doozy, and so it also happens to be our first two-part episode. Hope the cliffhanger doesn't leave you reeling!

Supplementary Files

Betty and Barney

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCU2gpUhH7I Kathleen Marden on UFO Hub discussing her aunt and uncle’s UFO encounter.

 

Books (in actual real life print, not digital sources!):

 

Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World's First Documented Alien Abduction; by Stanton T. Friedman, MSc., and Kathleen Marden

Published 2007, Career Press, Inc., and New Page Books, NJ, U.S.A.

 

Fact, Fiction, and Flying Saucers: The Truth Behind the Misinformation, Distortion, and Derision by Debunkers, Government Agencies, and Conspiracy Conmen; by Stanton T. Freidman and Kathleen Marden

Published 2016, Career Press, Inc. And New Page Books, NJ, U.S.A.

 

Regression Hypnosis

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/hypnosis-the-power-trance/201406/hypnotic-regression-and-healing-the-unconscious-mind - A breakdown of hypnotic regression

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/the-dangers-of-memory-can-regression-therapy-by-hypnosis-produce-false-recollections-of-sexual-abuse-5431250.html - Some dangers of regression hypnosis

https://www.hypnotherapy.com/articles/2016/6/23/experiencing-hypnotic-regression-therapy - A nifty article on experiencing hypnotic regression

https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/resources/concerns-about-hypnotic-regression/ - An article on some potential concerns about hypnotic regression

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Case File #4: Searching for Sea Monsters

May 30, 2018

On the conclusion of the Canadian Water Cryptids saga, we take a look at some sea monsters stretching from sea to shining sea (but not really). More specifically, Caddy the Cadborosaurus, the elusive reptile of the Pacific, and the merhorse, the much-evolved equine of the Atlantic.

 

Supplementary Files

Cadborosaurus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadborosaurus#First_Nations_accounts

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/baby-sea-serpent-no-more/ - indepth critique of Hagelund’s sighting, and an analysis of a paper

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263458456_A_Baby_Sea-Serpent_No_More_Reinterpreting_Hagelund's_Juvenile_Cadborosaur_Report the paper mentioned above

http://northamericanmonsters.blogspot.ca/2011/03/san-francisco-bay-serpent.html Related creature in sanfrancisco bay

https://orcaspirit.com/2013/12/sea-monsters-of-the-pacific-cadborosaurus-willsi/ concise alternatives for what caddy could be IRL

http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Cadborosaurus_willsi the obligatory Cryptidz wikia article

http://www.bcscc.ca/blog/?p=46 the Canadian Cryptozoological Society’s page on Caddy

http://cadborosaurus.ca/Amphipacifica.pdf academic paper on Caddy

 

Merhorse

http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.ca/2013/01/1855-nova-scotia-sea-serpent-sighting.html - A blog post about an 1855 Nova Scotia sea serpent sighting that sounds like the Merhorse

http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.ca/2013/06/merhorse-and-cadborosaurus-again.html - A comparison between Cadborosaurus and Merhorse

https://www.alpfmedical.info/freshwater-monster/merhorse.html - A description of the Merhorse

http://www.theoi.com/Ther/Hippokampoi.html - A description of the Greek Hippocampus, mythological basis for the Merhorse?

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Case File #3: Roving River Monsters

May 30, 2018

This week on The Spoop Files, we take a look at Canada's (incredibly lacking) river monster game! Has Myia truly found evidence of a real life cryptid? Tune in to find out!

 

Supplementary Files

Maiden of the Mist

http://www.indigenouspeople.net/niagara.htm - A recounting of the myth including the Evil Spirit of Famine

http://www.indigenouspeople.net/sacrific.htm - A different recounting of the myth featuring Chief Eagle Eye and human sacrifice

http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/09/the_maid_of_the_mist.html - Another version of the myth

http://niagarafallsreporter.com/Stories/2014/DEC16/MaidLegend.html - A 2014 article recounting a version of the myth

https://www.niagarafallscrowneplazahotel.com/blog/2015/01/real-maid-mist-niagaras-famous-legend/ - An article that does a very good job of covering both versions of the myth

https://www.uexpress.com/tell-me-a-story/2012/4/22/the-maiden-of-the-mist-a - Yet another retelling of the myth

http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/Legend_Of_The_Maid_Of_The_Mist-Unknown.html - Another retelling of the human sacrifice version of the myth

http://amerinda.org/talkingstick/5-1/whitemyths.html - A discussion of the issues with the human sacrifice version of the myth

http://articles.ghostwalks.com/niagara-falls/ - A retelling of the myth from a Niagara ghostwalks website (also talks about people who went over the Falls!)

 

Weewillmekq

http://www.native-languages.org/weewillmekq.htm - A brief description of Weewillmekq

http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/ne/al/al69.htm - A legend featuring Weewillmekq as a river spirit

http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/ne/al/al70.htm - A different legend featuring Weewillmekq (AND a Wendigo!)

http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/ne/al/al68.htm - A legend detailing the truly terrifying nature of Weewillmekq

http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.ca/2013/09/wiwiliamecq-and-new-england-whale-eater.html - A BlogSpot post describing a battle between two Wabanaki water monsters

 

Fur-Bearing Trout

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fur-bearing_trout - Wikipedia article detailing the phenom

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/furry-trout/ - Snopes.com review of the fur-bearing trout legend (SPOILERS!)

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/09/23/legend-fur-bearing-trout-fish-wrapped-fur-keep-warm/ - Vintage News article on the fur-bearing trout

http://www.furbearingtrout.com/ - Website dedicated to a splash page about the fur-bearing trout

http://www.fluffyfish.org/about-saprolegnia/ - An informative article about Saprolegnia

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Case File #2: Land of the Lake Monsters

May 30, 2018

It's time to dive once more into The Spoop Files! This week, Alex and Myia look below the placid surface of some Canadian lakes on the hunt for some of Canada's most famous Lake Monsters! Will they find what they're looking for, or will they be left up the creek without a paddle?

Supplementary Files

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_reported_lake_monsters

 

Ogopogo

http://www.ogopogoquest.com/index.php - Ogopogo Quest main website

https://www.livescience.com/42399-ogopogo.html - LiveScience Ogopogo description

http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/ogopogo_the_lake_monster.html - Legend of Ogopogo

https://okanaganokanogan.com/2014/02/22/cryptozoology-is-dead/ - A sociological perspective on Ogopogo

https://mythology.net/monsters/ogopogo/ - Another Ogopogo description

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/monsters-murders-and-myths-canada-s-mysteries-1.809118 CBC Canada myth dump page. Links to other myths and mysteries, as well as more Ogopogo

 

Champ

http://www.alienlove.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=119 a fun conspiracy theorists page

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horned_Serpent the native legends and more info surrounding the Horned Serpent

http://www.lakechamplainregion.com/outdoors/search-champ The Search for Champ! Champ Tours! ALL that jazz.

http://www.lakechamplainregion.com/heritage/battle-history the Lake Champlain official tourism website’s history dump about Champy, Samuel de Champlain, and Lake Champlain itself. There are actually some fun pages on the main website itself. (it’s kind of a short history dump tbh)

http://www.native-languages.org/gitaskog.htm more native legends, and related mythological beings to the Gitaskog

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champ_(folklore)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmoPIopT01U A SEA MONSTER DOCUMENTARY!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNFw6Cy15Pk MonsterQuest S01 E01 America’s Loch Ness Monster: The Monster of Lake Champlain (History Channel 2007)

 

Mishipeshu

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underwater_panther

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claude_Dablon the jesuit guy from the story

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/mishipeshu/

http://www.native-languages.org/water-panther.htm a great native resource about the legend

http://www.mpm.edu/content/wirp/ICW-141.html#panther an Ojibwe tale of Mishipeshu

http://michigansotherside.com/mishipeshu-guardian-of-the-sacred-copper/

http://www.mythicalcreaturesguide.com/page/Mishipeshu a short summary

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Case File #1: Be Wary of the Wendigo

May 30, 2018

Hello and welcome to The Spoop Files, the show where we take a look at some of Canada's strangest cryptids, myths, mysteries, and alien encounters! Join us in our innaugural episode as we take a look at one of Canada's more terrifying Native American monsters. Make sure you're all bundled up nice and warm as we discuss... The Wendigo.

 

Supplementary Files

Wendigo Description

https://www.ghostlyactivities.com/wendigos-cursed-craving-flesh/ - An interesting look at the Wendigo

http://cryptoreports.com/tag/recent-wendigo-sightings - A report on recent Wendigo sightings

https://www.legendsofamerica.com/mn-wendigo/ - Quite possibly the best look at the Wendigo

http://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/be-wary-wendigo-terrifying-beast-native-american-legend-insatiable-hunger - Another description of the Wendigo

http://www.pararesearchers.org/index.php/folklore-a-mythology/306-the-wendigo - A description of the Wendigo by locals (buy local!)

http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/07/windigo.html - One origin of a Wendigo

https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/column.php?id=252985 - Just… just read it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendigo_(comics) - Wikipedia article about Wendigo comics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Until_Dawn - Wikipedia article about Until Dawn, which features wendigos

https://legionmagazine.com/en/2003/01/beware-the-windigo/ - Legion Magazine article on the wendigo (Extremely useful for sociological evidence!)

http://cryptomundo.com/ an awesome cryptids resource

 

Wendigo Psychosis

https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Wendigo+Psychosis - Free Medical Dictionary definition of Wendigo Psychosis

https://drmarkgriffiths.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/flesh-start-a-beginners-guide-to-windigo-psychosis/ - A fairly interesting look at Wendigo Psychosis by a Professor of Gambling Studies (Pro tip: have your grain of salt already prepared before reading)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture-bound_syndrome#DSM-5_list - DSM-V list of Culture-bound Syndromes, where Wendigo Psychosis is suspiciously absent?

 

Wendigo Fever

https://www.ranker.com/list/wendigo-facts/lyra-radford - A brief mention of Wendigo Fever on - you guessed it - a Ranker.com list.

http://unnaturalworld.wikia.com/wiki/Wendigo#Powers - A Wiki article that also mentions Wendigo Fever. Do you catch the theme here?

http://www.d20pfsrd.com/gamemastering/afflictions/diseases/diseases-3pp/wendigo-fever/ - The D&D affliction that almost certainly started the idea (not the other way around)

 

Swift Runner

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/hanged/swiftrunner.html - Edmonton Journal article about Swift Runner

http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/swift-runner.html - Gods and Monsters article about Swift Runner, only SLIGHTLY pilfered from the Edmonton Journal

http://www.executedtoday.com/2014/12/20/1879-swift-runner-wendigo/ - ExecutedToday.com article (I didn’t even know that was a website what the heck)

https://knowledgenuts.com/2015/12/19/the-terrifying-tale-of-swift-runner-and-the-wendigo/ - KnowledgeNuts article about Swift Runner

 

Jack Fiddler

http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/zhauwuno_geezhigo_gaubow_13E.html - Biography on Jack Fiddler (Zhauwuno-Geezhigo-Gaubow)

http://reservationhorror.tumblr.com/post/44555205876/jack-fiddler-wendigo-killer - Tumblr post describing Jack Fiddler

http://www.hypocritereader.com/2/the-power-to-punish - Article about power dynamics in the Jack Fiddler trial

https://www.ozy.com/flashback/meet-jack-the-cannibal-killer/67368 - An Ozy article on Jack Fiddler

http://www.unexplainable.net/simply-unexplainable/the-death-of-the-wendigo-and-jack-fiddler.php - Unexplainable.net article on Jack Fiddler

 

Native Legends

http://www.native-languages.org/search-results.htm?cx=partner-pub-8872632675285158%3Ab1nuwouwkjx&cof=FORID%3A10&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=wendigo&sa=Search+Our+Site

http://www.samoyed.org/dogind.html how the dog came to the indians

http://www.mpm.edu/content/wirp/ICW-141.html#windigo ojibwe stories

 

Related Monsters

http://www.native-languages.org/ice-cannibal.htm ice cannibals

http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Old_Yellow_Top

https://www.sasquatchcanada.com/ontario-sightings.html apparently the wendigo is possibly a sasquatch???

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