Friday, June 22, 2012

More Supernatural Saturday

Did Wednesday's post give you more to think about regarding ghosts, spirits and apparitions?

Well, after reading this post you'll lock your doors at night!

Patty Wilson has written many fascinating books about her experiences - Where Dead Men Walk, Boos and Brews, Pennsylvania Ghost Guide Vols 1 and 2, Totally Bizarre Pennsylvania, Monsters of Pennsylvania and UFOs in Pennsylvania. 

During Saturday's talk, she focused on the monsters and UFOs. If you're anything like me, you approach these subjects with a certain skepticism. After hearing Patty discuss them, I'm a believer!
Again, I won't give away too much, because you really should read Patty's books.

I'd never heard of bigfoot in Pennsylvania, but apparently more than one variety roams through Penn's Woods. Sightings were documented in the 1800s of "monkey men" who stood about 5-6 feet tall, and were covered in fur. One occurred in Gettysburg, a little too close for my comfort! The monkey man raided spring houses for milk and butter, hen houses and meat houses. I hope he didn't discover the orchards behind my house! I don't want to run into one.

Enough people have reported sightings, apparently, that there's a Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. Wow. Who knew? Now I kind of wish I didn't. :) 

It was Patty's UFO stories that really got me. So compelling, I actually stopped taking notes to listen. So did everyone else, apparently - except for Patty's voice, the silence in the room grew palpable. So I'll have to skim over those parts and simply relay that her stories are based on first hand accounts from people she'd known or been acquainted with for a long time, people who had no reason to make something like that up, and people who were genuinely terrified to tell their tales. 

One woman thought her terrible dreams were just that - nightmares. Until she shared them with her sister, who verified her worst fears were true. They had both been taken. So had their mother, who tried to protect them. And later, her son was also taken, and she could do nothing to stop it. *shudders* The worst nightmare of all.

One woman remembered being taken late at night, and a man helping her walk because she was so tired, and after she was on the ship, he was there, too. He encouraged her to keep fighting against their experiments, which she did. Years later, she walked into a shoe store and there he was. A shoe salesman. They exchanged a look of shock, and then he ran into the back room, and she ran outside, uncertain what to do. After gathering her courage, she went back inside, but the man had abruptly left the store. He never came back.

That's a brief overview of the story. It's much more compelling to read in detail, I'm sure!

Next up on Monday, I'll share some of Rosemary Ellen Guiley's eerie stories. Stay tuned...


Maria Zannini said...

I feel so sorry for that shoe salesman that he would've left without reaching out to that woman. In a situation like this you need to gather your forces and only someone who's shared your experience can understand.

Cate Masters said...

I wondered if he'd been threatened never to associate with any of the people taken. He helped her on the ship, so I feel bad for him - it must be a horrible position to be in.

Hywela Lyn said...

What a fascinating post, Cate, and I was especially interested in the Pennsylvania 'Bigfoot'. I didn't run into him last month, when I visited Sharon Donovan's family in Pennsylvaniam - not sure what I'd have done if I had! :)

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Lyn! How lovely, and bittersweet, you were able to visit with Sharon's family.