Friday, April 20, 2018

4/20: New Florida School Shooting

Forest High School

Friday, August 20, 2018 is the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. It is also a day for a national walkout against school violence, suggested by a student impacted by the Parkland high school shooting.

At least one person was injured in a shooting at a Florida high school Friday and a suspect was in custody, police said. Police have asked the public to stay away from the school.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the incident occurred at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. A student shot another student in the ankle Friday morning. 

Forest High School is located at 5000 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala, Florida 34480. The school's colors are green and gold and the school mascot is the Wildcat. As of 2014, it had an enrollment of some 2,058.

(More details will be added, as they are revealed.)

April 20 is well-known as a date of some infamy.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Art Bell Makes His Final Exit On Friday the 13th

Art Bell (Arthur William Bell III) was born June 17, 1945, in Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, North Carolina, and died (cause unknown) on Friday, April 13, 2018. An autopsy will be performed next week, but the mere flashing of the announcement of a "mysterious death of the famed conspiracy radio show host" on such a significant date has social media a'buzzin'.

Art Bell was the creator in 1984 and former host of Coast to Coast AM, and the creator of Dreamland, Midnight in the Desert, Art Bell's Dark Matter, and other shows. Coast to Coast AM, at the high point of Art's involvement, before he semi-retired in 2003, and more permanently did so in 2007, was syndicated on over 500 radio stations in North America. His listenership reached from 10-15 million people per week, according to TIME, and was ranked the number one overnight radio show in America during Art's heyday.

I've known Art for decades, being a regular guest on Coast to Coast AM over 40 times, including many shows hosted by Art, before George Noory replaced the retiring Art. Art Bell and I "live on" during his classic hosted episodes repeated on Saturday nights, under the name Somewhere in Time.

Bell served as a forum for many Fortean and cryptozoological topics that will not be mentioned in the obituaries you read in the mainstream media. We discussed Bigfoot, Yetis, Chupacabras, Mothman, Thunderbirds, other cryptids, and the twilight language often. I jokingly would have to steer him away from his humorous questions about Sasquatch and whether they were being dropped by "flying saucers."

Friday the 13th

Bell decided to exit on a day considered unlucky in Western superstition. The radio host Art Bell, 72, died April 13, 2018, a Friday, at his Pahrump, Nevada home, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office announced.

Bell had suffered from health problems in the previous years. He posted on his website in July 2016 that he was hospitalized for pneumonia and revealed at the time that he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Coast to Coast AM, UFOs, and Politics

Bell’s paranormal-themed show, Coast to Coast AM, was on North American stations in the 1990s before he left the nightly show in 2002. He broadcast the show from Pahrump’s KNYE 95.1 FM, a station he founded and owned. According to the Coast to Coast AM website, Bell was an FCC licensed radio technician at age 13. He also set a Guinness World Record for a solo broadcast marathon, at more than 116 hours, while working as a DJ in Okinawa, Japan.

Art Bell served in the the U.S. Air Force as a medic during the Vietnam War and in his free time operated a pirate radio station at Amarillo Air Force Base. He would make a point of playing anti-war music (like Eve of Destruction and Fortunate Son) that was not aired on the American Forces Network. In his broadcast years, his conspiracy world view included shows on Area 51, UFOs, aliens, intruders shooting guns on his property, his pro-Obama stance, and his pro-Trump conversations.

Knowing Bell personally, I never faulted him for his missteps regarding Heaven's Gate, as he was attempting to document a story, as others had pursued it.

Bell's reputation issued from his wide range of guests from the world of the unexplained to the realm of Hollywood and Las Vegas. His list of interviewees was vast. 

Personal life

Airyn Ruiz, April 11, 2006 – his death. Children: Asia Rayne Bell and Alexander William Bell.

Ramona Lee Hayes, August 4, 1991 – January 5, 2006. Ramona Bell died unexpectedly, from an acute asthma attack.
Vickie L. Baker, married March 1, 1981, divorced, July 3, 1991. Children: Arthur William Bell IV

Sachiko Toguchi Bell Pontius, married 1965, divorced 1968. Children: Vincent Pontius, Lisa Pontius Minei.


Art Bell authored, or co-authored, the following books: 

The Quickening: Today's Trends, Tomorrow's World

The Art of Talk (an autobiography) 

The Source: Journey Through the Unexplained (with Brad Steiger) 

The Edge: Man's Mysterious Past & Incredible Future (with Whitley Streiber) 

The Coming Global Superstorm (with Whitley Streiber), which became the basis for the popular movie, The Day After Tomorrow.

Sadly, the voice of Art Bell has been silenced, for he has taken his final retirement. But the memories of the respectful and intelligent interviewer lives on, as well as the recordings of so many programs he shared. The one thing you knew about Art, if he asked you a question about your book, he had read it. That thought about the guy was enduring, and so I could always listen to interviews he had with others knowing that too.

Goodbye, Art.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Logan and Humboldt

On Thursday, April 12, 2018, at around 11:45 pm, three people were drinking together in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago when one of them stabbed the other two, killing one man and injuring the other.

The three were together in the 2300 block of North Kedzie Avenue on the Northwest Side when the attacker pulled out a knife and began stabbing. An 42-year-old man was found unresponsive and pronounced dead. A 60-year-old man was stabilized at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. A person was caught by police nearby in connection with the stabbing, and taken into custody. Sources 1, 2.

Logan Square is a neighborhood in Chicago, located directly north of an area named the Humboldt Park section of Chicago, Illinois.

The meaning of Humboldt derives from the German surname, composed of the elements hun "bear cub, giant, Hun" and bold "brave, commanding," hence "giant command."
On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos bus crash occurred. The bus collided with a truck near Armley, Saskatchewan, Canada, killing initially 15 people (another trainer died on April 12, 2018) and injuring 14. The bus was carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos, an ice hockey team that plays in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, as well as coaches and others associated with the team. The accident occurred when the passenger bus carrying the team collided with a tandem semi-trailer truck at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Armley, Connaught, Saskatchewan at approximately 5:00 p.m. CST.
One comment was sent in to the Twilight Language blog about the team.
Fifteen players on the Humboldt Broncos hockey team were killed in the bus crash. Three of them had the first name Logan. Logan Hunter, 18, Logan Schatz, 20, and Logan Boulet, 21 all lost their lives. 20% of the players killed were named "Logan." ~ Gene Greene

In 2016, I posted about the meaning and lexilinks of the name "Logan."  In Gaelic the meaning of the name Logan is "from the hollow." In Scottish, the meaning is sometimes translated as "Finnian's servant."

The meaning "little warrior" is promoted by some sites.

Perhaps the name is not as often observed in "twilight language" incidents as "Fayette," "Lafayette," "Fayetteville," and "Lafayetteville" (see "Fayette Factor"), but "Logan" is worth noting.

Logan Hunter, 18

Logan Schatz, 20

Logan Boulet, 21

Our condolences to the families and friends of all those who lost their loved ones in these incidents.

See also:

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Killer Clown Returns

On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, I pre-recorded a Conspirinormal program interview, first about my new Mothman book, and then doing a segment on Phantom Clowns.

Then on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, there was a Beverly Hills, California incident involving a clown, kids, and a machete!

NBC Los Angeles, on April 11, 2018, at 10:19 pm PDT, updated their story:
A man in a clown mask spooked a Beverly Hills neighborhood Wednesday when he reportedly wielded a machete at children.
Beverly Hills police have been patrolling the 1700 block of Carla Ridge in search of the man since at least 10:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, on Monday, April 9, 2018, WPRI in Warwick, Rhode Island, reported:
Clown-masked robber targets local Dunkin' Donuts
Warwick Police are searching for a masked suspect who they said robbed a Warwick Avenue Dunkin' Donuts Monday night.
Officers were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m.
Police said the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash, dropping his mask on the sidewalk as he fled the scene. It is not known if he was armed at the time of the robbery.
According to Warwick Police, the man was wearing a black leather jacket, dark pants, and gloves.

h/t Christopher Farnsworth, Adam Sayne, and others.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 11 ~ Algiers

A little after 7 am EDT, on April 11, 2018, I tweeted this message, with the following graphic: "What will today bring forth?"

Then, later in the day, Ronald Christopher Walker mentioned the following news. This incident on April 11, 2018, after I posted the April 11, 2007 anniversary note, seems beyond a "coincidence."

Monday, April 09, 2018

Mass Transit Mass Deaths: April 7-9

On April 7, 2017, in Stockholm, Sweden, a ramming attack occurred when a hijacked truck was deliberately driven into a crowd at Drottninggatan (Queen St). Five were killed and 14 were seriously injured. The attack was similar to the Berlin attack of December 19, 2016, in which a truck was deliberately driven into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 56 others. Not to mention Nice, France.

It was a busy weekend for mass deaths synced to mass transit of people, especially students.


On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos bus crash occurred. The bus collided with a truck near Armley, Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14. It was headed for Nipawin, carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos, an ice hockey team that plays in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, as well as coaches and others associated with the team. The accident occurred when the passenger bus carrying the team collided with a tandem semi-trailer truck at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Armley in the Rural Municipality of Connaught, Saskatchewan at approximately 5:00 p.m. CST.


On Saturday, on the first anniversary of the Stockholm attack, April 7, 2018, a man, 48-year-old German national named Jens R., drove a van into people seated outside restaurants in a pedestrian square in the old part of the German city of Münster. He killed two people and injured about 20 others, six seriously.


A shooter, identified as Raheem D. King, on a chartered coach bus shot and killed three fellow passengers with a rifle while the bus was traveling in Rockford, Illinois, early Saturday morning, April 7, 2018. King was charged with four counts of first-degree murder in connection with the shooting, police said in a press release. About 3:30 a.m., officers were called to the 400 block of North Springfield Avenue for a report that several people had been shot. Officers from the Rockford Police Department found three people on the private limousine-style bus who had been shot to death.


On Sunday night, April 8, 2018, a charter bus carrying teenagers returning from a spring break trip struck a bridge overpass on Long Island, killing one, seriously injuring six passengers and mangling the entire length of the top of the bus. The crash happened shortly after 9 p.m. on the Southern State Parkway in Lakeview, according to New York State Police. One of the six injured passengers had very serious injuries, said State Police Maj. David Candelaria. Thirty-seven other passengers suffered minor injuries.


On Monday, April 9, 2018, a Himalayan bus plunged 200 feet into a gorge after slipping off the road – killing at least 27 school children and three others. The 42-seater coach was owned by the private school Wazir Ram Singh Pathania and fell into a deep gorge in the Himalayan foothills in India. Children were heading home when the yellow bus crashed off the mountain road. Shocking pictures show a large crowd gathered around the stricken vehicle at the bottom of a steep slope. At least 27 students – all aged under 10 – have died along with two teachers and the bus drivers.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

YouTube Shooter

On April 3, 2018, an attack against YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, left four people shot and the shooter dead by her own hand. She called herself a "vegan vlogger."

Police identified the woman in Tuesday's shooting as San Diego resident Nasim Najafi Aghdam, who was in her late 30s. She may have been a disgruntled user of the video-sharing site.
Aghdam wounded three people at the campus in San Bruno, south of San Francisco, then turned the gun on herself, authorities said. A fourth person suffered an ankle injury while escaping the gunfire.

Aghdam appears to have been a prolific, longtime social media user. She lists four YouTube channels -- one in Farsi, one in Turkish, one in English and one devoted to hand art. It also lists an Instagram page that focuses on vegan life and animal rights.

Nasim Najafi Aghdam's grievances against YouTube appear to be centered around censorship and revenue.
"There is no equal growth opportunity on YOUTUBE or any other video sharing site, your channel will grow if they want to!!!!!" one post reads. "Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!"

Another post accuses "close-minded" YouTube employees of putting an age restriction on videos, saying it's aimed at reducing views and discouraging the woman from making new videos.

On a YouTube channel, the same woman described herself as a vegan bodybuilder and an animal rights activist. By Tuesday night, the account had been terminated, with a YouTube message citing "multiple or severe violations" of its policy.
The postings are not limited to YouTube. Videos on several social media platforms include posts on animal rights, vegan lifestyle and the political system in Iran. Others include a bizarre mix of musical parodies.
YouTube was founded in February 2005 and quickly became a major site for online videos. It was later purchased by Google.
More than 1,100 people work at the YouTube office in San Bruno, about 10 miles from San Francisco.
As questions remain on the motive, police have said there's no evidence the shooter knew the victims or that they were specifically targeted. 

The YouTube shooter joins a rare list of female attackers. The FBI examined active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000 and 2016, and found that only nine of the 220 incidents involved female shooters. 

Female shooters in mass situations are rare.

A married couple, Syed Rizwan Farook, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik massacred 14 people at a holiday party in 2015 in San Bernardino, California. Farook had worked with the San Bernardino County health department, which was hosting the party when the attack took place. They were both killed in a shootout with police.
On January 30, 2006, Jennifer San Marco visited her former place of employment, a postal distribution center in Goleta, California, and fatally shot six employees after killing a one-time neighbor. She then killed herself.

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