Inter-Cranial Communication – did it do our Roswell Being in? –Is it all true series # 199

I must first give credit for the title of this piece to my friend, Hank Worbetz, and his recent book, “Reflections of a UFO Investigator.” Of course the Roswell story had a million beginnings and endings and a huge diverse middle. No story has ever had more crazy and amazing theories.

So one of the stories goes that the one entity that survived the crash didn’t survive the human encounter. And here is the story in brief. An army interrogation team was assigned to work on the Alien and get as much intel as possible. But one problem was that this alien didn’t communicate in a verbal manner. He was a telepath and a powerful glamourer (like in the Vampire stories). The security guards noticed the being bending their psyches when they were within a short distance. As Hank said in his book, the interrogators were infected by the powerful cognitive contagion that was making the intel team subservient to the agenda of the entity. And remember the surviving entity probably knew full well we had shot them down with a new radar beam weapon.

So the entity’s agenda was probably not a good one towards us. Still we had murdered some of his buddies. I know I am thinking and talking like a human and these Grey types are far from human. So at the very least he/she/it wasn’t happy to have its journey interrupted. Hank goes further to say our interrogators were originally trying to get intel on their Antarctic Base. Well the intel team didn’t get the goods on the down under base. But sadly the people on the interrogation team were scarred forever. Which is the same reaction that abductees have being close to an Alien being; it changes you forever. But I am not sure it’s for good or bad. But I fully believe time will tell as some event could trigger these Experiencers into some kind of action.

Well the story ends with the military security guards killing the being. It’s remains are probably at Wright–Patterson AFB in a big jar, for the pleasure of a select few military personnel to see. And I many years ago talked to someone who saw the jar.

Sleep Tight – for tomorrow there will be another story/theory about Roswell, but remember dead alien beings tell no stories


If we could only find the truth here – Update More Than 5,000 Dead Birds Fall From Sky In Arkansas– HAARP anyone ?

BEEBE, Ark. — Environmental service workers finished picking up the carcasses on Sunday of about 5,000 red-winged blackbirds that fell dead from the sky in a central Arkansas town.

Mike Robertson, the mayor in Beebe, told The Associated Press the last dead bird was removed about 11 a.m. Sunday in the town about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock. He said 12 to 15 workers, hired by the city to do the cleanup, wore environmental-protection suits for the task.

The birds had fallen Friday night over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area. The workers from U.S. Environmental Services started the cleanup Saturday.

Robertson said the workers wore the suits as a matter of routine and not out of fear that the birds might be contaminated. He said speculation on the cause is not focusing on disease or poisoning.

Several hundred thousand red-winged blackbirds have used a wooded area in the town as a roost for the past several years, he said. Robertson and other officials went to the roost area over the weekend and found no dead birds on the ground.

“That pretty much rules out an illness” or poisoning, the mayor said.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said Saturday the birds showed physical trauma, and speculated that “the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail.”

The commission said that New Year’s Eve revelers shooting off fireworks could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.

Robby King, a wildlife officer for the commission, collected about 65 dead birds, which will be sent for testing to the state Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wis.

From Huffington Post -AP


August 4, 2010

Once in a while comes a book that changes our pre-conceived notions of a subject matter.
The soon-to-be-published book, UFO HIGHWAY (
by Anthony Sanchez, could just be such a book.

Anthony Sanchez has spent over 20 years accumulating a wealth of pertinent information on the subject of the rumors behind UFOs in conjunction with some of the most significant military installations in the U.S., especially in the American Southwest.

His new book, UFO HIGHWAY, is a fresh new look at the military’s “connection” to the rumors about UFOs.
This is not a book about whether UFOs exist or not.
It is neither a book about “reptoids” eating humans in a secret underground facility, nor is it about the claims made by Thomas Castello who may not even have existed at all.
It surpasses those unsubstantiated claims.

This book is filled with information previously not published in any other books of this nature.
His fascinating, recent interview with a retired USAF colonel is probably one of the highlights of this book.
This interesting interview took place, in May of 2010, only a few months before the completion of this book.

Just like the author, Anthony Sanchez, I myself also have done an extensive research on similar topics for over twenty years, spending many years investigating locations such as Area 51 in Nevada and its connections with other important sites such as southern California’s Edwards AFB and remote aerospace facilities in the Antelope Valley, most of which had the outward facade of radar cross section testing sites.
I had also visited the surrroundings near China Lake Naval Weapons Testing Center in the California desert.
Yes, there is no doubt in my mind, just as Anthony Sanchez suggests, that there are “connections” among these facilites, including the Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah.

I also had a tremendous interest in Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain and its NORAD underground complex (not only because my wife had a unique oppportunity to go through a special, military-guided “tour” inside the complex in late 1978 through her brother’s military connections – and, interestingly, a year before some strange things started happening in neighborning northern New Mexico.)

I also had taken a special interest in New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Testing Ranges (where today, the leading-edge directed energy weapons systems are being tested), as well as Los Alamos National Laboratories (site of the world’s foremost human genome research), Sandia Laboratories and Phillips Laboratories, the latter two of which are inside Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, as well as the Manzano underground nuclear storage complex, also within the base.

Just as Anthony Sanchez seems to suggest in his book, there is no doubt in my mind that the regions especially east of the Four Corners area of New Mexico contain some of the most important U.S. government secrets, hidden from the public.

Yes, and above all, my greatest curiosity has been the long-persisting rumors about the alleged Dulce underground base in New Mexico.
I am convinced that although we have not come up yet with any solid, physical, tangible, irrefutable evidence that there is such a facility in Dulce, there are plenty of circumstantial evidences that point to the possibility that there is “something” there.

I have a trusted friend who was a former proprietor of one of the largest ranches in Dulce who declared to me this year that indeed there is a facility there. Beyond that, he could not make a comment.
At the present time he has a sensitive position as the department head of the Department of Agriculture in a well-known state university in New Mexico.
After retirement from his present position, he, too, will soon come out and will help us expose the truth about Dulce.

As for Area 51 in Nevada, sure, it is public knowledge now that Area 51 is a vibrant military research, development and testing complex conducted by many defense contractors who provide a variety of highly compartmentalized projects.

But there is no proof that there could not be something “more” besides all the superficial facade of the complex.

Yes, practically the whole world has already heard of the claims of Bob Lazar concerning Area 51.
For now, there seems to be nothing that can back up his claims.
However, at the same time, there is no way to disprove his claims either.

Anthony Sanchez’ new book, UFO HIGHWAY, appparently derives its title from the actual Highway 375 in Nevada which was officially declared by the State of Nevada as EXTRATERRESTRIAL HIGHWAY in the late 1990’s because of its proximity to Area 51.

However, Anthony’s UFO HIGHWAY goes beyond that.

All these significant military bases are interconnected through a symbolic “highway”.
There is plenty of commonality among these interesting facilities.
And they all relate to the rumors concerning UFOs and how “beliefs” play a major role in the military’s maintenance of secrecy.

Yes, we all know that there doesn’t seem to be any hard, solid, tangible, physical evidence to say that there is more than just the superficial structures behind all these facilities.
Yet there are circumstantial evidences that seem to point out that there is “something” under the physical facade of these facilities.

Anthony F. Sanchez received his BSc. in Computer Information Systems from Western Governors University of Salt Lake City, UT in 2008.
In addition to being a Software Consultant for the State of California through his own company, Matrix Innovative Systems, Inc., Anthony has been employed for 15 years as a Software Engineer working for 3Com, Intel, Acer, Netscape Communications, and Hewlett Packard performing high-level software development supporting scientific engineering and business intelligence projects.

He became interested in UFOs back in 1989, at the time Area 51 surfaced as a public phenomenon. Since 2000 he has researched the subject matter thoroughly employing various scientific methods and hands on approaches, thus compiling over 20 years worth of UFO related research data.

Anthony Sanchez’ UFO HIGHWAY may be a very important book that could make us think again and take a fresh new look at things behind the facade of these facsinating locations.

The timing of this book couldn’t be better.
There is talk among a segment of the population concering the upcoming December 21, 2012 scenario and its possible UFO connections.
However, probably nothing catastrophic will take place on that date.
Rather, in my opinion, December 21, 2012 could simply be a beginning of a gradual shift in human consciousness, a beginning of a gradual personal transformation in each of us, a beginning of a new understanding of the relationship of this earth and its inhabitants to other “realities” that affect us.

It will be up to the readers who will read this book to decide what that personal transformation will bring in their individual lives.

Anthony Sanchez’ new book:

Man hit by six meteorites is being 'targeted by aliens'????? from 07/27/10

A Bosnian man who claims he is being targeted by extraterrestrials after a series of meteorite strikes on his house has now been hit by a sixth space rock in the space of a few years.

Radivoje Lajic and one of the many space rocks of doom to have rained down upon his house Radivoje Lajic and one of the many space rocks of doom to have rained down upon his house

Radivoje Lajic first came to international attention in 2008, shortly after the fifth meteorite had crashed into the roof of his house in the northern village of Gornji Lajici.

And now, within the past month, another rock has hit the roof of his house, in defiance of all the odds – making it six strikes since the plague of meteorites began in 2007.

Experts at Belgrade University have confirmed that all the falling rocks he has handed over were meteorites. They are now trying to work out what exactly it is about his house that particularly attracts them. The strikes always happen when it is raining heavily, he says, never when there are clear skies.

Lajic has his own explanation, of course. After the fifth rock struck his house, he said: ‘I am obviously being targeted by extraterrestrials. I don’t know what I have done to annoy them but there is no other explanation that makes sense. The chance of being hit by a meteorite is so small that getting hit six times has to be deliberate.’

50-year-old Lajic has had a steel girder reinforced roof put on the house to protect it from the alien bombardment – which he funded by selling one of the meteorites to a university in the Netherlands.

‘I have no doubt I am being targeted by aliens,’ he adds. ‘They are playing games with me. I don’t know why they are doing this. When it rains I can’t sleep for worrying about another strike.’ 07/27/10

“The Board”: an instrument into the Otherworld or vehicle to the Void? – Part 1 Is it all True Series #143

Sometimes on a Friday night as I get ready to write an article on something UFO/Paranormal I have a bit of an old brain fart. But luckily that doesn’t last long, for I ask the cosmos for some direction and it has me push random words into the Google search bar. And guess what, interesting stuff comes up and it awakens my frozen neurons. This week is the favorite big mystery item called “the board” – the Ouija or the Ouija board – whatever you like to call it.

First a little “board” history. It was born surprising here in the USA, not in some dark castle in old Europe. In the 1870’s a carpenter named E.C. Reich built the first wooden “board”. But I believe its first conceptional appearance could have been back as far as the early Egyptians. Then around and about 1886, E.C. sold his concept and his board to two guys named Kennard and Maupin and they started marketing the Ouija. Next a Mr. Bill Fuld bought the business and he and his brother made lots of money over the next 35 years with their Ouija board business. Interestingly, Fuld may have committed suicide at the age of 57. The board, or a jealous close relative? Only the “board” knows. Then in 1942 the Fuld family sold the board to the game giant Parker Brothers who still own the rights.

So over the last 140 years people all over the world have been playing with this vehicle.
And I believe 90% of the time no harm comes to the participants. Now the 10%, which many would debate is a very high number, but I say yes, it is one of the dangers; a 10% chance of getting your mind screwed into another world with no way back is something to note. So the more you play it, the more the roulette wheel turns and the closer to the void you come. Another issue is it is quite addictive, the thrill of the unknown and the possible glimpse of a spirit will keep you coming back.

So what is happening here? Well I believe several things: one, as we play with the board we ask questions of the entities who lie normally at a safe distance from us in their world plane. By asking questions we are inviting them in to our world and they love to visit. That would not be so bad but they like to take bits of stuff back with them. Some of the stuff they take are memories from the most vulnerable players of the game. And who are the most vulnerable ones? They are the ones with the most fear in their hearts and minds.
Also a law between worlds is that you must balance out the worlds and leave something behind in the world you take from. So normal human memories are taken and replaced by non-human thoughts. I’m talking about looking into the void, a very dark void at that.

People whose minds are filled with fear are in danger of losing a bit of their sanity if they play with the board – “ the Board will play you.”

Next week I will continue with more on “the Board” from my personal experiences and those of other reliable sources.

And here I am telling you about the dangers of “the board” as I get ready to go into the other world through vortex photography on a trip east of Albuquerque high in the mountains.

Sleep tight and remember – no fear will make you even with the board.


Eugene Duran speaks on Stan Romanek and his Journey–Is this all True Series #131

Two weeks ago I attended the always-interesting Gary the Dowser’s group down in Los Lunas New Mexico. It is truly a delight to be among their peaceful energy.

Stan Romanek has always been a bit of a controversial figure. I will give my impressions from my experience, and I will not judge the validity of Stan’s information. I do not believe that in the field of UFOs and other paranormal stuff there are true experts, as there are in auto mechanics, tax accounting, rocket science, etc. These UFO non-experts have just been pretty lucky to experience these amazing events and try vaguely to explain what they saw. I have done this work for over 40 years and my true knowledge and wisdom is but a grain of sand in the vast beach of the universe.

So here is a brief summary of some of the experiences of Stan Romanek with my impressions as I see it. Stan lived his early life in the Minot, North Dakota area, as his father was stationed there at a U.S. Air Force base. This is where his contact experiences first began. During his stay there, a lady followed him with almond-shaped very blue eyes and three fingers. She would show up and tell him he was “special” (repeat something three times to a human mind and it is programmed to make it the truth).

In 2001 Stan started seeing UFOs on many occasions in the sky. While living in Nebraska he got a knock on the door, opened it and there stood 3 beings – nonhuman with massive eyes. The three beings telepathed with Stan and with other family members. Alien beings have never been known to knock on doors – maybe walk through a wall or two, but no knocking. Also during this time Stan was having marks and bruises appear on his body. Also in September 2001 there was a major sighting in the Denver area. Stan videotaped it and this event started his first adventure in the world of news media.

Next Stan started to free-write or sky-write, where he wrote complex mathematical equations. Note that Stan was very dyslexic and could only do 4th grade math. Some of these equations were before their time. This equation writing is common among contactees, but still very amazing. About this time Stan’s stepson was getting abducted and writing some equations of his own. Then there was the semi-famous video he took in and around his home. In the video there were shots of mainly small typical Grays. The pictures of the Grays were interesting but a bit hokey. During this close encounter event an outside surveillance camera was burned/destroyed and some of the house siding was badly burned. The next day a crew promptly removed the burned section and replaced it with new siding. A mysterious crew whom Stan’s landlord had never authorized did this work.

Then there was the abduction event when Stan returned from his encounter with a woman’s plaid nightgown on. This night was linked to the famous abductee Betty Hill. She supposedly lost this nightgown in an abduction experience, and Stan was also present and aliens had a wardrobe malfunction. Also note when Stan was taken he was wearing a “UFO t-shirt” which ended up in Betty Hill’s room – maybe, maybe not. I have a good personal friend who was a good personal friend of Betty Hill, and hopefully my friend knows something of this claim.

Next Stan fell off his roof and badly injured his knee/leg and needed surgery. A day before the scheduled surgery he was abducted and his knee was totally healed with only a few red marks remaining and a very bewildered surgeon. Yes, I have heard of instant healing before – fairly common in abduction cases, say 5% to 10% where something is fixed or cured.

Stan’s experiences have many common elements of a typical abduction case. Another impression I got was that he was not showing any real signs of stress or trauma as he spoke. Anyone who goes through this process of otherworldly encounters, is left with a different manner and feeling when in a public environment, compared to a non- abductee.

Final comment: my personal research shows that 15 % to 20 % of the American public has had some type of otherworldly encounter, and from a personal standpoint everyone handles it in a different way. Stan Romanek is a good example of human adaptation, if he is telling the truth.

Sleep tight – dream long.




Richard G. Santos

Ezequiel “Zeke” Romero’s property borders Espantosa Lake in Dimmit County, Texas. He has reported a different type of inexplicable experience. That is, that he stocked a water tank with bass, blue gill, channel cat and minnows so that he and invitees could fish at their leisure. The problem is that all fish disappeared one night! He drained the tank and there were no fish or remains of fish to be found. All vegetation in the tank was dead but again, there were no traces of any fish ever having been in the tank. As difficult as it is to believe this incident, another rancher off Cometa Road near Crystal City also reported he had the same experience about two and a half years earlier! Both ranchers reported all fish in their stocked tanks simply disappeared without a trace! That is, no dead fish, skeletons, pieces thereof; nada. In this case, he called some specialists from Texas A & M University who analyzed the water, soil, etc. but could find no explanation for the overnight disappearance of the fish. The game warden could also not furnish an explanation. One final thing, both ranchers reported their tanks were full of drum fish overnight. That is, that neither re-stocked their tanks with any kind of fish but one day the tanks were full of drum fish.
As if on cue, I got a long distance call from a friend who speaks in paragraphs. She was all excited about an incident that occurred last Wednesday. It seems she had experienced an unpleasant incident at work with a fellow worker. It really irritated her and she could not get it out of her mind as she drove to a medical appointment some 60 miles from home. She had remained quiet and did not speak before the appointment but on the way back home, the driving companion finally asked her to speak up and explain what had upset her so much.
She began to recall the incident step by step and the more she spoke the more excited and irate she became. Still several miles from Warsaw, Indiana the driver noticed the car radio was losing volume, the lights seem to be getting weaker and the battery indicator was reporting a drop in its charge. Seeing a mechanic shop at the outskirt of town, they stopped to have the car checked while they went across the street to a restaurant. An hour later when they returned to meet with the mechanic he told them there was nothing absolutely wrong with the car. It seems that a thorough check by computer and hand had failed to find anything wrong!
They continued their trip for the remaining thirty miles in dead silence. Approaching their hometown my friend saw her place of employment and again started discussing what had happened at work. Once again the car started acting up. This time the lights were going on and off, the radio went from loud to silent and even the overhead light inside the car was coming on and off without anyone touching it! The driver asked my friend to drop the subject and not even think about what had happened at work. Apparently my fiend who was not saying a word must have been reviewing the incident in her mind as the car jerked, lights flashed and blinked and the radio kept acting up.
My friend called back Thursday morning to report the driver had just told her the car was no longer acting up and that another mechanic had reported there was nothing wrong with the car. She shared the incident because she wanted my opinion on what might have happened. All I could think of was that she always demonstrated a strong character and easy-going personality unless if upset.
Although her blonde hair does not change color, her blue eyes take a dark green hue and her light pale face turns bright red if she is angered. So without giving any opinion I advised her to try to control her temper and perhaps pray instead of venting anger.

ZAVALA COUNTY SENTINEL ………. 17-18 Dec 2008 …. Crystal City, Texas

AE – Richard Gage speaks At the Commonwealth Club- truth and 911 Part 4.

Expect – Stephen Jones — molten steel samples — Thermite charges -Dust and air samples 1.3,DDP 3 different samples.Metal filings all over the site. These explosive charges were Hi-Tech Lab and not in a cave. Expects on all levels agree it was a controlled demolition of all three buildings — also oral history of the New York Fire Fighters.

The “ED”-a man ready to blow the top off – Speaks at the Albuquerque /Rio Rancho Paranormal Forum—Is it all True Series #126

Ed spoke sincerely about his personal experience of cattle mutilations, UFOs, and the Dulce underground base. Ed with his amazing information and high quality photos wowed the crowd two weeks ago. Ed who is in the process of writing a book, a book he declares will be a “tell all” exposing the wider conspiracy surrounding cattle muts, UFOs, and the Dulce base.

During the late 70’s and early 80’s, he and his family lost 40 head of cattle through strange events. There was even evidence of a three pod landing vehicle near the muted cattle. There was the typical rectum coring, and lip and tongue removal and Ed even had a rare horse mutilation. The loss of these animals was valued at about $100,000. An interesting side note: all the mutilated animals were marked with an invisible florescent paint marking system, so at night the craft could target the correct animal for the crime. It turns out all the correct animals were totally raised in the area.

There is always the question why take those odd parts, rather than normal meat flesh. Ed’s answer- first the parts that are taken are from the digestive tract. If the environment was polluted with some agent such as a radioactive element or bio-chemical agent, this problem would appear in the grazing plants. And amounts of these poisons would be detected on the soft membranes of the dead animals.

Ed has speculated that a government agency could have dumped chemical or radiological waste on Indian lands in northern New Mexico. So now the terrorists are tracking their past handy work, watching how long the bad effects would last in this animal population. Note that 23 of Ed’s cattle were killed by a mysterious bacterium (maybe like a Bio-weapon.). It was witnessed that a ship (UFO) hovered over those 23 animals and they were all dead within 24 to 36 hours.

During this same period, the 70’s and 80’s, there was a 40% reduction of births in the Dulce area of deer, elk, cattle and even people and this reduction included numerous miscarriages.

The creditability of the ranchers in the mut area was undermined once the media heard the word UFO. Even though UFOs were sighted around the muts, Ed contributes his own personal nightmare to an unknown government agency. It takes one sick being to first kill your animal, but dropping the ugly caress back on your property is a high degree of intentional harassment.

I know ED in the next year or so will be coming out with both barrels a brazing.

Sleep tight – the truth is on its way.




Richard G. Santos

Espantosa Lake in Dimmit County got its name in the late 1600’s when a Spanish expedition spent a scary night along its banks during “un tempetad espantosa” (a horrific storm). Like all other names given to rivers, creeks and lakes by Spanish explorers, the name stuck and 300 plus years later it is still known “El Espantosa” or Espantosa Lake. Many have been the stories this writer has collected of fishermen or late night “picnickers” using the lake-side park as a lovers’ lane, reporting strange and scary experiences at the Espantosa. La Llorona (wailing woman), Lechuza (witch-evil bird), ghosts of people who died at the lake and even a headless rider have been reported. There are also the many hidden treasure stories and the sounds of stampedes, heavy clanking wagons and the yells of muleteers racing and splashing into or out of the lake. There was also one fisherman who told of seeing a strange light swimming under the surface of the water near his fishing boat. Finally, Zeke Romero reported how the fish in his pond next to the lake all disappeared overnight without leaving any carcasses or traces of ever having been in the pond. In his case, however, he discovered another rancher had a similar experience at a pond on his ranch some distance away from the Espantosa. Neither property owner ever got a scientific or acceptable explanation as to how and why all the fish had disappeared.
Now comes this interesting story when on June 23, 1834, Jean Louis Berlandier camped at the Camino Real crossing of the Nueces River in Zavala County near the old road by the detention center. Last time I visited the site slightly over three years ago with former County Commissioner David Lopez, the old steel bridge was still standing but slowly falling apart due to lack of use and maintenance. Because a bridge had to be constructed for crossing the high banks of the Nueces, the group spent an extra day along the river banks. The group resumed its march on the 25th continuing on the Camino Real heading toward the Rio Grande crossing near present-day El Indio. Before leaving the Nueces River crossing Berlandier recorded having found a message carved on a large tree. It stated, “the first colony of the Villa de Dolores crossed (here) on 28th of February 1834”. The message was in reference to the families gathered by John Charles Beales for the founding of the township of Dolores in present Kinney County. The township failed but land speculator Beales returned to the Nueces to claim the Aguirre Mexican land grant. However, that is a different story not to be told here and now, maybe later.
But back to the diary of Berlandier’s travels in Texas. On June 25th he and his group marched from the Nueces River pass Espantosa Lake and camped along the banks of Peña Creek in Dimmit County. His entry for that day is most interesting as he noted that many travelers on the Camino Real de los Tejas were afraid of camping along the Espantosa. As recorded by Berlandier, a large mammal (mamifero) lived in/on/at the lake and was known to emerge at night and attack anybody camping along the banks of the lake. Among the victims was a group of Lipan Apaches who had camped by the lake. He also stated that in 1813 “two couriers” who had camped at the lake were attacked by the monster and they managed to kill it. The remains were left on site and Berlandier recorded that he searched for the bones but was not able to find any traces of the monster’s remains.
Before speculating on what Berlandier might have been writing about it is best to give the reader his credentials as a highly respected scientist, naturalist and botanist. Jean Louis Berlandier was born about 1805 on the France-Switzerland border area. He attended the academy in Geneva and earned a degree in botany. In 1826 he traveled to Mexico to gather and identify plants not recorded by the scientific community. In 1827 he joined the Mexico-U.S. Border Commission headed by General Manuel Mier y Teran. The Commission was to set the boundary between Texas and Louisiana but Berlandier took advantage of the trip to investigate, name and collect the unnamed and unrecorded flora of central Mexico, Northeast Mexico and Texas along the various Caminos Real. Thus included in his diaries are interesting descriptions of the cities, towns and villages he visited in Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Tamauilipas and Texas. The diary of his travels from San Antonio to the Uvalde Canyon with José Francisco Ruiz and a group of Comanches is an invaluable insight into the life and culture of the Native Americans. However, being a college educated European with a different world view and value system, Berlandier’s description of the residents of the township in Texas and along the lower Rio Grande is far from favorable. Nonetheless, the published and unpublished work of Jean Louis Berlandier is one of the greatest literary and scientific contributions in Texas, the middle to lower Rio Grande area and Northeast Mexico.
So what man-eating mammal at Espantosa Lake was Berlandier writing about in 1834? Even though he always referred to alligators as caymans, he did know the reptile and frequently reported their habitats wherever he encountered them. So we can rule out the alligator. Because he wrote it was a mammal (mamifero), could the so-called monster have been a jabalina, feral pig or bear? We do not know. All we have is Berlandier’s statement that a large, monstrous mammal lived in/on/at Espantosa Lake and emerged at night to attack anybody camping along its banks. Like the contemporary stories of Big Foot, Nessy at Loch Ness, Chessie at Lake Champlain or the swamp man of the Louisiana bayous, Berlandier was not able to find the skeleton or remains of the “monster of Espantosa Lake”. It should also be noted that it is only in Berlandier’s 1834 diary that we find a reference to said monster. No other diary keeper traversing the area from the late 1500’s to the present period has ever made a similar claim. Ghosts, wagons, buried treasures, stampeding horses, La Llorona, Lechuzas, Gritonas, UFOs reported at the lake; yes. A man-eating mammal at the Espantosa; no!
Berlandier’s massive writings, studies and publications can be found by those interested in reading the material itself. Thus under his name, I recomend you search for (1) Caza del oso y cibola en el noreste de Tejas, 1844, (2) Luis Berlandier y Rafael Chovel, Diario de viaje de la Comision de Limites, 1850, (3) Espedicion cientifica del general Teran a Tejas, 1840 and 1857. Reprints of most books were published in Mexico City in the 1940’s. Book number one above was translated and published by John Ewer in 1980 as The Indians of Texas in 1830. Also in 1980, the Texas State Historical Association published a translation of Berlandier’s diary in two volumes as Journey to Mexico During the years 1826 to 1834. Whereas this two volume translation features the water colors of the flora Berlandier discovered, recorded and named, Ewer’s book published by Smithsonian features watercolors of the Native Americans of Texas in 1828 through 1834. All publications are worth reading with or without the illustrations. I also recommend you read the first editions in Spanish to avoid translation errors.

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Zavala County Sentinel ………. 28-29 October 2009