Sunday, October 08, 2017

Black Ops Dads: Paddock and Harrelson

Sons - at least not all sons - do not grow up to be copycats of their fathers. But what are we to make of the shadowy pasts of two "dark dads" being discussed recently?

Did these two background "fathers" (until the recent Las Vegas carnage opened this discussion) live charmed lives, as did their sons (through 10.1.2017) too, as suggested by MA Hoffman? See Source.

Mundane data points follow. You connect the dots or not....

Stephen Paddock, Las Vegas mass murderer, was born in Clinton, Iowa. He grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and Sun Valley, California, as the eldest of four sons of Benjamin Hoskins Paddock. Benjamin was a bank robber who was arrested in 1960, when Stephen was seven years old. Benjamin was later convicted and escaped prison in 1969, subsequently appearing on the FBI's most-wanted list. Stephen was 15 years old at the time. According to his brother Eric, they never really knew their father as he was never with their mother. 

In 1946, Benjamin Paddock was convicted of ten counts of auto larceny and five counts of confidence game and was confined at the Illinois State Penitentiary until July, 1951. In 1953, he was convicted of conspiracy in connection with a bad check passing operation and was again held at the Illinois State Penitentiary until August 1956. In one of his early arrests, he was found with a concealed revolver.

He was accused of robbing branches of the Valley National Bank of Arizona in Phoenix of $11,210 on February 19, 1959, and of $9,285 on January 29, 1960. He robbed another branch of $4,620 on July 26, 1960. He was captured and then convicted for the third robbery in federal court in January 1961. During his arrest, he attempted to run down an FBI agent with his car. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. On December 30, 1968, Paddock escaped from the Federal Correctional Institution, La Tuna in Anthony, Texas. A warrant for his arrest relating to his escape was issued on February 3, 1969, and he was placed on the FBI 10 most wanted list.

Most individuals who have been on the FBI Top Ten Most Wanted list are off the list in less than six months. Paddock was among those who were on the list the longest, being placed on the list on June 10, 1969, and removed on May 5, 1977.  While on the most wanted list, he was described as being 6'4", weighing 245 pounds, having blond hair but being balding and frequently shaved. He had green eyes and wore contact lenses or glasses. He also had a scar above his right eyebrow and on his right knee and had a birthmark on his left ankle. He was described as a smooth talker, as arrogant and egotistical, liking cigars, cigarettes, and steaks. He also played bridge, enjoyed gambling, and watching sports, particularly baseball, for which he also worked as an umpire. During his criminal career, Paddock had numerous aliases, including Perry Archer, Benjamin J. Butler, Leo Genstein, Pat Paddock, and Patrick Benjamin Paddock. His nicknames included "Chromedome", "Old Baldy", and "Big Daddy".

After escaping prison in 1968, Paddock moved to Oregon where he took the name Bruce Warner Erickson. In Oregon he worked as a contract trucker and in drug abuse rehabilitation. He was twice cited for traffic violations and in September 1977 he applied for and was granted a license to open a bingo parlor, but his identity was not uncovered. He then operated a bingo parlor for the Center for Education Reform, a non-profit organization based in Eugene, Oregon.

He was captured and arrested in early September 1978 in Springfield, Oregon, and was eventually released on parole.

Stephen Craig Paddock

Woody Harrwlson

Woody Harrelson was born in 1961 in Midland, Texas, the son of Diane (nee Oswald) and Charles Voyde Harrelson. He has two brothers, Jordan and Brett Harrelson. In 1973, Harrelson moved to his mother's native city, Lebanon, Ohio, where he attended Lebanon High School. He spent much of his high school years working as a woodcarver at Kings Island amusement park.

His father, Charles Voyde Harrelson, was a convicted contract killer (hitman), who received a life sentence for the 1979 killing of Federal Judge John H. Wood Jr. in San Antonio, Texas. He died in the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility on March 15, 2007.

Charles Voyde Harrelson (July 23, 1938 – March 15, 2007) was an American organized crime figure who was convicted of assassinating federal judge John H. Wood Jr., the first federal judge to have been killed in the 20th century. He was the estranged father of actor Woody Harrelson.

In September 1980, Charles Harrelson surrendered to police after a six-hour standoff in which he was reportedly "high on cocaine". During the standoff, he threatened suicide and stated that he had killed Judge Wood and President John F. Kennedy. In a television interview after his arrest, Harrelson said: "At the same time I said I had killed the judge, I said I had killed Kennedy, which might give you an idea to the state of my mind at the time." He said that the statements made during the standoff were "an effort to elongate my life."

Joseph Chagra later testified during Harrelson's trial that Harrelson claimed to have shot Kennedy and drew maps to show where he was hiding during the assassination. Chagra said that he did not believe Harrelson's claim, and the AP reported that the FBI "apparently discounted any involvement by Harrelson in the Kennedy assassination." According to Jim Marrs in 1989's Crossfire, Harrelson is believed to be the youngest and tallest of the "three tramps" by many conspiracy theorists. Marrs stated that Harrelson was involved "with criminals connected to intelligence agencies and the military" and suggested that he was connected to Jack Ruby through Russell Douglas Matthews, a third party with links to organized crime who was known to both Harrelson and Ruby.  Lois Gibson, a well-known forensic artist, matched photographs of Harrelson to the photographs of the youngest-looking of the three "tramps".

Sources: Wikipedia.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Route 91

Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert - with 22,000 audience members - experienced a mass shooting in Las Vegas, 10.01.2017. As the number of deaths rose overnight, it became clear this now is the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
The Umpqua Community College shooting occurred on October 1, 2015, at the UCC campus near Roseburg, Oregon, United States. Chris Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old enrolled at the school, fatally shot an assistant professor and eight students in a classroom. Seven to nine others were injured. Roseburg police detectives responding to the incident engaged Harper-Mercer in a brief shootout. After being wounded, he killed himself by shooting himself in the head. The mass shooting was the deadliest in Oregon's modern history.
As of 7:00 pm Eastern on October 1, 2017, the death toll was at 59 people being killed, over 500 injured. Police report the gunman, Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, who was holded up on the 32th floor (Room 135?) in the Mandalay Hotel, died by suicide. He is described as Caucasian.

Name game? "Property records show Stephen Paddock had homes in both Mesquite, Tex., and Mesquite in Nevada." Source.
Marilou Danley, his companion, a person of interest, has been located. There has been great media confusion about her role. Her current or former husband's photo has been incorrectly posted as Paddock's. Intriguingly, her husband is said to be from Fayetteville.

The horror of the situation developed on live television overnight.

Among synchromystic researchers, this Las Vegas incident was noted as linked to the Marilyn Manson concert incident happening the night before when two huge gun props fell on that performer.

Los Angeles Times earlier noted the first fatalities. 

From earlier....

Multiple people have been shot after a gunman opened fire in the Mandalay Bay area of Las Vegas.

Video from the scene shows the moment that the gunfire started during a festival in the city in Nevada.

What sounds like some kind of machine gun can be heard over the noise of the music which quickly cuts out.

It is believed that the gunman may have opened fire from a building overlooking the festival site. Reports are there is one suspect in custody and another is being pursued.

At one point, three shooting sites were reported. But sound distortions and mass hysteria may be in play, to be fair.

The gunman is said to have opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival where people were seen running for cover or lying on the ground.

Please note the location next to the Luxor Casino's Obelisk, Sphinx and Pyramid.

Watch for the copycat effect being activated by this event.

H/T Playfair

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Invasion on Chestnut Ridge: Spooky, Scary, A Cocktail of Weirdness

Invasion on Chestnut Ridge is a bit of a departure for Seth Breedlove and Small Town Monsters films.

Spooky, at times scary, and often a cocktail of weirdness, the documentary projects a Twilight Zone feel. Not strictly about monsters and cryptids, one gets the sense we are peeking in on a secret region of the country - Chestnut Ridge at the edgy corner of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

What is seen as normal there by the locals - where UFOs, Bigfoot, Black Panthers, Dogmen, and Glowing Orbs haunt the area and coexist - is beyond bizarre elsewhere. Breedlove captures it all well, although it is hard to say any of it really has anything to do with each of the other phenomena being reported.

Driven by the testimony and gathering of incidents by a handful of investigators, we are asked to buy into the strange notion of the connectedness of this window area. If anything, we should look back and appreciate Breedlove for documenting how very isolated and unusual this story is - thank goodness.

Invasion of Chestnut Ridge is due Halloween 2017, and you may pre-order it via Small Town Monsters, along with their other movies, together or separately.  Director Seth Breedlove was named The Cryptozoologist of The Year 2017, due to his growing body of cryptozoology documentary work. Pick up some of his films, and view them for yourself.

(For more remarks, in my extended comments on this documentary, see below.)
Seth Breedlove's and his Small Town Monsters crew's on-site location interviews of eyewitnesses adds a texture to the film not found in merely reading or hearing about the cases. The viewer is able to "see" where these incidents happened, and experience these remarkable events in an unforgettable fashion.
 Stan Gordon was a focus of the Invasion on Chestnut Ridge interviews, as the primary historical investigator in the area, creating a thread throughout the documentary. Gordon's open-minded theorizing that connects UFOs to the creature accounts is the paintbrush that colors the documentary. 

This is not to say this is an incorrect notion about the world of Chestnut Ridge, but a critical thinking audience may wish to examine the cases outside Gordon's worldview. Breedlove's film gives plenty of opportunities to merely listen and look at the weirdness, and separate the data from the theorizing. Certainly, there is a great deal occurring in this specific region that defies explanation.

Chestnut Ridge is what must be considered one of the classic "window areas" mentioned by John A. Keel and other UFO investigators in the 1960s-1970s. The documentary begins with notes on how these special locations are a concentration of intrigue and interest. But the "celebrity sites," such as the Bermuda Triangle and Stonehenge get all the attention. Other ones, off the beaten track of visitors and media attention, include places like Chestnut Ridge. There is a need for more documentaries like this one.

Invasion on Chestnut Ridge shines a spotlight on Westmoreland County (where Stan Gordon lives).

Around the edges, we do note that the "Fayette Factor" is part of the picture.

Fayette County is known for Falling Water and Frank Lloyd Wright (see here).

Invasion of Chestnut Ridge mentions, besides its focus on Westmoreland County, that Fayette County is not to be ignored. I wrote of "Frank Lloyd Wright and Synchromysticism" in 2012. I've been writing about Fayette County for decades.

High strangeness in Fayette County, Pennsylvania is a long documented reality. (See here.) In 1978, my and Jerry Clark's Creatures of the Outer Edge dealt with the bizarre Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, case involving Bigfoot and globes of light and more. It is a different kind of county.

Anyone familiar with my writings, as well as Jim Brandon's, know I put stock in the Fayette Factor as a lens to Fortean weirdness awareness.

Watch Invasion of Chestnut Ridge with a view to looking deeper than any cryptozoologist or ufologist ever did. You may see things never observed before, synchromystically speaking, through your 2017 eyes.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Antioch Again: Church Shooting 2017

There's been a church shooting in Antioch.

The shooter was wearing a clown mask, according to some, or a "a neoprene ski mask," in another report. A 911 caller said it was a "clown mask." Police said rumors the gunman was wearing a clown mask do not appear to be true; the mask was “more like what you would see on a skier.”

At least one person, a woman, was killed and seven others have been injured at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ shooting in Antioch, Tennessee. The shooter shot himself and is being treated at the hospital. Another person was pistol whipped and has been taken to the hospital.

All of the wounded have been taken to area hospitals, the fire department says. The majority are older adults. "All of the wounded except for one is over the age of 60," the Nashville Fire Department said.

The suspect, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, immigrated from Sudan two decades ago, police said. He's suspected of bringing two pistols and a mask to the predominantly white Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, southeast of Nashville, before opening fire just after 11 a.m.

The church, which has a weekly service at 10 a.m., is located at 3890 Pin Hook Road.

It is not clear what kind of mask he wore. All kinds of "neoprene" masks exist.

The shooting in Rockford, Washington State, on September 13, 2017, at the Freedom High School was allegedly done by Caleb Sharpe, who portrayed himself on Facebook as The Joker.


It will be recalled that church shootings left ten injured in one bloody weekend in July 2008, in Toronto and Tennessee. See here.

Antioch has come to the fore in past incidents.

On Monday, March 28, 2016, at about 2:39 p.m. ET, an armed man was fired upon by U.S. Capitol Police when he arrived at the Capitol Visitor Center carrying a weapon, which reportedly discharged, wounding one female bystander. That female civilian was injured by shrapnel. No U.S. Capitol Police officers were injured, despite early reports they were. The suspect has been identified as Larry Russell Dawson from Antioch, Tennessee, who called himself a pastor but who was identified at the time as a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

Antioch, Tennessee was the site of a predicted theater incident that occurred on August 5, 2015, exactly two weeks after a shooting at a showing of Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana.

[Please recall that the Lafayette shooter shares the same middle name as the D.C. suspect. The Capitol gunmen is allegedly Larry Russell Dawson. Lafayette's was John Russell Houser. Origin of the name Russell is from the transferred use of the surname derived from the Old French roussell (red-haired), from rous (red). The name, which arose as a nickname for someone with red hair, or even "little red one," was brought to England by the Normans.]

The Antioch hatchet attack and air pistol shooting resulted in the death of the attacker, Vincente David Montano, and the injury of three patrons of the theater.

The 2015 event took place at the Carmike Hickory 8 Cinema in Antioch, Tennessee, around 1:15 p.m. The gunman at the Hickory Hollow Cinema, Montano was allegedly armed with a hatchet, pepper spray, an Airsoft gun, and a fake bomb. He reportedly was wearing a surgical mask. He was shot dead by a SWAT team as he exited through the theater's rear door. The Carmike Hickory 8 Cinema and Hickory Hollow Cinema are references to Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson. See more here.

The movie playing at the Carmike Hickory 8 Cinema was Mad Max: Fury Road. The Dark Knight Rises' Bane (Tom Hardy) plays Mad Max's Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy).


Antioch is a community in southeast Nashville, Tennessee.

The community takes its name from Antioch, Turkey, an ancient city in Anatolia. As recently as the 1960s Antioch was a small community catering to the needs of area farmers with amenities such as a feed mill. Adjacent to Bakertown (a similar small community) it was located on the banks of Mill Creek, a minor tributary of the Cumberland River that rises near Nolensville, several miles to the southeast. This area has become less important over time as zoning restrictions forbidding further development on a floodplain have limited the construction of more businesses in this area, which had started to become congested.

Antioch on the Orontes was an ancient Greek city on the eastern side of the Orontes River. Its ruins lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey, and lends the modern city its name.

Founded near the end of the 4th century BC by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. This and more historical notes can be found via the summary on Wikipedia.

Especially noteworthy is that Seleucus founded Antioch on a site chosen through ritual means. An eagle, the bird of Zeus, had been given a piece of sacrificial meat and the city was founded on the site to which the eagle carried the offering. Seleucus did this on the 22nd day of the month of Artemisios in the twelfth year of his reign (equivalent to May 300 BC). Antioch soon rose above Seleucia Pieria to become the Syrian capital.

Agrippa and Tiberius enlarged the theatre, and Trajan finished their work. Antoninus Pius paved the great east to west artery with granite. A circus, other colonnades and great numbers of baths were built, and new aqueducts to supply them bore the names of Caesars, the finest being the work of Hadrian. The Roman client, King Herod (most likely the great builder Herod the Great), erected a long stoa on the east, and Agrippa (c.63 BC – 12 BC) encouraged the growth of a new suburb south of this.

The Greek hippodrome was the basic model for both the Roman stadium and the Roman circus. It will be recalled that the term "stadium seating" comes from the Ancient Greek "circuses" (like Antioch) and evolved into theater seating (like in modern movie theaters and sports stadiums).

Correspondent Travis Vaughn made the observation that in 256, Antioch was suddenly raided by the Persians, who slew many in the theatre.

Outside Antioch, Greece, on October 22, 362, a mysterious fire destroyed the Temple of Apollo at Daphne.

There have been other modern incidents of violence at Antiochs. See here.