Sunday, September 30, 2012

Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI) on Possessions

Friday, September 28, 2012

Mystery of Britain’s 'Franken-mummies’

Two 3,000-year-old human skeletons dug up in the Outer Hebrides have been found to be a jigsaw of at least six different people who died hundreds of years apart.

The skeletons were unearthed in 2001 while Professor Parker Pearson as examining the remains of buildings at a site called Cladh Hallan in a sand quarry in South Uist
 
The skeletons were unearthed in 2001 while Professor Parker Pearson as examining the remains of buildings at a site called Cladh Hallan in a sand quarry in South Uist 
It is one of Britain’s most intriguing archeological mysteries.
When two almost perfectly preserved 3,000-year-old human skeletons were dug up on a remote Scottish island, they were the first evidence that ancient Britons preserved their dead using mummification.
The scientists who uncovered the bodies also found clues that one of them – a man buried in a crouching position – was not a single individual, but had in fact been assembled from the body parts of several different people.
The discovery began a 10-year investigation into what had led the bronze-age islanders to this strange fate.
Now, a new study using the latest in DNA technology has found that the two skeletons together comprise the remains of at least six different individuals, who died several hundred years apart.
The researchers now believe that large extended families, living under one roof, may have shared their homes with the mummified remains of their dead ancestors, before deliberately putting the bodies together to look like single corpses – possibly in an attempt to demonstrate the uniting of different families.
Professor Mike Parker Pearson, an archaeologist at University College London who led the research, said: “It looks like these individuals had been cut up and put back together to look like one person.”
He said the mixing of the body parts could have been due to “misfortune or carelessness”, but added: “The merging of their identities may have been a deliberate act, perhaps designed to amalgamate different ancestries into a single lineage.”

The skeletons were unearthed in 2001 while Professor Parker Pearson, who was then working at Sheffield University, was examining the remains of buildings at a site called Cladh Hallan in a sand quarry in South Uist.

The site had been a bronze-age settlement which was inhabited for well over 1,000 years.

While digging out the foundations of one of the houses, the archaeologists found the skeletons of an adult man and a woman they believed to be aged around 40.

Dating of the two skeletons showed they appeared to be over 3,000 years old and predated the house they were buried under by several hundred years.

Both had been buried in a crouched position on their sides and from the way the bones remained connected, it appeared they had been carefully preserved.

Analysis of the bones indicated that the bodies had started to rot after death but the decay was abruptly halted.

The mineral content of the bones suggests they were placed in an acidic peat bog, which helped to preserve them in a primitive form of mummification before they were removed and kept above ground, the researchers claim.

Before the discovery, mummification at that time in history was thought to have been restricted to Egypt and South America.

Carbon dating of the bones in the male skeleton revealed while the jaw came from someone who had died around 1440BC-1260BC, the rest of the skull came from a man who died some 100 years earlier, and the remainder of the body from someone who died 500 years before that.

In a new study, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, the researchers used DNA testing to examine the female skeleton, which carbon dating suggested had belonged to a woman who died between 1300 BC and 1130 BC.

By examining genetic material known as mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down only by females, the researchers found the jaw bone, a leg bone and an arm bone all came from different individuals.
Other body parts could have come from other individuals too, but it was impossible to obtain suitable DNA to analyse. The testing did suggest, however, that skull could have belonged to a relative or the same individual as the arm.

Physical analysis of the 'female’ skeleton has also suggested the jaw and skull in fact belonged to a male.
From its position, the researchers believe the body had been wrapped up tightly and kept above ground for several hundred years before it was finally buried. Shortly after death, two of its teeth were removed with one placed in each hand.

Exactly what happened to these people after their death and why they were finally buried in this way remains a mystery, but the scientists are continuing to unpick what happened.

Professor Pearson said it appeared the crude mummification process had allowed the bodies to survive the wet and wild Scottish climate for several hundred years before the soft tissue gradually began to degrade after they were buried.

In around 1000 BC, seven houses were built in a terrace, with the two mummies, which were then hundreds of years old, buried beneath one of the homes.

Less well preserved human remains were also found under some of the other houses and many had offerings of bronze artefacts found with them.

The inhabitants of the buildings appear to have been largely self-sufficient, using clay moulds to cast bronze swords, spears and ornaments. The remains of cattle bones suggests they kept livestock and may have grown barley for food.

Analysis of the bones suggest they ate very little seafood despite living on an island, instead growing their food on the low lying grassy plain next to the houses.

The building where the two mummified skeletons were found may have even become a “house of the dead” with priest-like people living there, professor Pearson believes.

He added: “Having six preserved body parts to hand indicates there was sufficient space in which to store them for some time prior to their reassembly.

“This raises the possibility that these dead either shared accommodation with the living or were kept in separate, as yet unidentified, 'mummy houses’ which were warm and dry enough to inhibit soft tissue decay.”

 Source :
 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/9559815/Mystery-of-Britains-Franken-mummies.html


Three Yeti sightings reported in Siberia

Source :
http://siberiantimes.com/weird-and-wonderful/news-and-features/news/three-separate-sightings-of-yetis-in-siberia-ahead-of-new-expedition-to-find-the-abominable-snowman/

Yetis have been 'sighted' recently in three different remote areas in Kemerovo region, according to local reports.

A bear, a dog, a Yeti or an old woman's hair - will there finally be a DNA test of last year's finding in Azasskaya Cave? Picture: The Siberian TImes

One was spotted this month by an unnamed state inspector in the Shorsky National Park, says local government official Sergei Adlyakov.

'The creature did not look like a bear and quickly disappeared after breaking some branches of the bushes,' he was quoted as saying.

This case was in Tashtagolski district, close to the border with Khakassia, it was claimed.

It was highlighted by Trud newspaper but when The Siberian Times asked Adlyakov for more details, he said the sighting was 'private information' and he had not intended that the 'sighting' was made public.

The same official has claimed to be aware of yeti sightings in previous years.

Earlier in August, fisherman Vitaly Vershinin saw two creatures near Myski village, according to a local Siberian newspaper.

'Sailing up the river I saw on the bank what I thought were two bears,' he said. 'They were drinking water.
'When they noticed me, they easily stood straight upright and went away... I did not wish to chase them.'

yeti in siberia

Yeti in Siberia

Fisherman Vitaly Vershinin shows Russian Vesti TV crew where he saw the 'creature'; below - GV of the river by Myski village

In common with other sightings of supposed yetis, they are distinguished from bears - which are common in these areas - by running upright on two legs.

In a separate account, the fisherman took a Vesti TV crew back to the spot where he allegedly saw the yetis.
'We shouted to them - do you need help?', he said, initially thinking the creatures were humans. And they just rushed away, all in fur, walking on two legs, making way through the bushes with two other limbs, straight up the hill, right there,' he added, pointing.

'What did we think? It could not be bears, as the bear walks on all-fours, and they ran on two.... so then they were gone.'

It was reported that several days after this sighting 'local people saw a strange creature one more time'.

Yeti
Finding a footprint and a hair - Russian TV shows footage from 2011 expedition to Azasskaya Cave in Kemerovo region

Officials in Kuzbass, Kemerovo region, told of another alleged sighting.'We were sailing in a boat without an engine. On the rock above the Mras-Su River we saw some tall animals looking like people,' said locals who have not been named.

'Our binoculars were broken and did not let us see them sharply. We waved at the animals but they did not respond, then quickly ran back into the forest, walking on two legs.'

He stressed: 'We realised that they were not in dark clothes but covered by dark fur. They did walk like people.'

Russia's leading 'yeti expert' Igor Burtsev, head of the International Centre of Hominology, said he believes the supposed Myski sighting to be 'significant' though was unaware of the later National Shorsky Park case.
Russia is to host a conference and expedition in search of the yeti next month, he said. In a similar hunt last year, Burtsev claimed that a team of international experts discovered samples of yeti hair. No DNA analysis has been released of the hair though it is understood tests are being undertaken.

yeti in siberia
Igor Burtsev, pictured during 2011 Yeti hunt in Kemerovo region. Picture: The Siberian Times 
'We plan a scientific conference on the yeti in October,' Burtsev said. 

'We shall explore new areas, to the north from the usual places yetis have been seen previously. The conference will start in Moscow and then we will travel with our guests to Kemerovo region.'
The exact location of the yeti-hunt in Kemerovo region is not known.

'The conference and a following expedition is organised by the administration of Kemerovo region. We are glad that local authorities support our work', he said. 'Yetis are seen in many places of Russia but here in Kuzbass we are given a chance to explore this properly'.

Burtsev claims the creature - also known as Bigfoot and Sasquatch - is a missing link between Neanderthal man and modern human beings.

Mainstream scientists say the creatures are entirely mythical and point out no remains have been found of them despite alleged 'sightings'.

Footage of yetis often turns out to be fake, they add. Burtsev has previously claimed  a population of around 30 yetis are living in Kemerovo region.

'We have good evidence of the yeti living in our region, and we have heard convincing details from experts elsewhere in Russia and in the US and Canada,' he said. 'The description of the habits of the Abominable Snowmen are similar from all over the world'.

Three separate 'sightings of yetis' in Siberia ahead of new expedition to find the 'abominable snowman'

Does this image show the ghosts of WWII prisoners on their death march?

Does this image show the ghosts of WWII prisoners on their death march? Former Army Officer takes haunting image along route they took

  • Images of ghostly skeletons on Borneo jungle track caught on film
  • 2,400 Australian and British PoWs marched 160 mile by Japanese, but only six survived
  • Men died of exhaustion, starvation, beatings or bayoneted

When Major John Tulloch retraced the steps of Allied prisoners of war and their infamous 'death march' from 1945, he thought his photographs would bare only a vague resemblance to the tortuous route PoWs took 70 years ago.

The retired army officer had revisited the muddy track in Borneo where thousands of World War Two PoWs trudged to their deaths, only to be given a shocking surprise when he looked back at his images.

Maj Tulloch studied his pictures and found what appeared to be hunched, skeletal ghostly figures marching across his photograph, almost exactly in line with the path they took seven decades ago.

Apparition: Has Major captured the spirits of long dead PoWs on a notorious death march 67 years ago?
Apparition: Has Major captured the spirits of long dead PoWs on a notorious death march 67 years ago?

The haunting image evokes strong memories of the desperate 'death march' made by Allied prisoners of war.


Some 2,400 World War II PoWs died in the horrific Sandakan Death Marches in 1945 to avoid them being liberated as Japan was forced on the retreat.

Severely malnourished and barefoot, they were forced by brutal Japanese captors to walk 160 miles in sweltering heat for a month.

Maj Tulloch took the picture from the window of a 4x4 vehicle while driving along the 'death march' route in 2010.

It is thought the astonishing photographic illusion was caused by a the reflection of a patterned towel which was on the dashboard of the vehicle as he took the image.

Surrendered: 67,000 PoWs also forced into notorious Bataan Death March, the Philippines in April 1942
Surrendered: 67,000 PoWs also forced into notorious Bataan Death March in the Philippines, April 1942

Maj Tulloch said he took the picture in 2010 when he did a recce of the route ahead of a

March of Remembrance and the unveiling of a memorial to the 400 members of the Royal Artillery who died.

Men who collapsed through exhaustion were left to die or were killed by being shot, bayoneted or beheaded.
 
Only six men survived the three marches from Sandakan to Ranau and that was because they managed to escape.

It was the single greatest atrocity against Australian troops.

Rest Point: Exhausted PoWs get respite along the Bataan Death March watched by merciless Japanese guards
Rest Point: Exhausted PoWs get respite along the Bataan Death March watched by merciless Japanese guards
Cruelty: Over 11,000 Allied prisoners died or were killed on the way by guards
Cruelty: Over 11,000 Allied prisoners died or were killed on the way by guards
Maj Tulloch, 66, said: 'We were driving along the same track as that taken by the death march and I was clicking away on my camera, I took about 200-odd digital photographs.

'I went through the pictures on a computer screen later and didn’t see it the first time round. I went back over them again and I just suddenly thought "what the hell...?"

'I looked at the photo again and went very cold indeed. What I saw were the shapes of 17 or 18 ghostly figures coming out of the jungle and walking down the track going to Ranau which you can see in the far distance.

'It took me a few moments to work out how it had occurred but it was too weird for words. I showed it to several people and they said it is quite extraordinary, some even refused to look at it because it was so haunting.

'While my guide drove along he put a towel on the dashboard. The towel had a pattern on it and that reflected through the windscreen. I have called it reflections of a death march.'

Maj Tulloch is now an instructor in jungle warfare for the Royal Artillery.

At Bayonet point: Japanese troops guard American and Filipino prisoners in Bataan in the Philippines after their capture on 9th April 1942.
At Bayonet point: Japanese troops guard American and Filipino prisoners in Bataan in the Philippines after their capture on 9th April 1942.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Extraterrestrial Mummy Found In Egypt


Source :
http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2012/09/extraterrestrial-mummy-found-in-egypt-2471304.html

The body of a perfectly preserved, carefully mummified an alien was found buried in an ancient pyramid. A mysterious creature from between 150 and 160 centimeters was found by an archaeologist near Lahun when exploring a small pyramid near the Dynasty doceaba of Senusret II.

However, this fact was not revealed immediately. “The mummy of what appears to be an 
alien, dates back more than 2000 years and it seems it would be a humanoid” said a source at the Egyptian Antiquities Department, who provided details and photographs of the find but did so under condition anonymity. “

These remains like an alien strangers have created much controversy in the world.
Some online sources said that this is a species-being for its fur and reptilian traits that characterize them, such as their eyes, too large and oval shaped. Inscriptions on the tomb of the mummy showed that the king was a counselor named Osirunet, meaning star or sent from heaven. ” The mummified body was buried with great respect and care, accompanied by a number of strange objects far from the archaeological museum managers can not identify.

According to Egyptian sources, the alien mummy was discovered by Dr. Viktor Lubek, Czechoslovakian citizen and retired professor of the University of Pennsylvania. Archaeologist located the hidden compartment while conducting an investigation into a small pyramid south of the main pyramid, Senusret II, which contains the queen of the pharaoh. At the site also found some gold and clay mixtures covering the body, and traces of cloth linen like appearance, the skin covering the enigmatic being.

Objects containing the tomb include artifacts made of a synthetic type resist that nobody could identify. No one has found similar elements in other Egyptian tombs, so the discovery would greatly importanca for current archeology.

The anonymous messenger which has obtained the information, also said that the discovery has caused great consternation among Egyptian officials, who want to keep it hidden until a plausible explanation for the strange mummy. The government has consulted a number of respected archaeologists, but to date none can explain the finding in ordinary terms.

“The truth is, that every expert who has seen the mummy have concluded that it is not of earthly origin,” said the source. “There is a sense that this is an alien who somehow ended up advising an Egyptian king.” But everyone in the government is moving away from that conclusion that would support the new ideas that the ancient Egyptians had help from aliens in building their extraordinary civilization. “The Egyptians refuse to believe that their heritage came from outer space.”
What do you think?  Is this a mummified remains of an ET?  -Mort
 
 
 
(Mummified remains of an ET reportedly found in Peru)
 
 
 
 
 

Secrets of the squid from Hell revealed


A 1911 illustration of the vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) by German marine biologist Carl Chun.
Credit: Wikimedia / Carl Chun
Vampire squid
PARIS: The secret life of a mysterious creature that feeds on the decaying dead in the unlit depths of the ocean has been revealed.

The squid is so weird that it is known as a ‘phylogenetic relic’. It has the honour of occupying a taxonomic category all of its own, combining features of octopuses and squids in a unique evolutionary formula that has survived for millions of years.

Writing in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a pair of scientists in California report on 30 years of chance encounters with vampire squids by robot submarine explorers, laboratory experiments and dissections.

Lone species
Vampyroteuthis infernalis – the ‘Squid from Hell’ – is the only species in the order Vampyromorpha, where it was placed in 1903.

The 13-centimetre (five-inch) cephalopod lives in temperate and tropical oceans, inhabiting waters at depths between roughly 600 and 900 metres (2,000–3,000 feet), a niche habitat where at the lowest levels there is just enough oxygen to support life.

It uses huge 2.5-centimetre (one-inch) eyes to detect the slightest gleam of movement, and deploys dark-blue bioluminescence to cloak its jelly-like body from predators below when it drifts at higher depths.
Unlike its latter-day cousins, the vampire squid does not tuck into living prey, they say.

‘Detritivore’: corpse-eater
Instead, examination of the squid's digestive tract, faeces and regurgitations suggest it is a ‘detritivore’ – it eats the corpses (or what remains of them) of larvae, crustaceans and zooplankton that sink gently to the ocean floor.

A bigger puzzle, though, is a feature of the vampire squid's mouth.

It opens up like a black umbrella, comprising a web that encompasses eight octopus-like arms, studded with suckers and finger-like spines called cirri.

It also has a second pair of arms called retractile filaments that can reach out to lengths that are far bigger than that of the squid itself, and can then be withdrawn into pockets within the web.
Unique to the vampire squid, these sticky filaments were long thought to be sensors to detect living prey and predators.

“Unlike any other cepholapod”
But the evidence says they are used to reach out and snare morsels of food, say Hendrik Joving and Bruce Robison at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

The scraps are then glued together into a little ball using mucus from secretory tissue in the suckers, and then transported to the squid's jaws by the cirri.

“Vampyroteuthis' feeding behaviour is unlike any other cephalopod," the authors said in the study.

"[It] reveals a unique adaptation that allows these animals to spend most of their life at depths where oxygen concentrations are very low, but where predators are few and typical cephalopod food is scarce."

Source :
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/6013/secrets-squid-hell-revealed

SPI on Possessions

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Taiwanese earthworms marry to save earth

Taiwanese activists married 70 "lucky earthworms" have been married off in an elaborate wedding ritual in a bid to raise awareness about the environment and the problem of soil erosion.

Earthworm
Soil erosion is one of Taiwan's main environmental problems. The presence of worms can help the prevention of soil erosion by improving soil structure and drainage Photo: PA
The worms arrived Sunday at Takang Park in Tainan city inside a traditional wedding sedan draped in red cloth to "tie the knot with the soil of the park", Takang Community Development Association said.
"The ceremony was implemented exactly according to traditional Taiwanese customs," said Huang Sen-nan, the leader of the volunteer group.
"We want to raise public awareness about the need to protect the land where we live."
Soil erosion - which can contribute to landslides during typhoons - is one of Taiwan's main environmental problems. The presence of worms can help the prevention of soil erosion by improving soil structure and drainage.

Link :
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9547811/Taiwanese-earthworms-marry-to-save-earth.html

Paranormal power influencing kids to self-immolate?




Indore: A bizarre ghost story is in circulation in a part of old Indore after the parents of a 14-year-old girl, who was found with cent percent burn on Wednesday afternoon , told the police that two mysterious girls had asked their daughter to pour kerosene on self. Their neighoburs are also attesting to the ghost story and claiming that around 20 girls died under similarly mysterious circumstances in the last few years.
Goma Ki Phel and Kazi Ki Chawl, the two downtown localities in Indore, are agog with feverish rumours of paranormal power behind the death of Henna, who succumbed to burns in MY hospital.
Henna's father Abdul Razzaq and brother Feroz were shocked when the dying girl told them that two girls had come to her and asked her to douse with kerosene and accompany them. However, no one saw the mysterious girls entering in or going out of the house before or after the incident. They were also shocked as Henna was absolutely normal and had meal with family before she was found 100% burnt.
Investigating officer sub-inspector Qureshi told us the family members and neighbors stated that Henna had told them she was under influence of some paranormal power who asked her to commit suicide and she followed the order.
The police officer claimed similar incidents occurred in the past too where minor girls committed suicide by immolating inside their houses and they cited the same reason behind the extreme steps.
Vimla Bai, who had taken Henna to hospital, claimed that she too had lost her son Dharmendra in similar grotesque circumstances. He immolated self inside the small house, the woman said. She also claimed before her death Henna told her about two girls who asked her to accompany them.
Two years ago, a minor girl Aatesha, daughter of Atiq, was found with cent percent burns in the house. Atiq had then claimed that barring his daughter all the other items in the house were found intact. Besides, the reason behind her suicide is unclear till date. In her dying declaration Aatesha had also told about some paranormal powers influencing her.
Rafiq Khan, a resident of Kazi Ki Chawl claimed that family members do not get wind about immolation of girls until they burn completely even in a adjacent room. A family after losing a school going daughter had shifted from the locality before Aatesha’s death.


Link :
http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/MP-IND-paranormal-power-influencing-kids-to-self-immolate-3818424-NOR.html

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mysterious cluster of lights spotted above Osaka

Mysterious cluster of lights spotted above Osaka on Aug 30 causes UFO buzz

Mysterious cluster of lights spotted above Osaka on Aug 30 causes UFO buzz
OSAKA —
On the night of Aug30, a cluster of multicolored lights was seen floating in the the sky above Osaka.
Several people reported to Twitter that they saw a group of lights forming a triangular shape and flashing green, red and white in the night sky above Izumi city in Osaka Prefecture.

The sightings caused a commotion on Twitter after one user wrote: “Everyone in Osaka, go outside! There’s a UFO!” prompting others to grab their cameras and snap up photos of mysterious luminous object.
Still, some people were quick to discredit claims that the lights are a UFO, pointing out that traditional sightings report UFOs as being circular in shape.

But this could be some kind of new, low-flying UFO model. And Japan has proved to be a popular UFO destination in the past.

Source: Shokan Sunday
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My Ghost Story Asia (Hauntings of a Trespassed Land)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Ghost pushed us, Larnach Castle tourist claims

Ghostly sightings may have left Cumberland College students spooked, but now a tourist has reported being bullied by a ghost at Larnach Castle.

Sightings of the ghost known as the "Grey Lady" at the college earlier this month have sparked a media frenzy, says the author of a soon-to-be-published book about Dunedin's haunted spots.

HairRaiser Tours owner Andrew Smith said well-known spots included Larnach Castle, the Fortune Theatre, Stafford Gables and a specific area around Moray Pl.

The college was in "lock-down" when he visited with other media yesterday.
Students and staff were ntsawere spooked by the latest sightings, he said.
Deborah Price.
Deborah Price.
"Whether or not the students have known the history and they have talked themselves into believing something - that could be a possibility ... but they are genuinely freaked out."

A University of Otago spokesman said the university "does not intend to make any further comment relating to this matter".

Deborah Price, of Larnach Castle, said reports of ghosts were not uncommon at the castle, which featured on the United States television show Ghost Hunters International several years ago.

While attempting to debunk claims of supernatural activity, the crew reportedly filmed what looked like a ghost in the ballroom.

A visitor emailed management after an incident at the Otago Peninsula attraction on Sunday.
The man said he was standing in the music room with his wife, when "something came in between us and pushed us".

Andrew Smith.
Andrew Smith.
"We stayed where we were and it happened a second time. Then my wife moved and I stayed in the same spot, wondering if it would happen again and it did, but this time the wall unit next to me started a slight creaking rocking at the same time."

The couple also reported being unable to breathe in one of the bedrooms and "it felt like something was suffocating us", he wrote.

"The ghost thing can put people off ... It is a double-edged sword and you don't want people not to come," Mrs Price said.

Despite that, the castle would hold a special ghost evening on the shortest day, to capitalise on the interest, she said.
hamish.mcneilly@odt.co.nz

Saudi ghost-hunters raid "haunted" hospital

IYADH | Wed May 30, 2012 12:31pm BST

(Reuters) - The dingy corridors and gloomy wards of a long-abandoned Saudi Arabian hospital have drawn hundreds of amateur ghost hunters who believe it to be haunted by jinn, the malevolent spirits of the Koran and Arabian mythology.

The macabre fascination with Riyadh's Irqa Hospital, which treated Gulf War combatants in 1991, began with tweeted rumours and escalated to the point where hundreds of youths broke into the grounds, smashing windows and starting fires.

"Teenagers sent text messages calling for an operation against some of the jinn who live in the hospital, and they broke into the hospital and smashed its facilities and burned 60 percent of it," Okaz newspaper reported last week.


The rampage prompted angry press complaints the authorities were allowing the building to fall into disrepair.
Several films have since been posted on YouTube showing grinning young men exploring the building's deserted rooms in search of evidence of spectral activity.

One showed blazing palm trees that had been torched by the ghost hunters.

Jinn fever reached the point where the Health Ministry issued a terse statement on Monday disclaiming responsibility for the decaying building, which it said was privately owned and too decrepit to be revived as a working hospital.

A columnist in the English-language Saudi Gazette daily on Tuesday recommended that authorities form "a committee for the jinn" to help the owners of possessed houses.

"It would be no understatement to say we are sick and tired of evil sorcerers," said the article.

Belief in jinn is enshrined in Muslim cosmology, with numerous mentions of them in the Koran.

Unlike in the Western tradition of ghosts, jinn are not the lost souls of the dead but beings who lead parallel lives to humans, whom they sometimes tempt into sinful ways.

(Reporting by Angus McDowall; editing by Andrew Roche)

Brother of Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett angry at paranormal group's 'spade' claim

The brother of Moors murder victim Keith Bennett says he is ‘offended and angered’ by claims from a group of paranormal investigators that they may have found killer Ian Brady’s spade.

The spade, which has no handle, was reportedly discovered on Saddleworth Moor by members of the Worsley Paranormal Group, which has been searching for Keith’s remains.

They claimed to have found it at a spot where they believe Keith is buried.

But Keith’s brother Alan Bennett said on an internet forum dedicated to finding Keith’s remains: "This is complete nonsense as is the Worsley Paranormal Group’s theories and activities.

"They are to be found all over the internet chasing anybody who they think will listen to them.

"They also post videos claiming to have picked up Keith on a ‘ghost box’ machine, all of which I find totally disgusting.

"They know my thoughts on their ‘findings’ and when they realised, finally, that I could not take them seriously, they got very angry to the point of being abusive.

"It seems now they, just like the other ‘oddballs’ in the news lately, have gone to a newspaper.

"They have seen their moment to jump on the bandwagon with all the recent publicity about the case.

"This is just another of several spades that have been found on the moor. It is not near any real area of interest to anybody but themselves. I have spoken about these people with the police and we all agreed their ‘evidence’ was of the sort that did not warrant further consideration – to put it mildly. I am and will continue to be offended and angered by these people." Keith’s mother Winnie Johnson, who died last month, fought a long campaign to get Brady to reveal the location of her son’s body.

A senior lecturer in forensic analytical science at the University of Manchester has examined the spade but said he had been unable to discover its origin as it was ‘very corroded’.

Mr Bennett added: "This ‘find’ is of no help to us. A spade may well have been found again, but it does not tie in with any of the other information or evidence we have relating to Keith. Their need for publicity and their desperation to get anyone to listen to them is evident from their pursuit of various individuals, usually as uninformed or as crass as themselves, on the internet."

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