Aug 12 2017

Mystery Oversized Moth-like Creature Reported in Pennsylvania

Mystery Oversized Moth-like Creature Reported in Pennsylvania

From Stan Gordon

sketch used with permission of the observers

sketch used with permission of the observers

During 2017, there have been a variety of cryptid reports from across Pennsylvania. Among those incidents that have reportedly occurred were encounters with Bigfoot, black panthers, thunderbirds, and other odd creatures.

The areas around the Allegheny National Forest located in the Northwestern part of Pennsylvania, has had a long history of reports of UFOs, Bigfoot, and other mysterious events. On July 8, 2017, a couple who lives near the forest area encountered something that has them baffled. It was about 9 a.m. that day when the wife went outside to the deck located on the back of their country home. On a post the woman noticed what looked to be an oversized moth that was resting on a 6×6 vertical post.

The moth looked to be about 11 inches long and about 5½ inches wide in the area that was described as the shoulders. The overall shape gave the impression of looking like an hour glass figure. They also noticed that there were either two antennas or pointed ears located around the top of the head area that appeared to be about one inch in length. The head appeared to be tucked inside the body while it was resting. The observers estimated that the wingspan would have been around 15 inches when open.

The wife called her husband out to also observer the creature. The wife thought that the creature was beautiful, and that the color was a pale green iridescent on the outer part of the wings and a cream color skin texture in the middle. The man said he was amazed at what he saw and had never seen anything like it before. They said the best way to described it was “like an overgrown moth.”

They continued to watch the winged creature that appeared to be sleeping. His wife then touched the creature which she said felt smooth. The wings actually felt skin-like, not like feathers or fuzz. The witnesses could not see through the wings. The creature did not move when touched. The woman also noticed that there was no powdery material on her hands that you generally get from coming in contact with the wings of a moth.

The couple had to leave the house for a while. Before they left however his wife went into the house to get a camera to take a picture of the strange winged visitor. The woman stood about a foot away from the creature and turned on the power switch but the camera would not turn on. The camera had always worked well so they replaced the batteries. The camera still it would not turn on. The next day they tried the camera again and it powered up as normal and worked fine.

When the couple was walking to their car they noticed a second similar winged creature resting on the outside wall of their home about 10 feet off the ground. When they returned home a while later, both of the creatures had gone.

The couple has provided a sketch of what they saw. The sketch shows back of the wings and the red area behind it is the 6×6 vertical post that the creature was resting on vertically.

Addendum: It may just be a coincidence that the camera malfunctioned when the woman attempted to photograph the odd looking winged creature. Many years ago I began to notice some cases where photographic equipment malfunctioned when a person attempted to take a picture of a UFO or other phenomena. In more recent years this has been reported in some significant UFO encounters in the state. This phenomena has also been reported by others involved in various paranormal research as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 01 2017

A Wish For Giants- Movie Trailer To Premier at the 5th Annual Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania Conference

A Wish For Giants- Movie Trailer To Premier at the 5th Annual Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania Conference in Johnstown, PA.

Announcing The Premiere Showing of the trailer for the Upcoming Film- A Wish For Giants

A family oriented movie that was filmed in Pennsylvania. The story is based on the novel by Kittanning author Aaron Dunbar, about a young girl with a life threatening illness. Her special wish is to find Bigfoot. Stan will have a small role in the film. The trailer will be shown during the 5th Annual Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania conference on August 5, 2017 in Johnstown, PA. Author and Producer Aaron Dunbar will be attending the event. http://www.awishforgiants.com/

Where: 5th Annual Strange Encounters of Pennsylvania Conference

August 5, 2017-9:00 AM-8 PM

East Taylor Fire Hall, 403 Donruth Lane, Johnstown, PA

Information: 814-241-6123 or 814-254-514

Jul 20 2017

Did You See Anything Strange in the sky during the 2017 Westmoreland County (PA) Air Show?

Did You See Anything Strange in the sky during the 2017 Westmoreland County (PA) Air Show?

From Researcher: Stan Gordon

Screen capture from video used with permission of the witness

Screen capture from video used with permission of the witness

The fantastic 2017 Westmoreland County (PA) Air Show took place on June 24-25th at the Arnold Palmer Airport located in Latrobe. A few days later, I was contacted and shown a short video taken on Sunday afternoon during the airshow when the Blue Angels were doing their amazing demonstration. The witness had gone to the area to see the performance of the F-18 Hornets and was positioned near Whitney, just a short distance from the airport.

The witness video taped the F-18 demonstration and later went home to review what he had recorded. He recalled that four of the Blue Angels had flown over his head and he followed them until they went out of sight. He then focused on a single F-18 moving in the opposite direction. As he watched the video,

Something odd appeared that he did not see when he was recording the event. A short segment of the video footage shows a dark object in the vicinity of the single aircraft.

The device used to take the video was a trac phone with low resolution. The video and photo still captures from it were examined by researcher Jim Brown who has had a lot of experience working with photo analysis of other alleged UFO and Paranormal photos and videos.  http://www.jimsdestinations.com/

As determined in Jim’s report, the most likely explanation is that the object is some type of balloon. It is my understanding however that the airspace around the airport was restricted during the time that the airshow was active, and no aircraft or other devices should have been in the vicinity.

I would be interested to know if anyone else attending the airshow observed, photographed, or video taped anything unusual in the area that weekend. I can be contacted at 724-838-7768 or via email at: paufo@comcast.net.

photo enhancments of object from Jim Brown analysis. Used with permission of witness and Jim Brown

Photo enhancements of object from Jim Brown analysis. Used with permission of witness and Jim Brown

The following is Jim Brown’s Report:

Analysis of Video of Unknown Airshow Object

 

The video was received as an MP4. It shows a plane passing in front of a

cloud. Near the plane is an unknown object that appears to fade into the

cloud as the plane passes. The object does not change position relative to

the cloud while the image follows the plane across the cloud.  Resolution

is low; no definitive detail can be observed in the original video clip.

 

A camera anomaly (dead pixels, etc.) can be ruled out since the object

follows the cloud as the camera is shifted.  This also applies to lens

flare as the object remains stationary with respect to the background even

as the camera pans across the cloud.

 

In an attempt to resolve detail I first applied an enlargement to three

screen (frame) captures.  This was done using the Weimer method to

minimize pixelization.  The detail appears to shift slightly, the first

image shows a darker area at the bottom of the object while later images

lose this effect becoming more uniform in nature.  Since resolution is low

this effect may be due to relative position of the object as it hits each

frame.  MP4 Compression of the image may account for the effect adjacent

pixels have on the image.

 

The triangular effect seen in the first screen capture is a result of the

low resolution.  This is common when pixels are triggered by surrounding

ones.  One can also see this effect when viewing the video and noting how

the object appears to change shape from frame to frame as it approaches

those adjacent pixels.

 

I also did a multi-frame overlay using a pixel weight scan in an attempt

to compensate for the low resolution issue.  The numeric value of each

pixel in the field containing the object was overlaid and averaged.  Nine

frames were used in this operation.  The result indicated a pattern that

would apply to a spherical shape, although no detail was resolved.  The

lower center of the sphere appears darker than the upper portion by 30%.

This would match what would expected based on an object in that position

illuminated by overhead sunlight. Coloration was neutral; the object appears to

be very dark or black based on pixel weighted values.

 

Conclusions based solely on the visual appearances in the video are

speculative at best.  The pattern matches what would be expected if the

object was a small balloon, although due to the airshow in progress

airspace was restricted.  Whether this is a possibility would need to be

verified by air traffic control at the show.

 

Jim Brown

Independent Research Associate

http://www.jimsdestinations.com/

 

Jul 03 2017

Mysterious Smoke Ring over Greensburg, PA? (June 28, 2017)

Mysterious Smoke Ring over Greensburg, PA? (June 28, 2017)

Smoke Ring over Greensburg, PA 2017 copyright Stan Gordon

Smoke Ring over Greensburg, PA
2017 copyright-Stan Gordon

 In past years residents of the state have reported on strange smoke rings that have been spotted at times. There are generally explanations for many of these cases. There is also an explanation for the large ring of smoke seen over Greensburg, PA on the evening of June 28, 2017. About 7:45 PM, a small aircraft was circling over the area, and emitted a black smoke trail that created the smoke ring. It was odd looking but there was an easy explanation.

 

Jun 05 2017

Invasion On Chestnut Ridge -Tentative Release date: October 20, 2017

Official trailer for “Invasion on Chestnut Ridge” released July 17, 2017 by Small Town Monsters

https://youtu.be/IUHc2eKiJ9Y

IOCRInvasion On Chestnut Ridge

Tentative Release date: October 20, 2017

http://www.smalltownmonsters.com/

https://www.facebook.com/smltownmonsters

 

Tom Ankney with the Small Town Monsters crew tells his story for the first time about seeing a UFO hovering over the Chestnut Ridge.

Tom Ankney with the Small Town Monsters crew tells his story for the first time about seeing a UFO hovering over the Chestnut Ridge.

A section of the Chestnut Ridge near Derry, PA where many Bigfoot encounters have been reported.

A section of the Chestnut Ridge near Derry, PA where many Bigfoot encounters have been reported.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seth Breedlove, filmmaker and Director, and the Small Town Monsters production crew recently visited southwestern Pennsylvania. They were taking footage and doing interviews with various witnesses about the strange occurrences that have been taking place for many years on and around the Chestnut Ridge that extends through Westmoreland, Fayette and Indiana counties in this area. Stan will be appearing in this new documentary sharing some of his personal investigations.

Stan with the film crew at Kecksburg.

Stan with filmmaker Seth Breedlove at Kecksburg.

There has been a long history of UFO sightings, encounters with Bigfoot and other cryptids, as well as many other anomalies reported through this area. The crew will cover many eyewitness accounts covering subjects from Kecksburg to some very strange UFO and cryptid encounters. Look for the release of “Invasion on Chestnut Ridge” around October 20, 2017.

 

 

 

 

Jun 05 2017

A Wish For Giants-Coming to the Big Screen in 2018 (or sooner)

 

Stan (left) with Aaron Dunbar, author and producer and Alexa Mechling appearing as Roxie Madison in the film.

Stan (left) with Aaron Dunbar, author and producer and Alexa Mechling appearing as Roxie Madison in the film.

A Wish For Giants-Coming to the Big Screen in 2018 (or sooner)

http://www.awishforgiants.com/

A family oriented movie that was filmed in Pennsylvania. The story is based on the novel by Kittanning author Aaron Dunbar, about a young girl with a life threatening illness. Her special wish is to find Bigfoot. Stan will have a small role in the film.

May 17 2017

Cryptid Encounters Continue in Pennsylvania During 2017

Cryptid Encounters Continue in Pennsylvania During 2017

 Strange Screaming Sounds Reported

 In January, strange screams were reported from the Derry side of the Chestnut Ridge as well as from a heavily wooded area of Schykill County. The sounds reported were both very similar in that they were high pitched and siren-like, and they continued on for a prolonged period.

I have been receiving reports of some Bigfoot encounters that have reportedly taken place in Southwestern Pennsylvania this year. I am trying to obtain more details on these possible encounters. I am also receiving other unreported encounters with some odd creatures that have taken place in recent years.

 Strange Animal reported Near Latrobe, PA

In February of 2017, two people were driving down a rural road near Latrobe, PA when a unusual animal was noticed ahead of them. The incident occurred around 2 AM and the observers had a good look at the mystery animal as it moved through a field. Whatever it was it looked to be about the size of a deer and had the build of a greyhound dog. The animal stood about 4 feet tall, was dark brown in color and was thin and graceful in its movement. The creature had no tail but had a long pointy snout. (Note) In the last couple of years I have been receiving other reports of strange dog-like creatures as well.)

 Black Panther Sighting in Crawford County, PA?

In late April of 2017, a witness in a rural area of Crawford County, Pennsylvania observed a strange animal near her pond. The animal had a furry body that looked “as black as black could be.” At that distance, the animal appeared to have a body about three feet long, and the tail length was about the same. The tail hung straight back and curved up at the end. The witness felt that what she saw was a panther.

If you have seen anything unusual in Pennsylvania please contact me at: paufo@comcast.net.

May 10 2017

2017 Kecksburg UFO Festival Conference Speaker Lineup Announced

 

 

Stan Gordon near the mockup of the Kecksburg UFO.

Stan Gordon near the mockup of the Kecksburg UFO.

The 2017 Kecksburg (PA) UFO Festival is being held this year, July 28-30 at the Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department grounds. For more information on the festival and daily events: www.kecksburgvfd.com.

The 2017 Kecksburg UFO Festival Conference scheduled for July 30, 2017 at 1 PM will cover the subjects of UFOs, Bigfoot & Cryptozoology (The study of hidden or unknown animals.) This is the lineup of speakers in the order that they will be appearing.

Stan Gordon, UFO-Bigfoot Researcher & Author-“A look back at some of the best historical local UFO and Bigfoot cases and an update on more recent UFO, Bigfoot and Cryptid Encounters from around the area”

Brian D. Parsons-Author of 5 books, Executive Director of ParaNexus and radio show host-“The Foundation of UFO Research and Investigation”

Colin Schneider-At age 16, Colin is one of the youngest UFO researchers and Cryptozoologists in the country. He is the host of the Crypto-Kid radio show-“Cryptozoology 101”

Ron Murphy-Author of several books, Ron is also a lecturer, radio host, and professional actor, and has investigated the unexplained from Maine to Florida and in the United Kingdom-“Unexplained World of the Chestnut Ridge: A Hike through Western Pennsylvania’s Goblin Universe”

 

 

 

Feb 24 2017

3 Daylight UFO Sightings Reported in Pennsylvania Recently-February 24, 2017

3 Daylight UFO Sightings Reported in Pennsylvania Recently-February 24, 2017

There have been a number of UFO sightings reported in the past few weeks. Some of the reports were observations of the bright Planet Venus in the evening sky. There have been however 3 independent UFO sightings reported during the day in the last week, from various locations in Pennsylvania. I am still gathering more details on these reports. The most recent sighting occurred this afternoon near the Suttersville area. If you have seen anything unusual please contact me at paufo@comcast.net. I will be posting more details on these reports in the near future.

Jan 17 2017

2016 Was Very Busy with UFO Sightings, Bigfoot and Cryptid Encounters across Pennsylvania

 

2016 Was Very Busy with UFO Sightings, Bigfoot and Cryptid Encounters across Pennsylvania

From Researcher: Stan Gordon

 Many Pennsylvanian’s reported encounters of the mysterious kind during 2016.  Witnesses reported strange formations of lights in the sky, and loud booms that shook houses in some areas.  There were also reports of strange footprints, odd animal screams and cries, low level sightings of mysterious objects in the sky, odd field formations, and close range encounters with Bigfoot and other cryptids (creatures whose existence have not been confirmed ) from across the state. Residents reported various paranormal incidents and in some cases, strange lights and images were captured on digital cameras.

Since I began researching and documenting such oddities from across Pennsylvania in 1959 as a curious ten year old boy, many thousands of mysterious incidents have continued to be reported, and such cases occur annually. I began to conduct on scene research in 1965 after the UFO incident occurred near Kecksburg, PA.  During the 57 years that I have been investigating these anomalies, I have never had a personal encounter with a UFO or Bigfoot.

It became apparent to me long ago, that many mysterious encounters, when properly investigated, are found to have a manmade or natural explanation. UFOs quite often are misidentifications of such things as bright stars and planets, meteors, satellites, searchlights, Chinese lanterns and drones. Some Bigfoot sightings were identified as bear, large shaggy dogs, and hunters in camouflage. There are, however, UFO sightings and other strange encounters reported each year that can’t be so easily dismissed.

There were many sightings of UFOs reported statewide throughout the year. Observers reported sightings of spherical, cylindrical and triangular shape objects. There have been an increasing number of sightings in recent years of large solid rectangular objects that have been seen at low level.

Those individuals who have reported such sightings come from all walks of life and age groups. Many are professionals such as police officers, military and commercial pilots, engineers, and educators. The vast majority of witnesses I have interviewed were not seeking any publicity. Many of these people did not believe in the existence of these phenomena until they had their own personal encounter.

I have been taking calls from the public since 1969, and I receive sighting reports on a regular basis via phone and email. Across the country and in Pennsylvania, there are many other researchers and organizations who also receive Pennsylvania sighting reports. Some of those sources include the Keystone Bigfoot Project, The Pennsylvania Cryptozoology Society, The Center for Cryptozoology Studies, Jim Brown of Jim’s Destinations, Lon Strickler of “Phantoms & Monsters,” the National UFO Reporting Center, and the PA Chapter of MUFON. I continue to maintain contact with many sources from across the state and nation.

The following is a synopsis of some of the interesting cases reported during 2016:

 January 1, 2016- A man who was visiting in the area for the holidays, was traveling during the early morning hours between Trafford and Monroeville. The headlights of the car ahead of him struck a figure walking on the side of the road. The man noticed a brown hair covered creature that stood about 6 feet tall. Its arms hung down past the knees and it was walked hunched over. The most prominent feature was that the creature had two glowing red eyes. The witness said it was likely that the other motorists on that road also saw it.

February 4, 2016- Witnesses along Route 30 near Latrobe observed a formation of about 7 red-orange lights moving in the evening sky. Some observers reported that the lights broke formation and moved slowly up over the Chestnut Ridge and higher into the sky where they vanished from sight.

March 2016- The Lower Burrell area in Westmoreland County has had a history of sightings of what some witnesses have reported as “Black Panthers.” An animal sighted in a wooded area in March had an estimated body length with the tail at about 7 feet long. The animal had ears that appeared to be pointed and stood straight up. In September in this same general area, another witness came upon a series of what appear to be 4 inch cat tracks.

A rural road near West Newton, PA, where a witness reported encountering a Bigfoot in 2016. Copyright 2016 Stan Gordon

A rural road near West Newton, PA, where a witness reported encountering a Bigfoot in 2016.
Copyright 2016
Stan Gordon

April 17, 2016- During the evening, a woman was driving on a rural road near West Newton when she noticed ahead of her, a tall dark figure emerge from the right side and move up on the road just as she was approaching the area. She slowed down and looked at a 7 foot tall creature covered with long brownish-red hair. The witness noticed that the arms were very long and skinny, and that the creature had large red eyes that were glowing in the dark. The witness, who had no interest or belief in Bigfoot, became very frightened and left the area very quickly.

May 10, 2016- Two men were riding on a rural road in Fayette County outside of Fairchance. It was a foggy, and rainy evening when this incident took place.  Suddenly, an upright 7 feet tall hair covered creature emerged from the bank on the left side of the road and stopped in the path of the car 20 feet away. The driver slammed on the brakes, while the creature stared at the car with its glowing red eyes.

After a short time of staring at the creature, the driver slowly moved the car forward, and both men felt the car make slight contact with the hairy being. At that point the creature placed its hands on the front of the vehicle, with the bumper against its legs. Soon after, the creature removed its hands from the car and walked into the woods below the road and was not seen again. This area has had a history of other Bigfoot encounters. Researcher Jim Brown investigated this incident.

June 11, 2016- In a rural area near Jeanette, several people observed a series of orange objects that looked similar to meteors. However, they had no tails and were slow moving. While under observation, one object broke apart and separated into two similar objects that moved across the sky in different directions. A similar sighting occurred near Leechburg in Armstrong County on June 16th, where other witnesses reported up to 10 luminous objects in the sky that were blinking orange then white in color. At one point, two of the objects joined together, then separated and moved off in different directions.

September 15, 2016- Witnesses saw what looked like a silver disc in the clear morning sky moving towards the southeast. About 20 seconds after the object was lost from sight, what appeared to be 5 military jets approached and circled over the area. Just three days earlier in Ohio, a witness I had talked with observed a semi-circular object that appeared to be metallic and gray in color. About 20 minutes later he heard the sound of a military jet in the area.

October 16, 2016- During the afternoon, a couple was driving down Route 43 in Fayette County outside of Uniontown. They were approaching the crest of a hill when a black misty smoke cloud appeared above some trees and began to form into a large black rectangular object. The object moved over the two left southbound lanes of the highway. It then quickly moved over the northbound lanes that they were traveling on towards Pittsburgh. As the object nearly cleared those lanes, it suddenly stopped and formed a circular shape that was not as solid as the rectangular object had looked. It quickly reformed back into the rectangular shape and moved back over the southbound lanes of the highway then suddenly just vanished from sight and was not seen again.

Video capture photo of object seen in downtown Pittsburgh in November of 2016. The picture is used with permission of the witness.

screen shot capture photo of the object seen in downtown Pittsburgh in November of 2016.
The picture is used with permission of the witness.

November 8, 2016- Pittsburgh-During the afternoon a man had just left work and was walking to his car in downtown Pittsburgh. He noticed high in the sky what appeared to be a cylinder shaped object that looked as though it was hovering but had some movement to it. The object then seemed to drop from that altitude and smoke appeared to be emitting from the object. As the object fell, it was blocked from view by the parkway.

The man started videotaping as he ran in that direction. The object was blocked from view at its lowest level but the witness saw it for a second over the Monongahela River. The object appeared to descend fast yet almost gliding.

The witness had the opinion that the object was metallic and he noticed some type of triangle near the rear section. The witness believes the object fell into the river. The witness was able to capture some screen shots of the object from the video footage he had taken.

Sketch of triangular object sighted in York County, PA. Sketch used with permission of the witness.

Sketch of triangular object sighted in York County, PA. Sketch used with permission of the witness.

November 11, 2016- A man located in York County was outside talking on his phone that evening when he noticed an unusual object in the sky that appeared to be gliding. The object was three dimensional and looked like a very large metallic triangular object. The object was dark gray in color and appeared to have a white foggy mist surrounding it.

The witness could clearly see the side of the craft that was visible to him. He also had a very good view of the underside of the object. There were a number of lights seen on the object, including three white circular ones that were evenly spaced straight across along the rear underside.

The witness also noticed two bluish rectangular configurations which he felt may have been an exhaust system on the back of the object. The object made a slight sound similar to the low growl of a high performance sports car. (Sightings of these large solid triangular objects have been reported for many years across the state. During the last two years I am aware of a number of low level sightings of similar objects and some were observed in daylight.)

November 2016- During this month and occurring for about 4 months prior, residents that live along the Derry side of the Chestnut Ridge report having seen a luminous sphere of light about the size of a softball and sometimes accompanied by other small lights of various colors come up to a window of the house and slide across the glass and then move away. (The Chestnut Ridge has a long history of UFOs and cryptid encounters and similar smaller round objects have been reported for years.)

I received information concerning many cryptid sightings from widespread locations in the Keystone State. Bigfoot sightings were reported from many areas including Allegheny, Butler, Westmoreland, and Fayette Counties. There were Black Panther, thunderbird (huge birds with massive wingspans) and other  strange creature accounts reported.

There were some accounts from wide spread areas of an animal that witnesses were unable to identify.Some said it looked like a cross between a wolf and a very large dog. During a July morning, a motorist traveling on Route 66, between Greensburg and Delmont saw a strange animal emerge from the brush along the road. It was a dog-like animal that was running low to the ground. The hair on the body looked like that of a deer and it had a long black non-bushy tail. The witness noticed that the head was like a dog, but it had a long snout and a very pointed nose. The ears were pointed and stood upright. The animal ran up an embankment and moved out of sight.

In early December near Blairsville, a person driving in a car saw an animal that looked like a very large dog. However, it had some wolf-like features. The animal had medium gray fur that was thick like that of a wolf. It also had a tail similar to that of a wolf. On the same day, but on the other side of the state another strange animal was observed. In a rural area of Dauphin County, Two people saw a strange animal run in front of their vehicle. The animal was covered in a gray fur unlike that of a dog. It did however have features of both a wolf and a canine and it moved very fast on four legs. The animal reportedly had a large snout and wolf-like ears and an arch on its back. Some of these could be coywolf sightings however, some of the reports that are being received by various researchers seem somewhat stranger and are being investigated.

To report a UFO, Bigfoot, Cryptid or other unusual event from Pennsylvania, you can contact me at: 724-838-7768, or email me at: paufo@comcast.net. Keep checking my website: www.stangordon.info for updates on recent sightings. If you have any information on the 1965 Kecksburg UFO incident please contact me as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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