Me and Zombie Journalism

I can’t stand Zombie Journalism. If you don’t know what it is, it is a form of journalism without adjectives and adverbs and thus without any qualifying statements. It is a world of nouns and verbs and talking heads. No real thesis. It is a world in which “vocabulary” is considered too big a word, and zombie journalism proves it does not understand what it means. Especially when it comes to the word “objective.”

One is objective while investigating. It is a state of mind one must have until the “bodies are found,” so to speak. One is objective until all the data is in. But when the data is in, you would think that an individual would have enough morality and sense to present a thesis. I mean, they have analytical ability, don’t they? Zombie Journalism does not. There are supposed “phenomena” researchers who have remained objective for 40 years. That’s bad. It means they haven’t really uncovered enough to come to a thesis. In 40 years?

I dreaded that image. The image of the constant data gatherer is the image of a forager.  I remained object for my first Triangle book. I was reintroducing the topic after 25 years of deep freeze. In the sequel, I must remain objective at certain levels for some theories. But it will be plain to see that I am accept some phenomena, but remain skeptical of the theories arising therefrom.

To accept a phenomenon is not to endorse any theory arising from the discussion of that phenomenon.

I have made no secret about my dislike for the UFO culture. It is a world of easy strategy and no logistics. But the phenomenon itself is real. But what are the logistics of UFO abduction?

There is actually one proven “disc.” For some that may seem narrow-minded. For others that may seem like a shocking admission. It actually should be regarded as shocking. This disc has had more than enough witnesses to confirm it is real. But it is only about 10 by 12 feet. Released CIA documents, first presented in Greenwood and Fawcett’s Worldwide UFO Cover-Up (1984) detail a sighting from the captain and two crew of a freighter off New Jersey on August 4, 1950. The captain marveled that the thing was only about 10 feet in diameter. The consensus of the three men was that it was ellipse– in other words egg shape.

A picture supposedly taken in 1929 of just such an object later turned up in the public. It was a photo taken by Edward Pline near the sawmill in Ward, Colorado. It is clearly an ellipse– not the cartoon flying saucer. Curiously, he had described it (according to his daughter) as the size of a large boulder. Again, this sounds like something 10 by 12 feet.

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In November 1973 such a disc came into the shallows off Petit Bois Island near Pascagoula, Miss. It was so thin it could glide in water 4 to 6 feet deep. (The captain of the freighter had said it look only a few feet thick). It lurked under the skiffs of one of the Ryans and then it set off a light and started to glow. The Rices and Ryans gathered around it and struck at it several times with their oars. It seemed metallic.

They called the Coast Guard. Two guardsmen– Crews and Nations– came out in a 16 foot boat. They found it and struck at it as well. Crews was certain it was metallic. The light it set off seemed to come from a 3 inch diameter source in the top. It made the water glow in a 10 by 12 foot ovoid. When hit with the beam of a flashlight, it went out and slowly recharged. From the side, underwater, they estimated it looked like a parachute. In essence we have an ovoid disc about 3 feet thick that is capable of setting off a strange glow.

I go into its behavior in The Bermuda Triangle II. We must accept that the way it behaved betrayed its desire to find a boater alone. It crept up to boats and then stopped alongside and then started to glow. What role do these objects play in the number of small derelicts? How can it be abduction? They are too small. But how would you react if one appeared next to your boat, in daytime or at night? Would you fall over? Would you attack it like the Ryans? Would you panic? A number of derelicts have been found. Off the top of my head I can recall 3 in the last decade in which the pet dog remained aboard but the owner was gone. In only one case was a body found. She had for some inexplicable reason (apparently) fallen over. Cover-final-BTII

Such things must be considered. Such glowing lights or USOs were associated with Moselle Reef in the Bahamas. Furrows have been found on the shallow banks indicating something moving over the bottom with tremendous speed. On occasion these furrows continue over small islets.

They are another mystery that must at least be considered. We cannot deny they exist. We can only wonder if they play a role in some of the odd deserted vessels.  More witness reports have confirmed that larger sizes exist, up to 50 or 60 feet in diameter. Their reports open up the can of worms that is the UFO phenomenon. The earliest reports declared that the “saucers” were actually ovoid or ellipses.  Ken Arnold, the first to see and draw one, drew one that was slightly longer than wider and he thought the back was curved or flat.

Into the eerie world of real life X files we must go. The truth is there, and hopefully I presented a rational look at one manifestation of this eerie world in Bermuda Triangle II rather then the endless yards of theorizing and conspiracy theories.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

The Bermuda Triangle II– On Sale Now

It’s up for preorder (tomorrow orders begin) on Barnes & Noble and amazon (So far).

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0988850583/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_t2_CJwpzbKF1XVH1

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bermuda-triangle-ii-gian-j-quasar/1126548302?ean=9780988850583

I’m getting some of my first book’s reviews organized to compliment the advertising.

From New Yachting (December 2003). Figure my name would inspire some comment.

“Not only has Quasar researched the usual disappearances of note, he goes into some detail using recently released NTSB reports, noting that there have been more than 1,000 disappearances in the last 50 years. . .We wondered about the author’s name, Quasar, which in normal parlance means any of a class of celestial objects that resemble stars but whose large redshift and apparent brightness imply extreme distance and huge energy output, and if it might relate to the book and we weren’t disappointed.”

The Bermuda Triangle II adds dozens more and expands on the theories.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

The Bermuda Triangle II: An Odyssey

Opening week is coming. These dreadful weeks where I have to mail out review copies, send to friends and those involved. I think the paperback might be out a week before the hardcover. It all depends. Nevertheless, all retailers should be listing the book for sale. It is 88,000 words, 280 pages, 8 pages of photos, etc.  You can tell where I wanted to start digging in deeper to a case a la cold case but space did not allow due to the volume of cases. Lots of maps and some illustrations.

I hope you enjoy it.

It’s been a long time since I tackled an X-Files topic. Quite a frustrating feel compared to cold case where I must be ready to take it to tangible and incontrovertible solution. Yet here we still move closer to solving the subject. I laid it out and reintroduced it in my first book 14 years ago. Now let us dissect it more.

Check Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or any place books are sold worldwide.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

A Summer Triangle

Just an update for you all– June 12 is the street date for my second installment in my Bermuda Triangle trilogy. It is 280 pages. It will be out in hardcover and paperback. It has 8 pages of photos and many, many illustrations. Much is refined and discussed. There are many new cases. Trends are noted, even locations where certain types of disappearances seem to predominate.

Those along the Gulf Coast I find intriguing. They occur along a track line almost reminiscent of something out of JAWS indicating the feeding path of a large creature– but in this case a track line for a phenomenon. Since the What’s Left? in 2003 a number of derelicts have happened here which suggest very much the unusual– murder by drug runners perhaps, but there are still unusual elements to them.

For instance, the case of the What’s Left? is hard to put together. The hydrosport had drifted close to 400 miles in order to beach off Cape Canaveral. But how did it get so far into the Florida Straits to do so? The throttle was found fully engaged. This is one possibility, but it doesn’t seem it was helmed. Inside the cabin was the dead body of the owner, Gary Lisk. He had apparently been dead for the two weeks the boat had drifted. Somehow the boat had capsized and drifted that way. It was never spotted by as massive Coast Guard search.

Moreover, Lisk’s spine had been transected, something which could not have happened from merely capsizing. One shoe was on, the other off. No sign was ever found of his passengers– Neil Eddleman and his son, Neil Jr.

This has become quite a mystery in south Florida. They were supposed to have been cruising along to the wreck of the California for diving in late October 2003.  Then the boat vanished. A Coast Guard search found nothing. Then two weeks later the What’s Left? turns up capsized and beached at Cape Canaveral, with Lisk’s body inside, throttles fully engaged. It apparently had drifted that way, and because of its aquamarine colored bottom had gone unnoticed in a search.

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Beached at Cape Canaveral

 

So what is the scenario that best fits? It seems that whatever happened did so when Lisk was below. It equally seems it caught him while taking his shoes off. It wiped off the deck Neil Sr. and Jr. and flung the boat around and killed Lisk inside . . .but no, that doesn’t seem to fit. The transected spine. The throttles fully engaged.

It seems as if the What’s Left? was fleeing something. If so, why was Lisk below and where were the Eddlemans? How did he get a transected spine?

This and other mysteries along here are just a few within the 21st century Triangle. Derelicts found in the Bahamas or off Florida’s east coast are found shipshape. Those found further out in the Atlantic in the Sargasso Sea or east of the Windwards and Leewards are found a shambles. It is time to start regionalizing the mysteries.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

The Bermuda Triangle, Me and Fate

I’ve tried to distance myself from the topic for quite some time. I found myself overwhelmed, now 18 years ago,  by media when I began to share my 9 years (at that time) of research. No one had seen such material. No one had seen research of this level devoted to a topic that not only ably resided in the “paranormal fringe” but had been debunked and fallen into history. I alone revived it, and I didn’t understand how significant that was.

I had investigated a number of topics, as I continue to do so. I had spent 4 intense years on the Triangle and then after that I was in a position to simply update and add thereto as information came in. When TV discovered me in 2000 I was amazed at the inundation. My website was unchallenged. The media would only come to me. They wouldn’t mess with my facts.

It was satisfying because I had struggled to document impassionately. I wanted to remove the concept of “paranormal” and make this a pursuit of something very tangible– missing ships and planes. Unlike UFOs, Bigfoot, or ghosts, these mysteries are not subjective. These planes and ships really existed and the people in them . . . and they are gone.

Into the Bermuda Triangle was rushed to printing by McGraw-Hill so long ago in 2003. It went into emergency printings after I appeared on Coast 2 Coast. It even got optioned for film at Paramount. But when the dust settled I went on, grateful to be tackling the other topics that sadly reside in the “paranormal” with equal vigor. One book inspired a huge NBC sponsored search and a resolution in Congress. I moved on to True Crime, and those who follow that topic know what I’ve stirred up there. I became the “real life Kolchak”  . . . but the media still came to me for the Triangle, even when I was the center of news in other topics. It grew very frustrating.

In that time information still came in on Triangle incidents, both reports of more missing and of those who had survived unusual encounters. Already in 2011 I projected I would write my much anticipated sequel. But I languished in True Crime. Finally I got to it last year.

Now 14 years after the first book the new one is at the door. It is due out late April or early May. I am expecting a lot of media upcoming in Cold Case, so I don’t know how to feel about the timing of this release. I will be all over radio and TV again, but the typecasting that the media uses will have trouble trying to deal with news announcements over something radically different like Cold Case.

I was sent the semi-final dust jacket cover yesterday for consideration. It opens this blog post. I broke my tradition and even used “I” a few times in the book, but only in the first chapter. I never refer to myself. But a couple of things had to be clarified. So I want to share a little out take here from Bermuda Triangle II. It tells you how I want the topic and my approach viewed:

 

In attempting to dismiss the Triangle’s mystery or at least enigma, it has also been pondered quite out loud why this present writer, who is solely responsible for bringing the subject back to life, is obsessive in never referring to himself in the first person, and why he is not more critical of the theories especially in light of the fact that his other books are noted for investigation and critical analysis. Why, for example here, would he even refer to Ivan Sanderson, an investigator of whom he has been critical? “I” will answer by saying that in this case Sanderson, no matter what his other shortcomings were, may be quite correct, as we will later find out. One simply must give the devil his due.

Of all the topics I have investigated, and about which I have written, none of them have been as complex as this one nor encompass so much. There is a difference between investigating a single event, serial killer, or quotient, and investigating hundreds of mysteries over centuries of time spread over hundreds of thousands of square miles of sea hard to personally investigate. No one attempting to educate can limit data based on personal preference. That is indoctrination and not education. Nor can anyone deprive the devil of his due. I present this subject as a reporter and commentator and not as the critic.

What I cannot solve or dismiss on evidence I must include. Personally I do not care for alien abduction theories and much of what and those who come with them. But that does not mean I can ignore Russian admirals, captains, and numerous other eyewitnesses, to such things as “flying saucers” that seem to make the Bermuda Triangle the center of their activity; nor the statements of credible witnesses, such as Simon Ludgate, whom I personally know, when he reports that at the same time the compasses of both their aircraft froze there were silver discs circling high overhead their aircraft.

The reader must decide to what extent of a role these objects, for they have certainly been seen out there, have played in the litany of missing craft.

The Bermuda Triangle is a tall and wide subject. It is not one man’s theory. It is much more than disappearances. If I can conjure an old Kodachrome image of a Flipper serial, investigators shod in Van tennis shoes facing high seas adventure but with enough mentality to appreciate the chords of ominous music when a derelict boat is found, when a pilot’s panicky voice crackles over the receiver about a weird object, of eyes that brighten with the prospects when they gaze through the kaleidoscope of dancing shallows at a cyclopean edifice, then I have served the subject well.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

The Bermuda Triangle II

So many of those who follow my blog have done so because of my contribution to True Crime and Cold Case. Be that as it may, I still hold my position, perhaps not so coveted, as the “world’s authority” on the Bermuda Triangle. So for those who still follow me for this reason, this post is for you.

YachtI have finally commenced writing my much anticipated sequel to Into the Bermuda Triangle (2003), my first book ever to be published. I had electrified the web for 3 years by this time with hundreds of new cases and fresh research, and McGraw-Hill rushed my book to print. Now, finally, it is time to follow up with much more information, cases and new discoveries in theories. I have cleverly named my sequel “II.”

Well, what do you expect?

In any case, here is a rough-out of the chapter titles.

Chapter 1    The Bermuda Triangle: An Enduring Mystery                  

Chapter 2   A Saga of Disappearing Planes and Lost Ships

Chapter 3   Over a Past Horizon

Chapter 4   “Aircraft Damage and Injury Index Presumed”

Chapter 5   A Triangle of Today

Chapter 6   Is There an Easy Answer?

Chapter 7   Witnesses to a Clue

Chapter 8   Space, Vortices, and Electronic Fog

Chapter 9   Worlds Above; Worlds Beneath

Chapter 10  A Saga of the Earth’s Past

Chapter 11  Electronic Fog: an Answer or a Symptom?

I have finished my second pass on HorrorScope, so that this is the perfect time, while my mind clears of that (so I can take it on again fresh and re-edit), to start on Bermuda Triangle II.

 

 

Up, Up and Away. . . The Mystery of Disappearing Upward

It was Halloween 1991. Radar controllers checked and rechecked what they had just seen. The scope was blank in a spot now. Everywhere else all seemed normal, and routine traffic was proceeding undisturbed, in their vectors, tracked and uninterrupted. But moments earlier radar had been tracking a Grumman Cougar jet over the Gulf of Mexico. The pilot was John Verdi. He and trained co-pilot, Paul Lukaris, were heading toward Tallahassee, Florida.

Just moments before, with a crackle of the mic, Verdi’s voice had come over the receiver at the flight center. He requested a higher altitude. Permission was quickly granted and the turbo jet was observed ascending from 25,000 feet to its new assigned altitude of 29,000 feet. All seemed normal. Some thunderstorms had drifted into the path of the jet, and satellite imagery confirmed the area was overcast.

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But that was of no concern for Verdi. They were above the weather. At their present altitude they were just breaking out of the cloud cover, emerging into the bright sunlight. The clouds must have been their typical, breathtaking sight, billowing below in glowing white hills and arroyos; they were bright puffy wads of cotton.

They were still ascending. Verdi had not yet rogered reaching his proscribed flight level. F9F

Radar continued to track the cougar. Until, that is, for some unknown reason, while ascending, it simply faded away. Verdi and Lukaris answered no more calls to respond. Furthermore, they had sent no SOS to indicate they had encountered any hint of a problem. Read-outs of the radar observations confirmed the unusual. The Grumman had not been captured on the scope at all as descending or falling to the sea; there had been no sudden loss of altitude. Frankly, it had disappeared from the scope while climbing; they just faded away. One sweep of the scope they were there. The next—raised brows on traffic controllers: it was blank.

The ocean, sitting under convective thunderstorm activity, was naturally not conducive to a search. No trace, if there was any left to find, was ever sifted out of the Gulf. When it was all over, the whole incident was just chalked under a familiar assumption— the Spartan: “aircraft damage and injury index presumed.”

 

One case of mystery like this is enough to start heads shaking, but such an incident does not stand alone. There is also the case of the missing Starfighter just north of Bermuda. Because radar had captured no sign of the aircraft falling to sea, jets screamed up above the cloud layer to search for contrails indicating the missing aircraft had ascended rather than descended.

To this day there has been no explanation for either disappearance.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.