A PASSAGE TO OBLIVION: The Last Voyage of the U.S.S. Cyclops

Clue after clue laid down a disturbing trail for Navy investigators that culminated not in the finding of the body of the crime but in the most remarkable and frustrating disappearance in nautical history— the vanishing of a 20,000 ton ship and 309 crew. The only logical answer seemed hard to believe— betrayal.  The difference between the fated voyage of HMS Bounty and U.S.S. Cyclops may be that mutiny on the Cyclops was a complete success. The US Navy, though they searched for years, never found Cyclops’ Pitcairn. But is it true that no trace was ever found of the great ship?

Gian Quasar, considered the foremost investigator of popular mysteries, dug into the voluminous records to rediscover what had so disturbed the Navy in 1918. Like with story of Flight 19, Quasar pulls the Cyclops from the clutches of Bermuda Triangle legend to reveal that the Navy was justified to suspect mutiny and treason. Now 95 years later, for the first time, the story of what could be America’s greatest sea betrayal is told, the events leading up to and after the last voyage of the Cyclops. The US Navy still boasts it has never suffered a mutiny, and they may still do so. But after reading A Passage to Oblivion, we may well ask if this nation has not suffered something far more intriguing and tragic than that which befell the king’s Bounty.”
About the Author: Gian J. Quasar, “the man with the unlikely name,” has become the number one investigator of popular mysteries, from X-Files type of subjects to the stark horrors of cold case murders. In genres where folklore and popular myth create reality he has distinguished himself by his serious approach and historian’s eye to uncover the facts. This has earned him the distinction as the “real life Kolchak.” He is acknowledged as the world authority on the Bermuda Triangle, having devoted the last 25 years to its research. In 2003 McGraw-Hill published his book Into the Bermuda Triangle. His book They Flew Into Oblivion inspired a Resolution in Congress which passed 420-2.

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SCARLET AUTUMN: The Crimes and Seasons of Jack the Ripper

The police were only minutes later upon the scenes of horrendously gruesome public murders. They took down details immediately. We even know when blood stopped flowing from the victims and coagulated. Yet the perpetrator was never seen. It was the dead of night. Yet the perpetrator was never even heard fleeing the scene. Despite the pitch darkness, there was never a shoe print in blood or even half a heel print. The perpetrator himself was never officially identified. He was known only as Jack the Ripper.

It is necessary for the serious student of the Ripper crimes to place himself back at the scene. The reader must walk the streets, hear the Thames fog horns and the chimes of Big Ben. He must keep in his mind every clue. Everything is a clue. Even the weather provides a clue: the Ripper almost always struck on a rainy night.  Fortunately, newspapers and journals of the time were detailed. They even recorded laughter from the inquest audience and sobs from the witnesses who had to identify the mutilated remains of their siblings or former lovers.

Scarlet Autumn is a vivid and graphic account because it is an investigation and a chronicle all in one. It starts at the beginning and works forward based only on the evidence. It is therefore free of the stereotypes and clichés that have derailed many investigations into the realm of folklore.

The reader will be introduced to much new evidence that will speak volumes.  In Scarlet Autumn, Gian J. Quasar does not overlook any detail. This is not a formula rehash or a debunk.  This is meant to be the ultimate companion to all works on the Ripper. Quasar does not even put forth a dominant suspect. But his detailed investigation will cause many suspects to fall.  He gives the reader the power to go back in time and transpose into the filthy world of Victorian Whitechapel. A Dickensian London was being squelched by modern industry. Whitechapel was a gangrenous wound. Molten poverty seeped up from the dirty cobblestones. A rusty, smoggy mist crawled over the ground.  To this backdrop in the autumn of 1888 a “shabby genteel” fellow, described as clerkly and Jewish, about 35 years old to middle-age, murdered prostitutes for no reason except to retrieve organs and baffle the police. He was about 5 feet 6 inches tall, stoutish, possessing a soft voice. Theories tell us that he either committed suicide or was possibly locked up for something else. Yet there is no evidence for either. All that is truly known for sure is that he did mysteriously segue into the dirty sounds and daily life of a world he knew all too well. As mysteriously as he arrived he also vanished, never to be revealed. No lucrative reward ever brought a witness. Hordes of vigilantes never caught sight of him. He was the first true phantom killer.

The result is the greatest crime mystery in history. It is purely phenomenal that his killings went unsolved, as elaborate as they were, in as crowded a place as London’s rookeries. We must look beyond the psychological generalizations of today. We must look at the specific trail of the Ripper. It is one in scarlet. It is an intentional trail. And the victims were killed to be clues.

 

 

DISTANT HORIZONS: A compendium of the sea’s greatest mysteries

Truth is stranger than fiction, it is said. If so then Distant Horizons presents some of the strangest sea mysteries of all time.  For it is not the product of uncritically passing along tales of the sea. It is the result of decades of research. The stories in this compendium are true, often presented with meticulous detail.  Sometimes this explodes myth. Sometimes the facts reveal myth to be anemic by comparison.
Gian J. Quasar is the first of a new style of true-life mysteries writers. He tackles the greatest cases that have enchanted the public for a century, but instead of simply chronicling these uncritically, he carefully investigates them with official documentation. The cases  in Distant Horizons are often the result of years of research. In the process he has also uncovered hitherto relatively obscure but enigmatic cases. He presents these for the first time.

Distant Horizons thus becomes an old fashioned chronicle of some of the greatest sea mysteries . . .but it is not a collection of tall tales of the sea. It is the result of painstaking research to uncover the facts.

Famous ghost ships like the Mary Celeste and the Carroll A. Deering have become literary formula and economic rehash.  But what are the actual facts?  Thousands of derelicts once peppered the North Atlantic, but these two mystery ships have stood the test of time.  What is really so unique about them? What is the truth to the legends of the James B. Chester and the Marlborough?

Distant Horizons details the 19th century conundrum of derelict ships in the North Atlantic. The vast majority of them were found abandoned in the area we today call the Bermuda Triangle.  Some 1,628 derelicts were recorded and plotted over 7 years. Some were afloat for years, making full circumferences of the infamous Sargasso Sea. Every seamen sailing the North Atlantic was used to the glut of ghost ships in this area. Among many official reports (such as US Hydrographic Office)  is the work of Commander S.D. Sigsbee in 1894. Sigsbee figured there was some 19 derelicts afloat per month.

The Bermuda Triangle has earned its infamous reputation, but is it really to blame for some of its most famous victims? Did the Marine Sulphur Queen truly even vanish in the Triangle? What about the USS Cyclops? Could it be the American version of Mutiny on the Bounty?

Gian J. Quasar is the perfect person to answer the questions. He is considered  the world’s premier authority when it comes to nautical mysteries. His database on the  Bermuda Triangle is so vast that even the US Coast Guard asked him for input when considering to revise their official opinion on the subject.  Yet he is a hard-hitting investigator. He ripped the Triangle’s most famous case— Flight 19— from its clutches to reveal it as a unique military blunder.  His book inspired a Congressional Resolution.

The Resolution in Congress was a surprising event. Famous mysteries have hitherto been locked in the world of fringe theorizing. But Quasar has taken a serious investigative approach to them. He is not afraid to expose mystery nor is he reticent to confirm it.

One thing all those discussed in Distant Horizons have in common: they all met with that far and distant horizon that none were expecting to meet. They vanished utterly or met a tragic death.  Millions have braved the tempestuous high road of the seas, and thousands have vanished never to be seen again. They have vacated their sound ships or they perished with vessels that never should have vanished.
Cases covered in detail:
The Mary Celeste
Carroll A. Deering
Kalia III
USS Cyclops
s.s. Marine Sulphur Queen
s.s. Poet
King Co-Bra
Amazing Grace
Heidi Marie
The Navigator
The Pirates of Malacca . . .and many, many more. . .
About the Author: Gian J. Quasar was first educated in History, and he has read in the sciences, philosophy, and architecture.  The author’s work has inspired over 30 major documentaries on History, Discovery, TLC, BBC, NBC, SCI-FI, Travel, National Geographic, and others. He is the author of numerous books that have looked behind the scenes of some of the most popular topics of our time. His books include Recasting Bigfoot, They Flew into OblivionA Passage to Oblivion and Into the Bermuda Triangle.

 

RECASTING BIGFOOT: Uncovering the Truth of Sasquatch Amidst the Hype of Bigfoot

This is not a book about Bigfoot. It’s not a compilation of sightings out to prove the giant cone-headed legend of the forest exists. Rather it is a book that looks behind the folklore to uncover the facts . . .and not only the facts but the very first facts and evidence.

Most people know that the modern legend of Bigfoot evolved out of the old Indian stories of the Sasquatch. But what most people do not know is that Sasquatch represented two tribes of primitive Indians that lived deep in the mountainous Saskahaua District of British Columbia. One tribe spoke something akin to the Douglas dialect. To the Indians they were giants. The irony, however, is that to the shorter races of the Pacific Northwest giant always meant 6 and a half feet tall.

Anthropologists, sociologists and journalists have written books and chronicled sightings and endorsed footprints that depended on White Man’s mistake of thinking giant meant something  8 or 9 feet tall. But author Gian J. Quasar takes up the pen of an Historian for Recasting Bigfoot and exposes 50 years of modern myth. Seeking primary sources he discovers the actual footprint of the Sasquatch was preserved long before the hype of Bigfoot and popular myth. Following this true but radically different footprint he is able to build the image of the real Sasquatch and reveal the origins of the frightening “animal human” described in old frontier journals and Indian histories.

Despite 50 years of hype and hyperbole this is really the first book on the true Sasquatch. What underlies the bloated legend of Bigfoot is actually far more disturbing and intriguing than the popular myth– disturbing because for 50 years “researchers” ignored the real footprint in order to chase their own created chimera; intriguing because there really was something startling to find. Recasting Bigfoot is both an exposé of Bigfootery and a search for the identity of both tribes of “Sasquatch men.”

About the Author: Gian J. Quasar has become representative of modern culture and its search to uncover the truth of the great world mysteries that have dominated the public forum for 100 years. In a genre where folklore and popular myth create reality he has distinguished himself by his serious approach and historian’s eye to uncover primary sources. He is acknowledged as the world authority on the Bermuda Triangle, having devoted the last 20 years to its research. In 2003 McGraw-Hill published his book Into the Bermuda Triangle. His book They Flew into Oblivion inspired a 2 hour NBC produced special and a Resolution in Congress sponsored by E. Clay Shaw.

Quasar has become known as “The Quester” for having pursued the mysteries we categorize as belonging to the real life X Files. Instead of suffering from this association, he has attracted a mainstream curious about the truth. New York Times bestseller Randy Wayne White wrote: “The danger of Gian J. Quasar’s fascination with mysteries often assigned to ‘paranormal causes’ is that readers will assume his writing is tainted with secret advocacy and bias— like the majority of hacks who litter this field. Readers, rest easy. Quasar is a superb writer and researcher, and stands alone at the top of this unusual field. Through Quasar, the genre is elevated (finally!) to equal, even exceeds, the highest standards of investigative journalism . . .”

INTO THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE

Occasionally magazine covers shock us with the story of the inexplicable disappearance of people in their own neighborhoods or between business and their workplace or even, as in one case, between their front door and the corner bus stop. Such events, in a normal American neighborhood, are chilling, without obvious reason, cunningly executed and heinously premeditated. Homes are found silent, breakfasts left half eaten; food is cooking on the stove. It may sound like the stuff of tabloids, but the cases have proven true. But what most people don’t know is that this scenario happens many hundred times per year along the busiest coast in the USA, in the most crowded and guarded sea and airways, in circumstances that are even more incredible. . .

. . .For these disappearances are not just of people, quietly taken without reason, but accompanied by the total disappearance of the aircraft in which they were flying, or the yachts they were sailing; or even the great freighters they crewed. These are not just boats and planes lost in a big ocean. Their losses are as inexplicable as a person disappearing between their door and the corner of their street. Many have vanished just at the edge of the harbor, others while cruising around a peninsula; many aircraft were on radar, and in many instances just moments from landing. They disappear as if suddenly plucked from safety, without any clue except brief and panicked maydays, like “a weird object is in my path ahead” or just “Oh, Jesus Christ!”

For the first time ever the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle have been painstakingly documented in Into the Bermuda Triangle. This is not the book of a write-for-hire hack. Nor is it the result of a writer’s brief interest in the topic, or just a reflection of popular forum debate. Between 1980 and 1999 the topic of the Bermuda Triangle had itself almost vanished  under debunker driven spin. Then in 1999 it was discovered that a young man with the unlikely name of Gian Quasar had been researching the phenomenon since 1990 and had just placed his vast collection of official reports on the web.  People were surprised by 75 aircraft disappearances in that time and dozens of yachts and ships. The phenomenon of unexplained disappearances had continued, without publicity or public knowledge.

Quasar’s investigative skill made him the objects of dozens of TV documentaries on History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel, National Geographic, BBC, NBC, SCI-FI, Fox, and many others.  In 2003 McGraw-Hill rushed into publication his book Into the Bermuda Triangle, which immediately went into extra printings. This interest was not created by tabloid hype. A Generation that had grown up with the hearsay of the Bermuda Triangle mystery was now finally shown the facts. Quasar was the first historian to tackle one of the great mysteries of the “occult” not as a supernatural phenomenon but as an unsolved mystery.

Into the Bermuda Triangle presents the incidents, old and new, citing the relevant details instead of offering laborious vignettes. All this is based upon reports from the NTSB, Coast Guard, Air Force Safety Center, Navy JAG, Her Majesty’s Stationary Office and the National Archives, among others.  Eyewitness testimony of survivors of unusual events is almost always based on more than 1 eyewitness. The rest of the book is devoted to the theories, a journey to ancient civilizations, the possibility of a prehistoric super-civilization, UFOs, concepts of  “electronic fog”  and electromagnetic abberations, “quantum longevity,” anti-gravity, and the unavoidable coincidence that leads one to the other and always back to the Triangle’s mystery.

 

Because Quasar subjected many mysteries to the same intense investigation, in the years since its first publication he has become known as “The Quester” or the “real life Kolchak.”  New York Times bestseller Randy Wayne White wrote of him, “The danger of Gian J. Quasar’s fascination with mysteries often assigned to ‘paranormal causes’ is that readers will assume his writing is tainted with secret advocacy and bias— like the majority of hacks who litter this field. Readers, rest easy. Quasar is a superb writer and researcher, and stands alone at the top of this unusual field. Through Quasar, the genre is elevated (finally!) to equal, even exceeds, the highest standards of investigative journalism . . .”

THEY FLEW INTO OBLIVION: The Disappearance of Flight 19

In 2005 a national spotlight was placed upon a mystery of aviation because of They Flew into Oblivion. Having an early copy of the manuscript, Larry Landsman, SCI-FI Channel’s determined  Special Projects Director, pushed for a special documentary to be produced by NBC News Productions and then lobbied Congress through Podesta-Matoon, the nation’s third largest and influential lobbyist, for formal recognition of the subject of this book in Congress. This culminated in a Resolution in Congress sponsored by Republican E. Clay Shaw of Florida, which passed overwhelmingly on November 17 at 420-2 votes.

This recognition was unique in that it honored 14 US Navy airmen who had vanished 60 years before. They were not war heroes. Nor were they on some crucial mission. The war had been over for months, and the flight was merely on a routine training run off the east coast of Florida. Yet the men became involved in one of the most publicized events in history. They vanished. The total disappearance of the “Lost Squadron,” “Lost Patrol” or, as it is most frequently called, Flight 19, was a bizarre case if for nothing more than the very number of aircraft that vanished.

Paradoxically, however, little is known of the actual incident and the 14 aviators who vanished. Rather than being  subjected to serious journalism as in the case of Amelia Earhart or Glenn Miller’s disappearance or the destruction of the Hindenberg, Flight 19 became buried in the popular enigma of the “Bermuda Triangle.” Any recounting of it was but a vignette designed to link it with the many others that had vanished.

Author Gian J. Quasar, the man considered the leading expert in the world on the Bermuda Triangle, however, pulls the flight from the Triangle’s clutches to reveal it as a tragic military blunder.  Like an absorbing detective read, They Flew into Oblivion leads the reader through the case and its aftermath and then follows the author on his solution of its mystery and his search for its final resting place. The result is to lay bare the incident once and for all. The trail stops at a federal refuge that will allow no examination of its contents for fear it might disturb the alligators . . . and for fear Flight 19 is indeed inside.
About the Author: For 26 years Gian Quasar has reigned as the undisputed expert on nautical disappearances and the Bermuda Triangle. When the Coast Guard considered updating their official opinion on the topic, he was consulted for his input. He has also been the guest on hundreds of radio shows and the subject of over 30 hour-long documentaries on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, NBC, SCI-FI, Fox, TLC, BBC, National Geographic Explorer and many others. His website The Quester Files has cemented him as the “The Quester” for the answer to many mysteries, and he has been called “the real life Kolchak.”  His first book Into the Bermuda Triangle (McGraw-Hill, 2003) earned him international praise, and has come to be the defining book on the subject. Whitley Strieber praised it as “the best book” on the Bermuda Triangle.