• Commentary,  Contributed Articles

    TWA Flight 800: The Internet Age’s First Conspiracy

    By Maxim W. Furek
    Contributor to Normal Paranormal

    On July 17, 1996, Trans World Airlines flight 800 took off from New York’s Kennedy International Airport in the twilight dusk of sunset. The two-hundred and thirty people aboard were on their way to Paris, France.

    Flight 800 flew at a lower altitude than usual because of another approaching jet. After receiving clearance to climb to cruise altitude, the Boeing 747 jetliner leveled off at 13,700 feet above sea level. Then, twelve minutes after takeoff, the plane exploded without warning. Thousands of pounds of kerosene were dumped from the plane’s center, and wing tanks vaporized and ignited. An orange fireball burned along the coastline as sections of the 747 plunged into the Atlantic Ocean, south of Long Island.

    Twenty-one passengers were from Montoursville, Pennsylvania, heading for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to The City of Light. Sixteen were members of the Montoursville Area High School French Club, accompanied by five chaperones. There were no survivors. 

  • Conferences,  Events,  Lectures & Presentations,  Men in Black

    Hot on the Trail of the REAL Men in Black

    In November 2019, I gave a presentation on the real Men in Black titled “Hot on the Trail of the Men in Black” to a packed audience in Gambrills, Maryland.

    Although I did not run into any MIB following the presentation, I met several interesting experiencers afterward. The conference was the Mysteries of Space and Sky conference, which I highly recommend attending. Although I won’t be speaking at this year’s event, maybe I’ll make a special appearance as a shadowy individual sitting behind you in the crowd.

    Have you ever come face-to-face with MIB or had an otherwise strange experience involving strange individuals? If so, let’s chat!

  • Centralia, PA
    Commentary,  Contributed Articles,  Parapsychology

    Centralia: Gateway to Hell

    By Maxim W. Furek
    Contributor to Normal Paranormal

    Centralia lies on the outer fringe of the Pennsylvania Coal Region. It is a virtual ghost town with broken sidewalks, obsolete street signs, and only a few remaining buildings. A feeling of foreboding greets those passing through the village, who overhear various accounts of strange shadow figures and apparitions lurking around the abandoned structures. The road leading to Centralia is easily mistaken for the Gateway to Hell because, for decades, a massive underground fire has raged beneath the deserted city streets, spewing toxic carbon monoxide and other gasses.

    Of this, a modern-day Hades, writer Katie Machado observed, “On some days, a trip into Centralia might mean seeing smoke rising from the cracks in the highway’s asphalt, while other days, it might mean an eerie gray fog that claims the town after a rainy morning.”

  • The Conjuring 2
    Commentary,  Parapsychology,  Research

    The Enfield Poltergeist and the Warrens

    I’ve always been fascinated by the Enfield poltergeist, which Ed and Lorraine Warren briefly investigated, as popularized in The Conjuring 2. But coming across any of their work on the case proves rather challenging. That was until I came across this video filmed on August 1, 2013. It comes courtesy of Tony Spera, who has taken charge of sharing the Warren legacy.

    If you’re already familiar with the Enfield case, you probably know that Maurice Grosse and Guy Lyon Playfair were the chief investigators that did most of the legwork on it. Much of Grosse and Playfair’s research is accessible and reveals some equally fascinating, albeit disturbing, evidence.

    Yet, there are things that Lorraine Warren and John Kenyhercz reveal in their conversation with Spera that I hadn’t heard about. Here are some of the key takeaways from it…

  • Ed and Lorraine Warren in Jim Thorpe, PA in 1988.
    Contributed Articles,  Demonology,  Parapsychology

    The Warrens and the Smurl House of Horror

    By Maxim W. Furek
    Contributor to Normal Paranormal

    One of the most horrific cases of purported demonic possession occurred over a 13-year period in West Pittston, Pennsylvania. The horror took root inside a 92-year-old duplex dwelling located at 328-330 Chase Street that belonged to Jack and Janet Smurl and Jack’s parents.

    From 1974 to 1987, the Smurls and their four daughters were terrorized by howls and blood-curdling screams, pig grunts, kitchen appliances catching fire, and awful odors. Amorphous black clouds materialized inside the lodging. Janet was dragged out of bed by malevolent forces and Jack was sexually assaulted by a succubus, a demon in female form.

  • Parapsychology,  Research,  Ufology

    The Sixth Observable of UAP

    When Luis “Lue” Elizondo worked for the AATIP program, he outlined five observables, which he noted as commonly associated with UFOs or UAP (unidentified aerial phenomena). But there is also a little known, sixth observable that Elizondo seldom mentions and his old team was more than reluctant to talk about.

    The five basics include:

    • Anti-Gravity Lift
      • Or the ability to overcome the earth’s gravity with no visible means of propulsion. These objects also lack any flight surfaces on them, such as conventional wings.
    • Sudden and Instantaneous Acceleration
      • These objects can accelerate or change direction on a dime with a g-force that would generally crush a human pilot.
    • Hypersonic Velocities without Signatures
      • Conventional aircraft typically leave vapor trails or sonic booms when traveling faster than the speed of sound, but these objects do not.
    • Low Observability or Cloaking
      • The objects may be visible to the naked eye but are sometimes undetected through radar or other means. They can also blink in and out of view and sometimes even appear to alter their shape.
    • Trans-Medium Travel
      • Contrary to popular belief that these objects only fly in the earth’s atmosphere, they can also move quickly in and out of different environments, including outer space and water bodies.

    And, the sixth observable—biological effects brought on by the phenomenon.

  • Jim Morrison's grave
    Contributed Articles

    The Death Conspiracy Theories of Jim Morrison

    By Maxim W. Furek
    Contributor to Normal Paranormal

    He was the charismatic lead singer of the Doors, a 1960s band blending rock, blues, and psychedelia in hit songs including “Light My Fire,” “Touch Me,” and “Riders on The Storm.” Their appeal coupled well-crafted studio songs with Jim Morrison’s overt sexuality, adolescent poetry, and Los Angeles swagger.

    Wearing tight leather and calling himself the ‘Lizard King,’ Morrison’s stage act was typically a drunken, profanity-laced charade of self-destruction, but after he allegedly exposed himself during several concerts, the game was afoot. Morrison fled to Paris seeking refuge from the legalities surrounding a Miami ‘indecent exposure’ incident. He had avoided jail with a pending appeal, bail of $50,000, and a plane ticket to France.

    He wandered the streets of the city, dog-eared folders of poetry in a plastic bag, under his arm, taking in the aura of the ghosts and poets who called this place home. He discovered the Rock and Roll Circus, a nightclub in the trendy Left Bank, and partied there ‘practically every night’ with the likes of Roman Polanski and Marianne Faithfull, the Beatles and Stones. Morrison, who envisioned himself an exiled American poet, arrived in The City of Lights in March 1971 with common-law wife Pamela Courson. Four months later he was dead.

  • UFO over Denton, Texas
    Ufology

    UFO Over Denton, TX

    An incredible UFO was filmed recently over Denton, TX. The eyewitness, Brad Bunt, originally posted that video, picked up by another more popular YouTube channel later on. Recently, I learned that The Sun also picked up the story, but left out a lot of crucial details surrounding it.

    Fortunately, I had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Bunt by phone on July 19, and he shared with me the more extensive account involving his incredible sighting. For those of you who haven’t seen the footage yet, I encourage you to check it out as it is remarkable.

    Watch the video Brad Bunt filmed with his phone.