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Horse Carriage-Jacking in St. Louis Foiled by U.S. Army, Horse

A man police say attacked the driver of a horse-drawn carriage and took control of the reins in downtown St. Louis on Tuesday night was foiled when the horse instinctively ran back to its barn.

On Wednesday, police said they had arrested a man in a rare case of horse carriage-jacking.

The St. Louis Carriage Company driver, Larry Turner, told the Post-Dispatch he was steering his horse, Harry, back to the St. Louis Carriage Company's stables about 8:25 p.m. toward the end of his shift...

Boom Town, Wisconsin

CLINTONVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Sleepless families in a small Wisconsin town longed for quiet Wednesday after mysterious booming noises over the past few nights roused them from bed and sent residents into the street - sometimes still in pajamas.

The strange disturbance sounds like distant thunder, fireworks or someone slamming a heavy door. At first, many people were amused or merely curious. But after three restless nights, aggravation is mounting. And some folks are considering leaving town until investigators determine the source of the racket...

More Info On Ricky McCormick Cipher

Ricky McCormick was found murdered in a St. Charles Missouri field in 1999. On his person were two documents, written by hand in some sort of code.

The code has never been deciphered.

In 2011 the FBI released images of the documents and asked the public for help in cracking the code, in the hope that some clue to the case would be found.

So far, the code remains locked and Ricky McCormick's murder remains unsolved.

Can you break the code?

The two notes are written in an unknown code consisting of "a jumble of letters and numbers occasionally set off with parentheses" and are believed by the FBI to possibly lead to those responsible for the killing...

What Happened to John P. Wheeler?

Who killed him? Why? What is going on with the investigation? Why has this story dropped from the news?

Bush Official John P. Wheeler Murder Case Deepens, says Newsweek, but is this the last we will hear of the bizarre death of this important defense analyst?

This stinks to high heaven.

FBI Needs Your Help to Break Code, Solve Cold Case


Ricky McCormick was found dead on June 30, 1999, near a cornfield off Highway 367 in St. Charles County. In his shirt pocket, investigators found two coded notes.

They were never able to crack the codes.

Today, nearly 12 years later, the FBI wants the public's help in a new attempt to break the codes and, maybe, help solve the mystery of how and why the 41-year-old St. Louis man died.

The FBI believes he was murdered, and so do the St. Charles County sheriff's detectives who originally worked the case...

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The following message was sent to us here at AWOW-COM a few days ago.

After some debate about its implications, we have decided to share it with you as we received it, unedited, and without comment.

We do this in the hope that it will generate discussion and foster understanding.

"i'm a 39yrold female who's been pregnant with a live fetus for 32 months.The amazing the about it besides the 32months is that no doctor will help would think someone would want to do research on somthing so bizarrethey just keep saying i should be dead,but i let them know that i'm on GOD'S time not man...

Ghost Ship Found

Australian rescuers were on Friday trying to solve the "Mary Celeste" style mystery of a yacht found floating off the coast with its engine running, food on its table ready to eat, but no crew.

The 12-meter (36 feet) catamaran was found 80 nautical miles off Townsville on the northeast coast, but there was no sign of the three crewmen who had set sail from Queensland state bound for Australia's west coast on Sunday.

"What they found was a bit strange in that everything was normal, there was just no sign of the crew," Jon Hall from emergency management in Queensland told local radio on Friday...

It's orange, it's smelly...I don't know WHAT it is!

Russia has flown a team of chemical experts to a Siberian region to find out why smelly, coloured snow has been falling over several towns.

Oily yellow and orange snowflakes fell over an area of more than 1,500sq km (570sq miles) in the Omsk region on Wednesday, Russian officials said.

Chemical tests were under way to determine the cause, they said.

Residents have been advised not to use the snow for household tasks or let animals graze on it.

"So far we cannot explain the snow, which is oily to the touch and has a pronounced rotten smell," said Omsk environmental prosecutor Anton German, quoted by the Russian news agency Itar-Tass on Thursday...

Bigfoot's Big Feet Stolen

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) -- An imposing, wood-carved Bigfoot statue stolen from outside a doctor's office has been recovered -- minus its big feet.

An anonymous tip led police to the 400-pound sculpture beneath a pile of debris in a backyard about a block from where it was snatched Monday. Two people confessed and could face theft charges.

The likeness of the legendary ape-like creature of the Northwest used to stand 8 feet high, but its 16-inch-long feet had been sawed off at the ankles, leaving it 18 inches shorter...

Escaped Dinosaur Caught

The lizard that escaped from a Compton Heights home in June was found Friday resting on the limb of a mulberry tree.

The lizard, a 5-foot-long crocodile monitor, jumped from tree to tree for part of the afternoon until St. Louis firefighters caught it around 5 p.m.

Children discovered the lizard in the tree in the 1900 block of California Avenue, about a quarter mile from the Russell Boulevard home where it escaped from its cage. Gerald Brooks, whose tree the monitor was found in, called several emergency numbers, including the St...

"Dinosaur" Still On The Prowl In South St. Louis

It's still not a good time to be a bird in the Compton Heights neighborhood of St. Louis.

"The lizard is on the lam," says Shelley Donaho, whose son Zane, 17, owns the missing crocodile monitor that is presumed to be still roaming the area.

The 4-foot-long lizard, which feasts on birds and rodents, resembles a cross between an iguana and a dinosaur. Its aggressiveness is matched by sharp teeth, dangerous claws and deft climbing skills. It escaped last month from the family's home on Russell Boulevard after breaking out of a cage...

Monkey Man!

Thousands of people are flocking to a village in West Bengal to worship a man they believe possesses divine powers because he climbs up trees in seconds, gobbles up bananas and has a "tail".

Devotees say 27-year-old villager Chandre Oraon is an incarnation of the Hindu monkey Lord Hanuman -- worshipped by millions as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion.

"He climbs up trees, behaves like a monkey and is a strict vegetarian, but he is no god and his condition is just a congenital defect," says Bhushan Chakraborty, the local medical officer...

Movie Set Corpse Was Real Thing

HOLLYWOOD, CA. A troupe of actors got a case of the goosebumps over the weekend when it was revealed that the dummy hanging from the scaffold where they were filming a western was in fact a real dead body.

"It's creepy as hell," said Denise Forestall, the leading lady of the wild west pic. "And I didn't smell a thing, which was kind of weird."

Other actors expressed similar astonishment. "I don't understand how it got in here," Dirk McCracken stated. "I mean, there are props people who set all this up...

Boom! - Unexplained Rumblings

Life can serve up a good mystery every once in a while. Weird things happen that defy explanation, that make us wonder how much we really know about the world.

Something of the sort happened in San Diego County shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, and so far no one has come forward with an explanation.

Whatever it was, it caused a woman's bed to shake in Lakeside. It created waves in a backyard pool in Carmel Valley. It set off car alarms in Kearny Mesa and rattled windows from Mission Beach to Poway to Vista...

David Lang Disappeared In Full View of Five People

In September of 1880, on a farm in Tennessee, a man walked across a field in full view of his family and two friends. In mid-step, he simply vanished. His family, friends, neighbors and the authorities searched for him in vain. Thinking that he had fallen into a hole, the county surveyor was called out to check for any sinkholes or caves on the property. None were found. The ground was solid. A year later, his children noticed that at the spot where their father had disappeared the grass was discolored and brittle...

Red Rain in India, Pink Snow in Russia!

Creamy pink snow has covered the northern regions of Russia’s Maritime territory, news agencies reported Monday.

For some reason, the snow that fell in the densely populated northern regions after a powerful cyclone had acquired a pink color of varying tints.

Experts at the local meteorology centre said sand from neighboring Mongolia was to blame for this unusual natural phenomenon.

Before it arrived in Maritime, the cyclone passed Mongolia, where sand storms had been raging in the desert...

The Blob Attacks Los Angeles

A mysterious black blob attacked downtown Los Angeles on Monday with a tar-like goo that oozed from manholes, buckled a street and unmoored a Raymond Chandler-era brick building, firefighters said.

About 200 residents were forced to flee as a hazardous materials team and dozens of firefighters worked throughout the day to identify what was first deemed "a black tarry substance" and later morphed into a "watery mud."

While outside temperatures struggled to break 60, sidewalks in the vicinity steamed at 103 degrees, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers said...

Parents Indicted In Mercy Killing Case



A grand jury handed down indictments yesterday in the case of Jamie Halsbrener, a disabled teenager who was murdered in 2005 in what has been described as a mercy killing.

Both parents of the girl, Samuel and Dorothy Halsbrener, have been indicted for solicitation of a murder for hire. They are said to have hired Nathan Kessler, a veterinarian with a mobile practice, to "put down" their daughter.

Jamie Halsbrener suffered from a yet unnamed disability that required constant care from her parents, who ran a mail order crafts business out of their St...

The Attic

In December of 2004 I bought a house that needed a total rehab. The previous owner had been mother to a varying number of foster children over the years and the place had been neglected. There were a few strange things about the house. All the bedrooms had heavy exterior doors installed in them with keyed dead bolt locks. There was also a keyed lock on the door to the small pantry in the kitchen. One of the bedrooms had been painted pink but the walls were stained a dingy brown. The stain patterns were like shadows in a fireplace, sweeping up the walls...

Field Report: The Hornet Spooklight


August 24, 2005 9:00 PM

Armed with a mapquest printout and half a bottle of Fake Frog wine, we set off from the Super 8 Motel in a white minivan covered with magnetic letters that formed nonsense phrases in Spanish. The directions were specific and detailed, but they could not shed light where there was only darkness, and we nearly drove past each turn they told us to make. Our headlights were the only source of illumination on the dark country road as we gained distance from the metropolis of Joplin Missouri and headed deeper into the famed Oklahoma woods...

Toynbee Tiles

Toynbee tiles are messages of mysterious origin found embedded in asphalt in several major cities in the United States, with at least two known examples in South America as well. The tiles, which are generally about the size of an American license plate but are sometimes considerably larger, contain some variation on the following inscription:

IN KUbricK's 2001

Some of the more elaborate tiles also feature cryptic political statements or exhort readers to create and install similar tiles of their own...

Disabled Teen Victim of "Mercy Killing"


December 31, 2005

The case of Dr. Nathan Kessler, a veterinarian charged with murder, gained a strange twist today with the revelation that the disabled youth had been the victim of a "mercy killing" according to police documents obtained by A.W.O.W.

Kessler was charged last week with murder of Jamie Halsbrener, a fifteen year old girl who lived in St. Peters with her parents. She is believed to have had some kind of extreme disability that required constant care, though the exact nature of her condition is uncertain...


Whether stars of the Disney film National Treasure or pawns of modern day political and commercial propaganda, the Knights Templar have taken root as one of the world’s leading mystery groups. But what is the truth? Did they really have a great secret? Did they really hide treasure? Were they really guardians of the Holy Bloodline? Let's take a look.

Originally supposedly a group of nine knights (debatable), taken from the ruling nobility in the region of France known as Champagne who collected themselves together in Jerusalem around 1118 AD and formed the now infamous Knights Templar...

Veterinarian Arrested for Murder


December 24, 2005

St. Louis police have arrested a man for the killing of a disabled child.

Dr. Nathan Kessler, a local veterinarian with a mobile practice called "Pet Calls" has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Jamie Halsbrener, a St. Peters teenager. The murder is believed to have taken place some time in the past year, according to police officials, though the exact date is uncertain.

Calls to the parents of the slain youth have so far gone unanswered...

Night visit from gasman

A couple who waited all day for a gasman to reconnect their supply were shocked to discover that an engineer had called at their home at 3am.

Michael and Catherine Hopcroft from Bristol woke to find a card from Wales & West Utilities on the doormat.

Mr Hopcroft said: "Did they really think we would be up? I really couldn't believe it, I thought it was a joke."

The gas was first shut off at the couple's home as a precaution while workmen dug up the road outside to fix a gas leak...

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