BRIEF REPORTS from INVESTIGATOR
MAGAZINE 33 to 39
INVESTIGATOR 33, 1993
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES
Japanese revived from comas
do not report "tunnels of light". In one
study of 17 who "had shown minimal signs of life" eight remembered
dreams. These were mostly gloomy dreams of wading in rivers or ponds
and included feelings of fear and suffering. (New Scientist, 1991
November 30 p. 5; Investigator 6, pp 8, 10)
The Australian Women's
Weekly has a regular segment on "Your
Past Lives". People write in, supply their name at birth, name-changes
and date of birth. They are told who or what profession they were in a
previous life and about experiences and characteristics in the previous
life influencing the life they have now.
One would imagine that
examples of numerous people remembering they
were, say, Julius Caesar, would be evidence against reincarnation or
against their memory. Instead we're told: "It is possible that many
people reincarnate with memories of a segment of a particular person's
past life as that segment relates to something the person will
experience at some point in this life."
However, we're not given
any scientific reasons for the claim that "It
A popular belief is that a
hedge or plants in the front garden will
stop traffic noise if you live next to a busy road. Actually this
method won't work unless you have a small forest FIVE or more metres
deep and have it along the sides of your property as well.
practical, if local laws permit, is a brick fence, two metres high
along the front and sides.
SMART FRED FRANZ
Following the Investigator biography of sect
leader Frederick W Franz
last March, reader Frank Russo phoned the University of Cincinnati.
Franz studied there from
9/1911 to 12/1913, completed 36 "classes"
scoring 23 A's, 8 B's and 5 C's. He did 90% of the studies for a
degree before discontinuing
INVESTIGATOR 34, 1994
Each year of the 12 year
Chinese calendar is symbolised by an animal.
The year of the sheep, which 1991 was, is believed by many Chinese to
The year of the monkey —
1992 — was supposed to be a lucky year and
therefore a good year for having babies,
The monkey is believed to
be a clever animal and the result is a "baby
boom" in China in that year. China's population of about 1,150 million
is growing at 16 million per year and, in the opinion of some, is
already 400 million more than the land can sustain indefinitely.
Remember the words: "Wives
should always be lovers too; run to his arms
the moment he comes home to you?" The writer was at the time, a 42 year
old bachelor accountant who lived with his mother.
New Zealand Prime Minister
Mr Jim Bolger was associated with a curse
according to which any head of government he met with lost his job.
When the Japanese Prime
Minister fell from grace in mid 1993 after
meeting Mr Bolger a New Zealand newspaper reported the curse:
"…continues to cut its dreadful swathe across world politics."
The "cursed ones" were said
to include George Bush and Bob Hawke as
well as prime ministers of France and Turkey. However, Mr Keating of
Australia and John Major of Britain seem to be curse resistant.
According to an article in Australasian
Post, Gold Coast mother
Helga Steele cured herself of a large tumor by drinking her own urine.
She advised: "drink every drop."
added a disclaimer that drinking urine
increases the concentrations of salt and urea which the body expels
Urine drinking was
advocated in The Water of Life (1940) by
John Armstrong but there is no scientific support for the practice.
Railway worker Johann
Kovacs of Bihar, Hungary, collapsed while lifting
a trunk on July 21, 1907. Doctors in hospital declared Kovacs dead.
post-mortem was organized and the medical students prepared to watch
and learn. When the scalpel began to cut, Kovacs woke up and assaulted
The Natural Law Party
contested 25 of 47 seats in the December
elections in South Australia.
Members complained that the
media focused more on their claims about
yogic flying than on the Party's policies, thereby portraying them as
President of natural Law,
Peter Fenwick, explained that South Australia
could be made crime-free via programs that reduced people's stress
levels and led to higher intelligence and creativity.
MARY CELESTE MYSTERY SOLVED
The mystery of the Mary
Celeste, discussed in Investigator
solved in 1929.
The book Myth and Mystery by Rupert Furneaux
shows that two crewmembers revealed what had happened. The 1872
disappearance was a fabricated mystery to cover up murder, fraud and
A short report in The
Advertiser revealed: "The British
Psychological Society said it has examined international research into
graphology and failed to find any evidence that handwriting provides
accurate insights into character." (1993 November 20)
OCCULT IN CRIME
At the Institute for
Anomalistic Criminology, founded by Marcello
Truzzi in Michigan in 1991, the influence of the occult on crime is
Psychopaths who plan murder
by the zodiac, psychic investigators,
satanic child abuse, vampire murders, lunar influences, spontaneous
human combustion, etc, are investigated.
Truzzi is co-author of The
From The Advertiser:
"LONDON: A British High Court had ordered
a four-year-old cancer victim to be given a life-saving blood
transfusion against the wishes of his Jehovah's Witness parents. The
court ruled the parents' religious beliefs were secondary to the health
of the child." (1992 July 31 p. 10)
INVESTIGATOR 38, 1994
"Astrology ‘no rip off'"
was the heading of an article in The
Advertiser (April 18) about astrologer Bernadette Brady who is
secretary of the Federation of Australian Astrologers.
Before risking being
"ripped off" test whether or not astrology is a
"rip off" by a simple experiment. The experiment is this:
Write down as accurately as
you can your place and date and time of
birth. Next list the dates, times and places, as accurately as you can,
of 20 important events in your life. If astrology is a science and can
produce information which supporters claim it can produce then the
astrologer should be able to cast your horoscope and tell you what the
20 important events were.
Ask your astrologer to
agree to this experiment before you pay him
WHO KILLED YOU?
Stephen Young, a convicted
double murderer, may be released because
three jurers allegedly found him guilty by contacting the dead victims
via a seance and ouija board and asking: "Who killed you?" (The
Advertiser, April 18)
Two Louisiana (USA) women
who believed their sister was demon possessed
gouged out her eyes. Doretha Crawford and Beverly Johnson were charged
with aggravated assault. (The Advertiser, July 16)
Mermaids are mythical
marine creatures whose upper body resembles a
human female and lower body a fish.
Sightings have been
numerous from Roman times to the 19th century.
Occasionally it's been argued that mermaid sightings were actually
sightings of dugongs, walruses or seals — although you'd have to be at
sea quite a long time to make such a mistake.
Further investigation is
DRACULA'S MORMON BAPTISM
The late prophet and
president of the Mormon Church may currently be
making friends with Dracula.
Ezra Taft Benson, president
and prophet of the Mormons, died aged 94,
in Salt Lake City, May 30. As President of the Quorum of the Twelve
Apostles, Benson became the 13th president of the Mormon Church in
His successor, former president and senior member of the
Council of Twelve, is 86 year old Howard W Hunter.
Steve Benson, the prophet's
grandson, recently left the Church after
six Mormon intellectuals were excommunicated. His reason for leaving
was: "growing intolerance among church leaders" and "the current
atmosphere of fear, intolerance and intimidation..."
Among Mormon beliefs is
that of proxy baptism for the dead. Vlad the
Impaler, also called Dracula, was one of the bloodiest rulers in 15th
century Europe. For this reason Bran Stoker used the name "Dracula" for
his fictitious vampire.
In 1989 Vlad the Impaler
received proxy baptism. If, in the spirit
world, he consents to the baptism, "Dracula" will advance to the same
exaltation in the afterlife as do good Mormons.
CULT LEADERS GUILTY
Anne Hamilton-Byrne and
husband William (now aged 72 and 71) started a
cult, The Family, about 1960. Many reports have accused the leaders of
child stealing, document falsification, administering drugs including
LSD to children, etc.
Following a police raid in
1987 the two leaders fled Australia.
Extradited from the USA in 1993 they recently pleaded guilty to false
statements in registering the births of three children.
To her followers Mrs
Hamilton-Byrne was the reincarnation of Christ.