Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Haunted Independence Missouri Square

 By Margie Kay 

The Quest Paranormal Investigation Team investigated several locations on the Independence Square and found that it is haunted by many spirits who reside here year-round. Many of the brick buildings still in use today were built during the 1850’s.

The Courthouse Exchange at 113 W Lexington is reported to be haunted – possibly by a boy and girl who play tricks on the employees. On numerous occasions, the opening manager has found dimes throughout the restaurant on the floor and tables, and by the register. The dimes are always found face up and are never there the night before. One of the pictures in the ladies’ restroom is sometimes found upside down or sideways or even off of the wall. On one occasion the opening manager, who closed the night before, found a stuffed animal sitting on the bar that she had never seen before. Often the T.V. is tuned to cartoons in the morning. The two young spirits have been sighted by patrons, who think they are live children until they disappear. The manager, Mary Bouer, who has worked at the restaurant for 10 years, says that “I have never personally seen a spirit, but sometimes feel the presence of someone near me and I don’t want to work alone if I can help it.” Bouer said that one time she had two reps from a beer company come look at one of the signs in the window upstairs that was not working, and they came back down the steps very quickly. The two men said that after they unplugged the neon sign from the wall, it lit up again with no electricity, which is impossible. They were so unnerved by the experience that they left and never came back.

The Truman home is reportedly haunted by the ghost of Harry Truman, who sometimes appears in his living room and library, and there have been several reports of a man resembling Harry Truman walking in the neighborhood in the late afternoon at dusk, who dissapears before people’s eyes. It is well known that Harry used to take daily walks around here, especially after his retirement from the presidency. Maybe his spirit is repeating old habits.

Tom Baumgardner, owner of Play Game Café’ reports that there is

a Two foot diameter hole in the concrete floor in the oldest part of the building basement that is filled to floor level with soft dirt. A local resident familiar with the history of these holes says they are bomb shelters that were put into all the businesses just after the end of World War II when threat of a future nuclear war was rising.

When the bomb shelters were considered unnecessary, the property owners filled them with dirt. Some people say they may be filled with more than just dirt. Some people also claim a number of buildings are still connected by secret tunnels. Like many stores on the square that have a long history of add-ons and modifications, this store is over 100 years old and has been added on to at least three times. In renovating the basement they have discovered old furnace vents, hidden crown molding, bathtubs, and stairs that lead nowhere. The Baumgardner’s also have the spirit of a little 6-year-old boy with blond hair in the building that their young daughter can see and hear.

Corporate Copy Print
owner Susan Waters says that when she first moved into the building she heard a very loud chain saw but could not locate the source. When she went next door to the neighbors to ask if they knew where the noise was coming from, they said they heard nothing. Several people have heard loud footsteps and running in the vacant second floor of the building. When they go up to investigate, no one is there. A paper delivery man insisted on going up with Susan one day when he heard someone running in the upper level, but he also found no one. 

Café Verona reports a lady in blue, who sits at one of the tables in the restaurant, then disappears. She is supposedly behind the knocking over of drinks with liquor in them. The employees say that the cabinets in the kitchen will often open and close by themselves, and a big incident one evening caused the head chef to quit on the spot.

A Salon: (undisclosed name) The owner has seen a shadow move around the salon and felt the presence of someone. I investigated this spot and see a woman in a civil war era dress sits working at a desk in one of the back rooms as she did many years ago. She was the co-owner of the store and did all of the books and ordering of supplies. Now she is content to watch over the owner and her employees.

230 and 228 West Maple where Victoria’s Bridal and Costume and Enchanted Forest are located have a number of resident ghosts who bother the owners and employees on an almost daily basis. This building used to house Montgomery Wards, and before that - the Independence Library. Bess Truman worked at the library and Harry would pick her up ther to have lunch every day during the time before they got married. 

 The employees at Victoria’s report seeing a “Lady in Red,” who is a young woman in her late 20’s with short dark bobbed hair wearing 1920’s-1930’s style shoes and a red and white skirt and blouse. The lady carries books in her left arm and walks through one wall, through the store displays, and out through the opposite wall, seemingly oblvious to her current surroundings. Other ghosts at the location do interact with the current tennants, often throwing objects across the room, answering questions outloud, whispering, or making things like keys and photos appear and dissapear. The unruly spirits have even set off the alarm with motion only (no door opening) several times causing the owner to have to pay a fine to the police for false alarm fees, which she is not very happy about.
NOTE: during a Haunted Independence class on this site, three ghosts appeared to the attendees. One moved a heavy curtain, one woman in a white lace dress and black patent leather shoes appeared near the door, and the floating head of a creepy looking man with very dark circles around his eyes appeared near a wall. Some of the attendees saw the ghosts, others just felt their presence.

Whatever else is happening on the busy Independence Square, be assured that the resident ghosts are very active, too.    

June 2019 UFO Sightings over Kansas City Remain Unexplained

Multiple UFO reports from Kansas City were filed with the Mutual UFO Network and the National UFO Reporting Center during the week of June 20, 2019.

The Kansas City Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network hosted a special Town Hall Meeting on July 15, 2018 at the Ararat Shrine Temple at 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, Missouri in order to present information about the recent UFO sightings during the week of June 20, 2019. 150 people attended this special meeting. Several other UFO sightings were reported on June 20, and sightings of giant birds were also reported. It is unknown whether the birds are related to the UFOs.

Missouri MUFON analyzed three videos submitted by witnesses to the objects over Kansas City on June 20 and found 20 other unidentified objects in the sky around the three large white objects. The video was analyzed frame by frame in order to see these other objects which were moving very fast. 

DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) released a statement which indicated they released three high-tech balloons on June 19, 2019, but witnesses said that the objects did not behave like balloons. Three objects remained in the sky over Kansas City for six hours, which is unusual behavior for balloons since they usually travel on prevailing winds. MUFON continues to investigate this situation as it remains unexplained. 

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

What You Need To Know About The Skunk Ape Of The Florida Everglades

By Sally Keys

“Talking about Yeti or Bigfoot or Sasquatch… I’m sure that they exist.” - Jane Goodall. From Lewis and Clark describing seeing ape-men in their journals to Theodore Roosevelt writing and believing to be true the story of a fur trapper whose friend was killed by Bigfoot, tales of Sasquatch predate colonization of the Americas. With dozens of photos, video recordings, and even audio recordings out there it’s no wonder this reclusive beast still tantalizes our imagination. The highest concentrations of sightings, second to the Great Northwest is the Florida Everglades where the skunk ape, a cousin of the Bigfoot is still purported to lurk today.

Bigfoot's Cousin
The Chickasaw tribe called him Lofa, the Choctaw tribe called him Shampe. Sightings of The Ape-Man range across the entire continental United States. The swamp-dwelling Bigfoot is commonly known as the skunk ape named so for its pungent unmistakable odor, that of sulfur or rotten eggs. According to the experts, the skunk ape is most commonly seen in highly uninhabited areas with an abundant water supply and supposedly living in alligator caves and caverns deep in the swamps. Since the Everglades protection area is over 800 square miles of swamp and marshland, receiving over 60 inches of rain a year (almost double that of the Northwest) it seems like a perfect habitat for this elusive creature.

Skunk Ape Research Facility
Dave Shealy, who first saw a skunk ape when he was just a boy, has been pursuing the monster his whole life and has seen the creature three times since, capturing it on film more than once. He set up the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters in the Everglades where he has several exhibits and funds his research. If you one of those hoping to capture the Bigfoot or his cousins on film in the next Patterson–Gimlin sensation, you should know that Floridians have spotted the creature from Port Everglades to Everglades city. Fortunately, Port Everglades is close to the Ft Lauderdale Airport, so if you fly in it should be relatively easy to find lodging in Port Everglades and start your cryptozoology tour from there. Yet the worthiest area to hope for a sighting is deep in the reserves, which hosts perils of its own, as the Everglades are full of alligators and pythons, as well as many other prehistoric dangers.

There are still sightings reported of the Yeti in the Himalayas as there are the Sasquatch in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains. The Skunk Ape has been reportedly seen across Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, The Carolinas, and Florida. Although the ape-man may be shy and elusive and it’s existence heavily debated, there are those to this day that recount stories both mysterious and terrifying. If you decide to hunt him down yourself, beware.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Town Hall Meeting in Kansas City: UFO and Giant Bird Sightings

Multiple UFO reports were filed with the Mutual UFO Network during the week of June 20, 2019. We will discuss these reports and show video and still photographs of the objects. The public may file sighting reports at the meeting.

The Kansas City Chapter of the Mutual UFO Network is hosting a special Town Hall Meeting on July 15, 2018 at the Ararat Shrine Temple at 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, Missouri in order to present information about the recent UFO sightings during the week of June 10, 2019. Several sightings of giant birds were also reported. Field investigators will be on hand to take sighting reports from the public.

The number of reports is unusually high. Some objects may have been High-Tech balloons from DARPA, but an investigator captured images of other objects flying near the balloons which are currently unidentified. Other reports included small bright red orbs and transparent rod-shaped objects at tree level. Investigators are currently working on these reports.

The town hall meeting will begin at 6:00 PM and the regular MUFON meeting will start at approximately 7:00 PM. Both meetings are open to the public.

$5.00 admission covers both events.

For those who wish to order dinner the restaurant will begin serving at 5:00 pm in the meeting hall. The easiest way to access the meeting hall is to park in back of the building and go in the back door then turn left and go through the restaurant.

Margie Kay
Assistant State Director, Missouri MUFON