вторник, 31 октомври 2017 г.

Sequel to a previous case: Possible UFO encounter and strange animal behavior

This story was told to me by a young reader of my bulgarian blog "Misterika". I am receiving readers accounts every month but this is one of the most intriguing cases that I ever came across.

That girl first appeared as a reader of my blog around 2015. Her young age (16 at that time) was not a suprise as a lot of teenagers are visiting Misterika thanks to the ghost stories. She was persecuted by vivid nightmares almost every night. We (me and other readers) tried to help her by giving her some advices how to get a better sleep and get rid of nightmares. It seemed that nothing works (or only worked for a short period of time).

Then at the end of 2016 something strange happened. I have described it here:


Next months nothing extraordinary happened to this reader of mine. It seemed that things are getting back to normal. Up until end of September / beggining of October. The girl did not remember the exact date as she told me what happened weeks later (at that time I was in very bad condition and even had a surgery so I lost contact with most of my readers for some time).

This is her story.

That evening I was angry for something (I don't remember the reason now) and I went out to sit on the stairs. One of my cats immediately came to me and laid near my feets. This cat always come to me because when she was small I managed to join her to other cats and they stopped chasing her. At one time I noticed that the cat is looking at the direction of the centre of the village. I live on a place that is somehow elevated and some things can be seen from here - like the local school. At first I did not pay attention to the cat but she continued to stare at that direction so I looked too. What I saw was something like an aeroplane, or at first I decided that this is an aeroplane because of the lights. But when this "aeroplane" almost reached the roof of the school it started to move backwards and then disappeared. I thought that it might be hidden behind one of the trees but the first time this object passed the trees I saw it was not small enough to hid behind them. I waited about 5 minutes but this "plane" did not appear ever again.
From that evening the cat is acting strange. Every morning as I am going to school that cat is coming with me. First several days she was accompaning me only some distance away from my house but now she is coming to the centre of the village where she waits until I catch my bus and then she goes back home (note: this girl is not studing in the local school, she is traveling to the nearby big city). One day the cat tried to stop me with every possible trick, she even laid on front of me and I almost miss my bus. That day was awful, did the cat knew what was coming? But this is not all. That cat is acting so nice to me only at the morning when I am going to school around 5:00. That cat was always with me before and always cuddled to me every time I sat somewhere. From the appearance of the "aeroplane" this cat is acting very coldly toward me most of the time and always looks around as if she is expecting something. In the few times she laid to me, she did not relax, she was always on the alert. I noticed that cat sometimes sits at the corner of the terrace looking for a long time in the direction of the village centre.

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This was the story of my reader. First let me say that I believe that this case is real and not a reader's fantasy. Through the years I have communicated with a lot of readers and sometimes I manage to catch people who likes to make things up ( believe me - not only teens but people of all ages like to fantasize). I don't think that is the case this time. Something happened in both stories this reader told me but is it paranormal? As always I tried to come up with rational explanations.

About that aeroplane that went backwards. When you are looking at a moving object and it is on the same level as your vision, it might look that it reverses its direction when actually it is turning. I tried to ilustrate this with this picture:


The plane moves from point A through point B to point C. But for a observer on the same level it might looks like it moves from A to B and then in the opposite direction back to point A.

About the cats. They are strange and temperamental animals. They may change their behavior for no reason. I have had a lot of cats through my life and I have seen how a cat temper change. So in this story all might be just normal.

Still is there a posibility that we are dealing with something extraordinary here? Is it possible that this is a case of years long alien observations (abductions?) of this girl? Did the cat sense it? I wonder are there any famous abduction cases in which some animals take important part (besides owls that propably are false memories hiding aliens) ? I remember one case that I read in a bulgarian UFO book. I think it happened in Russia and almost the whole forest (including trees) rised up and prevented an abduction from aliens. I am not sure if it is a real story but anyway I will try to find again this case. I have a lot of bulgarian UFO books that describe events from Bulgaria, Russia and Eastern Europe as general and I think a lot of cases are still not known to the english-speaking world.

Anyway, back to this case - does anyone has any suggestions?

BTW I just realised something. This is how the previous article ends:

Next days that girl had strange vivid dreams. Up until that encounter she had nightmares very often. Now they cnanged to strange confusing dreams in which her cat is replaced by a cloning. Other people are repaced too.

Now we have a strange cat behavior for real. WTF!

събота, 6 май 2017 г.

Well, well. "Immortal vampire" injured in the land of vampire slayers

Did you remember the conspirasy theory claiming that Nicolas Cage is an immortal vampire?

Crazy conspiracy theorists think that Nicolas Cage is an immortal vampire … and here’s why

It is all based on one old picture.


And did you know Bulgaria used to be a place where people made sure the dead would not come as vampires? Over 100 graves have been uncovered, revealing skeletons with stakes through their hearts and mutilated bones.

Bulgaria’s Vampire Graveyards

What's the connection between these two articles? Well, something interesting happened at the end of April. It seems quite ordinary but as always we can make a very rich story from it.

Freak accident’ in Bulgaria: Nicolas Cage breaks ankle during movie shoot

After what was described as a “freak accident”, the very active actor was taken to a hospital in Sofia. While the doctors on site wanted to take him to surgery, Nicolas Cage insisted to be flown to Los Angeles, which is where he is now. He basically ran away. Why? Probably he was not sure how good bulgarian doctors are. Or...or he was afraid from something. Who knows maybe vampire hunters are still around in Bulgaria and the accident was not an accident at all....

(picture taken from www.costumemodels.com)

вторник, 31 януари 2017 г.

The controversial Bulgarian prophet Baba Vanga

Baba Vanga (Grandmother Vanga) was a bulgarian clairvoyant well known in Russia and in her own country Bulgaria. In recent years I noticed a lot of articles about her in western news sites as well. Vanga is even called the Nostradamus of the Balkans. According to some the blind prophet foretold 9/11, the 2004 tsunami, the Fukushima disaster and the birth of ISIS. But did she? Let's find out.


Let me start with some bio. Baba Vanga (31 January 1911 – 11 August 1996), born Vangeliya Pandeva Dimitrova, known after her marriage as Vangelia Gushterova, was a blind mystic, clairvoyant, and herbalist, who spent most of her life in the city of Petrich or in Rupite village in the southern mountains of Bulgaria. She was born in Strumica, then in the Ottoman Empire, present day Republic of Macedonia. In her childhood, Vangelia was an ordinary child with brown eyes and blonde hair. According to her own testimony, a turning point in her life occurred when a 'tornado' allegedly lifted her into the air and threw her in a nearby field. She was found after a long search. Witnesses described her as very frightened, and her eyes were covered with sand and dust, she was unable to open them because of the pain. She gradually lost sight.

During World War II, Vanga attracted believers with her ability to heal and soothsay – a number of people visited her, hoping to get a hint about whether their relatives were alive. On 8 April 1942 even the Bulgarian tzar Boris III visited her. In 1942 Vanga married Dimitar Gushterov, a bulgarian soldier who had come asking for the killers of his brother but had to promise her not to seek revenge. He got ill in 1947, fell into alcoholism, and eventually died on 1 April 1962.

She continued to be visited by both important persons and commoners after World War Two. Bulgarian politicians and leaders from different Soviet Republics, even Leonid Brezhnev, sought her counsel. Vanga died on 11 August 1996 from breast cancer.

You can read more about her life in this Wikipedia article.

Baba Vanga's house in Rupite:


Nowadays there is a church dedicated to Baba Vanga. The Church of St Petka was constructed at a site chosen by Baba Vanga in 1992. It should be noted that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church do not approve this temple claiming it is in conflict with canons. Orthodox Church is even harsher toward Vanga herself. In 2011 some priests proclaimed Peter Deunov for a false preacher and Baba Vanga for nothing more that a sorceress. (Note: Peter Deunov is another popular bulgarian from the past, philosopher and spiritual teacher). Nikolay, the well known metropolitan of Plovdiv (quite controversial figure himself) even claimed Vanga was a satanic phenomen.

But was her phenomen at all? It is very hard to say. There are a lot of believers who will fiercely defend her (I put priests in the "believers" as they believe in her powers, they just deny they are from God). There are a lot of sceptics too (myself included). Unfortunately as always after so many years it is hard to separate facts from fiction but let's try to do it anyway.

I had my first doubts about Vanga as a young teenager. It was 1994 and Bulgarian national football team was very successful in 15th FIFA World Cup, held in the the United States. I heard on TV that Vanga had predicted who would reach the final. She said two countries beginning with the letter "B" would be in the final match. At that stage there were only two countries with "B" as a first letter still in the competition - Bulgaria and Brazil. So everyone expected Bulgaria to reach the final. It did not happen. The final match was Brazil vs Italy (Brazil won).

Two years latter Vanga died and the story seemed over. But few years after that I noticed something strange - more and more articles about Vanga started to appear. They were about never heard before predictions of Vanga. Soon I started to notice a pattern. They claimed a lot of past events were predicted by Vanga but almost none of the future predicted events ever came true. I noticed the same pattern in english articles too. Here is an example:

Here are 13 predictions that Baba Vanga made for 2016 and the future

"She is called the Nostradamus of the Balkans, and with good reason. Baba, Vanga, the blind Bulgarian clairvoyant, who died 20 years ago, is believed to have predicted the rise of the ISIS, the fall of the twin towers, the 2004 Tsunami, and the global warming, among a host of other events."

Barack Obama will be the last president of the US: Baba Vanga had predicted that the 44th US president would be an African American, but she had also added that he would be the last one.

Europe will cease to exist: According to Baba Vanga, the continent will cease to exist by 2016, and all that would remain will be empty spaces and wasteland, nearly devoid of any form of life.

Well, it is now 2017 and we know Obama was not the last president of USA and as I live in Europe I can asure you it is still very populated and lively. So what about all those global predictions? Once I talked with someone who have written a book about Baba Vanga and she told me most of the things we see as Vanga's predictions have never been told by her. It is all "fake news".

This is the reason why I stopped to pay attention to any news about Vanga. Still that does not answer the question about her supposed supernatural powers. Were they real? Ordinary people who visited Vanga in the past might give us more accurate picture about her. Unfortunately I haven't met (online and offline) a lot of such people as they are from an older generation. Most of the stories that I have heard are second hand accounts. They are not very convincing.

Here is a quick example. Once I talked with someone who claimed Baba Vanga predicted to his parents that their only son would spent some time in the prison. He really spent some time behind bars and he was firm believer in Vanga (almost as a fanatic). I did not get a lot of info from him. I don't know when he learned about this prediction. Did his parents tell him about that before or after he has been in prison? Did this man learn about the prediction before going to prison? In this case is this a self-fulfilled prophecy? He might lived all his life without too much of a care. Good or bad behavior was not important, prison was ahead no matter what. So maybe he chose the bad but funny way of life. Or maybe his parents told him about the prophecy after he got out of prison? Maybe they just wanted to calm him and it is all a lie made up by them - "you are not guity, this was your fate that cannot be changed, Vanga told us so." I am not claiming that any of this is the real explanation about this case, I am just showing that I still haven't found the smoking gun witness account. The one that will prove Baba Vanga was a real clairvoyant.

Still there are some very interesting stories from ordinary people written in reliable sources. I read about two such cases in the memoirs of Petko Venedikov.

Petko Venedikov (1905-1995) was a very famous and respected bulgarian lawyer, a professor of Roman and civil law, known for his writings on property law, family law, civil process. Not many people know that he was very interested in supernatural as well. He participated in a lot of spiritual seances. This is the part about Baba Vanga that I find interesting:

"There was a lot of talk about famous Vanga from Petrich. I have heard a lot of things about her. But undoubtedly the first credible story was told by my colegue Peter Gerganov, a young lawyer and zealous communist party member. He had visited Vanga twice for a criminal case. First time Vanga said that his client would be sent to prison but for how long she could not tell then. On the day before the trial she said he would be sentenced to two years. This was court verdict as well.
The other case I heard one evening at the office of the late lawyer Komitski. I was already retired and he invited me after work to go to him because he had a jug of good wine. A working woman, forty-five years old, came in the office. Komitski introduced her as a former communist guerilla, now head of a department in "Malchika" factory. She told us the story that follows. After the victory (over the old regime) she and a friend of her passed through Petrich. They have heard a lot about Vanga and they decided to talk to her. Why not? They called her home and Vanga said: "Come in, but leave your guns outside." Vanga told the woman about her family, parents, brothers, sisters, etc. Also Vanga said something like that: "When you were going to a meeting with Tano Tsolov (another guerilla) you slipped into the river ... Since then there is a scar on the handle of your gun." Then Vanga told her: "In your village there is a large tree. On so-and-so feet away a rifle is buried. This rifle belonged to (name withheld) who was killed at (name withheld)." The woman then told us that when they came out she checked her gun and there really was a scar. Then they went to her village and they found the buried riffle."

These two cases are very interesting and I will come to them again later in this article. There are more things about Vanga in the memoirs of Petko Venedikov.

"Two or three years ago when Perestroika started in Russia professor Shipkovenski made a film about Vanga. It showed conversations between Vanga and some people. I noticed that at the beginning Vanga was uncertain about family members of the people and gave some false answers but slowly her answers became more accurate. [ ... ] There were three psychiatrists and two psychologists in the film. To my surprise, they claimed Vanga is a fraud. She used the reactions to the false answers to understand what answer people expect at the end. It was quite absurd. I know that there are magicians in circus who can "read minds" in this way. Tricksters talk to the people and observe their expressions and body language so they can find the correct answer. But none of this was true in the case of Vanga. She is blind."

Today a lot of serious scientists from Bulgaria and Russia continue to doubt Vanga's paranormal abilities. At the end of 2016 I read an article about the russian academician Evgeny Alexandrov and Vanga. This is part of the article:

"Everything is known for Vanga. She was a blind sad woman. But she also was an excellent businesswoman who once managed to turn one of the most backward and obscure places in Bulgaria into a center of pilgrimage for people from all over the world. Do you know who most prayed for her? Taxi drivers, waiters in restaurants and cafes, hoteliers - people who earn good money from the work of the "clairvoyant", said the academician.
According to him, these people (taxi drivers, waiters and so on) were communicating with visitors and then they were giving all the information to Vanga. Then Baba Vanga was telling the same information to her astonished visitors. Alexandrov revealed that there were such "psychics" in Russia too.
Is that all? Was it all just a clever scam? We may never know. Still maybe there is something more that can be added to the story of Baba Vanga, something that is dark and sinister.

There are a lot of rumours, speculations and claims that "Baba Vanga" was actually a project of the bulgarian secret service known as Committee for State Security (ДС). It was a very powerful organization. According to some it did not disband after the fall of the communist regime but transformed and went underground. A lot of people in Bulgaria beleive that today ДС still rules the country behind the scenes. The secret archive of ДС is not fully declassified to this day and it is a source of great controversy. The agency is often incriminated with the ill-famed murder of dissident writer Georgi Markov using a "Bulgarian umbrella" on London's Waterloo Bridge in 1978 and was formerly accused of the 1981 attempt on Pope John Paul II's life. So it was (is?) a very powerful organization that can do with ease something like a large scale social control project. According to this conspiracy theory secret agents used Vanga to spy on people who visited her. They would often tell her things that they wouldn't normally tell anyone else. Conection between ДС and Vanga can be a good explanation for the incredible cases from Petko Venedikov's memoirs. Maybe Vanga knew in advance what will be the prison sentence of the accused man, agents have told her. And maybe "the buried rifle" is just a legend created by the secret service. This story was told by an ex-guerilla and as a devoted supporter of the regime she would tell everything that agents wanted from her. Still I don't say that this is how thing happened but it is a possible scenario.

So is it Baba Vanga a real prophet at the end? Hard to tell. Maybe we will know much more about her one day when all secret archives are declassified. When this finally happens (if ever) we will know much more about another strange events from the past too. Like what the military found in 1990 when they dug deep into the so called "Hole of Tsarichina".

понеделник, 2 януари 2017 г.

Possible UFO / abduction case - December 8th, 2016

This was told to me by the girl that experienced those strange events. They took place in the evening of December 8th last year. Location is a small village near The Black Sea.

"While I was going home I saw a lot of small stars together in one place. They did not have the distance that stars usually have between them. They did not move and they were like normal stars except that they were small and close together. Something strange happened after that".

My question: Did you have missing time?

"I don't know about missing time but I saw a small screech-owl hanging from an electric wire. I went under it to see it better. The owl was from those that are described as "shrouded". I didn't see any brown on it, it was all white. We looked at each other for some time then the bird flew away. I kept looking at it. A second latter it suddenly disappeared. I had to idea where it went. It didn't turn, it flew straight forward and just vanished".

My question: Maybe it disappeared in the dark?

"It wasn't very dark, there was a street lamp there. It was around 20:40".

These are drawings of the stars. The girl made 3 drawings because she was unsure how exactly they looked.


My question: Did you hear any humming noise (I was thinking - maybe it was a drone)?

No, it was unusually quiet. Even the dogs didn't bark.


Next days that girl had strange vivid dreams. Up until that encounter she had nightmares very often. Now they cnanged to strange confusing dreams in which her cat is replaced by a cloning. Other people are repaced too.


This case is described in bulgarian here.

неделя, 26 юни 2016 г.

Lars Mittank - a mysterious disappearance from Bulgaria

Through the years I have covered a lot of different stories about disappearances in my bulgarian blog. Missing people, ships, places (Restaurant X) and even whole settlements (The Mysterious Lost Colony of Roanoke), I have them all. Apart from this the so called "lost civilizations" are a whole separate topic.

If we talk only about people some of the missing were never found, others were found alive or dead but the events connected to their disappearances were never revealed (The Bizarre Case of Claudette Souchon).

For some stories it is not clear if they ever happened (David Lang's Walk). Others are true for sure and they are full with paranormal theories (Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery). Some are eerie and mysterious even without a supernatural connection (How could a woman just vanish?).

I have never really thought that one day Bulgaria (where I live) will be a scene for one of the strangest cases of missing people. But as they say - anything may happen anywhere.

This is the story of Lars Mittank who disappeared in 2014 while on holiday in Bulgaria. I used several sources for this article. Unfortunately some of the details from the different sources are contradictory and this leads to some confusion. The police knows all the exact details for sure. They are known as well to Mittank's relatives and to the private detective that searched for him. But I am not from that group of people so I can only trust news articles.

So let's begin.

Lars Mittank arrived in Bulgaria on 30 June 2014 together with a tourist group sent by german company TUI. He was 28 years old at that time. The group stayed in "Viva" hotel in Golden Sands complex and as many other westeners they participated in so called "drinking tours" in the local bars.

One day while he was in a bar Mittank got caught in a fight between rival football fans. This is the first thing that is not very clear to me. Some articles suggests that Mittank had nothing to do with the fight. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. At least one articles claims Mittank as a fan of "Werder Bremen" was fighting with fans of FC "Bayern Munich". If this is true then who were those fans? It is logical to suggest that they were germans too. Lars suffered an injury in his ear as a result from the brawl.

After the injury Mittank visited a doctor who prescribed him the antibiotic "Cefuroxime 500" and warned him that it was not save to fly with an airplane because of the trauma. This is why Mittank did not return with others to Germany on June 7. At that moment Mittank was left alone. Around 6:00 am that day Lars left "Viva" hotel and took a taxi to Varna where he visited another doctor. The doctor prescribed him "CEFZIL". It is not clear to me if this is the same visit to a doctor that is mentioned above. Some details (like the medice prescribed) are different. Is this a second visit?

Later that day Mittank returned to "Viva", probably to take his luggage. After that he took another taxi and asked the driver to take him to a cheap hotel in Varna city. He booked in "Kolor" in the central part of the town. Mittank spent some part of the night there. Things got more and more strange from here. In the midle of the night Mittank called his mother (another article claims he texted her). On the phone he sounded very constrained. Once again there are some differences in the news sources. Some claim he told his mother that his credit card is blocked and  four unknown men are following him. They even asked him what are these pills he was taking. His mother Sandra Mittank made an attempt to deblock his card so Lars can buy tickets.

Lars left "Kolor" around 1:00 a.m. on June 8 as if he was frightened by something. Soon after that he called his mother once again. He told her that he was followed by four fans of "Bayern" who called him "Bremen's pig" and "nazi".

"He was not talking loud and he said that he is in a hideout in a high place. He must be very cautious not to fall" - this is what Sandra Mittank told the police.


Lars Mittank also said to his mother that he would try to reach the airport in Varna and to visit the doctor there (for the second or third time?). He wanted to ask what is this medice that previous doctor(s) prescribed to him. 

A very important question - were those four unknown men that asked Mittank about his pills in the hotel the same four "football fans" that followed him after he left? Even more important question - were they the same fans of  "Bayern Munich" that Lars fought with? If so how did they find him again? Were they searching for Lars?


It is not known where Lars spent the rest of the night and where is this "high place". At 5:00 a.m. in the morning he managed to reach the airport with a taxi. He can be seen on the cameras how he enters in the airport. Lars Mittank looks calm at that point.

Once again Lars made a telephon call to his mother and told her he has no money.

"It was strange" - Sandra Mittank explains - "he told me that he has enough money the last time he called."

Meanwhile Sandra Mittank managed to buy two online tickets for her son. One was for a flight from Varna to Germany (the exact destination is not mentioned) and one for a bus to Hamburg. Lars Mittank was supposed to leave Bulgaria in 16:20 on June 8 and to arrive in Germany on 21:45 the same day.

Lars Mittank looked normal while he was in the doctor's office though somehow uneasy. He insisted to travel despite ear injury. This is why the doctor gave him to sign a declaration that Mittank would fly on his own responsibility. At that moment Lars suddenly ran out from the office leaving all his luggage, ID papers and his cell phone. What was it that terrified him? Was it the declaraion they gave him to sign? What did he think? Did he think that the doctor wanted to involve him in a dirty deal? Another web site points out that Mittank ran out when he noticed a man dressed like a "construction worker" to approach the doctor's office.

This video is captured by security cameras on Varna airport. We can see that Mittank was calm when he entered the building. He left running.



Eye witnesses claimed that they have seen Mittank to jump over airport's fence and to run toward nearby forest. This was the last time he was ever seen.

For this story I used mostly this news articles:

Изгубен ли случаят "Намери Ларс Митанк"

The Mystery Disappearance of Lars Mittank

People who mysteriously vanished from airports

This is how Lars Mittank was looking at the time of his disappearance and how he possibly looks a year later:


More pictures of him:


The mystery of Lars Mittank disappeance can be separated in two parts, there are two questions. Why did he acted so strange? And what have happened to him after he left the airport?

Here are some possibilities about the first question.

1) Everything that Mittank told his mother on the phone was true. Unknown men did follow him.

2) Everything was just a fantasy and hallucination. Mittank suffered from paranoia.

Velislav Bonev, menager of "BSA Bodyguard & Security Association" has a similar version about the disappearance. While on drinking tour Mittank may has consumed syntethic drugs with prolonged effect, probably without even noticing.

"This is no exception", said Bonev. "According the information he have, Lars didn't use drugs before. He was not addicted to alchohol too. He had a good job in an electricity station and a normal behavior for his age. But in such cases when a syntetic drug is used a nasty effect known as "frying" may happen. The drug triggers paranoid reactions and leads to prolonged depression and anxiety".

3) The third possibility is least probable. There are no facts that support it but still we must not dismiss it so easily. Mittank might has not been under influence of a drug and might has not been suffering from paranoia and still he might has told false thing on the phone - about "four unknown men following him" and so on. This means one thing - he lied. I can think of only one reason why he might did this - he wanted to "disappear" and to send those who would search for him in a wrong direction.

Now let's see what might have happened to Lars after he left Varna airport.

Soon after Lars went missing Sandra Mittank anounced a reward for any information that can help to find her son. As far as I know the reward is 40 000 euro. In 2015 people from Sofia (capital of Bulgaria) called and claimed that Lars was living as a homeless man in a park. This relates to the first version mentioned above - that Mittank has suffered psychological breakdown and he might has lost his memory (because of drugs or some other reason). The homeless man was photographed and the picture was sent to Germany. Although only an ear and part of his face were visible, experts said that with 80 percent probability this was Lars Mittank. Sandra Mittank and the private detective Guetig flew to Sofia and went to the park. It turned out the homeless man is a complete counterpart (doppelganger) of Lars but he was a bulgarian. This was a srange coincidence itself but it did not help to solve Mittank's mystery.


Another version is that because of ear trauma and the danger of flying (or the fear that he was followed), Mittank decided to hitchhike to Germany. It would be quite hard - let's not forget that he left all his money and IDs in doctor's office at the airport. But this is not totally impossible - just ask trafficants and refugees that are roaming Eaurope right now. There was even info that Lars Mittank has been seen in Romania.

Ларс Митанк видян в Румъния (English: Lars Mittank seen in Romania)

Let's say it was true. It is oblvious now that Mittank failed to reach Germany hitchhiking. What may have happened? Did criminals attack him? They did not find any money in Lars so they killed him in a rage. He might be buried somewhere where no one will ever find his body. Or probably wild animals attacked him? Never underestimate wolves of Transilvania. Or did human trafficants kill Mittank? Things may have happened this way - somehow Lars made contact with those who smuggle refugees to Western Europe. He had no money so he promised them to pay when he riches Germany. This can explain how eventually Lars managed to leave Bulgaria without ID papers. At some point trafficants got anxious. Lars was not the typical refugee, he was a german. What if they get in trouble because of him? So trafficants decided to kill him and get rid of the body. Does this version sound plausible? Maybe this is what have happaned to Lars Mittank. Or maybe not...

Next article about Mittank is so "yellow news" that I will not even discuss it, I'll just give the title:

Германецът Ларс отвлечен от перничанка? (English: Lars abducted by a woman from Pernik*)

*Pernik - well known "wild west" bulgarian city.

Next article can be connected to the third version - Lars Mittank might have acted so strange in order to fool those who may search for him. Maybe he wanted to hide his traces so he can go to Syria or Ukraine.

Изчезналият германец отишъл да се бие в Украйна? (Eng: The missing german went to fight in Ukraine?)

There are a lot of foreigners in both conflicts and they are fighting on every side. In Ukraine some support ukrainian forces while others support so called pro-russian separatists. In Syria there are foreigners fighting for Daesh, Assad, Al Queda, syrian rebels, kurds.... The dead foreigners are buried in unnamed graves in most of the cases. If this is the fate of Mittank he may never be found.

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Intrigued by this case I decide to look deeper into disappearances in Bulgaria. It may sounds strange but almost every week someone disappear here. In the first day when I was preparing this article I found two such news stories:

Мъж се е изгубил в Лозенска планина (English: A man got lost in Lozenska mountain, Update: later they found him alive)

МВР продължава издирването на 39-годишен мъж от София (English: Autorities keep searching for a 39 years old man from Sofia, missing since 8 November 2015)

There is even one twitter profile that tweets only about missing bulgarians, it posts very often:

Безследно изчезнали

It is terrifying, too often people disappear! Some of them are found alive and well (children often run away from home). Others are never found. And some are found dead. Some cases are shrouded in mystery. Few examples:

Изчезването на студента от Пловдив остава мистерия (English: Disappeance of the student from Plovdiv still a mystery)

He was later found dead but it did not solve the mystery.

Откриха мъртъв изчезналия студент от Пловдив (English: Missing student from Plovdiv found dead)

Мистерия! Изчезнал в Перник - изплува удавен в Сарафово (English: Mystery! Disappeared in Pernik found drown in Sarafovo)

Мистерията с художника, който подпали картините си и изчезна, продължава (English: Mystery with the artist who put his paintings on fire and disappeared contunues)

Probably none of this cases has any connection with Lars Mittank but who knows - maybe we can find something common or at least understand why so many people disappear. Experts know this better. It is no coincidence that when bulgarian movie director Zahari Paunov disappeared, the german detective Guetig (looking for Mittank) was interested in the case.

Не е ясно къде е засечен последният разговор на изчезналия режисьор Паунов (English: It is not clear where the last call from missing director Paunov was detected)

Later Paunov was found dead.

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So what can we do?

First and most important - do not disappear! Do not go alone to suspicious locations and always tell someone where are you going.

Second, keep your eyes open. I know that a lot of bulgarian readers of my blog "Misterika" are doing this even without telling them. A lot of them (especially the young) love to search for mysteries. I have received some pictures from spooky places through the years. Usually I warn them to be careful and not to go alone (especially in the night) but some do not listen to me :) I myself go to "searching expeditions" from time to time. Well, next time we go out we may look not only for UFOs, ghosts and strange creatures but for strange people too. Who knows - we may stumble upon a blonde bum with empty look in his eyes who speaks only german. Maybe Lars Mittank indeed lost his memory and maybe he indeed lives somewhere in Bulgaria as a forest hermit now...

At the end - some eerie or at least strange pictures that I have received through the years:





събота, 16 април 2016 г.

Dead man walking in a small bulgarian village

I received this story not long ago. It was send to me by a young reader of my bulgarian blog. It is very interesting encounter so I am translating it in english.

I am 19 years old now and this happened 6-7 years ago. I was in my mother's home village (near Smolyan, I rearly go there). It was almost winter. One of my friends from that village just got brand new air rifle so we went around the village stooting bottles. On our way back to the village we passed by a gully where we saw a figure. We both thought this was a man from the village so we decided to make a joke.

We aproched the man from the back and my friend pointed the now empty gun at the figure while I screamed "Hands Up!" I remember very cleary how long and loud the echo sounded around. Then the man turned with his face toward us. I saw how my friend froze then he dropped the gun on the ground (I still remember this sound too). My friend just whispered "RUN" and started to run up the hill. He was running and crying, from time to time he was turning his head to see if the man was after us. I was running and crying too as I didn't know what was happening.

After 5 minutes we were in my friend's room. I asked him "What happened?" and he replied "that man, they buried him last week". I imediately burst again into tears so load that his parents came to the room. We told them what we have seen. I don't know if they believed us but his father went to take the rifle. Soon he returned. There was no rifle but the look of his eyes was strange. His parents forbid us to go to that place anymore. We think he saw the same dead man walking that we saw.

Original story in bulgarian

Was this a vampireThe notion of vampirism has existed for millennia. Cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Hebrews, Ancient Greeks, and Romans had tales of demons and spirits which are considered precursors to modern vampires. However, despite the occurrence of vampire-like creatures in these ancient civilizations, the folklore for the entity we know today as the vampire originates almost exclusively from early-18th-century southeastern Europe, when verbal traditions of many ethnic groups of the region were recorded and published. In most cases, vampires are revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, or witches, but they can also be created by a malevolent spirit possessing a corpse or by being bitten by a vampire.

“The Vampire”, lithograph by R. de Moraine (1864)

петък, 22 януари 2016 г.

UFO over Nova Zagora (January 2016)

On 15 January 2016 a bulgarian news site run a story about a UFO sighting near the city of Nova Zagora that happened a day earier. A reader claimed that he witnessed a military jet chasing a strange object. Soon this UFO case went global.



It even appeared in the popular site "Mysterious Universe":

Bulgarian Jets Chase UFO Near Mysterious UFO-Shaped Building

One of the comments stated this:

"Looks like an A-10, I doubt the Bulgarians fly them, so the pic is fake."

But that is not correct. There are american A-10 in Bulgaria. They participate in military excersises.

Meanwhile I found another interesting article in another website. It was published 4 days earlier on 11 January 2016. Here is the translation:

„Unknown” airplane alarmed websites. It turned out this was air drill

“24 chasa”, 11.1.2016

Today afternoon an unknown airplane alarmed planespotting websites with its strange movement.

Ministry of Defense commented for “24 chasa” that it is probably a plane participicating in the NATO international aviation drill that started on 4th January.

For this excersise for the first time USA sended to Bulgaria ten planes А-10 that supports infantry. But in this case it might be КС-135 air tanker.

According to online map flightradar24.com the plane came from north and after reaching Stara Zagova it began its strange movement. First it headed toward Hisaria and Panagiurishte, then turned toward Burgas and over Karnobat it turned again toward Sofia. Then it started to make circles over Sliven and Straldja. In 16:30 the plane approched borders of Turkey and Greece. In 17:00 it switched off its transponder and dissapeared from the radar.

The plane mostly circles over military training ground in Novo Selo which means that it was doing operative tasks in the aviation drills, commented from Ministry of Defense.


http://www.24chasa.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=5226275

I am very sceptical about this sighting. I doubt it is an unknown craft on the picture. No other witnesses came forward and no video was realised. Probably it was just another military jet seen from a different angle or maybe even a bird.