Mystery of Rudolph Fentz: Fact or Fiction?

Written By Tripzibit on Apr 18, 2014 | 20:43

On a June night in 1950, approximately at 11:00 p.m., an on-duty police officer spotted a mysterious man with mutton chop sideburns and Victorian-era duds standing in the middle of the road at an intersection near Times Square in New York City who appeared to be in his early thirties. Witnesses said he looked startled at that time. And then, the police officer approached him to offer assistance, but the light at the intersection had changed. In apparent shock, the man headed for the sidewalk in the direction of approaching traffic, suddenly he was struck by a taxi and died instantly.

When paramedics arrived, they were astounded by the man’s appearance. He was dressed in old-fashioned, 19th-century-era clothing. A tall, silk hat, a thick, buttoned cutaway coat, checkered pants, and buttoned shoes. The officials at the morgue searched his body and found the following items in his pockets:
  • A copper token for a beer worth 5 cents, bearing the name of a saloon, which was unknown, even to older residents of the area;
  • A bill for the care of a horse and the washing of a carriage, drawn by a livery stable on Lexington Avenue that was not listed in any address book;
  • About 70 dollars in old banknotes;
  • Business cards with the name Rudolph Fentz and an address on Fifth Avenue;
  • A letter sent to this address, in June 1876 from Philadelphia.

Times Square, New York (Present Day)

Captain Hubert V. Rihm of the Missing Persons Bureau began his investigation by using those information to identify the man. He found that the address on Fifth Avenue was part of a business; its current owner did not know Rudolph Fentz. No traces of a Rudolph Fentz, including fingerprints, could be found in any modern records, and no missing person reports had been issued for anyone meeting his description.

Rihm continued the investigation and finally found a Rudolph Fentz Jr. in a telephone book of 1939. Rihm spoke to the residents of the apartment building at the listed address who remembered Fentz and described him as a man about 60 years who had worked nearby. After his retirement, he moved to an unknown location in 1940.

Contacting the bank, Rihm was told that Fentz died five years before, and traced his widow to a residence in Florida. Rihm contacted her and learned that her husband’s father had disappeared in 1876 aged 29. He was last seen going out for a walk, and never returned.

With this new information, Rihm searched through outdated missing person records, and found that a Rudolph Fentz had indeed gone missing in 1876, some 74 years earlier. What’s more, the description from the 1876 missing person report matched, exactly, that of the present Rudolph Fentz.

Afraid that others would think him crazy for suggesting that this was the same individual, Captain Rihm avoided speaking of the matter, and none of his findings were officially recorded. The case is, to this day, considered unsolved.

Since 1972, the mysterious disappearance and reappearance of Rudolph Fentz has appeared in books (such as those by Viktor Farkas) and articles, and later on the Internet, portrayed as a real event. The story has been cited as evidence for various theories and assumptions about the topic of time travel.

The story was published a number of times in the 70's and 80's as fact, until 2000, after the Spanish magazine ‘Más Allá’ published a representation of the events as a factual report, folklore researcher Chris Aubeck investigated the description to check the veracity. His research led to the conclusion that the people and events of the story invented all were fictional, although he could not find the original source.

Later in 2002, Pastor George Murphy contacted Aubeck and claimed that the original source was from either a 1952 Robert Heinlein science fiction anthology, entitled "Tomorrow, The Stars" or the Collier’s magazine from 15 September 1951. The true author was the renowned science fiction writer Jack Finney (1911–1995), and the Fentz episode was part of the short story "I’m Scared", which was published in Collier’s first. No copies of the story have ever been found, and Finney died before he could be questioned.

However, in 2007 a researcher working for the then Berlin News Archive, found a newspaper story in the archives from April 1951 reporting the story almost as it reported today. This newspaper archive was printed some 5 months before the short story sourced as the origin. Whats even odder, a number of researchers have claimed to have found evidence of the real Rudolph Fentz, and proof of his disappearance aged 29 in 1876.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolph_Fentz;
http://www.strangerdimensions.com/2011/09/19/the-extraordinary-voyage-of-rudolph-fentz/;
http://coolinterestingstuff.com/the-strange-case-of-rudolph-fentz

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:New_york_times_square-terabass.jpg
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The Haunted Gibraltar Point Lighthouse

Written By Tripzibit on Apr 15, 2014 | 16:55

Completed around 1808, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is one of the earliest and oldest existing structures in Toronto. This 150 years-old lighthouse which is located on the Toronto Islands in Toronto, Ontario is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of J.P. Radelmüller, its first keeper. It was functioned as a lighthouse for Lake Ontario until 1958. Now, it is currently unused and shut, however the building is occasionally opened to the public to have a look inside.

According to local legend, John Paul Radelmüller was murdered in the lighthouse.The story appeared in The York Gazette of January 14th, 1815:

The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse (2009)
“Died on the evening of the 2nd of January, J.P. , keeper of the lighthouse on Gibraltar Point. From circumstances there is moral proof of his having been murdered. If the horrid crime admits of aggravation when the inoffensive and benevolent character of the unfortunate sufferer are considered, his murder will be pronounced most barbarous and inhuman.”

During and after the War of 1812, when the U.S. besieged and destroyed most of York (only the lighthouse was left undamaged), drinking was the main pastime of most off-duty military recruits. Radelmüller was typically happy to oblige patrons who dropped by any hour of the day or night. There were rumors Radelmüller was also actively involved as a smuggler who brought whiskey from the United States. 

At that time, on January 2nd, 1815 two or three drunken soldiers from the Fort at York called on him late in the evening and asked him the bootlegged beer. But Radelmüller gently refused, and tried to send them away. And when they got angry, he try to fled from them. They chased him up the stairs and knocked him unconscious, and then they chopped up Radelmüller's body into pieces and buried around near the lagoon on the islands. Later, two soldiers named John Henry and John Blowman, were charged with his murder but later acquitted.

In 1893, George Durnan, the fourth lighthouse keeper found a coffin buried in the sand nearby that contained a jawbone, however It wasn't clear whether this belonged to Radelmüller.

Many believe that Radelmüller's ghost still haunts the lighthouse to this day. Some have reported that the sound of moaning can be heard on misty nights. Orbs of swirling light and an eerie ethereal “mist” have been seen and even photographed emanating from the tower. While others claim to have seen an apparition wandering the grounds that is believed to be his ghost.

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Ancient Ruins on Jupiter Moon

Written By Tripzibit on Apr 11, 2014 | 19:22

In 1985, one of the world's leading researchers has filed an official protest with the Soviet Union, charging Russian scientists with covering up the discovery of an ancient city on Io one of the largest Jupiter Moon. In the protest which appeared in European scientific journals, Dr. Albert Feldstein said that the smuggled official documents and photographs clearly show that the Soviets have "conspired to keep the scientific find of the century secret."

The letter also criticized American space officials "who have been every bit as tight-lipped as the Soviets about the known existence of temple ruins on Mars. Both the Americans and Soviets know there are ruins on Mars and the Jupiter Moon (Io) - why are they being so secretive?” asked the Hungarian astrophysicist in his letter. "Are they afraid people will panic? Do they think they will lose some of their prestige? Why can't they admit what most of us already know - this universe does not and never has belonged to man alone."

Weekly World News article October 1985
Dr. Feldstein said documents and photos he received from an unnamed Soviet military source prove a deep-space probe discovered the ancient city on Io on July 19, 1985.

"Although the city is in ruins, what's left of its architectural features appear to be quite sophisticated," he said.

"With computer enhancement, you can clearly see a grid of broad avenues and smaller walkways. The buildings themselves are enormous rectangular structures.

"They appear to have had flat sloping roofs. You can also make out flying buttresses, a form of architectural design and construction support that we still use on earth today. It's like finding an alien version of ancient Athens."

As reported in the November 20, 1984, edition of the News, a Soviet satellite had photographed what appear to be temples on the surface of Mars in1982 or 1983.

The structures were said to be slate gray, domed and at least 50,000 years old. The Russians kept that discovery secret as long as possible, too.

In the Kremlin, Soviet officials would neither confirm nor deny having received Dr. Feldstein's protest. They called his allegations of cover-up "preposterous."

Richard Charles Hoagland also claim that advanced civilizations exist or once existed on the Moon, Mars and on some of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and that NASA and the United States government have conspired to keep these facts secret. He has advocated his ideas in two published books, videos, lectures, interviews, and press conferences.
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Teleportation of Gil Perez

Written By Tripzibit on Apr 8, 2014 | 17:26

On October 25, 1593, a Spanish soldier named Gil Perez assigned to a regiment in the Philippines was arrested in the Plaza Mayor of Mexico city. Perez said, at that time he walked to the palace garrison in Manila to report for guard duty after the assassination of His Excellency Don Gomez Perez Dasmarinas, Governor of the Philippines, suddenly he encountered men told him that he was in Mexico. When he was questioned by the authorities, Perez seems disoriented and confused because he is unable to explain how did he arrived in Mexico city which is nine thousand miles away from Philippines. The authorities explained to him that he was now in Mexico City, Perez refused to believe it. And because his uniform also strange and unusual, he was arrested immediately by the authorities.

Plaza Mayor, Mexico City

Then the Spanish soldier was brought before the most Holy Tribunal of the Inquisition. According to Perez, on the night of October 23, 1593, the governor-general of the Philippines, Gomez Perez Dasmariñas, was assassinated by his own Chinese rowers while attempting to besiege Ternate with a fleet of galleys. The Chinese in the Philippines at the time had a reputation but Dasmariñas, wishing to show a gesture of good will, did not chain them to the oars as was the custom at the time. He also allowed them to carry weapons with them. Three days after he left Manila, the Chinese killed him and most of his men while they slept and stole his galley. Meanwhile, news was sent back to Manila that the governor had been assassinated, and Gil Perez’s regiment was assigned to defend the palace and wait until a new governor could be appointed. Tired, Perez decided to lean against a wall and sleep, and according to him, when he opened his eyes again, he was in Mexico. Unsure how to react, he continued to do his guard duties until someone approached him and asked him why he was there.

The Spanish Inquisition members did not believe his story, thus they lock him up in jail for alleged desertion. Perez told them that he had a normal and typical life as a soldier in the Philippines, and that he did not engage in any acts of black magic or as one of the Satan worshiper, which, to the priests conducting the investigation, was the only plausible explanation for his presence. Nobody could explain his teleportation, which apparently happened overnight.

Two months later, there was a news from Philippines via Manila Galleon confirmed Perez's story that His Excellency the Governor of the Philippines was assassinated on the night of October 23rd, Further investigation located witnesses in Manila who had seen Perez on that very night. They said, that they saw Perez marching off for guard city at the palace garrison.

Finally, the Holy Tribunal of the Inquisition in Mexico seemed has no other choice to believe Perez's story and released him from jail. Some sources say that this story was really happened and documented immediately, while others say it was only recorded a hundred years later and considered this story as a hoax.

Sources:
The Big Book of the Unexplained by Doug Moench and over 40 of the World's Top Comic Artists;
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/bacolod/lifestyle/2013/08/03/strange-case-teleporting-spaniard-295890;
http://news.wikinut.com/Teleportation%3B-an-Account-From-the-Past/12rjqp-m/

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nebel_Voyage_48_Plaza_Mayor_de_Mexico.jpg
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