Aug 182011
 

Welcome to the Ultimate Chupacabra Quiz! Test your knowledge of one of the world’s top cryptozoology stars with this quiz for fun and prizes. Yes, from now until January 1, 2012, you have a chance to win chupagoodies with your knowledge of this vampire beast.

The Grand prize is a signed copy of my highly-regarded book Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore (for those who answer all 20 questions correctly). First Prize is a Limited Edition signed and numbered 4 X 6 photo of the Cuero chupacabra (for those who answer 15 or more of the questions correctly). To enter, e-mail a screen capture of your final score to this address, along with your mailing address. Contest is open to the first 100 winners in either category.

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Jun 152015
 

Governments spying on citizens has been a perpetual boogeyman for many Americans, and the topic is in the news once again. In my new blog on the subject of privacy I discuss the medieval Peeping Tom demon Asmodeus and some myths about the seemingly sacred principle of individual privacy. I argue that personal privacy is a relatively new idea and that its value is exaggerated. You can read it HERE. 

Jun 112015
 

Earlier this month an infographic circulated on social media comparing the number of people killed by different animals. By far the highest of the group was mosquitoes, and that’s not only misleading, it’s simply wrong. I’ve traveled extensively in South America and Africa and am very aware of the dangers of malaria and the need to fight it. But mosquitoes (specifically female mosquitoes) do not kill humans through malaria; a different organism, a protozoan called Plasmodium, does. Some infected mosquitoes can transmit Plasmodium to humans, but they don’t “kill people” in the same way as the other animals listed. I’m all for education, but get your facts right. 

If the11425848_10205625736136981_277207288052384716_n argument is that any animal that can spread a disease is responsible for the deaths caused by the virus or disease they spread: Since humans spread countless deadly contagious diseases including flu, tuberculosis, HIV, plague, Ebola, etc. they should also be in that category. We don’t consider humans (as a species) to be the threat that kills others, we recognize that it’s the protozoan/bacteria/virus that kills. So why the different category for mosquitoes?

Apr 302015
 

Arguments in a sensational murder trial wrapped up recently in a New York City courtroom. The victim was 6-year-old Etan Patz, whose 1979 disappearance shocked and riveted the city. A man named Pedro Hernandez is on trial for Patz’s murder, but the prosecution has a problem: The boy’s body was never found and there is no direct evidence connecting Hernandez to Patz — only a confession. My article on why this may be a problem is HERE.

Apr 232015
 

My research and investigation into the famous “White Witch of Rose Hall” in Montego Bay, Jamaica (the topic of chapter 12 in my book Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries) appears on the April 25 season premiere of the Travel Channel TV show “The Dead Files.” Check your local listings, and you can see a sneak preview HERE.