Conversations with Witches: Joshua Bloodfire

Joshua Bloodfire

Joshua has been a practicing witch off and on for many years. He is the owner of Red Wizard Wares, which sells candles and other magickal supplies. Listen to this episode as he and Angel talk about witchcraft, its stigma, and what being a witch means to him. 

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Conversations with Witches: Joshua Bloodfire

Aquatic Cryptids Nessie and Champ

Nessie Loch Ness monster

Nessie was first said to be seen in 565 by St. Columba. In his travels, he came upon men burying a man. When he questioned what was going on, he was told that a water beast had killed the man. At some point, St. Columba saw the beast himself. It was coming right for him, when St. Columba made the sign of the cross an said, "Go no further. Do not touch the man. Go back at once." At this point, the monster retreated. 


Throughout the years, there have been numerous sightings of the Loch Ness monster, nicknamed "Nessie." The first official sighting in modern times happened in 1933 when a couple reported "an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface." Later that year, the first "Loch Ness Monster" photo was taken. Soon after, Scotland passed a la preventing anyone from harming the monster. Witnesses to the beast have described it as having a long neck, a head like a horse, three humps, dragon-like, sea serpent-like


Although not all of the sightings and photographs of Nessie have been debunked, a great number of them have. The most famous photograph of Nessie, called the Surgeon's photo, has since been found to be a hoax. 


Many people believe Nessie to be a plesiosaur, a now extinct aquatic dinosaur. Others believe it to be seals playing around, or a Wels catfish, a large fish known to inhabit the area. 


Loch Ness consists of very murky, fresh water due to its high peat content. It is 23 miles long and 755 feet deep at its deepest point.  It has been investigated with sonar and other methods multiple times, but as of this writing, there is still no proof of the monster.

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Champ

Lake Champlain is a 125 mile long body of water that covers parts of New York, Vermont, and Canada. Although it is fresh water, it does connect to the Atlantic ocean through the Champlain canal. Ancient Native American legend tells of a horned sea monster in the lake that ate people. The Abenaki called the monster Tatoskok. 


The monster was spotted by Captain Crum in 1819. In 1883, it was again spotted by a local sheriff. He described the creature as serpent-like and up to 30 feet in length. The most famous photograph of Champ was taken by Sandra Mansi in 1977. She and her family were relaxing at Lake Champlain when she saw a creature slowly rise out of the water, stay a few minutes, and slowly lower back into the water. Ms. Mansi snapped a picture, while her fiance rushed her kids out of the water and to safety. She described the creature as having bark like scales. Although her picture has never been proven a hoax, many skeptics believe it to simply be a strange shaped log. 


Sightings of Champ continue today. Many believe it to be a plesiosaur, a basilosaurus, or a large gar. 


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Nessie

Nessie - The Surgeon's Photograph

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The Surgeon's photo is the most famous photograph of Nessie. It was taken in 1934 by a doctor. Unfortunately, it was later admitted to be a hoax. 


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Nessie

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One of the latest photographs of Nessie


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1975 Underwater Nessie Photograph

1975 underwater photograph of Nessie using sonar and photography. An upper torso, head, and neck of

1975 underwater photograph of Nessie using sonar and photography. An upper torso, head, and neck of a creature can be seen.


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Plesiosaur

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Many believe that Nessie may be a plesiosaur, an aquatic dinosaur thought to be extinct. 


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Wels Catfish

Many believe the Loch Ness Monster to be a Wels Catfish, a type of very large fish.

Many believe the Loch Ness Monster to be a Wels Catfish, a type of very large fish. 


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Nessie Fin

1972 picture depicting a fin, believed to be Nessie's.

1972 picture depicting a fin, believed to be Nessie's. 


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Champ

1977 Mansi Photograph of Champ

Photograph taken by Sandra Mansi in 1977. It is the most famous photo of Champ.

Photograph taken by Sandra Mansi in 1977. It is the most famous photo of Champ. 


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2006 Photograph of Champ

2006 photograph of Champ taken by fishermen.

2006 photograph of Champ taken by fishermen. 


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Genesis Park Photograph of Champ

Picture of Champ taken in Genesis Park.

Picture of Champ taken in Genesis Park.


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Champ Swimming Across Lake

Champ swimming across the lake.

Champ swimming across the lake. 


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Alligator Gar

Many think that Champ is actually a large gar.

Many think that Champ is actually a large gar.


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Basilosaurus

Some think Champ is a Basilosaurus, a large aquatic dinosaur thought to be extinct.

Some think Champ is a Basilosaurus, a large aquatic dinosaur thought to be extinct.


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1973 Pascagoula, MS Alien Abduction

In 1973, in the small town of Pascagola, MS, two men decided to go fishing after work. The men, Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson ha no idea what was really in store for them that evening. As they were fishing, they heard a noise behind them. They looked back to see a space craft hovering above the ground. 


After a few seconds, a door opened on the craft and three robotic beings floated out and moved towards the men. Two robots grabbed Charles and one grabbed Calvin. The robots floated the men on board the craft where they were submitted to a host of tests. 


While on board, Calvin was brought before a strange, alien creature unlike the robots. This creature looked more humanoid and appeared to possibly be female. Listen to the podcast or read the transcripts for the entire story. 

Charles Hickson (left) and Calvin Parker (right) discuss their abduction by alien beings in 1973.
Charles Hickson (left) and Calvin Parker (right) discuss their abduction by alien beings in 1973.

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Secret tape

Secret tape transcription

After reporting their abduction, Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson went to the Sheriff's department to file a report. While there, they were secretly recorded by Sheriff Fred Diamond and his officers. While being secretly recorded in a room with just the two of them, both men continued to discuss the abduction  just as they had before. Terror can be heard in their voices. This is the recording that convinced so many that something really happened to them. Listening to this recording, it is obvious that they believe this really happened to them and are not lying. Neither man knew about the recording until years later. It is difficult to hear, since this was done on a simple 1973 tape recorder and was placed inside a desk drawer to record. Here are the transcripts of that tape. 


Charilie: Calvin, you okay, hoss? 


Calvin: Tellya, I'm scared to death. 


Charlie: We need to get over there and let me tell Blanch she - I'm telling you man, that's something that'll scare you damn near to death, you know?  Jesus Christ!


Calvin: You hear about something like that, but you can't believe it. 


Charlie: Yeah, you hear about it, I know, Calvin, I know, but-


Calvin: Reckon it's something the United States would have up there?


Charlie: No, no, it just couldn't be. 


Calvin: I don't know-


Charlie: Not what we seen though, not what we seen - it's something and the Air Force and all I know it's up there too, see - and this ain't gonna be the only time, it's gonna happen again. And until, they-


Calvin: This evening I like to had a heart attack tonight, I ain't shittin' ya. 


Charlie: I know. 


Calvin: I came damn near to dyin'. 


Charlie: I know, it scared me to death too, son. 


Calvin: I'm just dam near crying right now- I can't-


Charlie: I know - It's something you just can't get over in a lifetime, see - Jesus Christ!


Calvin: What's so damn bad about it, won't nobody believe it!


Charlie: I thought I had been through enough of hell on this Earth and now I had to go through something like this, see. But they could've, you know, I guess they - well, they could've done anything to us - they didn't hurt me. 


Calvin: Reckon why they just picked us up?


Charlie: I don't know, I don't know. I'm telling you man, I can't take much more of that. 


Calvin: I got to get home, get to bed or get some nerve pills or something, see the doctor or something. I can't stand it. I'm about to go all to pieces. 


Charlie: I tell you, when we get through, I'll get you something to settle you down so you can get some damn sleep. 


Calvin: I can't sleep yet like it is - I'm just damn near crazy. 


Charlie: Well, Calvin, when they brought you out of that damn thing - when they brought me out, well, I like to never in hell, you know, goddamn! I like to never in hell got you straightened out, man!


Calvin: My damn arms, I remember - my arms they just froze, just like that and I couldn't move, just like I stepped on a damn rattlesnake!


Charlie: They didn't uh, they didn't do that way though, they - oh boy!


Calvin: I passed out, I passed out, that's the first time I ever passed out in my life. (inaudible) ...and it is. 


Charlie: I've never seen nothin' like that before in my life. It's something - you can't make people believe in that though - 


Calvin: I don't give a shit whether they believe it or not, cause I know - 


Charlie: They'd better wake up and start believing. 


Calvin: You're damn right. 


Charlie: They'd better wake up and start believin'. 


Calvin: 'Cause I seen 'em. I can't figure out the damn thing - did you see how that door come right open in front of us all of a sudden?


Charlie: Yeah, I don't know how it opened, son. I don't - 


Calvin: I didn't see no swing or...


Charlie: I don't know how it opened 0 I don't know how it opened -


Calvin: I didn't see it open. All I seen was this here zzzzzip-


Charlie: Have you ever seen something-


Calvin: Then look around - them damn blue lights and them sons-a-bitches was just - just like they come out.


Charlie: I know, you can't believe it and you can't make people believe it. 


Calvin: I paralyzed right there, I couldn't move. 


Charlie: They're gonna believe it one of these days. They're gonna believe it one of these days. It might be too late. I knew all along they was - they was people from other worlds up there, I knew all along. I never thought it would happen to me. 


Calvin: You know yourself, I don't drink. 


Charlie: I know, I know that. 


Calvin: We're going to be accused of being a damn dope-head and everything else-cause I know I ain't!


Charlie: Any very little I drink - and I drank some a while ago when I got out of the damn thing, to settle my nerves. 


Calvin: (inaudible)


Charlie: And I'll probably take me a couple of drinks when I get to the house and make me sleep. 


Calvin: I'll tell you something, if I thought it would help my nerves I'd go drink something right now. 


Charlie: When I get to the house I'm gonna get me another drink and make me sleep cause I - I can't-


Calvin: I can't - it's somethin' - I won't never forget it. 


Charlie: Look! What are we waiting for on? I got to go tell Blanche - Why did they say we had to wait? 


Calvin: Uh - I got to go to the house. I am done sitting here getting so damn sick right now, I ain't shittin' ya. I got to go to the house. 


Charlie: Wait a minute: let me go talk to 'em. (Charlie leaves the office)


Calvin (He's alone now): Yeah, it's just hard to believe. (pause) For it to happen on the Pascagoula River. Talk about strange things, I know there's a God up there - (inaudible). Why did it have to happen to me? 

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