Issue Fifteen

Greetings, and welcome to The /x/ Files, the weekly news digest for 4chan’s Paranormal board. Every Sunday, we take a quick snapshot of the mysterious world around us and bring it, in an easily readable magazine format, to the board. I am The Editor, the anonymous creator of this idea and collector of the news that will be following below. In the interests of legitimacy, I will be using a secure tripcode to post the thread; once the posts are completed, I will take the tripcode off and return to my anonymity.

This week, we’re going to be auditioning a new long-form article, entitled “Redpill Me On…” This article will take a single subject and fully flesh out the details and history of the topic. In honor of the story used in the recent episode of The /x/ Radio Show, we’re going to be talking about the Dyatlov Pass Incident, and just why it remains such a fascinating, tragic, and mysterious episode in history. All that along with the news of the week, C2C roundup, and Paranormal Podcasts, in this, Issue Fifteen of The /x/ Files!
Table of Contents:

1: Paranormal News of the Week
2: Redpill Me On…
3: Radio Show Roundup
4: Paranormal Podcasts
5: Editor’s Note

Paranormal News of the Week
Mystery Illness Closes 57 Schools in Bangladesh

A mysterious illness saw hundreds of young children fall ill at a school in Bangladesh last month. The bizarre series of events began when a student at Shibram RD Academy School in Faridpur suddenly fell ill with breathing difficulties – shortly followed by 37 of her classmates. Teachers took the decision to evacuate the students to the school’s playground, but after a further 30 children fell ill the building was closed down so that investigators could look in to the matter.

Before long hundreds of students, most of them girls between classes 6 and 10, had fallen ill and investigators were forced to close all 57 schools in the region for two days until an explanation could be found. The students were taken to a local college hospital and examined, but doctors there could find no common cause or reason for the symptoms. In all the cases the mystery illness was minor and soon faded away.

Full Story:
Astronauts Heard ‘Music’ on Moon’s Dark Side

The crew of Apollo 10 recalled hearing strange ‘space music’ while orbiting the far side of the moon. The peculiar incident, which took place approximately two months before Apollo 11’s historic moon landing, had come as such a surprise to the three Apollo 10 astronauts that they had actually debated over whether or not they should even report what they had experienced back to NASA at all.

Described as “strange, otherworldly music coming through the Apollo module’s radio,” the anomalous audio is understood to have been picked up during the spacecraft’s traversal of the moon’s dark side, where all radio and visual contact with the Earth is lost for up to an hour. “It sounds like, you know, outer space-type music,” one of the astronauts said during the incident. The transcripts of the Apollo 10 mission were classified and untouched in NASA’s archives until 2008, producing an ongoing debate as to the nature and origin of the strange sounds heard by the astronauts.

Full Story:
Legendary Boiling River Documented By Modern Science

In a rainforest in the heart of Amazonian Peru, scientists believe they have discovered the world’s largest thermal river, running hot for nearly four miles and reaching up to 80 feet at its widest point and 16 feet at its deepest. While the river’s extreme temperatures are not unusual for a geothermal surface, it is deemed remarkable in that it is non-volcanic. The nearest active volcanic area is actually more than 430 miles away.

The so-called ‘Boiling River’ is said to be the “crown jewel” of an unusual collection of three non-volcanic rivers in the area which also include the Salt River (a salty thermal stream) and the Hot River (a thermal freshwater stream) – both much smaller in comparison to the Boiling River. Fed by both boiling and near-boiling hot springs, the river also feeds several thermal waterfalls along its length, the most impressive of which has a 20ft-drop into a large thermal pool, the Boiling River Project, which is investigating the phenomenon, reports.

Geoscientist Andrés Ruzo, whose grandfather had told him stories about the river when he was only twelve years old, discovered the river and leads the project. “As we have blood running through our veins and arteries, so too, the Earth has hot water running through its cracks and faults. Where these arteries come to the surface, these earth arteries, we’ll get geothermal manifestations: fumaroles, hot springs and in our case, the boiling river,” he said.

Full Story:
Ghostly monk filmed at old abandoned church

Two paranormal investigators recorded a strange figure during a visit to Old St Mary’s Church in Clophill, England, on February 10th. 48-year-old Dean Johnson and his partner Charlie Spalding had traveled to the ruins of the church earlier this month in the hope of capturing something paranormal on camera.

“We hadn’t even had a chance to set up our three cameras with their tripods. We had been standing on the public road outside the church for 10 minutes and my partner Charlie was testing the camera on his phone,” said Dean. “When Charlie looked back at his camera footage there appeared to be a black hooded monk walking across the archway. We rushed back to the church but there was no one there. The tower was locked so whatever it was heading to a dead end.” The church is thought to be about 400 years old but was abandoned as a place of worship in 1848 when a bigger church was built to serve the community.

Full Story:

Redpill Me On… The Dyatlov Pass Incident
Deep within the northern part of the 1,500 mile long Ural mountain range in western Russia lies Kholat Syakhl, a relatively inconsequential mountain. Standing at 3,598 feet tall, whose name means “Mountain of the Dead” in the local dialect, it would be a mere footnote in the annals of mountaineering if it wasn’t for one event which forever engraved it, and a specific geological feature of it, as one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. For Kholat Syakhl is the location of the infamous Dyatlov Pass.

On January 25th, 1959, a group led by 23 year old Igor Dyatlov was formed for a ski trek across the northern Urals in the Russian state of Sverdlovsk. Consisting of eight men and two women, the goal of the expedition was to reach Otorten, a mountain 10 KM north of the site of the incident. The trip was for training purposes, preparing themselves for an even more ambitious trip to the Arctic regions in the coming months; all ten members of the party were experienced mountaineers.

The group arrived at Vizhai, the last inhabited settlement in the area, on January 25th. Two days later, they started their journey towards Otorten, but the very next day, one of the men fell ill and was forced to return. The remaining seven men and two women chose to continue. Four days later, on February 1st, after crossing frozen lakes and vast uninhabited areas, the group arrived at the base of Kholat Syakhl and began to prepare for climbing. The following day, February 2nd, the hikers started to move through the pass. They planned to get over the pass and make camp the next night on the opposite side, but because of snowstorms and decreasing visibility, they lost their direction and hiked towards the top of the mountain. When they realized their mistake, the group decided to stop and set up camp, rather than moving downhill.

Before leaving, Dyatlov had agreed he would send a telegram to their sports club as soon as the group returned to Vizhai. It was expected that this would happen no later than February 12th, but no message came. As more and more time passed, the families of the members became progressively concerned. A few days off course was typical for such expeditions, but when more than a week slipped by with not a single message or distress call, family members demanded a search and rescue operation be put into action. When they failed to produce any results on the ground, local military helicopters were sent out to search for the group.

On February 26th, the air patrols found the campsite. There they found a large tent that the entire team presumably shared, that appeared to have been cut apart from within, with all the group’s belongings left behind. Sets of footprints led away from the campsite, leading down toward the edge of a nearby woods to the northeast. At the forest’s edge, underneath a large cedar tree, the searchers found the visible remains of a small fire, along with the first two bodies, shoeless and dressed only in their underwear. Between the cedar and the camp the searchers found three more corpses, who seemed to have died in poses suggesting that they were attempting to return to the tent. Among these three was Dyatlov himself, one hand clung firmly to a nearby tree, the other hand wrapped around his head in a protective manner. It wouldn’t be until two months later, on May 4th, that the remaining members would be found under thirteen feet of snow, in a ravine farther in the woods.

An inquest started immediately after finding the first five bodies. A medical examination found no injuries which might have led to their deaths, and it was eventually concluded that they had all died of hypothermia. An examination of the four bodies which were found in May, however, were much more mysterious. Three of the hikers had fatal injuries: one had major skull damage, and two had major chest fractures. According to the medical examiner, the force required to cause such damage would have been equivalent to a car crash and that they could not have been caused by another human being, “Because the force of the blows had been too strong.” Additionally, the bodies had no external wounds related to the fractures, as if they had been subjected to a high level of pressure.

Other mysteries persisted; although the temperature was around −22° F with a storm blowing, the dead were only partially dressed. Some of them had only one shoe, while others wore only socks. Some were found wrapped in ripped clothes that seemed to have been cut from those who were already dead. They all left the campsite voluntarily; and high doses of radioactive contamination were found on the clothes of a few victims. Taking into consideration the digestion of food in several team member’s bodies, investigators were able to conclude that they’d eaten a meal sometime around 7pm on the night of the 2nd, and that whatever had led to their deaths happened between 9pm and midnight leading into February 3rd. Several family members, at the funerals of the deceased, would eventually claim that the bodies of the dead bore a rather odd orange color. The hair of the dead has also lost its pigmentation, turning a dull grey. While this loss of color does occasionally happen to bodies left in sub-zero conditions, the length of time that had elapsed did not account for the phenomena observed.

Lev Ivanov, the lead Soviet investigator on the case, interviewed a group of nearby hikers who were in the area when the incident supposedly occurred. A respectable thirty two miles away, the hikers reported a cluster of “strange orange spheres” in the sky that night. This was also reported by other witnesses in the area for the next few months after the event. Ivanov, in his later years, admitted that he himself believed that the orange spheres in the sky may have been the cause of the Dyatlov team’s demise, or at least had something to do with it. One of the officers involved in the investigation stated that, after his team reported that they had seen flying spheres, he then received direct orders from high ranking regional officials to dismiss the inquest. At the time the verdict was that the group members all died because of a compelling natural force. The inquest officially ceased in May 1959, only a few short weeks after the last four bodies were discovered, as a result of the absence of a guilty party. The files were sent to a secret archive, and the files only became available thirty years later, in the 1990s.

Various theories have been brought forth, from UFOs, to yeti like creatures, to top secret government projects being tested in the area, or the possibility that the group had mistaken harsh winds or infrasound to an avalanche. However, one would suspect that these knowledgeable mountaineers and their leader would have been fully aware that no avalanche activity was in sight. As for government experiments, this can’t be completely ruled out, as many investigators have alluded that teams were sent in to investigate long before the camp was said to have originally been discovered; an extra pair of skies, and fabric from a military like uniform had been found near the campsite. But none of this can irrefutably be proven, once again leaving us to whirl around in a maelstrom of conjecture in terms of a possible answer to this tragedy. Inevitably, the only people who can say for certain what happened that night at Dyatlov Pass are the ones who were there…and they’re not giving up their secrets.

Radio Show Roundup
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory

Monday: Planetary Change/Double Earths

In the first half, author and biology professor Peter Ward discussed planetary issues including climate change, melting ice caps, dying oceans, and the impact of asteroids. In the latter half, electrical engineer Brooks Agnew spoke about his theory that the Earth is really two planets, one very high frequency, and one low frequency, occupying the same space.
Tuesday: State of Economy/Open Lines

In the first half of the show, author and investment advisor Catherine Austin Fitts discussed the current state of the economy in terms of the unstable stock market, plunging oil prices, debt, as well as the how the political landscape in this election year relates to fluctuations. Open lines followed.
Wednesday: EMP Attack/Angelic Interventions

In the first half, Texas businessman, producer, and actor Gary Heavin talked about his new film project, Amerigeddon, which depicts an EMP attack on America from a North Korean satellite. In the latter half, author and researcher Ptolemy Tompkins discussed real life stories of angelic interventions.
Thursday: Predatory Capitalism/Dowsing & Clearing

In the first half, lecturer and former international ‘economic hit man,’ John Perkins, spoke about how the deadly economic cancer he helped spread has unfortunately become the dominant system of business, government, and society today. In the latter half, writer and dowser Raymon Grace discussed how he uses dowsing to identify and clear various negative energies that cause problems, as well as his work energizing and purifying water sources.
Friday: Strange Creatures & UFO Abductions/’Fright Night’ Open Lines

In the first half, director of the UFO Research Center of Pennsylvania, Butch Witkowski reported on startling sightings of an unknown bipedal wolf-like creature terrorizing central Pennsylvania. In the second half, George called for scary stories during ‘Fright Night’ Open Lines.
Paranormal Podcasts
Paranormal Podcast: Dustin Pari

Dustin Pari of Ghost Hunters fame joins us to discuss his work on paranormal TV, and his work as a motivation speaker.

The Paracast: February 21st, 2016

Gene and Chris present Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center, to join us for a UFO update.

Mysterious Universe: 15.06

This week we investigate sightings of phantom black cats seen in Australia and around the world and invite 5 guests to share their views on the true nature of the phenomenon. We then feature the classic mystery of the ‘Beast of Gévaudan’ and high strangeness in the Hudson Valley.

Expanded Perspectives: Changelings

On this episode of Expanded Perspectives the guys talk about how birds of prey might actually be spreading wild fires. Then, researchers at the University of Zurich have developed software enabling drones to autonomously detect and follow forest paths. Then, a small group of scientists believe they have recreated the quagga. Over a period of 30 years the Quagga Project has used selective breeding of plains zebra to produce, in the fifth generation, an animal they say is indistinguishable from those that roamed the same plains centuries ago. Then after the first break the boys get into the unusual world of legends and folklore, in particular the Changeling.

Thinking Sideways Podcast: Atacama Skeleton

In 2003, a skeleton was found in an abandoned town in the Chilean desert of the Atacama. While this finding is not odd, the fact that the skeleton was just 6 inches (15 cm) long was. After DNA testing revealed the skeleton only shared 91% of it’s DNA with humans, theories began to run wild as to what this skeleton belongs to.


Editor’s Note:

Today I posted an article that had its full story found on the Daily Mail, and I’d just like to say this: While I try my best to avoid using news articles from tabloids due to their lack of veracity and often sensationalist journalism, in this case, it was simply the only article I found with the most factual information. The Daily Mail is often mocked for being a terrible paper, on the same level as Fox News in America, but if I could have found ANY version of the article that was more in-depth, I would have used it. I have, and will continue in the future, to do my best to avoid posting news stories cited from the Daily Mail and other such unreliable sources; but in this case, it simply could not be avoided.

Roughly two weeks ago, I was asked by the fledgling /x/ Radio Show to either write up a news segment, or allow them to use an article from one of my previous issues, for use in their podcast, and I agreed. I wrote for them the Dyatlov Pss article you see above, but at the time it was deemed to be too long to record and mix in the short time allotted, so I adapted an article from a older issue about the recent events that had ocurred at Dyatlov Pass. Their editor suggested to me to not discard my original article, but to possibly use it as the basis for a segment in their show called “Redpill Me On…” providing an in-depth analysis of certain legenday paranormal/strange topics. I agreed this was a good idea, and while that particular segment may turn up in their podcast, I decided to post the article here so as to not let it sit stagnant in my files for an indeterminate period of time.

You can check out Episode 1 of The /x/ Radio Show at


Until Next Time


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