If the name Devil's Gate Dam doesn't evoke images of spookiness, "there's
nothing positive about any of the weirdness that's gone on there," says British
author Nick Redfern in his latest book, The World's Weirdest Places . The
author who's spent several decades as a journalist and author writing about
unusual, odd, secret and even occult topics, included two California spots to
his recent book.
About Devil's Gate Dam in Pasadena: "Located a few miles from Los Angeles, the
canyon was a favorite haunt of notorious rocket scientist and occultist Jack
Parsons, who was said to have performed arcane rituals there. Additionally, the
area is home to a bridge where in less than a century, more than 100 people have
thrown themselves off to their death in the river bed below, causing the
landmark to be known by locals as suicide bridge," says Redfern. In the
1950's, the location was the site of a series of grisly child killings. In
modern times, Redfern has found reports of a "winged humanoid-type creature" in
Devil's Gate Dam's most interesting history surrounds Jack Parsons, a famous
rocket scientist and brain behind famed JPL and Aerojet. As a noted follower of
Alistair Crowley he got involved of incantations at Devil's Gate. The brilliant
scientist with occult interest would call for the Greek god Pan to invoke
successful flight before each rocket launch. The maverick scientist with top
secret clearance met a grisly end because of his association with Crowley, some
say. He died a very violent death in June 1952 from a huge explosion in his lab
in Pasadena as he tried to conjure up a humonculous, human creature.
California's other weird location is Mount Shasta where people have lived since
5000 BC. One native tribe talks about huge battle of 2 gods - god of underworld
and god of sky. The battle took place above Mt. Shasta. Resculpted by powerful
gods, was this some sort of ancient battle of hostile aliens? Beneath the
mountain are magical realms. Have survivors of Atlantis made their way there?
This theory has a massive following by those who study Lemuria and the 7 ft.
tall highly spiritually developed beings? Could Mount Shasta be a surviving
There's lots of speculation juxtaposed with real facts and events in this
interesting read--ideal subject matter for Halloween season!