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The P-Files 3: Caught!

Courtesy Portland Centurion

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August 16, 2014 Portland – Oregon Police announced today that Portland residents Kim Dillon and Jenn Sakerfield have been arrested for the kidnap and imprisonment of a Hungarian tourist named Janos Szabo. Szabo, now 38, has been listed as a missing person for 17 years after disappearing during the Rose Parade in 1997. According to documents obtained by the Portland Centurion the couple has admitted to kidnapping Szabo and holding him in a basement room for nearly two decades, while deceiving him and convincing him that he had been abducted by aliens. According to their confessions, they did this with the aid of psychedelic drugs which they put in his food, recordings which they played through large loudspeakers in another room, and even occasionally the use of disguises. Szabo’s cousin Brigi, who just arrived from Hungary, said “They told me all I could say is “Nem tudom,” which means, roughly, “no comment”.

Portland police detective Peter Dana said “This is one of the worst cases that didn’t end in a murder that I’ve ever worked. This poor guy still thinks these two are Martians.” The official spokesperson for the Portland Police said today in a general release that there would be more details released as they become available, while praising the police detectives whose cold case followups had led to the arrests. “Officer Dana just had a hunch and he stuck with it even though no one else believed in him, and that’s the kind of teamwork we expect from our top-notch law enforcement officers here in Portland. Sometimes you just have to want to believe, I guess.” Officer Dana was featured on the Fox Network last year for his work on the unsolved “Baby Shaver” cases.

FrogBlogThe lead that broke the case came in the form of a blurry photograph which had been photocopied and distributed throughout the southeast Portland neighborhood just off Martin Luther King Boulevard. It showed a froglike “alien” in an unidentified location, but the real evidence was a phone number on the back of one which led to a police stakeout watching the military surplus store Andy & Bax, where Kim Dillon was taken into custody as he left the building. Several customers said he had been a regular customer of the store, which sells sporting goods and miscellaneous military items as well as camping supplies. The Centurion contacted the proprietors of the store for comments but none were printable; the episode has cost the store considerable business. One customer, who asked not to be identified, said “This has really given outdoorsmen like me a bad name,” and hurried out the door with his new old entrenching tool and two machetes.

The photo was part of a series which Dillon and Sakerfield had used to aid in the deception; several others have been obtained by the Centurion and we will be releasing them as part of this series. While in his drugged state, Szabo was shown the photos and the kidnappers explained their contents as evidence of their extraterrestrial origins and travel. (See the “park picture” below.)


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Portland police would not comment on any connection between this case and the “baby shavers” incidents which have rocked the cities of Portland and Chico, California in the last several months. The Centurion is preparing a special report on the spate of events which appear to have climaxed last week. Are Dillon and Sakerfield somehow involved? They appear to have no ties to Chico, so the questions continue.

The pair claims to be part of a government effort to hoax people into believing aliens are here as part of a strategy to infiltrate subversive groups (see this article from August 14 in the British paper The Guardian ) however it seems doubtful, given their utter lack of credibility. Speculations abound that they are, instead, victims of this government effort which has caused a great deal of personal trouble for several unsuspecting citizens.

Coming up: the sounds they played to convince their captive. “We made sure we never played any Slim Whitman records.” See next week’s edition for the details.

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Posted by on August 16, 2014 in Images, The P-Files


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The P-Files 2: Vanished


Here are some of the offbeat events that I know about here in Portland, stories which I call, for the purposes of this blog, The P-Files. Every city has those “KEEP FILL-IN-THE-BLANK WEIRD” stickers, but Portland actually deserves them. I know about the first one in this article because it happened so close to where I was staying at the time. In fact, I think it’s the one that really got me thinking about all this. Let’s take a look.

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October 17, 2009. “They came and took him! I saw it happen! He was crossing the street and they just took him up into the sky; if you don’t believe me you can, I mean, just, just get somebody over here now! It’s the second one and I’m -” and with that the phone call stopped. The call came from this phone, which used to be on the corner of Southeast Belmont Street and 60th Avenue but now all that remains is a post in the ground, supposedly because so many people have cell phones now that nobody uses the old style pay phones. Supposedly. I took this photo after I heard the TV reports since it was so close to where I was at the time, but if you try to find out anything about this incident you’ll find there is a total blackout on the subject. See, there was another call a few days later, and on the 911 system system recording it is cut off; simultaneously there was a loud boom in the neighborhood and the next time I passed by this phone the phone and its kiosk were gone. It looked like the mini-booth had been wrenched from the pole.

The scene (missing booth highlighted):

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Who made the call? Who went “up into the sky”? Normally, you’d just think the whole thing was a hoax, except for the news blackout later and the weird disappearance of the phone booth. That part really bothered me.


Below, a photo of the corner now; look at that pole sticking up out of the ground:

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Another interesting case from the P-Files:

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August 21, 2012. Herb Scanlon was working for the city of Portland as a surveyor when he disappeared on Southeast Scott Street. His surveyor’s wheel was all that was left behind and I managed to get a photo of it before they removed it. Once again, there is a near-total news blackout on this and it was only by the wildest chance that I happened to walk my dogs by the spot very soon after the disappearance, which I didn’t know about. I just thought the wheel looked interesting by itself near the sidewalk at such an odd hour, so I photographed it. This time there were no television reports but I did see something on the Oregonian’s (our local paper) website and I always remembered that quote; guess what? That story’s gone now, too. It’s enough to make you think they’re out to get you!

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March 16, 2011. The missing children are still missing. Both disappeared on the same day at the same time while outside playing: Chelsea McGonahaugh and Kyeisha Sikes were both reported missing but it wasn’t until later that police realized the disappearances happened simultaneously, even though McGonahaugh was in the Mt. Tabor neighborhood and Sikes was in Northeast Portland’s Cully neighborhood. No photos were ever released so we have to make do with these recreations.



The girls were not related and there were no obvious connections between them other than the time of their disappearances. Neighbors of the Sikes girl reported a smell “like burning metal” but there were no traces of anything where the girl had been other than her doll, and certainly no footprints or other evidence of an intruder. Nothing else at all was reported in the vicinity of Chelsea McGonahaugh.


I have one more photo for you, this one a freeze frame cropped from high resolution video at a children’s party:

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June 3, 2013. Kirsten Fredricks disappeared at her friend Robbie Deiter’s eleventh birthday party and the image above was captured at the party. All the guests thought this was someone hired to entertain the children, but Marion McWilliams, who hosted the event, says she has no idea who this person was. For once, there is no talk of “little green men”. “I thought it was so neat,” said McWilliams. “I didn’t know there was anything odd going on at all.” Police think this figure was just someone in a costume acting as a diversion, but they don’t have any more information than anyone else does; what in the world is this thing? All I know is that if it is eight feet tall I’m not going anywhere near it!

More to come.

Stay young and monstrous.


Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Images, The P-Files


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Introduction To The P-Files


(This post is the start of a new, ongoing series which will run from time to time. It adds a new dimension, if you don’t mind the 50s allusion to the otherworldly.)


Montavilla Man, the Beaumont Rambler, Jack Tabor/Tabor Jack, the Woodstalker, the Penny Man, Heel and Toe Boy, Catcher-in-the-Rain, and the Sunnyside Lion – all supposed child abductors (or worse) in Portland over the years, some going back to the 1800s. Bogeymen are nothing new; they fill some need in us that goes beyond cautionary tales for children, a need for something bigger than life, something more mysterious than life…death, in a word. Spooky death is even better, of course.

Long before Grimm filmed its TV monsters here we had our own legends and they still ring bells in our minds, because what is the worst possible thing that can happen to someone? It must be to lose someone and never find out what happened, and if it is a child, well – don’t we get so desperate that we start to think maybe aliens did it? Isn’t that easier to believe than human serial killers? But there are so many stories (some even involving aliens) that it’s hard to discount them all. Just like a lonely single guy who sits at home doing the Carl Sagan odds on how probable it is that there’s a girl out there for him (far more probable than intelligent life in the universe, surely), we play the game of “Every one of these can’t possibly be a murder or a runaway, can they?” Some percentage is unexplainable by normal means, right?

And the disappearances keep on happening. Sometimes children, sometimes adults; sometimes animals – and who can say for sure what happened to the cat I mentioned here? Ask the Portland police about Grimm and they will laugh, but ask them about unsolved disappearances or unexplained remains and they get more serious with you, because these are real things.

Especially...unnatural things, alive or dead

Especially…unnatural things, alive or dead

And some of them are really strange. Let’s think about the figurative Fuller Brush With Death Man here (there is no such character), because he never goes away in the city, and in the country he’s always there as a sasquatch or just a Blair Witch generic figure hulking in an abandoned cabin in the Siskiyous with mysterious twigs tied together and dangling around the property.  He serves a purpose, just like little men with big eyes who come from out there; everybody has a button that can be pushed.

So – I’ll be bringing up some cases from the Portland P-Files for you. And speaking of little men with big eyes, did you know that Portland has a permanent landing pad for flying saucers? I believe it was constructed in 1947, the same year Arizona started to become the main tourist destination for ETs, but the city is remarkably vague about this. It’s smack dab in the middle of Mt. Tabor Park. Here’s a picture of the thing:

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Robert Riley was Portland’s mayor then, and it was under his watch that this landing site was built. This was before the big spate of UFO sightings that came out of the Pacific Northwest in the early 1950s and at the time there was a lot of talk about its purpose. The city still denies the stories, but as good X-Files fans, how can we believe those people? A bit prescient, given that The Day The Earth Stood Still wouldn’t even come out for three more years! There are stories that a previous mayor, CA Bigelow, had to resign in 1930 because of an incident that happened here and was hushed up. Of course, there were “other reasons”; there always are. Tall tales, they always say, just tall tales. Why, there are even people who will tell you that there are tunnels between downtown Portland and the Willamette river that press gangs used to hustle drunken bar patrons through, and the next day they woke up on the crew of a merchant ship bound for Peru.

You think that pad’s a peculiar object? Let’s take a look at some other images and I’ll tell you some other tales about our city. Are they just rumors or truth? One of my favorite characters in House Of Cards says, “You might say that; I couldn’t possibly.”

Coming up next in the series: disappearances, with photos of actual places. But for now, I’ll leave you with this surveillance camera shot of the Oaks Park Ripper, the only known picture of him.


Stay young and monstrous.


Posted by on August 12, 2014 in Images, The P-Files


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