Heard on History Channel's "Bigfoot Captured" show, at a mountain resort hotel: "It's off-season, but Sasquatch never checks out."
My research does occasionally check out, as it did this morning. Per usual, I'm not going to give all the evidence, and all the background. You can find that in my book. No matter how much of it I gave, I couldn't give it all--and you need all of it to make an informed decision. But I can share the gist of it. Don't make the mistake of judging it by the gist. If you want to judge it, you need the entire study.
When I was first writing this book, in year 2011, I obtained a biography of Mathew Franklin Whittier's famous older brother, John Greenleaf Whittier. In it was the portrait of an attractive young lady named Evelina whom, it was said, John Greenleaf once courted, and even considered marrying. But the account was confusing, because it didn't seem as though he was very serious--and years later, he happened to sit next to her in church and didn't even recognize her! All they actually have to go on, is that they walked to school together, and once, the following year, they walked on the shore together near her home in Marblehead, Mass., 30 miles south on the Massachusetts coast. It was at this point, historians speculate, that they concluded their parents would never agree to a marriage, and they gave it up, seeing each other only a few times afterward.
When I first looked at this girl's picture, I had the distinct sense of being strongly infatuated. I couldn't shake it--and I don't generally have this response to portraits.* I also had a sense of being jealous of my older brother. But Mathew was two years younger than she was; while his brother was two years older. I speculated, in 2011, that maybe Mathew had a secret crush on her, and then his older brother stepped in and actually began dating her, making him jealous.
Well, this morning, I found it. I won't present all the evidence--too time-consuming, and besides, I'd like you to read the entire presentation, which I spent all morning carefully crafting, rather that some partial explanation I could slap together here, on my lunch break. But the gist of it is, Mathew, at age 14, must have conceived a crush on this older girl, who was the village "queen" in her home town of Marblehead, the prettiest and most sought-after. She was 16, and had already fallen in love with several of the local boys (and, apparently, fallen out just as quickly). Mathew was tall for his age, and precocious. He was popular in his hometown of Haverhill, inasmuch as he was always good for a story or a joke, and he was handsome, so that probably Evelina thought him worthy of her brief attentions, when she boarded there attending Haverhill Academy in 1827. But at that age, a boy two years younger is not going to be taken seriously. Abby, Mathew's first wife and soul-mate, would one-day refer to her as the "coquette of Frank's idolatry," where "Frank" was the character representing Mathew.
Young Mathew took it all very seriously. But it appears that he fought (perhaps, physically) with his father--either over a parental edict to stop seeing Evelina, or his father's refusal to allow him to attend the local college, as his older brother was doing, or both. I had already found numerous clues suggesting that Mathew ran away to sea, perhaps for several months or a year, and perhaps ending up working for awhile in Cuba. Here, it is plainly stated, because Mathew writes Evelina love poems from a ship at sea. The only two questions are: 1) is Mathew the author, and 2) how much of the content can be taken as literal autobiography. Having studied well over a thousand of Mathew's published works, I can say with some degree of certainty that both questions are answered satisfactorily. This is definitely Mathew's pen--and given his style of basing his stories on his own life, that portion of it is almost certainly his own personal history.
So two things have been substantiated--one from past-life emotional recognition memory, and one from scholarship.
If I'm right, it's a strong "hit." Because the chances of my correctly ascertaining that Mathew was in love with this girl, based on the readily-available historical information on John Greenleaf Whittier, are extremely slim. There is no hint of it whatsoever--there is no mention of Mathew in this regard. There is just this weird, half-hearted romance between John Greenleaf And Evelina which historians have made much of, and yet, which seems so very lukewarm.
I'm not sure John Greenleaf ever courted her, period. He may have known, from letters, that Mathew was deeply in love with her, imagining that they were a couple; and suspecting she didn't feel the same, John Greenleaf may have visited her to ascertain her true feelings towards his brother. Mathew, catching wind of it, and being so far away, might have interpreted it differently.
However it went down, I took a portrait that nobody would ever think to perceive in this way, and based on clear, persistent emotions, I interpreted that Mathew must have been strongly infatuated with her. Seven years later, in published material I could not possibly have known of in 2011, I have confirmed it.
That isn't the only time I've had "hits" of this magnitude. There have been quite a number of them.
Now, in the online afterlife group I have recently joined, I see one fellow who seemingly thinks he is a guru of some kind, claiming to have remembered 1,000 past lives! Another says that after 30 years, he has proven his past life as a seaman in the Navy--showing a photograph of himself in the Navy as a young man, next to a photo which includes his past-life self--but all of the young men in that historical photograph are so fuzzy, you can hardly make out their faces. He has also seen fit to include, in the collage, a dramatic shot of a ship being blown up.
I've asked him for more information.** But I'm not too hopeful. The thing is, I'll bet the people reading my presentation don't discern between my findings, and the claims of these other people. I am thrown into the same category, and dismissed wholesale along with them.
But that's not what I'm doing. This is real research. Someday, somebody's going to catch on...
Stephen Sakellarios, M.S.
*Skeptics will, of course, blithely dismiss this as simply "having the hots for a girl in a portrait." I don't know what to say to people who make snap judgments, and who, more crucially, don't have enough respect for me to know that I would have taken this into consideration.
**Looks like he's sincere and may have a genuine case. He seems to have one memory which is fairly generic for sailors whose ship has been attacked, and then he saw some historical footage on TV and recognized himself in it. I don't know how much other evidence he has, yet. He would need to record other specific, idiosyncratic memories before researching this person's life, if he has discovered the person's identity; and then those memories would have to match up with the historical record.
Music opening this page, "Thief in the Night," Eric Johnson,
from the album "Venus Isle"