Benedetto Supino's astonishing and dangerous abilities came to public attention in the early 1980s, when he was just 10 years old. Benedetto, of Formia, Italy, could set things afire just by staring at them. More often, his power to start fires was involuntary, erupting merely by his presence. The first incident took place in 1982 in a dentist's waiting room. Without cause or warning, the comic book Benedetto was reading suddenly caught fire.
One morning he was awakened by a fire in his own bed - his pajamas were in flames and the boy suffered severe burns. On another occasion, a small plastic object held in his uncle's hands began to burn as Benedetto stared at it. Just about everywhere he went, furniture, paper, books and other items would start to smolder or burn. Some witnesses even claimed to see his hands glow at these moments.
The Delphos Wolf Girl
There are many stories of feral children - children who apparently have been raised in the wild, sometimes by animals and adopting animal-like behavior - but the story of the wolf girl sighted near Delphos, Kansas in the early 1970s is one of the strangest. Weirder still, it might have a UFO connection.
It began in July 1974 when reports began to come in of the sighting of a wild-looking girl of about 10 to 12 years of age. Witnesses said she had matted yellow hair and wore ragged red clothing. Upon being sighted, the girl would scamper away like an animal on all fours. During searches for the girl by authorities around the central Kansas town, some people were attacked and scratched by the girl.
The possible UFO connection actually begins two years earlier in 1971 when 16-year-old Ronald Johnson claimed to see a mushroom-shaped UFO land in a wooded area near Delphos. He further claimed that seeing the UFO had injured his eyes but had also given him psychic powers. It was during this time that he said he encountered a wild, blonde-haired girl who ran away from him on all fours. Was it the same girl... and was there a connection to the UFO?
Zana the Apewoman
Zana's story is that of another feral female, but her story is quite different than others. While feral children are wild and animal-like in behavior but always human, Zana actually looked somewhat less than human. Discovered in the mid-1700s in the Russian province of Georgia, Zana, as she was named, had many ape-like features: thick arms, legs, and fingers, and she was covered with hair. Some have speculated that she was a survivor of the Neanderthal race... or perhaps a female Bigfoot... or some human/ape hybrid.
Defying Gravity and Belief
Daniel Dunglas Home may not be as familiar a name to us today as Harry Houdini, but perhaps he should be. Either he was one of the greatest psychics of the 19th Century, able to demonstrate remarkable (some say paranormal) feats, or he was one of the greatest magicians. At séances he could make heavy tables and chairs (often with people sitting in them) levitate. Under close observation he could place his hands and face into red-hot coals without harm. He could make himself grow and stretch up to 12 inches taller.
In his most famous demonstration, he is said to have floated out of a window of a four-story building and then appear outside an adjacent window, which he then climbed in, to the astonishment of his audience. Unlike many mediums of his day, Home welcomed scrutiny by scientists and skeptics. None were ever able to prove his feats were tricks or to explain how he accomplished them.
(Also see: "The Incredible Powers of D. D. Home")