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April 12, 2016 , , , , ,

An Expert Opinion

After scrutinizing the details of the Criminal Case of the Dyatlov group Natalia Sakharova, a Criminal expert whose very important comments I posted here and here, has come to her own conclusion. Here is what she said

“I let myself make an assumption based on the analysis of the photo of the tent we have. The area around the tent was intentionally covered with snow in order to disguise the possible prints (those of footwear, fight, dragging, and the real way of exit from the tent).

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With the way the snow covers the tent it was not possible to perform linear cuts of the tent side because it had to be straightened. So the cuts are performed before the snow was brought there. It seems that the actions had the following subsequence – first the standing tent was cut, the actions near the tent were hided under the snow brought there to cover the prints, than the tent was checked inside with the flashlight which was found on the lay of the snow, than the whole tent was covered with snow which caused sagging. Than the flash light was cast upon it.
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March 31, 2016 , , , , , ,

Missing Photo Scales

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Some notes on the forensic photography and missing packages.

Natalia Sakharova, a retired police colonel with 25 years of service, used to be an expert in a police department in one of the most criminal districts of Irkutsk. She also has additional education as a medical doctor and currently works at the Criminal Expert Bureau. Having scrutinized the full Criminal Case for the Dyatlov’s group, she now shares what she thinks. She has a lot to say about the investigation and her comments are very interesting. I am currently updating my book with them and wanted to share some with you.

“The photography allows us to obtain the most objective picture of the place of occurrence and thus is the most trust worthy information. But this is exactly what is missing in this case. Instead we have many subjective and controversial testimonies of the witnesses.

The professionally performed photo scales are missing altogether. Photo scales are special photos performed in accordance with the rules of forensic photography (they are to be taken from several different points. Main points would be – the tent pictured from 4 sides, things inside and detailed pictures of the damage with the scale ruler). But what we have is just random amateur pictures.
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May 10, 2015 , , , ,

Chelyabinsk Meteorite

After the meteor exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia in February 2013 I was contacted by one person who said there was a connection between this phenomen and something what happened in the sky in February of 1959 when the Dyatlov Group died.

Certain meteor showers occur during the exact same month and days every year (see, for example, the Leonids in November and the Perseids in August which are among the most intense meteor showers of the year). Also in the case of a major meteor shower the ‘radiant’ (the point from where the majority of meteors appear to come from in the sky) is the same every year.

This made one Russian, Michael Budarin to come up with a theory that a celestial body was responsible for the event. Below is his explanation:

Maslinokov remarked “the tent was stretched on skis and sticks that had been planted into the snow, and its entrance faced South. From the South the apex was intact but the apex poles had been ripped out at the North end causing it to collapse and later to be covered by snow.  There was not too much snow, just what had accumulated from snowstorms during the weeks of February”. It is interesting that the weather records for the Ivdel region on the day of the deaths, do not indicate snow. The precipitation was less than 0.5mm. The wind was Northern or North West at less than 1-3 metres per second. There was no recorded snow storm or hurricane. This means that the wind, whose highest peak was 3 m/s (=11 km per hour) could not affect the end poles of the tent, especially since they had so effectively shielded it with snow barriers. In its deep hole the tent caught no wind and could not act as a sail.  The ropes were observed to be strong and would have required a major blast to have knocked them down.
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April 28, 2015 , , , , ,

The Otorten News

There is an interesting document, which is a typewritten copy of an improvised newspaper called the Otorten Evening News. There is evidence that this spoof newspaper, the Otorten Evening News, found in the group’s tent, had been created by the hikers themselves for fun.

It’s believed that the student’s humorous news sheet was pinned to the inside of the tent, but none of the rescue party stated seeing it. However, Moses Axelrod, who shared a tent with Ivanov, later wrote in his memoirs that Ivanov showed the original to him.

There was one rather strange paragraph: “…lately in scientific circles there has been a very lively debate about the existence of Yeti. According to the latest data, the snowmen live in the Northern Urals, in the area of the Otorten Mountain“.

Together with the last but one shot from Tibo’s camera (above) this passage makes some think the group had an encounter with a snowman.

It is important to keep in mind that the document we are talking about had a character of a joke. The tradition of creating this kind of ‘newspaper’ was typical of that time. In every school and institution, the students regularly made posters with headings articles and drawings. The point was to present news, or a social problem, in a satirical way, and was a popular method to gently hint at some criticism, or to bring something of interest to light.
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April 28, 2015 , , , , , , , , , , ,

February 1959

February 1959, Ural Mountains, Russia. Nine missing skiers found dead. Cause: unknown.

The story sounds like something out of a low-budget horror movie: nine young students go on a skiing holiday in Russia’s Ural Mountains but never return. Eventually, their bodies are discovered – five of them frozen to death near their tent, four more bearing mysterious injuries – a smashed head, a missing tongue – buried in the snow some distance away. All, it seems, had fled in sudden terror from their camp in the middle of the night. Casting aside skis, food and warm coats, they dashed headlong down a snowy slope toward a thick forest, where they stood no chance of surviving bitter temperatures of around –30ºC (–22ºF). At the time, seemingly baffled investigators offered the non-explanation that the group had died as a result of “a compelling unknown force” – and then simply closed the case and filed it as ‘Top Secret’.

After half a century, the mystery remains. What was the nature of the deadly “unknown force”? Were the Soviet authorities hiding something? And, if so, exactly what were they were attempting to cover up? In the intervening years, a number of solutions have been put forward, involving everything from hostile tribes and abominable snowmen to aliens and secret military technology.
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An Expert Opinion
Missing Photo Scales
Chelyabinsk Meteorite
The Otorten News
February 1959