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Brad Steiger Brad Steiger is the author/coauthor of 154 books with over 17 million copies in print. His first published articles on the unexplained appeared in 1956, and he has now written more than 2,000 articles with paranormal themes. From 1970-'73, his weekly newspaper column, The Strange World of Brad Steiger, was carried domestically in over 80 newspapers and overseas from Bombay to Tokyo. He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on February 19,1936. He is married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, a licensed and ordained minister, herself the author or coauthor of over 22 books. He has two sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. Visit Brad Steiger's website: and also read Evidence for a New History. Read Brad Steiger's latest book Revelation: The Divine Fire.

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01:00 March 3, 2008

Douglas DC-3 Airplane in Flight. Could an individual just disappear off this plane?

Writer Emile Schurmacher recounted the tale of Jerrold I. Potter who disappeared from a DC-3 as it flew from Kankakee, Illinois, to Dallas, Texas, on June 29, 1968.

Potter and his wife Carrie had been looking forward to attending the Lion's Club convention in Dallas. The fifty-four-year-old businessman was said to have been in good health, in affable spirits, and secure in his financial considerations.

According to Schurmacher's account in More Strange Unsolved Mysteries, Potter got up to go to the lavatory as the DC-3 was north of Rolla, Missouri, approaching the Fort Leonard Camp area. His wife watched him start toward the compartment in the tail end of the airplane. Several of his friends exchanged brief comments with him as he walked toward the lavatory.

Then the DC-3 gave an unaccountable jolt "as if it had bumped over an invisible obstacle in its flight path." The plane quivered a bit, then recovered almost at once. The passengers remained unconcerned by the slight "bump."

After a few minutes, Mrs. Potter glanced down the aisle to see if her husband was returning to his seat. She became uneasy when he was nowhere in sight. She expressed this discomfort to a stewardess, who checked the lavatory and found it empty.

Co-pilot Roy Bacus answered the stewardess' signal and was stunned to hear her report that a passenger was missing. He investigated the area of the rear lavatory and found that the boarding door was ajar. Bacus rushed forward to Pilot Miguel Cabeza with a small section of safety chain. Cabeza immediately radioed that he was changing his course, indicated the nature of the emergency, and headed for Springfield, Missouri, the nearest airport.

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