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The Chatham Five


They were the five who claimed in 1935 to have seen a mysterious "orb" rolling through the small fishing village on the elbow of Cape Cod.

Two months later, all five witnesses vanished -- on the same night -- never to be seen again.

But do you REALLY know the stories behind 'The Orb Of Chatham' witnesses?

Learning about their lives will enable you to experience the true depth of this mystery.

If you hold 'The Orb Of Chatham' in your hands, you have the key to unlock the mystery. If you have yet to read this distrurbingly frightful book, and wish to unlock the mystery, buy it now.

Herbert Eldredge

Margaret Snow

Walter Snow

"Gus" Nickerson

Isabel Porter

Which of the Chatham Five...

... was found to have sketchbooks filled with drawings of orbs in Chatham locations that were dated three yeears before the 1935 sightings?

... was given an Art Deco hat pin with a rare black (orb-like) pearl as a gift by one of the other witnesses?

... reported that when the clock tower rang and echoed off the hovering orb, it sounded like "an iron ship hull being clanged under water with an with anvil."?

... would pull lobster traps from Chatham's waters after the Orb sightings that appeared to have been 'crushed' by something "that had to weigh more than a ton"?

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Walter Snow

b 1891 - d 1935 (presumed)

As a respected businessman, Walter Snow and his store on Main Street, Chatham Dry Goods, we're fixtures within the quaint village.

A man or enormous confidence, sometimes his persona was at odds with the modest recalcitrance of the New Englanders who made up Chatham. Still, he was well liked, and his small business was essential to the small populations of townspeople who frequented his store for food stuffs (both canned and dried), the expected sundries, and even newspapers -- both local and from Boston. In many ways, Walter's store was the quintessential meeting ground for neighbors, a centralized spot where Chathamites from all walks of life would gather to share news, learn of new goings-on and, of course, gossip.

For the vital services he provided to townspeople, the hard working and entrepreneurial Walter was well rewarded. He and his wife, Margaret, lived in a magnificent mansion on Shore Road that overlooked Chatham Harbor, the barrier dunes of Nauset Beach, and finally the open Atlantic.

But the six bedroom home with as many fireplaces lacked warmth. The Snows had no children, and Walter's fixation on his business and civic matters left Margaret feeling both abandoned and lonely.

If Walter was aware of her ennui, he did little to assuage her unhappiness. The two rarely vacationed together, each seeming to live completely disconnected existences -- though under the same, big roof.

Both Walter and Margaret claimed to witness the Orb in their home, more specifically the first floor library that faced west across their well manicured grounds towards the slight glow of lights within the village center.

Walter's story and those of the other witnesses continue when you unlock the Orb of Chatham code

Written and illustrated by Bob Staake, 'The Orb Of Chatham' is unlike any other of his more than 35 books.

A hauntingly eery tale that meanders through this mysterious New England town, 'The Orb Of Chatham' fascinates and mesmerizes readers both young and old. Take a peek at the book




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The Book Is Only The Beginning Of The Orb Of Chatham Story:

Of the five who reported witnessing 'The Orb Of Chatham' in 1935, why would Margaret Snow be the last to file her report with the authorities, while her husband, Walter, was the first? Additional Information on 'The Chatham Five' can be found inside the Orb. Click here to unlock the code and enter Why are so many orb shapes found in Chatham? The mysterious forms are commonly seen decorating gardens, placed in northeast corners of barns, and even used as book ends. Once people have read 'The Orb of Chatham', they report noticing even more Orb shapes within the quaint village. Additional photos of Orbs can be found inside the Orb. Click here to unlock the code and enter What explains that orbs are often found near ship wrecks, particularly those occuring on nights with full moons? Unless you look closely at some of these mysterious photographs, you may not even notice the orbs that almost seem to hide from view. Additional shipwreck photos can be found inside the Orb. Click here to unlock the code and enter

Given the relative shallowness of Chatham's waters, why did divers feel it necessary in 1976 to use a titanium diving suit like this to search the ocean floor of Stage Harbor when lobster traps were discovered being mysteriously "crushed" by something? Additional photos can be found inside the Orb. Click here to unlock the code and enter Why would this novelty song about 'The Orb Of Chatham' have been recorded in 1936 -- but banned from being played on the town's only radio station? Additional product photos can be found inside the Orb. Click here to unlock the code and enter Is there a reason why orb sightings in the Chatham skies increase during the winter months -- even though the town's population drops considerably? And why do so many townspeople insist that 'The Orb of Chatham' events of 1935 never took place? Additional Sighting Photos can be found inside the Orb. Click here to unlock the code and enter


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The Orb Of Chatham and OrbOfChatham.com is Copyright 2005 by Bob Staake - All Rights Reserved. The book was originally published by Commonwealth Editions. The text, images and content on this web site cannot be used without the expressed, written consent of the author. For licensing inquiries, please click here. Any similarity to charcacters living or dead is strictly coincidental Flash animation and music sequence by Ryan Staake -- Melonsoft.

























, the reports were made upon daylight, though local authorities dismissed them a hoax.

Still, the witnesses' independent accounts were virtually identical; the orb appeared to be made of blackened metal, perhaps six feet tall, and traveled in absolute silence by rolling (though one witness reported spotting the orb "hovering" in the air above a local church).

Two months later, all five witnesses vanished -- on the same October evening -- never to be seen again.

Whether 'The Orb Of Chatham' is truth or fiction remains a mystery to this day.