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In 2004, after gruesome cow remains are found on a Nebraska farm, reports of nearby UFOs convince some that it's the work of aliens.
37th Parallel Cattle Mutilations
For decades, ranchers in the 37th zone have been frustrated and confounded by loss of livestock to mutilations. The documented methods, regardless of location, are virtually identical the removal of genitals and bowels, eyes, and sometimes ears with surgical precision and a complete absence of blood.
Missouri cattle mutilations, beginning in 1975, continue to be reported . Arkansas had its share of cattle mutilations, and a history of UFOs first reported as the Arkansas airship mystery . The 1894 Kansas UFO/Cattle Mutilation is perhaps the earliest recorded event, but mutilation activity ramped up in the 1970s.
In Kansas, thousands of cattle turned up dead — enough that there was an FBI investigation in 1975. The mutilations were making mainstream news the March 2, 1975 edition of the New York Times reported that ranchers along the Texas/Oklahoma border believe the relentless mutilations were the work of Satanist cults. “This thing will probably end with the vernal equinox which is the same day as Easter,” said John Dunn, president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. Unfortunately, the livestock deaths have continued to present day.
Further west in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, mutilations are so common that most go unreported. Researcher Chuck Zukowski, subject of author Ben Mezrich’s bestseller, “ The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway, ” has documented mutilations, from Kansas to Arizona, for decades in fact, it was Zukowski who identified the 37th as a continental zone of heightened anomalous activity. No matter how many cases are reported and documented, or who investigates them, the mutilations continue unabated for unknown reasons by un-apprehended perpetrators.
Watch this documentary to learn more about the bizarre cattle mutilation phenomenon:
SKINWALKER RANCH + TEN YEARS LATER
It is almost exactly 10 years ago that “Hunt for the Skinwalker” was first published. For the incognosenti, the book chronicled a unique, intensive scientific investigation of UFOs, cattle mutilations and paranormal activity over almost a decade on a remote ranch in NE Utah. A private research institute in Las Vegas Nevada, the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) deployed a team of PhD level scientists and invested millions of dollars in equipping personnel, deploying remote sensors, and conducted the most sustained, intensive “boots on the ground” investigation of anomalous phenomena in history. Only Project Hessdalen in Norway rivalled the Utah Ranch study in duration, but the Utah project comprised continuous deployment of human observers AND remote sensors.
“Hunt for the Skinwalker” chronicled personal experiences from the scientists who made the ranch their second home for several years and documented accounts from dozens of eyewitnesses, some with military backgrounds and many with high credentials. Since 1994, over 50 independent witnesses have reported hundreds of anomalous incidents on the ranch it is commonly accepted that the reality of the phenomena on the ranch are undeniable.
Since the publication of the book, this once obscure property in Utah has been named “Skinwalker Ranch” and it has become one of the most famous UFO hotspots in the world. Hunt for the Skinwalker spawned a cottage industry of imitators—up to half a dozen books have been published by wannabee pretenders and retired “security guards” who have claimed all manner of magical happenings in and around the ranch over the past ten years. Hundreds of videos purportedly taken on the ranch with millions of views on YouTube as well as several TV shows, movies and “documentaries” have been released, all purportedly shedding light on the mysteries of Skinwalker Ranch.
The past ten years have seen the creation of an entire “Skinwalker Ranch” genre and the emergence of a viral meme that surrounds the ranch with even more mystique than ten years ago.
In the years since publication of “Hunt for the Skinwalker” what are the lessons learned from this unique study and how can the experiences gained on the ranch benefit the larger study of anomalies?
Three questions can immediately be asked:
(A) Is Skinwalker Ranch a unique location?
(B) What are the optimum strategies for investigating a hotspot like Skinwalker Ranch?
(C) What have we learned about the phenomenon in the past ten years?
(A) Skinwalker Ranch is not unique as a UFO hotspot—it’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it is the most studied UFO hot spot in history and (B) it is imperative to treat the investigation of these phenomena as a scientific project in as professional a manner as possible.
We will focus attention on both (A) and (B) in this article.
Since the publication of the book, other locations have been investigated outside Utah, and individuals have come forward with documented evidence comprising almost identical breadth and scope of anomalous phenomena in North America that bear a striking correlation with those seen on Skinwalker Ranch.
(a) The Uintah Basin sightings. The Utah Ranch sits in a 15,000 square mile area in NE Utah known as the Uintah Basin. Joseph (Junior) Hicks is a retired high school science teacher who in 1950 began gathering UFO testimony from locals. Junior Hicks has reported that he heard large numbers of stories of “weird stuff” over the years (1950-2010) in the area around the ranch, but he did not follow them up because they were so bizarre/disturbing. Hicks gave only his “nuts and bolts” reports to Frank Salisbury who dutifully published them. As Hunt for the Skinwalker documented, investigations have shown that the “nuts and bolts” flying objects constitute only a small minority of the phenomena in the Uintah Basin around the ranch. This pattern is continuing.
(b) The Dulce NM sightings. Scores of reports of anomalies have been investigated around Dulce, New Mexico and a plethora of bigfoot sightings, cattle mutilations, orbs of light, weird creatures and other paranormal phenomena overlaid (same time and same location) on the classic flying disc and flying triangle reports have been discovered.
(c) The 1975 Malmstrom AFB, Montana UFO sightings have been widely reported in the literature in fact they constitute a part of the famous Northern Tier sightings (4). NIDS was fortunate to obtain the first hand testimony and report logs from Captain Keith Wolverton who was based in Great Falls in 1975 and Wolverton documented a large number of cattle mutilations, bigfoot sightings, bizarre creatures, and assorted weirdness that happened at the same time and place as the famous Malmstrom AFB UFO wave. However, almost nobody else reported the weird underbelly of the phenomena around Malmstrom AFB.
(d) Marley Woods, Missouri: When we visited Marley Woods and interviewed ranchers and eyewitnesses, again we saw a wide variety of anomalies that appeared to coexist with a small number of “nuts and bolts” sightings. Some of the investigators told us that they had stayed away from all the “weird stuff” for the majority of their UFO investigations over 40 years and they ONLY focused on the nuts and bolts phenomena. Marley Woods forced investigators to open their eyes, because the non-technological data were so overwhelming.
(e) The San Luis Valley sightings reported by Christopher O’Brien over the years is actually a refreshing exception in that O’Brien has reported all of the weirdness (cattle mutilations, bizarre creatures, assorted poltergeist activity, etc as well as classic flying discs, flying triangles). O’Brien’s books (*eg 1 and references therein) have not distorted the record in favor of the nuts and bolts “craft”.
(f) A few years ago investigators began to dig into the Rendlesham Forest events and after interviewing a dozen airmen and other eyewitnesses who were stationed at RAF Benwaters in the early 1980s they began encountering the same underbelly of anomalous phenomena which have not been widely publicized. Only the triangle in the forest with symbols and the apparent advanced technology appears to have avoided the censorship. We have learned some interesting tidbits, for example (a) the base was haunted by “Runway Charlie” who was apparently a headless human dressed in a flight suit seen by several security police officers over several years who routinely was observed walked down the runway often from distances of about 100 yards, (b) multiple other haunting were reported by security police officers, (c) flying orbs or lights were routinely seen on the base and in Rendlesham forest over the years and (d) the forest was a longtime favorite spot for local druid cults to congregate. In other words, the Rendlesham Forest area was another hot spot for anomalous activity and the events of late December 1980 were only a small part of the continuum.
So, with every series of cases that have been closely examined in widely different areas, we are confronted with an identical phenomenon. A small number of mechanical flying objects that are contemporaneous with a vast underbelly of weird anomalies that nobody in “UFOlogy” wants to report. The finding that every location that has been studied in depth yielded multiple layers of additional anomalies that did not fit the classical nuts and bolts UFO meme makes one wonder whether throughout the majority of UFO investigations of the 1960s-2010s, was this censorship the rule rather than the exception? If yes, then the generic research field of UFOlogy is attempting to make sense of an unbelievably distorted dataset.
(B) Seven lessons learned from Utah Ranch and Uintah Basin investigations:
What has been learned about the techniques of investigation that cover these kinds of research projects? There are seven rules of thumb that have been learned in investigating this mysterious piece of real estate and none of these techniques are possible for amateur researchers who do not have considerable resources.
The investigative approach that has been developed and honed over the past decade is deceptively simple and it has been used to greater and lesser extents with investigations of every UFO/paranormal “hot spot, including Skinwalker Ranch. What are the seven most important points to focus on when approaching these kinds of investigations?
- Personnel: In order to begin uncovering consistent data, substantial resources must be deployed. A team of scientifically trained (minimum of a Bachelors degree in science or engineering) full time investigators working in unison with professional project management and clearly defined roles and responsibilities is essential. Researching this phenomenon on evenings and weekends is only possible if you are prepared to conduct research over several decades.
- Equipment: Tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars must be invested in equipment, including night vision equipment and a deep bench of contract research labs for analytical chemistry and all levels of forensic analysis must be available. This kind of analysis is essential and is very expensive.
- Continuous "boots on the ground" interviewing and re-interviewing witnesses over many years has been the most productive approach---it has to be done methodically utilizing a grid design. Find the "hot spot" and work out from there using investigators to knock on doors and "cold call" in a grid pattern a couple of miles around the hot spot epicenter. You will gradually assemble a picture of the events in the area.
- Deploy investigators on the actual hot spot on night watches equipped with Gen III or better Night Vision equipment and thermographic imagers if possible. A lot happens in the Infrared region of the spectrum, but it is transient and ephemeral. The investigators need to be deployed for weeks, not days because the phenomenon is elusive and deceptive.
- If you investigate cattle mutilations, you MUST have an accredited veterinarian standing over the dead animal within a few hours of the incident in the summer and within 24 hours during the winter. Speed is of the essence since post mortem decomposition rapidly obliterates the forensic evidence. Forensic analysis (including analytical chemistry) must be conducted on tissues surrounding the wounds. If you do not do this, you are wasting your time investigating cattle mutilations.
- Conduct exhaustive, but skillful interviewing year after year on witnesses. We have found that as witnesses begin to trust investigators, more details are provided and in particular the level of “strangeness” of reports can increase over time (see Jacques Vallee’s perceptive description of “The Hilltop Curve” (*2)). From these witnesses and their families and neighbors, document in particular physiological effects and if you have the resources, blood chemistry, immunology, and even genomic analysis. The key is to view the human being as a more reliable readout system for documenting the effects of the phenomenon.
- Side by side with the “grand central station” aspect of the diverse phenomena that were documented is human (contractor/Intelligence Agency) involvement in the Uintah Basin area, but the human activity is very murky and difficult to separate out. We have spoken with Special Forces Private Contractor personnel who have admitted deploying “toys” in the area around Skinwalker Ranch. For a good analogy to some of what has happened in the Uintah Basin, we recommend Robert Guffeys very entertaining book (*3).
Nine things learned about the phenomenon on Skinwalker Ranch:
1. The phenomenon is covert and deceptive
2. The phenomenon has shown no interest in engaging in dialog with human investigators: communication from the phenomenon has been one-sided, fleeting and not reproducible.
3. Long term interactions with the phenomenon do not promote health and well-being, either physically or psychologically, in humans.
4. The phenomenon can and does manipulate human perceptions, human emotions and trends towards inducing fear in humans, not happiness.
5. We learned that the United States Government has used the phenomenon to mask some of its covert technology programs and in turn we observe that the phenomenon has mimicked some USG Special Access technology. We have named this complex dance “bidirectional mimicry”. Bidirectional mimicry implies that investigators of this phenomenon are peering through at least two layers of deception. This is a major cause of confusion in this research arena.
6. Asking questions about whether the phenomenon is interdimensional, extraterrestrial, ultraterrestrial etc is scientifically meaningless since there is currently no scientific methodology or technology (ie no falsifiable hypothesis from a Popperian perspective) for distinguishing between these possibilities.
7. The phenomenon has shown a preference for collocating with Native American tribes in the United States.
8. The phenomenon has been physically destructive to animals.
9. The phenomenon may be pre-cognitive.
(1) O’Brien, Christopher (2009). Stalking The Tricksters. Adventures Unlimited Press, Kempton, Illinois.
(2) Vallee, Jacques (1975). The Hilltop Curve, p 112 of “The Invisible College” 1975 published by EP Dutton
(3) Guffey, Robert (2015): Chameleo. OR Books, New York and London.
(4) Salas, Robert and Klotz, James (2005). Faded Giant. BookSurge Publishing
Skinwalker Ranch Owner Reveals UFO Hotspot Is Wired With Sensors and Cameras
The once secret owner of purported Utah UFO hotspot Skinwalker Ranch has stepped forward, describing a bevy of sensors and cameras he's installed on the site for the collection of evidence related to anomalous phenomena, including UAP, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
In 2016, Brandon Fugal, 46, a Utahn real estate tycoon, bought the 512 acre property from its former owner, aerospace billionaire Robert Bigelow, who also sought out anomalous phenomena on the site. Officially owned by Adamantium Real Estate, Fugal's ownership remained secret until a Tuesday interview with Vice, in which Fugal described his plans for the property and its alleged mysteries, while declining to disclose how much he paid Bigelow for the property.
"Science and discovery are what drive me. It's not money. It's not that I'm obsessed with UFOs or little green men or cattle mutilations or shape-shifting demonic entities. I have no idea if aliens exist. You'd have to ask them," Fugal told Vice.
Fugal has installed sensors and cameras on the Skinwalker Ranch and has so far collected unreleased footage of "anomalous aerial phenomena," in addition to evidence of "anomalous injuries" and "transient EMF"&mdashunexplained electrical phenomena. This, in addition to the numerous UFO sightings and previous data collected at Skinwalker Ranch by Bigelow, was not provided to Fugal as part of the purchase.
Describing the exploration of the ranch's mysteries as "the greatest science project of our time" Fugal says he's committed "significant resources" to uncovering what, if anything, is happening on the property. He intends to eventually release peer reviewed reports.
A collector of movie memorabilia&mdashincluding a bullet-riddled jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator and Jor-El's cloak, worn by Marlon Brando in 1978's Superman&mdashFugal has invested in long shot, almost-science-fictional technology for the past decade. His investments included a gravitational physics project meant to produce clean energy. It didn't work out. But two consultants on Fugal's investments brought him into contact with Bigelow, eventually leading to his purchase of Skinwalker Ranch.
Those consultants, Hal Puthoff and Dr. Christopher Green, have a long history exploring anomalous subjects and have both conducted research on behalf of the CIA. According to Vice, both were involved in Bigelow's research on behalf of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Puthoff is also known for promoting pseudoscience, including infamous "psychic warrior" Uri Geller and Scientology E-meters.
In May, 2018, a statement by a purported "senior manager" within Bigelow Aerospace's Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) group was released to CBS affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, which has a long tradition of reporting on local overlaps between UFO researchers and the military. This statement described alleged observed phenomena documented at Skinwalker Ranch.
"The investigations by BAASS provided new lines of evidence showing that the UFO phenomenon was a lot more than nuts and bolts machines that interacted with military aircraft," the senior manager said. "The phenomenon also involved a whole panoply of diverse activity that included bizarre creatures, poltergeist activity, invisible entities, orbs of light, animal and human injuries and much more."
Other strange phenomena was observed by another, now defunct, Bigelow-founded organization, the National Institute for Discovery Sciences (NIDS). According to a secondhand report by astrophysicist Eric Davis, told to UFO researcher Joe Murgia and included in a lengthy Popular Mechanics investigation into the connections between Bigelow Aerospace and Pentagon UAP programs, one researcher at Skinwalker Ranch saw "a 3D object" appear in front of him and mutate from a pretzel shape to that of a Möbius strip before disappearing.
NIDS researchers also described finding mutilated cattle and mysterious beasts with yellow eyes, which were seemingly impervious to bullets.
Fugal will appear in the upcoming History Channel documentary The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch, premiering March 31.
UFOs and ‘portals’
Thousands of people have claimed to have witnessed UFOs at Skinwalker Ranch and the surrounding Uintah Basin ever since it was first publicised in the 1970s.
Bigelow’s team of scientists, from his privately-funded National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS), set up cameras around the property when he bought it in 1996 and they managed to capture their own sightings.
Frustratingly, as NIDS’ Dr John Alexander claimed, the UFOs proved elusive as they “knew where you were looking”.
But the cameras did manage to pick up some bizarre activities.
In footage shown for the first time in the Hunt for Skinwalker documentary, a blue orb that “seemed under intelligent design” darts across the night sky.
Another image shows how a “fan-shaped array of lights” was recorded while a third captured an airline-like contrail emanating from the ground.
Perhaps the strangest of all caught on camera was the moment a ghostly silhouette of “structures” appeared on CCTV.
As the narrator explained, it reminded the team of New York City’s fallen Twin Towers.
Two scientists also bizarrely claimed to have witnessed a “portal” opening up in front of them, before a mysterious creature emerged and darted off into the darkness.
But something makes this case unique
Deputy Holmes told the Capital Press about 100 yards away from the carcass, officers found a partial boot print.
It’s possible it was the rancher’s own print. But Hunt says he hadn’t stepped out of his vehicle in that area for a long time, it didn’t look like his boot and Holmes said wind and rain would likely have covered over the print by now if he had. The print, he said, appears fresh.
“I didn’t say much when my bull died last winter,” said Hunt. “But this time, the cops wanted permission to publicize so maybe people can keep their eyes open. I say: all right, tell anyone you want. It won’t bring back my dead cow, but maybe we’ll catch the killer.“
This mysterious cow mutilation case follows another killing near Condon, Oregon, in March. A Hereford bull was found dead, lying on its side in a remote draw, its sex organs and tongue removed. The rancher who found his animal described cuts so precise no blood was on the bull’s white underbelly.
Last summer, five bulls were mysteriously slain in Harney County, Oregon, outside of Burns. Although there are many theories ranging from payback, cults or aliens, there have been few leads on the case despite the offer of a $25,000 reward by Silvies Valley Ranch.
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CAUGHT ON VIDEO
He said: "I really didn't know any of the details of the ranch. I watched the YouTube videos and all that..I thought somebody is on hallucinogenic drugs or somebody is perpetrating the biggest hoax that I have seen.
"Literally, I had not been on the ranch 30 minutes and weird stuff starting to happen. and since then so much weird stuff has happened I am now as crazy as the rest of them.
"Seeing things progress from making measurements of electromagnetic signals that shouldn't be there..to seeing things that appear in the sky and then we have a cow dying on us.
"Then we go back at look at the video footage..and at the instant the cow is dying something appears overhead and we capture it on video.
"We've got multiple events that cannot be explained away or debunked. I don't know what they are but they are not like anything I was expecting when I got there."
The investigation is the focus of Season 2 of The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch, which is being screened on Tuesdays in the US on the History Channel from this week.
Mr Fugal said: "As early as 1911 the homesteaders started seeing unexplained phenomenom. by 1979, there were a lot of UFO sightings being documented.
"People (who visit the ranch) have had really acute medical episodes. everything from nausea to perception-altering experiences and even temporary paralysis.
"And then the Sherman family acquired the property in 1992 and were witness to some of the most disturbing events on record.
Curse of Skinwalker Ranch: S2
If you asked a random person to name the eeriest places on Earth – places synonymous with unexplained, X Files-esque phenomena – the Bermuda Triangle and Area 51 would probably top the list. But, despite their infamy, they’ve got nothing on Skinwalker Ranch, a place so weird that it’s flummoxed scientific experts and terrified even the most cynical onlookers.
The massive ranch sprawls across over 500 acres of northern Utah in a region known as the Uintah Basin. The whole area has, since the days of early Spanish missionaries, swirled with rumours of strange goings on. In the words of journalist George Knapp, it’s “been the site of simply unbelievable paranormal activity. UFOs, Sasquatch, cattle mutilations, psychic manifestations… you name it, residents here have seen it.”
The epicentre of it all is Skinwalker Ranch, which first came to national attention in the mid-1990s, when the Sherman family – who had purchased the ranch in 1994 – shared their incredible stories with the media.
UFO Sightings & Cattle Mutilations
It's not just the skinwalkers that make Skinwalker Ranch and surrounding land so strange, however. Stories of strange lights in the sky have been recorded for centuries, first by the native tribes of the area in folklore and rock art, then by European settlers. In 1776, for example, Franciscan missionary Silvestre Vélez de Escalante described seeing fiery lights in the sky above his campfire. [via History]
In the 1950s, UFO sightings in the area really picked up, with people all over the Uintah Basis reporting everything from glowing orbs darting around in the sky or emerging from bodies of water in the region to actual metallic aircraft suspended overhead. Shortly after UFO sightings started happening in earnest, another paranormal activity started: cattle mutilations. Terry and Gwen Sherman, along with multiple other ranchers in the area, started reporting their cattle had started going missing. Some were never found again, but many were later found mutilated, but with surgical precision, in ways no wild animal could achieve. Eyes were neatly removed from sockets, reproductive systems were removed entirely intact, organs were harvested, and they were all marked with precise, clean cuts that spoke of a clean blade or laser being used and left a strange chemical smell.
As Sherman pointed out in a 1996 interview with Desert News, the cattle mutilations always came after UFO sightings, and he believed the two were linked. "We've seen (the UFOs) enough and we know pretty much what the craft look like, and I think it's definitely associated with the cattle mutilations," he said. "When we see the crafts and then the cattle, we have problems." It's not a phenomenon contained to the 1950s, however: UFO sightings still happen today, as do cattle mutilations, as the cast of The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch learned in season 1 when a cow on the ranch dropped dead of nowhere shortly after an unidentified object was spotted in the sky above it.
THE UFO CHRONICLES
Garth’s brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth John Myers and Edith Childs had purchased the ranch around 1933 (not in the 1950s). Garth who was eighty-eight-years old at the time of my interview, was much younger than his brother he had actually worked on the ranch for three summers as a teenager. Kenneth and Edith began with about 160 acres and accumulated other parcels until they had formed the 480-acre ranch, living in quite primitive conditions at first but improving things through the years. They had one child who died in infancy before they moved to the ranch. There were no other children. Kenneth died in 1987 at age eighty-six, but his widow continued to live on the ranch for five years, until she was taken to a rest home. For two years the ranch was vacant but always leased out to other ranchers to farm and run cattle, even before Kenneth died. Then when Edith died on March 3, 1994, the ranch reverted to Garth Myers and his sisters, Helen M. Baxter and LaPriel Poulson. Less than three months Later, Garth, as executor of the Kenneth and Edith Myers estate, negotiated sale of the ranch to the witness family [The Sherman's]. But after nearly two years, they ran into difficulties, losing several prize cattle, as recorded in Skinwalker. (This was when Junior Hicks first visited the ranch, witnessing some of the cattle mutilations and other phenomena: Junior had not visited the ranch when it belonged to the Myers.) But by then the UFO rumors were circulating wildly, especially after the two articles about the ranch in the Deseret News. Along came Bob Bigelow and the ranch was sold to him.
What about the important statement that the “greatest concentration of high strangeness has always taken place at what became the [Skinwalker] 480 - acre ranch?” Garth Myers vigorously denies it! Here are the important parts of the interview that I recorded:
Garth: I can tell you right off that my brother died in April of 1987. My sister-in-law lived alone there until about 1992. She died in March 1994. And I can tell you unequivocally that up to 1992 there had never been and there never were any signs of that [UFO and similar activity.] [My emphasis–FW]
Now, the ranch was vacant for about two years after she [entered a rest home]. I went to it occasionally just to check the house. Then we sold it to [the witness (Terry Sherman)] about six months after she died [actually, about three months]. I don't know what happened while it was vacant, but I don't think anything went on. There was nothing, unequivocally, absolutely nothing that went on while she and my brother lived there. [My emphasis–FW] She lived there alone from 1987 to 1992, five years. And part of the time she had a dog. Before my former brother died he had a dog that got caught in a trap and had one hind leg partially amputated. He lived for about three years, and then she was alone without a dog….
FBS: I think that they make a statement in the book [Hunt for Skinwalker] that things had been going on since way back to the Indians, and so on.
Garth: See, this is [the witness (Terry Sherman)]. That's the story he made. But it's not the right story!
FBS: That's why I'm here to talk to you, because you are somebody who knows.
Garth: . The next thing I knew I get this information that there were UFOs, and he was scared to death, and then this man in Las Vegas phoned in and was going to buy it. . ..
All I know is, about a month or six weeks after he bought it, Bigelow called me on the phone and wondered why we hadn't told anybody about the UFOS. I told him they didn't get there until [the witness] got there, and he said "UFOS were coming there and you had dogs keeping the people away." And I said all they had at most were two dogs, and the last time my sister-in-law lived there five years with a three-legged dog and part of the time with no dog at all, and there were no UFOS. And he said "Oh, you're not telling me the truth." I said, "If you don't believe it, I guess we don't need to talk anymore," and that was about it. So, after about six months I got another call from somebody, and they kind of told the same story. The last caller was maybe five or six years ago-don't know who. He said he wanted to have lunch with me. I said "On one condition: That you'll show me the ranch." He said: "Can't do it." I said: "Okay, I guess no lunch." That's the last I've heard. You probably have the articles in the Deseret News.
At this point, I told him about my scientific interest in UFOS, that I was a professor emeritus at Utah State University, and a bit more of my history. I told him that I don't "believe" in UFOS I investigate UFOS. I told him that I was working on The Utah UFO Display, originally published in 1974. I said, I must have a chapter on the ranch, so that makes this interview very valuable to me, because I can say there is another side to it that isn't known."
Garth replied, "My brother had 480 acres, if I remember. My brother bought that ranch in about 1933. Just a little house, an outdoor privy, and no water, electricity, telephone. They had to haul water from Fort Duchesne. They were essentially hermits. They only established relationships with two people in Randlett, but other than that, they had no communication with their neighbors. Hard worker, honest, hard man to work for. I worked for him awhile."
Garth Myers practiced with his M.D. in pediatric neurology. He spent much of his career at the LDS Primary Children's Hospital but also worked for the State Department of Health. In his discussions with me, it became clear that, like most educated people with a scientific background (and no real knowledge of the extent and evidence of the UFO accounts), Garth simply rejects any idea that there might be some reality to the UFO phenomenon. I told him a few Uintah Basin stories, but he said: "That's fine. As long as you know they are just stories!" This being the case, in all honesty we must consider the possibility that Kenneth and Edith Myers were experiencing UFO visits on their ranch, but knowing that their brother was such a skeptic, they decided not to share this information with him. Remember, however, that he was there himself (as a teenager) for three summers without seeing any UFOS. Yes, that was long ago, but the Skinwalker statement says the UFO activity goes back even to the time of the Native Americans.
In a telephone conversation on September 5, 2009 (sadly, not recorded!), I asked him if it were possible that his brother and sister-in-law didn't tell him about UFO activity they were experiencing. This he vehemently denied. He said he was very close to his brother (in spite of the age difference), knowing every detail of their lives. [My emphasis–FW] After his brother died, he kept in very close touch with his sister-in-law-many visits and close emotional ties as he worried about her living there alone. He feels totally confident that his brother and sister-in-law would have told him about any strange activity, especially under the circumstances. Nevertheless, the point is so important that we'll return to it several times in this chapter. Did the Myers couple have a secret life that was not known even to their brother? There are those who keep making that suggestion.
Later, I called Garth Myers from the Uintah Basin to ask him a few more questions.
First is the matter of locks inside and outside the house when the witness bought it. Garth has said that this simply was not true. When he
visited the ranch, it took one key to enter the home, and if that key didn't work, a sharp kick on the door would let him in! There was no profusion of locks. (The witness, however, told me that there were small sliding locks on cupboards inside.)
Second is the matter of no digging being allowed on the ranch. That rumor might have been fortified by Charles Winn, who said he was digging something for Kenneth Myers with his backhoe when Kenneth told him for sure not to dig in a certain area. That doesn't sound very sinister. If I owned a ranch, I might not want someone with a backhoe to dig in certain places. So what? Garth said that the only stipulation in the real estate contract was that the previous owners retained the oil rights to the property! Since oil has become important in the Basin, such a stipulation is common when a ranch is sold. So the real-estate contract stipulated that if the new owners dug for oil, they must notify the previous owners. Does this sound like "a meaningless clause crafted by elderly eccentrics"? Further, as noted in my interview with Garth, he denied that his brother had ever used large guard dogs. The widow Edith had only the one three-legged dog, and he died a couple of years before Edith left the ranch for the rest home. And what about the following statement in Skinwalker with its ominous implication?: "The previous owners had bought the property in the 1950s but now seemed glad to unload it. Does it sound ominous that an elderly brother and his two sisters might like to unload a ranch that they had no way of keeping up? When the witness wanted to buy the ranch, it offered Garth and his sisters a chance to settle Kenneth and Edith's estate.
But doubts persisted, so as the three of us-Junior, James Carrion, and I-made our Uintah Basin visits, we considered the question over and over, discussing it among ourselves and with many of those whom we interviewed: Was the Myers ranch plagued with UFO activity for over half a century while the Myers established their ranch? Junior had only one story to support this: He seemed to remember that a clerk at a drugstore told him that Edith Myers had UFO stories to tell. But that is very tenuous evidence. Memories long after the fact, especially of such trivialities as a brief conversation while counting out the change, tend to be distorted–and perhaps influenced by the extensive publicity that followed the Deseret News articles and then publication of Skinwalker.
We had a long conversation with John Garcia (called Mr. Gonzalez in Skinwalker), whose ranch adjoined the Myers/(Skinwalker) ranch on the
cast, and with Charles Winn, whose ranch adjoined it on the northwest. Each rancher had some wonderful UFO stories to tell, as I'll relate at the end of this chapter, but again and again we asked if this activity occurred while the Myers were living on the property. Time and again they would search back in their memories and come up blank as to activity on the ranch before the Myers left. Garcia's account, the one related below, did go back to the Myers' time, but he didn't think the Myers were aware of his sighting. Except for Garcia's account and various cattle mutilations, most of the Garcia and Winn stories were generated by experiences after Robert Bigelow bought the ranch. The cattle mutilations were confirmed by Pete Pickup, who had been a deputy sheriff and a tribal policeman starting during the Myers' occupancy. He had investigated at least a dozen cattle mutilations at various ranches, going back to the 1970s, and he was employed by NIDS and Bob Bigelow, but he could not confirm UFO activity prior to the witness's purchase of the ranch.
So according to Garth Myers, and there certainly is good reason to think that he should know the basic facts about the history of the ranch, and with the backing of Junior's memory plus the comments of John Garcia and Charles Winn, the Skinwalker version of the ranch's history is badly distorted.