Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah
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The author of the controversial bestseller Brain Trust brings his scientific expertise to the chilling true story of unexplained phenomena on Utah's Skinwalker Ranch -- and challenges us with a new vision of reality.
For more than fifty years, the bizarre events at a remote Utah ranch have ranged from the perplexing to the wholly terrifying. Vanishing and mutilated cattle. Unidentified Flying Objects. The appearance of huge, otherworldly creatures. Invisible objects emitting magnetic fields with the power to spark a cattle stampede. Flying orbs of light with dazzling maneuverability and lethal consequences. For one family, life on the Skinwalker Ranch had become a life under siege by an unknown enemy or enemies. Nothing else could explain the horrors that surrounded them -- perhaps science could.
Leading a first-class team of research scientists on a disturbing odyssey into the unknown, Colm Kelleher spent hundreds of days and nights on the Skinwalker property and experienced firsthand many of its haunting mysteries. With investigative reporter George Knapp -- the only journalist allowed to witness and document the team's work -- Kelleher chronicles in superb detail the spectacular happenings the team observed personally, and the theories of modern physics behind the phenomena. Far from the coldly detached findings one might expect, their conclusions are utterly hair-raising in their implications. Opening a door to the unseen world around us, Hunt for the Skinwalker is a clarion call to expand our vision far beyond what we know.
and bellowing. The animal was plainly mad with fear. Then Tom saw the small red ball darting around the bull’s head. Tom called Tad over and quietly asked him if he had seen anything. The boy responded by nodding dumbly. Tom could see the fear in his son’s eyes. “Let’s give it another try,” Tom muttered. Suddenly, out of nowhere, another blood-red golf ball came straight at his horse. Tom lost control and the horse took off in full flight, stampeding crazily toward a canyon. Tom knew the animal
silence, of the Jicarilla Apache tribe. Valdez was treated like royalty here. On my scores of visits with the stocky, genial police officer, people would run up to him to shake his hand. They would honk their horns as he drove by. It was like accompanying the pope to Dulce. I often suggested to Valdez that he should run for mayor of the town. He would win in a landslide. Valdez would just grin at my suggestion. And of course, the normally reticent inhabitants of Dulce were only too eager to open
for hundreds of years in the existence of such concepts as parallel universes, alternate dimensions, and traversable wormholes, although this isn’t the terminology used by the tribes. To think they arrived at their beliefs without the benefit of Ivy League educations, particle accelerators, or Doppler-based calculations is certainly curious. Though we have no empirical evidence to prove that a Navajo skinwalker might really have the black magic ability to put a curse on the Utes, thus
faced by the NIDS scientists was to come up with some methodologies that might address these meager precedents. In doing so, it was very necessary to walk that intangible line between gullibility and overdone skepticism that might result in missing the boat altogether. In approaching the study of extreme anomalies, it has become possible to recognize that there is essentially no difference between the gullible believers and the extreme skeptics. Although superficially both camps seem poles apart
fit…Have you ever felt that you were getting close to something that didn’t seem to fit any rational pattern, yet gave you a strong impression that it was significant?” The events that occurred on the Utah ranch certainly gave us the impression that they were significant. So Major Murphy was perhaps correct. This research project was beyond a simple scientific problem that was amenable to standard hypothesis-driven science. It involved hunting a very wily quarry. And NIDS constantly had to