Full documentary: Skinwalker Ranch: Apocalypse Close Encounters
Skinwalker Ranch, a place of high strangeness. I have gained an obsession with the story behind this mysterious zone of crossing worlds. Reporter, George Knapp, and Dr. Colm Kelleher (also N.I.D.S. or National Institute for Discovery Science team leader), co-authored a book, ‘Hunt For The Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah‘ about the infamous Skinwalker Ranch in Northeastern, Utah. In 1994 cattle rancher, Terry Sherman, purchased this beautiful 480 acre piece of land; the property had been vacant for several years. Previous owners had died and owned it from the 1930’s. The house had unusual security measures installed. Immediately after moving in, the Shermans’ noticed bizarre animals and strange phenomena, including a giant wolf-like creature that attacked a calf on their first day there. It was then shot several times only meandering off unhurt into the wilderness and disappearing. Its heavy tracks vanished.
“For a long time we wondered what we were seeing, if it was something to do with a top-secret project”, said Terry Sherman, who reluctantly agreed to speak publicly about the activity for the first time. “I don’t know really what to think about it.” —Original Deseret News Article (1996). They experienced poltergeist activity, shadow people, various UFOs, strange and exotic animals, portals opened with things coming through them, bigfoots, cattle mutilations, cattle disappearing without trace, mini-stealth fighters, and strange beams of light, etc. Some of the neighbors had reported similar things. The Unitah basin has been a place of many UFO sightings over the decades. The rancher’s bizarre cattle deaths were often accompanied by a strong, strange, musk-like odor.
Joe “Junior” Hicks, a local trusted retired science teacher, had compiled some 400 reports over the years. He had sightings himself and the whole school had sightings of UFOs in broad daylight too. He said, “The UFO activity really started getting intense in the early 50’s… In the 60’s and 70’s we probably had more UFO sightings than any other place in the world.”—Las Vegas Mercury, George Knapp.
“I’d estimate over 10% of the population of the Uintah Basin has seen something”, Hicks said. “I think what’s happening is we are being visited from beings from another world or some other place. I think primarily it’s research and exploration.”
The local Ute tribe avoid the ranch area. Being cursed land, some of them had been chased by fireball-like objects. Navajos and Utes in the distant past cursed each other. Navajo apparently sent a “skinwalker” to the area, which is some kind of shape-shifting, evil witch that has super-natural powers.
The Sherman family had lost some 14 expensive high-end cattle; it destroyed them financially and emotionally. There was also a “predator” like being that tormented them, including a never to return visitor they had over. The being ran up to the visitor and roared so loud that it could be heard for miles. In fear he grabbed rancher, Terry, and didn’t want to let go; “never to return.”
The intelligent entities at the ranch had a mischievous demeanor. They would make items, some very heavy, disappear and reappear in unusual places like up in a tree. On an April afternoon, on a quick trip to town passing their bulls in the coral, Terry mentions to his wife in regard to their losses if they lost their four prized bulls that they would be in trouble. Upon returning shortly after their trip, to their shock, find their bulls gone. A frantic search began, finding them nowhere. He resorts to looking inside a trailer with one door secured with thick wire in place. Inside were his four bulls, jammed in there like sardines, in some sort of trance-like state. Cobwebs on the inside of the doorway were undisturbed. It would have been very hard to get one in there, but all four? “There is simply no way that anyone could coax those four bulls into that trailer”, says Colm Kelleher, a microbiologist who was part of the N.I.D.S. team who later studied events such as the cattle mutilations on the ranch.
Six of the family’s cats vanished in one night. All of the family had witnessed UFOs there. The first one spotted even resembled a broken down r.v. by their third homestead. When they approached it to offer assistance, it started silently drifting up into the sky, obviously not an r.v. There were flying blue balls about the size of a baseball that looked like they were made of glass with two bubbling, luminescent fluids that were intermingling inside. These would fly around their animals and would retreat if approached.
The last straw occurred one evening in May of 1996 when Terry ordered his three farm dogs to chase one of the blue glass-like flying balls. They snapped at it, but the ball was able to move out of the way. They chased the orb UFO beyond Terry’s view where he heard three startling yelps and then dead silence. No further response from them. Searching in morning for his dogs, he discovered three round spots of dried, brittle vegetation. In the middle was a black, greasy lump. Terry surmised those were the remains of his dogs and never saw them again.
The Shermans spent their last day on the ranch rounding up cattle. By late evening they were “bone-tired”. They locked all the doors and saw their children to bed. Gwen and Terry took hot showers and then fell into a deep sleep. The next morning they awoke to find their bedding covered with blood. They each had a one- eighth inch deep “scoop mark” in the same place on their right thumbs. The ranch from hell had managed to terrorize them one last time.
Terry did not want to pass their problem ranch onto someone else. He thought maybe the military were trying to scare him off of the land. Thinking publishing his story in Utah’s Deseret News would make them back-off, he went to the press. Soon after billionaire entrepreneur, Robert Bigelow, got wind of the story, he bought the property off of the Shermans with a non-disclosure agreement. Bigelow owns the Budget Suites chain. He gathers reports on UFOs and owns an aerospace company that has contracts with NASA.
Bigelow assembled his own scientific investigation team of experts known as N.I.D.S.(National Institute for Discovery Science). The team, including former military personnel, was to have experts in the fields of engineering, physics, non-lethal military weapons, sociology, veterinary science, molecular biology, etc.
The team witnessed some of the strange events that the Shermans experienced. The intelligence/s always seems to be one-step ahead of the researchers. Nothing was repeatable for science sake. Some of them had been terrorized by what they saw. Activity diminished and N.I.D.S. was disbanded in 2004.
National Institute for Discovery Science
Robert T. Bigelow, President and Founder
Colm A. Kelleher, Ph.D., Administrator, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Bruce Cornet, Ph.D., Deputy Administrator, Geology, Botany, and Earth History
The property today remains under guard by ex-military personnel and security cameras. There are plenty of “No Trespassing” signs to announce that. Could/Would the phenomena here be dangerous to humans?
Our Two Night Investigation In Early July Of 2013
UFO Hill semi-legal viewing location. This is Ute land. This is where we had a rock thrown at us from the darkness. Saturday night.
Location we observed from on Friday night.
Below: a series of video still frames (scroll down to see movement) illustrating an anomaly that approaches me and turns in front my face as if to check me out!
Above: (screen shots) light anomaly approached me as if to check me out. My head is on the right-hand side. Flight path unaffected by the strong gusty winds (that shook my parked car.) It also is self-illuminated (evident by light reflections in distance.) Captured with a Contour full-spectrum HD point-of-view camera. These anomalies appeared very quickly and disappeared again. What I call “sprites” zoomed up to me as if to check me out and then disappeared again. Some of which I saw even lit up my face as they went past. The above frames were shot at the Southern Vantage point.
This in part is a follow-up story from my original interview with local Ute shaman, Larry Cesspooch, who recounted his paranormal experiences growing up around the Skinwalker Ranch region. I am in the works of compiling the second documentary account of the night investigations of what occurred and was captured on my devices. Some evidence was visual, but much was on audio and then, of course, the rock being hurled at us on UFO Hill. Some voices were calling my name. Some cried for help. A “To us” e.v.p. When I asked what was going on at Skinwalker Ranch on my radio shielded PSB7 spirit box I got a ,”hell”, response. What was eerie during a ghost box session in the car at the end of the night was an elongated sound like a woman screaming. We also got knocks on the window which frightened, girlfriend and now wife, Michelle. These device captures are in the process of being compiled for the final investigation review documentary.
Did a sasquatch pay us a visit?!
You can’t see the ranch from UFO Hill (known as by locals), but you can see the sky directly above it. The funny thing is I was hoping to capture something UFO related. We had a brief visit from law enforcement who was checking my car out in a remote place. Shortly afterward one of my mics picks up a growl/groan, what I thought then was an explosion right by us at the time. I figured that maybe a battery pack had exploded or maybe something related to a small utility pole near us. After reviewing the audio from this, something more shocking is apparent. A heavy rock is thrown at us from the darkness; you can hear it hitting the stony ground where we were. Now the drop below us went down about 50 or so feet and was steep. If one of us had been hit by this projectile we could have been killed or seriously hurt. Possibly a person could have done it, though creeping around in the rocky darkness there without a light source would have been risky.
Strange animal sounds are recorded. I am just not an expert on local wildlife up there. Perhaps the wildlife sounds are some known creature. Best heard through headphones, it sounds like the wookie off Star Wars (sort of funny). I have listened to animal sounds from different wildlife, though not identified with those sounds. I had tried 2 or 3 Bigfoot experts to get their opinion, though I got no response.
Local Ute whom I interviewed on camera earlier, Larry Cesspooch, did review the above footage and commented, “I checked out the footage, didn’t hear anything out of the usual, but I do have a friend who has BIG FOOT prints he cast in plaster paris near their home. He showed me a couple weeks ago. Again, we hear those sounds every night, it could be something, but we’re so used to hearing it, don’t mean nothing.”
Larry went on to mention that a possibility for the rock being thrown was spirits trying to get our attention. Close by is Dead Man’s Curve where Larry says some twenty people he knew of died in accidents and mentions probably more.
Larry’s original interview with me
Below: halloween pumpkin anomaly (scroll down to see video frames for movement)-what I refer to. Unknown light. Fades in and out very quickly (capture: South Vantage.)