The Mandela Effect – Part 2

From false engagements to general ignorance and dodgy hearing

There’s one reason why this second part of my investigation into the Monroe Effect is my favourite… after this is finished I’ll never have to write about the accursed topic again! I’m done. The more I looked into it the more I found it incredulous that so many people insist their memories are perfect and that it’s the rest of the world that’s out of kilter. All because of one throw away comment by a historically ignorant ‘paranormal consultant’ back in 2010 who thought Marilyn Monroe had been sitting in the car next to JFK in Dallas when he was shot by Donald Duck. Clueless numpties who can’t accept the fact that human mind is infallible, theirs especially. But how can I be so sure/ignorant/arrogant? (*delete as appropriate). Why? Because I live in the real world, not one of conspiratorial fantasy in which a bad hypothesis is promoted by people who really should know better, especially those in the public forum.

Before I get to the real meaty bits though I’m going to relate to you a story, an incident in which faith in my own mind was slightly shaken until rationality resumed. About a year ago I had been invited on the christmas works do by a company I did some freelance writing for and I’ll be honest I was a couple of sheets to the wind at the time when I overheard one of the sales team saying she’d just got engaged after her boyfriend had proposed to her in the city of romantic clichés, Paris. Well, as I happened to glance over I saw a couple of her colleagues checking out the ring on her finger, at least I thought I did. Anyway, fast forward a couple of months and I happen to bump into her while I’m dropping something off at their office and I notice there’s now, no ring on her finger. “You’re not wearing your ring,” I said “did you split up or something?” aye, tact has never been my strongest characteristic.

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“What are you talking about?” she replied, and I told her how I’d seen her flashing her sparkle around at Christmas. “No way, it’d take a lot more than a trip to Paris to get a ring on this finger, besides I’m not seeing anyone, haven’t for a while now.” As she walked away a horrible thought hit me, had the universe just punked me for saying the Mandela Effect was gash? It took a while to get my head around it but when I analysed my original memories properly I found the answer. I was not entirely sober having had a few drinks before I turned up to the party, I’d only heard a brief snippet of conversation which had been taken out of context, I didn’t actually see any ring myself just some curious workmates, nor did I congratulate her on the night, or speak to her. And when I quizzed the two colleagues when I next saw them, it turned out they were only checking out her new nail decorations such is the trend these days. Looking back perhaps I shouldn’t have laughed quite as loud as I did. So with that hefty weight off of my mind you can see why it’s easy for people to jump to conclusions without actually giving it some proper thought.

Words by Doug McKay

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Hunt For The Skinwalker Pt 2

We got in touch with the man who started it all

We couldn’t end an article about Skinwalker Ranch without speaking to the man who was jointly responsible for bringing it to the general public’s attention. Taking a break from unravelling the various threads of the Pentagon UFO debate, among other things, with his ‘I-Team’ from LasVegasNow, investigative reporter George Knapp kindly took time out to answer a few of our questions.

SOYM: Has the atmosphere around the Ranch changed and evolved since your first visits there?

George Knapp: The most obvious change involves security. In 1996, around the time when the Ranch changed ownership, there were a couple of newspaper stories published which mentioned UFO sightings and animal mutilations but those reports included very little about the most bizarre, truly disturbing of events that had occurred during the 20 months when the “Gormans” lived there. And of course, there was no mention of the even stranger events that had not yet occurred. It wasn’t until my articles in 2003 that the public learned about the much broader scope of inexplicable activity, and that is when problems erupted with trespassers and vandals and assorted nincompoops. After the book Hunt For The Skinwalker was published in 2005, things really hit the fan.

Intruders not only increased in number but also grew bolder and more reckless in the kinds of things they would do on the property. Ever since then, it’s been necessary to maintain a strong and visible security presence on the Ranch, and I think that has caused a backlash of sorts. It has affected the level and types of unexplained activity there. The one and only thing we have learned for sure about the Ranch is that it is interactive. It seems to respond to outside stimuli in unpredictable ways. It revealed itself to the NIDS team for the first few years, showed them some amazing and befuddling things, then went underground. Fewer and fewer incidents were reported, and very few were the kind of thing that could be investigated to any degree. The Ranch was essentially dormant for a few years.

 

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Hunt For The Skinwalker Pt 1

Searching for the needle in the paranormal haystack

It’s the height of conference season when we catch up with Jeremy Corbell. He’s just returned from the McMenamins UFO Fest in Oregon with the legendary George Knapp to talk about his new film Hunt For The Skinwalker. We’ve managed to catch him in his Northern California home in between grabbing a bite to eat and changing his socks, before he heads out to the Utah UFO Fest in Cedar City to do it all again. Riding high on the success of his last picture, Patient Seventeen Corbell is highly energised about this new film, a story at least 25 years in the making.

Skinwalker Ranch, for those of you who don’t know, first came into the public consciousness in 2005 following the release of the book Hunt For The Skinwalker by the aforementioned George Knapp and co-written with Dr Colm Kelleher, a bio chemist currently affiliated with Tom Delonge’s To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences. The book which “raises the hair on the back of your neck” according to Corbell, related the unsettling experiences of the ‘Gorman’ family who had bought a Ranch near the town of Fort Duschene, Utah. From the moment the family moved in they realised there was something extraordinary about the property.

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Early on in their tenure they had a close encounter with an unnaturally large grey wolf on the property; lights in the sky and poltergeist activity were relatively ‘mundane’ occurrences in comparison and we’d encourage you to get hold of the book – if you haven’t already – to get fully acquainted with the often terrifying encounters the Gorman family experienced, as well as the scientific studies conducted after Robert Bigelow had bought it off the Gormans, but more on that later.

Following the purchase of the Ranch, the previous owner ‘Tom Gorman’, who had had his life turned upside down for 22 months, decided to stay on at the Ranch in almost a caretaker capacity while the rest of his family moved away. “He stayed on for years with the NIDS team. The family had left the Ranch in fear, and it’s hard to express to people what that is like – it’s hard to understand for myself – and it followed them…” The ‘It’ in question is not a flame-haired clown carrying a red balloon but an unknown tall shadowy physical entity. “They moved to two different states to try and shake this thing. Maybe there’s a part of them that wants to tell their story at some point… but right now, not so much. It continued to plague them, as it did the DIA agents who came to the Ranch.”

 

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Philip Mantle

The UFO writer, researcher and publisher on exposing hoax videos, and close encounters

I got involved in this subject a long time ago. As a lad I was always interested in the paranormal. It wasn’t until I returned to the UK from working in Germany for a year that my interest really started to grow. My aunt, who lived round the corner from us, brought me the local newspaper one day and it had a little advert in it for the Yorkshire UFO Society who were having meetings, in nearby Leeds.

We got on the bus and found this place, and it had been set up by brothers Mark and Graham Birdsall who of course went on to publish and edit the hugely successful UFO Magazine (UK). In the audience were the likes of Tony Dodd, Trevor Feal, Greg Townsend, all names that probably mean nothing to folks now. But I was hooked. Mark and Graham did a presentation relating some sightings in and around Yorkshire and you know that was it, I was on board and it’s been in my blood since that day.

I then began organising conferences with Mark and Graham after that. We used to have our meetings in a small room we hired upstairs in Centenary House in Leeds. From where we started a magazine called The UFOS Journal. We used to collate it by hand and staple it together and mail it out, and we thought this was fantastic – of course nowadays it’s a totally different process. Graham, Mark and Tony went on to publish UFO Magazine which at it’s height was selling over 35,000 thousand copies per issue. It was a sad day when Graham died (September, 2003) and the magazine closed not long after, but we had lots of happy times you know, and I was very pleased for their success. Graham and the others had put a lot of their time and energy into it, and fortunately it paid off for them.

By the time it launched though I had left the Yorkshire UFO society and had joined BUFORA. I was there nearly ten years and during that time I was their press officer I served as Conference organiser and put on some really large events, and for three years I was their Director of Investigations. I was also part of MUFON for a number of years, as their representative for England, when Walter Andrus was in charge. I started out knowing very little about the subject of UFOs and I still don’t today!

 

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Marie Kayali

A lifetime of contact, implants and the dark side of the UK UFO community

Marie has been through a lot in the past year, since she decided to take back control of her life from certain people who have been, let’s just say, making her life a misery. She’s been the victim of an online hate campaign because of what she’s been revealing about members of the UK UFO community and the way they go about their business. She’s been accused of being mentally ill, schizophrenic, a bold-faced liar, working for various agencies and a victim of MK Ultra. These particular characters will be revealed later. Why? Well because we’re all about uncovering the truth. But as we can already hear their cheerleaders and partizans sharpening their pom-poms and reinforcing their keyboards we’ll start at the beginning of Marie’s story.

Her experiences started when she was a young child growing up in Ireland. “I kept seeing these people coming out of the walls and I’d be screaming and run downstairs to tell my mother. She told me I was being silly, and actually called the doctor a couple of times, thinking I had measles or a fever because I’d always have high temperatures afterwards. There was never anything wrong with me though.” We’re told this was a regular occurrence until Marie was around 8 years old and that she had always known they were aliens, rather than ghosts or other Irish nightmare creatures such as the Sídhe or the Fae.

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As we speak with Marie and gotten accustomed to her quickfire Irish brogue, we’re taken with her sharp-as-tacks memory, her honesty and attention to detail as she recalls the next major life-altering event. “That would have been when we moved over from Ireland. I’d met my first boyfriend and I was staying over at his house as his mother and father were away. We were about 18 at the time, and on this particular night I woke up to all this commotion out in the hallway, and I remember seeing the clock on a chest at the bottom of the bed, saying 3am. We’d been sleeping in the spare room because he was decorating his bedroom at the time. But these chrome bars of the bed were just shaking and rattling on the floor, and the wardrobe door was banging, and it was just all this noise. I looked over at my boyfriend and he was lying there clutching the crucifix he used to wear, eyes wide open looking at me. He looked petrified as if he’d seen a ghost and was icy cold. Then the noise stopped and I thought it was a poltergeist or some sort of ghost. I told him I was going to go home because my mom lived just up the road and I didn’t want to stay if I wasn’t going to get any sleep. He didn’t want me to leave, he was terrified, shaking and pleading with me not to leave but I told him there was no way I was staying there. So I ran home and told my mom what had happened. I was doing tarot cards with my friends around that time and my mom didn’t like that. She thought I was bringing evil in to the house by messing with tarot cards! She blamed me for all the weird things that used to happen to us, everything, saying it was because I was dabbling in that sort of stuff!”

 

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David Paulides – Missing 411

Author David Paulides explains why all is not as it seems in the National Parks of America.

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Having recently released his seventh book in his best-selling Missing 411 series, author David Paulides admits he is still no nearer to finding any answers. He was a police officer for over 20 years, many of those with the San Jose Police Department in California, he has a Masters Degree in Human Resources, vested his retirement and took a job in HR for a technology company in Silicon Valley. It was while he was at the SJPD he’d started researching different areas of police work and with the encouragement of two National Park Rangers he began looking at unsolved missing persons cases. While he has collected many documents, newspaper clippings and official police reports getting data from certain branches of the National Park Service is another matter. The organization is reluctant to release any statistics relating to missing persons case in general but specifically to David Paulides. Why? He has no idea but he’s been chipping away regardless.

 

SOYM: How long had you been looking at these cases when you realised there was some sort of pattern?

David Paulides: Well, it took almost a year and a half because when we read 10, 20, 30 cases it really doesn’t mean a lot and you can’t really see any patterns but after you’ve read hundreds, and then thousands, certain things start to come up and that was kind of surprising. I have a group of people helping me (CanAmMissing) with the research and they thought it was equally odd we kept having certain profile points come up.

 

SOYM: Such as?

DP: Granite is one of them. Over the years I’ve had a lot of people call me and tell me: “Dave, granite has these unusual properties, it’s conductive, it’s this, it’s that. I’m really not a scientist so I have to believe that what people are telling me must be true, that there must be some unusual qualities to it. The more research we did we found all over there were these clusters of missing people in North America, 59 geographical clusters of missing people. The largest of these clusters – with a radius of 50 miles – happens to be the area with the most granite in the world, Yosemite National Park.

An unusual part of the Yosemite disappearances, a lot of these people, they’re on just a casual a day hike in valley floor when they disappear. They’re not kitted out to go into the back country. They’re not wearing climbing shoes, nothing like that and they just vanish.

 

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