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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