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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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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A New Witness To Roswell?

 

In 2017 reports surfaced of a previously unknown witness to the Roswell crash. Author and researcher Philip Mantle investigated the claims with MUFON.

Released in 2017 the book UFOs TODAY – 70 Years of Lies, Misinformation and Government Cover-Ups by Irena Scott PhD contains an amount of controversial and thought provoking information as the title of the book might suggest. If I were a gambling man I would bet on one piece of information in this book being the most controversial within its pages. With it being the 70th anniversary of the Roswell Incident last year, an event that many claim was the crash of a space vehicle from an ET origin, the news that an alleged new witness emerging might not be that big a surprise.

THE ROSWELL FILE AND CHARLES H. FORGUS

In 2012 I was contacted by a gentleman called Scott Ferguson. Scott was part of a production company called White Tiger Films. He explained to me that he had some information on the Roswell Incident that he would like me to take a look at. I had first to sign a non-disclosure agreement which I did. Once this was signed I was sent what Scott called his ‘Roswell File’. He was looking to possibly make a movie based around this file and asked if I could help research the alleged witness. I of course agreed. The ‘Roswell File’ consisted of a transcript of an interview with the alleged witness Charles H. Forgus, a video interview with him and a photo as well. The story of how White Tiger Films obtained this material is I would say quite unique.

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