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.

Skinwalker_1

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.”

 

To read the full interview click here.

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!

 

To read the full interview click here

John DeSouza

It’s true, John DeSouza worked for ‘The Man’. A former FBI Special Agent, he worked for the Bureau for 25 years in counter terrorism, held top secret security clearances and worked in the violent crimes division, not that dissimilar to former MoD man Nick Pope. There is one stark difference though. Whereas Mr Pope nailed his colours to the mast and remains an open-minded sceptical believer in the UFO phenomenon, John DeSouza actively sought out the paranormal side of investigations when all other avenues had been exhausted. This work resulted in a handful of books to date detailing some of the less straight-forward cases the self confessed X-Man encountered during his time with the Bureau, and it’s those cases which have captured the imagination of the alternative community, even if he doesn’t believe E.T. is real – not in a physical sense anyway.

SOYM: You had a UFO experience when you were a child, is that right?

John DeSouza: Oh yes I talk about it in my book The Extradimensionals. When I was about ten years old I had an observation experience. I was with my family in New York City, we were at a party of some kind with hundreds of people, and it was really late at night. Me and a bunch of other little kids found each other and just kind of spilled out into the night at about 1am and we were just playing out in street. Something happened, I fell down and got hurt and the rest of the kids took off as they are prone to do and went back to the party. I was left there alone on the sidewalk just staring up between these two tall buildings. It was a very starry beautiful night and there appeared to be a dark spot where stars should be visible, like a large black ink cloud. And I stared up at that black ink cloud and from the bottom of it came spotlights, well what appeared to be spotlights, and then this old fashioned disk UFO came out from the bottom of that thing and began to approach me. I got hit by a blue-greenish spotlight, coiuld feel it going through me. As I was observing this thing, two young girls appeared on my left and they were screaming and hugging each other looking up at the same thing I was and one of them yelled at me “Little boy run home! The world might be ending!”

To read the rest of this interview click here…

JohnDeSouza

Nick Pope

Nick Pope has been in the UK media a lot recently, talking about conspiracy theories. You can almost sense the tired resignation in the printed words as once more he’s asked about the existence of Nibiru or Planet X by an increasingly unimaginative UK tabloid press. And when he’s not replying to journalist after sniggering journalist trying to make sense of tin-foil hat topics, he can be found embroiled in social media battles debating followers of that great medieval fantasy – flat earth theory – when he’s not being mistaken for a Premier League goalkeeper anyway.

Nick Pope 2

Now a resident of the US state of Arizona, Nick Pope left the MOD in 2006 after a distinguished service spanning over two decades. But in 1993, a couple of years into a new post, the advent of a certain UFO and conspiracy-themed tv-show suddenly propelled Nick in to the media spotlight. The unexpected popularity of The X-Files saw the MoD inundated with requests for information regarding whether UFO files existed in their archives. Pope was given the unofficial designated role of press liaison which subsequently earned him the public nickname ‘the real Fox Mulder’. We spoke to Nick about his MoD career, his writing and his contribution to the release of the UK’s UFO files into the public.

SOYM: When did you first join the MoD?

Nick Pope: I joined the Ministry of Defence in 1985 and served there for 21 years, in a number of different postings, at increasingly senior grades as my career progressed. I was assigned to the MoD’s UFO project in 1991 and held this position until 1994, when I was promoted to the next grade up. Before being assigned to this position I had no interest in UFOs and no particular beliefs on the subject. To me, it was just another government job – albeit a bizarre and fascinating one!

To read the full interview read the magazine here…