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!”

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Linda Moulton Howe

If you’re familiar with the world of ufology then will undoubtedly know that the name belongs to one of the most tenacious and widely respected investigative reporters in the UFO community. Her work on the subject of animal mutilations spans nearly four decades and she has volumes and volumes of material, all meticulously researched, which has appeared in four books and in report form on her vitally important website earthfiles.com

Having successfully completed a Masters Degree in Communications at Stanford University in California in 1968, Linda started her career as a street reporter for KNBC LA. As her reputation increased she was given a producer role for a series of documentaries examining the environment, medicine and political issues in California. From there she moved to Denver, Colorado via Boston, Massachusetts. In Denver Linda was hired to produce documentary films, live studio programs and news segments for the CBS station on all matters affecting the state of Colorado. Linda picks up her story.

“In the summer of 1979 media headline’s started surfacing around the state of Colorado say something along the lines of ‘More Animal Mutilations’ – ‘Mutilations Again’. I had always lived on the East or West coast of the United States so I was not familiar with these stories and I immediately wanted to find out what was going on. So I began an investigation in September of 1979 that you could say has extended to this day.”

“It took nine months working 18 hours a day without a single break. Travelling with my television crew we were away for a month solid visiting ranchers, law enforcement and talking to other reporters.” explains Linda. The resulting footage was a 90 minute special called A Strange Harvest which was first broadcast on CBS on May 25th in 1980 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. around Colorado and the surrounding states. “We shot several thousands of feet of double system film and the highlight for me in many ways was right at the beginning with a sheriff, Tex Graves. He had been a sheriff in Logan County Colorado for 23 years and he had just retired when I went up to see him. He knew my work and when he laid out 266 colour Polaroids he had personally taken in his investigations of animal mutilations, for the very first time I began to understand why the phrase ‘bloodless’ had been repeated over and over in television radio and the newspapers. Polaroids are really not hoaxable and these 266 showed animals with the same patterns of excision.”

“There would be an ear removed at the skull, in a perfect circle about an inch and a half or two inches in diameter. Then there would be a perfect three to four inch diameter circle taken of the hide extending into the forehead. A perfect circle. The eyeball would be removed as well as the eye lids and then the lower jaw usually would be stripped of flesh down to clean bone. I reached out to veterinarians and pathologists and universities, anybody that I could get to help me investigate these cases.

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The Dyatlov Pass Incident, 1959

The Dyatlov Pass Incident is one of the more mysterious events in the alternative community so we asked writer Simon Bradley who had no prior knowledge of the event to examine the evidence and draw his conclusions…

In January 1959, ten young experienced hikers left the relative comforts of the town of Sverdlovsk, and headed across snow-covered country to Mount Otorten in the northern Urals. One member had to turn back through illness but the remaining nine never made it and their badly damaged tent was finally found on February 27th. Five bodies in various states of undress were found nearby. The four remaining bodies weren’t found until a thaw two months later. Some of the bodies had unexplainable injuries and despite an increasing number of theories the causes of their death has never been determined.

So what happened on the slopes of Kholat Syakhl on the night of 2nd February 1959? Let’s find out…

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The tent of the Dyatlov group was discovered slashed, from the inside. via Wikimedia

SIMON’S JOURNEY BEGINS

“I didn’t know a single thing about the incident that took place on the eastern slopes of Kholat Syakhl, or the ‘Mountain of the Dead’, in the Northern Russian Urals in early 1959. What happened to nine accomplished winter hikers just 16 km from their Mount Otorten goal, in an area made so notorious by events that it’s subsequently been named after the expedition’s doomed leader Igor Dyatlov?

Whilst chewing the story over and embarking on some background research I was, perhaps due to the similarly sub-zero nature of the tragic events, drawn to the tale of polar explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott whose heartbreaking demise in 1912, and that of his team, is eloquently yet harrowingly described in his Sledging Journals liberated from that final camp a year later. The fact that no comparable testimonies from any of the nine victims of Dyatlov Pass were made shows, at the outset, that their deaths were hardly something they expected: they were enthusiastic diarists up to the night of 1st February.

Let’s just take a minute to establish Mount Otorten’s location. Like anywhere in Siberia the distances involved are awe-inspiring. Situated in the northern province of Sverdlovsk Oblast it’s approximately 2,100km north east of Moscow, 550km or so north of Yekaterinberg, the nearest town of any size, and over 50km into the wilderness from the team’s ultimate starting point, the frozen hamlet of Vizhay. At 1,234m it’s not even as tall as Britain’s loftiest peak, Ben Nevis, but no doubt contributing to the mystery of the unfolding events, ‘otorten’, in the local Mansi people’s language, apparently translates as ‘don’t go there’…

Full the full article read the magazine here.