Walter Bosley – The Nameless Ones

The third and final book in the Empire Of The Wheel series by my guest and former co-host Walter Bosley ties together all of the themes presented so far, and introduces some new evidentiary threads involving horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, the Zodiac Killer and the horrifying activities of a little-known serial killer of the 1920s.

The events center around a rash of unsolved murders in the Inland Empire area of Southern California in the first years of the 20th century.

In the course of his investigations, Walter believes that he also has found evidence that Harry Houdini was targeted for death by the Spiritualist movement because of Houdini’s relentless persecution of members who he claimed were taking advantage of bereaved relatives of the deceased.

Walter also describes some strange shenanigans at the Secret Service archives and National Archives when he asked for a file from 1915, the period of the action in the books. This was the first time he mentioned this turn of events.

Learn more at Walter’s site dedicated to the mystery.

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Patrick Connelly – They Rode The Flying Saucers

Orthon's footprint

When Patrick originally got in touch with me about his documentary, entitled “They Rode The Flying Saucers,” I was wary that he was another producer out to make a fun, kooky film about a bunch of stupid weirdos. How wrong I was. Connelly is serious about the movement, while not taking all the claims at face value, which is exactly my take.

Patrick is even more protective of the contactee legacy than I am, and is well on the way to finishing a film composed of archival footage, vintage audio from the 1950s and ’60s, and most excitingly, animation done by Connelly himself. He showed me a little bit of his animation of the George Adamski 1952 meeting with his space brother friend Orthon.

We discussed his film, opinions of contactees, fundamentalist skeptics, and our favorite documentary filmmakers, among many other things. We laughed a lot and I talked too much. Check out Patrick’s blog for more.

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Aaron Gulyas: The Chaos Conundrum

Aaron’s newest book is a collection of essays on many of the subjects we cover here on the show. I admitted up front that I hadn’t read all of the book, but Aaron was gracious about it and we dove right in. I guess neither of us really should have had any worries, as the show was great fun.

Among other subjects, we delved into ufological stalkers, the de-evolution of UFO study into an “echo chamber,” and the infamous book “Trance Formation Of America” and its shocking indictment of beloved folk/ country singing star Boxcar Willie.

When I asked what interested him in writing about the paranormal, Aaron eloquently said that he was basically “trying to restate the question in a more interesting way,” which might be the best description of why anyone writes about these subjects that I’ve heard in years.

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Chris O’Brien: Cattle Mutilations Make No Sense At All

Whatever your opinion is of unexplained animal mutilations in general and the work of Chris O’Brien in particular, his newest book Stalking The Herd is perhaps either the first or last you will need to read on the subject. In my opinion, it is exhaustive and well-balanced, afraid of neither the mundane or the truly bizarre.

We discussed the history of cows and their relationship to humans. Chris mentioned the fact that countries with less consumption of beef have no record of cattle mutilations, even if they have a thriving beef industry. He also elaborated on the fact that many of the cases of unsolved animal deaths have historically seemed to cluster downwind from facilities that process and use uranium. These are only a couple of the subjects that came up during the wide-ranging conversation.

With all this information, it is surprising that Chris has come to the conclusion that so far there is no one theory that seems to fit the mystery.

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Micah Hanks: The Future of UFO Study

No list of questions was needed for this fun and informative talk with one of the most unique researchers active today. This show was classic Radio Misterioso (which means I talked a lot more than I should have) but Micah is one of those people who makes me think a lot about why we’re all interested in this UFO stuff.

We opened with a discussion of the Malaysian Airlines mystery. We then looked at the classic case known as the “Battle Of Los Angeles,” and reports of a “butterfly”-shaped object in the sky during this WWII-era incident.

One of my favorite parts of this show was our extended talk about the problems with UFO reports and data-gathering, and how it should be much more extensive with regards to witnesses’ backgrounds and follow-up interviews. We also delved into the abduction/ DMT connection. At the end of the show, I asked Micah about his favorite movies and books, only some of which are UFO-related.

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Albert Rosales: I ♥ Humanoids II

Almost everyone would agree that reports of humanoid entities are far more interesting than lights in the sky. For our second go-around, Albert started with a list of his more intriguing cases from this year. Then I asked him about Bigfoot entities seen in the vicinity of UFO sightings. We continued with a discussion of how more humanoid reports have been coming in during the last few years, and how that may be due to Rosales having a place to actually report them. After we talked about one of Albert’s own experiences, we discussed some of  the strangest cases he knows of, which are labeled “type x” – a literal X-File. We also had a lengthy discussion about so-called “repeater” cases, which used to be anathema to large UFO groups. One of the most famous is Charles Hickson from the Pascagoula abduction. I agree with Albert when he says that the weirder the story, the more believable it probably is.

Albert’s site is Humanoid Sighting Reports and Journal of Humanoid Studies.

 

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Curt Collins: Cash-Landrum Reconsidered

If you don’t know about this case, read up before listening. The short version is that two women and a small boy encountered a strange, hovering object on a lonely road in East Texas on the night of December 29th 1980. Soon afterwords, a group of military-type helicopters surrounded the object and the group flew slowly out of sight. After the incident, the witnesses appeared to suffer varying degrees of effects from what appeared to have been ionizing radiation.

What my guest Curt Collins is doing is trying to get past both the misinformation that has been propagated by UFO investigators as well as the attempts of fundamentalist skeptics to explain it away as a hoax or misidentification. What emerges is a tale of selective attention and beliefs leading the investigations (or lack of them.) Collins is very careful to keep from falling into any set theory, and keeps his investigation open-ended.

More can be seen at his excellent site Blue Blurry Lines.

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Nick Redfern: For Nobody’s Eyes Only

Nick was in town a few weeks ago and joined me to talk about his new book (which is the title of this post) as well as many, many other subjects. The book deals with government files on many famous people and makes the point that what we are not allowed to see tells us a great deal about what is publicly released.

I sort of apologize for the fact that we were both drinking beer during the show. This is probably the only interview you will ever hear where Nick is occasionally possessed by a chicken. Really.

The subject of weirdos at UFO conventions came up, as well as occult issues, the illusion of time, a strange missing person story with little-known contactees and a lot of other things that we have never mentioned on his other appearances on the show.

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Red Pill Junkie Pt. 2

For our second conversation, RPJ and I continued with our faint condemnation of large UFO groups, and the pros and cons of abduction research. I bought up the seeming rise of fundamentalist skeptics in sheep’s clothing as popular UFO study slumbers through a fallow period, and we discussed the possible reasons that a strain of self-righteous skepticism has attracted hipster culture. RPJ asked me about meeting Jacques Vallee and John Keel and we discussed our favorite whiskies and bourbon. We got back on track with cultural differences in humanoid sightings and the strange Voronezh UFO occupant case. Much more to like in this segment. RPJ will be on again without a doubt.

The translation of the lyrics to the Cafe Tacuba song “Zopilotes,” played at the end of the show is in RPJ’s article here.

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Red Pill Junkie – From Consumer to Producer

The man known as “Red Pill Junkie” has long been a mystery to me. He started commenting on the old UFOMystic site a few years ago with thought-provoking ideas and always seemed to move the discussion to a new level or make us aware of developments that were little-known at the time. Eventually, he caught the attention of bloggers and luminaries such as Micah Hanks and became a columnist and blogger in his own right.

The conversation was like talking to someone I had known for years, especially since we seemed to have been influenced by many of the same people and ideas. The talk veered from concepts of God to how legitimate the practice of channeling might be to the use of the Chupacabra mystery as a coverup for political corruption in Mexico.

As requested by RPJ, the show opens with part of a song called “El Aparato” by Cafe Tacuba, which is about a UFO abduction.

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Music And A Call-In

Here’s one of those “alternating with weird music” interludes advertised at the top of the page. Gorightly suggested that I post this because he liked (most of) the music. Weirdness included a DEVO hit played on an old push-button phone, another space monkey song, and a little Tenesee Ernie Ford for my dad’s birthday. Listener Steph called in to talk about poltergeists and the history of our interest in the paranormal.

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Kenn Thomas – “I’m Out”

Kenn Thomas, author of landmark books such as The Octopus and JFK and UFO, joined me last week to announce his retirement from the JFK assassination research community. He’s made his contribution, he says, and awaits others to continue in his footsteps.

We talked about the basics of the the assassination and why it still matters. Kenn brought up a few new issues that appeared in advance of the 50th anniversary of the event, such as a NOVA special that supports the single-bullet theory. He also went into some detail about his research into the shadowy figure of Fred Crisman and his possible involvement, as outlined in JFK and UFO.

We went on to talk about the burnout factor in conspiracy and paranormal research, and a few people who we think are carrying on some of these traditions of questioning the status quo. I’ve known Kenn for over 15 years, so of course I had no list of questions or topics. We mostly just talked.

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Albert Rosales: I ♥ Humanoids

Albert Rosales is someone I didn’t know I wanted to interview until Tim Binnall stated the obvious: Why not just ask him?

Albert and I talked about his own history of strange encounters, which led him to create his incredible site called Humanoid Sighting Reports & Journal of Humanoid Studies. It is an unparalleled repository of reports and accounts of human and not-so-human entities reported over the centuries from all over the world. The accounts range from the expected “greys” to such high strangeness as amorphous sparkling blobs.

To his credit, when faced with the breadth and number of the reports, Albert says that the “aliens from other planets” explanation does not work for most accounts. Those who think that the strangeness of “aliens” ends with bald-headed creatures buggering us in the night have much fun and learning awaiting them. The humanoids may not have wanted us to talk about them, as there were a few phone problems.

Thanks to Tim Brigham for the show title suggestion.

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Tim Binnall: Paranormal Radio

Tim Binnall joined me again last week to talk about his recent guests on Binnall Of America, how we conduct interviews, and to announce that I had officially won the 2013 BoA baseball pool, among many other subjects. We also find out that his one of his guests had a novel explanation for the Amelia Earhart disappearance.
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Skylaire Alfvegren and Tim Brigham: Rapid Fire

Fortean and all-around expert writer Skylaire Alfvegren and psychology professor Tim Brigham joined me for a rambling discussion about subjects ranging from the psychological makeup of UFO witnesses to the reasons for Nick Redfern’s work ethic to contactee airplane pilots. Much more contained in this extremely concentrated episode. Tim requested the song at the end of the program. Enjoy!

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Mike Clelland: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Owls figure prominently in abduction accounts and literature, and Mike Clelland has become the point man for this aspect of the phenomenon. Mike is a very talented illustrator (most notably for Mac Tonnies’ Cryptoterrestrials.) He is willing to entertain almost any theory for why strange experiences seem to happen to him and many others.

We may have provided ourselves a template for whatever is causing the abduction mystery, and Mike and I discuss this possibility and many others during the program. We also talked in depth about Mike’s personal experiences as well as unique synchronicities, which may be clues to glimpses of another level of reality above or next to or coexistent with ours. While I remain unconvinced that the majority of “abductions” are happening as reported, I am reasonably certain that we have been involved for millenia in some sort of interaction with an intelligence that is not us.

Mike’s thought-provoking blog (and associated podcast) is called Hidden Experience.

 

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Paul Kimball: A Balanced View

Paul and I have been friends since 2006. In that time, we have agreed on many things, disagreed on others, and not taken any of it too seriously. I have also seen Paul go from a fairly hard-line stance on the paranormal to something closer to a true skeptic – that is keeping an open-ended mindset on each case or subject, and not being afraid to declare something unproven, rather than simply true or false. However, he is still not afraid express his opinions on many subjects in our wide-ranging conversation.

On this evening, we went from a discussion of religion to the merits of a life lived by one’s wits to the disclosure movement, and finally the sequence of events that led to researcher Phil Imbrogno’s embarrassment out of the paranormal field.

 

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Greg Valdez: Dulce Base

There is a huge mythology surrounding the so-called Dulce underground base in northwestern New Mexico. Most if not all of the stories surrounding this subject were started as disinfo from government sources. My guest Greg Valdez was on the front lines for most of the time that these rumors were being manufactured. He accompanied and later assisted his father, the late New Mexico State Police Officer Gabe Valdez at the dawn of the cattle mutilation mystery that gripped the area surrounding the town of Dulce and the Jicarilla Apache reservation on which it lies.

On this program, we started with a short history of the weird happenings in the area, which along with the unexplained animal deaths included almost nightly sightings of strange lights in the sky. The revelations about some of these lights and Greg’s adventures and conversations with his father directly answers the tales of alien bases and cow-napping. The truth of the matter is most likely far more earthly and far more sinister than any UFO true-believer would want to admit. The history of atomic and biological weapons testing and possible black-budget aircraft play a major role.

I was truly amazed more than once over the course of this interview. The research in Greg Valdez’ book Dulce Base and the revelations it contains will rewrite the history of this chapter in UFO lore, for those who care to read with an open and critical mind.

The book will be released in 2-3 weeks There will be a link to it and the associated website posted here.

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Chris O’Brien: Stalking The Herd

Chris has a new book in the works and it may be his best to date. He is probably one of the best known and respected “cattle mutilation” researchers in the world, and his next book (entitled Stalking The Herd) will be an examination and analysis of his discoveries over two decades in the field of anomalous animal deaths and associated strangeness.

He attended all of the recent UFO Disclosure hearings in the Washington, D.C. and has a report with both praise and critique for what transpired. We also talked brought up the “what’s wrong with UFO study” subject and pointed out some hopeful directions that it could be headed and perhaps already is. We had a lengthy discussion about the sometimes uneasy symbolic and real relationship between humans and cows and the implications in light of the mutilation phenomenon. As many have suspected for years, the mutilations may not be the result of one factor, and the alien/ UFO explanation is probably the least likely. We also talked about Chris’ interest in Ray Stanford’s films and videos and his contention that it is probably the best UFO documentation he has seen.

Lots more in the episode, with a few surprises thrown in. Interview recorded on June 30, 2013.

 

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A.J. Gulyas: Contactee-O-Rama

Historically, the subject of the Flying Saucer Contactees has been anathema to “serious” UFO research groups, and this is one of the reasons why we discuss it regularly on this program. A.J. Gulyas has just written a scholarly historical treatment of this underrated movement (entitled Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist) and we dissected it on June 9th. Aaron is a history professor at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan

Aaron says, ultimately, that the question of the Contactees boils down to this: “Why did they decide that making up easily disprovable stories about space brothers was the best way to get their political ideas out to the people?” This may surprise (and even disturb) some, but we both agree that at least some of the contactees may have actually had some sort of paranormal experiences.

We also went into a lengthy comparison of John Keel’s Mothman Prophecies as compared to Gray Barker’s The Silver Bridge and decided that Barker’s book is ultimately the hipper, cooler version of the Mothman story. We also talked about the strange book Trance Formation of America and its weird, hilarious and disturbing tales of personal abuse and intrigue by elements of the U.S. power structure. There was also a segment where we tried to top each other with vintage Contactee books that we have in our collections.

This was just the sort of rambling conversation that I always love and I hope you do too.

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