Hunt for the Skinwalker : Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah
The author of the controversial bestseller Brain Trust brings his scientific expertise to the chilling true story of unexplained phenomena on Utah's Skinwalker Ranch -- and challenges us with a new vision of reality.
For more than fifty years, the bizarre events at a remote Utah ranch have ranged from the perplexing to the wholly terrifying. Vanishing and mutilated cattle. Unidentified Flying Objects. The appearance of huge, otherworldly creatures. Invisible objects emitting magnetic fields with the power to spark a cattle stampede. Flying orbs of light with dazzling maneuverability and lethal consequences. For one family, life on the Skinwalker Ranch had become a life under siege by an unknown enemy or enemies. Nothing else could explain the horrors that surrounded them -- perhaps science could.
Leading a first-class team of research scientists on a disturbing odyssey into the unknown, Colm Kelleher spent hundreds of days and nights on the Skinwalker property and experienced firsthand many of its haunting mysteries. With investigative reporter George Knapp -- the only journalist allowed to witness and document the team's work -- Kelleher chronicles in superb detail the spectacular happenings the team observed personally, and the theories of modern physics behind the phenomena. Far from the coldly detached findings one might expect, their conclusions are utterly hair-raising in their implications. Opening a door to the unseen world around us, Hunt for the Skinwalker is a clarion call to expand our vision far beyond what we know.
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Posted February 08, 2010 by David Berck , Los AngelesTo put it bluntly, the information in this might be interesting to those looking for something involving UFOlogy, as the anecdotal evidence is mainly concerned with floating orbs, strange flying shapes, and cattle mutilations. However, the title is almost completely misleading in that there is very little evidence or exploration of skinwalkers here.
There is a moderate level of anecdotal evidence supplied here, though the author repeatedly keep saying there is so much to discuss. So where is the evidence? And where are the skinwalkers?
What you really have here is a few descriptions of UFO-like sightings, and a couple of descriptions of possible cryptozoological sightings and experiences couple with speculation on seemingly inter-dimensional portals on a ranch in Northeastern Utah. The bulk of the book is background information on UFOs, including a lot of history and examples of similar incidents in places other than Skinwalker Ranch. Essentially, a lot of filler, even in the portion of the book that is supposed to be discussing actual evidence but then goes on into a history of Sasquatch sightings in different parts of the world.
At one point, the author even states, "the title of this book mentions a hunt for skinwalkers, so it's fair to ask whether we found any." This is contained in the Aftermath and Hypotheses section, which you can correctly determine to mean that there is little or no substantial discussion of skinwalkers previous to this. This last section is more interesting than the rest of the book, as it tries to formulate possibilities for the events on the ranch while parsing through different orthodox and unorthodox theories for paranormal activities. However, this is not enough to justify the time wasted on the entirety of the book nor the misleading title.
December 06, 2005
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Excerpt from Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm A. Kelleher
What is that?" Tom Gorman wondered as he looked across the field at the distant animal loping in his direction. He paused briefly and put down the heavy box he had lifted off the truck. Tom had the perfect eyesight of a trained marksman, and he knew from a half a mile away that this animal was big. The approaching shape was much too big for a coyote. His wife, Ellen, joined him, an unspoken question in her eyes. Tom briefly nodded his head in the direction of the animal and she too began to look puzzled. The thing was about four hundred yards away, and the closer it got the bigger it looked. "Wolf?" murmured Ellen. Ed Gorman, Tom's father, joined them.
The beast was gray, and even from three hundred yards they could see that its pelt was wet from running through the wet grass. The animal loped gracefully in a series of S turns and stopped about fifty yards away from the family. This was very bizarre behavior for a wolf. But this wolf was almost three times as big as any Tom had ever seen. It gazed peacefully at the family. Ellen shifted uneasily and glanced around to see where her two children were. Both were standing in silence on the top of the flatbed truck, looking right at the wolf. "Maybe its somebody's pet," ventured Ed.