Article by George Knapp October 31, 2020 (wjhl.com)
• The picturesque property located in the Uinta Basin in northeastern Utah, known around the world as the Skinwalker Ranch, is easily the spookiest and most intensely studied paranormal hotspot in history. For as long as humans have lived, they’ve been seeing strange things in the sky there.
• In the 1970s, Utah State University professor Frank Salisbury wrote about the hundreds of UFO sightings in the basin. But beyond mystery aircraft, for 15 generations, indigenous tribes such as the Utes have referred to this area as being “in the path of the skinwalker” – a malevolent spirit and a shapeshifter.
• Retired from Army intelligence colonel, Dr. John Alexander was part of the first scientific study of the ranch under the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS). Alexander was directly involved with the U.S. Army’s psychic warrior research program, and continues to work as a consultant to the Department of Defense.
• NIDS was a think tank created and funded by Las Vegas aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow. After learning about the UFO activity at the ranch, Bigelow flew to Utah, bought the property and assigned a team of professionals to study the ranch and the basin. The rancher and his neighbors told the NIDS team about a litany of bizarre activity – ‘shadow people’ appearing in and around the ranch house; poltergeist-type events where physical objects moved on their own; strange animals including huge wolves and sasquatch; and holes in the sky.
• The scientists witnessed much of this for themselves, including animals carved up with surgical precision and ghostly images that appeared on camera. They documented hundreds of paranormal events.
• “Something else is in control,” says Dr. Alexander. “[I]f it wants you to find out, it may allow that. But if it doesn’t, this thing keeps morphing and changing into …new shapes and forms. We had cameras there and things that happened just off camera, sometimes in front of the camera, but you wouldn’t see them.”
• A 2005, details about the ranch came to the attention of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). With the support of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the DIA launched its own study of weird activity at the ranch and the larger issue of UFOs under the$22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). Reams of documents and reports were generated, but have never been made public.
• In December 2017 the New York Times revealed the Pentagon’s secret AATIP study of UFOs, but that article made no mention of the far more mysterious encounters at the ranch that may affect national security. “Let’s take the nature of Skinwalker Ranch out of the equation and just look at it from an intelligence problem,” said the former AATIP chief, Luis Elizondo. “You have to ask yourself, ‘is this something that is occurring naturally? Is it something that is being deliberately done? Is it something that another nation could be behind trying to influence us?’”
• Currently, the new owner, Utah businessman Brandon Fugal, is financing his own scientific study of the Skinwalker Ranch.
Now that you’re in the Halloween spirit, the spookiest place in the country might be in Utah. Scientific studies suggest that place is Skinwalker Ranch in the rural northeastern part of the state.
For as long as humans have lived in the Uintah Basin, they’ve been seeing strange things in the sky. In the 1970s, Utah State professor Frank Salisbury wrote a well documented book about hundreds of UFO sightings in the basin.
But the strangeness goes way beyond mystery aircraft. For 15 generations, indigenous tribes, including the Utes, have referred to this sandstone ridge as being “in the path of the skinwalker.” They consider the skinwalker a malevolent spirit and a shapeshifter.
The Navajo Skinwalker gains new interest
The ridge overlooks a picturesque property now known around the world by its nickname — Skinwalker Ranch. It easily ranks as the most intensely studied paranormal hotspot in history.
Dr. John Alexander retired from Army intelligence as a colonel and was part of the first scientific study of the ranch under the umbrella of NIDS, the National Institute for Discovery Science.
Alexander was a colonel in Army Intelligence and continues to work as a consultant to the Department of Defense. After earning a PhD, Alexander was directly involved with the U.S. Army’s psychic warrior research program and then became one of the first employees of NIDS.
NIDS was a think tank created and funded by Las Vegas aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow. After reading a Deseret newspaper story about UFO activity at the ranch, Bigelow flew to Utah, bought the property and assigned a team of professionals to study the ranch and the basin.
The rancher and his neighbors told the NIDS team about a litany of bizarre activity from shadow people appearing in and around the ranch house, poltergeist-type events where physical objects moved on their own, strange animals including huge wolves and sasquatch, and holes in the sky.
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