Why are there no Good Pictures of UFOs?

Because there are…is the answer. Yet, that’s the usual question. What do they look like? How do you know? Why are they always so blurry? How can you tell that’s not a bird?

A UFO is an Unidentified Flying Object. Which means anything in the sky you can’t identify is a UFO. When scientists and pilots can’t identify it, it’s more of a UFO. When it appears to be an intelligently driven craft exhibiting capabilities beyond our known science, it’s really the UFO people are talking about.

At this point, we’re all well aware 95% of UFOs can be explained as natural or man-made objects. When we say UFO, and when you say UFO, we’re referring to the kind that appears to be not human. Those that exhibit movements and speeds beyond what modern physics can explain. When Congress asked the United States Department of Defense about UFOs in May of 2022, they weren’t asking about Mylar balloons and airborne clutter. They were asking about evidence of non-human craft within our atmosphere.

Yet, what they got were airborne clutter answers and stonewalling. From the Fortean Winds POV, the DoD danced around the answer during the hearing. They acknowledged that UAP incidents were rising, but claimed improved sensors and drones were the likely cause. When pressed, the DOD pointed to the fact their primary purpose is the safety and defense of the USA and their military personnel. They are not responsible for scientific inquiry.

“We are also mindful of our obligation to protect sensitive sources and methods, Our goal is to strike that delicate balance – one that will enable us to maintain the public’s trust while preserving those capabilities that are vital to the support of our service personnel.”

“We do not want potential adversaries to know exactly what we see or understand,”

Under Secretary Ronald Moultrie – House Intelligence Hearing May 2022

In the months since this hearing, various Congressman have expressed displeasure at being denied information that is now in the public domain. Although they are difficult to verify, and sometimes outright hoaxes, a variety of UFO pictures and videos are put out by the public every day. Several youtube, Tik-Tok and Instagram channels have taken on the task of aggregating and publicizing them. Many of these videos are connected to active MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) cases. MUFON is a well-established public UFO organization, and they have their own youtube channel. It should be noted MUFON interviews witnesses and follows up on cases as much as allowed. So, their opinion as to which of these public videos are truly unidentified is informed. They often check flight data, astronomical data, take witness reports and follow up with the military as much as allowed.

Congress is in the awkward position of not being able to acknowledge any of these public photos and videos as real, unless the DoD acknowledges they are unidentified. Yet, those of us in the public are under no such restrictions. If a member of the public snaps a good picture of a UFO and public researchers have been unable to debunk it…why not accept it as a UFO? Especially, when the same object is spotted and filmed by multiple people…sometimes days apart.

This recently surfaced photographed from the 1990’s has been dubbed the “Calvine Photograph” and it was featured in a Newsweek article: “Best’ UFO Picture Ever, the Calvine Photo, Found After 30 Years Missing.” It’s not terribly grainy, a blur in the sky or a white dot. These are the most common complaints we see when looking at the comments on UFO pictures and videos. It’s a massive object in the sky with an airplane for scale. It was photographed by two hikers, who gave it to a newspaper (The Daily Record), who then handed it to the UK Ministry of Defense. The diamond shaped object rendered in this clear photograph remains unidentified.

Calvine Photograph enhanced – Craig Lindsay -Fair use

In 1966, more than 200 students and teachers at schools near Melbourne, Australia witnessed an Unidentified Flying Object. This become the infamous “Westall UFO Encounter” in research circles. Multiple witnesses lend credence to a sighting. 200 witnesses lend more credence. There were also seven pilots in the air that witnessed unexplained craft that day. Witnesses claimed military and police were at the scene within 30 minutes of the incident. According to numerous witnesses they were told to keep silent about it. A witness took the photograph below.

Alleged Photo of the Westalll UFO Encounter- AAP – Fair Use

The silver bell below is known as the Balwyn photograph and it was taken in 1966. The photographer took the photo from his mother’s garden, in the Melbourne area, four days before the Westall school incident. While the photo acquired its share of critics over the years. Francois Beaulieu of Project 1947 provides excellent image analysis which points to the veracity of this picture. The 1960’s were an especially active decade for UFO and UAP.

Balwyn UFO photo – Fair Use

The photograph below was taken in Costa Rica in 1971. More importantly, is how it was obtained. The chain of evidence in each of these photographs is important to determining their veracity. A photo taken by a random influencer on Insta is less reliable than this one. Which was taken by the National Geographic Institute also known as the Instituto Geográfico Nacional. The team was taking photos in an airplane 10,000 feet above Lake Cote in Costa Rica. The aerial survey which obtained this photograph was involved in the planning of a new hydroelectric dam.

National Geographic Institute – 1971 – Fair Use

Costa Rica is also the site of what the Fortean Winds team considers the best video of a UFO ever recorded. The sound that can be heard in the clip below is unfortunately that of a drill being used by a nearby worker. So, we can’t hear the sound of the engine, which might have given us a small clue to its propulsion mechanism. Yet, the video itself is very clear and reminiscent of the craft which was spotted in the infamous “Tic-Tac UFO” videos. The fact this clip was filmed in 2007 makes this extremely unlikely to be a drone or man-made object.

Eyes on Cinema Youtube Channel – Costa Rica 2007

Even more recently, UFOs have been frequently spotted in Medellin, Columbia . Those who claim these are military maneuvers will have to explain why Medellin Columbia is such an important strategic target for so many countries. Do people really believe the US or its enemies are flying advanced craft maneuvers over Medellin? It doesn’t make sense. Yet, the video below was filmed on April 9, 2022. It was filmed and viewed by multiple observers.

The object doesn’t make maneuvers we cannot explain, but it moves in a manner which makes it less likely to be a drone. Which leaves us with an odd, but less definitive piece of evidence. The fact UFOs have been filmed making anomalous maneuvers over Columbia before, makes this video even more interesting, but not definitive. The shape of the object in comparison to the other objects mentioned above is similar. Once again, making this clip anomalous and worthy of consideration.

The above is just a small sample of the evidence of anomalous craft in the public domain. Ironically, the public doesn’t seem to want to accept the validity of its own footage. Instead, they turn to the government to verify the clips. Yet, the government has repeatedly stonewalled and occasionally just lied about the veracity of these clips. Which leaves us in a pickle. If the people were expecting to verify these clips are lying about them, how will we ever know the truth?

Further Analysis:

Take heart curious friends. We have two paths before us to learn more about the ACTUAL UFOs (not advanced military aircraft, not natural events). The UFOs which perform in ways our current science does not understand.

  1. Congress continues to support public disclosure and launches their own investigations into what the DoD knows about the phenomenon. This is currently happening. Representatives in both parties such as (R) Tim Burchett and (D) Adam Schiff made it clear they can understand the difference between Non-human and Human UFOs. They’re asking for information on the Non-human kind. We in the public can support this effort by offering those politicians our votes or letters and phone calls. Congress will be able to view classified information and determine how to best message the public.

2. The public investigation into the phenomenon is picking up steam. We have some of the greatest scientific minds in the world, finally, attempting to learn more about these objects. Project Galileo is being lead by Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb. The team includes brilliant scientists and physicists, well-regarded UFO researchers such as Jaques Vallee and former pilots and experiencers such as those involved in the Tic Tac incident.

After viewing some very clear pictures of UFOs. We feel its best to remind you there are efforts underway to understand more about these objects. It can be disconcerting to accept that we are not alone on this planet. And that means this planet…We don’t know whether or not these objects are extra-terrestrial or not. The objects we are most interested in, are the objects that appear to be not human and within our atmosphere.

Angelic Descriptions in the Bible

The image of angels with white wings and golden hair did not come from the Bible. Nor did the image of chubby cherubs shooting bows come from the Book of Job. Biblical Angels were creatures of pure spirit, and thus could take many forms. Most Biblical scholars believe it’s impossible for us to know what form an Angel might take. However, they did make various appearances in the Bible and some allege to have seen them since the Biblical era.

Invisible Angels

“The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them”

Psalm 34:7

The Bible gives multiple accounts of Angels appearing invisible to humans, but still being able to affect the physical world. In Psalm 91 verse 11 it is said that God “will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Many Christians interpret this to mean Angels are surrounding us and involving themselves in human affairs daily.

Of course, this lends itself to the opposite as well, and demons too are trying to get at people daily. It invokes the concept of Spiritual warfare with prayer and communication with God at the center. From this perspective, Angels are the invisible protectors which guard and help humanity.

Depiction of an Angel appearing before a group of men in awe.
The Angel Appearing before the Shepherds’ by Thomas Buchanan Read, Dayton Art Institute

Angels Appearing as Humans

“Don’t forget to entertain strangers, because in this manner, some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Hebrews 13:2

Angels can appear in human guise and do so in the Bible. The above verse from Hebrews is often quoted in response to the concept of Angels in human form. In Genesis, Jacob wrestles with an Angel (some believe God). The Angel then tells him he’s persevered and should now be called Israel. Many believe this to be an allegorical tale of the Israeli people’s own struggles with God.

Angels came to Abraham and Sarah in the form of men to tell them they would have a son. Sarah laughed, as she thought she was past the age of childbirth. The Angel asked her why she laughed. She gave birth to Isaac at the age of 90. Their appearance is described as men.

And he lifted up his eyes, and looked: and lo, three men stood by him, and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself to the ground.

Genesis 18:2

Angels Appearing as the Unknown

“Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’”

Isaiah 6: 2-3

There are a category of Angelic appearances which defy description. Here we’re simply going to call them unknown. The above which describes Angels with six wings is difficult to visualize, and we we have no earthly analog to such a creature.

It is possible the form taken during these appearances were messages in themselves. In the book of Ezekiel, the prophet is shown visions of Angels (Cherubim) with the heads of animals and four wings. He is also shown a vision of perhaps the most bizarre description of an Angel in the Bible. These are known as the Ophanim.

 “They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around” – Ezekiel 1: 16-18

Ezekiel 1: 16-18
A large set of white wings on a black background above the Fortean Winds Logo
“Madonna and Child with Angels” by Pietro di Domenico da Montepulciano, 1420 (Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art Public Domain)

Modern Accounts of Angels

Modern accounts of Angels take many forms. Many of us have the felt presence of protection. Perhaps we didn’t fall when should have fallen, and marveled at the miracle of good fortune. Yet, the feeling of a presence and a warmth is often described in modern Angelic accounts, along with a pleasant scent. Some describe a white robed humanoid with a celestial glow about them, giving them the right warning at the right time to avoid danger. These accounts are often what is characterized by popular fiction as an “Angel.”

“And I was surprised they really did have wings, even more so that these wings reached from above their head to the ground”

Seeing Angels: Emma Heathcote-James · 2009

Fortean Analysis:

Our modern perception of what Angels look like, is clearly informed by the history of our art. The image of winged gods dates back to Assyria (and before). When Angels first began to appear in what has become our modern version of Christianity (post-Constantine, 4th or 5th Century AD). The art in this era didn’t include wings, and winged angel art really took off during the Renaissance. Thus forming our modern concept of what an Angel looks like.

That said, the Bible DOES mention Angels with wings. It’s just that they happen to have six of them. Not many paintings with those Angels on them. God tells Noah to put Cherubs on the ark, but the Cherubim had two sets of wings and four faces (ox, lion, eagle and human). A lot different than what you would find on a Valentine’s Day card. Then of course there is the book of Enoch which we mention in our article. The Curious Case of Moses Wilhelm Shapira. It goes a little deeper into Angelic lore. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s worth checking out.

Neil Armstrong and the Lost Library of Gold

We had to write this article because the whole thing sounds like Pulp Fiction from the 1930’s.  What’s most shocking about this story (besides the fact that Neil Armstrong did go searching for a lost library of gold in South America) is that it was so out of character for America’s first man on the moon.  He was always such a steady guy, so in 1976 when he went down to Southeastern Ecuador to look for a lost library of gold…it counts as an anomaly.  In fact, outside of the moon landing, this is the most famous expedition of the intrepid adventurer known as: Neil.

The Discovery

The expedition began with a discovery.  A local Salesian priest named Father Carlo Crespi (1891-1982) worked with the indigenous people of Ecuador.  He was a revered humanitarian, academic and historian.  He is credited with acquiring the first film footage of the native Shuar people of the region in the 1920’s, and they liked him.  They liked him a lot.  They began to bring him local artifacts they found as thanks for his kindness.  Many of the artifacts were metallic and included strange writing.

Father Carlo Crespi – With his Ethnogrpahic Collection – Wikidata

Crespi knew the natives were poor but proud.  While he thought they might be reluctant to accept donations, they would accept payment for the objects they brought to Crespi.  So, the villagers continued to bring Crespi objects and he would pay for them when he could (even if the objects were fake).  The result was a collection of 50,000 artifacts from various periods of South American history ( and not just South American).  Many of them were authentic. Over time, Father Crespi is estimated to have collected 50,000 artifacts. The objects were kept in the courtyard of the church Maria Auxiliadora in Ecuador.  However, in 1962 there was a fire and many of the objects were lost. Many of the remaining artifacts disappeared with the assumption they were sold to private collectors, claimed by the Vatican or just plain stolen.  Still, some of the artifacts remain as does photographic evidence of the collection and they contain numerous anomalies.

The objects bear similarities to artifacts from distant ancient cultures such as Babylon, Assyria, Egypt, China, and Africa.  The writing and alphabet on some of the objects is completely unknown and intricate.  It matches no known alphabet, ancient or otherwise.  Furthermore, pyramids identical to the Egyptian pyramids (rather than the stepped pyramids of South America) are depicted along with a symbol resembling the “Eye of Horus” or “Eye of Providence.”  It can be seen hovering over the top of the pyramid the same way it can be seen on the dollar bill or The Great Seal of the USA.  What remains of the objects is no longer accessible to the public and the origin and date of the artifacts remains unknown.  Naturally, this mystery attracted interest and speculation.

Depiction of a Pyramid – Father Crespi Collection

The Entrance to the Cave

In the 1960’s an explorer by the name of János Juan Móricz claimed to have discovered a library within a massive cave system which would come to be known as “La Cueva de los Tayos” or The Tayos Cave System.  He claimed to have wandered through the system until he came to a hall of man-made walls and architecture.  Within these halls were tablets made of precious metals such as gold and silver with strange writing on them.  Móricz thought they contained the history of humanity.

He claimed the symbology on the artifacts resembled ancient Sumerian and Egyptian pieces.  However, once Móricz left the cave system he (apparently) lost track of the library but was able to still identify the entrance.  The claims made by Móricz echoed the artifacts collected by Father Crespi, which made researchers wonder if Móricz had not found the source of the objects given to Crespi by the Natives.

Cueva de los Tayos, Ecuador – Google Maps

This theorizing culminated with the publication of a book by ancient astronaut theorist Erich Van Daniken titled “Gold of the Gods.”  In the book, Van Daniken expanded on the alleged findings of Móricz and publicized the idea that the Metal Library was extraterrestrial in origin.  He believed the findings in Ecuador were similar to findings at other ancient sites, such as Nan Madol in Micronesia. Van Daniken argues these sites show contact between ancient cultures over vast distances and artifacts which go beyond coincidental, and point to past contact with ancient aliens and advanced technology.

Exploration

Stan Hall was a Scottish researcher and engineer with a penchant for exploration and adventure.  He became intrigued by Móricz ‘claims and attempted to mount an expedition.  Through an acquaintance(they had a distant relation), Hall reached out to Neil Armstrong who was living on a farm in Ohio and teaching Aerospace Engineering.  For reasons of his own, Armstrong agreed to join Hall on the expedition and this added the star power needed for the expedition to gain resources.  Funding came from the governments of the United Kingdom and Ecuador, allowing Armstrong and Hall to pursue the “Metal Library” of legend.

In 1976 Hall and Armstrong entered the cave accompanied by more than a hundred people including top scientists, joint special forces and sperologists.  They did not find the library, but they did find evidence of human occupation along with a body dating back to 1500 BCE.  They also found more than 100 new species of butterflies, 40 new species of bats and 200 new species of beetles.  It’s still one of the largest cave explorations ever conducted and Neil’s second most-famous adventure.

Legend of Los Tayos 1976 program

Today, Stan Hall’s grand-daughter Eileen Hall still explores the area and leads expeditions in the hopes of finding “The Metal Library.”  The cave system entered by Armstrong and Hall has been heavily explored since the 1970’s.  There are even tours into parts of it.  Yet, there is controversy as to how much of the cave has been explored.  There is also debate as to whether or not Armstrong and Hall went through the right entrance to find the Metal Library.  Adventurers still head to the Tayos caves today in hopes of finding the hidden pathway of Juan Móricz and the Metal Library of the ancient aliens.

Analysis

Armstrong’s involvement and evidence of Father Crespi’s collection are the two strangest pieces of evidence in this affair.  Stan Hall was also known as an analytical and logical man.  While less is known of Juan Móricz, who did know the entrance to the cave system.  Yet, he (suspiciously)  did not bring back evidence of the metal library or its exact location.  Crespi’s collection is a complete unknown.  What remains of it might be in the Vatican museum or has been taken by private collectors and thieves, which would make them very hard to verify.  Finding and dating the objects in Crespi’s collection seems to be the shortest and most logical path to determining whether or not they are authentic and anomalous. So, we’ll hope one turns up available for study. Until then, we can hope one of the present day adventurers into the unknown hands us a metal library card.

The James Webb Space Telescope and WASP-96b

  By now you’ve heard of the James Webb telescope and if you haven’t, you’re probably afraid to ask.  So we’ll run you through a quick primer on what the James Webb telescope is and why it’s such a big deal (just in case).  Once you understand all of that, you’ll know why WASP-96b is important to the James Webb and why some knowledge of it may be important to you. 

The James Webb Space Telescope

     The James Webb Space Telescope, as it is officially known, is an infrared space telescope.  An infrared telescope is what it sounds like.  It detects infrared wavelengths on the infrared (higher than visible) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Which not only allows the James Webb Telescope to see very far, but it can see things our eyes cannot.  This is important to its mission because the goal is to take a look at the beginning of time itself.  That’s not really an exaggeration.  

Carina Nebula Webb Telescope – NASA

Why is the James Webb Space Telescope a Big Deal

      The James Webb Space Telescope is a big deal because it gives us both the ability to see the farthest away from our planet and the farthest back in time of any device to date.  It’s a bit of a window through time.  Light moves at the speed of….well light, but that speed is finite.  It’s roughly 300,000,000 meters per second.  So, it’s been moving that fast since the beginning of time.  For example the dinosaurs were around 60 million years ago, and the Virgo Cluster is around 60 million light years away.  If you were standing on a planet in the Virgo Cluster looking at earth with a really big telescope, you’d see dinosaurs.  The light on the earth, including the image of the dinosaurs, would be just reaching the Virgo Cluster now.  So, with the James Webb we’re able to see light that existed all the way up to 13.7 billion years ago.  The universe is estimated to be 13.8 billion years old (that may change based on the Webb results).  Therefore, the James Webb telescope should be able to show us what the universe looked like all the way down to 100 million years before the big bang.  That’s a big deal.

Stefan’s Quintet – Webb Telescope NASA

The History and Deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope

Discussions of a follow-up to the Hubble Space telescope (the Webb can detect objects up to 100 times more faint than the Hubble) began in the 1980s.  However, the serious planning didn’t start until the late 80’s and early 90’s.  The project took shape over the years and in 2002, NASA renamed the project after their second administrator James E Webb who was instrumental in the Apollo mission.  The project was infamously delayed, billions of dollars over budget and a few years later than expected. Yet, at a final cost of 10 billion dollars…we can see pretty close to when this whole universal rat race started.  The James Webb finally launched on December 25,2021, and it’s now sitting almost a million miles away from earth taking pictures.

WASP-96b is an Exoplanet 

WASP-96b is an exoplanet 1150 light years from earth.  An exoplanet is a planet which orbits a star outside of our own solar system.  WASP-96b is composed mainly of gas.  This gas giant, which is around half the size of Jupiter, was confirmed to have water recently by the James Webb Telescope.  Why were they looking at WASP-96b…because they thought it didn’t have water aka clouds.  The absence of water and clouds would have given the James Webb an extremely clear view of the distant planet.  However, the fact it was able to detect water is a miracle of modern science.  As you can see from the wavelength of light analysis below, the Webb was able to detect water more than a thousand light years away. Quite an opening act for an over-budget, long-delayed space project.

WASP-96b Analysis – Webb Telescope NASA

Conclusion

There is nothing particularly Fortean or anomalous about the James Webb telescope.  Yet, it drives us toward the same set of questions and answers.  The answers to the basic questions of who we are, where we came from and where we’re going.  This is the unknown.  The James Webb is an instrument of science.  We are a website devoted to the science of the unknown, and thus consider this a matter of import to all of our readers.  Perhaps the James Webb Space Telescope is the finest Fortean instrument ever conceived….yet.

The Many Names of Bigfoot

Over millennia, the creature unfortunately dubbed Bigfoot has been encountered across the globe, indicating a wider and more interesting phenomenon than the silly name asserts.

It might be the most important aspect of the Bigfoot phenomenon. If there’s one thing we’d like to make clear: The name “Bigfoot” did not appear until 1958. It was referred to as Sasquatch and other names by natives of North America prior to the American colonies. So, the name “Bigfoot” was the name applied to this cryptid in relation to the finding of one set of tracks.

Thus, a sighting of this cryptid in North America prior to the finding of this set of tracks (and the new branding of Bigfoot) would have previously been referred to as a Sasquatch…or a giant hairy creature.

Below is an article from a May of 1851 issue of “The Arkansas Gazette” which demonstrates how the Sasquatch phenomenon preceded the name of Bigfoot (even in the American papers) by at least 100 years.

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1851 Arkansas Gazette

From the article: “A Wild Man of the Woods -The Memphis Enquirer gives an account of a wild man recently discovered in Arkansas. It appears that during March last Mr Hamilton of Greene County Ark, while hunting with an acquaintance, observed a drove of cattle in a state of apparent alarm, evidently pursed by some dreaded enemy. Halting for the purpose, they soon discovered as the animals fled by them, they were followed by an animal bearing the unmistakable likeness of humanity. He was of gigantic stature, the body being covered with hair, and on the neck was long locks that fairly enveloped his neck and shoulders. The “wild man” after looking at them deliberately for a short time turned and ran away with great speed, leaping from 12 to 14 feet at a time. His footprints measured thirteen inches each.”

The article explains how the phenomenon (and it correctly refers to this as a phenomenon) extends beyond Arkansas and an expedition was being mounted to find the beast in Memphis. This was not the first Sasquatch hunt, and it certainly was not the last.

Yet, the current public characterization of this phenomenon in the American public is “Bigfoot.” This name and its associations lends itself to a cartoonish view of this phenomenon. A cartoonish view which extends itself throughout the media coverage of these events.

The “Bigfoot” name was granted by a newspaper. A crew member by the name of Jerry Crew found giant footprints in 1958. Another local claimed to have also found tracks and the “Humboldt Times” ran a story wondering if the area was inhabited by a cousin of the Abominable Snowman: “Bigfoot.” Decades later a prankster claimed he faked the footprints, but the name stuck.

humboldt county gazette bigfoot sighting first time sasquatch called bigfoot in 1958
Humboldt Times – 1958 Bigfoot Article

These two incidents are important to highlight. The 1851 incident is one of the earliest accounts of a Sasquatch in American newspapers. The 1958 account was the moment the same phenomenon which occurred in 1851 (and before) was renamed Bigfoot.

Would Bigfoot still seem as absurd if it was never named Bigfoot? If we lived with the idea colonists and frontier era Americans encountered the same creature Native Americans told them they would….and they did…Would we still find the idea of Bigfoot the subject of absurdity?

Perhaps, but not to the same degree. Names have power and the name of Bigfoot made the creature into a piece of Americana. It became a part of the culture. It also became a business. Bigfoot license plates, TV shows and Movies followed. This all serves to obscure and contaminate the phenomenon of the Sasquatch similar to the way the “Mothman” has obscured a winged humanoid phenomenon which itself stretches back millennia.

The name Sasquatch was often used by Native Americans. Yet, Australians encounter the same phenomenon and refer to it as a Yowie. To be clear: On the continent of Australia, the aboriginal people encountered a creature matching the same description as Sasquatch. According to legend, the Yowie comes in two types. One can grow to 10 feet tall and the other to 5 feet tall. We don’t have record of these two societies having contact. So, this is odd.

Let’s pop over to China. In China, they encounter the same phenomenon and refer to it as a Yeren. Here we find references of encounters with a Sasquatch-like creature dating back to 300 BCE. Long before the Humboldt County Gazette named Sasquatch Bigfoot. Oddly enough, the Yeren is often reported as shorter in stature than the Sasquatch. Leading some researchers to wonder if the shorter stature of the Chinese people has anything to do with the size of the creature.

We can go to the Himalayas, of course, where we find the same creature referred to as a Yeti. Westerners renamed this creature “The Abominable Snowman.” We seem to have a penchant for the absurd. Yet, it’s the same phenomenon as Sasquatch, Yowie and Yeren. Hunts for the Abominable Snowman have a long tradition.

National Geographic – Evidence of the Yeti

Speaking of hunts… If it’s a creature and not a phenomenon. We would expect one of these many hunts to produce material evidence. We still find animals which we thought we were extinct. We still find animals we never knew existed, but not a mammal of that size and located near populated areas. It just doesn’t make sense to the Fortean Winds team.

Analysis: Here I can speak for all us, because we’ve discussed. We’ve demonstrated the history of Sasquatch encounters. We’ve demonstrated the global nature of the phenomenon. So, is Bigfoot real?

Our opinion is Sasquatch is a creature which exists for a finite period of time in our reality. There are a mass of Sasquatch sightings by every kind of reputable witness we can imagine. We found police officer, park ranger, scientists and preachers who’ve seen Bigfoot. Our conclusion, is they weren’t all lying and they weren’t all misidentifications.

We must deal with the uncomfortable third truth of the paranormal. This is often the case in Fortean research. We are used to dealing with two truths as a society. Is Bigfoot a real creature we can see in a zoo and find its remains when it dies, or is it a long held mass delusion? These are the two truths into which the public would like this phenomeon to fit. It does not.

We have reliable witness encounters, some material evidence in the form of footprints (easily faked), some videos and photos (also difficult to prove) and a large mass of pop culture trash. It’s the witness encounters which are most difficult to explain. They are the hardest evidence in this case. So, you either believe the witnesses or you don’t.

We don’t believe all of the witnesses. Yet if we can found four or five reliable accounts which stretch across the globe (we did), it sort of answers the question doesn’t it? Sasquatch is more than a myth. It’s a phenomenon. A large hairy humanoid phenomenon. Which began before (at least) 300 BCE and continues into 2021 and 2022. It continues with no DNA evidence…

Despite massive effort, and this is important, there have been a lot of Sasquatch hunts on multiple continents. Helicopters, drones, thermal cameras etc…

The evidence of witness encounters is too strong to ignore, and the lack of DNA evidence is too conspicuous to deny. Which leads us to that uncomfortable third set of possibilities. Sasquatch are often seen around areas where UFOs are seen, such as Bradshaw Ranch. Cryptids have been seen and documented by US government scientists around Skinwalker Ranch which is a major paranormal and UFO hotspot.

This leads researchers to explore a possible interdimensional or extra-terrestrial connection. Given the lack of material evidence produced, this research is very interesting. In fact, alternative explanations for this phenomenon are of great and continuing interest to the Fortean Winds team.

To illustrate the widespread nature of this phenomenon, we’ve collected the names, locations and unique traits of 20 cryptids who bear a resemblance to the creature known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. As you can see, Sasquatch sightings are not localized they are global. The names only change according to local customs, but the phenomenon remains the same. The experience described is often the same. Uncanny quiet, missing time etc are often part of these experiences leading us to believe at least some these encounters belong to a wider set of paranormal instances. However, some encounters make Sasquatch sound very much like an undiscovered animal. Yet, what large mammal (which exists globally) has been discovered in modern times. No less a large animal which is periodically sighted by humans.

NameLocationUnique TraitsHeight
Sasquatch, BigfootNorth AmericaMultiple colors of fur or hair – black, brown, white6 to 9 Feet
Skunk ApeFlorida, Georgia, ALApe-like, Multiple colors of fur or hair- dark or reddish5 to 7 Feet
SkookumNorthwest USA, OregonApe-like, vicious, can change shape7 Feet
Mapinguary, MaricoxiBrazilMost say it resembles an ape but others say a sloth8 to 10 Feet
Yeti, The Abominable SnowmanNepal, TibetShape reported very similar to Sasquatch
– also referred to as “The Mountain Man”
6 to 9 Feet
WoodwoseEngland, Wales (UK)Described as a giant ape-like creature
YerenChinaBlack, red hair, ape-man5 to 6.5 Feet
Boggy Creek MonsterArkansas, South USAAlso referred to as the Southern Sasquatch7 Feet
Chuchunaa, ChuchunyaRussiaCalled Siberian Sasquatch, can wear animal skins6 to 7 Feet
BarmanuAfghanistan, PakistanApe-man, can wear animal skins6 Feet
Almas, AlmastyCentral Asia, MongoliaBrown reddish hair, closer to “Hairy Wild Man” description5 to 6.5 Feet
BatututVietnamBlack, brown or grey hair5 to 7 Feet
OtangAfricaSasquatch-like, hairy hominid7 Feet
Yowie, YahooAustraliaLighter or reddish, sasquatch-like5 to 9 Feet
Big Muddy Monster, Murphysboro Mud MonsterIllinois, USALighter in color, possibly white8 Feet
Fouke Monster, Boggy Creek MonsterArkansas, South USASasquatch-like, hairy bipedapl creature7 to 10 Feet
Momo, Missouri MonsterMissouri, USADark in fur, described as purple7 Feet
Orange PendekIndonesiaMore primate like, ground dwelling ape3 to 5 Feet
Mono Grande, Big MonkeyAmazon BasinPrimate as yet unproven to exist5 Feet
Gruagach, Beast of BlessingtonIrelandDark in color, Sasquatch-like7 Feet Plus
Bigfoot and Sasquatch – Names of Similar Creatures – Fortean Winds

Their are certainly more names of Sasquatch- like creatures out there and the descriptions often vary. For this sample of 20, we stuck with creatures who had similar descriptions and had recorded sightings associated with it, so as to weed out some of the mythological beasts. The goal was to demonstrate the global nature of the phenomenon and suggest these widespread, similar experiences should be considered in the realm of the paranormal and parapsychology.

For Further Reading on the Many Names of Bigfoot: Lots of Sasquatch and large hairy cryptid information in “The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti and Cryptid Primates” by Nick Redfern.

Alien Abductions & Pregnancies: Who Would Believe You?

There are a large number of people out there (men and women) who’ve experienced the abduction phenomenon. Thousands have reported their experience to researchers and more show up in polls. Their stories show remarkable similarities, which force new theories related to the paranormal and others entirely related to psychology. Fortunately, a good deal of research already exists. Is any other aspect of the phenomenon more divisive than “alien” abductions?

Abductions force people within the UFO research community to pick sides and grab pitchforks. And the public? The public thinks it’s crazy. So, where does that leave the experiencer to turn? The government doesn’t have a hotline to deal with Alien Abductions. The experiencer must turn to a psychiatrist. If what the person experienced was not a part of their personal psychiatric history, it may or may not lead the psychiatrist to seek alternative theories.

If an experiencer or therapist were to look to the public for information, and be believed, they’d likely seek out the most well known authorities on UFO and “alien” activity. This would be MUFON, which is the Mutual UFO Network, active since 1969. So, if one were looking for reports of alien abductions over the last 50 years, they’d probably check with MUFON for leads.

This is what the US government did when compiling their report on the effects of UAP on people aka Anomalous Acute and Subacute Field Effects on Human Biological Tissues. They used what is known as the “Schuessler Index.” This is a list of effects compiled by John Schuessler who is an aerorospace consultant on the board of MUFON. He literally wrote the book on the subject of UFO effects on humans and created a catalog of events from the accounts.

Betty and Barney Hill famously reported their abduction in 1961 – Fair Use

The government took Schuessler’s work seriously. We do too. We think you should as well. Does that mean we think everything in the Schuessler Index happened exactly as stated? Doubtful. The Schuessler Index uses a variety of sources and mainstream publications for leads, and reporters weren’t covering this. So, for example, some of the initial sightings were reported in the National Enquirer.

This doesn’t mean there wasn’t follow up with these people from MUFON investigators, and MUFON takes investigations very seriously. Anyone who dismisses them as a bunch of UFO nuts who believe everything should take a look at what goes into a MUFON investigation. However, it does mean there aren’t a variety of investigators’ research to pull from. To be clear, a news story vetted and confirmed by multiple news outlets is logically more reliable.

That said, MUFON Investigators follow up as much the experiencer will allow. If possible, they’ll want to meet the person and know if they are credible and have a history of delusion etc…Even before the follow up questions about flying objects, time of day, point of view et al. For example, in the case of UFO pregnancies investigators want to know the following:

From the appendix of Sub Acute Study

MUFON researchers are looking for the truth of these events. They want to weed out false-positives. One look at their methodology should give one reason to believe their research is directionally correct. By this we mean the trends and patterns they identified are most likely correct, even if a minority of cases turned out to be false. Thus, when they identify UFO abductions and pregnancies as actual events. They most likely took place.

To start, let’s focus on people who were identified as physically missing or reported validated medical effects. This allows us to determine whether or not the phenomenon is real in a material sense. Obviously, abduction, pregnancy and childbirth are emotional subjects. In order to ensure we are dealing with valid cases, we can first ask the question of whether or not abductees have been physically missing.

The answer to that question is unfortunately: Yes. Perhaps the most famous UFO abduction case involves Travis Walton. He was physically missing for 5 days in 1975 and returned skinnier and disoriented. The FBI was looking for him, and couldn’t find him. His story hasn’t changed and he’s continued to remain humble and earnest in his dealings with the public. We believe the evidence in the case of Travis as well as Travis himself.

Clipping from a 1977 “Tuscon Sun” article

Furthermore, we can look to the work of Dr. Gerry Nolan to see the effects of UFOs on humans to understand what effects it may have on an abductee. He’s repeatedly cited the Cash-Landrum incident as one of the more proven UFO abduction events. Both women (Betty Cash and Vickie Landrum) suffered radiation sickness consistent with Dr. Nolan’s current findings. When Vickie Landrum contacted various government agencies to report her abduction. It was those agencies which referred her to John Schuessler. Once again, reinforcing our overall faith in the Schuessler Index.

How does this relate to abductions and UFO pregnancy. Well, there are a number of cases of abductions and pregnancy on the Schuessler Index. If the government’s faith is not enough, for further confirmation of the abduction phenomenon we look to the work of Doctors John Mack and David Jacobs. Dr. Mack was a psychiatrist in the Harvard School of Psychiatry who worked with over a hundred abductee cases. He discussed his personal journey from skepticism to belief in a PBS interview. Prior to moving forward with a patient, Dr. Mack describes a two-hour screening process. He was looking for cases of genuine experience.

Unfortunately, Dr. Mack has passed. While he didn’t form a firm conclusion about the phenomenon, Dr. Mack found too many similarities between abductees who had never met to be able to dismiss the phenomenon as mass delusion. He became a champion of people who were not believed and was branded a heretic for it. However, what he discovered is these people all shared a similar and genuine experience which affected their lives in profound ways. So, this is enough for us to accept that UFO abductions are real.

How about pregnancies? The leading researcher on this topic is Dr. David Jacobs, who is a retired Temple University Associate Professor of History. Dr. Jacobs has performed decades of work with hundreds of abductees, having learned interview techniques from famed UFO researcher Budd Hopkins. Who, himself, estimated 1 in 50 Americans have been abducted and don’t know it. Dr. Jacobs estimates as many as 2% of Americans. Either way, in totality, Jacobs’ work corroborates the work of Hopkins, Mack and Schuessler (and vice-versa).

Several of the researchers mentioned (Hopkins, Mack, Jacobs) used hypnotic regression in their interviews with abductees. This causes understandable controversy. Hypnosis is little understood and easily mistaken. Dr. Jacobs, for his part, understands these limitations. He refers to hypnosis in the interview below as “not totally fraudulent.” What he describes is more of a series of relaxation techniques followed by an interview.

Still, we have to acknowledge that the best abduction research relies on witness interviews. In some cases, Dr. Jacobs describes family members noting and corroborating the disappearance of abductees. This lends support. Yet, for obvious reasons, people who experience this don’t want to come forward and be branded insane or bothered. This is why polls become important, if not entirely reliable.

Most criticisms or prosaic explanations involve faulty memories and sleep paralysis. Yet, Jacobs points out some of the abductees are awake at the time of the event. Telling people they have a faulty memory without ever speaking to them or asking them what they saw is just plain stupid. The reality is each of these cases is its own case. No one gets to just dismiss all of it because they don’t like it.

Which leaves us with a collection of mostly anonymous (to the public) accounts retrieved under hypnosis. While we have no reason to believe Dr. Jacobs work is faulty. He summed up the challenges of his research best himself on the International Center for Abduction Research website.

.…I have conducted over 1,150 hypnotic regressions with abductees.  I have tried to be as objective and as “agenda free” as possible.  I have no New Age, spiritual, religious, transformational, or transcendent program to promote.  I try to stay as close to the evidence as I can.  However, there is no possibility that I have avoided error.  The majority of evidence for the alien abduction phenomenon is from human memory derived from hypnosis administered by amateurs.  It is difficult to imagine a weaker form of evidence.  But it is evidence and we have a great deal of it.  Still, readers must be skeptical of what I say and of what all others say in this tangled arena of alien abductions, hypnosis, popular culture, and memory. 

A well stated-summary of the grey (pun intended) world of alien abductions. It was a subject we were avoiding until it popped up all over the news in March of 2022 due to the emergence of, like The Dude says, “New Information Man…”

A FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request by The Sun yielded the “subacute” document which utilizes the Schuessler Index, they ran a story with the title: SPACE INVADERS UFO encounters left witnesses with radiation burns, brain problems & damaged nerves, claims Pentagon docs. This triggered a variety of outlets covering the same thing. Which lead us to the question are “Alien” abductions and UFO pregnancies real?

Still Image from the “Tic-Tac” UFO Encounter – AFP

By our own veracity system we have to say they are “Most Likely Real.” Enough physical effects (being actually missing, being actually pregnant despite celibacy, having actual radiation burns) have been reported and verified to determine these people experienced something very real. Was it what they saw or was it a projection caused by something else? We cannot say, but the experiencers say what they feel is as real as flesh and blood.

That’s real enough. The most important aspect of the phenomenon is not whether or not they’re extra-terrestrial or inter-dimensional. The most important question is: How does this phenomenon affect us? We won’t get an answer to that question by ignoring it. Abductions have a profound effect on people’s lives, and is thus worthy of further funded study.

As all of these credible researchers pointed out before, there are too many similarities and physical effects among abductees. Even if the explanation turns out to be entirely terrestrial, the effects of the phenomenon are too real to ignore.

Further Analysis:

The data suggests this needs more study to understand. However, one can only wonder at the basic questions of who and why? The question of who is doing the abductions is the same question as who is flying the UFOs? The answer is we don’t know. Experiencers report varying descriptions of the entities who abduct them: humanoid, alien-greys, reptilians and insectoids. Yet their experience is generally similar, suggesting these forms are just costumes.

John Mack felt his work suggested UFO abductions could potentially lead to positive effects on the experiencer. Dr. Jacobs believes his work suggests an ongoing alien hybridization program. Dr. Nolan has studied the verified radiation illnesses caused by proximity to UFOs. Dr. Karla Turner notes both positive and negative effects on Abductees, but the same abductee can experience both.

The evidence of harm caused by abductions and proximity to UFOs far outweighs the evidence of benefit. The current logical conclusion is whatever “Alien Abductions” are: They’re Overall Bad for People.

We’d also point out researchers who participated in the Government study of Skinwalker Ranch reported something following them home. After a paranormal encounter on the ranch, a series of paranormal events spread from the Analysts who worked on the ranch to their families. From there, it spread to people with which they came in contact. It spread like a virus.

This is relevant in the discussion of abductions as Dr. Jacobs points to the fact the abduction phenomenon is intergenerational. If a mother was an abductee her children would be more likely to be abductees. Thus, it spreads through families. Fortean researcher John Keel found the same thing, and the list of paranormal researchers who’ve noted paranormal events follow families is long. This may point to a “viral” component to the phenomenon, and it certainly points to a genetic component.

Researcher and scientist Jaques Vallée consistently notes the sociological effects of the phenomenon and posits it acts as a control mechanism, which manipulates society in subtle ways. He’s suggested abductions are an extension of this mechanism. Yet, the abduction phenomenon could be both individual and societal. In fact, it is. If we agree people have been abducted and were affected physically, that is real. If we agree society has been influenced by the abduction phenomenon, that too is real.

The “Alien Agenda” need not fit into anyone’s theory in order to be studied. In order to be studied, the abduction phenomenon simply needs to be accepted.

Bradshaw Ranch: Skinwalker Sedona

Similar to Skinwalker Ranch, Bradshaw Ranch has been the source of UFO and Cryptid reports. We wondered if it had the same set of electromagnetic anomalies. So, we went out there and took a look…

Sedona, Arizona is known for its beautiful scenery and luxurious accommodations. It also houses a variety of new age and paranormal interests. Crystal shops run along highway 89a, filled with books on the occult and new age philosophy. Meditation is a common practice. UFO tours are coming and going all hours of the night, and of course, psychics have predicted the perfect place to plant their practice. Much of this embrace of the strange can be attributed to the fact: Sedona is purported to house an energy vortex. Or…eight of them.

A vortex according to the Sedona Visitors Pamphlet :

“Vortexes are enhanced energy sites that facilitate prayer, meditation, mind-body healing, and creative thinking. The Vortexes are NOT electric or magnetic. Those labels were meant symbolically.”

The pamphlet details the location of these alleged vortices as well as their purported effect on the visitor. “Upflow” areas are believed to help visitors achieve a higher outward perspective and see the bigger picture. “Inflow” areas are intended to help the visitor look inward, and achieve a greater understanding of the universe within.

Red Rocks – Sedona

Numerous attempts to measure the vortices have been made. Yet, this is likely why the pamphlet says right at the top “NOT electric or magnetic.” We found no evidence the vortices could be measured along the electromagnetic spectrum. Neither in the research nor in the field (tested with a basic emf detector). The reason at least one very familiar scientist believes the vortices exist is related to the effects on visitors’ psyche and health.

Measurable or not. We went to Sedona in March and found plenty of people eager to get to each vortex. Since Coronavirus hit in 2019, national park usage is surging. Sedona is seeing the same influx of visitors as places like the Grand Canyon. It is indeed beautiful to behold, but unfortunately our UFO tour was cancelled due to poor weather.

Interestingly enough, reading the reviews on the UFO tours lead one to believe they are likely to be seen on each tour. This may lead some to believe they are all hoaxes, and perhaps some are, but people ARE seeing UFO and UAP with gen 3 night vision. Sedona (and Arizona in general) is a UFO hotspot with many sightings being reported in the area. There is no real reason to believe sightings like the one in the video below from Texas are not possible in the area.

So, we’ve established Sedona has a propensity for the unknown. Vortexes, UFOs and lots of true believers in the area. Amidst this paranormal hotspot is a hotter paranormal hotspot: Bradshaw Ranch. It sits right on highway 89a and is now owned by the US government for the stated purpose of climate research. However, the previous owners of the Bradshaw Ranch reported the same frequent and unusual paranormal events as those reported on Skinwalker Ranch.

Linda Bradshaw owned the ranch for 50 years and wrote a book with a local UFO researcher named Tom Dongo called “Merging Dimensions.” Linda describes orbs regularly flying around the ranch, strange alien-grey like entities being spotted and repeated sightings of a Sasquatch like creature. The incidents did not occur the entire time the Bradshaw’s owned the ranch and began in the early 90’s. Some of the incidents were witnessed by more than one person along with pictures of UFOs. The most dramatic of these incidents occurred when the Bradshaw’s son experienced a missing-time/abduction event.

Years later, Mysterious Universe reports in 2013 a film crew came to cover some of the high strangeness for an episode of a Discovery Channel show called “Uncovering Aliens.” A member of the film crew wandered away and was surrounded by disembodied voices. He experienced missing time and his watch was malfunctioning. Though this moment didn’t make it into the episode of the show, we found it more compelling than the show itself.

By our own veracity system, events which have multiple witnesses over time and photographic evidence are considered “Likely True.” Yet, what we’re missing, like in so many paranormal cases, is something measurable. This might be because we don’t have the tools to measure what’s there or…there’s nothing there. It’s good to keep an open mind to both possibilities.

Linda said the paranormal events stalled in the late 1990’s. Her conclusion was that the ranch was home to some form of dimensional portal. It was the only thing that made sense given the disparate entities she had seen: alien-greys, dinosaurs, sasquatch and more.

The US Government bought the ranch from the Bradshaws for climate change research in 2003, and that program has distributed some of their data. We found the soil samples to be particularly interesting as they are quite normal for the area. Most importantly, we didn’t see anything in the soil itself which should be particularly magnetic. Skinwalker Ranch has confirmed cryptid, poltergeist phenomenon and UFO sightings, but also reported a number of anomalies along the electromagnetic spectrum.

All of the UFO tour itineraries we found online made the area around the ranch a stop on their tour…..A mystery we couldn’t resist.

The area around the ranch is available for hiking and rustic (bring your own water and dig a hole to potty) dispersed camping. We followed National Forest Road 525 off of Highway 89a to a stream bed within a mile of the ranch. Our plan was to hike for a little while along the stream bed along the edge of the ranch.

lat and long is on the image. Google maps.

Given the history of the ranch, we were curious to see if we found any EMF anomalies (similar to those found at Skinwalker Ranch) and brought along a metal detector to scan the area around the ground should we find any. As mentioned, the area is being monitored for climate change research, but we tried to stay far enough away from the Ranch to avoid electronics. Thanks to the climate research numerous soil samples were available online. We saw nothing that should be especially electromagnetic.

And yet…we found some spikes. A bunch. Within a few hundred yards of the dirt path we started finding unusually high readings. They seemed to move. The highest readings were up to 60 mG but there were others in the smaller range. We used a metal detector to look for sources. We noted nothing around us or any cell towers nearby. We’ve used the same detector in a busy urban residential area and have not found any readings this high.

We reset the detector a number of times with repeated anomalous results and retested it that night in a residential area to see if it found anything. It found nothing. There could be electronics at the ranch as part of research or something else we missed which caused this. Yet, the question we began with was can we find EMF anomalies similar to those found at Skinwalker Ranch at Bradshaw Ranch?

Our conclusion is Yes, but needs further research/validation. We intend to go back to Bradshaw with some better equipment and find out more about the field we were detecting. The basic tack meter we had picked up electromagnetic radiation. Enough to the point, where we considered leaving. If the 60 mG signal increased or continued to follow us, we were prepared to make a judicious retreat.

Based on our research in our article UFOs and Brain Damage: Stranger Danger, you don’t want to get too close a UFO or anything considered paranormal.

UFO Captured on Night Vision – Today Show

We didn’t have Gen 3 Night Vision (happy to take anyone’s spare) so we filmed the area where we found the anomalies with a full spectrum (IR and UV) “phasm cam.” We went through the footage in slow-mo and found nothing. If anyone is interested let us know and we’ll post it to youtube. So, with better equipment we can find more about the field we were detecting and what, if anything, it would take to see it.

We thought the IR/UV was worth a shot. If people can see UFOs with Gen 3 Night Vision, maybe something that close would be visible with a basic ghost cam. Researchers say they can see ghosts with ghost cams. The Bradshaws reported poltergeist activity. You can see the logic… Once we find out more about the signal we caught, we’ll know where it sits on the electromagnetic spectrum.

If it’s something we want to want to see, knowing more about the signal will tell us where to look. We’re making the assumption, based on the fact UFOs are seen (even in government footage) on Gen 3 Night Vision, they are visible somewhere between 700nm-1000nm just outside the visible spectrum. Most Gen 3 Night Vision owners seem to report their night vision works best around 850nm. The UV of the ghost cam also covers the lower part of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Visible Light on the Spectrum. Image credit NASA

Yet, this is also making the assumption they’re always visible on that part of the spectrum. Since they’re not always on the visible on the visible spectrum. Why do we think they would always be visible on the slightly less visible spectrum? We don’t know, and we won’t know, unless we look. There’s no reason the public can’t investigate what academia won’t. Anyone can go back there with a more advanced EMF detector and poke around. Let us know what you find, and we’ll add it to the file.

The fact the US Government bought this ranch which has the same characteristics as Skinwalker Ranch is odd. Online rumors the government is covering up some sort of portal are plentiful. That said, we looked at the soil research and they’re doing climate research there. If the government is conducting any other research there, we saw no evidence.

So, our big question is…has anyone asked the government climate researchers if they saw something strange? Seems like there was a consistent state of weird at the ranch. If it’s now flooded with trained observers, have any of them seen an orb? Good question for a follow up. We’ll keep the Bradshaw Ranch case file open.

What is a Fortean?

There are varying definitions, but a Fortean follows the anomalous researcher and writer tradition of Charles Fort. Charles Fort (1874- 1932) wrote numerous articles and books involving unexplained scientific and paranormal events. He is regarded by many to be the god-father of UFOlogy, the discoverer of ball lightning and the inventor of the term “teleportation.” Could any anomalous researcher match this curriculum vitae? We think not, but we endeavor to persevere.

As do many, in their own unique ways. Some Forteans focus on one aspect of the phenomenon. Faerie religions and the Fay are a favorite topic of many. You can find articles on faeries and ultrahumans in copies of the Fortean Times. Other Forteans form societies, groups or organizations. There are a number of them, and they all perform research in their own way. However, it’s worth noting that Fort himself chose to turn away from the first Fortean Society to bear his name. So, one doesn’t need to join any group or receive anyone’s blessing to become a Fortean.

From the Fortean Winds POV: In order to become a Fortean one needs only curiosity and an open mind. Fort rejected scientific dogma. He often used humor to make his point. This doesn’t mean he rejected science. He didn’t allow theory to overcome data. UFOs or UAP are the perfect example. Fort followed the subject closely. He was an early proponent of the extra-terrestrial hypothesis. In 2019, the Government admitted (again) that UFOs were real and NASA administrator Bill Nelson considers the extra-terrestrial hypotheses plausible.

Charles Fort – 1920 – Public Domain

Some of Fort’s hypotheses were tongue-in-cheek. He knew they were ridiculous, and put them out as a way of “trolling” science. This has value. He would not allow science to reject a world filled with anomalies and the unexplained. However, today people often confuse humor with fact, and when it comes to the subject of the unexplained this has created a distortion.

I believe nothing. I have shut myself away from the rocks and wisdoms of ages, and from the so-called great teachers of all time, and perhaps because of that isolation I am given to bizarre hospitalities. I shut the front door upon Christ and Einstein, and at the back door hold out a welcoming hand to little frogs and periwinkles. I believe nothing of my own that I have ever written. I cannot accept that the products of minds are subject-matter for beliefs. But I accept, with reservations that give me freedom to ridicule the statement at any other time, that showers of an edible substance that has not been traced to an origin upon this earth, have fallen from the sky, in Asia Minor.

Charles Fort (Lo! )1931

To illustrate this we would point to the second most famous Fortean of all time: John A. Keel. He wrote “The Mothman Prophecies” and a number of other books regarding anomalous subjects. While Fort did much of his research in the library, Keel was prone to adventure. He visited Point Pleasant, West Virginia in the 1960’s and became a part of the infamous UFO and cryptid flap during that era. He visited Egypt to look for ancient anomalies and saw a UFO. Like Fort, Keel was a bit of a loner. Many of his investigations were done by himself, and he chose not to join any particular group.

Fortean Winds is a collective made up of private and anonymous researchers. We have no organization and rarely agree on anything. This is healthy in our opinion. So, if you’re that type of person who needs a place to publish your research…please reach out. The only commonality we have is our data driven approach to the phenomenon. We do what we can to separate our theory from data. Because theory is always changing…

John A. Keel author of “The Mothman Prophecies” Vanity Fair.

Due to his experiences in Point Pleasant, Keel adopted a different view of UFOs and the paranormal in general stating: “I abandoned the extraterrestrial hypothesis in 1967, when my own field investigations disclosed an astonishing overlap between psychic phenomena and UFOs,” Keel wrote. “The objects and apparitions do not necessarily originate on another planet and may not even exist as permanent constructions of matter. It is more likely that we see what we want to see and interpret such visions according to our contemporary beliefs.”

Keel’s work bears a striking similarity to the current events and theories surrounding Skinwalker Ranch.

Keel coined the term “ultraterrestrial.” It featured heavily in his book “The Eighth Tower” and was meant to give readers his evolved view of the phenomenon toward the end of his career. The term “ultraterrestrial” was a way of getting people to stop thinking about the entities behind UFOs as E.T.’s from science fiction, and more like interdimensional beings or what’s commonly associated with demons and evil spirits.

He felt this term was a failure as people began to name the ultraterrestrials and assign them personalities. It became its own form of research when it was merely meant as a literary device. They forgot John A. Keel’s first maxim: “Never Form a Belief.” Theorize, hypothesize, guess, joke….but never form a belief. We’re looking for anomalous phenomenon and trying to show people it exists. That’s it. As you can see by looking at Fort and Keel. The reason they are so well known is they found real anomalies. They didn’t know what they found.

There are many other Forteans continuing to fight the good fight by pointing out that mysteries still happen every day. Some of them focus on taking field reports and following up on sightings. This is valuable data, and no doubt the people who witnessed the events are pleased to find someone who believes them. We can’t imagine how alone that must make someone feel, to witness the unknown and be called mad. It’s awful.

We don’t typically add single witness accounts to our research because they’re too hard to validate, but that doesn’t mean we don’t believe people. This is our own brand of Fortean research and you can read more about our approach in our about section. However, those firsthand accounts are important and we read as many as we can. Groups like “The Singular Fortean Society” are publishing detailed reports of anomalous activity frequently. As we look for patterns in the data, we always need more data.

So, what is a Fortean? A Fortean is someone who researches the anomalous or unexplained. They are doing it in groups, they are doing it by themselves. They are doing it for no money, because there’s no money in it. Sure there are con-artists out there, selling all the answers for money. Yet, if they have all the answers, they’re not researching the unexplained because they have all the answers. We don’t have the answers. We have data, and we have theory. We’re just trying to understand it better. To us, that’s what a Fortean is. So, congratulations. You just became a Fortean.

Conjuring Charlatans: The Case of Ed and Lorraine Warren

Ed and Elizabeth Warren are portrayed as erstwhile paranormal investigators in the series of films collectively referred to as “The Conjuring Universe.” The films have grossed over 2 billion dollars. In real life, they also portrayed paranormal investigators.

Yet our research indicates they took advantage of people in distress and avoided discussions of evidence. If parts of their work did in fact involve real paranormal research, it’s almost impossible to parse from the hoaxes and stories they told.

Let’s take the Amityville Horror case. This was the case that made Ed and Lorraine Warren famous. For those unfamiliar, the claim around Amityville horror was that George and Kathy Lutz moved into a house for 28 days before they were forced to move out by malevolent spirits.

The house really had been the site of some terrible murders prior to the Lutz’s occupying the home. They also claimed it had been the site of a Native American burial ground, and this was the cause of the disturbance.

112 Ocean Ave NY where the alleged events happened. cc

The Amityville Horror case has been debunked ad nauseum. There is a popular book about it titled “The Amityville Horror Conspiracy.” More books and more articles debunking the claims followed. Though none of them would match the popularity of the book and movie inspired by writer Jay Anson and the Lutz’s stories.

Even worse for those who chose to believe the Warrens, a lawyer friend of the Lutz’s named William Weber told A Current Affair in May of 1998, “We took real-life incidents and transposed them…. In other words, it was a hoax.”

Weber was a defense attorney for the man convicted in the the murder which occurred prior to the Lutz’s moving in to the home. According to Weber, he needed a defense and coordinated along with the Lutz and a writer by the name of Jay Anson (who would write the book on which the franchise was based).

Weber and the Lutz’s engaged in a court case around profit and rights to the story. During the trial, Judge Jack B. Weinstein said, “it appears to me that to a large extent the book is a work of fiction. . . .”

The fact the book was fiction was relevant to the trial.

The burial ground claim was debunked when members of the Montauket tribe of Long Island told ABC news “there are no records of a burial ground in Amityville. Even if there were, ‘that doesn’t mean we will go into somebody’s body and capture their soul and control in a very negative way … that’s not us,’ said the tribe’s Chief Straight Arrow Cooper.”

So amidst, what is now widely regarded (click around and you’ll see) a hoax, arrived the Warrens who were then unknown ghost hunters. Ed Warren claimed to be a paranormal researcher. Lorraine Warren claimed to be a psychic. The only way we know of to tell if someone is psychic or not, is to have them tell you something they couldn’t possibly have known.

Remote Viewing is a real thing. We discuss it in our article below. Yet, Lorraine wasn’t telling the future, your Great-Grandpa’s favorite pie or which card you were holding in your hand. She was telling people what the ghosts were saying.

So, Ed would confirm there were ghosts, according to his research, and Lorraine would talk to them and tell everyone what they said. Does any part of that sound like something you should trust?

Click here for our breakdown of the remote viewing phenomenon:

A TV Crew grabbed onto the story (and the media hasn’t let go). In 1976, they followed Lorraine and Ed Warren to the door of the Amityville Horror home and showed them entering the house to spend the night. They emerged from the house claiming it was haunted by evil spirits, and Ed claimed to have taken a photograph of one of them.

The TV stations loved it. It was the late 70’s right before the “satanic panic” of the 1980s. Ed and Lorraine put a Christian spin on their ghost-hunting and claimed they were battling demons. Though the Diocese of Rockville Centre, responsible for the Amityville area, denied “that any psychic events took place or affected clerical officials as reported in Jay Anson’s book.”

Ed and Lorraine started doing the talk show circuit, writing books, sold their brand and attempted to make appearances (and stories up) at the sight of famous hauntings.

The Enfield Hauntings are a famous and controversial set of hauntings involving two young girls. An investigator, at the time, who researched the case thoroughly, named Guy Lyon Playfair described Ed Warren to Darkness Radio as follows: “They did turn up once, I think, at Enfield, and all I can remember is Ed Warren telling me that he could make a lot of money for me out of it. So I thought, ‘well thats all I need to know from you’ and I got myself out of his way as soon as I could.”

The list of Warren hoaxes goes on. If you need more, Top 5 Scary Videos did a really good breakdown.

The grifts get worse. If you’re interested, I hope you have a strong stomach for con artists taking advantage of people in distress. The Hollywood Reporter published an article around allegations of Ed Warren having an affair with a 15 year old girl. The brother of the allegedly possessed teen in the Conjuring 3 film sued another individual involved in the event for having taken advantage of his mentally ill brother. He said the Warrens exploited his family.

Yet, the films have grossed more than 2 billion dollars…so the Warren lie finds a way.

Why does it matter? #1: We’re all about telling you whether or not things are real, and we don’t believe anything the Warrens have to say, that’s based on the evidence and data we provided. If you like them and want to believe in them… It’s a free world.

Con-artists come up a lot in para or sub-normal research. This is because there are so many people who want to believe. Additionally, there are pseudo-con artists who do some investigating and some making up. We find it’s best to ignore this type entirely. They really muddy the waters.

You don’t have to want to believe. You can know. There are people conducting real research into these subjects. Poltergeist activity is a real phenomenon. We don’t know what it is, but it happens.

Many ghost hunter shows are bad reality TV, but some are based on sound scientific principles. They’re usually monitoring the electromagnetic spectrum around haunted areas, and that’s real data. Whether they find anything or not.

A team conducts paranormal research on the TV show Hellier which yields results, share it and allow everyone to make up their own mind. That’s research.

It may not be as dramatic as The Conjuring but if you’re really curious about the truth of these events, they can be complex and gray. It’s what makes them so intriguing.

Charlatans like the Warren’s make the whole subject look bad. They can be debunked within 15 minutes. So, anyone interested in the reality of the subject (who makes the mistake of Googling the most famous paranormal investigators) thinks the whole thing is bunk.

The only antidote for darkness is light.

From the Fortean Winds POV: It is the Warrens who are bunk.

Göbekli Tepe : Our Oldest Architecture and a Reminder

At 12,000 years old Göbekli Tepe predates Stonehenge by at least 6000 years. That’s a long time. That’s as long ago as Stonehenge was built compared to where we are now. So, if people from the era of Stonehenge found Göbekli Tepe, it looked to them like Stonehenge does to us today. That’s old. The site sits over 8 hectares on an artificial mound in what is now Southern Turkey and draws in researchers from around the world.

The structures qualify as architecture by any definition:

Architecturethe art or science of building

specifically the art or practice of designing and building structures and especially habitable ones

Merriam Webster Dictionary

The buildings our ancient ancestors erected were stylized, functional and habitable. That counts as architecture on all fronts. The current thinking around Göbekli Tepe’s function is that it served as a temple (or group of temples) and meeting area. Goods were likely exchanged and gatherings certainly occurred here for religious purposes. This is all occurring at a time when farming and agriculture is not supposed to exist. Which is the first of many mysteries surrounding Göbekli Tepe.

These buildings were erected during what is considered the “Pre-Pottery Neolithic” era, but that term (and what it indicates) was invented prior to discovering Göbekli Tepe. Clearly, we see a civilization far ahead of where scientific theory thought early man was prior to understanding the significance of Göbekli Tepe in 1994. The layout of the various buildings show an understanding of geometric shapes and the layout of three main structures follow an equilateral triangle.

Beytullah eles – Wikimedia commons

The art at Göbekli Tepe depicts a variety of animals and events carved in reliefs on massive stone pillars up to 5 meters high. The art shows a style and aesthetic far more advanced than would have been expected in this period (This is supposed to be Pre-Pottery Neolithic era). Of particular interest among the carvings is “The Vulture Stone.”

Sue Fleckney – CC FLikr

The Vulture Stone includes a depiction of a vulture holding an orb, egg or sphere. The significance of the sphere is debated. Some scholars say it points to the existence of a Vulture cult and the structure is a temple to this cult. Yet, further down the rock we see a relief of a scorpion and headless man. The headless man is thought to represent a catastrophe and a team of scientists from the UK think they may understand this special rock.

The Edinbugh team ran computer simulations and found the carvings on the Vulture Stone likely represented constellations. In fact, Göbekli Tepe may not have been a temple. It was likely an ancient observatory. This observatory appears to have predicted and recorded a mini ice age known as “The Younger Dryas” which occurred around 12,900 to 11,700 B.C.E..

The Younger Dryas was an incredibly important event in the history of humanity. It is believed the colder climate forced humanity to switch from nomadic hunter and gatherers to a more sedentary agriculture-based civilization. The rise in agriculture and large societies is what allowed us to create cities and share knowledge. Resulting in the evolution of our technology and science.

Yet, here in Göbekli Tepe we find a civilization which existed prior to (or on the edge of) the Younger Dryas which undoubtedly was able to process wheat. The existence of agriculture during the building and occupation of Göbekli Tepe is still debated.

We at Fortean Winds would guess that a structure of that size was not erected without some form of agriculture to feed its people. We’d go so far as to guess…they grew the #$%@ wheat.

Scientific theory can be slow to change…

Göbekli Tepe was occupied for roughly a thousand years before, for completely unknown reasons, the occupants filled it in and left. Leaving us with yet one more history mystery to uncover, and it is still literally being uncovered. If you were taught history prior to the mid-1990s you never heard of the place, and everything your history teacher was telling you about pre-pottery man…was about to change.

The history books still haven’t caught up, and they can’t. This place changes everything we knew about ancient man. So, if you’re someone who is fascinated with our ancient past. Or, if you just love the fact science is always changing…keep an eye on the discoveries being made at Göbekli Tepe. We’ve given you some good links here to start researching, but the significance of this place is still being uncovered, and there are mysteries here YOU can help uncover. Here’s a good one to start.

In 2003, Researcher Klaus Schmidt found the mound is positioned in a location filled with geomagnetic anomalies.

In 2003 a geomagnetic survey could demonstrate that
the prediction based on the archaeological surface investigations at Göbekli Tepe, that round or oval enclosures
exist all over the site and are not restricted to a specific
part of the mound, was right. More than ten large enclosures could be located in the geomagnetic map

Klaus Schmidt (NEO-LITHICS 2/03)

The connection between the Vulture Rock and the constellations was made in 2019. Our past is constantly changing and with it comes a new understanding of our present. Göbekli Tepe is a reminder to all of we still have much to learn and must continue to learn. To us at Fortean Winds, that is just plain EXCITING.

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