Allow me to preface this post with six little words:
I’m not making this stuff up.
Guys? Seriously? I’m ready for just about anything when it comes to investigating the paranormal. I’ve had a few unexplainable things happen to me that have made my hairs stand on end, my heart race, and my voice utter, What in the heck was that?!? Paranormal things. Ghostly things. Never client things. Until this particular investigation nearly three years ago.
My fellow investigators and I spent five hours in the middle of an X-Files episode. The client was convinced that UFOs and aliens were visiting his neighborhood and his home in particular. He had seen the UFO. He had a picture of a 3-finger hand print on the dust of his bookshelf.*
And he was freaked. out.
John Keel, author of The Mothman Prophecies, Disneyland of the Gods, and Our Haunted Planet posits that UFO/extra-terrestrial sightings and paranormal/psychic experiences are linked and are basically the same thing.** He feels that if there’s an uptick in UFO sightings, then ghost activity is probably skyrocketing as well. And vice versa. And if that’s the case, then a paranormal investigative group should be digging into UFO cases as much as ghost cases.
Was this client truly being visited by extra-terrestrials (or ultra-terrestrials, for that matter)? I don’t know. Nothing out-of-the-ordinary occurred during our investigation, but it was clear that this gentleman, a very level-headed, intelligent, retired military officer, was absolutely convinced that he was in the middle of, and a subject of, a secret alien genetic collection field trip.
And how did we help him? Honestly, I don’t think we were of any help whatsoever. Whether we believed him or not, whether we believed in E.T.s or U.T.s or UFOs, we couldn’t just discount him based on his beliefs versus ours. Regardless of any of that, what he was feeling was valid. The events he described to us may not have actually happened, but his sleep-deprived eyes, his loaded firearms, and his paranoia were truly happening.
And that worries me to this day.
* Saw it. It was a freaky photo. Seriously.
** Now, before I get comments that scream, OMFG! You believe that crackpot about anything?!? let me just say that a few of Mr. Keel’s ideas are noteworthy. His descriptions of what happened in Point Pleasant, WV in the late 1960s? Dead on. But, I agree that some of his ideas are a bit out there.
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