Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Ranch in Utah Paperback – Dec 6 2005
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Rarely do scientists have the opportunity to study and measure a recurring series of mysterious and inexplicable events in the field. So, in 1996 a team of open-minded researchers from the National Institute for Discovery Science, founded and funded by Las Vegas businessman Robert Bigelow, jumped at the chance to investigate weird phenomena still occurring on a cattle ranch in Uintah County, Utah. Its owner had been plagued for the past two years by odd disappearances, manifestations of a shape-shifting entity the Ute Indians called a "skinwalker," floating blue orbs of light, cattle mutilations, a giant wolf that seemed unaffected by bullets, and a sinister, hyena-like creature. Biochemist Kelleher tells the story of the team's experiences on the ranch as "an ambitious if unconventional example of what science is supposed to do--explore the unknown." Unfortunately, after a few intriguing observations, the phenomena ceased and the scientists were left to speculate about shamanic and interdimensional realities intersecting with our own. An interesting and sometimes frightening narrative of events, though ultimately short on final answers. George Eberhart
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About the Author
Colm A. Kelleher, Ph.D., is a biochemist with a fifteen-year research career in cell and molecular biology. Following his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 1983, Kelleher worked at the Ontario Cancer Institute, the Terry Fox Cancer Research Laboratory, and the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine. For the past eight years he has worked as project manager and team leader at a private research institute, using forensic science methodology to unravel scientific anomalies.
George Knapp is Nevada's best-known journalist. For 20-plus years, he has served as anchor, chief investigative reporter, and commentator for KLAS TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas. He is a six-time Emmy winner, has earned the AP's Mark Twain award for news writing seven times, and twice was given the Edward R. Murrow award for Investigative Reporting. His reporting on Nevada's infamous Area 51 military base was selected by UPI as Best Individual Achievement by a Reporter in 1989. He also writes an award-winning weekly column for a Las Vegas newspaper.
Top Customer Reviews
1)The book is very short on the actual experiences on the ranch, now i know thats not their fault if there wasnt enough activity to make an already small 287approx page book, but there was alot of filler added it seemed every little possibility had to have a chapter definition even if it didnt really relate to what was going on in the book....definition chapters on bigfoot and skinwalkers (which despite the name of the book isnt really the focus of whats going on its much more broad then that)rather then briefly educate/summarize for the reader (as a definition chapter should) dragged on way too long... when as a reader I wanted to hear more about what had happened at the ranch. And they seemed to add cases in Dulce and other surrounding areas to fill out the already small book.
2) The way they conducted the investigation; ok so you have a previous owner who tells the next owner who buys the property "do not dig anywhere on the property", the next owner hears all sorts of metallic banging and noise coming from under the property like mining or something is happening beneath the property.
Now im not a Nasa scientist but if your conclusions are that there is interdimensional beings or the military causing the phenomona and that there is portals that appear on this property that seem to lead to other dimensions and you hear stuff going on underneath the ranch isnt it possible that these beings or the military have a base underneath the property?.........why wouldnt you dig and see if you find anything?Read more ›
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In the story the ranchers highly valuable registered breed of cattle are regularly mutilated. Why then does the rancher leave behind unattended his prized breeding bulls worth tens of thousands of dollars to be used as "bait" by NIDS when NIDS brought in their own bait cattle and many of the ranchers stock had been moved to another property? Doesn't make any sense. Especially when the rancher was plunged into financial ruin due to his loss of cattle and they even said in the book that they "would not know what to do if we ever lost one of those bulls". No reasonable explanation is given anywhere by the authors for this illogical head scratcher.Read more ›
It is a good starter book when looking for answers or for an understanding of activities witnessed by people recently.
There are lots of unanswered questions but the recorded information is good.
The final conclusions were excellent and well thought out.
Most recent customer reviews
This book will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up !! It grabs you in the first chapter & doesn't let go.. Read morePublished on April 22 2014 by Bette Caldwell
Helped clear up a lot of what happens when situations are put under the microscope.
Lots to still investigate........we are getting closer...Wendy Robson
The scientific investigation is pretty interesting. Perhaps the book veers off with side stories of other related incidences at times - but overall, a really interesting and... Read morePublished on July 17 2013 by mapleshinobi