- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Paraview Pocket Books; 1st Paraview Pocket Books Trade Pbk. Ed edition (Dec 6 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416505210
- ISBN-13: 978-1416505211
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
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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? you have had more then 6 years on the property when the activity died down why wouldnt you start digging to maybe provoke it, and the previous owner warns you not to dig on the property...arent you the least bit curious why?
3) which leads to the next problem; why wasnt the owner previous to the Gormans found and interviewed? its alluded to he had a live and let live relationship with whatever was on that property and why did he want no digging on the property? From the sounds of it he had an even better idea to what was going on even more so then the Gormans, but no mention of trying to contact him is made......the book is short hearing what he had to say would have been an obvious addition to the book.
So those are my problems with the book but it was an interesting read that will expand your horizons, the things happening on that ranch are outright chilling and despite my problems with the book I wouldnt hesitate to buy another book involving NIDS investigating other similar cases, I would have like to hear what NIDS is investigating now after the ranch but it wasnt mentioned.
3 Stars from me
WARNING SPOILER ALERT, TURN BACK IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK
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.
Secondly, the book is long on anecdotes and incredible eye witness accounts but short on scientific details and reads more like a campfire story than a book about serious scientific research. Surprising seeing as the book was by a PhD. That being said I really don't think NIDS is giving us the whole story. If there even is a story. You would think that after years of constant monitoring by trained researchers with the most sophisticated scientific equipment money can buy that they would not have turned up empty handed in the proof department or even the photo or video department. Many of the encounters described in the book are vividly recalled and incredible and last for many minutes right in plain view of the researchers and residents but yet they claim to have captured nothing of value on film in all those years. And why after seeing so much activity on an almost daily basis did the rancher not think to carry a camera around with him on the property even before NIDS showed up? Makes no sense. My guess is that NIDS got nothing and the whole story is a bust or NIDS got lots and aren't telling the public preferring instead to release this book as a smokescreen. After all they claim the activity has stopped and didn't happen when cameras were around. Why then if this phenomena did not appear with cameras around wouldn't the rancher keep cameras around to protect his valuable live stock? Again this makes no sense.
The "we got nothing" approach could simply be a great way to keep curious people away from the property. There are a few other illogical holes in the story which I wont get into as I dont want to write my own novel. Either way it is still a fun read for any alien or supernatural fan but with a glaring lack of any real scientific findings or evidence the book remains, to me anyways, just a good story.
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