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A UFO Digest Book Review
Hunt for the Skinwalker by Colm A. Kelleher Reviewed by Steve Hammons
Hunt for the Skinwalker explores UFOs, the unknown
Posted: 00:05 April 14, 2009
The non-fiction book Hunt for the Skinwalker, published in 2005, is a fascinating account of a scientific research team's investigation into unusual phenomena at a remote Utah ranch.
Written by research scientist Colm A. Kelleher, Ph.D., and award-winning investigative journalist George Knapp, the book takes readers on an exciting, mysterious and somewhat frightening adventure into the unknown.
The full title is Hunt for the Skinwalker: Science Confronts the Unexplained at a Remote Utah Ranch.
The book begins as a cattle-ranching family is getting settled into their new 480-acre spread in northeastern Utah, where they had moved from New Mexico.
It's a lovely place, perfect for their high-quality registered cattle and a lifestyle living close to the land in a rural setting.
Before long, very unusual things begin to happen. Odd, oversized wolf-like creatures come around the ranch. Stranger still, the animals seem impervious to bullets.
Items from everyday utensils to work tools disappear, only to show up later in different locations.
Cattle are found mutilated consistent with other such cases in the West and Midwest.
Small glowing orbs and larger UFO-like craft hover and zip around the ranch.
And that was just the tip of the iceberg.
RESEARCH TEAM ARRIVES
Kelleher and a scientific investigative team from a group called the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) arrived at the ranch to conduct extensive research on the strange goings-on. They reported to a NIDS scientific advisory board.
In fact, NIDS eventually buys the ranch from the family, who by that time has had more than enough of the many odd events. The family moves off the ranch and the investigative team moves in.
However, the family also wants to understand what was going on and assists the researchers, giving detailed accounts of what they have observed and experienced.
It doesn't take long for the researchers to learn that odd things had been going on at the ranch for decades or maybe centuries.
The local Ute Indians believed that the ranch was "in the path of the skinwalker," an evil entity. The Utes stayed away from the area on which the ranch was located.
The Utes, as well as Navajo and other tribes use the term "skinwalker" to describe an Indian who has delved into evil witchery and dark magic. In Indian lore, a skinwalker can assume the form of other animals.
Hence, the Utes in the region near the ranch traditionally considered at least some of the bizarre things going on there as the work of a skinwalker.
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