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Men in Black

First Half: Frank Sheeran confessed to investigative author Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the Mob, and for his friend Jimmy Hoffa. Joining George Knapp, Brandt shared evidence about Sheeran's involvement with Hoffa, new information on other famous murders, and the announcement of a film adaptation of his book.

Second Half: Pioneering promoter of sci-fi books and films, and avowed atheist Forrest J. Ackerman promised a few respected colleagues that if it were possible he would try to send messages from beyond. Author and researcher Paul Davids and Dr. John Allison, detailed numerous incidents of Ackerman's unusual and uncanny messages and phenomena, as well as impressive scientific support of an afterlife.

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Men in Black

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Date: Wednesday - June 22, 2011
Host: George Noory
Guests: Nick Redfern, Susan Smith Jones

British ufologist Nick Redfern discussed his research into the Men in Black (MIB) phenomenon, in which he looked at numerous cases from the start of UFO sightings to the present day. The first report of Men in Black was associated with Albert Bender, who was studying UFOs in the early 1950s and formed a popular group called the International Flying Saucer Bureau. But then, he suddenly shut the organization down after he was visited by three men wearing black suits who told him that he was getting too close to the truth, and if he knew what was good for him, he'd leave the subject alone. Later, researcher Gray Barker popularized Bender's tale, and implied that the Men in Black were government agents, Redfern detailed.

In many of the MIB accounts, witnesses describe the visitors as having somewhat odd appearances and behavior, including bulging eyes, being very short, sometimes lacking in emotion, and suddenly disappearing. Their goal always seems to be intimidation, which is typically accomplished with veiled threats, said Redfern, who added that he found it curious that people invariably allowed these strangers into their homes, which indicates the MIBs might employ a kind of hypnosis.

Redfern has concluded there may be more than one group behind the MIB phenomenon. For instance, there is documented evidence that government agents have visited people who've reported UFO sightings, yet some of the paranormal aspects to MIB visitations suggest there may also be alien/hybrids making their own visits to determine how much people know about them. Joshua P. Warren proposed an interesting theory to Redfern-- that MIBs may actually be time travelers. The reason they wear the black suits is because this look will fit in in many time periods, and this might also explain why the cars they drive are sometimes out of date, Warren said. In reference to photo documentation of MIBs, Redfern mentioned this photo taken by Timothy Green Beckley.

Choices & Change

First hour guest, health consultant Susan Smith Jones talked about her 30-day program (book link) that people can follow to enhance their well being, and reach their highest potential. Everyday we have countless choices to make, and our choices determine our level of health and how we feel, she explained, adding that if we "choose the best for us, cultivate a holistic lifestyle, and celebrate our blessings," we can become more successful and happy.

News segment guest: Mitch Battros

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Artwork: Men in Black & Mothman

Artwork: Men in Black & Mothman

In tandem with the 6/22/11 show, we present a drawing by artist Jeff Gaither (gaither.art@gmail.com) depicting Men in Black and the Mothman. Click on image to view larger.

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Bumper music from Wednesday June 22, 2011

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