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Cryptid Encounters / Open Lines

Date: 02-01-13
Host: George Noory
Guests: Open Lines, Christopher Maloney

In the first half, George Noory welcomed filmmaker Christopher Maloney for a discussion on his research into cryptids and recent documentary, Cryptotrip. The film examines how sightings of unknown creatures affect the lives of those who witness them, Maloney explained. "It changes their concept of reality," he added. Maloney described his interview with Dover Demon witness William Bartlett, who expressed frustration for being known almost exclusively for an 8-second encounter he had with a strange being with glowing eyes. He shared a case from Papua New Guinea of a flying dinosaur-like creature about the size of a small airplane, as well as speculated on why there is little physical evidence for cryptids. People rarely come across bear remains in the wild and it is quite possible that members of the Bigfoot species actually bury their dead, he noted.

Two witnesses featured in his film joined the conversation to share their own creature sightings. Robin Swope recalled an unforgettable moment in July 2001, when he watched a giant bird emerge from swamp land next to the graveyard where he worked in Erie, Pennsylvania. Swope said the creature had black feathers, a 17-ft wingspan, and appeared to be prehistoric-looking. He compared it to an extinct condor. Next, Todd Neiss recounted his incredible Bigfoot sighting from 1993, when he was working in Oregon as a combat engineer for the National Guard conducting explosives training. According to Neiss, as he was exiting the blast zone in a Humvee he saw "three very large jet black figures" standing upright off in the distance. They were covered in hair, wore no clothes, had arms that went passed their knees, and at least one stood 9-ft tall, he revealed. Neiss claimed that other soldiers corroborated his sighting.

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The latter half of the show was devoted to Open Lines. Claire from San Luis Obispo, California, told George that she and her father would listen to Coast to Coast together when he was alive and often talk about making contact with each other after death. She claimed to have successfully communicated with her departed father using ordinary table salt poured onto a plate. According to Claire, she wrote "DAD R U OK?" into the salt and upon checking it a week later found the "R U" and "?" scratched out to reveal the message "DAD OK". James in Gulfport, Mississippi, shared a UFO sighting he had last August. James said he was outside enjoying a beautiful evening when he looked up to see a large boomerang-shaped shadow cross the light of the moon. The mysterious flying object was silent, slow-moving, and could execute steep-angled turns that James guessed are not possible for any known aircraft. John from New Hampshire reported on an all white wolf-like creature he spotted near his home, as well as photographs his neighbors took of large footprints that may have been made by a Bigfoot species thought to roam New England.

The last half hour featured audio from a past interview with Larry Haber, attorney for the family of alleged time traveler John Titor.

News segment guest: Richard C. Hoagland

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