The owl has held a place of reverence and mystique throughout history. And as strange as this might seem, owls are also showing up in conjunction with the UFO experience. Mike Clelland has collected a wealth of first-hand accounts in which owls manifest in moments that surround alien contact. According to Clelland, the owl connection goes beyond the UFO experience to encompass synchronicities, ancient archetypes, dreams, shamanistic experiences, spiritual transformation, and even as a symbol of death in some Native American cultures. He detailed his own encounters on a camping trip 12 years ago when he and an ex-girlfriend had odd interactions with owls on two successive trips, in which the birds repeatedly flew over them at close range.
Owls have been associated with "screen memories" that are thought to be implanted by aliens during abductions as a way of covering their tracks, and indeed Clelland had an occurrence of "missing time" when he was 12-years-old growing up in Michigan, in which he saw a bright orange flash in the night sky. One UFO-experiencer described seeing an impossibly large 4-foot tall owl along the road he was driving along, and feeling menaced by it. He later had a hypnotic regression in which he described the owl as wearing boots, and concluded whatever he saw probably wasn't an owl. Clelland shared a number of other case histories that involved owls in tandem with paranormal or mysterious phenomena such as crop circles, Shadow People, ghosts, and Sasquatch.
He's the most prolific offender the state of California has ever known, yet most people have never heard of the case, and the maniac remains unidentified and unpunished to this day. In the latter half, true crime expert and author, Keith Komos, discussed how after over one hundred burglaries, fifty rapes, possibly a dozen murders, and over a thousand clues, the "Golden State Killer" couldn't be tracked or stopped. Taking place in a time frame before DNA testing, the cases began mainly as rapes in the mid-1970s in Sacramento and towns near there and then extended down to locations in Southern California, where murders took place from 1979 to 1986. After that the trail goes cold.
Though he generally wore a ski mask when committing his brutal attacks, in some cases, he seemed to shoot people because they saw him leaving the scene and possibly might have identified him, Komos reported. There were specific patterns to the crimes that suggested he was likely ex-military, and the victims in the Sacramento area were often in the medical and educational fields, Komos pointed out, adding that the killer typically ate food found in the victim's home, and stole personal items or trinkets. While the 'Golden State Killer' certainly seemed like he was acting on a compulsion to commit the crimes, Komos continued, "modern thinking is that these serial offenders absolutely can stop if they want to," especially if he was getting older and unable to physically escape from the scene as he once did when he was more agile.
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