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Life of Bill Cooper / Strange Sightings Down Under

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Date Host George Noory
Guests Mark Jacobson, Moira McGhee

In the first half, writer and journalist Mark Jacobson discussed former US naval intelligence worker, Milton William Cooper, who published his manifesto "Behold a Pale Horse" in 1991. Since then, it has gone on to sell some 300,000 copies and was considered the most shoplifted book in Barnes & Nobles' history. Cooper, who broadcast a shortwave radio program called Hour of the Time, was killed by the police in a shootout at his remote Arizona home in 2001. In the 1980s, he was a controversial speaker on the UFO circuit, claiming to have seen classified documents about extraterrestrials while in the military. Yet, by the 1990s, he'd disavowed the alien tales, and become more interested in revelations about the Illuminati, the alleged cabal said to pull strings behind global events, and create a New World Order.

It was his interest in the Illuminati that contributed to his extraordinary popularity among hip hop culture, and led many, including those in the militia movement, to consider him the father of the "truth movement," Jacobson noted. One Newark rap artist even took the name of William Cooper as a performer (view related rap video). Cooper was the first to popularize the term "sheeple," which refers to those who are overly docile or easily influenced. On the day of the 9-11 attacks (shortly before he was killed), he went on the air and commented about what he was seeing on TV in real-time. He presciently ran through "almost every single thing that became a building block of the 9-11 'inside job' internet theory," Jacobson recalled.

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Longtime researcher of UFOs, Moira McGhee has always looked to the stars and wondered who and what is up there. In the latter half, she detailed her work documenting unusual experiences with strange beings and sightings in Australia and New Zealand, as well as her thoughts about aliens who walk among us. In some of the cases, she looked at the ancestry of alien experiencers and discovered that they'd shared relatives, which indicated the aliens might be tracking certain bloodlines. She described a 1954 case with a Navy pilot flying at night that was quite striking. Two UFOs accompanied his plane for some time, and the unidentified craft were picked up on radar, before shooting off at phenomenal speed.

On December 30, 1995, about 50 miles north of Sydney in an area called Brisbane Water, a huge craft was observed in the sky, sending four large beams of light into the water, as a humming sound was heard. "Animals went mad, and people were ringing the police station," McGhee recounted. Shortly after, she visited the area, and there were some two hundred witnesses who either saw something that night or had a history of sightings and contacts in the area. She also shared intriguing data about a group of contactees who didn't know each other but seemed to develop a telepathic link and perform similar but unusual activities like buying inflatable beds at the same time.

News segment guest: Lauren Weinstein

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June 4, 2020: Bigfoot, Nessie, aliens and a host of other strange characters wish C2C host extraordinaire, George Noory, a very happy birthday. Thanks to cartoonist Ted Bastien, the creator of Bugsport, for sharing this illustration with us.

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