Richard Gallagher is a professor of psychiatry, and a leading authority on demonic activity. In the first half, he discussed the world of possessions, oppressions, and infestations and shared cases from his twenty-five-year career, assisting clergy and analyzing the possessed. He delved into one case in particular, where he had served as a consultant-- that of a woman in her thirties named "Julia" who was a high priestess in a Satanic cult. She sought help from two prominent exorcists in the United States, who described the case as "the most dramatic possession they had ever seen in their own lives." The night before Gallagher met her, his two cats went berserk, savagely fighting each other. The next morning, one of the priests brought Julia to his house, who astonished Gallagher by asking, "by the way, how did you like those cats last night?"
There were many remarkable incidents working with Julia, who demonstrated numerous instances of having hidden or psychic knowledge, such as how certain people died. Gallagher was convinced that she was genuinely possessed as her case went well beyond the psychiatric and met the criteria established by the Catholic church. More on Julia's possession here. Demonic attacks run on a continuum, he noted, and those who are most susceptible tend to have dark or negative habits or behaviors. For those afflicted, exorcisms are just one part of a longer process of working on their spiritual life and renouncing evil, he explained.
In the latter half, filmmaker James Fox talked about his documentary "The Phenomenon," which covers the monumental events behind the NY Times' disclosure of the Pentagon's secret UFO program, and the long-standing global cover-up and mystery involving unidentified aerial phenomena. The film includes testimony from high-ranking government and military officials, and NASA astronauts like Edgar Mitchell. Another astronaut, (the late) Gordon Cooper, had previously told Fox about a daylight UFO landing on a dry lake bed at an Air Force base that was recorded on film (before the craft shot off at high speed). That footage was confiscated, and Cooper never saw it again. In the new documentary, Fox asked Senator Harry Reid about such evidence, who admitted that there was more footage like this "that hasn't seen the light of day."
The documentary also looks at alien encounters, such as the 1994 incident in Ruwa, Zimbabwe when scores of school children were said to see a UFO and strange beings that interacted with them in broad daylight. Fox cited how a pilot in the Air Force had a dramatic nine-minute encounter with a UFO in 1955, which has eerie parallels with the 2004 Nimitz 'Tic Tac' sighting. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense for intelligence, Christopher Mellon, interviewed in the film, revealed that he was instrumental in getting the now famous Pentagon UFO videos released to the public. For more, check out a trailer for "The Phenomenon."
News segment guests: John M. Curtis, Christian Wilde, Kenny Aronoff