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UFO Round-Up / Pets & the Paranormal

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Date Host George Noory
Guests Kevin D. Randle, Cheryll Jones

In the first half, author and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Randle discussed prominent UFO incidents and new research related to them, including Roswell, Project Blue Book cases, and episodes involving electromagnetic activity. In the period of the 1940s through the 1960s the UFO sightings seemed to be more robust with larger groups of witnesses and more interactions, he remarked. In later years, sightings tend to be mere "lights in the night sky," he noted, with the objects seemingly a great distance away. Regarding the famed Roswell incident, some of the witness testimonies haven't held up, though there is still a solid core of data. He talked to Col. Richard Weaver recently, who maintains that what crashed came from the Project Mogul test balloons, though Randle leans toward a non-terrestrial explanation.

In reviewing some of the Project Blue cases, he was able to add perspective with information that came to light after the US Air Force first studied them. One of the most curious of such cases was the 1957 Levelland, Texas, UFO incident, wherein car engines stalled, and headlights dimmed during the appearance of an oval-shaped object, indicating an external control or reaction. Randle learned that the Sheriff who was involved took his car to a mechanic the next day, which suggested that he was close to the sighting area. He also talked about the Lonnie Zamora encounter, the 1952 sightings and radar data in the Washington DC flyovers, and the Malmstrom AFB incident, in which UFOs apparently shut down a flight of missiles.

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In the latter half, C2C's investigative reporter Cheryll Jones interviewed author, researcher, and expert in macabre art, Paul Koudounaris, on cats and dogs' mysterious history and their paranormal and occult connections. His new book, A Cat's Tale, details how felines have long been associated with the occult. As far as back as ancient Egypt, cats were venerated as protectors, he noted, and thought to possess a kind of magic, with their finely attuned senses. Cats have also been identified with the Devil, who is sometimes said to appear as a black cat. A witch named Elizabeth Francis, brought to trial for witchcraft in the 16th century, was said to have a cat named 'Satan' who was fed a diet of blood and could speak directly to her. It was claimed the cat was behind several murders, Koudounaris recounted, and authorities actually tried to put the animal on trial too, but he escaped.

Surprisingly, the most common form of haunting is a deceased pet. "It's not truly what you'd consider a ghost," he explained, but more of a "crisis apparition" or last goodbye. He detailed the strange case of Rudolf Valentino's beloved dog Kabar, who began wailing in sorrow when his owner died in New York in 1926, though Kabar was several thousands of miles away in California. The dog was eventually buried in a pet cemetery in Calabasas, and is said to haunt the grounds. Jim the Wonder Dog became well-known for his feats of ESP, Koudounaris shared. The dog demonstrated his uncanny ability in public events. He would be asked a question about something that belonged to a member of the audience and then go over and place his paw on the correct person.

News segment guests: Dr. Peter Breggin, Kevin Randle

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