Reality Checking with Brent Raynes


Discover the connection between UFO visitors and shamanic lore! Brent Raynes' stunning book—intro. by Brad Steiger.

Visitors from Hidden Realms: The Origin and Destiny of Humanity As Told by Star Elders, Shamen, and UFO Visitors

Sister Wolf coming to Tennessee!

That’s right my friends, Apache medicine woman, author, healer and storyteller Priscilla Wolf, featured in several of my columns in this magazine, will be visiting us in June and will be speaking in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday, June 13th. For more particulars, go to:

Those Bigfoots….again!

In the last issue we presented an exclusive interview with Khat Hansen, who describes herself as a Choctaw medicine woman. She shared with us her ongoing experiences with the legendary creature known as Bigfoot, experiences which for her go as far back as her early childhood. That interview feature was picked up by the Coast to Coast AM website. Previously, I had interviewed and written in this very column about Tommy Lightning Bolt, a Native American spiritual teacher, counselor and healer from Oregon, who shared with us insights and details pertaining to spirituality, shamans, and UFOs. In this issue, we can include Bigfoot to Lightning Bolt’s personal insights and experiences as well. After reading Khat’s interview, Tommy confided to me that for a number of years now he has had a good number of first-hand Bigfoot encounters himself. I emailed him back and requested that he go on the record on this matter, and I’m happy to report that he agreed. So please check out that interview in this issue.

Tommy’s teacher, who he refers to as Coyote, is of Yurok and Karuk ancestry. Tommy described how in front of the post office in Happy Camp, California (right over the mountain from where Tommy grew up), that this is where the Karuk Tribal Office is located, and that there is a statue of Bigfoot there. “Bigfoot is a big deal with those tribes,” he pointed out to me. In the interview, Tommy described how with regard to the famous Roger Patterson Bigfoot film that the creature had been lured out into the open by a Yurok medicine man. In another email, Tommy shared that details of this aspect of the Patterson Bigfoot film are written about in Medicine Grizzlybear’s book Call of the Great Spirit. I’ve read and previously reviewed Grizzlybear’s wonderful book Native Healer, and now Ill be ordering me a copy of this book too. Tommy highly recommends it!

Speaking of books, Jacques Vallee devoted an entire chapter to a fascinating multiple witness abduction case in California’s Happy Camp (a chapter appropriately entitled “Happy Camp”) in his thought-provoking classic Confrontations, published back in 1990. Besides Bigfoot, Vallee found lots of peculiar and fascinating UFO activity, poltergeist manifestations, and even an MIB type incident in Happy Camp. Sounds like an intriguing “window” location where a group of field investigators might wanna spend a meaningful weekend or two (or more).

All of this discussion of Bigfoot and noteworthy books to read reminds me of Cryptozoology A to Z by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark. In it my old and dear friend Ramona Clark, who really deserves more than a mere footnote of recognition for her work in the Bigfoot field, was listed and briefly described in the C section of this volume. I was so proud to see her there when I first read this book. I feel that I learned a great deal from Ramona from our very first meeting back in 1973 until her passing in 1997. Ramona was both a careful, thoughtful and thorough investigator, as well as a credible experiencer herself.

Ramona and her investigative partner Duane Hibner (they married around 1974) settled in Brooksville, Florida, a virtual UFO/Bigfoot “window.” (Does the John Reeves landing and entity case of 1965 ring any bells with anyone?) I periodically visited Ramona and Duane in Brooksville and even got to join them on some field assignments. Ramona was drawn into the UFO field after a close encounter back in 1967, which was soon followed by apparitional and poltergeist-type occurrences. Of Cherokee and German ancestry, I found Ramona to be quite psychic. In fact, she seemed to develop a telepathic connection with me and appeared to accurately be able to tell things about what was going on in my life, even if I was hundreds of miles away. It was Ramona who introduced me to that distinguished psychiatrist and still active paranormal investigator Dr. Berthold Eric Schwarz, author of the acclaimed UFO Dynamics (in which I have a chapter).

Yup, Ramona taught me a lot, hard headed as I can be! I valued the obvious insights and lessons I learned from her when we worked together on UFO and Bigfoot cases from Jacksonville to Brooksville, Florida from 1973 to 1975. B. Ann Slate wrote an excellent two part article on Ramona and Duane’s Bigfoot field work in Saga’s UFO Report back in 1977. UFO sightings over the Bigfoot hot spots also were noted in the second part of this article (August 77). I briefly mentioned too what they had shared with me about the UFO/Bigfoot part of their investigations in my book Visitors From Hidden Realms.

Ramona’s letters to me often contained fascinating new case details, and from time to time the phenomena would again enter into her own personal life. In 1978, she wrote me: “Duane told me that during the early part of 1977, he watched a ball of light come through our bedroom window, hover for a split second over my face and head, then curve and go out another window. He said that it lit up the area quite well. I was sound asleep and had no knowledge of it till the next morning when he told me. I am aware of sparkling lights around my shoulders at times.”

Khat and Tommy’s Bigfoot stories have certainly stirred up a good number of old and fond memories of my departed friend and teacher, though those memories don’t feel so old. A lot of them feel like they happened just yesterday, but a reality check with the calendar clearly tells me otherwise. Thumbing through old folders of reports and letters from Ramona, I had a twinge of regret at one point as in one of her letters she encouraged me to write a book and magazine articles with her on UFOs and Bigfoot. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel ready at the time, and now I can’t help but think of the information that such a collaborative effort between us then might have contributed. I am glad that B. Ann Slate did that two-part article.

Today I write a good deal, on a routine monthly basis in the pages of my online magazine here, and though it won’t be the same, in the near future I need to share with you the readers some of the thought-provoking tales of high-strangeness that Ramona did share with me….back in the day (and what a day it was!).

Sadly, Alexandra Holzer, the daughter of the acclaimed Dr. Hans Holzer, the original Ghost Hunter, sent us this press release of her famous father’s passing.

Amityville Ghostbuster Hans Holzer dies Sunday aged 89.

Hans Holzer, known as the Father of the Paranormal, died Sunday [April 26] at his Manhattan home after a long illness

Dr. Hans Holzer, PhD, authored over 145 titles including Murder At Amityville, which was the basis for the 1982 film Amityville II: The Possession.

Having earned his PhD from the London College of Applied Science, he spent over five decades traveling the world to obtain first hand accounts of paranormal experiences, interviewing expert researchers, and developing parapsychological protocols and terminology such as 'sensitive' and 'beings of light’.

Holzer had hundreds of national and regional talk show appearances, co-hosting/hosting programs such as Ghost Hunter on Boston's Channel 2, NBC's In Search Of with Leonard Nemoy (an Alan Landsburg productions), Murder in Amityville, Beyond The Five Senses in Louisville, KY, Explorations with Brownville Productions in Ohio, Radio including a continuous segment with New York City's WOR with famed radio personality Joe Franklin who still is a family friend.