Subject: UFO's, Crop Circles, Roswell etc.
Venue: Hotel Y CATO Conference centre YWCA Melbourne Australia
Date: 29 May 1997
Report: Jason Cowland
Linda Moulton Howe is perhaps best known for her work in Animal
Mutilations over the last number of years. Most people in the
UFO community will know of her publication "A Strange Harvest"
which later also became a video with the same title. The opportunity
to hear her speak live to 300 eager listeners on a number of
UFO topics she has been working on was too good to pass up.
She was introduced as an Emmy award winning journalist and to
my surprise covered a number of UFO issues in detail other than
Animal mutilations, such as Roswell, Crop circles, Chupacabra's
Linda started the night with some UFO footage from US television
newsreels from March 13 1997. Unexplained flying V lights created
a minor flap at this time in which the objects were reported
in Northern US States and continued to be reported at the same
time heading to the Southern States. The news videotape of the
flying V lights reminded me of the well known Cash, Landrum case
in 1980. The suspect involvement of the US militaries knowledge
about these type of vehicles was present as the reports frequently
speculated a possible unknown military aircraft.
Animal mutilations were next on the agenda and for those who
know of Linda's work in this area there were no new earth shattering
breakthroughs with the information she presented. She spoke
about the type of surgical cuts, removal of organs and no apparent
blood trail in the mutilations. However, one interesting note
was the fact animal mutilations are not isolated to cattle alone;
pigs, rabbits, deer etc. have been reported to her.
One of the new developments in the subject of UFOs is that
of the Chupacabra's. Linda touched on this subject in which
the audience had little knowledge of. She basically covered
what has been reported in the UFO literature. She also had footage
of an eyewitness who himself actually suffered wounds from an
attack by one of these creatures. The wounds were puncture holes
in the right forearm.
Perhaps the best footage of the night was that of Crop circles
taken from the air. To see such spectacular patterns in the
wheat fields almost made you forget why we where there. One
piece of film actually shows the apparent formation of a Crop
circle at night. It certainly is breathtaking to see the Crop
circle develop from strange lights hovering over the field.
However, Linda did doubt some of the film because of a break
in the frames before the strange lights appear.
Almost the whole world now knows of the Santilli autopsy footage
and this is one area in which I felt would not be covered because
of the controversy surrounding the exposure. Linda mentioned
2 different types of autopsy footage which only the second type
has been commercially shown. She presented some interesting
facts about particular parts of the film, but it is still a touchy
area. One needs to make up his or her own mind.
With all the publicity UFOs have been getting recently, naturally
Roswell was going to be covered. After hearing Linda talk about
her involvement in this case, 1 personally have much more respect
for her work. Maybe because 1 thought of her work only in Animal
Linda came across some alleged debris from the Roswell crash.
Two pieces of debris were sent to her from an unnamed source
who was in the military and claimed that one of his close relatives
was involved in the crash clean up of 1947. Basically, after
subjecting this material to a series of tests, including Mass
Spectroscopy to identify element isotopes, it was discovered
that one side of the debris contained element #83 Bismuth (Bi)
and the other #12 Magnesium (Mg) with small traces of #30 Zinc
(Zn); the Bismuth was the key. Linda had contacted a metallurgist
to evaluate the findings. The metallurgist could not explain
why such elements were together or how they were made. The pieces
of debris were about 2.5cm long, 1.7cm wide and O.5cm in height,
they consisted of layers of the above mentioned elements Bi on
Mg on Bi on Mg etc.
Lockheed Aerospace was then contacted to see if they could
provide any light on the subject. Lockheed was surprised at
the combination of the two elements and did say that Bismuth
has been experimented with in the use of nuclear power and it
is known to have some magnetic field repelling characteristics.
Linda then exposed the debris to a Vandegraph generator (an
instrument used to produce a magnetic field) and the debris did
show signs of magnetic field repulsion (videotape footage was
shown to the audience to demonstrate the test). This certainly
was the most interesting topic with interesting results on Linda's
The night was concluded with an abduction case of Jim Sparks
and then some time to answer questions. Linda covered a wide
range of topics and had other interesting things to say including
thought provoking comments on Bob Lazar. Overall it was an excellent
night. Although I believe Stanton Friedman is a better researcher,
Linda covered her topics in more specific detail probably because
of the nature of the audience; 1500 people at Dallas Brooks Hall
for Stanton in November compared to 300 at the Hotel for Linda.
Naturally Stanton had to be more general. Melbourne has been
deprived of these nights and to be a part of it was truly spectacular.
VUFORS thanks Jason Cowland for providing this report
on Linda Moulton Howes visit to Melbourne in May.
Jason is a VUFORS member who also hosts a radio program dedicated
to the UFO subject.
"Encounters" can be heard on 97.9FM, Thursday nights
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