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Wednesday, December 14, 2022


An interesting video showed up on YouTube in 2011. The conglomeration of leaked videos allegedly shows an alien being interrogated by some government agency, possibly the KGB.

There have been a large number of debunkers, but discussions are still open today on the authenticity of these videos.

An “alien” that looks very much like a typical “Grey” type entity is shown being interviewed and examined, supposedly as part of some sort of diplomatic exchange. The creature is described as being from the Zeta Reticuli star system, sent as part of an envoy to discuss “matters of mutual concern.” According to the videos, the aliens would be escorted by special officers and only meet with high-ranking officials. Although several aliens are claimed to have been present, the one most prominently featured is one with the nickname “Skinny Bob,” who would become a viral sensation with his appearance and spark much debate within the UFO community.

The alien itself appears as a very thin, slouched-over figure with an oversized bald head, slit-like mouth, large eyes, that seem expressive and blink, and supposedly claw-like hands, although we never get a good look at its hands in the videos.

There was apparently a whole series of interviews conducted with the creature from the years between 1942 and 1969, although only a few clips have managed to get leaked out. The most well-known clip simply shows Skinny Bob sitting at a table, apparently in a telepathic interview, after which we see footage of the alien from head to toe, showing its disproportionately long arms and freakish build. After that, there is a shot of it allegedly within a pool of some sort of liquid, where it would supposedly sleep.

According to the videos, the aliens were often filmed without their knowledge or agreement, with one “document 072/E” supposedly describing an incident in 1961 in which three of the beings realized that they were being secretly filmed by a hidden device, which was considered a violation of their agreement. There was supposedly a treaty that stipulated that photographs and filming of the entities would not be allowed unless specific permission was given. While these two clips are the most well-known and widely available, there were allegedly other clips that have since been taken down, such as that of the alien spacecraft and another of an autopsy being performed on a dead specimen at the base.

As soon as these clips were released there was immediate debate as to their authenticity. Arguments over the video have gone both ways, with some convinced, it is real, while others point out that it is obviously a hoax, and much analysis is being done on the footage. Was this CGI, animatronics, or the real deal? One special effects guy by the name of Ben Philips offered up his own thoughts on the footage by saying the following words:

"If Skinny Bob was faked he’s either an animatronic puppet or CGI or a blend of both. If it’s digital then it’s outstanding and the creator was a professional. If it’s digital then it wasn’t keyframed animation but motion capture. If it was motion capture then it would need a studio setup. A studio setup means money and more people. If it was a puppet then it’s not only a stunning design but the puppeteer was top of the pile; the way he shifts his stance and looks down when he’s having his height measured is beautifully done and one of the reasons why it is a computer-generated character, it was done using motion capture and not keyframe animated. I’m not saying it isn’t faked. I am proposing that if it was, then it was done by a multidisciplinary team of effects professionals. They spent a lot of time and money building physical models for extremely short clips that weren’t even the main subject matter of the video, Skinny Bob. If faked none of those involved have broken silence since May 2011 to lay claim for their work."

Other VFX experts also examined the footage but are not so sure. It has been pointed out that the frame rate seems off, and there have been arguments over whether it was 16mm footage or not and simply that the aliens look fake, with a fake-sounding camera-clicking sound overlaid over it all. However, even for skeptics, the mystery remains. It seems like it would have cost quite a lot to make these videos, yet no one has really tried to make any money off of them. It had also been suggested that it was some sort of viral marketing for a science fiction film, but if that is the case, then for what film? These clips were released back in 2011, yet there has been no movie that they have been connected to and no one has admitted to making them. Also, no one knows who the mysterious “ivan 0135” (YouTube channel) is. They have never given up their identity and have sort of dropped off the radar.

One Reddit user “JamesyEsquire” has given a pretty good summation of these points as follows.

"In terms of this being 'real' there are numerous red flags, the camera clicking sound seems to have been added on over the top of the footage, overall it just 'feels' too good to be true. Now, the problem is this. Many CGI experts and those in the movie industry have studied the footage and most agree that if fake, it is the work of a studio with a big budget. I would estimate, especially in 2011, for a studio to produce something of this quality, you are looking at a budget approaching $250,000. To my knowledge the video has not been monetized, nobody is making money off of this, and no studio has ever come forward to claim it. If this was a viral video for an upcoming movie, we would know about it by now, the footage was released in 2011. Again, I don't want this to descend into a real or not argument, the mystery to me is why? Who made this? Who had the money to make this for seemingly no benefit? I would love to hear the thoughts of people who work in the movie industry and special effects, what kind of budget or setup are we looking at to make this footage in 2011? Are there examples of 'homemade' CGI from 10 years ago that looks as good as this? Is it even CGI? Is it animatronic? Again, if so, who made it?"

The videos have been largely judged to have been a hoax, but we are still left with some mysteries. Who made them and why? Why is it that they went through so much effort to pull this off? Who is the mysterious poster of these clips and where did he go? To this day no one has claimed responsibility for the videos, which has only further caused the believers to insist they are real. Hoax or not, the Skinny Bob videos always raise many questions about how difficult it will be to ever get any photographic evidence accepted as real and especially when it is posted publicly on the internet.

What are your thoughts on the 'Skinny Bob' recording? Lon

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In this episode of 'V' host, Vincent Richardson welcomes humanoid & UFO researcher/author Albert S. Rosales to the show. We hope to see you in the chat. Please like, subscribe, and comment.

Albert S. Rosales was born in Cuba where he experienced several strange events, some UFO-related. He migrated to Spain in 1966 and lived there for a year. He then migrated to the United States soon after. 

Albert joined the US Navy in 1976 after traveling to Europe. There he began collecting reports on UFOs/etc. In 1980 he went to work for his father until he became ill and passed away. Albert joined the Miami-Dade Police Department as a 911 dispatcher in 1984 and worked there for 35 years. While there, he heard it all, including UFO and humanoid reports!

In the early 1990’s he began to concentrate on summarizing only humanoid/entity encounters of all kinds. To date, he has summarized and collected over 24,000 reports, and the database is updated and corrected daily. 

Albert has written 16 books on entity and humanoid encounters chronologies, including a book about UFOs and humanoids over Florida. These can be obtained on both softcover and Kindle versions on Amazon.

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In this episode of Phantoms & Monsters Radio, we welcome paranormal researcher, investigator, and author Steve Stockton. Please like, subscribe, and comment.

Steve Stockton is a veteran outdoorsman and paranormal researcher, who puts together collections of terrifying, odd and strange encounters. He also references his own personal encounters with the unexplained. Steve studied English language at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and lives in Portland, Oregon. His books include 'Strange Things In The Woods: A Collection of Terrifying Tales' & 'My Strange World'. His most recent series is titled 'National Park Mysteries & Disappearances.'

From his early years, Steve has had what can be called strange and, often times, frightening experiences with the paranormal and unexplained. These encounters led him to search for the answers, only to discover the truth isn’t easy to find. His book 'My Strange World' is a collection of Steve’s encounters from his personal life, as well as his life as a renowned paranormal researcher. If you like scary stories and to take a trip down the road of the unexplained and bizarre, then buckle up and get ready to dive into the strange world of Steve Stockton.

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A Paranormal Life welcomes Tobias Wayland, who is a paranormal investigator/author at The Singular Fortean Society & Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research. Bernadette McDaniel (Host)

Tobias Wayland is a passionate fortean who has been actively investigating the unusual for over a decade; the first several years of his investigative career were spent as a MUFON field investigator, and following that he investigated independently prior to becoming the head writer and editor for the Singular Fortean Society. Tobias is a frequent guest on various podcasts and radio shows, has contributed to several books and periodicals on the paranormal, and is often invited to speak at paranormal conferences and events. 

He was featured in the series premiere of Expedition X, and the Small Town Monsters documentaries Terror in the Skies and On the Trail of the Lake Michigan Mothman for his work investigating Mothman sightings around Lake Michigan. He and his wife Emily have been involved with the Lake Michigan Mothman investigation since its advent in the spring of 2017, and published a book chronicling the experience, The Lake Michigan Mothman: High Strangeness in the Midwest. His second book about unusual phenomena, Strange Tales of the Impossible, continues their work in investigating a variety of seemingly impossible events.

His years as an investigator have served him best by illustrating that when it comes to the anomalous, the preternatural, and the paranormal, any answers he's found are still hopelessly outnumbered by questions.

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