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1) Another original artwork by resident Astonishing Legends illustrator Chad Lewis, ©2016 Chad Lewis.  Check out Chad’s website where he demonstrates his process for completing this piece, as well as the art for Part 1: http://www.chadlewisart.com/.  This sketch is of a Skinwalker who has fully transmogrified, but as according to some Native American legends, still retains a blend of human and animal features, or “Manimal,” if you like.  2) Aerial view of the Sherman ranch house and the small pond to the east.  From the altereddimensions.net website.  3)  Possible research trailers on the ranch.  From the altereddimensions.net website.  4) Aerial photo showing the line of sight from the off-property viewing area to the ranch.  From the altereddimensions.net website.  5) Aerial photo showing the 1.18-mile distance from the southern vantage point to the ranch house.  From the altereddimensions.net website.  6) Dirt road driveway approaching the ranch house.  From the altereddimensions.net website.  7) One of the locked-gate entrances to the ranch.  No trespassing!  8) Tombstone of Kenneth and Edith Myers, the owners of the ranch property prior to the Sherman family.  9) Is this a photo of a possible Shadow Entity or Sasquatch on the ranch?  You be the judge!  From the altereddimensions.net website.  10) Topographical map view of the “Dark Canyon” from the altereddimensions.net website.  Here is the webpage’s description: Researcher J.R. [Joseph “Junior”] Hicks, often referred to “Dark Canyon”, [as] the lair of the skinwalker entity. Located on tribal properties, access has never been granted to researchers – including Hicks who was never allowed to visit the cave.  Modern day researchers believe they have discovered the location of the mysterious cave. It is located at N 40.568897 W 110 22.088 and is circled on the map below.  11) Map of the Shermans’ cattle ranch property, nicknamed “Skinwalker Ranch,” showing the location of buildings and landmarks.  12) The following two sketches were used in Ryan Skinner’s book, Skinwalker Ranch – NO TRESPASSING.  In the first, Skinner points out that the Native American tribal member who has chosen the malevolent path of becoming a Skinwalker wears the pelt of the animal he wishes to assimilate.  He does this in order to not only help take on the physical and spiritual attributes of the animal but also to help conceal his identity from other tribal members who would then cast him out or seek his destruction if identified.  Once called out by a tribal member, a Skinwalker loses his invincibility.  Notice the partial transformation in the lengthening of the feet and the fingernails into claws.  Aside from a few canine morphings, he remains more human than animal.  13) In this sketch, which Skinner claims to be Navajo in origin, it appears the transformation is more complete and that the pelt has sparked more of an integration into this new wolf-like creature.  However, it also seems to suggest that this new “cryptid” is somewhat deformed, straddling the physical natures of the two mammals.  This abnormal transmogrification also supports the claims by witnesses that these creatures move strangely, albeit often with unimaginable speed, but with an awkward gait unnatural to both man and animal.  14) Photo of former cattle ranch owner and subsequent ranch caretaker, Terry Sherman, sometimes identified with the pseudonym “Tom Gorman” in previous efforts to conceal the family’s identity.  15) Chad Lewis’ sketch from Part 1 and his concept of what Gwen Sherman saw out her car window.  She claimed the shoulder of the wolf creature was level with her car’s roof.  ©2016 Chad Lewis – http://www.chadlewisart.com/.  16) Patch for Robert T. Bigelow’s Bigelow Aerospace research & development enterprise.  

 

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Background:

If there are truly supernatural forces at work on the “Skinwalker Ranch,” they do not seem to have your best interests at heart.  At the least, they seem to be indifferent to human concerns and endeavors, content to go on about their mysterious business and not above the occasional, seemingly magical prank, no matter the consternation or cost.  At the worst, some entities may just want your animals or they may want the spark that gives you life.  What the purpose is for their deeds and interactions we may never know nor ever fully understand, for it’s clear that their reasons are their own.

 

Tonight’s Quote:

“In the end, I suspect that this intense concentration of ‘paranormal’ activity could point us all toward a new understanding of physical reality, something that is already being debated at the highest levels of modern science.” 

— Colm A. Kelleher, co-author along with George Knapp of  The Hunt for the Skinwalker

 

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Credits:

Episode 046 – “Skinwalker Ranch (Part 2)” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; All Original Artwork by Chad Lewis, All Rights Reserved, Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or “A.R.C.” for short.  Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2016. All Rights Reserved.