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Casteel On Bigelow

From: Stig Agermose <Stig_Agermose@online.pol.dk>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 1998 03:46:55 +0200
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Subject: Casteel On Bigelow

Excerpt from the August issue of Fate Magazine. URL:




Excerpted from
Where the Steers and the Aliens Play
by Sean Casteel
Copyright =A9 1998 FATE Magazine          
August 1998

The story of multimillionaire Robert Bigelow is surrounded by
the kind of mystery, intrigue, and conspiracy charges that
typically fuel the UFO community's rumor mill. Some observers
call him a generous benefactor who has nothing to hide. Others
label him a manipulative puppetmaster who uses his money as a
weapon and hordes the paranormal research data he once promised
to make public.

Very little is known about Bigelow. Even the source of his
fortune remains a mystery. Some say he is of the Bigelow Tea
family, while others claim he made his money in Las Vegas real
estate. Another rumor has it that the death of his son several
years ago brought about his passionate interest in the
paranormal, the mystery of survival after death, and UFO

There are also foreboding rumors that when crossed, Bigelow
responds through emissaries who threaten violence -- or worse.
Accusations of bribery are commonly tossed around. Even more
common are the whispers that Bigelow's public posture of secrecy
points to covert connections to the CIA or other government
agencies. Bigelow's determined silence in the press only further
fuels the speculation.

But once in a while even Bigelow makes a move that unavoidably
brings him into the public eye. Bigelow's purchase of a ranch in
isolated eastern Utah perfectly illustrates how he operates:
moving in with large sums of money and quickly covering his
trail to keep it hidden from prying eyes.

The tale begins with Terry and Gwen Sherman, the ranchers who in
1995 purchased a large tract of Utah land -- and got much more
than they bargained for.

Home on the Range

The family found their new ranch unusual from day one, according
to UFO researcher Christopher O'Brien, who was one of the first
to arrive on the Sherman case. "The house had sat empty for
seven years. Any house that sits empty for even a month or two
in this area is completely cannibalized to the ground. This
place -- no one would touch it," says O'Brien.

The house looked like it had been vacated hastily the day
before, and all the doors in the house had deadbolt locks. A
central corridor could be locked on both ends, and a closet in
that hallway could be locked from the inside. "It was very
spooky -- like a Stephen King novel or something," says O'Brien.

The strangeness didn't end there. In July 1996, the Shermans
made news by going public with claims of seeing several types of
UFOs on their land. According to Zack Van Eyck, a reporter for
Salt Lake City's The Deseret News, the Shermans reported having
three cows mutilated and several others missing, and finding
strange impressions in the soil and circles of flattened grass.
They saw lights emerge from "doorways" that seemed to appear in
the air. One night, as Gwen Sherman was driving home, she was
chased by strange red lights. On another occasion, Terry Sherman
and his son waved to a black craft, reportedly the size of a
football field, and then felt they had received some kind of
response from it. Terry, viewing the craft through a scope from
about 400 yards away, supposedly saw a tall, dark figure get

Enter Robert Bigelow, who flew to Utah soon after the reports
and offered to buy the ranch for about $200,000. The Shermans
accepted the offer and bought a smaller ranch about 15 miles
away, where they hoped to escape the upsetting events that
plagued them for more than a year.

Zack Van Eyck tells FATE about the Shermans' dire need to unload
the ranch. "Bigelow's been a savior to them because he got them
off the ranch," he says. "I really am impressed with the
Shermans. They had chances to sell the ranch; Terry told me that
a guy from Colorado wanted to buy it. Terry just didn't feel
comfortable, because he was afraid that this guy and his family
would go in and have the same experiences. So Terry, not wanting
to put any other family in that position, really had no choice
but to sell to someone like Bigelow."

An article in Spirit magazine by David Perkins described the
Shermans' experience on their last day at the ranch. The night
before, they had locked all the doors and gone to bed. "The next
morning they awoke to find their bedding covered in blood,"
Perkins wrote. "They [each] had a one-eighth-inch deep 'scoop
mark' in the same place on their right thumbs. The ranch from
hell had managed to nick them one last time."

Once he acquired the ranch, Bigelow reportedly hired a pair of
scientists and a veterinarian to take up residence there. They
would conduct research under the umbrella of the National
Institute of Discovery Science (NIDS), a private research
organization formed by Bigelow in October 1996.

Beyond these facts, little else is known. Bigelow maintains a
strict silence with the media, and his hand-picked assistant and
spokesman John Alexander has granted the press no details into
the nature of the research. Terry Sherman, now employed by
Bigelow to maintain the ranch, told The Deseret News he could no
longer comment on his experiences because of a non-disclosure
agreement he had to sign.

So here lies the core of the Sherman ranch mystery: What is
Bigelow hiding behind his tidy legal agreement that he doesn't
want to make known to the UFO community and the public? Is that
secrecy imposed, as some have suggested, because of covert
connections to the military or government? Or are Bigelow's
motives much more personal?

Find out more in the August 1998 issue of FATE.         

Sean Casteel has reported on UFOs and alien abductions for
nearly ten years. His interview with Heaven's Gate member Rio
DiAngelo appeared in the July issue of FATE.          

Copyright =A9 1998 FATE Magazine
P.O. Box 64383, St. Paul,
MN 55164-0383