Saturday, March 25, 2017

X-Zone Broadcast Network - Lorna Hunter

This week I talked with Lorna Hunter of The International Paranormal Society about UFOs in Minnesota, especially the sighting known as the Tin Can Man, and Val Johnson’s encounter that left his patrol car damaged and, of course, we did get into the Paranormal briefly. You can listen to it here:

To learn more about her work in the Paranormal, you can find it here:

We talked about the UFO landing in Minnesota on October 23, 1965, in which the witness said that he had seen a “Buck Rogers” type spaceship, or maybe I should say, something more like a V-2, that had landed on its fins on a Minnesota highway. Under it were several little moving objects that were no bigger than Coke cans. They disappeared into the ship and it took off. The Air Force investigated but decided the sighting was the result of psychological problems. If you go to search the Project Blue Book databases, you’ll need to use Lone Prairie, Minnesota rather than the actual Long Prairie. You can see more about the Tin Can Man here:

Next week’s guest: Larry Lawson

Topic: Yes, we move again into the world of the Paranormal.


Matt Wiser said...

I do remember the Val Johnson encounter: it was first profiled IIRC on the ABC show That's Incredible! with John Davidson, Cathy Lee Crosby, and Fran Tarkenton. It has made several other shows since, including UFO Files (Ted Philips had a detailed look at the car, which is preserved in the local museum) and Mysteries at the Museum. Still unexplained to this day, and the local lawmen have never wavered from that conclusion.

Anonymous said...

I had not heard of the Val Johnson encounter and did a quick lookup. It was very intriguing until I saw photos of the damaged squad car that supposedly is on display in some museum. However, I soon as I saw pictures of the 'bent' antenna my excitement dropped like a rock. Due to the construction of the antenna being mounted to the top of the car with a spring coupling, the antenna would not have been bent in the manner shown in the photo that I saw. Just common sense would tell you that this is not possible as the bend angle is too sharp. Due to the spring action of the coupling any bending of the antenna would be minimal. I see this case as bogus just based on this.

Here is the link to the picture that I viewed.

Matt Wiser said...

Engineers at Ford examined the squad car: they could not figure out what had caused the damage, nor could they replicate it in their lab. It has never been proven to be a hoax. Besides, Val Johnson was a Deputy Sheriff, and if he had been caught in a hoax, his reputation as lawman who could be trusted to testify in a criminal case goes down the tubes.

Lorna Hunter said...

Jim, the whole point is that no "known" force could have bent those antennae in that manner. Ted Phillips was adamant that there were still bugs on the antenna, which would surely have fallen off if someone had bent them with their hands, or a pair of pliers (there were no tool marks on them either.) I don't think anyone ever said it was a solid object that hit the car, but perhaps some form of energy, or plasma, that caused the damage.

How would the Deputy have hoaxed the burns to his eyes?

Matt Wiser said...

Lorna is quite correct. The burns to his eyes is something that no debunker can explain.

Tool marks would have been evident on the antennae, and the whole event was treated by the Sheriff's Department as if it was a criminal event, which meant the CSIs had a look at the car before anyone else.