Reality Checking—Alternate Perceptions Magazine, January 2015
Strange tales of glowing raccoons and giant remains of the Aleutians
by: Brent Raynes
Dr. Kary Mullis was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1993, for his discovery and development of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), which is a means for amplifying specific DNA sequences. It is reported that in the year following his Nobel Prize, that Dr. Mullis revealed that in his twenties he had taken “plenty of LSD,” which he felt actually helped him to develop the PCR/DNA process.
Dr. Mullis also believes that he may have had an alien abduction. Back in 1975, he purchased land and a cabin in a secluded location of Mendocino County, California, near the Navarro River, for the purpose of tree farming. He proved good at growing the trees, but then he found that he didn’t have the heart to cut them down afterwards. Still he enjoyed visiting the cabin on weekends, while living in Berkeley during the rest of the week.
One night in 1985, Dr. Mullis arrived alone one Friday night around midnight. He turned the lights on and placed a bag of groceries on the floor. Then he picked up a flashlight and headed for the outhouse, which was about 50 feet west down hill. As he got near to the outhouse he noticed a glowing white light. He felt no fear, even though he describes seeing what looked like a raccoon [not to be confused with the genetically engineered raccoon Rocket of the motion picture Guardians of the Galaxy] that next spoke to him saying, “Good evening, doctor.” He thinks he replied with something like “Hello,” but then his next memory is he’s walking along a road uphill from his cabin and even though in the summer it gets damp at night in the woods, his clothes are dry and even clean. He returns to the cabin and finds the lights on [he normally turns them off to conserve energy], although they’re a little dim. He has solar panels with batteries placed under the cabin. The grocery bag is still on the floor, and freshly squeezed orange juice, that had been cold before his departure, was now warm.
Dr. Mullis is confused. He walks outside, goes down to the outhouse, but finds no trace of the flashlight or any sign of any raccoon. He decides to return to the cabin and feeling sleepy. He then decides to lie down and take a brief nap. When he awakens he feels his memory is a bit sharper, though his memories still remain uncertain as to what exactly happened during his walk the night before to the outhouse.
He decides to walk up to a pond in the woods that is spring fed. The woods are about 200 yards from the cabin. The pipe going into the pond periodically gets clogged and so he wants to clean it out so that it will keep flowing properly. On his way, he crosses through a meadow, but when he reaches the end of it and is about to enter the woods, panic comes over him and he turns right around and walks back out into the light of the meadow. Then he gazes back towards the woods and realizes that something happened to him there the night before, something that disturbed him. But he still couldn’t remember what it was. A place that had always seemed enjoyable to him now was causing him fear. He waited to come back until about six months later, accompanied by two of his children. For some reason, he felt safer with someone else there. At that point, he went ahead and unclogged the pipe.
About a year or two later, Dr. Mullis one weekend night returned to the cabin by himself. Grabbing an AR-15, with a flashlight attached, he ventured outside. “This is my property and I’m coming in,” he yelled. “Anything moves - I’ll shoot it. If it doesn’t move I may shoot it anyway. I’m pissed off.” He fired off a clip and then reloaded another. Afterwards he felt better and had overcome his fear of being in the woods.
Shortly afterwards he was at a bookstore in La Jolla and came upon a newly released “Communion” by Whitley Strieber. He felt drawn to the alien pictured on the cover of the book. [How many times have we all heard this type of thing before?] He was reading it when the phone rang. It was his daughter Louise in Portland, telling her father that she was reading the same book! She confessed that she too had been drawn to it’s cover, and furthermore, that she and her fiancé had been at the cabin late one night and how she had missing time after she had walked down to the outhouse, with three hours unaccounted for, during which time her fiancé had been frantically searching for her and calling out her name. When her memory continued she was walking on the same road above the cabin that her father was when he came out of his fugue. Then he shared with his daughter the experience he too had had, something he had not previously shared with another living human soul.
Dr. Mullis summed up his thoughts on this matter: “I wouldn’t try to publish a serious paper about these things, because I can’t do any experiments. I can’t make glowing raccoons appear. I can’t buy them from a scientific supply house to study. I can’t cause myself to be lost again for several hours. But I don’t deny what happened. It’s what science calls anecdotal, because it only happened in a way that you can’t reproduce. But it happened.”
The Giants of Shemya?
A couple of months ago, I was looking at a small collection of ancient spearheads and other prehistoric artifacts that my late father, Nathan Raynes, told me that he had collected from the walls of ditches dug for sewer lines on the small Aleutian island of Shemya. The highest point on Shemya is about 40 feet. It’s just a barren, rock strewn landscape. The island itself is only about 2 miles by 4 miles and is made up of black lava rock, thus its nickname, “The Black Pearl of the Aleutians.” My father was there back in 1945, working as a contract worker, at this military outpost. Way in the back of my memory I vaguely recalled an account concerning giant human remains being found on some Aleutian island, and I remembered that I had read about this in David Hatcher Childress’s thick volume Far-Out Adventures: The Best of World Explorer Magazine (1997). So after prowling around for awhile I eventually located the book in question (I have a lot of books) and the island in question was in fact Shemya! I thought to myself how such relics might help to identify who they belonged to.
The source for this story is credited to the late Ivan T. Sanderson, a well-known zoologist who frequently appeared back in the 1960s on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, usually showing off exotic animals from the wild. An engineer who claimed that he had been stationed at Shemya during World War II, wrote to Sanderson claiming that as a group of hills were bulldozed in the construction of an airstrip, they uncovered a burial of very large human remains, which consisted of crania and long leg bones. He reported that the crania were 22 to 24 inches from the base of the skull to the crown – thus they were elongated in size as a normal human skull would be about 8 inches from back to front. It was further alleged that each skull was trepanned (a hole cut in the upper part of the skull). Later another member of the same unit confirmed the story. In addition, both claimed that the Smithsonian Institute had taken custody of the remains. The trail became cold for Sanderson after that. He suspected that there was a cover-up. He complained “is it that these people cannot face rewriting all the textbooks?”
Shemya may not have been the only Aleutian Island where giant skeletal remains were found. Allegedly digs were conducted by different military and government scientists back in the 1930’s and ‘40’s throughout the Aleutian chain.
The Washington Post, back on September 16, 1944, reportedly carried this story, under the headline, “Major Finds Grave of Giant Aleutian.” It read: “The Aleutian Islands extend from Alaska across the Bering straight. One of the skeletons that was found was over 7 feet tall in life. Six skeletons were found on a low ridge overlooking the ocean. There were six total whose heads were to the center with their feet outward like group of warriors would do if expecting an attack. This helps to prevent an animal from carrying one of the warriors off, or from getting the throat slit by an enemy. Whichever, it is obvious that he was a warrior. Ivory ornaments and weapons made from polished slate were found with the skeletons. The other five skeletons were female and of a good height. These were all found during an excavation of a military base (U.P.) found by Major E. E. Chittenden of Kearney, Nebraska.”