This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


I think I wrote about this once in my book, but I wanted to talk about it again, and since it's my blog, I will.

Have you ever heard of David Paulides?  Missing 411?  If you have not, you really need to take the time to read/listen to his stories.  Coast to Coast has had him on since spring 2012 and he is the number one requested guest and he will be on this Monday again.

David Paulides is a retired cop, detective, and apparently was a pretty good one, since he was brought in way back when for the Polly Klaas investigation, for those of you with a good memory.  He is an avid hunter and woodsman, and yes, he's done Bigfoot stuff but put that aside for this conversation.

Back in 2011, he was visiting a national park and one evening a couple of park employees stopped by his cabin for a conversation.  They told him of a situation in parks all over the country, where people go missing, and there are no reasons found, weird - and I mean very weird circumstances.  So he started to investigate.

One thing he found was that the park services didn't want him looking into these situations.  He could not get any info from them, FOIA requests were constantly rejected.  And as he dug into things, he uncovered something that totally blows him, and will blow you away.

He actually produced two books because of what he found would not fit into one.  He leaves out Florida and Texas because they could be their own books.  But remember, he is a former detective.  He does not include people who go missing that 'might' have wanted to disappear, people who were attacked by animals, etc.  He documents cases where kids who were kidnapped and found later, most often dead, so far away from where they went missing that the child could not have possibly gotten there on his own, yet no evidence exists as to how the child died.

Strange things connect them, like missing clothes, bright colors, etc.  Some cases you have hundreds and hundreds of people searching for the missing person and one day they are just lying on the ground, dead, in a place that was searched repeatedly.  Or very bizarre cases where all they find are, well, picture getting ready for bed, you undo your pants, they drop to the ground around your socks, and that is what they find; socks, with a small bone or two, pants and underwear on the ground, maybe a piece of skull a few feet away.

Now, you want to think this is some animal eating the person, a cougar or bear grabbing the person, but those answers don't fit.  Our service is very good and tracking such events, there are signs left, like blood, torn clothing, animal waste with human remains or clothing, but these do not exist for these cases.

And the cases where people just plain disappear in seconds, in plain sight.  Bunch of kids and family out for picnic, dad sees junior hide behind a bush, but never comes out.  No tracks, no signs, seconds later kid is gone, people rush searching and nothing, nada, never seen again.

And there are clusters in this country where such events occur.  Yosemite is the largest, but all around the country these areas exist.  And what you need to do is just listen to these stories, these interviews, and don't form an off the cuff opinion, just soak it in and the longer you do this the weirder and stranger it becomes and for every answer you might come up with, you can say no.

It's not druggies, it's not cougars, it's not bigfoot, it's not aliens, it's not, well, you name it, you can find a case that would discount it.  This is what I am talking about when I talk about a big box and thinking.  This will blow your mind.  And there is another point, no failures.  No attempted abductions that fail, that is not human.  Even Bundy or Gacy failed occasionally, which is how they were caught.  A teen girl walking a little ahead of the group, they see her stop, look off the trail, step off the trail just 100 yards from her friends, and when they get to that point, she is gone.  Nothing, no evidence, nothing, just walked off into the Twilight Zone with one step.

One story at RMNP here is Colorado is recent and strange, two guys, both search and rescue trained, 20 somethings physically fit dudes go camping.  When they stop and are setting up camp, the dog goes barking and charging into the woods, one of the guys goes in after him and is never seen again.  His buddy, calls a few times, goes looking, back to camp, waits an hour, sets off alarms and they are all over the place within hours.  Eventually, the dog shows up, the man, never found, no evidence, no sounds, no yells, no parts, no scat, nothing.

What bends your mind, is eventually you can only come up with explanations for this that totally blow a materialistic naturalistic worldview.  I think the biggest mistake you can make listening is making the assumption that all these cases have a single solution, that may be an erroneous assumption.  What causes people missing in swamps in MA may not be what happens in the Smokey Mountains which may not be the same as RMNP or Yosemite.  Then, maybe it is.  But there does seem to be two different stories here, one where remains are eventually found and others where they just are gone.  As one ranger said, "he didn't go up the mountain, he didn't come down the mountain, but he isn't on the mountain".

Or a group horseback riding up around a lake, they stop for lunch.  Young woman and old guy take a walk, he stops to rest, she walks down the trail to the lake.  Now pictures this, old guy is sitting on a rock, the rest of the group and see them both, she walks down the trail to the lake, there is a little patch of woods before the lake, she walks into the woods but never out the other side, which they can all see, they are on this in minutes, on horseback and only thing ever found was the lens cap to her camera.  There was no way, under cover to get around the lake, down the mountain, up the mountain, without being seen and over a dozen people on horseback who were all well versed in camping and hunting are looking for her and she just was swallowed up by the woods.

What is really great, is the author doesn't speculate.  He just gathers the facts and lays them out, he doesn't speculate it's UFO's or Bigfoot or whatever.  He does eliminate certain theories, he does show how it's not pot growers, meth lab people, cougars or bears, etc.

Common denominators?  Bright clothing, water, getting ahead of a group or lagging behind a group. Oh, and those areas known as Devil something.  Many of these areas have stories going back hundreds of years, and there may be a reason why they have that name.  Oh, another thing, search dogs.  They will bring search dogs in and dogs may start the search and then suddenly stop and not go further, lay down, go around in a circle and weep. Behavior abnormal to a search dog.

Point is, this is an amazing story.  You can pull C2C interviews back to March of 2012, there are four books now by the author on this, don't buy on amazon, those are resells, but you can go to canammissing.com to get them.

I am totally fascinated by this story.  I also will not go hiking around here without my 357, which is no guarantee, because people armed have gone missing.  I'm also looking at the map of clusters trying to figure if I ever make that cross country bicycle trip to take my folks ashes back to WV, how I can ride thru as many clusters as I can.  Gotta love a fool.

I've thrown some links in for additional reading and listening.  I wish I knew how to embed the mp3's into this blog with the original interviews from 2012 and 2013 at C2C so you could listen to them in order, but you will have to do your own investigation.  I promise you that you will not be disappointed by taking the time to listen to these interviews or to reading the books.

okay, great, none of the links work.  trying again - okay, now they work.