Coming in 2020, an occasional series from local author Jay O’Connell will take a Sierra-centric look at all things paranormal. From alien encounters to Bigfoot sightings, from ghosts stories to tales of unexplained phenomenon, all taking place in and around what John Muir famously referred to as the Range of Light, our very own majestic and mysterious Sierra Nevada. Introducing SIERRA PARANORMAL
What possible qualifications does O’Connell have when it comes to investigating the paranormal? Well, what makes anyone qualified to pass judgement on that which is unexplained? Or unexplainable, to be more precise. Introducing SIERRA PARANORMAL
Perhaps curiosity is all that is needed to qualify, and that is a commodity we are sure is in ample supply. Curiosity is one thing, but what makes this guy think he’s an expert? Shouldn’t we get our paranormal information from an expert? Introducing SIERRA PARANORMAL
Okay, maybe he’s no expert. But he was once a guest on Bigfoot Collector’s Club, the podcast hosted by Bryce Johnson (of Travel Channel’s Expedition Bigfoot) and Michael McMillian (of all those Vroom commercials.) Introducing SIERRA PARANORMAL
Indeed, this series even
borrows steals part of its title from the feature “Stories of High Strangeness” on each and every BCC episode. And as does every guest on BCC, O’Connell recounted his very own personal paranormal history, which involved a rare sighting of the Chupacabra of Warner Bros. It should be noted he wasn’t the only person to see the mythical beast on the famed movie lot, but was probably the only one who publicly admitted it Introducing SIERRA PARANORMAL
And if that isn’t paranormal bona fides enough for you, there was the recent accusation on Paranormal Central, a Fresno YouTube show hosted by Jeffrey Gonzales about all things paranormal. Gonzales, seeking to interview a woman who coincidentally had been a source for Meth, Murder, and Bigfoot, theorized that O’Connell (although he couldn’t identify him by name) was a government agent, FBI perhaps, posing as a Hollywood television producer who was actually trying to silence certain people with knowledge of, well, Bigfoot and other strange things in Ghost Canyon. If that doesn’t make a person paranormally qualified, we don’t know what does. Introducing SIERRA PARANORMAL
While it may seem like O’Connell approaches this subject with tongue planted firmly in cheek, it can also be assumed that any lightheartedness in his presentation of these stories of the supernatural is merely a defense mechanism. A nervous chuckle to stave off the scary, as it were.
But there is no stopping those hairs on the back of one’s neck from rising up when the unexplainable happens. Like when you see unidentifiable lights in the nighttime sky. Or you hear mysterious wood knocks and howls while alone in the forest. Or even when you come face to face with the Chupacabra of Warner Bros (and Jay doesn’t care what anybody says, it was way too big to be a “hairless raccoon”!).
And in the spirit of crackpots everywhere, we at 3 Rivers News and our intrepid paranormal investigator-slash-expert are seeking out anyone’s personal paranormal history, especially if it is somehow connected to the majestic and mysterious Sierra Nevada. Let us know, anonymously if you prefer (who would blame you?), about any strange, unexplained things you’ve experienced in the local mountains or foothills. Or just let us know your thoughts about phenomenon you’ve heard or read about.
Also we need to always know if any FBI agents posing as TV producers are running amok in our community.