|A secretive company called Adamantium Real Estate bought the supposedly haunted “Skinwalker Ranch” from Robert Bigelow in 2016. The company was named for a fictional metal alloy in Marvel comic books that was indestructible, and nobody knew who was hiding behind that impenetrable corporate shell. Well, now we know. His name is Brandon Fugal, and (as might be expected), he is no stranger to weird things and weird claims.||
By Robert Sheaffer
Fugal steps forward in an interview just published in Vice by M. J. Banias, “This Is the Real Estate Magnate Who Bought Skinwalker Ranch, a UFO Hotspot.” Cynics suggest that Fugal revealed himself only because of the forthcoming series “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch” on the “History” Channel on March 31, and wanted to take full advantage of that publicity.
We read in Banias’ article,
Fugal’s journey to Skinwalker Ranch began in 2010. He and several other investors launched a project focused on testing gravitational physics theories involving exotic propulsion and renewable energy. In really simple terms, it was an attempt to create a gravitational reduction device that could produce clean energy. Fugal admits it was a shot in the dark.
“It was a challenging time. Admittedly, we were all governed by this childlike wonder. We were filled with excitement and gut-wrenching frustration at every turn,” Fugal said.
|Joe Firmage with his Anti-Gravity device (from his video)|
Banias asked Fugal, “People have speculated that you are trying to develop a ‘paranormal retreat’ or a tourist destination.” His reply:
Really? That isn’t going to happen. The ranch isn’t some place for ghost hunters to get their jollies. It’s a serious scientific endeavor that requires patience and humility, and I have committed significant resources dedicated to discovering the truth of what is really happening. What a silly idea.
There is zero intention to monetize it in any way, although we do have traditional ranching activities such as raising cattle.
Fugal’s answer doesn’t seem to mesh with the Trademark filing he made for “Skinwalker Ranch,” which lists the purpose of the venture as “Providing recreation facilities; Arranging and conducting special events for social entertainment purposes; Entertainment…” Hmmmm.
As researcher Tom Mellett has noted, Fugal is listed as a director of the Ancient Historical Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to investigating dubious claims about the “hidden history” of ancient civilizations that are described in the Book of Mormon. Another director of that organization is the physicist Dr. Steven Jones, well known as a “9-11 Truther,” who suggests that the WTC buildings were destroyed in a controlled demolition.
A recent lecture sponsored by the Ancient Historical Research Foundation told how “Sixty years ago in Central Utah, John Brewer discoverd a cave of stone boxes, ancient records and giant mummies.”
[UPDATE March 13: Brandon Fugal now says that his association with AHRF ended in 2005, although that website still listed him as a Director until a few days ago. He also says that he does not believe that ‘anomalous archaeology’ stuff.]
|Brandon Fugal was a Director of the Ancient Historical Research Foundation, which researches “Giant Mummies” and stuff like that..|