​As expected, David Paulides dropped new stories during his appearance last night on Coast to Coast AM.. Stories of hunters. Weird tales of people who know the forest, people who utilize various forms of instrumentation to find directions, people who carry weapons, all vanishing without a trace. In some instances, traces are found. In one specific story, one man was found after being dead for two weeks. But he wasn’t dead the whole time.. the coroner’s report in that instance said he was dead for only four days. The weird anomaly: His feet were literally worn down to the bone—literally the bottoms of his feet were worn away.

These are the types of stories that David Paulides tells George Knapp, the occasional host of the macabre airwaves under the cover of moonlight..

There was a new bombshell dropped last night during the program. Paulides described a bow hunter in the forest with her Blackberry—before the bankruptcy of the company, obviously. She noticed how the forest seemed to stop dead—no noise, no sound. Just silence. It felt strange. She went on to describe what really makes little sense: Just like in the movie PREDATOR, fuzzy saran-wrap-like figures jumping from one tree to the next.. She even snapped a photo of what appeared to be a mostly fuzzy landscape with a hairlike structure near the edge of the picture. The amazing story aside, the bow hunter’s husband is Dr. Bruce Maccabee—a very well known UFO expert..

It’s all so weird, so bizarre.

Paulides went on last night to also remind listeners of some prior cases where people came back from being missing. Those people describe having fuzzy memories, people looking at them from behind shrubs in the woods, or not even recall being last.  Almost like walking into another reality, as George Knapp pointed out during the show.

I have been an avid reader of Paulides books. I also spoke to George Knapp about this very topic a bit ago… It fascinates me and scares me alike. I live near the woods in Pennsylvania. And I also had me own experience that I wrote about in May 2014.

During that time, I had a similar experience where the ‘forest went silent.’  Though my moment of silence was even weirder because, at midnight when it occurred, one lone songbird actually began to sing in the middle of the night.  I saw a meteor or something streak across the sky, and then immediately began hearing what sounded, for lack of any better explanation, a chain-like noise. Almost like something being drug across the forest floor. But I did not hear footsteps. My dog Mutley heard it too and got into an attack formation, coupled with the hair on his spine rising as high as I ever saw it..  The noise continued to get louder and louder until it seemed like it was literally on top of me. I grew very cold and afraid. Despite turning on a spotlight on the side of the house, I saw nothing at all.. The noise dissipated after a few minutes. It felt like I was in the middle of a recording, or endless loop of some other reality.. 

The most troubling aspect of my personal tale is this: I had this foreboding sense about the whole thing. While I wanted to go about 15 more feet and step into the forest, I had some weird notion that whatever it was making this noise WANTED me to walk into the woods.. almost like it was tempting me to enter its territory and terrain, as though there was some weird boundary that it could not cross… 

Equally strange was a conversation I had with a deer hunter a few months ago.  Given my interest I the unusual, I asked him if he ever had a ‘dead forest’ moment when he hunted. He said he did.. but it did not last long. He was deer hunting at a camp with several other hunters. While outside for a cigarette, he said the woods literally went dead and lifeless for about ten or so seconds. And then the noises of the forest came back again.

All so weird.. so strange. So peculiar. 

The complex mystery continues. There seems to be no sound answer to the lost and unfound. 

David Paulides offered no reasonable explanation, as he purposely does not. George Knapp described it all as best he could: Like a harvest.

The harvest idea may be the most frightening of all to contemplate. 


I read MISSING 411 in about one day. That’s not to say David Paulides’ book was a lackluster effort at entertainment, but just the opposite. I could not put it down, with each page offering thought provoking tale after another about missing people, cases of the extraordinary, and unbelievable stories about people who vanished. There were those picking berries—lots of people picking berries as a matter of fact—and other strange lapses of normalcy with people quite literally vanishing and often being found near water, in water, and without clothing. The book went back to the 1800s for some stories.
A series of stories and books came after the success of MISSING 411, where Paulides focused on certain areas of the United States.
The most recent project, however, may be the most unnerving. Paulides fast forwards through time and brings us to the modern day in MISSING 411: A SOBERING CONINCIDENCE. And through that effort, perhaps, some of the most horrid and bone chilling tales are told through a series of stories of people—mostly young men—missing. The same connection, it would seem, is evident: Water. And it’s water some would even say that bind those stories of ancient days to that of the modern era..

Some interpret meaning to what Paulides does not say. Though he has been known for work and research into Bigfoot, he never made any hint or suggestion that his stories of people going missing in forests or parks had anything to do with Bigfoot. He actually made an effort to say that he did not know. Likewise for the newest set of accounts. The non fiction work has nothing at all to do with aliens. At least not in the sense that Paulides is using alien abductions as the cover for the truth behind why people are going missing and how they are seemingly eerily connected in the conclusion.

Paulides appeared with George Knapp Sunday night on COAST TO COAST AM. Knapp has previously hosted Paulides for a series of shows that make your arm hair stand on end. This program was no different, with Paulides giving real records to listeners about a series of mostly young males who go missing, often after drinking at bars, and then get founds weeks later in a relatively fresh state of decay in water. The cases are often ruled suicide. They are also coupled with weird particulars, like phone calls going dead, phones themselves going missing. Two of the weirdest perhaps are the stories of Shane Montgomery, who went missing in 2014 in Philadelphia, and Todd Geib.

Another focal point of Paulides: The strange case of Elisa Lam at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles.. This story is one that I have long paid attention to and written about. It’s plain weird. Not only is the video of Lam acting bizarre on the elevator creepy, but the actual story of her death is even worse. Found in a water tank, almost bloodless, with the death being ruled accidental. Of course logic must be put to the side when you consider not only the tanker being locked and too tight to enter ,but also the fact alarms would be set off if someone tried. After TB scare in LA, Paulides pointed out,a kit was used to test water called LAM ELISA. That’s not a joke. It’s also plain uncanny..

I listened with great interest to the Sunday program.

I have long researched this story and followed a number of groups that are hell-bent on finding answers—answers that have proven elusive to say the least over the year.

One common theory heard from those who try to defy the unexplained with an explanation: Smiley Face Killers. There is a theory that some of the deaths of young men found near water also are accompanied by a symbol or sign etched into trees or other landscapes in the shape of smiley faces. Though law enforcement have never given widespread credence to this theory, there are a number of Facebook groups that do, some of which include members of the police community. Additional to that, there are tales across the NET on places like REDDIT and other forums where people actively spread what they purport as true stories of people in vans attempting to abduct younger men at bars—the focal point of the Paulides group studied in his newest book.

That said, it is notable to point out that Paulides does not harbor answers on his shore, but simply sets the boat of truth to sea. You can decide for yourselves.

 I spoke to George Knapp, the host of COAST TO COAST, and award winning journalist, about the subject matter.. He clearly is as disturbed as his listeners.

Knapp told me that it’s “likely the most compelling mystery of modern times.” I think he’s on to something. At face value, the deaths and disappearances are normal and mundane. Man walks into a bar.. drinks.. leaves intoxicated. Drowns. But it’s not that simple, especially when you consider so many aren’t drunk in any typical sense, and know a sense of direction. But yet somehow, within seconds, are lost not to be found again until in a source of water, floating dead.

Knapp told me this the entire story “might turn out to be a not-so-recent sequence of events.”

“David has now shown that it is not merely a rural phenomenon, that it happens in cities and towns as well.”L

Knapp said, “I suspect that if the records can be found ,it will turn out that this has been going on throughout recorded history.”

There is a very human and emotional connection many have to this entire story. People that go missing are sons, daughters. They are children. They are siblings. They are family. Friends. And they are human beings with emotions and fear, happiness and sadness. And they go missing.

There are quite a few people who would settle into the “it won’t happen to my family” mentality. Then it does. And when it does, I would only imagine the life changing personal apocalypse it would incur.

As Knapp said to me, “Something is harvesting humans. It’s like fishing, and we’re the fish.”


I read MISSING 411 in about one day. That’s not to say David Paulides’ book was a lackluster effort at entertainment, but just the opposite. I could not put it down, with each page offering thought provoking tale after another about missing people, cases of the extraordinary, and unbelievable stories about people who vanished. There were those picking berries—lots of people picking berries as a…

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