Introducing SIERRA PARANORMAL: High Strangeness in the Range of Light

Jay O’Connell, Sierra Paranormal author, holding a Bigfoot casting at the Bigfoot Collectors Club podcast recording studio.

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”!).
The only known photo of the Chupacabra of Warner Bros, taken by Harry’s Law production in 2011 in the Jungle backlot set.

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.

6 thoughts on “Introducing SIERRA PARANORMAL: High Strangeness in the Range of Light

  • December 13, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    I am looking forward to this!

  • December 13, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    How about a wolf howl at Grouse Meadow, in LeConte Canyon, late on a evening in the summer of 1976 or 77. It wasn’t a coyote; their howls I enjoy and they don’t raise the hair on the back of my neck. The wolf howls at the beginning of the movie ‘Never Cry Wolf’ raised the same hairs; one of the few times I’ve been a bit unnerved in the backcountry.
    Thanks for the books!

  • December 14, 2019 at 9:41 am

    I was once abducted by aliens, they took me to the space, chips y salsa were served on saucer.

  • December 17, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I can’t wait

  • December 18, 2019 at 8:43 am

    I grew up in 3 Rivers and lived on Mineral King Rd. When I was about 10 or 11, (I’m about 40 now), I saw a UFO at night while outside on our porch that overlooks the valley. Our house was on the side of the mountain. I was alone, my mother & stepfather were inside the house & downstairs in their bedroom in the basement. All I remember is seeing this disc/saucer shaped craft with colored lights in no particular pattern…it was very beautiful and terrifying at the same time. It was very up close and about 30-40ft away from me, hovering at the same height as the deck. I remember feeling completely frozen & paralyzed and I don’t know how long I was stuck standing there like that. The next thing I remember is finally being able to move & I ran inside the house, screaming & calling for my mom for help…while doing this, I frantically tried to close all the sliding doors & windows and was more terrified than I’ve ever been in my life…still to this day. My mom of course didn’t believe me and just got mad at me for freaking out and being hysterical. She forced me to go back outside. It was summer and we often slept outside on the deck, under the stars during the hot months. She wanted alone time with her boyfriend and she felt like I was ruining it by all the commotion. I was crying & begged her to not make me go out there alone after what I had just seen & experienced. But I had no choice and was sent back outside alone. When I did, the craft had left our property and I saw it up above the mountain to my left. This mountain looks kinda like an eagle’s head. I watched it as a beam of light came out underneath it towards the ground and it slowly lowered itself down to the top of the mountain…then the lights went off & I never saw it again. I still to this day can see it all so clearly in my mind like it was yesterday. From that day on, I have always been terrified to go outside in the dark by myself at that house/property…even years later when I lived there for a bit with my daughter. My mom sold that house about a year ago and we both live in Exeter now.


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