Terry Sherman calmly told me their story.
In the summer of 1994, Terry (a rancher and cattle
breeder.) and his wife Gwen (employed for 20 years at
the local bank,) had found their dream ranch. The 480
acre spread was a remote little paradise. It would be a
fine place, they thought, to raise their teen-age son
and 9-year-old daughter. They were puzzled why such a
prime piece had been sitting vacant for seven years. The
land bordered the Uintah and Ouray Ute Indian
Reservation and was protected by a long red rock ridge.
The first signs that something was "different' about the
place were the large, circular impressions which the
Shermans kept finding in their pastures. One
configuration formed a 30 foot triangle. Other circles
were found measuring roughly three feet wide and one to
two feet deep. The soil inside the holes was firmly
impacted. About this time, Terry began having trouble
with his prize breeding herd of cattle. Cows were dying
under unexplained circumstances.
In April of 1995. the weirdness dramatically escalated.
While checking his cattle one evening, Terry saw a
silent glowing object pass over a 50 foot tall stand of
poplar trees that fringed one of their fields. A few
days later, Gwen saw another unexplained flying object:
It looked like head lights but they were a little ways
away from the craft, it just lit the whole side of the
mountain up like it was broad daylight.' Terry started
examining his odd cattle deaths more closely. The first
cow found dead (shortly after a UFO sighting) showed
only a hole in the center of its left eyeball. Predators
had not touched the carcass and Sherman noted a chemical
smell in the vicinity. A short time later, a second cow
was found dead with the same hole in the left eyeball.
With both these animals, Terry had taken a wire and
inserted it into the hole to gauge its depth. In both
cases ''the wire slipped in easily to the center of the
Also during this time, some of the Shermans cows started
disappearing. As Terry said: "We contacted everyone
around. We looked everywhere. they just "vanished."
In one instance. Terry followed the tracks of a cow in
fresh snow. The tracks 'just stopped' under some trees
at the edge of a field. The area around the animal's
last steps was surrounded by a circle of fresh twigs and
branches which Terry could see had come from the trees
During the next few months, the Shermans observed a
variety of "craft" and the mutilation activity
continued. The most spectacular aerial phenomenon they
observed was described by Terry: "We would see these 100
foot circular openings appear in the air, It was like
four orange colored doorways wood sort of spiral open.
Looking through a high powered scope, the Shermans
watched as smaller craft would emerge from the hovering
portals. fly around the property and then reenter the
doorways. The Shermans described the "stealthy smaller
craft" as being about 60 by 40 feet and "squarish with
short wings." The smaller craft looked like "they were
flying a grid." They also appeared to emit "spikes of
light which hit the ground." The Shermans thought this
to be some sort of navigational system.
In a rare occurrence. the Shermans son found a mutilated
cow within five minutes of its death. The young man had
seen the "gentle" Angus eating peacefully and returned
moments later to find it dead. The cow's rectum had been
''cored out'' with a 6 inch wide hole that was 8 inches
During that summer, Terry, his son and his nephew had
heard unintelligible voices while standing in a nearby
pasture. The sound, which they first assumed to be the
echoes of a CB radio, seemed to emanate out of the air
directly above them. A they listened more closely, they
could distinctly hear two voices speaking in an unknown
language. which Terry described as "choppy' anti halting
like a cross between Russian and Native American." One
voice had a deep resonant tone and the other was higher
pitched. Terry yelled into the air: "We can hear you!"
The voices stopped momentarily and the deeper voice
broke into a low rumbling laugh. The "conversation" then
went on as before.
By' the fall, events seemed to be moving toward a
climax. Seeing "the lights" in a field one night. Gwen
grabbed her binoculars. Focusing in, she was shocked to
see a "square lighted structure." sitting on the ground.
Before the light blinked out. Gwen caught a glimpse of
"a large, heavy set individual" seated in the object. A
short time later, the craft appeared again. This time
both she and Terry' watched through a 60 power spotting
scope. They could see a figure standing next to the
object - Terry described the "person" as being "over
seven feet tall and decked out in a totally black
uniform and very huge." The Shermans noted that the
being appeared to have "a visor or something shiny on
its face" because of the way the light glinted from its
BLUE BALLS ATTACK: DOGS TURNED TO BUTTER
Another eerie phenomena soon began to plague the
Shermans. The family started noticing "glowing blue
balls' moving around the property. The balls gave off a
"crackling sound," seemed intelligently controlled and
could either hover or move "unbelievably fast." One
evening, the Shermans watched as a blue ball approached
one of their horses. The light hovered within a foot of
the horse's face, spooking it mightily. From a distance
of ten feet, Gwen shined a flashlight on the blue globe
and it retreated. It then approached Terry as if
"inspecting" him. Terry described it as "a glass ball
about the size of a baseball," which appeared to contain
"two blue fluids which intermingled with each other. As
Terry told me with a slight tremble in his voice: "That
was the scaredest I've ever been in my life."
Later that evening. the dreaded blue ball returned, this
time it hovered in the face of a cow. Again the globe
retreated and the Sherman's three dogs, after some
coaxing, took off chasing it in snarling hot pursuit.
Gwen and Terry watched as the dogs followed the glowing
globe into a wooded area. They lost sight of the ball
and then heard a piercing yelp'. The three dogs did not
return. Deciding that discretion was the better part of
valor, the Shermans decided to wait until morning to
The next day. Gwen and Terry found three burned circles
in the woods. In the center of each circle, they
discovered a greasy blob of what looked to be
"shortening or butter." The trees above the burned rings
also had a "Scorched" appearance. According to Terry,
the grass eventually grew back, but the tree limbs died.
The butterized dogs were the final straw for Gwen and
Terry. "We just couldn't go on without our dogs." Terry
said. Feeling that they could no longer guarantee the
safety of their children, they decided to call it quits.
They would of put the place up for sale and leave the
As Terry later said, "There were some really odd things
about the place we noticed when we moved in. We should
have known, something was wrong."
The ranch's previous owners, who had no children, had
lived there since the 193O's. Mr. Meyer had died 15
years previously and Mrs. Meyer lived there by herself
for 7 more years before she died. When the Shermans
moved in, they had noticed heavy dog chains bolted by
each of the four exterior doors. The Shermans assumed
the couple had a dog which they moved from chain to
chain to keep it out of the sun. Terry inquired about
the dog from a previous ranch hand. No, he was told, the
Meyers had "Four huge ferocious dogs" which they kept
chained by each of the doors.
In a scenario straight out of a Stephen King novel, the
Shermans noticed another peculiar feature of the old
place. The inside of every door in the house was
outfitted with a heavy dead bolt. At the center of the
house was a hallway area with its access doors bolted.
In the hallway was a closet with a dead bolt, on the
inside of the closet door.
After their decision to sell out. Terry had fallen into
a conversation with a group of Ute Indians who worked at
the local water department. The Indians told Terry that
they had formed a pool to take bets on how long the
Shermans would last on the ranch. The longest guess was
a year and a half. The Shermans lasted two years.
A local Indian shaman friend of Terry's told him that
there were tribal songs about the "spirits and spooks"
of the ranch area "going back ten generations." The
shaman said the area was considered "unholy ground" and
was "on the path of the skinwalkers."
Among the stream of curiosity-seekers to the ranch in
the Sherman's final days was a man who identified
himself as a "Naval Intelligence Officer" from North
The "polite" Navy man sympathized with their situation
and had a great interest in reviewing their photos and
Another man, who wasn't' so polite, lurked around the
property in a white four-wheel-drive vehicle. Terry
noticed that it had different plates every time he saw
it. After an angry confrontation, Terry took the man's
photo. Doing a little detective work of his own, he
determined that the man was an agent with the Air Force
Office of Special Investigations out of Hill AFB.
The Shermans spent their last day on ranch rounding up
cattle. By late evening they were "bone-tired," They
locked all the doors and saw their children to bed. Gwen
and Terry took hot showers and then fell into a deep
sleep. The next morning they awoke to find their bedding
covered with blood. They both had a one eighth inch deep
"scoop mark" in the same place on their right thumbs.
The ranch from hell had managed to tick them one last
Selling the ranch had posed a dilemma for the Shermans.
"We didn't' want to put anyone at risk." Terry said. At
the suggestion of several different researchers, the
Shermans were put in touch with Las Vegas millionaire
Robert Bigelow, who in recent years had invested
substantial amounts of money in UFO related research. In
September. 1996 the deal was finalized. Bigelow bought
the ranch for less than the Shermans paid for it. Terry
also sold Bigelow "a select herd of cattle" and was
hired on as an "overseer" for the operation. As part of
the deal, the Shermans signed a non disclosure agreement
which barred them from making any further statements
about the ranch or their experiences. Meanwhile, the
Sherman family had re-located to a ranch 20 miles away.
According to Zack Van Eyck. Bigelow and his recently
formed group, the National Institute for Discovery
Science (N.I.D.S.) have turned the ranch into a
paranormal laboratory. "Keep Out" signs were posted, The
ranch was fenced and gates were locked. Bigelow's
workers erected an observation tower and a pair of
scientists and a veterinarian were moved in.
Twelve hundred letters were sent to local ranchers
asking for their cooperation in reporting missing or
As Zack Van Eyck noted in one of his articles, some
researchers were claiming that "Bigelow and N.I.D.S are
a front for C.I.A. activities. "These conspiracy minded
theories were fueled by the addition of retired Army
Colonel John Alexander to the N.I.D,S staff. Alexander
had recently left his position as director of non-
lethal weapons testing at Los Alamos National to join
forces with Bigelow. As Wired magazine reported in 1995,
Alexander had "a resume lifted from the X-Files."
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in 1994 said:
"Alexander would make a splendid character in a science
Although Bigelow and Alexander will not discuss the
doings on the ranch, in recent weeks the locals have
noted some unusual helicopter activity over the site.
On one occasion two "black military helicopters" scanned
the property at ten feet off the ground. At another
time, a group of five "military helicopters" did
"multiple sweeps'' at a higher altitude. At one point a
large red "construction type" helicopter scoped the area
dangling a twelve foot long "black cylinder" beneath it.
Meanwhile, down at the the water department, the local
Utes are starting another betting pool on Bigelow's
venture. As one of them said: "They're dealing with
something they can't even dream about."
by David Perkins
Spirit Magazine Vol 10 # 1 1997 Weirdness Update: ©
Copyright 1997 David Perkins