3.10 – ALIENS & EVIL PLACES (9.28.11)

MOUNTAIN OF THE DEAD [11c]

February, 1959. A group of nine mountaineers embark on a winter trek into Russia’s Ural Mountains. Their destination: a mountain called Otorten, which in the local Mansi language means, “Do not go there.”

“Among them were three experienced engineers; the rest were students. They were all young, I think the oldest was like 37 years old. They had conducted other hard treks to the area. They were all experienced, strong-willed, determined people.”

– Paul Stonehill
(Author, UFO Case Files of Russia),
(Russia’s Roswell Incident),
(Paranormal Mysteries of Eurasia)

On their fourth night out, bad weather forces the hikers to camp atop an area called Kholate Syakhal, which in Mansi translates to “The Mountain of the Dead.”

“It was a very inhospitable, very strange, very, very hard place to be. Snow, cold, freezing winds, and very few living things around. They decided that they would spend the night of February 1st in an open area not too far away from the top of the mountain. They didn’t want to go back to the forest, one and a half kilometers, because it would take them too much time, and they would lose the day.”

– Paul Stonehill
(Author, UFO Case Files of Russia),
(Russia’s Roswell Incident),
(Paranormal Mysteries of Eurasia)

Ten days later, when the nine adventurers fail to show up at their destination, military rescue teams search the area. They find the hikers’ camp abandoned and a tent that is badly damaged.  The investigators determine that the tent has been cut and ripped open from the inside and the hikers appeared to have fled the area in only socks or bare feet.

“This tent had been cut out with knives from the interior. It was absolutely obvious that neither animals nor people had approached the tent to break in, meaning that nothing from this Earth had approached them.”

  – Mikhail Gershtein (Russian Researcher / Journalist)

“Something was pushing them to run away without taking any clothing with them, without taking any supplies. They were behaving like they were in a daze, confused.”

– Paul Stonehill
(Author, UFO Case Files of Russia),
(Russia’s Roswell Incident),
(Paranormal Mysteries of Eurasia)

The investigators followed the trail to the edge of the forest. But what they eventually find is beyond belief.

“All nine hikers died. They were discovered by Soviet troops, in various stages of what can only be described as being mutilated. Their bodies were burned. Some suffered radiation poisoning. In one case, a hiker’s tongue was missing. They had prematurely aged. Their skin was orange, their hair had turned gray. What could’ve explained this?”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“Three of them had injuries that could be sustained when somebody is hit by a speeding car, except the injuries were inside. Their ribs were crushed, like eggshells. Some of them entered their hearts, but there was no effect on their skin. It was like a force was directed at all of them.”

– Paul Stonehill
(Author, UFO Case Files of Russia),
(Russia’s Roswell Incident),
(Paranormal Mysteries of Eurasia)

“An unknown force had hit the hikers, and it was very selective in hitting only the hikers, leaving untouched the snow, the trees and everything else around.”

Mikhail Gershtein (Russian Researcher / Journalist)

The official explanation was that the nine died from hypothermia. But the chief investigator refused to sign off on the report, and instead resigned from the inquiry.

“When the investigation was taking place by the local officials, one of the people in charge was removed quite quickly from the very investigation because he was very thorough. And local officials didn’t want this to come out.”

– Paul Stonehill
(Author, UFO Case Files of Russia),
(Russia’s Roswell Incident),
(Paranormal Mysteries of Eurasia)

“The authorities did their best to cover the whole thing up. It was practically forbidden to mention it.”

 – Mikhail Gershtein (Russian Researcher / Journalist)

“At the end the bodies were buried in zinc coffins, I believe so no one would see. But there was enough of the investigation, enough people had seen what had been going on and were amazed at what they found, including the coloration of the corpses when they were found, and other things, that news broke out. And this is one of the most mysterious murder cases in the former Soviet Union. I am convinced it was a murder. But they were not killed by anything we know. They were killed by an unknown force.”

– Paul Stonehill
(Author, UFO Case Files of Russia),
(Russia’s Roswell Incident),
(Paranormal Mysteries of Eurasia)

Years later, members of the search party spoke out. According to their testimony, at the time of the incident, strange orange spheres or orbs were seen floating in the sky.

“These observations are from local people who saw some unidentified flying objects during the night of the hikers’ deaths. I think there is a clear connection.”

Mikhail Gershtein (Russian Researcher / Journalist)

“The orbs themselves could have been a life form, the orbs themselves could have been extraterrestrial probes.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“Based on my research of different parts of Russia in history, fiery spheres have been ever present, including desolate areas like this. Locals know they exist. It’s like a part of life. They don’t put too much attention to them, and they hope and pray that the fiery spheres don’t bother them, because throughout the ages, most of the encounters were peaceful everywhere. But once in a while, like here, something goes very bad.”

– Paul Stonehill
(Author, UFO Case Files of Russia),
(Russia’s Roswell Incident),
(Paranormal Mysteries of Eurasia)

But what could have compelled nine experienced mountaineers to flee their camp and run for their lives? And what strange forces could have caused such violence and death?  Could the hikers have been attacked by something extraterrestrial, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists believe?

“During my research and my 30 plus years of investigating UFO sightings, in particular, I’ve only come across several cases in which aliens have actually attacked people like wild animals. And some of these creatures had claws and teeth, and they would jump on people and scratch ’em, and create claw marks in them. But most of the time these encounters, the aliens or the creatures just want to get away from humans. There’s no interaction whatsoever.”

– Philip Imbrogno (Astronomer),
(Author, Files From the Edge)

“It could’ve been inadvertent. The orbs, in probing the area where the human beings were, created collateral damage. Maybe they didn’t mean to harm human beings. Maybe it wasn’t an attack as much as the power of these orbs, the energy was so intense that human beings were prematurely aged, irradiated, and suffered all kinds of lethal biological symptoms.”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

“It’s not a coincidence that UFOs were reported by these hikers in the Ural Mountains in the Place of the Dead, “Do not go there,” or so on ’cause I believe that many UFO sightings come in here from a parallel reality, and they come through portals. And this area may be a hot portal.”

– Philip Imbrogno (Astronomer),
(Author, Files From the Edge)

According to ancient Mansi legend, the Mountain of the Dead, where the nine hikers’ mutilated bodies were found, was named after a similar incident in which nine Mansi men were also found dead while seeking salvation from a flood during ancient times. But is it really possible that the Mansi – and the doomed expedition – were attacked and killed by otherworldly forces? Perhaps further evidence can be found deep underground not in the Russian wilderness, but half a hemisphere away on an Australian mountaintop.

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