Graveyard Shift Stories and Theories About "The Skinwalker Ranch"  

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The Skinwalker Ranch is a weird place. Located near Ballard, Utah, it's long been the source of tales of monsters, space ships, and other bizarre phenomenon. Native Americans in the area believe the ranch is plagued by evil creatures known as Skinwalkers, while others claim to have seen UFOs, crop circles, and unexplainable lights. A family - alias the Shermans - that lived on the ranch for two years in the '90s reported several strange incidents, including animal mutilation and disappearances and UFO sightings. 
 
Some Skinwalker conspiracies suggest the government made contact with extraterrestrials and is covering everything up. Other theories assert that the ranch is home to a portal similar to the Hellmouth, which allows for interdimensional travel. 
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The Bulletproof Werewolf


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So the legend goes, just after the Sherman family moved to the ranch, they were approached by a huge, friendly wolf. Not long thereafter, the wolf attacked a calf, prompting the rancher to strike it with a stick, to no avail. He shot the wolf with a .357 Magnum, which produced no results. The wolf was shot two more times with the magnum, then several times with a hunting rifle, with no result. Eventually, the wolf left of its own accord. The rancher followed its tracks, which simply came to an end, as though the wolf ceased to exist as it walked.
 

Throughout their time there, members of the family claimed to see other large wolves and canine beasts. 

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Animal Mutilation and Disappearances


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The Sherman family claims that a number of their cows were mutilated. One such cow had no signs of injury, not even bleeding, other than a hole bored through its eye. Others cows were found sliced up, with organs or other body parts carefully removed. In each case, the Shermans found no blood. A number of other cows, as well as six cats, vanished without a trace. Ranch dogs, meanwhile, were fearful of an unknown presence. 

In another instance, the Shermans returned home to find four bulls packed into a trailer. When discovered, the bulls snapped out of a trance and became upset. No one could figure out how four bulls ended up in the trailer, which was locked, and small enough that getting just one in proved difficult for the ranchers, let alone four. 

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The Skinwalkers


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The Ute tribe believes Skinwalkers inhabit the land surrounding the ranch. Skinwalkers are evil witches who can turn into animals such as owls, wolves, foxes, and coyotes. A regular witch becomes a Skinwalker by murdering a family member. Little else is known about them, as the Ute don't like to discuss them. 
 

For a 2002 article for the Las Vegas Mercury, George Knapp spoke with Junior Hicks, who had catalogued a number of paranormal events in the area. Hicks explained: 
 

"[The Utes] think the Skinwalkers are powerful spirits that are here because of a curse that was put on them generations ago by the Navajos. And the center of the whole legend is this ranch. The Utes say the ranch is the path of the skin walker. Tribe members are strictly forbidden from seeing foot on the property. It's been that way for a long time."

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Poltergeist Activity


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Poltergeist activity was reported by the Sherman family shortly after their run in with the bulletproof werewolf. According to a segment on Coast to Coast AM, a paranormal radio news program, the matriarch of the Sherman clan stated she often came home with groceries, unpacked them, and later discovered all the food repacked in shopping backs. 

The family also reported missing or moved objects, such as a hairbrush found in the freezer when it had last been seen on the bathroom counter. The Shermans heard voices in a language they could not understand, and spotted shadows in the house.