17 May 2011

Guest blogger: Linda Moulton Howe

When Hollywood Wanted "A Strange Harvest"

By Linda Moulton Howe

Thirty-one years ago on May 25, 1980, my ninety minute TV documentary A Strange Harvest was first broadcast on the CBS Channel 7 KMGH-TV in Denver, Colorado. At the time, I was Director of Special Projects and produced documentaries and live studio programs about science and environmental issues. The subject of A Strange Harvest was my 9-months-long investigation of the animal mutilation mystery in Colorado and the surrounding region, North America and beyond to both hemispheres of this planet. Cattle, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats and even wild game such as deer and marmots were found dead with bloodless excisions and no tracks around their bodies, not even their own tracks.

My documentary crew and I travelled to many mutilation sites and interviewed sheriffs and deputies in law enforcement. Retired former Logan County Sheriff Tex Graves showed us photographs of strange aerial lights he and others had seen over pastures where mutilated animals were found with the same bloodless pattern of excisions. But even though Sheriff Graves had told me off camera that he and others in law enforcement believed the animal mutilation perpetrators were “creatures from outer space,” he would not talk about that on camera.

Then on the evening of October 18, 1979, in an interview with Lou Girodo, Chief Investigator for the District Attorney's Office in Trinidad, Colorado, he said those words on the record. Lou had been assigned to investigate the several cattle mutilations around Trinidad and with our TV camera rolling, I asked him, “Who? or what? do you think is killing and mutilating these animals?” Lou Girodo looked right at me and said, “Who is doing this now is very possibly creatures not of this planet.” He and a deputy had even watched an orange glowing sphere split in two over a farm region where there had been cattle mutilations. One orange sphere went north and the other orange sphere went south. A few minutes later, Lou said with amazement in his voice, the two orange spheres merged back together “and went straight down into the ground!”
KMGH-TV Director of Special Projects Linda Moulton Howe with TV cameraman Richard Lerner and audioman Mark O'Kane in cattle corral south of Denver, Colorado in spring of 1980 during production of Howe's investigation of the animal mutilation mystery, A Strange Harvest, that originally broadcast on May 25, 1980.

After the May 25, 1980, first broadcast of my documentary investigation, the station phone operators could not keep up with all the viewer calls and the mail room started dragging large, gray canvas bags full of letters to my office. Usually, the opening sentences were, “I've never told anyone this before,” and then it would be a description of an orange glowing sphere over a pasture where a farm animal was found bloodlessly mutilated. Or there were sketches of what people thought first were helicopters, but there was no noise and the “helicopters” dissolved into misty clouds or simply popped out of visibility.

One of the phone callers was a Hollywood producer named Carolyn Pfeiffer, from Alive Enterprises, who was working with then-feature film director Alan Rudolph, a protégé of director Robert Altman. Rudolph had worked as an assistant director for Altman on The Long Goodbye and later Nashville. Pfeiffer said she wanted to visit me at Channel 7 in Denver to screen my documentary, A Strange Harvest, and to talk with me about a feature production concerning the animal mystery that Alan Rudolph wanted to direct.

She came, screened my film and then proposed her company licence my title, A Strange Harvest, for their Hollywood production. Further, she wanted my written permission for the Hollywood production to use whole excerpts of interview dialogue from my documentary. Every intuitive instinct I had said, “No, the credibility of my non-fiction documentary investigation will be weakened, even ruined, if Hollywood gets to use my title, script and the honest words of real people in a made-up, fiction movie.”

Endangered Species movie poster: "What you don't know can kill you." The small-print blurb reads: "This is a bizarre mystery story... direct from today's headlines. Someone is trying to cover-up what ranchers and journalists know is true. This is not science fiction. The facts are documented. The danger is real."

Carolyn was upset that I wouldn't go along with her proposal. But I was so relieved that I followed my gut instinct when I finally saw the 1982 Hollywood production, Endangered Species, distributed by MGM. I was dismayed that none of the actual worldwide, bloodless, trackless animal mutilation phenomenon was portrayed accurately in the “Friday night flick.” Instead, it was as if Rudolph asked a butcher to slice up some cattle carcasses and then concocted a story line about a secret American paramilitary operation whose agenda never made any sense. And had nothing to do with the true animal mutilation mystery that has been reported since at least the mid-20th Century ongoing to date around the world in both hemispheres and that law enforcement has long attributed to “creatures from outer space.”

I often wondered if Endangered Species were a modern counterintelligence gambit that substituted paramilitary operations for weather balloons and swamp gas in the ongoing United States policy of denial about the UFO phenomena in the interest of national security as ordered during the Truman Administration? 

Copyright © 2011, Linda Moulton Howe

Linda Moulton Howe is a graduate of Stanford University with an MA in Communication. She has devoted her documentary film, television, radio, writing and reporting career to productions concerning science, medicine and the environment. Linda has received local, national and international awards, including three regional Emmys, a national Emmy nomination and a Station Peabody award for medical programming. Her groundbreaking documentary A STRANGE HARVEST was instrumental in bringing to popular attention the worldwide phenomenon of ‘animal mutilations.’ Linda has also produced numerous documentaries on other topics for organizations such as UNICEF (on child survival efforts) and for Turner Broadcasting (on environmental challenges).

Linda has been interviewed on a variety of television programs including CNN’s Larry King Live; Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor; and The History Channel’s popular Ancient Alien series, among others.

Linda produces, reports and edits the award-winning science, environment and earth mysteries news website, Earthfiles.com. In 2010, Linda was honored with the Courage In Journalism Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., by the Paradigm Research Group’s X Conference.

Linda has written four books: MYSTERIOUS LIGHTS AND CROP CIRCLES, about eyewitness accounts and scientific research of biophysical and biochemical changes in affected cereal crops by complex energy systems; AN ALIEN HARVEST, about the worldwide animal mutilation phenomenon; and GLIMPSES OF OTHER REALITIES, VOLUMES I AND II, about U. S. military, intelligence and civilian testimonies concerning non-human interactions with Earth. All of these books, as well as Linda's A STRANGE HARVEST documentary and its sequel, STRANGE HARVESTS 1993, are available for purchase through the Earthfiles.com shop

For a list of Linda’s forthcoming festival and conference appearances, see www.earthfiles.com

Contact Linda Moulton Howe at: earthfiles@earthfiles.com  

TEL:  505-797-7727       
FAX: 505-797-7908


  1. "I often wondered if Endangered Species were a modern counterintelligence gambit that substituted paramilitary operations for weather balloons and swamp gas in the ongoing United States policy of denial about the UFO phenomena in the interest of national security as ordered during the Truman Administration?"

    Well who paid for the production of Endangered Species?

  2. Linda , I believe you are doing Gods work and may he bless you .

  3. Too bad there aren't more "real" journalists out there with the gumption of LMH to actually conduct what I'd refer to as legitimate investigations. Most of those into this sort of journalism are mostly in in to make money off the books they write and very rarely conduct the kind of in depth investigations Linda does. Although I've heard/read reports from many others involved in this arena (over the past 25+ years), Linda is, by far, the best of what I'd call an actual investigator. As for my qualifications to make that comment, let's just say I've been an investigator, both in and out of law enforcement for over 40 years!

    For those of you who may not be aware of it and who are interested in finding out about these unknown (& other cutting edge info) subjects, pay attention! Don't be so naive as to think your government/s will every disclose what they've known to be true for over 50 years!

  4. I love your work. Wish I had your hair.

  5. me again. . . . . still love you!

  6. She is indeed a good journalist and field researcher; she is an example for other journalists, to cover these hidden subjects to the main public. Well done and please keep up on doing this good work, we need people like you. Congratulated with your Courage in Journalism Award you deserved it.

    Best wishes Foeke

  7. I believe she is one of a kind, extremely courageous and dedicated. I don't know how she does it, after all these years, in the face of ignorance and denial. I imagine there have been threats also, from those who's job it is to keep the public's head buried in the sand. I rely on LMH to unearth the facts and publish the stories that most reporters would ignore or fear to disclose. Keep up the great work. Please.

  8. It was disappointing that Endangered Species strayed from the facts. I guess truth really is stranger than fiction.

  9. Jeffery B. Enigl27 May 2011 at 09:09

    I cannot help but agree, unlike some "reporters" Linda's True & Honest reporting is refreshing, enlightening and courageous; most worthy of her Courage In Journalism Award. Keep up the good & noble work Linda and, God Bless You. Jeffery B. Enigl

  10. Thank you, Linda, for keeping a straight eye on the truth that is still out there. Heard your broadcast on C2C last night and your accounts especially those on UFOs and abductions still chill me to the bone as well as your other reports. What Hollywood and Wash, D.C. have in common is embellishing the actual story and what they also have in common is distorting the truth
    of the matter as well as the details and specific facts. Both blur the line of the exacting account of the event of what is very true and scary for some.

  11. A journalist not afraid to investigate the truth and report the truth. There are very few of these investigative journalists around, thank goodness for the ones we do have and Linda is at the top of that list in my opinion.

    signed; just another alien abductee

  12. Linda is "the real deal", willing to consider scientifically, and methodically, subjects that main stream (who are we kidding they are no longer main stream but simply fluff and stock photos and spoon fed AP stories on most of the big networks) only covers on talk shows when they do an occasional UFO, or paranormal discussion panel, always with an idiot shill like M. Shermer, who is the antitheses of Ms. Howe's thorough investigative style. She simply reports facts as they are and boy she has the inside line over anyone else on what is going on in the REAL WORLD be it the honey bee collapses finally shown to be caused by nicotine based pesticides (YET NOT Banned), the Gulf fish sickness and dead zones, the Tiger Shark decimation in Pacific, the Fukishame Nuclear cover up to end all cover ups, and then the really good stuff, Roswell ,Ttavis Walton, Crop circles, Rendelsham Forest is her story-i mean the definitive documtation on Rendelshem Linda broke with tremendous eyewitness accounts including the base commander-i mean she has proved that their are UFOs, nobody else has come close, and yes, she has a few far out reports because she is not arrogant enough to assume that people she instinctually feels are being honest should be denied the chance to tell their stories without prejudgement-some who will not reveal their name for 30 years-and then bam-, she comes out with a story she sat on for 30 years in silence-talk about a person of her word and integrity. Linda is one of a kind, irreplaceable to seekers of truth in a world of deceit. She is meticulously organized, has total recall of every story she ever did, just a brilliant science journalist and great human being. Congratulations on your continuing amazing work Linda.

  13. Wha...she's the real deal you say?

    Recall if you will the California Dragonfly drone hoax, how she withheld from others the entire batch of high-rez photos in her possession...how she believed without question (apparently) at LEAST one or two later CGI creations finally admitted to definitively by the hoaxter group of nine...how she provided leading questions to her interviewees…

    Yep; real deal, no doubt.

  14. Thanks Linda for all your work. I'm sure it cannot be easy for you either! Do you ever sense that you are being monitored ot followed? When I read your stuff, it makes me think beyond the commonality of the day. Thank you!

  15. gift to the world. Yes, flying saucers are real. Aliens are also real. What you people do not know is that life does not have to be as you know it. Struggles are the school of life. I had visitations as a child. Yes, the small grays. I saw the saucers they fly. Yes, they can abstract your thoughts. You see they speak with thought. 30 seconds could be hours of information. I was also allowed to touch them when I was a child. They are very small and large heads is just that their bodies are very small and the heads are the size of a human head. They prefer to work nights because they can see very well in the dark. They can also go through walls by altering their state of solid matter. My entire life I was sick as a child because of the experiments they did. It was a total of about 5 years.., this is truth. Where did this happened? Honduras, Central America. God bless.

  16. A consistent critique of LMH's work is that she lends too much credence to her interview subjects, extending credibility where perhaps not warranted. Also, there is a tendency toward the hyperbolic, if only in consequence of promoting the subject and continuing coverage. That said, her fundamental work is solid and an excellent embarkation point for further scrutiny. Journalists have distinct styles, and hers may not appeal to all palates; she remains a professional, nonetheless.