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Monday, August 21, 2000



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Monday, August 21, 2000
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CROP CIRCLE UPDATE
By David Sunfellow

In the summer of 1998, NHNE SwiftWing Reporter Sherry Stultz spent nine weeks in England investigating the crop circle phenomenon for NHNE. She filed eight reports from England and later, when she returned to the states, put together a comprehensive special report, which included photographs, interviews, and an eye-opening account of her adventure:

http://www.nhne.com/specialreports/srcropcircles/

Sherry's conclusion?

"There is no doubt in my mind that various anomalous occurrences spawned the crop circle phenomena, including UFO sightings. The 1998 season was, however, full of hoaxes...

"Many people refuse to recognize the contribution that hoaxers make each summer to the season's circles. They overlook their contribution because they don't bother to talk with them or acknowledge what can be accomplished by 3-6 people in three hours. I made a grape shot formation myself. It took me 45 seconds. And I was slow..."

"Crop circles are probably a modern myth. Some are created to inspire hope; some to deceive, some to fulfill an emptiness that could not be satiated, or to satisfy the human curiosity about the myth..."

Sherry, of course, was not the first to conclude that most crop circles were the work of human hoaxers. Indeed, several of the people whom Sherry interviewed had come to similar conclusions.

And now one more voice has been added to the choir. Colin Andrews, the world's leading authority on crop circles (and an NHNE Toby Award winner for his expose' on the Oliver Castle crop circle hoax), has gone public claiming that "an estimated 80 percent of crop circles are man-made."

Emphasizing that he continues to believe that 20 percent of English crop circles are NOT man-made, Colin contacted us, asking for help getting an accurate version of his current views out to the general public.

What follows is the letter and "Formal Statement" we received from Colin, along with a few thoughts from Sherry about Colin's comments.

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LETTER FROM COLIN ANDREWS
Sunday, August 20, 2000

Dear David and Staff,

You might have heard about my televised statement (last week) about some significant findings regarding my crop circles research.

There have been many misunderstandings and inaccurate assumptions made since the television and radio appearances last week.

I would greatly appreciate your help in making this full statement public, in the interest of future research and the truth.

Thank you very much.

Warm regards,
Colin

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FORMAL STATEMENT BY COLIN ANDREWS:

FINDINGS OF A MAGNETIC SIGNATURE IN SOME CROP CIRCLES.

AN ESTIMATED 20 PERCENT OF CROP CIRCLES SHOW NO EVIDENCE
OF BEING MADE BY PEOPLE, WHILE 80 PERCENT DO.

On Wednesday the 9th of August, I announced on national television and radio the outcome of an ongoing investigation into aspects of the crop circle mystery.

Four years ago I began measuring the Earth's magnetic field in and around crop circles. The project was initiated by on-going reports of anomalous magnetic phenomena such as spinning compass needles inside crop circles (witnessed by me amongst others during the 1980's), unusual failures of electronic equipment and radio frequency interference. The project enlarged findings of a German-based study conducted in the early 1990's.

The magnetometer survey included complex crop patterns as well as simple circles. Results showed a descriptive magnetic signature in a hand full of simple circles and basic geometric patterns. This signature consists of an increased magnetic reading which replicates the actual design of the crop pattern being measured, but occurs out of sync with the design by 3-5 degrees in a clockwise direction.

These findings may prove to be the basis of a natural mechanism involved in the creation of the formations or it may be a residual magnetic effect resulting from the creation of the crop circle. The model I have been developing, and will be collaborating on with further scientific input, is that the magnetic flux involved creates an electric current which effects the plants. The question of what causes the magnetic flux still remains.

A full technical paper of my findings and developing theory are being prepared.

 

THE LEVEL OF MAN MADE CREATIONS

For a number of years I have been aware of a growing level of man-made creations.

During the mid-1990's I was shown privileged information by a BBC journalist who had gone undercover for two years working closely with Dave Chorley and Doug Bowers in an effort to establish the truth behind their claims to be making crop circles.

I was shown letters mailed by Doug and Dave where they drew the patterns that they planned to make in Hampshire and Wiltshire, along with the dates and places that they planned to make them. On the envelopes of some of the letters they sketched the planned design and placed the stamp over it, which was then date-stamped by the Royal Mail. Those patterns did appear, as had been proclaimed. Unknown to Doug and Dave, they were being filmed as they made the circles by the BBC journalist.

In ensuing weeks, other hoaxers were tracked and their handy-work also filmed. I did not want to believe the evidence being handed me, as others now do not want to believe me. To satisfy my own need for honest research, I began my own investigation into human involvement. I would suggest that anyone who disagrees with my conclusion, investigate hoaxing themselves, rather than falling back on the argument that it can't be done by humans.

In 1997, I was given a video of a formation at Oliver's Castle being made by balls of light. Although I wanted to believe it was real, things weren't adding up and I hired a private detective to unravel the loose ends. The investigation turned up irrefutable evidence that the video and the formation were hoaxes. Peter Sorenson, acting on his own information, came to the same conclusion. During 1999 I began another special project into people making crop circles. My research has included detective work, site inspections, physical evidence, aerial photography, personal experiences, information from media who have paid to have formations created for upcoming programs, and from undercover researchers.

My findings at this time are that ample evidence exists that an estimated 80 percent of crop circles are man-made. On the other hand, 20 percent revealed no evidence of human involvement. A handful of these 20 percent also displayed the newly discovered magnetic profile (all these were simple formations).

Some of the filmed evidence will be seen in an upcoming Channel Four production and a BBC documentary scheduled for early next year. The latter will also be shown on BBC2 and American TV.

It should be emphasized that NO EVIDENCE of human involvement could be found in 20 percent of the formations. All investigation has been done on crop circles in the UK and therefore, the results refer only to the situation in the UK.

Since making my announcement last week, a great deal of excitement and interest has been generated from scientists in several countries. I have already accepted an invitation to present my findings in Moscow next March.

Why did I make the announcement now?

I have received criticism from the crop circle community for releasing this information before scientific input into my magnetic results. I did this to give the research community an opportunity to know about it and to provide feedback. However, the primary reason for the announcement was due to the responsibility I feel for having been the largest worldwide voice spreading information for the past 17 years. The subject has been presented to and impacted governments, scientists, the British Royal Family, Indigenous people in many countries, individual seekers of truth and even religions. With this type of impact, truthfulness with self and others is paramount for all researchers. Unfortunately, more and more there has been a tendency for researchers to promote all crop patterns as being genuine. I have evidence that this is false and I must provide it. The full article of evidence is being prepared for release in the fall. Anyone who disagrees is welcome to enter their own evidence into the debate. I would be very happy to say I am wrong.

I believe these findings will allow a breath of honest, fresh air to blow through this subject and will be appreciated by the public in return. The scientific community has already shown how much they appreciate an honest picture by the many e-mails and letters I have received from scientists around the world. We all should feel more comfortable exposing the man-made crop designs for what they are -- hoaxes and/or works of art.

I have no axe to grind with anybody. I set out to research crop circles 17 years ago, this week has been a very exciting one revealing more directions to investigate with more interest than at any time in the past several years.

For those who have listened with an open mind, even if my views do not agree with yours -- thank you.

Colin Andrews

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COLIN ANDREWS HAS TAKEN A BIG STEP
By NHNE SwiftWing Reporter, Sherry Stultz

Colin Andrews has taken a big step, bigger than most of you will ever know. The crop circle research dynasty, which includes a lot of people that have no scientific training whatsoever (and a few that do), will likely revoke his membership card over his recent findings.

My question is, "What took him so long?"

Personally, I think it's tough to separate yourself from the Null Hypothesis (the hypothesis that an observed difference between two mean samples is due to chance alone and not to a systematic cause) when it has been part of your mantra for such a long time, and part of your income. Let's be honest here, Colin's entire reputation and livelihood would have been at stake if he'd started to voice his doubts a few years ago. It takes courage to go against the grain, even when you know it's the truth. Seventeen years, several books, and dozens of conferences later, Colin has stepped up to the plate, with some rather interesting information on magnetic signatures in simple circles.

How many "crop circle researchers" have tried to prove that crop circles are made by human beings?

With the bulk of research focused in the opposite question, it's not surprising that people have yet to find unequivocal evidence for the hypothesis that crop circles are made by humans. From Lucy Pringle's buried bottles to Paul Vigay's electromagnetic distortions to Nancy Talbot's analysis of the crop itself, there is no end to the amount of searching for anomalies. And I think they all may have found some interesting information, but nothing that can prove that crop circles aren't made by human beings. Colin has made a concerted effort to sift through all the ego and emotion that accompany this phenomenon and look for some substantive answers, when he has had more to lose than anyone.

When I met Colin two years ago, I had a gut feeling he had seen the handwriting on the wall. I knew that John Lundberg of the Circlemakers was as talented as he was boastful. The question is did Colin? I knew that the computer technology existed to create complex mathematical designs and transfer them to paper with proper scale. I also knew John was trained in design and mathematics. Why this small fact seemed to allude so many people remains a mystery.

People will say that these complex designs cannot be created by five human beings in four hours. As journalist, I can name three people who make crop circles. They are, of course, John Lundberg, Will Russell and Rod Dickinson. I also know others by name, but honor their request to remain anonymous. I can't ask anyone to believe my statements regarding human crop circle creations, as I have yet to traipse south western England with a video camera and night gear. But I have nothing to gain from sharing my personal observations with you. I made no money from my research and have no desire for personal notoriety regarding this issue.

So with that, I will state the following:

Colin's estimate of 20 percent hoaxed is generous.

A genuine phenomenon may well exist in the original, simple designs, but we may never know unless crop circle "researchers" choose to change their focus from the Null Hypothesis and accept the fact they are finding "anomalies" in human creations.

People believe and see what they want to see, even if someone switches the light on, and the monster is only a toy with a shirt hanging over it.

Sherry can be reached at:
sherrystultz@earthlink.net

Sherry's Special Report on Crop Circles:
http://www.nhne.com/specialreports/srcropcircles/

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