The Travis Walton abduction story is arguably the most famous UFO abduction story in history. Therefore, it needs to be covered in some detail. Besides numerous articles, there are books, videos and a major motion picture which are based on the Walton abduction. Phillip Klass (now deceased) was one of the only people who ever did a critical, in-depth examination of this claimed abduction. Klass spent a significant amount of time and effort exposing the Travis Walton abduction. The public would only know about most of the critical facts regarding this case because of Klass’ detective work in attempting to discover what really happened to Travis Walton.
On November 5, 1975, at about 6:00 P.M., a seven-member timber crew, lead by Michael Rogers (age 28), was driving home. Allen Dalis (age 21), who was sitting in the rear of the truck, claimed to see a yellowish glow through the heavy timber. Then, both Dalis and Travis Walton (age 22) reported seeing a UFO hovering about one hundred feet off the road, directly over a pile of cut timber.
Michael Rogers said the object “looked like a flying saucer… something I’d seen pictures of…” Travis asked Rogers to stop the truck, but before he stopped the truck, Walton opened the door, leaped out, and ran toward the UFO. Travis got close to the object and suddenly “a tremendously bright, blue-green ray shot out of the bottom of the craft. I saw and heard nothing. All I felt was the numbing force of a blow that felt like a high voltage electrocution… The stunning concussion of the foot-wide beam struck me full in the head and chest… From the instant I felt that paralyzing blow, I did not see, hear, or feel anything more… I was hurled backward through the air for 10 feet. My right shoulder collided with the hard rocky earth of the ridge top. Landing simply spread out on the cold ground, my body lay motionless.”
Thinking that Travis (his best friend) might be dead, Rogers said he panicked and drove quickly away. After driving for about a quarter of a mile, the crew claimed they saw the UFO depart, and so they went back to rescue Travis. When they returned to the site, they couldn’t find Travis anywhere. One of the crew members then contacted the police, who also couldn’t find Travis at the location.
Travis’ mother, Mary Kellett, was living in a house owned by the Gibson family. This house is located about fifteen miles away from where the UFO incident was reported. Rogers and Police Officer Kenneth Coplan then went to see Mary Kellett to break the tragic news of her son’s disappearance. Coplan said that: “When Rogers told the mother what had happened, she did not act very surprised. She said, ‘Well, that’s the way these things happen.’ Then Mrs. Kellett proceeded to tell about Duane [her oldest son] seeing a UFO several years before at the ranch. Then she said another UFO came by and that both she and Duane saw it.”
Mary Kellett then informed her daughter of what happened. According to Officer Coplan, the mother said: “Travis is gone.” And when her daughter inquired where, her mom replied: “A flying saucer got him.” Coplan was also surprised by how calmly Travis’ sister took the news of Travis’ disappearance.
The following morning almost fifty people, including law enforcement officers, were searching the area for Travis or his remains. They looked near the pile of timber where the incident happened, where Travis was supposedly knocked to the ground. They could not find any physical evidence like blood or clothing that would support the story. They also didn’t find any evidence of heat over the pile of timber where the UFO was claimed to be hovering. Late in the afternoon, there was a shock to the search crew when, according to Officer Coplan, “Mrs. Kellett finally came up and said: ‘I don’t think there is any use of looking any further. He’s not around here. I don’t think he’s on earth.”’
The police officers then talked about going over to the Gibson home where Mrs. Kellett had been staying, to see if Travis might be there. Travis’ older brother volunteered to look for Travis there, and did so, according to Coplan. Coplan said that, to the best of his knowledge, no law enforcement officers ever searched the Gibson home, to see if it was being used as a hideout for Travis. But police officers did make repeated visits to Mary Kellett’s home. Sheriff Gillespie threatened legal prosecution if the UFO incident proved to be a hoax. Mary was very upset that she was being questioned by the police inside her house. Duane told the police to leave, unless they had something new to ask or relate. Duane recommended that Mary speak with police only on the front porch. This would allow Mary to end the interview anytime she wanted by simply going inside her house. Some skeptics believed that Mary Kellett was hiding something or someone.
Ground Saucer Watch (GSW) was a pro-UFO organization, and the first on the scene after the Walton abduction. Dr. Lester Stewart of GSW started to interview the Walton family while Travis was still missing. He immediately smelled a hoax. Duane was asked about his brother’s disappearance, and he responded: “Travis will be found… UFOs are friendly.” Dr. Stewart responded, “How do you know Travis will be found?” Duane said: “I have a feeling, a strong feeling.” Dr. Stewart asked: “If the UFO ‘captors’ are going to return Travis, will you have a camera to record this great occurrence?” Duane said: “No, if I have a camera ‘they’ will not return.”
Then, Duane Walton and Michael Rogers were interviewed by UFO researcher Fred Sylvanus. During the interview, which was tape-recorded, Rogers described the appearance of the UFO. Rogers described the UFO: “It was really kind of pretty… it was really beautiful.” But it was the comments of Travis’ older brother Duane that really surprised Sylvanus. Duane was almost like a father to Travis because of their mother’s two previous failed “marriages.” Here are some parts of the incredible exchange:
Sylvanus: “Anything else you can tell us, Duane?
Duane: No, other than I don’t believe he’s hurt or injured in any way. [He’ll] be back sooner or later, whenever they get done doing what they’re doing.
Sylvanus: You feel he will come back?
Duane: Sure do. Don’t feel any fear for him at all. Little regret because I haven’t been able to experience the same thing. That’s about it.
Sylvanus: You feel you just miss him and he’ll come back?
Duane: He’s not even missing. He knows where he’s at, and I know where he’s at.
Sylvanus: [Very surprised] You know where he’s at? Have either of you fellows read much about flying saucers?
Rogers: A little.
Sylvanus: How about you Duane?
Duane: As much as anybody... Travis and I discussed this many, many times at great length and we both said that [if we saw a UFO] we would immediately get as directly under the object as physically possible.
Sylvanus: If you saw one you would get underneath it?
Duane: We discussed this time and time again! The opportunity would be too great to pass up… and whoever happened to be left on the ground – if one of us didn’t make the grade – to try to convince whoever was in the craft to come back and get the other one. But he [Travis] performed just as we said we would, and he got directly under the object. And he’s received the benefits for it.
Rogers: You hope he has!
Sylvanus: Anything else you’d like to add?
Duane: Nothing other than I don’t fear for his life. He’s not in any danger. He’ll turn up sooner or later, whenever they are ready, or whenever he’s ready.
Sylvanus: Do you know that he’s definitely…
Duane: [Interrupting] Having the experience of a lifetime! I don’t think he’s in any danger at all. He’ll turn up. All I can say is that I wish I was with him.
Sylvanus: Can you give me any basis for this feeling? I’m not trying to ridicule, don’t misunderstand.
Duane: Oh no. Everybody in the family…
Rogers: [Interrupting] Long-time consideration of the idea.
Duane: [Continuing] We’ve paid a lot of attention to it. We’ve lived with it [UFOs] for ten years. The fact that they are here and we see them quite regularly. And they don’t kill people. They don’t kill people! That’s not why they’re here… It’s just that he’s gone. And he’s had an experience of a lifetime. And all I wish is that I was there, at any cost.”
After five days missing, Travis showed up alive when he made a collect call to his sister from a pay phone at an Exxon gas station, and asked to be picked up. When Travis gave his name, the operator recognized the name and gave a tip to the police. Travis Walton’s sister and older brother picked Travis up at the gas station and drove him to his mom’s house. The police went over to the gas station, but were too late; for Travis had already left. Officer Glen Flake decided to see if Travis went to his mom’s house. At around 2:00 A.M., Flake arrived at his mom’s house and saw that the lights were on; but the curtains were closed. Outside the home, Officer Flake saw Duane Walton siphoning fuel from his brother-in-law’s car. Duane told Flake that he had to get back to Phoenix, and had forgotten to buy fuel while the gas stations were open, and therefore had to siphon fuel from his brother-in-law’s car. Duane also did not inform Officer Flake (who was one of the main officers involved in the search for Travis) that Travis had returned alive and was safely inside the house.
When word got out to reporters and others that Travis had returned, some doctors wanted to give a physical examination to Travis. Two doctors, Dr. Howard Kandell and Dr. Joseph Saults, who were members of a pro-UFO group, arrived to do an examination. They brought a camera and a tape recorder, but Duane refused to let them use either of them. Duane told the doctors to limit themselves to a cursory examination and not to ask Travis about any details of his UFO experience. Travis had claimed that he was hit in the chest and head by a powerful UFO laser beam and that he flew 10 feet through the air and smashed on the hard, rocky ground. But the doctors did not find bruise marks anywhere on his body. Klass commented on this: “The UFO’s beam seemingly was explosive in its force, knocking Travis unconscious so he could not remember how he was taken aboard [the UFO], but the beam was so gentle and harmless that it left no burn or bruise marks on Travis’ body when he was examined a few days later…”
Duane also gave the doctors Travis’ urine sample, which he said was the first Travis had voided since his abduction by the UFO. Later lab tests revealed something that was puzzling about the sample. Dr. Kandell spoke to Klass and said: “if a person goes without food or water for more than a day or two, your body starts to break down its own fat. The waste product… is a substance that is excreted in the urine, called acetone. So that if a person has been without nutrition for a period of four or five days, you would expect to see acetone in his urine.” Later Sheriff Gillespie wanted to talk to Travis, and he told Klass “they [the family] made an almost insistent request that there be nobody else around, and no recordings.” If Travis’ story were true, there wouldn’t be an extreme concern about tape recordings, or a fear about someone asking Travis about the “abduction.” The only reason that his family would have this level of fear is because the whole thing was a fraud.
A scheduled polygraph (lie detector) test was then set up, and Travis failed to show up. When someone asked one of Travis’ advising friends, Jim Lorenzen, why he didn’t take the polygraph test, he responded: “Because a lot of people have criticized it. Because they think [the] polygraph is a lie-detector, because it is called that. But it’s not. And Travis was under that impression too. He was anxious to take a lie-detector, or polygraph test. I advised him not to, and several other people advised him not to, because what it actually measures is stress. And questions about stressful memories would bring stress reactions, just as well as anything else. So it would have been meaningless to have him take that test at that time. It could have been – in fact, one of the psychiatrists said it would have been – a disaster for him to take it at the time. It would have created a lot of false impressions.”
As Travis’ friend Lorenzen was making these statements, he wasn’t divulging that Travis had already been given a secret polygraph test, administered by John McCarthy, the most experienced examiner in the state of Arizona. Travis had failed the lie-detector test badly. Jack McCarthy had been hired by Jim Lorenzen and the National Enquirer to give Travis the test. Before the test took place, the National Enquirer had McCarthy sign a “secrecy agreement” which would prevent McCarthy from publicly revealing the results of the test.
McCarthy and Travis emerged together after the test and McCarthy was asked about his findings. His response was: “Gross deception!” He based his conclusion upon the responses Travis gave to seven important questions dealing with the alleged UFO incident. McCarthy also said that Travis was intentionally holding his breath at times to “beat the machine.” The following day McCarthy typed up his formal report, which stated: “Based on his [Travis’] reactions on all charts, it is the opinion of this examiner that Walton, in concert with others, is attempting to perpetrate a UFO hoax, and that he has not been on any spacecraft.”
Klass found out that McCarthy had done a polygraph test on Travis, and wanted to know what his findings were. McCarthy then faced a decision to deny the test, and honor the agreement he signed, or tell the truth. McCarthy decided to tell the truth. Klass visited McCarthy on November 3, 1977, and McCarthy showed Klass some of the charts from the polygraph test. For example, when Travis was asked: “Were you actually in a spacecraft from the 5th of November to the 10th of November,” the chart demonstrated a dramatic increase in Travis’ blood pressure with the polygraph pen hitting its retaining stop. When responding to certain questions, Travis held his breath for 10 to 15 seconds before answering “yes” or “no.” Some have suggested that this activity by Walton showed that he was given advice or tips on how to beat the polygraph machine.
During the test, McCarthy asked Travis whether he had ever used drugs. Travis admitted he tried marijuana, LSD, and “speed.” Travis was asked whether he had ever been arrested. Travis said that he had been involved in the theft and forgery of payroll checks five years earlier. Travis Walton and Charles Rogers (Michael Rogers’ younger brother) had pleaded guilty on May 5, 1971, in the Navajo County Superior Court, to the following charge: “On or about the night of February 18, 1971, they broke into the office of the Western Molding Co., with intent to steal and did steal therefrom a quantity of Western Molding checks, and on the 19th day of February filled out said checks payable to a fictitious person and signed the name of Robert W. Gonsalves, thereby to cheat and defraud.” After the defendants agreed to make restitution of the funds, they were placed on a two-year probation. On August 3, 1971, having lived up to the terms of probation, they were allowed, under Arizona law, to “cleanse the record” by appearing in court and pleading “not guilty” to the original charge. After this incident, Travis married Rogers’ sister.
Dr. Jean Rosenbaum, a psychiatrist, then spent several days interviewing Travis and his family. Dr. Rosenbaum was asked whether Travis had a strong interest in UFOs. Rosenbaum said: “Everybody in the family claimed they had seen one… he not only comes from a ‘UFO family,’ but from a ‘UFO culture.’ Everybody in that area of the country sees UFOs all the time. And his brother had seen one a week or two before, and his mother had seen some. Everybody in the family had seen some and he’s been preoccupied with this almost all his life… he made the comment to his mother just prior to the incident that if he was ever abducted by a UFO she was not to worry because he’d be all right.”
Travis described part of his abduction by the UFO, and waking up in an alien aircraft. Travis Walton: “…I couldn’t stand up very well, and I was breathing heavily... And there was nothing in the room but a chair with some controls and knobs and things. I was just, kind of, I was, I was hysterical. I was frantic. And I just moved around in there for a while. And I started fooling with the buttons there… This must have been inside of a larger building or ship. I don’t know if it was a large ship or a building.” Travis had repeatedly emphasized that he did not know where he was over the five day period of time in which he had disappeared. Travis said that he only remembered, at the most, two hours.
Later on, Travis took another polygraph test and passed, in the opinion of tester George Pfeifer. One of the questions Pfeifer asked was: “Before November 5, 1975 were you a UFO buff? Travis answered “No,” and Pfeifer’s appraisal of the polygraph chart concluded that Travis had told the truth. But this contradicts what he and his family said about their deep belief and interest in UFOs. Pfeifer’s final opinion was that Travis and Duane Walton had passed the polygraph tests he had given them. Pfeifer then left the company he was working for to start his own practice. The owner of the polygraph company that Pfeifer was working for, Tom Ezell, later went over Pfeifer’s test of the Waltons. His opinion was that it was impossible to tell whether Travis and Duane Walton were responding truthfully to the test questions. He also stated that Pfeifer noted on the test charts that he allowed Travis to “dictate” some of the test questions he was asked. Ezell said that this was a violation of the basic principles of polygraphy. Ezell confirmed this when he sent a letter to Klass, which stated: “Upon review of this examination, I find that to me it is not acceptable. In the first place, I would not be a party to an examination in which the subject dictated the questions to be asked… Because of the dictation of the questions to be asked, this test should also be invalidated. Also, upon examining the resultant charts, I find that I cannot give an opinion one way or another” on whether they answered the questions truthfully or not.
Klass then called Ezell and asked how Pfeifer could pass Travis, when the other much more experienced examiner, McCarthy, had flunked him. Ezell replied: “Perhaps George is like a lot of examiners… always looking for one big break. Knowing this [the Walton case] is a national deal, perhaps George could see his name emblazoned in neon lights.” Within a month after the Walton tests went public, Pfeifer was a UFO celebrity and had set up his own office. Klass spoke with Pfeifer over the telephone and asked him about his examination of Travis. Klass said: “Travis came in with a list of questions that he wanted you to ask him… he had framed the relevant questions.” Pfeifer responded: “theoretically that’s correct.”  Pfeifer also tested Travis’ mother and asked her: “Have you yourself ever seen a flying saucer?” She answered: “No” and Pfeifer determined that she had responded truthfully. But Travis’ mom had previously claimed to see UFOs.
Klass then contacted Duane Walton over the telephone. He didn’t tell him that he knew about the little-known first failed test with McCarthy. He asked Duane: “When did Travis first take a polygraph, or lie-detector test?” He answered: “I don’t know. I don’t have the foggiest notion. I know that he and I took one together recently,” speaking of the Pfeifer test. Klass then asked: “Had he taken any polygraph test before that?” Duane replied: “I don’t have the foggiest notion. I really don’t know.” But Duane was present at the Scottsdale hotel suite and spoke to McCarthy before Travis was tested the first time. When the test was over, McCarthy announced that Travis had failed, and Duane was “furious.” Duane also lied to Sheriff Gillespie when Travis was first found. He told the Sheriff that Travis was in a Tucson hospital undergoing medical tests, when he was actually with him in Phoenix.
Klass also talked with polygraph tester Cy Gilson. He had originally given Mike Rogers and the crew members polygraph tests, which they seemed to pass. Gilson had given the tests to the crew members after the incident originally happened because the police suspected the crew members might have killed Travis and made up the UFO story as a cover. Gilson said the test was given “to determine whether or not there had been a crime committed.”
Gilson started to wonder about Allen Dalis, the one crew member who didn’t pass the test. His test was considered inconclusive. During his interviews with the news media, Dalis described the UFO in great detail; but during the pre-test discussion with Gilson, he changed his story about what happened. Dalis said he had been so frightened by the UFO that he “ducked down in the seat and didn’t see any blue-green flash,” Gilson said. Gilson added: “So he wasn’t even being truthful to start with; what he originally claimed he saw he [later] admitted to me he didn’t see any of it.” About a year later Dalis would go to jail. Dalis was sentenced to three five-year concurrent sentences for armed robbery. The records indicated that Dalis pleaded guilty to committing the felonies in order to support his drug habit. He had been in and out of correction centers during his troubled youth. Dalis married the sister of John Goulette, a member of the crew. Goulette would also admit: “I will smoke pot every once in a while, but never when working. You just can’t do it and work, too.” Another member of the crew, Ken Peterson, fled to Mexico.
About 18 years later, on February 1, 1993, and February 4, 1993, crew members Dalis, Rogers, and Travis Walton were re-tested. They all passed the tests. The very fact that these men were able to beat the polygraph test should be enough to show anyone that the polygraph isn’t an accurate machine for detecting lying. But here are some facts about the polygraph test.
University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, William Iacono, published a paper on Lie Detection Procedures. He stated: “Although the CQT [Control Question Test] may be useful as an investigative aid and tool to induce confessions, it does not pass muster as a scientifically credible test.” In a 1998 Supreme Court case, United States v. Scheffer, the majority stated that: “There is simply no consensus that polygraph evidence is reliable” and “... a polygraph expert can supply the jury only with another opinion…”
In most jurisdictions of Europe, polygraphs are not considered reliable evidence and are not generally used by police forces. The Supreme Court of Canada rejected the use of polygraph results as evidence in court. The High Court of Israel ruled that the polygraph has not been recognized as a reliable device and polygraph results are inadmissible in criminal trials. Also, from 1945 to now, at least six Americans were committing espionage while they successfully passed polygraph tests.[lvi] In fact, the polygraph test has ruined many careers, but has never uncovered a single spy. There are currently many websites dedicated to preparing people to beat polygraph tests. Also, not very long ago, there was a story which received national attention: a young pregnant girl was murdered. One of the prime suspects was the girl’s boyfriend. Her boyfriend was given a polygraph test about whether he was involved in her murder or disappearance. He passed the polygraph test, but then later on admitted in court that he killed her.
Michael Rogers (the head of the crew) was quoted in the presence of investigators saying: “Steve [Pierce, a crew member] told me and Travis that he had been offered ten thousand dollars just to sign a denial [a statement that he had not seen a UFO]. He said he was thinking about taking it. We asked him, ‘Even though you know it happened, would you deny it, just for the money?’ He said maybe he would; he was thinking about it. So I told him, ‘Then you’ll spend the money alone, and you’ll be bruised.”’
This statement shows that part of the hoax was held together by physical threats. Steve Pierce had claimed that he had seen the UFO and the ray which hit Travis (the one who was “abducted” and then returned safely). If it really happened, why would he be willing to deny such an amazing and monumental event for $10,000? It’s because the event never really happened.
On October 20, 1975, NBC ran a two-hour alien abduction film special on Betty and Barney Hill. It was only about two weeks later (November 5, 1975) when Travis Walton would claim almost the same thing – that he was abducted by aliens. Did he get the idea from the special? Michael Rogers (one of the crew members) later admitted that he had watched part of the NBC special. He said that: “I did watch the first part of it. But then I turned it off because it was boring. I just was not all that interested in UFOs before this thing happened.” But John Goulette, a member of the crew, admitted “… I had only been on this job for about a month and a half. And over that time, UFOs came up maybe three times, at the most. Mostly it was just Mike [Rogers] and Travis [Walton] arguing about what would make them fly.”
At that time the National Enquirer was offering a $100,000 award for “positive proof” of ET visitors. National Enquirer was prominently displayed at checkouts at most supermarkets. Considering that the Waltons were so interested in UFOs, they were probably aware of the award. Sure enough, the National Enquirer immediately got involved in the Walton incident right after it happened.
Jeff Wells was one of the National Enquirer reporters who was sent to Arizona to meet Travis and look at the case. Here are some of the things that Wells said: “If we liked the story, and it could be properly documented, and the kid [Travis] could pass our lie detector tests, we would open our check books all the way and start talking in five figures… My paper had offered tens of thousands of dollars to anybody who could positively prove that aliens had visited our planet – in the knowledge that exclusive rights could be worth millions... Our immediate task was to bribe the brother with the thousand [dollars] to shack up with us in a luxury motel on the outskirts of town, no names registered, where the rest of [the] Press who were about to descend and the sheriff, who was calling the whole thing a hoax and demanding that the kid take a lie-detector test, would not bother them... He [Travis] sat there mute, pale, twitching like a cornered animal. He was either a brilliant actor or he was in [a] serious funk about something… [Duane] began to talk about his own UFO experience when he had been chased by a flying saucer through the woods as a child... the strain began to tell on the kid [Travis] and he lapsed into sobbing bouts. He was falling apart and so was his story… [Next was] the lie detector expert we had lined up… The test lasted an hour and I was in the next room fending off the [CBS 60 Minutes] TV crew when I heard the cowboy [Duane] scream: ‘I’ll kill the son of a b….’ The kid had failed the test miserably. The polygraph man [McCarthy] said it was the plainest case of lying he had seen in 20 years but the office was yelling for another expert and a different result.”
On July 6, 1976, the National Enquirer’s July 13 edition hit the stands with a large feature story, stating that the Travis Walton incident was selected as the most impressive UFO event of 1975 after having been “exhaustively investigated.” The award was divided among the members of the crew. The National Enquirer stated that “Walton, his mother and brother, as well as his six companions, were subjected to ‘lie-detector’ tests – and, without exception, were found to be telling the truth.” Of course the National Enquirer didn’t mention the results of the first test,  which Travis had flunked miserably.
At the time of the event, Michael Rogers’ timber crew was under a U.S. Forest Service contract. They were attempting to work quickly to thin out an area in order to complete the contract they had signed. Rogers was seriously behind schedule and close to defaulting on the contract.
In a tape recorded interview of Mike Rogers and Duane Walton, Rogers said: “This contract that we have [with the U.S. Forest Service] is seriously behind schedule. In fact, Monday the time is up. We haven’t done any work on it since Wednesday because of this thing [the UFO incident]; therefore, it won’t be done. I hope they take that into account, this problem. As it is, we have to drive an hour and fifteen minutes one way, both to and from work. It’s hard for us…”  Rogers’ statement suggested that his excuse for not fulfilling the contract was the UFO incident.
Klass also discovered that at the same time Mike Rogers was trying to complete the contract job, where Travis had disappeared, he had been working on two other jobs. Klass asked Rogers whether the Forest Service Contracting Officer (named Maurice Marchbanks) was aware that Rogers’ crew was working on two other jobs at the same time they were working on the contract job, which they were supposed to fulfill. Rogers responded: “They knew about the lopping job. They didn’t know about the subcontract I had [with another Forest Service contractor].” This statement was not true. Marchbanks was not aware of any lopping contract at the time Rogers made the statement to Klass. Klass informed Marchbanks of the second job Rogers had been involved with; Marchbanks was completely unaware of it.
Mrs. Gibson of Heber, Arizona also thought the Travis Walton story might be a hoax because she said many hoaxes and pranks were done to her by Mary Kellett (Travis’ mom) and the members of her family. Mrs. Kellett was living in a ranch house owned by Gibson’s father-in-law at the time of the UFO incident. Kellett (Travis’ mom) was allowed by the Gibson family to use the ranch house as a summer home.
Despite the generosity they showed to Kellett’s family, numerous hoaxes and pranks were committed. Mrs. Gibson said: “… they called the ranch and said somebody has killed a whole bunch of your cows. They are dead all over the meadows up here. So we went running up there to see… and there wasn’t one dead cow… It was a complete hoax… Another instance that happened last May 17 … the mother [Mrs. Kellett] called and said, ‘Your tank-dam is washing out and you’re going to lose all your water.’ … we got out there and the tank-dam was exactly the same as it ever was… So it’s been just instance after instance that these things have happened.” 
Klass makes an excellent concluding statement on Travis Walton: “If Travis was really abducted by a UFO, and even if he had no interest in the subject, UFOs should have become the focal point of his interest… Surely he would want to attend UFO conferences and ‘support group’ meetings to talk to other ‘abductees.’ But the only UFO conferences Walton attends – always with Rogers – are those where they are invited speakers… Travis shows scant curiosity about UFOs. He says he only wants ‘to get on with my life and live it as normally as possible.’”
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, Pocket Books, New York, NY, pp. 23-25.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, pp. 162-163.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 164.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, Pocket Books, New York, NY, p. 51.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 197.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, pp. 37-38.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 40.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 38.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 43.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, pp. 165-167.
 Travis Walton, Fire in the Sky, Marlowe & Co., New York, NY, p. 77.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 169.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 60.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 194.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 65.
 Travis Walton himself admits that this is strange in his book Fire in the Sky, Marlowe & Co., New York, NY, p. 77.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, pp. 171-172.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 99.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 179.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 89.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, pp. 91-92.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 170.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 90.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 48.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 185.
 See Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 159; Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 174; Phillip Klass, UFO Abductions, A Dangerous Game, p. 28.
 See Travis Walton, Fire in the Sky, p. 349.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, pp. 176-178.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, pp. 77, 137; Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 198.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, pp. 181-183.
 Also see Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, pp. 168-169.
 Travis Walton admitted before the test “A discussion was held and we mutually designed questions for the examination.” Travis Walton, Fire in the Sky, p. 334.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, pp. 183, 187.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, pp. 139-140.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 188.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 189.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 159.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 211.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, pp. 185, 220.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 164.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 129.
 http://antipolygraph.org/articles/article-018.shtml, conclusion.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 48. Also see http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Travis-Walton, p. 7.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 121.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 163.
 This part of the story is also admitted by Travis Walton in Fire in the Sky, p. 314.
 Phillip Klass, UFO Abductions, A Dangerous Game, pp. 30, 195.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 167.
 Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 39.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, pp. 199-200.
 Phillip J. Klass, UFOs, The Public Deceived, p. 195.
 Travis Walton and Mike Rogers also work together on the Travis Walton official website. It states that Travis Walton’s official website was produced by Travis Walton, Mike Rogers and the webmaster. See http://www.travis-walton.com/about.html.
 http://www.csicop.org/klassfiles/SUN-50.html, p. 9; Walton said: “I’m really getting a bit tired of talking about the whole experience. I would sort of like to forget all that and get on with my life.” Quote is found in Bill Barry, Ultimate Encounter, p. 200.
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