For the three main cases covered on this site, I've added links to my relevant Twitter threads that cover aspects of each case in summary form.
The tweets are linked as bulleted lists from the main page for each case:
My pinned tweet lists a few additional threads, including for these cases:
In May someone on Twitter told me about an alien abduction case where two guys on different continents woke up wearing each other’s shirts. Then he mentioned Travis Walton, who I'd never heard of, and I read some stuff and made this site.
Since then I've looked into a handful of cases that interested me, bitten the heads off a few people who think they know better than me what I should be interested in, and written some Twitter threads. This is a retrospective from my point of view of the past 8 months, itemizing some things I've learned.
Happy new year. May all your dreams come true, and, if you chase the truth, all your beliefs be shattered.
The name Skinny Bob kept coming up on Twitter. Every time I googled the name, I ended up at YouTube videos depicting alien creature sightings with titles like: "This looks like Skinny Bob."
But who was Skinny Bob?
I figured the name was a generic term for emaciated Grey aliens, taken from American pop culture perhaps. When I was finally directed to the correct videos, I realized I'd seen the footage a while back but evidently not paid much attention. "Skinny Bob" is the name given to the alien by the video uploader. Despite being anonymously in possession of this earth-shattering footage courtesy of the KGB, Ivan0135 had no qualms about giving his details to YouTube - the videos are monetized.
This case interests me for two reasons - the passion with which fans of Skinny Bob support his reality, and my personal (admittedly limited) interest in animation. I've written an ongoing thread on Twitter looking at the 37 seconds (from a total of 5 minutes across 4 videos) that show Skinny Bob alive and moving. My conclusions, that he is a modified Mars Attacks stock motion puppet, come from work done on Reddit last year mostly by two users, BrooklynRobot and RedDwarfBee.
I did some further research on the puppets to understand how they were built and used. (In the end, Tim Burton's Mars Attacks movie used CGI based on the puppets, not stop motion animation.) Comparisons between the puppet and Skinny Bob only convinced me further. Some of the similarities:
Additionally, it looks like the Skinny Bob footage was shot in such a way as to hide any shortcomings of the animation:
There's lots more information on my Twitter thread - including speculation about where the Skinny Bob footage may have been shot - and I'll update that as new information comes in. I've also started a discussion at r/SkinnyBob on Reddit.
Why would anyone modify an expensive puppet, make an animation, and then compile it with UFO footage, slap on some filters, and upload it to YouTube with a narrative about a crashed saucer in Russia? I can't say, but if I had the skills and equipment to do it for fun... I just might.
I get emails. Sometimes they are sent by people in an RPG who appear to believe I am in the same RPG. It's pretty funny.
Email from the simulation
Dear Charlie Wiser,
I have addressed you by name, but I am not at all certain that is your real name.
That is an advantage you admittedly have over me, my friend [redacted], and the rest of the well meaning and often gullible UFO community – in today’s world, anyone and everyone can become an instant authority just by claiming to “be in the know,” without qualification or verification. I have been closely examining the information on your Three-Dollar Kit website. A lot of thought and work has gone into this criticism of the basic narratives associated with two of the most significant Alien Abduction cases on record, Travis Walton and the Betty and barney Hill Encounter.
If you are sitting where I think you may be sitting when you read this, you probably have direct access to law enforcement and intelligence databases such that you can instantly establish my identity and history. I am a retired [redacted] who has had a lifelong interest in the UFO Mystery. (Here is the best way I can present my perspective [redacted links to an interview and a personal website].)
From my perspective, you are an unidentified source. I am trained to evaluate not just the information or evidence presented, but the quality and significance of a particular source from the perspective of how much weight would be given the evidence by a prosecutor or defense attorney. Is the evidence qualified and admissible by a qualified witness who would be sworn and subject to cross examination. Admittedly, this is way beyond the standard of the public in general.
You could be, for instance, a member of an Intelligence agency furthering the apparent goal of an Orwellian rewrite of UFO history so that when completed, there will be nothing left that occurred before 2004 and doesn’t originate with Tom DeLonge, Luis Elizondo and the TTSA. You might also represent QAnon, or a foreign government helping to further doubt and fear by any means possible. Or you may be also a very skilled researcher with a keen interest in chasing down the ever elusive Truth.
But your explanations for Travis Walton and the Betty and Barney Hill Encounter depend upon a lot of “It’s possible…” assumptions. You haven’t identified your sources of information, or your experience or professional qualifications. When I saw that you had targeted Travis Walton and the Hills, I started wondering if there was a deeper agenda. I noted that you don’t have an “About” tab on your website, and your FB page has just about nothing on it except your alleged name.
At the same time I am an investigator at heart. If it turned out that either of these events was hoaxed, then that revelation will become part of the history of human interaction with something alien, otherwise known as the UFO Mystery.
So my question is: Charlie Wiser, who are you really?
[some guy I've never heard of]
Playing the game
Thanks for your email.
On the assumption your email is in jest, I have responded in kind. Feel free to divulge any of the information I am about to reveal, although doing so may result in increased black helicopter activity in your vicinity as well as mine.
I am known as Charlie Wiser.
I claim no authority in the well meaning and often gullible UFO community.
I appreciate your close examination of Three-Dollar Kit, which is hosted by Weebly.
I have instantly established your identity and history by visiting the two URLs you kindly provided.
I am not aware of any Intelligence agency with the apparent goal of an Orwellian rewrite of UFO history so that when completed, there will be nothing left that occurred before 2004 and doesn’t originate with Tom DeLonge, Luis Elizondo and the TTSA. You're freaking me out, sir.
I may consider an offer to represent QAnon if, and only if, they will pay me in unmarked canisters of pure adrenochrome (ethically sourced).
I am Australian but do not represent my government. To my knowledge, the Australian government does not further doubt and fear in the United States. Australians would rather you visit with your tourist dollars and pet a koala.
I am flattered that you entertain the possibility that I am a very skilled researcher.
I have identified my sources of information as far as I’m able, namely: original reports on the cases, which I have excerpted; books, which I have quoted; and recorded interviews with witnesses, which I have linked to.
I am not above ending a sentence with a preposition.
I have no agenda but the truth.
I have no About tab because it didn’t fit along the menu bar in an esthetically pleasing manner.
I haven’t bothered to fill in my FB profile but am open to ideas.
To answer your question, I am known as "Charlie Wiser", a "suburban" "mum"*.
Three-Dollar Kit aims to collect evidence for popular UFO sightings and alien abductions, starting with the Travis Walton case from 1975 which inspired the website's name. You'll see why.
Before you yell at me, remember: I don't care how many witnesses there are, or how "nice" the players are. Gimme the evidence.
If you still want to yell at me, write to me firstname.lastname@example.org. If my blood sugar level is high I may write back with wit. If my blood alcohol level is high I may write back with sarcasm.
Or I may ignore you. I may even quote you here, although without attribution unless you're (in)famous.
Comment on the blog to engage with other like-minded folk. (Don't blame me if they don't like your particular mind.)
Let's do this thing!!