30 Oct 2019
Andrew Johnson – ad.johnson@ntlworld….
Following Richard D Hall’s posting of the second part of an interview we recorded, about my free “Acknowledged” UFO/Aliens book, two people (Lee and Janis) both emailed (within 10 minutes of each other!) to ask me if I was aware of the so-called “Skinny Bob” video, allegedly of an alien, a UFO crash site and a flying saucer. The video is actually a set of 3 (or 4) short videos, posted anonymously in April and May 2011, to a YouTube channel “ivan0135,” which is still accessible as of writing this article in October 2019.
Though I was aware of this video/story, I hadn’t studied the details and it didn’t seem to receive strong attention – perhaps because the information about the video – and the person leaking it – is scanty. Also, at the time it was released, I had moved my research focus away from the UFO/alien issue and was primarily involved in presenting and supporting the 9/11 research of Dr Judy Wood. So, after spending 2 or 3 hours studying the video clips and even producing an enhanced/lightened version (see below), here are my thoughts and analysis.
The Videos Themselves
Ivan0135 uploaded a sum total of 4 videos, whose details I have summarised below. There are no other videos on the channel:
Title (as entered on YouTube)
13 Apr 2011
KGB logo, close-range flying saucer footage (from a car/truck etc and then a plane), walking alien, crash site, dead alien bodies close up
1 May 2011
1:00 – 24 seconds of which is just captions
Alien – apparently captured. 14 seconds of view from side – alien moves and reaches out to touch something.
14 seconds vertical pan of front of alien showing fingers/hands and its height being measured.
8 seconds of a “shadow?” with a circle seemingly drawn around and an unidentifiable shape moves within it. The description/caption for this segment is “How to Drive.”
8 May 2011
Still image of a handprint (see below) with 3 long fingers and a longish thumb, captions overlaid.
17 May 2011
1 minute 11 seconds of captions. 11 seconds of shaky footage showing at least 3 aliens walking out in the open.
11 seconds of captions.
The videos themselves appear to have been transferred from cine film – and seem to be slightly slowed down, based on the speed at which the time code changes in the video. I also noticed a certain “ghosting” in some of the images, such as the one shown below:
This sort of effect is/was often seen on a badly-tuned TV or when a monitor is connected to an (analogue) video source with poor quality cabling, resulting in signal reflections – which cause the ghosting. There may be other ways such a ghosting can be produced. It is almost certain that videos 1 & 2 were captured from a TV screen – although the sound of a cine projector can be heard in videos 1 and 2 (but not 3). In an enhanced version of the video clips that I made, I boosted the luminance and saturation of the original video and this more clearly shows coloured banding of the sort seen on old-style CRT analogue TV screens. Video 4 – the “family vacation” does not appear to exhibit any such banding and so was not captured from a TV screen.
The image above is, indeed, the KGB’s logo. We can see that some information has been blacked out – perhaps a department name?
The total length of all the “interesting” clips in the videos is 1 min 33 seconds, by my estimation. Interesting that 11 and 33 have come up a lot in the time codes!
Descriptions of 2 of the videos are found either in captions within the video itself, or within the YouTube description. These are included below. It seems clear that whomever wrote the text is not a native English speaker, though he has a good command of the language.
Video 1 – 13 Apr 2011 Video – Description (no captions in video)
The first video description states
The first video contains the following short clips, as indicated in the YouTube video’s description. The case number and appropriate time codes match what is shown in the actual video footage.
This appears to be the face of a dead alien, at a crash site. The facial features, as best I can tell, appear to match the features of the living alien shown in video 2.
This alien looks smaller than the others – or has been badly burned or disfigured, perhaps.
Video 2 – 1 May 2011
Captions within the video state:
Side view of alleged alien, reaching out for something.
Front view of alleged alien, with its height being measured.
Appears to show 3 fingers and a long thumb – which match (superficially at least) what was shown as a still in video 3.
Video 3 – 8 May 2011 Video
The third video is just a set of captions, reproduced/retyped below. The only other item of interest in the video is an image of an alien handprint (as mentioned above) – showing 3 long fingers and a longish thumb.
Captions from video 3:
Video 4 – 17 May 2011
Captions and the video description state:
The shaky camera footage appears to show several aliens walking and communicating with each other, but it is not clear how the short clip relates to the video description and the cryptic “family vacation” title. It is difficult to be sure whether this video is black and white or colour. However, capturing and enhancing the video suggests that there is some colour information in the video, although it is quite minimal. I have included a couple of enhanced still images below.
There are some interesting details associated with the video descriptions – such as the way the case numbers and time codes are specified. The quality of the footage is consistent with the timescales mentioned. It looks like information has selectively been redacted in a way which would be consistent with other releases of confidential information.
The first 2 video clips, taken together appear to show:
- A flying saucer
- A crash site
- Dead and living aliens
- An alien in captivity
The fourth video appears to show a separate incident – perhaps in 1961, as alluded to in the description. This might explain why this video probably has colour information in it. It also appears to have been captured differently, which to my way of thinking, lends support to the idea that it is genuine. Why fake such short clips in 2 different ways?
The way the videos are formatted and the way in which snippets of information have been given etc seems, to me, consistent with how this information would be catalogued/documented by an intelligence agency. The comments made by “Ivan0135” in video 3 seem quite similar to those made by “Victor” in the “Alien Interview” documentary, which I wrote about in chapter 20 of my free “Acknowledged” book.
It’s not clear why the videos were released over a period of 5 weeks – perhaps the whistleblower did indeed intend to release more, but either he was found out and “got heat” or he realised that due to the way it was received, he thought it wasn’t worth him releasing any more, due to the number of anonymous trolls who are on a mission to preserve a reductionist world-view.
Taken at face value, and as a genuine video record, the 93 seconds of clips confirm the reality of what many of us have suspected – and found alternative/additional evidence for – that alien craft and beings have landed and crashed – or been forced down – here.There have been many stories about UFO encounters, crashes/retrievals in the former USSR. In an interesting 1998 documentary, called “The Secret KBG UFO files,” hosted by Roger Moore, a considerable amount of investigation is done into a 1969 colour film of a crash site. The investigation provides a fair amount of evidence that the film is real. As the documentary shows, the collapse of the communist regime in the late 1980s led to some classified documents and information being “auctioned off” to the highest bidder – an instance of this was secretly filmed.
Perhaps the “Skinny Bob” video represents a small portion of what is truly known. The video descriptions given imply there are hours of additional footage – which should not surprise us, if we have already concluded that governments and intelligence agencies around the world have been keeping this stuff “top secret” for decades.
CGI or Special Effects?
Please review the thread if you want to read other views posted there – but, as ever, beware of anonymous trolls!
Update: Further analysis posted here: www.reddit.com/r/Ski…
This video is also of interest, particularly at time code 25:44, showing how the film degradation/grain effects seem to have come from a video stock library:
Enhanced Compilation of Clips by Andrew Johnson