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Reporter's notebook - Wasn't that the weirdest thing?

 

February 25, 2018



Was it a ghost on camera or something else?

That’s what a United Kingdom-based television crew coming to Clovis next month hopes to examine.

Strange Evidence, a Discovery Science Channel show now in production of its second season, focuses on bizarre occurrences caught on film like surveillance video or dashcams.

Julian Watson, who’s directing an upcoming episode, said the strange sighting in August of an apparent apparition on a Clovis resident’s security-camera footage will be the subject of their work here in late March.

“What we do is we take footage of things people have caught on camera and try to explore it with experts and locals and with people who can give us a bit of information,” he said. “It’s a factual show. Often we find there is a rational explanation, but genuinely, sometimes, there is still a mystery. But we can present plausible theories as to what the answer can be to the mystery ... hopefully make an entertaining show while we’re doing it.”

Some theories to explain the strange sighting last summer include tumbleweed and local wildlife, but Watson said the producers’ hunch so far is yet to be revealed.

The show’s previous season featured stories in locations across the U.S. and in other parts of the globe. For Watson, this will be his first time in the country since childhood.

“You have no idea how excited I am to go to New Mexico. It’s like the classic western backdrop,” he told The News.

Whatever conclusions may come regarding the alleged supernatural phenomenon, Watson hopes the program can give viewers unacquainted with the town some perspective into its unique marvels.

“I know Clovis had a massive load of tumbleweed come through a few years ago,” he said. “The thing is, to you that might seem quite mundane and quite boring because you guys live there, but that’s new to someone up in Canada or Boston.”

— Compiled by Staff Writer David Grieder

 
 

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