THE WITNESS TAPES

An 8-episode podcast exploring the INCIDENT AT KITSAULT, the most astonishing and suppressed large-scale UFO encounter in North American history.
"The first one came out over the trees, just a big round silver thing, kinda shimmering."
- DALE YOUNG
KItsault, British Columbia, 1982
Town of Kitsault, BC. (Kitsault Energy)
Kitsault is an abandoned mining town in far northwestern British Columbia, surrounded by millions of acres of mountains and trees, set against a deep-water Pacific inlet.

Established in 1979, Kitsault looks like an average American suburb dropped into the deep Canadian wilderness. It's extraordinarily isolated, requiring hours of driving on gravel roads from the next sizable settlement.
Kitsault, British Columbia, pre-evacuation
For 18 months Kitsault was home to 1,200 people. But in October 1982, the entire community was abruptly evacuated. The official reason: a drop in the price of molybdenum.

The real reason: "The Incident at Kitsault," one of the largest and most suppressed mass UFO encounters in North American history.
Kitsault, British Columbia, construction, 1979 via CBC.ca
According to testimony recovered from the twelve so-called "Witness Tapes" and other evidence, the town was "held hostage" by a fleet of mysterious metallic saucer-shaped craft for 59 hours from Friday, October 8 to Sunday, October 10.

Witnesses called it a "UFO invasion" or "siege."
During the incident, much of the town plunged into panic.

The mine shut down. Several people vanished. Search parties encountered bizarre phenomena in the forest. A paramilitary force supposedly authorized by the Canadian Forces aggressively attempted to assert control.

At the end of the encounter, the people of Kitsault were forced to evacuate, abandoning the town forever.

Kitsault has been maintained almost exactly as it was 35 years ago. However, a pair of caretakers are the only people who live there now.
Still via 16x9
THE WITNESS TAPES

The audio recordings of the "Witness Tapes" reveal a first-person account of an astonishing UFO event.

The eleven Witness Tapes were discovered in a battered briefcase in the town's abandoned library.

Each tape features a different witness. An unidentified male interviewer requests the witnesses' name, age, and occupation. He then leads them through a series of questions about their experiences during the three-day UFO encounter.

Some interviews are just several minutes long, while others fill both sides of a 30-minute cassette.

The STRANGE FAR PLACES podcast is the first outlet to broadcast this original audio.
"Kitsault Apartments" via UNBC
THE WITNESS TAPES TODAY

The Providence Bureau acquired and archived all eleven Witness Tapes in 1987.

Later, in 1996, the tapes, transcripts, and other evidence from The Incident at Kitsault were marked as Red Line files by an unknown Providence Bureau archivist and moved into a reinforced storage vault with other Red Line cases.

An eight-part series based on"The Witness Tapes" is the inaugural story of the new STRANGE FAR PLACES podcast.

Along with the riveting source audio, "The Witness Tapes" includes an overview of documented historical UFO encounters, UFO activity in the region, the cultural impact of UFOs, an analysis of the tapes' validity, and a search for the identity and current whereabouts of the people recorded on the tapes.
Proximity to the stars
"I was close to one of them- very close. I could see it floating a few feet off the ground. It was completely silent. More than silent - it was like it created silence all around it." - KIM JONES, Witness

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