by Terrance Mc Arthur
Could there be parts of this world beyond what we know? Creatures we do not know about, the stuff of legends and rumor? Experiences beyond the normal, into the…paranormal?
Jeffrey Gonzalez explores that world with the Sanger Paranormal Society and his online (and sometimes on-the-air) show, Paranormal Central. Born in Sanger, Gonzalez had his first experience with the unexplained in the sixth grade: a UFO. “I knew it shouldn’t be floating,” he says. It looked like “a large beer can with lights.”
He immersed himself in the school library, trying to understand what he saw. Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of… series introduced Gonzalez to Bigfoot, cryptozoology (legendary animals that might have a basis in fact…or not), and ghosts, and he wanted to know more. In the Nineties, he wanted to be Fox Mulder from The X Files. His degree in electronics helped him pursue the unusual and uncanny.
He has searched for Bigfoot at Avocado Lake, sought ghosts in the newspaper offices of The Sanger Herald, and cast out “something.” His 24-hour hotline (559-287-8367 [UFOS]) gets calls from people about “something evil in their home. I ask, ‘Have you ever played with a Ouija Board…? There you are.’”
Does he believe in ghosts? “Until I see a plate fly across the room or a chair move side to side,” he’s not convinced, but he does believe in evil. One home had disturbances centered around the couple’s son, and Gonzalez prayed. The young man called them crazy and made noises. Gonzalez said to him, “There is something inside you. I want it to come out.” The son left, moved out of the state, but the house now smelled of roses. He has never been scared by what he encounters. “Nothing ever happened when I realized that there is something to evil.” Gonzalez says, “99.8% respond to ‘The Word,’ and all the evil is gone. It’s all about the Higher Power.”
Does he believe in UFOs and aliens? He tells of sightings three years ago, but insists, “I never say they are from outer space. I will never say that unless one lands in front of me.” He thinks they are top secret tests from China Lake and Lemoore “with lights to throw people off,” so the public won’t know what they really are seeing.
How about Bigfoot? He has been searching for nine years, putting out cameras that run night and day for three weeks at a time. Three separate families have seen something near Avocado Lake. He thinks the creature may “love the produce, the oranges, the tangerines around Reed, Shields, and Zediker Avenues.”
Jeffrey has been featured on National Geographic, College Humor, and YouTube. His Paranormal Central show, reached through www.paranormalcentral.net, is live on Sunday nights, where Gonzalez shows what he has found in his investigations, interviews authors of the paranormal, and talks with Allen Thomas, his cohost. The ‘Paul Shaffer’ of the show, the musical director, is Cy Curnin of the 80’s rock/new wave group The Fixx. A new season of the show will start in January on the CW network. He says, “We want to be as big as Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon.” He admits, “I never made a cent out of this,” but for now, “I’m having fun doing it.”
Hey, the truth is out there. Maybe Jeffrey Gonzalez is the one who will find it.