This week on The Gralien Report, we lead off with a bit of discussion of one of our favorite urban legends from the early days of the Internet, “Ted the Caver,” which gained enough popularity that a small-budget horror film was eventually made based on the story. This brings us to some recent news pertaining to discoveries made in caves, and the broader concept of their relationship to the human mind.

Then Micah brings a number of elements to the table in relation to the idea of a “Secret Space Program,” an idea largely considered a conspiracy theory. However, there have been military programs over the years, most of which remain shadowy, or were canceled before seeing full execution, which might qualify for being the “real” side of our secret space endeavors.

Then in hour two, we are joined by Lt. Tim McMillan, a retired law enforcement officer in Savannah, Georgia who has studied psychology in relation to the unexplained for a number of years. He holds a BS in mathematics and BA cognitive psychology, and during his tenure with law enforcement, Tim has worked as a crime detective, crime scene tech, interrogator, K9 handler, certified instructor, shift Sergeant, and finally Lieutenant/ Assistant Patrol Commander. His experiences in law enforcement led him to become involved in civil rights activism, and in the summer of 2018 he retired from law enforcement and is now a full-time civil rights investigator for a private firm in Savannah.

As Tim tells us, “One of the first similarities I noticed (with paranormal phenomena) was the fact that a wealth of episodic and limited physical evidence define the reality of these phenomena. Conversely, these events all consistently fail to cross the threshold of providing the necessary evidence to empirically or objectively substantiate their existence.” In this regard, Tim believes modern anomalous phenomena may share a distinct link with ancient mythologies. What do these kinds of observations tell us about the human mind, in relation to the anomalous experience? 

You can watch Lt. Tim’s TEDx speech on his personal experiences in law enforcement here:

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

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