Son of "Aliens in the Forest" Eyewitness Speaks for the First Time

In 1964, his father survived a terrifying encounter with a UFO in a dark California forest. Now Dan Shrum speaks publicly for the first time about the ordeal, as chronicled in the recent book "Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter."
Aliens in the Forest
Aliens in the Forest
July 20, 2012 - PRLog -- On September 4, 1964, Dan Shrum's father went hunting along with two other men in the Tahoe National Forest near Cisco Grove, California. Instead of the hunter, his dad quickly became the prey, after encountering a massive, 150-foot-long UFO and strange beings that he believed were extraterrestrials. For the first time ever, Shrum spoke out in public about his father's UFO encounter on the Jeff Rense radio program on Friday, July 20, 2012, beginning at 10 p.m. CDT. The recorded program may be heard online at

Shrum was an important contributor to the recently released book about his dad's case, called Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter, written by Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte, who will appear with Shrum on the Rense program. In the book's preface, Shrum wrote, "In most UFO abductions, the victims are subdued easily and taken by the aliens. In my dad's case, he resisted with every ounce of his being and prevailed in the end. He was not taken!"

Shrum's father, Donald, originally avoided publicity about his encounter and did not release complete details about the case until very recently. Aliens in the Forest, written with the full permission and cooperation of the Shrum family, is the first book to ever disclose the full story of what happened to the elder Shrum back in 1964.

The encounter occurred in the ruggedly scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range about 80 miles northeast of Sacramento, California. Into this remote wilderness stepped 26-year-old Donald Shrum, who planned to enjoy a relaxing weekend hunting deer with his bow and arrows. As he entered the forest, joking and laughing with his two hunting buddies, little did Shrum suspect that shortly he would be locked in the midst of a terrifying 12-hour struggle with alien forces. Armed only with his wits and one of mankind's most primitive weapons, Shrum expended every ounce of his strength in an all-night battle against invaders that seemed bent on overtaking him and carrying him away to a fate worse than death.

This UFO case was called "the most spectacular report we have examined" by Coral Lorenzen of the Aerial Phenomenon Investigation Committee (APRO). Paul Cerny of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) said, "There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this incident is factual and authentic. I have spent considerable time plus many visits with the main witness, and along with the testimony of the other witnesses, I can rule out any possibility of a hoax."

The horrific encounter affected the entire Shrum family for decades after the fact. Mrs. Shrum, who passed away shortly after the book's release, wrote in the foreword, "After all these years and for the first time ever, we are disclosing in this book the entire story of my husband’s amazing UFO encounter in hopes that others may learn from it, that others may finally know precisely what happened to us, and that perhaps, even so many years after the fact, somehow we might be able to gain additional insight into exactly what did happen in that dark forest."

Dan Shrum now takes care of his 74-year-old dad, who is stricken with Alzheimer's and has great difficulty communicating verbally. For his appearance on the Jeff Rense program, Dan will act as his father's "mouthpiece," relating the story as told to him by his dad. He will also testify to the great shadow that the UFO encounter has cast on the entire family since 1964.

This very special radio show took place on Friday, July 20, 2012, beginning at about 10 p.m. CDT at For information about the book Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter, please visit
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