Collect your children and run for cover. Today we're going to look at the
terrifying tale that says a race of tall reptilian beings lives among us, and
even runs our government.
The concept of reptilian beings on Earth is a surprisingly widespread conspiracy
theory, in which the US government and major public companies are complicit
in a vast worldwide network of underground bases housing a large population
of humanoid reptilian creatures called Reptoids. They speak English and are
involved in every major government and corporate decision. They are variously
said to either disguise themselves or actually shape-shift into humans, where
they have public lives in positions of national importance. Some say the Reptoids
are of extraterrestrial origin, and some say they are native to Earth, having
developed intelligence before the primates, and have been secretly running
things all along.
I first heard of reptilians when planning a trip to Mt. Shasta as a youth.
Shasta is one of our fourteeners here in California. As I discovered, it's
also something of a sacred hotbed for a whole range of New Age traditions.
It not only has a lot of Native American spiritual history, it also figures
prominently for any number of modern pagan religions. Shasta is said to be
full of secret caverns, jewel encrusted tunnels, and whole subterranean civilizations
peopled with all sorts of exotic races. Most notably, it's the home of the
Lemurians, an ancient race whose original continent called Mu sank and now
make their home inside the mountain, in the great five-level city of Telos.
Lemurians, who are tall, white-cloaked beings speaking English but with a British
accent, employ invisible four-foot-tall beings called Guardians to protect
their city. Bigfoots are also said to populate Shasta. Among all this exotic
company, Reptoids would hardly be noticed. The story goes that Reptoids use
Mt. Shasta as one of the numerous entrances to their huge underground network
Reptoids are said to serve at least one very useful purpose: They are sworn
enemies of the gray aliens, and may well serve to be humanity's last line of
defense against this threat. Among the gray aliens' holdings provided them
by the US government is a large underground base at Dulce, New Mexico. Some
18,000 grays are said to reside on level 5 of the base, and they perform terrible
genetic experiments on humans on levels 6 and 7. Reptilian beings have been
caught trying to acquire information about the Dulce base.
The most outspoken proponent of the conspiracy theory that reptilian beings
in disguise are actually running our planet is David Icke, whose book "The
Biggest Secret" reveals information like this:
Then there are the experiences of Cathy O'Brien, the mind controlled
slave of the United States government for more than 25 years... She was
sexually abused as a child and as an adult by a stream of famous people
named in her book. Among them were the US Presidents, Gerald Ford, Bill
Clinton and, most appallingly, George Bush, a major player in the Brotherhood,
as my books and others have long exposed. It was Bush, a pedophile and
serial killer, who regularly abused and raped Cathy's daughter, Kelly O'Brien,
as a toddler before her mother's courageous exposure of these staggering
events forced the authorities to remove Kelly from the mind control programme
known as Project Monarch.
This is a fair sample of most of Icke's evidence that reptilian beings have
taken over our government. Virtually any statement that Icke makes is easily
falsified by minimal research if not simple common sense, but since his is
a conspiracy theory, any evidence against it is simply regarded as evidence
proving the conspiracy. Don't laugh: Icke sells a lot of these books. A lot
of people believe this stuff.
Where did all of these stories come from? The earliest reference I've come
across is from a Los Angeles Times news story from January 29, 1934, which
is available from the Los Angeles Times archives. Geophysical mining engineer
G. Warren Shufelt had been using "radio x-ray" and had discovered
subterranean labyrinths beneath the city of Los Angeles, including pockets
of pure gold, and taken x-ray pictures of many of the chambers. Somehow Shufelt
met with a man named L. Macklin, said to go by the Hopi Indian name of Little
Chief Greenleaf. Macklin told Shufelt of a Hopi legend of Lizard People, an
advanced race, who built the city beneath Los Angeles to escape surface catastrophes
some 5000 years ago. Their history was kept on gold tablets. It sounded like
Shufelt had struck paydirt — almost. He still had to dig it up. Shufelt's
crew dug a shaft 250 feet deep, well below the water table, which of course
promptly filled with water, and that's where the story came to an end.
So I began looking into the various elements from the LA Times story. First
on the list was Shufelt's "radio x-ray" device. Times reporter Jean
Bosquet described it:
Shufelt's radio device consists chiefly of a cylindrical glass case
inside which a plummet attached to a copper wire held by the engineer sways
continually, pointing, he asserts, toward minerals or tunnels below the
surface of the ground, and then revolves when over the mineral or swings
in prolongation of the tunnel when above the excavation.
So, it turns out, Shufelt's device has little to do with either radio or x-rays
and more to do with a common dowsing pendulum. This was all he had to guide
his elaborate drawing of the catacomb layout, which you can see online at Skeptoid.com,
along with a picture of Shufelt using his dowsing pendulum.
Shufelt stated he has taken "x-ray pictures" of thirty seven
such tablets, three of which have their southwest corners cut off. "My
radio x-ray pictures of tunnels and rooms, which are subsurface voids,
and of gold pictures with perfect corners, sides and ends, are scientific
proof of their existence,"
Shufelt's dowsing results notwithstanding, parts of the story seem unlikely.
Gold, and metallurgy in general, was unknown among the Hopi until the mid 1700's.
So was chemistry, but Macklin said that the Lizard People "perfected a
chemical solution by which they bored underground without removing earth and
I did make a pretty thorough effort to track down any such Hopi legend, but
came up empty handed, not counting numerous modern references to Mt. Shasta
and the Los Angeles catacomb story. I did find a "Lizard clan" referenced
in several Hopi stories, but always among other clans (the Spider clan, the
Bear clan), and never any references to underground cities, golden tablets,
or any other elements from Shufelt's story. Obviously, my failure to find any
evidence of such a legend doesn't prove anything: Native American legends
were traditionally passed by word of mouth and never were written down, the
only exceptions being those that made it into modern storybook collections.
I was also unable to find a man named either L. Macklin or Little Chief Greenleaf
in the public birth and death certificate databases for the Hopi Reservation
in the Navajo Nation Court, but again, all this proves is that I didn't find
If Shufelt's dowsing misadventures truly were the genesis of modern Reptoid
legends, there is an ironic aspect. Macklin never said that there was anything
reptilian about the Lizard clan, they were simply one subculture of the Hopi,
though just as human as anyone else. According to the story Macklin told Shufelt:
The Lizard People, the legend has it, regarded the lizard as the symbol
of long life. Their city is laid out like a lizard, according to the legend,
its tail to the southwest ... its head to the northeast.
Most likely, this tall tale from the early days of Los Angeles was little
more than an effort by Shufelt to interest investors in his treasure hunt,
in which he no doubt believed wholeheartedly. As for Macklin? Who knows, Shufelt
could have made him up, or he could have been a real guy, possibly even a real
Hopi, and may have even told a genuine — if undocumented — Hopi
legend. What Shufelt didn't know was that his little gem in the Los Angeles
Times was the kickoff for a whole generation of one of our most bizarre (and
entertaining) urban legends.