Billy Cox, over at the Herald-Tribune has written a short piece called, “Klass act, no principles,” In it he suggests that Steve Pierce, a buddy of Travis Walton, he of Fire in the Sky and abduction fame (see here at the 2011 Roswell Festival), had been offered, by Klass, ten thousand dollars to say that they had hoaxed the whole thing.
My first reaction was to reject this idea because, even for Klass, it seemed a bit excessive. And then I thought back to the long article I had posted here about Klass and his attacks on witnesses and researchers and his attempts to make their lives miserable. For a full analysis, see my September 11, 2011 blog entry about Klass’ letter writing campaign.
Those not liking what Randle has to say -- which is basically offering his opinion that he wouldn't put it past Klass (nor would I) -- are the usual suspects, and won't put up with such blasphemous musings.
Cox's article ( A Different Perspective: Billy Cox and Philip Klass) has generated much rallying to the skeptoid cause on several sites and blogs. Why, the very idea that Klass might have done such things in the crusade against UFOs! Cox relates one encounter with Klass which illustrates the late debunkers tactics very well, and, as Cox writes, in a "creepy" way:
The next day, I met Klass at a deli for lunch. He repeated his assertion that Strieber was plagued with frontal lobe epilepsy. Then he lowered his voice, drawing yet another reporter into his sage confidence, and said he wanted to go off the record. “Whitley Strieber is a troubled man,” he said. He produced a sad smile, like some wise old avuncular Yoda. “Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be surprised if he tries to take his own life.” Goosebumps.