- Nov 2, 2019
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Records of what though? Does he think they have an internal missing persons list that isn't public? Or does he think there are documents relevant to various investigations that are still secret? When discussing the Stacey Arras case he claimed the NPS was hiding the truth. But he never makes a claim about what exactly he thinks they're hiding or even why he believes they're hiding something. It's like with Fox Mulder in the X-Files "the truth is out there"..... But only in the general sense of "someone knows things I don't". The whole thing comes across as a blanket claim of wrongdoing by the NPS, especially given how he characterizes the missing 411 casefiles as a "disaster"...This is one aspect on which I can speak accurately (I think). These are what I recall of his positions, I make no personal comment on their validity:
Paulides believes that the NPS do have records, records that would amount in toto to a near exhaustive list, but that they claim they do not, possibly, he speculates, because they are embarrassed by the slapdash nature of the investigations and searches that they conducted 'back in the day' (and he expresses some sympathy with them on this--the past being a different country and all that).
He further believes that the cost projected by the NPS to write-up and assemble their supposedly disparate files has been deliberately inflated to $1.4 million to prevent their having to release them.
I'd question why he wants to film on site at all. What does he think that bringing a live camera crew will accomplish?More recently, he claims that his requests to film a documentary in (I think) Yellowstone have been mendaciously refused: that the NPS has been exploiting the Covid-19 lockdown and is being unreasonably meticulous with the process in order to to string-out the process so that the advance planning for his project becomes impracticable. One example of this he gives is that after paying the application fee (a few thousand dollars, I think) and completing a raft of paperwork, he was advised that the areas had asked to use were out of bounds. Rather than allowing him to 'transfer' the request to cover another area of the same park, they required that all the paperwork be resubmitted with another administrative fee and months more waiting. Specifically on this subject, he states that they are refusing to allow him to film in the non-public areas in which the disappearances actually took place (on the grounds that the terrain, flora and fauna look much the same elsewhere and he doesn't need to be there), which while it obviates the costly need to visit Yellowstone at all, also stifles the attempt at authenticity for his film. He believes, I paraphrase, that their motivation here is to 'kill the story' as the public attention he has drawn to these cases (considerable, I think we'd agree) is bad for their institutional reputation.
In one interview transcript I read, he made a vague claim that some people inside the NPS are actually supportive of his efforts even though they publicly deny it. Conveniently these people swore him to not reveal their identities.There was also something about a conversation he or an associate had with somebody high-up in government (a former member of the administration, I think) that he believes supports his belief that such files as he wishes to view have already been assembled, but I'd have to check the details.